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  1. Torii Hunter's Statement

    Mar 10, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter has released a statement on his website. I won’t reproduce the whole thing here — it’s long and you should read it in its entirety in its context — but this is the part that I consider to be most significant: We all come from different places and backgrounds. Coming from Pine Bluff,…

  2. Interim manager Mattingly still has a lot to learn

    Mar 10, 2010, 6:57 PM EDT

    On the day he hinted that he was all lined up to become the Dodgers’ next manager, Don Mattingly had an embarrasing gaffe Wednesday, as his team was caught hitting out of order. Mattingly, who has never managed at any level, was serving as the Dodgers’ interim manager with Joe Torre off handling half the…

  3. Report: Red Sox, Beckett progressing in talks

    Mar 10, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are making progress on a new deal that would keep the free-agent-to-be in Boston beyond 2010. The two sides have been working with an unofficial Opening Day deadline as they attempt to reach a compromise. Beckett, who is entering the option year of a…

  4. Bret Boone to manage independent league team

    Mar 10, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Aaron Boone officially retired last month to join the Baseball Tonight crew on ESPN and five years after calling it quits his brother Bret Boone has now found a job managing the Victoria Seals of the independent Golden Baseball League. Boone spent most of his 14-year career with the Mariners and Reds, but finished on…

  5. Guzman not at full strength after shoulder surgery

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    I tuned into yesterday afternoon’s Nationals-Tigers game just to see Stephen Strasburg’s spring training debut, but also got a look at Cristian Guzman’s surgically repaired right shoulder as he lobbed a weak, high-arcing throw to first base after fielding a Strasburg-induced grounder. Even before the injury Guzman was pretty lax with his throws to first…

  6. Anti-stats rant: This is either the worst column or the best satire ever written

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    Jerry Thornton of WEEI starts his latest column off good enough, waxing optimistic about the Red Sox, and imagining that they’ll be popping champagne corks in November. But then he gets in a time machine and heads back to 2002 or so: And as I do, there’s only one thing I see spoiling the party.…

  7. Curt Schilling, Electronic Arts partner for 'fantasy role playing' video game

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Electronic Arts has signed a deal to produce a video game from Curt Schilling’s company 38 Studios. Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe reports that the product “has nothing to do with sports” and will instead be “a single-player fantasy role playing game, still under development and code-named Project Mercury.” Here’s more from the story:…

  8. Torii Hunter is angry

    Mar 10, 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

    The Los Angeles Times caught up with Torii Hunter today and got his comments about his outrageous comments in this morning’s USA Today.  Short version: Hunter is pissed off: Hunter, who directs much of his charitable efforts to the development of inner-city baseball, claimed his comments “were distorted and taken out of context.” “I’m not apologizing…

  9. Theo: "For a long time, the Red Sox were Nomar Garciaparra"

    Mar 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I know it’s his big day down here in Ft. Myers and everything, but I’m gonna call b.s. on this quote by Theo Epstein: “For a long time, the Red Sox were Nomar Garciaparra” Nomar was really good in Boston, and often great, but I don’t know that it’s accurate to really say that the…

  10. Shoulder setback sends Flores to Dr. Andrews

    Mar 10, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    When the Nationals signed Ivan Rodriguez to a two-year, $6 million deal I wondered, among other things, why they were paying so much for another catcher when they already had 25-year-old Jesus Flores atop the depth chart. At the time Flores was recovering from shoulder surgery, but most reports had him being ready as soon…

  11. David Price hit with broken bat; leaves game

    Mar 10, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Scary moment here in Ft. Myers. In the bottom of the second, Adrian Beltre’s bat shattered and the barrel shot out to the mound, striking David Price on the right (non-pitching) hand. It was hard to see where it hit as it happened, but he left the game with his hand wrapped in a towel.…

  12. Minaya clarifies: Reyes has elevated thyroid level

    Mar 10, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Responding to conflicting reports about Jose Reyes’ thyroid condition, general manager Omar Minaya said this afternoon that the Mets’ shortstop “has elevated thyroid levels” and is “waiting for test results.” The confusion came yesterday, when Reyes was quoted by ESPN Deportes as saying: “The specialists who took care of me in New York have told…

  13. Milton Bradley continues to not forget Chicago

    Mar 10, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    For a guy wanting to put Chicago in his rear view mirror, Milton Bradley keeps looking back.  In an interview with ESPN, Bradley says that his time in the Windy City “was pretty bad,” and that he “would have rather tore my knee up and gone through rehab all over again then have to deal…

  14. Pujols, Holliday scratched from Cardinals' lineup

    Mar 10, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    After sitting out two games with back soreness Albert Pujols was slated to return to the lineup this afternoon, but instead he was a late scratch. Pujols did take batting practice before the game, so obviously the injury isn’t particularly serious. Matt Holliday will also join Pujols on the bench after he “felt something in…

  15. Bud's committee considered radical realignment

    Mar 10, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal took a stab at a radical realignment scheme a few weeks ago, and most people who think about the game have come up with their own plan from time to time, but this story from Tom Verducci is the first I’ve heard of someone with even quasi-authority mulling it over. The quasi-authority is…

  16. Twins join Cubs in hunt for reliever Jason Frasor

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Earlier this week the Cubs were said to be interested in Jason Frasor, and now the Twins have reportedly joined the mix for the Blue Jays’ reliever following news that Joe Nathan likely needs season-ending Tommy John surgery. Frasor is a solid reliever coming off a career-year, but prior to posting a 2.50 ERA in…

  17. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 4

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Seeing as though I spent some time in the Twins’ clubhouse that morning, I figured I’d spend the postgame with St. Louis.  Helping me make this decision was the fact that MLB.com’s Matthew Leach and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold are two of my favorite writers going, and I wanted to tag along and…

  18. Nomar: "My tank is empty"

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Nomar is speaking right now.  He’s pretty emotional, but upbeat.  He said that he knew he was ready to retire when he was working out this offseason and realized that he had nothing left.  He recalled something one of his old teammates said when he retired: “I know my tank is empty.” I took this…

  19. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 3

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    The game itself was your standard spring training affair (I decided to go with a more inspiring pic).  Shaky pitching, shaky defense and a lot of guys you’ve never heard of in the late innings. Unlike the Mets-Nats game on Sunday, there weren’t a ton of exciting prospects on either team to look forward to,…

  20. The history of the batting helmet

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    lar at Wezen-Ball has it, and it’s more interesting than you might imagine. Call me crazy, but I think the polo helmets Connie Mack experimented with following Mickey Cochrane’s career-ending beaning look pretty spiffy. The big joke last year was about David Wright and that giant new helmet he wore a few times towards the…

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