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  1. Hughes seems to be edging out Joba

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    While some folks tell us not to care about such things, the fact remains that there is a fifth starter’s race in the Bronx, so we may as well pass along the developments that transpire therein. Joba pitched in that intra-squad game yesterday giving up two runs on six hits in five innings against mostly…

  2. Flores 'back at square one' after Andrews visit

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    After spending 12 days in Alabama undergoing physical therapy with Dr. James Andrews the news on Jesus Flores’ surgically repaired shoulder is … well, inconclusive. Flores returned to Nationals camp sure that he’ll be healthy enough to play at some point this season, but he’s been ruled out for Opening Day and there’s no official…

  3. Jose Canceco subpoenaed to testify in Roger Clemens case . . . and it's hilarious

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    This may be my favorite “celebrity” tweet of all time.  Three tweets, actually, from Jose Canceco. First, how he’ll be spending his afternoon: The fbi will be at my house in 20 minutes kind of scared will let u no what they want if I can after they leave Then, after being asked why the…

  4. REPORT: Reyes cleared to return to the Mets

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    So much for the Netflix queue: ALERT: SNY has learned that Mets SS Jose Reyes has been cleared to resume baseball activities and is returning to Florid You figure it will take a bit of time to make up for two weeks on the couch, but this is obviously really, really good news for the…

  5. writers challenge each other to a race

    Mar 23, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    This is meta, even for our usual meta-fueled standards, but beat writers Jordan Bastian and Anthony DiComo have challenged each other to a half-mile race following tomorrow’s Rays-Blue Jays game in Florida. Bastian (on the right) is the Blue Jays’ beat reporter while DiComo (on the left) covers both the Yankees and Mets, and…

  6. More McCourt Muck

    Mar 23, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    A new round of filings. In response to the accusations that she had an affair with her driver, Jamie says “I would prefer not to address such accusations or to discuss my belief as to Frank’s extramarital activities” which is a real classy way of discussing her belief that Frank had extramarital activities while still…

  7. How fast is Rich Harden really throwing it?

    Mar 23, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    There’s a story Rich Harden’s rough spring in today’s Boston Herald. The gist of it: no one is panicking. Everything’s going to be cool.  The passage that caught my eye: “Oh, the Texas Rangers have the radar gun readings — low 90s. Nothing to be concerned about there.” Why did that catch my eye? Because…

  8. Jose Reyes: working through his NetFlix queue

    Mar 23, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Forget it. Reyes has now been cleared to resume playing ball and is heading back to the Mets camp today. Great news for the Mets and their fans. Not so good news for Netflix. The Post’s Kevin Kernan caught up with Jose Reyes, who is sitting at home waiting for his thyroid levels to…

  9. Pittsburgh columnist: "The Mauer contract is lunacy"

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

    In the past 24 hours I’ve seen a lot of people note the risk involved in signing a catcher to a big contract as he’s coming off what could very well be the best year he ever has, but I hadn’t seen anyone say that the contract was a bad idea. At least until I…

  10. Tom Hicks is not well-liked

    Mar 23, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    As we sit around waiting to see how Tom Hicks is going to extract himself from his debt problems and finally get the deal done to sell the Ranger, Maury Brown runs down all of the reasons why Hicks has essentially become persona non grata in baseball circles. The upshot: by failing to make his…

  11. Should we just forget the search for a fifth starter?

    Mar 23, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    A lot of time has been spent trying to figure out who should be the fifth starter in New York, but if it were up to FanGraph’s Marc Hulet, we wouldn’t even be making the effort: Teams spend millions of dollars and thousands of hours crunching data to build a successful five-man rotation, but it’s…

  12. Joe Torre suspends contract talks with the Dodgers

    Mar 23, 2010, 8:29 AM EDT

    Joe Torre apparently has an open door to come back to the Dodgers after this year, and he and the team have been negotiating about it, but now Torre has put a halt to the talks, saying he has “more important things to worry about” like getting the team ready for the season. This really…

  13. A-Rod to meet with the feds on Friday

    Mar 23, 2010, 7:58 AM EDT

    The New York Times reports that A-Rod is going to meet with federal investigators in Buffalo on Friday in connection with the Dr. Galea investigation. As has been widely reported, The feds are seeking to establish whether Galea has distributed performance-enhancing drugs in the U.S., and all indications that, like Jose Reyes, Rodriguez is merely…

  14. Phillies selling history, messing with their mojo

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    The Philadelphia Phillies are giving Citizens Bank Park a makeover, replacing the original playing surface – a surface on which the Phillies won three NL East titles, two pennants and the 2008 World Series – with brand new sod. And they’re generously giving their fans a chance to purchase a piece of the old field,…

  15. Rockies close to minor league deal with Beimel

    Mar 22, 2010, 10:39 PM EDT

    The Rockies are close to an agreement to bring back Joe Beimel on a minor league contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of The new deal should be confirmed by the morning, according to the report. Beimel, who turns 33 in April, posted a 4.02 ERA in 26 relief appearances down the stretch for the…

  16. Could the Yankees release Chad Gaudin?

    Mar 22, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Ken Rosenthal of suggests that the Yankees could soon make a move with right-hander Chad Gaudin, who has struggled to an 8.68 ERA in 9 1/3 innings this spring. Gaudin, who turns 27 later this week, agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract in January, however like teammate Sergio Mitre, who inked a one-year,…

  17. Meche leaves Monday's start with shoulder stiffness

    Mar 22, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

    Gil Meche, who was limited to just 23 starts last season due to a lower back injury and shoulder fatigue, left Monday’s start against the White Sox after three innings due to a stiff right shoulder. Meche did his best to downplay the situation after the game, but what he told Dick Kaegel of…

  18. Reds phenom Chapman exits early (back stiffness)

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:51 PM EDT

    Update: The Reds announced that Chapman departed with lower back stiffness, a problem that had plagued him all week. Chapman was set to be examined after the game. The feeling is that this could knock him out of the competition for a rotation spot. … Aroldis Chapman left his appearance in his second inning of…

  19. Back tightness knocks Pujols out of lineup again

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Pujols went for an MRI exam this afternoon and also had an anti-inflammatory shot in his sore lower back, so he may be out for most of the week. Albert Pujols was scratched from this afternoon’s lineup with what’s Matthew Leach calls “a recurrence of tightness in his lower back.” No one seems…

  20. The Rangers won't be auctioned, would they?

    Mar 22, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    I get the shakes if I don’t write something about the Rangers sale for more than 48 hours or so and right now I’m jonesin’ hard, so I’ll even settle for linking to Heyman: The snag in the Texas Rangers’ sale talks appears fairly serious. Two sources say they believe the banks are looking for…

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