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  1. Rangers extend GM Jon Daniels’ contract through 2015

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

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    As expected the Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels have agreed to a contract extension, with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reporting that the deal will run through the 2015 season. Daniels was already signed for this season, so the new contract is a four-year deal. Texas has a 411-399 (.507) record since…

  2. Coco Crisp was being followed by “secret service” at time of DUI arrest

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Coco Crisp mugshot

    TMZ and the Arizona Republic have a more details on Coco Crisp‘s DUI arrest earlier this week, including that the police report notes he answered “secret service” when asked if he knew who was driving the other car on the road with him that also pulled over when the sirens flashed. Crisp told police “there…

  3. Aaron Cook has no structural damage in injured shoulder

    Mar 4, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Aaron Cook received some good news following his visit to a doctor, as the second opinion confirmed the initial diagnosis that there’s no structural damage in his shoulder. There’s still no timetable yet for his return from what is now being called merely inflammation, but Rockies trainer…

  4. WikiLeaks: American diplomat calls Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “the George Steinbrenner of Iran”

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

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    WikiLeaks released State Department documents in which an American diplomat calls Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “the George Steinbrenner of Iran” regarding what the Associated Press refers to as “the meddling with his country’s national soccer team.” Naturally the AP went to Steinbrenner’s son and Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner for comment and he called it “a…

  5. Francisco Cervelli out 4-8 weeks with broken foot, giving Jesus Montero a shot at backup job

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:06 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

    Francisco Cervelli has been diagnosed with a broken foot and will spend the next four weeks in a walking boot, with Ben Shpigel of the New York Times reporting that 6-8 weeks on the sidelines is “likely.” Cervelli was slated to back up Russell Martin and according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger…

  6. Brewers minor leaguer Wayne Dedrick suspended 50 games

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    MLB has suspended Wayne Dedrick for 50 games after the Brewers minor leaguer violated the minor league drug program for a second time with a positive test for an undisclosed substance. Dedrick, who was a 30th-round pick in 2008 and missed last season with a knee injury, will likely serve the suspension in rookie-ball. He…

  7. Prime Minister Pete Nice on Charlie Sheen’s “winning” ring

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

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    One of the pictures Charlie Sheen posted on Twitter during his manic media tour showed him wearing Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring, which is part of the Major League star’s extensive collection of baseball memorabilia. In an effort to learn about the ring’s controversial history–which includes alleged theft and fraud–Deadspin turned to Pete Nash,…

  8. J.C. Romero’s $190,000 Porsche was stolen at spring training

    Mar 4, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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    WTSP.com in Tampa Bay reports that Phillies reliever J.C. Romero‘s Porsche Panamera was stolen after he drove it to the team’s spring training camp in Florida from his offseason home in Alabama. The car, which is valued at $190,000, was being serviced at a local Porsche dealership when it was stolen last night. Hopefully he…

  9. 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…

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

    Mar 4, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang of Taiwan with Washington Nationals new cap and uniform in Florida

    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…

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

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:50 AM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    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…

  18. 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…

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

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Manny Parra, Miguel Tejada

    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…

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

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    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…

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