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  1. Corey Hart had a career-year despite not wearing his contacts

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    corey-hart-brewers

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an interesting note about Corey Hart, who had a career-year in 2010 while everyone thought he was wearing contact lenses the Brewers recommended when a spring training physical exam revealed near-sightedness. However, after struggling to adjust to the contacts so much that he was worried about being…

  2. The Union has no concerns about the Mets. For now.

    Feb 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    k-rod running in from bullpen

    Michael Weiner’s spring training tour took him to Port St. Lucie today, where he met the Mets. Adam Rubin reports on the  two Met-specific issues that are likely on Weiner’s radar screen: Weiner said he has been assured by the commissioner’s office that players’ guaranteed contracts will not be affected by the Wilpons’ legal issues; and…

  3. Reds choose Edinson Volquez as Opening Day starter over Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Aaron Harang has been Cincinnati’s starter on Opening Day in each of the past five seasons, but he’s in San Diego now and manager Dusty Baker announced that Edinson Volquez will get the Game 1 assignment this year. Volquez is sort of an odd pick, because he missed most of last season while coming back…

  4. Derek Jeter laughs off Hank Steinbrenner’s comments

    Feb 22, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    As if you expected anything else.  Jeter, when asked about Hank Steinbrenner’s comments from yesterday, basically laughed them off. Ben Shpigel has the full rundown.  You will not be at all surprised to see that Jeter closed with “Owners can say what they want.” Which is all sad. I mean, how awesome would it have been…

  5. Vicente Padilla to undergo MRI exam on sore right elbow

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Last week I wrote about the Dodgers’ impressive pitching depth, noting that their sixth starter likely headed to the bullpen, Vicente Padilla, could be the third starter on a lot of teams. Exhibition games haven’t even started yet and that depth may already have vanished, as Padilla has left Dodgers camp and returned to Los…

  6. More fat news: Matt Kemp has dropped 15 pounds

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that Matt Kemp checked into camp at 215 pounds. Last year he was at 230. After Pablo Sandoval, I think that Kemp’s weight may be the most significant conditioning story of spring training. No, not because he was fat like Sandoval or anything. But because I don’t think…

  7. David Aardsma getting “close” to walking without crutches

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    aardsma end game

    David Aardsma is still walking with crutches six weeks after hip surgery, but the Mariners’ closer said yesterday that he’s “close” to ditching them and is currently able to put about 80 percent of his weight on his legs. His return timetable has already been pushed back to mid-April at the earliest and even that…

  8. Great Moments in Journalism: Cliff Lee’s muscle strain edition

    Feb 22, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Someone else tell me if this is bizarre: On Sunday, a story appears on Philly.com — Internet home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News — reporting that Cliff Lee has a muscle strain; In the next 12 hours, the Internet picks up the story, people start blogging about it, tweeting about it,…

  9. Could Jason Isringhausen actually make the Mets?

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Isringhausen

    Every spring we get an early “Believe it or not, Player X might make the team” story, with “Player X” being some veteran everyone has written off or a comeback story or a precocious rookie that everyone thinks needs more seasoning.  At least as far as the veterans go, those stories rarely play out.  A…

  10. Joakim Soria wants a new nickname

    Feb 22, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    Joakim Soria is smart for at least two reasons. First: he understands that one cannot choose one’s own nickname.  Second, he understands that being called “Mexicutioner” is a pretty tough thing these days given all of the execution-style killings going down in his native Mexico.  In light of this, he offered a plea this morning:…

  11. Your morning fat report

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Spring training games start this weekend. I am virtually certain that by then we will no longer be hearing about who’s fat and who isn’t. But for now I do feel duty-bound to keep you apprised: Carlos Gonzalez gained 22 pounds this offseason, but don’t worry, it’s all muscle, baby. Seems he didn’t want to…

  12. Though it’s hard to, we really should try to ignore Hank Steinbrenner

    Feb 22, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    New York Yankees general partner Steinbrenner talks with reporters at the team's spring training camp in Tampa

    Some great points from Ken Davidoff this morning regarding Hank Steinbrenner running off at the mouth yesterday. The upshot: though it’s hard to ignore what Hank Steinbrenner says because of his name and the sometimes outrageous nature of his remarks, we really can’t give them any weight beyond their entertainment value because the dude really…

  13. Denard Span is somewhat confused

    Feb 22, 2011, 6:11 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Funny tweets from Twins center fielder Denard Span yesterday regarding what he thought was his introduction to new shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka: Funniest thingever happened today! I thought another player that was Asian on our team was nishi!! I asked him how his English was and [he] said “it’s great man, how r u?” then i looked at…

  14. UPDATE: Alfredo Simon could be cleared and released as soon as Wednesday

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:24 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Alfredo Simon could be released as early as Wednesday. According to Phil Isaac of the Para Sports Group, one of Simon’s agents, a ballistics test proved that the bullet that killed Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte didn’t come from the gun Simon turned into authorities. Simon could be released…

  15. White Sox GM Kenny Williams calls $30 million for Albert Pujols “asinine”

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

    Ken Williams White Sox

    In an interview with Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com earlier today, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams said that his club won’t go after Albert Pujols if he becomes available as a free agent following the 2011 season. Hardly surprising information given that the White Sox signed Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko to multi-year contracts over the…

  16. Pirates owner to be dissatisfied for a very long time

    Feb 21, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

    Bob Nutting, John Russell

    Pirates owner Bob Nutting showed up in Bradenton today and spoke with the media after addressing players and staff prior to workouts. And what, pray tell, did he talk to his players about? “It’s critically important that they understand, and we all understand, that 2011 is not going to be a year where small bits…

  17. Justine Siegal becomes first woman to throw batting practice to MLB team

    Feb 21, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Justine Siegal

    Justine Siegal has made a habit out of breaking down barriers. She became the first woman to coach a professional baseball team when she was hired as the first base coach of the independent league Brockton Rox in 2009. She has also spent the past four years as the assistant baseball coach at Springfield College…

  18. NFL lockout could lead to quarterback Jake Locker playing baseball for the Angels

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:37 PM EDT

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    University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker is a couple months from being drafted by an NFL team, but in 2009 he was also a 10th-round pick in the MLB draft and signed for a $250,000 bonus that gives the Angels his baseball rights through 2015. Angels general manager Tony Reagins talked to Mark Saxon of…

  19. A couple of words on keeping score at the ballgame

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Scorebook

    I’m probably the worst scorekeeper in the world. I try to do it from time to time — used to do it a lot more — but I just don’t bother much anymore. Maybe it’s because I don’t do attention to detail very well. Maybe I’m just lazy. Maybe I just go to relatively few…

  20. Edgar Renteria no longer feels “disrespected” by the Giants

    Feb 21, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Renteria running

    When the Giants offered Edgar Renteria a one-year, $1 million contract in December the World Series MVP called the proposal “a total disrespect” and explained that he “would rather stay with my private business and share more time with my family” than accept a $9 million drop in salary. Renteria eventually signed with the Reds…

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