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  1. Quote of the Day: Darryl Strawberry on Jason Heyward

    Mar 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    “He has a tremendous amount of confidence in himself. That’s a big part of this game. If you believe in yourself, you can excel. He has a good idea about what the game is all about. He’s going to go through some highs and lows. That’s just what the game is all about for everybody.”…

  2. Berkman returns to practice with 'not serious' knee injury

    Mar 3, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    The knee problem that kept Lance Berkman from working out yesterday has been diagnosed as a left knee contusion, with team doctor David Lintner deeming the injury “not serious” and Berkman returning to action this morning. Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Berkman had a “limited workout” that included taking a few swings…

  3. Harang to be the Reds' Opening Day starter

    Mar 3, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Not the biggest surprise in history, but Aaron Harang will get the Opening Day start for the Reds. It’s the fifth straight year that Harang will get the nod. Which, if you’re one of those Jack Morris Truthers, means that Harang should start making plans for his Hall of Fame induction.

  4. Freddy Sanchez likely to begin season on DL

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Freddy Sanchez “almost certainly will not be ready for Opening Day” and “is likely to begin the season on the disabled list” following January shoulder surgery that the Giants initially tried to keep secret. Sanchez was first said to be “questionable” for Opening Day, but…

  5. David Ortiz wants to play 3-4 more years for the Red Sox

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Can I take the under? The Red Sox know what I am, even knowing what happened last year, I’m a guy that, I put a lot of enthusiasm into what I do. And it’s up to them. I’m trying to say that I would like to end my career here, I would like to play…

  6. How to stop those maple bats from shattering

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Baseball has announced that they’re going to ban maple bats in the minors due to the danger they pose from the way they shatter.  While I’m on board with things that make life safer, there are some benefits to maple bats — the players really like them; ash trees are in trouble — and it’s…

  7. This is why players practice

    Mar 3, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Nasty winds swirled in Lakeland yesterday for the Tigers’ exhibition against Florida Southern: The Tigers scored more runs than their traditional local opponent, but it was the wind that actually won Tuesday. Because it was the wind that blew a fly ball into Brennan Boesch’s face, causing a nasty laceration that required stitches above the…

  8. Adrian Beltre is friggin' nuts

    Mar 3, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Yeah, maybe that’s in bad taste given his injury last year, but when you go through that kind of nightmare and still continue to act irrationally you’re not going to get much sensitivity from me: Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu insisted Beltre wear a cup when he came back from the injury. It didn’t last long.…

  9. The Cubs get a little more stat-friendly

    Mar 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Tribune reports that the Cubs are broadening their minds: New Chairman Tom Ricketts told fans at the Cubs Convention he expects the organization to use sabermetrics as a tool more often for player decisions and evaluating opponents while still valuing the human component. The Cubs didn’t hire a full-time numbers cruncher…

  10. Eric Hinske: ownership's secret weapon

    Mar 3, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    FanGraph’s R.J. Anderson wonders if Eric Hinske won’t work his magic once again and persuade Jason Heyward to sign an uber-team-friendly contract with the Braves.  It was Hinske, you’ll recall who did that with Evan Longoria, famously telling the young stud not to pass up his first shot at money and leading him to sign…

  11. The Mets called about Adrian Gonzalez

    Mar 3, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Last night Matthew and Drew gave us the overview regarding Adrian Gonzalez, including the mondo contract he’s reportedly demanding and the odds of him landing in Chicago. Pile that on top of the long-running Red Sox speculation, of course.  But Boston and Chicago aren’t the only teams who would love to get their mitts on…

  12. Derek Jeter: Yankees owner

    Mar 3, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Kevin Kernan thinks that Derek Jeter’s future is in ownership: The Yankees need to find a way to make Derek Jeter a Yankee for Life. There’s really only one way. At some point the Steinbrenner family would have to take him into the ownership group . . . Jeter is set on being an owner…

  13. A word about spring training games

    Mar 3, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    As people who’ve been reading my stuff for a while know, I have this little habit of waking up really early in the morning during the baseball season, reading all of the box scores and game stories and riffing on the previous night’s games in a little feature called “And That Happened.” It’s fun. People…

  14. Call now to rescue a stray free agent

    Mar 3, 2010, 12:43 AM EDT

    Singer Sarah McLachlan is known for her heart-wrenching animal rescue television ads. In fact, at this point she might be known more for her tear-inducing television appearances than her actual music. Sort of like Flavor Flav, only without the giants clocks, and with a little bit more class. YEAH BOY! But I digress … McLachlan…

  15. Lincecum is a wizard off the mound, too

    Mar 2, 2010, 10:18 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum is a wizard off the mound, as well. Or at least it seems like he wants to be one. It’s hard not to like this video of the San Francisco pitcher trying on a Giants Snuggie, and really, really enjoying himself as he does so. Frankly, I’m thinking this could be the next…

  16. Hendricks, API reach settlement regarding Chapman

    Mar 2, 2010, 8:50 PM EDT

    A league source tells SI.com that a settlement has been reached between Hendricks Sports Management and Athletes Premier International (API) in regards to Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman. Edwin Mejia, the president of API, filed a suit against Hendricks Sports Management in Massachusetts Superior Court last December after Chapman jumped ship, claiming that the Hendricks’ brothers…

  17. Tuesday evening Adrian Gonzalez news round-up

    Mar 2, 2010, 8:13 PM EDT

    Seems like storylines are flying all over the place this week involving Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, and it’s only Tuesday. Time to sift through the muck: – On Sunday, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com ran a quote from a White Sox source who had this interesting tidbit about the club’s desire to obtain Gonzalez: “That’s…

  18. UPDATE: Arizona, Upton reach five-year deal

    Mar 2, 2010, 7:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: SI.com’s Jon Heyman says the six-year deal is worth exactly $51.25 million. 1:40pm: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Diamondbacks are close to signing Justin Upton to a long-term contract worth around $50 million. From the wording of Rosenthal’s report it sounds like the deal covers six years, including this season, so the Diamondbacks…

  19. Would a Gordon Beckham-Adrian Gonzalez swap work?

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:30 PM EDT

    One idea getting tossed around in light of the news that Jake Peavy has tried to sell the White Sox on his former Padres teammate is that the Pale Hose could part with Gordon Beckham in exchange for Adrian Gonzalez. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, though, doesn’t see it happening: “Right now, the expectation about…

  20. The Yankees have to return some World Series money

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    CNBC’s Darren Rovell: Sources told CNBC that Yankees players recently received a letter from the Major League Baseball Players Association that informed them that there was mistake in the calculation of the World Series championship share . . . the letter told those who had full shares that three people (two trainers and a player)…

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