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  1. Jair Jurrjens to make spring debut on Thursday

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:31 PM EST

    Good news from David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as Jair Jurrjens is scheduled to make his exhibition debut against the Yankees on Thursday. Jurrjens gave Braves fans quite the scare upon arriving to camp last month after he experienced some soreness in his pitching shoulder. After an MRI revealed only mild inflammation, Jurrjens was…

  2. Marlins' Tucker diagnosed with Raynaud's Syndrome

    Mar 8, 2010, 6:17 PM EST

    After pitching two innings Monday in his spring debut, Marlins right-hander Ryan Tucker announced that he had been diagnosed with Raynaud’s Syndrome, a condition that causes numbness in the hands. Tucker, 23, told the Miami Herald he especially has problems pitching in the cold. “I can’t get my hands warm ever,” he said. “If you…

  3. Reds' Chapman tosses two scoreless in debut

    Mar 8, 2010, 5:50 PM EST

    While 2009 No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg is set to throw his first pitch in a Nationals uniform on Tuesday, Cuban left-hander Aroldis Chapman made his Cactus League debut earlier this afternoon. Appearing in relief of Bronson Arroyo, Chapman tossed two scoreless frames, allowing only one hit while striking out three. 15 of his 26…

  4. Cubs looking for relief help, interested in Frasor

    Mar 8, 2010, 5:08 PM EST’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Cubs are “urgently seeking relief help” following Angel Guzman’s latest injury setback and have shown interest in Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays. Frasor is technically in a three-way battle for closing duties with Kevin Gregg and Scott Downs, but will almost surely begin the season in his usual…

  5. Mariners may use Figgins at second base, with Lopez at third

    Mar 8, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    When the Mariners signed Chone Figgins to a four-year, $36 million contract this offseason the assumption was that he’d play third base after manning the position in 96.7 percent of his defensive innings with the Angels over the past two seasons. However, early in camp Don Wakamatsu has frequently used Chone Figgins at second base…

  6. The legend continues: Heyward hits a bomb

    Mar 8, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    Jason Heyward continues to defy superlatives. In the first inning of this afternoon’s game against the Tigers, Heyward battled Max Scherzer from 0-2 to a full count only to launch an epic two-run blast. How mammoth was it, you ask? The ball hit the metal roof that covers the batting cages beyond the right field…

  7. Aaron Cook is in the best shape of his life

    Mar 8, 2010, 2:44 PM EST

    We can add Aaron Cook to the ever-expanding “best shape of his life” list, because the 31-year-old right-hander shed 20 pounds during the offseason and Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post is now calling him “Aaron Cook Lite.” Armstrong notes that Cook lost so much weight that he actually “planned to gain a few pounds…

  8. Meeting Old Gator

    Mar 8, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

    Anyone who spends any time in the comments around here knows Old Gator.  He of the “Feesh,” “Macondo,” and the “horse meat and Velveeta sandwiches.”  I know he’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but as commenters go I love him. He’s smart. He stirs up trouble. He throws bombs once in a while.  All kinds…

  9. Sandy Alderson hired to 'reform' MLB's office in Dominican Republic

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:44 PM EST’s Jorge Arangure reports that former A’s general manager and MLB vice president of baseball operations Sandy Alderson has been hired to “reform the league’s Dominican Republic office.” According to Arangure the job’s focus will be “further preventing age and identity fraud and performance-enhancing drug use” among the prospects who can begin signing with big-league…

  10. It's tough out there for a Rule 5'er

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:20 PM EST

    There were two great stories about Rule 5 draft pics over the weekend.  First comes Tyler Kepner’s profile of Zach Kroenke, a Yankees’ pick from 2005 who has played the Rule 5 game two years running, first being picked by the Marlins last year and now trying to latch on to the Diamondbacks after being…

  11. Baseball and movies: Renner looks like Peavy, Hill doesn't look like DePodesta

    Mar 8, 2010, 12:42 PM EST

    Jeremy Renner was seemingly the only person involved with The Hurt Locker not to take home an Oscar last night, but as seemingly everyone in my Twitter feed pointed out at least he still looks like a dead ringer for Jake Peavy (or perhaps at this point Peavy looks like a dead ringer for him):…

  12. Scenes from Spring Training: Meet The Mets Part 4

    Mar 8, 2010, 12:20 PM EST

    Ever been to a gang bang? I hadn’t until yesterday.  What is it? It’s what beat writers call it when five or six of them gather around a single interview subject, usually in the locker room and just fire the questions.  My first gang bang was with Jim Riggleman after the game.  A most peculiar…

  13. Pujols sitting out today's game with sore back

    Mar 8, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Albert Pujols has been scratched from today’s lineup after receiving chiropractic treatment on his sore lower back. Pujols remained at the Cardinals’ spring training complex and told reporters that he feels good enough to potentially be back in the lineup as soon as tomorrow. “It’s…

  14. Scenes from Spring Training: Meet The Mets Part 3

    Mar 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Times’ Dylan Hernandez said that he overheard another reporter in the press box of the Dodgers’ game say “I hate this job. I want to go work in a factory.”  I suppose it’s possible to get tired of anything, but I’m not sure how you can get tired of…

  15. Our long national K-Rod-pinkeye nightmare is over

    Mar 8, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Apparently Franscico Rodriguez is back in the Mets’ clubhouse today, out of quarantine and shaking hands with people.  That either means (a) the pink eye has cleared up; or (b) the Mets’  doctors have just decided “the hell with it; our reputations are already shot, so who cares if everyone gets the damn pinkeye?”

  16. Scenes from Spring Training: Meet The Mets Part 2

    Mar 8, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

    After walking the grounds I went to the media work room. Same setup as the Winter Meetings, writ-small: tables with outlets and internet connections, a lot of handouts with lineups and player facts written on them, and a bunch of working reporters who looked at me like I was from Mars. I knew most of…

  17. Yeah, Kelvim Escobar is hurt

    Mar 8, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    I took no joy in being the first guy to report a few weeks ago that Kelvim Escobar had more wrong with him than a mere “tired shoulder,” and I take even less joy in having that essentially confirmed by Adam Rubin this morning: Kelvim Escobar (shoulder) halted throwing even on flat ground. “When I…

  18. Scenes from Spring Training: Meet The Mets Part 1

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    Sunday was spent at Tradition Field for the Mets-Nationals game. There’s so much more going on than just a game, however, so why don’t we run it down.  Lots of bite-sized observations, so this will be in multiple parts throughout the day. I arrived at the ballpark early, hoping to get my bearings before it…

  19. Morgan Ensberg has a blog and it's pretty good

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    The former Astros’ third baseman has a blog and some pretty interesting insights about Barry Zito plunking Prince Fielder — Ensberg lists his own rules for hitting a guy — as well as the strike zone.  Here’s Ensberg after noting that Bud Selig is against automating the calling of balls and strikes because he likes…

  20. "Everybody else gets screwed" except the Yankees and Red Sox

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    Bud Selig has his little committee to talk about speed of the game, the postseason schedule and other rules changes.  The USA Today put their own committee together — including guys like Dusty Baker, Torii Hunter, Scott Boras and former umpire Steve Palermo — to talk about many of the same things, and unlike Bud’s…

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