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2012 February 25

  1. Ryan Zimmerman and Nationals still discussing contract extension

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Rizzo told Zuckerman that “enough progress has been made” to where there’s a belief that a deal will be finalized at some point Saturday night or early Sunday morning. 10:57 PM: Zimmerman said in an emailed statement late Saturday night that he’s “confident” about reaching an agreement with the Nationals. It’s not known whether…

  2. Diamondbacks not shopping outfielder Gerardo Parra

    Feb 25, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reported earlier that the Nationals had interest in acquiring Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks. But it doesn’t sound like the 24-year-old outfielder is being made available. According to the Arizona Republic‘s Nick Piecoro, the D’Backs have engaged in no recent trade talks involving Parra and don’t intend to deal him. Parra was…

  3. Hanson (concussion) confident he’ll be ready for season

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson has been sidelined since Monday morning due to a mild (Grade 1) concussion that he suffered after blowing a tire and banging his head in a one-car accident. But the 25-year-old is confident he’ll be able to play catch-up once he is cleared to return to action. Here’s Hanson discussing his…

  4. Picture of the Day: Mini Yu Darvish

    Feb 25, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Remember Lil’ Ron Washington? Well, he’s not the only youngster impersonating a member of the Rangers. From the Dallas Morning News‘ Evan Grant comes this shot of Mini Yu Darvish, who was spotted walking around the Rangers’ spring training complex on Saturday with a “MINIVISH” uniform:

  5. Mets were “unimpressed” by Scott Kazmir during Friday throwing session

    Feb 25, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Don’t hold your breath for a reunion between the Mets and former top prospect Scott Kazmir. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets were “unimpressed” with what they saw during a throwing session yesterday in Houston. One Mets’ source told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that it was “fair” to characterize their…

  6. Scott Sizemore suffers left knee sprain during fielding drill

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Scott Sizemore Getty

    UPDATE: Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times reports that the preliminary diagnosis is a left knee sprain, though we’ll learn more once the MRI results are known. 4:26 PM: Slusser reports that Sizemore is set to undergo an MRI today on his left knee. She was also told that Wes Timmons and Josh Donaldson…

  7. Ryan Howard set for check-up with surgeon early next week

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel, Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard began fielding ground balls and taking batting practice this week, but his rehab from a torn Achilles will be put on hold for a couple of days so he can visit with surgeon Mark Myerson in Baltimore on Monday or Tuesday. There appears to be a minor difference of opinion on the nature…

  8. The Red Sox have banned beer in the clubhouse

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

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    After the Red Sox collapsed in epic fashion down the stretch last season, reports surfaced that Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer, ate fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse on the days they weren’t pitching. The Red Sox still won 90 games last season and whether drinking beer in…

  9. The Nationals are interested in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Gerardo Parra Getty

    The Nationals don’t appear content going into the season with Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina or Jayson Werth as the starting center fielder. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra. Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo signed Parra to his first professional contract when he was Arizona’s director…

  10. Mets to honor Gary Carter with No. 8 patch

    Feb 25, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Gary Carter’s memorial service was held last night at the Christ Fellowship church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Many of Carter’s family, friends, former teammates and colleagues paid tribute, including a speech by fellow Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench. The Mets naturally had a large contingent on hand for the occasion and according to…

  11. Joel Zumaya to undergo MRI after abbreviated throwing session

    Feb 25, 2012, 12:54 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya AP

    UPDATE: Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that the injury was to the inside of Zumaya’s elbow. The Twins will know the MRI results either tomorrow or Monday morning. 12:54 PM: Uh-oh. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Zumaya is scheduled to undergo an MRI tomorrow. 12:10 PM: Nothing official yet from the team, but Jon…

  12. Juan Uribe to miss first full-squad workouts due to trial with former landlord

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    UPDATE: According to the official Dodgers’ Twitter account, Uribe is among the players who have reported early to camp. He told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he will be in camp today and tomorrow before the trial starts Monday in San Francisco. 10:55 AM: Juan Uribe had a miserable first season with…

  13. The man who collected Ryan Braun’s sample is revealed

    Feb 25, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St Louis Cardinals - Game Five

    Ryan Braun made some pretty strong comments yesterday about how his urine sample was handled by the collector, saying that he was a “victim of a process that completely broke down and failed.” We’re still hearing different information regarding where the sample was stored in the collector’s home — some reports say it was stored…

  14. Chris Sale wants to throw 200 innings this season

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Chris Sale

    Chris Sale logged 71 innings out of the White Sox bullpen in 2011 and hasn’t started a game since May of 2010 at Florida Gulf Coast University, but that hasn’t stopped him from setting the bar pretty high for his first season in the starting rotation. According to Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com, Sale said yesterday…

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