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  1. You can wear retired numbers on MLB 2K11. And this bothers some people.

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Clemente

    Whenever I see stuff like this I make this face.  But I do think the writer — Max Parker, “The Game Guy” of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Community Voices section* — is, in fact, serious: I received an email today that informed me of an outrageous and heinous error inMLB 2K11. Among complaints about the commentary and…

  2. David Aardsma plays catch for first time since hip surgery

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    David Aardsma played catch yesterday, marking the first time the Mariners closer has thrown since undergoing hip surgery in January. Mariners trainer Rick Griffin called it “a good start” and told Greg Johns of MLB.com that Aardsma “felt good.” Aardsma just shed his crutches last week, so he still has a long way to go…

  3. TMZ Sports seems to be dying

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Paparazzi

    Darren Rovell passes along word that the efforts of TMZ to expand its salacious paparazzi empire into the world of sports have “fizzled.”  The problem: there aren’t enough athletes acting like jackasses in public.  And people acting like jackasses in public is basically the whole TMZ business model. And that’s the real dirty underbelly of…

  4. Diamondbacks “renewed efforts to trade” for Michael Young

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Michael Young dugout

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported in mid-February that the Diamondbacks were interested in Michael Young and today he writes that they “renewed their efforts to trade” for him last week only to balk when the Rangers “asked for a strong package of prospects and major leaguers.” Rosenthal is probably the best national reporter in the…

  5. Those guys who stole Evan Longoria’s Camaro: Worst. Auto. Thieves. Ever.

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:57 AM EST

    Grand Theft Auto

    Remember the Evan Longoria GTA?  You kind of figured that was a one-and-done story, but I guess not: Police in a Phoenix suburb are searching for a stolen 1967 Camaro belonging to Tampa Bay All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria … The Camaro and a classic 1970 Buick belonging to someone else were stolen from a fenced yard last…

  6. Great Moments in Misleading Book Proposals

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    Moneyball

    Via Repoz over at Baseball Think Factory comes word of a new book that purports to take all the wind out of the sails of sabermetrics and “Moneyball”: “The Beauty of Short Hops” demonstrates that the Moneyball approach is doubly doomed. First, it fails on its own terms: it cannot make baseball a predictable game…

  7. Pablo Sandoval is turning heads

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Back in Scottsdale I was truly surprised at just how good Pablo Sandoval looked in the locker room, and during his first game of spring training I was surprised at just how sprightly he seemed on the field.  At the same time, I also wondered if the sprightliness was merely a function of first game adrenaline…

  8. Charlie Manuel’s extension is official

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    Ryan Lawrence tweets that Charlie Manuel’s contract extension is now official. Presumably it’s along the lines of what Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reported yesterday and is in the $3.5 million — $4 million range  for two years.  Since Manuel is under contract for this season already, that keeps him in red pinstripes through 2013. When reached…

  9. Screaming foul balls, errant hockey pucks and Luis Salazar

    Mar 10, 2011, 6:48 AM EST

    Luis Salazar

    We learn this morning that Luis Salazar seems to have avoided brain damage as a result of the wicked foul ball that tore into the dugout yesterday. He has multiple facial fractures, but he’s recovering in an Orlando hospital. That incident reminded me that I wasn’t wrong to feel really vulnerable when I was at…

  10. The Mets had money trouble even before the Madoff lawsuit

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:59 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    The Mets’ talking points have been that, were it not for the Madoff lawsuit, everything would have been hunky dory financially speaking.  The New York Times reports this morning, however, that such is not the case: When the owners of the Mets said in late January that they would seek buyers for up to 25 percent…

  11. Garland has oblique strain, likely destined for disabled list

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:41 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Dodgers starter Jon Garland was lifted from his Cactus League start after just 1.2 innings Wednesday due to shooting pains on the left side of his body. The Dodgers sent him for an MRI and don’t have the results yet, but it’s a pretty safe assumption that what he suffered was a strained left oblique…

  12. Carpenter scheduled to face live hitters later this week

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:55 PM EST

    Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter continues to make a mostly smooth recovery from the left hamstring strain that he suffered last week. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Carp is scheduled to face live hitters in a batting practice session Friday and could be cleared to resume appearing in Grapefruit League games if…

  13. Carlos Beltran has not been shut down

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    The Mets may have a new front office regime and a new manager, but their communication skills clearly haven’t improved from the Omar Minaya era. New general manager Sandy Alderson told Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Tuesday that outfielder Carlos Beltran would be “shut down” for at least 4-5 days due to…

  14. Miguel Cabrera threatened to shoot strangers and blow up a bar before his DUI arrest last month…

    Mar 9, 2011, 7:25 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    Early details about Miguel Cabrera‘s February DUI arrest painted a scary — or at least embarrassing — picture of the 27-year-old Tigers slugger. This new information will make that picture far worse. According to Frank Donnelly of the Detroit News, court documents released Wednesday reveal that Cabrera threatened the patrons of a Florida bar before…

  15. Sign of the Day: even New York hates the Mets

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    I have yet to see it, but several readers have told me that there are ads on New York subways for a storage company that read “Why leave a city that has six professional sports teams, and the Mets?” 1. That seems harsh even for a hardcore Mets hater like me; and 2. Anyone who…

  16. Former WVU quarterback Pat White retires from baseball

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

    photo posted on post-gazette.com

    The NFL didn’t suit former West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback Pat White too well — you gotta be able to throw in that league — so he tried his hand at baseball, where he was once a standout. In fact, he had been drafted by the Angels and the Yankees in the past, so it wasn’t…

  17. Someone should tell Nyjer Morgan to stop trying to steal bases

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    nyjer-morgan-nationals-steal

    Nyjer Morgan was caught stealing twice in yesterday’s game (although one came on a botched hit-and-run try) and manager Jim Riggleman revealed that he gave Morgan a little pep talk in the dugout following the first failed steal attempt: I said, “You know what? It seems like they throw the ball right on the button.”…

  18. Chipper Jones on the Luis Salazar incident: “I wish I wouldn’t have looked”

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Dave O’Brien talked to Chipper Jones, who was standing on first base when Braves’ minor league manager Luis Salazar was hit by that foul ball earlier today. We already know that Salazar’s injuries are serious, but it was feared to be even worse as it happened: I just … I wish I wouldn’t have looked.…

  19. Jon Garland leaves game with an injury

    Mar 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland just left the first inning of the Dodgers-Mariners game at Camelback Ranch today, holding his side.  Bill Shaikin thinks it could be a problem with an oblique muscle. Garland is currently the #5 starter on the Dodgers’ depth chart. If it is an oblique, he could be out for a while. With Vicente Padilla…

  20. Everyone has been spelling Kendry Morales’ name wrong

    Mar 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Kendry Morales revealed today that his actual name is Kendrys Morales–with an extra “S” in the first name–which means everyone has been spelling his name wrong for at least seven years. That seems like sort of a long time to let that type of thing go unchanged, but according to Kevin Baxter of the Los…

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