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  1. Jason Kendall is throwing a lot of guys under the Adderall bus

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Jason Kendall sat for a deposition in his divorce case recently, and the subject of other players taking the ADD drug Adderall came up.  Kendall admitted to his own use — as much as 60 mg doses during the regular season, cutting back once the season was over — said that he believes Brian Giles…

  2. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 2

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

    I made my way down to the field as the Pirates came out to do their morning workouts, batting practice and the like.  Weirdest thing:  the team does all their stretching in a big circle with a couple of players leading the drills in the middle. Maybe other teams do this on some back field…

  3. USA Today's panel: the game needs to stay ahead of the drug curve

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    USA Today runs their fifth and final part of their panel-of-experts series this morning.  Today they cover a few of my favorite subjects: World Baseball Classic: The experts think they should change the scheduling of the WBC or pull the major leaguers out of the tournament altogether. Injuries are a big factor here, but I…

  4. Scenes from Spring Training: Arrrrgh! The Pirates! Part 1

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    My original plan didn’t have me going down to Bradenton to visit Pirates’ camp, but when the Yankees decided not to offer me media credentials some time freed up, allowing me to catch the Pirates-Rays game yesterday afternoon.  I would like to thank the Yankees for their decision, because it meant that I got to…

  5. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen

    Mar 12, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

    “Sometimes I think you have to be careful what you say” – Ozzie Guillen, responding to Torii Hunter’s comments about black Latino baseball players being “imposters.”  I repeat: Ozzie Guillen is advising someone to be careful what they say. This is like Lindsay Lohan telling someone that they need to stop drinking so much or…

  6. Buchholz acts, and a Phillies fan redeems herself

    Mar 12, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz showed off his acting chops on Wednesday with a cameo on Comedy Central’s Tosh.o show. He played, shockingly, a pitcher, and did not have any lines. Even he admitted it was a pretty easy gig. “It was fun,” Buchholz said. “It wasn’t like I had to do much acting, I…

  7. Figgins and Ichiro: Fear the 'Gnats!'

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners have clearly put their focus on defense and pitching since Jack Zduriencik took over as general manager. A team with little power figures to have even less after letting slugger Russell Branyan leave via free agency. But offensive concerns aside, they should at least be a major pain at the top of…

  8. Rainout throws a wrench in Braves' plans

    Mar 11, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    A few storm clouds are making their way across southern Florida this evening and the Braves’ scheduled spring game against the Yankees has been canceled.  Jair Jurrjens was slated to make his debut in the contest, but, according to Knox Bardeen of AOL Fanhouse, that outing has simply been pushed back to Friday.  He will…

  9. Ronald Belisario is either immature or stupid

    Mar 11, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

    Or both.  According to Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles, right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario has yet to report to spring training and has missed three scheduled appointments at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela that would have helped clear up his visa issues and allowed him to travel. Belisario, for whatever reason, has shown little…

  10. Rockies get flexibility, Helton gets security

    Mar 11, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

    Seeing a window to remain a top contender in the wide open NL West, the Rockies on Thursday made a trade with their own first baseman, giving him two additional years of security in exchange for an ability to defer $13.1 million beginning in 2011. In what seems like a smart move for both sides,…

  11. Giles an underappreciated superstar

    Mar 11, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    .315/.418/.614, 39 HR, 115 RBI .315/.432/.594, 35 HR, 123 RBI .309/.404/.590, 37 HR, 95 RBI .298/.450/.622, 38 HR, 103 RBI That was the four-season run Brian Giles had from the time he arrived in Pittsburgh in 1999 through 2002. Of course, it was a time of whopping numbers, so Giles never led the NL in…

  12. Lowell's spring debut pushed back to next week

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Mike Lowell was initially hoping to make his spring training debut tomorrow, but now it sounds like he won’t play until Monday at the earliest. Here’s manager Terry Francona: We’re probably shooting more for Monday with Mikey Lowell. That’s probably a realistic target. I don’t know if it will happen. Normally teams have every reason…

  13. Wanna buy a World Series ring?

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    It’s a 1984 Detroit Tigers model, so I would be interested.  Whose is it? Lance Parrish? Larry Herndon? [swoons, bats eyes] Alan Trammell? How much would you pay for a piece of the Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship? Would you pay $5,000? That’s the asking price on eBay for the World Series ring of former…

  14. Rays sign Cuban defector Anderson for $3.75 million

    Mar 11, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    The Rays confirmed a report Thursday that they’ve agreed to terms with Cuban first baseman-outfielder Leslie Anderson. Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reported earlier in the day that it was a major league deal worth a guaranteed $3.75 million over four years. Anderson, 27, is a left-handed hitter with experience throughout the outfield and…

  15. Webb 'running out of time' to avoid disabled list

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch admitted today that “we are running out of time” for Brandon Webb to be ready for Opening Day, with Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reporting that “it’s becoming more and more clear” that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Webb hasn’t pitched since complaining of shoulder soreness on…

  16. More Lego ballparks

    Mar 11, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    As I wrote this morning, I was impressed with that Lego ballpark.  I probably should have Googled the subject, because there are many, many more of them. I’m still building a Tiger Stadium, though. Gonna smell like pee and cigars too, just like the real one. Just you watch.

  17. Desmond Jennings is having a rough spring

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings is one of the truly elite prospects in baseball, ranking No. 6 on Baseball America‘s annual top 100 list, but things aren’t going smoothly for him this spring. Jennings was plunked on the elbow in his very first Grapefruit League at-bat, missed a few days, returned to the lineup, and then sprained his…

  18. Accusing Nomar of steroid use

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    You apparently get one day to savor your retirement before someone accuses you of taking steroids. Yahoo!’s Steve Henson, everyone: Eight years with the Red Sox made Garciaparra a master at deflecting tough questions in a genial manner. Performance-enhancing drugs weren’t a topic he’d discuss, and if steroids had helped him bulk up in Boston…

  19. Brian Giles retires

    Mar 11, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Former Pirate, Indian, Padre and — for this spring at least, Dodger — Brian Giles announced his retirement today, Dylan Hernandez reports. Giles finishes his career with 287 home runs and a line of .292/.400/.502.  He was a two-time All-Star and filled the role of “best player on terrible Pirates teams” in between Al Martin…

  20. The Rockies extend Todd Helton for two years

    Mar 11, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Todd Helton was already locked up for $16.6 million this year and $19.1 million next year with an insane $23 million option for 2012, but the Rockies felt it necessary to extend his contract all the same.  He’s now locked up for 2012 and given a contract for 2013. Financial details were not released, but…

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