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  1. The Cubs are in midseason form: they have a fight in the dugout

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

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    Looks like I picked the wrong game to see today. The A’s and Indians are kind of snoozy. Much more fun is being had between the Cubs and the Brewers over at Maryvale Baseball Park. Well, the Cubs are having fun anyway: as Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports, after the first inning there…

  2. Mariners spent MLB-high $6.5 million signing international prospects in 2010

    Mar 2, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

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    Ben Badler of Baseball America has put together a ton of great content breaking down the 2010 international prospect class in every possible way, including a list of team-by-team spending. Seattle leads the way by shelling out $6.47 million on international prospects in 2010, including $2.2 million for Dominican outfielder Phillips Castillo, $1.1 million on…

  3. White Sox giving Dayan Viciedo a look in the outfield

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

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    Between re-signing first baseman Paul Konerko to a three-year, $37.5 million deal and seemingly clearing the way for rookie Brent Morel to take over as the everyday third baseman the White Sox pushed prospect Dayan Viciedo out of the infield picture, but now Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’re giving him a…

  4. The A’s release a statement on Coco Crisp’s DUI

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

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    The Athletics just released a statement regarding Coco Crisp’s DUI: “Coco Crisp was arrested and detained early this morning under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  He was released from the City of Scottsdale Jail this morning and arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on time for team pre-game drills.  The A’s are…

  5. Scenes from Spring Training: Oh no, there goes Tokyo

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

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    And now, stuff I thought about and observed before learning that Coco Crisp was arrested for DUI last night … I know I’m dwelling on this a lot, but the extent to which Hideki Matsui dominates things here at Athletics’ camp cannot be overstated. From the press box to the on-the-field warmups and even down…

  6. Report: Coco Crisp Arrested for DUI last night

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    CSN Bay Area is reporting that A’s outfielder Coco Crisp was arrested for DUI last night. There aren’t any details at the moment apart from the fact that he was driving his Rolls Royce at the time of his arrest, so you know, he was inconspicuous. The buzz in the press box is that the…

  7. San Francisco Chronicle columnist says Giants might release Barry Zito before Opening Day

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

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    Bruce Jenkins is a longtime San Francisco Chronicle writer, so his column today suggesting the Giants may release Barry Zito and eat the remainder of his contract is likely to get a lot of attention, but … well, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Jenkins starts by writing that Zito “is walking…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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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.…

  9. Cla Meredith to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

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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,…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

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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,…

  11. Mark Teixeira parts ways with longtime agent Scott Boras

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

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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.…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:47 AM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    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…

  16. Mark Wohlers’ wife: Fireman of the Year

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

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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…

  18. Greg Anderson is going back to jail

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:48 PM EST

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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,…

  20. Phillies, Charlie Manuel making progress towards contract extension

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:58 PM EST

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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…

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