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  1. Carl Crawford out at least 5-7 more days, unlikely for opener

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Red Sox Crawford runs to first on single against Milwaukee Brewers during first inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Boston

    Last week Carl Crawford suffered a setback with his surgically repaired wrist and an examination today revealed inflammation, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters. Crawford is expected to be sidelined for at least 5-7 more games and Valentine indicated that he doesn’t expect the left fielder to be ready for Opening Day. Obviously the setback is…

  2. Details of Andrew McCutchen’s $51.5 million extension

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    mccutchen swinging getty

    Late last night Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates announced a six-year, $51.5 million contract extension and now Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has the year-by-year breakdown: 2012: $0.5 million, plus $1.25 million signing bonus 2013: $4.5 million 2014: $7.25 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $13 million 2017: $14 million 2018: $14.75 million option…

  3. Daric Barton gets cortisone shot in shoulder, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Oakland’s first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam won’t include Manny Ramirez for at least 50 games and may also be lessened by Daric Barton‘s shoulder problems. Barton, who underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in September, received a second cortisone injection this morning and will be shut down for at least a few days.…

  4. CC Sabathia is brown bagging his meals in Yankees camp

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bag Lunch with Fruit

    In an effort to lose weight or at least keep himself from packing on more pounds CC Sabathia brings his own breakfast and lunch to Yankees camp each day in a brown paper bag. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger notes that those meals are prepared by Sabathia’s personal chef, but still: Sabathia said…

  5. Drew Storen’s new nickname is “Tinkerbell”

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    tinkerbell

    I often lament the lack of interesting nicknames in baseball compared to decades ago, so this note from Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post makes me very happy: Drew Storen overmatched all thee hitters he faced, striking out two and getting a ground ball using only 11 pitches. Afterward, [manager Davey] Johnson coined a nickname…

  6. Recovered from January hernia surgery, Mike Adams set to make spring debut Friday

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Adams reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    Mike Adams‘ recovery from January hernia surgery is well ahead of schedule and the Rangers reliever is expected to make his spring training debut Friday against the Dodgers. Adams told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s slightly behind the other pitchers in camp and is still “building up arm strength.” However, he’s been throwing…

  7. Marlins hitters already annoyed by the home run sculpture

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    Most of the focus on the “home run sculpture” in left-center field at the Marlins’ new ballpark has been on the garish look, but multiple players have expressed concern that it could also make things difficult on left-handed hitters trying to, you know, see the baseball. For instance, Greg Dobbs told Clark Spencer of the…

  8. Swarm of bees delays Diamondbacks-Giants game, sends Angel Pagan running for cover

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Giants Diamondbacks Spring Baseball

    Yesterday afternoon’s Giants-Diamondbacks game was delayed for 41 minutes when a swarm of bees made its way into right field. Fans along the first base dugout were evacuated, Ian Kennedy‘s first spring start was cut short, and the Associated Press reports that “the Diamondbacks’ field crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to…

  9. Don Mincher: 1938-2012

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    don mincher

    Don Mincher, who played 13 seasons in the majors and made a pair of All-Star teams as a slugging first baseman, passed away last night at age 73 in Alabama. Mincher served as president of the Double-A Southern League until retiring last year due to health problems and was previously general manager of the league’s…

  10. Ryan Madson sidelined by “a little irritation in his arm”

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Ryan Madson was unavailable for the Reds’ first two spring training games because of what manager Dusty Baker describes as “a little irritation in his arm.” More specifically Madson has a minor elbow injury, but according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com the Reds aren’t particularly worried about his status yet. Madson was on the verge…

  11. Evan Longoria aiming to return from bruised hand Monday

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    evan longoria

    Evan Longoria went for X-rays yesterday after taking a Matt Bush fastball off his right hand, but he was diagnosed with merely a bruise and is now hoping to resume playing Monday. Longoria told Bill Chastain of MLB.com that as soon as the swelling goes down and he’s able to pick up a bat he’ll…

  12. Carl Crawford had a setback in recovery from wrist surgery

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    crawford reuters

    Carl Crawford was not able to swing a bat today and has resumed taking medication after experiencing a setback in his recovery from left wrist surgery. Crawford told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe that the setback occurred when he was practicing bunting Wednesday and the medication is for inflammation in the wrist. As recently…

  13. Brian Cashman on Yankees’ future payroll: “We’re still going to outspend everybody else”

    Mar 2, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Hal Steinbrenner made headlines yesterday for saying that the Yankees will get their payroll below $189 million by 2014 despite spending at least $200 million every season since 2007. Today reporters asked general manager Brian Cashman for his thoughts about that plan and his answer was a good one: “We’re still the Yankees. We’re still…

