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  1. Bonds Trial Update: What’s an orchidometer?

    Mar 25, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Orchidometer

    If you haven’t come up with a good name for fantasy team yet, it may be helpful for you to know what an orchidometer is.  According to testimony in the Barry Bonds trial yesterday, it’s a medical instrument used to measure testicles. Yes, that’s a picture of one. You’re welcome. The existence of orchidometers was explained to…

  2. Comment of the Day: Curt Flood Jr. talks about the Stan Musial restaurant story

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    Curt Flood

    Yesterday I highlighted Murray Chass’ poorly-sourced hatchet job against Stan Musial. The leadoff in that hatchet job was Chass’ claim — based on a story Curt Flood allegedly told Marvin Miller who told Chass — was that Flood was refused service at Stan Musial’s restaurant some time in the 1960s because Flood was black. Chass’…

  3. Springtime Storylines: Can the Reds do it again?

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:33 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Colorado Rockies

    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: Your Cincinnati Redlegs. The Big Question: Can the Reds pull off back-to-back division titles? Holding the top spot in the…

  4. Brewers’ Casey McGehee survives kneecap scare

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee had to be carted off a Cactus League field on Thursday afternoon after taking a pitch in his right kneecap. Fortunately, it sounds like he’s going to be just fine. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com heard from club officials that X-rays taken on McGehee’s knee soon after his removal showed no…

  5. Bad timing: Tommy Hunter suffers strained right groin

    Mar 24, 2011, 6:49 PM EST

    getty hunter

    Mere hours after announcing that young flame-thrower Neftali Feliz will remain in his familiar ninth inning role to open the 2011 season, the Rangers got a dose of unfortunate news concerning one of the members of their starting rotation. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, right-hander Tommy Hunter was lifted from his…

  6. Brent Morel beats out Mark Teahen for White Sox’s third base job

    Mar 24, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Morel_Brent

    Ozzie Guillen announced that rookie Brent Morel has secured the starting job at third base, which means Mark Teahen will be a highly paid bench player for the White Sox. When they acquired Teahen from the Royals last year the White Sox handed him the third base job and then a three-year, $14 million contract…

  7. The Diamondbacks sign Kip Wells

    Mar 24, 2011, 5:03 PM EST

    7TH

    I’m not going to say that Kevin Millwood is asking for too much money and/or has nothing left in the tank, but when you’re passed up as the “random starter signed late in the spring by a desperate team hoping that they can catch lightning in a bottle” by Kip Wells, you should probably consider…

  8. Orioles settle on Jeremy Guthrie as Opening Day starter

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    I’m sure you haven’t heard enough Opening Day starter talk for one day, so here’s another one: Baltimore will go with Jeremy Guthrie in Game 1, followed in the rotation by Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, and Jake Arrieta. Because the Orioles may not need a fifth starter for the first several weeks they could carry…

  9. Jair Jurrjens leaves game early with discomfort in his side

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Jurrjens_Jair

    You know what I can’t wait for? I can’t wait for teams that ridiculously put promising young starting pitchers in the bullpen to start complaining about how they don’t have enough starting pitching.  That’s what I can’t wait for. In the meantime, the non-deluded teams out there realize that there isn’t anything as valuable as…

  10. Pirates pick Kevin Correia as Opening Day starter despite 5.40 ERA last season

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    correia_kevin

    It’s probably not quite as depressing to fans as Kansas City picking a guy with a 5.60 career ERA as the Opening Day starter, but it might be close. Pittsburgh announced that Kevin Correia will get the Opening Day assignment after going 10-10 with a 5.40 ERA for the Padres last year, which is some…

  11. Pedro Martinez … in the Smithsonian?

    Mar 24, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox

    UPDATE:  Here’s the portrait. It’s actually pretty damn dignified. And, as a reader notes, the portrait is being donated by Peter Gammons and his wife Gloria. Which is kinda cool. 3: 58 PM: This is somewhat unexpected: Former All-Star pitcher Pedro Martinez is in Washington to conduct a baseball mini-clinic and to promote exercise for children…

  12. Cody Ross is “certain” to begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 24, 2011, 3:42 PM EST

    cody ross giving high five

    Cody Ross is “certain” to begin the season on the disabled list with the calf injury he suffered earlier this week, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. That could potentially open the door for top prospect Brandon Belt to make the Opening Day roster, but that would involve Aubrey Huff shifting…

  13. So much for that: Rangers will keep Neftali Feliz in the bullpen

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:47 PM EST

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz went back and forth on whether he actually wanted to move to the rotation after saving 40 games as a rookie closer last season, but now it’s a moot point: T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Feliz will remain in the bullpen. He’ll be joined there by fellow flame-thrower Alexi Ogando, whose spring…

  14. Why I call out guys like Murray Chass and T.J. Simers

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    megaphone

    In the past couple of days I’ve blasted T.J. Simers and Murray Chass for writing pieces that, in my view, were low-rent, unprofessional hit jobs.  This is not new territory for me. I have a combative streak and, like a lot of blogger boys, I engage in a healthy amount of media criticism. And whenever I…

  15. Nationals send one-time catcher of the future Jesus Flores back to the minors

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Jesus Flores

    With concerns about his surgically repaired shoulder likely limiting the potential trade market and two catchers ahead of him on the depth chart, the Nationals sent Jesus Flores to the minors today. Flores was once the Nationals’ catcher of the future, but suffered a shoulder injury after getting off to a great start in 2009…

  16. Murray Chass slams Stan Musial. Really.

    Mar 24, 2011, 1:59 PM EST

    Murray Chass

    Some blogger who writes from home — claims he used to actually be a reporter with a big paper or something — decided today that the most pressing thing he had to do today was to cut Stan Musial down to size: It turns out that the 90-year-old Musial is not the Saint Stan he…

  17. A’s select 23-year-old Trevor Cahill as Opening Day starter

    Mar 24, 2011, 1:23 PM EST

    Cahill_Trevor

    Oakland waited longer than most teams to name an Opening Day starter, but today manager Bob Geren announced that Trevor Cahill will get the Game 1 assignment. After a so-so rookie season Cahill went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA as a 22-year-old sophomore, so giving him the Opening Day nod was a relatively easy call…

  18. Joe Biden kept the Blue Jays out of their clubhouse yesterday

    Mar 24, 2011, 1:08 PM EST

    Joe Biden, Mariano Rivera

    Remember how Joe Biden visited Yankees camp yesterday?  Well, apparently his arrival and all of the attendant security hoopla kept the Blue Jays from being able to get into their clubhouse, and they had to wait patiently behind security until they could do so. I assume this means that Canada will declare war on us…

  19. Franklin Gutierrez undergoing more medical tests for year-long stomach problems

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    gutierrez_franklin

    Franklin Gutierrez remains sidelined by the stomach problems that have plagued him since last season and Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the center fielder will undergo additional medical tests. Two weeks ago the Mariners announced that Gutierrez had been diagnosed with a “slow digestive tract” and would be able to manage…

  20. Curt Schilling bought Jose Canseco’s Lamborghini?

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

    Lamborghini

    Random bits falling out of the Barry Bonds trial, as Bonds’ former buddy Steven Hoskins testified (for reasons that aren’t entirely clear) that Curt Schilling once bought a used Lamborghini from Jose Canseco. I’m guessing that was mentioned at some point in a random Canseco or Schilling feature story, but I find it to be…

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