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  1. Injury updates: Jurrjens, Holland, Bergesen, K-Rod

    Feb 27, 2010, 3:33 PM EDT

    - Jair Jurrjens’ timetable is changing by the minute — and for the better. He was originally supposed to long-toss again in the next few days, but Mark Bowman of reports that he was out there today and could possibly pitch off a mound on Monday. Manager Bobby Cox is expected to release his…

  2. Kelvim Escobar may open the season on the DL

    Feb 27, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Or at least that’s what it sounds like. Here’s manager Jerry Manuel, as quoted by Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News: “I don’t see it right now,” Manuel said about the righthander’s Opening Day availability. “Hopefully I’m wrong.” Of course, Craig has been on this story ever since it was first reported that…

  3. Sizemore to bat No. 2 this season

    Feb 27, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Anthony Castrovince of passes along news from SportsTime Ohio (STO) that Grady Sizemore will bat No. 2 this season and Asdrubal Cabrera will lead off. According to the STO report, new manager Manny Acta told Sizemore that the decision was made in order to take advantage of his power and run producing ability. He…

  4. UPDATE: Cards sign Felipe Lopez

    Feb 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Update: OK, Johnny Mo is just showing off at this point. According to Ken Rosenthal of, Lopez will earn a $1 million base salary with $1.2 million in “easily attainable” incentives. Lopez made $3.5 million last season. Saturday, 11:00 AM: The Cardinals have officially announced the signing. In fact, Lopez is already at Roger…

  5. Luke Scott doesn't like MLB's gun ban

    Feb 27, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    Luke Scott tells Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun that just because he abides by MLB’s policy doesn’t mean he has to like it: “I don’t think that everyone else should be pay for the mistakes of a few,” said Scott, one of baseball’s most vocal gun rights proponents. “There is a good reason behind…

  6. Shin-Soo Choo hires Scott Boras

    Feb 27, 2010, 8:39 AM EDT

    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Shin-Soo Choo has hired Scott Boras to be his agent, leaving Octagon Worldwide behind. Choo, 27, batted .300/.394/.489 with 20 homers, 86 RBI and 26 stolen bases last season. He is under team control through 2013, but he will be arbitration-eligible for the first time after…

  7. Spring training questions: Toronto Blue Jays

    Feb 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Just how many starting pitchers will the Jays go through with Roy Halladay gone? Even with Halladay throwing 239 innings at the top of the rotation last year, the Blue Jays had 12 different…

  8. Manuel previews Mets lineup, rotation

    Feb 26, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    While acknowledging that there’s still some competition going on, Mets manager Jerry Manuel laid out his plans for the lineup and the rotation on Friday. Although the fourth and fifth spots are still uncertain, Manuel sees the lineup shaking out like this: CF Angel Pagan 2B Luis Castillo SS Jose Reyes LF Jason Bay/3B David…

  9. The Mariners say bye-bye to barbells

    Feb 26, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    No pumping iron for the M’s: Just got out of the Mariners weight room down here, which, I have to say, is almost completely devoid of weights. The Mariners, as we mentioned yesterday on the blog, have signed a three-year contract with Dr. Marcus Elliott of Santa Barbara, Calif., founder of the Peak Performance Project…

  10. Ozzie Guillen wishes Jerry Reinsdorf a happy birthday

    Feb 26, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    It was White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s birthday yesterday. Ozzie Guillen got all sentimental: “As soon as he dies, I’ll get the [bleep] out.” Seriously, though, Ozzie has much love for Reinsdorf: “I think I love Jerry, and he knows it, he’s like a father to everyone here. He’s not just my boss. I think…

  11. The Panda can see clearly now

    Feb 26, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    This is somewhat frightening: Unbelievable. Pablo Sandoval hit .330 last year even though he couldn’t see clearly. He’s wearing new glasses now. Pitchers beware. Of course now that he’s had a trip through the league the pitchers aren’t going to give him as much good to hit this year as they did last year, so…

  12. Quote of the Day II: Bob McClure on Kyle Farnsworth

    Feb 26, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    “I’ll tell you what. Watching him throw a (bullpen workout) is almost like watching Zack (Greinke) throw one. He’s that accurate.” Royals pitching coach Bob McClure, commenting on Kyle Farnsworth’s pitching, apparently moments after taking a giant hit off a crack pipe.

  13. Leyland: Dontrelle Willis looks good

    Feb 26, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    A tweet from Tigers beat writer Jason Beck: Leyland on Dontrelle today: “Very, very impressed. Nice, smooth delivery. Good command overall. Very good. I’m very happy with what I saw.” Early spring training bullpen sessions are notoriously poor indicators of future performance, but if Willis can pitch a lick this year it would be wonderful…

  14. Rosenthal's radical realignment proposal

    Feb 26, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    FOX’s Ken Rosenthal thinks it’s time to realign the divisions to break up the Red Sox-Yankees hegemony.  You gotta go to the interactive map in the middle to see his actual idea for radical realignment, but it breaks down like this: AL Atlantic:  Yankees, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, Blue Jays; AL Great Lakes: Reds, Indians, Tigers,…

  15. Baseball executives think Pujols will make $30 million a year. I think he could get more

    Feb 26, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    I did a Pujols post and an Heyman post, so now here’s Heyman on Pujols: Baseball executives agree on a couple things regarding superstar Albert Pujols, the Cardinals and their future together. 1. Pujols and the Cardinals have a very good chance to stay together beyond 2011, when his first nine-figure contract expires, and… 2.…

  16. Beltran and the Mets really haven't buried the hatchet

    Feb 26, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Heyman hears things: Carlos Beltran made nice when he got to Mets’ camp, saying that he got over the club’s hardball tactics in the wake of Beltran’s decision to have surgery after Mets doctor David Altcheck approved it but the Mets had yet to give written approval (Mets ownership has threatened to dock is pay…

  17. Pujols: don't call me "El Hombre"

    Feb 26, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    We’re living in the dark ages of baseball nicknames. Most players don’t even have one, and most of those who do have dumb ones that rarely amount to more than adding a “y” or “ey” on to the end of their names.  In a sport that gave us “Oil Can,” “The Yankee Clipper,” and “Death…

  18. Ryan Braun's "life theories"

    Feb 26, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT’s Adam McCalvy sat down with Ryan Braun who, despite entering his fourth season in the majors, sounds like he’s firmly ensconced in his sophomore year: “I’m really in the moment right now . . . I’ve learned to live in the moment. The quote I’ve heard is, ‘Be where you are when you’re there’”…

  19. Buhner's new bat

    Feb 26, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Jay Buhner was in M’s camp today showing off a new bat he’s helping a Washington-based sporting goods company develop: It’s a new bat called the Axe, made of maple with a handle that’s shaped like, you guessed it, the handle of an axe . . . The idea, Trudeau said, is based on stories…

  20. Quote of the Day: Dan McNeil

    Feb 26, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    This week’s “Twittergate” is just another exhibit of Ozzie Guillen’s burning desire to be the center of attention . . . One wonders, however, when Sox fans will reach their tipping point on Guillen’s antics. – Dan McNeil of the Chicago Tribune, sounding not unlike Principal Vernon from “The Breakfast Club” and likely unaware that…

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