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  1. Miguel Tejada's probation extended six months

    Mar 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada was sentenced last year to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and had to pay a fine for misleading Congressional investigators in the course of the PED circus.  He didn’t knock over a liquor store while on probation, and the fine, we presume, was no big deal.  Mr. Tejada has…

  2. Dodgers surprisingly tab Padilla for Opening Day

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers will soon name Vicente Padilla their Opening Day starter, which is a surprise to say the least given that the rotation also includes young studs Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley. Padilla went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA down the stretch for the Dodgers last season, but before that…

  3. Beckett all but gets the nod as Opening Day starter for the Red Sox

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Terry Francona has yet to formally announce his rotation, but today he basically admitted that Josh Beckett will be pitching the Sunday night opener against the Yankees: Asked if all the pitchers would be making the trip to Washington D.C. for the one exhibition game on April 3, Francona said, “Everybody will go with us.…

  4. DiComo beats Bastian in historic 'Dot Com Dash'

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    I wrote yesterday about MLB.com beat writers Jordan Bastian and Anthony DiComo challenging each other to a half-mile race and the “Dot Com Dash” gained lots of attention as colleagues and fans picked sides. Bastian emerged as the favorite because of his experience as a marathoner, but DiComo pulled off the upset yesterday afternoon on…

  5. Royals pitching prospect quits baseball

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Royals’ Danny Duffy isn’t necessarily an elite prospect, but he is considered their most advanced minor league starter, has played in the futures game and seems to have a good shot at playing in the majors one day.  That is he did before yesterday, when he quit. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas…

  6. Matsui foul ball smashes owner Moreno's car

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Showing that Jason Heyward isn’t the only player who can destroy property with his hits during spring training, Hideki Matsui somehow managed to smash the windshield of Angels owner Arte Moreno’s car with a foul ball yesterday. Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register has the details: Matsui hit a long foul ball down the…

  7. Springtime Storylines: How will Target Field play for the Minnesota Twins?

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:15 AM 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.  First up in the AL Central: the Twinkies The big question: How will Target Field play? Maybe it’s not the biggest question.…

  8. The Mariners are looking at Jarrod Washburn again

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman tweets that Cliff Lee probably won’t be back until Week 3 of the season and that, because of that, the Mariners are “seriously considering” bringing Jarrod Washburn back. Washburn, it has been reported, turned down a $5 million offer from the Twins this winter. Which suggests to me that he’s either (a) delusional;…

  9. The Yankees release Chad Gaudin

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Multiple tweets to that effect. He had been placed on waivers the other day and apparently no one has claimed him.  By doing this today, the Yankees only have to pay him 45 days of termination pay — a hair over $700K — as opposed to the full $2.95 million his contract calls for. Gaudin…

  10. Mets still plan on inducting Gooden into their Hall of Fame in August

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Yesterday’s arrest for DWI and child endangerment will not affect the Mets’ plans to induct Dwight Gooden into the team’s hall of fame, the Daily News reports. As of now he’s scheduled to be inducted alongside Darryl Strawberry, Frank Cashen and Davey Johnson. Probably worth noting that this was not some definitive team statement endorsing…

  11. Greenberg: we're going to miss opening day

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Not a big surprise, but prospective Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg said yesterday that his team will be unable to finalize the deal for the team before Opening Day, as had been previously hoped.  The new target is mid-April. Worth noting that this is not the first time the Greenberg group has missed a deadline. They…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Is anyone gonna want to watch the Blue Jays this year?

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:00 AM 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.  Ah, the Blue Jays. The lambs to the AL East slaughter . . . The big question: Is anyone gonna want to…

  13. Hughes likely to be named fifth starter today. Here's why it doesn't matter

    Mar 25, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s Hughes. 8:29 A.M. The Yankees fifth start competition has been the most celebrated race for a meaningless job since the last vice presidential search. It’s enough to make me wish for a giant scandal in Yankees camp. I mean, at least it would be fun to talk about, say, a fistfight between Nick…

  14. Playoff schedule condensed; seven-game division series next?

    Mar 25, 2010, 7:58 AM EDT

    Bud Selig announced yesterday that, based on the recommendation of his special committee, the schedules for the 2010 League Championship Serieseseses have been shortened by eliminating an off-day between Games 4 and 5.  Inasmuch as it was a totally superfluous off-day, this is a good thing. Next up, in all likelihood, will be expanding the…

  15. Moorad takes 50 percent stake in Padres

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:17 AM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, former player agent and Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Jeff Moorad has become essentially a 50-percent partner in owning the San Diego Padres. Moorad made a $45 million wire transfer (what, no PayPal?) to John Moores today to give his ownership group a 50 percent stake. Moorad, who has been Padres CEO…

  16. Matt Kemp and Rihanna: Roommates at last

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:28 AM EDT

    Not to get all TMZ-y on you, but in the interest of following our plan to provide you with all the news that’s fit to print (and also, the non-news that’s unfit to print) I figured I’d pass along this report from sportsBYbrooks that Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp will be moving into the home…

  17. Who must Mike Stanton kill to make the bigs?

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    The Florida Marlins sent Mike Stanton down to Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday. (No not this Mike Stanton, this Mike Stanton. You know, the guy who hit 28 home runs in 129 minor league games last season.) Anyway, the strong, young, Marlins’ version of Mike Stanton might not be down on the farm too long, as…

  18. Martin claims he will be ready by Opening Day

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:24 PM EDT

    Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, sidelined since early march with a groin injury, said Wednesday that there’s “no doubt” he will be ready for the start of the regular season. We’ve been operating under the impression that Martin would not be fully healed by April 5 and that A.J. Ellis and Brad Ausmus would split catching…

  19. Octavio Dotel makes Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:47 PM EDT

    Octavio Dotel finally made his spring debut Wednesday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the Pirates’ 6-4 loss to the Red Sox.  Dotel needed 22 pitches to make it through the frame and registered 12 balls along the way, but the situation could have been worse.  Hobbled by an oblique injury over the first three-and-half…

  20. UPDATE: Justin Upton sprained his ankle

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Upton took to Twitter Wednesday evening to explain that his ankle is “fine” and that he was pulled as a precaution.  He expects to return after a few days of rest. 5:15pm: MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert tweets that Justin Upton has left today’s Dbacks game against the White Sox with a sprained ankle.  Hard to…

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