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  1. Shaun Marcum is still dealing with shoulder soreness

    Mar 5, 2012, 7:40 PM EST

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    Shaun Marcum was bothered by some shoulder stiffness late last week, but the Brewers still had him penciled in to make his Cactus League debut this Saturday against the Giants. Not anymore. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Marcum felt continued discomfort playing catch over the past two days and was scratched from Saturday’s start…

  2. Freddie Freeman expected to play tomorrow following recent knee injury

    Mar 5, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

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    When Freddie Freeman originally suffered a partially dislocated right kneecap last Tuesday, it was estimated that he could miss 1-2 weeks. Fortunately for the Braves, it sounds like he’ll end up meeting the shorter end of that timetable. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Freeman is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut…

  3. Dee Gordon needs stitches in lip after taking grounder to face

    Mar 3, 2012, 6:01 PM EST

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    Ken Gurnick of MLB.com passes along word that Dee Gordon required several stitches to close a gash in his lip after taking a bad hop grounder to the face during batting practice this afternoon. While that sounds awfully painful, Dodgers trainer Sue Falsone said that Gordon is expected to be back in camp tomorrow with…

  4. Yoenis Cespedes’ four-year contract with the Athletics is official

    Mar 3, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The Athletics just officially announced that they have agreed to terms with Yoenis Cespedes on a four-year contract. The Cuban outfielder arrived in A’s camp this morning and passed a pre-signing physical in order to make the deal official. He is scheduled to be introduced to the media during a press conference tomorrow morning.…

  5. Report: MLB not expected to approve Jairo Beras’ contract with Rangers

    Mar 3, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

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    The Rangers agreed to sign Dominican outfielder Jairo Beras for $4.5 million earlier this week, which created quite a bit of controversy as many teams were under the impression that he was only 16 years old and thus ineligible to sign until July 2. MLB immediately opened an investigation on the matter and according to…

  6. Scott Hairston aggravates oblique muscle during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

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    Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Scott Hairston was pulled from an intrasquad game today due to a strained left oblique. This is the very same injury which ended his season last August. “Same as last year, pretty much,” Hairston said about the current issue. “I felt it on the swing out there. I felt…

  7. Jerome Williams diagnosed with mild left hamstring strain

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Williams was diagnosed with a mild strain of his left hamstring. It’s not clear when he’ll resume throwing, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com earlier today that Williams will still have plenty of time to get ready for the season, as…

  8. Kiko Calero considering “Bartolo Colon surgery” to revive career

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:02 PM EST

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    Bartolo Colon resuscitated his career as a member of the Yankees last season after having fat and bone marrow stem cells injected into his elbow and shoulder. Now other players are looking to follow his lead. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Kiko Calero is considering a similar procedure as he weighs a comeback attempt…

  9. Tigers in the market for a starting pitcher?

    Mar 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

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    Interesting note from Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com earlier this afternoon: No word on who the Tigers could be targeting, but they were rumored to be in talks with the Cubs for right-hander Matt Garza during the offseason. Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Rick Porcello already have rotation spots locked up, but the Tigers…

  10. Carl Crawford admits he likely pushed himself too soon following wrist surgery

    Mar 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

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    Carl Crawford was shut down and put on anti-inflammatory medication yesterday after suffering a setback with his surgically-repaired left wrist. The high-priced outfielder told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald this morning that the setback was likely the result of pushing himself too soon, especially after participating in bunting drills. “Bunting didn’t help it,” he…

  11. Padres and Cameron Maybin agree to five-year extension with club option for 2017

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com passes along word that the deal is official. Crasnick also notes that Maybin’s desire for a no-trade clause was denied because the Padres have a club policy against giving no-trade clauses. 12:05 PM: Corey Brock of MLB.com confirms that the deal is worth $25 million. Sounds like a potential bargain…

  12. Freddie Freeman making quick progress from knee injury

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:28 PM EST

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    Freddie Freeman is making quick progress after partially disclocating his right kneecap Tuesday while doing pick drills at first base. Freeman hit off a tee and took live batting practice earlier today, after which he told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he didn’t even think about his knee. “I let it loose and…

  13. Dan Runzler to see Dr. James Andrews for strained lat muscle

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

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    Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that left-hander Dan Runzler will leave Giants’ camp tomorrow to see Dr. James Andrews in Florida regarding a strained lat muscle in the back of his shoulder. Runzler originally strained the lat in the final game of the regular season last year and aggravated the injury while throwing a bullpen…

