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  1. David Aardsma feeling some groin soreness

    Mar 4, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    Bad news out of Mariners camp this evening.  According to Shannon Drayer of Seattle’s ESPN 710, David Aardsma was complaining of groin soreness after Thursday’s spring victory over the Padres. “Hopefully we catch this before it turns into something serious,” manager Don Wakamatsu said after the game. If Wakamatsu isn’t concerned, we probably shouldn’t be…

  2. UPDATE: Reds keeping an eye on Matthews Jr.?

    Mar 4, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    UPDATE: A Reds source told the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay late Thursday evening that the club has “zero” interest in Matthews Jr.  Here is Fay’s tweet from moments ago: Reds source on Gary Matthews Jr.: Zero interest. Listed 5 OFs in camp he’d take over Matthews. 7:48pm: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com (via Twitter),…

  3. Topps defends its monopoly

    Mar 4, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    The story about the MLB-Upper Deck settlement this morning led a lot of people — even those who aren’t big fans of Upper Deck cards — to lament the fact that baseball has seen fit to give one company a monopoly over the baseball card racket.  It’s a good point because monopolies, as a rule,…

  4. Bum wheel hurting Giles in fight for bench job

    Mar 4, 2010, 6:14 PM EDT

    After just one week of spring training Brian Giles told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that his oft-injured right knee hasn’t responded as well he’d like: Not as much as I’d like at this point. It’s just okay. Obviously, I’ll give it a few more days. It’s not where I want it to be. I’ll see if…

  5. Grapefruit Wrap: Mets' Davis hits long grand slam

    Mar 4, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    2008 first-round pick Ike Davis hit a long grand slam in the bottom of the eighth Thursday as the Mets beat the Cardinals 17-11 in early Grapefruit League action. The bomb made up for an error the previous half-inning that helped the Cardinals score four times and get within one run of the Mets in…

  6. The Brewers talking to Prince Fielder already

    Mar 4, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricort confirms that the Brewers met with Boras yesterday to talk about a Fielder extension. No offer was made, but the fact that they’re even talking now is unusual for a high-profile Boras client. 5:15 P.M.: Brewers’ beat writer Adam McCalvy noted some strange behavior by the Milwaukee brass (Milwaukee brass?) today: Brewers…

  7. Zito plunks Prince: Revenge is a dish best served six-months cold

    Mar 4, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    The Giants and the Brewers played in the Cactus League today and, against all odds, something (kinda) meaningful happened: In the first inning of today’s Cactus League game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Zito hit Prince Fielder in the back with his first pitch in apparent retaliation for Fielder’s staged “bowling pin” celebration after his homer…

  8. Derek Jeter knows his home runs

    Mar 4, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter was on Mike Francessa’s show this morning and was asked about Yankee stadium: They said they were going to try to make it – at least with field conditions – as close to the old stadium as possible and they did a great job. (Asked if his fly balls had extra carry that…

  9. Jose Reyes, Nick Johnson updates

    Mar 4, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Updates from the scratch files: Jose Reyes was given the OK to do whatever it is he’s doing this week. The blood work that was mentioned when he was scratched this morning came back OK, though no one is saying what the blood work was for apart from saying it has nothing to do with…

  10. Mets sign Kiko Calero to minor-league deal

    Mar 4, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Despite varying reports about his health status Kelvim Escobar seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list, so the Mets have smartly added another right-handed reliever by signing Kiko Calero to a minor-league contract. Calero is 35 years old and also has a lengthy history of arm injuries, but the fact that he…

  11. Diamondbacks make Mark Reynolds an offer

    Mar 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Heyman tweets that the Diamonbacks have offered $13.5 million over two years to Mark Reynolds. You’ll recall that the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro recently did some rough calculations of what he thought Reynolds might be worth right now, and he came up with three years, $15 million.  In light of Reynolds’ age and his strikeouts,…

  12. Carlos Lee misses early games to attend rodeo

    Mar 4, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee missed the Astros’ spring training opener today and will also be absent for Friday’s game because he’s attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He got manager Brad Mills’ blessing, of course. And this is not, as they say, his first rodeo. Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Lee is “an…

  13. Ranking the General Managers

    Mar 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    SI’s Tim Marchman — after acknowledging just how hard it is to objectively rate general managers due to differing payrolls, owners, and expectations — tries to rate the general managers. Top 5: Andrew Friedman, Theo, Cashman, Larry Beinfest  and Jack Zduriencik. Bottom 5 (worst first): Dayton Moore, Ed Wade, Brian Sabean, Ned Colletti and Omar…

  14. Abreu sells old New York condo for $5.1 million

    Mar 4, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu left the Yankees as a free agent about 16 months ago, but just recently sold his New York condo for a whopping $5.1 million. I’m a lifelong Minnesota, so that seems like an insanely high price for a place that’s only 2,444 square feet, but the condo is apparently in an up-scale neighborhood…

  15. Should the Braves keep Heyward down on the farm?

    Mar 4, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    With the Jason Heyward hype reaching Weiterian levels — even Chipper Jones is getting into the act — it’s easy to convince yourself that the Braves are going to break camp with Heyward as their starting right fielder. Bryan Smith of FanGraphs, however, thinks everyone should just slow down. After citing the way the Rays…

  16. Nick Johnson scratched

    Mar 4, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    What was it I said this morning about Nick Johnson staying healthy this year?  He just got scratched as the DH for today’s Yankees game. No reason given. I’m going to guess . . . um, Zollinger-Ellision Syndrome.  Day-to-day.  Might need a cortisone shot for it or something. UPDATE:  It’s lower back stiffness. My wife…

  17. Voter who kept Joe Mauer from unanimous MVP explains himself … sort of

    Mar 4, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Just one vote kept Joe Mauer from joining Albert Pujols as a unanimous MVP last season and Tyler Kepner of the New York Times recently spoke to Keizo Konishi of the Kyodo News about why he cast his ballot for Miguel Cabrera instead. In addition to going into some convoluted logic about the Twins’ lineup…

  18. Quote of the Day: Milton Bradley

    Mar 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    “Two years ago, I played, and I was good. I go to Chicago, not good. I’ve been good my whole career. So, obviously, it was something with Chicago, not me.” Yesterday it was stats vs. scouts. Today it’s Bradley vs. Chicago. Enough with the Cub-related false dichotomies already. Can’t we all just agree that everyone…

  19. Brett Cecil cuts thumb in 'kitchen-type accident'

    Mar 4, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Brett Cecil has been scratched from his scheduled spring training debut today after cutting his left thumb in what pitching coach Bruce Walton called “a kitchen-type accident.” That could mean Cecil sliced his thumb cutting bagels or it could mean he got into a brawl with Gordon Ramsay, because so far no further details have…

  20. Dusty Baker: company man

    Mar 4, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The Reds have Aroldis Chapman pitching in an intrasquad game today. They plan on having him make is real competitive debut on Monday.  But he’ll be in relief, and not starting. What gives, Dusty? “If we pitch him later, fans stick around and we sell more beer.” People wonder how Dusty Baker has stuck around…

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