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  1. Red Sox want David Ortiz to continue facing lefties even if he can’t hit them

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    Red Sox manager Terry Francona said yesterday that he’ll continue to put David Ortiz in the lineup versus left-handed pitchers even though he hasn’t had success against them in years. Here’s his reasoning: For David to be successful—and I see his numbers against lefties, believe me, I do—you can’t just sit him because I don’t…

  2. Manny and Johnny: “We’re back!”

    Feb 1, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon, Many Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon were formally introduced by the Rays today. They had a press conference. It sounds like it was a  laugh riot.  Highlights, taken from this WEEI report and Marc Topkin’s Twitter feed: At the outset Manny smiled and said “we’re back!” Manny did not put on his Rays cap because he…

  3. Chipper Jones knocked the cover off a baseball today

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    I thought this was a joke when it popped up on Twitter earlier today, but Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said today that Chipper Jones literally knocked the cover off a baseball while taking BP today.  He has a pic of said baseball up here. He insists in his tweet that it was legit.…

  4. Plenty of recognizable names leaving MLB for Japan in 2011

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Byung-Hung Kim

    I’ve written a lot of words this offseason about Tsuyoshi Nishioka signing with the Twins and Hisashi Iwakuma failing to sign with the A’s after their Japanese teams “posted” them, but the list of MLB players heading in the opposite direction is pretty interesting too. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and Fan Graphs has all…

  5. Wait. NFL analysts don’t factor in context?

    Feb 1, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Divisional Playoffs - Green Bay Packers v Atlanta Falcons

    Tom Verducci — a baseball guy — has a football-related column up over at Sports Illustrated today in which he throws in some baseball spice to the NFL soup: Baseball fans get the importance of context on performance — especially where the game is being played — going all the way back to the debate…

  6. Agent says John Maine “feels great” and “teams are watching him closely”

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    John Maine

    There hasn’t been much speculation about John Maine this offseason, but the rehabbing right-hander’s agent told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that he “feels great” and is “throwing well” following shoulder surgery. Maine was briefly linked to Philadelphia last month, but the Phillies’ pitching staff is so full right now that they don’t even have the…

  7. Steve Garvey wants to own the Dodgers

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    It’s a big week for phony-baloney would-be-heads-of-ownership-groups. We’ve had reports of a couple of billionaire businessmen with interest in buying the Dodgers.  Because they’re billionaire businessmen, they’ll likely have people handling negotiations for them and will eschew media so as to keep their plans and intentions strategically oblique. Then we got Steve Garvey: The 62-year…

  8. Tommy Hanson is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    The “Player X has added Y pounds of muscle” construction is closely related to the BSOML phenomenon.  Indeed, it is believed that that “muscle” and “shape” have similar roots in Indo-European etymology!* Don’t let the overgrown offseason beard fool you. Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has been working hard this offseason, taking advantage of some new resources…

  9. Chris Carter is going to be disappointed when the A’s send him to Triple-A

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Casey Kotchman, Chris Carter

    A’s prospect Chris Carter told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he’s hoping to win a spot on the Opening Day roster despite a very crowded outfield/designated hitter picture following the offseason additions of David DeJesus, Josh Willingham, and Hideki Matsui. At the end [of last season] I thought I could be their guy coming in…

  10. Alfredo Simon denied bail

    Feb 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    No, we haven’t forgotten that Alfredo Simon is in custody down in the Dominican Republic under suspicion of murder.  Looks like he’s going to be in custody for much, much longer: Confirman prision preventiva para el relevista de los Orioles Alfredo Simon. Se rechazo solicitud de fianza. Abogados apelaran nuevamente The translation, courtesy of a friendly reader:…

  11. Rob Neyer debuts at SB Nation

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    Rob Neyer

    So many eulogies for Rob Neyer’s career yesterday. And here he is today, with his first column up at his new gig over at SB Nation less than 24 hours later.  Faster than the speed of Internet! The subject of his first column: writing, naturally. He kicks off with a fun anecdote about the time…

  12. Phillies “probably not going to re-sign” Chad Durbin

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. spoke with reporters at the Philadelphia Sportswriter Association banquet last night and explained that “we’re probably not going to re-sign” free agent reliever Chad Durbin. Durbin spent the past three seasons in Philadelphia after signing as a free agent, going 11-7 with a 3.62 ERA and 188/109 K/BB ratio…

  13. Jose Canseco is serious about making a comeback

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    Jose Canseco

    You know where Jose Canseco’s attention-seeking shtick would really not go over well at all? Asia. Guess where he’d like to play.

  14. More stuff about that new baseball series on TBS

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:28 AM EDT

    Darrell Hammond

    Last October we learned that TBS is going to produce a a weekly series about a baseball team with Ron Shelton — of “Bull Durham” fame — as the creative force.  It’s called “Hound Dogs,” and last fall it was described as being about “a minor league team and its general manager as they try…

  15. Deep Thought: Internet paywall edition

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    In the wake of Rob Neyer’s announcement that he’s leaving ESPN yesterday, I’ve encountered a good dozen or more people on Twitter, on various message boards and in comments sections saying something to the effect of “I used to read Neyer all the time, but since he’s been behind a paywall, I haven’t read him…

  16. MLK III is not really leading any investor group for the Mets

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Martin Luther King III

    From the Daily News we learn that, for all of the weekend hubub, Martin Luther King III’s role in any potential Mets investor group would be quite limited: The son of the slain civil rights leader said reports that he is leading a group to buy a share of the Mets have been greatly exaggerated…

  17. The Red Sox and Yankees don’t do humble well

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:09 AM EDT

    Mike Lowell, Robinson Cano

    Last week Brian Cashman said that the Red Sox were probably the better team on paper. Yesterday, Red Sox President Larry Lucchino downplayed that. For those of you who don’t think the Yankees-Red Sox thing isn’t icky enough, I give you “hormonal satisfaction”: Although Larry Lucchino admitted to taking “hormonal satisfaction” from the Red Sox outdueling the…

  18. Phillies have ‘some hunger in our mouths’

    Feb 1, 2011, 12:34 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we found out that Hanley Ramirez has the “hunger of a rookie.” Today we find out some bad news for Marlins fans: The Philadelphia Phillies are also very hungry, maybe even hungrier than Hanley Ramirez. That’s what happens when you reach the NLCS and then sign Cliff Lee in the offseason. This is what Phillies…

  19. Yankees sign Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Earlier today we learned of Freddy Garcia’s desire to play for the Yankees. Wish granted. Well, sort of. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees have signed Garcia to a minor league contract. He’ll compete with Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre and Bartolo Colon for one of the two final spots in the starting rotation…

  20. Former closer Jason Isringhausen tried out for the Reds today

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen AP

    Jason Isringhausen hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2009 and hasn’t been an effective pitcher since 2007, but he’s still trying to keep his career alive. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Isringhausen threw approximately 30-35 pitches for Reds pitching coach Bryan Price in Arizona earlier…

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