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  1. Suspected “serial bank robber” wears Red Sox hat

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Three recent bank robberies in Ohio are being traced back to a man “who wears a distinctive Boston Red Sox baseball cap,” according to Jennifer Baker of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Still shots of surveillance footage of the unmasked man wearing his Red Sox hat accompany the Cincinnati Enquirer news story and police say he simply…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Can the Cardinals survive the loss of an ace?

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The National League’s winningest franchise. The Big Question: Can the Cardinals survive the loss of an ace? In reality, the…

  3. Mark Trumbo may share time at first base for the Angels. Because of defense.

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    When I wrote the Angels preview the other day I assumed that Mark Trumbo would be taking over the first base job until Kendrys Morales can come back. As I said, Trumbo “hit the tar out of the ball at Salt Lake City last year, hit the tar out of the ball down in Venezuela…

  4. Yankees send top prospect Jesus Montero to Triple-A

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jesus Montero was included among the Yankees cuts yesterday, with the 21-year-old stud catching prospect being optioned to Triple-A. For some reason there are mainstream media members who should know better acting as if his not making the team out of spring training is an indictment of Montero’s long-term upside or a change of plans…

  5. Mets may ask Jason Isringhausen to stay behind in extended spring training

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jason Isringhausen has been impressive this spring despite being sidelined briefly by arm problems, but David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that the Mets have asked him “to remain in extended spring training for a week or two to increase his arm strength and reassure them that his elbow is healthy.” Isringhausen previously…

  6. Your Jeff Francoeur apologist quote of the day

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The year-after-year Jeff Francoeur propaganda — or, as I shall henceforth call it, “Francoeurganda” — has been well-cataloged by now.  No matter how poorly he does, someone is going to say that this, by gum, is the year he breaks out.  No matter how little he progresses, Francoeur himself is going to say that he’s…

  7. The Yankees technology-unfriendly policies remain in place for 2011

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    iPad

    I get why the Yankees want to charge so much to park at a game — encouraging the use of mass transit is a good thing — but I don’t get why they don’t wish to encourage mass communications as well. Specifically, why they have continued their policy of not allowing iPads, e-readers and the…

  8. Jay-Z and David Ortiz settle some dispute none of us knew about

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    From the “yeah, I know, but Opening Day is still two days away so fixating on this silly b.s. seems like fun” department: Jay-Z has a club in New York called 40/40. David Ortiz allegedly visited it, liked it and opened up his own club called 40/40 in the Dominican Republic. This led to some…

  9. Yankee Stadium parking prices hiked more than 50%

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News tweeted yesterday that the price to park at Yankee Stadium was just raised from $23 to $35.  I have two reactions to this, with the second reaction more or less trumping the first one: 1. Wow, that’s a big hike. It’s hard to justify that kind of an increase…

  10. Bonds Trial Update: Things get personal

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

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    Yesterday was oversharing time at the Barry Bonds trial with the witness who, if Greg Anderson had testified, may never have been called: Bonds’ ex-girlfriend Kimberly Bell.  She testified that Bonds admitted to steroid use prior to his grand jury testimony and, as promised, provided all manner of intimate detail about the life and sexual…

  11. After reading this you’ll never look at David Eckstein the same way again

    Mar 29, 2011, 6:07 AM EDT

    David Eckstein, Casey McGehee

    We like to poke fun at the “David Eckstein is scrappy” thing around here, but that’s more a commentary on the people who try to make him into something he isn’t as a player, not a personal thing about Eckstein. Indeed, there’s absolutely no reason to poke personal fun at Eckstein of which I’m aware.…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Are the Astros headed for a long stretch of rough results?

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Houston, we have a problem. The Big Question: Are the Astros headed for a long stretch of rough results? It…

  13. Brian Wilson ‘less than 50-50′ to start season with Giants

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:44 AM EDT

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    The odds of San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson being ready for the start of the regular season aren’t looking good. From Chris Haft of MLB.com: “I’ll be honest — I think it’s less than 50-50,” (manager Bruce) Bochy said when asked about Wilson’s chances of being on the active roster when the Giants open…

  14. Mat Latos will begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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    According to Dan Hayes of the North County Times, Padres general manager Jed Hoyer has confirmed that Mat Latos will begin the season on the disabled list. Latos, who has a 9.00 ERA and 5/9 K/BB ratio over 10 innings this spring, was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday due to an inflamed bursa…

  15. Brian Matusz hit in biceps with liner during simulated game

    Mar 28, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

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    The Orioles were given quite the scare this afternoon. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Brian Matusz was getting some work in during a simulated game when he was hit in the left biceps by a comebacker. Matusz was able to escape serious injury — in fact, the Orioles aren’t even sending him…

  16. Eric Chavez is healthy (for now) and has secured a spot on the Yankees’ bench

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

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    After contemplating retirement following four straight injury wrecked seasons Eric Chavez instead signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees and has parlayed a healthy, productive spring training into a spot on the Opening Day roster. Chavez has hit .405 with a homer and four doubles in 42 at-bats this spring, which is remarkable less for…

  17. AK-47 rifle among items stolen from Evan Longoria’s house

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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    This morning Craig wrote about how someone broke into the house Evan Longoria, David Price, and Reid Brignac are renting during spring training, stealing more than $50,000 worth of property. Initial reports pegged the valuables as a 60-inch television, three iPads, a laptop, and several watches, but now Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times…

  18. Rangers change their minds, move Alexi Ogando into rotation

    Mar 28, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Last week the Rangers announced that both Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando would be remaining in the bullpen despite trying out for the rotation this spring, but with Tommy Hunter likely to miss at least six weeks with a groin injury and Brandon Webb nowhere close to contributing they’ve decided to make Ogando a starter…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Can the Tigers win their first division title since 1987?

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Everyone’s favorite chain-smoking skipper. The Big Question: Can the Tigers win their first division title since 1987? They’ve had some close calls–including a…

  20. Twins pay steep price to avoid sending Rule 5 pick Scott Diamond back to Braves

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    Rule 5 pick Scott Diamond wasn’t going to make the Twins, but rather than having to offer him back to the Braves as per the draft’s requirements the two sides have worked out a trade. Minnesota will be able to keep Diamond and can now send him to the minors as if he weren’t acquired…

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