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  1. Great Moments in Strategy: Jim Tracy

    Mar 1, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy is sneaky: Fifth starter Jason Hammel will pitch in the team’s Cactus League opener Thursday, facing the Diamondbacks. Opening-day starter Ubaldo Jimenez will make his first start Friday against the Angels rather than pitch against the Giants that same day. “That is by design,” Tracy said, not wanting to give San…

  2. Chan Ho Park: "Philadelphia was the No. 1 choice"

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Almost immediately after it was announced that the Yankees had signed Chan Ho Park for $1.2 million, Phillies fans went crazy, wondering why one of the only truly effective relievers they had last year was able to get away so cheaply and easily. Park says it was all on the Phillies: “I had a wish…

  3. Looking at the early season schedule

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Buster Olney runs down the early season schedules for the AL East today, trying to figure out who may get out to a fast start, who may falter early and all of that.  Interesting enough, but his premise doesn’t do much for me: Last year, you could look at the early-season schedules and make a…

  4. Your latest Kansas City Royals Fail

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Joe Posnanski’s latest tweet: I have been hold on for 10 minutes minutes while trying to BUY KC Royals’ season tickets. Seriously, how pathetic is my life? I’m not sayin’ that Joe Posnanski should get special treatment just because he’s a big famous Kansas City-based sportswriter, but that’s not the kind of publicity the Royals…

  5. The Jose Reyes-HGH doc thing actually reflects pretty well on the Mets' medical staff

    Mar 1, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    As was reported over the weekend, Jose Reyes was questioned by the FBI about his association with a Canadian doctor who is under investigation for drug violations, including conspiring to smuggle human growth hormone into the United States from Canada. Unless Reyes was dumb enough to lie to the FBI he’s probably not in any…

  6. Tony Bernazard screwed up Mets hitters

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Remember that guy who left your office last year, and when they went and cleaned out his office they found all those files he’d been screwing up for the past couple of years without anyone really knowing it?  Yeah, the Mets had one of those dudes: Sources say [Tony] Bernazard, who oversaw minor-league development, was…

  7. How come there aren't any youngins in the Hall of Fame?

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    The Merc’s Tim Kawakami thinks he sees something: Once Jeff Bagwell and Roberto Alomar (both born in 1968) get voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next January, there will be a strange generation gap in Cooperstown . . . For multiple reasons, the players born from 1961-1967 will be markedly unrepresented in Cooperstown for at least…

  8. Ed Wade over-hypes Pedro Feliz

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Another rite of spring: puffing up the value of some new acquisition. Here’s Astros’ GM Ed Wade on what new third baseman Pedro Feliz brings to the table: Feliz started at third base in the past two World Series with Philadelphia, and also appeared in the 2002 Series with San Francisco. He’s played in 10…

  9. A's re-sign Tomko, add Jennings to pitching staff

    Feb 28, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    The A’s added two veteran right-handers on Sunday, re-signing the rehabbing Brett Tomko and picking up Jason Jennings on a minor league contract. Tomko, who went 4-1 with a 2.95 ERA in six starts for the A’s down the stretch last year, is still working his way back from an arm injury and isn’t expected…

  10. Lowe to start on Opening Day for Braves

    Feb 28, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

    Derek Lowe, the pitcher the Braves were hoping to move in the offseason before parting with Javier Vazquez instead, was named the Opening Day starter by manager Bobby Cox on Sunday. “He was our winningest pitcher,” Cox said. “Last year against Philadelphia [Opening Day] he pitched eight shutout innings and gave up two hits. And…

  11. Yanks' Posada not thinking retirement

    Feb 28, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada will turn 39 this season and has battled a multitude of injuries the past few season, but he’s not even considering retirement at this point. “I am going to make it tough, that’s the way I was brought up,” Posada told the New York Post on Saturday.  “I don’t want to go away.…

  12. Jose Reyes meets with FBI investigators

    Feb 28, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes met with FBI investigators on Friday about his involvement with known HGH distributor Anthony Galea.  The Mets shortstop claims he only used the doctor for his blood-spinning technique, and not human growth hormone. “They asked me if he injected with that (HGH), and I said no,” Reyes said.  “What we did there, basically,…

  13. Spring training questions: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 27, 2010, 6:42 PM EDT

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be looking at a few of the questions facing each team this spring. 1. Will Jair Jurrjens be OK for the start of the season after showing up to camp with a bum shoulder? Jurrjens, who finished third in the NL with a 2.60 ERA last season, reported…

  14. Derrek Lee is sick of the Marlon Byrd-Milton Bradley comparisons

    Feb 27, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    It’s been one of the more predictable and boring storylines early in camp, as referenced here and here, and Derrek Lee has already had enough. During an appearance on a Chicago radio show, the Cubs first baseman said the following regarding the Byrd-Bradley comparisons: “It’s ridiculous,” Lee told Bruce Levine and Jonathan Hood on ESPN…

  15. 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 MLB.com reports that he was out there today and could possibly pitch off a mound on Monday. Manager Bobby Cox is expected to release his…

  16. 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…

  17. Sizemore to bat No. 2 this season

    Feb 27, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com 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…

  18. 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 FOXSports.com, 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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