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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. King Felix and Prince Pineda? Mariners hand rotation spot to 22-year-old top prospect

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Cleveland Indians

    This morning’s news that the Mariners have optioned Luke French to Triple-A makes it all but official: Stud prospect Michael Pineda has secured a spot in the Opening Day rotation at age 22. Pineda was big when the Mariners signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old in 2005, but now he’s listed…

  4. Joe Nathan reclaims closer job despite 11.05 spring ERA

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    In addition to the Twins setting their 25-man roster yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire also made it all but official that Joe Nathan will reclaim his closer job after sitting out last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Here’s what Gardenhire said during a radio interview on 1500-ESPN: I would imagine we’ll start out probably something…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Seattle Mariners

    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: The Deadball Preservation Society (a/k/a The Seattle Mariners). The Big Question: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?…

  6. Pirates GM: “Very probable” Chris Snyder will start year on DL

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

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    General manager Neal Huntington admitted yesterday that it’s “very probable” starting catcher Chris Snyder will begin the season on the disabled list due to back soreness. Pittsburgh unsuccessfully tried to dump Ryan Doumit and his contract all offseason and throughout spring training, but Snyder’s injury actually opens the door for him to see some early…

  7. Bill White on Don Drysdale: “he threw spitballs”

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Cardinals' Bill White Posing with Bat

    Bill White, former Cardinals first baseman, broadcaster and former President of the National League, has a new autobiography coming out called “Uppity: My Untold Story About The Games People Play.”  He sat for an interview with the Cardinals blog Retro Simba. It’s a neat interview, with additional parts to come. My favorite Q&A in the first…

  8. Red Sox keep Dennys Reyes and Matt Albers, option Hideki Okajima and Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    A pair of head-to-head roster battles were decided in Red Sox camp this morning, with Dennys Reyes beating out fellow left-hander Hideki Okajima and Matt Albers beating out fellow right-hander Alfredo Aceves. Reyes and Albers have made the team as relievers, while Okajima and Aceves will head to Triple-A Pawtucket. Okajima and Aceves both have…

  9. Baseball ticket sales are headed back up

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that, based on earlyreturns, Major League Baseball is poised to end a three-year slide in ticket sales: Commissioner Bud Selig declined to project a specific attendance increase for the season. But after drawing 73.06 million fans in 2010, down 0.4 percent from 2009, this year’s total will likely…

  10. Jose Canseco’s twin brother Ozzie tried to impersonate him at a “celebrity boxing” fight

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Jose Canseco failed to show up for a fight against Billy Padden in front of 400 paying customers Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida and instead sent his twin brother Ozzie Canseco, according to “Celebrity Boxing” promoter Damon Feldman. An employee of “Celebrity Boxing” told Luis Sanchez of El Nuevo…

  11. The Astros may be sold soon

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

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    Back in November, Astros owner Drayton McLane said that he was going to sell the Astros. On Friday he told MLB.com that he has made “substantial inroads” toward selling the team, with one of the three possible suitors being a familiar name: Houston businessman Jim Crane. You may recall that Crane — along with Mark…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Did anybody have a worse offseason than the Los Angeles Angels?

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    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: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: Did anybody have a worse offseason than the Los Angeles Angels?…

  13. The Cubs tell Carlos Silva not to let the door hit him in the … well, I’ll let them say it.

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Carlos Silva

    You may have heard that the Cubs released Carlos Silva. You may have also heard that — before he was released but after he was told that he wasn’t making the rotation — Silva ripped the Cubs in general and Cubs’ pitching coach Mark Riggins in particular over the way it was all handled. Whatever,…

  14. Evan Longoria was robbed. Again.

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Evan Longoria Rays

    It’s been a rough spring for Evan Longoria. First his 1967 Camaro was boosted and now the house he rents for spring training has been broken into.  And it’s not just his: he shares it with David Price and Reid Brignac and the joint was cleaned out: Among the items taken were a 60-inch flat…

  15. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Final Countdown

    What you missed while driving all over the city, collecting your gambling winnings from the multiple bookies with whom you made your bets on Butler and VCU so as not to draw any attention to the fact that the fix was in.

  16. Springtime storylines: Will the Mets look the same in September?

    Mar 27, 2011, 9:14 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    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: The Sandy Alderson-led New York Mets. The Big Question: Will the Mets look the same in September? There are many questions…

  17. With shoulder still hurting, Brad Lidge going for MRI

    Mar 27, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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    The Phillies have already announced that closer Brad Lidge is going to open the season on the 15-day disabled list due to “shoulder pain.” Now they’re hoping to get a clearer diagnosis on exactly what’s ailing him. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Lidge will fly back to Philadelphia on Tuesday to undergo an MRI…

  18. UPDATE: Rule 5 top pick Josh Rodriguez makes the Pirates

    Mar 27, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for all that. Now general manager Neal Huntington has announced that Rodriguez will make the Opening Day roster after all. ========== Prior to the Rule 5 draft in December the Pirates talked about not being particularly excited about their options with the No. 1 pick and then made a selection that was…

  19. Rays trade infielder Joe Inglett to Astros

    Mar 27, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Brian McTaggart of MLB.com had this one first. The Astros made a minor move Sunday, acquiring infielder Joe Inglett from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Inglett posted a .208/.321/.250 batting line in 24 at-bats this spring and failed to make the Tampa Bay season-opening roster. He…

  20. Francona “aggravated” by Buck Showalter’s comments

    Mar 27, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Terry Francona

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter made a couple of controversial comments in a recent issue of Men’s Journal about some of his opponents in the American League East. He said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter “ticks” him off and that he’d “like to see how smart” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein “is with the Tampa Bay…

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