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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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?…

  4. 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

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    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,…

  5. Evan Longoria was robbed. Again.

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

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    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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Nationals deal outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Brewers

    Mar 27, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

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    Forget what you might’ve heard. According to beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals have traded speedy outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers for young utilityman, and son of Lenny, Cutter Dykstra. Rick Ankiel secured the Nats’ starting center field role with a decent showing this spring and Milwaukee had a need for outfield…

  16. Nats will face decision on Ryan Zimmerman soon

    Mar 27, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    If you had to call one player “Mr. National,” it’d be Ryan Zimmerman. He’s only 26 years old, but the well-rounded third baseman can already claim 833 career hits and has played in all but 134 games of the franchise’s existence. Stephen Strasburg draws headlines and Bryce Harper is certainly an intriguing raw talent, but…

  17. Curtis Granderson says he’s “50-50″ for Opening Day

    Mar 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    Curtis Granderson, who suffered a strained right oblique during batting practice Tuesday, told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com this afternoon that he believes he has a “50-50″ chance of being in the lineup for Opening Day against the Tigers next Thursday. Granderson resumed swinging a bat and throwing today while also running the bases. While he…

  18. Red Sox add Dennys Reyes to 40-man roster

    Mar 26, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

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    You know things are looking pretty good for your team when one of the biggest stories in camp is whether Dennys Reyes will make the Opening Day roster, but here we are. Terry Francona told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald earlier this afternoon that the Red Sox have purchased the contract of Reyes. This…

  19. Zack Greinke playing catch again after rib fracture

    Mar 26, 2011, 3:31 PM EST

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    Some good news on the Zack Greinke front. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this morning that Greinke played catch yesterday for the first time since being shut down with a fractured rib earlier this month. Specifically, Roenicke said that Greinke “felt great” and “the pain is gone.” It’s…

  20. UPDATE: Carlos Beltran goes hitless in minor league game

    Mar 26, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    UPDATE: Carlos Beltran is done for the day. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts over five innings. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, he had two chances in right field and “never had to run full throttle.” The results really don’t matter, but we’ll just have to hear how the knee feels.…

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