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  1. Jamie Moyer looks like the No. 5 starter in Philly

    Mar 27, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Another fifth-starter battle was all but settled on Friday night, as Jamie Moyer tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings against a Yankees lineup that included all regulars with the exception of Nick Johnson and Jorge Posada. Moyer struck out six and retired the final 15 batters he faced. Quite a statement. Just one week ago, it…

  2. Lowell says his knee is improving

    Mar 27, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Mike Lowell told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that his left knee “felt great compared to yesterday.” Lowell was forced to leave Friday’s game after fouling a ball off his leg in his first at-bat. “The swelling under the knee cap is annoying and I can’t flex my quad (all the way), but it’s…

  3. Red Sox to start season with five starters

    Mar 27, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield spoke for many of us the other day when he said he was “very curious” about the team’s plans for their starting rotation. Well, manager Terry Francona finally revealed on Friday that Josh Beckett, John Lackey, Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz and Wakefield will all start the season in the rotation, according to Amalie…

  4. Brian Roberts makes Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 27, 2010, 9:25 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in his Grapefruit League debut against the Twins on Friday night. The 32-year-old second baseman had been slowed since the beginning of camp due to a slight herniated disk in his lower back. Roberts told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that his performance at the plate was “obviously, not…

  5. Lincecum suffers cut on finger

    Mar 27, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum left Friday’s start against the Angels after four innings and 84 pitches because of a cut on the middle finger on his right hand, reports Chris Haft of MLB.com. Giants manager Bruce Bochy admitted that there “a little concern” that Lincecum will not be able to make his next scheduled start, however he’s…

  6. Hong-Chih Kuo shut down; likely headed for DL

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    The Dodgers have shut down reliever Hong-Chih Kuo for the second time in the past week after he felt continued discomfort in his left elbow on Friday, reports Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com. “Nothing felt really bad, but it wasn’t real good as far as how it felt,” Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. “I don’t think…

  7. Red Sox ink Schoeneweis to minor league deal

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Here’s a little update to a story Aaron covered on Tuesday. The Red Sox have signed veteran left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis to a minor league contract, reports NESN.com. Schoeneweis was released by the Brewers earlier this week and wasn’t too happy about it, saying “I wasted a month of my time” and “It’s just ironic…

  8. Joe Nathan undergoes Tommy John surgery

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE: General manager Bill Smith says that Nathan’s reported “significant” UCL tear ended up being a complete tear, reports Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 7:31 pm: The Twins have announced that Joe Nathan’s Tommy John surgery was a success, reports Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Mets (gasp!) team physician Dr. David…

  9. A-Rod still hasn't met with feds about Galea

    Mar 26, 2010, 7:07 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez and I have something in common: Neither of us met with federal investigators in regards to Canadian doctor Anthony Galea on Friday. “We’re going to continue to work together and cooperate,” he said. “I’m going to talk to the Feds and Major League Baseball shortly.”. Rodriguez wouldn’t say why he didn’t go, or…

  10. Cliff Lee is probably going on the DL

    Mar 26, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee’s abdomen strain is not responding well to rest and a little throwing, so the team has decided to shut him down completely for five days.  It looks increasingly likely, then, that he will begin the season on the disabled list. According to the team, he would need a couple of bullpen sessions before…

  11. Piniella picks Silva, Gorzelanny for Cubs' rotation

    Mar 26, 2010, 5:43 PM EDT

    Lou Piniella announced this afternoon that Tom Gorzelanny and Carlos Silva will begin the season in the Cubs’ rotation, with Jeff Samardzija and Sean Marshall both heading to the bullpen. “Unfortunately, we only have two spots,” Piniella said, which is funny considering that one of those spots is going to a guy who went 5-18…

  12. Ian Kinsler may not be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 26, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler suffered a high ankle sprain on March 11th, and hasn’t played since. While the team says that it’s been improving since then, they gave him a cortisone shot today.  The Rangers are uncertain if he’ll be available for Opening Day. Evan Grant at the Dallas Morning News is on it: he notes that…

  13. Roy Oswalt leaves start with hamstring injury

    Mar 26, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt left today’s start against the Pirates with a strained hamstring and MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that he’s flying to Houston to be examined by team doctors. Oswalt told McTaggart that the injury is “nothing major” and something he “could have gotten through” had it been the regular season, but general manager Ed Wade…

  14. The Upper Deck comes down at Yankee Stadium

    Mar 26, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The below video (wait until the one minute mark) will either make you really sad, or else it will make you feel like you felt when they pulled down Emperor Palpatine’s statue at the end of that enhanced version of Jedi.  Wait, that made me sad too because no damn way no Empire is going…

  15. Giants trade Frandsen to Red Sox for PTBNL

    Mar 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Earlier this week the Giants were said to be shopping Kevin Frandsen around and sure enough they just traded the 27-year-old infielder to the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash. After missing all of 2008 with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon Frandsen hit .295/.352/.438 with 13 homers in 110 games at…

  16. Springtime Storylines: Did the Angels lose too much blood this winter?

    Mar 26, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Next up: The Los Angeles Angels The big question: Did the Angels lose too much blood this winter? Chone Figgins is in…

  17. Mike Lowell limps off with bruised left knee

    Mar 26, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    As if he needed another injury to come back from, Mike Lowell limped off the field today after fouling a ball off his leg and has been diagnosed with a left knee contusion. Ian Browne of MLB.com notes that “Lowell immediately fell to the ground and appeared to be in considerable pain” before being helped…

  18. Sex-for-World Series tickets defendant convicted on one charge, acquitted on another

    Mar 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Big day for prostitution news in baseball, as Susan Finkelstein, the Phillies fan who was charged with trying to trade a little slap and tickle for World Series tickets was acquitted on the prostitution beef last night, but was convicted of attempted prostitution by a Bucks County, Pennsylvania jury. Finally, the people of Bucks County,…

  19. Dustin McGowan shut down for two weeks

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Just last week Dustin McGowan’s comeback from shoulder surgery was said to be going very well, but this morning manager Cito Gaston announced that he’s been shut down for at least two weeks. After watching McGowan pitch a two-inning simulated game last week Gaston noted that he “looked good” and “threw well, free and easy.”…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Are the Indians the worst team in baseball?

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2010 season.  Hello, everybody, Harry Doyle here, welcoming all you Friends of the Feather to another season of Indians baseball! The big question: Are…

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