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  1. Cole Hamels pitches in minor league game, feels “great”

    Mar 27, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Cole Hamels fell behind this spring due to shoulder fatigue and will begin the season on the disabled list, but he’s moving in the right direction. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Hamels pitched two innings in a minor league game this afternoon. It was his first game action of the spring. The southpaw threw…

  2. 2014 Preview: San Diego Padres

    Mar 27, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    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 2014 season. Next up: The San Diego Padres The Big Question: Can the Padres stay healthy enough to surprise? The last two years with…

  3. Matt Harvey gets his wish, will rehab from Tommy John surgery in New York

    Mar 24, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

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    You may recall that there was some drama between the Mets and Matt Harvey last week on the topic of just where he will rehab from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. While the ace right-hander has made it clear that he wants to stay with the team in New York during the rehabilitation process, the…

  4. Red Sox hope for resolution on Jon Lester extension before Opening Day

    Mar 24, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox formally announced a contract extension with slugger David Ortiz last night. Could a deal with left-hander Jon Lester be next? Well, maybe. According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said today that the two sides remain in touch about an extension and that he hopes for a…

  5. Jose Reyes diagnosed with mild hamstring strain

    Mar 24, 2014, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Jose Reyes left Saturday’s Grapefruit League game with left hamstring discomfort and Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that an MRI today revealed that he’s dealing with a mild strain. The Blue Jays are calling Reyes day-to-day for now, but given his long history of his hamstring issues, it wouldn’t be surprising if they decide to…

  6. Mariners release right-hander Scott Baker

    Mar 24, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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    According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Mariners granted Scott Baker his release today. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that he asked for his release after declining an assignment to Triple-A. Signed to a minor league deal over the winter, Baker appeared to have a rotation spot to lose after Hisashi…

  7. Braves sign right-hander Aaron Harang to one-year contract

    Mar 24, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Braves just announced that they have signed Garcia to a one-year major league contract. 7:11 p.m. ET: It’s done. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Braves are signing Harang. He’ll presumably begin the year with a rotation spot. 6:30 p.m. ET: The Braves made a surprising decision earlier today when they cut…

  8. Anibal Sanchez has no issues with shoulder in minor league start

    Mar 24, 2014, 7:35 PM EDT

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    Anibal Sanchez required a cortisone shot last week to combat right shoulder inflammation, but he appears on track to make his first scheduled start of the regular season. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Sanchez threw 71 pitches in a minor league game today without incident. His first game action since March 12, he allowed…

  9. 2014 Preview: San Francisco Giants

    Mar 24, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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    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 2014 season. Next up: The San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants prove that last year was an aberration? After winning their…

  10. Picture of the Day: Lorde gets an autographed Royals jersey from George Brett

    Mar 22, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Singer-songwriter Lorde has said that an old photograph of “some dude” in a Royals jersey from National Geographic is what inspired the Grammy Award-winning song “Royals.” That dude turned out to be Hall of Famer George Brett. Lorde’s tour made its way through Kansas City last night, so it only makes sense that Brett sent…

  11. The Tigers discussed a possible comeback for 46-year-old Omar Vizquel

    Mar 22, 2014, 5:07 PM EDT

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    When it was announced that defensive whiz Jose Iglesias would miss most (or all) of the season with stress fractures in both of his legs, the Tigers said they were content with considering internal replacements at shortstop. That search apparently included the coaching staff, as Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com…

  12. Report: Scott Boras insists he has three-year, $39M offer on the table for Stephen Drew

    Mar 22, 2014, 4:23 PM EDT

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    With a little over one week remaining before the (traditional) start of the regular season, free agent Stephen Drew has yet to find a home. And while some have speculated that the Tigers could be a potential match given that Jose Iglesias is expected to miss the season with stress fractures in both of his…

  13. Skip Schumaker expected to miss a month with a dislocated shoulder

    Mar 22, 2014, 4:22 PM EDT

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    According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds utility man Skip Schumaker said this morning that he has a dislocated left shoulder and expects to miss around a month of action. Schumaker suffered the injury while attempting to make a diving catch in the seventh inning yesterday. Reds trainer Paul Lessard was able to pop his…