  14. Joe Magrane’s daughter is one of 13 American Idol finalists

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    shannon magrane

    Shannon Magrane, the 16-year-old daughter of former big-league pitcher and current MLB Network analyst Joe Magrane, has been chosen as one of 13 finalists on “American Idol.” Six weeks ago during the episode in which Shannon Magrane was selected from the audition process Joe Magrane made an appearance and Steven Tyler made things awkward by…

  15. Phillies to give Chase Utley limited playing time this spring

    Mar 2, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    utley ap

    In an effort to keep him healthy after last season’s knee problems the Phillies are planning to limit Chase Utley‘s playing time during spring training. Charlie Manuel told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inqurier that Utley won’t be in the lineup for the Phillies’ spring opener Saturday and “it might be a little while before…

  16. Video of the Day: Steve Carlton was born to throw a slider

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Screen Shot 2012-03-02 at 10.22.29 AM

    Bill Baer of Crashburn Alley passes along this great old video about Steve Carlton’s amazing slider: “I hold it like this and I throw the s*** out of it.”

  17. Shane Victorino softens stance on demand for five-year deal

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    One day after saying he wanted a five-year contract extension from the Phillies free agent-to-be Shane Victorino backtracked a bit, telling Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer: “I made it seem like I want a five-year deal, but I’d love to stay.” Most of all, Victorino said, he’d like to get a new contract figured…

  18. Nick Johnson is likely to make the Orioles … “if healthy”

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles infielder Johnson reaches for a grounder during workouts at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota

    When it comes to Nick Johnson, using the “if healthy” caveat makes anything that follows sound sort of silly, but manager Buck Showalter indicated yesterday that the perpetually injured first baseman is likely to make the Orioles out of spring training … if healthy. “I think he brings some things that I’d really like to…

  19. Angels undecided on where Albert Pujols will bat in lineup

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Photo Day

    Albert Pujols had 7,433 plate appearances for the Cardinals and 82.6 percent of those came as a No. 3 hitter, but the Angels aren’t certain yet where he’ll bat in their lineup. Mike Scioscia told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that he’s leaning toward keeping Pujols in the No. 3 spot, in part because it guarantees…

  20. Shane Victorino wants a five-year deal from the Phillies

    Mar 1, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino will make $9.5 million this season in the final year of a three-year deal and the center fielder told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com that he’d like to re-sign with the Phillies on a five-year contract because “my agents say I can get a five-year deal on the market … why not trust them?”…

  21. Grady Sizemore out 8-12 weeks following back surgery

    Mar 1, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

    sizemore

    When the Indians told reporters that they’d have an update on Grady Sizemore‘s health status today Jordan Bastian of MLB.com immediately tweeted that it “sounds ominous” and … well, he was right. Sizemore, who was already expected to miss Opening Day because of a back injury suffered three weeks ago, underwent micro discectomy surgery on…

  22. Evan Longoria is day-to-day with a bruised right hand

    Mar 1, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    evan longoria

    Evan Longoria gave the Rays a scare this morning. Or, more accurately, Matt Bush gave them the scare by plunking Longoria in the hand with a fastball. Longoria immediately left the game and later went for X-rays, but they came back negative and he’s been diagnosed with a bruised hand. He’s officially listed as day-to-day.…

  23. Johan Santana throws two-inning simulated game

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Johan Santana faced live hitters today for the first time this spring, throwing a two-inning simulated game against a lineup that included David Wright, Ike Davis, and Daniel Murphy. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Santana threw 43 pitches and is scheduled to make his first spring training start Tuesday against the Cardinals.…

  24. Hal Steinbrenner wants the Yankees’ payroll down to $189 million by 2014

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    Hal Steinbrenner said today that the Yankees plan to decrease their payroll to below the $189 million luxury tax figure by 2014, which is when the new collective bargaining agreement threshold kicks in. Steinbrenner called it “streamlining” the payroll, which is currently at around $210 million. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York notes that Alex…

  25. Billy Beane went to the Oscars and hung out with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and … Tim Tebow

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    It was a surprise to see Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti at the Oscars, sitting right behind Michelle Williams, but A’s general manager Billy Beane showing up in support of “Moneyball” was certainly to be expected. Beane told Jane Lee of MLB.com that he was shocked to find that his seats were in the fourth…

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