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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    cody ross giving high five

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. UPDATE: The Yankees did not offer Aroldis Chapman $54 million

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    UPDATE: As I suspected, the Yankees deny that they ever offered Chapman a thing. Olney quotes Brian Cashman: “We never made an offer… Never.” 6:16 AM: This tweet from SI’s Melissa Segura is interesting: The FL lawsuit v. Hendricks/Fernandez says Yankees made “offer to Chapman valued at more than $54 million” Chap signed 6yr/$30.25 mil w…

  8. A new potential Mets investor emerges

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    Fred Wilpon, Jeff Wilpon

    Unlike the Donald Trumps of the world, this seems plausible: Paul Danforth, a former Mets executive who now holds a senior post at CAA Sports, the fast-growing sports division of the Creative Artists Agency of Hollywood, is a lead investor in a group seeking to buy a share of the Mets, according to a person who…

  9. Mike Pelfrey learns to never assume a woman is pregnant

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

    not pregnant shirt

    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com passes along the important life lesson Mike Pelfrey learned from Taylor Tankersley‘s wife: Pelfrey, himself a new father, asked Tankersley’s wife Lauren when she is due. “Due with what?” she deadpanned. Said Pelfrey: “My heart skipped a beat.” Rubin notes that she’s actually due to give birth Friday, but I’m guessing…

  10. Blue Jays interested in Twins starter Kevin Slowey

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

    Twins pitcher Slowey throws against Tigers during their MLB game in Minneapolis

    Minnesota has six starters for five rotation spots and Kevin Slowey looks likely to be the odd man out, with Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reporting that the Blue Jays “had three scouts watching” his start yesterday. According to Christensen the Blue Jays “like Slowey and have relievers to spare,” which makes them…

  11. Chase Utley’s status for Opening Day in doubt as he seeks “additional opinions” on knee injury

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

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    As expected, the Phillies’ announcement this morning regarding Chase Utley‘s knee injury doesn’t contain any good news. Team trainer Michael Ciccotti issued a statement saying that the knee problems have not responded to treatment as well as they have in the past and “an MRI was obtained that demonstrated his prior tendinitis, chondromalacia, and bone…

  12. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL East

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    Tiffany and I are back and today we talk the AL East. Well, we actually talked about it yesterday, but nothing new has happened since then, so we’re cool.

  13. An Utley update should come sometime this morning

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    We’re hearing rumblings out of Philly that an update on Chase Utley‘s knee is going to come this morning. I’m hearing non-specific rumblings that it’s not going to be great news. No idea if that’s reliable or not — people are kind of freaking, so it may be hyperbole — but we’ll obviously update it…

  14. There will be a public memorial service for Bob Feller

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:07 AM EST

    Bob Feller

    For those of you who (a) were Bob Feller fans; and (b) will be in Cleveland at the end of the month — and who wouldn’t be in both of those categories? — you can go to the public memorial service that has been planned for him.  The Indians announced it this morning. It will…

  15. Zack Greinke didn’t violate his contract by playing basketball

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers Workout Sessions

    When I saw that Zack Greinke’s broken rib came playing pickup basketball, my first thought was “man, that dude just cost himself some money.”  Tom Haudricourt reports, however, that the Brewers don’t agree: [Doug] Melvin said Greinke did not violate his contract by playing a game of pick-up basketball, which is how he was injured…

  16. It’s actually Carlos Beltran’s other knee that hurts

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

    Carlos Beltran

    The wonkiness of Carlos Beltran‘s knee has been cause for concern. Has he simply not healed properly from last year’s surgery? Was it just never meant to be right again?  Nope, those questions aren’t operative. Because it’s his other knee that is causing him problems. Seems that, though the surgery was on his right knee,…

  17. Adrian Gonzalez hopes to make spring debut next week

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:12 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox Spring Training Workout Session

    Adrian Gonzalez took live batting practice earlier today for the second time in the past three days and told Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com that he hopes to make his spring debut sometime next week. “[Wednesday] I’ll hit again on the field if everything feels good,” he said. “And see how it responds hitting back-to-back days.…

  18. Benches clear in today’s Dodgers-Brewers game

    Mar 8, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    Casey McGehee

    It’s one thing to take spring training results too seriously. It’s quite another to care enough to actually fight over them. That’s what nearly happened in today’s Dodgers-Brewers game, as Casey McGehee took offense to Roman Colon, who celebrated after he struck him out with the bases loaded to end the sixth inning. Benches cleared…

  19. Zack Greinke to miss start of season with fractured rib

    Mar 8, 2011, 6:13 PM EST

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Awful news out of Brewers’ camp this afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Zack Greinke will miss the start of the season with a fractured rib. You may remember that Greinke had his initial bullpen session this spring pushed back by a ribcage contusion, which he said at the time was the result of…

  20. Carlos Silva is calmed by … Carlos Zambrano

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times gives us a real man-bites-dog story today: Carlos Zambrano compassionately helping a teammate through a rough emotional time: “Right after I finished pitching, I texted Zambrano, and I was telling him, ‘Man, I don’t know what’s going on,’  ” Silva said. “What he told me in the text was, ‘You just need…

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