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  1. The Barry Bonds trial has a jury and now Greg Anderson is on deck

    Mar 22, 2011, 6:13 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Perjury Trial Begins in San Francisco

    Twelve people have been picked to sit in judgment of Barry Bonds. A couple of them are baseball fans, but not serious ones. They haven’t heard of BALCO or, if they have, they don’t know anything about it, really. I sometimes find myself surprised that someone could not know anything about this stuff but then…

  2. Chad Cordero back in baseball after losing daughter to SIDS

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    Chad Cordero

    Barry Svrluga wrote a beautiful and heartbreaking piece for the Washington Post about Chad Cordero, who is attempting to keep his career afloat with the Blue Jays after losing his daughter Tehya to SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome, in December. He is shaken now. There are times during spring training when he heads to a…

  3. Springtime Storylines: Did the Brewers improve enough this offseason?

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    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: Is something abrew in Milwaukee? The Big Question: Did the Brewers make enough improvements this offseason? There was one clear winner this winter…

  4. Carlos Beltran could DH in a minor league game tomorrow

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, Carlos Beltran could be the designated hitter in a minor league game tomorrow. Beltran took limited batting practice from both sides of the plate Monday, so the Mets will see how his knee responds tomorrow. Even if he plays, the Mets plan to use a pinch-runner for him…

  5. Report: The Yankees have discussed signing Oliver Perez

    Mar 21, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Perez_Oliver

    There’s probably more mileage left talking about this guy than there is in his left arm. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that “Yankees people” have discussed Oliver Perez as a cheap sign. Though, for what it’s worth, Heyman writes that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is “not enthused” about the idea. I’m almost rooting for…

  6. Wanna see a Uniform Player’s Contract?

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Man Signing Contract

    Old Gator said in a comment a few minutes ago that I seem nostalgic for the halls of justice today. I don’t think it’s that dire, but yeah, there has been a lot of legal stuff on the blog today. I’ll risk one more quasi-legal item. This is just a link, though, via MLB Trade Rumors,…

  7. Casey Blake expected to begin season on the disabled list

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    casey-blake-dodgers-spring

    Casey Blake went for an MRI exam on his injured back last week and the Dodgers said they expected him to miss minimal time, but today manager Don Mattingly indicated to Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that the veteran third baseman is likely to begin the season on the disabled list. Blake didn’t get many at-bats…

  8. The Mets have another heavy lawsuit on their hands

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    It was nearly four years ago when I first heard the name Ellen Massey. She’s the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Mets that, while not as sexy as the Madoff stuff, has its own special appeal: On Opening Day, 2007, Massey was fallen on by a 300-pound man who came hurtling out of his seat in…

  9. Brian Wilson says he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    wilson_brian

    Last Thursday Giants’ closer Brian Wilson strained an oblique muscle. On Saturday he had an MRI that revealed a mild strain.  Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy was guarded in his comments, noting that oblique strains can be unpredictable. My thinking was that, given Wilson’s missed time at the beginning of spring and now more missed time to…

  10. Freddy Garcia won’t accept assignment to Triple-A if he loses Yankees’ fifth starter battle

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    freddy-garcia-yankees-spring

    Back-to-back poor outings have Freddy Garcia looking like a long shot to claim the fifth spot in the Yankees’ rotation and yesterday the 34-year-old veteran told Brian Costello of the New York Post that he definitely will not accept an assignment to Triple-A if he doesn’t win the job: If I don’t make the team,…

  11. Fisticuffsmanship in the Nationals-Cardinals game

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    More evidence that we need to suspend spring training and start games now: guys plunking one-another in spring training games, possibly on managers’ orders. Adam Kilgore has the description of the scene from Jupiter, where Cardinals reliever Miguel Batista hit Ian Desmond for no apparent reason, at least within the context of this game. Kilgore believes…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Is this just another season in limbo for the Nationals?

    Mar 21, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    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: Your Strasburg-less Washington Nationals. The big question: Is this just another season in limbo for the Nationals? In a word, yes. It’s not wrong…

  13. Michael Cuddyer set for Wednesday return from wart removal

    Mar 21, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer, Joe Mauer

    Michael Cuddyer has been sidelined for the past few weeks after having a wart removed from his foot–the gross picture of which you can see by clicking here–but Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he’s now scheduled to make his spring training debut Wednesday against the Orioles. Cuddyer actually played in a minor-league game this…

  14. Astros choose 37-year-old Nelson Figueroa over 20-year-old Jordan Lyles for fifth starter job

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Journeyman Nelson Figueroa will open the season as the Astros’ fifth starter after competing for the job with 20-year-old top prospect Jordan Lyles, who was sent to the minors today. Lyles was impressive this spring and has a ton of long-term upside, but realistically the Astros are better off letting Figueroa keep the rotation spot…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    ketchup

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

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

    Rodriguez_Alex

    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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    hochevar

    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…

  19. 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…

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

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    frank-francisco-rangers

    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…

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