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  1. Carl Crawford aims to play in extended spring training games next week

    Apr 14, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Getty

    The Red Sox might be without Jacoby Ellsbury for at least the next six weeks due to a separated right shoulder, but at least there’s some encouraging news about Carl Crawford to pass along. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, Crawford took batting practice on the field before yesterday’s home opener against the…

  2. Josh Thole had a pretty embarrassing brain cramp last night

    Apr 14, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Josh Thole Getty

    OK, so top of the second inning in last night’s Mets/Phillies game. R.A. Dickey drops down a sacrifice bunt to move Josh Thole over to second base. No big deal, right? Except for some reason, Thole decided to run back to first base. He ended up getting tagged out for the final out of the…

  3. Mike Cameron signs one-day “employment contract” to retire with Mariners

    Apr 14, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron AP

    After signing a minor league contract with the Nationals over the winter, Mike Cameron announced in February that he planned to retire. However, he is going out as a Mariner. Cameron, who spent four seasons with the club, signed a one-day employment contract to officially retire with the Mariners. The announcement was made before he…

  4. Jeremy Hellickson officially cleared for start this afternoon

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Jeremy Hellickson Reuters

    After passing multiple concussion tests, Jeremy Hellickson has been officially cleared to start this afternoon against the Red Sox. Hellickson was carted off the field Wednesday after being hit in the head by a fly ball during batting practice. Initial tests came back OK, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the…

  5. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 14, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth AP

    The first-place Washington Nationals. Yes, it’s much too early to take the standings all that seriously, but the Nationals are now 6-2 on the young season following a walkoff 2-1 win over the Reds last night in 13 innings. That’s the team’s best record since they moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005. The big…

  6. Aaron Harang falls just short of history with nine consecutive strikeouts

    Apr 13, 2012, 11:26 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang Getty

    Aaron Harang led the National League in strikeouts way back in 2006 as a member of the Reds, but we certainly don’t think of him a strikeout-type anymore. Some blame Dusty Baker for killing his arm, but the 33-year-old right-hander has averaged just 6.6 K/9 over the past two seasons. Still, he came very close…

  7. Report: Jacoby Ellsbury out at least six weeks with shoulder dislocation

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury shoulder Getty

    UPDATE: Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that Ellsbury does indeed have a dislocation or partial dislocation of his right shoulder and will miss a minimum of six weeks. He is scheduled to undergo more testing to make sure the shoulder did not sustain additional damage. 10:04 PM: Alex Speier of WEEI.com was told by an…

  8. Dodgers’ sale approved in U.S. Bankruptcy Court

    Apr 13, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the sale of the Dodgers to Guggenheim Baseball Partners was approved this evening in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. Frank McCourt agreed late last month to sell the Dodgers to a group led by Magic Johnson for a record price of $2.15 billion. The team has…

  9. Matt Cain strikes out 11 in one-hitter against Pirates

    Apr 13, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Matt Cain Getty

    Matt Cain was nearly perfect in the Giants’ home opener this afternoon against the Pirates. And that’s no hyperbole. After allowing five runs over six innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks in his season debut on Sunday, Cain bounced back this afternoon by tossing a one-hitter as part of a 5-0 victory. He struck…

  10. Tim Hudson allows five runs over four innings in second rehab start

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Tim Hudson AP

    From Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution comes word that Tim Hudson allowed five runs on nine hits over four innings tonight in his second minor league rehab start with Class A Rome. That’s a pretty ugly line, but Rogers notes that he was the victim of a “ton of seeing-eye stuff.” On the bright…

  11. Scott Downs to undergo MRI on right ankle

    Apr 12, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Scott Downs Getty

    Scott Downs left this afternoon’s game against the Twins after having his foot stepped on by Denard Span while covering first base in the seventh inning. If you want to be thoroughly grossed out, watch a GIF of the play over at Getting Blanked. Hope you aren’t eating dinner right now. The initial diagnosis from…

  12. Rangers and Ian Kinsler agree to five-year, $75 million contract extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler said last week that he was “disappointed” that a contract extension with the Rangers wouldn’t get done by Opening Day, but the two sides were apparently able to bridge the gap over the past couple of days. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers and Kinsler have agreed to…

