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  1. Nolan Ryan says the Rangers aren’t trading Michael Young

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Michael Young

    Texas acquiring Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays earlier this week restarted all the “will the Rangers trade Michael Young?” speculation that had died down since peaking last month, but while speaking at a minor-league event yesterday team president Nolan Ryan made it pretty clear that Young won’t be traded. Ryan explained that Young “is…

  2. Jason Heyward’s thumb is OK. Sorta.

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:40 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    The only thing that gives me pause about Jason Heyward‘s career prospects is the sneaking sense that he’s going to be injury prone.  He had a nagging sore knee at the end of the year.  And, of course, he had the ligament issue in his thumb in the middle of the season that probably cost…

  3. Joe Beimel set to leave Rockies for Pirates

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:20 AM EST

    joe beimel rockies

    Joe Beimel told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s leaving the Rockies to sign with the Pirates. Beimel had an offer to return to Colorado and Baltimore was at least one other team willing to give him a minor-league contract, but the left-handed reliever lives near Pittsburgh and also pitched for Pirates manager…

  4. One more thought on Brian Wilson

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:08 AM EST

    Brian Wilson

    The George Lopez Show stuff from the last post inspired an offline conversation with someone who wondered whether people might think that Brian Wilson has gone overboard or jumped the shark or whatever. To this I have to offer an emphatic no.  Wilson may be completely over the top, but I don’t get the sense…

  5. Brian Wilson was very Brian Wilson on “The George Lopez Show” last night

    Jan 28, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

    Brian Wilson was on “The George Lopez Show” last night.  Check it out for yourself.  I think the less I say about it the better.  Just know that the fact that he’s dressed up in sea captain’s gear and has dyed his beard gray is the most normal part of it all. And if you…

  6. In which I try to talk intelligently about the 2011 Orioles

    Jan 28, 2011, 9:12 AM EST

    Adam Jones, Cesar Izturis, Mike Gonzalez

    For reasons that are still not entirely clear to me, I do more guest radio spots on Balitmore’s two sports stations than I do anywhere else in the country.  Until told otherwise, I’ll chalk it up to 1570 WNST and 105.7 The Fan’s wonderful taste. But whatever the reason, my Baltimore guest spots have led…

  7. Adam Kennedy talks about his DUI

    Jan 28, 2011, 8:36 AM EST

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    Usually when a public figure gets into legal trouble he makes for the bunker and doesn’t give any comments.  Adam Kennedy, however, decided that talking about his DUI arrest Wednesday night was the best policy: In a phone interview with The Associated Press on Thursday afternoon, Kennedy said he was leaving dinner with some friends…

  8. Hal Steinbrenner: the Brian Cashman stuff is “a bunch of drummed-up drama”

    Jan 28, 2011, 6:24 AM EST

    Hal Steinbrenner

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has an exclusive interview with Hal Steinbrenner this morning. The unequivocal upshot: there is no rift between Brian Cashman and the Yankees’ top brass: “[Cashman] and I have a great working relationship.  There is no problem, right now. I think we have had a bunch of drummed-up drama.”…

  9. The Athletics are trying to trade for Chone Figgins

    Jan 28, 2011, 6:03 AM EST

    Chone Figgins

    The A’s have been making all kinds of upgrades this offseason. They’ve improved the offense and have made their bullpen into one of the best in the game.  They may not be done either. From the Contra Costa Times: A source with knowledge of the situation said the A’s are trying to trade for Seattle…

  10. Twins to retire Bert Blyleven’s number

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:01 AM EST

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    2011 is going to be one big victory lap for Bert Blyleven. The Twins announced Thursday night at their annual Diamond Awards that they plan to retire his No. 28 during “Bert Blyleven Day” on July 16, prior to a game against the Texas Rangers. Blyleven will be inducted to the Hall of Fame alongside…

  11. Fred Wilpon would like Omar Minaya to remain with Mets in advisory role

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:20 PM EST

    Omar Minaya

    Mets owner Fred Wilpon told Ian Begley of ESPN New York earlier today that he would like former general manager Omar Minaya to remain with the organization in an advisory role. “I think Omar is a very good man and a very good person also,” Wilpon said at the Police Athletic League’s 18th annual Sportsnite…

  12. Darryl Strawberry to run to the top of Empire State Building to support cancer research

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:50 PM EST

    Darryl Strawberry mets

    Two Darryl Strawberry stories in one week? Either I’m nostalgic or we need spring training to get here real soon. In all seriousness, I’m mentioning Strawberry for a very good reason this time, as he plans to run to the top of the Empire State Building to raise money for cancer research. It’s all part…

  13. Diving into the depths: Atlanta Braves

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Tim Hudson 2. Derek Lowe 3. Tommy Hanson 4. Jair Jurrjens 5. Mike Minor 6. Kenshin Kawakami 7. Brandon Beachy 8. Todd Redmond 9. Julio Teheran 10. J.J. Hoover Kawakami still hasn’t been moved, so Minor…

  14. The White Sox are interested in re-signing Freddy Garcia

    Jan 27, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    Freddy Garcia

    The White Sox have considered a few in-house options to fill the void in their starting rotation until Jake Peavy is ready to return from shoulder surgery. Now we can add another familiar face to the list. Jon Heyman of SI.com reported earlier this afternoon that the club is considering re-signing free agent right-hander Freddy…

  15. Prosecutors are worried about Roger Clemens’ lawyer

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:31 PM EST

    Rusty Hardin

    The Roger Clemens prosecutors are asking the judge to grill Clemens to make sure he’s aware that his attorney — Rusty Hardin — may have a conflict of interest in that Hardin briefly represented Andy Pettitte back when the Mitchell Report came out.  My assumption is that the prosecutors are trying to make sure that,…

  16. Carlos Santana will be ready to go for spring training

    Jan 27, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Carlos Santana

    Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told Jim Bowden that Carlos Santana will be ready for the start of spring training games. Before his ugly knee injury he hit .260/.401/.467 with six home runs, 22 RBI and an 868 OPS over his first 192 major league plate appearances.  Based on what he did in the minors,…

  17. Check out the A’s new “alternate home jerseys”

    Jan 27, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    a's new jerseys

    Today the A’s unveiled their new “alternate home jerseys” and Jane Lee of MLB.com snapped a picture. I might be in the minority as someone who likes the A’s usual white, green, and yellow ensemble, but these new ones are pretty hideous at first glance. Of course, we won’t realize the full scope of the…

  18. The Indians may be interested in Casey Kotchman

    Jan 27, 2011, 4:02 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Jon Paul Morosi: Indians have interest in Casey Kotchman on minor-league deal, source says. LH bat, could compete with LaPorta. Can someone please explain to me why the Indians would want Casey Kotchman to take playing time away from Matt LaPorta?  They have no money. They have the strongest imperative imaginable to get the most…

  19. No, the Nats did not inquire about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona

    Jan 27, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    The other day there was a report from Phil Wood of MASN that the Nationals have had conversations with the Indians about Grady Sizemore and Fausto Carmona.  Today Buster Olney says no, that did not occur. The Nats didn’t even call the Indians, Olney says. And with that, I think we have officially reached the bottom of…

  20. Diving into the depths: Toronto Blue Jays

    Jan 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Jose Bautista

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Ricky Romero 2. Brandon Morrow 3. Brett Cecil 4. Kyle Drabek 5. Mark Rzepczynski 6. Jesse Litsch 7. Dustin McGowan 8. Scott Richmond 9. Brad Mills 10. Zach Stewart 11. Robert Ray 12. Jo-Jo Reyes 13.…

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