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  1. Brewers and Indians work out a deal for Rule 5 pick Chuck Lofgren

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:44 AM EST

    Yesterday several Rule 5 picks were sent back to their original teams, but the Brewers worked out a deal with the Indians for Chuck Lofgren to remain in the organization without being on the big-league roster all season. In exchange for being able to keep Lofgren and, just as importantly, demote him to the minors…

  2. Manny under the microscope

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    A summary of Bob Klapisch’s take on Manny Ramirez:  He was totally awesome until he tested positive for PEDs, and then we all realized that he was a fraud and now he needs to prove he can still produce without the drugs. But if he does produce this season we’ll have no idea if he’s…

  3. Who is the face of your franchise?

    Mar 16, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    Stuff like this post — looking at all the preseason annuals like Sporting News and Athlon, and determining whether their choices of the face of each franchise as evidenced by the cover photos they use makes rational sense — is why I keep Wezen-Ball bookmarked and you should too. Anyone can tell you who won…

  4. Creditors reject Greenberg's latest offer

    Mar 16, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    Chuck Greenberg keeps telling everyone who will listen that there’s nothing to worry about, the sale of the Rangers will close by April 1, and all will be happy and sunshine. Events on the ground, however, continue to make such a scenario less and less likely. According to Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Daily: Hicks…

  5. Deep Thoughts: Derek Jeter's predecessors

    Mar 16, 2010, 10:27 AM EST

    Mike Vaccaro has a column today about how the presence of Derek Jeter and his presumptive multi-year deal likely contributed to the Yankees missing out on Cuban free agent Adeiny Hechevarria, who seems to have signed with the Blue Jays. Vaccaro is realistic about it — it’s not like you let 19 year-old prospects dictate…

  6. What to do about HGH? How about legalizing it?

    Mar 16, 2010, 9:50 AM EST

    Economist (and Braves fan) J.C. Bradbury thinks the best way to deal with the scourge of HGH is to simply allow anyone who wants to use it to do so. It’s an Insider article so many of you can’t see it, but Bradbury’s upshot is that (a) there is almost a total lack of evidence…

  7. Derek Lowe shuts down the Nats

    Mar 16, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    Derek Lowe was absolutely dominant last night, retiring every batter he faced save one who reached on an error, striking out six and inducing five groundouts. This (a) gives me hope that his little toe blister problem is past him; and (b) bolsters my belief that he’s poised for a bounce back season. Then I…

  8. Josh Hamilton banged up again

    Mar 16, 2010, 8:59 AM EST

    If it wasn’t for bad luck Josh Hamilton wouldn’t have no luck at all: Hamilton was diagnosed with a bruise on his left hand after getting hit by a pitch Monday night in a Cactus League game against the San Francisco Giants. Preliminary X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated Tuesday. “Somebody is after…

  9. President Jamie McCourt

    Mar 16, 2010, 8:28 AM EST

    The latest from the McCourt divorce: Jamie McCourt considered whether to parlay her high-profile position with the Dodgers into the pursuit of political offices, including president of the United States, according to documents filed by her estranged husband in the couple’s divorce proceedings . . . In a December 2008 e-mail, Dodgers executive Charles Steinberg…

  10. Major League Baseball's Working Poor

    Mar 16, 2010, 7:57 AM EST

    Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you:

  11. Holy Sheets! 'It was a bad one'

    Mar 16, 2010, 1:41 AM EST

    The Oakland A’s pulled off one of the shockers of the offseason when they signed free agent pitcher Ben Sheets to a one-year, $10 million deal. While many thought the A’s overpaid for the talented (yet oft-injured)  pitcher who missed all of 2009, there were also some good feelings that a small-market club could outbid…

  12. Albert Pujols and the legendary blast that should never have happened

    Mar 16, 2010, 12:27 AM EST

    I remember when I first realized that Albert Pujols was GREAT. I already knew he was great, mind you, but there came a time when the simple lower-case modifier was no longer good enough to describe the St. Louis Cardinals slugger. Sort of like calling the Grand Canyon big, or the Pacific Ocean wet, it…

  13. Marlins check out Mike Lowell's debut

    Mar 15, 2010, 9:25 PM EST

    It may be nothing more than that, but according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins were among teams in attendance to check out Mike Lowell’s exhibition debut against the Orioles on Monday. According to Spencer, the Marlins have at least discussed the idea internally, though reacquiring the 36-year-old would likely be a…

  14. Wang throws first bullpen of the spring

    Mar 15, 2010, 8:00 PM EST

    According to Bill Ladson of, Chien-Ming Wang threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Monday. Wang, who is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery, threw 10 pitches on flat ground and then 15 pitches from the mound. Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty was satisfied with what he saw: “I was happy with what…

  15. Instant Karma: Angel Pagan and John Harper

    Mar 15, 2010, 7:25 PM EST

    There’s nothing wrong pe se in John Harper’s Daily News column today. In fact, I’d probably rather see Fernando Martinez get the nod over Angel Pagan until Beltran comes back too. But he’s written enough dunderheaded stuff in his life that I got a chuckle out of this anyway.  The column: The ball was hit…

  16. Cliff Lee tossed for throwing at D-backs catcher

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:45 PM EST

    Cliff Lee, who was making his second spring start since returning from minor foot surgery, was tossed from Monday’s game against Arizona in the third inning for intentionally throwing at catcher Chris Snyder. Lee appeared to miss with his first attempt to send Snyder a message. On his second try, he threw one just over…

  17. Michael Young rocks the flutterball

    Mar 15, 2010, 6:15 PM EST

    Can’t say I’ve ever been a big Michael Young fan, but that could change: Young wasn’t going to sit around and do nothing on a cool Sunday morning on the Rangers’ back fields. So he took the mound and beckoned catcher Emerson Frostad to get in his crouch. Veteran catcher Toby Hall stood in the…

  18. Theriot to lead off for Cubs, with Fontenot likely starting at second base

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

    Lou Piniella revealed a few tidbits this afternoon, most notably that Mike Fontenot has a leg up on Jeff Baker as the Cubs’ starting second baseman. “Right now, as we speak, I think that Fontenot has probably jumped ahead a little in the second base slot,” Piniella told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. “It…

  19. Gaylord Perry and Bud Selig's comedy routine

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    Bud Selig was at Giants’ camp over the weekend: Just as Selig prepared to leave, Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry, in town for a series of Giants functions, ambled into the room. Greeting Selig, the 71-year-old Perry jokingly said, “I want the rules changed so I can make a comeback!” Playfully rubbing Perry’s shoulder and…

  20. Wood's injury may be more serious than believed

    Mar 15, 2010, 5:02 PM EST

    Kerry Wood was scratched from his scheduled appearance Saturday with a sore right lat muscle, but the Indians quickly announced Sunday that he was already back on track and would be able to throw a bullpen session today followed by game action Wednesday. Unfortunately, those plans have changed. Wood did not throw a bullpen session…

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