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  1. Tanner Scheppers impresses in final bid for rotation spot

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Texas Rangers

    Tanner Scheppers pitched well Friday afternoon, allowing two runs in six innings of work in the Rangers’ 7-5 victory over the Brewers. He started off in hot water, as the Brewers scored two runs with two doubles and a single, but Scheppers induced an inning-ending double play and never looked back. He struck out six…

  2. Dodgers will carry Alexander Guerrero on their Opening Day roster

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    We’re mere hours away from the official start of the regular season, when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will square off in Australia. The Dodgers have made some last-minute roster decisions which includes 27-year-old Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero making the Opening Day roster. The Dodgers have placed Matt Kemp, Josh Beckett, and Chad Billingsley on the…

  3. Joey Votto thinks Billy Hamilton could be an MVP candidate if he learns to draw walks

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Billy Hamilton

    Billy Hamilton is already dealing with pressure, as he is taking over as the Reds’ center fielder and lead-off man at the age of 23. Many expect him to become the fourth player since the turn of the millennium to steal 70-plus bases, joining Jacoby Ellsbury (2009), Jose Reyes (2007), and Scott Podsednik (2004). He…

  4. Darin Ruf out four to six weeks with strained oblique

    Mar 21, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

    Darin Ruf

    MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that Phillies outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf has been diagnosed with a Grade 1/2 left oblique strain and will be out four to six weeks as a result. Ruf suffered the injury taking a swing during batting practice. Ruf was competing for a roster spot as a back-up outfielder and first baseman.…

  5. Taijuan Walker will throw in a minor league game on Saturday

    Mar 21, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

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    Mariners starter Taijuan Walker will throw in a minor league game in Peoria on Saturday, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Johns adds that Walker is expected to throw 20-30 pitches over two innings against Triple-A competition. Walker was diagnosed with inflammation in the bursa of his right shoulder in late February and was promptly shut down…

  6. Twins make Kyle Gibson their fifth starter

    Mar 21, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v St Louis Cardinals

    LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have given the final spot in their starting rotation to pitching prospect Kyle Gibson. Gibson, 26, has been listed as one of baseball’s top-100 prospects going into the 2010, 2011, and 2013 seasons by both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. The rotation…

  7. Justin Masterson not opposed to reviving extension talks

    Mar 21, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson Getty

    On Thursday, it was reported that the Indians and starter Justin Masterson hit an impasse on negotiations for a contract extension. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports heard that Masterson was asking for a three-year deal below Homer Bailey‘s $17.5 million average annual value (thus, less than $52.5 million total). Jon Heyman of CBS Sports heard…

  8. Freddy Galvis out indefinitely with MRSA

    Mar 21, 2014, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis had an abscess removed from his left knee on Wednesday. After the procedure, doctors found a staph infection, but that wasn’t the worst news. CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that Galvis has come down with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as MRSA. Simply put, Galvis has an antibiotic-resistant infection. Galvis will…

  9. Chris Owings the favorite over Didi Gregorius for D-Backs’ starting shortstop job

    Mar 16, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    ESPN’s Jim Bowden hears that Chris Owings is the favorite over Didi Gregorius for the Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop job. Owings, 22, has not had a particularly great showing this spring, but has out-hit Gregorius in OPS, .698 to .541. Gregorius, 24, wasn’t particularly impressive in his rookie season in 2013, posting a .704 OPS. Owings…

  10. Michael Bourn suffered a strained left hamstring in Sunday’s game

    Mar 16, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

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    Indians outfielder Michael Bourn was removed from Sunday afternoon’s game against the Giants in the second inning due to a strained left hamstring. Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer reports that the strain is considered “mild”. He will be reevaluated on Monday. Bourn had surgery on the same hamstring back in mid-October, but showed up…

  11. Despite ugly spring, Edinson Volquez likely to wind up in the Pirates’ rotation

    Mar 16, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

    Edinson Volquez

    Edinson Volquez has had a nightmarish spring, allowing 13 runs (11 earned) on 14 hits and five walks while striking out eight. Three of those hits are home runs. The right-hander just hasn’t been the same since a breakout 2008 season with the Reds, when he finished with a 3.21 ERA in 196 innings. Still,…

  12. Report: Tigers to make a “serious run” at Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin

    Mar 16, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Nick Franklin Getty

    Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin has been named in trade rumors throughout the off-season and into the spring. The Mets have been one team strongly linked to him. But with the Tigers hurting at the position after learning that Jose Iglesias will not be ready for the start of the regular season — at least —…

  13. Lefty reliever Bill Bray announces his retirement

    Mar 16, 2014, 8:19 PM EDT

    Bill Bray

    Southpaw Bill Bray, a six-year Major League veteran, announced his retirement via Twitter on Sunday evening. Hard for me to believe as I type this, but I am officially retiring from professional baseball. #MLB pic.twitter.com/FM0sh3SOWH — Bill Bray (@wpbray) March 17, 2014 Bray had expressed intent to continue his career in February, but he says…

