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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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,…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. Ryan Braun's "life theories"

    Feb 26, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    MLB.com’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’”…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. The Phillies should trade Ryan Howard

    Feb 26, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Zoinks! It’s not me saying it. It’s Bill at Crashburn Alley. There’s math and caveats and stuff so you should probably read the whole thing rather than expect me to blockquote it, but the argument boils down to this: trading Howard would clear payroll space, allow the team to retain Jayson Werth, would help replenish…

  16. Major League Baseball needs more livestock on the field

    Feb 26, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Athletics’ prospect Michael Taylor spent the winter playing in Mexico. Sounds fun: “Animals on the field. Like chickens and stuff like that. People having barbecues in the stands. Just piling up firewood. The passion. They had bands, a lot of live music,” he said yesterday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. “It was just a different environment.…

  17. The Jason Heyward nets

    Feb 26, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    I’m a gigantic fanboy, but even I’m getting a little tired of the Jason Heyward hype. The latest: When manager Bobby Cox said that the Braves will probably install nets to protect cars from Jason Heyward’s prodigious batting-practice home runs, reporters thought he was kidding. He was not kidding. “I’m serious,” Cox said Thursday at…

  18. The bloody sock doctor is in big trouble

    Feb 26, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    The doctor who performed the meatball surgery on Curt Schilling’s ankle in 2004 which led to the bloody sock has had his license suspended and is under investigation for . . . something. Unauthorized possession of stage blood?  Complicity to overacting? Accessory to second degree myth-making?

  19. Manny Ramirez has a new endorsement deal

    Feb 26, 2010, 10:37 AM EDT

    But I’m not touching it with a ten foot pole. You can go read about it at FanHouse, which in this instance will serve as the mitts between this site and the oven that is the website for the product Manny Ramirez is now apparently endorsing. 

  20. I rip Jeff Francoeur because I want him to succeed

    Feb 26, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    At least that’s the story I’m going with after reading this piece about Kevin Kouzmanoff: And when he was in the Indians’ system, at Triple-A Buffalo, someone told him he was a bad fielder. Well, he wasn’t told, exactly. “I read an article that said how poor my defense was,” he said. “I sort of…

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