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  1. The Mets are shopping Gary Matthews Jr. Good luck with that.

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman reports that the Mets are trying to trade Gary Matthews, Jr. and that the Reds are “a possibility.” Sherman thinks this could be evidence that Carlos Beltran may be back quicker than people realize, thus making Matthews redundant. Competing possibility: The Mets are just now realizing that they foolishly traded a more-than-decent reliever…

  2. Reyes likely to hit leadoff when he returns

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    It’s unclear whether Jose Reyes will be able to make Opening Day — for what it’s worth I agree with the Post’s Joel Sherman that it would be folly to push him simply to make Opening Day  — but when he does return, Jerry Manuel says he’s likely to bat leadoff. This is a reversal…

  3. Ichiro made a sick catch yesterday

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT won’t let me (or anyone else) embed video, so you have to check it out here.  Definitely worth your click-through, though. The catch is being compared to Willie Mays over-the-shoulder catch in the 1954 World Series. Two differences from what I can see: 1. Willie Mays’ catch was only half of what made that…

  4. Springtime Storylines: Will age catch up to the Yankees?

    Mar 24, 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.  The Yankees are the defending champs, so they have the honor. The big question:  Will age catch up to the Yankees?People have…

  5. Ballplayers think that little shiny bracelets improve their performance

    Mar 24, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    We live in a world in which PED hysterics say things like “ballplayers wouldn’t take HGH if it didn’t improve their performance.”  We also live in a world where ballplayers wear shiny little mylar bracelets that are “digitally encoded with a frequency that your body can tune into” and which are claimed to give you…

  6. More on Jose Canseco's subpoena

    Mar 24, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    The New York Times has an article on the grand jury subpoena Jose Canseco tweeted about yesterday.  Three takeaways: A lawyer for Canseco said Tuesday that he had been contacted three weeks ago by a federal prosecutor in Washington who was seeking to serve Canseco with a subpoena. The prosecutor wanted Canseco to testify before…

  7. McCourt thanks his lucky stars for Tiger Woods

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:07 AM EDT

    The drama and nastiness surrounding his split with wife Jamie has been very hard on Dodgers owner Frank McCourt. But he took the time to tell USA Today that he was very grateful for one thing: Tiger Woods: “It’s tough. I’m not going to lie to you,” he says. “It’s a very, very sad thing.…

  8. UPDATE: Pedroia leaves game with mild wrist sprain

    Mar 23, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    Update: Sounds like Pedroia will get an X-ray on the wrist as a precaution, per Benjamin. 9:00 pm: Amalie Benjamin reports that Pedroia did not receive X-rays on the wrist, though he did leave the park. He’ll be re-evaluated on Wednesday. 8:20 pm: Dustin Pedroia exited Tuesday night’s game against the Twins with a mild…

  9. Manuel says Reyes will likely lead off when he returns

    Mar 23, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    Before the exhibition schedule began, Jerry Manuel had discussed the idea of using Jose Reyes as his No. 3 hitter while Carlos Beltran worked his way back from knee surgery. Of course, the whole plan took a backseat once Reyes was sidelined for two and a half weeks due to a thyroid condition. But now…

  10. Towles likely to get nod behind plate for 'Stros

    Mar 23, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    That’s the part I agree with. I’m not sure about the rest of Alyson Footer’s MLBlog entry, in which she looks at the battle between J.R. Towles and top prospect Jason Castro for the catching job in Houston. Footer thinks Towles will be the starter, Humberto Quintero the backup and that Castro will get some…

  11. Tom Paciorek teaches us how to be cool

    Mar 23, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    It’s old, but it’s coooool. Especially the last four seconds of it. (thanks to The Common Man for the heads up).

  12. Nathan's surgery scheduled for Friday

    Mar 23, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Amy Nelson reports that Joe Nathan’s Tommy John surgery is set for Friday: Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Friday in New York, a source familiar with the situation said. The surgery will be performed by the New York Mets’ team physician, Dr. David Altchek,…

  13. The Mets rename Tradition Field

    Mar 23, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    There weren’t any bad experiences during my trip to spring training, but being honest — and trying to be as fair as possible — I’ll have to say that the Mets’ facilities in Port St. Lucie were my least favorite.  I’m not saying there was anything particularly wrong the place, just that the whole setup…

  14. Giants looking to trade Kevin Frandsen

    Mar 23, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the Giants have made it known widely throughout baseball that they are willing to trade infielder Kevin Frandsen.” According to Schulman the Giants recently showcased Frandsen at shortstop for any interested teams because Matt Downs has passed him on their infield depth chart, but few people…

  15. Royals' utilityman's road trip pays dividends for his son

    Mar 23, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    There’s a new player on the NHL’s Minnesota Wild who has baseball to thank for his hockey career. He’s Casey Wellman, the son of former Giants and Royals’ utilityman Brad Wellman, and he got his start, indirectly anyway, on a Royals’ road trip: In 1988, the Royals were in Boston to play the Red Sox…

  16. Mets send prospect Ike Davis to minors camp

    Mar 23, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Unlike Madison Bumgarner with the Giants there was probably never a significant chance of first baseman Ike Davis breaking camp with the Mets, but today’s demotion to the minors is still news after he hit .480 with three homers this spring. Davis was the Mets’ first-round pick in 2008 and hit .298/.381/.524 with 20 homers…

  17. Will the international draft hurt Dominican baseball like it hurt baseball in Puerto Rico?

    Mar 23, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    I’m opposed to the the imposition of an international draft during the next round of collective bargaining for a few reasons. For one thing, I think it will be a logistical and political nightmare, as would anything that requires even the tacit participation of a guy like Hugo Chavez. I also tend to find it…

  18. Scott Schoeneweis says Brewers released him 'because my wife died'

    Mar 23, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee released Scott Schoeneweis today after signing him to a minor-league contract about six weeks ago and the veteran left-hander had some harsh words on his way out the door: The only regret I have is that I wasted a month of my time. I didn’t have a chance to make the team. That’s what…

  19. Mauer's press conference

    Mar 23, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    We offer this up to you so that you can see the subject of the Twins’ “lunacy” up close and personal.  Kudos to Justin Morneau for playing reporter.  

  20. The Indians are going to do their own steroid testing on Latin American propsects

    Mar 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Indians just had three recent signees from the Dominican Republic get suspended for pre-signing PED use.  The team is as mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore. Indians’ scouting director John Mirabelli: “I’ve got no sympathy for these guys. They broke the law. They fraudulently tried to misrepresent their abilities…

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