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  1. Rays planning to use rookie Jake McGee as a reliever

    Feb 17, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Jake McGee was a starter for 128 of his first 129 appearances as a minor leaguer, establishing himself as one of the top pitching prospects around, but he shifted to the bullpen at Triple-A in the second half of last season and then made his big-league debut as a reliever for the Rays in September.…

  2. A man sues the Braves over a beating in Turner Field

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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    We Braves fans get knocked for being apathetic on the one hand and then we get sued the moment we show any spirit. How is that fair?! A Pittsburgh Pirates fan is suing the Atlanta Braves because the baseball club’s security officers and ushers allegedly ignored complaints about six rowdy fans who later attacked the Macon…

  3. Joe Crede decides he doesn’t want to play for the Rockies

    Feb 17, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    After sitting out all of last season following back surgery Joe Crede signed a minor-league deal with Colorado last month, but the veteran third baseman has decided not to show up at Rockies camp next week and is now a free agent again. His agent, Scott Boras, previously said that Crede was “healthy and ready…

  4. There’s a timetable for Johan Santana

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

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    It’s been assumed that Johan Santana will return to the Mets sometime in the middle of the year, but the schedule has been somewhat amorphous.  Today Sandy Alderson brought the specifics: Santana will throw from flat ground in three months, from a mound in early May and will return to throwing balls in anger and toward…

  5. Will the Mets stick with Carlos Beltran in center field?

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    New manager Terry Collins made it clear yesterday that Carlos Beltran enter camps as the Mets’ starting center fielder, saying: “When he walks in the first day, he’s the center fielder.” However, that comes with a significant caveat, as the plan is to evaluate Beltran’s range and surgically repaired knee before determining whether he’s a…

  6. The Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood

    Feb 17, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Joel Sherman says that the Yankees are still interested in Kevin Millwood, but they’re not willing to do anything much more beyond a minor league deal with him. Makes sense. They have a lot of moderately warm bodies competing for the back end of the rotation.  None of them in and of themselves seems like…

  7. John Maine signs a minor league contract with the Rockies

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Unable to find a guaranteed job following season-ending shoulder surgery seven months ago John Maine has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rockies, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. At least a half-dozen teams were said to be interested in Maine, but clearly none were willing to give him much upfront money or a…

  8. Ronald Belisario and his agent have vastly different views of his status for 2011

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Yesterday agent Paul Kinzer told Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario is unlikely to pitch this season because of visa problems in Venezuela. However, today Belisario told a Venezuelan newspaper that he plans to report to spring training soon and his arrival has simply been delayed by a lost passport. Here’s more…

  9. You treat your catcher nicely in the 209

    Feb 17, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    We all had a lot of fun with Dallas Braden last year, what with the “get off my mound” stuff and the “we don’t do much talkin’ in the 209” stuff.  But one thing they do do in the 209, apparently, is reward the guy who caught your perfect game.  Specifically, by sending him and…

  10. That was quick: Rich Harden is already injured

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Rich Harden got hurt before anyone could even set up the “when will Rich Harden get hurt” pool. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle the oft-injured right-hander “has stiffness in the lat area” and has been “shut down for a few weeks.” Slusser reports that he tried to throw Tuesday, but called…

  11. That report of the lowball offer to Pujols could be bogus

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Albert Pujols hit Cardinals training camp today and met the press.  By all reports he was calm, cool and collected.  He said that he’s not just about the money and that he wants to be a Cardinal for life. He said that he has no ill will with the Cardinals over negotiations and that it…

  12. Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario in danger of missing season due to visa issues

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

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    Ronald Belisario’s agent, Paul Kinzer, said yesterday that the Dodgers reliever is in danger of missing the entire season, telling Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that “he just has a lot of things he needs to get straightened out.” Belisario’s arrival at Dodgers camp has been delayed by visa issues for the third year in a…

  13. Miguel Cabrera’s arrest was ugly

    Feb 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    If you’re goin’ down, go down with dignity.  Miguel Cabrera was either uwilling or simply unable to do that when he was arrested last night. According to the TC Palm, Cabrera made reference to another person — who was not on the scene — saying “I’m going (expletive) kill him.”  Then he played the “do…

  14. Quote of the Day: Mike Cameron on Carl Crawford

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The past few posts have been depressing as hell. Thank goodness Mike Cameron knows how to bring the funny.

  15. Rangers pitcher Omar Beltre to undergo spinal surgery

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Omar Beltre, a 29-year-old right-hander expected to compete for a spot in the Rangers’ bullpen this spring, will be sidelined for at least three months following surgery for spinal stenosis. He’s scheduled for surgery next Tuesday and won’t be cleared to resume throwing for 6-8 weeks. However, because no other prominent baseball players have undergone…

  16. Are the Mets in bigger financial trouble than we assumed?

    Feb 17, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    I don’t pretend to understand high finance that well — and I tend not to get my business news from the New York Post — so someone who knows more about this stuff than me tell if this is really a bad sign or if it’s much ado about nothing: Banks that provided roughly $400…

  17. Miguel Cabrera’s mugshot is … interesting

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:39 AM EDT

    Pop quiz, hotshot!  You pull your car over to the side of the road as the engine smokes.  You’re loaded and drinking from a bottle of scotch and you don’t bother to stop when the police officer shows up.  You know that you’re less than 12 hours from being the lead story on every sportscast…

  18. Miguel Cabrera swigs from a bottle of scotch in front of a cop; gets arrested for DUI

    Feb 17, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

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    After the sordid end to his 2009 season in which he drank himself into a jail cell the night before a critical season-ending series, Miguel Cabrera went on the wagon.  He dedicated himself to sobriety during the winter of 2009-10, showed up to camp sharp and trim last year and went on to post an…

  19. Gary Sheffield retires

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    He didn’t play last year and was pretty clearly done anyway, but yesterday Gary Sheffield made it official and retired from baseball. Which, of course, leads to the question that is always asked when a player of stature retires.  Hall of Fame? I think the answer here is yes he’s deserving, but no he’s not going…

  20. The Yankees are not in the best shape of their lives

    Feb 17, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Colon throws in the bullpen at the team's spring training camp at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa

    Headlines you don’t expect to see in the Wall Street Journal: “Is this the fattest Yankees team ever?” But I gotta admit, the WSJ’s antiquated “Mr.” this and “Mr.” that is particularly comical when it’s basically an article calling everyone fatties: Everywhere you look on this Yankee team, there is a player tipping the scale…

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