  13. Report: Indians, Carlos Santana agree to multi-year contract extension

    Apr 9, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana Getty

    After extending shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera through the 2014 season last week, the Indians have successfully locked up another key piece of their nucleus. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Carlos Santana. An official announcement is expected tomorrow. Exact terms aren’t yet known, but the deal…

  14. Yu Darvish uneven in major league debut

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:36 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish AP MLB debut

    Yu Darvish‘s major league debut didn’t go exactly as planned tonight against the Mariners, but he certainly showed flashes of why the Rangers broke the bank to bring him into the fold. In what was likely a case of the nerves, Darvish allowed four runs on four hits and three walks in a 42-pitch first…

  15. Andy Pettitte allows one run over three innings in first minor league tune-up

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Getty

    After tossing a scoreless inning last Wednesday in the Yankees’ Grapefruit League finale against the Mets, Andy Pettitte made his first minor league start this evening with High-A Tampa. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Pettitte allowed one run on two hits over three innings while striking out two, walking one and throwing one wild…

  16. Jed Lowrie on track to come off disabled list Friday

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie AP

    Jed Lowrie‘s sprained right thumb prevented him from being on the Opening Day roster, but he could make his Astros’ debut later this week. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Lowrie is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment tomorrow with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He got the go-ahead after taking batting practice from both…

  17. Josh Beckett pulled after serving up five home runs to Tigers

    Apr 7, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Josh Beckett Getty

    Perhaps Josh Beckett‘s thumb is a bit more of an issue than originally believed. Beckett was just pulled from his start against the Tigers after tying a career-high by serving up five home runs. This included two homers each by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the new 3-4 combo in Detroit’s lineup. Alex Avila hit…

  18. Lucas Duda homers twice in win over Braves

    Apr 7, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Lucas Duda Getty

    With Lucas Duda and David Wright doing the heavy lifting for the offense, the Mets beat the Braves 4-2 this afternoon to move to 2-0 on the season. Wright struck first in the bottom of the first inning, driving a ball to what was once his comfort zone in right-center field. While the Mets moved…

  19. Carl Crawford close to playing in extended spring training games

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Carl Crawford is still expected to miss most, if not all, of April, as he works his way back from January wrist surgery, but he is progressing toward game action. According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said today that Crawford should begin playing in extended spring training games “very soon.”…

  20. 49-year-old Jamie Moyer could make history tonight

    Apr 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Jamie Moyer was one of the better stories of the spring, successfully securing a spot in the Rockies’ rotation at the age of 49 after missing the entire 2011 season following Tommy John surgery. And he has a chance to make a little history in his first start tonight against the Astros. Moyer, who is…

  21. Rangers re-sign Brad Hawpe to minor league contract

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Rangers Brad Hawpe AP

    The Rangers released Brad Hawpe last week, but he has been brought back on a minor-league deal and assigned to Double-A Frisco. Hawpe, who batted .231 (6-for-26) with a homer during Cactus League action, is expected to split playing time between first base and designated hitter as he continues to build arm strength from Tommy…

  22. Jorge De La Rosa aims to return from Tommy John surgery in June

    Apr 7, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies’ pitching coach Bob Apodaca said last month that the club hopes to have Jorge De La Rosa back from Tommy John surgery in July, but the rehabbing southpaw is aiming to come back even sooner. De La Rosa resumed facing live hitters in recent weeks and threw 45 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game.…

  23. Ubaldo Jimenez expected to drop appeal on suspension following today’s start

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    Ubaldo Jimenez was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB for hitting former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow with a pitch during an exhibition game last Sunday. However, he appealed the suspension and will make his season debut as scheduled this afternoon against the Blue Jays. According to Dennis Manoloff of…

  24. The Red Sox are willing to add payroll to improve the pitching staff

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Introduce Bobby Valentine

    We’re only one game into the season and there are already many questions about the Red Sox pitching staff. Andrew Bailey‘s recent thumb surgery has unexpectedly pushed Alfredo Aceves into the closer role while Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront are holding down the final two spots in the starting rotation. It’s much too soon make…

  25. A.J. Burnett makes first minor league rehab start

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    After suffering a fractured orbital bone in his right eye during a bunting drill on February 29, the expectation was that A.J. Burnett would need around eight to 12 weeks of recovery time. It sounds like he’ll meet the lower end of that timetable. Burnett made his first minor league rehab start with High-A Bradenton…

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