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3:20 PM ET, February 23, 2012


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Dejan Kovacevic /
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
The harrowing tale of Bobby Jenks
Discussion: HardballTalk and Baseball Nation
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
Mike Kerwick /
Mets' sluggers can see the writing on the wall
Discussion: Bats and
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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Rockies' Dexter Fowler gains power in offseason but not at expense of speed  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Don't look.  Just listen.  The ball sounds louder coming off Dexter Fowler's bat.  It goes farther too.  —  The Rockies center fielder — and arguably the most important player to their lineup …
Ken Gurnick /
Tight back delays Kershaw's first bullpen  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw missed his first bullpen session of Spring Training on Wednesday as a precautionary measure due to mild back tightness.  —  Kershaw, who signed a two-year, $19 million contract earlier this month …
Discussion: True Blue LA and HardballTalk
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
Boston Globe:
Who owns  Not the Red Sox.  —  If you go to, you won't get information about the new home of Red Sox spring training.  Instead you'll be redirected to the New York Yankees website.  That's because Eric Engelman, a Cubs fan from Fort Myers, Fla. …
Tim Brown / Yahoo! Sports:
Kemp calls his shot: 50 homers, 50 steals in 2012  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. - Fifty-fifty, is what Matt Kemp said.  —  Fifty-fifty.  —  Like Broadway Joe calling Super Bowl III.  —  Like Newt Gingrich calling for a moon colony.  —  You know, somewhere between unlikely and if the moon were a planet, that's the planet he'd be from.
Discussion: HardballTalk
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