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  1. Dusty Baker finally makes it official: Sean Marshall is the Reds’ closer

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    For whatever reason manager Dusty Baker was hesitant to name Sean Marshall the Reds’ new closer after Ryan Madson went down, saying: “You just don’t throw somebody in that role.” Marshall made it very clear that he wanted the job and his excellent performance during the past two seasons made it equally clear that he…

  2. Tigers place Brandon Inge on disabled list with groin injury

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Brandon Inge came into spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life, but now he’s leaving camp on the disabled list with a strained groin. Because the DL stint is backdated he’ll be eligible to return on April 14 and Inge told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he expects to be ready by then,…

  3. Report: Reds, Joey Votto agree to 10-year, $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Update: It’s a 10-year, $225 million extension, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale. It doesn’t replace Votto’s current contract, so it will run from 2014-2023. If the story is true, it’s the fourth biggest contract of all-time, surpassing Prince Fielder‘s deal with the Tigers. Alex Rodriguez holds the top two places on the list, with…

  4. Springtime Storylines: Will the Cleveland Indians build on last season or take a step backward?

    Apr 2, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians' catcher Carlos Santana waits for his turn at bat during their MLB spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Cleveland Indians. The Big Question: Will the Cleveland Indians build on last season or take a step backward? Cleveland got…

  5. Braves name 22-year-old prospect Tyler Pastornicky starting shortstop

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Braves Spring baseball

    Tyler Pastornicky came into spring training as the favorite to be the Braves’ shortstop and today they made it official, naming the 22-year-old prospect the Opening Day starter. Pastornicky was acquired from the Blue Jays in the mid-2010 deal for Yunel Escobar and replaces veteran Alex Gonzalez, who signed with the Brewers as a free…

  6. Matt Cain and the Giants agree to $112.5 million extension

    Apr 2, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    First Joey Votto and now Matt Cain. Said to be working hard on contract negotiations over the weekend, the Giants just made things official with Cain by announcing a five-year, $112.5 million extension with a sixth-year vesting option. Cain was already set to earn $15 million this season in the final year of a three-year,…

  7. Ubaldo Jimenez says he doesn’t deserve suspension, isn’t apologizing, didn’t hit Troy Tulowitzki on purpose

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Lou Marson, Clint Fagan

    Ubaldo Jimenez spoke to the media this morning and reiterated that he didn’t hit former teammate Troy Tulowitzki on purpose yesterday, saying he shouldn’t be suspended. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com described Jimenez as having “leaned back in his chair inside the Indians’ clubhouse on Monday morning, calmly disagreeing with the notion that a suspension was…

  8. Sam Fuld needs wrist surgery, could miss entire season

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    Sam Fuld was slated for a minor role after fading in the second half last season, but now the Rays will have to find a new backup outfielder. Fuld is scheduled for wrist surgery tomorrow and is expected to miss 4-5 months, putting his entire season in jeopardy. He originally suffered the injury in September.…

  9. Stopped before he starts: Aroldis Chapman is staying in the Reds’ bullpen

    Apr 2, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman spent all offseason and the first month of spring training preparing for a potential move to the rotation, but with Opening Day right around the corner the Reds have decided to keep the flame-throwing left-hander in the bullpen. Ryan Madson undergoing season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery likely played a part in the decision,…

  10. Two weeks after Joakim Soria’s surgery the Royals still haven’t named a closer

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Royals manager Ned Yost declined to name a fill-in closer after news that Joakim Soria would miss the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and two weeks later he’s still yet to identify the ninth-inning replacement. It’ll either be former Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton or second-year setup man Greg Holland, but according to Bob…

  11. Mets closer Frank Francisco gets knee drained, needs MRI

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Frank Francisco‘s rough spring training now includes a knee injury. Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that the Mets closer had his left knee drained to reduce swelling yesterday and is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today. Francisco has allowed 18 hits and four walks in 11 innings this spring, going 0-2…

  12. Springtime Storylines: Can anyone in the AL Central beat the Detroit Tigers?

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Can anyone in the AL Central beat the Detroit Tigers? After winning their division by…

  13. Jeff Francis agrees to stay with Reds, but will be at Triple-A

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis Getty

    Jeff Francis chose not to opt out of his minor-league contract with the Reds, hoping to stick around in camp beyond his opt-out date and win a big-league jump. Instead he’ll remain in the organization while beginning the season at Triple-A, where the 31-year-old left-hander hasn’t pitched regularly since way back in 2004. Back then…

