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  1. With victory over the Indians, Ron Gardenhire joins the 1,000-win club

    Apr 5, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire

    The Twins haven’t had a whole lot to celebrate recently, but Ron Gardenhire gave them a reason on Saturday.

  2. Jurickson Profar participated in fielding drills at second base

    Apr 5, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    The Rangers’ top prospect begins his long road back to a clean bill of health.

  3. Cory Gearrin may undergo Tommy John surgery with partial ligament tear in right elbow

    Apr 5, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Cory Gearrin Getty

    The Braves have been sending a lot of pitchers to the operating table. What’s one more?

  4. Josh Beckett leaves rehab start with injury

    Apr 4, 2014, 11:47 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett

    Josh Beckett injured again. In other news, grass is green.

  5. Blue Jays designate Jeremy Jeffress for assignment

    Apr 4, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

    Jeremy Jeffress Getty

    The Blue Jays designated pitcher Jeremy Jeffress for assignment late on Friday.

  6. Giancarlo Stanton hit a 484-foot home run against the Padres

    Apr 4, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

    giancarlo stanton getty

    Giancarlo Stanton did what he does best against the Padres on Friday night.

  7. Paul Goldschmidt extends hitting streak to 26 games

    Apr 4, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Paul Goldschmidt

    D-Backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is nearly halfway to what is arguably baseball’s most unbreakable record.

  8. Joe Saunders exits early with bruised left ankle; Rangers remain snakebitten

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays

    The Rangers saw another pitcher succumb to an injury.

  9. Mark Teixeira suffers strained right hamstring

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Mark Teixeira suffered yet another injury.

  10. Charlie Blackmon ties Rockies record with six hits against the D-Backs

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Charlie Blackmon tied a Rockies franchise record with six hits against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

  11. Five Blue Jays players were willing to defer salary to help bring Ervin Santana to Toronto

    Apr 4, 2014, 9:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    Five Blue Jays players were willing to sacrifice salary to help bring in one of the top free agent pitchers.

  12. Diamondbacks claim Roger Kieschnick off waivers from the Giants

    Apr 4, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    The Diamondbacks claimed an outfielder from a division rival on waivers.

  13. Nationals payroll “beyond topped out”

    Apr 4, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper AP

    The Nationals’ payroll is at its limit, sitting close to $140 million, according to Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner.

  14. Cubs prospect Jorge Soler placed on seven-day minor league disabled list

    Apr 4, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

    Jorge Soler

    Cubs prospect Jorge Soler went on the seven-day DL with a hamstring injury.

  15. Mariners designate Hector Noesi for assignment

    Apr 4, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The Mariners designated for assignment one of the pieces of the Michael Pineda trade.

  16. Will Middlebrooks hopes new contact lenses are the key to success in 2014

    Mar 30, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    will middlebrooks getty

    Will Middlebrooks was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2012 season and he did not disappoint, blasting 15 home runs with an .835 OPS in 286 plate appearances in the big leagues. He wasn’t nearly as good last season, slashing .227/.271/.425. As it turns out, Middlebrooks’ deteriorating vision might have been at least partially…

  17. Indians sign George Kottaras to a minor league deal

    Mar 30, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

    george kottaras royals

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Indians have signed catcher George Kottaras to a minor league deal. He adds that there is a “seemingly good chance” for him to join the big league club soon. At the moment, third baseman Carlos Santana is the back-up to Yan Gomes behind the plate in…

  18. Josh Beckett beats out Paul Maholm for fifth spot in Dodgers’ rotation

    Mar 30, 2014, 10:25 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett AP

    The Dodgers signed lefty Paul Maholm to a one-year, $1.5 million deal in February, but they have no room for him in the starting rotation. Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times reports that the Dodgers have awarded that spot to right-hander Josh Beckett. Neither Maholm nor Beckett pitched much during the spring and neither had…

  19. GM Jeff Luhnow says Astros “likely to keep” veterans at trade deadline

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

    Jeff Luhnow

    That the Astros are in rebuild mode is no secret. In the past, they had been pawning off veteran players in an effort to usher in a youth movement, but GM Jeff Luhnow says the Astros aren’t likely to be sellers at this year’s trade deadline. Jesse Crain and Jerome Williams are eligible to become free…

  20. The Pirates have made velocity an organizational focus

    Mar 30, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Gerrit Cole

    Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote an intriguing column about the rise in fastball velocity across Major League Baseball. In 2008, the average fastball in the Majors registered at 90.9 MPH; in 2013, it was 92 MPH. A change of 1.1 MPH over a six-year period may seem small, but when hundreds of thousands of fastballs…

  21. Phillies re-sign infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor league deal

    Mar 30, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Houston Astros

    After releasing Ronny Cedeno on Tuesday, CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have re-signed the infielder to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The Phillies had originally signed Cedeno in mid-January and brought him to big league camp as a non-roster invitee. Cedeno was one of a handful of candidates…

  22. Tigers move Austin Jackson in lineup, make Ian Kinsler their leadoff hitter

    Mar 30, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kinsler

    The Tigers have made second baseman Ian Kinsler their leadoff hitter, bumping center fielder Austin Jackson down to the fifth slot in the lineup, MLB.com’s Jason Beck writes in his latest column. Since joining the Tigers in December 2009 in a three-way trade with the Diamondbacks and Yankees, Jackson has taken 2,554 of his 2,574 career…

  23. Braves name David Hale their fourth starter

    Mar 29, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Atlanta Braves

    The Braves have finalized their injury-depleted starting rotation and have named David Hale their fourth starter, Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. One through five, their rotation will be: Julio Teheran Ervin Santana Alex Wood David Hale Aaron Harang Teheran will start on Opening Day, March 31, in Milwaukee against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo. Newcomer Ervin…

  24. Fun with roster construction, starring the Colorado Rockies

    Mar 29, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    rockies logo

    The Rockies may have the most interesting and unintentionally hilarious roster going into Opening Day. They’ll carry 14 pitchers, including two that are injured (Jhoulys Chacin and Boone Logan, who don’t count against the 25-man limit), as well as two catchers, only five infielders, and six (six!) outfielders. The rotation will include Jorge De La…

  25. Josh Reddick and Sean Doolittle have some Twitter fun with the O.co Coliseum’s flooding problems

    Mar 29, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

    O.co Coliseum

    The O.co Coliseum is a shambles right now, and has been for quite some time. D.J. Short wrote about the latest flooding earlier today, and we have written about it in the past (September 18, September 21, and another one from September 21). The Coliseum is the fifth-oldest ballpark in baseball behind Fenway Park, Wrigley…

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