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  1. Yankees assign 29-year-old Mark Prior to Single-A

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mark Prior

    Mark Prior allowed just one run while striking out 11 batters in 7.2 innings this spring, but his comeback will have to continue in the low minors after the Yankees assigned him to Single-A yesterday. Prior’s minor-league contract with the Yankees includes an opt-out clause that would allow him to become a free agent if…

  2. Jason Bay to begin season on disabled list with rib injury

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    No official move has been made yet, but Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that Jason Bay “will almost certainly” begin the season on the disabled list with an intercostal strain in his left rib cage. Bay flew back to New York to have the injury examined by doctors today and would be eligible to come…

  3. Jim Leyland won’t discuss his contract status … starting now

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Jim Leyland is in the final season of his contract, but today the 66-year-old manager responded to questions about his status by saying “I’m not going to discuss it.” And then he discussed it. A lot, actually: If we do all right, I assume I’ll be here. If we don’t, I probably won’t be. People…

  4. Must-click link: Other teams’ closers in the Mariano Rivera era

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera is entering his 15th season as the Yankees’ closer and the Washington Post has a very cool graphic showing how many closers the other 29 teams have each used during that reign, along with their respective save percentages. Washington Post: There’s Mariano … and everyone else I won’t ruin it for you, because…

  5. Braves finally remove retired Billy Wagner from 40-man roster

    Mar 30, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Billy Wagner announced his retirement in October and has repeatedly stated since then that he has no plans to return, but the Braves kept him on the 40-man roster just in case. Today they finally removed him from the roster, but not before working out a deal to retain his rights should he decide to…

  6. Braves send Kenshin Kawakami and his $6.7 million salary to Double-A

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

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    How far out of favor has Kenshin Kawakami fallen in Atlanta? Well, yesterday the Braves demoted him to Double-A, where he’ll earn $6.7 million while pitching against hitters a dozen years his junior. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes that they sent Kawakami all the way down to Double-A because “they want to…

  7. Tryout over: Luis Castillo released nine days after signing with Phillies

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

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    Nine days after signing Luis Castillo to a minor-league contract following news that Chase Utley would begin the season on the disabled list the Phillies have released the veteran second baseman. Castillo got off to a slow start after reporting to Phillies camp, but notched two hits Saturday and two hits with a stolen base…

  8. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Justin Upton

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Justin Upton has yet to become the MVP-caliber superstar expected from the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft and actually took a major step backward last season following a very strong 2009 performance, but I’m not sure most people fully realize just how rare it is for someone to be as productive as Upton’s…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.”…

  13. 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?…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.”…

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

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    john-farrell-blue-jays-spring

    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.…

  22. 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.…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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