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  1. Derek Jeter knows his home runs

    Mar 4, 2010, 4:25 PM EST

    Derek Jeter was on Mike Francessa’s show this morning and was asked about Yankee stadium: They said they were going to try to make it – at least with field conditions – as close to the old stadium as possible and they did a great job. (Asked if his fly balls had extra carry that…

  2. Jose Reyes, Nick Johnson updates

    Mar 4, 2010, 4:10 PM EST

    Updates from the scratch files: Jose Reyes was given the OK to do whatever it is he’s doing this week. The blood work that was mentioned when he was scratched this morning came back OK, though no one is saying what the blood work was for apart from saying it has nothing to do with…

  3. Mets sign Kiko Calero to minor-league deal

    Mar 4, 2010, 3:40 PM EST

    Despite varying reports about his health status Kelvim Escobar seems likely to begin the season on the disabled list, so the Mets have smartly added another right-handed reliever by signing Kiko Calero to a minor-league contract. Calero is 35 years old and also has a lengthy history of arm injuries, but the fact that he…

  4. Diamondbacks make Mark Reynolds an offer

    Mar 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Heyman tweets that the Diamonbacks have offered $13.5 million over two years to Mark Reynolds. You’ll recall that the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro recently did some rough calculations of what he thought Reynolds might be worth right now, and he came up with three years, $15 million.  In light of Reynolds’ age and his strikeouts,…

  5. Carlos Lee misses early games to attend rodeo

    Mar 4, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

    Carlos Lee missed the Astros’ spring training opener today and will also be absent for Friday’s game because he’s attending the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. He got manager Brad Mills’ blessing, of course. And this is not, as they say, his first rodeo. Bernardo Fallas of the Houston Chronicle reports that Lee is “an…

  6. Ranking the General Managers

    Mar 4, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    SI’s Tim Marchman — after acknowledging just how hard it is to objectively rate general managers due to differing payrolls, owners, and expectations — tries to rate the general managers. Top 5: Andrew Friedman, Theo, Cashman, Larry Beinfest  and Jack Zduriencik. Bottom 5 (worst first): Dayton Moore, Ed Wade, Brian Sabean, Ned Colletti and Omar…

  7. Abreu sells old New York condo for $5.1 million

    Mar 4, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    Bobby Abreu left the Yankees as a free agent about 16 months ago, but just recently sold his New York condo for a whopping $5.1 million. I’m a lifelong Minnesota, so that seems like an insanely high price for a place that’s only 2,444 square feet, but the condo is apparently in an up-scale neighborhood…

  8. Should the Braves keep Heyward down on the farm?

    Mar 4, 2010, 1:23 PM EST

    With the Jason Heyward hype reaching Weiterian levels — even Chipper Jones is getting into the act — it’s easy to convince yourself that the Braves are going to break camp with Heyward as their starting right fielder. Bryan Smith of FanGraphs, however, thinks everyone should just slow down. After citing the way the Rays…

  9. Nick Johnson scratched

    Mar 4, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    What was it I said this morning about Nick Johnson staying healthy this year?  He just got scratched as the DH for today’s Yankees game. No reason given. I’m going to guess . . . um, Zollinger-Ellision Syndrome.  Day-to-day.  Might need a cortisone shot for it or something. UPDATE:  It’s lower back stiffness. My wife…

  10. Voter who kept Joe Mauer from unanimous MVP explains himself … sort of

    Mar 4, 2010, 12:48 PM EST

    Just one vote kept Joe Mauer from joining Albert Pujols as a unanimous MVP last season and Tyler Kepner of the New York Times recently spoke to Keizo Konishi of the Kyodo News about why he cast his ballot for Miguel Cabrera instead. In addition to going into some convoluted logic about the Twins’ lineup…

  11. Quote of the Day: Milton Bradley

    Mar 4, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    “Two years ago, I played, and I was good. I go to Chicago, not good. I’ve been good my whole career. So, obviously, it was something with Chicago, not me.” Yesterday it was stats vs. scouts. Today it’s Bradley vs. Chicago. Enough with the Cub-related false dichotomies already. Can’t we all just agree that everyone…

  12. Brett Cecil cuts thumb in 'kitchen-type accident'

    Mar 4, 2010, 11:43 AM EST

    Brett Cecil has been scratched from his scheduled spring training debut today after cutting his left thumb in what pitching coach Bruce Walton called “a kitchen-type accident.” That could mean Cecil sliced his thumb cutting bagels or it could mean he got into a brawl with Gordon Ramsay, because so far no further details have…

  13. Dusty Baker: company man

    Mar 4, 2010, 11:20 AM EST

    The Reds have Aroldis Chapman pitching in an intrasquad game today. They plan on having him make is real competitive debut on Monday.  But he’ll be in relief, and not starting. What gives, Dusty? “If we pitch him later, fans stick around and we sell more beer.” People wonder how Dusty Baker has stuck around…

  14. The great salary cap debate

    Mar 4, 2010, 11:10 AM EST

    I get tired of salary cap talk sometimes because I don’t think it’s worth spending so much mental energy debating something that is never, ever going to happen in Major League Baseball. Because of that, I usually limit myself to one big post on it a year, and I like to save it for the…

  15. It's family day at

    Mar 4, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    These two stories in the headline stack over at today make me think that there was a memo sent around last week or something: 1. Family roots keep Hairstons grounded; 2. Family keeps Prince grounded: The Hairston story is more interesting simply because I don’t know as much about the Hairstons as I do…

  16. Nick Johnson will be the Yankees' number 2 hitter

    Mar 4, 2010, 10:20 AM EST

    No, Joe Girardi hasn’t announced it, but the Star Ledger’s Marc Carig has deduced as much from what Girardi said about the two slot yesterday. Girardi’s comments: “On-base is extremely important to me because the guys behind him can all hit the ball out of the ballpark. So, yes, you’d love to have a guy…

  17. Mauer's agent is in Fort Myers

    Mar 4, 2010, 9:59 AM EST

    LaVelle Neal reports that Joe Mauer’s agent, Ron Shapiro, is in Fort Myers meeting with Twins’ execs today. Everyone is saying it’s a routine visit, but Neal reports that, yes, Shapiro and the Twins will be negotiating about Mauer, which they have been doing on and off for a few weeks now. Ominous note: Neal…

  18. MLB beats the hell out of Upper Deck

    Mar 4, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    Major League Baseball sued the Upper Deck baseball card company about a month ago for releasing baseball cards with team logos and stuff without having a license to do so. The case settled yesterday.  All that’s missing from the settlement terms is a provision which requires Upper Deck’s CEO to be Bud Selig’s butler for…

  19. Reyes scratched from today's lineup

    Mar 4, 2010, 9:15 AM EST

    Jose Reyes was supposed to suit up for the Mets in today’s game against the Cardinals, but he’s been scratched because his physical “raised a small concern with doctors” who want to do some additional blood work on him.  Reyes says he feels fine and its nothing serious. My guess: Midichlorian count is a little…

  20. Casey Kelly makes his spring debut

    Mar 4, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

    Red Sox phenom Casey Kelly made his debut yesterday.  He threw ten pitches against college kids.  Those pitches inspired 2700 words between the Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy and WEEI’s Alex Speier. Overkill? Sure, but if you’re like me you really can’t get enough info about young players. I’ve not had a chance to see Kelly pitch…

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