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  1. Alex Gordon to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 25, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon broke his right thumb on March 6 and manager Trey Hillman admitted yesterday that the Royals’ third baseman will begin the season on the disabled list. Gordon initially received a recovery timetable of 3-4 weeks, which gave him some chance to be ready for Opening Day, but Hillman explained that “it’s not going…

  2. Molina done for spring, questionable for opener

    Mar 25, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Tony La Russa said today that Yadier Molina is unlikely to play again this spring after straining his right oblique muscle running the bases yesterday, but added that “we have our fingers crossed for the early part of the season, maybe Opening Day.” Jason LaRue would step in as the Cardinals’ starter behind the plate…

  3. Comeback complete: Edmonds makes Brewers

    Mar 25, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    After sitting out all of last season Jim Edmonds has successfully completed his comeback, with the Brewers adding him to the roster prior to the “out” clause in his minor-league contract kicking in today. Edmonds is certainly no longer an impact player, but as a minimum-salaried backup the 39-year-old seems capable of being a solid…

  4. Dodgers surprisingly tab Padilla for Opening Day

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers will soon name Vicente Padilla their Opening Day starter, which is a surprise to say the least given that the rotation also includes young studs Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley. Padilla went 4-0 with a 3.20 ERA down the stretch for the Dodgers last season, but before that…

  5. DiComo beats Bastian in historic 'Dot Com Dash'

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    I wrote yesterday about beat writers Jordan Bastian and Anthony DiComo challenging each other to a half-mile race and the “Dot Com Dash” gained lots of attention as colleagues and fans picked sides. Bastian emerged as the favorite because of his experience as a marathoner, but DiComo pulled off the upset yesterday afternoon on…

  6. Matsui foul ball smashes owner Moreno's car

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Showing that Jason Heyward isn’t the only player who can destroy property with his hits during spring training, Hideki Matsui somehow managed to smash the windshield of Angels owner Arte Moreno’s car with a foul ball yesterday. Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register has the details: Matsui hit a long foul ball down the…

  7. Nationals re-sign Mike MacDougal to minors deal

    Mar 24, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Released by the Marlins earlier this week, Mike MacDougal has re-signed with the Nationals on a minor-league deal. MacDougal had a 3.60 ERA in 50 innings and converted 20-of-21 save chances in Washington last season, but his 31/31 K/BB ratio and incredibly inconsistent track record kept him from getting any big-league offers. Mike Capps is…

  8. Albert Pujols has got milk and a sledgehammer

    Mar 24, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols recently did a photo shoot for the “Got Milk?” ad campaign, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch passes along the final product that will soon be hanging on Drew Silva‘s bedroom wall:

  9. Yankees settle on their outfield alignment

    Mar 24, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    As expected, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees will open the season with Curtis Granderson in center field and Brett Gardner in left field. In his limited big-league experience as a center fielder Gardner rates exceptionally well statistically and Granderson’s glove showed signs of decline last year, so Sherman notes…

  10. Yadier Molina leaves game with oblique injury

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina left today’s game after straining his oblique muscle running the bases. Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he legged out a double and then was on his way home on a David Freese single when Molina pulled up lame, exiting with a trainer by his side. Jason LaRue replaced…

  11. Rays pick Davis over Sonnanstine as fifth starter

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon announced that rookie Wade Davis has won the final spot in the Rays’ rotation, with Andy Sonnanstine heading to the bullpen after making 72 starts over the past three seasons. Sonnanstine pitched well in 2008, winning 13 games with a 4.38 ERA and 124/37 K/BB ratio as a 25-year-old, but got knocked around…

  12. Pujols returns to lineup two days after injection

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols has rejoined the Cardinals’ lineup this afternoon, batting third and playing first base, just two days after receiving an anti-inflammatory shot in his sore lower back. Pujols has been limited by back problems for much of spring training, sitting out most of last week and being a last-minute scratch from several different lineups,…

  13. Pedroia could return to lineup as soon as Friday

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia exited last night’s game after landing awkwardly on his right wrist, but Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that X-rays came back negative this morning. Abraham notes that Pedroia should be cleared to take batting practice tomorrow and could return to game action as soon as Friday. He’s officially day-to-day with a…

