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  1. Details of Clay Buchholz’s contract extension with Red Sox

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

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    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe has the year-by-year breakdown of Clay Buchholz‘s new contract extension with the Red Sox: Signing bonus: $1 million 2012 – $3.5 million 2013 – $5.5 million 2014 – $7.7 million 2015 – $12 million 2016 – $13 million team option or $245,000 buyout 2017 – $13.5 million team option…

  2. Duaner Sanchez signs with independent Long Island Ducks

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

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    Duaner Sanchez, who was a solid setup man for the Mets and Dodgers from 2004 to 2008, has signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. Sanchez’s career was knocked of course when a 2006 car accident left him with a separated shoulder that caused the right-hander to miss the entire 2007…

  3. Angels setup man Kevin Jepsen says demotion to Triple-A is “difficult to swallow”

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    Kevin Jepsen

    Kevin Jepsen has been one of the Angels’ primary setup men since 2009 and posted a 3.97 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 59 innings last season, so he was understandably caught off guard when they demoted him to Triple-A yesterday: You think? Yeah, it caught me by surprise. This is always difficult to swallow. Mike…

  4. J.J. Hardy out 2-3 weeks with strained oblique muscle

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    J.J. Hardy

    J.J. Hardy is expected to miss 2-3 weeks after an MRI exam revealed a strained oblique muscle, which qualifies as good news considering the initial reports that he could miss six weeks. However, because oblique strains tend to linger 2-3 weeks is hardly a guaranteed return timetable. Hardy played well for Minnesota last season, hitting…

  5. Mark Prior works back-to-back games as reliever at Single-A

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

    Mark Prior

    Sent all the way down to Single-A at age 30 to continue his comeback as a reliever, Mark Prior pitched in back-to-back games over the weekend and threw a pair of scoreless innings. Prior told the Associated Press afterward that his arm “feels fine” and his fastball reportedly averaged 90 miles per hour. He can…

  6. Tsuyoshi Nishioka will miss 4-6 weeks with fractured fibula

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka received relatively positive news on his fractured fibula, as doctors determined that he won’t need surgery and could potentially return in 4-6 weeks. It was sad to see Nishioka on the field supporting himself with crutches during the Twins’ home opener ceremonies Friday, particularly since his parents flew in from Japan to be…

  7. Mets shake up bullpen, add 38-year-old Jason Isringhausen

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Jason Isringhausen convinced the Mets to give him a spring training invite following a tryout in February, looked good enough in camp to factor into their plans at age 38, and then agreed to stay behind in extended spring training while they sorted out other bullpen options. His patience has paid off, as the Mets…

  8. Derek Jeter ditches new swing after 7-for-34 (.206) start

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Off to a slow start as he tries to bounce back from the worst season of his career, Derek Jeter has already ditched the “new swing” that made so many headlines throughout spring training. Hitting coach Kevin Long, who worked with Jeter to revamp his approach at the plate, told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com that…

  9. Tony La Russa staying with Ryan Franklin as Cardinals’ closer despite three blown saves

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    Ryan Franklin has blown three saves in four chances this season, allowing a total of four runs in 3.2 innings, but yesterday manager Tony La Russa made it clear that he’s sticking with the 38-year-old right-hander as the Cardinals’ closer: I don’t see anything that’s changed between anybody that’s his competition. … Somebody’s got to…

  10. Pirates reliever Tyler Yates has torn flexor tendon in elbow

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    Tyler Yates was healthy enough to pitch during spring training after missing most of 2009 and all of 2010 following Tommy John surgery, but now Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that he has a torn flexor tendon in the same elbow. Yates got the bad news from Dr. James Andrews and will be re-examined in…

  11. Ron Gardenhire confirms Luke Hughes will replace injured Tsuyoshi Nishioka in Twins’ lineup

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

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    As expected, manager Ron Gardenhire confirmed this morning that the Twins will turn to Triple-A call-up Luke Hughes as their primary second baseman after Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffered a fractured fibula yesterday. Hughes failed to crack the Opening Day roster because Gardenhire preferred Matt Tolbert as his utility man, but will now get the opportunity to…

  12. Diamondbacks sign reliever Ron Mahay to minor league deal

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

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    With their current left-handed specialist Joe Paterson off to a shaky start the Diamondbacks have signed veteran reliever Ron Mahay to a minor-league contract, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Mahay, who was a replacement player during the 1994 strike and isn’t allowed into the MLBPA, has had a remarkably difficult time staying…

