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  1. Cody Asche leaves spring training game with a hand injury

    Mar 2, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT

    Cody Asche

    Phillies third baseman Cody Asche was hit in the right hand with a fastball from Pirates pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang in the bottom of the fifth inning this afternoon. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer described the uncomfortable sound as “that of a ball hitting helmet”. Asche was taken out of the game under his own…

  2. Neftali Feliz’s mechanics are “out of whack”

    Mar 2, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    The Rangers are hoping that Neftali Feliz can retake the closer’s role after Joe Nathan departed for the Tigers, but according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, his mechanics are “out of whack” in the early going. Grant writes that Feliz is not getting his arm extended enough to generate velocity, which is…

  3. Dee Gordon reportedly the front-runner for Dodgers’ second base job

    Mar 2, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    dee gordon getty

    According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, Dee Gordon is the front-runner for the Dodgers’ second base job. As a result, Alexander Guerrero — the recipient of a four-year, $28 million contract from the Dodgers signed in October — will start the year in Triple-A. Guerrero has had some trouble defensively at the position. Gordon may win…

  4. Robinson Cano wants the Mariners to bring in Kendrys Morales and Ervin Santana

    Mar 2, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    The Mariners’ signing of Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million was supposed to be the kick-off to a wild off-season. When the news died down, the Mariners were reported to have shown interest in trading for Rays ace David Price, and signing free agents Matt Garza and/or Nelson Cruz. GM Jack Zduriencik only ended…

  5. Indians acquire Justin Sellers from the Dodgers

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com is reporting that the Indians have acquired infielder Justin Sellers from the Dodgers in exchange for cash. To make room for Sellers on the roster, the Indians designated first baseman David Cooper for assignment. Sellers, 28, has a career .578 OPS over three seasons with the Dodgers. He has played mostly…

  6. Jose Fernandez named Marlins’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

    jose fernandez getty

    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is reporting that Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez has been named the team’s Opening Day starter by manager Mike Redmond, an announcement that shocks no one. The Marlins open up the regular season on March 31 at home against the Rockies. Fernandez took home NL Rookie of the Year honors…

  7. Guillermo Mota retires

    Mar 2, 2014, 10:48 AM EDT

    Guillermo Mota Getty

    After signing a minor league deal with the Royals back in January, veteran reliever Guillermo Mota has retired, reports Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Mota wanted to spend more time with his family. Mota, 40, spent 14 seasons in the big leagues. He ends his career with a 3.94 ERA in 856 2/3…

  8. Mark Teixeira and Michael Pineda will make spring training debuts later this week

    Mar 2, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch is reporting that Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday or Friday this week. Teixeira, who turns 34 shortly after the regular season begins, is optimistic about the health of his surgically repaired wrist, though he did say recently that he expects it to be stiff…

  9. Mike Leake dealing with abdominal injury

    Mar 2, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT

    Mike Leake

    Mike Leake was scheduled to make a start for the Reds this afternoon but he has been scratched due to an abdominal injury suffered during a workout roughly a month before the start of spring training, according to manager Bryan Price. Brett Marshall will start in Leake’s place. Thankfully, it isn’t a serious injury. More,…

  10. Cole Hamels on track to throw live batting practice next week

    Mar 1, 2014, 11:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Boston Red Sox

    Not much has gone right for the Phillies in the early going. They are 1-3 in the Grapefruit League thus far, having been disappointed several times already by Cuban pitcher Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Roberto Hernandez wasn’t sharp in his first outing. Jonathan Pettibone has had shoulder problems again. The cherry on top of the sundae,…

  11. Report: Braves sign Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal

    Mar 1, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com is reporting that the Braves have signed Cuban catcher Yenier Bello to a minor league deal. Sanchez adds that the deal includes a signing bonus and an invitation to spring training. The Braves have a surplus of catching with Evan Gattis, Gerald Laird, Christian Bethancourt, and even Ryan Doumit. As a…

  12. Red Sox and Jon Lester’s agents have talked twice about an extension

    Mar 1, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

    jon lester getty

    Earlier today, D.J. Short told you about the reported interest between the Red Sox and starter Jon Lester in signing a multi-year contract extension. “Just how interested?” you ask. Two conversations interested, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. That’s a great deal of interest. As D.J. wrote, the extension could be in the…

  13. Joe Mauer handles first day at first base with relative ease

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    Over the off-season, the Twins announced they were moving Joe Mauer from behind the plate to first base, a decision meant to alleviate the day-to-day physical stress their $184 million man had gone through, particularly recently. Mauer suffered a concussion last season from a foul tip and has also had back problems from time to…

