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  1. A's Sheets roughed up by minor leaguers

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:49 PM EDT

    The Associated Press reported that Ben Sheets got his world rocked again on Thursday, this time by some minor leaguers in a game in Phoenix. Oakland’s prized free-agent signee, who has struggled mightily this spring, allowed three runs and nine hits in six-plus innings. His changeup was poor, and he allowed several hard-hit balls, including…

  2. Lee injured when chair folds like a Cub

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT

    It’s not quite worthy of being added to this list of wacky baseball injuries, but Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee hurt his back in a freak accident on Wednesday, courtesy of some faulty furniture, according to the Chicago Tribune. “He was eating before the game and the chair just collapsed on him,” manager Lou…

  3. Burriss undergoes foot surgery, out 10 weeks

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT

    According to Andrew Baggarly of San Jose Mercury News, Giants infielder Emmanuel Burriss had a screw inserted into his left foot last weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina and is expected to sit idly for the next 10 weeks. “We determined this was the best route for Manny,” Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said Thursday. “Not just…

  4. Quote of the Day: Mike Krzyzewski

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaking with the Chicago Tribune on the pressure of living up to his past success in the NCAA tournament: “For a while when I dated my wife, I had trouble living up to the expectations of her former boyfriend. Just judge people for who they are right now. We’re…

  5. Martin catches four innings of minor league game

    Mar 25, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Russell Martin, slowed early in camp by a pulled groin, caught four innings of a minor league game on Thursday and reported no pain or discomfort, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez. The outing went so well, in fact, that he’s already slated to catch six innings of a Triple-A exhibition game on…

  6. Mets, Dodgers are thinking about Chad Gaudin

    Mar 25, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    The same day the Yankees released him, word is that both the Mets and the Dodgers are “talking about” Chad Gaudin. The Diamondbacks, who probably need a pitcher worse than either of those two teams, are not in.  Gaudin’s former team — Oakland — isn’t interested either. No word if those are real discussions or…

  7. Brett Myers hurts his groin

    Mar 25, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Brett Myers faced his phormer Philly teammates today, the phirst time he did so since signing with the Astros. Unfortunately for him he had to leave the game with a strained groin. He’s going to be reevaluated Friday. He doesn’t think it’s serious. As a professional sportswriter I am obligated to say that he “tweaked”…

  8. Why everyone hates the Yankees

    Mar 25, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    This article actually examines why everyone hates Duke, but the theories — and there are many of them — are broad and philosophical as opposed to dealing with specific players and personalities, and just about all of the reasons apply equally to the Yankees. I think I like this one: I think the reward is…

  9. Milton Bradley: "If I was a musician, I'd be Kanye West"

    Mar 25, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Milton Bradley: “If I was a musician, I’d be Kanye West. If I was in the NBA, I’d be Ron Artest. In baseball, they’ve got Milton Bradley. I’m that guy. You need people like me, so you can point your finger and go, ‘There goes the bad guy.’” I’m going to go out on a limb…

  10. Alex Gordon to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 25, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon broke his right thumb on March 6 and manager Trey Hillman admitted yesterday that the Royals’ third baseman will begin the season on the disabled list. Gordon initially received a recovery timetable of 3-4 weeks, which gave him some chance to be ready for Opening Day, but Hillman explained that “it’s not going…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Is Dontrelle Willis going to make the Tigers rotation?

    Mar 25, 2010, 4:15 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.  Tiger Time: The big question: Is Dontrelle Willis going to make the Tigers rotation? I’m still kind of dubious, but the fact…

  12. Molina done for spring, questionable for opener

    Mar 25, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa said today that Yadier Molina is unlikely to play again this spring after straining his right oblique muscle running the bases yesterday, but added that “we have our fingers crossed for the early part of the season, maybe Opening Day.” Jason LaRue would step in as the Cardinals’ starter behind the plate…

  13. Scott Kazmir scratched with shoulder problems

    Mar 25, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    “Fatigued deltoid?”  Wall la-di-da and pardon me, your majesty, here in the real America we call it a sore shoulder: Angels lefty Scott Kazmir was scratched Thursday from his scheduled start with “tightness” in his shoulder. Manager Mike Scioscia said Kazmir began feeling “a little fatigue in his deltoid” on Wednesday. But Scioscia said as…

  14. Comeback complete: Edmonds makes Brewers

    Mar 25, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    After sitting out all of last season Jim Edmonds has successfully completed his comeback, with the Brewers adding him to the roster prior to the “out” clause in his minor-league contract kicking in today. Edmonds is certainly no longer an impact player, but as a minimum-salaried backup the 39-year-old seems capable of being a solid…

  15. Miguel Tejada's probation extended six months

    Mar 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada was sentenced last year to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service and had to pay a fine for misleading Congressional investigators in the course of the PED circus.  He didn’t knock over a liquor store while on probation, and the fine, we presume, was no big deal.  Mr. Tejada has…

  16. Dodgers surprisingly tab Padilla for Opening Day

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers will soon name Vicente Padilla their Opening Day starter, which is a surprise to say the least given that the rotation also includes young studs Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley. Padilla went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA down the stretch for the Dodgers last season, but before that…

  17. Beckett all but gets the nod as Opening Day starter for the Red Sox

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Terry Francona has yet to formally announce his rotation, but today he basically admitted that Josh Beckett will be pitching the Sunday night opener against the Yankees: Asked if all the pitchers would be making the trip to Washington D.C. for the one exhibition game on April 3, Francona said, “Everybody will go with us.…

  18. DiComo beats Bastian in historic 'Dot Com Dash'

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    I wrote yesterday about MLB.com beat writers Jordan Bastian and Anthony DiComo challenging each other to a half-mile race and the “Dot Com Dash” gained lots of attention as colleagues and fans picked sides. Bastian emerged as the favorite because of his experience as a marathoner, but DiComo pulled off the upset yesterday afternoon on…

  19. Royals pitching prospect quits baseball

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The Royals’ Danny Duffy isn’t necessarily an elite prospect, but he is considered their most advanced minor league starter, has played in the futures game and seems to have a good shot at playing in the majors one day.  That is he did before yesterday, when he quit. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas…

  20. Matsui foul ball smashes owner Moreno's car

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Showing that Jason Heyward isn’t the only player who can destroy property with his hits during spring training, Hideki Matsui somehow managed to smash the windshield of Angels owner Arte Moreno’s car with a foul ball yesterday. Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register has the details: Matsui hit a long foul ball down the…

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