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  1. Mike Napoli on C.J. Wilson tweeting his phone number: “I am not taking it as a prank”

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Over the weekend when C.J. Wilson posted Mike Napoli‘s phone number to his 100,000-plus Twitter followers I just assumed it was a prank–albeit a pretty extreme one–but today Napoli made it very clear that he didn’t think it was funny. At all: I don’t even know why he did it. You don’t do that. I…

  2. Miguel Cabrera takes one-hopper to face, leaves “bleeding as much as I’ve seen a player bleed”

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a ground ball off the face early in Angels camp and now Miguel Cabrera has suffered the same fate today against the Phillies. Hunter Pence‘s one-hopper struck Cabrera in the face and the first baseman-turned-third baseman left the field a bloody mess, although he…

  3. Ryan Madson: “I can’t prove it, but I do believe” Phillies made $44 million offer

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. and agent Scott Boras have much different stories about how Ryan Madson went from reportedly being on the verge of a four-year, $44 million deal to remain with the Phillies to settling for a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Reds. Boras insists the Phillies made a verbal offer to…

  4. Giants worried Freddy Sanchez won’t be ready for opener

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Freddy Sanchez said throughout the offseason that he was optimistic about recovering from June shoulder surgery in time for Opening Day, but like so many “optimistic” updates from teams and players recently that’s now looking like wishful thinking. Sanchez missed the final three-plus months of last season and has yet to play second base this…

  5. Phillies release veteran starter Joel Pineiro

    Mar 19, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Joel Pineiro

    Philadelphia signed Joel Pineiro to a minor-league contract in January, but a three-week look at the veteran right-hander was all they needed to determine he wasn’t worth keeping around. Today they released Pineiro, who made $8 million from the Angels in each of the past two seasons and would have gotten $1.5 million from the…

  6. Mike Maddux denies pulling name from consideration in Cubs’ manager search

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux pulled his name from consideration for the Red Sox’s managerial opening back in November, but said yesterday that he did not do the same with the Cubs’ job. He simply lost out to Dale Sveum. Maddux cited family reasons for pulling out of the running in Boston, but later interviewed…

  7. Knee injury puts Giancarlo Stanton’s status for Opening Day in doubt

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Giancarlo Stanton’s wrist is no longer an issue after being hit by a pitch on March 11, but he remains out of the lineup with knee soreness that hasn’t gotten any better in a week. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Marlins believe Stanton would play if Opening Day was tomorrow,…

  8. Chase Utley leaves Phillies camp to see knee specialist, “doubtful” for Opening Day

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Chase Utley kept sitting out games and the Phillies kept insisting it was precautionary and simply an effort to keep him from wearing down during the long regular season, but now it’s clear his chronic knee problems are a much bigger issue than the team was letting on. Utley has left Phillies camp and will…

  9. Twins send Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A with two years and $6.25 million left on contract

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    After watching Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit and field terribly for 68 games last season and look even worse this spring the Twins announced that they’re sending him to Triple-A with two years and $6.25 million remaining on his contract. Toss in the $3 million he made last season and the $5.25 million they paid for his…

  10. Shaun Marcum may begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 16, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum bobbles a bunt from St. Louis Cardinals' Jon Jay in the 1st inning of Game 2 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke admitted today that Shaun Marcum is running out of time to recover from his shoulder inflammation by Opening Day, telling Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that “the days are getting short.” Marcum threw a bullpen session today and reported no problems, so he’ll move on to throwing live batting…

  11. Chris Carpenter “felt good” after 30-pitch bullpen session

    Mar 16, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Chris Carpenter‘s status for Opening Day remains in question because of a neck injury and the Cardinals are preparing Lance Lynn to potentially step into the rotation, but Carpenter was healthy enough to throw off a mound yesterday. He was throwing for the first time in nearly two weeks and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports…

  12. Salvador Perez out 3-4 months after knee surgery; Royals interested in Ivan Rodriguez?

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Salvador Perez

    So much for Salvador Perez only missing a few weeks. Perez underwent his scheduled knee surgery today and the Royals announced afterward that he’s expected to be out for 12-14 weeks, which would mean a mid-June return at the earliest. In other words, there’s a strong chance the 21-year-old catcher will miss the entire first…

