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  1. Springtime Storylines: I am obliged to ask if Brandon Webb can help the Diamondbacks

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:15 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.  Next up: The Diamondbacks. The big question: Brandon Webb, of course. This is my 29th preview in the space of just over…

  2. Yankees limping to the spring training finish line

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Injuries are piling up for the Yankees with about 55 hours to go before their Opening Night matchup against the Red Sox. Jorge Posada sat out his second straight game today with a sore neck. Damaso Marte is unavailable out of the bullpen because of what manager Joe Girardi describes as “cranky left shoulder.” And…

  3. Babe Ruth and President Bush

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The first President Bush, that is, with the only Babe Ruth. There some other fun politics-meets-baseball pics in that slide show. I’m kinda partial to Jimmy Carter taking a hack while wearing a baseball cap that appears to be official apparel from the Rebel Alliance’s baseball team. Jimmy really looks like he got out way…

  4. This is going to be Andy Pettitte's last year

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Not that this is shocking news or anything, but in an interview with YES , Andy Pettitte has all but announced that he’s done after 2010: “I can’t just keep on playing,” Pettitte said. “I need to get back home . . . There are so many things going on back home and I’m not…

  5. Brandon Webb gets cortisone shot after setback

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb recently got a cortisone injection in his surgically repaired right shoulder and will take several days off before resuming his rehab program, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Webb began throwing bullpen sessions in January, but experienced multiple setbacks and hasn’t pitched off a mound for several weeks. Here’s what the former Cy…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Is there a snowball's chance that the Giants' offense will improve?

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:15 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.  Next up: Los Gigantes The big question: Is there a snowball’s chance that the Giants’ offense will improve? The Giants had the…

  7. Matt Stairs sheds 40 pounds, makes Padres

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Officially the Padres haven’t announced their Opening Day roster yet, but MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer reports that Matt Stairs has made the team as a left-handed bench bat. Stairs is one of my favorite players in part because he takes every swing like he’s trying to murder the baseball, in part because he’s fearlessly sported a…

  8. The Red Sox are all about second chances

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    As Drew wrote last night, the Sox gave Scott Schoenweis a job in the bullpen after less than a week in camp. Is this evidence that, as I mentioned in my preview, that the Sox’ bullpen is an area of concern, or are they merely taking a chance in the hopes of redeeming an obviously…

  9. Nick Adenhart murder suspect wants to move trial

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Andrew Gallo, the man charged with killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends last year, has requested a change of venue for his upcoming trial because “the publicity surrounding the April 9, 2009 crash will make it hard for Gallo to get a fair trial.” Gallo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of…

  10. Did the Yankees rig the fifth starter's race?

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    That’s what Joel Sherman of the Post says. Except, contrary to what I thought when I read his headline, he doesn’t think it was Joba Chamberlain who got short shrift, it was Sergio Mitre. Sherman suggests that Mitre’s superior spring training stats would have won him the fifth starter’s job over Hughes had things been…

  11. John Smoltz: "I just don't miss playing"

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    John Smoltz hasn’t made his retirement official, but between accepting the broadcasting job and the following quote, there ain’t no way he’s coming back: “I think my desire to come back last year was to show myself I can still play. I proved that to myself, and I think I’m ready to move on with…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Will the McCourt divorce impact the Dodgers on the field?

    Apr 2, 2010, 10:30 AM 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.  Next up: The Rockies. The big question: Will the McCourt divorce impact the Dodgers on the field? Frank and Jamie have obviously…

  13. Yankees-Red Sox Opening Night game to be broadcast in China

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    I was thinking about doing a live chat of the Yankees-Sox game on Sunday night. If I do, I had better not ask readers to Google anything for me: For the first time, Major League Baseball’s season opener will be televised live in China, broadcast by five outlets reaching nearly 300 million viewers, MLB announced…

  14. Quote of the Day: Omar Minaya is optimistic

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    “I am optimistic that we’re going to be healthy. I’m optimistic that we are going to compete. I am optimistic about some of our young players. I think what stands out about this camp is that some of our young players have come to the front. I think that’s exciting for the fan base in…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Are the Rockies the best team in the National League?

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:00 AM 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.  Next up: The Rockies. The big question: Are the Rockies the best team in the National League? I’m going to say no…

  16. Everything you ever wanted to know about HGH but were afraid to ask

    Apr 2, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Jason at IIATMS has expanded his writing roster recently, and one of his additions is Larry, a lawyer/executive with significant experience in all matters relating to HGH and PED testing.  Last night he wrote an extensive and quite entertaining Q&A regarding HGH testing, use and effects that is must-read material for anyone who tries to…

  17. There is nothing to suggest that the Royals are interested in Jarrod Washburn

    Apr 2, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star responds to Heyman’s rumors regarding the Royals’ alleged interest in Jarrod Washburn: Reports persist of the Royals’ interest in free-agent pitcher Jarrod Washburn without any apparent substantiation from club officials. Further, one top club official says the Royals are $1.5 million over budget for their major-league payroll. Personally,…

  18. Marcus Giles pleads guilty to battery for assaulting wife

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:45 AM EDT

    Former Major League second baseman Marcus Giles has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery for assaulting his wife last fall, according to the Associated Press. Giles, who has not played since 2007, has been in anger management counseling for four months, according to his attorney. The judge issued a limited protective order against Giles, allowing him…

  19. The Cubs' Carlos Silva is good? The White Sox's Jake Peavy is bad? This has got to be an April Fools' prank

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

    There is something odd going on with the Chicago sports scene. No, Jay Cutler has not acquired the, umm, intestinal fortitude necessary to play quarterback. That would be too unbelievable to entertain even on April Fools’ Day. But what is happening is so puzzling it makes you rethink everything you know about baseball. Yes, as…

  20. Schoeneweis earns job in Red Sox' bullpen

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    In somewhat shocking news, the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham reports that 36-year-old left-hander Scott Schoeneweis has been awarded the final spot in Boston’s Opening Day bullpen.  Schoeneweis was signed to a minor league contract only a few days ago and managed to beat out 35-year-old right-hander Joe Nelson for the role.  He allowed seven hits…

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