  14. Giants looking to trade Kevin Frandsen

    Mar 23, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the Giants have made it known widely throughout baseball that they are willing to trade infielder Kevin Frandsen.” According to Schulman the Giants recently showcased Frandsen at shortstop for any interested teams because Matt Downs has passed him on their infield depth chart, but few people…

  15. Mets send prospect Ike Davis to minors camp

    Mar 23, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Unlike Madison Bumgarner with the Giants there was probably never a significant chance of first baseman Ike Davis breaking camp with the Mets, but today’s demotion to the minors is still news after he hit .480 with three homers this spring. Davis was the Mets’ first-round pick in 2008 and hit .298/.381/.524 with 20 homers…

  16. Scott Schoeneweis says Brewers released him 'because my wife died'

    Mar 23, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Milwaukee released Scott Schoeneweis today after signing him to a minor-league contract about six weeks ago and the veteran left-hander had some harsh words on his way out the door: The only regret I have is that I wasted a month of my time. I didn’t have a chance to make the team. That’s what…

  17. Giants send struggling Bumgarner to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

    Sporting a 27-5 record and 1.65 ERA in the minors Madison Bumgarner ranked 14th on Baseball America‘s annual list of the game’s top prospects and began spring training as the favorite to claim the final spot in San Francisco’s rotation. Unfortunately the 20-year-old southpaw showed up at Giants camp with his fastball topping out in…

  18. Flores 'back at square one' after Andrews visit

    Mar 23, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    After spending 12 days in Alabama undergoing physical therapy with Dr. James Andrews the news on Jesus Flores’ surgically repaired shoulder is … well, inconclusive. Flores returned to Nationals camp sure that he’ll be healthy enough to play at some point this season, but he’s been ruled out for Opening Day and there’s no official…

  19. writers challenge each other to a race

    Mar 23, 2010, 11:40 AM EDT

    This is meta, even for our usual meta-fueled standards, but beat writers Jordan Bastian and Anthony DiComo have challenged each other to a half-mile race following tomorrow’s Rays-Blue Jays game in Florida. Bastian (on the right) is the Blue Jays’ beat reporter while DiComo (on the left) covers both the Yankees and Mets, and…

  20. Back tightness knocks Pujols out of lineup again

    Mar 22, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Pujols went for an MRI exam this afternoon and also had an anti-inflammatory shot in his sore lower back, so he may be out for most of the week. Albert Pujols was scratched from this afternoon’s lineup with what’s Matthew Leach calls “a recurrence of tightness in his lower back.” No one seems…

  21. Matsui sees first outfield action since mid-2008

    Mar 22, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui started in the outfield this afternoon for the first time since June of 2008, as the Angels hope his knees will be able to handle at least occasional defensive duties this season. In fact, according to Lyle Spencer of “the Angels’ plan is to give him a few starts in left field…

  22. Yankees send Rule 5 pick Jamie Hoffmann back to Dodgers … for now

    Mar 22, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Back in December the Nationals selected Dodgers minor leaguer Jamie Hoffmann with the first pick in the Rule 5 draft and then sent him to the Yankees in a pre-arranged deal for Brian Bruney. Hoffmann was thought to be a near-lock for a spot on New York’s bench, but apparently the Yankees decided against keeping…

  23. Mauer deal has other catchers licking their chops

    Mar 22, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer getting the Twins to fork over $184 million has the other top catchers in the American League dreaming about their next contracts. Victor Martinez of the Red Sox is an impending free agent, so removing Mauer from next offseason’s catching market could have a huge impact on him. Alex Speier of speculates…

  24. Marcum gets Opening Day nod after sitting out '09

    Mar 22, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    Cito Gaston announced that Shaun Marcum will be the Blue Jays’ Opening Day starter, which is noteworthy given that he missed all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Roy Halladay started each of the past seven Opening Days for the Blue Jays, but he’ll be taking the mound for the Phillies in Game…

  25. Don't call it a setback: Erik Bedard cancels bullpen session

    Mar 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard was slated to throw off a mound today for the first time since August shoulder surgery, but the Mariners canceled those plans with trainer Rick Griffin explaining: “He’s not ready, in our opinion.” Griffin went on to clarify that the cancellation isn’t a “setback” for Bedard, but given that the bullpen session was…

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