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  1. Who must Mike Stanton kill to make the bigs?

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    The Florida Marlins sent Mike Stanton down to Double-A Jacksonville on Wednesday. (No not this Mike Stanton, this Mike Stanton. You know, the guy who hit 28 home runs in 129 minor league games last season.) Anyway, the strong, young, Marlins’ version of Mike Stanton might not be down on the farm too long, as…

  2. Martin claims he will be ready by Opening Day

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:24 PM EDT

    Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, sidelined since early march with a groin injury, said Wednesday that there’s “no doubt” he will be ready for the start of the regular season. We’ve been operating under the impression that Martin would not be fully healed by April 5 and that A.J. Ellis and Brad Ausmus would split catching…

  3. Octavio Dotel makes Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:47 PM EDT

    Octavio Dotel finally made his spring debut Wednesday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the Pirates’ 6-4 loss to the Red Sox.  Dotel needed 22 pitches to make it through the frame and registered 12 balls along the way, but the situation could have been worse.  Hobbled by an oblique injury over the first three-and-half…

  4. UPDATE: Justin Upton sprained his ankle

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Upton took to Twitter Wednesday evening to explain that his ankle is “fine” and that he was pulled as a precaution.  He expects to return after a few days of rest. 5:15pm:’s Steve Gilbert tweets that Justin Upton has left today’s Dbacks game against the White Sox with a sprained ankle.  Hard to…

  5. Jaime Garcia named Cardinals' fifth starter

    Mar 24, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirmed Wednesday evening that 23-year-old left-hander Jaime Garcia has officially been named the Cardinals’ fifth starter. Garcia, a native of Mexico, entered spring training in competition with Kyle McClellan and Rich Hill for the role.  He blew away the competition, compiling an impressive 1.42 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Do the Orioles have enough pitching?

    Mar 24, 2010, 6:45 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.  We’re out of the playoff contenders in the AL East and into the also-rans. First up is the faster of the also-rans,…

  7. The A's pick up Edwar Ramirez

    Mar 24, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    As he faced the sun he cast no shadow . . . Susan Slusser of the Chronicle reports: The A’s have just announced that they traded recently demoted infielder Gregorio Petit to the Rangers in exchange for right-handed reliever Edwar Ramirez, sent by Texas to Triple-A Oklahoma City earlier today. Ramirez spent the past three…

  8. Nationals re-sign Mike MacDougal to minors deal

    Mar 24, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Released by the Marlins earlier this week, Mike MacDougal has re-signed with the Nationals on a minor-league deal. MacDougal had a 3.60 ERA in 50 innings and converted 20-of-21 save chances in Washington last season, but his 31/31 K/BB ratio and incredibly inconsistent track record kept him from getting any big-league offers. Mike Capps is…

  9. Albert Pujols has got milk and a sledgehammer

    Mar 24, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols recently did a photo shoot for the “Got Milk?” ad campaign, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch passes along the final product that will soon be hanging on Drew Silva‘s bedroom wall:

  10. Comparing and contrasting Joe Mauer and Bryce Harper

    Mar 24, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I’ve been critical of Bryce Harper skipping two years of high school in order to become draft eligible this year. I’ve done so as a father who has been kind of freaking the hell out recently over just how fast his kids seem to be growing up and as a man who wonders from time…

  11. Yankees settle on their outfield alignment

    Mar 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    As expected, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees will open the season with Curtis Granderson in center field and Brett Gardner in left field. In his limited big-league experience as a center fielder Gardner rates exceptionally well statistically and Granderson’s glove showed signs of decline last year, so Sherman notes…

  12. Nick Swisher says no to "Sweet Caroline"

    Mar 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Yes, it’s commerce, but ESPN’s commercials often stand out on their own.  The latest: Clay Buchholz, Nick Swisher and some dude sitting in a living room watching  a ballgame. Buchholz and the dude start singing “Sweet Caroline” and then try to throw it to Swisher, who responds with a “no way, dude.” You can see…

  13. Yadier Molina leaves game with oblique injury

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina left today’s game after straining his oblique muscle running the bases. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he legged out a double and then was on his way home on a David Freese single when Molina pulled up lame, exiting with a trainer by his side. Jason LaRue replaced…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Will the Red Sox score enough runs?

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:15 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.  Now the Red Sox: Good times never seemed so good. The big question: Will the Red Sox score enough runs? Just because…

  15. Rays pick Davis over Sonnanstine as fifth starter

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon announced that rookie Wade Davis has won the final spot in the Rays’ rotation, with Andy Sonnanstine heading to the bullpen after making 72 starts over the past three seasons. Sonnanstine pitched well in 2008, winning 13 games with a 4.38 ERA and 124/37 K/BB ratio as a 25-year-old, but got knocked around…

  16. Doc Gooden charged with DWI, child endangerment

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Not less than ten minutes after reading this story in which Doc Gooden offers his advice to Stephen Strasburg I read that Gooden was arrested after being involved in a crash after which he was charged with: Driving under the Influence of a controlled dangerous substance; Endangering the welfare of a child; DWI with a…

  17. Pujols returns to lineup two days after injection

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols has rejoined the Cardinals’ lineup this afternoon, batting third and playing first base, just two days after receiving an anti-inflammatory shot in his sore lower back. Pujols has been limited by back problems for much of spring training, sitting out most of last week and being a last-minute scratch from several different lineups,…

  18. Quote of the Day: Frank McCourt

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt was behind the relaunch of the Los Angeles Marathon which was run this past weekend.  In today’s Los Angeles Times he waxes defensive: “Not a single person in the media has asked me how my divorce affects the marathon, because it doesn’t. I understand the urge by the media to create drama around…

  19. Pedroia could return to lineup as soon as Friday

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia exited last night’s game after landing awkwardly on his right wrist, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that X-rays came back negative this morning. Abraham notes that Pedroia should be cleared to take batting practice tomorrow and could return to game action as soon as Friday. He’s officially day-to-day with a…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Will B.J. Upton finally break out for the Rays?

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:15 AM 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.  I started with the Yankees, so I bet you thought I’d go Red Sox next, eh kitty cat? But I pulled the…

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