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  1. The Orioles are sniffing around for some starting pitching help

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Orioles’ starting pitchers have allowed just two runs across 26 innings (0.69 ERA) over the first four games of the season, but don’t let that fool you. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Orioles are currently “poking around” for fifth-starter types. Justin Duchscherer and Brian Matusz are both on the disabled list and will…

  2. Matt Holliday won’t go on disabled list after appendectomy

    Apr 5, 2011, 9:05 PM EDT

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    According to Rick Hummel and Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed earlier today that Matt Holliday will not require a stint on the disabled list following his appendectomy last Friday. “He is not being disabled. He’s making enough progress now that he’ll be back before 15 days. So we’ll…

  3. Franklin Gutierrez could play in some minor league games this week

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Franklin Gutierrez could play in a few minor league games before the end of the week. The Gold Glover is currently on the disabled list with a stomach issue that dates back to last season. The Mariners are still awaiting the results of one final test before…

  4. Carl Crawford batting out of the No. 2 spot tonight

    Apr 5, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford is batting No. 2 against the Indians tonight, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com. Red Sox manager Terry Francona raised some eyebrows by dropping Crawford to the seventh spot in the order on Sunday. Crawford batted third for the first two games of the season. While Francona said that Crawford was bumped Sunday…

  5. Carlos Pena day-to-day with sprained thumb

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Carlos Pena exited this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks due to a mild sprain of his right thumb, according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com. Pena was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth inning after injuring the thumb while trying to catch a throw from Starlin Castro in the top half of…

  6. Kyle Kendrick had his World Series ring stolen

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:10 PM EDT

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    According to Jennifer Sullivan of the Seattle Times, burglars broke into Kyle Kendrick‘s home in Washington state late last month and stole several personal items, including his 2008 World Series ring. Here’s part of the report from the Times: Detectives believe thieves spent several hours inside the home on Beaver Pond Drive South, because of…

  7. Pedro Feliciano vows revenge against Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen

    Apr 4, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

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    Remember Brian Cashman’s silly comments on Saturday about Pedro Feliciano being “abused” during his time with the Mets? They were quickly answered by Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, who said something to the effect of, “duh, obviously.” Well, Feliciano spoke with Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York earlier today and told him that he didn’t appreciate…

  8. UPDATE: Alfredo Simon arrives in Fla., will work out Sunday

    Apr 2, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    UPDATE, 7:02 PM: Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com has a bit more information. Simon arrived in Florida on Saturday afternoon and will work out at the Orioles’ spring training complex in Sarasota on Sunday. The club is going to stretch him out as a starter. 4:10 PM: Well, here’s a surprise. Phil Issac, the agent for…

  9. J.A. Happ scratched from Sunday start with oblique injury

    Apr 2, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

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    According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have scratched J.A. Happ from his scheduled start against the Phillies tomorrow with an oblique injury. Happ was pulled from Tuesday’s start against the Astros’ Triple-A team with a strained right oblique. It’s really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, since…

  10. Were the Yankees cheating on Opening Day?

    Apr 2, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    You may have seen Keith Olbermann tweet this picture of Brett Weber, who regularly charts velocity and pitch type from behind home plate for the Yankees, holding up four fingers towards the field during the season opener Thursday against the Tigers. It seemed more weird than anything else at the time, but it turns out that MLB rules…

  11. Deep thought: Brian Cashman says Pedro Feliciano was “abused” by Mets

    Apr 2, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Interesting comments by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman today. According to Jack Curry of YES Network, he said that Pedro Feliciano was “abused” during his time with the Mets. The amazing part is that Cashman is acting like this is somehow news. Feliciano has led the majors in appearances over the past three seasons and…

  12. Jon Daniels admits he missed the boat on the Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Apr 2, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

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    It’s easy to forget, but at one point the Rangers had Adrian Gonzalez and Mark Teixeira in the same lineup. Of course, not many thought that Gonzalez would develop into one of the best power hitters in the sport, but the December 2005 trade that sent him to the Padres along with Chris Young and…

  13. Joel Pineiro has setback with shoulder, won’t be ready to pitch next week

    Apr 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Joel Pineiro was placed on the disabled list this week due to right shoulder tightness, but the Angels were optimistic enough about his progress that he was lined up to start the home opener next Friday against the Blue Jays. That apparently won’t happen. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, Pineiro had…

