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  1. Joe Nathan reclaims closer job despite 11.05 spring ERA

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:16 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    In addition to the Twins setting their 25-man roster yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire also made it all but official that Joe Nathan will reclaim his closer job after sitting out last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Here’s what Gardenhire said during a radio interview on 1500-ESPN: I would imagine we’ll start out probably something…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Seattle Mariners

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The Deadball Preservation Society (a/k/a The Seattle Mariners). The Big Question: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?…

  3. Pirates GM: “Very probable” Chris Snyder will start year on DL

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:49 AM EST

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    General manager Neal Huntington admitted yesterday that it’s “very probable” starting catcher Chris Snyder will begin the season on the disabled list due to back soreness. Pittsburgh unsuccessfully tried to dump Ryan Doumit and his contract all offseason and throughout spring training, but Snyder’s injury actually opens the door for him to see some early…

  4. Bill White on Don Drysdale: “he threw spitballs”

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:33 AM EST

    Cardinals' Bill White Posing with Bat

    Bill White, former Cardinals first baseman, broadcaster and former President of the National League, has a new autobiography coming out called “Uppity: My Untold Story About The Games People Play.”  He sat for an interview with the Cardinals blog Retro Simba. It’s a neat interview, with additional parts to come. My favorite Q&A in the first…

  5. Red Sox keep Dennys Reyes and Matt Albers, option Hideki Okajima and Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

    Hideki Okajima

    A pair of head-to-head roster battles were decided in Red Sox camp this morning, with Dennys Reyes beating out fellow left-hander Hideki Okajima and Matt Albers beating out fellow right-hander Alfredo Aceves. Reyes and Albers have made the team as relievers, while Okajima and Aceves will head to Triple-A Pawtucket. Okajima and Aceves both have…

  6. Baseball ticket sales are headed back up

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Bud Selig defiant

    Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that, based on earlyreturns, Major League Baseball is poised to end a three-year slide in ticket sales: Commissioner Bud Selig declined to project a specific attendance increase for the season. But after drawing 73.06 million fans in 2010, down 0.4 percent from 2009, this year’s total will likely…

  7. Jose Canseco’s twin brother Ozzie tried to impersonate him at a “celebrity boxing” fight

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

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    Jose Canseco failed to show up for a fight against Billy Padden in front of 400 paying customers Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida and instead sent his twin brother Ozzie Canseco, according to “Celebrity Boxing” promoter Damon Feldman. An employee of “Celebrity Boxing” told Luis Sanchez of El Nuevo…

  8. The Astros may be sold soon

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

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    Back in November, Astros owner Drayton McLane said that he was going to sell the Astros. On Friday he told MLB.com that he has made “substantial inroads” toward selling the team, with one of the three possible suitors being a familiar name: Houston businessman Jim Crane. You may recall that Crane — along with Mark…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Did anybody have a worse offseason than the Los Angeles Angels?

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: Did anybody have a worse offseason than the Los Angeles Angels?…

  10. The Cubs tell Carlos Silva not to let the door hit him in the … well, I’ll let them say it.

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Carlos Silva

    You may have heard that the Cubs released Carlos Silva. You may have also heard that — before he was released but after he was told that he wasn’t making the rotation — Silva ripped the Cubs in general and Cubs’ pitching coach Mark Riggins in particular over the way it was all handled. Whatever,…

  11. Evan Longoria was robbed. Again.

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

    Evan Longoria Rays

    It’s been a rough spring for Evan Longoria. First his 1967 Camaro was boosted and now the house he rents for spring training has been broken into.  And it’s not just his: he shares it with David Price and Reid Brignac and the joint was cleaned out: Among the items taken were a 60-inch flat…

  12. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Final Countdown

    What you missed while driving all over the city, collecting your gambling winnings from the multiple bookies with whom you made your bets on Butler and VCU so as not to draw any attention to the fact that the fix was in.

  13. Springtime storylines: Will the Mets look the same in September?

    Mar 27, 2011, 9:14 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The Sandy Alderson-led New York Mets. The Big Question: Will the Mets look the same in September? There are many questions…

  14. With shoulder still hurting, Brad Lidge going for MRI

    Mar 27, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

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    The Phillies have already announced that closer Brad Lidge is going to open the season on the 15-day disabled list due to “shoulder pain.” Now they’re hoping to get a clearer diagnosis on exactly what’s ailing him. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Lidge will fly back to Philadelphia on Tuesday to undergo an MRI…

  15. UPDATE: Rule 5 top pick Josh Rodriguez makes the Pirates

    Mar 27, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

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    UPDATE: So much for all that. Now general manager Neal Huntington has announced that Rodriguez will make the Opening Day roster after all. ========== Prior to the Rule 5 draft in December the Pirates talked about not being particularly excited about their options with the No. 1 pick and then made a selection that was…

  16. Rays trade infielder Joe Inglett to Astros

    Mar 27, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

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    Brian McTaggart of MLB.com had this one first. The Astros made a minor move Sunday, acquiring infielder Joe Inglett from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Inglett posted a .208/.321/.250 batting line in 24 at-bats this spring and failed to make the Tampa Bay season-opening roster. He…

  17. Francona “aggravated” by Buck Showalter’s comments

    Mar 27, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Terry Francona

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter made a couple of controversial comments in a recent issue of Men’s Journal about some of his opponents in the American League East. He said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter “ticks” him off and that he’d “like to see how smart” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein “is with the Tampa Bay…

  18. Pedro Feliciano expected to open season on disabled list

    Mar 27, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

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    The Yankees are probably going to be without reliever Pedro Feliciano to open the year. According to Chad Jennings of The Journal News, the veteran left-hander was unable to make a scheduled appearance Sunday due to a triceps muscle injury. The Yanks are optimistic that it’s something he will be able to get over by…

  19. Cubs eat $6 million, release righty Carlos Silva

    Mar 27, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

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    It was bound to happen. The Cubs were pleasantly surprised by right-hander Carlos Silva last season when the veteran Venezuelan registered a 4.22 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 21 starts. But it was never meant to last. Silva, 31, allowed 32 hits and 27 runs in just 17.1 innings this spring and lost his spot…

  20. Athletics name Brandon McCarthy their fifth starter

    Mar 27, 2011, 10:22 AM EST

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    The A’s have set their season-opening starting rotation and former top prospect Brandon McCarthy is going to get a shot. From Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News comes word that the Athletics have made McCarty their No. 5 starter over the younger and arguably more talented Tyson Ross. McCarthy, 27, did not make…

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