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  1. Oft-injured Nick Johnson signs minor league deal with Indians

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    New York Yankees' Johnson hits solo home run in first inning against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in New York

    Last offseason Nick Johnson signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Yankees, but after yet another injury wrecked season the 32-year-old disabled list regular has had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Indians, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. If healthy Johnson brings excellent on-base skills to the lineup, but that’s sort…

  2. Michael Cuddyer out 7-14 days after having wart removed

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

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    Michael Cuddyer‘s attempt to self-treat a wart on his foot during the offseason proved unsuccessful, so now he’s expected to miss 7-14 days after leaving Twins camp and returning to Minnesota to have it removed by a doctor. Aside from it probably being pretty embarrassing for Cuddyer to have his foot wart make headlines, this…

  3. Scenes from Spring Training: Few people, good seats

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

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    Despite it being perhaps the most beautiful day since I’ve been down here, it’s a near-empty ballpark today.  I guess you’ll have that when it’s the Royals and the Padres, neither of which are what you’d call national draws. But the good thing about it was that I was able to wander down to a…

  4. Garret Anderson retires after 17 seasons and 2,529 hits

    Mar 1, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

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    Unable to find a job this spring after hitting just .181 in 80 games for the Dodgers last season, Garret Anderson has decided to call it a career after 17 years in the majors. Fifteen of those years were spent with the Angels and Anderson is the franchise’s all-time leader in games (2,013), plate appearances…

  5. Josh Beckett after being hit on the head: “I feel better today”

    Mar 1, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    Josh Beckett was sent home from Red Sox camp yesterday with “mild concussion symptoms” after being struck on the head by an errant ball during batting practice and was held out of all activities today, but told Ian Browne of MLB.com that he’s feeling better: How do I feel? I feel all right. I feel…

  6. Chris Carpenter leaves start with strained hamstring

    Mar 1, 2011, 2:42 PM EST

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    More bad news for the Cardinals, as Chris Carpenter left this afternoon’s start with a strained hamstring. Given how depressing spring training has been for the Cardinals so far perhaps the injury being to Carpenter’s leg rather than his arm almost qualifies as good news. Of course, in the same game reliever Mitchell Boggs departed…

  7. Scenes from Spring Training: A photo tour of the Royals camp

    Mar 1, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

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    George:  “Kevin, you and I are pretty awesome, aren’t we?” Kevin: “Yes, George. Yes we are. We could probably make this team if we tried, couldn’t we?” George: “Yes, Kevin, we could.  Oh, Kevin: did I ever tell you about that night I had in Vegas?” Kevin: “I swear, George, if you tell that story…

  8. Indians choose Fausto Carmona as Opening Day starter

    Mar 1, 2011, 1:51 PM EST

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    Manny Acta became the latest manager to name his Opening Day starter a month before the season begins, saying yesterday that Fausto Carmona will get the Game 1 assignment for the Indians. It’ll be Carmona’s first Opening Day start, as CC Sabathia (twice), Cliff Lee, and Jake Westbrook got the nod during his first four…

  9. Joe Beimel shut down and headed for MRI exam on elbow

    Mar 1, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

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    Pirates reliever Joe Beimel is headed for an MRI exam after experiencing elbow soreness during a throwing session this morning. According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com “he first felt pain in his left forearm on Saturday and took the next two days off as a precautionary measure.” Beimel signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates…

  10. Scenes from Spring Training: I get the Jeff Francoeur love

    Mar 1, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    This isn’t going to change my view of his ballplaying skills or anything, but I’m gonna be honest and say it: Jeff Francoeur is a nice guy. So much so that it made me spend some time thinking this morning about my place in the baseball writing world.  But I’ll get to that in a…

  11. Jeremy Bonderman is “likely going to sit this year out”

    Mar 1, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

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    Jeremy Bonderman was linked to several teams this offseason, but the right-hander remains unsigned after coming back from shoulder surgery to post a 5.53 ERA in 171 innings last season and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com “talked to a player who knows Bonderman” and believes “more than likely he’s going to sit this year out.” Crasnick…

  12. Austin Kearns was arrested for a DUI in Kentucky last month

    Mar 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    After news of the incident somehow remained silent for three weeks, the Indians announced today that Austin Kearns was arrested in Kentucky on February 12 and charged with a DUI. Asked why he didn’t tell the Indians about the arrest and instead let them find out only after it was published in a Kentucky newspaper,…

  13. Rumors continue to swirl around Twins ace Francisco Liriano and the Yankees

    Mar 1, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

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    Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune got the Francisco Liriano rumor mill rolling two weeks ago by reporting that the Twins aren’t interested in signing the 27-year-old left-hander to a long-term contract extension and are open to the possibility of trading him before he becomes a free agent following the 2012 season. I speculated…

  14. Greg Goossen: 1945-2011

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

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    Greg Goossen, who played six seasons in the majors for the Mets, Pilots, Brewers, and Senators, passed away Saturday at age 65. Sadly, he was discovered in his home after failing to show up to the ceremony inducting him into the Notre Dame high school Hall of Fame. Goossen’s obituary in the Los Angeles Times…

  15. Brewers infielder Craig Counsell issues statement in support of Wisconsin union workers

    Mar 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Brewers infielder Craig Counsell, who went to high school in Milwaukee and has lived in Wisconsin while playing five seasons for the Brewers, issued a statement in support of the state’s union workers as they oppose a bill proposed by Governor Scott Walker: As a Major League Baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers who works…

  16. Roy Halladay is working on new things? Really?

    Mar 1, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws during their Grapefruit League baseball game in Dunedin

    Another classic spring cliche is the pitcher who is “working on some things.”  Usually that’s just a way of explaining away a bad early March outing — “I wasn’t really pitching, I was just working on some things!” — but in the case of Roy Halladay, it sounds like he may actually be working on…

  17. Daisuke Matsuzaka is in the best shape of his life

    Mar 1, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

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    Maureen Mullen of CSN New England reports! “In the past two years the condition, the overall condition was not excellent and was not to the point where I needed to be,” Matsuzaka said through interpreter Kenta Yamada. “So this year my goal will be to [in] better shape and be on the mound throughout the…

  18. Quotes of the Day: Barry Zito and Prince Fielder

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Yesterday the Giants faced the half of the Brewers squad that wasn’t facing the Cubs over at HoHoKam.  In that game, a nearly two-year old grudge continued to play out as Prince Fielder and Barry Zito jawed at one another after Zito walked Fielder. The grudge, of course, is based on Fielder’s infamous “bowling ball”…

  19. The Mets are seeking another loan to cover expenses

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:20 AM EST

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    The New York Post reports that the Mets are seeking yet another loan to cover operating expenses: The cash-starved Mets are desperately seeking a new loan — totaling tens of millions of dollars — to cover their basic operating expenses, The Post has learned JPMorgan Chase — which led the banks that loaned the team…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: The Chase

    Mar 1, 2011, 5:30 AM EST

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    “He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick No reason for that quote. None at all.…

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