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  1. Springtime Storylines: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Charlie Manuel Reuters

    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 2012 season. Up next: The Philadelphia Phillies. The Big Question: Are the Phillies still a juggernaut? The short answer? No, I don’t see how…

  2. Johan Santana throws bullpen session, expected to be named Mets’ Opening Day starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Johan Santana AP

    Johan Santana is very close to starting his first major league game since September 2, 2010. According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Santana made it through a bullpen session this afternoon without any issues and is expected to be named as the Mets’ Opening Day starter tomorrow unless he reports any discomfort in his surgically-repaired…

  3. Josh Hamilton day-to-day with left groin tightness

    Mar 31, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Reuters

    Josh Hamilton is considered day-to-day after leaving last night’s game against the Rockies with left groin tightness. As Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes, the good news is that it is not in the same area where he required sports hernia surgery last November. The Rangers expect Hamilton to be ready for Opening…

  4. Twins place Scott Baker on disabled list

    Mar 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker is back on track after missing some time due to right elbow inflammation, allowing one run over four innings in a minor league exhibition game earlier today, but the Twins have decided to go the safe route and place him on the 15-day disabled list. Baker’s DL-stint was backdated to March 27, so…

  5. Red Sox to announce rotation decisions tomorrow

    Mar 31, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine Reuters

    The Red Sox currently have three pitchers — Daniel Bard, Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront — vying for the final two spots in the starting rotation. And with the start of the season just days away, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine is ready to announce a decision. Perhaps it’s just the way the information was…

  6. White Sox sign Conor Jackson to minor league contract

    Mar 31, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson Getty

    Conor Jackson was released by the Rangers earlier this week after batting just .091 (3-for-33) during Cactus League action, but he has already found a new home. According to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox have signed Jackson to a minor league contract. The 29-year-old will begin the season with Triple-A Charlotte…

  7. Braves name Tommy Hanson as Opening Day starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson AP

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com passes along word that Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has officially tabbed Tommy Hanson to start Opening Day against the Mets next Thursday. It will be the first Opening Day assignment of his career. Hanson was limited to just 22 starts last year due to right shoulder problems and missed the first…

  8. Michael Pineda headed to disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis

    Mar 31, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda Reuters

    Michael Pineda will officially begin his tenure as a Yankee on the disabled list. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, Pineda was diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis following an MRI this morning. The 23-year-old right-hander reported some soreness behind his right shoulder last night after being pounded for six runs on seven hits and three…

  9. Jed Lowrie’s thumb injury may land him on the disabled list

    Mar 31, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Jed Lowrie AP

    X-rays and an MRI both came back negative after Jed Lowrie sprained his right thumb diving back into second base on a pickoff throw on Wednesday, but the Astros are still concerned that he might miss the start of the season. Lowrie took some ground balls and played catch yesterday, but Astros manager Brad Mills…

  10. Ted Lilly to begin season on disabled list following neck stiffness

    Mar 31, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

    Ted Lilly Getty

    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced yesterday that Ted Lilly will begin the season on the disabled list. The veteran left-hander hasn’t started a Cactus League game since March 16 due to neck stiffness and while he was able to throw a bullpen session without incident yesterday,…

  11. Orioles place right-hander Alfredo Simon on waivers

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Getty Alfredo Simon

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reported last night that Orioles have placed right-hander Alfredo Simon on waivers. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette downplayed the story initially, but Simon confirmed to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com this morning that he has indeed been placed on waivers. Simon, who is out of options this spring, struggled…

  12. Yu Darvish is pretty good, you guys

    Mar 31, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Reuters

    Yu Darvish had his latest tuneup for his official major league debut last night against the Rockies and boy was he impressive. Darvish threw 97 pitches and allowed three runs over six innings while striking out 11, walking one, throwing one wild pitch and hitting a batter. And this wasn’t some B-lineup the Rockies were…

