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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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!

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Phillies GM says Red Sox are “the best team in baseball”

    Mar 3, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.

    Prior to today’s Red Sox-Phillies spring training game Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told reporters that he believes Boston is “the best team in baseball.” He added: “I think, the combo of speed, power, bullpen … they’re a helluva ball club. They don’t have a lot of holes.” Bookmakers disagree, at least right now,…

  7. Wanna see the big hole in Michael Cuddyer’s foot where a wart used to be?

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer, who’s expected to miss the next couple weeks, posted the picture on Twitter and … well, you were warned:

  8. Scenes from Spring Training: Camelback Ranch is pretty darn impressive

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Camelback Ranch is a nice joint.  As far as player facilities and overall handsomeness of the place, it may be the best in the entire Cactus League. Like the Dbacks and Rockies place out at Salt River, Camelback has large buildings behind the left and right field walls for the Dodgers and White Sox, respectively.…

  9. Josh Beckett cleared for three-inning simulated game Friday

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

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    Two days after experiencing “mild concussion symptoms” from an errant batting practice ball to the head Josh Beckett has been cleared for a “normal day” of workouts and is scheduled to throw a three-inning simulated game tomorrow. Beckett passed various brain function tests yesterday and barring a setback he’ll be lined up to start Tuesday,…

  10. Astros catcher Jason Castro likely to undergo knee surgery

    Mar 3, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Astros manager Brad Mills announced today that 24-year-old starting catcher Jason Castro will likely need surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. According to Mills there’s no timetable yet for Castro’s recovery because “they’re going to have to see once they get in there how much damage and what they have…

  11. Owners and MLBPA start talks with first “bargaining session”

    Mar 3, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

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    As the NFL labor situation gets uglier and uglier Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner said this morning that the union and owners held their first “bargaining session” yesterday in Florida. Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports that “the meeting was attended by many of the player reps” and Jeremy Guthrie…

  12. Photo of the Day: Watch out for bad hops

    Mar 3, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Earlier this morning we passed along word that Citi Field has the best infield dirt in all of baseball.  I’m no grounds keeping expert, but I can’t help but think that the infield here at Camelback Ranch may not play quite as true: I mean, really, there are gonna be some bad bounces out there!…

  13. Elijah Dukes arrested, accused of hitting pregnant ex-girlfriend

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    Elijah Dukes’ big-league career is likely over, but the former Rays and Nationals outfielder continues to make headlines for his off-field behavior. Dukes was arrested Wednesday night in Florida for allegedly slapping his pregnant ex-girlfriend multiple times during a verbal altercation, with Ileana Morales of the St. Petersburg Times reporting that Dukes also has outstanding…

  14. GM Jon Daniels close to signing extension with Rangers

    Mar 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    General manager Jon Daniels and the Rangers are on the verge of announcing a multi-year contract extension, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Rangers president Nolan Ryan called an extension for Daniels a “priority” earlier in the offseason and Grant reports that the deal could become official as soon as today. Daniels,…

  15. Here’s the dirt on the Mets’ infield

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Citi Field

    No, really: the actual dirt: About two weeks before the players reported for spring training in February, a firm called Natural Sand Company trucked in two loads of dark, brown clay from its mine in central Pennsylvania and, with the assistance of the grounds crew here, completely renovated the infield skin at the main stadium, creating…

  16. Today could be judgment day for Oliver Perez

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Andy Martino of the Daily News says that two major league sources are telling him that if Oliver Perez doesn’t show “significant improvement” over his last outing when he takes the hill this afternoon that the Mets are going to cut him.  This despite Terry Collins’ statement yesterday that Perez will have additional starts beyond…

  17. The Cubs don’t think yesterday’s dustup was a big deal

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

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    The little fracas between Carlos Silva and Aramis Ramirez was just frustration at a bad, error-filled and dinger-filled inning, the Cubs said late yesterday. No biggie and they’re past it now.  Aramis Ramirez: “That was the only thing that happened, so it was obvious he was kind of upset … We talked about it, and…

  18. Coco Crisp is sorry

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Coco Crisp tweets a lot. He didn’t tweet after his DUI the other night or most of the day yesterday, but late last night he did, and he tweets his regrets over his DUI: Sorry to everyone! my family, friends, MLB and my fans. I know I let a lot of ppl down and again…

  19. Scenes from Spring Training: Beer, Voros McCracken and almost getting my butt kicked over a misunderstanding

    Mar 3, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

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    I had an interesting evening. Went out for beers with my friend Connor Doyle who, long ago, was one half of a good (mostly) sports blog called Two Guys who, like, never agree. It’s defunct now, but back in 2007 and 2008 he and I were occupying the same general Blogspot world.  Also joining us:…

  20. Matt Cain skipping Thursday start with elbow inflammation

    Mar 3, 2011, 12:08 AM EDT

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    According to the great Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced late Wednesday evening that right-hander Matt Cain has inflammation in his throwing elbow and will skip his scheduled Thursday Cactus League start against the Rockies. Not to worry, though. The Giants ran an MRI on his arm and…

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