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Posted on: April 26, 2011 7:55 pm

Victor Martinez feeling good in groin rehab

By Evan Brunell

MartinezVictor Martinez has been completely shut down since hitting the disabled list last week with a groin strain, but before Tuesday's game, he did agility drills, caught and hit without feeling any pain whatsoever.

“I’m feeling great, man,” Martinez told “This is the day that I can say it, because this is the first day I went outside and did something.”

V-Mart will likely come off the DL the first day he is available, which will allow him to play the final two games of an upcoming four-game set against the Yankees. It's possible the team could ask him to make a couple minor-league rehab starts, but if he continues to have zero setbacks, that's unlikely. Back in the AL Central, the ex-Indians and Red Sox catcher was off to a .250/.292/.417 start in 65 plate appearances.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 10:27 am

Pepper: Greinke progressing

Zack Greinke
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Great news for the Brewers -- with the Reds' loss and Brewers' win on Tuesday, the Brewers are tied for first place in the National League Central. And Zack Greinke is on his way back.

Greinke threw three scoreless innings at Class A Brevard County on Tuesday night. Greinke retired nine of the 10 batters he faced, struck out four and threw 35 pitches. He allowed a single hit, to Tampa's Mitch Abeita, who singled with one out int he third. Greinke struck out the next two batters he faced.

According to the Brewers, Greinke said he "felt great" and threw 91-94 mph with his fastball.

Greinke's next start is expected to be Sunday for Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers want him to make at least three starts in the minor leagues, so he'd return May 4 against the Braves at Turner Field.

And hey, with the Brewers in contention, Greinke may decide to try this year, so that's nice. []

BASEBALL TODAY --'s Tony Lee joins Lauren Shehadi to talk Red Sox as Boston is still looking for its first road win following Tuesday's loss in Oakland (as predicted on yesterday's Baseball Today by some wise, handsome baseball writer).

MESSAGE SENT -- Tim Hudson didn't mean to throw at Dodgers rookie Jerry Sands on Monday -- he was just throwing at his body. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

A-ROD RETURNING -- Alex Rodriguez is expected back in the Yankees' lineup tonight. He hasn't played since leaving Saturday's game with lower-back and oblique stiffness. [New York Post]

SO YOU'RE SAYING THERE'S A CHANCE -- If the Nationals win both games of their doubleheader today and the Phillies and Marlins both lose, Washington will lead the NL East. [Washington Post]

MISSING MARTINEZ -- The Tigers won't move the hobbled Magglio Ordonez to designated hitter full-time with Victor Martinez on the disabled list. Alex Aliva will catch most of the games with Martinez out, but Omir Santos, called up Tuesday, will catch some, including today. [Detroit Free Press]

UPTON HISTORY -- A cool look at the history of Upton brothers rumors -- and there's been a lot for the pair from Chesapeake, Va, the latest that the Nationals are now scouting B.J. Upton (he's the one with the Rays). []

Mets PLATOON -- The Mets will platoon Daniel Murphy and Justin Turner at second base. [New York Times]

STAND BY YOUR MAN -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has issued a vote of confidence in his closer, Jonathan Broxton. Broxton has a 6.14 ERA, but has converted all five of his save opportunities this season. []

SIZEMORE'S SCHEDULE -- The Indians will be watching Grady Sizemore carefully in his return. He won't play more than two games in a row during his first week back and that could be the plan for a while. [Akron Beacon Journal]

BRADEN TO SEE SPECIALIST -- A's left-hander Dallas Braden will see Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Wednesday for another opinion on his stiff left shoulder. Right-hander Tyson Ross will take Braden's spot in the rotation, starting Friday in Seattle. []

MOYER'S PLAN -- Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer, 48, will start his throwing work on May 1. Moyer had Tommy John surgery on Dec. 1. []

KINGLY DRAW? -- Do more people come to see Felix Hernandez pitch? The Seattle Times' Larry Stone breaks down the numbers and the result is -- a few. [Seattle Times]

DODGER VICE CHAIRMAN -- I think Frank McCourt is awesome and should be emperor of the universe.

Hey, we all want a good, cushy job. Writing positive things about mcCourt worked for Steve Soboroff. The Los Angels developer was hired by the Dodgers as their vice chairman and will be charged with "leading the efforts to improve the fan experience at the stadium, strengthening ties to the region's community and philanthropic organizations, and expanding conservation and sustainability programs at Dodger Stadium."

