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  1. Did the Royals just cut their second best reliever?

    Mar 16, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    It’s still pretty early on in the spring for notable cuts, but one from Tuesday will force me to revise my projections a bit, as the Royals optioned right-hander Carlos Rosa to Triple-A. Now, I’m sure most won’t care about such a move. Rosa was, at best, going to be a setup man for one…

  2. Comment of the Day: In which my evil plot is uncovered

    Mar 16, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    I’ve come to the conclusion a long time ago that Craig is a big fan of one of the aforementioned steroid cheats.  I’m not sure which one. He’s upset that said cheat won’t be voted into the Hall of Fame and is on a mission to clear the cheat’s name by muddying the waters and…

  3. Friends don't let Adam Dunn play defense

    Mar 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn had to leave today’s Nats-Marlins game due to back spasms. According to Bill Ladson, he hurt his back trying to make a defensive play in the top of the second inning. Dunn says he’ll be fine and will probably play tomorrow, but add this to the ever-growing list of bad things that have…

  4. Attention general managers: No one cares about your injuries

    Mar 16, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    I’m usually not a big fan of the football mindset infiltrating baseball, probably because I’m not a football guy by nature.  But Peter Gammons has an anecdote involving Bill Parcells in his latest column that hit the spot: When Parcells’ daughter married now-Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, the best man was Indians GM…

  5. Bengie Molina was a college shortstop (seriously)

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:41 PM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes the most shocking thing you’ll read today: Bengie Molina was a shortstop in college. It turns out that before Molina settled in for a career behind the plate, before he became the Sultan of Squat, he was a lithe and rangy shortstop for Arizona Western Community…

  6. Sidney Ponson signs with the Long Island Ducks

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    John Smoltz was forced into the broadcast booth, but everyone’s favorite Knight of the Netherlands/problem drinker/starting pitcher, Sidney Ponson, has landed a job. He has signed a deal with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.  OK, I suppose they would have taken Smoltz over Ponson if the former would have made himself available,…

  7. The Angels are going for the Snuggie record

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    This press release came out of Anaheim Angels central earlier today: On Tuesday April 6, 2010, the Angels will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets.” All fans in attendance at the Angels vs. Minnesota Twins game (7:05PM) will receive a complimentary Hideki Matsui Blankie courtesy…

  8. Cory Wade to miss at least 3 months after surgery

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    Cory Wade missed much of last season with a shoulder injury, but upon arriving at spring training last month the 26-year-old reliever said: “My shoulder is healthy. My back is strong. This is the best I’ve felt since 2008.” Unfortunately that was short-lived, as Wade complained of shoulder pain just two weeks later and is…

  9. The A's in San Jose: what's it gonna be, Bud?

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    So Bud Selig appointed a committee to study the intricacies of maybe possibly hopefully hypothetically moving the Athletics to San Jose.  The problem: the Giants’ territorial rights.  I’m not expert of decision making, but it strikes me that Bud’s committee had to answer a relatively small, relatively simple few questions: (1) Are the A’s viable…

  10. John Smoltz joins TBS as announcer, but still not officially retiring

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    Turner Sports announced that John Smoltz has joined the TBS broadcast team as an analyst for their Sunday afternoon games and select Braves games. Smoltz joins a lineup of color commentators that includes Ron Darling, Buck Martinez, David Wells, and Dennis Eckersley, with Ernie Johnson, Brian Anderson, and Dick Stockton filling play-by-play duties. Chip Caray’s…

  11. Florida vs. Arizona

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner runs down the differences between spring training in Florida vs. spring training in Arizona. He focuses on how as of next year every Cactus League team will play in the greater Phoenix area and how everything in Florida is spaced out. He could have added that the weather, generally…

  12. Geoff Blum and the uselessness of spring stats

    Mar 16, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman is questionable to be ready for Opening Day following knee surgery last week and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are leaning toward veteran utility man Geoff Blum as his replacement at first base. In his absence, Geoff Blum started in the No. 5 spot in the lineup Sunday,…

  13. Buster Olney defends his Pujols-Howard story

    Mar 16, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Everyone has had a lot of fun with Buster Olney’s report about the Phillies having internal discussions about trading Ryan Howard for Pujols.  Today Buster strikes back. After making it clear that he never said that any St. Louis-Philly negotiations took place and that neither team was inclined to make such deal, Buster says he…

  14. Lowrie cleared to 'resume some activities' after 'mystery' illness

    Mar 16, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie has been sidelined for the past four days because of a so-called “mystery” illness that sapped his energy and accelerated his heart rate. He underwent a stress test and various blood work yesterday and has apparently been cleared of anything serious, with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reporting that he “could resume…

  15. Brandon Wood to get the nod at third for Anaheim

    Mar 16, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia more or less confirmed what folks who think a lot about baseball had been hoping for: Brandon Wood will break Angels’ camp as the starting third baseman.  There had been concerns that the three-year, $10-million deal the club gave to Maicer Izturis this winter would serve to block Wood. Again.  Scioscia says, however,…

  16. Brewers and Indians work out a deal for Rule 5 pick Chuck Lofgren

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Yesterday several Rule 5 picks were sent back to their original teams, but the Brewers worked out a deal with the Indians for Chuck Lofgren to remain in the organization without being on the big-league roster all season. In exchange for being able to keep Lofgren and, just as importantly, demote him to the minors…

  17. Manny under the microscope

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    A summary of Bob Klapisch’s take on Manny Ramirez:  He was totally awesome until he tested positive for PEDs, and then we all realized that he was a fraud and now he needs to prove he can still produce without the drugs. But if he does produce this season we’ll have no idea if he’s…

  18. Who is the face of your franchise?

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Stuff like this post — looking at all the preseason annuals like Sporting News and Athlon, and determining whether their choices of the face of each franchise as evidenced by the cover photos they use makes rational sense — is why I keep Wezen-Ball bookmarked and you should too. Anyone can tell you who won…

  19. Creditors reject Greenberg's latest offer

    Mar 16, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg keeps telling everyone who will listen that there’s nothing to worry about, the sale of the Rangers will close by April 1, and all will be happy and sunshine. Events on the ground, however, continue to make such a scenario less and less likely. According to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily: Hicks…

  20. Deep Thoughts: Derek Jeter's predecessors

    Mar 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Mike Vaccaro has a column today about how the presence of Derek Jeter and his presumptive multi-year deal likely contributed to the Yankees missing out on Cuban free agent Adeiny Hechevarria, who seems to have signed with the Blue Jays. Vaccaro is realistic about it — it’s not like you let 19 year-old prospects dictate…

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