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  1. Kid Swap! Angels trade Mike Scioscia’s son to Cubs for Wayne Gretzky’s son

    Mar 20, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

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    We don’t usually write about trades involving minor leaguers who aren’t prospects, but this is an obvious exception: The Angels have traded the son of manager Mike Scioscia, first baseman Matt Scioscia, to the Cubs for outfielder Trevor Gretzky, who’s also known as Wayne Gretzky’s son. Once upon a time Trevor Gretzky looked like a…

  2. MLB partners with Match.com for dating team pages

    Mar 20, 2014, 1:43 PM EDT

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    This is basically the blog post I was born to write. Major League Baseball is partnering with the dating website Match.com for fan pages that “allow the website’s users to connect with singles who are fans of particular clubs.” In other words, I could go on Match.com and find all the female Twins fans and…

  3. Jose Iglesias out 4-6 months, could miss entire season

    Mar 20, 2014, 1:17 PM EDT

    Jose Iglesias Getty

    Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has been diagnosed with stress fractures in both legs and the team announced today that he’s expected to miss a minimum of 4-6 months, putting his entire season in jeopardy. Iglesias was initially diagnosed with stress reactions, but Cash Kruth of MLB.com reports that further examination discovered fractures and significantly increased…

  4. Orioles sign Nationals castoff Luis Ayala

    Mar 20, 2014, 12:16 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    Released by the Nationals yesterday, veteran reliever Luis Ayala has already found a new home with the Orioles, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Ayala is 35 years old, averaged under 90 miles per hour with his fastball last season, and has never topped 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings in his career, but his ERAs…

  5. Jose Abreu doesn’t think the big leagues are so hard

    Mar 20, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

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    White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu is hitting .308 with an .838 OPS this spring, including a home run yesterday, and the Cuban rookie had an amusing quote when asked by Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com how he’s adjusting to the big leagues: The baseball is not exactly what I thought it would be. I’ve never…

  6. Stephen Strasburg gets Opening Day start for Nationals

    Mar 20, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    For the third straight season the Nationals have turned to Stephen Strasburg as their Opening Day starter, choosing him over Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann. “He’s earned it,” rookie manager Matt Williams told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, noting that he also gave serious consideration to Zimmermann. Last season Strasburg threw 183 innings with a 3.00…

  7. Diamondbacks name Addison Reed closer

    Mar 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

    Making official what was expected from the moment they acquired him from the White Sox this offseason, the Diamondbacks announced that Addison Reed will begin the season in the closer role. J.J. Putz also has previous closing experience and David Hernandez certainly has the raw stuff to pitch the ninth inning, but Reed saved 40…

  8. Ryan Cook is finally throwing again after shoulder problems

    Mar 19, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Minnesota Twins

    Out since mid-February with a shoulder injury, A’s right-hander Ryan Cook threw 21 pitches in a simulated game against teammates today and said afterward that he felt good. In fact, Cook felt so good that he told John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News he’s game-ready and still holding out a slim hope of…

  9. Nationals release Luis Ayala

    Mar 19, 2014, 1:53 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    The Nationals have released veteran reliever Luis Ayala after signing him to a minor-league contract in early February. Ayala has actually been remarkably effective over the past three seasons, posting a 2.58 ERA in 164 total innings despite being in his mid-30s and looking more or less washed up previously. However, his raw stuff has…

  10. Alexi Ogando’s struggles could get him bumped from the Rangers’ rotation

    Mar 19, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

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    Alexi Ogando was slated for the Rangers’ rotation, but after back-to-back poor outings–including an early exit yesterday that had coaches worried he might be injured–T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the right-hander could get bumped to the bullpen. Ogando has served in a setup role for the Rangers previously with a lot of success, but…

  11. Erik Bedard would opt out of his deal with the Rays rather than go to Triple-A

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Erik Bedard is competing for a spot in the Rays’ rotation on a minor-league contract, but the 35-year-old left-hander said yesterday that he’ll use an opt-out clause rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A if he doesn’t win the job. “There’s a lot of starters who have been hurt so there’s a lot of chances…

  12. Jose Quintana insists he’s healthy despite disastrous outing and 30.00 ERA

    Mar 19, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jose Quintana White Sox

    Yesterday afternoon Jose Quintana had one of the worst starts you’ll ever see, allowing all nine batters he faced to reach base and eventually come around to score while recording zero outs. He also struggled in his previous start and his spring training ERA now stands at 30.00 overall, yet the White Sox left-hander insisted…

  13. Rangers shut down shortstop Elvis Andrus from throwing

    Mar 19, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Elvis Andrus

    Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar is finally cleared to play defense after missing time with a shoulder injury, but now shortstop Elvis Andrus has been shut down with elbow problems for the second time this month. Andrus will take at least a few games off and Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports…

