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  1. Scenes from Spring Training: Welcome to Phoenix Municipal Stadium

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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    I’m in the press box of Phoenix Municipal Stadium.  I can’t say for sure how long I’ll be here, however, because real estate is at a premium.  Most of these boxes have two rows. The first row is for the beat writers who cover the team every day, the official scorer and people like that.…

  2. Josh Beckett cleared to return from concussion, but won’t pitch until next week

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Josh Beckett passed a series of brain function tests this morning after displaying “mild concussion symptoms” when struck on the head by an errant ball during batting practice Monday and has been cleared to resume light activities, but Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox have scratched him from tomorrow’s scheduled…

  3. Justin Morneau visits doctor, but still not cleared for game action eight months after concussion

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

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    After being examined by a doctor yesterday Justin Morneau was not cleared for game action despite suffering a concussion eight months ago. Morneau and the Twins continue to talk about the progress he’s made recently and from a quality of life standpoint it truly sounds like he’s significantly improved, but eight months after the concussion…

  4. Uh-oh: Frank McCourt is in trouble with the missus!

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Remember how Frank McCourt tried to sell off the Dodgers’ broadcasting rights to FOX in an effort to raise cash to save his ownership of the team? Yeah, it seems that, given that the Dodgers are community property, Jamie McCourt has an interest in all of that and a right to obtain any information she…

  5. Mark Wohlers’ wife: Fireman of the Year

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Mark Wohlers never won the Fireman of the Year award back when he was the Braves’ closer, but his wife deserves consideration now: Former Braves closer Mark Wohlers said his wife raced through their suburban Atlanta home and saved him and their three children as flames starting spreading through the house early Tuesday. The home…

  6. When is it OK to report what goes on in the clubhouse?

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

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    That’s the question a staff writer for the Dayton Daily News asks in the wake of that Jonny Gomes/Adam Wainwright thing: When do the media go too far? Is every nanosecond of every day fair game for anyone who we christen as a public figure? As a reader, do you even want to know that…

  7. Greg Anderson is going back to jail

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

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    Considering that Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds’ former trainer, has (a) already done over a year in jail for not testifying against Bonds; and considering that (b) the practical limit of any future refusal to testify against Bonds is the couple of weeks his trial will take to complete, it’s not at all surprising that Anderson…

  8. Report: Mets won’t receive additional “substantial” financial assistance from MLB

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    We learned earlier today that the Mets are currently seeking another loan to cover operating expenses. Well, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times, they won’t be able to look to Major League Baseball to stay afloat for the long-term. The league already extended a $25 million loan to the Mets in November,…

  9. Phillies, Charlie Manuel making progress towards contract extension

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said a couple weeks back that he doesn’t want to talk about extending his expiring contract if a deal can’t be worked out before Opening Day. As if there was any doubt, we probably won’t have to worry about that deadline. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Manuel’s agent Pat Rooney…

  10. The Brewers have spoken with Casey McGehee about a multi-year deal

    Mar 1, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he has spoken to Casey McGehee‘s agent Barry Meister about a multi-year contract. “We’ll probably know something in the next few days,” said Melvin. “We’ve talked briefly (about a multi-year deal) but I don’t want to get into that.” The 28-year-old McGehee…

  11. Scenes from Spring Training: Welcome to 2013, Royals fans

    Mar 1, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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    This was the rare spring training game that got more interesting as opposed to less interesting as it went on. And the reason for it was the very reason why I came here today: the Royals system is stocked. But the system is still young, and for as good as Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and…

  12. Red Sox owner John Henry was fined half a million bucks for slamming revenue sharing

    Mar 1, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Recently, when Hank Steinbrenner and Randy Levine starting slamming teams who took revenue sharing and referring to it as “welfare,” I suggested that Bud Selig may take issue with the comments.  John Henry — who has himself slammed revenue sharing — admitted today that, yes, Bud Selig does take issue. And does so quite expensively:…

  13. Jake Locker won’t play baseball even if there’s an NFL lockout

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Last week general manager Tony Reagins expressed some optimism that former University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker may decide to play baseball if there’s an NFL lockout, as the Angels own his MLB rights through 2015 after giving him a $250,000 bonus as a 10th-round pick in 2009. Locker squashed that idea today while appearing…

  14. Oft-injured Nick Johnson signs minor league deal with Indians

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Johnson hits solo home run in first inning against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in New York

    Last offseason Nick Johnson signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Yankees, but after yet another injury wrecked season the 32-year-old disabled list regular has had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Indians, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. If healthy Johnson brings excellent on-base skills to the lineup, but that’s sort…

  15. Michael Cuddyer out 7-14 days after having wart removed

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Michael Cuddyer‘s attempt to self-treat a wart on his foot during the offseason proved unsuccessful, so now he’s expected to miss 7-14 days after leaving Twins camp and returning to Minnesota to have it removed by a doctor. Aside from it probably being pretty embarrassing for Cuddyer to have his foot wart make headlines, this…

  16. Scenes from Spring Training: Few people, good seats

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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    Despite it being perhaps the most beautiful day since I’ve been down here, it’s a near-empty ballpark today.  I guess you’ll have that when it’s the Royals and the Padres, neither of which are what you’d call national draws. But the good thing about it was that I was able to wander down to a…

  17. Garret Anderson retires after 17 seasons and 2,529 hits

    Mar 1, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Unable to find a job this spring after hitting just .181 in 80 games for the Dodgers last season, Garret Anderson has decided to call it a career after 17 years in the majors. Fifteen of those years were spent with the Angels and Anderson is the franchise’s all-time leader in games (2,013), plate appearances…

  18. Josh Beckett after being hit on the head: “I feel better today”

    Mar 1, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Josh Beckett was sent home from Red Sox camp yesterday with “mild concussion symptoms” after being struck on the head by an errant ball during batting practice and was held out of all activities today, but told Ian Browne of MLB.com that he’s feeling better: How do I feel? I feel all right. I feel…

  19. Chris Carpenter leaves start with strained hamstring

    Mar 1, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    More bad news for the Cardinals, as Chris Carpenter left this afternoon’s start with a strained hamstring. Given how depressing spring training has been for the Cardinals so far perhaps the injury being to Carpenter’s leg rather than his arm almost qualifies as good news. Of course, in the same game reliever Mitchell Boggs departed…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: A photo tour of the Royals camp

    Mar 1, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

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    George:  “Kevin, you and I are pretty awesome, aren’t we?” Kevin: “Yes, George. Yes we are. We could probably make this team if we tried, couldn’t we?” George: “Yes, Kevin, we could.  Oh, Kevin: did I ever tell you about that night I had in Vegas?” Kevin: “I swear, George, if you tell that story…

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