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  1. Adam Dunn won’t worry about his Ks, and neither should you

    Mar 23, 2011, 12:49 AM EST

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    Adam Dunn strikes out a lot. Everyone knows that. The Chicago White Sox designated hitter has whiffed more than 1,600 times in 10 seasons, including 199 times in 2010. And he’s continuing to strike out quite a bit this spring – 22 times in just 53 at-bats. So is there reason for White Sox fans to be…

  2. Springtime storylines: Is this the year the Marlins finally break the mold?

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:24 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v St. Louis Cardinals

    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 ever-pesky Florida Marlins. The Big Question: Is this the year the Marlins finally break the mold? We’ve come to expect a particular…

  3. No, the Yankees aren’t interested in Oliver Perez

    Mar 22, 2011, 9:11 PM EST

    Oliver Perez AP

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reported yesterday that “Yankees people” discussed signing Oliver Perez. Turns out he wasn’t completely wrong. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York earlier today that while he looked into the idea, the club doesn’t currently have any interest. “I was asked from above me just to…

  4. Kendrys Morales has been shut down

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    Kendrys Morales hasn’t been right all spring, as he continues to struggle back from the broken leg that cost him the bulk of 2010.  Now Mike DiGiovanna reports that the Angels have shut him down due to soreness on the ball of his left foot.  He’s back to Los Angeles, where he saw a doctor…

  5. Frank Francisco likely to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage in Frank Francisco‘s injured pectoral muscle, but John Lott of the National Post reports that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list anyway. Octavio Dotel is also sidelined by a hamstring injury that could keep him out for Opening Day, which means Jon Rauch is now the…

  6. New footage of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig unearthed

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Ruth Gehrig

    You may have seen still photos of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in their “Bustin’ Babes” and “Larrupin’ Lous” barnstorming uniforms before, but the New York Times has a story — and some footage — of some film of them wearing the duds.  Sadly it isn’t game action. They’re just hanging around. Ruth gets on…

  7. Springtime Storylines: Can the Twins win a third straight AL Central title?

    Mar 22, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    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: My beloved Twins. The Big Question: Can the Twins win a third straight AL Central title? Winning 90-something games and then losing key…

  8. Greg Anderson goes back to jail

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:56 PM EST

    Anderson, former trainer to Bonds, arrives to Bonds' perjury trial at the Phillip Burton Federal Building in San Francisco

    As expected, Barry Bonds’ former trainer Greg Anderson — the one man who could say if Barry Bonds knew what he was taking — was just called into the courtroom, was asked if he’d testify, refused through his lawyer, and was taken away to jail. Again. Not much else to say about it, I suppose.…

  9. Scott Boras will be the keynote speaker at SABR convention

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

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    I’ve attended the annual Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention every summer since 2004, but often skip the awards luncheon because a) it’s awfully expensive for some mediocre chicken, b) sometimes there’s an actual baseball game going on at the same time, and c) if there isn’t an actual baseball game there’s definitely some…

  10. So Mookie Wilson has a blog

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    Mookie Wilson

    My daughter — who I taunt by calling her “Mookie” for reasons I can’t even recall at this point — isn’t going to like this: Mookie Wilson has his own blog now. And it’s a Blogspot number, just like the one most of us launched at some time over the past several years.  Mookie is…

  11. Jensen Lewis assigned to Triple-A after clearing waivers

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    When the Indians placed Jensen Lewis on outright waivers I figured at least one team would be willing to put in a claim on a cheap 27-year-old reliever with a 3.68 ERA in 198 career innings, but instead Lewis and his $650,000 salary have cleared waivers. That means the Indians have successfully removed Lewis from…

  12. The Barry Bonds trial starts with a snore

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Barry Bonds

    I asked NBC if they’d send me to San Francisco to cover the Barry Bonds trial, live and in person. They were receptive until I started in with my accommodation demands, my per diem demands and stuff like that. Look, I may have overplayed my hand, but in my defense, I don’t get to go to…

  13. Mariners settle on Brendan Ryan at shortstop and Jack Wilson at second base

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

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    When the Mariners acquired Brendan Ryan from the Cardinals in mid-December they initially hinted that he’d be playing mostly second base, with Jack Wilson remaining at shortstop, but after evaluating them for the past few weeks manager Eric Wedge has decided to flip-flop the two infielders. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that Ryan…

  14. Comment of the Day: Marcus Thames is no stiff

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

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    I’m still irked at T.J. Simers’ weapons-grade idiocy in his Marcus Thames column.  And a lot of what is animating that is something that I neglected to mention in the last post on it: Marcus Thames is a really, really nice guy.  I’ve never met him, but several reporters I know have talked about him…

  15. Tigers choose Will Rhymes as Opening Day second baseman

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

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    Carlos Guillen‘s slower-than-expected recovery from knee surgery forced the Tigers to consider other options at second base and after giving some thought to sacrificing defense for offense with Ryan Raburn manager Jim Leyland has settled on Will Rhymes. Rhymes actually led the Tigers in second base starts last season with 46 and in giving him…

  16. Curtis Granderson has a strained oblique

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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    I sort of root for Curtis Granderson. I watched him play a lot when he was with the Tigers and rather like him. While his last couple of years — and the fact that he turned 30 last week — don’t give me hope that he’ll ever fulfill that All-Star promise he had when he…

  17. Twins pick Scott Baker as fifth starter, send Kevin Slowey to bullpen

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

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    By re-signing Carl Pavano to a two-year, $16.5 million deal the Twins created a rotation logjam with six starters for five spots and today they announced that Scott Baker will be the No. 5 guy, leaving Kevin Slowey bullpen bound as the odd man out. Baker and Slowey both significantly out-performed Nick Blackburn last season…

  18. Charlie Manuel talks about Luis Castillo’s no-show

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Apparently Luis Castillo’s failure to report to the Phillies this morning was a misunderstanding. He thought he had all day today to report rather than to report in time to play in today’s game.  Buster Olney says that he had some personal matters to attend to as well.  It’s not like he blew the Phillies…

  19. Giants beat reporters are not impressed with Miguel Tejada

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

    Miguel Tejada

    Last night both Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about how awful Miguel Tejada looked at shortstop and how unproductive he’s been at the plate all spring. First, here’s a tweet from Baggarly: Not to be mean, but if I’m Tim Lincecum watching Miguel…

  20. One of the more insulting columns you’ll read this season

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:29 AM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times has a shtick. He’s used it over and over again.  It’s this: insult, bait and pester a given Dodgers or Angels player and hope against hope that they’ll spout off in anger so that he can print a juicy quote and follow it up with his “man, what’s his…

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