  14. The Braves enjoyed a messy fifth inning against the Nationals

    Mar 1, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Chris Johnson, Fredi Gonzalez

    Everyone expects spring training games to be messy, especially early. Players are just getting back into the swing of things. Some younger guys have the pressure of playing with the big boys for the first time, or are competing for a roster spot; older guys are doing everything they can to keep their careers alive.…

  15. Astros hanging on to Jason Castro for now

    Mar 1, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago White Sox

    Back in January, the Astros avoided arbitration with catcher Jason Castro, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.45 million. Prior to the agreement, there was some speculation that the Astros would sign him to a multi-year extension, buying out all three of his arbitration years and likely at least one year of free agency. If…

  16. Jayson Werth isn’t fond of his 2014 Topps baseball card

    Feb 28, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    There have been some bad baseball cards in the past. Billy Ripken’s infamous “[Expletive] Face” bat. Jay Johnstone’s umbrella hat. Chuck Finley’s bat/guitar. But at least it was unmistakable who was in it. Jayson Werth isn’t the only visible National in his card in the Topps 2014 set, something he isn’t too happy about, according…

  17. Wanna see Mike Trout hit a spring training grand slam? Of course you do.

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    mike trout getty

    The return of baseball also means the return of Mike Trout, two-time defending AL Most Valu — ahem — two-time runner-up for the AL Most Valuable Player award. Trout appears to be in top form already, as he took James McDonald deep to left field for a grand slam in the fourth inning of this…

  18. Latest research shows managers inefficient when taking pitchers out of the game

    Feb 28, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

    Reds' manager Dusty Baker watches from the dugout as his team plays the Giants in Game 5 of their MLB NLDS playoff baseball series in Cincinnati

    Peter Dizikes of the MIT News Office highlights one of the finalists in the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, currently being held in Boston. The paper, “A Data-driven Method for In-game Decision Making in MLB”, was developed by John Guttag and Ganeshapillai Gartheeban. Guttag and Gartheeban’s developed a model that suggested when managers should take their…

  19. Hisashi Iwakuma won’t begin throwing for another three weeks

    Feb 28, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma AP

    Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma won’t throw for another three weeks due to a strained tendon in his middle finger, reports Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. Iwakuma was expected to miss four to six weeks and rejoin the rotation in mid-to-late April. The news comes on the same day the Mariners shut down Taijuan…

  20. 2014 Preview: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 28, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four

    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 Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Can the Braves follow up on a 96-win season and defend their NL East…

  21. Mike Carp is trying his hand at third base

    Feb 23, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    Tim Britton of the Providence Journal is reporting that Mike Carp offered to learn third base to be more versatile for the Red Sox. Carp approached third base coach Brian Butterfield on the first day of workouts, asking to take a few ground balls at the position. Carp has only played in the outfield and…

  22. Mike Olt says his vision is just fine

    Feb 23, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox

    Cubs prospect Mike Olt had a rough 2013. He posted a meager .739 OPS with the Rangers’ Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock. Then the Rangers traded him to the Cubs in the Matt Garza deal. With Triple-A Iowa, Olt posted a .551 OPS in 152 plate appearances. He was bothered by vision issues, a symptom…

  23. First base is Justin Smoak’s job to lose, according to Lloyd McClendon

    Feb 23, 2014, 8:45 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    With the off-season additions of Logan Morrison and Corey Hart, the Mariners were seemingly stockpiling first base types. But according to manager Lloyd McClendon, first base is Justin Smoak‘s to lose. Despite hitting .238, Smoak showed improvement last season, setting a career-high in home runs (20), slugging percentage (.412), and on-base percentage (.334). Via Bob…

  24. Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew, and Kendrys Morales could all sit out until June

    Feb 23, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports suggests that free agents Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew, and Kendrys Morales could all sit out until after the draft in June, when draft pick compensation would disappear. We learned yesterday that Santana was considering waiting until June, but it is no surprise that Drew and Morales may join him. Rosenthal…

  25. Today in weird news: A fan mailed Cliff Lee fingernail clippings

    Feb 23, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee AP

    From MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince on Twitter: Tidbit from #Phillies camp today: Somebody mailed Cliff Lee their fingernail clippings. The perks of celebrity. #FanNail — Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) February 23, 2014 I’m not sure my reaction to this has an official onomatopoeia. Follow @CrashburnAlley

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