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  1. That’s just Manny bein’ … a hard worker

    Mar 7, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Ramirez watches a MLB spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles from the dugout in Sarasota

    MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince is down at Rays’ camp today, and Joe Maddon told him that Manny Ramirez has been “a joy.” And a hard worker too. Maddon gave Manny the day off yesterday, but he showed up anyway and was taking hacks in the batting cage at 8 a.m. Take that haters. That is, assuming…

  2. You decide: Twins beat reporter or 80s/90s utility infielder?

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    len3 and newman

    Having witnessed an “are you Al Newman?” moment first-hand when I was in the press box at Target Field with LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune last season, I got a chuckle out of this tweet from the Twins beat reporter who is frequently confused for the former Twins utility infielder: Don’t…

  3. A renewed call for baseball to move the All-Star Game away from Arizona

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Boycott Arizona

    There was a great deal of controversy over the 2011 All-Star Game being in Phoenix in the wake of Arizona passing its controversial immigration bill last year.  That more or less died down as an issue as far as baseball was concerned after the federal government sued Arizona over the law, suspending its implementation until…

  4. Astros in market for catching help after Jason Castro’s injury

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    jason-castro-astros-injury

    Jason Castro‘s season-ending knee injury leaves the Astros with career-long backup Humberto Quintero and prospect bust J.R. Towles atop the catching depth chart, so not surprisingly Steve Campbell of the Houston Chronicle reports that they’re now looking to add a veteran backstop. According to Campbell the Astros are already about $2 million over their $80…

  5. Video of the Day: The extremely unsettling Buster Posey fight song

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    It’s actually just audio with a static picture of Buster Posey. But the audio is more than enough, thank you. Nope. Nothin’ creepy about that. Nothing. At. All. (link via Big League Stew)

  6. Former No. 1 overall pick Matt Anderson hoping comeback leads to spot in Phillies’ bullpen

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Matt Anderson

    Matt Anderson was a bust of a No. 1 overall pick for the Tigers in 1997, posting a 5.19 ERA in 257 career innings and throwing his last big-league pitch at age 28 despite lighting up radar guns with a high-90s (and sometimes low-100s) fastball. He was last seen coughing up 17 runs in 10…

  7. Clint Barmes talks about the deer meat injury

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    If Clint Barmes never got another major league at bat, he’d still always be remembered for the injury he sustained in the summer of 2005 while carrying deer meat up the stairs of his apartment building.  He talked about that in the Houston Chronicle yesterday. This part struck me: Barmes was a .318 hitter in…

  8. Adam Dunn should visit Baseball-Reference.com some time

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Jon Heyman has an article about Adam Dunn “embracing” the designated hitter role with the White Sox after initially wanting to remain in the National League. Most of the piece revolves around his $56 million contract and his plans for being comfortable at DH, but there’s also this section about Dunn and his new hitter-friendly…

  9. Matt Kemp will still run, but he’ll run smarter thanks to Davey Lopes

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    One of the more surprising things last season was just how poorly Matt Kemp performed on the base paths. He was caught stealing 15 times on 34 attempts last season, and that’s just not getting the job done. With that success rate he’s better off not going at all. But go he will this year,…

  10. Tim McCarver signs two-year contract extension with FOX

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Tim McCarver portrait

    Presented without comment, from Michael McCarthy of USA Today: Fox Sports is signing two-year contract extensions with Tim McCarver and Darrell Waltrip, its lead TV analysts for baseball and NASCAR coverage, respectively. The extensions are expected to be announced this week, said Fox spokesman Dan Bell, and will take McCarver through the end of Fox’s…

  11. Everything you wanted to know about baseball’s upcoming labor negotiations

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Selig and Weiner

    The Yankee Analysts has a post up that clearly and simply sets forth the major issues of contention for the upcoming labor negotiations between the players and the owners. I like this version because it separates the demands of the players and the demands of the owners rather than simply setting forth “issues” in a…

  12. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar out with bug bite infection

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    alcides-escobar-royals-spring

    Alcides Escobar was removed from yesterday’s lineup and is expected to sit out today’s game as well with an infection on his arm from a bug bite that he scratched. According to manager Ned Yost the shortstop “scratched it and now he’s got red streaks and it’s swollen and warm.” Yost added that it’s “nothing…

  13. The tyranny of the DH continues unabated

    Mar 7, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    No, I don’t want to rehash arguments for and against the DH. People are more likely to come to an agreement over religion than that. Let us just all agree that I’m right, the DH is an awful tool of communism/evil and that it should be abolished with righteous fury. But that’s another conversation we…

  14. Is Chase Utley’s knee worse than the Phillies are letting on?

    Mar 7, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    The Phillies have officially refused to press the panic button with respect to Chase Utley‘s wonky knee.  The official word: there may be something more going on than mere soreness and tendinitis, but they are hoping for some improvement soon. Today, however, Paul Hagen says that “the fret level around Bright House Field is a lot higher…

  15. The umpires, the MLBPA and MLB met yesterday

    Mar 7, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Yost Estabrook

    Remember back in October how the players, umpires and Major League Baseball announced that they were going to meet in order to address the increasingly sorry state of umpiring?  OK, that’s my characterization, I suppose the umps viewed it differently.  Anyway, after a delay of several months they finally met yesterday. “We had a productive…

  16. Is this gonna happen every time the Yankees face a decent starter?

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Brett Myers

    Read the stuff about the Yankees rotation and you’d think that they were the first team to ever be a tad short on starters before. The tell: every time they face a half-decent one, there are stories about how that guy could fit in the Yankees rotation: Yesterday at Osceola County Stadium against the Astros,…

  17. Gregg Zaun to retire

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Gregg Zaun

    Spring Training is usually thought of as a time for renewal, but there are always a handful of downer stories too. I think “cool catcher like Gregg Zaun retiring” qualifies as a downer. Sportsnet Ontario: Sportsnet has learned that San Diego Padres catcher Gregg Zaun is set to retire from Major League Baseball. Zaun is…

  18. Brett Gardner could supplant Derek Jeter as the Yankees’ leadoff hitter

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:59 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that, despite Joe Girardi’s stated preference of keeping Derek Jeter as his leadoff hitter,  “some inside the organization” want to see Brett Gardner at the top of the order and Jeter moved down to the two-slot. There are two ways to look at this, I reckon. On the…

  19. Carpenter throws side session, says “I’ll be fine”

    Mar 6, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter seems to be making a quick and easy recovery from the left hamstring strain that he suffered in a game last week. According to Hall of Famer Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Carp threw a light side session off a mound Sunday afternoon in Cardinals camp and reported only mild discomfort…

  20. Corey Hart tweaked his strained side muscle on Saturday

    Mar 6, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Brewers outfielder Corey Hart might not be ready for the start of the 2011 season. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the right fielder suffered a setback Saturday with the strained muscle in his left side. He was participating in drills for the first time in a week or so and re-tweaked the muscle while…

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