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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Vicente Padilla ahead of schedule in return from arm surgery

    Mar 28, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Vicente Padilla continued his comeback from forearm surgery by facing live hitters yesterday for the first time since going under the knife on February 24, throwing 25 pitches. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Padilla’s fastball was clocked at 92 miles per hour and he also threw off-speed stuff, which suggests he’s pretty far along…

  14. Adam LaRoche to play through slightly torn shoulder labrum

    Mar 28, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche was initially expected to miss a few days with some shoulder soreness, but an MRI exam revealed that he has a slightly torn left labrum. However, he plans to continue playing through the injury and is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup at first base, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.…

  15. Colby Rasmus’ family members are hanging out in the HBT comments, arguing about stuff

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

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    You never know who you might run into in the HardballTalk comments section. Last week Curt Flood’s son stopped by to respond to an article about his dad and now it sure seems like a member of Colby Rasmus‘ family is hanging out and arguing about stuff. Someone using the screen name “trasmus3″ has made…

  16. Royals deal for Matt Treanor following Jason Kendall setback

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Jason Kendall‘s recent setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery means he likely won’t be ready to come off the disabled list until at least late April–and possibly much later–so the Royals have added some catching depth by acquiring Matt Treanor from the Rangers for cash considerations. Treanor spent a large chunk of last season…

  17. King Felix and Prince Pineda? Mariners hand rotation spot to 22-year-old top prospect

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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    This morning’s news that the Mariners have optioned Luke French to Triple-A makes it all but official: Stud prospect Michael Pineda has secured a spot in the Opening Day rotation at age 22. Pineda was big when the Mariners signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old in 2005, but now he’s listed…

  18. Joe Nathan reclaims closer job despite 11.05 spring ERA

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

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    In addition to the Twins setting their 25-man roster yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire also made it all but official that Joe Nathan will reclaim his closer job after sitting out last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Here’s what Gardenhire said during a radio interview on 1500-ESPN: I would imagine we’ll start out probably something…

  19. Pirates GM: “Very probable” Chris Snyder will start year on DL

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

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    General manager Neal Huntington admitted yesterday that it’s “very probable” starting catcher Chris Snyder will begin the season on the disabled list due to back soreness. Pittsburgh unsuccessfully tried to dump Ryan Doumit and his contract all offseason and throughout spring training, but Snyder’s injury actually opens the door for him to see some early…

  20. Red Sox keep Dennys Reyes and Matt Albers, option Hideki Okajima and Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

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    A pair of head-to-head roster battles were decided in Red Sox camp this morning, with Dennys Reyes beating out fellow left-hander Hideki Okajima and Matt Albers beating out fellow right-hander Alfredo Aceves. Reyes and Albers have made the team as relievers, while Okajima and Aceves will head to Triple-A Pawtucket. Okajima and Aceves both have…

  21. Jose Canseco’s twin brother Ozzie tried to impersonate him at a “celebrity boxing” fight

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Jose Canseco failed to show up for a fight against Billy Padden in front of 400 paying customers Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida and instead sent his twin brother Ozzie Canseco, according to “Celebrity Boxing” promoter Damon Feldman. An employee of “Celebrity Boxing” told Luis Sanchez of El Nuevo…

  22. UPDATE: Rule 5 top pick Josh Rodriguez makes the Pirates

    Mar 27, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for all that. Now general manager Neal Huntington has announced that Rodriguez will make the Opening Day roster after all. ========== Prior to the Rule 5 draft in December the Pirates talked about not being particularly excited about their options with the No. 1 pick and then made a selection that was…

  23. UPDATE: Bronson Arroyo diagnosed with mononucleosis

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:01 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Bronson Arroyo has been diagnosed with mononucleosis. A number of players have missed considerable time with the illness — Jed Lowrie is one recent example — but Arroyo told Sheldon via text message that he does not expect to miss any starts. We’ll see about that one. 2:12 PM:…

  24. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Colby Rasmus

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Colby Rasmus received more attention for his tense relationship with manager Tony La Russa becoming public than for his outstanding sophomore season, as he managed to lead all MLB center fielders in OPS as a 23-year-old without much fanfare. La Russa benching him versus many left-handers (and then simply benching him for a while, period)…

  25. Daisuke Matsuzaka donates $1 million to Japanese relief effort

    Mar 25, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Daisuke Matsuzaka has donated $1 million to the Japanese relief efforts via the Red Cross, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Last week Ichiro Suzuki reportedly donated 100 million yen (approximately $1.2 million) and Hideki Matsui donated 50 million yen (approximately $600,000) to help support their home country following the devastating earthquake and…

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