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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    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…

  4. The inevitable has happened: Oliver Perez has been released

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Oliver Perez Mets

    We’ve seen this coming all spring and, actually, I’m kind of surprised it took this long.  Oliver Perez has been released. His last outing as a Met came on Saturday against the Nationals, and it was pretty much standard-issue Oliver Perez: back-to-back home runs to a couple of anonymous hitters, a two-out walk to a lefty…

  5. Happy Barry Bonds Trial Day!

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    Barry Bonds’ trial begins today. It’s expected to last a two-to-four weeks. First up on the agenda is jury selection which, I assume anyway, will take up the whole day. I love jury selection in a high profile case, by the way. It’s always fun to see the folks who say they haven’t heard a…

  6. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Iron Eagle

    Stuff you missed while trying to make sense of this whole Libya thing by watching “Iron Eagle” over and over again. On VHS.

  7. Phillies sign Mets castoff Luis Castillo to minor league deal

    Mar 20, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Cut loose by the Mets last week despite still being owed $6 million for this season, Luis Castillo has reportedly signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies. World-renowned Castillo hater Jon Heyman naturally hates the move and an awful lot of Phillies fans seem to agree, but given the injuries to Chase Utley and Placido…

  8. Nationals clear Ryan Zimmerman to resume baseball activites

    Mar 20, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

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    The Nationals shut third baseman Ryan Zimmerman down last week due to a minor groin injury. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, they’re ready to get him active again. Zimmerman participated in routine baseball activities on Sunday in Nats camp and reported no lingering pain or discomfort. He will probably do a similar workout Monday…

  9. Peavy has sore rotator cuff, might miss start of season

    Mar 20, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

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    Troubling news here for the White Sox. According to Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, right-hander Jake Peavy has been diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis and might not be able to make his scheduled Cactus League start Thursday against the Cubs. If he’s unable to make that outing, the White Sox will probably also…

  10. Padres claim righty Pat Neshek off waivers from Twins

    Mar 20, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Minnesota Twins

    Pat Neshek did his own reporting on this one. According to the sidearming right-hander’s Twitter account, the Twins put Neshek on outright waivers Sunday and he was quickly claimed by the Padres. The 30-year-old was a highly reliable setup man for Minnesota from 2006-2007, boasting a 2.68 ERA and a 127/33 K/BB ratio over 107-plus…

  11. Carlos Beltran runs and hits in return to practice

    Mar 20, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT

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    Carlos Beltran is working out again. From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York comes word that the newly converted right fielder ran 100-foot sprints four times in camp on Sunday afternoon and also took batting practice. He even launched a home run off former bench coach Dave Jauss while hitting from the left side of…

  12. Beimel has elbow discomfort, doubtful for Opening Day

    Mar 20, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

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    It sounds like Pirates left-hander Joe Beimel is going to be unavailable when the Bucs’ regular season kicks off on April 1. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Beimel had to be scratched from a one-inning outing against the Red Sox on Sunday due to discomfort in his throwing elbow. This discomfort isn’t…

  13. Brad Lidge hoping to return to live games Tuesday

    Mar 20, 2011, 11:27 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Phillies closer Brad Lidge has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 11 due to tendinitis in his right biceps muscle. The veteran right-hander will look to change that early this week. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Lidge threw a successful bullpen session Sunday morning in Phillies camp. He fired 35 pitches…

  14. Derrek Lee debuts, but is now battling sore left foot

    Mar 20, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Orioles first baseman Derrek Lee did not have the smoothest Grapefruit League debut on Saturday. According to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com, the veteran fouled a ball off his left foot in his first plate appearance of the afternoon game against the Phillies and had to undergo X-rays on Saturday night. On Sunday morning he was…

  15. White Sox decide on closer, choose Thornton over Sale

    Mar 20, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski, Matt Thornton

    The dust has settled on the White Sox’ internal battle for ninth inning duties. According to Brett Ballantini of CSN Chicago, manager Ozzie Guillen announced Saturday in camp that veteran left-hander Matt Thornton will serve as the club’s primary closer when the regular season opens next month. Thornton was labeled as the “frontrunner” for the…

  16. Brian Roberts cleared to return to Orioles’ lineup

    Mar 20, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts

    Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was shut down in the middle of March due to soreness in his back. For a guy with his recent injury history, it seemed likely that the soreness would linger right on into the start of the regular season. Not so. According to MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli, Roberts is back in…

  17. Curt Schilling tweets, calls Manny Ramirez a cheater

    Mar 19, 2011, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Answering questions on Twitter Saturday, Curt Schilling said that Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds were the best hitters he encountered during his time on the mound, but that some artificial enhancement might have helped with that. From Schilling’s @gehrig38 account: Best modern day hitter, Manny RH Barry LH when they cheated, Gonzo LH Pujols RH…

  18. Oliver Perez probably just made his last appearance with the Mets

    Mar 19, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    The end is nigh. Oliver Perez blew up in epic fashion this afternoon against the Nationals, essentially squashing whatever minimal chance he had to make the Mets’ Opening Day roster out the bullpen. Perez was originally expected to face left-handed batter Matt Stairs, but Nationals manager Jim Riggleman countered with the righty-hitting Jeff Frazier. In…

  19. Brian Wilson has mild oblique strain, Opening Day in doubt

    Mar 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Here’s some bad news for the defending World Series champions. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Brian Wilson underwent an MRI this morning which revealed a “mild” strain of his left oblique muscle. Wilson told the training staff that he suffered the injury during his most recent outing on Thursday night. While…

  20. Vicente Padilla throws first bullpen session since forearm surgery

    Mar 19, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Vicente Padilla underwent surgery late last month to release a nerve entrapped in his right forearm. The Dodgers originally estimated that he could resume throwing 3-4 weeks after surgery, placing his return somewhere around late April or early May, but it appears that he is progressing faster than most anticipated. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com,…

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