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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Chase Utley hopes to be back before the All-Star break

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Utley walks across the field after taking batting practice before a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Chase Utley spoke with reporters earlier this morning and said that he has made some progress with his ailing right knee. Specifically, he has begun to take some “light ground balls” over the past few days. It doesn’t sound like much, but Utley said he is optimistic about avoiding…

  15. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Brandon Morrow

    Mar 28, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

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    With the fifth pick in the 2006 draft Seattle chose Brandon Morrow over local boy and University of Washington ace Tim Lincecum, who quickly became one of the elite pitchers in baseball while Morrow bounced back and forth between the Mariners’ rotation and bullpen before being traded to the Blue Jays for Brandon League in…

  16. The Mets expect Carlos Beltran to be on the Opening Day roster

    Mar 28, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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    It looked like a longshot even a couple of days ago, but after playing five innings in right field in minor league games on Saturday and Sunday, the Mets intend to have Carlos Beltran on the Opening Day roster. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran is expected to be in the starting…

  17. Vicente Padilla ahead of schedule in return from arm surgery

    Mar 28, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Vicente Padilla continued his comeback from forearm surgery by facing live hitters yesterday for the first time since going under the knife on February 24, throwing 25 pitches. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Padilla’s fastball was clocked at 92 miles per hour and he also threw off-speed stuff, which suggests he’s pretty far along…

  18. Adam LaRoche to play through slightly torn shoulder labrum

    Mar 28, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche was initially expected to miss a few days with some shoulder soreness, but an MRI exam revealed that he has a slightly torn left labrum. However, he plans to continue playing through the injury and is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup at first base, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.…

  19. Colby Rasmus’ family members are hanging out in the HBT comments, arguing about stuff

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

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    You never know who you might run into in the HardballTalk comments section. Last week Curt Flood’s son stopped by to respond to an article about his dad and now it sure seems like a member of Colby Rasmus‘ family is hanging out and arguing about stuff. Someone using the screen name “trasmus3″ has made…

  20. Royals deal for Matt Treanor following Jason Kendall setback

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Jason Kendall‘s recent setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery means he likely won’t be ready to come off the disabled list until at least late April–and possibly much later–so the Royals have added some catching depth by acquiring Matt Treanor from the Rangers for cash considerations. Treanor spent a large chunk of last season…

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