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  1. Neftali Feliz replaces Frank Francisco as Rangers closer … for now

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Early on in spring training the Rangers were deciding whether to use Neftali Feliz as a starter or a reliever, but suddenly the 22-year-old phenom has been thrust into the closer role following two blown saves from Frank Francisco. Ron Washington made it clear that the switch is intended to be short term, saying: “We…

  2. Chris Snyder goes from trade bait to starter after Miguel Montero's injury

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:44 AM EDT

    Arizona unsuccessfully shopped Chris Snyder this offseason, with reports of Toronto pulling out of a swap for Lyle Overbay and Texas balking at an offer for C.J. Wilson, but suddenly the Diamondbacks have plenty of use for the former backup. Miguel Montero suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee Saturday and the injury will…

  3. Rangers closer Frank Francisco is on thin ice

    Apr 11, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    Last night Frank Francisco blew his second save of the season and afterward manager Ron Washington would say only “stay tuned” when asked if he’d be sticking with the Rangers’ closer. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News only five pitchers in the previous five seasons blew at least two saves in the…

  4. Indians stud prospect Carlos Santana homers twice in Triple-A debut

    Apr 9, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Part of the reason why the Indians were willing to trade both Victor Martinez and Kelly Shoppach last season is that they have stud catching prospect Carlos Santana waiting in the wings at Triple-A. Acquired from the Dodgers in mid-2008 as part of the Casey Blake deal, Santana was initially expected to begin this season…

  5. After entering priesthood, Grant Desme doesn't regret giving up baseball

    Apr 9, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    A’s prospect Grant Desme made headlines back in January for abruptly quitting baseball to join the priesthood and when Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with him earlier this week the 24-year-old former outfielder said: “I didn’t even realize it was Opening Day.” “I know it’s hard for some people to…

  6. Jack Cust and $2.65 million salary clear waivers

    Apr 9, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Oakland designated Jack Cust for assignment over the weekend to clear space on the 25-man roster for several out-of-options players, but he’ll likely remain in the organization and head to Triple-A after clearing waivers yesterday. Perhaps if the A’s would have waived Cust a month ago another team would have had the budget space to…

  7. Josh Beckett is marrying a rocket scientist

    Apr 9, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    So sayeth the Boston Herald: Now, here’s something you haven’t read about the Red Sox $68 million man Josh Beckett: He’s engaged to a rocket scientist! It’s supposed to be on the DL, but we hear the Sox starter popped the question to Holly Fisher around Valentine’s Day when they attended the Daytona 500 together.…

  8. Ozzie Guillen is very worked up about the White Sox's strikeouts

    Apr 9, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    Through three games the White Sox’s offense has scored 12 runs while batting .154, and manager Ozzie Guillen is already threatening changes after the lineup combined for 12 strikeouts last night: When we built this club, I didn’t want people to strike out, and we did too much. If they continue to strike out like…

  9. C.J. Wilson thrives in first start since 2005

    Apr 9, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Despite a 3.75 ERA, 51 saves, and 231 strikeouts in 233 innings as a reliever over the past four seasons C.J. Wilson campaigned for a spot in the Rangers’ rotation this spring, won the third-starter gig, and tossed seven shutout innings Thursday in his first start since way back in August of 2005. Wilson was…

  10. D-Train back on track in the Tigers' rotation?

    Apr 9, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    After capturing a spot in the Tigers’ rotation this spring Dontrelle Willis made his 2010 debut Thursday with a Quality Start, allowing two runs over six innings in a no-decision. Willis has come a long way after not being able to throw the ball over the plate for the past two seasons, tossing 54 of…

  11. Arroyo and Penny both impressive in matchup

    Apr 9, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo allowed just four hits in eight innings of one-run ball Thursday against the Cardinals despite taking an early Colby Rasmus comebacker off his calf, but got stuck with a no-decision and said afterward that his leg was “not real good.” Hopefully he can make his next start, because Thursday’s gem kept Arroyo on…

  12. Video of the Day: David Wright and 'The Situation'

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    I’m guessing there’s a pretty sizable overlap between Mets fans and Jersey Shore fans, so when you guys are finished with the daily “GTL” routine check out this amusing commercial featuring David Wright and “The Situation”: What’s more amazing? Wright already has as many homers as he hit through May 2 last season or The…

