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  1. Carlos Beltran has not been shut down

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    The Mets may have a new front office regime and a new manager, but their communication skills clearly haven’t improved from the Omar Minaya era. New general manager Sandy Alderson told Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Tuesday that outfielder Carlos Beltran would be “shut down” for at least 4-5 days due to…

  2. Miguel Cabrera threatened to shoot strangers and blow up a bar before his DUI arrest last month…

    Mar 9, 2011, 7:25 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera

    Early details about Miguel Cabrera‘s February DUI arrest painted a scary — or at least embarrassing — picture of the 27-year-old Tigers slugger. This new information will make that picture far worse. According to Frank Donnelly of the Detroit News, court documents released Wednesday reveal that Cabrera threatened the patrons of a Florida bar before…

  3. Sign of the Day: even New York hates the Mets

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    I have yet to see it, but several readers have told me that there are ads on New York subways for a storage company that read “Why leave a city that has six professional sports teams, and the Mets?” 1. That seems harsh even for a hardcore Mets hater like me; and 2. Anyone who…

  4. Former WVU quarterback Pat White retires from baseball

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

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    The NFL didn’t suit former West Virginia Mountaineer quarterback Pat White too well — you gotta be able to throw in that league — so he tried his hand at baseball, where he was once a standout. In fact, he had been drafted by the Angels and the Yankees in the past, so it wasn’t…

  5. Someone should tell Nyjer Morgan to stop trying to steal bases

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

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    Nyjer Morgan was caught stealing twice in yesterday’s game (although one came on a botched hit-and-run try) and manager Jim Riggleman revealed that he gave Morgan a little pep talk in the dugout following the first failed steal attempt: I said, “You know what? It seems like they throw the ball right on the button.”…

  6. Chipper Jones on the Luis Salazar incident: “I wish I wouldn’t have looked”

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Dave O’Brien talked to Chipper Jones, who was standing on first base when Braves’ minor league manager Luis Salazar was hit by that foul ball earlier today. We already know that Salazar’s injuries are serious, but it was feared to be even worse as it happened: I just … I wish I wouldn’t have looked.…

  7. Jon Garland leaves game with an injury

    Mar 9, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Jon Garland just left the first inning of the Dodgers-Mariners game at Camelback Ranch today, holding his side.  Bill Shaikin thinks it could be a problem with an oblique muscle. Garland is currently the #5 starter on the Dodgers’ depth chart. If it is an oblique, he could be out for a while. With Vicente Padilla…

  8. Everyone has been spelling Kendry Morales’ name wrong

    Mar 9, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo Day

    Kendry Morales revealed today that his actual name is Kendrys Morales–with an extra “S” in the first name–which means everyone has been spelling his name wrong for at least seven years. That seems like sort of a long time to let that type of thing go unchanged, but according to Kevin Baxter of the Los…

  9. Future sports stadiums to be horrible hellscapes

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    In the year 2000

    I’m having a hard time swallowing some of the entries in this Business Insider slideshow about how stadiums may change in the future. Or should I say in the future!, because so much of it sounds like those flying car/colonies on the moon predictions from the golden days of the space age in that they…

  10. Charlie Manuel close to two-year extension with Phillies

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    Charlie Manuel

    Charlie Manuel and the Phillies are “close to agreeing on a contract extension” that Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports will be worth “between $3.5 million and $4 million per season” for two years. Manuel is already under contract for $2.4 million this season, so a two-year extension would keep the 67-year-old managing the Phillies through…

  11. Tigers infielder Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for Phillies as Chase Utley insurance

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Danny Knobler, who covered the Tigers in Detroit prior to working at CBSSports.com, reports that Ramon Santiago “could be a possibility” for the Phillies as they look to add depth following the latest news on Chase Utley‘s knee injury. Santiago has split time at shortstop for the Tigers during the past few seasons, but is…

  12. Braves minor league manager hit by foul ball in dugout, airlifted to the hospital

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    A scary scene in Orlando as the Braves play the Cardinals this afternoon:  a foul ball came screaming off the bat of Brian McCann and into the Braves dugout.  It struck Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar, who was face down on the ground for several minutes after it hit him. An ambulance crew took…

  13. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen versus Charlie Sheen

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:19 PM EST

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    Here’s the latest “Quote of the Day” winner from manager/quote machine Ozzie Guillen: I’m the Charlie Sheen of baseball, but without drugs and a prostitute. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports provides a bit more context for the quote, noting that Guillen “was talking about the double-standard with him,” but it stands on its own pretty…

  14. Jonny Gomes had a tougher childhood than you

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    When I hear the other fathers in the neighborhood talking about how kids have no shot at playing sports at a high level unless they’re on expensive travelling teams and go to specialized camps and clinics, I roll my eyes. Partially because, damn, don’t you hope your kids pick what they want to do with…

  15. Brendan Donnelly retires after nine seasons in the majors

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

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    Brendan Donnelly has announced his retirement, ending what was a remarkable career for someone who didn’t reach the majors for the first time until age 30 and was never allowed to join the MLB players’ association. Donnelly spent a decade in the minors pitching for six different organizations–and was a spring training replacement player during…

  16. Marlins’ reliever Burke Badenhop wants to make a movie

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Florida Marlins Photo Day

    We’re only interested in one thing, Badehop: Can you tell a story? Can you make us laugh? Can you make us cry? Can you make us want to break out in joyous song? Is that more than one thing? Okay! The 28-year old right hander not only wants to cement his spot in the Marlins…

  17. Oliver Perez to get brief bullpen tryout, followed by release

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Oliver Perez Mets

    Oliver Perez is no longer competing for a rotation spot following another poor start yesterday, but the Mets aren’t ready to release him quite yet and will instead give him a chance to claim a bullpen job. Perez is much better suited for relief work at this point, as he actually remained somewhat effective against…

  18. Cody Ross joins a club that is probably just going to frustrate Giants fans

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

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    Hank Schulman has a feature story today about Cody Ross catapulting into fame last fall on the power of postseason heroics. He compares this to the legacies of Dusty Rhodes, Al Weis, Buddy Biancalana, Brian Doyle and … Mark Lemke: Lemke might be the most famous member of the fraternity, at least in this era. The…

  19. Justin Morneau “pleased” with how he felt the morning after first game in eight months

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    Morneau catch

    Throughout his eight-month recovery from a concussion Justin Morneau often felt good enough to workout on a particular day, only to have his symptoms return the next morning and sidetrack his progress. That was the fear after Morneau played in a game yesterday for the first time since July 7 and the former MVP admitted…

  20. Seven men, one dream and the journey to the big leagues

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EST

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    The road to the big leagues is more challenging than most fans realize. Each step up the ladder through the minor leagues produces another set of obstacles. A player’s energy is sapped by long bus rides, bad food and cheap motels. His skills are tested by opponents just as hungry as he is to reach…

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