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  1. Mariners acquire lefty Aaron Laffey from the Indians

    Mar 2, 2011, 7:52 PM EST

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    From Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer comes word that the Indians have traded left-hander Aaron Laffey to the Mariners. There’s no word yet on what the Tribe might be getting in return from the M’s, but we can safely guess that it won’t be much. Laffey, a 16th-round pick in the 2003 MLB…

  2. Photo of the Day: Coco Crisp’s mugshot

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

    Not surprisingly, he looks slightly less happy than Miguel Cabrera looked for his mugshot.

  3. Dwight Gooden to appear on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew”

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:32 PM EST

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    TMZ reports that former Mets ace Dwight Gooden will be part of the cast for the upcoming season of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” on VH1. The other cast members really stretch the definition of celebrity: Michael Lohan, Jeremy Jackson, Bai Ling, and Tareq and Michaele Salahi. Or: A famous person’s father, a guy who…

  4. Scenes from Spring Training: My favorite thing to happen yet this spring

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:03 PM EST

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    That’s Hideki Matsui taking strike two on what turned out to be a strikeout in the fifth inning.  In spite of this — and in spite of him grounding into a double play with the bases loaded in the first — I still liked Hideki Matsui’s performance and I would like to have a player…

  5. Barry Zito and Bruce Bochy have closed-door meeting to discuss release rumor

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

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    I wrote this morning about Bruce Jenkins’ column in the San Francisco Chronicle, which suggested that the Giants are considering releasing Barry Zito and eating the $65 million remaining on his contract. The whole thing seemed far-fetched to me and the logic Jenkins employed appeared to be particularly lacking, with the goal seemingly being to…

  6. Ron Gardenhire says Brian Duensing will “absolutely” be in Twins’ rotation

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

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    Brian Duensing tossed two scoreless innings against the Pirates this afternoon, but the bigger news came just before he took the mound when Ron Gardenhire replied “absolutely” when asked if Duensing would be in the Opening Day rotation. After re-signing Carl Pavano the Twins have six starters for five rotation spots and Duensing has the…

  7. Ubaldo Jimenez’s infected right thumb is “nothing serious”

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

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    Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Ubaldo Jimenez “won’t pitch for a few days” because of an infection in his right thumb, but manager Jim Tracy called it “absolutely nothing serious.” Maybe not, but Armstrong writes that Jimenez “had the thumb lanced and fluid removed from the infected area.” Here’s more from Tracy:…

  8. The Cubs are in midseason form: they have a fight in the dugout

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

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    Looks like I picked the wrong game to see today. The A’s and Indians are kind of snoozy. Much more fun is being had between the Cubs and the Brewers over at Maryvale Baseball Park. Well, the Cubs are having fun anyway: as Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports, after the first inning there…

  9. Mariners spent MLB-high $6.5 million signing international prospects in 2010

    Mar 2, 2011, 3:21 PM EST

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    Ben Badler of Baseball America has put together a ton of great content breaking down the 2010 international prospect class in every possible way, including a list of team-by-team spending. Seattle leads the way by shelling out $6.47 million on international prospects in 2010, including $2.2 million for Dominican outfielder Phillips Castillo, $1.1 million on…

  10. White Sox giving Dayan Viciedo a look in the outfield

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:51 PM EST

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    Between re-signing first baseman Paul Konerko to a three-year, $37.5 million deal and seemingly clearing the way for rookie Brent Morel to take over as the everyday third baseman the White Sox pushed prospect Dayan Viciedo out of the infield picture, but now Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that they’re giving him a…

  11. The A’s release a statement on Coco Crisp’s DUI

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

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    The Athletics just released a statement regarding Coco Crisp’s DUI: “Coco Crisp was arrested and detained early this morning under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  He was released from the City of Scottsdale Jail this morning and arrived at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on time for team pre-game drills.  The A’s are…

  12. Scenes from Spring Training: Oh no, there goes Tokyo

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:15 PM EST

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    And now, stuff I thought about and observed before learning that Coco Crisp was arrested for DUI last night … I know I’m dwelling on this a lot, but the extent to which Hideki Matsui dominates things here at Athletics’ camp cannot be overstated. From the press box to the on-the-field warmups and even down…

  13. Report: Coco Crisp Arrested for DUI last night

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    CSN Bay Area is reporting that A’s outfielder Coco Crisp was arrested for DUI last night. There aren’t any details at the moment apart from the fact that he was driving his Rolls Royce at the time of his arrest, so you know, he was inconspicuous. The buzz in the press box is that the…

  14. San Francisco Chronicle columnist says Giants might release Barry Zito before Opening Day

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

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    Bruce Jenkins is a longtime San Francisco Chronicle writer, so his column today suggesting the Giants may release Barry Zito and eat the remainder of his contract is likely to get a lot of attention, but … well, it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Jenkins starts by writing that Zito “is walking…

  15. Apparently his agent was right: Ronald Belisario is still a no-show at Dodgers camp

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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    Two weeks ago Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario and his agent had an odd back-and-forth in the media, with Paul Kinzer saying that he didn’t expect Belisario to pitch at all this season due to visa problems in Venezuela and Belisario responding that he simply lost his passport and would soon be reporting to spring training.…

  16. Cla Meredith to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

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    Cla Meredith had bone chips removed from his elbow during the offseason and it took just 20 throws for his arm to start barking again this spring, but unfortunately the injury is more serious this time around. Today the Nationals announced that Meredith, who was competing for a middle relief job on a minor-league contract,…

  17. Must-Click Link: How to pick which team to root for

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

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    Most of us already have a rooting interest. But if you don’t or if you know someone who doesn’t, here’s the absolute best flow chart I’ve ever seen in my life to help you with your choice. I’m struggling to see any of the choices that lead you to any specific team as wrong.  Indeed,…

  18. Mark Teixeira parts ways with longtime agent Scott Boras

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

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    Mark Teixeira called reporters over to his locker this morning to announce that he’s dropped agent Scott Boras, who’s represented Teixeira since he was a first-round pick in 2001. Teixeira explained the move by saying: Sometimes, business relationships just run their course. Now that the contract is over with, I don’t want to be “Scott…

  19. Scenes from Spring Training: Welcome to Phoenix Municipal Stadium

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

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    I’m in the press box of Phoenix Municipal Stadium.  I can’t say for sure how long I’ll be here, however, because real estate is at a premium.  Most of these boxes have two rows. The first row is for the beat writers who cover the team every day, the official scorer and people like that.…

  20. Josh Beckett cleared to return from concussion, but won’t pitch until next week

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

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    Josh Beckett passed a series of brain function tests this morning after displaying “mild concussion symptoms” when struck on the head by an errant ball during batting practice Monday and has been cleared to resume light activities, but Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox have scratched him from tomorrow’s scheduled…

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