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  1. Alex Rodriguez dropped 10 pounds this winter

    Feb 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones

    Alex Rodriguez might not be in the proverbial “best shape of his life,” but he did show up to Yankees camp this weekend with a trimmer self. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the 35-year-old Rodriguez dropped from 233 pounds to 223 pounds this offseason and slid his body fat from 12 percent to nine…

  2. Liriano plays catch, left shoulder checks out fine

    Feb 20, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 1

    Twins starter Francisco Liriano skipped a scheduled bullpen session Friday because he had a bit of tightness in his throwing shoulder. For a guy with his injury history, any kind of abnormal discomfort is concerning, but he is going to survive this little issue. According to Phil Mackey of Minneapolis’ ESPN 1500 AM, Liriano checked…

  3. Rangers ink Brett Tomko to minor league contract

    Feb 20, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    tomko mad

    Big news out of Rangers camp. OK, not really. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, Texas has agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Brett Tomko. The 37-year-old hasn’t pitched in a major league game since September 2009 and is still recovering from the nerve problem that cost him all of the…

  4. Luis Castillo didn’t report early because of brother’s surgery

    Feb 20, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Remember all that junk Friday about how Mets manager Terry Collins was upset at Luis Castillo for not showing up to spring training earlier than the rest of the club’s positional players? Yeah, that should probably be put to rest now. Castillo revealed Sunday in Mets camp that he was being held up due to…

  5. Kevin Millwood rejects contract offer from Yankees

    Feb 20, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rejecting contract offers this late in the offseason is a little crazy. Rejecting contract offers this late in the offseason from the Yankees is even crazier. Ladies and gentlemen, Kevin Millwood… According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Millwood has turned down a minor league contract offer from the Yankees because he is…

  6. Baker expects Votto to handle MVP treatment well

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

    Joey Votto homers

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks that Joey Votto, fresh off winning the NL MVP award, will begin to be treated like great MVPs of the past by opposing pitchers. Baker, speaking on Saturday at spring training camp in Goodyear, Ariz., said he noticed some special treatment from pitchers last season, when Votto hit .324…

  7. Carlos Beltran sounds like he’s headed for right field

    Feb 19, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Carlos Beltran will do a “baseball-type running program” over the next week to 10 days, after which a decision could be made about whether he will make the move to right field or remain in center field. Still, in his comments to the media today, Beltran sounded like someone…

  8. Jimmy Rollins predicts at least 100 wins for the Phillies

    Feb 19, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

    crystal ball

    You guys aren’t going to believe this, but Jimmy Rollins told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he expects the Phillies to be good this season. “We’ll win 100 games,” Rollins said Saturday. “I really plan on going after, what is it, Seatlle won 114 [sic] or something. … We’ll go get somewhere hopefully…

  9. Michael Young arrives to spring training, doesn’t want to talk to Jon Daniels

    Feb 19, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Michael Young dugout

    As expected, Michael Young made his way to Rangers’ camp in Surprise, Arizona earlier today. Young quickly cut to the chase upon his arrival, taking questions from the media about his recent trade request. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Young said that he will not address trade rumors this spring. “I’m…

  10. Hunter Pence beats Astros in final arbitration hearing of winter

    Feb 19, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Hunter Pence has won his arbitration hearing against the Astros. The three-person panel ultimately decided that Pence will earn a $6.9 million this season rather than the $5.15 million salary proposed by the Astros last month. Pence, who turns 28 in April, earned $3.5 million in his first time through…

  11. Mark Teixeira calls the Yankees underdogs

    Feb 19, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano

    It’s hard to argue with what the Red Sox have done this offseason. They signed the best position player available in Carl Crawford and acquired Adrian Gonzalez, one of the best all-around first basemen in the sport. They also bolstered their bullpen with the additions of Bobby Jenks and Dan Wheeler. Most impartial observers believe…

  12. Scott Boras will advise potential No. 1 pick Anthony Rendon

    Feb 19, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Anthony Rendon

    Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon told Dejean Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that agent Scott Boras will act as his adviser. Of course, Boras must be called an “adviser” for now because Rendon is still an amateur. It shouldn’t be a surprise to see Boras involved with the highly-regarded Rendon. The 20-year-old underwent ankle surgery…

  13. Rockies sign Matt Belisle to a two-year contract

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Matt-Belisle

    The Rockies have inked Matt Belisle to a two-year, $6.125 million contract, according to the right-hander’s agency CAA. Brief sidenote: It’s interesting to see how many contract announcements were made over Twitter this offseason, either by the team or an agency. It probably won’t be long before this is commonplace. Anyhow, the Rockies and Belisle…

  14. Garrett Wittels’ hit streak ends at 56 games

    Feb 19, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

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    According to Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, Florida International University shortstop Garrett Wittels went 0-for-4 in last night’s season-opener against Southeastern Louisiana, ending his hit streak at 56 games. Wittels was in pursuit of Robin Ventura, who established the all-time NCAA Division I record when he hit in 58 consecutive games with Oklahoma State in 1987. That’s the…

  15. Irving Picard is also going after Tim Teufel

    Feb 19, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Nationals Mets Baseball

    The Wilpons and Saul Katz have some familiar company in this Madoff mess. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, former Mets second baseman and current Triple-A Buffalo manager Tim Teufel is being sued for approximately $1.23 million in a clawback lawsuit filed by Madoff trustee Irving Picard. According to the Daily…

  16. Miguel Cabrera to be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training

    Feb 19, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just spoke with the media in Lakeland, Florida and said that Miguel Cabrera will be evaluated by doctors before reporting to spring training. Here’s Dombrowski, courtesy of Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports: “He’s cooperative and realizes he has an alcohol problem and he fell off.” Dombrowski doesn’t have a specific…

  17. Michael Young to report to Rangers’ camp today

    Feb 19, 2011, 8:37 AM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    Today is the official day for Rangers’ position players to report to spring training. Not that we didn’t expect him to be there or anything, but Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that Michael Young will indeed be in Surprise, Arizona today. Just because Young is reporting to camp doesn’t…

  18. Rangers plan to explore contract extension with C.J. Wilson

    Feb 18, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com earlier today that he expects to discuss a contract extension with C.J. Wilson over the next several weeks. Wilson made a sucessful transition from the bullpen to the starting rotation last season, compiling a 15-8 record along with a 3.35 ERA over 33 starts…

  19. Domonic Brown is Charlie Manuel’s “first choice” for right field. Sort of.

    Feb 18, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown swinging

    It appeared that Phillies manager Charlie Manuel tipped his hand on the favorite for the starting right field job earlier today, telling reporters that top prospect Domonic Brown “is sort of the first choice there.” According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhiladelphia.com, the skipper later had to clarify his comments. “I should have been a little…

  20. The Astros and Hunter Pence went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 18, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

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    Hunter Pence and the Astros wrapped up MLB’s third and final arbitration hearing of the winter earlier today, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Following the three-hour, 45-minute hearing, Astros general manager Ed Wade said that he expects the three-person panel to render a decision sometime tomorrow. “This is part of the process we go…

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