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  1. Lenny Harris had a quadruple bypass on Friday

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The all-time pinch-hit leader and current Dodgers’ coach was rushed to a hospital on Friday. They found severe blockage in four arteries and performed a quadruple bypass. Harris was said to be resting comfortably as of yesterday.  Word is, however, that he could see some action today if the Dodgers fall behind late and the…

  2. Aroldis Chapman is trying to assimilate

    Mar 22, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    John Fay writes about Aroldis Chapman’s efforts to learn the language and get used to life in the U.S.  A couple of interesting passages: The Reds are in uncharted territory. Players from the Dominican and Venezuela get assimilated before they get near the big leagues. Johnny Cueto was in the Reds’ system for four years…

  3. Catching up with Dinesh and Rinku

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Remember how the Pirates signed those two Indian reality-show winners?  Well, they’re back in camp this year, and unlike last spring, which was basically a publicity tour masquerading as baseball, this year they’re pitching and working out just like any other ballplayers. And they’re improving: The progress between last spring and now is remarkable, Pirates…

  4. Olney: realign the Rays out of the AL East

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Buster uses the Mauer signing as a jumping off point for thoughts on the A’s and Rays.  For the A’s: Bud needs to make San Jose happen.  No argument there. My view is that the commish should offer the Giants some concessions, deem the move to be OK, and make the Giants sue if they…

  5. Is Jim Edmonds going to retire?

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price reports that Jim Edmonds is surprisingly lukewarm about being a backup outfielder for the Brewers this year. Edmonds says “some days, driving in, I think [WTF?]” and questions whether the backup job is enough to keep him playing. He rebuffs the suggestion that he’s playing the game because he loves it, saying…

  6. Heyman says Joba out of the starters' race for some reason

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Last night Jon Heyman tweeted “Joba is out of the Yanks rotation debry.”  The basis for this?  The news that Chamberlain will pitch an intra-squad game today while Phil Hughes will pitch against the Phillies in Clearwater.  Left out of this is the fact that the intra-squad game and the need to get both pitchers…

  7. Did anti-semitism prevent Hank Greenberg from breaking Ruth's home run record?

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Howard Megdal thinks so, arguing that Greenberg experienced an uncharacteristic spike in walk rates towards the end of his 1938 season.  Megdal says “the American League didn’t seem exactly thrilled with Greenberg’s pursuit,” and concludes that “the statistical record stands as evidence that Greenberg’s religion might have been an additional barrier” to him in surpassing…

  8. The Dodgers release Eric Gagne

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Last week the Dodgers sent Eric Gagne to the minors.  Last night they said, eh, forget it, and just released him. He allowed six runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings. Late innings in spring training games, so it’s not like he’d be facing a less-talented brand of competition in the minors. I would assume…

  9. What they're saying about the Joe Mauer deal

    Mar 22, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    As the foremost Twins dude on the Internets I defer to Aaron’s take on the Mauer deal. But others have weighed in too. Let’s take a look-see: Rob Neyer (on Twitter): “I say there’s at least a 50/50 chance that Twins are regretting the Mauer contract by 2016.” [Rob's longer take is here] J.C. Bradbury:…

  10. Mauer contract a big risk the Twins had to take

    Mar 21, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer’s new eight-year extension is worth $100 million more than any other contract the Twins have ever handed out and committing to pay a catcher $23 million per year through his age-35 season in 2018 represents a massive amount of risk. With that said, it was a no-brainer. First and foremost, if reasonably healthy…

  11. Matt Holliday to return to action on Monday

    Mar 21, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday has been sidelined since March 9 with a with an intercostal strain on his right side.  He was supposed to return to action last Thursday, but didn’t.  He was supposed to return this weekend, but again he did not.  Well, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday will be in…

  12. Twins lock up Mauer for $184 million

    Mar 21, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    The Twins got it done Sunday, signing 2009 AL MVP Joe Mauer to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension through 2018. The deal, which includes a no-trade clause, averages $23 million per season. It’s the fourth-largest pact in major league history, behind the 10-year deals signed by Alex Rodriguez ($275 million in 2008, $252 million…

  13. Wood out 6-8 weeks, Perez to close for Indians

    Mar 21, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Wood told the Associated Press that he expects to return to action sooner than the six-to-eight week timetable given to him by team trainers. SATURDAY, 3:13pm: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kerry Wood has been diagnosed with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle and has been given a six-to-eight week…

  14. Edinson Volquez throws successfully off a mound

    Mar 21, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery last August and is expected to miss the entire 2010 season.  But on Sunday, according to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, he took a major step in his ongoing recovery from the elbow ligament replacement surgery.  Volquez, 26, threw 30 pitches off a mound at about 50 percent intensity and plans…

  15. Twins, Mauer making progress in long-term talks

    Mar 21, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, there are “strong indications” that the Twins and catcher Joe Mauer are “gathering momentum” toward a long-term contract extension. Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro, was spotted near the Twins’ spring training facility on Sunday afternoon and Olney has been picking up on hints of progress.  The 26-year-old catcher, widely regarded as…

  16. Wellemeyer staking claim on final rotation spot

    Mar 21, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    The Giants inked free agent Todd Wellemeyer to a minor league contract this winter and told him he’d have a legitimate shot at making the team as a fifth starter or long reliever.  Despite the promises, we considered Wellemeyer a longshot to make the team when he signed.  But he has shot out of the…

  17. Dice-K to make Grapefruit League debut Thursday

    Mar 21, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been slowed in camp by a sore neck and back, is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut against the Marlins on Thursday (according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal). Dice-K has been limited to games of catch and bullpen sessions as the Red Sox ease him back to full…

  18. Manzella out one week with strained quad

    Mar 21, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    According to Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella suffered a strained right quadriceps while trying to beat out a grounder during Saturday’s spring game against the Yankees.  The injury isn’t considered horribly serious, but he’s likely to miss at least a week while the swelling subsides.  Manzella hit .289/.339/.417 with nine…

  19. Nathan opts to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 21, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    9:36pm: Christensen passes along word that Nathan has opted to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss all of the 2010 season.  The throwing session apparently ran less than smoothly: “It didn’t go like we hoped,” Nathan said. “We knew it was a long shot, but this will help clear my head.” 8:48am:…

  20. Heyward held off base for first time this spring

    Mar 20, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Braves phenom Jason Heyward failed to register a hit or walk for the first time this spring during Saturday’s 7-6 exhibition loss to the Blue Jays. According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, who has apparently nicknamed the kid “J-Hey,” it’s the first time the 20-year-old has been held off the basepaths since…

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