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  1. Pirates bus involved in a minor accident

    Mar 19, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Someone hit one of the Pirates’ team buses while it was heading back from Ft. Myers to Bradenton on I-75 yesterday.  Not major, and Dejan Kovacevic makes a point of noting that the bus didn’t have any players on it. Good to hear everyone is OK, but really, it may have been worse that it…

  2. Great moments in bored farmers

    Mar 19, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Click this link, then hit the “satellite” button.  You won’t be sorry. Your move, Chicago.

  3. The Twins are scouting Heath Bell

    Mar 19, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Joe Nathan is going to try and throw this weekend and obviously everyone hopes he’ll be OK.  But let’s be honest: not many pitchers can throw with torn torn ligaments in their elbow and the chances of Nathan being the Twins’ closer this year are slim.  Minnesota needs to look at other options. And according…

  4. Beltran to return by early May

    Mar 19, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    So much ink has been spilled on Gary Matthews Jr., Angel Pagan and Fernando Martinez in recent weeks that it’s been easy to forget that Carlos Beltran ain’t dead, he’s just recovering.  And now we have a general idea of his return: early May, according to the Daily News. Well, early-May-ish. He hasn’t started full…

  5. Quote of the Day: Some scout about B.J. Upton

    Mar 19, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    “He’s like a beautiful woman, cursed by his natural gifts. You want more and more.” – An unnamed scout talking about B.J. Upton in Ken Rosenthal’s latest article.  Scouts live a solitary existence, driving from small town to small town.  And yes, it gets lonely on the road.

  6. Adrian Gonzalez would take deferred money from San Diego

    Mar 19, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Dan Hayes of the North County Times profiles the Adrian Gonzalez contract situation and lets drop that Gonzalez “would consider taking deferred money if the club offered a ‘fair market offer.’” Howard Megdal at MLBTR suggests there’s some ambiguity there, asking “would San Diego merely have to reach this number, but some could be deferred?…

  7. The World Anti-Doping Agency can get bent

    Mar 19, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) released a statement yesterday, once again taking baseball to task for its PED policies.  They do this every year, and as it always is, this year’s statement is stupid and self-serving and deceptive.  I don’t consider myself a PED apologist, but given my thoughts and writings on the subject I…

  8. Francoeur to be given the green light to steal

    Mar 19, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Mets fans OK with this? Francoeur says he never learned how to steal bases with the Braves, explaining that it wasn’t part of Atlanta’s offensive philosophy. But it is part of Manuel’s plans. So this spring he’s told Francoeur he wants him to run more, and now the Mets right fielder is trying to learn…

  9. Vin Scully hospitalized overnight

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Scully says he got up too fast, fell and bumped his head. They kept him in the hospital overnight for observation, but he’ll be released this morning and the Dodgers expect him to re-join the team in time for Sunday’s game between the Dodgers and Indians. Seems minor, but when you’re dealing with baseball royalty,…

  10. Arizona House approves measure to raise money for Cubs

    Mar 18, 2010, 11:50 PM EDT

    The Chicago Cubs are cursed? I think not. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Arizona House of Representatives has approved a measure to raise money to keep the Cubs from moving to Florida and to “generate more than $100 million for improvements to facilities across the Valley over the next 30 years.” Arizona Rep.…

  11. Is Buchholz finally ready to stick?

    Mar 18, 2010, 10:55 PM EDT

    Is it possible? Is Clay Buchholz all “growsed” up? It’s certainly sounding like it after another strong spring outing by the confident young right-hander. And with less competition in camp this spring, the 25-year-old has his mind set on finally earning a regular spot in Boston’s starting rotation. [From MLB.com] “Last year I sort of…

  12. MRI on Huston Street comes back "clean"

    Mar 18, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that an MRI on the right shoulder of Huston Street came back “clean.” This at least eliminates the worst-case scenario of season-ending surgery or something of that nature, but according to Heyman, the club “will take it slow with him” and “look for another reliever.” Obviously, Street’s chances of opening…

  13. Gamel out at least six weeks with shoulder injury

    Mar 18, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Mat Gamel was already likely facing a demotion to start the season, but according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, he’ll now spend at least six weeks recovering from a “slight” tear in his latissimus dorsi, the large muscle behind the right shoulder. Gamel originally suffered the injury early in camp, but he probably made it…

  14. Quote of the Day: Tim Hudson on Chipper Jones

    Mar 18, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    “It was nice, man. Dad gum, he got all of it. Old man can still hit a little bit.” – Tim Hudson, commenting on Chipper Jones’ titanic blast of a home run in today’s game against the Marlins.  According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the homer landed on the roof of the…

  15. Great Moments in farkakte player valuation: Joe Mauer edition

    Mar 18, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Mike Silva at NY Baseball Digest: The Twins could get a king’s ransom from the Yankees for Mauer. Think Hughes, Joba, and Montero as cornerstones of the package. If they are concerned about development timeline of Montero, then perhaps you could add Posada to the deal since he only has a year left on his…

  16. Ron Washington took greenies when he played

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Not that it’s shocking or anything, but he did say so to ESPN’s Pedro Gomez today. Washington’s cocaine use is obviously big news, but mining the man’s past like this seems of little utility. As Washington notes, “amphetamines were prevalent throughout baseball” during his tenure. More so than even cocaine. I suppose it’s one thing…

  17. Tracy Ringolsby accuses Rangers of a "cover-up"

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    A less-than-intellectually-inspired Tracy Ringlosby column today about Ron Washington and the Rangers [I've deleted Ringolsby's unnecessary paragraph breaks because I think readability is more important than faux drama]: Washington is an engaging personality. He has developed a strong bond with the Rangers players in his three years on the job. He’s even won over most…

  18. Dontrelle Willis is probably going to make the Tigers' rotation

    Mar 18, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Amazing stuff from Tigers camp:  Armando Galarraga is optioned to Toledo. Dontrelle Willis today: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2K.  For the spring D-Train has allowed only five hits and one earned run in ten innings pitched. A month ago, Willis said he was utterly lost. He called himself “terrible” and gave…

  19. Oft-injured Guzman opts for shoulder surgery

    Mar 18, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    As expected, Angel Guzman has opted for season-ending shoulder surgery after meeting with Dr. James Andrews earlier this week. Guzman has a lengthy history of arm problems, including a previous Tommy John elbow surgery, and the latest injury is a significant ligament tear in his right shoulder. Andrews advised him to go under the knife…

  20. Tom Hicks is getting squeezed from every direction

    Mar 18, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    As you all are probably getting sick of me reminding you, Tom Hicks is busy trying to figure out a way to make the Hicks Sports Group’s creditors happy so that the Rangers sale to Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan can go through. So he probably didn’t need this: The Royal Bank of Scotland —…

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