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- New Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon appears all too happy to burn his bridges to Boston. "The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball," Papelbon said in a radio interview with Philadelphia's 94-WIP. "The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played. I've had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston." You can be assured that Boston fans aren't going to like being told that they don't know the game of baseball. And there's probably a prosthetic leg arcing toward Philadelphia as we speak.
- San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy had a Los Angeles Angels scout ejected from the Giants' Spring facilities for committing the egregious crime of ... watching drills that were otherwise open to the public. The Giants have since said it was just a misunderstanding, and that scouts are welcome to watch their workouts.
- Speaking of the Giants being protective, the team continues to fight the Oakland A's proposed move to San Jose. While Oakland is much closer to San Francisco, the geography of the area is such that a move to San Jose would actually eat into the Giants' historically protected market. The A's hoped-for move has been under "study" by MLB for almost three years.
- The Houston Astros were previously told by MLB that their throwback jerseys for this season's 50th anniversary of the franchise could not feature pistols - which were a hallmark of the formerly-named Houston Colt-.45s. Apparently MLB has changed its mind, and the Astros are now permitted to feature a gun, and the organization will announce today if they're going to do so.
- Absurdly good New York Yankees' setup man David Robertson might not be available for Opening Day. He sprained his foot walking down the stairs (there's danger everywhere, people), and is now in a walking boot.
- Chris Carpenter - of the Cardinal, not Theo trade, variety - is dealing with neck stiffness that may prevent him from throwing for a little while. The soon-to-be-37-year-old pitcher is coming off a season in which he threw a total of 273 innings, including the playoffs. If you're taking early bets on a pitcher to miss significant time in 2012, Carpenter would have to be high up on your list: Late 30s? Check. Huge workload last year? Check. Significant injury and surgery history? Check.
- For you Draftniks, the top high school pitcher in the draft, Lucas Giolito, has a sprained UCL (i.e., the ligament associated with Tommy John surgery), and will miss his senior season. He may not be able to pitch again before the Draft in June, so his case is going to be an interesting test for the new Draft rules. In the past, a kid like him - who'd been thought to be a possibility at first overall - would have slipped quite a bit in the Draft before some team took him later, and then paid him a ton overslot to forego a commitment to UCLA. Now, with a bonus pool allotment, that's much more difficult to pull off without risking future draft picks.