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  1. Frank Francisco likely to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage in Frank Francisco‘s injured pectoral muscle, but John Lott of the National Post reports that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list anyway. Octavio Dotel is also sidelined by a hamstring injury that could keep him out for Opening Day, which means Jon Rauch is now the…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Can the Twins win a third straight AL Central title?

    Mar 22, 2011, 3:15 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: My beloved Twins. The Big Question: Can the Twins win a third straight AL Central title? Winning 90-something games and then losing key…

  3. Scott Boras will be the keynote speaker at SABR convention

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    I’ve attended the annual Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention every summer since 2004, but often skip the awards luncheon because a) it’s awfully expensive for some mediocre chicken, b) sometimes there’s an actual baseball game going on at the same time, and c) if there isn’t an actual baseball game there’s definitely some…

  4. Jensen Lewis assigned to Triple-A after clearing waivers

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    When the Indians placed Jensen Lewis on outright waivers I figured at least one team would be willing to put in a claim on a cheap 27-year-old reliever with a 3.68 ERA in 198 career innings, but instead Lewis and his $650,000 salary have cleared waivers. That means the Indians have successfully removed Lewis from…

  5. Mariners settle on Brendan Ryan at shortstop and Jack Wilson at second base

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    When the Mariners acquired Brendan Ryan from the Cardinals in mid-December they initially hinted that he’d be playing mostly second base, with Jack Wilson remaining at shortstop, but after evaluating them for the past few weeks manager Eric Wedge has decided to flip-flop the two infielders. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that Ryan…

  6. Tigers choose Will Rhymes as Opening Day second baseman

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Carlos Guillen‘s slower-than-expected recovery from knee surgery forced the Tigers to consider other options at second base and after giving some thought to sacrificing defense for offense with Ryan Raburn manager Jim Leyland has settled on Will Rhymes. Rhymes actually led the Tigers in second base starts last season with 46 and in giving him…

  7. Twins pick Scott Baker as fifth starter, send Kevin Slowey to bullpen

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Scott Baker

    By re-signing Carl Pavano to a two-year, $16.5 million deal the Twins created a rotation logjam with six starters for five spots and today they announced that Scott Baker will be the No. 5 guy, leaving Kevin Slowey bullpen bound as the odd man out. Baker and Slowey both significantly out-performed Nick Blackburn last season…

  8. Giants beat reporters are not impressed with Miguel Tejada

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    Last night both Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle and Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News wrote about how awful Miguel Tejada looked at shortstop and how unproductive he’s been at the plate all spring. First, here’s a tweet from Baggarly: Not to be mean, but if I’m Tim Lincecum watching Miguel…

  9. Ryan Zimmerman hoping for Friday return from groin injury

    Mar 22, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that Ryan Zimmerman fielded ground balls this morning and is hoping to return from a groin injury Friday. If he can get back into the lineup by then that would leave five games remaining on the spring training schedule and manager Jim Riggleman told Zuckerman that the goal would be…

  10. Mike Stanton aiming to return from quadriceps injury Thursday

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Mike Stanton was expected to miss “at least two weeks” with a strained quadriceps suffered on February 27. It’s been three weeks and a couple days, and now Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Stanton is hoping to make his spring training debut Thursday. In the meantime he’ll test his quadriceps by…

  11. Atlanta is still trying to trade Kenshin Kawakami

    Mar 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Kenshin Kawakami was on the trading block for the entire offseason and Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves are still trying to deal the Japanese right-hander. After a solid rookie season Kawakami went 1-10 with a 5.19 ERA last year, but with a 59/32 K/BB ratio in 87 innings his secondary numbers were…

  12. Casey Blake expected to begin season on the disabled list

    Mar 21, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Casey Blake went for an MRI exam on his injured back last week and the Dodgers said they expected him to miss minimal time, but today manager Don Mattingly indicated to Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com that the veteran third baseman is likely to begin the season on the disabled list. Blake didn’t get many at-bats…

  13. Freddy Garcia won’t accept assignment to Triple-A if he loses Yankees’ fifth starter battle

    Mar 21, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

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    Back-to-back poor outings have Freddy Garcia looking like a long shot to claim the fifth spot in the Yankees’ rotation and yesterday the 34-year-old veteran told Brian Costello of the New York Post that he definitely will not accept an assignment to Triple-A if he doesn’t win the job: If I don’t make the team,…