  14. Cubs’ president Theo Epstein sees opportunity with the additional wild card

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    MLB made expanded playoffs official yesterday, a decision which will undoubtedly have a major impact on how general managers will approach things leading up to the trade deadline this year. We are likely to have more buyers than ever before while players on the handful of sellers could come at a premium cost. New Cubs’…

  15. Chris Carter signs with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:43 AM EST

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York notes that former major league outfielder Chris Carter is now playing with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League. Carter is best known for being traded from the Red Sox to the Mets as the player to be named later in the Billy Wagner deal in August of 2009.…

  16. Yu Darvish throws 21 pitches during intrasquad game

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

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    We usually don’t pay a lot of attention to these early intrasquad games, but the buzz surrounding Yu Darvish makes him a notable exception. In an outing which was broadcast back to Japan, the high-priced right-hander faced the Rangers’ A squad yesterday in front of a sizable crowd in Surprise, Arizona. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com…

  17. Matt Moore scheduled for bullpen session today

    Mar 3, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

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    The Rays have been extra careful with prized left-hander Matt Moore this week as he dealt with a lower abdominal strain, but he is finally close to getting back on a mound. Moore has played catch each of the last three days without incident and Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that he’s…

  18. Royals’ reliever Jeremy Jeffress was arrested in January following a domestic dispute

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:30 PM EST

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    According to the Associated Press, Royals right-hander Jeremy Jeffress was arrested last month in Arizona following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Jeffress, who was acquired from the Brewers last offseason as part of the Zack Greinke trade, was booked for assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct. The first two charges were dismissed, but Jeffress…

  19. New Astros GM says the Rangers are spending like “drunken sailors” in Latin America

    Mar 2, 2012, 8:01 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Astros’ general manager Jeff Luhnow told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that he shouldn’t have used “drunken sailors” to describe the Rangers’ activity in Latin America. He also clarified his comments by saying that his point “was more about the magnitude of their investment prior to future limitations. Not saying it’s a bad…

  20. Cubs plan to talk extension with Matt Garza

    Feb 28, 2012, 10:21 PM EST

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    The rebuilding Cubs reportedly explored the possibility of trading Matt Garza over the winter, but the club is now considering keeping him in the fold for the long haul. According to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer confirmed earlier today that they plan to discuss a contract extension with the 28-year-old right-hander.…

  21. Bobby Valentine is already trolling Yankees fans

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:50 PM EST

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    If Bobby Valentine’s goal is to play the role of villain in the eyes of Yankees’ fans, he’s already off to a pretty good start. According to the Associated Press, earlier today the Red Sox were practicing relay throws and Valentine was asked about Derek Jeter‘s famous “flip” to home plate in Game 3 of…

  22. The Mets haven’t ruled out signing Ivan Rodriguez…or have they?

    Feb 28, 2012, 7:50 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com was told by multiple Mets’ sources that a deal with Rodriguez is unlikely. In fact, one source told him: “We are not bringing Ivan here.” The club appears content to go with Mike Nickeas or Rob Johnson as Josh Thole‘s backup. 6:48 PM: 40-year-old Ivan Rodriguez is still out there…

  23. Andy Pettitte visits Yankees’ spring training, content with retirement

    Feb 27, 2012, 11:20 PM EST

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    Andy Pettitte announced his retirement last February after compiling 240 career wins, 2,251 strikeouts and a 3.88 ERA over 16 major league seasons, but he was back in Yankees’ camp earlier today. As a guest instructor, that is. The 39-year-old naturally felt a bit nostalgic conversing with his former teammates and being back in uniform…

  24. Scott Sizemore out for season with torn ACL in left knee

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:53 PM EST

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    Scott Sizemore injured his left knee during a fielding drill on Saturday and the Athletics just announced that he’ll miss the entire 2012 season due to a torn ACL. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the 27-year-old will be reevaluated in two weeks before surgery is scheduled. This is just awful news for Sizemore, who…

  25. Magic Johnson’s group among seven bidders still in running for Dodgers

    Feb 27, 2012, 8:19 PM EST

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    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Magic Johnson-Stan Kasten group is among seven bidders left in the running to buy the Dodgers. The field was whittled down to nine after the groups headlined by Peter O’Malley and Joe Torre dropped out over the past week. The groups led by Memphis Grizzlies’…

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