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5:15 PM ET, February 23, 2012

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Jerry Crasnick / MLB:
Source: Oswalt willing to join team midseason … After waiting until spring training and failing to land a job to his satisfaction, free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt has told major league clubs that he might pull a Roger Clemens and return midseason, according to a baseball source.  —  Oswalt
Dejan Kovacevic / PittsburghLIVE.com:
Pirates president Coonelly charged with DUI  —  Pirates president Frank Coonelly has been charged with four counts related to drunken driving in Ross, the Tribune-Review has learned.  —  Ross Township police arrested Coonelly, 51, of Sewickley on Dec. 22 and charged him with drunken driving …
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Associated Press:
Pirates president Coonelly faces four DUI charges  —  BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly faces four drunken driving-related charges after an incident on Dec. 22 in suburban Pittsburgh.  —  Police in Ross Township, Pa., charged Coonelly, 51 …
John Tomase / Boston Herald:
Bobby Jenks details surgery nightmare  —  + Recent Articles + Recent Blog Entries + Email + Bio  —  FORT MYERS — Now we know why Bobby Jenks isn't going to pitch anytime soon, if at all this year: He's been living a nightmare.  —  This morning at JetBlue [JBLU] Park …
Discussion: Boston Globe
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Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
The harrowing tale of Bobby Jenks  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks filled in some details about his medical issues this morning and it's quite a tale.  —  After recovering from a pulmonary embolism, Jenks traveled to Boston and had surgery on his spine on Dec. 12 at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Baseball Nation
Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Yanks, Russell Martin talking  —  TAMPA, Fla. — The New York Yankees have proposed ripping up Russell Martin's new one-year contract and giving him a three-year deal, his agent Matt Colleran told ESPNNewYork.com.  —  If the two sides were to come to an agreement, it would make Martin a Yankee through 2014.
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
Ruben Tejada remains in Panama despite Terry Collins' desire to have Jose Reyes' replacement in NY Mets camp  —  Tejada is delayed in Panama while trying to obtain visa  —  Terry Collins understands the process Ruben Tejada (l.) is going through to obtain his visa, but the manager wants the shortstop in camp.
Discussion: New Jersey Online
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Mike Kerwick / NorthJersey.com:
Mets' sluggers can see the writing on the wall
Discussion: Bats and MetsBlog.com
Fox Sports:
Marlins' salary plan may anger union  —  The minimum salary in the new collective-bargaining agreement increased from $414,000 to $480,000, giving even the lowest-paid players a handsome wage.  —  Baseball's economic system, however, allows clubs to otherwise determine the salaries of players …
Gregor Chisholm / MLB.com:
Rasmus arrives; nearly entire club in camp  —  Escobar, Encarnacion expected to join teammates Friday  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. — Center fielder Colby Rasmus became the latest Blue Jays position player to report to camp in advance of Friday's mandatory deadline.  —  Rasmus arrived at Florida …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com:
Steinbrenner: Mo ‘obviously a lifelong Yankee’  —  Team would welcome closer back should he choose to continue  —  TAMPA, Fla. — If closer Mariano Rivera wants to remain a Yankee beyond the upcoming season when his current contract expires, he certainly will be welcome back …
Danny Valentine / St. Petersburg Times:
Drug charges send former Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes to jail again  —  TAMPA — Former Rays outfielder Elijah Dukes was arrested early Thursday after he tried to eat a plastic bag of marijuana and had marijuana blunt tucked behind his ear, police said.  —  The 27-year-old Tampa man was pulled …
Josh Leventhal / Baseball America:
Selig Calls International Draft ‘Inevitable’  —  MLB pushed through significant changes to its draft in the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement, and commissioner Bud Selig says the changes aren't done.  —  While discussing the state of the game in an interview with Baseball America on Tuesday …
Discussion: NESN.com
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina, Cardinals restart contract talks  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • The agent for Gold Glove-winning catcher Yadier Molina met with the Cardinals and has re-engaged the club in talks the past two days about a contract extension, sources confirmed to The Post-Dispatch.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jason McIntyre / The Big Lead:
Evan Longoria is Not the Only Tampa Ray Dating a Playboy Playmate: Reid Brignac is Dating Lauren Anderson  —  Evan Longoria and Playboy Playmate Jaime Edmondson took their relationship public last week - to Animal Kingdom! - and then the media asked the All-Star about it.
Discussion: Rays Index
Howard Megdal / Capital New York:
The Mets owners keep peddling a story about new investors, but who's buying?  —  Here we go again.  —  Newsday reported on Wednesday evening that Fred Wilpon and his partners, who own the New York Mets, had reached an agreement to sell seven minority shares in the club.
Discussion: HardballTalk and Newsday
Kuiperfan / Joe Posnanski:
The First Argument of Spring  —  This is a story about spring, baseball and the first wonderful and crazy argument of the new year.  Baseball, I think, is the best argument game we have going.  Sure, in other sports you can argue Tiger vs. Jack, or Sampras vs. Federer, or Montana vs. Unitas, or whatever.
Discussion: THE BOOK
Keith Law / ESPN:
Future 50: Buxton No. 1  —  The prep center fielder tops Insider's first MLB draft board for 2012  —  The college baseball season kicked off last Friday and high schools are underway across the southern U.S., making this a good time for my first ranking of the top 50 prospects for the 2012 Rule 4 draft.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
 
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Tim Brown / Yahoo! Sports:
Kemp calls his shot: 50 homers, 50 steals in 2012
Discussion: HardballTalk
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Closers finding it tougher to save tenures
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Rockies' Dexter Fowler gains power in offseason but not at expense of speed
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Tight back delays Kershaw's first bullpen
Troy Renck / On the Rox:
Rockies' Joe Torres apologizes following MLB suspension
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Jay Bruce reports 16 pounds slimmer
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Angels agree to terms on Minor League contract with veteran pitcher Jason Isringhausen
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Phil Mackey / 1500 ESPN SportsWire:
SportsWire Twins Notebook: After ‘downward spiral,’ Sean Burroughs is one to watch
Discussion: HardballTalk
Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
Brewers made run at veteran Renteria
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Brewers Sign Jay Gibbons
Evan Grant / Rangers Blog:
See Rangers' righty Yu Darvish throw left-handed in practice
Discussion: HardballTalk
Ian Browne / MLB.com:
Valentine keeping close tabs on Iglesias
Bill Chastain / MLB.com:
Rays unveil promotions for home games
Zack Meisel / MLB.com:
Piniella joins YES Network team
 

 
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