  14. Dodgers designate Javy Guerra for assignment to make room for Chone Figgins

    Mar 16, 2014, 8:08 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Listen, I’m as shocked as you are by the headline. The Dodgers designated Javy Guerra, a perfectly good — if flawed — reliever to make room on the roster for Chone Figgins, a 36-year-old utilityman who hasn’t OPSed above .535 since 2010. The report comes from MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick. The Dodgers, though, are deep in…

  15. Ryan Doumit, Freddie Freeman okay after injury scares

    Mar 16, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    The Braves haven’t had a very fun spring. Starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy succumbed to injuries, forcing GM Frank Wren to make an emergency signing of free agent Ervin Santana. They had two more injury scares in Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. First baseman Freddie Freeman was hit hard in his left (glove)…

  16. No progress in extension talks between Orioles, Chris Davis

    Mar 16, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    Chris Davis led baseball in home runs and RBI last season with 53 and 138, respectively. He earned a $10.35 million salary for 2014 in his second year of arbitration eligibility and will enter his third and final period of arbitration eligibility next winter after which he can become a free agent. Per MASN’s Steve…

  17. The Yankees were no-hit by the Marlins in Panama

    Mar 16, 2014, 12:14 AM EDT

    Steve Cishek

    It may be spring training, but no-hitters are always fun. Marlins pitchers Brad Hand, Steve Cishek, A.J. Ramos, and Arquimedes Camineros combined for nine innings of no-hit baseball against the Yankees. The game was played at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama as part of the “Legend Series”. Brad Hand started the game and went five…

  18. Josh Hamilton could make Cactus League debut on Sunday

    Mar 15, 2014, 11:45 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton could make his Cactus League debut on Sunday afternoon against the Mariners. Hamilton has been dealing with a strained calf suffered at the end of February. If he avoids any further setbacks, he should still be able to join the team when they open up the…

  19. Cubs will have Javier Baez start at second base soon

    Mar 15, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Javier Baez

    The Cubs will start Javier Baez at second base on either Monday or Tuesday, according to Cubs manager Rick Renteria. The report comes from Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Baez, rated the fourth overall best prospect by Baseball Prospectus, has played exclusively at shortstop throughout his three-year professional career. As Wittenmyer notes, it would…

  20. Scott Boras says clients Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales still willing to wait for the right deal

    Mar 15, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

    stephen drew red sox getty

    With about two weeks to go until the start of the regular season, shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales still remain unemployed. Both players rejected $14.1 million qualifying offers from the Red Sox and Mariners, respectively, hoping to sign big, multi-year contracts, but it never happened. Meanwhile, players like Nelson Cruz and Ervin Santana,…

  21. Despite slow spring, Jackie Bradley, Jr. likely to start in center

    Mar 15, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

    Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Jackie Bradley, Jr. has all of five hits in Grapefruit League play through 30 at-bats, but he is still on track to be the starting center fielder for the Red Sox when they break camp and head north at the end of March, according to Jason Mastrodonato of Masslive.com. Veteran Grady Sizemore, starting Saturday evening’s…

  22. Nationals acquire infielder Brandon Laird from the Royals

    Mar 15, 2014, 8:22 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports that the Nationals have acquired infielder Brandon Laird, brother of Braves catcher Gerald, from the Royals. It is not yet known what or who the Nationals sent to the Royals in return. Laird, 26, was taken in the 27th round of the 2007 draft by the Yankees. In September 2012, the…

  23. 17-year-old Julio Urias wants to finish the season in the big leagues

    Mar 15, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    17-year-old pitcher Julio Urias, a Mexican native, started Saturday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Padres. The lefty tossed a perfect first inning, striking out two before departing. The Dodgers signed Urias in August 2012 and he made his professional baseball debut last year with Single-A Great Lakes, finishing with a 2.48 ERA and 67 strikeouts…

  24. Report: Jose Iglesias could miss most of the 2014 season

    Mar 15, 2014, 6:16 PM EDT

    ALCS - Boston Red Sox v Detroit Tigers - Game Five

    Earlier, D.J. Short wondered if the Tigers would make a play for free agent Stephen Drew after it was reported that shortstop Jose Iglesias would begin the season on the disabled list with shin splints. It may be worse than the Tigers expected. ESPN’s Jim Bowden is reporting that Iglesias could miss most of the…

  25. Despite solid spring showing, Mariners option Jesus Montero to Triple-A

    Mar 14, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero Getty

    Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports that Jesus Montero was one of several players optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Friday. It’s not surprising even though Montero was swinging the bat well in spring training. The former top prospect in the Yankees’ system was slashing .310/.355/.621 with two home runs. Montero showed up to camp…

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