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  1. Bryce Harper not included in Nationals’ first round of cuts

    Mar 11, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals made their first batch of spring training cuts and somewhat surprisingly 18-year-old Bryce Harper was not among the 11 players reassigned to the team’s minor-league camp. That won’t impact his status for this year–Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com writes that he “has no realistic shot of making the Opening Day roster”–but it does…

  2. Luis Salazar is doing better

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

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    Mark Bowman reports that Luis Salazar’s condition has improved: he’s talking with doctors and his family and has said he’s eager to get back to work. That may take a while, but the doctors are saying that he should be able to do so once he’s through the woods on his immediate injuries to his face…

  3. Thankfully for Nationals fans, F.P. Santangelo isn’t Rob Dibble

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Rob Dibble was fired as the Nationals’ television analyst following comments he made about Stephen Strasburg, but before that he’d more than earned the firing with various other “controversial” statements and, most importantly, awful announcing. Included among Dibble’s many faults as an announcer was that he referred to “we” and “us” while openly cheering for…

  4. A tale as old as time: Royals mascot victorious in lawsuit involving thrown hot dog

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    You may recall that last year a Kansas man sued the Kansas City Royals, alleging that a hot dog thrown by the team’s mascot — Sluggerrr — at a September 2009 game struck him in the eye and detached his retina.  If you do recall that, you probably need to get a life, but you…

  5. Unable to contact parents in Japan, Takashi Saito leaves Brewers camp

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Takashi Saito has been unable to get in touch with his parents in Japan following last night’s massive earthquake, so the veteran reliever has left Brewers camp after asking the team for an indefinite leave of absence. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Saito was able to contact his wife and three children, and teammates…

  6. The Rangers and Chuck Greenberg release statements

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Greenburg

    Chuck Greenberg’s ouster as Rangers’ owner and managing partner is official. And with it comes statements from both the team and Greenberg.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has them each in their entirety.  The Rangers played the “we wish him well in his future endeavors” card, which is just a half step above “don’t let the…

  7. Chris Carpenter throws to live hitters, will start Wednesday

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter was scratched from today’s start because of a hamstring injury, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he threw around 60 pitches against live hitters this morning and is now scheduled to start Wednesday against the Tigers. Carpenter gave Cardinals fans a scare in the wake of Adam Wainwright‘s…

  8. Cliff Lee chose Philly because the Yankees are getting older. At least in Cliff Lee’s mind.

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee was on WIP in Philly with my buddy Angelo Cataldi yesterday. You can listen to all of it here. This exchange, the transcript of which comes courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews, was fun: Who finished second to the Phillies in his mind: “Texas probably finished second to be honest with you. Just as…

  9. Ian Stewart is “a longshot” to be healthy for Opening Day

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Ian Stewart has played all of one inning this spring, leaving his first game with a sprained right knee that has him looking like “a longshot to begin the season on anything other than the disabled list,” according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Stewart injured his knee in a collision with Carlos Gonzalez, who fortunately…

  10. Cool: Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    I’d love stuff like this even if it wasn’t about my most favoritest player of all time.  Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report. Highlights: “I really believe that this boy would possibly be the number 1 player taken in the country if only he looked a bit more physical.” I watched him pitch for 23 years…

  11. Already on the trading block, Ryan Doumit is now injured too

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    For the past few months the Pirates have tried unsuccessfully to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million contract for 2011, but now the catcher/outfielder is sidelined by an oblique injury. Doumit was scratched from yesterday’s game after feeling soreness while taking batting practice and there’s no timetable yet for his return, with Jenifer Langosch…

  12. Ricky Romero is the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:35 AM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero blows a gum balloon during practice at their spring training facility in Dunedin

    Blue Jays manager John Farrell announced this morning that Rickey Romero will start on Opening Day.  Only twelve more and he’ll be a Hall of Fame candidate! Seriously though, I like Romero. He faces tons of tough lineups in that division and, partially because the Jays get less coverage than just about any decent team in…

  13. In which I let my Braves fanboy flag fly

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    I try to keep my Braves fanboy stuff to a minimum around here. At least when it comes to actual analysis of things as opposed to just being goofy.  But last night I was invited to chat with the good men of the Atlanta Baseball Talk podcast, and over there I was allowed to be…

  14. Let’s not be too gleeful at the NFL’s labor issues, baseball fans

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    NFL Lockout Looms As Negotiations Reach Final Day

    I’m not at all comfortable with the glee some in the baseball world have had at the NFL’s labor issues. I mean, no, I really don’t care about the NFL all that much in and of itself and won’t miss it if it’s gone, but the situation is ugly there and I tend to think…

  15. The cops who arrested Miguel Cabrera made the prosecutor’s job more difficult

    Mar 11, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

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    When you have a nearly blind-drunk guy taking swigs from a bottle of scotch while sitting in his car mere minutes after threatening to blow up a bar for not serving him and then swerving all over the road, you probably have a pretty strong DUI case.  So you could understand why the prosecutor in…

  16. Correction: please do not throw batteries at J.D. Drew, Philly fans

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe points us to what is easily my favorite baseball-related newspaper correction in some time. It comes in the wake of a March 5th column by T.J. Furman of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “In Saturday’s “High & Inside” column, The Inquirer made a regretful attempt at humor in a reference to Boston…

  17. Chuck Greenberg to resign as Rangers CEO today

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:56 AM EDT

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    This is pretty shocking: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg is going to resign today as the team’s managing partner “to pursue other interests.” Since “pursuing other interests” is the universal euphemism for “he’s being forced out,” we should expect to hear more about the reasons behind this, but for now…

  18. Former Federal prosecutors question the wisdom of the Barry Bonds prosecution

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:58 AM EDT

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    I sometimes get accused of being a lone nut in my belief that the government should not be in the Barry Bonds prosecution business. But it seems that lots of people — including former prosecutors — think this is a waste: “It’s a questionable use of resources, especially at a time when the budget is being cut,…

  19. Rickie Weeks will be out a few days with groin tightness

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

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    Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks probably won’t play in a Cactus League game for the next couple of days. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Weeks made an early exit Thursday from the Brewers’ exhibition matchup against the Rockies due to tightness in his groin. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told reporters after…

  20. Carlos Beltran rides stationary bike, works out in pool

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

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    Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran hasn’t played in a Grapefruit League game since Sunday, when he served as the club’s designated hitter against the Red Sox. The 33-year-old is battling left knee tendinitis and is not expected to resume playing in live games for another couple of days. But he is staying active. According to Adam…

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