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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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So Long, Soler

Matt Eddy -

Though he provided the club with 45 occasionally-acceptable big league innings last season--including a two-hit shutout of Arizona in June--the Mets have released burly Cuban righthander Alay Soler after three spring outings.

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Los Rockies

Matt Meyers -

TUCSON—No team has increased their presence in Latin America over the last few years more than the Colorado Rockies. General manager Dan O’Dowd has given Rolando Fernandez and his international scouting department more discretion on the Latin American market, and the Rockies system is seeing the results.The Rockies are flush with young talent at the big league level, but most of their newfound depth courtesy of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela is not there yet. A visit to their minor league spring training complex makes it obvious that this influx of foreign talent is not far away.One of the fruits of the international scouting department’s labor that is generating buzz in camp is shortstop Hector Gomez.

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Miller Optioned; Holdzkom Returned

Chris Kline -

Tigers lefthander Andrew Miller was among the roster cuts from major league camp yesterday, as the club optioned him to high Class A Lakeland.Detroit manager Jim Leyland told BA correspondent Jon Paul Morosi (Detroit Free Press) that Miller was "definitely not going to be on the team," but there was "a strong possibility the lefthander would join the club at some point during the season.

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Non-Prospect Diary: Dirk Hayhurst

Dirk Hayhurst -

Padres righthander Dirk Hayhurst will be one of our featured diary scribes for the 2007 season. The 2003 eighth-round pick went a combined 6-14, 4.73 in 131 innings at three different levels last season—getting to Triple-A (Portland) for the first time in his career. But never mind the numbers.

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Culture Shock For Jung

Matt Meyers -

TEMPE, Ariz.—For those who follow prospects, no player offers more mystery than the big money international free agent. Obviously the club that signs them believes in their ability or they would not give them big dollars, but we have no context to compare their previous level of competition to.The Angels gave Korean righthander Young-Il Jung a cool million last August based on the recommendation of part-time scout Charlie Kim and international scouting supervisor Clay Daniel. The size of the investment is a clear indication of the Angels belief in his ability and Jung did enough in instructional league last fall that he was rated as the Angels’ No. 4 prospect in our Prospect Handbook. Now in his first spring training, the 18-year-old is doing his best to acclimate himself to American culture. While most big money amateur free agents are from Latin America and have a number of Spanish speaking teammates to communicate with, Jung does not have that luxury. Fortunately, he has Hank Conger.

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