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  1. Clayton Kershaw gets the nod as Opening Day starter

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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    What, you were expecting Vicente Padilla? Don Mattingly gave Kershaw the most deserved nod today, and I’m excited about it even if being a team’s Opening Day starter isn’t as significant as some people like to think it is. The reason for my excitement?  It means that we get Tim Lincecum vs. Clayton Kershaw from…

  2. Red Sox prospect William Abreu suspended 50 games

    Feb 16, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

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    Red Sox prospect William Abreu, a 19-year-old pitcher in rookie-ball, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for the anabolic steroid known as Deca-Durabolin. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com notes that Abreu is just the second Red Sox minor leaguer to be suspended for PED use, with the first being Felix Romero back in 2005.…

  3. Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman on Joba Chamberlain

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    Brian Cashman has been the lead B.S. detector when it comes to the weight of Yankees pitchers.  The other day he questioned whether CC Sabathia had lost 30 pounds.  Sabathia had actually lost 25, though, so Cashman is maybe a bit pessimistic when it comes to these things. But I’ll admit I’m having trouble reading…

  4. Roger Bernadina is in the best shape of his … OH MY GOD!

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    I just put the pic of Bernadina in his uniform up so that the post will still look nice and fancy on the iPad app.  And because I don’t have the rights to use the photo of Bernadina from this morning that just got put up over at the Washington Post. Click through to look…

  5. Pirates announce Joel Hanrahan will begin season as closer

    Feb 16, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Joel Hanrahan entered camp as the favorite to claim ninth-inning duties in Pittsburgh and the Pirates wasted little time making it official, announcing this afternoon that he’ll begin the season as closer. While his 3.62 ERA last season may appear mediocre, Hanrahan had a breakout season with 100 strikeouts and a .221 opponents’ batting average…

  6. No deal at the deadline: where do Pujols and the Cardinals go from here?

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:39 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    It’s now past the deadline that Albert Pujols set for the cutoff of negotiations with the Cardinals.  For all practical purposes spring training has begun for Pujols and El Hombre will not negotiate during spring training.  So now, aside from another of his usual Hall of Fame-caliber seasons,what does the future hold for Pujols and…

  7. Rickie Weeks and the Brewers agree to $50 million extension

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:14 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Rosenthal now says it’s a five-year deal worth $50 million, but the Brewers can void the fifth year if Weeks “is not an everyday player in 2013 and 2014.” That provision eliminates some of the health-related risks, but that’s still a huge investment in player who’s provided star-level value just once in five seasons.…

  8. Surprise: Tony La Russa won’t back down on the Pujols-union stuff

    Feb 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

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    Yesterday Tony La Russa said that, though he has no evidence that he MLBPA is pressuring Albert Pujols to hold out for top dollar, he suspected it was the case. More than suspected, actually, he called it a “guaranteed assumption.” Then Mike Weiner of the MLBA said it wasn’t true. And Scott Boras — who knows…

  9. Jeff Wilpon says his family is not selling a controlling interest in the Mets

    Feb 16, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    Darn, I suppose that means that the whole Donald Trump scenario is kaput: Jeff Wilpon made his first appearance of the spring in Port St. Lucie Wednesday morning in the Mets clubhouse, and reiterated that his family will retain control of the Mets, despite a $1 billion lawsuit that alleges they should have known about…

  10. Chipper Jones had “a good first day” at Braves camp

    Feb 16, 2011, 11:13 AM EST

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    Chipper Jones fielded ground balls yesterday for the first time since undergoing season-ending knee surgery in August and also took 40 swings in the batting cage, telling David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that it was “a good first day.” I’m not going to go out here and try to make the club on…

  11. It’s over for now: Albert Pujols and the Cardinals have reached the deadline with no deal

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The official deadline was to be 11AM, but Buster Olney just tweeted the following: Pujols contract talks are over. Deadline will pass without a deal. Have not been proposals swapped in last 100 hours or so. And it wouldn’t have been that big a deal if Pujols hadn’t gone and set a deadline.  Not that…

  12. Kenny Lofton to be an Indians instructor/team ambassador

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:32 AM EST

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    There are a lot of these sorts of deals around — former player agrees to hang out at spring training and work with select players on his area of expertise.  Kenny Lofton is a great choice for this in Indians camp.  The stuff he did best is the stuff that is probably the most teachable:…

  13. Frank Francisco favored to emerge as Blue Jays’ closer

    Feb 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Frank Francisco, Octavio Dotel, Jon Rauch, and Jason Frasor are all candidates to close in Toronto, but new manager John Farrell told Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Star that he’ll settle on one guy rather than go by a committee approach because “it not only serves that individual but it serves the rest of the…

  14. Delmon Young and the Twins avoid arbitration

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:53 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    The Twins and Delmon Young agreed to a one-year, arbitration-avoiding deal. It’s for $5.375 million, which is a tad less than the midpoint between Young’s filing number ($6.25 million) and the Twins’ filing number ($4.65 million). Young had a something of a breakout year last year, hitting .298/.333/.493 with 21 homers and 112 RBI, but the Twins don’t…

  15. A.J. Burnett is confident: “Guys don’t want to face me”

    Feb 16, 2011, 9:26 AM EST

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    I know A.J. Burnett became something of a joke last year. In much the way I tend to reach for Jeff Francoeur‘s name whenever I’m trying for a laugh line about an ineffective hitter, Burnett has sort of become that for people who want to wax pessimistic about a big money, low results pitcher. Burnett,…

  16. Yes, Barry Bonds could very well be convicted

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

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    I probably need to clarify a point regarding my assessment of the prosecution’s case in the whole Barry Bonds.  I’ve said many times that I think it’s a weak case. Recently my comments to this effect have been picked up by various blogs and have been characterized as me saying that Bonds is going to…

  17. Bonds prosecutors get an evidentiary win

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:19 AM EST

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    Yesterday I outlined some of the things I thought were on the silly side when it came to the evidentiary battles in the Barry Bonds prosecution.  There was a ruling yesterday, however, that is not at all silly. At least if you’re Barry Bonds:  the judge will allow prosecutors to play a recording to the…

  18. Cameron Maybin may be in trouble with the Padres

    Feb 16, 2011, 6:04 AM EST

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    It’s early, but the leader in the “best story to come out of spring training” clubhouse comes from the guys at Gaslamp Ball. The subject: Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin, who yesterday took to Twitter to complain — colorfully — how a meal at Panda Express disagreed with him: Never eat panda express shits had me…

  19. Bernie Madoff says Wilpons “knew nothing” about Ponzi scheme

    Feb 15, 2011, 10:13 PM EST

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    In a lengthy jailhouse interview with the New York Times, Bernie Madoff claims Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz knew nothing about his Ponzi scheme. “They knew nothing. They knew nothing.” And this matters because? Madoff isn’t exactly the most trustworthy fellow — that’s why he’s in the slammer in the first place — and Irving…

  20. UPDATE: Pujols’ camp calls reported offer “inaccurate, reckless and outrageous”

    Feb 15, 2011, 9:58 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Oh boy. A source close to the Pujols’ camp tells Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that tonight’s report of an eight-year offer from the Cardinals is “inaccurate, reckless and outrageous.” Ouch. Sounds a bit angry. Looks like that whole “negotiating behind closed doors” thing is officially out the window. 7:59 PM: Tick-tock, tick-tock… It’s…

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