To me it sounds like you've just got to go to a ton of baseball games, complain about the lines at the bathroom, go to some parties and drink some beers and wine -- and when you're done, make sure you throw the cans and bottles into the recycling bin. And all he had to do was write a letter to the Los Angeles Times saying the Dodgers' owner is super-duper. So, yeah, Frank McCourt, over here! I think you're awesome and doing a bang-up job.

YANKEE THEFT -- A woman is accusing the Yankees of stealing their famous top-hat logo from her late uncle in 1936. [New York Post]

BYE BYE PING -- Are the new college bat rules helping or hurting scouting? [FanGraphs]

GARBAGE ON, OFF THE FIELD -- The Mariners gave away compost as a promotion -- luckily for players, it was given away after the game. [MetsGrrl]

YOUK! -- The Kevin Youkilis Photoshop contest. [Big League Stew]

ANGELIC WEDDING -- If you find a woman who will let you have your wedding at a baseball stadium? Well, that means you are a lucky, lucky man. Congrats, Matt Griffin. [Orange County Register]

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Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:19 pm

Martinez leaves game with groin injury

By Matt Snyder

Tigers catcher/designated hitter Victor Martinez let Monday night's game in the second inning with a right groin strain, the team announced. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday.

Martinez, 32, missed Sunday's game with a groin injury but was thought to be OK to return to action Monday. Evidently that wasn't the case. He was limping but didn't need help off the field, so it's likely we see a day-to-day situation.

Martinez is hitting .250 with two home runs and nine RBI in 60 at-bats so far this season.

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Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:53 am
Edited on: April 14, 2011 10:23 am

Hamilton's slide talk of baseball

Josh Hamilton

By C. Trent Rosecrans

When a MVP suffers a significant injury, it's noticed all around baseball -- and Josh Hamilton's case was no different.

Wednesday several players, coaches and managers made note of Hamilton's "mistake" of sliding head-first into home.

"It's like Russian roulette," Braves third baseman Chipper Jones told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "If you do it long enough, it's going to beat you."

The Braves go as far as fining minor league players $50 every time they slide head-first into home.

Matt Young"I do it all the time," said Braves rookie Matt Young, who slid head-first at home in Milwaukee last week (pictured at right). "I'm not very good [sliding feet-first]. I mean, I can do it, but I'm not very comfortable. I feel more in control [head-first], getting to the bag and whatnot.

"I think if you go about it the right way, you're good. You've just got to go hard."

Reds manager Dusty Baker said he doesn't like his players sliding head-first into home, but he did it once as a young player.

"I had Donn Clendenon with the Mets, he called me over immediately. He said, 'Hey, kid, don't you ever slide head-first into home,'" Baker said, according to "This was a guy from another team that told me this. He told me, 'Jerry Grote, Randy Hundley and Johnny Bench would break your neck.'"

And that's one of the main reasons players are told not to slide head-first into home. The chance of injury against a catcher blocking the plate are higher (although, don't tell that to Robin Ventura) than sliding feet-first. That said, Hamilton's play was different. He was diving to the plate, trying to beat a catcher, also on the run, to the plate. And that catcher, Victor Martinez, was also tried to dive head-first. It seems like Hamilton's head-first slide was not the typical play at the plate, so normal rules don't apply.

"You always hear not to do it, but we've all done it," Granderson told the New York Times. "Everyone in this clubhouse has done it, even though we've been told not to. Your job is to get there any way you can."

And then there's the fact it's faster to go head first, or at least says David A. Peters, Ph.D., the McDonnell Douglas Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, according to this article from Science Daily in 2008 (thanks to Nick Hurm of the Cincinnati Enquirer for the link.)

"It turns out your center of gravity is where the momentum is," Peters said. "This is found half way from the tips of your fingers to the tips of your toes. In the headfirst slide, the center of gravity is lower than halfway between your feet and hands, so your feet don't get there as fast. It's faster head-first."

Hamilton usually slides head-first, so in that situation, isn't his natural reaction safest?

"I remember, with us, he slid head-first a lot. Those things are going to happen," Reds third-base coach Mark Berry told Mark Sheldon of of Hamilton, who played for the Reds in 2007. "All players are aware of the dangers you face going in headfirst, not only at home plate but any base.
"We've always discouraged it. In the years I've been in the game, we've always talked about never headfirst at home. Everybody talks about it. But we all know, most of us that played the game, instincts take over."

In most cases, head-first slides into home aren't the best course of action, but in this one, was it really the slide -- or the fact third base coach Dave Anderson sent Hamilton -- that's to blame? Or is it just an unfortunate incident?