  13. 49-year-old Jamie Moyer makes the Rockies starting rotation

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Jamie Moyer has a history of defying the odds, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised at this point, but Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy announced last night that the 49-year-old left-hander has won a spot in the team’s starting rotation. He’ll start the second game of the season on April 7 against the Astros. Moyer, who is…

  14. Padres sign Cory Luebke to contract extension

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

    Cory Luebke Getty

    After locking up center fielder Cameron Maybin and catcher Nick Hundley on long-term deals earlier this month, the Padres just announced a short while ago that they have signed left-hander Cory Luebke to a four-year contract extension with club options for 2016 and 2017. The deal could potentially cover all of his arbitration seasons and…

  15. Springtime Storylines: How long will the Mets spend in baseball purgatory?

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson AP

    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 2012 season. Up next: The New York Mets. The Big Question: How long will the Mets spend in baseball purgatory? How much hope can…

  16. Shaun Marcum tosses five scoreless innings in minor league game

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum Getty

    Shaun Marcum may be on the Brewers’ Opening Day roster, after all. After delivering three shutout frames in his Cactus League debut Sunday against the Dodgers, Marcum tossed five shutout innings in a minor league exhibition game this afternoon. He allowed just one hit while striking out seven and walking none. Marcum has been slowed…

  17. Allen Craig to begin season on disabled list following offseason knee surgery

    Mar 30, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    There was some optimism last weekend that Allen Craig could potentially make the Cardinals’ roster as a bench player as he continues his rehab from offseason surgery on his right knee, but things have changed over the past few days. Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Craig will be placed on the…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs?

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez Reuters

    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 2012 season. Up next: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Will standing pat get the Braves back to the playoffs? The Braves didn’t get…

  19. Magic Johnson’s group agrees to buy Dodgers for record price of $2 billion

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    UPDATE: Here’s the text from the press release, officially announcing word of the agreement between the two sides: The Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt today announced an agreement under which Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) will acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion upon completion of the closing process.  The purchasing group includes…

  20. Joba Chamberlain issues first comments since ankle injury

    Mar 27, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain Getty

    Joba Chamberlain spoke with reporters tonight at the Yankees’ spring training complex for the first time since suffering an open dislocation of his right ankle last Thursday while jumping on a trampoline with his 5-year-old son. While we heard some sensational stories in the aftermath of the injury, Kieran Darcy of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Chamberlain…

  21. Curtis Granderson to undergo precautionary MRI on right elbow

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson Reuters

    According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Curtis Granderson was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Blue Jays due to right elbow soreness. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman classified his level of concern as “two or less” on a scale of one to 10, so it doesn’t sound like there’s any serious cause for alarm, but…

  22. Mat Latos day-to-day with left calf strain

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    Mat Latos Getty

    After losing their closer Ryan Madson due to season-ending Tommy John surgery, the Reds were given a scare with their other big offseason addition earlier today. Mat Latos was pulled from his start this afternoon against the Cubs after 4 2/3 innings due to a strained left calf. However, the Reds were more fortunate this…

  23. Chipper Jones undergoes successful knee surgery

    Mar 26, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    The Braves announced just a short while ago that Chipper Jones underwent successful arthroscopic surgery earlier today to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. This is the sixth knee surgery of Jones’ career and comes just days after the 39-year-old third baseman announced his intention to retire following the 2012 season. In an…

  24. Fausto Carmona loses $4.5 million in guaranteed salary for 2012

    Mar 26, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com recently reported that the Indians restructured the contract of Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, following his arrest on false identity charges in January. Now we know the details. According to the Associated Press, Hernandez will make $2.5 million as a base salary in 2012 and can earn an additional…

  25. Matt Bush’s bail set for $1.015 million

    Mar 24, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    Rays right-hander Matt Bush made his first court appearance earlier today since being arrested Thursday evening in Florida on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, failure to stop and remain at a crash involving an injury, driving with a suspended license and DUI with serious bodily injury…

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