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  1. Jamie Moyer joins ESPN as “Baseball Tonight” analyst

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Jamie Moyer hasn’t given up hope of pitching again despite being 48 years old and sidelined for this season following Tommy John elbow surgery, but in the meantime he’s taken a job as a “Baseball Tonight” analyst, ESPN announced today. According to the press release his television debut will come tomorrow and Moyer “will provide…

  2. Jason Isringhausen agrees to stay behind in Mets’ extended spring training

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Mets chose Blaine Boyer over Manny Acosta for their final bullpen spot and also asked 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen to stay behind in extended spring training so they could make sure his elbow is healthy before potentially adding him to the relief mix. Isringhausen agreed to do that today and will remain in Florida…

  3. UPDATE: Royals have a 5-foot-7 strikeout machine in bullpen

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s official, he made the team as one of four rookie relievers. ========== Tim Collins has become sort of a cult favorite among prospect buffs for his small stature and big strikeout totals. He’s listed at 5-foot-7, might be an inch or two shorter than that, and struck out 108 batters in 71 innings…

  4. Franklin Gutierrez to begin year on disabled list with mystery stomach problems

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez, who has spent much of the spring sitting out games while undergoing tests on stomach problems that date back to last season, will begin the year on the disabled list. Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Gutierrez “still has received no answers from a battery of medical tests and his return remains uncertain.”…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Can the White Sox slug their way to the AL Central title?

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Ozzie Guillen and his always entertaining White Sox. The Big Question: Can the White Sox slug their way to the AL Central title?…

  6. UPDATE: Brad Lidge shut down for 3-6 weeks and Jose Contreras, not Ryan Madson, set to fill in

    Mar 29, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The news isn’t getting any better. Lidge told Martin Frank of the News Journal that he actually has a partially torn rotator cuff and will be shut down completely for 3-6 weeks. Frank writes that Lidge will need even more time once he’s actually able to throw and speculates that it could be early…

  7. Chris Davis wants a trade, but Rangers send him to Triple-A

    Mar 29, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Chris Davis said last week that he’d prefer the Rangers trade him if they weren’t going to give him a spot on the big-league roster and he may still get his wish before Opening Day, but for now at least Davis has been optioned to Triple-A. He doesn’t really have anything left to prove in…

  8. Ronny Paulino blood tests reveal “stomach and colon issues”

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Ronny Paulino is ineligible to play in the Mets’ first eight games of the season due to a 50-game suspension for a positive performance-enhancing drug test dating back to last year, but now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the backup catcher could be out longer after recent blood tests revealed “stomach and colon issues.”…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Are the Blue Jays doomed by baseball’s toughest division?

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: New manager John Farrell’s tall order in Toronto. The Big Question: Are the Blue Jays doomed by baseball’s toughest division? Toronto has won…

  10. MLB announces seven-day disabled list for concussions to be used on “trial basis” this season

    Mar 29, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    MLB announced today that teams will be able to place players who suffer concussions on a seven-day disabled list this season in addition to the standard 15-day and 60-day disabled lists, with the new option being used on a “trial basis.” According to the announcement the shorter DL option is intended “to allow concussions to…

  11. Pedro Feliciano shut down for 10 days, will begin year on DL

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Signed by the Yankees in large part because of his incredible durability after leading the National League in appearances in each of the past three seasons, Pedro Feliciano has been shut down for at least 10 days because of what Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com describes as “soreness in a muscle behind his left shoulder.” Feliciano…

  12. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Derek Holland

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Cliff Lee‘s departure left a huge hole in the Rangers’ rotation and they signed rehabbing former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb in the hopes he could fill the void if healthy, but 24-year-old left-hander Derek Holland emerging as a front-line starter is the more likely way for Texas to forget all about Lee. Holland was…

  13. Derek Jeter to bat second for Yankees, with Brett Gardner leading off

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter was the Yankees’ leadoff man in 137 of his 155 starts last season, but manager Joe Girardi announced today that Jeter will hit second in the Opening Day lineup, with Brett Gardner replacing him in the leadoff spot. Anything involving Jeter inevitably leads to big headlines, but ultimately the switch is pretty meaningless.…

