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  1. Would a Gordon Beckham-Adrian Gonzalez swap work?

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    One idea getting tossed around in light of the news that Jake Peavy has tried to sell the White Sox on his former Padres teammate is that the Pale Hose could part with Gordon Beckham in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, though, doesn’t see it happening: “Right now, the expectation about…

  2. The Yankees have to return some World Series money

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    CNBC’s Darren Rovell: Sources told CNBC that Yankees players recently received a letter from the Major League Baseball Players Association that informed them that there was mistake in the calculation of the World Series championship share . . . the letter told those who had full shares that three people (two trainers and a player)…

  3. Heyward, Hanson impress as spring play begins

    Mar 2, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    The Mets started off the Grapefruit League schedule with a 4-2 win, but it was the young Braves that stole the show Tuesday in the first game of the spring season. Tommy Hanson started and struck out three in two scoreless innings for Atlanta, while Jason Heyward, batting third and playing right field, walked twice…

  4. Roger Clemens speaks

    Mar 2, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens doesn’t give too many interviews these days, but he spoke with Jon Pessah of True/Slant recently, and the results are here. You may or may not be shocked to learn that the Rocket has sympathy for Mark McGwire and Tiger Woods. You probably will be a bit surprised to hear that Clemens’ flushed,…

  5. Adam LaRoche said the Giants never offered him two years and $17.5 million

    Mar 2, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Remember how we all called Adam LaRoche dumb for turning down that two-year, $17.5 million offer from the Giants?  Well, he says it wasn’t that simple: “It actually wasn’t a two-year deal. It was two years with three- or four-year options. It wasn’t a two-year, $17 or $18 (million). It came across that that’s what…

  6. Tim Wakefield: Knuckle Knuckle King

    Mar 2, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    My friend Ethan is insanely busy. He runs a company, he consults, he skis, he climbs mountains, he’s got a new wife he’s trying to keep happy, he’s trying to buy a house, he has to deal with Bay Area traffic every day and he generally doesn’t get a ton of down time. But one…

  7. The Yankees go out to play

    Mar 2, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Brian Hoch from The Yankees believed chemistry was one of their strengths as they pursued a 27th World Series championship last year, and along the way, many pointed back to a March off-campus billiards tournament as one of their building blocks. What?! That’s like saying that the Mongols won the Battle of Liegnitz because…

  8. Carlos Beltran spoke with the feds last week

    Mar 2, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes and Alex Rodriguez aren’t the only ones on the feds’ list.  Turns out that Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran spoke with federal investigators last week about Dr. Galea, the Canadian doctor accused of selling unapproved drugs, having his assistant try to smuggle HGH over the border and related nastiness. According to the Associated…

  9. No. 2 pick Dustin Ackley looking good in move to second base

    Mar 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    While the Nationals decide whether or not last year’s No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg needs any time in the minors, the Mariners are definitely sending No. 2 pick Dustin Ackley to the minors and he’s also learning a new position. Ackley played primarily first base at the University of North Carolina after undergoing Tommy John…

  10. Why Chris Woodward didn't make the Red Sox' postseason roster

    Mar 2, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Last fall, when postseason rosters were being finalized, the only real discussion in Boston was about a utility guy, with Nick Green, Jed Lowrie and Chris Woodward all in the mix.  Green was hurt, and Terry Francona said that they needed to limit Lowrie as well.  So you figured Chris Woodward — who was away…

  11. Brothers love San Diego

    Mar 2, 2010, 1:20 PM EDT

    In an article about Padre teammates Jerry and Scott Hairston, Jerry Crasnick notes that baseball brothers tend to unite in San Diego: Roberto and Sandy Alomar Jr. were teammates in the late 1980s, and Tony and Chris Gwynn played together for the Padres’ NL West title team in 1996. In recent years, Trevor and Glenn…

  12. Rocco Baldelli re-joins Rays … as a coach

    Mar 2, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Rocco Baldelli spent nine years in the Rays organization before signing with the Red Sox last season, but now he’s back in Tampa Bay as a “special assistant.” Baldelli said that he’s “not ready to retire,” but the 28-year-old outfielder has had numerous health problems in recent years and is currently sidelined by a shoulder…

  13. Lance Berkman has a bruised knee

    Mar 2, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Bad news for Houston, as Lance Berkman was held out of today’s workout because of what the team is calling a “bruised” knee.  He didn’t bang it, but there is swelling and discomfort, which Berkman thinks he might have done while running the bases. The team isn’t concerned, but Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll — not…

  14. Strasburg to make spring debut next week, but still likely headed for minors

    Mar 2, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his first spring training start next Tuesday against the Tigers, but manager Jim Riggleman indicated again this morning that the 21-year-old phenom will likely begin this season in the minors. I think it’s going to come down to a philosophical decision more so than a performance decision. We anticipate…

  15. As if on cue, a writer flies off the handle over the A-Rod/Galea thing

    Mar 2, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    Reading the papers this morning I was surprised to see that neither Lupica nor any of the Post guys really brought the crazy in regards to this Alex Rodriguez/Dr. Galea thing. Oh, Lupica tried to muster some outrage, but his heart just wasn’t in it. I was almost prepared to give up and write a…

  16. Alexi Casilla got a Rolex

    Mar 2, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    As John Shipley at the Pioneer Press notes, it’s been a bad few months for Alexi Casilla.  I believe that the technical term for his performance at the plate in 2009 is “butt.”  Then the Twins signed Jim Thome, who took his uniform number. Then they signed Orlando Hudson who took his job. But at…

  17. "Steroids made me superhuman"

    Mar 2, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    USA Today collects some comments from five of the ten still-active Mitchell Report All-Stars.  The most interesting quote comes from Matt Herges, who is clearly not part of the “steroids just help me stay in the lineup” camp: “I know what steroids did for me. It made me superhuman,” Herges said. “It made me an…

  18. Selig on the Galea investigation: nothin' to worry about

    Mar 2, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Bud Selig was just on the Mike & Mike show, and covered a couple of topics: Greenberg asked him if he had any advice for Roger Goodell and the NFL as they wade into labor hell. Selig dodged the question with some talk about how all leagues and businesses have to deal with this stuff…

  19. Little Sarge wants to hit leadoff

    Mar 2, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Gary Matthews, Jr. hit leadoff in an intrasquad game yesterday, and he liked it: “Just the ability to switch hit, I’m comfortable taking pitches and obviously I’ve done it and had success in Texas. Hitting leadoff is where I’ve had my most success, so it’s where I’m most comfortable.” Given his struggles in recent years…

  20. Yoshida meets Wakefield

    Mar 2, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    Japanese female knuckleballer Eri Yoshida met her idol, Tim Wakefield. I’m guessing yesterday, but since I can’t read the website on which the picture appears I have no way of knowing.  Nice pic, though. I’m guessing Wakefield is married, but if not, we should get those two together.  They would have the craftiest children. (link…

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