  14. Corey Hart “looking likely” to be ready for Opening Day

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Corey Hart

    Corey Hart has been playing regularly in minor-league camp without any issues and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that “it’s looking likely” that he’ll be recovered enough from March 6 knee surgery to be in the Brewers’ lineup on Opening Day. Hart has been playing in minor-league games because that way if he’s not ready…

  15. B.J. Upton now targeting mid-April return from back injury

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Oakland Athletics

    B.J. Upton will begin the season on the disabled list due to back soreness stemming from his March 14 collision with Desmond Jennings, but said yesterday that he’s “shooting for” returning during the Rays’ April 10-19 road trip. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Upton no longer feels sore the day after…

  16. Stephen Drew on return timetable from broken ankle: “It’s a slow process”

    Mar 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    stephen drew getty

    Stephen Drew was never expected to make it back from his broken ankle by Opening Day, but with the season starting next week there’s still no timetable for his return. Drew, who fractured his ankle and tore multiple ligaments in July, told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that his recovery “is a slow process” and described…

  17. Mike Morse to begin season on disabled list with lat injury

    Mar 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    mike morse getty

    As expected Mike Morse will begin the season on the disabled list, with the Nationals making the move official today. Morse has been out since March 13 with a lat injury and received platelet-rich plasma injections as part of his treatment, but won’t have enough time to be ready by next week. Morse’s injury opens…

  18. MRI exam confirms no ligament damage for Jed Lowrie

    Mar 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Brad Mills, Jed Lowrie

    Jed Lowrie probably won’t be so mad at Omar Infante for blocking second base now that he knows his thumb injury isn’t that serious. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that an MRI exam revealed no ligament damage, so the original diagnosis of a sprained right thumb will stick. Lowrie is considered day-to-day for…

  19. Rays place Matt Bush on restricted list

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    Earlier this week Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman promised that Matt Bush would never play for the organization again following his latest arrest and today the former No. 1 overall pick was placed on the restricted list. For now that means he remains Rays property, but is no longer on the 40-man roster. Presumably…

  20. Gerald Laird leaves game with knee injury, may get MRI

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    gerald-laird-tigers

    Gerald Laird had to be helped off the field after injuring his left knee in a collision with Don Kelly during today’s game. For now he’s been diagnosed with a sprain, but Tigers reporters watching in person described it as an ugly looking injury and Laird is expected to undergo an MRI exam. Alex Avila…

  21. Giants release Mike Fontenot, likely keeping Ryan Theriot

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    Fontenot_Mike

    Mike Fontenot and San Francisco avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.05 million deal in December, but the Giants have decided not to guarantee that salary by keeping him as a bench bat and instead released the veteran infielder. Fontenot played poorly last season, but got into 85 games and logged 252 plate appearances. Barring a…

  22. Livan Hernandez released by Astros, signs with Braves

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    UPDATE: Surprisingly enough, it didn’t take Hernandez long to find another gig. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that he’s signing with the Braves, who for some reason prefer the 37-year-old soft-tosser to their various inexperienced prospects. Good thing Calcaterra is on vacation today. ========== Once thought to be a near-lock for the Astros’ rotation, Livan…

  23. Kevin Kouzmanoff fails to make Royals, sent to minors

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Kevin Kouzmanoff spent part of last season at Triple-A and he’ll begin this season back in the minors, as the Royals sent him down as part of their latest round of cuts. Kouzmanoff hasn’t been the same since the Padres traded him in January of 2010, which is odd because calling pitcher-friendly Petco Park home…

  24. Angels send 20-year-old top prospect Mike Trout to minors

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Mike Trout played 40 games in the majors last season, but with the Angels’ first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam already causing them to shop Bobby Abreu and move Mark Trumbo to third base there was no room for him in the lineup. Today the team made official what has been expected all spring, optioning Trout…

  25. Prosecutors drop Manny Ramirez’s domestic violence case because his wife “was uncooperative”

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, Juliana Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly slapping his wife in September, but TMZ reports that Florida prosecutors have dropped the case. Asked why, a representative for the State Attorney’s Office told TMZ: “The state dropped the charge because the victim was uncooperative. She successfully avoided being served with a state…

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