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  1. Nationals re-sign Mike MacDougal to minors deal

    Mar 24, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Released by the Marlins earlier this week, Mike MacDougal has re-signed with the Nationals on a minor-league deal. MacDougal had a 3.60 ERA in 50 innings and converted 20-of-21 save chances in Washington last season, but his 31/31 K/BB ratio and incredibly inconsistent track record kept him from getting any big-league offers. Mike Capps is…

  2. Albert Pujols has got milk and a sledgehammer

    Mar 24, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols recently did a photo shoot for the “Got Milk?” ad campaign, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch passes along the final product that will soon be hanging on Drew Silva‘s bedroom wall:

  3. Comparing and contrasting Joe Mauer and Bryce Harper

    Mar 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I’ve been critical of Bryce Harper skipping two years of high school in order to become draft eligible this year. I’ve done so as a father who has been kind of freaking the hell out recently over just how fast his kids seem to be growing up and as a man who wonders from time…

  4. Yankees settle on their outfield alignment

    Mar 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    As expected, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees will open the season with Curtis Granderson in center field and Brett Gardner in left field. In his limited big-league experience as a center fielder Gardner rates exceptionally well statistically and Granderson’s glove showed signs of decline last year, so Sherman notes…

  5. Nick Swisher says no to "Sweet Caroline"

    Mar 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Yes, it’s commerce, but ESPN’s commercials often stand out on their own.  The latest: Clay Buchholz, Nick Swisher and some dude sitting in a living room watching  a ballgame. Buchholz and the dude start singing “Sweet Caroline” and then try to throw it to Swisher, who responds with a “no way, dude.” You can see…

  6. Yadier Molina leaves game with oblique injury

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina left today’s game after straining his oblique muscle running the bases. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he legged out a double and then was on his way home on a David Freese single when Molina pulled up lame, exiting with a trainer by his side. Jason LaRue replaced…

  7. Springtime Storylines: Will the Red Sox score enough runs?

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:15 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.  Now the Red Sox: Good times never seemed so good. The big question: Will the Red Sox score enough runs? Just because…

  8. Rays pick Davis over Sonnanstine as fifth starter

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon announced that rookie Wade Davis has won the final spot in the Rays’ rotation, with Andy Sonnanstine heading to the bullpen after making 72 starts over the past three seasons. Sonnanstine pitched well in 2008, winning 13 games with a 4.38 ERA and 124/37 K/BB ratio as a 25-year-old, but got knocked around…

  9. Doc Gooden charged with DWI, child endangerment

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Not less than ten minutes after reading this story in which Doc Gooden offers his advice to Stephen Strasburg I read that Gooden was arrested after being involved in a crash after which he was charged with: Driving under the Influence of a controlled dangerous substance; Endangering the welfare of a child; DWI with a…

  10. Pujols returns to lineup two days after injection

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols has rejoined the Cardinals’ lineup this afternoon, batting third and playing first base, just two days after receiving an anti-inflammatory shot in his sore lower back. Pujols has been limited by back problems for much of spring training, sitting out most of last week and being a last-minute scratch from several different lineups,…

  11. Quote of the Day: Frank McCourt

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt was behind the relaunch of the Los Angeles Marathon which was run this past weekend.  In today’s Los Angeles Times he waxes defensive: “Not a single person in the media has asked me how my divorce affects the marathon, because it doesn’t. I understand the urge by the media to create drama around…

  12. Pedroia could return to lineup as soon as Friday

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia exited last night’s game after landing awkwardly on his right wrist, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that X-rays came back negative this morning. Abraham notes that Pedroia should be cleared to take batting practice tomorrow and could return to game action as soon as Friday. He’s officially day-to-day with a…

  13. Springtime Storylines: Will B.J. Upton finally break out for the Rays?

    Mar 24, 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.  I started with the Yankees, so I bet you thought I’d go Red Sox next, eh kitty cat? But I pulled the…

  14. Cliff Lee still feeling pain

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Mariners’ starter Cliff Lee played catch yesterday and reported continued discomfort in his injured abdomen. The hope was that the few days of rest he’s had would have made things better, but apparently not. Don Wakamatsu put a positive spin on things, saying that he was pleased that Lee “did not feel any sharp pain…

  15. The Mets are shopping Gary Matthews Jr. Good luck with that.

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman reports that the Mets are trying to trade Gary Matthews, Jr. and that the Reds are “a possibility.” Sherman thinks this could be evidence that Carlos Beltran may be back quicker than people realize, thus making Matthews redundant. Competing possibility: The Mets are just now realizing that they foolishly traded a more-than-decent reliever…

  16. Reyes likely to hit leadoff when he returns

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    It’s unclear whether Jose Reyes will be able to make Opening Day — for what it’s worth I agree with the Post’s Joel Sherman that it would be folly to push him simply to make Opening Day  — but when he does return, Jerry Manuel says he’s likely to bat leadoff. This is a reversal…

  17. Ichiro made a sick catch yesterday

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT won’t let me (or anyone else) embed video, so you have to check it out here.  Definitely worth your click-through, though. The catch is being compared to Willie Mays over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series. Two differences from what I can see: 1. Willie Mays’ catch was only half of what made that…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Will age catch up to the Yankees?

    Mar 24, 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.  The Yankees are the defending champs, so they have the honor. The big question:  Will age catch up to the Yankees?People have…

  19. Ballplayers think that little shiny bracelets improve their performance

    Mar 24, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    We live in a world in which PED hysterics say things like “ballplayers wouldn’t take HGH if it didn’t improve their performance.”  We also live in a world where ballplayers wear shiny little mylar bracelets that are “digitally encoded with a frequency that your body can tune into” and which are claimed to give you…

  20. More on Jose Canseco's subpoena

    Mar 24, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The New York Times has an article on the grand jury subpoena Jose Canseco tweeted about yesterday.  Three takeaways: A lawyer for Canseco said Tuesday that he had been contacted three weeks ago by a federal prosecutor in Washington who was seeking to serve Canseco with a subpoena. The prosecutor wanted Canseco to testify before…

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