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  1. Daily Dose: Reyes Ready to Return?

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:02 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes went 1-for-3 with two steals in an extended spring training game Monday and followed that up by going 2-for-5 with two walks in another extended spring game Tuesday night. Perhaps just as importantly, Reyes played all nine innings at shortstop, possibly signaling that he could be cleared to return from his thyroid disorder…

  2. Lance Berkman receives cortisone shot in knee

    Apr 6, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman had his right knee drained for a fifth time and received a cortisone shot on Monday, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. The 34-year-old first baseman underwent arthroscopic surgery last month, and after a series of recent setbacks, he doesn’t sound any closer to returning from the disabled list. “My wife asked me…

  3. Chone Figgins, Ichiro look to improve communication

    Apr 6, 2010, 9:50 PM EDT

    “The Gnats” made their debut for the Mariners on Monday night, and Chone Figgins and Ichiro were as pesky as expected in Seattle’s 5-3 victory over Oakland. Figgins stole second base twice, each time advancing to third on throwing errors by A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki. Ichiro stole second once, but was then thrown out at…

  4. Aroldis Chapman to make U.S. pro debut on Sunday

    Apr 6, 2010, 8:21 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman will make his U.S. professional debut with Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. His first start will be on the road against the Toledo Mudhens, though he’ll undoubtedly be quite the gate attraction no matter where he pitches. Chapman made his unofficial debut with the Reds during spring training,…

  5. Rockies plan to take it slow with Huston Street

    Apr 6, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    On Monday, we mentioned that Colorado closer Huston Street visited Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion on his right shoulder. Well, today, Troy Renck of the Denver Post tells us that an MRI on Street’s shoulder revealed some inflammation, but no structural damage. While that is very positive news, Renck reports that after numerous…

  6. Angels flawed, but still could take AL West

    Apr 6, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    If nothing else, the AL West should be very interesting to follow. There are reasons to be optimistic about each squad, but I couldn’t help but grow more pessimistic with regards to each team as the spring went on. The Rangers may well have the most talent in the division, yet theirs is a squad…

  7. Reds winging it with Micah Owings

    Apr 6, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Cincinnati Enquirer’s Jon Fay points out that the Reds seemingly had the perfect chance to deploy their pinch-hitter/middle reliever Micah Owings in Monday’s Opener. It had become clear during the top of the fifth that Aaron Harang wouldn’t be coming back out for another inning, and his spot was due up to start the…

  8. The Cubs praise Greg Maddux

    Apr 6, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Lots of love from the Cubs about all the help Greg Maddux have them as a special assistant/jack-of-all-trades in Mesa this spring: The former Cubs and Braves pitcher dabbled in a variety of duties this spring, from watching pitchers to scouting to even throwing a little batting practice. One day this past spring, Minor League…

  9. Breaking down the Beckett deal

    Apr 6, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    With nothin’ but night games and not enough of the season behind us for it to have yet created its own newsy momentum, today is a bit slow. So let’s go back to yesterday and look a bit more closely at the Josh Beckett deal. Pfun Pfacts: The team had asked Beckett to include a…

  10. Yankees bench Brett Gardner for Marcus Thames against Jon Lester

    Apr 6, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Brett Gardner is the Yankees’ starting left fielder, but after playing the opener against right-hander Josh Beckett he’s on the bench tonight against left-hander Jon Lester. Marcus Thames takes Gardner’s place, which makes a lot of sense if the Yankees are willing to live with the massive defensive downgrade in left field. Thames has a…

  11. Brewers owner, Yankees president having a delicious little spat

    Apr 6, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    In that USA Today salary piece I linked yesterday, Brewers’ owner Mark Attanasio complained thusly: “We’re struggling to sign (first baseman Prince Fielder) and the Yankees infield is making more than our team.” Yankees’ President Randy Levine fired back today: “I’m sorry that my friend Mark continues to whine about his running the Brewers. We…

  12. 27.7 percent of players on Opening Day rosters are foreign born

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball released some interesting data regarding player birth places, noting that the number of foreign-born players on Opening Day rosters is at a four-year low. Of course, “four-year low” is probably misleading given that this year’s rate of 27.7 percent isn’t all that far from the all-time high of 29.2 percent in 2005.…

  13. I'm not the only guy down on the Phillies

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    The good Mr. Neyer posted his projected standings at ESPN yesterday.  He has the Yankees, Twins, and Rangers winning their divisions and the Red Sox taking the wild card in the AL and the Phillies, Cardinals and Rockies taking the divisions and the Braves taking the wild card in the senior circuit. Rob’s a lot…

  14. Alex Gordon ready to begin rehab assignment

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    On the disabled list with a broken right thumb suffered early in spring training, Alex Gordon is now scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Single-A. Gordon is eligible to return from the disabled list Saturday, but MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel reports that he won’t be ready quite that soon. Willie Bloomquist filled in…

  15. Orlando Hudson still has a banner in Dodger Stadium

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Sons of Steve Garvey blog has a photo up, which was apparently taken last week, showing an Orlando Hudson banner still hanging on the wall in Dodger Stadium. This despite the fact that they non-tendered him he left via free agency and signed with the Twins back in February. Maybe Jamie got custody of…

  16. Yankees at 3-to-1 lead World Series odds

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    One of the few things I like more than gambling is baseball, so the “futures” odds on teams winning the World Series are always interesting. Here’s what Bodog is offering right now (for entertainment purposes only, of course): AMERICAN LEAGUE ODDS NATIONAL LEAGUE ODDS New York Yankees 3-1 Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Boston Red Sox 6-1…

  17. Agents hate hate hate the Adam Lind deal

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal reports that agents — or, at least the one agent that would allow Rosenthal to quote him — hates the deal Adam Lind signed with the Blue Jays: “Three club options? The union hates those deals and understandably so. He should have gotten those numbers without the options. The arbitration process rewards offensive…

  18. Rays start Dioner Navarro over Kelly Shoppach

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    When the Rays acquired Kelly Shoppach from the Indians this offseason I wondered what type of role that left for Dioner Navarro, because while the two catchers could form a platoon Tampa Bay seemingly paid too high a price for Shoppach to play him just 2-3 times per week. The jury is still out in…

  19. Phillies fans absolutely took over Washington yesterday

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Anyone who was at the Phillies-Nationals game or watched it on TV yesterday was well-aware that the joint was overrun by Philly fans, but I hadn’t realized how overrun until I read some of the commentary about it all this morning: “tens of thousands” of Philly fans came to Washington yesterday, many as the part…

  20. Scott Kazmir on track to return next week, but will his raw stuff come back?

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir admitted to being “very surprised” by the Angels’ decision to place him on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. Instead of beginning the season in the rotation Kazmir threw 77 pitches in a minor-league game and reported afterward that he felt “real good.” Kazmir is scheduled to start another minor-league game Friday…

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