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  1. Troy Tulowitzki sidelined for a few days due to a calf bruise

    Mar 13, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki AP

    If the Rockies have any chance of competing for a playoff spot this season, they will need star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to stay healthy. That’s why they aren’t messing around right now. Tulowitzki left last night’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks after he was hit in the left leg with a pitch. While X-rays…

  2. Royals to sign 40-year-old Brett Tomko to minor league deal

    Mar 13, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals have agreed to a minor league deal with veteran right-hander Brett Tomko. This confirms a report from John Walk of the York Dispatch. Tomko turns 41 in April and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Rangers, but he was reportedly throwing…

  3. The Orioles are also interested in Nick Franklin

    Mar 13, 2014, 6:28 PM EDT

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    We learned last month that the Mets and Rays had been in touch with the Mariners about a trade for infielder Nick Franklin, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles are also interested. Baltimore would be a logical fit for Franklin, as Ryan Flaherty, Jonathan Schoop, Jemile Weeks, and Alexi Casilla are the…

  4. Josh Hamilton should make spring debut “within a week or so”

    Mar 8, 2014, 5:48 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton has been sidelined for the past week and a half after straining his left calf during a baserunning drill, but he’s getting closer to making his spring debut. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Hamilton is scheduled to take batting practice on the field tomorrow. If all goes well, Angels…

  5. Quote of the Day: Red Sox owner John Henry delivers a zinger about the Marlins

    Mar 8, 2014, 5:25 PM EDT

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    You may recall that the Marlins were reportedly “outraged” at the Red Sox for sending a substandard lineup to Thursday’s Grapefruit League game at Roger Dean Stadium. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has since apologized for the incident, but owner John Henry thinks the Marlins should issue an apology of their own: They should…

  6. UPDATE: Ervin Santana is prepared to wait “days” before signing

    Mar 8, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: While recent reports have indicated that Ervin Santana is looking to find a team as soon as possible, FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the free agent right-hander has not set a deadline and is prepared to wait “days” before signing with a club. The wait continues. 1:15 p.m. ET: More intrigue. Enrique Rojas…

  7. Doug Fister not concerned about elbow inflammation

    Mar 8, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT

    Doug Fister AP

    Doug Fister gave the Nationals and their fans a bit of a scare yesterday when he was scratched from a Grapefruit League start due to a sore elbow, but an MRI showed that he’s only dealing with inflammation. Fister told Andrew Simon of MLB.com today that he’s not worried about the situation. “It’s typical inflammation,…

  8. Zack Greinke throws simulated game

    Mar 8, 2014, 3:32 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke AP

    Zack Greinke has already been ruled out as an option to pitch against the Diamondbacks in Australia after straining his right calf last week, but he took an important step in the right direction today. According to J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group, Greinke threw 35 pitches in a simulated game against a…

  9. Shane Victorino could give up switch-hitting

    Mar 8, 2014, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Shane Victorino gave up switch-hitting down the stretch last season and Red Sox manager John Farrell told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe today that the veteran outfielder is considering hitting exclusively from the right side of the plate this season. Nothing is official yet, but this would be a positive development for the Red…

  10. Athletics renew Josh Donaldson’s contract at the major league minimum salary

    Mar 8, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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    What does Josh Donaldson get after finishing fourth in the American League Most Valuable Player balloting last season? The major league minimum salary. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Athletics have renewed Donaldson’s contract at $500,000 for 2014. It’s a modest raise from the $492,500 he made last year, which was just above the…

  11. Wade Davis is no longer in the running for a rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT

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    The Royals gave Wade Davis a chance to win a rotation spot this spring even after he struggled as a starter last season, but Royals manager Ned Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star this morning that the 28-year-old right-hander is out of the fifth starter competition and will pitch out of the…

  12. Cardinals and Matt Carpenter agree to a six-year, $52 million extension

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

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    We heard yesterday that the Cardinals and infielder Matt Carpenter were in talks about a long-term contract extension and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports this morning that the deal is done. The Cardinals will hold a press conference later this morning to formally announce the agreement. Per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports,…

  13. Michael Pineda makes his case for a rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda AP

    Dogged by shoulder issues, Michael Pineda has yet to throw a regular season pitch for the Yankees since being acquired from the Mariners two offseasons ago, but he showed a glimpse of his old form last night. Making his spring debut, Pineda tossed two scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. Topping…

