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  1. UPDATE: Brad Lidge shut down for 3-6 weeks and Jose Contreras, not Ryan Madson, set to fill in

    Mar 29, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    UPDATE: The news isn’t getting any better. Lidge told Martin Frank of the News Journal that he actually has a partially torn rotator cuff and will be shut down completely for 3-6 weeks. Frank writes that Lidge will need even more time once he’s actually able to throw and speculates that it could be early…

  2. Chris Davis wants a trade, but Rangers send him to Triple-A

    Mar 29, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Chris Davis said last week that he’d prefer the Rangers trade him if they weren’t going to give him a spot on the big-league roster and he may still get his wish before Opening Day, but for now at least Davis has been optioned to Triple-A. He doesn’t really have anything left to prove in…

  3. Ronny Paulino blood tests reveal “stomach and colon issues”

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Ronny Paulino is ineligible to play in the Mets’ first eight games of the season due to a 50-game suspension for a positive performance-enhancing drug test dating back to last year, but now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the backup catcher could be out longer after recent blood tests revealed “stomach and colon issues.”…

  4. Springtime Storylines: Are the Blue Jays doomed by baseball’s toughest division?

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    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: New manager John Farrell’s tall order in Toronto. The Big Question: Are the Blue Jays doomed by baseball’s toughest division? Toronto has won…

  5. Just say no to any neutral site World Series games

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Gibson homer

    Ken Rosenthal has a good column up today about how baseball’s future is so bright it’s gotta wear shades. Business is booming and looks as though it will continue to boom.  Technology that allows fans to get even more immersed in the game is leading the way to the future, and how the time is…

  6. MLB announces seven-day disabled list for concussions to be used on “trial basis” this season

    Mar 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    justin-morneau-concussion

    MLB announced today that teams will be able to place players who suffer concussions on a seven-day disabled list this season in addition to the standard 15-day and 60-day disabled lists, with the new option being used on a “trial basis.” According to the announcement the shorter DL option is intended “to allow concussions to…

  7. For the players, Miami is a “girlfriend city”

    Mar 29, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Miami

    I was gone yesterday afternoon so I wasn’t following the blow-by-blow of the Bonds trial. By missing it, though, I missed a doozy.  In case you missed it too, know this: to players on road trips, there are “wife cities” and there are “girlfriend cities.” This came up during Kimberly Bell’s testimony, in which she…

  8. Pedro Feliciano shut down for 10 days, will begin year on DL

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Signed by the Yankees in large part because of his incredible durability after leading the National League in appearances in each of the past three seasons, Pedro Feliciano has been shut down for at least 10 days because of what Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com describes as “soreness in a muscle behind his left shoulder.” Feliciano…

  9. 2011’s uniform changes are minor, but mostly positive

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Halladay Jays

    Paul Lukas has no peer when it comes to the world of cataloging and commenting on sports uniform design, and today he has a post I look forward to every year: all of the uniform changes heading in to the new baseball season. Nothing really major. The Blue Jays have trashed the powder blue alternates.…

  10. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Derek Holland

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee‘s departure left a huge hole in the Rangers’ rotation and they signed rehabbing former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb in the hopes he could fill the void if healthy, but 24-year-old left-hander Derek Holland emerging as a front-line starter is the more likely way for Texas to forget all about Lee. Holland was…

  11. Barry Bonds’ ex-girlfriend may have contradicted her grand jury testimony yesterday

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Kimberly Bell

    If you think (a) the Bonds trial couldn’t get any more cringe-worthy; and (b) I couldn’t find a way to make a second post about Barry Bonds’ testicles today, well, you’re quite mistaken. After a couple of witnesses took the stand this morning, the jury was cleared and Bonds’ lawyers told the judge that Kimberly…

  12. Springtime Storylines: How far can “The Big Four” carry the Phillies?

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Roy Oswalt, Roy Halladay, Joe Blanton, Cliff Lee

    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: Uncle Cholly’s Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: How far can “The Big Four” carry the Phillies? Pretty damn far. There’s…

  13. Derek Jeter to bat second for Yankees, with Brett Gardner leading off

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter was the Yankees’ leadoff man in 137 of his 155 starts last season, but manager Joe Girardi announced today that Jeter will hit second in the Opening Day lineup, with Brett Gardner replacing him in the leadoff spot. Anything involving Jeter inevitably leads to big headlines, but ultimately the switch is pretty meaningless.…

  14. News flash: old ex-ballplayer does not engage in revisionist history

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Lou Brock

    Yesterday I quoted that Bill White interview by the RetroSimba blog.  It continues today, and White said two pretty neat things. First, when asked if the Cardinals infield of White, Ken Boyer, Dick Groat and Julian Javier was the best infield he’d ever seen, he said no, cited Javier’s shortcomings as a defender and opined…

  15. Dontrelle Willis fails to make Reds’ bullpen, heads to Triple-A

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Dontrelle Willis‘ latest comeback attempt has hit a snag, as he failed to secure a spot in the Reds’ bullpen and has been reassigned to Triple-A. Willis had to agree to the Triple-A assignment, so clearly he thinks the Reds still give him the best opportunity to get back to the majors at some point.…

  16. Blue Jays settle on Jose Bautista in right field and Edwin Encarnacion at third base

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    For most of the offseason the assumption was that Jose Bautista would be Toronto’s everyday third baseman–he’s still listed there on the official MLB.com depth chart, in fact–but today the Blue Jays announced that Bautista will be moving to right field full time. That also means Edwin Encarnacion will be the starting third baseman after…

  17. Jason Bay has a strained rib cage, could start the season on the DL

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Bay_Jason

    One day I’m going to have news about the Mets that is unequivocally good. Young prospect impresses. Guy who was hurt turned out to not be as bad as everyone thought and is good-to-go.  I guess Carlos Beltran doing OK over the weekend was good news — and this is certainly fun! —  but there…

  18. Jay Gibbons’ eye problems give Tony Gwynn Jr. starting job

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Jay Gibbons will begin the season on the disabled list after new contact lenses failed to fix the ongoing vision problems he’s been having all spring, according to Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com. Gibbons told Jackson that the new lenses improved his vision off the field, but failed to improve his eyesight at the plate because…

  19. Dante Bichette is a USTA champ

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Bichette

    You hear a lot about how ex-ballplayers spend the, oh, 40-60 years of their retirement playing golf.  Dante Bichette isn’t most ex-ballplayers. He’s a USTA tennis champ: Having just thrown a 110-pitch complete game for his adult baseball league, Dante Bichette rushed to Daytona Beach. His team was facing elimination in the United States Tennis Association Florida state…

  20. Suspected “serial bank robber” wears Red Sox hat

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Three recent bank robberies in Ohio are being traced back to a man “who wears a distinctive Boston Red Sox baseball cap,” according to Jennifer Baker of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Still shots of surveillance footage of the unmasked man wearing his Red Sox hat accompany the Cincinnati Enquirer news story and police say he simply…

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