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  1. Tigers reunite with Fien on minors contract

    Mar 20, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    Casey Fien is back in Tigers camp after spending the last few months hopping from team to team on baseball’s waiver wire.  The 26-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment by Detroit in late February, claimed off waivers by the Red Sox a few days later, then waived again and picked up by the Blue Jays.…

  2. Bradley tossed again, Wakamatsu defends

    Mar 20, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Things could be going better for new Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley, who was ejected for a second time in three days Friday night after exchanging words with home plate umpire Jon Merry following a questionable called third strike.  Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu immediately came to the defense of his outfielder, and seems to think umpires…

  3. Red Sox ink Embree to minor league deal

    Mar 20, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Rob Bradford of Boston-based WEEI.com passes along word that the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with reliever Alan Embree.  The veteran left-hander posted a 5.84 ERA, a 12/12 K/BB ratio and a 1.62 WHIP in 36 appearances last season for the Rockies before fracturing his tibia in mid-July.  He…

  4. UPDATE: Strasburg says goodbye, for now…

    Mar 20, 2010, 9:04 AM EDT

    UPDATE: According to the Nationals’ official Twitter feed, Strasburg has been optioned to Double-A Harrisburg.  That’s that. SATURDAY, 8:39pm: Stephen Strasburg just wrapped up what could be his last start of the spring with the Nationals. He got off to a bit of a rough start, serving up a solo home run to Cardinals shortstop…

  5. Freddy Sanchez to return "end of April, first of May"

    Mar 19, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy finally acknowledged the obvious on Friday, stating that second baseman Freddy Sanchez will likely be sidelined until the “end of April, first of May.” Sanchez, who was inked to a two-year, $12 million contract in November, underwent surgery on his left shoulder in December, and to this point, has only progressed…

  6. UPDATE: Cliff Lee has right abdominal strain

    Mar 19, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Update: Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that Lee has a right lower abdominal strain. He was treated in Seattle on Friday be team doctor Edward Khalfayan. Lee underwent an ultra-sound exam and was given a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. He’s scheduled to be re-evaluated in one week, but as Geoff Baker of…

  7. Royals' Anderson hits for cycle in four innings

    Mar 19, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

    Former White Sox first-round pick Brian Anderson, currently auditioning for a spot on the Kansas City bench, hit for the cycle and drove in seven runs in the first four innings Friday as the Royals took a 17-0 lead over the Diamondbacks. Anderson, who would have had a shot at a starting job before Rick…

  8. Home Run Derby in 3D?

    Mar 19, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Maury Brown reports that the 2010 Home Run Derby will be televised in 3D: “We are always looking for ways to augment the viewing experience for fans watching MLB telecasts,” said Chris Tully, Major League Baseball Senior Vice President, Broadcasting.  “The State Farm Home Run Derby is a unique event for a 3D telecast since…

  9. The Twins are the nicest team in baseball

    Mar 19, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Jon Heyman and I don’t always disagree on stuff. For example, his observation about the Twins reflects the vibe I got when I was in their clubhouse last week (though I obviously can’t compare them to as many other teams as Heyman can): I nominate the Twins as nicest team in baseball, with stars like…

  10. Jason Heyward keeps damaging cars

    Mar 19, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Jason Heyward made a big impression during the first week of Braves camp when he broke a team executive’s sunroof. He’s at it again. The AJC’s Dave O’Brien: Heyward batting-practice homer just shattered rearview mirror of Braves PR director’s rental car. My Braves’ fandom and Jason Heyward man-crush notwithstanding, I’m starting to think that these…

  11. Vin Scully: sorry for falling!

    Mar 19, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

    Vin Scully’s statement upon being released from the hospital today: Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers and I apologize for any concern that I caused. Most importantly, I’m looking forward to Sunday’s game, my first of the Spring. Thank you and see you at the Stadium! Vin Scully falls and hurts himself…

  12. Brian Roberts back on the field after epidural shot

    Mar 19, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    MASNSports.com’s Roch Kubatko reports that Brian Roberts has been cleared to resume “baseball-related activities” after getting an epidural shot Monday for the herniated disk in his back. I’ll do a little bit of everything. Nothing too crazy yet. A little bit of moving around and running, field a ground ball or two, try to hit…

  13. Rosenthal: the Dodgers should have a $150 million payroll

    Mar 19, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Let’s forget for a moment that Ken Rosenthal likes to rip the Yankees and Red Sox new ones for outspending everyone and making a mockery of their division and just enjoy him ripping Frank McCourt a new one for not outspending everyone and making a mockery out of the NL West: The Dodgers should have…

  14. Chris Carpenter stays in after six first-inning runs

    Mar 19, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    This afternoon Chris Carpenter got knocked around for six first-inning runs against the Marlins, including a pair of hits from reigning Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan, and made a diving play to tag Emilio Bonifacio just to get out of the opening frame. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch notes that Carpenter…

  15. Managers have been abusing substances for years

    Mar 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Jim Reeves of ESPNDallas asked this question yesterday in the wake of Ron Washington’s cocaine revelation: This begs the question: How can Washington manage others when he can’t manage himself? The Common Man answers that question with his typical thoroughness. Your must-read of the day. I’m not condoning Washington’s behavior or anything, but if you’re…

  16. Gardner, not Winn, likely to start for Yankees

    Mar 19, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com “all indications” are that Brett Gardner will be the Yankees’ starting left fielder, with veteran free agent pickup Randy Winn “serving more of a fourth outfielder’s role.” When the Yankees signed Winn in January the opposite was thought to be true, but manager Joe Girardi said yesterday that Gardner…

  17. Catching up with Davey Johnson

    Mar 19, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    A profile of Davey Johnson in today’s Baltimore Sun.  Gotta love Davey, so it’s definitely worth a read. Johnson, as you probably know, is now a special assistant to Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo. And unlike so many special assistant jobs out there, his isn’t about glad-handing season ticket holders and stuff — he’s actually contributing…

  18. Tommy Hunter questionable for Opening Day

    Mar 19, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Tommy Hunter was scratched from yesterday’s scheduled start after straining his left oblique during pregame warmups: I was feeling strong in the bullpen. Throwing great. I was spotting a perfect game, a no-hitter in the bullpen. Then I went, “Oh poop,” and said all kinds of choice words. Right, like “oh poop.” Hunter and his…

  19. The Astros' Sammy Gervacio sounds awesome

    Mar 19, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    I had never heard the name Sammy Gervacio until I read this article in the Houston Chronicle this morning, but now I really want to see him pitch: The glare, the high leg kick, the delivery from an arm angle somewhere below three quarters and the high black socks apparently didn’t make Sammy Gervacio stand…

  20. Lilly throwing again, hopes to debut by late April

    Mar 19, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Ted Lilly threw live batting practice yesterday and reported no pain in his surgically repaired shoulder or recently injured knee, indicating that he hopes to join the Cubs’ rotation by late April: I feel pretty darn good. I don’t know how close to normal. The most important thing is when you get up there on…

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