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  1. Brian Roberts has a herniated disc

    Feb 22, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    First Buster Olney reported that Brian Roberts had kidney stones. That was shot down by Orioles’ beat writer Brittany Ghiroli, who reported that no, it was back spasms. that Buster was wrong, and that Roberts doesn’t have kidney stones. Rather, he has back spasms. Now Ghiroli — who clearly has Olney beat on the Brian…

  2. John Kibler, former ump dies, gets lame sendoff by the AP

    Feb 22, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    John Kibler was a Korean War veteran, a former New York State patrolman and a major league umpire for more than 25 years. In that capacity, he worked the World Series four times. He was married to Mrs. Kibler for more than 50 years and had a couple of sons who I assume are fine,…

  3. 2010 projected leaders: Second baseman OPS

    Feb 22, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Chase Utley – 899 2. Robinson Cano – 860 3. Ian Kinsler – 846 4. Dustin Pedroia – 845 5. Ben Zobrist – 828 6. Dan Uggla – 822 7. Aaron Hill – 816 8. Howie Kendrick –…

  4. Hank Aaron on McGwire: "He's done everything he can do"

    Feb 22, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Hank Aaron spoke about PEDs, apologies and Mark McGwire today: “I think baseball is cleaning up its act a little bit, I really do. I’ve said this and I’ll say it again, over and over again, this is the most forgiving country in the world. If you come through and tell the truth, then you’re…

  5. Jenks gives up the bottle, sheds some pounds

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    White Sox closer Bobby Jenks, whose reputation for hard partying preceded him to the majors, told MLB.com that he quit drinking over the winter and the decision has helped him lose 25 pounds. Jenks claims he was never an alcoholic, but he said he felt the need to quit cold turkey for his sake and…

  6. Carlos Beltran and the Mets: no hard feelings

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    One of the Mets’ offseason dramas involved Carlos Beltran, the front office and a disputed surgery clearance.  Beltran, who was angry with the Mets’ front office at the time, is willing to let bygones be bygones: “You know, it took me a while because I’m a human being, of course, and I’m a person who…

  7. Why the Astros' farm system is in the dumper

    Feb 22, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    There was a story about the state of the Astros’ farm system in Saturday’s Houston Chronicle, painting a bleak yet accurate picture of what happens when you spend a decade signing free agents, skimping on international signings, drafting poorly and failing to come appreciate when it’s time to add talent and when it’s time to…

  8. Ryan has 'no doubt' he'll be ready for opener

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:50 PM EDT

    Brendan Ryan annoyed the Cardinals by undergoing wrist surgery just two weeks before the start of spring training, but arrived at camp today and told reporters that “there’s no doubt” he’ll be ready for Opening Day: If Game 7 [of the World Series] were tomorrow, it’s like no hesitations. There’s a little bit of inflammation…

  9. UPDATE: 2 + 2 once again equals four in Johnny Damon land

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  After the whopper below, Damon said later that the Tigers were his first choice after it was clear he would not resign with the Yankees.  Which makes more sense. We can now return to Boras/Damon B.S. Defcon 4, during with normal, increased scrutiny of statements and the heightening of anti-baloney security measures is appropriate.…

  10. Chipper Jones on the NL East

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Asked this morning about all of the young talent in Atlanta, Florida and Miami, Chipper Jones said that “in the next few years you’re gonna see this division invert.“ Given that the Braves have finished in third place for three of the last four seasons, this is a rather pessimistic take on his own ballclub,…

  11. Old people (like me) and sabermetrics

    Feb 22, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    My friend Russ Smith, late of the Mugger column in the New York Press and currently the proprietor of Splice Today, is a big baseball fan. A fairly traditional one, however, as he doesn’t get too hung up on stats and sabermetrics and stuff. His teenage son, however and it has led to some communications…

  12. After shopping around, Gomes re-signs with Reds

    Feb 22, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes spent the weekend searching for a better offer, but ultimately couldn’t land a major-league deal elsewhere and has decided to settle for re-signing with the Reds. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com and John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer say Gomes’ last-minute shopping coaxed the Reds’ into giving him a major-league deal, while Mark Sheldon…

  13. Gerald Laird attended anger management classes

    Feb 22, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Remember that crazy story from last month about how Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and several family members had a drunken altercation at a Celtics-Suns game with Eddie House’s wife and, eventually, arena security? Here was my quick-version recap at the time, in case you missed it: Just about everyone in the entire Laird family showed…

  14. Rafael Soriano does not care about the bats of the AL East

    Feb 22, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times catches up with new Rays’ closer Rafael Soriano, who is as cool as a cucumber: Jeter and A-Rod, you say. And he does not quiver. Ortiz and Youkilis, you say. And he does not flinch. Teixeira and Hill, you are about to say. And he does not wait…

  15. Park picked Yankees over Cubs and Nationals

    Feb 22, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    I agree with Craig that signing Chan Ho Park for just $1.2 million is a very good deal for the Yankees. He has a 3.29 ERA and 101/44 K/BB ratio in 120 innings as a reliever over the past two seasons and at the very least can be a good second-tier setup man behind either…

  16. Our first Manny bein' Manny moment of 2010

    Feb 22, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    The L.A. Times’ Dylan Hernandez caught up with Manny Ramirez this morning. In the space of five sentences Manny (a) predicted the future; (b) said that predicting the future is meaningless and that he’d prefer to take things one day at a time; (c) said the game was “still fun to play”; and (d) said…

  17. Snyder is still with the Diamondbacks … for now

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Back in November the Blue Jays called off a Lyle Overbay-for-Chris Snyder swap and then in December the Diamondbacks offered Snyder to the Rangers for C.J. Wilson, only to have Texas predictably turn it down and Wilson tweet about how he was “borderline offended” by the offer. Since then Snyder’s name hasn’t popped up in…

  18. Khalil Greene continues to suffer from anxiety issues

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    The Rangers signed Khalil Greene to a one-year, $500,000 deal this winter, hoping he could replace Omar Vizquel as their utility guy.  Ken Rosenthal reports some bad news, however: Infielder Khalil Greene is again suffering from anxiety issues, leaving the Texas Rangers short an infielder as they begin spring training. Greene, 30, will not report…

  19. You can get into the Reds' team photo

    Feb 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Neat promotion from the Cincinnati Reds: they’re auctioning off the chance to be in this year’s team photo. The proceeds from the auction will go to charity.  The opening bid is $500, but I can only assume it will go much higher. Indeed, reliever Mike Lincoln probably views the auction as a much better bet…

  20. Quote of the Day II: Jason Heyward

    Feb 22, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Braves’ outfield prospect/personal Man-Crush Supreme Jason Heyward showed up to spring training this morning looking absolutely huge. His teammates compared him to Jevon Kearse.  Asked if he had some kind of special workout or diet this winter he said: “Just growing up. Hopefully growing into my grown-man strength.” Dude had a .963 OPS across three…

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