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  1. Did anti-semitism prevent Hank Greenberg from breaking Ruth's home run record?

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Howard Megdal thinks so, arguing that Greenberg experienced an uncharacteristic spike in walk rates towards the end of his 1938 season.  Megdal says “the American League didn’t seem exactly thrilled with Greenberg’s pursuit,” and concludes that “the statistical record stands as evidence that Greenberg’s religion might have been an additional barrier” to him in surpassing…

  2. The Dodgers release Eric Gagne

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Last week the Dodgers sent Eric Gagne to the minors.  Last night they said, eh, forget it, and just released him. He allowed six runs and eight hits in 2.2 innings. Late innings in spring training games, so it’s not like he’d be facing a less-talented brand of competition in the minors. I would assume…

  3. What they're saying about the Joe Mauer deal

    Mar 22, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    As the foremost Twins dude on the Internets I defer to Aaron’s take on the Mauer deal. But others have weighed in too. Let’s take a look-see: Rob Neyer (on Twitter): “I say there’s at least a 50/50 chance that Twins are regretting the Mauer contract by 2016.” [Rob's longer take is here] J.C. Bradbury:…

  4. Mauer contract a big risk the Twins had to take

    Mar 21, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer’s new eight-year extension is worth $100 million more than any other contract the Twins have ever handed out and committing to pay a catcher $23 million per year through his age-35 season in 2018 represents a massive amount of risk. With that said, it was a no-brainer. First and foremost, if reasonably healthy…

  5. Matt Holliday to return to action on Monday

    Mar 21, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Matt Holliday has been sidelined since March 9 with a with an intercostal strain on his right side.  He was supposed to return to action last Thursday, but didn’t.  He was supposed to return this weekend, but again he did not.  Well, according to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holliday will be in…

  6. Twins lock up Mauer for $184 million

    Mar 21, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    The Twins got it done Sunday, signing 2009 AL MVP Joe Mauer to an eight-year, $184 million contract extension through 2018. The deal, which includes a no-trade clause, averages $23 million per season. It’s the fourth-largest pact in major league history, behind the 10-year deals signed by Alex Rodriguez ($275 million in 2008, $252 million…

  7. Wood out 6-8 weeks, Perez to close for Indians

    Mar 21, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Wood told the Associated Press that he expects to return to action sooner than the six-to-eight week timetable given to him by team trainers. SATURDAY, 3:13pm: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kerry Wood has been diagnosed with a strained right latissimus dorsi muscle and has been given a six-to-eight week…

  8. Edinson Volquez throws successfully off a mound

    Mar 21, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez underwent Tommy John surgery last August and is expected to miss the entire 2010 season.  But on Sunday, according to’s Mark Sheldon, he took a major step in his ongoing recovery from the elbow ligament replacement surgery.  Volquez, 26, threw 30 pitches off a mound at about 50 percent intensity and plans…

  9. Twins, Mauer making progress in long-term talks

    Mar 21, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    According to’s Buster Olney, there are “strong indications” that the Twins and catcher Joe Mauer are “gathering momentum” toward a long-term contract extension. Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro, was spotted near the Twins’ spring training facility on Sunday afternoon and Olney has been picking up on hints of progress.  The 26-year-old catcher, widely regarded as…

  10. Wellemeyer staking claim on final rotation spot

    Mar 21, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    The Giants inked free agent Todd Wellemeyer to a minor league contract this winter and told him he’d have a legitimate shot at making the team as a fifth starter or long reliever.  Despite the promises, we considered Wellemeyer a longshot to make the team when he signed.  But he has shot out of the…

  11. Dice-K to make Grapefruit League debut Thursday

    Mar 21, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been slowed in camp by a sore neck and back, is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut against the Marlins on Thursday (according to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal). Dice-K has been limited to games of catch and bullpen sessions as the Red Sox ease him back to full…

  12. Manzella out one week with strained quad

    Mar 21, 2010, 10:52 AM EDT

    According to Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Astros shortstop Tommy Manzella suffered a strained right quadriceps while trying to beat out a grounder during Saturday’s spring game against the Yankees.  The injury isn’t considered horribly serious, but he’s likely to miss at least a week while the swelling subsides.  Manzella hit .289/.339/.417 with nine…

  13. Nathan opts to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 21, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    9:36pm: Christensen passes along word that Nathan has opted to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and will miss all of the 2010 season.  The throwing session apparently ran less than smoothly: “It didn’t go like we hoped,” Nathan said. “We knew it was a long shot, but this will help clear my head.” 8:48am:…

  14. Heyward held off base for first time this spring

    Mar 20, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    Braves phenom Jason Heyward failed to register a hit or walk for the first time this spring during Saturday’s 7-6 exhibition loss to the Blue Jays. According to Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, who has apparently nicknamed the kid “J-Hey,” it’s the first time the 20-year-old has been held off the basepaths since…

  15. Quote of the Day: Bud Selig

    Mar 20, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, speaking to the Associated Press about the idea of realigning the league’s divisions: “When I am on long airport rides I will fiddle around with divisions and things.  The one thing about it: you come up with 100 different [scenarios].” It’s nice to hear that Bud is at least…

  16. Bobby Jenks scratched with calf irritation

    Mar 20, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bobby Jenks was scratched from a scheduled appearance in Saturday’s spring game after an MRI on his left calf revealed some mild irritation. It’s not a major issue — Jenks should be fine by the start of the regular season if he recovers properly — but the…

  17. Navarro injured in collision, carted off field

    Mar 20, 2010, 5:26 PM EDT

    5:26pm: Topkin hears that Navarro has only a bruised nerve in his left leg and should be fine for the start of the season.  He’ll sit out the next two or three days of camp. 2:07pm: According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays catcher Dioner Navarro was injured in a collision at…

  18. Brendan Ryan (wrist) makes spring debut

    Mar 20, 2010, 4:37 PM EDT

    Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan made his spring debut Saturday against the Mets, batting second in the lineup and finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored.  He underwent a minor wrist procedure in early February and was limited to drills for the first few weeks of spring training.  Now healthy, he’s hoping to fit in about 50…

  19. Bobby Seay still having shoulder problems

    Mar 20, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Bad news out of Tigers camp this afternoon.  According to Jason Beck of, left-handed reliever Bobby Seay (shoulder) experienced a setback Saturday while throwing a bullpen session and is scheduled to undergo an MRI.  He’s expected to start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list no matter the results of the test because…

  20. Westmoreland begins long recovery process

    Mar 20, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    Ryan Westmoreland, who underwent brain surgery Tuesday to correct a “cavernous malformation” in his brain, has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.  He’s now in a rehab facility and is nearly ready to begin his long road to recovery.  Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein shared…

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