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  1. Jody Gerut officially retires from the game of baseball

    Feb 27, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Milwaukee Brewers

    Jody Gerut is hanging up his cleats for good. The 33-year-old outfielder and only known professional athlete who subscribes to The Economist inked a minor league contract with the Mariners over the winter, but he told a group of reporters on Sunday morning in spring camp that he no longer had the desire to continue…

  2. Scenes from Spring Training: Boppin’ around the Indians and the Reds

    Feb 27, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

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    The Reds and Indians share the Goodyear complex.  The team clubhouses and practice fields are about a half mile down the road from the ballpark. Neither the Reds nor the Indians take their BP or infield in the main park, even on game day, so I’ve spent most of my morning driving and walking long distances…

  3. Utley underwent MRI on right knee Saturday

    Feb 27, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly comes word that second baseman Chase Utley underwent an MRI on his right knee Saturday. The test showed no structural damage, but Utley is battling patellar tendinitis and won’t play in the Phillies’ first handful of Grapefruit League games. The Phillies are also going to limit the amount of…

  4. Rangers: Beltre still expected to miss only two weeks

    Feb 27, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre, Jon Daniels, Adrian Beltre

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reported Saturday that Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is likely to miss “about a month” of spring training because of the Grade 1 muscle strain in his right calf, putting his status for Opening Day in serious doubt. The Rangers are now refuting that, holding strong to their estimation that Beltre…

  5. Kyle McClellan to get first shot at replacing Wainwright

    Feb 27, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    When the Cardinals announced last week that right-hander Adam Wainwright was going to need Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, many assumed that a free agent starter would be brought in to replace the injured ace. Kevin Millwood is still on the market, as is Jeremy Bonderman. But the Cardinals have insisted that they are going…

  6. Photo(s) of the Day: Things you don’t have to do very often in Arizona

    Feb 27, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    I got to Goodyear Ballpark just after 8AM this morning to find the groundscrew having to deal with a soaking wet tarp.  Note the giant pool just beyond shortstop: Not something that happens very often in the desert I imagine.  The trick: to rip that thing off the infield fast enough so that the pool…

  7. A’s shut Rich Harden down for another whole week

    Feb 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Rich Harden

    A’s pitcher Rich Harden told reporters on Thursday that his stiff lat muscle was “coming along” and that he was “100 percent pain-free.” Either he wasn’t telling the whole truth or the A’s are simply playing it extra careful with the oft-injured right-hander, because he has been shut down for another seven days. The news…

  8. Scenes From Spring Training: Rainpocalypse

    Feb 27, 2011, 8:32 AM EDT

    Desert Rain

    I awake to light rain and slightly cool temperatures this morning.  Yesterday, multiple people Phoenix residents apologized to me in advance for this weather, trying to explain it away as though it were some personal failing.  Many locals are having the “will we get the game in?” conversation that most of us have when violent…

  9. Scenes from Spring Training: A surprisingly good game in Tempe

    Feb 26, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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    These early games are supposed to be sloppy, but no one told that to the Dodgers and Angels.  Epic? Nah. Outside of Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier the Dodgers had a bunch of third and fourth stringers playing today. But no matter who they were, it was surprisingly well-played. The Angels won 4-1.…

  10. Heyman: Adrian Beltre could miss a month with calf injury

    Feb 26, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reported yesterday that Adrian Beltre was going to miss 10-14 days with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf, but Jon Heyman of SI.com hears that timetable is “a tad optimistic.“ According to Heyman, Beltre could miss as much as a month with the injury. Durrett wrote yesterday that “the club…

  11. Photo of the Day: The Dodgers take a shortcut

    Feb 26, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    I noticed when the Dodgers showed up here at Tempe Diablo Stadium today that they got off a bus in the parking lot behind the wall in right and walked across the field to their clubhouse on the third base line.  No back entrance or anything fancy like that. It makes sense, then, that if…

  12. Report: Yankees keeping an eye on Francisco Liriano

    Feb 26, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Excuse me while I file this under most predictable trade rumor of all-time (via Bob Nightengale of USA Today): The Yankees are keeping a close eye on Twins starter Francisco Liriano, while Twins are keeping tabs on Yanks prospects. The trade winds began to blow earlier this month, when Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune wrote…

  13. Scenes from Spring Training: Matt Kemp shows hustle

    Feb 26, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    The “Matt Kemp is lazy and out of shape” meme got beat to death last year. Was there any truth to it? Sure, some. But it probably got overplayed because I’m not sure anyone is due as much garbage he got thrown on him in 2010. In light of all of that, I feel justified in…

  14. Miguel Cabrera could play as soon as Monday

    Feb 26, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers first baseman Cabrera stands in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit

    Tigers manager Jim Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com earlier today that Miguel Cabrera won’t be in the lineup tomorrow against the Blue Jays, but could make his spring training debut Monday against the Yankees. “Monday’s more of a possibility [than Sunday],” Leyland said, “but I’m not sure about Monday either.” Cabrera didn’t make the…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: Random Notes from Tempe Diablo

    Feb 26, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Doing my standard wander-and-observe thing this morning.  Among the highlights so far: Mike Scioscia opened up his office for the media at 10AM.  When we came in he noticed a video camera from a member of the Japanese media and said “if I knew there was gonna be cameras here I would’ve fixed my hair.”…

  16. Ron Washington intends to use Ian Kinsler out of the leadoff spot this season

    Feb 26, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler bat

    Rangers manager Ron Washington raised some eyebrows earlier this week when he used Ian Kinsler out of the leadoff spot in the team’s intersquad game. While Washington warned against looking too much into the decision at the time, he confirmed to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News today that Kinsler will indeed be his…

  17. Brandon Webb to throw bullpen session on Sunday

    Feb 26, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Sessions

    Brandon Webb threw off a mound when he first arrived to spring training last week, but Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux put him on a throwing program in an effort to build up his arm strength. After a week of intense long-tossing, Webb is scheduled to get back on the mound Sunday for another bullpen…

  18. Scenes from Spring Training: Even the phenoms pay their dues

    Feb 26, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Last night I was on a radio show, and the host asked me why we don’t tend to see prima donna baseball players making demands on their teams the way we do in the NBA and the NFL. There are a lot of reasons, of course. For one thing, no one baseball player is as…

  19. Justin Duchscherer sidelined due to hip soreness

    Feb 26, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Discouraging news out of Orioles’ camp. According to Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun, Justin Duchscherer is currently sidelined due to hip soreness. “We’re going to give him 48 hours and see where he is,” said president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. Of course, Duchscherer is working his way back from season-ending surgery on his left hip…

  20. Jason Bay back in the lineup for the first time since concussion

    Feb 26, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Jason Bay sliding

    There are lineup cards being tweeted left and right this morning, but one of the more overlooked names is Jason Bay. As noted by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Bay is in the Mets’ lineup today for the first time since suffering a concussion last July in Los Angeles. We haven’t heard as much…

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