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  1. 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…

  2. "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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. So, does K-Rod still have pinkeye?

    Mar 2, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    How to tell when a team’s PR department sends out an email to the beat reporters:

  7. Barry Bonds: hitting coach

    Mar 2, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly wonders if and when Barry Bonds will return to the Giants’ fold and impart some of his hitting knowledge: Like McGwire, Bonds’ public image as a steroid cheat probably is beyond rehabilitation. But many players past and present continue to hold Bonds’ hitting intelligence, vision and discipline in the highest esteem. They marvel…

  8. Announcing ProHockeyTalk

    Mar 2, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The world is a funny place. After years of thinking you know someone, you wake up one day to find out that they actually like hockey. That’s what happened over the weekend, as all sorts of people I once considered to be respectable were asking me whether I was watching the USA-Canada game, telling me…

  9. Hey! Today was Harry Caray's birthday!

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    In case you missed it today was Harry Caray’s birthday. The legendary Cubs, White Sox, A’s and Cardinals broadcaster, who died in 1998, would have turned 96. The 12th annual Worldwide Toast to Harry Caray took place today in Chicago at Harry Caray’s Tavern, which just so happened to open to the public this morning.…

  10. In Missouri, opium not as bad as steroids

    Mar 1, 2010, 9:21 PM EDT

    Let this be a lesson to you children: If you take steroids, you will never have a highway named after you. In the wake of Mark McGwire’s admission that he took performance enhancing drugs, the Missouri Senate has decided that the stretch of I-70 in St. Louis – which runs near a stadium named after…

  11. MLB targets maple bats in minor leagues

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

    MLB announced Monday that it would ban numerous types of maple bats from use in the minor leagues. Few details have come out so far, but the ban is expected to cover all levels of the minors and will eliminate the use of maple bats under a certain weight. The league also plans to look…

  12. Rangers looking at Lugo as possible utilityman

    Mar 1, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    According to’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers are already exploring external options as they seek to replace the released Khalil Greene in a utility role. Manager Ron Washington said last week that the team would stay inside the organization and choose from Joaquin Arias, Esteban German and Ray Olmero to fill the void. However, Sullivan…

  13. SABR announces Chadwick Award winners

    Mar 1, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    The Society for American Baseball Research, or SABR as it is best known, on Monday announced the creation of the Henry Chadwick Award and its initial winners. The New York Times’ Alan Schwarz terms it “the Baseball Historian Hall of Fame.” Lee Allen Bob Davids Bill James Peter Morris David Neft Peter Palmer Lawrence Ritter…

  14. Red Sox still need a taker for Lowell

    Mar 1, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Already almost dealt in December, Mike Lowell is a man auditioning for work this spring, though he’ll do so with the comfort of a $12 million salary and a no-trade clause that gives him some control over his destiny. Lowell took batting practice Monday for the first time since the thumb surgery that scuttled the…

  15. John Smoltz is not running for Congress

    Mar 1, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Weird story over the weekend as someone in the Republican party was telling the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s political reporter that the GOP intended to approach John Smoltz about filling the soon-to-be vacant Congressional seat currently held by John Linder.  Smoltz immediately shot down the idea saying that he had no interest in elective office. It’s a…

  16. Sandy Koufax: Double agent?

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Last week Sandy Koufax checked into Mets camp, helping out Oliver Perez. This week he’s in Arizona with the Dodgers: Torre said Koufax is in Arizona to visit family, but he’s expected to soon appear at Camelback Ranch-Glendale, as he did last year, and no doubt will watch Kershaw at work, as he did two…

  17. Barry Zito: "I want to be a top-of-the-rotation guy again"

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Many people have chalked up Barry Zito’s post-gajillion dollar contract struggles to complacency, comfort, wealth or poor character.  If you believe what he told recently, however, his competitive fire still burn: Barry Zito used to be the main man on the Giants’ starting staff. Despite four years remaining on his seven-year, $126 million contract,…

  18. Which "Wire" character is Omar Minaya?

    Mar 1, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    You can get straight-up baseball analysis anywhere, but only a handful of websites ask the things I really want to know. Questions like, “if Omar Minaya were a character from ‘The Wire,’ who would he be?” You know who I think it is, it’s Pryzbylewski. Prezbo is clearly a guy, like Omar as a GM,…

  19. Cubs likely to let Derrek Lee hit the open market

    Mar 1, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee is entering the final season of a five-year, $65 million contract and has made it clear that he’d like to remain with the Cubs, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that “there will be no negotiations this spring and probably not any during the season.” Here’s what Lee had to say…

  20. A-Rod gets sucked into the Dr. Galea investigation

    Mar 1, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez is being pulled into the Tony Galea-HGH mini-scandal that ensnared Jose Reyes last week. Rodriguez acknowledged a few minutes ago that the feds want to talk to him and that he intends to cooperate with their investigation. While this suggests that A-Rod went up to Canada to have his blood spun Reyes-style last…

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