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  1. Quote of the Day: Brittany Ghiroli

    Feb 25, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    “No morning access since it was media training for the Orioles players. There goes all my good quotes for the season.” – MLB.com beat writer Brittany Ghiroli from Orioles camp this morning. Brittany is being funny here, but there’s a lot of truth to that.  We live in an age now where controlling the message…

  2. J.D. Drew is tougher than you think

    Feb 25, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

    J.D. Drew catches a lot of heat for his injuries, with many fans thinking of him as some sort of fragile, pampered child. Not so, says Daniel Barbarisi of the Providence Journal: Drew had bone spurs in his shoulder that would cause him pain when he swung, often forcing him to cut short bating practice.…

  3. Loria: "I expect us to make the playoffs"

    Feb 25, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Marlins owner Jeff Loria has high expectations: “How may wins am I expecting? I never predict but I will say we’re working off an 87-win season last year and I expect us to make the playoffs. Whatever it takes for us to make the playoffs is what we need to win . . . They…

  4. In case you've forgotten, Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez are really, really good

    Feb 25, 2010, 10:23 AM EDT

    The New York Times runs some A-Rod and Jeter projections from the Baseball Prospectus gang: In the first year of the new Yankee Stadium, its tenants won the World Series. In its second, Alex Rodriguez could hit his 600th home run. In its third, Derek Jeter should notch his 3,000th hit. More milestones will follow,…

  5. Great Moments in cultural elitism

    Feb 25, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman this morning: lengthy discussion in starbucks now by 2 people regarding their love of hooters’ wings. i gotta get back to NY! Anyone want to tell Heyman that there’s a Hooters on W. 56th Steet? But I don’t mean to single out Heyman. Tim Lincecum likes to mock those with different tastes as…

  6. Mark McGwire's brother releases tell-all-that-we-already-know book

    Feb 25, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    Mark McGwire’s brother Jay is coming out with a book that — brace yourselves, people — says that Mark McGwire used a bunch of steroids: Estranged from his brother for eight years because of a family dispute, Jay McGwire has gone public in “Mark and Me: Mark McGwire and the Truth Behind Baseball’s Worst-Kept Secret,”…

  7. Ex-employee of Kendry Morales' agents being investigated for theft

    Feb 25, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Last week Heyman suggested that Kendry Morales’ firing of the Hendricks Brothers was due to some financial funny business. We’re getting a clearer picture of that now: A former employee of Hendricks Sports Management is being investigated by both the Major League Baseball Players Association and the Coral Springs (Fla.) Police Department about the disappearance…

  8. Giants owner has his priorities in order

    Feb 25, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    I generally stay out of the Dodgers-Giants rivalry because I really don’t have a dog in the hunt. There are years that I like to see the Giants get the best of the Dodgers and vice-versa. It usually depends on the makeup of the rosters, how it impacts postseason matchups, and whether or not one…

  9. MLBPA releases its statement on HGH testing

    Feb 25, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The entire statement can be read here.  The relevant part in my mind: This week, a British rugby player was suspended as a result of a reported positive blood test for HGH.   This development warrants investigation and scrutiny; we already have conferred with our experts on this matter, and with the Commissioner’s Office, and we…

  10. The Big Puma is poised to move on

    Feb 24, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    So he tells Bernando Fallas of the Houston Chronicle: “I may have to, whether I like it or not,” Berkman said Wednesday as the Astros’ held their first full-squad workout. “It may come down to a situation where if things don’t go well they don’t pick up my option, then I probably won’t be back.”…

  11. D'Backs hoping to lock up Miguel Montero

    Feb 24, 2010, 7:39 PM EDT

    According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, the Diamondbacks have real interest in signing catcher Miguel Montero to a multi-year contract extension and may try to get something done sooner than later. “He’s certainly a guy that we have a lot of faith in for the future,” managing partner Ken Kendrick said Wednesday. “So, yeah, I…

  12. Spring training questions: Los Angeles Angels

    Feb 24, 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. Will Maicer Izturis beat out Howie Kendrick at second base or Brandon Wood at third base? Izturis finished last season as the starting second baseman against right-handers, and the Angels made a commitment to…

  13. Tough day for Rangers: Poveda set for Tommy John

    Feb 24, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Barring a favorable second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, Rangers prospect Omar Poveda will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the season. Injuries have hurt Poveda’s stock since a very impressive campaign in the Midwest League in 2007. He went 11-4 with a 2.70 ERA and a 120/32 K/BB ratio for low Single-A Clinton then.…

  14. REPORT: Japanese media covering the Hideki Matsui beat with a passion

    Feb 24, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    You’re not going to believe this, but Hideki Matsui is apparently being followed by a throng of Japanese reporters in Angels’ camp.  Here’s an AP photo from Tempe: I have a rare talent: I can read the lips of people speaking another language from still pictures when their backs are turned to me.  The guy…

  15. Russell Branyan will be starting at first base for the Tribe

    Feb 24, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Branyan finally inked his deal with the Indians today, and Manny Acta anointed him the starting first baseman: Russell Branyan passed his physical today and officially became the Indians starting first baseman. That’s right he’ll be starting at first base. “He’s going to get the majority of playing time,” said manager Manny Acta. “We didn’t…

  16. Yet another Kelvim Escobar update

    Feb 24, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar says he’s doing fine. Kevin Kernan writes the following: Despite the hysteria of last week, he is right on time in his rehab, according to the Mets and, more importantly, according to his representatives. The plan from the beginning was not to rush Escobar . . .  Escobar insists he will be ready…

  17. Someone needs to send hostage negotiators to Clearwater

    Feb 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    They’re saying everything is OK, but based on these photos of the Phillies, they’re clearly being held at the spring training complex against their will. Wait! Did you see that?!  I think Jayson Werth is blinking “S-O-S” in morse code!

  18. There will be no hometown discount for Adrian Gonzalez

    Feb 24, 2010, 4:21 PM EDT

    It’s long seemed obvious that Adrian Gonzalez won’t be signing a mutli-year extension with the Padres. The real question is how long into his current, very reasonable deal the Padres will keep him before putting him on the market. But in the unlikely event that the Padres do look to keep him around long term,…

  19. The Dodgers' overzealous media relations department strikes again

    Feb 24, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    You’ll recall that last month I passed on a rumor I heard that Frank McCourt planned to sell the Dodgers once the divorce stuff is all settled.  Upon posting it, the Dodgers Thought Police called me, demanding a retraction and calling me irresponsible. Which was fine. I figured I had simply hit a nerve —…

  20. They're the Reds. They're red hot.

    Feb 24, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    Sticking with the Reds, My favorite Reds blog, Reds Reporter takes us back 20 years to a simpler, more dorky time.  Question: who’s got the worst flow: Paul O’Neill or Chris Sabo?

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