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Jays' rotation in flux

Adjustments to the Blue Jays’ rotation are imminent. The Jays are in crisis mode following the frightening injury to left-hander J.A. Happ and poor performance of lefty Ricky Romero the past two nights. Those two starters lasted a combined 1 2/3 innings, making it critical that right-hander R.A. Dickey pitch deep into Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Jays...
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May 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Why Hall opted out of deal with Yankees

Super-utility man Bill Hall, who excelled with the Red Sox in 2010 before struggling with the Astros and Giants last season, would like to correct a misconception. Hall, a 10-year veteran, says teams assume that he will not play at Triple A because he elected free agency after failing to make the Yankees’ Opening Day roster. But, as Hall puts it, “That’s not the case.” Hall...
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April 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Why Hall opted out of deal with Yankees

Super-utility man Bill Hall, who excelled with the Red Sox in 2010 before struggling with the Astros and Giants last season, would like to correct a misconception. Hall, a 10-year veteran, says teams assume that he will not play at Triple A because he elected free agency after failing to make the Yankees’ Opening Day roster. But, as Hall puts it, “That’s not the case....
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April 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Moyer, Buster and me

  Jamie Moyer pitched for the Baltimore Orioles from 1993 to ’95. For much of that time, ESPN’s Buster Olney was the Orioles’ beat writer and I was a columnist for The (Baltimore) Sun.   “Write about Moyer,” Buster would tell me.   “Nah,” I would reply. “Nothing to the guy.”   Buster and I must have had an exchange along those lines a half-dozen times, almost...
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March 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Moyer, Buster and me

Jamie Moyer pitched for the Baltimore Orioles from 1993 to ’95. For much of that time, ESPN’s Buster Olney was the Orioles’ beat writer and I was a columnist for The (Baltimore) Sun. “Write about Moyer,” Buster would tell me. “Nah,” I would reply. “Nothing to the guy.” Buster and I must have had an exchange along those lines a half-dozen times, almost to the...
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March 31, 2012  |  Discuss

What the Royals are getting from the Astros

No team can easily withstand the loss of its closer and starting catcher, and a low-revenue club such as the Kansas City Royals is even more challenged when injuries strike at those positions. The Royals do not expect to find a replacement for closer Joakim Soria, but they addressed their catching void and added outfield depth Tuesday, acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and outfielder...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

What the Royals are getting from the Astros

  No team can easily withstand the loss of its closer and starting catcher, and a low-revenue club such as the Kansas City Royals is even more challenged when injuries strike at those positions.   The Royals do not expect to find a replacement for closer Joakim Soria, but they addressed their catching void and added outfield depth Tuesday, acquiring catcher Humberto Quintero and...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

More infield woes for Phillies

The Phillies say they aren’t seeking a replacement for second baseman Chase Utley, who left the team Monday to be evaluated by a specialist. But their latest injury – a broken bone in infielder Michael Martinez’s foot – almost certainly means that the team will pursue a utility man. Martinez suffered his injury Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch in a Grapefruit League game...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

More infield woes for Phillies

  The Phillies say they aren’t seeking a replacement for second baseman Chase Utley, who left the team Monday to be evaluated by a specialist.   But their latest injury – a broken bone in infielder Michael Martinez’s foot – almost certainly means that the team will pursue a utility man.   Martinez suffered his injury Tuesday when he was hit by a pitch in a Grapefruit League...
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March 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Darvish's agent clarifies pitcher's remarks on Venable

Either something was lost in the translation, or Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish already is practicing the American art of damage control. Darvish’s agent, Don Nomura, attempted on Thursday to clarify the pitcher’s comments on a booming double by the San Diego Padres’ Wil Venable the day before.  Darvish, speaking through an interpreter after his spring debut for the Texas...
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March 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Darvish's agent clarifies pitcher's remarks on Venable

Either something was lost in the translation, or Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish already is practicing the American art of damage control. Darvish’s agent, Don Nomura, attempted on Thursday to clarify the pitcher’s comments on a booming double by the San Diego Padres’ Wil Venable the day before. Darvish, speaking through an interpreter after his spring debut for the Texas...
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March 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Time not right for Votto trade talks - yet

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty adamantly denied last week that the team was considering trading first baseman Joey Votto, saying, “We’re not shopping him. We’re not entertaining offers . . . He’s one of the best players in the game. Why would we trade him?”   Well, the Reds actually have very good reasons to trade Votto – he will earn $17 million in 2013, he...
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October 15, 2011  |  Discuss
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