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  1. Tigers’ odd defensive alignment includes Ryan Raburn at designated hitter

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT


    As expected the Tigers’ defensive alignment for Opening Day is a weird one. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Delmon Young are all in the lineup and yet the designated hitter is … Ryan Raburn, who’d be a better third baseman than Cabrera, a better first baseman than Fielder, and a better left fielder than Young.…

  2. Year-by-year breakdown of Jon Niese’s new contract

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the year-by-year details of Jon Niese‘s new $25.5 million contract with the Mets, which will apparently become official Saturday: 2012: $1.0195 million ($769,500 salary plus $250,000 signing bonus) 2013: $3 million 2014: $5 million 2015: $7 million 2016: $9 million 2017: $10 million option or $500,000 buyout 2018:…

  3. Troy Tulowitzki ready to play after Ubaldo Jimenez plunking

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    Ubaldo Jimenez is appealing his five-game suspension for hitting former teammate Troy Tulowitzki with a pitch last week, insisting that it wasn’t intentional, but in the meantime the good news is that Tulowitzki is recovered enough from his bruised elbow to play in the Rockies’ final spring training game yesterday. Tulowitzki went 0-for-2 with a…

  4. Grady Sizemore moved to 60-day disabled list, ineligible to return before June

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    In a move needed to create an opening on the 40-man roster the Indians transferred Grady Sizemore to the 60-day disabled list , meaning he’s not eligible to be activated until June 3. That likely won’t impact his return timetable any, as Sizemore is expected to miss 2-3 months following back surgery on March 1.…

  5. Yankees acquire Chris Stewart from Giants, send “red-eyed and stunned” Francisco Cervelli to Triple-A

    Apr 4, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli

    Russell Martin will have a new backup this season, as the Yankees acquired journeyman catcher Chris Stewart from the Giants in exchange for minor-league right-hander George Kontos and optioned Francisco Cervelli to Triple-A. Cervelli has been in the majors since 2009, backing up Jorge Posada and then Martin while hitting .272 with a .338 on-base…

  6. Mets sign Jon Niese to five-year, $25.5 million contract

    Apr 4, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese‘s long-term contract with the Mets is now official, with Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reporting that the five-year deal is worth $25.5 million in guaranteed money and covers all three arbitration eligible seasons plus his first year of free agency. It also includes a sixth-year team option for $10 million and…

  7. A’s place first baseman Daric Barton on disabled list

    Apr 4, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Daric Barton isn’t sufficiently recovered from September shoulder surgery, so he’ll begin the season on the disabled list while the A’s go with Brandon Allen and Kila Ka’aihue at first base. Barton was once firmly established as Oakland’s long-term first baseman and had an underrated, All-Star caliber season in 2010 with a .393 on-base percentage…

  8. Zack Greinke no longer without an agent, hires Casey Close

    Apr 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    greinke getty

    Zack Greinke dropped his agent in December and said in February that there was “no reason” for him to hire a new one, but the Brewers right-hander has done just that by hiring Casey Close of Excel Sports Management. Close previously worked for Creative Artists Agency, which is the representation that Greinke left in December.…

  9. Indians send Ryan Spilborghs to Triple-A, release Felix Pie

    Apr 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    This was a tough day to be a veteran outfielder trying to crack Cleveland’s roster, as the Indians sent Ryan Spilborghs to Triple-A and released Felix Pie. Spilborghs signed a minor-league deal with the Indians after being non-tendered by the Rockies, but lost a camp battle with Aaron Cunningham to be the right-handed-hitting backup outfielder.…

  10. And the Red Sox’s new closer is … Alfredo Aceves

    Apr 4, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Mark Melancon seemed like the obvious closer fill-in for the Red Sox following Andrew Bailey‘s thumb surgery, but manager Bobby Valentine announced today that Alfredo Aceves will begin the season with ninth-inning duties. Melancon saved 20 games for the Astros last season, whereas Aceves has just four career saves, and while Aceves is certainly capable…

  11. Corey Hart had two hits in spring debut, is ready for opener

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    corey hart getty

    Corey Hart essentially missed all of spring training following knee surgery last month, but finally saw his first game action yesterday and notched a pair of hits while declaring himself ready for Opening Day. In addition to the two hits Steve Gilbert of notes that Hart also looked fine in right field defensively and…

