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10:40 PM ET, February 22, 2012

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>> Special page: A look at JetBlue Park  —  The business partners who created the new spring training home of the Boston Red Sox thought of just about everything when establishing JetBlue Park at Fenway South.  —  Someone along the way, however, neglected to do one thing: purchase the Internet domain name jetbluepark.com.
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Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
David Ortiz talks about beer drinking, leadership and his new contract
Discussion: the joy of sox
Scott Lauber / Boston Herald:
Ortiz makes his grand entrance
Discussion: Boston Globe
Troy Renck / On the Rox:
Rockies' Joe Torres apologizes following MLB suspension  —  SCOTTSDALE — After becoming the latest Rockies' player to be suspended, minor-league pitcher Joe Torres offered an explanation and apology following his positive test for amphetamines.  —  Torres reached out to The Denver Post today, providing the following statement.
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Associated Press:
Rockies' Joseph Torres suspended
Discussion: HardballTalk
Mark Saxon / ESPN:
Albert Pujols objects to Angels' ads  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — To the surprise of no one, the Los Angeles Angels have built their marketing efforts around newly acquired slugger Albert Pujols.  —  But one segment of that campaign has run afoul of the player's wishes.
Bob Brookover / Philly.com:
Howard impressive in BP  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — You will read more about Ryan Howard later Wednesday after he talks to the media extensively for the first time since collapsing along the first-base line after grounding out to end the Phillies' 2011 season.  —  Howard, of course …
Discussion: Phillies Nation
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Todd Zolecki / MLB.com:
Contreras fine following bullpen session
Discussion: The Good Phight and HardballTalk
MLB.com:
Angels agree to terms on Minor League contract with veteran pitcher Jason Isringhausen  —  TEMPE, AZ - The Angels today agreed to terms on a minor league contract with RHP Jason Isringhausen (iz-ring-how-zin).  —  Today's announcement was made by General Manager Jerry Dipoto.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and 6-4-2
Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com:
Blue Jays sign right-hander VandenHurk  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. — The Blue Jays signed right-hander Rick VandenHurk to a non-guaranteed split Major League contract on Wednesday.  —  VandenHurk, 26, appeared in four games for the Orioles last season, including two starts.
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MLB.com:
Blue Jays sign Vandenhurk
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Zack Meisel / MLB.com:
Piniella joins YES Network team  —  Duties as special contributor include analyst work for Yanks  —  The YES Network has added Lou Piniella to its Yankees on-air team.  —  Piniella will serve as a special contributor for Yankees coverage, working as an analyst on some games …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and HardballTalk
Rob Castellano / Amazin' Avenue:
This is — New York Mets — Jeopardy!  —  At the risk of outing myself as a complete and utter nerd, I will share the fact that one of my favorite hobbies outside of deriving obscure baseball statistics and watching low-level minor league games is watching a lot of Jeopardy!.
Bill Chastain / MLB.com:
Rays unveil promotions for home games  —  PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — The Rays on Wednesday announced their promotional schedule for the 2012 regular season.  —  The Rays' season-opening series against the Yankees will include two giveaways.  On April 6, all fans in attendance for the 3:10 p.m. ET game …
Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
Brewers made run at veteran Renteria  —  PHOENIX — Veteran infielder Edgar Renteria is considering retirement after spurning a pair of Minor League offers, his agent told FoxSports.com on Wednesday.  Brewers GM Doug Melvin said one of those offers came from Milwaukee.
Discussion: Al's Ramblings and Brew Beat
Ian Browne / MLB.com:
Valentine keeping close tabs on Iglesias  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — One of the most interesting Red Sox players to watch this spring will be Jose Iglesias, the highly touted shortstop prospect.  Now that Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie are both gone, Iglesias might be able to play his way into the mix at some point this season.
Discussion: Boston Globe
Craig Calcaterra / HardballTalk:
Ronald Belisario tested positive for cocaine, said he used it only once  —  Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario already faces a drug suspension at the beginning of the year, but it appears that his drug problems extend beyond whatever it was that sent him to rehab last year …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Yankees Sign David Aardsma  —  7:09pm: Joel Sherman of The New York Post reports (on Twitter) that any incentives Aardsma earns in 2012 will increase the base salary of his 2013 option by the same amount.  —  11:21am: The Yankees have signed 30-year-old right-hander David Aardsma, the team announced.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley and IT IS HIGH!
Phil Mackey / 1500 ESPN SportsWire:
SportsWire Twins Notebook: After ‘downward spiral,’ Sean Burroughs is one to watch  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — There are some within the Minnesota Twins organization who believe Sean Burroughs could give incumbent third baseman Danny Valencia some real competition this spring.
Discussion: HardballTalk
T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com:
Rangers plan to hold onto Uehara  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers pitchers go through their first official workout on Thursday.  Reliever Koji Uehara is expected to be there and beyond.  —  The Rangers have had trade discussions with other teams about Uehara, but a deal does not appear likely.
Discussion: Over the Monster and HardballTalk
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T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com:
Lewis not worried about contract
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
 
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Yu Darvish arrives in Surprise, throws 30 pitches in bullpen session
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Cash Kruth / MLB.com:
Renteria mulling options, including retirement
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Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Eric Chavez, Yankees agree on contract
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Mets will see Kazmir on Friday, 25-man roster unrealistic
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