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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.”…

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

    Feb 26, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Derrek Lee takes batting practice for first time since thumb surgery

    Feb 26, 2011, 9:57 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee Orioles

    Derrek Lee took live batting practice yesterday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb in November, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “A lot of nerves,” Lee said. “I’ve never had surgery. I didn’t know how it was going to respond. I was a little…

  14. The Indians sign Chad Durbin to a one-year contract

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Indians have reached agreement with Chad Durbin on a one-year contract, pending a physical. He’ll make a guaranteed salary of $800,000 with the chance for $1 million more in performance-based incentives. Durbin was reportedly considering a return to Philadelphia as a non-roster invitee earlier this week if he…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: A decision to make

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    Not that there is anything on the planet truly worth complaining about down here in Arizona — life is grand, and don’t think for a moment I have forgotten that — but I do face a bit of a conundrum this morning.  Here’s the entire Cactus League schedule for the day: Rockies vs. Diamondbacks 1:10,…

  16. Joe Nathan scheduled to return to game action on Tuesday

    Feb 25, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard nothing but positive things about Joe Nathan‘s rehab from Tommy John surgery until this point and we’re about to get the chance to see him back in game action. According to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com, Nathan is scheduled to make his first appearance of the spring Tuesday against the Red Sox, less than…

  17. Carlos Gonzalez to primarily play left field this season

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez outfield

    Carlos Gonzalez started 55 games in center field, 51 in left and 34 in right last season, but his days of roving around the outfield are over, at least if Rockies manager Jim Tracy has anything to say about it. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, Tracy said today that Gonzalez will be the…

  18. Chipper Jones making progress from knee surgery, may play on Sunday

    Feb 25, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Frank Wren, Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones continues to take some encouraging steps in his rehab from left knee surgery. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran third baseman was able to complete his first sliding drill earlier today, just one day after feeling discomfort in his knee. “I felt [bad] yesterday,” Jones said of Thursday’s workout.…

  19. Major League Baseball gave the Mets $20-25 million in financial assistance last fall

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    The Mets may be a big market team but they have big financial problems. Bigger than they’ve been letting on, it seems, because the New York Times is reporting that Major League Baseball provided the Mets $20 million to cover operating expenses last fall. Or maybe it was more, because the Daily News is reporting…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: Alas, the games are a letdown

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

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    The nice weather of spring training is intoxicating. Sunrise at an empty ballpark is electrifying. Watching the ballplayers getting ready and running through drills is beyond cool. And then, just as you’re totally stoked, when the grills are sizzling and fans are settling in for the first pitch … you get a rather crappy game.…

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