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  1. Apparently his agent was right: Ronald Belisario is still a no-show at Dodgers camp

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Two weeks ago Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario and his agent had an odd back-and-forth in the media, with Paul Kinzer saying that he didn’t expect Belisario to pitch at all this season due to visa problems in Venezuela and Belisario responding that he simply lost his passport and would soon be reporting to spring training.…

  2. Cla Meredith to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Cla Meredith had bone chips removed from his elbow during the offseason and it took just 20 throws for his arm to start barking again this spring, but unfortunately the injury is more serious this time around. Today the Nationals announced that Meredith, who was competing for a middle relief job on a minor-league contract,…

  3. Must-Click Link: How to pick which team to root for

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Most of us already have a rooting interest. But if you don’t or if you know someone who doesn’t, here’s the absolute best flow chart I’ve ever seen in my life to help you with your choice. I’m struggling to see any of the choices that lead you to any specific team as wrong.  Indeed,…

  4. Mark Teixeira parts ways with longtime agent Scott Boras

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Mark Teixeira called reporters over to his locker this morning to announce that he’s dropped agent Scott Boras, who’s represented Teixeira since he was a first-round pick in 2001. Teixeira explained the move by saying: Sometimes, business relationships just run their course. Now that the contract is over with, I don’t want to be “Scott…

  5. Scenes from Spring Training: Welcome to Phoenix Municipal Stadium

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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    I’m in the press box of Phoenix Municipal Stadium.  I can’t say for sure how long I’ll be here, however, because real estate is at a premium.  Most of these boxes have two rows. The first row is for the beat writers who cover the team every day, the official scorer and people like that.…

  6. Josh Beckett cleared to return from concussion, but won’t pitch until next week

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Josh Beckett passed a series of brain function tests this morning after displaying “mild concussion symptoms” when struck on the head by an errant ball during batting practice Monday and has been cleared to resume light activities, but Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox have scratched him from tomorrow’s scheduled…

  7. Justin Morneau visits doctor, but still not cleared for game action eight months after concussion

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

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    After being examined by a doctor yesterday Justin Morneau was not cleared for game action despite suffering a concussion eight months ago. Morneau and the Twins continue to talk about the progress he’s made recently and from a quality of life standpoint it truly sounds like he’s significantly improved, but eight months after the concussion…

  8. Uh-oh: Frank McCourt is in trouble with the missus!

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Remember how Frank McCourt tried to sell off the Dodgers’ broadcasting rights to FOX in an effort to raise cash to save his ownership of the team? Yeah, it seems that, given that the Dodgers are community property, Jamie McCourt has an interest in all of that and a right to obtain any information she…

  9. Mark Wohlers’ wife: Fireman of the Year

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Mark Wohlers never won the Fireman of the Year award back when he was the Braves’ closer, but his wife deserves consideration now: Former Braves closer Mark Wohlers said his wife raced through their suburban Atlanta home and saved him and their three children as flames starting spreading through the house early Tuesday. The home…

  10. When is it OK to report what goes on in the clubhouse?

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

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    That’s the question a staff writer for the Dayton Daily News asks in the wake of that Jonny Gomes/Adam Wainwright thing: When do the media go too far? Is every nanosecond of every day fair game for anyone who we christen as a public figure? As a reader, do you even want to know that…

  11. Greg Anderson is going back to jail

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

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    Considering that Greg Anderson, Barry Bonds’ former trainer, has (a) already done over a year in jail for not testifying against Bonds; and considering that (b) the practical limit of any future refusal to testify against Bonds is the couple of weeks his trial will take to complete, it’s not at all surprising that Anderson…

  12. Report: Mets won’t receive additional “substantial” financial assistance from MLB

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    We learned earlier today that the Mets are currently seeking another loan to cover operating expenses. Well, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times, they won’t be able to look to Major League Baseball to stay afloat for the long-term. The league already extended a $25 million loan to the Mets in November,…

  13. Phillies, Charlie Manuel making progress towards contract extension

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said a couple weeks back that he doesn’t want to talk about extending his expiring contract if a deal can’t be worked out before Opening Day. As if there was any doubt, we probably won’t have to worry about that deadline. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Manuel’s agent Pat Rooney…

  14. The Brewers have spoken with Casey McGehee about a multi-year deal

    Mar 1, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he has spoken to Casey McGehee‘s agent Barry Meister about a multi-year contract. “We’ll probably know something in the next few days,” said Melvin. “We’ve talked briefly (about a multi-year deal) but I don’t want to get into that.” The 28-year-old McGehee…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: Welcome to 2013, Royals fans

    Mar 1, 2011, 6:22 PM EDT

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    This was the rare spring training game that got more interesting as opposed to less interesting as it went on. And the reason for it was the very reason why I came here today: the Royals system is stocked. But the system is still young, and for as good as Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer and…

  16. Red Sox owner John Henry was fined half a million bucks for slamming revenue sharing

    Mar 1, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Recently, when Hank Steinbrenner and Randy Levine starting slamming teams who took revenue sharing and referring to it as “welfare,” I suggested that Bud Selig may take issue with the comments.  John Henry — who has himself slammed revenue sharing — admitted today that, yes, Bud Selig does take issue. And does so quite expensively:…

  17. Jake Locker won’t play baseball even if there’s an NFL lockout

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

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    Last week general manager Tony Reagins expressed some optimism that former University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker may decide to play baseball if there’s an NFL lockout, as the Angels own his MLB rights through 2015 after giving him a $250,000 bonus as a 10th-round pick in 2009. Locker squashed that idea today while appearing…

  18. Oft-injured Nick Johnson signs minor league deal with Indians

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Last offseason Nick Johnson signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Yankees, but after yet another injury wrecked season the 32-year-old disabled list regular has had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Indians, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. If healthy Johnson brings excellent on-base skills to the lineup, but that’s sort…

  19. Michael Cuddyer out 7-14 days after having wart removed

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Michael Cuddyer‘s attempt to self-treat a wart on his foot during the offseason proved unsuccessful, so now he’s expected to miss 7-14 days after leaving Twins camp and returning to Minnesota to have it removed by a doctor. Aside from it probably being pretty embarrassing for Cuddyer to have his foot wart make headlines, this…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: Few people, good seats

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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    Despite it being perhaps the most beautiful day since I’ve been down here, it’s a near-empty ballpark today.  I guess you’ll have that when it’s the Royals and the Padres, neither of which are what you’d call national draws. But the good thing about it was that I was able to wander down to a…

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