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  1. Are the Tigers doing right by Miguel Cabrera?

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Yesterday Miguel Cabrera met the media and the Tigers explained that he’ll begin workouts with the Tigers today.  Some folks have a problem with that. One of them is Yahoo!’s Jeff Passan, who thinks that the Tigers’ failure to force Cabrera into an alcohol treatment program is a major mistake: The Pussy Cats are, essentially,…

  2. Juan Pierre is a beast

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:55 AM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    I got to the Dbacks’ camp pretty early yesterday. Earlier than a lot of writers did. But almost all the players were there before I was. That’s just what they do this time of year  And one player — Juan Pierre — was at White Sox camp earlier than all of the other players are:…

  3. Peavy says he is “far ahead” of his own expectations

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:52 PM EDT

    Chicago's Peavy pitches against Washington in the third  inning of their Interleague MLB baseball game in Washington

    It’s still very early, but right-hander Jake Peavy has been making some impressive strides this spring in his ongoing recovery from major lat surgery. The White Sox starter has already thrown several bullpen sessions and faced live hitters Wednesday for the first time since arriving at camp. He has felt no abnormal pain or discomfort…

  4. Ken Rosenthal is beating the contraction drum again

    Feb 24, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    Ken Rosenthal wrote a column today — or maybe it was yesterday; I told you that this mountain time stuff was weirding me out — in which he said he’s “hearing rumblings that certain big-market teams want to drop the A’s and Rays.”  Meaning contract them. Rosenthal then quickly proceeded to dismiss the contraction gambit…

  5. Rich Harden feeling better, hoping to resume throwing soon

    Feb 24, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Rich Harden

    To no one’s surprise, A’s pitcher Rich Harden came down with a bit of soreness in his right lat muscle last week after throwing 10-15 pitches in one of his first bullpen sessions of the spring. The oft-injured starter hasn’t tallied over 150 innings in a season since 2004 and it seemed plausible that this…

  6. Indians nearing agreement with reliever Chad Durbin?

    Feb 24, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    The Indians may be getting a new setup man. According to Jon Heyman of, free agent reliever Chad Durbin has been talking recently with Cleveland’s front office and an agreement between the two sides could be just days away. Durbin was thought to be holding out for offers from contending clubs, but spring training…

  7. Jonny Gomes “reached out” to Cardinals following reported celebration of Adam Wainwright injury

    Feb 24, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News unknowingly created a controversy yesterday when he wrote about overhearing Jonny Gomes in the Reds’ clubhouse celebrating news of Adam Wainwright‘s elbow injury by singing. By last night McCoy had deleted the original excerpt while posting a follow-up article explaining his version of what happened and several other…

  8. Scenes from Spring Training: Random observations from Salt River Fields

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT


    Earlier updates from today’s doings can be found here and here.  And now here are some other random observations from my day at Salt River Fields: I watched the Dbacks’ catching drills.  I caught a little when I was a teenager and I found it to be very difficult. These guys get their butts beat…

  9. Miguel Cabrera arrives at Tigers camp, MLB issues statement

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers first baseman Cabrera stands in the dugout before the start of their MLB American League baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Detroit

    In advance of Miguel Cabrera arriving at Tigers camp and speaking to reporters this afternoon, MLB has issued the following statement about his status following last week’s drunk driving arrest: Consistent with our policy, over the past several days Miguel Cabrera has been evaluated by representatives of the Treatment Board jointly operated by the commissioner’s…

  10. Franklin Gutierrez leaves Mariners camp to see doctor about stomach problems

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez has left Mariners camp in Arizona and returned to Seattle to see a doctor about ongoing stomach problems. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times the Gold Glove-winning center fielder “has suffered from severe stomach pains since the second half of last season” and has been unable “to find out what the…

  11. Red Sox shut down Felix Doubront for two weeks

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Boston Red Sox

    Left-hander Felix Doubront, one of Boston’s top prospects, has been shut down for 10-14 days because of elbow tightness, manager Terry Francona said Thursday. Doubront was nominally in the running for a spot in the Red Sox bullpen, but he was expected to begin the season at the top of Triple-A Pawtucket’s rotation. The 23-year-old…

  12. Scenes From Spring Training: DWI

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    No, that’s not what you think it means. It refers to “Deal With It,” and they were the letters written on a white board inside the Diamondbacks’ clubhouse after some Navy Seals visited the team yesterday. The message: when you have a problem, get past it, dude. Navy Seals do that, and the Dbacks should…

  13. Chris Carpenter wouldn’t veto if the Cardinals try to trade him

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Albert Pujols‘ impending free agency and Adam Wainwright‘s season-ending elbow injury have people thinking all sorts of crazy things about the Cardinals right now, so naturally Ken Rosenthal of asked Chris Carpenter what his reaction would be if the team attempted to trade him. Carpenter has 10 years of service time, including five years…

  14. Brandon Webb could return to mound next week

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Workout Sessions

    Brandon Webb threw 60-65 pitches off flat ground Thursday, ESPN Dallas’ Richard Durrett reports, and appears to be on pace to return to the mound early next week. Webb was taken off the mound after showing little velocity in his first bullpen session last week, putting his status for the beginning of the season in…

  15. Decision coming on Miguel Cabrera’s status

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera will arrive at Tigers camp in time to talk to the media at 4:30 p.m. EST this afternoon, and a Tigers spokesman said to expect “a decision” on the first baseman’s status then. Cabrera has been away from camp after being arrested on DUI charges on Feb. 16. According to a Detroit News…

  16. Video of the Day: Ron Gardenhire, skinny utility infielder

    Feb 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire never actually played for the Twins, spending his entire 285-game career with the Mets, but he did appear in a Twins uniform during spring training in 1987 and Edward Thoma of the Mankato Free Press discovered video evidence of him striking out against Astros right-hander Julio Solano: In addition to simply getting a…

  17. Rich Hill is a side-arming left-handed specialist now

    Feb 24, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT


    Rich Hill had success as a starter in his first two seasons, but injuries and ineffectiveness have doomed him in the three years since then and now he’s trying to win a spot in the Red Sox’s bullpen with the help of a new arm slot. Hill, who used to throw from the three-quarters level…

  18. Bryce Harper scheduled to make spring training debut Monday

    Feb 24, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT


    Bryce Harper has no chance of actually making the Opening Day roster, but the 18-year-old No. 1 overall pick is in big-league camp and Mark Zuckerman of reports that his spring training debut will come Monday as the Nationals open the exhibition schedule versus the Mets. Harper, who was named the top prospect in…

  19. Scenes from Spring Training: The Diamondbacks and Rockies are impossibly spoiled

    Feb 24, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT


    I am writing this in the press box of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick (note: here’s an explanation for that name).  I’ve been here a little over three hours, and I still haven’t wrapped my brain around it all. The complex sits on the far northeast side of town next to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa…

  20. Brian Roberts set to rejoin workouts Friday after neck X-rays

    Feb 24, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Brian Roberts left Orioles camp yesterday to have X-rays on his sore neck and the news is mostly positive. Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Roberts will skip today’s workouts, but “said his neck feels better” and hopes to be back on the field Friday after getting some treatment to “just try to…

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