  14. Michael Cuddyer set for Wednesday return from wart removal

    Mar 21, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Jason Kubel, Michael Cuddyer, Joe Mauer

    Michael Cuddyer has been sidelined for the past few weeks after having a wart removed from his foot–the gross picture of which you can see by clicking here–but Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he’s now scheduled to make his spring training debut Wednesday against the Orioles. Cuddyer actually played in a minor-league game this…

  15. Astros choose 37-year-old Nelson Figueroa over 20-year-old Jordan Lyles for fifth starter job

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    Journeyman Nelson Figueroa will open the season as the Astros’ fifth starter after competing for the job with 20-year-old top prospect Jordan Lyles, who was sent to the minors today. Lyles was impressive this spring and has a ton of long-term upside, but realistically the Astros are better off letting Figueroa keep the rotation spot…

  16. Brief Digression Theater: The Great Ketchup Debate of 2011

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    It started, like many things do, with me mocking my mother on Twitter.

  17. Royals announce Luke Hochevar and his 5.60 career ERA as Opening Day starter

    Mar 21, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Kansas City announced its rotation and as expected Luke Hochevar will get the Opening Day start against the Angels despite a 5.60 career ERA that includes a 4.81 mark in 18 outings last year. Of course, the Royals being the Royals they don’t really have any clearly better options. Jeff Francis, Kyle Davies, and Bruce…

  18. Frank Francisco has an appointment with Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Often when a pitcher travels to Dr. James Andrews’ office is Alabama for an examination the next news is announcement that arm surgery is needed, but in Frank Francisco‘s case his visit to Dr. Andrews is for a sore right pectoral muscle. That doesn’t mean he won’t need surgery, of course, but an MRI exam…

  19. Hideki Matsui donates $600,000 to Japanese relief efforts

    Mar 21, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    Last week Ichiro Suzuki donated $1.2 million to the Japanese relief efforts and now Hideki Matsui has joined him, donating around $600,000 to the Red Cross. Matsui’s official donation is 50 million yen (Ichiro’s was 100 million yen), which works out to about $620,000 based on the current conversion rate and represents around 15 percent…

  20. Luis Castillo signed a minor league contract, but won’t be going to the minors

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

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    As expected, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed this morning that going to the minors isn’t actually a possibility for Luis Castillo even though he signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies yesterday. Instead, he’ll either convince the Phillies to put him on the Opening Day roster or become a free agent again in two…

  21. Indians place reliever Jensen Lewis on waivers

    Mar 21, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Jensen Lewis has consistently been one of Cleveland’s best relievers since debuting in mid-2007, posting a 3.68 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 198 innings, but he’s been knocked around in a half-dozen appearances this spring and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Indians have placed him on waivers. Lewis is under contract for…

  22. Elbow injury may keep Jason Isringhausen from making Mets

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Over the weekend Andy Martino of the New York Daily News wrote that Jason Isringhausen had emerged as a realistic bullpen option for the Mets–and perhaps even an eighth-inning setup candidate–after signing a minor-league deal following a tryout last month. Unfortunately injuries have once again threatened to derail Isringhausen’s career, as Andy McCullough of the…

  23. End of the line at age 31? Pirates release Garrett Atkins

    Mar 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Apparently feeling that their Garrett quota had been surpassed after claiming Garrett Olson off waivers last week, the Pirates have released Garrett Atkins. Atkins is just one season removed from being paid $4.5 million by the Orioles, but that was a terrible signing last winter and he appeared in all of 44 games before Baltimore…

  24. Phillies sign Mets castoff Luis Castillo to minor league deal

    Mar 20, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Cut loose by the Mets last week despite still being owed $6 million for this season, Luis Castillo has reportedly signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies. World-renowned Castillo hater Jon Heyman naturally hates the move and an awful lot of Phillies fans seem to agree, but given the injuries to Chase Utley and Placido…

  25. No shock: Ricky Nolasco says he didn’t try to hit Nyjer Morgan

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    Not that there was much doubt in the mind of anyone but Nyjer Morgan, but Ricky Nolasco made it pretty clear today that he didn’t intend to hit Morgan with a pitch earlier this week: I don’t know what to tell Nyjer. I’m not trying to hit him. What’s happened last year is squashed. If…

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