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  1. The Atlanta Braves and Peyton Manning don't need this garbage

    Feb 9, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    So I clicked over to NBC last night to see if any of you had added any other hot chick links in what I’ll call the Drew Barrymore thread, and I was greeted with this ugly sight: Not that NBC is alone in this.  The Manning = the 90s Braves meme was all over…

  2. What are the Yankees going to do with Jeter, Rivera and Girardi?

    Feb 9, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    The New York Post says that the Yankees aren’t talking extension with Jeter, Rivera or Girardi.  This is not a surprise, really, as the Yankees have a pretty solid track record of not negotiating with their own free agents until their deals actually expire. Such an approach makes perfect sense for them, of course, because…

  3. K.C. Columnist: trade Greinke and Soria for prospects

    Feb 9, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    My dad gave me one dollar bill ‘Cause I’m his smartest son, and I swapped it for two shiny quarters ’cause two is more than one.  And then I took the quarters and traded them to Lou for three dimes — I guess he don’t know that three is more than two: In an American…

  4. The Mets are lowering the centerfield fence

    Feb 9, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    The wall was sixteen feet high last year. Now it’s going to be eight feet, says Adam Rubin of the Daily News. David Wright is probably happy. Johan Santana is probably sad.  And so it goes. But here’s a question: what are the Mets going to do for their other 81 games? After all, they…

  5. George Foster is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 9, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    According to NPB Tracker, the Orix Buffaloes of the Pacific League have hired former Giants bench warmer, Reds slugging MVP and Mets free agent disappointment George Foster as a cross-checker for U.S. baseball players. I kind of don’t care about that, but I am fascinated by the pic of Foster that accompanies this Japanese language…

  6. Ryan Dempster worried about far more than baseball

    Feb 8, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster has a lot on his plate, and not just in making preparations to head to Mesa, Ariz., for spring training. The Chicago Cubs pitcher is dealing with a personal battle as well, trying to help his 10-month old daughter deal with a serious ailment. (From the New York Times): Ryan and Jenny Dempster’s…

  7. Cardinals sign Schumaker to two-year deal

    Feb 8, 2010, 9:33 PM EDT

    The Cardinals signed second baseman Skip Schumaker to a two-year, $4.7 million contract on Monday, avoiding arbitration. It’s a modest surprise, given that the two sides had to close a wide gap for 2010. The Cardinals proposed a $1.45 million salary for Schumaker’s first year of arbitration, while Schumaker requiested $2.75 million, nearly twice as…

  8. Cliff Lee has surgery to remove bone spur from foot

    Feb 8, 2010, 9:10 PM EDT

    That sound you just heard was the optimism of Mariners fans blowing up like the Hindenburg. OK, so that last sentence was way over the top. But there must be at least a little bit of concern in Seattle with the news from that Cliff Lee underwent foot surgery on Friday. The surgery, which was…

  9. Diving into the depths: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Feb 8, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Pittsburgh Pirates Rotation 1. Paul Maholm 2. Ross Ohlendorf 3. Zach Duke 4. Charlie Morton 5. Kevin Hart 6. Daniel McCutchen 7. Brad Lincoln 8. Donnie Veal 9. Chris Jakubauskas 10. Jeff Karstens 11. Tim Alderson 12. Virgil…

  10. Phil Niekro is in the best shape of his life

    Feb 8, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Really, he’s rarin’ to go: Phil Niekro claims he’s in great shape, and if the wind is favorable enough, the 70-year-old right-hander said he can still crank his fastball up in the 80-mph range . . . “I’m in excellent shape,” Niekro said on a conference call with reporters on Monday. “In fact, I’m on…

  11. 2010 projected leaders: Strikeouts

    Feb 8, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. 1. Tim Lincecum – 246 2. Zack Greinke – 211 2. Justin Verlander – 211 4. Dan Haren – 203 5. Javier Vazquez – 200 6. Tommy Hanson – 198 7. Chad Billingsley – 197 8. Roy Halladay –…

  12. Why is truck day such a big deal all of a sudden?

    Feb 8, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

    They’ve made a mini-celebration out of “Truck Day” in Boston — that day when the semis full of gear leave Fenway and head down to Ft. Myers — for the past ten years or so. Kinda silly, but a nice enough little ceremony. Better than the groundhog as far as harbingers of spring go anyway.…

  13. Schilling: the Sox should sign Josh Beckett now

    Feb 8, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Curt Schilling, arguing that the Red Sox should sign Josh Beckett to a contract extension right now: Here’s why, barring some freakish medical issue which I assume he doesn’t have or there would be bigger problems, you sign Josh now. The one worry, other than health, you have when signing ANY player to a long…

  14. The Rays' have a new sky blue jersey

    Feb 8, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The St. Pete Times has some large pics of the Rays’ new home alternate jersey. Kind of reminds me of a Blue Moon beer. I like Blue Moon but it’s not like I’m crazy about it or anything. I feel kind of the same way about these home alternates. If the Rays had any guts…

  15. Yankees find their platoon bat in Marcus Thames

    Feb 8, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    For much of the offseason the assumption has been that the Yankees would sign a right-handed bat to platoon with Brett Gardner or Randy Winn in left field, and now’s Jon Heyman reports that they’ve found their man in Marcus Thames. Thames actually came up through the Yankees’ farm system after being a 30th-round…

  16. What's the deal with autographs?

    Feb 8, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    I’m not going to say that baseball news is slow, but this is one of the better things I’ve read today: It always angers me that some athletes will go to great lengths to sign legibly, and others will scribble their name, and be done with it. Personally, I think it is a travesty for…

  17. Video: Steve Phillips on 'The Today Show'

    Feb 8, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Craig already wrote about Steve Phillips’ apologetic appearance on The Today Show, but here’s the actual video of his interview with Matt Lauer:

  18. Luis Aparicio's No. 11 to be un-retired for Vizquel

    Feb 8, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    I haven’t gotten this misty since Apollo Creed let Rocky wear his red white and blue trunks for the Clubber Lang rematch: The White Sox announced Monday that Aparicio has given his consent for Omar Vizquel to wear No. 11 in his first year with the White Sox, as the number will be un-retired by…

  19. Report: Carlos Beltran is 'furious with the Mets'

    Feb 8, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that Carlos Beltran is “furious with the Mets” for how they’ve handled his knee surgery publicly and may let that impact his return timetable: He wonders if he should have been playing last year (in other words, was he properly diagnosed?). More important, he pushed to initially…

  20. Brewers to erect a statue of Bud Selig. As they should.

    Feb 8, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    From the Brewers’ official PR Twitter account: Brewers announce it will honor MLB Commissioner & former owner Bud Selig with statue at Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, unveil set for 8/24. OK, first off, let’s put an end to the snark-fest that has already started.  You and I can could mock this if it was…

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