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  1. McCourt thanks his lucky stars for Tiger Woods

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:07 AM EDT

    The drama and nastiness surrounding his split with wife Jamie has been very hard on Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. But he took the time to tell USA Today that he was very grateful for one thing: Tiger Woods: “It’s tough. I’m not going to lie to you,” he says. “It’s a very, very sad thing.…

  2. UPDATE: Pedroia leaves game with mild wrist sprain

    Mar 23, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    Update: Sounds like Pedroia will get an X-ray on the wrist as a precaution, per Benjamin. 9:00 pm: Amalie Benjamin reports that Pedroia did not receive X-rays on the wrist, though he did leave the park. He’ll be re-evaluated on Wednesday. 8:20 pm: Dustin Pedroia exited Tuesday night’s game against the Twins with a mild…

  3. Manuel says Reyes will likely lead off when he returns

    Mar 23, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Before the exhibition schedule began, Jerry Manuel had discussed the idea of using Jose Reyes as his No. 3 hitter while Carlos Beltran worked his way back from knee surgery. Of course, the whole plan took a backseat once Reyes was sidelined for two and a half weeks due to a thyroid condition. But now…

  4. Towles likely to get nod behind plate for 'Stros

    Mar 23, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    That’s the part I agree with. I’m not sure about the rest of Alyson Footer’s MLBlog entry, in which she looks at the battle between J.R. Towles and top prospect Jason Castro for the catching job in Houston. Footer thinks Towles will be the starter, Humberto Quintero the backup and that Castro will get some…

  5. Tom Paciorek teaches us how to be cool

    Mar 23, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    It’s old, but it’s coooool. Especially the last four seconds of it. (thanks to The Common Man for the heads up).

  6. Nathan's surgery scheduled for Friday

    Mar 23, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Amy Nelson reports that Joe Nathan’s Tommy John surgery is set for Friday: Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Friday in New York, a source familiar with the situation said. The surgery will be performed by the New York Mets’ team physician, Dr. David Altchek,…

  7. The Mets rename Tradition Field

    Mar 23, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    There weren’t any bad experiences during my trip to spring training, but being honest — and trying to be as fair as possible — I’ll have to say that the Mets’ facilities in Port St. Lucie were my least favorite.  I’m not saying there was anything particularly wrong the place, just that the whole setup…

  8. Giants looking to trade Kevin Frandsen

    Mar 23, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the Giants have made it known widely throughout baseball that they are willing to trade infielder Kevin Frandsen.” According to Schulman the Giants recently showcased Frandsen at shortstop for any interested teams because Matt Downs has passed him on their infield depth chart, but few people…

  9. Royals' utilityman's road trip pays dividends for his son

    Mar 23, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    There’s a new player on the NHL’s Minnesota Wild who has baseball to thank for his hockey career. He’s Casey Wellman, the son of former Giants and Royals’ utilityman Brad Wellman, and he got his start, indirectly anyway, on a Royals’ road trip: In 1988, the Royals were in Boston to play the Red Sox…

  10. Mets send prospect Ike Davis to minors camp

    Mar 23, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Unlike Madison Bumgarner with the Giants there was probably never a significant chance of first baseman Ike Davis breaking camp with the Mets, but today’s demotion to the minors is still news after he hit .480 with three homers this spring. Davis was the Mets’ first-round pick in 2008 and hit .298/.381/.524 with 20 homers…

  11. Will the international draft hurt Dominican baseball like it hurt baseball in Puerto Rico?

    Mar 23, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I’m opposed to the the imposition of an international draft during the next round of collective bargaining for a few reasons. For one thing, I think it will be a logistical and political nightmare, as would anything that requires even the tacit participation of a guy like Hugo Chavez. I also tend to find it…

  12. Scott Schoeneweis says Brewers released him 'because my wife died'

    Mar 23, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee released Scott Schoeneweis today after signing him to a minor-league contract about six weeks ago and the veteran left-hander had some harsh words on his way out the door: The only regret I have is that I wasted a month of my time. I didn’t have a chance to make the team. That’s what…

  13. Mauer's press conference

    Mar 23, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    We offer this up to you so that you can see the subject of the Twins’ “lunacy” up close and personal.  Kudos to Justin Morneau for playing reporter.  

  14. The Indians are going to do their own steroid testing on Latin American propsects

    Mar 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Indians just had three recent signees from the Dominican Republic get suspended for pre-signing PED use.  The team is as mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. Indians’ scouting director John Mirabelli: “I’ve got no sympathy for these guys. They broke the law. They fraudulently tried to misrepresent their abilities…

  15. Giants send struggling Bumgarner to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Sporting a 27-5 record and 1.65 ERA in the minors Madison Bumgarner ranked 14th on Baseball America‘s annual list of the game’s top prospects and began spring training as the favorite to claim the final spot in San Francisco’s rotation. Unfortunately the 20-year-old southpaw showed up at Giants camp with his fastball topping out in…

  16. Hughes seems to be edging out Joba

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    While some folks tell us not to care about such things, the fact remains that there is a fifth starter’s race in the Bronx, so we may as well pass along the developments that transpire therein. Joba pitched in that intra-squad game yesterday giving up two runs on six hits in five innings against mostly…

  17. Flores 'back at square one' after Andrews visit

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    After spending 12 days in Alabama undergoing physical therapy with Dr. James Andrews the news on Jesus Flores’ surgically repaired shoulder is … well, inconclusive. Flores returned to Nationals camp sure that he’ll be healthy enough to play at some point this season, but he’s been ruled out for Opening Day and there’s no official…

  18. Jose Canceco subpoenaed to testify in Roger Clemens case . . . and it's hilarious

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    This may be my favorite “celebrity” tweet of all time.  Three tweets, actually, from Jose Canceco. First, how he’ll be spending his afternoon: The fbi will be at my house in 20 minutes kind of scared will let u no what they want if I can after they leave Then, after being asked why the…

  19. REPORT: Reyes cleared to return to the Mets

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    So much for the Netflix queue: ALERT: SNY has learned that Mets SS Jose Reyes has been cleared to resume baseball activities and is returning to Florid You figure it will take a bit of time to make up for two weeks on the couch, but this is obviously really, really good news for the…

  20. writers challenge each other to a race

    Mar 23, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    This is meta, even for our usual meta-fueled standards, but beat writers Jordan Bastian and Anthony DiComo have challenged each other to a half-mile race following tomorrow’s Rays-Blue Jays game in Florida. Bastian (on the right) is the Blue Jays’ beat reporter while DiComo (on the left) covers both the Yankees and Mets, and…

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