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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.”…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. David Ortiz wants to play 3-4 more years for the Red Sox

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Can I take the under? The Red Sox know what I am, even knowing what happened last year, I’m a guy that, I put a lot of enthusiasm into what I do. And it’s up to them. I’m trying to say that I would like to end my career here, I would like to play…

  16. How to stop those maple bats from shattering

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Baseball has announced that they’re going to ban maple bats in the minors due to the danger they pose from the way they shatter.  While I’m on board with things that make life safer, there are some benefits to maple bats — the players really like them; ash trees are in trouble — and it’s…

  17. This is why players practice

    Mar 3, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Nasty winds swirled in Lakeland yesterday for the Tigers’ exhibition against Florida Southern: The Tigers scored more runs than their traditional local opponent, but it was the wind that actually won Tuesday. Because it was the wind that blew a fly ball into Brennan Boesch’s face, causing a nasty laceration that required stitches above the…

  18. Adrian Beltre is friggin' nuts

    Mar 3, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Yeah, maybe that’s in bad taste given his injury last year, but when you go through that kind of nightmare and still continue to act irrationally you’re not going to get much sensitivity from me: Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu insisted Beltre wear a cup when he came back from the injury. It didn’t last long.…

  19. The Cubs get a little more stat-friendly

    Mar 3, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Paul Sullivan of the Tribune reports that the Cubs are broadening their minds: New Chairman Tom Ricketts told fans at the Cubs Convention he expects the organization to use sabermetrics as a tool more often for player decisions and evaluating opponents while still valuing the human component. The Cubs didn’t hire a full-time numbers cruncher…

  20. Eric Hinske: ownership's secret weapon

    Mar 3, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    FanGraph’s R.J. Anderson wonders if Eric Hinske won’t work his magic once again and persuade Jason Heyward to sign an uber-team-friendly contract with the Braves.  It was Hinske, you’ll recall who did that with Evan Longoria, famously telling the young stud not to pass up his first shot at money and leading him to sign…

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