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  1. Carlos Silva says dugout dustup with Aramis Ramirez “was my fault”

    Mar 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Carlos Silva refused to speak to the media following Wednesday’s dugout altercation with teammate Aramis Ramirez, but attempted to explain himself to reporters today. Silva told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune that he was unaware the Cubs had made nine errors in their first three spring training games, so when he returned to the…

  2. Chien-Ming Wang halts intrasquad outing due to sore shoulder

    Mar 4, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang was supposed to pitch two innings in an intrasquad game today, but the rehabbing right-hander exited after one frame when his surgically repaired shoulder tightened up between innings. Pitching coach Steve McCatty downplayed the setback, telling Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post that “he was just a little tight” and “there’s no sense…

  3. Ron Washington is “very committed” to giving Neftali Feliz the chance to start

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Neftali Feliz made his spring training debut yesterday as a starter, throwing two scoreless innings against the Indians, and afterward manager Ron Washington told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the Rangers “are very committed to giving him the opportunity” to join the rotation. Feliz was primarily a starter in the minors, establishing himself as one…

  4. Milton Bradley accused of abusing wife in divorce papers

    Mar 4, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Milton Bradley‘s wife has filed divorce paperwork and accuses the Mariners outfielder of abusing her during their five-year marriage, including a claim that a glass he threw struck her on the head and caused bleeding. According to RadarOnline.com the incident occurred on New Year’s Eve while the couple was staying at a hotel without their…

  5. Jason Castro likely to miss entire season with torn ACL

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

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    Jason Castro‘s season is over before it even began, as the Astros catcher has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Castro, who suffered the injury Wednesday while running to first base, is expected to be sidelined for at least six months. That leaves some chance…

  6. Bye-bye Arizona

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

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    It has been an utterly fantastic nine days down here in Arizona, but alas, it is time for me to head back to the Great Midwest. But before I let that big ol’ jet airliner take me far away, let’s take a look back at what we learned during this little odyssey through the Cactus…

  7. Padres coach gets smacked in the face by a baseball

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Rick Renteria

    Walking around practice fields for a week made me keenly aware of just how damn dangerous it can be out there. There are balls flying all over the place. It takes a few days to get over the impulse to duck and cover every time you see a ball flying out of the corner of…

  8. Oliver Perez buys himself some time, but the end is nigh

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    New York Mets Workout Sessions

    Yesterday we heard that if Oliver Perez had another bad outing that he could have been run out of town on a rail.  So lucky for him he didn’t have another bad outing. In fact, he had a darn good one: two scoreless innings, no walks and more strikes than balls. It probably bought him another…

  9. Kirk Gibson used to walk uphill both ways and the Diamondbacks will too

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

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    Kirk Gibson has had enough of the tomfoolery in the Dbacks’ clubhouse, particularly when it comes to cell phones: Gibson probably would prefer to keep all cellphones out of the clubhouse. Players can use them up to a certain point in the day, as long as they get their work done. “You’re talking to somebody…

  10. Dodgers sign Randy Keisler to minor league contract

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:46 PM EDT

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    Hey, Randy Keisler is back on the baseball scene. Kind of. According to his representation’s official Twitter feed, the 35-year-old left-hander agreed to a minor league contract Thursday with the Dodgers. Keisler hasn’t pitched in a major league game since back in 2007, when he registered a 5.19 ERA and allowed 21 hits over 17.1…

  11. Manny Parra out a few days with lower back tightness

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers left-hander Manny Parra was lifted from his Thursday Cactus League appearance against the A’s after just one batter due to tightness in his lower back. Parra revealed after the game that he has been dealing with back issues for much of spring training. The Brewers…

  12. Tulowitzki suffers bruised heel in spring game, day-to-day

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

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    The Rockies got a little scare from shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Thursday in camp. The 26-year-old was lifted prematurely from the Rockies’ Grapefruit League game against the Giants after nailing his right heel with the tip of his bat on a hard third-strike swing. A trainer met him just outside the batter’s box and he…

  13. Cervelli’s test results sent to New York for further review

    Mar 3, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    New York Yankees catcher Cervelli smiles as he steps out of the batting cage at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    The Yankees still aren’t sure how serious Francisco Cervelli‘s left foot injury might be. The 24-year-old catcher exited Wednesday’s Grapefruit League game against the Astros after fouling a ball off his foot. Trainers took him immediately for an MRI and CT scan, but the results on both tests were inconclusive. Now those MRI and CT…

  14. Scenes from Spring Training: “Ozzie Guillen! Look at me!”

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    So I slid down close to the White Sox dugout when I saw Ozzie Guillen sitting there like that. Figured I’d take his picture.  I took this one and a couple other ones of him hanging out there.  Then a guy a couple seats down said “want me to get his attention for you?”  I…

  15. Reds unveil Dusty Baker bobblehead doll/toothpick holder

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

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    From the Reds’ official Twitter feed, here’s a picture of the Dusty Baker bobblehead doll the team will be giving away for the July 2 game against the Indians, which pretty brilliantly incorporates the manager’s penchant for dugout toothpick usage:

  16. Lance Berkman sidelined by second injury of the spring

    Mar 3, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

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    When the Cardinals signed Lance Berkman to an $8 million deal this offseason guys like me wondered about the wisdom of asking a 35-year-old who’s not in particularly outstanding shape and hasn’t played the outfield since 2007 to be an everyday right fielder. Sub par defense is all but assured, as Berkman was hardly a…

  17. Koji Uehara out “a few days” after cortisone injection in elbow

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Koji Uehara won’t throw for at least a few days after getting a cortisone injection today in his right elbow. Uehara told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that the injury “is not even serious” and described it as merely “arm fatigue,” but the closer candidate has had elbow problems in the past and re-signed with the…

  18. Photo of the Day II: Adam Dunn — playing defense

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    And, in addition to the photo, we have an exclusive transcript of Dunn’s inner-monologue!

  19. Carlos Ruiz’s wife gave birth exactly nine months after Roy Halladay’s perfect game

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Carlos Ruiz‘s wife gave birth yesterday and, as Bryan Graham of SI.com amusingly points out, the couple’s second child arrived “nine months to the day of Roy Halladay‘s perfect game.” Even better, the baby boy’s name is Carlos. But not Carlos Jr., because Ruiz’s first son already got that name when he was born eight…

  20. Dodgers put AWOL reliever Ronald Belisario on restricted list

    Mar 3, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Ronald Belisario thinks he’ll be joining the Dodgers as soon as he finds his passport and his agent thinks he’ll sit out the entire season due to visa issues, but whatever the case he’s a no-show at spring training and has now been placed on the restricted list. That doesn’t necessarily change Belisario’s status with…

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