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  1. How cute! Nationals fans vow to fight off the Philly “horde”

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Attention Phillies fans. You have been called “the lowest form of humanity” and your hometown has been called “a stinking cesspool.” Don’t get mad at me, for I am merely the messenger. But dudes, you totally gotta see this.

  2. Cubs announce Ryan Dempster, not Carlos Zambrano, as Opening Day starter

    Feb 21, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    ryan-dempster-and-mike-quade

    Cubs manager Mike Quade announced this afternoon that Ryan Dempster will be the Opening Day starter, telling Carrie Muskat of MLB.com that he slept on the decision last night and let his “instinct” make the call. Ultimately which pitcher takes the mound on Opening Day is mostly meaningless, as everyone in the rotation will be…

  3. Twins pitching coach blames Francisco Liriano’s shoulder soreness on lack of conditioning

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano throwing

    Francisco Liriano was scratched from his first scheduled throwing session of the spring last week because of shoulder soreness, but an MRI exam gave him a clean bill of health and he’s expected to take the mound later this week. However, in the meantime Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson revealed to LaVelle E. Neal III…

  4. Charlie Sheen, Brian Wilson and Lenny Dykstra are hanging out, and …

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Major League

    No, that’s not the start of a joke. It’s just a report from this past weekend, according to TMZ: Sheen tells us … in addition to flying in SF Giants pitcher Brian “The Beard” Wilson on his jet from Arizona to L.A. … Charlie also imported Kenny Lofton, Todd Zeile, Eddie Murray, Lenny Dykstra and others. We’re told Pete Rose was supposed to…

  5. The MLBPA would like to start CBA talks soon

    Feb 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Weiner

    Union head Michael Weiner is taking his annual tour of spring training facilities, and while at Cardinals camp today he said that, though the current labor deal doesn’t expire until December, he’d like talks about a new collective bargaining agreement to be held before the season begins. I’m assuming that the primary reason for this is…

  6. Ryan Braun says Brewers were “fighting the negativity” under former manager Ken Macha

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    ken macha brewers

    Ryan Braun talked to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about how excited he is for this season after the Brewers added Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum to the rotation and changed managers, and in doing so revealed just how bad things got in the clubhouse under former manager Ken Macha: My confidence never…

  7. Adrian Beltre is probably pleased that he has a mild calf strain

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre swinging

    Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Adrian Beltre has a calf strain.  It’s not a biggie, though, as it will only keep him from running.  He can still take BP and do fielding drills. I know this is minor, but I find it interesting anyway because I can’t help but wonder if…

  8. Jon Heyman really, really doesn’t like Luis Castillo

    Feb 21, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    luis-castillo-mets2

    Jon Heyman’s recent tweets about Luis Castillo have caught my eye, as the SI.com writer seems to have a very strong dislike of the Mets second baseman. It started with this bit of reporting last Thursday: among overpriced #mets on bubble, word is ollie perez will get more time to show he belongs than luis…

  9. Should the Hall of Fame lower its voting standards?

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    Friends of HBT Bill and The Common Man — proprietors of the Platoon Advantage blog — are writing over at ESPN’s Sweet Spot today.  Their big conversation starter of the day: a proposal for the Hall of Fame to lower the bar.  This, Bill and TCM argue, will help alleve the giant backlog that many…

  10. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Pete Rose

    This has nothing to do with anything important, but I feel it’s worth sharing.

  11. Travis Snider sidelined by rib injury suffered while golfing

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    travis-snider-blue-jays

    Travis Snider has sat out the early workouts in Blue Jays camp because of a rib-cage injury suffered while golfing last week. Snider told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he’s “taking a very cautious approach with the idea in mind that the ultimate goal is to be ready for Opening Day.” In other words, don’t…

  12. The Orioles went to the movies

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Movies

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles reported to the spring training complex last night but, instead of the expected team meeting, Buck Showalter loaded them on buses, took them to a movie theater and showed them a movie of motivational Orioles highlights including great plays and bench-clearing brawls and stuff. Britt Ghiroli…

  13. Wilpon and Katz served as buffers between investors and Madoff

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Maybe Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz didn’t know anything about Bernie Madoff’s fraud, but after reading this in today’s New York Times do NOT tell me that they were “just like everyone else who was duped.”  Because as far as I know, no one else who was duped served as a buffer between everyday investors…

  14. Livan Hernandez: “I want to be the Jamie Moyer of right-handers”

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    For as often as I’ll curse Livan Hernandez‘s name because of the infamous Eric Gregg game in the 1997 playoffs, I don’t really hold it against Hernandez. He was just taking what the umpire was giving him, and how on Earth can a fan of Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux fault anyone for that?  Eric…

  15. The catching Molina you probably haven’t heard of

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:35 AM EDT

    Jacque Jones, Gustavo Molina

    Ben: That Molina was our last hope. Yoda: No. There … is another: Every winter, Gustavo Molina and his wife, Carla, seem to have the same conversation. She asks him which team he will play for. He tells her he doesn’t know. She asks why he switches teams every season. He tells her that it’s…

  16. Terry Collins cracks down on the Mets pregame card playing

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Mets Playing Cards

    Great, there go the Mets chances of signing Rickey Henderson and Bobby Bonilla again … Manager Terry Collins told The Post yesterday his team rules, many of which will be unveiled today when he addresses his full squad for the first time, will include a limit on card playing in the clubhouse. “It’s my understanding…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    suitcase

    Everyone has reported to camp, so we’re probably done with best shape of his life stories. The last arbitration case is over, so we bid farewell to the word “midpoint” for a year. Yep, all that’s left now is sweet, glorious baseball.

  18. Cliff Lee coming back from mild side strain

    Feb 20, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    UPDATE: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com spoke with Phillies officials. They say that Lee is “100 percent healthy” and will throw to live hitters as expected on Tuesday. 6:42 PM: The Phillies revealed Sunday that Cliff Lee developed soreness in his side while throwing at home before reporting to camp and is a bit behind the…

  19. Chris Davis thinks the Rangers will probably trade him

    Feb 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    The Rangers are going to start Mitch Moreland at first base in most of their games this season. He posted a decent .833 OPS, nine home runs and 25 RBI over 173 plate appearances last year and played pretty strong defense. On days that Moreland doesn’t start, it’ll be either Michael Young or Mike Napoli…

  20. Brandon Webb already having problems with his shoulder

    Feb 20, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb workout

    The Rangers’ experiment with former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb has already hit a snag. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are now limiting Webb to purely flat-ground work in camp because they’re not confident in the strength of his throwing shoulder, which has been giving him problems now for two straight…

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