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  1. Pablo Sandoval is turning heads

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Back in Scottsdale I was truly surprised at just how good Pablo Sandoval looked in the locker room, and during his first game of spring training I was surprised at just how sprightly he seemed on the field.  At the same time, I also wondered if the sprightliness was merely a function of first game adrenaline…

  2. Charlie Manuel’s extension is official

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Ryan Lawrence tweets that Charlie Manuel’s contract extension is now official. Presumably it’s along the lines of what Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported yesterday and is in the $3.5 million — $4 million range  for two years.  Since Manuel is under contract for this season already, that keeps him in red pinstripes through 2013. When reached…

  3. Screaming foul balls, errant hockey pucks and Luis Salazar

    Mar 10, 2011, 6:48 AM EDT

    Luis Salazar

    We learn this morning that Luis Salazar seems to have avoided brain damage as a result of the wicked foul ball that tore into the dugout yesterday. He has multiple facial fractures, but he’s recovering in an Orlando hospital. That incident reminded me that I wasn’t wrong to feel really vulnerable when I was at…

  4. The Mets had money trouble even before the Madoff lawsuit

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The Mets’ talking points have been that, were it not for the Madoff lawsuit, everything would have been hunky dory financially speaking.  The New York Times reports this morning, however, that such is not the case: When the owners of the Mets said in late January that they would seek buyers for up to 25 percent…

  5. Garland has oblique strain, likely destined for disabled list

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Dodgers starter Jon Garland was lifted from his Cactus League start after just 1.2 innings Wednesday due to shooting pains on the left side of his body. The Dodgers sent him for an MRI and don’t have the results yet, but it’s a pretty safe assumption that what he suffered was a strained left oblique…

  6. Carpenter scheduled to face live hitters later this week

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter continues to make a mostly smooth recovery from the left hamstring strain that he suffered last week. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Carp is scheduled to face live hitters in a batting practice session Friday and could be cleared to resume appearing in Grapefruit League games if…

  7. Carlos Beltran has not been shut down

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    The Mets may have a new front office regime and a new manager, but their communication skills clearly haven’t improved from the Omar Minaya era. New general manager Sandy Alderson told Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Tuesday that outfielder Carlos Beltran would be “shut down” for at least 4-5 days due to…

  8. Miguel Cabrera threatened to shoot strangers and blow up a bar before his DUI arrest last month…

    Mar 9, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Early details about Miguel Cabrera‘s February DUI arrest painted a scary — or at least embarrassing — picture of the 27-year-old Tigers slugger. This new information will make that picture far worse. According to Frank Donnelly of the Detroit News, court documents released Wednesday reveal that Cabrera threatened the patrons of a Florida bar before…

  9. Sign of the Day: even New York hates the Mets

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    I have yet to see it, but several readers have told me that there are ads on New York subways for a storage company that read “Why leave a city that has six professional sports teams, and the Mets?” 1. That seems harsh even for a hardcore Mets hater like me; and 2. Anyone who…

  10. Former WVU quarterback Pat White retires from baseball

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    photo posted on post-gazette.com

    The NFL didn’t suit former West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback Pat White too well — you gotta be able to throw in that league — so he tried his hand at baseball, where he was once a standout. In fact, he had been drafted by the Angels and the Yankees in the past, so it wasn’t…

  11. Someone should tell Nyjer Morgan to stop trying to steal bases

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    nyjer-morgan-nationals-steal

    Nyjer Morgan was caught stealing twice in yesterday’s game (although one came on a botched hit-and-run try) and manager Jim Riggleman revealed that he gave Morgan a little pep talk in the dugout following the first failed steal attempt: I said, “You know what? It seems like they throw the ball right on the button.”…

  12. Chipper Jones on the Luis Salazar incident: “I wish I wouldn’t have looked”

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Dave O’Brien talked to Chipper Jones, who was standing on first base when Braves’ minor league manager Luis Salazar was hit by that foul ball earlier today. We already know that Salazar’s injuries are serious, but it was feared to be even worse as it happened: I just … I wish I wouldn’t have looked.…

  13. Jon Garland leaves game with an injury

    Mar 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland just left the first inning of the Dodgers-Mariners game at Camelback Ranch today, holding his side.  Bill Shaikin thinks it could be a problem with an oblique muscle. Garland is currently the #5 starter on the Dodgers’ depth chart. If it is an oblique, he could be out for a while. With Vicente Padilla…

  14. Everyone has been spelling Kendry Morales’ name wrong

    Mar 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Kendry Morales revealed today that his actual name is Kendrys Morales–with an extra “S” in the first name–which means everyone has been spelling his name wrong for at least seven years. That seems like sort of a long time to let that type of thing go unchanged, but according to Kevin Baxter of the Los…

  15. Future sports stadiums to be horrible hellscapes

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    In the year 2000

    I’m having a hard time swallowing some of the entries in this Business Insider slideshow about how stadiums may change in the future. Or should I say in the future!, because so much of it sounds like those flying car/colonies on the moon predictions from the golden days of the space age in that they…

  16. Charlie Manuel close to two-year extension with Phillies

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel and the Phillies are “close to agreeing on a contract extension” that Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports will be worth “between $3.5 million and $4 million per season” for two years. Manuel is already under contract for $2.4 million this season, so a two-year extension would keep the 67-year-old managing the Phillies through…

  17. Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for Phillies as Chase Utley insurance

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    ramon-santiago-tigers

    Danny Knobler, who covered the Tigers in Detroit prior to working at CBSSports.com, reports that Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for the Phillies as they look to add depth following the latest news on Chase Utley‘s knee injury. Santiago has split time at shortstop for the Tigers during the past few seasons, but is…

  18. Braves minor league manager hit by foul ball in dugout, airlifted to the hospital

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    A scary scene in Orlando as the Braves play the Cardinals this afternoon:  a foul ball came screaming off the bat of Brian McCann and into the Braves dugout.  It struck Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar, who was face down on the ground for several minutes after it hit him. An ambulance crew took…

  19. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen versus Charlie Sheen

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Here’s the latest “Quote of the Day” winner from manager/quote machine Ozzie Guillen: I’m the Charlie Sheen of baseball, but without drugs and a prostitute. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports provides a bit more context for the quote, noting that Guillen “was talking about the double-standard with him,” but it stands on its own pretty…

  20. Jonny Gomes had a tougher childhood than you

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    When I hear the other fathers in the neighborhood talking about how kids have no shot at playing sports at a high level unless they’re on expensive travelling teams and go to specialized camps and clinics, I roll my eyes. Partially because, damn, don’t you hope your kids pick what they want to do with…

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