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  1. Shane Victorino leaves Phillies-Red Sox game after outfield collision

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    With all of the injuries lately Phillies fans can be forgiven if they took to their fainting couches a few minutes ago when Shane Victorino collided with Raul Ibanez in the outfield during the Phillies-Red Sox game. Thankfully, however, everyone appears to be OK. Victorino took what looked to be an Ibanez elbow just above…

  2. Brief Digression Theater: The Great Ketchup Debate of 2011

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    It started, like many things do, with me mocking my mother on Twitter.

  3. Alex Rodriguez has been a Yankee longer than you think

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Some guys can play with a team for a few years and I have a hard time picturing them in any other uniform. Carlos Beltran springs to mind. He joined the Mets in 2005 and right now his time in Kansas City seems like it was decades ago. Other guys can play someplace for around the…

  4. Royals announce Luke Hochevar and his 5.60 career ERA as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Kansas City announced its rotation and as expected Luke Hochevar will get the Opening Day start against the Angels despite a 5.60 career ERA that includes a 4.81 mark in 18 outings last year. Of course, the Royals being the Royals they don’t really have any clearly better options. Jeff Francis, Kyle Davies, and Bruce…

  5. Johnny Cueto has shoulder inflammation; will be shut down for 7-10 days

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Johnny Cueto left his start Saturday after just one inning because he was suffering from biceps stiffness. The Reds flew Cueto to Cincinnati yesterday for an arm exam this morning with team doctors.  The verdict: “shoulder inflammation,” which seems more like a symptom than a malady, but what do I know? The upshot : he’ll be…

  6. Frank Francisco has an appointment with Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Often when a pitcher travels to Dr. James Andrews’ office is Alabama for an examination the next news is announcement that arm surgery is needed, but in Frank Francisco‘s case his visit to Dr. Andrews is for a sore right pectoral muscle. That doesn’t mean he won’t need surgery, of course, but an MRI exam…

  7. Quote of the Day: Joe Posnanski on the Bonds trial

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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    I’ve been ranting about the Barry Bonds trial for years now. Starting today we’ll see lots of people ranting about it.  I predict that there will be all kinds of zany things said. On one extreme we’ll hear how Barry Bonds is and should be public enemy number one. On another, I’m sure someone will…

  8. Hideki Matsui donates $600,000 to Japanese relief efforts

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    Last week Ichiro Suzuki donated $1.2 million to the Japanese relief efforts and now Hideki Matsui has joined him, donating around $600,000 to the Red Cross. Matsui’s official donation is 50 million yen (Ichiro’s was 100 million yen), which works out to about $620,000 based on the current conversion rate and represents around 15 percent…

  9. Neftali Feliz has a great start. And somehow this is a problem.

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

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    If a team had a new starting pitcher show up, throw high heat and exhibit good control over multiple innings, most people would think it was awesome. It’s only when the guy closed games the season before and got a bunch of saves that this somehow becomes a problem. Case in point: Neftali Feliz, who had…

  10. Luis Castillo signed a minor league contract, but won’t be going to the minors

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

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    As expected, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed this morning that going to the minors isn’t actually a possibility for Luis Castillo even though he signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies yesterday. Instead, he’ll either convince the Phillies to put him on the Opening Day roster or become a free agent again in two…

  11. HBT commenters are on fire today

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    It’s not even noon yet and we’ve already had a good half dozen stone cold awesome comments today.  Here are my two favorites so far. First, from commenter xnumberoneson in the Oliver Perez/Sandy Koufax thread, with a nod to the Wilpon/Maddoff story: So let me see if I understand this: the people who bought into the idea…

  12. Indians place reliever Jensen Lewis on waivers

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Jensen Lewis has consistently been one of Cleveland’s best relievers since debuting in mid-2007, posting a 3.68 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 198 innings, but he’s been knocked around in a half-dozen appearances this spring and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Indians have placed him on waivers. Lewis is under contract for…

  13. UPDATE: Bryce Harper sprained his ankle; is day-to-day

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Ben Goessling updates us: Harper sprained his left ankle. He’s day-to-day.  Thank goodness it wasn’t worse. 11:04 A.M.: We don’t have any details yet, but The Nats Blog just tweeted that Bryce Harper hurt his ankle running down to first base and was “carted off the field.”  They have a pic of him on…

  14. Market research firm names Phillies fans the most loyal in baseball

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    On Thursday, GQ opined that that Philly fans are the worst sports fans in America. Today a market research firm released its annual Sports Loyalty Index and named Phillies fans the most loyal in the game: The survey, conducted by market research firm Brand Keys, a company focused on customer and brand loyalty metrics, interviewed…

  15. Elbow injury may keep Jason Isringhausen from making Mets

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Over the weekend Andy Martino of the New York Daily News wrote that Jason Isringhausen had emerged as a realistic bullpen option for the Mets–and perhaps even an eighth-inning setup candidate–after signing a minor-league deal following a tryout last month. Unfortunately injuries have once again threatened to derail Isringhausen’s career, as Andy McCullough of the…

  16. Remembering when Oliver Perez was Sandy Koufax

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    As we bid our final farewell to Oliver Perez — I have this on constant repeat right now — let us recall what led to the big contract that contributed mightily to Perez’s massive disdain among the Mets’ faithful. You’ll remember that Perez is a Scott Boras client and you’ll remember that Boras makes big…

  17. End of the line at age 31? Pirates release Garrett Atkins

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Apparently feeling that their Garrett quota had been surpassed after claiming Garrett Olson off waivers last week, the Pirates have released Garrett Atkins. Atkins is just one season removed from being paid $4.5 million by the Orioles, but that was a terrible signing last winter and he appeared in all of 44 games before Baltimore…

  18. Joe Maddon has a racist fan ejected from yesterday’s Rays-O’s game

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

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    The beauty of spring training is that the ballparks are so cozy and intimate that you can hear conversations going in in the stands. That is also the curse. Marc Topkin of the St. Pete Times: Rays manager Joe Maddon summoned security to remove a fan – wearing an Orioles jersey – who he said…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Do the Yankees have enough pitching?

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Yankees' pitcher Burnett works from the mound against the Phillies during their MLB American League spring training baseball game in Tampa

    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: A team you may or may not have heard of: The New York Yankees. The Big Question: Do the Yankees have enough starting…

  20. Wilpon and Katz fire back. Which provides an opportunity for perspective.

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

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    Sticking with the legal beat, Fred Wilpon, Saul Katz and the Mets fired back at the bankruptcy trustee in the Madoff case yesterday, filing a 94-page brief  (a copy of which is available at their website if you’re curious) accusing Irving Picard of — and there’s really no other way to put this — of being a…

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