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 8:25 pm

Hamilton out 6-8 weeks with upper arm injury

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Josh Hamilton Josh Hamilton left Tuesday's game after two head-first dives against the Tigers.

UPDATE: Hamilton has a fracture in the upper area of his humerus bone -- which is the bone between the elbow and shoulder -- and will miss at least six weeks. Some outlets are calling for an eight-week absence. David Murphy will replace Hamilton in left field and Chris Davis appears headed to Texas as the roster replacement. (Dallas Morning News via Twitter)

Hamilton, the Rangers' designated hitter in today's game, slid head-first on an RBI triple in the first inning. Brandon Inge fell into Hamilton on the play. After his triple, Hamilton tried to tag up on a foul popup between home and third. Inge caught the ball and threw it to catch Victor Martinez, with both players diving, Martinez tagged Hamilton out. Hamilton walked to the dugout in apparent pain after making the third out. He seemed to be holding his back.

He was not happy about being sent home by third-base coach Dave Anderson.

"It was just a stupid play," Hamilton said. "I definitely shouldn't have done it. They had a good angle to cut me off where I was going. It was a little too aggressive. The whole time I was watching the play and I was listening. I was like, 'Dude, I don't want to go. Something is going to happen.' But I listened to my coach and I went." (Foul Territory )

The next time Hamilton spot came up in the lineup, Ian Kinsler was in his place. Hamilton was initially diagnosed with a strained right shoulder. X-Rays later revealed the fracture.

Just yesterday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram asked Hamilton  about being more cautious with his head-first slides after two feet-first slides in Monday's game. Hamilton said he wasn't being more cautious.

Hamilton said he's continued to wear the flak-jacket he wore after suffering broken ribs last season. He said that's kept him from holding back.

"If I didn't have my rib pads on, I might consciously do it," Hamilton said on Monday. "When I have these on, it doesn't matter."

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:59 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2011 5:53 pm

Beltre contemplated killing teammate (sorta)

Adrian BeltreBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Imagine you had one pet peeve -- say, I don't know, the use of the word "dude" -- and your coworkers thought it was so funny, they never called you anything but "dude." 

And there is one guy who not only took great pride in calling you "dude" but also made sure everyone else knew to call you "dude." Then, even though you got a new job in another part of the country, people on TV talked so much about how you hated to be called "dude" that everyone else in the country not only knew about it, but found it funny.

Welcome to Adrian Beltre's life (well, minus $80 million).

Beltre's well-known aversion to people touching his head has been picked up by his new Ranger teammates.

"He better get used to it," shortstop Elvis Andrus told "He might kick my tail, but I'm going to do it."

Beltre's tick was well-chronicled last season in Boston, with Victor Martinez being the lead instigator.

"Sometimes I thought about killing him," Beltre said. "But I thought about it. … I have family, so I didn't."

That's a lot of head rubbing. Is he serious? Well, in some of these cases, he looks like he could snap (see for yourself here). He's likely just joking, but on the right day...

Beltre said Martinez was the worst offender, but not the originator. The head rubbing began in Seattle, he said.

"It was my fault," Beltre said. "I don't remember, but somebody did it and I told them I didn't like it. That's like telling them to do it again. You know they're going to do it because you don't like it. So they started doing it over and over again.

"It's all in fun. It's not like I enjoy it, but I know guys try to have fun. Some guys overdo it, but it's no big deal."

Until, of course, you get to the point where you contemplate killing your teammate.

Let's just hope Martinez doesn't find Miguel Cabrera's button.

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Posted on: February 18, 2011 9:53 am

Morning Pepper: Cabrera concern

Miguel Cabrera
Some things are more important than baseball. Miguel Cabrera's life is one of those things.

For the second time in his career, Cabrera's alcohol abuse has become a public issue. The first was at the end of a season, this time it's at the beginning.

Cabrera underwent counseling after the 2009 season and his incident with his wife at their home. He rebounded with the greatest season of his young career in 2010, but then came Wednesday's arrest for DUI in Florida.

Now is the time for the Tigers to worry about Cabrera, not the 2011 season. Cabrera needs professional help right now, and if he needs to miss all of spring training or even part of the regular season, so be it.

The team is apparently doing due diligence in Cabrera's fate, which is not only the right thing to do for the person, it's also the best thing to do as a business. Cabrera is 27 and has the prime years of his career ahead of him. He's also signed through 2015 (at $20 million or more per season from now throughout he end of the contract), so his problem is the Tigers' problem.

