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  1. Derrek Lee takes batting practice for first time since thumb surgery

    Feb 26, 2011, 9:57 AM EST

    Derrek Lee Orioles

    Derrek Lee took live batting practice yesterday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb in November, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “A lot of nerves,” Lee said. “I’ve never had surgery. I didn’t know how it was going to respond. I was a little…

  2. The Indians sign Chad Durbin to a one-year contract

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

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    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Indians have reached agreement with Chad Durbin on a one-year contract, pending a physical. He’ll make a guaranteed salary of $800,000 with the chance for $1 million more in performance-based incentives. Durbin was reportedly considering a return to Philadelphia as a non-roster invitee earlier this week if he…

  3. Scenes from Spring Training: A decision to make

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

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    Not that there is anything on the planet truly worth complaining about down here in Arizona — life is grand, and don’t think for a moment I have forgotten that — but I do face a bit of a conundrum this morning.  Here’s the entire Cactus League schedule for the day: Rockies vs. Diamondbacks 1:10,…

  4. Joe Nathan scheduled to return to game action on Tuesday

    Feb 25, 2011, 10:59 PM EST

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    We’ve heard nothing but positive things about Joe Nathan‘s rehab from Tommy John surgery until this point and we’re about to get the chance to see him back in game action. According to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com, Nathan is scheduled to make his first appearance of the spring Tuesday against the Red Sox, less than…

  5. Carlos Gonzalez to primarily play left field this season

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:49 PM EST

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    Carlos Gonzalez started 55 games in center field, 51 in left and 34 in right last season, but his days of roving around the outfield are over, at least if Rockies manager Jim Tracy has anything to say about it. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, Tracy said today that Gonzalez will be the…

  6. Chipper Jones making progress from knee surgery, may play on Sunday

    Feb 25, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

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    Chipper Jones continues to take some encouraging steps in his rehab from left knee surgery. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the veteran third baseman was able to complete his first sliding drill earlier today, just one day after feeling discomfort in his knee. “I felt [bad] yesterday,” Jones said of Thursday’s workout.…

  7. Major League Baseball gave the Mets $20-25 million in financial assistance last fall

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

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    The Mets may be a big market team but they have big financial problems. Bigger than they’ve been letting on, it seems, because the New York Times is reporting that Major League Baseball provided the Mets $20 million to cover operating expenses last fall. Or maybe it was more, because the Daily News is reporting…

  8. Scenes from Spring Training: Alas, the games are a letdown

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:36 PM EST

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    The nice weather of spring training is intoxicating. Sunrise at an empty ballpark is electrifying. Watching the ballplayers getting ready and running through drills is beyond cool. And then, just as you’re totally stoked, when the grills are sizzling and fans are settling in for the first pitch … you get a rather crappy game.…

  9. Cla Meredith is already hurt for the second time this spring

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

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    Cla Meredith‘s bid to win a bullpen spot after signing a minor-league contract with the Nationals was delayed right away by elbow soreness and now, after his surgically repaired elbow checked out fine, the side-arming reliever tweaked his back during fielding drills today. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Meredith had to be…

  10. Russell Martin has been in the best shape of his life since 2008

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

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    I thought that Jim Leyland’s claim that Miguel Cabrera was in the best shape of his life was the final nail in the coffin of my favorite spring training cliche.  It seems, however, that Russell Martin is truly the man who took the BSOML meme out back and beat it to death with a large…

  11. Part of Alfredo Simon’s legal problems are over

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    Unfortunately for him, it’s the far less scary part: the civil lawsuit filed against him by the victim’s family has been dropped. With the outrageously large caveat that the Dominican Republic legal system is different than our own, I’ll note that you often see this sort of thing happen right before charges are dropped because…

  12. Carl Pavano seriously considered one-year offer from Yankees

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

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    It would have been tough for Carl Pavano‘s four-year stay in New York to go any worse and he’s one of the most hated players in Yankees history, yet after missing out on Cliff Lee general manager Brian Cashman offered him a one-year deal to return. Even more surprising? Pavano told Kelsie Smith of the…

  13. Photo of the day: This one is especially for Tigers fans over 30

    Feb 25, 2011, 2:32 PM EST

    Just witnessed in Scottsdale Stadium.  I couldn’t hear what they were talking about, but I imagine it went something like this: Trammell:  Gee Kirk, weren’t the 1980s Tigers totally awesome? Gibson: Yes, Alan. Yes we were.

  14. Kendry Morales “still not running anywhere near 100 percent”

    Feb 25, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

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    Kendry Morales is no sure thing to be ready for Opening Day after missing most of last season with a broken leg and if he is ready for game action on March 31 it’ll likely be as a designated hitter, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. DiGiovanna writes that Morales “is hitting…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: The Giants are relaxed

    Feb 25, 2011, 1:44 PM EST

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    I got here just as the Giants’ clubhouse was opening.  What it lacks in luxury compare to the Diamondbacks’ palace out at Salt River, it makes up for in tranquility.  Bruce Bochy doesn’t need to bring in Navy Seals to teach the Giants how to deal with it. They’ve dealt with it.  They’re the champs…

  16. Joe Torre to replace Sandy Alderson as MLB’s executive vice president for baseball operations

    Feb 25, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    Last month Joe Torre was said to be “leaning toward” taking a job with Major League Baseball and now Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that commissioner Bud Selig will officially announce tomorrow that Torre has joined MLB as executive vice president for baseball operations. According to Heyman he’ll be “overseeing on-field activity for MLB” in…

  17. Odds: Over/under win totals for National League teams

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:43 PM EST

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    Bookmaker.com has posted its initial over/under odds for regular season team wins. Here are the National League totals (for entertainment purposes only, of course): Phillies 97 Giants 88 Braves 88 Rockies 87 Reds 86.5 Brewers 85.5 Cardinals 83.5 Dodgers 83 Cubs 82 Marlins 81.5 Mets 77 Padres 76 Diamondbacks 72.5 Astros 72.5 Nationals 72 Pirates…

  18. Scenes from Spring Training: Finding cool things in Scottsdale

    Feb 25, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

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    Scottsdale is a strange place. It was once named one of “America’s most livable cities,” but most of it gives off an air of exclusivity, telling you that if you don’t like golf, trendy restaurants and expensive planned communities, you’re not going to enjoy yourself very much here.  Which is fine for Scottsdale, because there…

  19. Adrian Beltre out 10-14 days with a strained calf muscle

    Feb 25, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

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    Adrian Beltre‘s stained calf was initially believed to be a minor malady, but now Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that he’ll miss 10-14 days with what has been classified as a Grade 1 strain. He’s been shut down from all baseball activities until at least next week and will miss the first batch of exhibition…

  20. Odds: Over/under win totals for American League teams

    Feb 25, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

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    Bookmaker.com has posted its initial over/under odds for regular season team wins. Here are the American League totals (for entertainment purposes only, of course): Red Sox 95 Yankees 91.5 Rangers 87 Twins 86.5 White Sox 85.5 Rays 84.5 Tigers 83.5 Athletics 83.5 Angels 83 Blue Jays 76 Orioles 76 Indians 71 Mariners 70 Royals 69.5…

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