  12. Jason Marquis to build up arm strength in minors after time away from Twins to be with injured daughter

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Jason Marquis was away from Twins camp for two weeks to be with his family after his seven-year-old daughter was hospitalized following a bicycling accident. He’s back with the team now–and she’s recovering well from significant injuries, thankfully–but because Marquis wasn’t able to stay on his usual throwing program to build up his pitch count…

  13. Sean Rodriguez beats Reid Brignac for Rays’ shortstop job

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, Ben Zobrist, Reid Brignac, Sean Rodriguez

    Reid Brignac‘s foot injury opened the door for Sean Rodriguez to overtake him on the Rays’ shortstop depth chart and sure enough manager Joe Maddon announced that Rodriguez will open the season as the primary starter. Brignac (.742 OPS) and Rodriguez (.743 OPS) had nearly identical production this spring, but Brignac was limited to just…

  14. Indians finalize $16.5 million deal with Asdrubal Cabrera

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Asdrubal Cabrera and the Indians have agreed to a two-year, $16.5 million contract extension, with an official announcement today that he’ll make $6.5 million in 2013 and $10 million in 2014. Cabrera was already under contract for $4.55 million this season after avoiding arbitration with a one-year deal and would have been arbitration eligible for…

  15. Chipper Jones aims to return from knee surgery next week

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones underwent knee surgery just eight days ago, but the future Hall of Famer told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he hopes to be back in the Braves’ lineup at some point next week. April 13 has been the targeted return date, which is the Braves’ home opener against the Brewers,…

  16. Josh Hamilton is “kidding, kidding, kidding, kidding”

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Once upon a time the Rangers regularly avoided playing Josh Hamilton in center field because they hoped moving to a corner spot would help keep him healthy, but those plans are out the window now. Hamilton is slated to be the primary center fielder for the first time since 2009 and because he prefers center…

  17. Nationals demote left-hander John Lannan and his $5 million salary to the minor leagues

    Apr 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: It’s official, according to’s Bill Ladson. Lannan has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and Detwiler will open the year as the Nationals’ fifth starter. ************* At the beginning of spring training John Lannan was rumored to be on the trading block and then when it became clear that Chien-Ming Wang wouldn’t be ready…

  18. Video: Jamie Moyer on the “Today” show with Matt Lauer

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Fresh off coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery to grab a spot in the Rockies’ rotation 49-year-old Jamie Moyer talked to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show:

  19. Ubaldo Jimenez is appealing his five-game suspension

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Lou Marson, Clint Fagan

    Ubaldo Jimenez has filed an appeal of his five-game suspension for hitting Troy Tulowitzki on Sunday, which is no surprise after the Indians right-hander insisted that he didn’t hit his former Rockies teammate on purpose. Jimenez was scheduled to start the Indians’ second game of the season, but would have to be pushed back to…

  20. Kyle Farnsworth has a sore elbow, may start season on DL

    Apr 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    farnsworth ap

    Kyle Farnsworth, who took time off late last season because of an elbow injury, is once again experiencing elbow soreness in Rays camp. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that his status for Opening Day is in question, although for now the Rays are awaiting test results for a clearer picture of his…

  21. Springtime Storylines: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    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: Minnesota Twins. The Big Question: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses? Everything that could go…

  22. Blue Jays demote Brett Cecil to minors after rough spring

    Apr 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Brett Cecil;

    Brett Cecil led the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010 and has started 65 games in the majors, but now the 25-year-old left-hander is headed back to the minors following a rough spring training. Toronto let Cecil pick between going to Triple-A or Double-A and he opted for the lower level because Triple-A affiliate…

  23. Javier Vazquez is all but retired, may pitch in the World Baseball Classic

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Based on his performance last season Javier Vazquez would have had little trouble securing a sizable one-year deal as a free agent this winter, but the 35-year-old right-hander told interested teams that he was leaning toward retirement and never signed. He still hasn’t officially decided to call it a career after throwing 193 innings with…

  24. Adam Dunn will hit third in the White Sox’s lineup following disastrous season

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Dunn waits for his pitch during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Adam Dunn was as bad as a previously excellent hitter could possibly be last season, batting .159 while moving down the lineup and then eventually to the bench, but new White Sox manager Robin Ventura is wiping the slate clean. Not only is Ventura committed to playing Dunn every day, he’ll begin the season batting…

  25. Frank Francisco cleared for opener after cortisone shot

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Frank Francisco needed fluid drained from his knee and got a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain, but the Mets closer is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Francisco “felt good” after throwing a bullpen session and an MRI exam showed no major damage, but…

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