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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. UPDATE: OK, so apparently Matt Albers isn’t going to Japan

    Mar 23, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for all that. I’m now told by a reliable source that it’s not true. Kind of a weirdly random thing for Mullen to report inaccurately, but oh well. Sorry to get everyone so excited by the huge non-news! ========== Maureen Mullen reports that the Red Sox have released Matt Albers “to allow…

  7. Nationals have “reached a near-final decision” to bench Nyjer Morgan for Rick Ankiel

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Last week there was speculation about the Nationals benching Nyjer Morgan in favor of Rick Ankiel and now Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that they’ve “reached a near-final decision” to make Ankiel the starting center fielder. Morgan has certainly earned the demotion by hitting like a fifth outfielder, running the bases recklessly, and…

  8. Top prospect Kyle Drabek secures spot in Blue Jays’ rotation

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Brandon Morrow beginning on the season on the disabled list ends whatever competition there was for rotation spots in Blue Jays camp, so 23-year-old top prospect Kyle Drabek has won a starting job. In fact, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that Drabek will take Morrow’s place in the rotation and pitch Game 2…

  9. Springtime Storylines: When will the Indians be finished with their rebuilding phase?

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:15 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: Another rebuilding year in Cleveland. The Big Question: When will the Indians be finished with their rebuilding phase? After three consecutive .500-or-worse seasons,…

  10. Aaron Hill no sure thing to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Aaron Hill returned from a quadriceps injury to make his spring training debut yesterday, but afterward expressed some doubt about his status for Opening Day: It was good to get out there and see what I’ve got. I can play but it’s going to be their decision. Hopefully it will be fine by then but…

  11. Brandon Webb shut down again with more arm problems

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Already slated to begin the season on the disabled list, Brandon Webb was scratched from his scheduled live batting practice session today and has been shut down indefinitely, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Webb last started a game on Opening Day of 2009, but his recovery from shoulder surgery has been full of slow…

  12. Brandon Morrow to begin season on disabled list with right forearm inflammation

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:47 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure if this qualifies as a jinx, since I haven’t actually posted the article yet, but Brandon Morrow is one of my “breakout” picks for this season (along with, among others, Carlos Santana) and … well, the Blue Jays just announced that he’ll begin the year on the disabled list with right forearm…

  13. Heath Bell and the Padres are talking contract extension

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Heath Bell has repeatedly made it very clear that he wants to stay in San Diego, saying that signing a long-term deal with the Padres “would be a dream” and then revealing that he’d “definitely take less” to get something done. Throughout all that the Padres’ interest in actually committing to an expensive closer into…

  14. Rangers decide to keep Alexi Ogando in the bullpen

    Mar 23, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

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    No decision has been made yet regarding Neftali Feliz‘s role, but the Rangers announced today that Alexi Ogando will remain a reliever after trying out for a rotation spot alongside Feliz this spring. Feliz was a full-time starter for most of his minor-league career, whereas Ogando has started a grand total of three games as…

  15. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Carlos Santana

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Carlos Santana was in the middle of one of the best rookie seasons ever by a catcher when a gruesome home-plate collision on August 2 left him with a season-ending knee injury, but he’s healthy now and ready to make Dodgers fans miserable remembering the mid-2008 trade that sent Santana to Cleveland for Casey Blake.…

  16. Brewers send former top prospect Mat Gamel back to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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    For the second straight spring injuries have ruined Mat Gamel’s chances of making the Brewers. Last year it was a torn shoulder muscle that kept him off the Opening Day roster and led to Gamel spending most of the season at Triple-A and this year an oblique strain did him in. Milwaukee has optioned Gamel…

  17. Royals and Rays lead Baseball America farm system rankings

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Kansas City had a record nine players in Baseball America‘s annual ranking of the top 100 prospects, including three guys in the top 10, so it’s no surprise that BA‘s farm system rankings released today have the Royals in the top spot. It’s also no surprise that the Rays rank second, as Tampa Bay claimed…

  18. Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus set to claim Mets’ second base job

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    By releasing Luis Castillo last week and optioning Justin Turner to Triple-A this morning the Mets have cleared the way for Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus to be their Opening Day starter at second base. Luis Hernandez and Daniel Murphy now stand as his only competition, but Hernandez is no one’s idea of an everyday…

  19. Frank Francisco likely to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 22, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Dr. James Andrews found no structural damage in Frank Francisco‘s injured pectoral muscle, but John Lott of the National Post reports that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list anyway. Octavio Dotel is also sidelined by a hamstring injury that could keep him out for Opening Day, which means Jon Rauch is now the…

  20. Springtime Storylines: Can the Twins win a third straight AL Central title?

    Mar 22, 2011, 3:15 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: My beloved Twins. The Big Question: Can the Twins win a third straight AL Central title? Winning 90-something games and then losing key…

  21. Scott Boras will be the keynote speaker at SABR convention

    Mar 22, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

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    I’ve attended the annual Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention every summer since 2004, but often skip the awards luncheon because a) it’s awfully expensive for some mediocre chicken, b) sometimes there’s an actual baseball game going on at the same time, and c) if there isn’t an actual baseball game there’s definitely some…

  22. Jensen Lewis assigned to Triple-A after clearing waivers

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    When the Indians placed Jensen Lewis on outright waivers I figured at least one team would be willing to put in a claim on a cheap 27-year-old reliever with a 3.68 ERA in 198 career innings, but instead Lewis and his $650,000 salary have cleared waivers. That means the Indians have successfully removed Lewis from…

  23. Mariners settle on Brendan Ryan at shortstop and Jack Wilson at second base

    Mar 22, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    When the Mariners acquired Brendan Ryan from the Cardinals in mid-December they initially hinted that he’d be playing mostly second base, with Jack Wilson remaining at shortstop, but after evaluating them for the past few weeks manager Eric Wedge has decided to flip-flop the two infielders. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that Ryan…

  24. Tigers choose Will Rhymes as Opening Day second baseman

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Carlos Guillen‘s slower-than-expected recovery from knee surgery forced the Tigers to consider other options at second base and after giving some thought to sacrificing defense for offense with Ryan Raburn manager Jim Leyland has settled on Will Rhymes. Rhymes actually led the Tigers in second base starts last season with 46 and in giving him…

  25. Twins pick Scott Baker as fifth starter, send Kevin Slowey to bullpen

    Mar 22, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

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    By re-signing Carl Pavano to a two-year, $16.5 million deal the Twins created a rotation logjam with six starters for five spots and today they announced that Scott Baker will be the No. 5 guy, leaving Kevin Slowey bullpen bound as the odd man out. Baker and Slowey both significantly out-performed Nick Blackburn last season…

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