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  1. Reds phenom Chapman exits early (back stiffness)

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    Update: The Reds announced that Chapman departed with lower back stiffness, a problem that had plagued him all week. Chapman was set to be examined after the game. The feeling is that this could knock him out of the competition for a rotation spot. … Aroldis Chapman left his appearance in his second inning of…

  2. Back tightness knocks Pujols out of lineup again

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Pujols went for an MRI exam this afternoon and also had an anti-inflammatory shot in his sore lower back, so he may be out for most of the week. Albert Pujols was scratched from this afternoon’s lineup with what’s Matthew Leach calls “a recurrence of tightness in his lower back.” No one seems…

  3. The Rangers won't be auctioned, would they?

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I get the shakes if I don’t write something about the Rangers sale for more than 48 hours or so and right now I’m jonesin’ hard, so I’ll even settle for linking to Heyman: The snag in the Texas Rangers’ sale talks appears fairly serious. Two sources say they believe the banks are looking for…

  4. The silver lining to the Kerry Wood injury

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Well, to the Indians bottom line at least.  Rob Neyer reminds us of the vesting option: The front office would never admit it, but Kerry Wood’s injury is just about the best thing that could have happened to the Indians, because it means he won’t finish 55 games this season, which in turn means his…

  5. Matsui sees first outfield action since mid-2008

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui started in the outfield this afternoon for the first time since June of 2008, as the Angels hope his knees will be able to handle at least occasional defensive duties this season. In fact, according to Lyle Spencer of “the Angels’ plan is to give him a few starts in left field…

  6. Natstown?

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Red Sox Nation, Yankees Universe, Rays Republic . . . the Nats are content to go with something more modest. Eh. What about an “Army?”  Worked for Kiss, so you think it would work for a baseball team. Sorry to be sticking with this subject today, but I don’t have to report for Death Panel…

  7. Provocation of the day: Baseball Daily Digest

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Headline: “Did the Twins just lock up the next Jason Kendall?” The answer, ultimately, is “probably not,” but the article is worth reading if for no other reason than to be reminded that there was a time when Jason Kendall was pretty close to awesome. I like headlines that make people freak out for a…

  8. Yankees send Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann back to Dodgers … for now

    Mar 22, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Back in December the Nationals selected Dodgers minor leaguer Jamie Hoffmann with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft and then sent him to the Yankees in a pre-arranged deal for Brian Bruney. Hoffmann was thought to be a near-lock for a spot on New York’s bench, but apparently the Yankees decided against keeping…

  9. The Brewers and Rangers make a trade

    Mar 22, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    It ain’t Kenny Lofton for David Justice and Marquis Grissom, but a spring training trade is always fun.  Today’s version: the Rangers trade infielder Ray Olmedo to the Brewers for catcher Matt Treanor. Matt Treanor is a backup catcher who can’t hit, and his presence in Texas is significant only insofar as (a) he’s, like,…

  10. Mauer deal has other catchers licking their chops

    Mar 22, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer getting the Twins to fork over $184 million has the other top catchers in the American League dreaming about their next contracts. Victor Martinez of the Red Sox is an impending free agent, so removing Mauer from next offseason’s catching market could have a huge impact on him. Alex Speier of speculates…

  11. Why players can't own a piece of the team

    Mar 22, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    I’ve always known that players can’t hold equity stakes in their teams due to the Basic Agreement (see paragraph 4(c) on p. 213 of this massive document), but I never knew why. Today, however, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus explains. Once upon a time Rogers Hornsby got a cut of the Cardinals, was traded to…

  12. Marcum gets Opening Day nod after sitting out '09

    Mar 22, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Cito Gaston announced that Shaun Marcum will be the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter, which is noteworthy given that he missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Roy Halladay started each of the past seven Opening Days for the Blue Jays, but he’ll be taking the mound for the Phillies in Game…

  13. The Mariners lineup is a tad underwhelming

    Mar 22, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners are considering making Casey Kotchman their number three hitter behind Ichiro and Figgins. What’s more, Milton Bradley is probably going to bat cleanup. I haven’t been paying all that much attention to the Mariners’ spring, so my first thought was “that makes no sense!”  Upon…

  14. Don't call it a setback: Erik Bedard cancels bullpen session

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard was slated to throw off a mound today for the first time since August shoulder surgery, but the Mariners canceled those plans with trainer Rick Griffin explaining: “He’s not ready, in our opinion.” Griffin went on to clarify that the cancellation isn’t a “setback” for Bedard, but given that the bullpen session was…

  15. The Rays Republic

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Who says you gotta move the Rays out of the AL East? They’re fitting in just fine. WEEI’s Alex Speier just passed along this quote from Joe Madden: “The Red Sox have got the Nation. The Yankees have the universe. We’ve created The Rays Republic.” I like it! But why stop there? How about the…

  16. Lenny Harris had a quadruple bypass on Friday

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    The all-time pinch-hit leader and current Dodgers’ coach was rushed to a hospital on Friday. They found severe blockage in four arteries and performed a quadruple bypass. Harris was said to be resting comfortably as of yesterday.  Word is, however, that he could see some action today if the Dodgers fall behind late and the…

  17. Aroldis Chapman is trying to assimilate

    Mar 22, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    John Fay writes about Aroldis Chapman’s efforts to learn the language and get used to life in the U.S.  A couple of interesting passages: The Reds are in uncharted territory. Players from the Dominican and Venezuela get assimilated before they get near the big leagues. Johnny Cueto was in the Reds’ system for four years…

  18. Catching up with Dinesh and Rinku

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Remember how the Pirates signed those two Indian reality-show winners?  Well, they’re back in camp this year, and unlike last spring, which was basically a publicity tour masquerading as baseball, this year they’re pitching and working out just like any other ballplayers. And they’re improving: The progress between last spring and now is remarkable, Pirates…

  19. Olney: realign the Rays out of the AL East

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:27 AM EDT

    Buster uses the Mauer signing as a jumping off point for thoughts on the A’s and Rays.  For the A’s: Bud needs to make San Jose happen.  No argument there. My view is that the commish should offer the Giants some concessions, deem the move to be OK, and make the Giants sue if they…

  20. Is Jim Edmonds going to retire?

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    FanHouse’s Ed Price reports that Jim Edmonds is surprisingly lukewarm about being a backup outfielder for the Brewers this year. Edmonds says “some days, driving in, I think [WTF?]” and questions whether the backup job is enough to keep him playing. He rebuffs the suggestion that he’s playing the game because he loves it, saying…

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