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  1. A couple of early “Moneyball” movie reviews are out

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Moneyball

    The website Hollywood Elsewhere has a couple of movie reviews from a sneak preview screening of the “Moneyball” movie.  The first one consists of the gut impressions of a person who seems not to be a baseball fan.  They suggest to me — along with the fact that there are three (3) prominent female roles…

  2. Daisuke Matsuzaka donates $1 million to Japanese relief effort

    Mar 25, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Daisuke Matsuzaka has donated $1 million to the Japanese relief efforts via the Red Cross, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Last week Ichiro Suzuki reportedly donated 100 million yen (approximately $1.2 million) and Hideki Matsui donated 50 million yen (approximately $600,000) to help support their home country following the devastating earthquake and…

  3. Mike Sweeney retires

    Mar 25, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Mike Sweeney

    Mike Sweeney is announcing his retirement today.  Given that this word is coming via Royals writers and the announcement is happening in Surprise, Arizona, he is apparently retiring as a Royal, if not in a formal contractual sense, then at least in a cosmic sense. Which is appropriate, as Mike Sweeney was the Kansas City…

  4. Doug Davis throws for eight teams, including Mets, Rangers, Angels, Rockies, and Orioles

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    Doug Davis

    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that free agent left-hander Doug Davis threw a 45-pitch bullpen session yesterday and was scouted by eight teams, including the Mets, Rangers, Angels, Rockies, and Orioles. Davis made just eight starts last season because of a heart problem and an elbow injury that required surgery, going 1-4 with a 7.51…

  5. Gustavo Molina may be the Yankees’ backup catcher

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Jacque Jones, Gustavo Molina

    There are rumblings emanating from Tampa that, as suggested yesterday, Jesus Montero won’t be the Yankees’ backup catcher. But not so fast, Austin Romine fans! Your man won’t be either.  The real number two: Gustavo Molina. I normally don’t give a diddly durn about backup catchers, but Molina, you’ll recall, had a nice little feature written…

  6. Kevin Millwood can earn up to $5 million from Yankees, has May 1 opt-out clause

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Now that the signing is official Marc Craig of the Newark Star Ledger has the details of Kevin Millwood‘s minor-league contract with the Yankees. Millwood can opt out of the deal if he’s not in the majors by May 1. If he does get added to the roster his base salary will be $1.5 million…

  7. Major League Baseball wants to change its debt rules

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

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    Just a day after Forbes released a story about Major League Baseball teams in debt trouble, the New York Post reports that baseball is changing its debt rules: Major League Baseball is working to cut how much debt its teams can carry, The Post has learned. The move, aimed at avoiding a Mets-like cash squeeze…

  8. 500 Madoff victims want Irving Picard to resign

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    SIPA Trustee Picard speaks during a news conference in New York, announcing the return of $7.2 billion from the estate of Madoff insider Picower to settle civil claims for victims of Madoff's ponzi scheme

    I missed this yesterday (Wilpon PR people! Where was my head’s up email?!), but the Daily News reports that 500 of Bernie Madoff’s victims wants Irving Picard — the guy who is supposed to be suing to recover money to benefit these victims — to be replaced as trustee. The reason? According to the lawyer representing these…

  9. Mat Latos will miss Saturday start with shoulder soreness

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

    Mat Latos

    Mat Latos has a 9.00 ERA in four spring training starts and also got knocked around in a minor-league game that doesn’t officially count in those totals, and now he’s been scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled outing because of shoulder soreness. Latos started Monday, allowing three runs in four innings, but according to manager Bud Black…

  10. UPDATE: The Brewers take a pass on Nyjer Morgan

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Rosenthal says that the Brewers considered it, but took a pass. They’ll make do with what they have for the outfield bench. 1:00 PM: Fresh off their pickup of Sergio Mitre, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers are trying to get Nyjer Morgan. The thinking here is that, with backup outfielder Chris Dickerson shipped…

  11. Mariners GM: Franklin Gutierrez must play this weekend to avoid disabled list

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

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    Franklin Gutierrez continues to search for an explanation regarding his year-long stomach problems and Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik indicated that the Gold Glove center fielder is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Gutierrez probably “would have to play this weekend” in order to…

  12. Meet the man who allowed Livan Hernandez to punch him in the sack for $50 a pop

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Shocked

    I’m just going to leave this quote — about Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen catcher Jeff Moutzas — right here. You do with it what you will: Pitcher Livan Hernandez became something of a sadistic benefactor when he arrived in Arizona in 2006. Motuzas said Hernandez once paid him $3,000 to drink a gallon of milk in…

  13. Scouts “stunned by Phil Hughes’ lack of velocity this spring”

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Phil Hughes 2

    This morning my Twitter feed has been full of talk about Phil Hughes‘ declining velocity, starting with a couple reports quoting scouts. First, here’s Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com: Scouts following Yankees have been stunned by Phil Hughes’ lack of velocity this spring 87-89 mph, with more 87s than 89s. And now here’s Joel Sherman of…

  14. Yankees trade Sergio Mitre to Brewers for Chris Dickerson

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Just hours after adding some veteran rotation depth by agreeing to terms on a minor-league contract with Kevin Millwood the Yankees have traded Sergio Mitre to the Brewers, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that New York will receive outfielder Chris Dickerson, which is actually a pretty…

  15. Jayson Werth to hit second for the Nats

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Jayson Werth

    When Jayson Werth signed his massive deal with the Nationals back in December, my first thought was “wow, they paid elite slugger prices for a guy who really isn’t an elite slugger.” They still may have overpaid Werth, but to the Nationals’ credit, they’re not going to expect him to be something he’s not. Adam Kilgore…

  16. Scott Kazmir is “in denial about his continuing struggles”

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir has a 7.79 ERA this spring after pitching horribly last season, yet after every poor outing he talks about stuff like “throwing the ball well” and feeling “so much better.” Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that Kazmir “is either one of the unluckiest pitchers in baseball, as he seems to…

  17. Mike Stanton starts his spring with a bang

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

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    The Marlins’ Mike Stanton is a beast, but he’s been a sidelined beast this spring, battling a leg injury. He made his spring debut yesterday, however, and he murdered baseballs: Stanton not only left his indelible mark on the scoreboard — a tape-measure line-drive shot that traveled an estimated 500 feet — but also the…

  18. Pirates reliever Joe Beimel to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Joe Beimel was considered a near-lock for the Pirates’ bullpen despite signing only a minor-league contract in January, but the veteran left-hander will begin the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Beimel was shut down on March 1 and returned two weeks later, but was scratched from a scheduled outing Sunday due…

  19. Quote of the Day: Jonathan Papelbon

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    Yesterday Jonathan Papelbon pitched in a minor league game, in which he gave up two runs to Twins’ Double-A players.  His reaction: “This was exactly what I wanted.” He’s referring to the fact that he got work in and was focusing on his mechanics, but it’s also worth noting that he has a 12.60 ERA…

  20. UPDATE: The Yankees sign Kevin Millwood

    Mar 25, 2011, 9:46 AM EST

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    UPDATE: The deal, she is done, and it’s a minor league deal as Heyman reported last night.  I presume this will lead to a lot of chatter, but really, he’s not going to be a factor any time soon. He hasn’t pitched all spring and the season starts in less than a week.  It’s a…

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