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  1. White Sox pick Matt Lindstrom as closer

    Mar 31, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Matt Lindstrom

    Throughout spring training the widely held assumption was that the White Sox would use Nate Jones as their closer after trading Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks, but manager Robin Ventura avoided making any sort of official announcement and now we know why: Matt Lindstrom is going to be Chicago’s closer.

  2. Rangers “very encouraged” by Yu Darvish’s bullpen session

    Mar 31, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Houston

    Yu Darvish was scratched from his Opening Day start and placed on the disabled list with a strained neck, but the Rangers right-hander felt healthy enough to throw a bullpen session Sunday. Manager Ron Washington told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that onlookers were “very encouraged” by how Darvish threw, but no decision has been…

  3. Red Sox place Shane Victorino on disabled list, recall Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Mar 31, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Jackie Bradley Jr. is on the Red Sox’s Opening Day roster after all, but it took an injury for Shane Victorino to make it happen. Bradley lost the center field job to Grady Sizemore and was sent to Triple-A after hitting just .158 during spring training, but he’s been recalled from the minors because Victorino…

  4. Paul Konerko is sitting out Opening Day after 15 years in the White Sox’s lineup

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko Getty

    When Paul Konerko decided against retiring and re-signed with the White Sox both sides agreed that he’d be returning in a diminished role, but now that’s a reality: Konerko will not be in the Opening Day lineup today for the first time since 1998. Konerko is slated to play mostly versus left-handed pitchers and Twins…

  5. All the Mets are sick and Daniel Murphy is missing Opening Day because his wife is in labor

    Mar 31, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Daniel Murphy Getty

    Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy won’t be in the Opening Day lineup because his wife went into labor with their first child, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. Murphy played all but one game last season, logging 697 plate appearances to rank sixth in the league. (Also: Congrats!) And because these things always seem…

  6. 2014 Preview: Minnesota Twins

    Mar 30, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

    Rick Anderson, Ron Gardenhire

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Minnesota Twins. The Big Question: Did the Twins improve their starting rotation enough? Prior to this offseason the most…

  7. 2014 Preview: Detroit Tigers

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

    Brad Ausmus

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Are the Tigers still the clear favorites in the AL Central? Detroit has won…

  8. Displaced by Robinson Cano, Mariners demote Nick Franklin back to the minors

    Mar 28, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

    Nick Franklin

    Nick Franklin showed enough promise as a rookie second baseman for the Mariners last season that he seemed set as the team’s long-term answer there, but then they signed Robinson Cano for $240 million. That knocked Franklin out of the second base picture and forced him into a competition with Brad Miller to start at…

  9. Erik Bedard changes his mind about Triple-A, re-signs with the Rays

    Mar 28, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard Getty

    All spring Erik Bedard insisted that he’d opt out of his minor-league contract with the Rays rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A and he was true to his word after losing the fifth-starter competition, deciding to become a free agent. However, after shopping around for a big-league offer that never materialized Bedard has decided…

  10. Rangers sign Scott Baker

    Mar 28, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Released by the Mariners earlier this week, right-hander Scott Baker has agreed to a new minor-league contract with the Rangers. Texas was in the market for rotation depth with Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, and Derek Holland all hurting, but Baker was a mess in Mariners camp and missed nearly all of the past two seasons…

  11. Doug Fister will begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 28, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

    Doug Fister AP

    Nationals right-hander Doug Fister dealt with elbow problems early in spring training and then, just when he was over them and getting ready to start the season healthy, he suffered a strained lat muscle in yesterday’s game. William Ladson of MLB.com reports that Fister will be placed on the disabled list to begin the season,…

  12. Red Sox send Jackie Bradley Jr. back to the minors

    Mar 28, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley Jr. Getty

    Jackie Bradley Jr. entered spring training atop the Red Sox’s center field depth chart, but his struggles and Grady Sizemore‘s successful comeback changed those plans. Sizemore was announced today as the Opening Day center fielder and Boston has decided to send Bradley back to Triple-A. There was some opportunity for the Red Sox to have…

  13. David Hernandez likely needs Tommy John surgery

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

    David Hernandez

    The latest pitcher headed for Tommy John elbow surgery is Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez, who was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Hernandez will seek a second opinion, but surgery is likely and would cost him the entire season and perhaps some of 2015 as well. Hernandez posted…

  14. Francisco Cordero won’t make Red Sox despite 0.00 ERA

    Mar 28, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    francisco cordero getty