  14. Jose Quintana had a very bad day

    Mar 18, 2014, 5:31 PM EDT

    Jose Quintana White Sox

    White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana started this afternoon against the A’s and here’s how things went for him: Double Single Homer Walk Walk [Mound Visit] Double Single Single Triple [Pitching Change] That’s nine batters faced, all of whom reached base and, while this part isn’t totally Quintana’s fault, all of whom came around to score.…

  15. Hisashi Iwakuma cleared to resume throwing

    Mar 18, 2014, 4:03 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Hisashi Iwakuma has been sidelined for more than a month with a strained tendon in his middle finger, but the Mariners right-hander has been cleared to resume throwing after meeting with doctors. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Iwakuma will start slow by throwing tennis balls Friday and then hopefully advance to…

  16. Fan Graphs projects the 2014 standings

    Mar 18, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    I don’t want to spoil too much of the surprise, because everyone should click on the link and check out the data themselves, but Fan Graphs has crunched the numbers to come up with their projected 2014 standings for each division: Fan Graphs Projected Standings As a Twins fan I’m sad to report that they’re…

  17. Mets are calling teams about Ike Davis again

    Mar 18, 2014, 12:26 PM EDT

    Ike Davis Getty

    All offseason there were various reports about how the Mets were willing to trade Ike Davis and now Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says general manager Sandy Alderson “has started to approach teams with whom he had talks during the winter” to see if they’re still interested in the first baseman. Davis has been…

  18. Yordano Ventura and his 100-mph fastball will be in the Royals’ rotation

    Mar 18, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Yordano Ventura Royals

    Everyone loves a new pitching phenom, so here’s some good news: 22-year-old flame-thrower Yordano Ventura has won a spot in the Royals’ starting rotation, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Ventura made his MLB debut with three September starts last season and has been extremely impressive all spring, flashing a triple-digit fastball…

  19. Francisco Rodriguez still has cactus spines in his foot, but keeps pitching

    Mar 18, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez stepped on a cactus one week ago and the Brewers right-hander is still pulling spines out of his foot, but it hasn’t stopped him from pitching in multiple games since then. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com writes that Rodriguez “pulled three or four dime-sized spines on Sunday and three more on Monday morning” and…

  20. Pirates “shopping” outfielder Jose Tabata

    Mar 18, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Tabata Getty

    The Pirates are “shopping” outfielder Jose Tabata, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Tabata is slated to see regular action in right field, but with top prospect Gregory Polanco waiting in the wings (and playing right field) at Triple-A his time as a starter in Pittsburgh could only be a few more…

  21. Rockies outfielder Brandon Barnes is Bane now

    Mar 17, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    brandon barnes rockies bane

    Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post has an interesting note about Rockies backup outfielder Brandon Barnes, who’s been training while wearing an altitude deprivation mask to prep for playing at Coors Field. I know this is a very Calcaterra-like thing to write a post about, but Barnes basically looks like Bane (admittedly with a much, much…

  22. A’s Opening Day starter Jarrod Parker needs a second Tommy John surgery

    Mar 17, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Another day, another young pitcher lost to Tommy John elbow surgery. This time it’s A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker, who was slated to start on Opening Day and will instead be undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time at age 25. Parker had the first surgery while in the Diamondbacks’ farm system and bounced back…

  23. Nationals moving Ross Detwiler to the bullpen even if he doesn’t like it

    Mar 17, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Ross Detwiler throws a first inning pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

    In one of his first personnel decisions as Nationals manager Matt Williams has decided to shift left-hander Ross Detwiler to the bullpen full time, leaving Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark to compete for the final spot in the starting rotation. Williams told Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that Detwiler was “not happy” about the decision “but…

  24. Anibal Sanchez has a sore shoulder

    Mar 17, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    Detroit choosing Justin Verlander over Max Scherzer to start on Opening Day was a reminder of just how star-studded the Tigers’ rotation is, but here’s a slight buzzkill: No. 3 starter and reigning ERA champ Anibal Sanchez was scratched from today’s scheduled start with shoulder soreness. For now the Tigers are saying they expect Sanchez…

  25. Pirates catcher Chris Stewart needs knee surgery

    Mar 17, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

    Chris Stewart

    The Pirates acquired Chris Stewart from the Yankees to serve as Russell Martin‘s backup, but now the 31-year-old catcher is likely headed for surgery after injuring his knee in a game last week. Stewart didn’t figure to play much for the Pirates considering he’s a career .214 hitter and Martin started 117 games last year.…

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