  13. Red Sox make two bullpen changes, including designating Dennys Reyes for assignment

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

    Dennys Reyes

    After six straight losses the Red Sox have made their first moves of the season, placing Matt Albers on the disabled list and designating Dennys Reyes for assignment while replacing them in the bullpen with Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront. Reyes beat out Hideki Okajima for the left-handed specialist gig during spring training, but is…

  14. Jake Peavy to make first of four rehab starts in minors tonight

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Jake Peavy will begin his rehab assignment tonight at Double-A and pitching coach Don Cooper indicated that he’ll be asked to make three additional starts in the minors before potentially rejoining the White Sox’s rotation. That would put Peavy on track to come off the disabled list around May 5, which is the start of…

  15. Johnny Damon leads “players only meeting” as Rays fall to 0-6

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Yesterday the Rays lost their sixth straight game to begin the season and afterward Johnny Damon led “a brief players-only meeting,” according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. Topkin reports that “Damon didn’t talk for long, and he wasn’t the only one, as Felipe Lopez also spoke up, in stressing to the others…

  16. Carlos Silva “has several offers” after being released by Cubs

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Carlos Silva

    Carlos Silva, who was released by the Cubs at the end of spring training, “has several offers and will probably pick soon,” according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. By cutting Silva the Cubs ate his entire $11.5 million salary for this season, so any new team that signs him could do so for as little…

  17. Blue Jays make room for Octavio Dotel by sending Casey Janssen to Triple-A

    Apr 7, 2011, 5:40 PM EST

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    When it comes to demoting players to Triple-A sometimes having a minor-league option remaining takes precedence over everything else and Casey Janssen learned that the hard way today, as the Blue Jays sent him to Las Vegas to make room on the roster for Octavio Dotel‘s return from the disabled list. Janssen certainly isn’t deserving…

  18. Tsuyoshi Nishioka suffers fractured fibula in collision with Nick Swisher

    Apr 7, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Nick Swisher

    UPDATE: Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Nishioka has a fractured fibula and (obviously) is headed for the disabled list. At minimum he’ll be out for a month and possibly much longer. As expected, Hughes is coming up from Triple-A to replace him. ========== Moments after botching a tailor-made double play ball…

  19. Tigers reliever Ryan Perry placed on DL with infected eye

    Apr 7, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

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    Not to be outdone by Mark Ellis‘ inner-ear infection, Tigers setup man Ryan Perry has been placed on the disabled list with an eye infection. All the reports on the injury that I’ve seen so far are light on any further details, but “infected eye” certainly doesn’t sound very pleasant. Because the DL stint is…

  20. Video: Tony La Russa lashes out at reporters, quits presser

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:36 PM EST

    Craig touched on this in his “And That Happened” this morning, but here’s the video of Tony La Russa getting incredibly annoyed at questions about the Cardinals’ offensive struggles, lecturing reporters about how silly it is to be asking this stuff after one week, and then quitting the press conference: I tend to agree with…

  21. Yunel Escobar diagnosed with mild concussion, but won’t go on new seven-day disabled list

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar slides hard into third with a triple in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics in their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto

    Yunel Escobar, who took a knee to the helmet while sliding into third base yesterday, has been diagnosed with a “mild concussion” following a CAT scan and other tests last night and this morning. That would seemingly make him an ideal candidate to be placed on the new seven-day disabled list for concussions that MLB…

  22. Rich Harden is on the comeback trail again

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:18 PM EST

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    Shut down in mid-March with a strained shoulder, Rich Harden threw a bullpen session this morning and reported no problems. Harden is still a simulated game followed by a minor-league rehab assignment from potentially coming off the disabled list, and given his extensive injury history counting on him to avoid further setbacks is obviously wishful…

  23. Inner-ear infection knocks Mark Ellis out of A’s lineup

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

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    Mark Ellis is out of the A’s lineup for today’s game and may not travel with the team to Minnesota tonight because of an inner-ear problem, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Ellis experienced dizziness during yesterday’s game and may not be cleared to fly, leaving him in Toronto looking for other…

  24. Charlie Manuel on Brad Lidge’s return timetable: “All-Star break or just before that”

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:46 AM EST

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    During a radio interview today Phillies manager Charlie Manuel gave an update on Brad Lidge‘s health status, saying he’s “probably looking at maybe All-Star break or just before that” for the closer to return from a partially torn rotator cuff. That’s considerably longer than the initial timetable given late last month, which had Lidge missing…

  25. Jason Kendall’s return from shoulder surgery pushed back

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Jason Kendall‘s initial recovery timetable following September shoulder surgery had him missing the first two months of the season, but then in February the Royals revealed that he was several months ahead of schedule and might not miss any time at all. Several setbacks followed, causing Kendall to begin the season on the disabled list,…

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