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  1. Watch a mustachioed Cole Hamels and Cliff Lee shoot hot dogs from a cannon

    Mar 30, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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    I watched it as it happened last night, and I still can’t believe my eyes. Three things are wonderful about the video below: 1) Cole Hamels has a glorious mustache; 2) Hamels and Cliff Lee are teaming up for some fan entertainment; and 3) that entertainment involves shooting hot dogs out of a pneumatic cannon.…

  2. Jonny Venters will see Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 30, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Jonny Venters

    Jonny Venters, dealing with a sore left elbow, will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday. Though it’s never a good sign when your pitcher has to stop by Andrews’ office, the Braves aren’t worried yet. Via David O’Brien: The Braves are cautiously optimistic about their lefty setup man, but didn’t want to speculate much about…

  3. Pirates wrap up spring training by losing to their Double-A affiliate

    Mar 30, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    Pirates starter McDonald pitches against the Red Sox during the first inning of a MLB spring training baseball game in Bradenton

    The Pirates dropped the final game of spring training to the Altoona Curve, their Double-A affiliate, 8-6. Starter James McDonald allowed four runs over two innings. Nathan Baker also allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning of relief. Overall, Pirates pitchers walked a staggering 11 batters and allowed nine hits, eight of which were…

  4. Cody Ross will start season on the DL

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson confirmed to the media today that outfielder Cody Ross will begin the 2013 regular season on the disabled list, according to Steve Gilbert on Twitter. Ross has been battling a lower left leg strain, forcing him to miss most of spring training. He has taken only seven at-bats and did not…

  5. Chad Billingsley ready to rejoin Dodgers’ rotation

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Chad Billingsley

    Dodgers right-hander Chad Billingsley should be ready to rejoin the rotation early in April. Eric Stephen, at SB Nation’s Dodgers blog True Blue LA, notes that Billingsley tossed six-plus strong innings in a Minor League game tonight, showing that he has overcome a fingernail injury sustained while attempting a bunt. Stephen also notes: Manager Don…

  6. Bud Black will be moving Jedd Gyorko around a lot

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Jedd Gyorko

    Don’t get too comfortable, kid. On Twitter, Corey Brock says manager Bud Black will be using the rookie at both second and third base depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher: at second base with a lefty on the hill, and at third base against a right-hander. Cody Ransom will start at third base…

  7. Cole de Vries leaves game with forearm tightness

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Cole De Vries

    Cole De Vries, who earned a spot in the Twins’ rotation as the #5 starter, exited today’s exhibition game against the Red Sox with forearm tightness. Manager Ron Gardenhire isn’t concerned, according to MLB.com’s Jim Hawkins: “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” said manager Ron Gardenhire. “It didn’t sound like it was a big deal,…

  8. Curt Schilling and Alex Cora pick Ryan Howard for NL MVP

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    I’m not lying. Thankfully, the rest made reasonable picks in Joey Votto (17 votes), Buster Posey and Bryce Harper (six), Ryan Braun and Justin Upton (three), Andrew McCutchen (two), and Matt Kemp, Jason Heyward and Giancarlo Stanton (one). Ryan Howard is 33 years old and is still visibly limping from an Achilles injury that caused…

  9. Davey Johnson gave his catcher a carrot

    Mar 29, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Wilson Ramos

    Metaphorically. The Nationals’ manager was explaining why he gave the Opening Day start behind the dish to Wilson Ramos and not Kurt Suzuki. Via Adam Kilgore: Johnson made the decision – “a tough call,” he said – for two reasons. He had already decided to alternate Ramos and Suzuki every other game, and so on…

  10. Giants trade Scott Proctor to the Orioles

    Mar 29, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Scott Proctor

    The Giants have traded pitcher Scott Proctor to the Orioles for cash, reports Hank Schulman on Twitter. Proctor will report to Triple-A Norfolk. Proctor posted a 4.15 ERA in 13 innings with the Giants this spring. He last pitched in the Majors in 2011, spending last season with the Doosan Bears of the Korean Baseball…

  11. Orioles sign Freddy Garcia to minor league deal

    Mar 29, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Padres-Angels Spring Baseball

    The Orioles are hoping to get a little of that 2011 magic back with Freddy Garcia, as they have signed him to a Minor League deal according to Scott Miller. Garcia posted an 8.71 ERA in 20.2 innings spanning six starts for the Padres in spring training before they cut him four days ago. He…

  12. Extensions are the new on-base percentage

    Mar 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Dave Dombrowski, Justin Verlander

    Years after Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball and teams started taking a smarter approach to building baseball teams, writers would often proclaim something as “the new on-base percentage”. Billy Beane’s Oakland Athletics rose to prominence in one small part due to their ability to find cheap players with good on-base skills. A quick Google search of the…

