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  1. Jim Leyland won’t be removing Miguel Cabrera from games for defensive purposes

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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

    Publicly at least the Tigers have been saying good things about Miguel Cabrera‘s transition back to third base this spring and yesterday manager Jim Leyland took it a step further by reiterating that Cabrera will not be removed from regular season games in the late innings for a better defender. “He’s the third baseman,” Leyland…

  2. Tweet of the Day: Tommy Lasorda killed Jimmy Wynn, but only briefly

    Mar 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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    Tommy Lasorda was sending out some happy birthday messages on Twitter this afternoon when this happened:

  3. Today was Ozzie Guillen’s first ejection as Marlins manager

    Mar 12, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen Getty

    Not very many managers get ejected from spring training games, but then again no one has ever accused Ozzie Guillen of being the average manager. Guillen was arguing a call in the sixth inning against the Red Sox this afternoon when he got the boot for the first time as Marlins skipper. He was ejected…

  4. Brad Lidge says Nationals are “probably the most talented team I’ve ever been on”

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Brad Lidge said in a video interview with MLB.com that the Nationals are “probably the most talented team I’ve ever been on and I’ve been on some great teams.” Including, of course, the 2008 Phillies that won the World Series thanks in large part to Lidge’s dominance in the ninth inning. And also the 2009…

  5. Mets lose lefty reliever Tim Byrdak to knee surgery

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Tim Byrdak

    UPDATE: General manager Sandy Alderson expects Byrdak to be ready for game action in about six weeks, which could mean a late-April debut. ========== Scott Hairston‘s oblique injury means the Mets may look to a converted left-handed pitcher to serve as their backup center fielder and now Tim Byrdak‘s knee injury means they’re in need…

  6. Blue Jays interested in White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Over the weekend there was speculation about the Blue Jays pursuing Joe Blanton and apparently their search for a starting pitcher goes beyond the Phillies right-hander. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays are also interested in Gavin Floyd of the White Sox and the two sides “have had dialogue about Floyd since…

  7. Nationals to sell eight-pound “StrasBurger” this season

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

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    Via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post comes this press release from the Nationals about a new concession item called the “StrasBurger”: Weighing eight pounds total (including toppings), the StrasBurger is a monstrous all beef burger (combination of ground brisket, chuck and short ribs). The burger is served on a large burger bun with our…

  8. Aaron Cook unlikely to be in Red Sox’s rotation mix

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Carlos Silva‘s shoulder problems took him out of the running for a spot in the Red Sox’s rotation and manager Bobby Valentine indicated today that Aaron Cook is also unlikely to win the fifth-starter competition while recovering from shoulder problems of his own. Valentine replied “I doubt it” when asked if Cook would have enough…

  9. A’s choosing between Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour for closer role

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

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    A’s manager Bob Melvin revealed this morning that the closer battle is between left-hander Brian Fuentes and right-hander Grant Balfour. Fuentes has far more closing experience, with 199 career saves and a league-high 48 saves for the Angels in 2009, but struggled when filling in for Andrew Bailey last season and famously quarreled with then-manager…

  10. Mets bullpen catcher charged with DUI after flipping car

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested last night and charged with a DUI after he crashed into a street sign and a concrete fountain near the team’s spring training complex in Florida, flipping his car over. WPTV-NBC reports that Langill drove his Honda Accord into the center of a traffic circle while turning into…

  11. Jason Pridie suspended 50 games for “drug of abuse”

    Mar 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jason Pridie

    UPDATE #2: It took three days, but MLB has officially announced Pridie’s suspension. UPDATE #1: Shea says the positive test was for a “drug of abuse” rather than a performance-enhancing drug, which means this was actually Pridie’s second positive test. ========== Journeyman outfielder Jason Pridie has been suspended 50 games for violating the minor-league drug…

  12. Kendrys Morales runs the bases, finally nears game action

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales is finally making major progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle and could make his spring training debut later this week. Morales ran the bases in cleats yesterday and afterward manager Mike Scioscia replied “absolutely” when asked if he could be ready by Opening Day, which is the most optimism…