  14. Dontrelle Willis fails to make Reds’ bullpen, heads to Triple-A

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Dontrelle Willis‘ latest comeback attempt has hit a snag, as he failed to secure a spot in the Reds’ bullpen and has been reassigned to Triple-A. Willis had to agree to the Triple-A assignment, so clearly he thinks the Reds still give him the best opportunity to get back to the majors at some point.…

  15. Blue Jays settle on Jose Bautista in right field and Edwin Encarnacion at third base

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

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    For most of the offseason the assumption was that Jose Bautista would be Toronto’s everyday third baseman–he’s still listed there on the official MLB.com depth chart, in fact–but today the Blue Jays announced that Bautista will be moving to right field full time. That also means Edwin Encarnacion will be the starting third baseman after…

  16. Jay Gibbons’ eye problems give Tony Gwynn Jr. starting job

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    Jay Gibbons will begin the season on the disabled list after new contact lenses failed to fix the ongoing vision problems he’s been having all spring, according to Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com. Gibbons told Jackson that the new lenses improved his vision off the field, but failed to improve his eyesight at the plate because…

  17. Suspected “serial bank robber” wears Red Sox hat

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Three recent bank robberies in Ohio are being traced back to a man “who wears a distinctive Boston Red Sox baseball cap,” according to Jennifer Baker of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Still shots of surveillance footage of the unmasked man wearing his Red Sox hat accompany the Cincinnati Enquirer news story and police say he simply…

  18. Yankees send top prospect Jesus Montero to Triple-A

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jesus Montero was included among the Yankees cuts yesterday, with the 21-year-old stud catching prospect being optioned to Triple-A. For some reason there are mainstream media members who should know better acting as if his not making the team out of spring training is an indictment of Montero’s long-term upside or a change of plans…

  19. Mets may ask Jason Isringhausen to stay behind in extended spring training

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jason Isringhausen has been impressive this spring despite being sidelined briefly by arm problems, but David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that the Mets have asked him “to remain in extended spring training for a week or two to increase his arm strength and reassure them that his elbow is healthy.” Isringhausen previously…

  20. Eric Chavez is healthy (for now) and has secured a spot on the Yankees’ bench

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

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    After contemplating retirement following four straight injury wrecked seasons Eric Chavez instead signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees and has parlayed a healthy, productive spring training into a spot on the Opening Day roster. Chavez has hit .405 with a homer and four doubles in 42 at-bats this spring, which is remarkable less for…

  21. AK-47 rifle among items stolen from Evan Longoria’s house

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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    This morning Craig wrote about how someone broke into the house Evan Longoria, David Price, and Reid Brignac are renting during spring training, stealing more than $50,000 worth of property. Initial reports pegged the valuables as a 60-inch television, three iPads, a laptop, and several watches, but now Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times…

  22. Rangers change their minds, move Alexi Ogando into rotation

    Mar 28, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Last week the Rangers announced that both Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando would be remaining in the bullpen despite trying out for the rotation this spring, but with Tommy Hunter likely to miss at least six weeks with a groin injury and Brandon Webb nowhere close to contributing they’ve decided to make Ogando a starter…

  23. Springtime Storylines: Can the Tigers win their first division title since 1987?

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Everyone’s favorite chain-smoking skipper. The Big Question: Can the Tigers win their first division title since 1987? They’ve had some close calls–including a…

  24. Twins pay steep price to avoid sending Rule 5 pick Scott Diamond back to Braves

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    Rule 5 pick Scott Diamond wasn’t going to make the Twins, but rather than having to offer him back to the Braves as per the draft’s requirements the two sides have worked out a trade. Minnesota will be able to keep Diamond and can now send him to the minors as if he weren’t acquired…

  25. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Brandon Morrow

    Mar 28, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

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    With the fifth pick in the 2006 draft Seattle chose Brandon Morrow over local boy and University of Washington ace Tim Lincecum, who quickly became one of the elite pitchers in baseball while Morrow bounced back and forth between the Mariners’ rotation and bullpen before being traded to the Blue Jays for Brandon League in…

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