  13. Joe Magrane’s daughter voted off “American Idol”

    Mar 16, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Shannon Magrane advanced to the final 13 of “American Idol,” but the 16-year-old daughter of former big-league pitcher Joe Magrane was voted off the singing competition last night. Magrane finished in 11th place and her dad made several appearances on the show, thanks in part to his celebrity and in part to Steven Tyler saying…

  14. Chien-Ming Wang unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Wang throws during MLB National League baseball game against the Mets in Washington

    The good news for Chien-Ming Wang is that what initially looked like a serious leg injury suffered during yesterday’s game turned out to be merely a strained hamstring. The bad news is that manager Davey Johnson said today that he expects Wang to be out of action for “a couple weeks minimum.” That will make…

  15. How close was Carlos Beltran to signing with the Red Sox?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran was linked to the Red Sox prior to signing with the Cardinals, but today the veteran outfielder explained to Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal why he didn’t end up in Boston: I did feel that it was going to be a good fit for me. We talked a little bit, and they…

  16. Ervin Santana plays catch after being struck by line drive

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ervin Santana

    Ervin Santana played catch yesterday after being hit on the shoulder by an Alexi Ramirez line drive Wednesday, telling Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times that “it’s better than I thought” and “I can move it and anything.” For now the Angels are leaving open the possibility that Santana won’t even miss a turn…

  17. End of the line for D-Train? Phillies release Dontrelle Willis

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies' Willis and Qualls wait to throw in the bullpen during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Clearwater

    Last week after an ugly appearance Dontrelle Willis described his performance as “horse[bleep]” and it turns out the Phillies apparently agreed, releasing the veteran left-hander today. Willis signed a one-year, $850,000 deal in December and was expected to serve as a situational southpaw out of the bullpen after shutting down lefty bats in 2011, but…

  18. Giancarlo Stanton “will be out at least for another week”

    Mar 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mike Stanton

    Giancarlo Stanton is sidelined by a knee injury now in addition to his sore wrist, and Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports that he “will be out at least for another week” after being diagnosed with inflammation. Stanton underwent an MRI exam yesterday and the Marlins are saying the injury isn’t major, but Stanton…

  19. Giancarlo Stanton has a knee injury now too

    Mar 15, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    stanton with trainer getty

    Giancarlo Stanton has been out of the Marlins’ lineup since being hit on the wrist by a pitch Sunday and today manager Ozzie Guillen revealed that he’s also dealing with a knee injury. X-rays on Stanton’s wrist were negative and there’s no indication that the knee problems are major, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports…

  20. Ryan Madson’s elbow “is pretty close to 100 percent”

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Sidelined early in camp by what manager Dusty Baker called “a little irritation in his arm,” Ryan Madson has been cleared for game action. Madson was officially diagnosed with elbow inflammation, but told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “it’s pretty close to 100 percent right now.” Groeschen reports that Madson threw a 30-pitch…

  21. Chien-Ming Wang leaves start with strained hamstring

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    Poor Chien-Ming Wang. After missing most of the past two seasons following shoulder surgery the 31-year-old right-hander was finally healthy and actually drawing positive reviews for his velocity and stuff early in Nationals camp. And then he fell while trying to make a play defensively in the third inning of today’s start. Initially reports sounded…

  22. Joe Maddon and 70 other Rays shave their heads for charity

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    joe maddon haircut

    Not only did Joe Maddon shave his head today as promised, the manager convinced a total of 70 other members of the Rays organization to join him in the name of charity. Everyone from Evan Longoria and David Price to owner Stu Sternberg and executive vice president Andrew Friedman got in on the action, raising…

  23. Josh Hamilton returns to Rangers lineup after injuring heel

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    hamilton head getty

    The heel injury that forced Josh Hamilton from yesterday’s game is apparently very minor, as the former MVP is already back in the Rangers’ lineup today. Given his health history the Rangers would presumably play it very safe with Hamilton if they felt the injury was anything serious, so it says something that he’s in…

  24. Dallas Braden will not travel to Japan for A’s opening series

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    This season officially begins later this month when the A’s play a two-game series against the Mariners in Japan, but left-hander Dallas Braden will not make the trip with the team as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Braden threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, but told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  25. Royals agree to long-term contract with Alcides Escobar

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Alcides Escobar and the Royals have agreed to a four-year contract that includes team options for 2016 and 2017, the team announced. Escobar is just 25 years old and not even eligible for arbitration yet after being acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade last offseason, so the four-year contract simply buys out…

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