  14. Jair Jurrjens expected to be placed on the disabled list

    Apr 2, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves starter Jurrjens pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays during a MLB spring training game in Dunedin

    According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Braves are prepared to go the precautionary route and place Jair Jurrjens on the disabled list with an injury to his right side. They aren’t expected to make an official announcement until he throws a side session tomorrow. The Braves have been shooting for Jurrjens to make his…

  15. Just in case you needed a reminder, Johnny Damon is not Carl Crawford

    Apr 2, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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    We knew the Rays were going to take a step back defensively when they signed Johnny Damon to replace Gold Glover Carl Crawford in left field. Unfortunately for Rays fans, the difference became pretty clear during yesterday’s Opening Day loss to Orioles. Damon sprinted to catch up with a ball that was hit to the…

  16. Barry Zito expected to make scheduled start Sunday

    Apr 2, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

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    Barry Zito threw off flat ground yesterday and is expected to make his scheduled start Sunday against the Dodgers, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Zito was involved in a two-car accident Wednesday night while driving his rented Cadillac in Los Angeles. While he walked away with a stiff neck, he…

  17. Jim Edmonds criticizes Reds’ doctors, Brandon Phillips

    Apr 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    First, a little backstory here. Jim Edmonds signed a minor league contract with the Cardinals in February, but was forced to retire weeks later due to a nagging right Achilles injury. It was an injury he dealt with prior to accepting a trade to the Reds last August, but he didn’t have another at-bat after…

  18. J.P. Arencibia made some history last night

    Apr 2, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Blue Jays batter Arencibia celebrates his two-run home run with Snider during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is really good at introductions. You might remember that the 24-year-old catcher hit two home runs in his major league debut last August. Well, Arencibia hit two more in last night’s 13-3 drubbing of the Twins. Arencibia became the first rookie to hit two homers on Opening Day since Gary…

  19. It’s a brand new year for Ubaldo Jimenez

    Apr 2, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Ubaldo Jimenez got off to just about the best start you could ever ask for last season, giving up a grand total of five runs over his first seven starts. However, in yesterday’s 7-6 loss to the Diamondbacks, it took Jimenez just six innings to give up five runs. Bad starts happen, of course, but…

  20. Juan Uribe sent for precautionary X-rays on left elbow

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: X-rays on Uribe’s elbow came back negative, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. 9:25 PM: The Dodgers have sent Juan Uribe for precautionary X-rays on his left elbow, according to Tony Jackson of ESPN Angeles. Uribe was plunked on the elbow by his former teammate Tim Lincecum during last night’s season…

  21. UPDATE: Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez fractures elbow

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dominguez will miss six to eight weeks. 8:00 PM: Terrible news for one of the game’s best third base prospects. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Matt Dominguez fractured his left elbow earlier today when he was hit by a pitch during…

  22. Catching up with Omar Minaya

    Apr 1, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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    The Mets will kick off their season against the Marlins in a little over 30 minutes, so what better time to check in with former general manager Omar Minaya than right now? Minaya spoke with George Vecsey of the New York Times yesterday and said that he thinks the Mets are “capable of contending” this…

  23. Julio Borbon to start in center field for Rangers after rough spring

    Apr 1, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Rangers manager Ron Washington said over the winter that he wanted to use Julio Borbon in center field this season in an effort to protect the injury-prone Josh Hamilton. Not a bad idea, really, but those plans appeared to be in doubt due to concerns about Borbon’s defense — he committed five errors this spring…

  24. Phillies sign Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

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    One day after releasing Luis Castillo, the Phillies have signed infielder Ronnie Belliard to a minor league contract, reports Todd Zolecki of MLB.com. He’ll report to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Belliard, who turns 36 next week, was released by the Yankees earlier this week after batting just .136 with one double and one RBI over 22…

  25. Brian Wilson making progress from oblique injury

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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    According to Andrew Baggarly of San Jose Mercury News, Brian Wilson threw approximately 30 pitches in a five-minute bullpen session earlier today in Los Angeles. Wilson, who was placed on the disabled list yesterday with a left oblique strain, was able to throw with “apparent maximum effort.” How’s the oblique feeling, by the way? “It’s…

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