  13. Unable to trade him, Pirates release utility man Ramon Vazquez

    Apr 8, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    After designating him for assignment last week and apparently finding no takers via trade, the Pirates released Ramon Vazquez today. Pittsburgh signed Vazquez to a two-year, $4 million deal last offseason, but he hit just .230/.335/.279 as a part-time player and then struggled this spring following winter knee surgery at age 33. With the Pirates…

  14. After hiding injury, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is back on the disabled list

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed the final month of last season following surgery for Thoracic Outlet Sydrome, which causes neck and shoulder problems due to a rib pushing against a nerve. Now he’s headed to the disabled list again, but this time around upper back soreness is to blame. Saltalamacchia injured his back Monday, presumably before delivering…

  15. UPDATE: Brewers agree to long-term contract with Yovani Gallardo

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Gallardo gets a five-year deal (including 2010) with a sixth-year team option, so the Brewers potentially bought out his first two seasons of free agency. 11:45 AM ET: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers “are believed to be closing in on contract extension” with Opening Day starter Yovani Gallardo.…

  16. Dodgers empty the bench against Pirates

    Apr 8, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Sure, the team has only played twice so far and already got Tuesday off, but with the Dodgers playing this afternoon following a game last night manager Joe Torre has given regulars Manny Ramirez, Russell Martin, Andre Ethier, Casey Blake, and Blake DeWitt the day off. That means Reed Johnson, Brad Ausmus, Garret Anderson, Jamey…

  17. Daily Dose: All's Wells for Vernon Again?

    Apr 8, 2010, 1:32 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells went 3-for-4 with a homer on Opening Day and followed that up with two more homers Wednesday, showing some serious signs of life after a terrible 2009. Last year was either the worst or second-worst of Wells’ career, with the other forgettable campaign being 2007, and he bounced back from that to hit…

  18. Lance Berkman now aiming to return from knee surgery next week

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman said this afternoon that he’s hoping to return from knee surgery for the Astros’ six-game road trip that begins Monday. “I had it in my mind I would like to be back in that series, anyway,” Berkman told MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. “I’m not guaranteeing it … but I’m starting to feel better and…

  19. Mets lose Nelson Figueroa to Phillies on waivers

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Wanting some extra pitching depth with Joe Blanton hurting and both Jamie Moyer and Kyle Kendrick in the rotation, the Phillies claimed right-hander Nelson Figueroa off waivers from the Mets. Figueroa had a 4.28 ERA in 115.2 innings for the Mets over the past two seasons, but his 95/50 K/BB ratio was sub par and…

  20. Jeff Suppan close to rejoining Brewers' rotation

    Apr 7, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    When the Brewers placed Jeff Suppan on the disabled list last week there was some speculation that the move was made in part to delay a decision on whether or not to add the 35-year-old right-hander to the rotation. However, today’s news that he’s slated to come off the shelf following just one minor-league rehab…

  21. Blocked by Joey Votto, Reds prospect Yonder Alonso moves to left field

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Yonder Alonso has played exclusively first base in the minors since being the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft, but with Joey Votto blocking his path to Cincinnati for the next decade or so the Reds have decided to shift him to the outfield. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that Alonso will begin this season…

  22. Jason Giambi replaces Todd Helton in Game 3

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    When the Rockies re-signed Jason Giambi in January they talked about wanting to work him into the lineup by giving 36-year-old Todd Helton more frequent days off and sure enough he’s already getting a rest in Game 3 this afternoon. It seems kind of silly that someone would need a day off less than a…

  23. Daily Dose: Reyes Ready to Return?

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:02 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes went 1-for-3 with two steals in an extended spring training game Monday and followed that up by going 2-for-5 with two walks in another extended spring game Tuesday night. Perhaps just as importantly, Reyes played all nine innings at shortstop, possibly signaling that he could be cleared to return from his thyroid disorder…

  24. Yankees bench Brett Gardner for Marcus Thames against Jon Lester

    Apr 6, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Brett Gardner is the Yankees’ starting left fielder, but after playing the opener against right-hander Josh Beckett he’s on the bench tonight against left-hander Jon Lester. Marcus Thames takes Gardner’s place, which makes a lot of sense if the Yankees are willing to live with the massive defensive downgrade in left field. Thames has a…

  25. 27.7 percent of players on Opening Day rosters are foreign born

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball released some interesting data regarding player birth places, noting that the number of foreign-born players on Opening Day rosters is at a four-year low. Of course, “four-year low” is probably misleading given that this year’s rate of 27.7 percent isn’t all that far from the all-time high of 29.2 percent in 2005.…

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