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Thirty is the mark when a conscutive-games hitting streak really first bears noticing. Oh, 28 is a nice number -- "halfway to DiMaggio" and all that. But Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals is at the big three-oh now.

Zimmerman matched the great George Brett's 30-game streak in 1980 for the longest by a third baseman in the last three decades. In these the aughts, the only other 30-game streaks have been posted by stalwart Moises Alou in 2007, the unlikely Willy Taveras in 2006 and the finest hitter of his generation, Albert Pujols, in 2003. None of them reached 31, though three others did that and more -- Luis Castillo had a 35-game hit streak in 2002; Chase Utley also had a 35-game hit streak, but in 2006; and Jimmy Rollins had a 38-game hit streak spread over two seasons in 2005-06.

Will Zim? And how far does the kid go? Place your bets, make your predictions, presuppose your wild suppositions ... and -- bear with me, Ex-pos fans -- pay attention to those Nats!
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The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Manny Ramirez has tested positive for a banned substance and will be suspended for 50 games.
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The Jays placed Ricky Romero on the 15-Day DL with a strained oblique.  The move is retroactive to April 20th.  Yikes.

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Sportsnet is reporting that Jesse Litsch is going to the DL with his strained right forearm. Lefty reliever Bill Murphy will be coming up from Las Vegas to take his spot on the active roster.
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Curt Schilling has thrown his last pitch.  The 42 year-old announced his retirement on his 38pitches.com blog today after 20 seasons in the bigs.
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Spring is almost here, which means itís not only time for a new Blue Jay season, but itís also time for another Toronto Bauxite Baseball League season. This year will mark TBBLís fourth season and I am pleased to bring you this message from league organizer Mike K. As a former (and hopefully future) TBBL participant I can thoroughly vouch for the league and the work done by the various individuals behind the scenes, as Iím sure many other Bauxites can.
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The Washington Nationals will be looking for a new general manager.  The Associated Press says Jim Bowden has stepped down as federal investigators are looking into the club's alleged skimming of signing bonuses given to Latin American prospects.

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On a heads-up by bauxite timpinder, bluejays.com says center fielder Vernon Wells has pulled his left hamstring and is expected to miss at least a month.  Yes, it is the same hamstring he pulled last season.

UPDATE - The Associated Press says Wells is now expected to miss two weeks with the worst-case scenario being he'll have to DH on Opening Day.

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According to a Sports Illustrated report, Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003.

Update (Monday): In an interview with Peter Gammons, A-Rod admitted to using steroids from 2001-2003.
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Eight years, $180 million to become the third-highest-paid player on his own team. ESPN.com has the details.

And be sure to read the incredibly amusing announcement on this news from the greatness that is Jamey Newberg, pasted within ...

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