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  1. Piniella: 'Too much patience is stupidity'

    Jun 2, 2010, 12:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella, exasperated with his team’s offense, did the ol’ lineup shakeup for Tuesday’s game against the Pirates, inserting Tyler Colvin, Xavier Nady, Jeff Baker and Koyie Hill into the lineup as Marlon Byrd, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez and Geovany Soto grabbed some pine. Benching all of those guys in the…

  2. The Red Sox are all about second chances

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    As Drew wrote last night, the Sox gave Scott Schoenweis a job in the bullpen after less than a week in camp. Is this evidence that, as I mentioned in my preview, that the Sox’ bullpen is an area of concern, or are they merely taking a chance in the hopes of redeeming an obviously…

  3. The Cubs' Carlos Silva is good? The White Sox's Jake Peavy is bad? This has got to be an April Fools' prank

    Apr 1, 2010, 11:25 PM EDT

    There is something odd going on with the Chicago sports scene. No, Jay Cutler has not acquired the, umm, intestinal fortitude necessary to play quarterback. That would be too unbelievable to entertain even on April Fools’ Day. But what is happening is so puzzling it makes you rethink everything you know about baseball. Yes, as…

  4. Brian Roberts headed to Baltimore for tests

    Mar 14, 2010, 1:09 PM EDT

    Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been plagued by a back injury for the last few weeks and his lack of progress has been frustrating for all parties involved.  So the O’s made a move Sunday, sending the 32-year-old back to Baltimore for an epidural and further examination of his ailing back.  Roberts is likely…

  5. Piniella says Lilly is "ahead of schedule"

    Mar 13, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella sounded upbeat after Ted Lilly threw on the backfields at HoHoKam Park early Saturday: “We want to keep him under the radar gun and not talk much about it,” Piniella said of Lilly’s progress. “He’s coming along really well. He’s had no setbacks whatsoever. He’s actually ahead of schedule. “We feel…

  6. Hunter aggravates surgically-repaired groin

    Mar 7, 2010, 1:23 PM EDT

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Angels outfielder Torii Hunter has aggravated his surgically-repaired groin.  For now, it sounds minor. “It’s nothing serious, but when he slid into second base, he felt a little tightness in his groin,” manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. “It’s in the same area of the surgery, but…

  7. UPDATE: Guzman has ligament tear in shoulder

    Mar 7, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Muskat says that Guzman is leaning toward having surgery on the shoulder, which would surely sideline the right-hander for most — if not all — of the 2010 season. SATURDAY, 2:40pm: Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune confirms that shoulder surgery could be career-threatening. As such, Guzman is currently mulling his options. If he…

  8. Valentine never offered Marlins' manager gig

    Mar 6, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine told the Associated Press Saturday that he was never offered the Marlins’ manager job last offseason, despite reports to the contrary.  Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was disappointed that the Fish failed to make the playoffs last season and mid-October reports out of south Florida claimed that he was considering replacing manager Fredi Gonzalez. …

  9. Cuban shortstop free to sign with any team

    Mar 6, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    According to his agent Bart Hernandez, Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria is now able to sign with any team. Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com tweeted the news last night. Hechavarria was temporarily blocked as the Office of Foreign Assets Committee verified his age, identity and residency. Many scouts like the 21-year-old Hechavarria better than Jose Iglesias, who…

  10. Looking at the early season schedule

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Buster Olney runs down the early season schedules for the AL East today, trying to figure out who may get out to a fast start, who may falter early and all of that.  Interesting enough, but his premise doesn’t do much for me: Last year, you could look at the early-season schedules and make a…

  11. Derrek Lee is sick of the Marlon Byrd-Milton Bradley comparisons

    Feb 27, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    It’s been one of the more predictable and boring storylines early in camp, as referenced here and here, and Derrek Lee has already had enough. During an appearance on a Chicago radio show, the Cubs first baseman said the following regarding the Byrd-Bradley comparisons: “It’s ridiculous,” Lee told Bruce Levine and Jonathan Hood on ESPN…

  12. Former top prospect Humber reaches bottom of barrel, signs with Royals

    Dec 21, 2009, 1:51 PM EDT

    Philip Humber was the third overall pick in the 2004 draft following a brilliant college career and went from the Mets to the Twins as part of the four-player package for Johan Santana, but just two years later he could manage only a minor-league deal from the Royals after being cut by Minnesota. Humber twice…

  13. Milton Bradley's greatest hits in Chicago

    Dec 21, 2009, 9:29 AM EDT

    The first round of analysis arising out of the Milton Bradley trade has followed this general narrative: the Mariners fleeced the Cubs, dumping a truly useless player in Carlos Silva for a troubled but useful one in Bradley. And I think, generally speaking, it’s the right call. If everything breaks right, this could be a…

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