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  1. So how's that 5th starter competition going?

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    Um, yeah.  Something tells me that Hughes has the inside track.  And even if he doesn’t, Girardi may go with Dave LaPoint or Andy Hawkins or someone.

  2. The Twins aren't going to trade Joe Mauer for a closer

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:25 AM EST

    Nature abhors a vacuum and apparently baseball writers abhor a lack of news: Mauer still has more leverage than Pat Williams on a teeter-totter, but as negotiations have lagged, Mauer’s hesitancy to accept a record-setting contract offer from his hometown team has made his signing less than a sure thing and raised this previously unthinkable…

  3. Scenes from Spring Training: Red Sox Nation South Part 3

    Mar 11, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    Back up to the press box, I got my lunch on.  Much more elaborate spread than the Mets or the Twins put out. Lasagna, hot dogs, cold cuts, chicken salad, fresh fruit, cake and all kinds of other stuff. And though I didn’t hang around that long, there was a sign saying that they did…

  4. The Daily News is trying to link Reyes' thyroid problem to HGH

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:30 AM EST

    The Daily News and its “I-Team” are usually the first ones to hurl PED accusations at ballplayers. The latest: suggesting a link between Jose Reyes’ thyroid condition and his treatment by Dr. Anthony Galea: Anti-doping experts have long wondered whether abnormal levels of thyroid hormones can indicate doping. At least one clinical study has linked…

  5. Scenes from Spring Training: Red Sox Nation South Part 2

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    As I walked down to the field I realized that the fates kept placing me at the park where the biggest news of the day was going down: Nathan’s UCL on Tuesday and Nomar’s retirement on Wednesday.  Upon realizing this I thought that I should charge the other writers $500 a head to hear where…

  6. Rangers, creditors at an impasse

    Mar 11, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    The latest on the Rangers sale that everyone wants to pretend is inevitable: Talks between the MLB Rangers and the team’s creditors are at an impasse, sources said, all but ending any chance of the sale of the team closing by Opening Day . . . “They have been at an impasse for weeks if not longer,”…

  7. Scenes from Spring Training: Red Sox Nation South Part 1

    Mar 11, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    I haven’t been to Steinbrenner Field yet so this may be a bit premature, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that a Red Sox spring training game is about as close to a major league experience as you’re going to get in the Grapefruit League. For better and for worse.…

  8. Lowe and behold the 'nastiest blister' ever

    Mar 10, 2010, 11:38 PM EST

    Derek Lowe may have a new delivery to help improve his results from 2009, but it didn’t do anything to keep him from grossing everyone out on Wednesday. The Braves right-hander lasted just one inning against the Mets, allowing three runs after a blister popped on his right (push-off) foot. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that…

  9. Curtis Granderson gets to ride with the cool kids

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:48 PM EST

    Remember when you were a freshman in high school and you bummed a ride off the cool, older kid who already had his license and a car? No? Well trust me, it’s a defining moment, one that can bring instant credibility to your high school existence. Unless of course, the driver is this guy. Derek…

  10. Xavier Nady won't be used regularly until June

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:22 PM EST

    Look away, Cubs fans.  Manager Lou Piniella told the Chicago Tribune’s Paul Sullivan on Wednesday evening that he doesn’t think newly-signed outfielder Xavier Nady will be ready for regular duty until June. It’s not a huge deal — Nady was brought in to serve as the club’s fourth outfielder, not to start — but any…

  11. Glaus showing plate prowess in Braves camp

    Mar 10, 2010, 8:04 PM EST

    Braves first baseman Troy Glaus had another strong day at the dish Wednesday, and is now 9-for-12 in Grapefruit League play with eight consecutive hits.  He’s trying to keep things in perspective, but it’s great to see him performing so well after failing to register more than 30 at-bats last season for the Cardinals due…

  12. Torii Hunter's Statement

    Mar 10, 2010, 7:27 PM EST

    Torii Hunter has released a statement on his website. I won’t reproduce the whole thing here — it’s long and you should read it in its entirety in its context — but this is the part that I consider to be most significant: We all come from different places and backgrounds. Coming from Pine Bluff,…

  13. Interim manager Mattingly still has a lot to learn

    Mar 10, 2010, 6:57 PM EST

    On the day he hinted that he was all lined up to become the Dodgers’ next manager, Don Mattingly had an embarrasing gaffe Wednesday, as his team was caught hitting out of order. Mattingly, who has never managed at any level, was serving as the Dodgers’ interim manager with Joe Torre off handling half the…

  14. Report: Red Sox, Beckett progressing in talks

    Mar 10, 2010, 6:25 PM EST

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox and Josh Beckett are making progress on a new deal that would keep the free-agent-to-be in Boston beyond 2010. The two sides have been working with an unofficial Opening Day deadline as they attempt to reach a compromise. Beckett, who is entering the option year of a…

  15. Bret Boone to manage independent league team

    Mar 10, 2010, 5:42 PM EST

    Aaron Boone officially retired last month to join the Baseball Tonight crew on ESPN and five years after calling it quits his brother Bret Boone has now found a job managing the Victoria Seals of the independent Golden Baseball League. Boone spent most of his 14-year career with the Mariners and Reds, but finished on…

  16. Guzman not at full strength after shoulder surgery

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:55 PM EST

    I tuned into yesterday afternoon’s Nationals-Tigers game just to see Stephen Strasburg’s spring training debut, but also got a look at Cristian Guzman’s surgically repaired right shoulder as he lobbed a weak, high-arcing throw to first base after fielding a Strasburg-induced grounder. Even before the injury Guzman was pretty lax with his throws to first…

  17. Anti-stats rant: This is either the worst column or the best satire ever written

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    Jerry Thornton of WEEI starts his latest column off good enough, waxing optimistic about the Red Sox, and imagining that they’ll be popping champagne corks in November. But then he gets in a time machine and heads back to 2002 or so: And as I do, there’s only one thing I see spoiling the party.…

  18. Curt Schilling, Electronic Arts partner for 'fantasy role playing' video game

    Mar 10, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Electronic Arts has signed a deal to produce a video game from Curt Schilling’s company 38 Studios. Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe reports that the product “has nothing to do with sports” and will instead be “a single-player fantasy role playing game, still under development and code-named Project Mercury.” Here’s more from the story:…

  19. Torii Hunter is angry

    Mar 10, 2010, 3:37 PM EST

    The Los Angeles Times caught up with Torii Hunter today and got his comments about his outrageous comments in this morning’s USA Today.  Short version: Hunter is pissed off: Hunter, who directs much of his charitable efforts to the development of inner-city baseball, claimed his comments “were distorted and taken out of context.” “I’m not apologizing…

  20. Theo: "For a long time, the Red Sox were Nomar Garciaparra"

    Mar 10, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    I know it’s his big day down here in Ft. Myers and everything, but I’m gonna call b.s. on this quote by Theo Epstein: “For a long time, the Red Sox were Nomar Garciaparra” Nomar was really good in Boston, and often great, but I don’t know that it’s accurate to really say that the…

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