Brian Bruney apologizes to K-Rod. He shouldn't have

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D.J. noted the Brian Bruney-Francisco Rodriguez dust-up yesterday. Seems like at least one of them want to make nice now:

Bruney said he had hoped to apologize for critical remarks he had made about Rodriguez on Saturday, but he never got the chance.

“He had some things he wanted to say and we’ll leave it at that.
Obviously, I probably shouldn’t have said what I said. I made that
mistake and I’ve learned from it. For me, it’s nothing personal with
Frankie. I’ve heard he’s a good dude. I’m sure he is. It really wasn’t
meant to be a personal attack. This is my apology to him.”

Bah. Bruney shouldn’t have apologized. Not necessarily because it was good
for him to call out Rodriguez like that (some things maybe are better
left unsaid), but because Rodriguez himself is on record saying he
doesn’t care what people say about his “tired act.” Here’s Rodriguez, after having his little celebration criticized by some White Sox players almost exactly a year ago:

I don’t care. Why would I care about that? I only care about my job.
I’m not changing it. I don’t care what people say. That’s my way.
People can say I’m arrogant, a (jerk), anything they want to say. But
me, I’m going to live my world. I don’t care what people think or say.”

I guess something happened since then to make him, you know, care.

Mariners claim Dario Alvarez off waivers from Cubs

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Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have claimed pitcher Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Cubs. The Mariners will option him to Triple-A Tacoma and have him report to minor league camp. Alvarez will serve as bullpen depth for the Mariners.

Alvarez, 29, has  spent parts of four seasons in the majors with the Mets, Braves, and Rangers. He signed with the Cubs as a free agent in November. Across 48 innings of relief, the lefty owns a 5.06 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 22 walks. His spring with the Cubs wasn’t any better, as he yielded six runs on seven hits and six walks with 11 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.