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  1. Jair Jurrjens makes spring debut (kinda)

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:06 PM EDT

    Just because it doesn’t count doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Jair Jurrjens, who already had his spring debut pushed back because of a rainout on Thursday, tossed two innings of scoreless ball against the Pirates on Friday before the game was called due to rain. Jurrjens threw 29 pitches over the two innings, 18 of…

  2. Eiland won't name favorite to be Yanks' fifth starter

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Besides the fact that the Yankees haven’t actually played a game in two days, pitching coach Dave Eiland tells us that it’s still way too early to name a front-runner to be the club’s fifth starter: “I don’t think anyone has pulled ahead,” pitching coach Dave Eiland said. “Ace has thrown the ball extremely well,…

  3. Reds' Chapman touches 100 mph against Dodgers

    Mar 12, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman’s second spring outing was just as impressive as his first, even if he couldn’t find his slider in a two-inning stint versus the Dodgers. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay, Chapman hit 100 mph on the gun while allowing two singles, walking none and striking out two in a pair of scoreless…

  4. Rockies to hold Dante Bichette day next month

    Mar 12, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    The Rockies announced Friday that they’ll hold Dante Bichette day to honor the former slugger. We’ll let the Denver Post’s Troy Renck take it from here: The Rockies are honoring Dante Bichette on April 26, marking the 15-year-anniversary of his christening of Coors Field with a walk-off home run. Bichette, a four-time all-star, hit .299…

  5. Ozzie Guillen isn't much of a Sean Penn fan

    Mar 12, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    In case you had any doubts about just how much entertainment value the White Sox have cost the world by blocking Ozzie Guillen from creating his own website, here are his latest couple posts on Twitter today: Oh my god seam penn defended ours president hugo chavez thas easy when you no leave in venezuela…

  6. Francisco Cervelli has a new helmet

    Mar 12, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    You may now update all of your old “David Wright looks funny in that big batting helmet” jokes to Francsico Cervelli, who will be donning one in New York this season after suffering his second concussion earlier this week: Cervelli said he plans to wear the helmet at the plate all season, though he won’t…

  7. Indians lose Grilli for season, Brown for 8 weeks

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Last week two Indians players went down with injuries during the same workout and now we know the damage. Outfield prospect Jordan Brown will miss 4-8 weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Brown was competing for a bench job following a breakout 2009 season in the minors, but instead…

  8. Tim Lincecum ain't doin' so good

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    You know the old line: spring training stats are meaningless. Giants fans had better hope so: Since signing a two-year, $23 million contract, Lincecum has been raked for seven runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Both times Giants manager Bruce Bochy had to remove Lincecum from the game in mid-inning. Ignore…

  9. Shields gets Opening Day nod for Rays again

    Mar 12, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    James Shields has started Game 1 for the Rays for the past two seasons and manager Joe Maddon just announced that he’ll get the Opening Day nod again this year: We feel very good about him being the opening day starter. We feel as though he’s earned the right to maintain that position. He was…

  10. Is it a lock that the Nats will draft Harper?

    Mar 12, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Dave Shenin of the Washington Post doesn’t think so, and offers several reasons why what everyone things to be a foregone conclusion is not necessarily forgone. Among the reasons: Harper hasn’t “separated himself” from the pack like Strasburg did; He may not stick at catcher, thus diminishing his value; He’s a Boras client, thus inflating…

  11. Season Tickets . . . to a sports bar?

    Mar 12, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Darren Rovell reports on something new: Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill is opening near Fenway Park next week with a twist. It’s selling season tickets. For a one-time $500 fee, patrons will get a guaranteed table during Red Sox games. A same “ticket” for Patriots games costs $350 and $250 for Celtics games. Rovell…

  12. White Sox won't let Ozzie have his own website

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen has racked up nearly 40,000 followers in just three weeks on Twitter, but the White Sox apparently squashed the manager’s plans for a personal website. I’ll let Guillen explain: It was something we tried to do, and Major League Baseball was going to help us. All of a sudden the front-office people didn’t…

  13. That's customer service

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    I figured I’d have to jump through 50 hoops this morning in order to get my refund for last night’s rainout, but this email just popped into my box: Your credit card will automatically be credited the ticket price and convenience charges, and should post to your account within 7 to 10 business days.  Please…

  14. Picture of the Day: Manny en route to Taiwan

    Mar 12, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Via the Dodgers’ official Twitter feed, here’s a picture of Manny Ramirez (plus Angel Berroa and Ronnie Belliard) on the 15-hour trip to Taiwan: Once there Manny went 0-for-3 as the Dodgers lost the first of three games against a Taiwanese All-Star team, but it looks like he made a few new friends on the…

  15. An aborted trip to Steinbrenner Field

    Mar 12, 2010, 11:22 AM EDT

    As I’ve mentioned a couple of times, the Yankees denied my request for press credentials. I don’t have any problem with this. There are a metric crap-ton of writers who cover the Yankees, space, even in a big new park like Steinbrenner Field is limited, and if anyone in YankeeLand reads my stuff, they know…

  16. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 3

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    This was an ugly, ugly game. Highlights, such as they were: As I sat down in the box I realized that the netting behind the backstop was lower than the already fairly low pressbox level.  During the course of the game three or four foul balls came in my general direction, each time banging loudly…

  17. Jason Kendall is throwing a lot of guys under the Adderall bus

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Jason Kendall sat for a deposition in his divorce case recently, and the subject of other players taking the ADD drug Adderall came up.  Kendall admitted to his own use — as much as 60 mg doses during the regular season, cutting back once the season was over — said that he believes Brian Giles…

  18. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 2

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    I made my way down to the field as the Pirates came out to do their morning workouts, batting practice and the like.  Weirdest thing:  the team does all their stretching in a big circle with a couple of players leading the drills in the middle. Maybe other teams do this on some back field…

  19. USA Today's panel: the game needs to stay ahead of the drug curve

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    USA Today runs their fifth and final part of their panel-of-experts series this morning.  Today they cover a few of my favorite subjects: World Baseball Classic: The experts think they should change the scheduling of the WBC or pull the major leaguers out of the tournament altogether. Injuries are a big factor here, but I…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 1

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    My original plan didn’t have me going down to Bradenton to visit Pirates’ camp, but when the Yankees decided not to offer me media credentials some time freed up, allowing me to catch the Pirates-Rays game yesterday afternoon.  I would like to thank the Yankees for their decision, because it meant that I got to…

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