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  1. Quote of the Day II: Jon Heyman

    Mar 5, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    bengie molina homers. regardless, what were Mets thinking? this guy can play. – Jon Heyman tweeting after Bengie Molina hit a home run in the second game of spring training. Heyman is seemingly overlooking the fact that Molina is a career .276/.308/.418 hitter — coming off a worse year than that — and is on…

  2. Specialist says thyroid imbalance 'should have no long-term affect on' Reyes

    Mar 5, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Brian Costa of the Newark Star Ledger talked to New York Thyroid Center co-director Robert McConnell about Jose Reyes’ overactive thyroid gland: I wouldn’t think he should be inconvenienced for more than a few weeks or a month or so. This should have absolutely no long-term affect on his career. Depending on the level of…

  3. The fruits of monopoly: Topps needs Photoshop lessons

    Mar 5, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Take some time to look at this new Cliff Lee card from Topps and tell me if you see anything wrong with it:And no, it’s not just the fact that he has never pitched a game for the Mariners. You figured they’d Photoshop that. It’s the poor job they did that irks. I mean, why…

  4. Looper at home, 'waiting for an acceptable offer'

    Mar 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Braden Looper “is doing all he can to stay in shape at home near Chicago, waiting for an acceptable offer” from the Dodgers (or another team, in theory). Los Angeles was linked to Looper throughout the offseason, particularly once their other starter targets like Joel Pineiro and Jon Garland signed…

  5. Why the Yankees won't repeat

    Mar 5, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    The Yankees look good, but they can be beat this year. Easy? No. Only a precise hit will set up a chain reaction and the shaft is ray-shielded, so you’ll have to use proton torpedoes, but FOX’s Dayn Perry says it can be done: So the Yankees are bound to repeat, right? No, actually they’re…

  6. Why Prince Fielder may sign early with the Brewers

    Mar 5, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The fact that Boras — a dude who hardly ever has elite clients sign early — would talk to the Brewers about Prince Fielder two years before free agency was something of a head scratcher when we learned about it yesterday. But then I read Heyman’s column today (don’t think I enjoy it; I have…

  7. One practice, two leg injuries for Grilli, Brown

    Mar 5, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Today’s practice was a costly one for the Indians, who lost both reliever Jason Grilli and outfield prospect Jordan Brown to leg injuries during the same workout. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that “Grilli’s leg was immobilized as he was taken off the field” after suffering the injury during an agility drill.…

  8. Brandon Webb may start the season on the DL

    Mar 5, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    This is why you shouldn’t pay much attention to those February “Player X is throwing free and easy” articles: The Diamondbacks acknowledged on Friday morning that Brandon Webb might not be ready to start the season on time and could begin the year on the disabled list. “It’s a long season,” General Manager Josh Byrnes…

  9. Street back to throwing after shoulder soreness

    Mar 5, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Huston Street has been unavailable for game action since his shoulder began hurting after throwing batting practice last week, but the Rockies’ closer was able to play catch from 120 feet today and even threw 15 pitches off flat ground. “We just want to make sure we get a couple good days under our belt,”…

  10. Old Yankee Stadium is coming down

    Mar 5, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    Cool pics of some mediocre mid-70s architecture being demolished over at Zell’s Pinstripe Blog. If they keep bashing away they might actually find the old stadium that Mantle, DiMagiio, Gehrig and Ruth played in.

  11. Comment of the Day

    Mar 5, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Commenter YankeesfanLen schools another commenter — Andy — who didn’t understand where I was coming from in the Dayton Moore thread this morning: Andy, I’ll introduce you to the program . . . To keep things fair, our AL whipping-boys are the Royals, NL the Metropolitans. We throw in the Pirates, kind of like a…

  12. After disappointing debut, Viciedo likely moving to first base

    Mar 5, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Billed as a big-bat third baseman when the White Sox spent $10 million to sign him out of Cuba last offseason, Dayan Viciedo “certainly appears to be gradually making his move across the diamond” according to MLB.com’s Scott Merkin. Viciedo still considers third base his primary position after playing there almost exclusively at Double-A last…

  13. Longoria = DiMaggio?

    Mar 5, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    Random spring training hearsay is always fun. Here’s a good one from Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times: Rays manager Joe Maddon said Yogi Berra told him Evan Longoria “reminds him of Joe DiMaggio a bit.” Allowable because I’m not offering it for its truth — outside of some random film I’ve never seen…

  14. Arolids Chapman impresses

    Mar 5, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    The Reds’ phenom may not face another team until Monday, but he pitched in his first game yesterday. An intrasquad affair. Word is that he looked good.  This stood out the most: Chapman escaped the jam when he fired a 97-mph heater to strike out Ryan Hanigan swinging. Next batter Wilkin Castillo saw a couple…

  15. Jose Reyes exits camp to have thyroid imbalance tested in New York

    Mar 5, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes was removed from yesterday’s lineup when his physical exam “raised a small concern with doctors.” He skipped the game, went in for some additional blood work, and was cleared to return a few hours later. However, he was again scratched from today’s lineup and is now reportedly headed back to New York to…

  16. Molina: "the Mets weren't really interested in me"

    Mar 5, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Bengie Molina gave the Daily News some inside dish on his offseason courtship by the Mets: “Yesterday, I was talking to my cousin, she’s from New York, and she said, ‘Do you think they just did it for the heck of it, just so people don’t say they didn’t (try to make a big signing)?’…

  17. Baseball thinks harder about HGH testing

    Mar 5, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    MLB’s Rob Manfred attended a PED seminar yesterday and offered some more words about HGH testing in baseball: Manfred said that the positive test in England “is an important confirmation of the strength and science involved” in the H.G.H. blood test and that baseball was working to apply the test on a widespread basis. An…

  18. How to enhance your love (or hate) of the Mets

    Mar 5, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    One of the things that takes all the fun out of hating the Mets is that just about every Mets blogger I’ve had the pleasure to know is a great guy who does great work.  I mean sure, on the one hand it’s nice that these guys are so good that I am able to…

  19. "Yankees suck, Daddy." "Yankees suck, honey."

    Mar 5, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Found these courtesy of a tweet from the Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig.  Not sure if the right reaction is to lament how provincial Red Sox Nation can be at its worst or to laugh my ass off or l so I think I’ll do both.

  20. Mike Cameron on Michael Jordan

    Mar 5, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Alex Speier has a nice feature today on Mike Cameron remembering his days in the White Sox system with a fellow by the name of Jordan.  File this under stuff I never realized at the time: Cameron could see that Jordan still loved [basketball], loved talking trash to their on-court opponents. That, combined with Major…

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