  14. Report: Ervin Santana to sign a one-year, $14 million deal with an AL team

    Mar 8, 2014, 9:08 AM EDT

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    The Ervin Santana saga is reaching its conclusion. According to Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes, Santana will sign a one-year, $14 million contract with an American League team. This report comes less than 24 hours after Soldevila passed along word that a frustrated Santana fired his agent, Bean Stringfellow, and could negotiate his own contract.…

  15. Matt Harvey still hopes to pitch this season

    Mar 8, 2014, 8:51 AM EDT

    Matt Harvey AP

    Matt Harvey‘s starts quickly became an event with Mets fans, so much so that the day that he would start began to be called “Harvey Day.” There’s a very good chance that there won’t be another “Harvey Day” until 2015 after his Tommy John surgery, but the ace right-hander indicated on his Twitter account this…

  16. Yasiel Puig switches agents

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:28 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig AP

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has hired Adam Katz and Andy Mota of Wasserman Media Group as his new agents. He was previously represented by Jaime Torres. Puig signed a six-year, $42 million contract with the Dodgers in June of 2012 and remains under contract through 2018, so there’s no…

  17. Frank Jobe, inventor of Tommy John surgery, passes away at age 88

    Mar 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

    AP FRANK JOBE

    Sad news to pass along this evening, as Tommy John surgery pioneer Dr. Frank Jobe has passed away at the age of 88. Jobe worked for the Dodgers for 50 years and is best known for performing the first-ever unlar collateral ligament reconstructive elbow surgery on left-handed pitcher Tommy John on September 25, 1974. While…

  18. Cameron Maybin will not have surgery on ruptured biceps tendon

    Mar 6, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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    It was originally thought that Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin would be lost for 2-3 months after he suffered a torn left biceps tendon while making a diving catch Sunday, but there’s a chance he could be back sooner. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said that Maybin opted against surgery…

  19. Dane De La Rosa to undergo MRI on forearm

    Mar 6, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Troubling news for the Angels this evening, as Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that right-hander Dane De La Rosa has left Angels camp to undergo an MRI on his right forearm. De La Rosa was hit hard in today’s Cactus League game against the Dodgers before he was pulled due to right forearm tightness. Gonzalez…

  20. Video: Yasiel Puig throws out Mike Trout on inside-the-park home run attempt

    Mar 6, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

    Mike Trout AP

    Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? You decide. Baseball fans were provided with a heaping slice of awesomeness in this afternoon’s Cactus League matchup between the Dodgers and Angels, as Mike Trout‘s attempt at an inside-the-park home run was dashed thanks in part to a throw from Yasiel Puig. In the bottom…

  21. Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu likely to start for Dodgers in Australia

    Mar 6, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson named left-hander Patrick Corbin and right-hander Trevor Cahill as his starters for the upcoming two-game season opening series in Australia from March 22-23. The Dodgers have yet to make an official announcement on their starters for the series, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes that things are starting…

  22. Report: Free agent right-hander Ervin Santana is considering changing agents

    Mar 6, 2014, 6:09 PM EDT

    ervin santana getty

    Perhaps Ervin Santana‘s frustration is beginning to boil over as he remains unsigned with the start of the regular season just weeks away. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has an interesting new wrinkle on his situation: Sources: Free-agent RHP Ervin Santana considering a change of agents. Currently represented by Bean Stringfellow of Proformance.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal)…

  23. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

    Mar 6, 2014, 5:02 PM EDT

    Yasiel Puig

    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 Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: Can the deep-pocketed Dodgers be stopped? After a midseason turnaround led to 92…

  24. UPDATE: Justin Masterson wants $40-60 million over three or four years

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Masterson and his agent have made a three-to-four-year proposal to the Indians which is believed to be in the $40-60 million range. They are currently waiting to hear back from the team, but the request sounds pretty reasonable. 8:51 p.m. ET: Justin Masterson can become…

  25. Picture of the Day: Adam Dunn’s locker has a new look after the Oscars

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn locker

    Adam Dunn returned to the White Sox today after attending the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday, where “Dallas Buyers Club,” a film which he helped finance and had a cameo in, took home three awards. Now that the veteran slugger is big-time, an unidentified member of the team decided to give his locker a…

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