  13. Would-be Wrigley Field bomber laments actions

    Mar 24, 2013, 11:17 PM EDT

    Jason Aldean Press Conference

    A Lebanese immigrant, who placed a backpack with what he thought was a bomb near Wrigley Field in Chicago back in 2010, wrote a letter to U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman in which he detailed his plight and his remorse for his actions. Via the Associated Press: In the letter — dated Oct. 12, 2012,…

  14. Cole Hamels, Matt Kemp to grace Big League Chew packaging

    Mar 24, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Boston Red Sox

    If you played Little League baseball as a kid, the sight of Big League Chew wrappers lining the ground inside the dugout is an all too familiar scene. The wrappers, commonly graced with the visages of angry, muscly baseball players, will be getting a facelift. ESPN’s Darren Rovell has the details: Shredded gum brand Big…

  15. Indians release Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Indians' Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches three innings against the Giants during their MLB Cactus League spring training baseball game in Scottsdale

    Former Red Sox star pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has been released from the Cleveland Indians, per the team’s official Twitter. Matsuzaka battled a litany of injuries throughout his career: a shoulder strain in 2008 and ’09, a neck strain and a forearm strain in 2010, Tommy John surgery in 2011, recovery from the surgery in 2012,…

  16. Jurickson Profar likely to begin season at Triple-A

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    Roadblocked by Ian Kinsler at second base and Elvis Andrus at shortstop, Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar will likely begin the season with Triple-A Round Rock, according to T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers are leaning heavily on keeping Leury Garcia as their utility infielder so that Profar can play every day at Triple-A Round Rock. The…

  17. Chris Perez should be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

    Chris Perez

    The Indians closer, battling a shoulder strain, should be ready on Opening Day according to manager Terry Francona. Via MLB.com’s Barry M. Bloom: Francona said that Perez can pitch every other day beginning Tuesday as Spring Training winds down, and then will throw a light ‘pen session on April 1, the day before the start…

  18. Jacoby Ellsbury leaves game with heel injury

    Mar 24, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Red Sox outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury turned his ankle returning to first base on a Cliff Lee pickoff attempt in this afternoon’s game against the Phillies. He initially stayed in the game but was taken out in the bottom of the second. The Red Sox were being cautious and Ellsbury doesn’t think it’s a big deal,…

  19. Mets prospect Matt den Dekker suffers a broken wrist

    Mar 24, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Matt den Dekker, Tony Cruz

    Outfielder Matt den Dekker broke his right wrist bracing his fall after a dive in today’s Grapefruit League game against the Detroit Tigers. Per ESPN’s Adam Rubin, GM Sandy Alderson is going to wait for more evaluations before anything else: “We don’t know how serious it is,” Sandy Alderson said. “It’s serious enough, but we…

  20. Jayson Werth has blossomed into Nats’ leader

    Mar 24, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore has a fantastic article about Jayson Werth up on the website today, looking in depth at his transition from new guy to team leader. Kilgore discusses Werth’s off-beat personality, his stern suggestions to anybody and everybody on the team, and how the right fielder changed the culture both in terms…

  21. Pablo Sandoval shut down again after playing catch

    Mar 23, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    More bad news regarding Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval via Andrew Baggarly: Pablo Sandoval tried to play catch on Saturday but even light duty proved too much, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Sandoval’s elbow remained sore, so the Giants shut him down and will reevaluate him on Sunday. “We had to back off a little,”…

  22. Red Sox likely to head north without Daniel Bard

    Mar 23, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes thinks the Red Sox open the season with right-hander Daniel Bard with Triple-A Pawtucket: How Farrell plans to deploy his bullpen at the start of the season is coming into sharper focus. First, even though he says the team has yet to make a decision regarding Daniel Bard, all signs point…

  23. Tim Lincecum’s spring troubles worrisome

    Mar 23, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum, Yoenis Cespedes

    Tim Lincecum gave up five runs in three innings of work against the Oakland Athletics this afternoon, raising his spring ERA to 10.97 and his WHIP to 2.25. Coming off a season in which he finished with a 5.18 ERA in 33 starts, Lincecum’s performance thus far has not given anybody reason for optimism. CSN…

  24. Astros agree to deal with Ronny Cedeno

    Mar 23, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno

    Released by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier in the week, infielder Ronny Cedeno already has a new home, reports MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart: Cedeno, 30, will provide some middle infield depth for the Astros, who have yet to see either Tyler Greene or Marwin Gonzalez seize the starting shortstop job. Cedeno has played mostly shortstop in…

  25. Justin Verlander won’t discuss extension during season

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Tigers ace Justin Verlander isn’t interested in letting contract talks distract him during the season, reports Jon Heyman: Verlander said Saturday that if there’s no deal in place by his next start, his last spring start, there won’t be any more contract talk through the remainder of the season, as he wants to focus on…

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