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  1. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Mar 14, 2011, 6:18 AM EST

    Takashi Saito, Ron Roenicke, Ed Sedar

    What you missed while beginning the process of gambling on amateur basketball players who themselves would be be punished for (a) participating in your tournament pool; or (b) receiving one red cent of the billions of dollars about to be generated by virtue of their unpaid labor.

  2. Wandy Rodriguez scratched from start with shoulder tendinitis

    Mar 13, 2011, 5:29 PM EST

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    Astros left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has been scratched from his scheduled Tuesday start and is going to be sidelined for the next week or so due to tendinitis in his throwing shoulder. This according to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, who began his story on the matter with a great sentence: The closest thing to…

  3. Ryan Braun: I’m feeling “better than I’ve ever felt”

    Mar 13, 2011, 4:18 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    All-star outfielder Ryan Braun gave the Brewers a big scare Saturday when he left the club’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks with a strained intercostal muscle. It turns out he’s going to be just fine. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Braun actually suffered the injury while shagging fly balls against the outfield wall…

  4. Zach Duke struck with comebacker, has broken hand

    Mar 13, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Diamondbacks acquired Zach Duke in a trade with the Pirates this winter with the intention of adding depth to their starting rotation. Arizona was thinking that the 27-year-old southpaw would do well with a change of scenery after finishing with a 5.72 ERA over 29 starts for the Bucs in 2010. But things have…

  5. Chien-Ming Wang won’t be ready for the start of the season

    Mar 13, 2011, 2:52 PM EST

    wang pose

    That’s the most predictable headline of the spring so far, isn’t it? Nationals manager Jim Riggleman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on Sunday that right-hander Chien-Ming Wang showed progress in a recent bullpen session but has no chance of breaking camp as a member of the club’s 25-man roster. He’s still recovering from…

  6. Mitchell Page: 1951-2011

    Mar 13, 2011, 1:36 PM EST

    page oakland card

    ESPN analyst and former big leaguer Eduardo Perez passes along the sad news of Mitchell Page’s sudden passing. Born Mitchell Otis Page, he played eight years in the majors — seven for the A’s and one for the Pirates, serving mostly as a designated hitter and outfielder. He retired after the 1984 season with a…

  7. Duchscherer likely to open season on disabled list?

    Mar 13, 2011, 12:13 PM EST

    duchscherer pose

    It’s looking more and more like Justin Duchscherer isn’t going to be ready for action when the Orioles open their regular season. According to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com, “The Duke of Hurl” had to be scratched from a scheduled intrasquad game appearance Sunday due to discomfort in his surgically-repaired left hip. He won’t throw on…

  8. Bengie Molina retired for now, will consider comeback

    Mar 13, 2011, 11:54 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported earlier this month that the Padres were looking into signing catcher Bengie Molina to serve as a backup to Nick Hundley but found the veteran free agent to be in “retirement mode.” He remains in that “mode.” Molina told Kevin Davidoff of Newsday this weekend that he has not…

  9. Red Sox shopping Daisuke Matsuzaka and others?

    Mar 13, 2011, 9:51 AM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    The Red Sox may be looking to unload some of their depth at various positions before the start of the 2011 regular season schedule. According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, the Sawx have let other major league teams know that starters Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield are available via trade and that outfielders Mike…

  10. Report: Johan Santana may miss all of the 2011 season

    Mar 13, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    “Internally, the Mets believe they’ll be “lucky” if Santana pitches this year.” That is a stand-alone paragraph in a Sunday morning report by Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record. According to their sources, Santana has made very little progress in his ongoing recovery from September shoulder surgery and the Mets are ready…

  11. Nationals option Bryce Harper to Single-A Hagerstown

    Mar 12, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    bryce-harper-nationals

    C’mon Nats fans, you knew this sneak preview would end eventually. Though the Nationals didn’t include last year’s No.1 overall pick Bryce Harper in their first round of cuts yesterday, he was sent to low-Class A Hagerstown following this afternoon’s win over the Yankees, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. The Nationals insisted that Harper…

  12. Ryan Braun leaves game with strained intercostal muscle

    Mar 12, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Ryan Braun left this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks after the top of the first inning due to a strained left intercostal muscle, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. The team has him listed as day-to-day right now, but there’s some reason for concern here. Braun has suffered intercostal injuries multiple times in the past,…

  13. Joe Mauer could appear in a game next week

    Mar 12, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Mauer has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game, but he’s inching ever-closer to his debut after catching Nick Blackburn‘s bullpen session earlier today. According to La Velle Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mauer said he hopes to appear as a designated hitter sometime after Tuesday’s scheduled off day. “Yeah I’d like to,”…

  14. Mike Morse stating his case for starting left field job

    Mar 12, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    mike-morse-nationals

    Many argued that Mike Morse deserved a larger role with the Nationals after he batted .289/.352/.519 with 15 homers in 266 at-bats as a part-time player last season, but he came into camp without a clear path to playing time following the offseason additions of Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche and Rick Ankiel. Let’s just say…

  15. Adrian Beltre could make Cactus League debut as soon as Monday

    Mar 12, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    adrian-beltre-rangers

    Adrian Beltre has made enough progress from his right calf injury that Rangers manager Ron Washington feels he could be able to make his spring debut Monday against the Dodgers, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. If it isn’t Monday, it shouldn’t be long. Beltre ran the bases for a fourth straight day this…

  16. Chase Utley is making some progress, we think…

    Mar 12, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies provided an update about Chase Utley‘s ailing right knee this morning. Well, sort of. We didn’t learn much, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Utley has been able to do more exercises than before. “These are kind of baby steps,” Amaro said. “I can’t…

  17. Scott Podsednik has setback with plantar fasciitis in left foot

    Mar 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Scott Podsednik

    Scott Podsednik made his spring debut against the Yankees yesterday, finishing 0-for-1 with two walks and a stolen base. He told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that his left foot wasn’t completely pain-free, but said that he was to the point where he could “go out there and play.” Apparently not. Chisholm reports this morning that…

  18. The MLS thinks the Wilpons would make “great” owners

    Mar 12, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    MLS Logo

    According to the Associated Press, MLS commissioner Don Garber believes the Wilpons would make “great” owners of the league’s 20th franchise, despite their current financial and legal troubles. “The success of our league is the core values of our ownership group and … I believe the Wilpons fit very well with our owners in terms…

  19. Adrian Gonzalez set for spring debut this afternoon

    Mar 12, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    We heard the other day that Adrian Gonzalez was hoping to make his spring debut “sometime next week,” or “maybe even earlier.” Consistent with his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery, Gonzalez is running ahead of schedule. According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Adrian Gonzalez is in the starting lineup for the Red Sox…

  20. UPDATE: Phillies, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. agree to four-year contract extension

    Mar 12, 2011, 8:27 AM EST

    ruben-amaro-jr-phillies-with-cliff-lee

    UPDATE: According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. have agreed to a four-year contract extension. He’ll remain in the fold through 2015. 7:12 PM, Friday: A team source tells Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer that a contract extension for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is “done.” 10:15…

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