    Francisco Cordero did all he could do to make the Red Sox on a minor-league contract, throwing eight scoreless innings with an 8/1 K/BB ratio this spring, but the 39-year-old longtime closer has been told that he won’t be on the Opening Day roster. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox offered Cordero…

  15. Red Sox make it official, name Grady Sizemore the Opening Day center fielder

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore Red Sox

    UPDATE: And now it’s official, as manager John Farrell announced today that Grady Sizemore will be the Opening Day center fielder for the Red Sox. It’ll be his first regular season game since September 22, 2011. ========== Grady Sizemore’s comeback has gone exceptionally well in Red Sox camp. He’s hit .333 with an .842 OPS…

  16. Ed Lucas makes the Marlins, breaks his hand

    Mar 28, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ed Lucas

    Yesterday must have been a real emotional roller-coaster for Marlins infielder Ed Lucas, who was told in the morning that he made the Opening Day roster and then fractured his left hand on a hit by pitch in the afternoon. Lucas played semi-regularly for the Marlins last season as a 31-year-old rookie, but this would…

  17. UPDATE: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers agree to extension; will make $292M over next 10 years

    Mar 27, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the deal includes two vesting options valued at $30 million each. If Cabrera maxes out the deal, he could make as much as $352 million over 12 years. 6:56 p.m. ET: The new money in the deal works out to eight years and $248 million, per FOX Sports’…

  18. Diamondbacks send Archie Bradley to the minors

    Mar 27, 2014, 3:47 PM EDT

    Archie Bradley Diamondbacks

    Patrick Corbin‘s elbow surgery opened the door for Archie Bradley to potentially grab a spot in Arizona’s rotation, but the Diamondbacks have decided that the 21-year-old top prospect could use a little more time in the minors. Bradley posted a ridiculous 1.97 ERA in 21 starts at Double-A last season with a 119/59 K/BB ratio…

  19. Astros claim Alex Presley off waivers from Twins

    Mar 27, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Alex Presley Twins

    Alex Presley entered spring training atop the Twins’ center field depth chart, but lost the starting job to Aaron Hicks and now he’s headed to Houston after the Astros claimed him off waivers. Presley is better suited to be a fourth outfielder anyway, so it’s curious that the Twins didn’t keep him around in the…

  20. Tino Martinez is still calling Marlins players “soft” eight months after resigning as hitting coach

    Mar 27, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Tino Martinez resigned as the Marlins’ hitting coach in the middle of last season amid allegations that he was physically and verbally abusive to players, later giving his side of the story that painted him in a much more sympathetic light as an authority figure simply trying to get young players to listen. Eight months…

  21. Mariners give Nationals castoff Chris Young a rotation spot

    Mar 27, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    chris young getty

    Released by the Nationals earlier this week, Chris Young has signed with the Mariners. And unlike most of these scenarios Young is actually getting a major-league deal and a spot in Seattle’s starting rotation. Young is coming back from thoracic outlet syndrome and didn’t pitch in the majors at all last season, but he was…

  22. Rafael Furcal’s comeback will begin on the disabled list

    Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 PM EDT

    Rafael Furcal Marlins

    After missing all of last season following Tommy John elbow surgery Rafael Furcal signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Marlins, but his comeback has hit an immediate snag. Furcal hasn’t played since March 15 because of a strained hamstring, so he’ll begin the season on the disabled list and either Jeff Baker or…

  23. Francisco Liriano cleared for Opening Day start

    Mar 27, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

    francisco liriano getty

    Francisco Liriano‘s groin injury put his Opening Day start in jeopardy, but Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that the Pirates left-hander “has been given the green light” to pitch Game 1 against the Cubs. Liriano began last season on the disabled list with a broken right arm from an offseason accident and didn’t make his…

  24. Nationals re-sign Michael Gonzalez

    Mar 27, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

    mike gonzalez getty

    Left-hander Michael Gonzalez has re-signed with the Nationals after being released by the team earlier this week. It’s a pattern we’ve seen often this spring: Veteran player on a minor-league contract gets released so the team doesn’t have to pay him a $100,000 “retention” bonus, goes looking for a big-league roster spot elsewhere, and then…

  25. Jose Valverde will be the Mets’ primary setup man

    Mar 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde Mets

    Not only has Jose Valverde secured a spot in the Mets’ bullpen six weeks after joining the team on a minor-league deal, manager Terry Collins said yesterday that the 36-year-old will begin the season as the primary setup man. And with closer Bobby Parnell potentially not being available for a full workload as he returns…

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