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  1. Nomar Garciaparra is retiring

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:04 AM EST

    I’m at the Red Sox camp today, and for the second straight day my timing is good.  As I got into the press box this morning they were setting up for a press conference. It won’t go down until later today, but the buzz in here is that the Red Sox are signing Nomar Garciaparra…

  2. Yankee executive arrested for DUI

    Mar 10, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Mark Newman, the Yankees’ senior vice president of baseball operations was arrested for DUI on Monday night.  No blood alcohol level was available because Newman refused to blow the breathalyzer. Which is a pretty interesting area of the law if anyone cares about such things, but I’ll leave that for another day. You’ll recall —…

  3. Scenes from Spring Training: A day with the Twins, Part 1

    Mar 10, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

    I woke up bright and early, had the worst cup of coffee you’ll ever get in the lobby of a major chain hotel, stopped at a 7-11 to get a better cup of coffee and then headed to the ballpark. Why a 7-11? Because the entire State of Florida appears to consist of densely-landscaped eight…

  4. Torii Hunter: black Dominican players are "imposters"

    Mar 10, 2010, 7:57 AM EST

    USA Today continues its five-part round table on improving the game, and today they take on a monster: race.  Torii Hunter throws a big freakin’ bomb:   Fans look down from their seats onto the baseball field, see dark-colored skin and might assume they are African-American players. But increasingly, the players instead hail from the…

  5. UPDATE: Reyes denies diagnosis on thyroid

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:55 PM EST

    Update: Here’s a quote from the translated version, available on “The specialists who took care of me in New York have told me that I’m fine and that there’s nothing wrong with my thyroid. The test [taken to follow one conducted during his physical] showed that I’m fine. We just have to wait for…

  6. Cal Ripken thinking seriously about managing

    Mar 9, 2010, 10:07 PM EST

    Cal Ripken tells Bloomberg that the managing itch is getting stronger, and as the years go by he’s more and more likely to scratch it. The Hall of Famer, who retired in 2001 after 21 years with the Orioles, has said before that he was interested in managing, but wanted to wait until his kids…

  7. Is Stephen Strasburg ready for the majors right now?

    Mar 9, 2010, 8:58 PM EST

    It’s the obvious question following Stephen Strasburg’s debut on Tuesday. And, for now, manager Jim Riggleman is sticking pretty close to a “never say never” approach: “The consensus of this organization, top to bottom, is that the plan is to start him in the minor leagues,” said his manager, Jim Riggleman. “But I’m not saying…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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 —…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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!

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