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  1. Dominican player involved in identity fraud flap, rewarded with 65 times greater signing bonus

    Mar 14, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

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    A strange tale from the pages of Baseball America.  The basics: Dominican prospect Juan Carlos Paniagua signs a deal with the Diamondbacks for $17,000. The deal is conditional while a background check takes place; After pitching for the Dbacks developmental team for a spell under the conditional arrangement, the contract is rejected by Major League Baseball…

  2. Bill Hall calls Cole Hamels “a marked man” following on-field shouting match

    Mar 14, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

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    During this afternoon’s Astros-Phillies game Bill Hall stepped out of the batters’ box to stop from being quick-pitched by Cole Hamels and Hamels responded by throwing the next pitch inside, at which point Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Hall had to be “restrained by home plate umpire Laz Diaz.” It didn’t go…

  3. The NBC Sports Talk Android App is … Go!

    Mar 14, 2011, 5:05 PM EST

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    Just what you’ve been waiting for, Apple product rejectors: the NBC Sports Talk Android app is here.  You can go snag it at the Android Market. It’s totally free too, yo. It’s pretty much what you expect it to be: a fast, clean and easy interface between your lovely Android-powered phone and the NBC sports…

  4. Marlon Byrd feels targeted over his association with Victor Conte

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    We’ve noted in the past that Marlon Byrd made the strange decision a couple of years ago to start working with fomer BALCO mastermind Victor Conte.  Since 2009, Conte has supplied Byrd with supplements. Byrd remains the only Major League Baseball player who works with Conte, and now, Bruce Levine reports, Byrd says that he feels…

  5. Why aren’t more MLB general managers former MLB players?

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    As a follow-up to Ruben Amaro Jr.’s recent four-year contract extension with the Phillies, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com has an interesting article about how only three of the 30 current general managers played in the big leagues. Amaro is one, along with Kenny Williams of the White Sox and Billy Beane of the A’s. And…

  6. Nate Robertson out four weeks after surgery to remove “loose bodies” from elbow

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Nate Robertson was a long shot to claim a spot in the Mariners’ rotation to begin with, but whatever slim chance he had is now gone with news that he’ll be sidelined for at least a month following surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his elbow. Robertson signed a minor-league contract with Seattle after posting…

  7. Stop me if you’ve heard this, but Jason Heyward is banged up again

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

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    Jason Heyward was held out of today’s game due to back stiffness. A week or so ago he missed action because tightness in his hamstring.  In the first week of March he missed action because of a sore groin. None of this is serious, but as an official member of the Jason Heyward is So…

  8. Casey Blake to have precautionary MRI exam on injured back

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:21 PM EST

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    Despite manager Don Mattingly telling Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that he doesn’t expect Casey Blake to miss significant time, the veteran third baseman is scheduled to undergo what the Dodgers are calling a “precautionary” MRI exam on his injured back. For now Blake is expected to miss just a few days, but he also struggled…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Do the Colorado Rockies have enough offense?

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:03 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.  The latest: The … punchless Colorado Rockies? The Big Question: Do the Rockies have enough offense? That may seem like a strange thing to ask…

  10. Carlos Guillen unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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    Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Carlos Guillen has experienced a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, making it unlikely that the Tigers’ second baseman will be ready for Opening Day. Jim Leyland didn’t quite rule out Guillen for Game 1, but did tell Beck that “the clock is ticking” and said: “There was…

  11. You’ll be shocked to learn that Rich Harden has had another setback

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    Rich Harden was shut down with an injured lat approximately eight second after he put his glove on for the first time this spring.  Then the initial time the A’s thought it might take for him to get better was extended. Now, Susan Slusser reports, Harden has had another setback and he has been shut down…

  12. Ron Gardenhire doesn’t like when writers “just fire it through the internet” on Twitter

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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    For some reason Ron Gardenhire is becoming increasingly annoyed with how quickly and efficiently reporters are able to relay his words to the Twins-loving public via Twitter. Here’s an amusing note from Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: When manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that Nick Blackburn had made the rotation, it caused a…

  13. How are those guys in the best shape of their lives doin’, anyway?

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

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    You know, sometimes I get the feeling that people don’t really take what they’re writing seriously and, rather, are just putting stuff up to bait me. I mean, when someone writes a well-thought-out and researched analysis of the performance of players who declared themselves to be in the Best Shape of Their Lives, it has…

  14. Dustin McGowan’s comeback attempt moves to the bullpen

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    Once upon a time Dustin McGowan was a promising young starter who threw 281 innings with a 4.20 ERA between 2007 and 2008, but injuries sidetracked his career and now the Blue Jays say he’ll be coming back as a reliever. If he comes back at all, that is. McGowan hasn’t pitched in a major-league…

  15. Trading King Felix to the Yankees doesn’t make a ton of sense

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

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    You know the sign of a fun trade proposal that is never, ever going to happen in a gajillion years?  If you look at it and realize that both teams would reject it out of hand. Ken Rosenthal has one today: The Mariners offering Felix Hernandez to the Yankees on a 5-for-1 basis, sending back…

  16. Heath Bell “definitely would take less” to re-sign with Padres

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

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    Heath Bell is eligible for free agency after this season, but the Padres closer said yesterday during a radio interview with MLB Network that he “definitely would take less” to re-sign with San Diego. Bell, who said this offseason that it “would be my dream” to sign a long-term deal with the Padres, explained that…

  17. Must-click link: A really bad picture of Tim Lincecum leading a most excellent feature story about him

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    Really, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an uglier picture of Tim Lincecum than the one at the top of this New York Times Magazine feature story about him. He looks like a cross between Anthony Kiedis and late-period Bob Dylan. I like all three of those guys, but man, it ain’t pretty. Assuming you…

  18. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with “slow digestive tract”

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:14 AM EST

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    Last month Franklin Gutierrez left Mariners camp to be examined by doctors in an effort to determine the cause of the stomach problems that have plagued him since last year and today the team announced “great news” for the center fielder. Gutierrez has been diagnosed with a “slow digestive tract” and team trainer Mitch Storey…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Can the Giants repeat?

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:00 AM 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 2010 season.  First up: it’s only appropriate that we start with the reigning World Champs, the San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants repeat? Yeah,…

  20. Brad Lidge skipping today’s appearance with biceps soreness

    Mar 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Rather than make an appearance against the Astros in today’s game Phillies closer Brad Lidge has been scratched with biceps soreness, according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer. General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Brookover that the Phillies “just wanted to back him off for a couple days.” Lidge was also scheduled to pitch…

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