The Herald's Steve Buckley notes that after Cuba's 3-1 win over the Dominican Republic in the WBC semifinals, left fielder Frederich Cepeda's comment -- "Baseball is not judged by the price of the athletes, but the hearts of the people" -- was censored for the media by MLB translator Francisco Campo.
Why? Campo: "I was told by Major League Baseball that when the guys got political, not to talk about it." ... MLB spokesman Patrick Courtney disagreed: "That was never the case. At no time did we state that players could not answer political questions."
How is that sentence even vaguely political?
Keith Foulke threw a 21-pitch batting practice session on Saturday and is convinced he'll start the season on time "unless something unforeseen happens". Jason Varitek: "He threw a couple great changeups. He threw some good cutters. He threw a couple fastballs that really bit, that really got there. He looked very good."
Curt Schilling has worked a changeup into his pitching repertoire. "I'm throwing my changeup to the point where I'm going to be able to use it now to get people out. It's something I've wanted to have and never been comfortable with until now."