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  1. Clayton Kershaw wants to chuck the pitch count

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Like most young hurlers, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw is subject to a pitch count. He’d prefer that he not be: “This year I don’t think there should be that 100-pitch thing. If there was a pitch count last year, I think this year there should be no restrictions, no holds barred, I should pitch as…

  2. Lowell and the Red Sox may be stuck with each other

    Feb 24, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Alex Speier takes a look at the Mike Lowell situation and wonders if the notion that the Sox are going to trade him is all wet. After running through just about every potential trade partner and finding the fit less-than-ideal, he notes: Clearly, the potential fits are few, particularly given the Sox’ desire that another…

  3. See, this is why you don't listen to what Manny Ramirez says

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Manny’s state of mind is like the weather: don’t like it? Just wait a few minutes and it will change. Here he is a day after saying that he might just retire after this year: Manny Ramirez walked across the Dodgers’ clubhouse on Tuesday to interrupt a conversation. “Listen,” he said as he made a…

  4. Kerry Wood should probably keep a bag packed all season

    Feb 24, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

    The Plain Dealer has a story this morning about Indians’ closer Kerry Wood and the flashing red neon “trade bait” sign floating over his head. He makes $10.5 million this year on a team that doesn’t look to contend and which has no compunction about dumping salary. If he finishes 55 games, an $11 million…

  5. Gene Lamont breaks Jim Leyland's toe

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    Baseball Prospectus’ Russell Carleton wrote a column last week called “Why All Third Base Coaches Should be Fired.”  The reason: as a group they’re way, way too timid in sending runners home on fly outs.  If that’s not bad enough, Jim Leyland now has another reason to fire his third base coach: While defeating the…

  6. Jeter speaks. Sort of.

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:20 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter is speaking to reporters about his life, contract status, the universe and everything. I’m sure there will be a full transcript later, but the quote everyone is tweeting right now is “I’ve never been a free agent and I’ve never wanted to be a free agent.” This is why Jeter is a media…

  7. Your morning time waster

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    lar at Wezen-Ball has created a nifty graph/ timeline which tracks every home ballpark used by the Major League clubs over the course of their entire existence. The explanation is here. The timeline itself is here. Pfun Pfact: The Reds’ home park was once called “Palace of the Fans,” and was built with team money. …

  8. Curtis Granderson is the Yankees' centerfielder

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:59 AM EDT

    There had been a lot of noise about Curtis Granderson moving to left field now that he’s with the Yankees, but yesterday on XM’s Home Plate show, Brian Cashman said “Granderson is out centerfielder.”  Oh, he hedged it a bit and noted that Brett Gardner would be an outstanding centerfielder, but the Granderson is going…

  9. Johnny Damon contract details

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:40 AM EDT

    Buster Olney has them. In addition to his $8 million: He gets $500,000 for winning the MVP Award, $200,000 for finishing second through fifth, and $100,000 for finishing sixth through tenth; He gets $100,000 for being voted in as an All-Star, $50,000 for being selected as a reserve; $100,000 for winning the Gold Glove and…

  10. Ozzie Guillen joins "the twitter"

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    The world changed in a very important way last night at around 9PM. How? Ozzie Guillen’s Twitter account went live. The highlights so far: 3 day of Spring Training and im already boreddddddd going to eat in half hour why dye no have a job ? Thanks a lot for the support i like it…

  11. MLB to begin testing minor leaguers for HGH

    Feb 24, 2010, 7:56 AM EDT

    One day after I pondered whether baseball would react in an ignorant, knee-jerk fashion to that positive HGH test by that British rugby player,  the New York Times reports that baseball plans react in an ignorant, knee-jerk fashion to that positive HGH test by that British rugby player: Major League Baseball, which had long been…

  12. Diamondbacks to retire Luis Gonzalez's No. 20?

    Feb 23, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

    The Diamondbacks are considering making a change to a current club policy that mandates only retiring the uniform numbers of players who are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  It’s a silly policy in the first place and makes little sense for a club with less than 15 years under its belt. “We believe…

  13. Diving into the depths: New York Yankees

    Feb 23, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. New York Yankees Rotation 1. CC Sabathia 2. A.J. Burnett 3. Andy Pettitte 4. Javier Vazquez 5. Joba Chamberlain 6. Phil Hughes 7. Chad Gaudin 8. Sergio Mitre 9. Chan Ho Park 10. Alfredo Aceves 11. Zach McAllister…

  14. 2010 projected leaders: Third baseman OPS

    Feb 23, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Alex Rodriguez – 942 2. David Wright – 926 3. Evan Longoria – 913 4. Pablo Sandoval – 905 5. Chipper Jones – 897 6. Aramis Ramirez – 882 7. Ryan Zimmerman – 866 8. Mark Reynolds –…

  15. Heyward does real damage in batting practice

    Feb 23, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    Braves outfielder Jason Heyward was named Baseball America’s top prospect this morning, edging out 2009 No. 1 overall pick Stephen Strasburg.  This afternoon, Heyward proved why.  According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Dave O’Brien, the 20-year-old went to town in batting practice today, denting a Coca-Cola truck and smashing a team executive’s sunroff with measuring-tape…

  16. Law school buys minor league ballpark naming rights

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    The Thomas M. Cooley Law School of Lansing, Michigan charges its many, many students something like $25-30K a year in tuition for what U.S. News routinely considers a fourth-tier legal education.*  And now their tuition dollars are going to the Lansing Lugnuts, Class-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays: The baseball park will be renamed…

  17. The McCourt trial is going to be delayed

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Only one time in my entire legal career did the date initially assigned to one of my cases as the trial date end up being the actual trial date, so I’m not exactly surprised by this: The question of who owns the Dodgers might not be resolved by the All-Star break, perhaps not by the…

  18. Quote of the Day II: Andruw Jones and Joey Cora

    Feb 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    From Olney.  And an added “best shape of his life” too! Best line of the spring so far: Andrew Jones showed up in great shape, about 25 pounds lighter than last year. And he proclaimed to others, “I am the best CFer you guys have in camp.” To which Joey Cora replied, “You should be.…

  19. Mike Lowell is not a distraction

    Feb 23, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald tweeted this a couple of hours ago: For any doubters about the Mike Lowell situation being a distraction, I’ve got two words for you: Already is. Then he links the story he (apparently) wrote about Lowell in camp today.  If you can find anything that constitutes a “distraction” in…

  20. The Phillies sign Brad Wilkerson

    Feb 23, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    A minor league deal, of course. Rosenthal reports that Wilkerson is not invited to the major league camp. He’ll train with the minor leaguers. Unlike a lot of guys his age, he’s willing to play at AAA this year. While Wilkerson trained last year, he hasn’t played in a real game since 2008, when he…

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