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  1. Grady Sizemore had a big day today

    Mar 17, 2014, 10:19 PM EDT

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    No, your eyes are not fooling you. Below you’ll find footage of Grady Sizemore doing awesome things on a baseball field. Dare I say vintage form? Sizemore, who hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, is now hitting .381 (8-for-21) with one double and one walk over seven games this spring. What a story it…

  2. Logan Morrison said something controversial on Twitter again

    Mar 17, 2014, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Another day, another controversial tweet from Logan Morrison: If I were to be Native American. Would I not get taxed? If this is true, I'm so jealy!— Logan Morrison (@CupOfLoMo) March 17, 2014 You know, because white males have had it so tough. Yikes. Of course, Morrison has had a number of Twitter missteps in…

  3. Jose Iglesias confirms he has stress fractures in both of his legs

    Mar 17, 2014, 9:12 PM EDT

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    It was reported over the weekend that Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will miss most (or potentially all) of the season due to lingering pain from a shin condition and now we have some clarity about the exact nature of the injury. According to Jason Beck of MLB.com, Iglesias confirmed today that he has been diagnosed…

  4. Kris Medlen to have Tommy John surgery Tuesday; Brandon Beachy going for second opinion

    Mar 17, 2014, 7:59 PM EDT

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    The following news doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s now official. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Braves right-hander Kris Medlen will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery tomorrow. This will be the second Tommy John surgery of Medlen’s young career. He previously had the procedure in August of 2010 and made it back to…

  5. Chris Tillman named Opening Day starter for Orioles

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

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    Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced this afternoon that Chris Tillman will start Opening Day against the Red Sox on March 31. This will be the first Opening Day assignment of Tillman’s career. Showalter called it a “reward” for the 25-year-old right-hander, who has quickly gone from disappointment to rotation staple. Tillman went 16-7 with a…

  6. 2014 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:02 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 Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Can the Diamondbacks withstand the injury to Patrick Corbin and get over the .500…

  7. Gordon Beckham has a strained oblique

    Mar 15, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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    According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, the White Sox announced this afternoon that second baseman Gordon Beckham has suffered a strained left oblique and will be shut down from baseball activities for seven days. We’re about two weeks away from the start of the regular season, so Beckham will have to make quick progress to…

  8. Carl Crawford expected to miss Australia trip for birth of child

    Mar 15, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers will leave tomorrow night in preparation for their two-game season-opening series against the Diamondbacks next Saturday and Sunday in Australia. However, they’ll likely do so without one of their regulars. According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this morning that Carl Crawford is expected to stay behind…

  9. Mike Minor to throw batting practice Monday for the first time this spring

    Mar 15, 2014, 4:19 PM EDT

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    Mike Minor fell behind in his offseason training program after a painful-sounding surgery for a urinary tract infection in late December and showed up to camp with some shoulder soreness, but he’s beginning to make some progress. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Minor is scheduled to throw live batting practice Monday for the first…

  10. 17-year-old Julio Urias is starting for the Dodgers this afternoon

    Mar 15, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Interesting news out of Dodgers camp, as 17-year-old Julio Urias is starting this afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Padres. Just to put things into perspective, he was born in August of 1996, less than two months after Tommy Lasorda managed his final game in Dodger Blue. Feeling old yet? Urias, a native of Mexico,…

  11. Nationals owner Mark Lerner addresses ballpark roof proposal

    Mar 15, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT

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    We heard back in December that the Nationals tried to sell Washington, D.C. mayor Vincent C. Gray on a $300 million publicly-funded retractable roof for their ballpark. The idea was quickly shot down. We haven’t heard much about it since, but Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner addressed the situation for the first time during Comcast…

  12. Could the Tigers make a play for Stephen Drew?

    Mar 15, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

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    The Mets and Red Sox have been mentioned most often as possible landing spots for free agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but as these situations often go, he might end up in an unexpected place. Peter Gammons brought up an interesting possibility earlier today: I would not bet against rumor sending Stephen Drew to Tigers— Peter…

  13. A.J. Griffin shut down for three weeks due to flexor tendinitis

    Mar 15, 2014, 1:18 PM EDT

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    It was easy to think the worst when right-hander A.J. Griffin was sent to a doctor yesterday due to elbow soreness, but the Athletics received some favorable news today. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Griffin was diagnosed with right flexor tendinitis and will be shut down for three weeks. This is…

  14. Manny Machado dealing with scar tissue in knee, increasingly unlikely for Opening Day

    Mar 15, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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    The Orioles still haven’t ruled out the possibility that third baseman Manny Machado will be ready for Opening Day, but it’s increasingly likely that he will begin the season on the disabled list. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Machado has been unable to run for the past five days due to scar tissue in…

  15. Jason Motte faces hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Mar 15, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Jason Motte isn’t expected to join the Cardinals bullpen until May, but he took an important step yesterday in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, as Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the bearded reliever faced live hitters for the first time in a year. Motte threw about 20 pitches to a…

  16. The Braves aren’t adding another starting pitcher

    Mar 15, 2014, 10:42 AM EDT

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    The Braves bolstered their suddenly shaky rotation earlier this week when they signed right-hander Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract, but general manager Frank Wren told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal this morning via phone that he isn’t planning to add another starter even with Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy potentially headed for another…

  17. The Orioles are playing Nelson Cruz in center field today

    Mar 15, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT

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    Well, this is fantastic. The Orioles will be a must-watch in their Grapefruit League game against the Yankees this afternoon, as Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun notes that Nelson Cruz will make the start in center field. Oh, but that’s not all. He’ll be flanked by Delmon Young in right field and Steve Pearce…

  18. Brewers to discuss extension for Jean Segura

    Mar 15, 2014, 8:55 AM EDT

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    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said yesterday that he plans to meet with team owner Mark Attanasio this weekend to discuss a possible contract extension for shortstop Jean Segura. The Brewers previously pitched the idea of an extension to Segura’s agent last May, but nothing came…

  19. Mat Latos to throw batting practice Friday for the first time this spring

    Mar 13, 2014, 10:32 PM EDT

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    Reds right-hander Mat Latos will take a significant step tomorrow in his recovery from February surgery on his left knee, as AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to throw batting practice for the first time this spring. Latos, who is also coming back from a cleanup procedure on his elbow in October, was…

  20. Quote of the Day: Tommy Lasorda on Erisbel Arruebarrena

    Mar 13, 2014, 9:28 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers recently signed Cuban infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25 million contract. The 23-year-old reported to Dodgers camp today and was presented with his jersey, as you’ll see in this picture that was posted to the team’s official Twitter account: Arr-ru-eh-BAHR-ena: http://t.co/3SqiJu5TKy— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 13, 2014 Now that’s how you…

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

    Mar 13, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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    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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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