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  1. Ryan Madson hopes to stay with the Phillies, but wants to be a closer

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Ryan Madson is in the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal and the setup man told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that he “would love the opportunity to stay and finish my career here.” Madson also told Gelb that he’d like the chance to be a closer and with the Phillies likely…

  2. Coming soon: pitcher helmets

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Pitcher helmet

    Via Pete Abraham, we are pointed to a press release about a new product coming to a baseball diamond near you: helmets for pitchers. It actually appears to be more of a shield that fits over a cap, but I can’t tell. Head protection is head protection, I suppose. The press release makes mention of a high…

  3. Baby steps: A.J. Burnett throws three perfect innings

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett pitches against the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of game two of their MLB American League baseball doubleheader at Fenway Park in Boston

    It says a lot about how far A.J. Burnett has fallen that his throwing three perfect innings in an early March spring training game qualifies as news, but here we are. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Burnett threw 30 of 45 pitches for strikes yesterday and drew positive reviews from both…

  4. Video: If you didn’t think Lenny Dykstra could get more pathetic

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    It’s one thing to see Lenny Dykstra make a disgrace of himself just going about his daily business, but doing so by giving an obviously inebriated interview in which he says that Mitch Williams “doesn’t get it” because, I dunno, he didn’t commit suicide after the 1993 World Series or something is a new low.…

  5. Matt Cain “let it go with no hesitation” in bullpen session

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    Matt Cain was scratched from his scheduled start last week with elbow inflammation, but returned to the mound yesterday for a bullpen session and manager Bruce Bochy said afterward that “he let it go with no hesitation.” Bochy told Chris Haft of MLB.com that Cain will likely be asked to throw batting practice or a…

  6. Former employee of Kendry Morales’ former agents charged with grand theft

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    About a year ago Kendry Morales left his agents the Hendricks brothers and joined in with Scott Boras.  It came out soon after that there were allegations of financial impropriety. The allegation: that Hendricks employee Rodney Fernandez swiped hundreds of thousands of dollars from Morales’ account. Fernandez denied it at the time and pointed a…

  7. After eight months on the sidelines Justin Morneau is playing in a “B” game today

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Justin Morneau is starting at first base and batting cleanup in this morning’s “B” game between the Twins and Pirates, marking the first time he’s been in any lineup since suffering a concussion more than eight months ago. Normally a former MVP seeing game action for the first time since last July would have been…

  8. Twins to give away souvenir glorifying blatant cheating awful underhanded play*

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Hrbek Gant

    I think approximately 500 people sent me links to the pic of this Kent Hrbek-Ron Gant bobblehead when it started making the rounds a couple of weeks ago.  I held off writing about it because it’s not good to blog angry, but now the Twins have officially announced it as a promotion, so what the…

  9. Joel Zumaya shut down for “at least” one week with more elbow problems

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Dr. James Andrews provided a second opinion on Joel Zumaya‘s injured elbow and confirmed that there’s no structural damage, but the Tigers announced that the oft-injured reliever will be shut down for “at least” one week. Zumaya has said–perhaps more out of frustration than fact–that he’d give serious thought to retiring if he suffers another…

  10. Carlos Beltran sits for the second straight day with a sore knee

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran sat out of the Mets game yesterday due to soreness in his knee and is out once again today, presumably for the same reason. Beltran has yet to play his new position — right field — and the plan has been for him to DH for a week or so before tacking the…

  11. Don’t taunt Bryce Harper

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Bryce Harper is still a work in progress. He should spend the whole season in the minors and likely will barring some gimmick callup at the end of the year to goose attendance.  But even if he needs to work on messing with ungodly major league offspeed stuff, he already knows how to quiet the…

  12. Muhammad Ali to visit White Sox camp

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

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    The Greatest is going to go visit the Chisox: Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali visits with the team tomorrow, addressing his “Athletes for Hope” foundation, which asks that players give their time rather than money. “It’s a great inspiration for a lot of people,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said after the White Sox’s 12-1 win…

  13. Buster Posey to make $575K this year

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Buster Posey has less than a year’s worth of service time, so he has zero leverage. If the Giants wanted to, then, they could pay him $417, 000 which is the MLB minimum.  His Rookie of the Year season has earned him a slight bump, however, as the Giants have decided to give him $575,000…

  14. Assistant GM Kim Ng leaving the Dodgers, joining MLB

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

    Kim Ng

    You may recall that some vacancies were created in MLB Baseball Operations yesterday.Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Dodgers assistant general manager Kim Ng is leaving the franchise to become senior vice president of baseball operations with Major League Baseball. Most people know Ng as the first woman to be seriously considered for GM jobs in MLB.…

  15. Other ballplayers players to testify against Barry Bonds

    Mar 8, 2011, 6:06 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The judge in the Barry Bonds case is going to allow other ballplayers who worked with Greg Anderson to testify, with the idea that if they knew what they were taking, Bonds probably did too: In a ruling filed Monday, Illston wrote that the athlete witnesses would provide evidence that “is relevant to the question…

  16. Joel Zumaya goes for second opinion on surgically-repaired elbow

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Bad news out of Tigers’ camp. According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Joel Zumaya went for a second opinion on his surgically-repaired elbow earlier today. Zumaya hasn’t pitched since scar tissue broke away from his elbow during his first Grapefruit League appearance last Sunday against the Blue Jays. The hard-throwing right-hander was originally expected…

  17. UPDATE: Padres reach out to Bengie Molina, who wants guaranteed deal

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    The Padres hoped that Gregg Zaun would feel well enough after shoulder surgery to back up primary catcher Nick Hundley this season, but they are back to the drawing board now that the 39-year-old backstop has announced his retirement. However, they can probably cross one option off their list. Dan Hayes of the North County…

  18. Brandon Webb ready to throw to hitters

    Mar 7, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    Brandon Webb is finally ready to throw against some hitters, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com. “Maybe seeing some hitters will help me tighten up my command a little bit,” Webb said. “I’ve just felt a little wild.” Webb declared himself ready to go after throwing 62 pitches in his most recent bullpen session yesterday.…

  19. Domonic Brown set for surgery tomorrow; out 4-6 weeks

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    Domonic Brown

    As expected, Dominic Brown will undergo surgery tomorrow on the broken hamate bone in his right hand and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks. Hamate injuries can be tough to recover from, particularly for power hitters, as it often takes a while before their full strength returns. It’s an unfortunate setback for one of the…

  20. Carlos Silva pitched horribly again, but did manage to avoid fighting any teammates

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    The bad news? Carlos Silva got rocked again this afternoon, following two scoreless frames by coughing up eight runs in a disastrous third inning against the Angels. The good news? He exited the game without incident, avoiding a fight with anyone in his own dugout for what is now one consecutive game. Silva, who’s talked…

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