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  1. Scout: Joe Mauer will be the next Yankees catcher

    Mar 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EST

    Reporters like to talk to scouts before games. They’re more available than front office people, usually just sitting out in the stands or walking around the ballpark before games. They’re less guarded, too. Like the reporter they’re kind of out there on their own on the road a lot, and when you engage them they’re…

  2. Phil Hughes out front in fifth starter's race

    Mar 17, 2010, 7:58 AM EST

    That seems to the be the consensus after last night’s game anyway, in which he blanked the Astros over four innings. It wasn’t a start — he got the four inning save — and it wasn’t really against major league hitters, but Joe Girardi and the gang were pleased with his command, the fact that…

  3. Rays have a fresh, creative marketing plan

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:53 PM EST

    You have to admire the Tampa Bay Rays. They are the little engine that could, the young kid who stood up to the neighborhood bullies of the AL East and delivered a few bloody noses on the way to the 2008 World Series. But despite the team’s recent run of success, the Rays have had…

  4. Ackley to continue playing second base in the minors

    Mar 16, 2010, 9:14 PM EST

    Dustin Ackley, the No. 2 pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, was among six roster cuts the Mariners made on Tuesday morning. And according to what general manager Jack Zduriencik told Jim Street of, Ackley, who was drafted as an outfielder, will continue his transition to second base with Double-A West Tennessee. “He…

  5. Peavy reportedly OK after car accident

    Mar 16, 2010, 8:46 PM EST

    Hold the panic White Sox fans, Jake Peavy says he’s OK after he was involved in a car accident on Tuesday. The right-hander, who is looking forward to having a full, healthy season in Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune that he was barely “tapped” by a driver who didn’t brake in time. Earlier in the…

  6. UPDATE: Westmoreland undergoes brain surgery

    Mar 16, 2010, 8:40 PM EST

    Update: Alex Speier of passes along a statement from the team: Following the five-hour procedure, Westmoreland remains in the intensive care unit but has come through the surgery well. Due to the complexity of this surgery, Ryan will face a difficult period initially before beginning his recovery. 7:54 PM: According to Gordon Edes of…

  7. Quote of the Day: Jamie McCourt

    Mar 16, 2010, 6:55 PM EST

    “I’m Jewish. I can be bought. But he likes litigation. We’ll see what happens.” – Jamie McCourt, joking about the ongoing saga over the ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers during a Monday luncheon put on by Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Orange County, California. In other news, Jamie McCourt’s publicity campaign in…

  8. Did the Royals just cut their second best reliever?

    Mar 16, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    It’s still pretty early on in the spring for notable cuts, but one from Tuesday will force me to revise my projections a bit, as the Royals optioned right-hander Carlos Rosa to Triple-A. Now, I’m sure most won’t care about such a move. Rosa was, at best, going to be a setup man for one…

  9. Comment of the Day: In which my evil plot is uncovered

    Mar 16, 2010, 6:00 PM EST

    I’ve come to the conclusion a long time ago that Craig is a big fan of one of the aforementioned steroid cheats.  I’m not sure which one. He’s upset that said cheat won’t be voted into the Hall of Fame and is on a mission to clear the cheat’s name by muddying the waters and…

  10. Friends don't let Adam Dunn play defense

    Mar 16, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Adam Dunn had to leave today’s Nats-Marlins game due to back spasms. According to Bill Ladson, he hurt his back trying to make a defensive play in the top of the second inning. Dunn says he’ll be fine and will probably play tomorrow, but add this to the ever-growing list of bad things that have…

  11. Attention general managers: No one cares about your injuries

    Mar 16, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

    I’m usually not a big fan of the football mindset infiltrating baseball, probably because I’m not a football guy by nature.  But Peter Gammons has an anecdote involving Bill Parcells in his latest column that hit the spot: When Parcells’ daughter married now-Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, the best man was Indians GM…

  12. Bengie Molina was a college shortstop (seriously)

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:41 PM EST

    Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News writes the most shocking thing you’ll read today: Bengie Molina was a shortstop in college. It turns out that before Molina settled in for a career behind the plate, before he became the Sultan of Squat, he was a lithe and rangy shortstop for Arizona Western Community…

  13. Sidney Ponson signs with the Long Island Ducks

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    John Smoltz was forced into the broadcast booth, but everyone’s favorite Knight of the Netherlands/problem drinker/starting pitcher, Sidney Ponson, has landed a job. He has signed a deal with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.  OK, I suppose they would have taken Smoltz over Ponson if the former would have made himself available,…

  14. The Angels are going for the Snuggie record

    Mar 16, 2010, 4:03 PM EST

    This press release came out of Anaheim Angels central earlier today: On Tuesday April 6, 2010, the Angels will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people wearing fleece blankets.” All fans in attendance at the Angels vs. Minnesota Twins game (7:05PM) will receive a complimentary Hideki Matsui Blankie courtesy…

  15. Cory Wade to miss at least 3 months after surgery

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:42 PM EST

    Cory Wade missed much of last season with a shoulder injury, but upon arriving at spring training last month the 26-year-old reliever said: “My shoulder is healthy. My back is strong. This is the best I’ve felt since 2008.” Unfortunately that was short-lived, as Wade complained of shoulder pain just two weeks later and is…

  16. The A's in San Jose: what's it gonna be, Bud?

    Mar 16, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    So Bud Selig appointed a committee to study the intricacies of maybe possibly hopefully hypothetically moving the Athletics to San Jose.  The problem: the Giants’ territorial rights.  I’m not expert of decision making, but it strikes me that Bud’s committee had to answer a relatively small, relatively simple few questions: (1) Are the A’s viable…

  17. John Smoltz joins TBS as announcer, but still not officially retiring

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

    Turner Sports announced that John Smoltz has joined the TBS broadcast team as an analyst for their Sunday afternoon games and select Braves games. Smoltz joins a lineup of color commentators that includes Ron Darling, Buck Martinez, David Wells, and Dennis Eckersley, with Ernie Johnson, Brian Anderson, and Dick Stockton filling play-by-play duties. Chip Caray’s…

  18. Florida vs. Arizona

    Mar 16, 2010, 2:17 PM EST

    The New York Times’ Tyler Kepner runs down the differences between spring training in Florida vs. spring training in Arizona. He focuses on how as of next year every Cactus League team will play in the greater Phoenix area and how everything in Florida is spaced out. He could have added that the weather, generally…

  19. Geoff Blum and the uselessness of spring stats

    Mar 16, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

    Lance Berkman is questionable to be ready for Opening Day following knee surgery last week and Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros are leaning toward veteran utility man Geoff Blum as his replacement at first base. In his absence, Geoff Blum started in the No. 5 spot in the lineup Sunday,…

  20. Buster Olney defends his Pujols-Howard story

    Mar 16, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Everyone has had a lot of fun with Buster Olney’s report about the Phillies having internal discussions about trading Ryan Howard for Pujols.  Today Buster strikes back. After making it clear that he never said that any St. Louis-Philly negotiations took place and that neither team was inclined to make such deal, Buster says he…

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