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  1. Quote of the Day: Pete Rose

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Pete Rose

    This has nothing to do with anything important, but I feel it’s worth sharing.

  2. Travis Snider sidelined by rib injury suffered while golfing

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    travis-snider-blue-jays

    Travis Snider has sat out the early workouts in Blue Jays camp because of a rib-cage injury suffered while golfing last week. Snider told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he’s “taking a very cautious approach with the idea in mind that the ultimate goal is to be ready for Opening Day.” In other words, don’t…

  3. The Orioles went to the movies

    Feb 21, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    Movies

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles reported to the spring training complex last night but, instead of the expected team meeting, Buck Showalter loaded them on buses, took them to a movie theater and showed them a movie of motivational Orioles highlights including great plays and bench-clearing brawls and stuff. Britt Ghiroli…

  4. Wilpon and Katz served as buffers between investors and Madoff

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:42 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon

    Maybe Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz didn’t know anything about Bernie Madoff’s fraud, but after reading this in today’s New York Times do NOT tell me that they were “just like everyone else who was duped.”  Because as far as I know, no one else who was duped served as a buffer between everyday investors…

  5. Livan Hernandez: “I want to be the Jamie Moyer of right-handers”

    Feb 21, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    For as often as I’ll curse Livan Hernandez‘s name because of the infamous Eric Gregg game in the 1997 playoffs, I don’t really hold it against Hernandez. He was just taking what the umpire was giving him, and how on Earth can a fan of Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux fault anyone for that?  Eric…

  6. The catching Molina you probably haven’t heard of

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:35 AM EST

    Jacque Jones, Gustavo Molina

    Ben: That Molina was our last hope. Yoda: No. There … is another: Every winter, Gustavo Molina and his wife, Carla, seem to have the same conversation. She asks him which team he will play for. He tells her he doesn’t know. She asks why he switches teams every season. He tells her that it’s…

  7. Terry Collins cracks down on the Mets pregame card playing

    Feb 21, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Mets Playing Cards

    Great, there go the Mets chances of signing Rickey Henderson and Bobby Bonilla again … Manager Terry Collins told The Post yesterday his team rules, many of which will be unveiled today when he addresses his full squad for the first time, will include a limit on card playing in the clubhouse. “It’s my understanding…

  8. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Feb 21, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

    suitcase

    Everyone has reported to camp, so we’re probably done with best shape of his life stories. The last arbitration case is over, so we bid farewell to the word “midpoint” for a year. Yep, all that’s left now is sweet, glorious baseball.

  9. Cliff Lee coming back from mild side strain

    Feb 20, 2011, 6:42 PM EST

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    UPDATE: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com spoke with Phillies officials. They say that Lee is “100 percent healthy” and will throw to live hitters as expected on Tuesday. 6:42 PM: The Phillies revealed Sunday that Cliff Lee developed soreness in his side while throwing at home before reporting to camp and is a bit behind the…

  10. Chris Davis thinks the Rangers will probably trade him

    Feb 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    World Series Workout Session

    The Rangers are going to start Mitch Moreland at first base in most of their games this season. He posted a decent .833 OPS, nine home runs and 25 RBI over 173 plate appearances last year and played pretty strong defense. On days that Moreland doesn’t start, it’ll be either Michael Young or Mike Napoli…

  11. Brandon Webb already having problems with his shoulder

    Feb 20, 2011, 4:25 PM EST

    Brandon Webb workout

    The Rangers’ experiment with former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb has already hit a snag. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are now limiting Webb to purely flat-ground work in camp because they’re not confident in the strength of his throwing shoulder, which has been giving him problems now for two straight…

  12. Aaron Cook skips bullpen session due to shoulder soreness

    Feb 20, 2011, 3:43 PM EST

    Aaron Cook

    Rockies starter Aaron Cook is fully recovered from the broken fibula that he suffered last September when National League MVP Joey Votto struck him in the leg with a one-hopper. But it’s already pretty apparent that he is behind the other Colorado pitchers in camp this spring. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post,…

  13. Michael Young addresses trade request with teammates

    Feb 20, 2011, 2:54 PM EST

    Michael Young

    Rangers veteran Michael Young might not want to talk to general manager Jon Daniels about his request for a trade and the club’s failed attempts to deal him, but he did address the matter in camp Sunday with his teammates. Rangers manager Ron Washington said Young told the players in the clubhouse that he “wasn’t…

  14. Alex Rodriguez dropped 10 pounds this winter

    Feb 20, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Alex Rodriguez, Andruw Jones

    Alex Rodriguez might not be in the proverbial “best shape of his life,” but he did show up to Yankees camp this weekend with a trimmer self. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the 35-year-old Rodriguez dropped from 233 pounds to 223 pounds this offseason and slid his body fat from 12 percent to nine…

  15. Liriano plays catch, left shoulder checks out fine

    Feb 20, 2011, 12:22 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 1

    Twins starter Francisco Liriano skipped a scheduled bullpen session Friday because he had a bit of tightness in his throwing shoulder. For a guy with his injury history, any kind of abnormal discomfort is concerning, but he is going to survive this little issue. According to Phil Mackey of Minneapolis’ ESPN 1500 AM, Liriano checked…

  16. Rangers ink Brett Tomko to minor league contract

    Feb 20, 2011, 10:38 AM EST

    tomko mad

    Big news out of Rangers camp. OK, not really. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, Texas has agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Brett Tomko. The 37-year-old hasn’t pitched in a major league game since September 2009 and is still recovering from the nerve problem that cost him all of the…

  17. Luis Castillo didn’t report early because of brother’s surgery

    Feb 20, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Remember all that junk Friday about how Mets manager Terry Collins was upset at Luis Castillo for not showing up to spring training earlier than the rest of the club’s positional players? Yeah, that should probably be put to rest now. Castillo revealed Sunday in Mets camp that he was being held up due to…

  18. Kevin Millwood rejects contract offer from Yankees

    Feb 20, 2011, 8:48 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Rejecting contract offers this late in the offseason is a little crazy. Rejecting contract offers this late in the offseason from the Yankees is even crazier. Ladies and gentlemen, Kevin Millwood… According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Millwood has turned down a minor league contract offer from the Yankees because he is…

  19. Baker expects Votto to handle MVP treatment well

    Feb 19, 2011, 11:22 PM EST

    Joey Votto homers

    Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker thinks that Joey Votto, fresh off winning the NL MVP award, will begin to be treated like great MVPs of the past by opposing pitchers. Baker, speaking on Saturday at spring training camp in Goodyear, Ariz., said he noticed some special treatment from pitchers last season, when Votto hit .324…

  20. Carlos Beltran sounds like he’s headed for right field

    Feb 19, 2011, 6:08 PM EST

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Carlos Beltran will do a “baseball-type running program” over the next week to 10 days, after which a decision could be made about whether he will make the move to right field or remain in center field. Still, in his comments to the media today, Beltran sounded like someone…

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