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  1. Joel Zumaya is feeling good

    Feb 17, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Between Guitar Hero and the San Diego wild fires, there haven’t been many pitchers more snakebit than Joel Zumaya has been these past few years.  But that’s all behind him now, he tells The Detroit News’ Lynn Henning. He’s been training in Florida since the beginning of January and . . . dare we say…

  2. Plenty of tickets available in Cleveland

    Feb 17, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    My friend Vince Grzegorek of the Cleveland Scene weekly passes along word that there are between 10,000 and 15,000 unsold tickets for the Indians’ Opening Day game right now.  This is unprecedented in recent history. Sure, attendance has been dropping these past couple of years, but after 15+ years of strong support for the Indians,…

  3. Jair Jurrjens MRI comes back negative; which is a positive

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Good news from Atlanta: Jair Jurrjens’ MRI results are back and there is no structural damage in his shoulder: Jurrjens said that the Braves doctors didn’t give him a specific timetable about when he could start pitching again.  But he’s under the impression that he could begin a throwing program within the next few days…

  4. Is Lew Wolff about to get what he wants?

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    It’s been eleven months since Bud Selig announced that the Athletics’ future would be decided by a committee. Specifically, a committee that would determine whether Oakland remained viable, whether San Jose would be better and what in the world to do about the fact that the Giants claim Santa Clara County as their territory.  That…

  5. Mark McGwire shows up at Spring Training

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Derrick Goold reporting from Cardinals spring training: Hitting coach McGwire greeted by cheers from fans and asks media: “Where do I go?” Lucky Ken Rosenthal or Howard Bryant weren’t there. They would have told him exactly where he should go.

  6. Should the Brewers trade Prince Fielder?

    Feb 17, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dave Begel of On Milwaukee magazine thinks the answer is yes: If you think [The Brewers] are a team that should contend every year and expect that they will always be in the hunt for a playoff berth, then you say of course you have to sign Fielder. Both Braun and Fielder are better when…

  7. Papelbon talks about comebacks and contracts

    Feb 17, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    A Jonathan Papelbon interview always presents the chance for some crazy. He’s just one of those guys who — refreshingly I might add — doesn’t always revert to platitudes.  Sadly, he was pretty straight up and lucid yesterday in an extensive interview with WEEI’s Alex Speier, talking about going year-to-year with the Sox, his role…

  8. Joe Mauer is good at everything

    Feb 17, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Bob Nightengale has a lengthy article on Joe Mauer in USA Today, um, today, painting a picture of a regular guy who, it seems anyway, wouldn’t quite know what to do with $200 million: On his way to the Sony Computer Entertainment studio in San Diego to do motion-capture work for the video game, Mauer’s…

  9. The Mets are making "a hard push" to get Rod Barajas

    Feb 17, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    So much for Josh Thole: starting catcher.  Rosenthal: The Mets are making “a hard push” for free-agent catcher Rod Barajas and negotiating with him on a one-year deal, according to major-league sources. Little known fact: the name “Rod Barajas” is the California-ized version of “Bengie Molina.” Both roughly translate to “decent power, awful on-base skills.”…

  10. Dice-K has a bad back

    Feb 17, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    So much for all that talk about Matsuzaka being healthy and in good shape and all of that: According to translations, the Kyodo News and the Japanese sports web site Sponichi Annex reported a few days ago that Matsuzaka, who was an early arrival here, had skipped his throwing session at the end of last…

  11. UPDATE: White Sox still in the hunt for Damon

    Feb 16, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    UPDATE, 9:28pm: A few interesting nuggets from Rosenthal: Damon played golf Monday with White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski and broadcaster Ken “Hawk” Harrelson. And Damon’s wife, Michelle, “would prefer him to play in a more cosmopolitan city than Detroit.” Still, Damon is going to sign where he finds the most money and it remains to…

  12. UPDATE: Jurrjens to have MRI on sore shoulder

    Feb 16, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    Tuesday: Jurrjens underwent the MRI late Tuesday afternoon, according to the AJC’s Dave O’Brien. The results, however, will not be available until Wednesday. Monday, 9:42pm: Nothing can kill the optimism of pitchers and catchers quite like three scary letters: M-R-I Braves fans were kicked in the gut tonight with the news that right-hander Jair Jurrjens…

  13. Nationals, Bruney require arbitration hearing

    Feb 16, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    The Nationals and right-handed reliever Brian Bruney headed to an arbitration meeting on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Bruney requested $1.85 million and was offered $1.5 million from the Nats when arbitration figures were exchanged in January.  The two sides have been unable to find any sort of common ground in the past several…

  14. 2010 projected leaders: Slugging percentage

    Feb 16, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Over the next several days, I’ll be dipping into my 2010 projections and presenting some leaderboards. Slugging percentage 1. Albert Pujols – .624 2. Ryan Braun – .575 3. Miguel Cabrera – .574 4. Prince Fielder – .570 5. Mark Teixeira – .570 6. Ryan Howard – .561 7. Hanley Ramirez – .549 8. Alex…

  15. Chien-Ming Wang gets $2 million plus incentives

    Feb 16, 2010, 5:14 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The details on the Wang-Nats deal: $2 million in base salary, with up to $3 million in performance-based bonuses. 12:02 P.M.: Now that the shirt’s out of the bag, the Nats have no reason to pretend they haven’t signed Wang.  Bill Ladson tweets that the Nats have agreed to terms with Wang and have…

  16. Nothing continues to happen with Damon and the Tigers

    Feb 16, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Jon Paul Morosi is a former Tigers beat guy, and he’s been hounding his Detroit sources these past few days.  The verdict? Nothing. Nada. Bupkis. Which is something of a shock, given that the Tigers allegedly gave our favorite unemployed left fielder a two-year, $14 million offer. You’d think he would have jumped all over…

  17. Why did the Boston Braves have Swastikas on their caps?

    Feb 16, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    If you read only one blog post today that incorporates forensic analysis of baseball photography and an explanation of how swastikas helped the Braves win the World Series, make it this one.  Normally I’d blockquote a bit here or give you my two cents, but this one is worth reading in its entirety. OK, I…

  18. Josh Thole to get a crack at the Mets' catching job

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

    The Newark Star-Ledger reported today that Josh Thole will compete with Omir Santos to be the Mets’ starting catcher. Omar Minaya: “I think Thole is going to compete for a job in spring training. We’ll see how he plays coming off a very good year. He led the league in hitting in Venezuela (winter ball).…

  19. Diving into the depths: Detroit Tigers

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:51 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Detroit Tigers Rotation 1. Justin Verlander 2. Rick Porcello 3. Max Scherzer 4. Jeremy Bonderman 5. Nate Robertson 6. Armando Galarraga 7. Dontrelle Willis 8. Zach Miner 9. Phil Coke 10. Eddie Bonine 11. Alfredo Figaro 12. Phil…

  20. Who's gonna have the best record in baseball this year?

    Feb 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Buster Olney runs down the teams who have had the best overall record in the regular season the most times. The Yankees, nor surprisingly lead the pack with 30, the Athletics nine times, the Cardinals seven, and then a whole bunch of teams such as the Reds, Cubs and Indians did it six times.  But…

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