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  1. Brandon Webb’s first action against live hitters wasn’t very impressive

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:41 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    Brandon Webb has all but been ruled out to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation, but he took the mound yesterday for his first action against live hitters and … well, manager Ron Washington didn’t sound very impressed: There were some good and some not so good. But there was some sink. It wasn’t…

  2. “This is what I was born to do. I’m a baseball player.”

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Chavez flips the ball toward Nova covering first on a grounder hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Polanco during MLB spring training game in Clearwater

    AP writer Howie Rumbergap — which is a FANTASTIC sportswriter name, by the way — talks to a number of former big baseball names who are now the marginal types in spring training camps across Florida and Arizona.  The Mark Prior/Mike Hampton/Bartolo Colon/Eric Chavez types.  After noting that, despite the fact that many of them…

  3. Matt Cain returns from elbow injury in 47-pitch simulated game

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:23 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain returned to the mound Monday with a bullpen session and threw a three-inning simulated game today, so it looks like he’s fully recovered from the elbow problems that caused him to miss a start last week. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Cain threw 47 pitches today–including off-speed stuff–against teammates…

  4. Kenny G takes batting practice with the Yankees

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Besides my family, there are only a handful of things that bring me unequivocal joy in this world.  Baseball is one, of course.  Good whiskey.  Good music too, and of the many styles I enjoy, jazz may be the one that moves me the most emotionally. So when I see Kenny G taking batting practice…

  5. Behold the power of spring training

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Tradition Field

    Moses Green is a longtime reader (and occasional proofreader) of mine.  He’s also a Mets fan, and had the opportunity to take in a Mets spring training game there the other day.  He waxed crazy-effusive: Quick spring training note:  visited Port St. Lucie with a buddy while driving home to CT from Miami.  Got to…

  6. Edinson Volquez returns to Reds camp after dealing with visa issues in Dominican Republic

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    Edinson Volquez arrived at Reds camp on time last month, but was forbidden from appearing in a game because of visa issues stemming from his 50-game suspension for failing a performance-enhancing drug test last year. In order to get things straightened out Volquez had to leave spring training and travel home to the Dominican Republic,…

  7. Johnny Damon turned down the Red Sox because he thought the Tigers wanted him

    Mar 10, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays Photo Day

    Remember last August when the Red Sox claimed Johnny Damon on waivers and some talk of a trade happened?  There was a day or two’s back and forth on that, as Damon had a limited no-trade clause that prevented him being traded to the Red Sox without his approval. Ultimately he said no to the…

  8. MRI exam on Derrek Lee’s injured wrist “came back normal”

    Mar 10, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Derrek Lee had a specialist look at his injured right wrist earlier this week and the Orioles announced yesterday that an MRI exam “came back normal.” According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun “team officials continue to believe that the veteran is just experiencing some tendonitis that resulted from the inactivity following thumb surgery.”…

  9. Franklin Gutierrez — Luis Salazar’s son in law — leaves Mariners camp

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is married to Luis Salazar’s daughter. As such it is understandable that he has left M’s camp for a few days to fly to Florida with his wife to be with Salazar as he recovers from the foul ball incident. As for Salazar, there haven’t been any updates beyond that there…

  10. Jon Garland out 4-6 weeks, will begin season on disabled list

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland‘s strained oblique muscle was confirmed today by an MRI exam and Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that he’ll be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks, meaning he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Coming into spring training the Dodgers had impressive pitching depth, but now Garland is out until at least late…

  11. Tim Lincecum either has a perfect double or else he’s going to be in a lot of trouble soon

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum pitches

    Fun find by ‘Duk over at Big League Stew: a video of someone who claims not to be Tim Lincecum complaining about getting mixed up with Tim Lincecum all the time.  Except, yeah, it’s almost certainly Tim Lincecum doing it. Actually, that’s probably warrantless speculation on my part. Lincecum’s agent says it isn’t him.  Of…

  12. For some reason the Royals want Billy Butler stealing bases

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Billy Butler royals

    Billy Butler is a 6-foot-1, 240-pound first baseman who should probably be a designated hitter, could best be described as “lumbering,” and has a grand total of one stolen base in 533 games. Yet for some reason the Royals are convinced he should be running more this season. Butler stole a base in yesterday’s game…

  13. Nerd Alert! A comparison of Josh Beckett and the “Star Trek” films

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    khaan

    Before you read the link below, please be sure to click this brief audio file: Thank you. You may now proceed to a lengthy comparison of Josh Beckett’s Red Sox career to the “Star Trek” movie franchise. And yes, I can call the author a nerd because I too like the “Star Trek” films, because…

  14. Jake Peavy throwing well and aiming “to break camp with the team”

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    Back in November general manager Ken Williams said he expected Jake Peavy to begin the season on the disabled list and there were some reports that he might not be ready to join the rotation until June, but Peavy has recovered from shoulder surgery more quickly than anticipated and has looked good enough in his…

  15. You can wear retired numbers on MLB 2K11. And this bothers some people.

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Clemente

    Whenever I see stuff like this I make this face.  But I do think the writer — Max Parker, “The Game Guy” of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Community Voices section* — is, in fact, serious: I received an email today that informed me of an outrageous and heinous error inMLB 2K11. Among complaints about the commentary and…

  16. David Aardsma plays catch for first time since hip surgery

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    David Aardsma played catch yesterday, marking the first time the Mariners closer has thrown since undergoing hip surgery in January. Mariners trainer Rick Griffin called it “a good start” and told Greg Johns of MLB.com that Aardsma “felt good.” Aardsma just shed his crutches last week, so he still has a long way to go…

  17. TMZ Sports seems to be dying

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Paparazzi

    Darren Rovell passes along word that the efforts of TMZ to expand its salacious paparazzi empire into the world of sports have “fizzled.”  The problem: there aren’t enough athletes acting like jackasses in public.  And people acting like jackasses in public is basically the whole TMZ business model. And that’s the real dirty underbelly of…

  18. Diamondbacks “renewed efforts to trade” for Michael Young

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported in mid-February that the Diamondbacks were interested in Michael Young and today he writes that they “renewed their efforts to trade” for him last week only to balk when the Rangers “asked for a strong package of prospects and major leaguers.” Rosenthal is probably the best national reporter in the…

  19. Those guys who stole Evan Longoria’s Camaro: Worst. Auto. Thieves. Ever.

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Grand Theft Auto

    Remember the Evan Longoria GTA?  You kind of figured that was a one-and-done story, but I guess not: Police in a Phoenix suburb are searching for a stolen 1967 Camaro belonging to Tampa Bay All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria … The Camaro and a classic 1970 Buick belonging to someone else were stolen from a fenced yard last…

  20. Great Moments in Misleading Book Proposals

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Moneyball

    Via Repoz over at Baseball Think Factory comes word of a new book that purports to take all the wind out of the sails of sabermetrics and “Moneyball”: “The Beauty of Short Hops” demonstrates that the Moneyball approach is doubly doomed. First, it fails on its own terms: it cannot make baseball a predictable game…

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