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  1. Your annual Bernie Williams sighting

    Mar 4, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    Every year at about this time Bernie Williams makes a visit to Yankees camp. Every year at this time some reporter plays the “so, is Bernie really retired?” game, even though it’s obvious that he’ll never play again. In a way it’s like a happier version of those guys who keep pounding the “why won’t…

  2. Garret Anderson, Dodgers reach minors deal

    Mar 3, 2010, 9:45 PM EDT

    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers agreed Wednesday evening to a minor league contract with veteran outfielder Garret Anderson. Teams were turned off this winter by Anderson’s less-than-impressive .268/.303/.401 batting line from the 2009 season.  He makes sense for the Dodgers, though, as a pinch-hitter and backup outfielder.  The 37-year-old…

  3. Nats' Zimmermann hoping to pitch this season

    Mar 3, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    That’s not a deceiving headline, is it?  Sorry.  Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (with two n’s) underwent Tommy John surgery just last August, and yet he told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post on  Wednesday afternoon that he wants to pitch this season. “I really want to get back this year and pitch,” said Zimmermann.  “I…

  4. Joba Chamberlain to make spring debut Friday?

    Mar 3, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain, sidelined earlier this week with the flu, threw a successful bullpen session Wednesday and may be ready to make his spring debut as soon as Friday. “If he feels OK on Friday, we’ll pitch him,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told The Journal News Wednesday evening. Chamberlain, 24, compiled a 4.75 ERA, a 1.54…

  5. Orioles homer barrage Wednesday's highlight

    Mar 3, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    Rhyne Hughes and Josh Bell, who could be the corner infielders for Baltimore’s Triple-A Norfolk affiliate this year, had two-homer games in a 12-2 win over the Rays. With the wind blowing out to left at 15 mph, Nick Markakis and Tampa Bay’s Sean Rodriguez also homered in the contest. Hughes and Bell were blocked…

  6. Arizona finalizes $51.5 million deal with Upton

    Mar 3, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

    This afternoon the Diamondbacks officially announced their six-year, $51.5 million deal with Justin Upton. Here are the year-by-year salaries: Signing Bonus – $1.25 million 2010 – $500,000 2011 – $4.25 million 2012 – $6.75 million 2013 – $9.75 million 2014 – $14.25 million 2015 – $14.5 million Essentially the Diamondbacks have pre-paid around $21 million…

  7. The Cubs sign Cuban defector Serrano

    Mar 3, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    RHP Juan Serrano defected from Cuba last year, and today the Cubs signed him.  Bruce Levine of ESPN reports that it’s a $250,000 deal, which makes it a minor league thing unless teams are giving out half-season contracts now.  The team has yet to confirm, as physicals need to be passed and all of that…

  8. Chipper Jones will be shocked if Jason Heyward doesn't break camp with the Braves

    Mar 3, 2010, 5:12 PM EDT

    The title kind of said it all, but that was Jones’ quote after today’s game against the Mets:  “I will be shocked if he doesn’t break camp with us.” Everyone who has watched his two games against the Mets so far is raving.  He’s hit the ball hard. He scored from second base on an…

  9. Sore shoulder sidelines Street

    Mar 3, 2010, 4:40 PM EDT

    Huston Street’s shoulder began hurting after throwing batting practice Friday, so the Rockies’ closer won’t appear in a game until next week at the earliest: It’s not a major deal. But it’s not minor, either. They are just extra cautious when you have a month before the season starts. We don’t have a timetable, but…

  10. New York's governor got free World Series tickets

    Mar 3, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    I am shocked, shocked to find that corruption is going on in Albany! The state Commission on Public Integrity charged Gov. David A. Paterson on Wednesday with violating state ethics laws when he secured free tickets to the opening game of the World Series from the Yankees last fall for himself and others. The announcement…

  11. Lou Piniella still has high hopes for 'The Fook'

    Mar 3, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Lou Piniella has recently begun referring to Kosuke Fukudome as “The Fook,” which I think is absolutely fantastic. Asked how he came up with the new nickname, the manager replied: “I like the name. It’s easy to say.” Through his interpreter Fukudome signed off on the nickname and then Piniella talked about his expectations for…

  12. Hideki Matsui in Anaheim: "Man, I feel comfortable here"

    Mar 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Good story in today’s New York Times about Hideki Matsui’s transition to life with the Angels.  There’s one rather shocking fact — About 50 Japanese reporters are following the Angels this spring, compared with three daily beat writers from American news organizations — and a whole lot of interesting happy-to-be-here stuff: “He’s got a really…

  13. Four teams boycott breakfast over 'Cubs tax'

    Mar 3, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Cactus League held its annual kickoff breakfast, but Jim Walsh of the Arizona Republic reports that the White Sox, Reds, Angels, and Dodgers boycotted the event to protest a proposed “Cubs tax” on league-wide ticket sales that would help build the Cubs a new spring training facility. Angels spokesperson Tim Mead explained that…

  14. Marlon Byrd is paying dividends already

    Mar 3, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    If Milton Bradley-Marlon Byrd comparisons weren’t lame enough, stuff like this makes them lamer: After Marlon Byrd saw Carlos Marmol throw a batting practice session recently, he pulled the young Cubs closer aside. Byrd could tell what Marmol was throwing. “I fixed it,” Marmol said Tuesday. “It’s not a good thing. I know what I…

  15. Quote of the Day II: Joel Zumaya

    Mar 3, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    Another fun thing from that Tigers exhibition game yesterday.  Joel Zumaya plunked one of the college players, who then pretended to be angry and acted like the umpire was holding him back from charging the mound.  Funny! Just as funny was Zumaya’s reaction: “I wasn’t sure at first that he (wasn’t going to charge the…

  16. Kevin Slowey unsure if he'll 'ever feel the same' after wrist surgery

    Mar 3, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey missed the final three months of last season after wrist surgery to, as he describes it, “cut down some tendons and pull out some tissue and bones that were no longer necessary and just kind of floating around in there.” His recovery process included around four months of rehab, but even now Slowey…

  17. 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.”…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

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