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  1. Brewers infielder Craig Counsell issues statement in support of Wisconsin union workers

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Brewers infielder Craig Counsell, who went to high school in Milwaukee and has lived in Wisconsin while playing five seasons for the Brewers, issued a statement in support of the state’s union workers as they oppose a bill proposed by Governor Scott Walker: As a Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers who works…

  2. Roy Halladay is working on new things? Really?

    Mar 1, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws during their Grapefruit League baseball game in Dunedin

    Another classic spring cliche is the pitcher who is “working on some things.”  Usually that’s just a way of explaining away a bad early March outing — “I wasn’t really pitching, I was just working on some things!” — but in the case of Roy Halladay, it sounds like he may actually be working on…

  3. Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the best shape of his life

    Mar 1, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

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    Maureen Mullen of CSN New England reports! “In the past two years the condition, the overall condition was not excellent and was not to the point where I needed to be,” Matsuzaka said through interpreter Kenta Yamada. “So this year my goal will be to [in] better shape and be on the mound throughout the…

  4. Quotes of the Day: Barry Zito and Prince Fielder

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Giants faced the half of the Brewers squad that wasn’t facing the Cubs over at HoHoKam.  In that game, a nearly two-year old grudge continued to play out as Prince Fielder and Barry Zito jawed at one another after Zito walked Fielder. The grudge, of course, is based on Fielder’s infamous “bowling ball”…

  5. The Mets are seeking another loan to cover expenses

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

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    The New York Post reports that the Mets are seeking yet another loan to cover operating expenses: The cash-starved Mets are desperately seeking a new loan — totaling tens of millions of dollars — to cover their basic operating expenses, The Post has learned JPMorgan Chase — which led the banks that loaned the team…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: The Chase

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    “He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick No reason for that quote. None at all.…

  7. Derek Jeter’s revamped swing remains a work in progress

    Feb 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter told Chad Jennings of the Journal News this afternoon that he isn’t yet comfortable with his revamped approach at the plate. “It’ll take a while to get comfortable,” Jeter said. “When was the first game? Two days ago? That was the first time I’ve seen pitching with (the new mechanics). It’s going to…

  8. Scott Boras suggested a position switch to Carlos Beltran in 2009

    Feb 28, 2011, 8:13 PM EDT

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    As Aaron mentioned earlier, three-time Gold Glove center fielder Carlos Beltran announced Monday that he will make the move to right field. It turns out the switch was a couple seasons in the making. According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, after Beltran initially developed the bone bruise in his right knee in…

  9. Mike Trout might have to get a new phone number

    Feb 28, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

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    Mike Trout is a very popular guy right now. And not just because he is widely considered as one of the top position prospects in the game. No, you see, the 19-year-old outfielder was the innocent victim of a prank this afternoon by his Angels’ teammates. According to Kevin Baxter of the Los Angeles Times,…

  10. Scenes from Spring Training: Wake me up when Kerry Wood comes in

    Feb 28, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    I’m not gonna lie to you: it was not the most riveting day at the ballpark.  Low energy game and a low energy crowd. It happens.  Random notes: The Cubs took the field wearing their full-blown home whites with pinstripes. LOVED it. I’m not a big fan of the lazy looking spring training warmups some…

  11. Mike Stanton out “at least two weeks” with strained quad

    Feb 28, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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    Mike Stanton left yesterday’s game with a strained right quadriceps muscle and told reporters this afternoon that he expects to miss “at least two weeks.” Manager Edwin Rodriguez told Joe Frisaro of MLB.com that the Marlins’ training staff is “going to wait two or three more days” before re-evaluating Stanton’s status, with Frisaro writing that…

  12. Corey Hart out two weeks with a strained oblique muscle

    Feb 28, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Another day, another oblique strain in Brewers camp. Mat Gamel was already shut down with a strained right oblique muscle and now Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Corey Hart is expected to miss at least two weeks with the same injury on the left side. Hart, unlike Gamel, won’t have to…

  13. Bryce Harper’s spring debut: Seven pitches, two strikeouts

    Feb 28, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper made his spring training debut today, coming off the bench against the Mets, and … well, it wasn’t pretty for the 18-year-old No. 1 overall pick. In his first at-bat Harper struck out on three pitches against left-hander Taylor Tankersley and in his second at-bat he whiffed on four pitches against right-hander Ryota…

  14. Bob Howry retires after 13 seasons in the majors

    Feb 28, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

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    Bob Howry has announced his retirement at age 37 after spending 13 seasons as a reliever for the White Sox, Cubs, Red Sox, Indians, Diamondbacks, and Giants. Howry was drafted by the Giants in 1994 and came to the White Sox in the infamous “white flag” trade in mid-1997. He finally wound up in San…

  15. Photo of the Day: God Bless Midwesterners

    Feb 28, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    I encountered these fine women just outside of the main concourse. From afar I assumed they were Brewers fans, by virtue of the hats. When I told them this, they were mildly offended.  I salvaged the situation by noting that the hats actually undermine the Brewers’ stranglehold on beer iconography, appropriating the meme for Cubs…

  16. Josh Beckett sent home with “mild concussion symptoms” after being struck by ball

    Feb 28, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett was struck on the head by an errant batting practice ball this morning and Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that he’s been “sent home to rest” with “mild concussion symptoms.” According to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com, the incident occurred when batting practice pitcher Ino Guerrero attempted to hit a shagged ball…

  17. Scenes from Spring Training: Where’s the press box again?

    Feb 28, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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    I went down to the field to check out the Cubs’ BP.  As the pic suggests, it’s a damn fine day here in Mesa.  A little cold this morning, but it doesn’t take much sun to warm it up, and there is much sun today. Frank Lloyd Wright was right: wintering in Chicago is for…

  18. Ozzie Guillen fires back at Bobby Jenks: “He did a lot of bad things … we lied for him, we protected him”

    Feb 28, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    After being non-tendered by the White Sox and signing with the Red Sox as a free agent Bobby Jenks commented that he’s “looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen.” Ozzie Guillen remained remarkable silent after that, instead letting his son Oney Guillen rip Jenks repeatedly via Twitter, but…

  19. Ian Stewart sprained knee in collision with Carlos Gonzalez

    Feb 28, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Ian Stewart is expected to be out for 5-6 days with what Thomas Harding of MLB.com calls “a low-grade sprain of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.” Stewart suffered the injury Saturday during an outfield collision with Carlos Gonzalez, who escaped with merely a bruised right shin. He initially didn’t think much of…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: It’s hard not to like Mike Quade

    Feb 28, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

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    I got down to the clubhouse a little late — and entered through the wrong door, oops! — but my timing ended up being pretty good, as manager Mike Quade was just opening up his office for the media gaggle.  I walked in and, as I usually do, hung in the back to take it…

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