  13. Converted pitcher Adam Loewen could make Mets as center fielder

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

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    Scott Hairston‘s oblique strain leaves the Mets in need of a backup center fielder behind starter Andres Torres and converted pitcher Adam Loewen has a legitimate chance to claim the gig. Loewen was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2002 draft and started 29 games in the majors for the Orioles by age 24,…

  14. Tim Hudson aiming to return from back surgery by May 1

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Tim Hudson is recovered enough from November back surgery that he could be cleared to throw off a mound later this week and the veteran right-hander told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his targeted return date is May 1 “at the latest.” O’Brien describes Hudson as “upbeat and optimistic,” but any plans…

  15. Carlos Beltran back in Cardinals’ lineup after missed week

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since the Grapefruit League opener, sitting out a week with a sore shoulder and the flu, but he’s back in the Cardinals’ lineup today. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll start at designated hitter and bat third in a split-squad game against the Braves. Allen Craig…

  16. Logan Forsythe out eight weeks with fractured foot

    Mar 9, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Logan Forsythe, who had been hoping to win a spot on the Padres’ bench, is expected to miss the next eight weeks after aggravating an old fracture in his left foot. John Schlegel of MLB.com reports that the 25-year-old infielder left Padres camp and headed back to San Diego to undergo surgery for a sesamoid…

  17. Adam Moore expected to miss 3-4 weeks with wrist injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Adam Moore‘s wrist injury from Tuesday is less serious than initially feared and the Mariners catcher is hoping to be ready for game action within 3-4 weeks. Immediate reports pegged the injury as a fracture, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times now says “a more detailed scan … found that he merely had a…

  18. Nolan Reimold escapes beaning without major injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Amazingly, Reimold managed to avoid a serious injury. No broken bones and a CT scan was negative, although according to Kubatko he does have some loose teeth. ========== Nolan Reimold was carted off the field and taken to a hospital after being hit in the face by a pitch this afternoon. Reimold was batting…

  19. David Robertson diagnosed with bone bruise after fall

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    New York feared for the worst when David Robertson injured his right foot while falling down the stairs, but the Yankees got some good news after further testing. According to manager Joe Girardi the reliever has been diagnosed with a bone bruise and will be in a walking boot through the weekend, but may be…

  20. Longtime umpire Harry Wendelstedt passes away

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Harry Wendelstedt, who was an MLB umpire for more than 30 years before retiring in 1998, passed away today at age 73. Wendelstedt, who worked five World Series, four All-Star games, and a record-tying five no-hitters, was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years ago. The accompanying photo shows Wendelstedt with his son, Hunter Wendelstedt,…

  21. Mike Trout is “feeling weak and feverish with no appetite” and has lost 10 pounds

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Last month manager Mike Scioscia indicated that Mike Trout is likely bound for Triple-A, but the 20-year-old outfielder hasn’t even been able to fight for an Opening Day job because of a flu virus. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Trout has lost 10 pounds from “feeling weak and feverish with no…

  22. A’s release catcher Landon Powell, eat $100,000

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Landon Powell spent parts of the past three seasons with the A’s and avoided arbitration in December with a one-year, $620,000 contract, but this morning Oakland released the 30-year-old catcher. Powell hasn’t hit in the majors, batting just .207 with a .612 OPS in 123 games, and the 2004 first-round pick hasn’t even been particularly…

  23. DNA test for paternity case shows David Ortiz is not the father of 17-year-old

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Dionisio Soldevila of the Dominican newspaper Hoy reports that David Ortiz took a DNA test as part of a paternity case and the results showed that he’s not the father of a 17-year-old boy. Ortiz claims to have never met the child’s mother and the test revealed a 0.0 percent chance of him being the…

  24. Kenley Jansen returns to Dodgers camp after being checked for heart palpitations

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Kenley Jansen

    UPDATE: Good news, as Hernandez reports that Jansen is already back in Dodgers camp after going to the hospital and “has been cleared to resume workouts.” ========== Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen, who missed a month after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat last season, has left Dodgers camp to be examined by doctors after experiencing…

  25. Joe Maddon is shaving his head for charity

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Aside from reporting to camp in “The Best Shape Of His Life” shaving your head for charity might be the biggest trend of spring training this year. Jose Reyes did it first, live on MLB Network no less, and then Josh Johnson did it with considerably less fanfare. And now Rays manager Joe Maddon is…

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