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  1. Still "nothing" between the Red Sox and Victor Martinez

    Apr 3, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Nothing particularly new here, but with the recent extension handed out to Joe Mauer and the start of the season just one day away, there’s a very good chance that Victor Martinez will be the premiere catcher on the free agent market this winter. Consistent with what he has said all spring, Martinez told Scott…

  2. Giants send Buster Posey to Triple-A…for now

    Apr 3, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    As expected, the Giants sent prospect catcher Buster Posey to Triple-A Fresno on Friday night. The 23-year-old batted .321/.357/.453 with one home run, nine RBI and five runs runs scored in 53 at-bats this spring, leaving little doubt that he’ll be with the big club at some point this season. But for now, Giants manager…

  3. Jeff Francis to open season on disabled list

    Apr 3, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis, who was slated to pitch the second game of the season against the Brewers, is headed to the 15-day disabled list because of pain below his left armpit. The 29-year-old left-hander missed the entire 2009 season due to shoulder surgery. He told Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post that he began feeling the…

  4. Rookie Jenrry Mejia set to make Mets' bullpen

    Apr 3, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    One of the more polarizing on-the-field storylines of spring training reached its likely conclusion last night, as the Mets made a series of cuts that all but guaranteed that 20-year-old right-hander Jenrry Mejia will make the team’s Opening Day roster. Mejia, ranked by Baseball America as the organization’s No. 1 prospect, has tallied an impressive…

  5. Mike Leake skips minors, named Reds fifth starter

    Apr 2, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    There was a possibility that a certain pitcher would skip the minor leagues to win a spot in the Reds rotation this spring, just nobody — or nearly nobody — expected it to be 2009 first-round pick Mike Leake. But he will. Leake will become the first drafted pitcher to skip the minor leagues altogether…

  6. Rangers ink Scott Feldman to three-year extension

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

    The Rangers have signed right-hander Scott Feldman to a three-year, $13.325 million contract extension, reports Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. The contract includes a $9.25 million club option for 2013, or a $600,000 buyout. Feldman and the Rangers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2,425,000 contract in January, however it was overwritten by the new…

  7. Programming Note: Live Chatting the Yankees-Red Sox on Sunday Night

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Because four hour death marches of mound meetings and batting glove adjustments are so much more enjoyable with friends, I’ve decided to do a live chat of the Yankees-Red Sox opener on Sunday night.  Assuming I can make the live chatty software thingy work. Personally I give us [takes bite of some sort of meat]…

  8. Russell Martin ahead of schedule, set for opener

    Apr 2, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Russell Martin was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a groin injury suffered early in spring training, but he’s far enough ahead of schedule that manager Joe Torre now expects the 27-year-old to be ready for Opening Day: That’s what we’re expecting right now. Once we made the commitment to play him in the…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Will Adrian Gonzalez finish the season with the Padres?

    Apr 2, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next — and last — up: The Padres. And there is no significance to me using the old logo this time. I…

  10. Rays opt not to keep Hank Blalock for bench job

    Apr 2, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have chosen Reid Brignac over Hank Blalock for their final bench spot, so Blalock “will assess his other major-league options for a few days” after saying earlier this week that he’d refuse an assignment to the minors. Topkin speculates that Blalock “could end up…

  11. Heyman: the Mariners are "lowballing" Jarrod Washburn

    Apr 2, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    It’s one thing for Scott Boras to use Jon Heyman to drum up a market for one of his clients where one does not exist, but we now seem to have crossed over into a world where Heyman is actually handling the negotiations for Jarrod Washburn. From his latest column: 1. Jarrod Washburn. Washburn thrived…

  12. So much for the committee: Gardenhire picks Jon Rauch as closer

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Ron Gardenhire announced that the Twins would use a closer-by-committee approach to replace Joe Nathan initially, but the manager has apparently already changed his mind. Gardenhire said this afternoon that Jon Rauch will begin the season at closer, which is actually what I was expecting all along until the closer-by-committee curveball. Rauch…

  13. Springtime Storylines: I am obliged to ask if Brandon Webb can help the Diamondbacks

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Diamondbacks. The big question: Brandon Webb, of course. This is my 29th preview in the space of just over…

  14. Yankees limping to the spring training finish line

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Injuries are piling up for the Yankees with about 55 hours to go before their Opening Night matchup against the Red Sox. Jorge Posada sat out his second straight game today with a sore neck. Damaso Marte is unavailable out of the bullpen because of what manager Joe Girardi describes as “cranky left shoulder.” And…

  15. Babe Ruth and President Bush

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The first President Bush, that is, with the only Babe Ruth. There some other fun politics-meets-baseball pics in that slide show. I’m kinda partial to Jimmy Carter taking a hack while wearing a baseball cap that appears to be official apparel from the Rebel Alliance’s baseball team. Jimmy really looks like he got out way…

  16. This is going to be Andy Pettitte's last year

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Not that this is shocking news or anything, but in an interview with YES , Andy Pettitte has all but announced that he’s done after 2010: “I can’t just keep on playing,” Pettitte said. “I need to get back home . . . There are so many things going on back home and I’m not…

  17. Brandon Webb gets cortisone shot after setback

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb recently got a cortisone injection in his surgically repaired right shoulder and will take several days off before resuming his rehab program, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Webb began throwing bullpen sessions in January, but experienced multiple setbacks and hasn’t pitched off a mound for several weeks. Here’s what the former Cy…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Is there a snowball's chance that the Giants' offense will improve?

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: Los Gigantes The big question: Is there a snowball’s chance that the Giants’ offense will improve? The Giants had the…

  19. Matt Stairs sheds 40 pounds, makes Padres

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Officially the Padres haven’t announced their Opening Day roster yet, but MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer reports that Matt Stairs has made the team as a left-handed bench bat. Stairs is one of my favorite players in part because he takes every swing like he’s trying to murder the baseball, in part because he’s fearlessly sported a…

  20. The Red Sox are all about second chances

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    As Drew wrote last night, the Sox gave Scott Schoenweis a job in the bullpen after less than a week in camp. Is this evidence that, as I mentioned in my preview, that the Sox’ bullpen is an area of concern, or are they merely taking a chance in the hopes of redeeming an obviously…

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