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  1. Ronny Paulino finally expected to arrive at Mets’ camp Saturday

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Ronny Paulino finally made it to the United States today after an extended delay due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic. Paulino, who signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Mets over the winter, is expected to report to camp tomorrow. The 29-year-old backstop…

  2. HBT Extra: Breaking down the NL East

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    In which Tiffany insults my ability to pick it at second base for the Phillies. Why, the nerve of her …

  3. Must-click link: Drawing the Hall of Famers (all 295 of them)

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Summer Anne Burton has decided to draw all 295 baseball Hall of Famers alongside interesting stats, facts, and anecdotes about each player. You can look at all the drawings she’s done so far on her blog, which is a lot of fun: Burton: Every Hall of Famer Here’s one of my favorites:

  4. Bud Selig issues a statement on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

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    There are a great number of Japanese baseball players, coaches, interpreters and media members associated with Major League Baseball. Today has been an extremely rough day for them as they’ve had to process the awful news of the earthquake and tsunami. So far we’ve not heard of anyone who has lost a loved one, but…

  5. Don’t cry for Chuck Greenberg: he’s walking away with a $25 million profit

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

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    This morning I said that, having been booted out of the Rangers ownership chair he fought so hard to claim, Chuck Greenberg will never get the last year and a half of his life back.  Bob Nightengale puts this in perspective, however: It may have been tough for Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg to step down,but will…

  6. Dayan Viciedo won’t need surgery, could return sooner than initially expected

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Dayan Viciedo was given a 3-4 week recovery timetable after suffering a fractured right thumb in yesterday’s game, but the White Sox announced today that further examination showed he won’t require surgery. That means he can resume baseball activities within two weeks and could be healthy in time for Opening Day, although Viciedo remains on…

  7. Jim Leyland backtracks on Miguel Cabrera being in the best shape of his life

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

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    You know, I’m beginning to think that you can’t necessarily take someone’s word for it when they say a player is in the best shape of his life. For example, Jim Leyland said that of Miguel Cabrera while he still stunk of scotch the morning of his DUI arrest. Now, however, he’s saying that may…

  8. Brian Roberts shut down again with more back problems

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Brian Roberts had X-rays on his sore neck upon arriving at Orioles camp last month and now he’s been shut down again with back spasms. Roberts missed nearly the entire first half of last season with a herniated disk in his back, so the latest setback is definitely a big concern for the 33-year-old second…

  9. The Nats release Cla Meredith

    Mar 11, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    That was a short time in Washington. Cla Meredith was signed by the Nats in early February, got hurt almost as soon as spring training began, had Tommy John surgery last week and today was released. I always wonder who pays for a guy’s medical bills when this sort of thing happens.  Do the Nats cover…

  10. Bryce Harper not included in Nationals’ first round of cuts

    Mar 11, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Today the Nationals made their first batch of spring training cuts and somewhat surprisingly 18-year-old Bryce Harper was not among the 11 players reassigned to the team’s minor-league camp. That won’t impact his status for this year–Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com writes that he “has no realistic shot of making the Opening Day roster”–but it does…

  11. Luis Salazar is doing better

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

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    Mark Bowman reports that Luis Salazar’s condition has improved: he’s talking with doctors and his family and has said he’s eager to get back to work. That may take a while, but the doctors are saying that he should be able to do so once he’s through the woods on his immediate injuries to his face…

  12. Thankfully for Nationals fans, F.P. Santangelo isn’t Rob Dibble

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Rob Dibble was fired as the Nationals’ television analyst following comments he made about Stephen Strasburg, but before that he’d more than earned the firing with various other “controversial” statements and, most importantly, awful announcing. Included among Dibble’s many faults as an announcer was that he referred to “we” and “us” while openly cheering for…

  13. A tale as old as time: Royals mascot victorious in lawsuit involving thrown hot dog

    Mar 11, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    You may recall that last year a Kansas man sued the Kansas City Royals, alleging that a hot dog thrown by the team’s mascot — Sluggerrr — at a September 2009 game struck him in the eye and detached his retina.  If you do recall that, you probably need to get a life, but you…

  14. Unable to contact parents in Japan, Takashi Saito leaves Brewers camp

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Takashi Saito has been unable to get in touch with his parents in Japan following last night’s massive earthquake, so the veteran reliever has left Brewers camp after asking the team for an indefinite leave of absence. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Saito was able to contact his wife and three children, and teammates…

  15. The Rangers and Chuck Greenberg release statements

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Chuck Greenberg’s ouster as Rangers’ owner and managing partner is official. And with it comes statements from both the team and Greenberg.  The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has them each in their entirety.  The Rangers played the “we wish him well in his future endeavors” card, which is just a half step above “don’t let the…

  16. Chris Carpenter throws to live hitters, will start Wednesday

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

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    Chris Carpenter was scratched from today’s start because of a hamstring injury, but Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he threw around 60 pitches against live hitters this morning and is now scheduled to start Wednesday against the Tigers. Carpenter gave Cardinals fans a scare in the wake of Adam Wainwright‘s…

  17. Cliff Lee chose Philly because the Yankees are getting older. At least in Cliff Lee’s mind.

    Mar 11, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee was on WIP in Philly with my buddy Angelo Cataldi yesterday. You can listen to all of it here. This exchange, the transcript of which comes courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews, was fun: Who finished second to the Phillies in his mind: “Texas probably finished second to be honest with you. Just as…

  18. Ian Stewart is “a longshot” to be healthy for Opening Day

    Mar 11, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Ian Stewart has played all of one inning this spring, leaving his first game with a sprained right knee that has him looking like “a longshot to begin the season on anything other than the disabled list,” according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Stewart injured his knee in a collision with Carlos Gonzalez, who fortunately…

  19. Cool: Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    I’d love stuff like this even if it wasn’t about my most favoritest player of all time.  Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report. Highlights: “I really believe that this boy would possibly be the number 1 player taken in the country if only he looked a bit more physical.” I watched him pitch for 23 years…

  20. Already on the trading block, Ryan Doumit is now injured too

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    For the past few months the Pirates have tried unsuccessfully to trade Ryan Doumit and his $5.1 million contract for 2011, but now the catcher/outfielder is sidelined by an oblique injury. Doumit was scratched from yesterday’s game after feeling soreness while taking batting practice and there’s no timetable yet for his return, with Jenifer Langosch…

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