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  1. Ian Kinsler may not be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 26, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler suffered a high ankle sprain on March 11th, and hasn’t played since. While the team says that it’s been improving since then, they gave him a cortisone shot today.  The Rangers are uncertain if he’ll be available for Opening Day. Evan Grant at the Dallas Morning News is on it: he notes that…

  2. Roy Oswalt leaves start with hamstring injury

    Mar 26, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt left today’s start against the Pirates with a strained hamstring and MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that he’s flying to Houston to be examined by team doctors. Oswalt told McTaggart that the injury is “nothing major” and something he “could have gotten through” had it been the regular season, but general manager Ed Wade…

  3. The Upper Deck comes down at Yankee Stadium

    Mar 26, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    The below video (wait until the one minute mark) will either make you really sad, or else it will make you feel like you felt when they pulled down Emperor Palpatine’s statue at the end of that enhanced version of Jedi.  Wait, that made me sad too because no damn way no Empire is going…

  4. Giants trade Frandsen to Red Sox for PTBNL

    Mar 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Earlier this week the Giants were said to be shopping Kevin Frandsen around and sure enough they just traded the 27-year-old infielder to the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash. After missing all of 2008 with a ruptured Achilles’ tendon Frandsen hit .295/.352/.438 with 13 homers in 110 games at…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Did the Angels lose too much blood this winter?

    Mar 26, 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 Los Angeles Angels The big question: Did the Angels lose too much blood this winter? Chone Figgins is in…

  6. Mike Lowell limps off with bruised left knee

    Mar 26, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    As if he needed another injury to come back from, Mike Lowell limped off the field today after fouling a ball off his leg and has been diagnosed with a left knee contusion. Ian Browne of MLB.com notes that “Lowell immediately fell to the ground and appeared to be in considerable pain” before being helped…

  7. Sex-for-World Series tickets defendant convicted on one charge, acquitted on another

    Mar 26, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Big day for prostitution news in baseball, as Susan Finkelstein, the Phillies fan who was charged with trying to trade a little slap and tickle for World Series tickets was acquitted on the prostitution beef last night, but was convicted of attempted prostitution by a Bucks County, Pennsylvania jury. Finally, the people of Bucks County,…

  8. Dustin McGowan shut down for two weeks

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Just last week Dustin McGowan’s comeback from shoulder surgery was said to be going very well, but this morning manager Cito Gaston announced that he’s been shut down for at least two weeks. After watching McGowan pitch a two-inning simulated game last week Gaston noted that he “looked good” and “threw well, free and easy.”…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Are the Indians the worst team in baseball?

    Mar 26, 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.  Hello, everybody, Harry Doyle here, welcoming all you Friends of the Feather to another season of Indians baseball! The big question: Are…

  10. Ronnie Belliard makes weight, gets $825,000

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    As a fat guy it amused me when the Dodgers re-signed Ronnie Belliard two months ago and included a clause that guaranteed his one-year, $825,000 contract only if the 5-foot-9 infielder weighed in at 209 pounds or less at some point during spring training. Sure enough Belliard weighed in at 208 pounds yesterday and earned…

  11. Shameless Self-Promotion: hear me talk on the phone at 2PM

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    If you have always been dying to pair up the image of my bald head and pasty skin with an annoyingly nasly voice, by all means, head over to Hotstove.com at 2PM Eastern today to hear me hold forth on the Mets, Joe Mauer, the teams that did the most and the least to improve…

  12. Worst Opening Day Starters of All Time

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    In honor of Joe Torre starting Vicente Padilla on Opening Day (now official!), lar at Wezen-Ball gives us a list of the worst Opening Day starters of all time. Two thoughts: 1. I am absolutely tickled that Jack Morris makes the list. Take that Morris-for-the-Hall-of-Fame truthers! 2. I am happy to see that Rick Mahler…

  13. What kind of damage can Jason Heyward do as a 20-year-old rookie?

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Now that Jason Heyward has officially made the Braves it’s time to start thinking about what kind of rookie season he’s capable of putting together at age 20. Here are his projections from a few prominent sources: AVG OBP SLG OPS Baseball Prospectus .274 .345 .461 .806 Rotoworld Draft Guide .267 .343 .440 .783 Baseball…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Is suicide the only hope for Royals fans?

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:15 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: Kansas City, Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! The big question: Is suicide the only hope for Royals fans? Baseball is supposed…

  15. Quote of the Day: Elijah Dukes

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    I really want to tell the fans of DC, Jim Bowden and Mike Rizzo thanks a lot for helping me out in many ways. I really grew up a lot because of those two guys. I also want to give a hug to Harolyn Cardozo and Willie Harris for the time that I needed people…

  16. Jonathan Papelbon doesn't think Yankees-Red Sox games are too long. He's wrong.

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    The Red Sox and Yankees average game times are the two longest in baseball, and when the two of them get together, forget it. Major League Baseball has asked the teams to try and move things along, but Jonathan Papelbon — asked about the issue by WEEI’s Rob Bradford — doesn’t understand why anyone thinks…

  17. Pujols in Royal blue, Mets pinstripes

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    This morning I talked about how much fun it would be to see Pujols photoshopped into Royals and Mets jerseys. Ask, and ye shall receive, courtesy of my friends at Tauntr. I like the Royals one. With the crooked hat it’s like Pujols went all thug after signing with K.C. He’s from there so maybe,…

  18. It's official: Jason Heyward will break camp with the Braves

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Great news for Braves fans and even better news for Jason Heyward: Bobby Cox told Heyward this morning that he has made the team.  He’ll presumably be the everyday right fielder. Matt Diaz, Melky Cabrera and Nate McLouth can figure out center and left among themselves. Heyward was already the number one prospect in baseball…

  19. Braves minor leaguer caught in prostitution sting

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    When I saw the headline all I could do was to think “Please don’t be Jason Heyward! Please don’t be Jason Heyward!”  Then I remembered that it’s all but certain that Heyward will officially break camp with the big club, thus isn’t really a minor leaguer and everything was alright again.  Well, not for this…

  20. Jeter wants to be an owner

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    The whole Jeter-as-owner thing is no longer the exclusive province of the New York tabloid writers. The Captain is totally into it. Except he does not simply want a chunk of non-controlling stock or something. He wants to do it Michael Jordan-style. Says Jeter: “The only interest I have in ownership is to be able…

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