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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. UPDATE: Bronson Arroyo diagnosed with mononucleosis

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:01 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    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:…

  5. 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)…

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

    Mar 25, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    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…

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

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    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…

  8. 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…

  9. Mat Latos will miss Saturday start with shoulder soreness

    Mar 25, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Orioles settle on Jeremy Guthrie as Opening Day starter

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    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…

  17. Pirates pick Kevin Correia as Opening Day starter despite 5.40 ERA last season

    Mar 24, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    It’s probably not quite as depressing to fans as Kansas City picking a guy with a 5.60 career ERA as the Opening Day starter, but it might be close. Pittsburgh announced that Kevin Correia will get the Opening Day assignment after going 10-10 with a 5.40 ERA for the Padres last year, which is some…

  18. Cody Ross is “certain” to begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 24, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Cody Ross is “certain” to begin the season on the disabled list with the calf injury he suffered earlier this week, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. That could potentially open the door for top prospect Brandon Belt to make the Opening Day roster, but that would involve Aubrey Huff shifting…

  19. So much for that: Rangers will keep Neftali Feliz in the bullpen

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz went back and forth on whether he actually wanted to move to the rotation after saving 40 games as a rookie closer last season, but now it’s a moot point: T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Feliz will remain in the bullpen. He’ll be joined there by fellow flame-thrower Alexi Ogando, whose spring…

  20. Nationals send one-time catcher of the future Jesus Flores back to the minors

    Mar 24, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jesus Flores

    With concerns about his surgically repaired shoulder likely limiting the potential trade market and two catchers ahead of him on the depth chart, the Nationals sent Jesus Flores to the minors today. Flores was once the Nationals’ catcher of the future, but suffered a shoulder injury after getting off to a great start in 2009…

  21. A’s select 23-year-old Trevor Cahill as Opening Day starter

    Mar 24, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Oakland waited longer than most teams to name an Opening Day starter, but today manager Bob Geren announced that Trevor Cahill will get the Game 1 assignment. After a so-so rookie season Cahill went 18-8 with a 2.97 ERA as a 22-year-old sophomore, so giving him the Opening Day nod was a relatively easy call…

  22. Franklin Gutierrez undergoing more medical tests for year-long stomach problems

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Franklin Gutierrez remains sidelined by the stomach problems that have plagued him since last season and Larry LaRue of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the center fielder will undergo additional medical tests. Two weeks ago the Mariners announced that Gutierrez had been diagnosed with a “slow digestive tract” and would be able to manage…

  23. Phillies GM admits Chase Utley will begin year on disabled list

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Confirming what has been expected for a while now, today Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. replied “I would think so” when asked if Chase Utley will begin the season on the disabled list because of his knee problems. Amaro stopped just short of making it official, but said: “I haven’t seen him on the…

  24. Jorge Posada would consider leaving Yankees in 2012 “if it’s the right situation”

    Mar 24, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

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    Jorge Posada has no plans to retire, but his four-year, $52 million contract is up after this season and the career-long Yankee told Kevin Kernan of the New York Post that he’d be willing to play for another team “if it’s the right situation.” Posada’s future in New York will obviously depend on how well…

  25. Marlins considering options at third base after sending Matt Dominguez to minors

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    As recently as last week 21-year-old prospect Matt Dominguez was considered the favorite to make the jump from Double-A and claim the Marlins’ starting job at third base, but today they sent him to the minors. Florida newspapers were full of praise for Dominguez when it looked like he’d get the job and his defense…

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