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  1. Odds: Over/under win totals for National League teams

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

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    Bookmaker.com has posted its initial over/under odds for regular season team wins. Here are the National League totals (for entertainment purposes only, of course): Phillies 97 Giants 88 Braves 88 Rockies 87 Reds 86.5 Brewers 85.5 Cardinals 83.5 Dodgers 83 Cubs 82 Marlins 81.5 Mets 77 Padres 76 Diamondbacks 72.5 Astros 72.5 Nationals 72 Pirates…

  2. Scenes from Spring Training: Finding cool things in Scottsdale

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:11 PM EDT

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    Scottsdale is a strange place. It was once named one of “America’s most livable cities,” but most of it gives off an air of exclusivity, telling you that if you don’t like golf, trendy restaurants and expensive planned communities, you’re not going to enjoy yourself very much here.  Which is fine for Scottsdale, because there…

  3. Adrian Beltre out 10-14 days with a strained calf muscle

    Feb 25, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Adrian Beltre‘s stained calf was initially believed to be a minor malady, but now Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that he’ll miss 10-14 days with what has been classified as a Grade 1 strain. He’s been shut down from all baseball activities until at least next week and will miss the first batch of exhibition…

  4. Odds: Over/under win totals for American League teams

    Feb 25, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT

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    Bookmaker.com has posted its initial over/under odds for regular season team wins. Here are the American League totals (for entertainment purposes only, of course): Red Sox 95 Yankees 91.5 Rangers 87 Twins 86.5 White Sox 85.5 Rays 84.5 Tigers 83.5 Athletics 83.5 Angels 83 Blue Jays 76 Orioles 76 Indians 71 Mariners 70 Royals 69.5…

  5. Adam Wainwright scheduled for Tommy John surgery Monday

    Feb 25, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

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    There’s no official announcement yet from the Cardinals on when Adam Wainwright will have Tommy John elbow surgery, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll go under the knife Monday. Some pitchers come back from Tommy John surgery in 10 months, some pitchers need two years, and some are never…

  6. Vicente Padilla to resume throwing in 3-4 weeks after surgery

    Feb 25, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Vicente Padilla underwent forearm surgery yesterday and Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are “optimistic” enough about how things went that he could be cleared to resume throwing in just 3-4 weeks. Add in some time to build back arm strength while showing he’s healthy and a late April or…

  7. Bud gives Frank McCourt the high hat on FOX TV money

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Frank McCourt needs money to keep the Dodgers running. Fox wants to loan it to him, with the team’s TV rights as collateral. Bill Shaikin reports, however, that Bud Selig has rejected a proposal under which FOX would have loaned $200 million to Dodgers in a deal that would have met both of the parties’…

  8. Are the Tigers doing right by Miguel Cabrera?

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

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    Yesterday Miguel Cabrera met the media and the Tigers explained that he’ll begin workouts with the Tigers today.  Some folks have a problem with that. One of them is Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan, who thinks that the Tigers’ failure to force Cabrera into an alcohol treatment program is a major mistake: The Pussy Cats are, essentially,…

  9. Juan Pierre is a beast

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

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    I got to the Dbacks’ camp pretty early yesterday. Earlier than a lot of writers did. But almost all the players were there before I was. That’s just what they do this time of year  And one player — Juan Pierre — was at White Sox camp earlier than all of the other players are:…

  10. Peavy says he is “far ahead” of his own expectations

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT

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    It’s still very early, but right-hander Jake Peavy has been making some impressive strides this spring in his ongoing recovery from major lat surgery. The White Sox starter has already thrown several bullpen sessions and faced live hitters Wednesday for the first time since arriving at camp. He has felt no abnormal pain or discomfort…

  11. Ken Rosenthal is beating the contraction drum again

    Feb 24, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal wrote a column today — or maybe it was yesterday; I told you that this mountain time stuff was weirding me out — in which he said he’s “hearing rumblings that certain big-market teams want to drop the A’s and Rays.”  Meaning contract them. Rosenthal then quickly proceeded to dismiss the contraction gambit…

  12. Rich Harden feeling better, hoping to resume throwing soon

    Feb 24, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    To no one’s surprise, A’s pitcher Rich Harden came down with a bit of soreness in his right lat muscle last week after throwing 10-15 pitches in one of his first bullpen sessions of the spring. The oft-injured starter hasn’t tallied over 150 innings in a season since 2004 and it seemed plausible that this…

  13. Indians nearing agreement with reliever Chad Durbin?

    Feb 24, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

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    The Indians may be getting a new setup man. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, free agent reliever Chad Durbin has been talking recently with Cleveland’s front office and an agreement between the two sides could be just days away. Durbin was thought to be holding out for offers from contending clubs, but spring training…

  14. Jonny Gomes “reached out” to Cardinals following reported celebration of Adam Wainwright injury

    Feb 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News unknowingly created a controversy yesterday when he wrote about overhearing Jonny Gomes in the Reds’ clubhouse celebrating news of Adam Wainwright‘s elbow injury by singing. By last night McCoy had deleted the original excerpt while posting a follow-up article explaining his version of what happened and several other…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: Random observations from Salt River Fields

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

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    Earlier updates from today’s doings can be found here and here.  And now here are some other random observations from my day at Salt River Fields: I watched the Dbacks’ catching drills.  I caught a little when I was a teenager and I found it to be very difficult. These guys get their butts beat…

  16. Miguel Cabrera arrives at Tigers camp, MLB issues statement

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:34 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

    In advance of Miguel Cabrera arriving at Tigers camp and speaking to reporters this afternoon, MLB has issued the following statement about his status following last week’s drunk driving arrest: Consistent with our policy, over the past several days Miguel Cabrera has been evaluated by representatives of the Treatment Board jointly operated by the commissioner’s…

  17. Franklin Gutierrez leaves Mariners camp to see doctor about stomach problems

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez has left Mariners camp in Arizona and returned to Seattle to see a doctor about ongoing stomach problems. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times the Gold Glove-winning center fielder “has suffered from severe stomach pains since the second half of last season” and has been unable “to find out what the…

  18. Red Sox shut down Felix Doubront for two weeks

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Left-hander Felix Doubront, one of Boston’s top prospects, has been shut down for 10-14 days because of elbow tightness, manager Terry Francona said Thursday. Doubront was nominally in the running for a spot in the Red Sox bullpen, but he was expected to begin the season at the top of Triple-A Pawtucket’s rotation. The 23-year-old…

  19. Scenes From Spring Training: DWI

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    No, that’s not what you think it means. It refers to “Deal With It,” and they were the letters written on a white board inside the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse after some Navy Seals visited the team yesterday. The message: when you have a problem, get past it, dude. Navy Seals do that, and the Dbacks should…

  20. Chris Carpenter wouldn’t veto if the Cardinals try to trade him

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Albert Pujols‘ impending free agency and Adam Wainwright‘s season-ending elbow injury have people thinking all sorts of crazy things about the Cardinals right now, so naturally Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com asked Chris Carpenter what his reaction would be if the team attempted to trade him. Carpenter has 10 years of service time, including five years…

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