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  1. O's don't rule out outside help for second base

    Mar 9, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

    While acknowledging that the Orioles are confident Brian Roberts will be ready for the start of the season, team president Andy MacPhail concedes that he is beginning to worry about the pace of his recovery. “It’s getting to be something that’s on my radar screen, even though at the present time our athletic staff feels…

  2. Daisuke Matsuzaka wants to play 10 more years

    Mar 9, 2010, 6:10 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka spent seven years playing professional ball in Japan before inking a six-year, $52 million contract with the Red Sox in February of 2007.  He owns a 4.00 ERA, a 1.40 WHIP and a 37-21 record over his first three major league seasons and is apparently loving every minute of his time in the…

  3. Former Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis dies

    Mar 9, 2010, 4:43 PM EST

    Andrew Blankstein of the Los Angeles Times reports that 69-year-old former Dodgers center fielder Willie Davis was found dead in his apartment this morning: Davis … became one of the Dodgers’ early stars after the team moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958. Known for his offense, Davis played center field for the Dodgers…

  4. Blalock can opt out of 'convoluted' deal with Rays

    Mar 9, 2010, 3:44 PM EST

    Hank Blalock’s minor-league contract with the Rays includes an opt-out clause that allows him to request his release and become a free agent if not added to the 40-man roster by April 1. He can also choose to accept an assignment to the minors, which seems like it could be a decent option given that…

  5. The Yankees trade Edwar Ramirez to the Rangers

    Mar 9, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    When the Yankees got Chan Ho Park they needed roster room, so they DFA’d Edwar Ramirez. Today they unloaded him for cash to Texas. Ramirez has always struck out a ton of dudes, but he’s dinger-prone and walks a lot of guys. Still, he’s definitely someone that can help a bullpen — strikeouts from relievers…

  6. Jason Kendall involved in ugly custody battle

    Mar 9, 2010, 2:48 PM EST

    TMZ had it first and now the Kansas City Star has picked up on Jason Kendall’s appearance yesterday in a Los Angeles court, where the Royals catcher tried to get permission to bring his two children with him to Kansas City during the season. His ex-wife Chantel Kendall tried to block the move while appearing…

  7. A correction about where the reporters watch the game

    Mar 9, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Yesterday I wrote that most of the reporters covering the Mets “didn’t even bother” to go up to the press box to watch the game.  I owe those guys an apology.  I’m informed today — politely, by a writer who covered the Mets for several years, but who was not at the game Sunday —…

  8. Strasburg looks good in spring training debut

    Mar 9, 2010, 1:44 PM EST

    Stephen Strasburg just finished his spring training debut, tossing two scoreless innings against the Tigers. The immortal Don Kelly produced the first hit against the No. 1 overall pick with a sharp single to left field and Strasburg also gave up a second single that hit the mound before skipping into center field. He was…

  9. Does MLB discriminate against Haitians?

    Mar 9, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    Nick Collias, who covers the Spanish language media for MLB Trade Rumors sent me a story the other day that I haven’t seen anyone pick up anywhere.  You can read it in Spanish here.  I couldn’t, so Nick was nice enough to translate it for me. The gist: MLB has a policy of not allowing…

  10. More shoulder problems for Mat Gamel

    Mar 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Mat Gamel exited yesterday’s game with a sore right shoulder, which is the same injury that caused him to sit out the Brewers’ first three spring training games last week. He suffered the initial injury while taking batting practice last Thursday, but was also sidelined by a right shoulder impingement last spring. Gamel insists that…

  11. Joe Nathan is a total pro

    Mar 9, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    If I just found out that my season is likely over and my career was in jeopardy I’d probably kick the wall and not really want to talk to anyone.  Which is just one of approximately 1,325 reasons I’m not Joe Nathan.  This morning he was the only one in Gardenhire’s office — media included…

  12. How will the Twins replace Joe Nathan at closer?

    Mar 9, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    Joe Nathan is likely headed for season-ending Tommy John surgery and suddenly the Twins are faced with replacing a closer who’s converted 91 percent of his save chances with a 1.87 ERA during six seasons in Minnesota. Truly replacing Nathan will be impossible, because few closers in baseball history have had a six-year stretch that…

  13. Hello Joe Mauer

    Mar 9, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    You can get close to ballplayers in spring training.  Get really close to your monitor. You can almost smell the sideburns!

  14. Happy Stephen Strasburg Day

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    I’m loving it here in Fort Myers, but I’m wondering now why I’m not across the state in Viera, watching Stephen Strasburg’s debut. Guess it’s time to activate that account, huh?

  15. Nice press box you have there, Yankees

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:29 AM EST

    I was a little bummed because the Yankees have been the only team thus far to deny my press credentials for spring training.  I didn’t take it personally — there are about 1,380 reporters who want to cover the Yankees, and at some point it’s a numbers game — but I wasn’t pleased either.  Bright…

  16. A-Rod may be in hot water with the Yankees

    Mar 9, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

    When the news hit last week that the feds wanted to talk to Alex Rodriguez about Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor in the cross-hairs of an HGH investigation, A-Rod said “this was about someone else.”  The impression which was created, whether A-Rod intended to create it with those words or not, was that he never…

  17. So what do the Twins do now?

    Mar 9, 2010, 9:36 AM EST

    With the news that Nathan is staring Tommy John surgery in the face, what happens to the Twins?  Gardenhire suggested that they’d look in house.  Maybe, but of course he was standing three feet from a dejected Joe Nathan when he said that, so it’s not like it was the right setting to say “we’re…

  18. BREAKING: Joe Nathan has a torn UCL

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:55 AM EST

    Just got out of the Twins clubhouse, where Joe Nathan, Ron Gardenhire and team trainers revealed that Nathan has a torn UCL.  Your UCL, of course, is your ulnar collateral ligament, which is the ligament that made Tommy John famous and makes everyone else cringe. They’re not certain if it’s a full tear or a…

  19. The Rangers sale hits a snag. Again.

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:40 AM EST

    I reported way back in December that Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan’s purchase of the Rangers was no done deal, that there were serious concerns that their offer was cash-light and debt-heavy, and too many people were owed too much by Tom Hicks to simply let the deal go through on the power of wishes,…

  20. Greetings from Fort Myers

    Mar 9, 2010, 7:57 AM EST

    Pro tip: when the GPS in your car tells you to take a boring interstate and the map in your hand shows you a nice, winding rural route, follow the map every time. Interstates are death. The trip across the state to Fort Myers was a lot of fun. No traffic, nice weather, a big…

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