It's a sad tale, and hopefully has a happy ending. That ending doesn't necessarily have to do with baseball, but Cabrera's well-being and the rest of his life.

WORST SHAPE OF HIS LIFE?: Even thought he cliches about "best shape of his life" spring training stories have become cliche, but no need to wear that meme out with Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez.

Alvarez "clearly looks bulkier," the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review 's Rob Biertempfel writes . Clint Hurdle says he's just "big-boned."

MEET THE BENCH: Cubs manager Mike Quade said he'll consider pulling left fielder Alfonso Soriano late in games. (Chicago Tribune )

SAFETY FIRST: Carlos Santana will play some first base this spring, hoping to keep his bat in the lineup and give his legs a break from catching.

Santana said he played third and the outfield in the Dodgers system and expects the move to be relatively easy.

The Indians did the same thing with Victor Martinez before they traded him to Bosoton. (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

ROSTER MOVE: In one of the more striking roster moves of the season, the Orioles have placed Alfredo Simon on the restricted list to make room on their roster for Vladimir Guerrero, whose signing became official today.

Simon is in jail in the Dominican Republic as the prime suspect in a fatal shooting. (Baltimore Sun )

ARBITRATION DATE: Astros outfielder Hunter Pence is headed to an arbitration hearing today in Phoenix.

Pence will make either $6.9 million if he wins his case, $5.15 million if he loses it. I wouldn't mind losing like that.

OPENING A'S: Oakland manager Bob Geren won't make a decision about his opening-day starter until later in spring training. It's likely between Trevor Cahill, Dallas Braden and Brett Anderson. (San Francisco Chronicle )

LEAGUE LEADERS: The Mariners may not lead the league in much, but their bullpen could lead the league in tattoos.

Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times talks to relievers Brandon League and Justin Miller about their tattoos.

Baker also has a story about the ol' days when players had to have off-season jobs.

MUST READ: Sean Kirst of the Syracuse Post-Standard writes about Jacob Francis   the first African-American umpire. Francis umpired an exhibition game between the Syracuse Stars and the Proivdence Grays in 1885. He may have also been a neighbor of Moses Fleetwood Walker.

TODAY IN HISTORY: Feb. 18, 1944, the Reds signed 15-year old Joe Nuxhall to a major-league contract. Nuxhall was in uniform on opening day, but didn't appear in a game until June 10, 1944. Eight years later, he'd start his big-league career in earnest, pitching until 1966.

TODAY'S TIMEWASTER: has this amazing ballpark database. Go there only if you don't have plans for the next hour.

BROWSER SWITCH?: I tried out Google's Chrome browser, but didn't have much luck with it, so I stuck with Firefox. However, the newest feature may get me to switch -- a personal blacklist can remove sites from Google search results .

BAD NEWS: Giordano's filed for bankruptcy .

GOOD NEWS: Radiohead's releasing the digital version of its new album a day early , so if, like me, you've already ordered it, you should get it today.

VAN LENNON: A Jump-Imagine mashup for your enjoyment.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:53 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:26 am

June draft order set

With Carl Pavano signing with the Twins, there are now no Type A free agents left unsigned, which means there are no more possible compensatory reassignments of first-round picks. Compensatory picks can still be added for Type B signings, but those will fall in the "sandwich" round between the first and second rounds.

That's a long way of saying we have our first-round order for the 2011 June draft, which is projected to be one of the richest and deepest in recent years.

1. Pirates
2. Mariners
3. Diamondbacks
4. Orioles
5. Royals
6. Nationals
7. Diamondbacks (for unsigned 2010 pick Barret Loux)
8. Indians
9. Cubs
10. Padres (for unsigned 2010 pick Karsten Whitson)
11. Astros
12. Brewers
13. Mets
14. Marlins
15. Brewers (for unsigned 2010 pick Dylan Covey)
16. Dodgers
17. Angels
18. Athletics
19. Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez)
20. Rockies
21. Blue Jays
22. Cardinals
23. Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn)
24. Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford)
25. Padres
26. Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre)
27. Reds
28. Braves
29. Giants
30. Twins
31. Rays (from Yankees for Rafael Soriano)
32. Rays
33. Rangers (from Phillies for Cliff Lee)

It's a good time to be the Diamondbacks (who have two of the top seven picks), the Brewers (two in the first 15) and the Rays (three first-rounders). The Rays also also have a whopping seven sandwich-round picks, meaning that as of today (with more sandwich picks to come) they'd make 10 of the first 53 picks.

-- David Andriesen

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