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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Jaime Garcia named Cardinals' fifth starter

    Mar 24, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirmed Wednesday evening that 23-year-old left-hander Jaime Garcia has officially been named the Cardinals’ fifth starter. Garcia, a native of Mexico, entered spring training in competition with Kyle McClellan and Rich Hill for the role.  He blew away the competition, compiling an impressive 1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Do the Orioles have enough pitching?

    Mar 24, 2010, 6:45 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.  We’re out of the playoff contenders in the AL East and into the also-rans. First up is the faster of the also-rans,…

  15. The A's pick up Edwar Ramirez

    Mar 24, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    As he faced the sun he cast no shadow . . . Susan Slusser of the Chronicle reports: The A’s have just announced that they traded recently demoted infielder Gregorio Petit to the Rangers in exchange for right-handed reliever Edwar Ramirez, sent by Texas to Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier today. Ramirez spent the past three…

  16. 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…

  17. 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:

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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