  14. Cubs reassign top prospect Javier Baez to minor league camp

    Mar 22, 2014, 3:18 PM EDT

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    Cubs top prospect Javier Baez has drawn raves all spring for his quick bat and power potential, but the club announced this morning that he has been reassigned to minor league camp. Baez hit .310 (13-for-42) with five home runs in 14 games during Cactus League play. However, he also struck out 13 times and…

  15. Carlos Gomez will bat leadoff for the Brewers

    Mar 22, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

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    After dealing outfielder Norichika Aoki to the Royals in December, the Brewers were left without an ideal option for the leadoff spot, but manager Ron Roenicke has settled on his choice. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Roenicke announced today that Carlos Gomez will hit leadoff to begin the year. Jean Segura, who will now…

  16. Indians cut Jeff Francoeur

    Mar 22, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

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    Jeff Francoeur signed a minor league deal with the Indians over the winter in hopes of earning a spot on the Opening Day roster, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that he was cut from the team this morning. Francoeur was actually pretty productive during Cactus League play, hitting 286/.359/.429 with one home run, two…

  17. Rangers put Tanner Scheppers in rotation, going with Joakim Soria at closer

    Mar 22, 2014, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Today was decision day for the Rangers, as manager Ron Washington made some important calls about the composition of his pitching staff. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Washington will put Tanner Scheppers in the rotation and transition Alexi Ogando into a set-up role. In turn, he has opted for Joakim Soria over…

  18. Daniel Murphy slowed with calf injury

    Mar 22, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy will miss his sixth straight Grapefruit League game today due to a right calf injury. He hurt his calf while touching the second base bag on a double last Sunday. The original plan called for Murphy to return to the lineup today, but he’s not 100 percent yet. He told…

  19. Starlin Castro to take at-bats in minor league game today

    Mar 22, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Starlin Castro hasn’t played in a Cactus League game since March 2 due to a strained right hamstring, but he’s finally ready to return to action. Sort of. According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Castro is expected to take several at-bats today in a minor league game. They might keep him on the minor league…

  20. Cole Hamels throws live batting practice

    Mar 22, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels took an important step this morning in his return from shoulder tendinitis, as Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that he threw two innings of live batting practice to hitters. It was his first time facing live hitters this spring. Hamels, who was behind schedule at the start of camp and had…

  21. Brewers exercise 2015 option on manager Ron Roenicke

    Mar 22, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    The Brewers announced this morning that they have exercised their 2015 club option on manager Ron Roenicke. They have also added a 2016 club option to his contract. Roenicke is entering his fourth season as Milwaukee manager. He owns a 253-233 record (.521) as skipper thus far. After winning a franchise record 96 games and…

  22. Julio Teheran to start Opening Day for Braves

    Mar 22, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that right-hander Julio Teheran will start Opening Day for the Braves when they take on the Brewers on March 31. Kris Medlen was originally expected to get the call for the Braves, but he underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week, leaving Teheran as the obvious choice for the assignment.…

  23. Astros release outfielder J.D. Martinez

    Mar 22, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

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    After being removed from the 40-man roster during the offseason, outfielder J.D. Martinez was given his release by the Astros this morning. The news comes from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Martinez posted some impressive numbers as a prospect in the minors and held his own in the big leagues initially, but he hasn’t enjoyed much…

  24. Peter Moylan might be headed for his second Tommy John surgery

    Mar 22, 2014, 8:56 AM EDT

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    In what has become a theme of late, we could have another pitcher who is headed for his second Tommy John surgery. According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Astros reliever Peter Moylan has been diagnosed with a ligament tear in his right elbow. He’s scheduled to have a visit with Dr. James Andrews…

  25. Aroldis Chapman undergoes surgery, expected to resume working out in 10-14 days

    Mar 20, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

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    According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds closer Aroldis Chapman underwent surgery this evening to repair the fracture above his left eye which was suffered when he was hit in the face by a batted ball on Wednesday night. During the two-and-a-half-hour procedure, Chapman had a metal plate inserted on the bone above his eye…

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