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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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:…

  14. 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)…

  15. 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…

  16. Doug Davis throws for eight teams, including Mets, Rangers, Angels, Rockies, and Orioles

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that free agent left-hander Doug Davis threw a 45-pitch bullpen session yesterday and was scouted by eight teams, including the Mets, Rangers, Angels, Rockies, and Orioles. Davis made just eight starts last season because of a heart problem and an elbow injury that required surgery, going 1-4 with a 7.51…

  17. Kevin Millwood can earn up to $5 million from Yankees, has May 1 opt-out clause

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Now that the signing is official Marc Craig of the Newark Star Ledger has the details of Kevin Millwood‘s minor-league contract with the Yankees. Millwood can opt out of the deal if he’s not in the majors by May 1. If he does get added to the roster his base salary will be $1.5 million…

  18. Mat Latos will miss Saturday start with shoulder soreness

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Mat Latos has a 9.00 ERA in four spring training starts and also got knocked around in a minor-league game that doesn’t officially count in those totals, and now he’s been scratched from tomorrow’s scheduled outing because of shoulder soreness. Latos started Monday, allowing three runs in four innings, but according to manager Bud Black…

  19. Mariners GM: Franklin Gutierrez must play this weekend to avoid disabled list

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez continues to search for an explanation regarding his year-long stomach problems and Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik indicated that the Gold Glove center fielder is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Gutierrez probably “would have to play this weekend” in order to…

  20. Scouts “stunned by Phil Hughes’ lack of velocity this spring”

    Mar 25, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    This morning my Twitter feed has been full of talk about Phil Hughes‘ declining velocity, starting with a couple reports quoting scouts. First, here’s Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com: Scouts following Yankees have been stunned by Phil Hughes’ lack of velocity this spring 87-89 mph, with more 87s than 89s. And now here’s Joel Sherman of…

  21. Yankees trade Sergio Mitre to Brewers for Chris Dickerson

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Just hours after adding some veteran rotation depth by agreeing to terms on a minor-league contract with Kevin Millwood the Yankees have traded Sergio Mitre to the Brewers, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that New York will receive outfielder Chris Dickerson, which is actually a pretty…

  22. Scott Kazmir is “in denial about his continuing struggles”

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir has a 7.79 ERA this spring after pitching horribly last season, yet after every poor outing he talks about stuff like “throwing the ball well” and feeling “so much better.” Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times writes that Kazmir “is either one of the unluckiest pitchers in baseball, as he seems to…

  23. Pirates reliever Joe Beimel to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Joe Beimel was considered a near-lock for the Pirates’ bullpen despite signing only a minor-league contract in January, but the veteran left-hander will begin the season on the disabled list with an elbow injury. Beimel was shut down on March 1 and returned two weeks later, but was scratched from a scheduled outing Sunday due…

  24. Brent Morel beats out Mark Teahen for White Sox’s third base job

    Mar 24, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Ozzie Guillen announced that rookie Brent Morel has secured the starting job at third base, which means Mark Teahen will be a highly paid bench player for the White Sox. When they acquired Teahen from the Royals last year the White Sox handed him the third base job and then a three-year, $14 million contract…

  25. Orioles settle on Jeremy Guthrie as Opening Day starter

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    I’m sure you haven’t heard enough Opening Day starter talk for one day, so here’s another one: Baltimore will go with Jeremy Guthrie in Game 1, followed in the rotation by Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen, and Jake Arrieta. Because the Orioles may not need a fifth starter for the first several weeks they could carry…

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