Gone are the long dreadlocks that were once a Rickie Weeks staple. After 12 seasons in the Milwaukee organization, he signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners are trying him out in the outfield. ”That was the last time I played outfield fully.” Not to say Weeks won’t be exclusively used in left field for the Mariners.

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Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee (Brewers), Pittsburgh (Pirates), New York (Yankees), Japan (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles) and Miami (Marlins). Now he is back in his old stomping grounds, or close to them, after being traded from Miami to the San Francisco Giants and he said it ”just feels right.” ”I don’t know how else to put it,” McGehee said Friday.

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As a whole, minor league baseball continues setting a very high standard when it comes to unique ballpark promotions. But let us not overlook another area of strength for many of its clubs: The concession stand menu. Somewhere below the standard baseball items, you’re bound to find a few creative and ridiculously appealing items that wlll test your will and lighten your wallet. For example, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers — the Midwest League Class A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers — and team chef Tim Hansen unveiled a pair of new burgers this week that will instantly make you consider a trip to Appleton. First, we have all the makings of a delicious bacon cheeseburger packed inside a funnel cake bun, which naturally gives us the Big Mother Funnel Burger. Big Mother Funnel Burger @TimberRattlers Summer 2015 pic.twitter.com/1dOaxdxfgs — TimothyMichaelHansen (@ChefTimHansen) February 27, 2015 Don’t try saying that ten times fast, but do order it at least once if you’re headed to a Timber Rattlers game this spring. It’ll only set you back $20. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] By the way, in writing about the Timber Rattlers funnel cake bacon cheeseburger, the Washington Post makes mention of another such burger that recently appeared at the Florida State Fair. So fine, it’s not an original idea, but based on the pictures we found there’s absolutely no comparison between the two. 

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Breathe easy, Miami Marlins fans. Superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton is doing fine and was even able to finish Saturday’s intrasquad game after being hit on the left hip by a pitch from Henderson Alvarez. Henderson Alvarez plunks Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch during #Marlins intrasquad game. pic.twitter.com/HEthx3ZkrH — Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) February 28, 2015 Though not a big deal, this probably isn’t the way the Marlins wanted spring training to begin considering the way Stanton’s season ended in 2014. During a game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 11, Stanton suffered several facial fractures and dental damage after being hit in the face by a Mike Fiers pitch. That led to Stanton actually debuting a custom helmet designed to protect his face on Saturday . [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] The helmet obviously couldn’t protect his hip, but the good news is this is only a story because of what happened last season, and in no way will be an extension of that incident. In some ways it may even help Stanton to get that first hit by pitch out of the way so he can focus on preparing and adjusting to his new headgear.  “Feels good,” Stanton said, afterward. “No thoughts, 100 percent fine. Didn’t have one thought about it.” The moment may have been more anxious for Henderson Alvarez. The 2014 All-Star admitted to being nervous before facing Stanton in a live batting practice session on Thursday. He obviously felt bad for what happened on Saturday, but thankfully the two players were able to joke about it afterward. In fact, once it was confirmed that Stanton was OK, the concern actually turned to the object involved in the beaning. #Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto on Giancarlo Stanton being HBP: “I think the ball might have been hurt more than him.” — clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) February 28, 2015 Unlike Stanton, the baseball was unable to finish the game, but we’re sure it will return for a future batting practice session, in which Stanton will welcome another opportunity to crush it 500 feet.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] As for how Stanton felt wearing the helmet on Saturday, he said the following to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinal .   “Better than I thought, to be honest,” Stanton said of his new gear. “You can’t get it fully out of your vision, out of your peripheral, at least. But in terms of focusing on the pitcher, I had no trouble with that. But walking up or running the bases, it’s more noticeable, because you’re not focusing on one thing.” That sounds annoying, but that’s also to be expected. We’re guessing Stanton will be used to it enough by the time April rolls around that he won’t even notice it.  One thing is definitely for sure though. He’ll look a lot more menacing when rounding the bases on his next monster homer.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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On Thursday, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett was going about his business after the Milwaukee Brewers wrapped up workouts at their spring complex in Maryvale, Ariz. when he discovered a stray dachshund wondering the area. According to Gennett via his Twitter account, he was able to make friends with the dog, or at least made him comfortable enough to ride along to the local vet, and that’s where Gennett says the the dog will be cared for. Just brought this poor guy to the vet..they assured me Dachshund Only Rescue would help him out!! #hank2 ? #stray pic.twitter.com/i84LEeyK0m — Scooter Gennett (@Sgennett2) February 27, 2015 If the story sounds familiar, that’s because it is familiar.  As Gennett referenced, the Brewers took in a stray dog at spring training last season and renamed him Hank . It would quickly become the story of the spring in baseball as Hank stole the hearts of Brewers employees and stole headlines on social media after being accepted into the Brewers family. But the legend didn’t end there. Hank went on to become the Brewers newest mascot, and was even named Dog of the Year at the World Dog awards . That’s rock star status for sure, but for a short time on Thursday night, even Hank — who for the purpose of this story we’re going to assume check Twitter frequently — had to be wondering if there was room enough for another ballpark pup in Milwaukee. You humans are all crazy. Obviously #TheDress is #blueandblack . pic.twitter.com/mwzl5bMcYR — Hank the Dog (@BrewersHank) February 27, 2015 Or maybe not. The dress, Hank? Really? Regardless, it appears he has nothing to worry about. As Gennett noted, the stray he helped will be taken care of by Dachshund Only Rescue, and will hopefully find a new home in Arizona soon.

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PHOENIX (AP) — It’s never easy for a baseball player to leave his family for six weeks of spring training, no matter how nice the weather is in Arizona.

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Nate Grimm recaps the week with updates on Josh Hamilton’s troubles, Adam Wainwright’s abdomen injury and more in Friday’s Daily Dose.

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Francisco Rodriguez will be jogging out of the bullpen again for the Milwaukee Brewers. The closer and the Brewers agreed Thursday to a $13 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the agreement. He has signed with the Brewers for a fourth straight year, though this time he has a multi-year deal. The move solidifies a bullpen in which presumed closer Jonathan Broxton figures to move back into a setup role to make room for Rodriguez, who has 348 career saves.

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Ryan Braun can’t pinpoint the exact date, but he can remember with some clarity when his right thumb began bothering him. ”It was a changeup against Joe Kelly in St. Louis,” Braun said Wednesday as he reported to spring training with the rest of Milwaukee’s position players. Braun led off the 10th inning with a single against Kelly in what would ultimately be a 6-4 victory for the Brewers.

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The only way Grant Balfour knows how to leave one season behind and begin preparing for another is by having a short memory. The veteran relief pitcher’s return to the Tampa Bay Rays didn’t go as well as expected in 2014, however he’s confident he can regain the consistency that made him one of the most effective closers in the American League over the previous two seasons. ”Whether it was a good year or bad year I don’t sit and harp on it,” Balfour said. I move on to the next year.” A mainstay in the bullpen that helped the Rays make an improbable run to the World Series in 2008, the 37-year-old right-hander spent three productive seasons with the Oakland Athletics before returning to Tampa Bay on a two-year, $12 million contract last winter.

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