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Bard Faces Tough Test

Chris Kline -

FORT MYERS, Fla.—The Red Sox haven’t had much time to get to know Daniel Bard, but they’ve apparently seen enough to send the 28th overall pick in 2006 straight to high Class A.

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Mathieson Right On Schedule

Chris Kline -

CLEARWATER, Fla.—Phillies righthander Scott Mathieson started long-tossing from 150 feet for the first time this spring, now 10 months removed from the Tommy John surgery that shut him down last August.

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Drabek Impresses

Chris Kline -

CLEARWATER, Fla.’”The Phillies’™ brass traveled across town to Dunedin on Saturday to see 2006 first-round pick Kyle Drabek pitch in the low Class A game. Assistant general manager Mike Arbuckle […]

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In His Own Words, Jim Ed Warden

Chris Kline -

In 2002, I rode the bus with Jim Ed Warden at high Class A Kinston. A sixth-round pick of the Indians in 2001, Warden made seven starts that year and had several trips to the phantom disabled list.From my perspective, I knew more about Warden the movie critic or Warden the music freak and not Warden the pitcher. No one else seemed to care, so why should I?

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Bonus! Schilling vs. Dumatrait

Chris Kline -

The bonus in Red Sox minor league camp on Sunday was getting to see a showdown you'd only think could happen in bizarro world--Curt Schilling vs. Reds lefthander Phil Dumatrait."Definitely an adrenaline rush," Dumatrait said.

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Simon Returned

Chris Kline -

The Phillies returned righthander Alfredo Simon to the Rangers on Saturday, after the Rule 5 pick allowed six earned runs over 4 1/3 innings this spring.The Phillies, who originally signed Simon out of the Dominican Republic in 1999, have yet to reach a decision on the other arm the club took in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft last September--righthander Jim Ed Warden.

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Ask BA

Jim Callis -

What's the scoop on pending Japanese import Kosuke Fukudome. How similar are Vanderbilt's Pedro Alvarez and the Royals' Alex Gordon? Size aside, how about the Yankees' Philip Hughes and the Astros' Roy Oswalt?

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Prospect Q&A: Jair Jurrjens

David Laurila -

Jair Jurrjens can pitch in four languages. A 21-year-old righthander from Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles, he can also spot up a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. He sat down with David Laurila in spring training to talk about his career and pitching philosophy.

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Bringing Diamond Back

Matt Meyers -

TUCSON—With a big league roster teeming with homegrown position player talent, the Diamondbacks appear set pretty much everywhere on the diamond. Like most clubs, however, developing pitching has proven a bit tougher.Though their rotation possesses reigning Cy Young winner and system product Brandon Webb, they lack pitching at the minor league level that is ready to step in and contribute. With the exception of nabbing Justin Upton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, it’s evident the organization has tried to address the shortage.

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