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  1. Albert Pujols and the legendary blast that should never have happened

    Mar 16, 2010, 12:27 AM EDT

    I remember when I first realized that Albert Pujols was GREAT. I already knew he was great, mind you, but there came a time when the simple lower-case modifier was no longer good enough to describe the St. Louis Cardinals slugger. Sort of like calling the Grand Canyon big, or the Pacific Ocean wet, it…

  2. Marlins check out Mike Lowell's debut

    Mar 15, 2010, 9:25 PM EDT

    It may be nothing more than that, but according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins were among teams in attendance to check out Mike Lowell’s exhibition debut against the Orioles on Monday. According to Spencer, the Marlins have at least discussed the idea internally, though reacquiring the 36-year-old would likely be a…

  3. Wang throws first bullpen of the spring

    Mar 15, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

    According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Chien-Ming Wang threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Monday. Wang, who is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, threw 10 pitches on flat ground and then 15 pitches from the mound. Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty was satisfied with what he saw: “I was happy with what…

  4. Instant Karma: Angel Pagan and John Harper

    Mar 15, 2010, 7:25 PM EDT

    There’s nothing wrong pe se in John Harper’s Daily News column today. In fact, I’d probably rather see Fernando Martinez get the nod over Angel Pagan until Beltran comes back too. But he’s written enough dunderheaded stuff in his life that I got a chuckle out of this anyway.  The column: The ball was hit…

  5. Cliff Lee tossed for throwing at D-backs catcher

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee, who was making his second spring start since returning from minor foot surgery, was tossed from Monday’s game against Arizona in the third inning for intentionally throwing at catcher Chris Snyder. Lee appeared to miss with his first attempt to send Snyder a message. On his second try, he threw one just over…

  6. Michael Young rocks the flutterball

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Can’t say I’ve ever been a big Michael Young fan, but that could change: Young wasn’t going to sit around and do nothing on a cool Sunday morning on the Rangers’ back fields. So he took the mound and beckoned catcher Emerson Frostad to get in his crouch. Veteran catcher Toby Hall stood in the…

  7. Theriot to lead off for Cubs, with Fontenot likely starting at second base

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Lou Piniella revealed a few tidbits this afternoon, most notably that Mike Fontenot has a leg up on Jeff Baker as the Cubs’ starting second baseman. “Right now, as we speak, I think that Fontenot has probably jumped ahead a little in the second base slot,” Piniella told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. “It…

  8. Gaylord Perry and Bud Selig's comedy routine

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Bud Selig was at Giants’ camp over the weekend: Just as Selig prepared to leave, Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, in town for a series of Giants functions, ambled into the room. Greeting Selig, the 71-year-old Perry jokingly said, “I want the rules changed so I can make a comeback!” Playfully rubbing Perry’s shoulder and…

  9. Wood's injury may be more serious than believed

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood was scratched from his scheduled appearance Saturday with a sore right lat muscle, but the Indians quickly announced Sunday that he was already back on track and would be able to throw a bullpen session today followed by game action Wednesday. Unfortunately, those plans have changed. Wood did not throw a bullpen session…

  10. Yikes! Sheets Shelled

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Don’t pay attention to spring training stats, blah, blah, blah, yadda, yadda, yadda, but it’s probably worth noting that Ben Sheets just got knocked out of the game against the Reds. His line: 10 runs, 8 hits, 1 walk, no one retired. Repeat: no one retired. Of course, only nine of those runs were earned…

  11. Washupdate: Benson signs with Dbacks; Villone released by Nats

    Mar 15, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

    And now the latest from the world of pitchers who people kinda thought were good a few years ago: Kris Benson has signed with the Diamondbacks. It’s a minor league deal. If he makes the club he’ll get $650,000 plus games-started incentives.  This is obviously Brandon Webb insurance. Which is probably a better situation for…

  12. Reynolds, Diamondbacks agree to three-year deal with option for 2013

    Mar 15, 2010, 3:38 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds and the Diamondbacks were said to be in contract talks for months now, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the two sides have finally agreed to a three-year, $14.5 million contract with an $11 million team option for 2013. Reynolds is coming off a career-year that saw him hit .260/.349/.543…

  13. The Ethics of Nomar Garciaparra's one-day contract

    Mar 15, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Friend of the blog and professional ethicist Jack Marshall has put some thought to Nomar Garciaparra’s one-day contract/retirement with the Red Sox. After registering his surprise and displeasure with Dan Shaughnessy’s highly negative reaction, Jack throws an interesting idea out for consideration, that applies to sports and beyond: When an organization has parted ways with…

  14. Phillies' Polanco: day-to-day with a sprained knee

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:56 PM EDT

    2:25 P.M.:  Latest update: the Phillies are calling it a “sprained knee.”  Polanco says “I don’t think it’s too bad.”  Phillies say he’s day to day and suspect that he’ll miss 2-3 days.1:59 P.M.: The word from the Phillies on Polanco is “strained right knee.” Maybe I mentioned Cody Ransom too soon.  Bad news from…

  15. Dodgers re-assign Gagne to minor-league camp

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    This morning the Dodgers re-assigned Eric Gagne to minor-league camp, removing whatever slim chance he had of claiming an Opening Day bullpen spot. Gagne hasn’t been an effective major-league pitcher since mid-2007 and spent last year pitching poorly in an independent league, so his demotion is certainly no surprise. He chose a minor-league deal from…

  16. MLB and Victoria's Secret team up to bring you silly clothes

    Mar 15, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    MLB and Victoria’s Secret are teaming up to sell licensed clothing to young women under the “Pink” label.  As Maury describes: “The collection showcases VS PINK’s highly recognizable brand iconography with fun sayings like “I only kiss Padres fans” or “Love Love Love Twins”, and boasts cute zip-pocket tees, crystallized caps, baseball jerseys, as well…

  17. Hoping to avoid surgery, Nathan will 'test' injured elbow Saturday

    Mar 15, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan is still likely headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins’ closer will give his injured elbow “a vigorous test” by playing catch Saturday. Complicating matters is that Nathan was “bedridden Saturday and Sunday with a virus and still had a sore throat…

  18. Spring Training trip wrap-up

    Mar 15, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    My spring training trip ended with a flight back home yesterday afternoon.  The tale of the tape: Five games, one rainout; One meal with my mother-in-law; One meal with, and four pieces of new media from, Old Gator; A couple dozen awkward conversations with ballplayers who didn’t know me from Adam; A dozen or so…

  19. So far, so good for Dustin McGowan's comeback

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan missed all of last season following shoulder surgery, but manager Cito Gaston reports that he “looked good” during a two-inning simulated game yesterday. McGowan tossed 44 pitches, after which Gaston noted that “he threw well, free and easy.” He’s now scheduled to appear in a minor-league game Friday and if that goes well…

  20. The Red Sox steal a member of the Yankee Universe

    Mar 15, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Thinking of the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry as the Cold War, this little episode doesn’t exactly rank up there with the formation of the Warsaw Pact or the Cuban Missile Crisis. As far as provocations go it’s somewhere between Lyndon Johnson sending the Marines to the Dominican Republic to fight communists in 1965 and the North…

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