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  1. Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton opens up about addiction

    Mar 3, 2014, 8:27 PM EDT

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    Kristie Rieken of the Associated Press has a really interesting read on Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton, who served a 50-game suspension at the start of last season after a second positive test for marijuana use. Singleton, who had a month-long stay at an in-patient rehab center, was brutally honest about the impact the drug had…

  2. Reds optimistic Mat Latos will throw off mound this week

    Mar 3, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT

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    Mat Latos is just a little over two weeks removed from left knee surgery, but Reds manager Bryan Price told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com today that he’s “optimistic” that he’ll be able to throw off a mound by the end of this week. Latos tore meniscus cartilage in his knee shortly before spring training when…

  3. Diamondbacks will start Patrick Corbin, Trevor Cahill in Australia series vs. Dodgers

    Mar 3, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks and Dodgers will ring in the 2014 MLB season in Australia with a two-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground from March 22-23. While we’re still waiting on official word from the Dodgers, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson confirmed via his Twitter account today who he plans to start during the series: Excited to…

  4. 2014 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Mar 3, 2014, 5:30 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 Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Can the Rockies get back over the .500 mark? Rookie manager Walt Weiss led…

  5. Jose Fernandez gets a nice raise after his impressive rookie season

    Mar 1, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    How about this for a change of pace? Here’s a story about the Marlins not being cheap. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, right-hander Jose Fernandez will make a $635,000 salary this season. The Marlins could have simply renewed his contract for somewhere around the major league minimum salary of $500,000,…

  6. Twins monitoring free agent left-hander Joe Saunders

    Mar 1, 2014, 4:34 PM EDT

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    Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins are monitoring the situation of free agent left-hander Joe Saunders and could be interested in signing him if he is willing to take “a minimal deal.” Saunders made $6.5 million with the Mariners last season, but he struggled to find much interest over the winter after putting…

  7. Bobby Parnell faces hitters for first time since last July

    Mar 1, 2014, 3:38 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets closer Bobby Parnell faced hitters today for the first time since last July 30. Parnell, who had surgery last September to repair a herniated disk in his neck, threw batting practice against a group of teammates including Daniel Murphy and David Wright. Parnell has been bothered…

  8. Video: MLBAM unveils revolutionary new player tracking system

    Mar 1, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Welcome to the future. At the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston today, MLB Advanced Media CEO Bob Bowman unveiled a new analytics system that will change the way we look at baseball and player evaluation. While PITCHf/x has provided a treasure trove of information in recent years, this new system aims to track…

  9. Marlon Byrd honors Allen Iverson with BP jersey

    Mar 1, 2014, 1:09 PM EDT

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    Here’s something pretty cool. With the Philadelphia 76ers set to retire Allen Iverson’s number before tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards, new Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd decided to honor the occasion by wearing an Iverson No. 3 jersey during batting practice this morning. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com has the photo evidence: Allen Iverson's number retired…

  10. Matt Kemp cleared for more baseball activities

    Mar 1, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp will almost certainly miss the start of the regular season as he works his way back from left ankle surgery, but he’s making some tangible progress. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Kemp will be allowed to do more baseball drills after an MRI yesterday came back favorable. It’s possible that he’ll start…

  11. Elvis Andrus will be sidelined several days due to flexor tendinitis

    Mar 1, 2014, 11:59 AM EDT

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    Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus will be sidelined for “several days” due to tendinitis in the flexor tendon of his right arm, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Andrus was trying to play through some early soreness, but the Rangers decided to shut him down after he made an awkward throw to first base…

  12. Red Sox and Jon Lester still have mutual interest in an extension

    Mar 1, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Jon Lester said last month that he would be willing to take a discount in order to stay with the Red Sox for the long-term. While he’s currently due to hit free agency after the season, he recently told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that he’s still hoping to work out an extension with Boston. “I…

  13. Ethan Martin shut down three weeks with triceps and shoulder capsule strains

    Mar 1, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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    The Phillies’ rotation depth took a hit today, as Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that right-hander Ethan Martin has been shut down for three weeks due to triceps and shoulder capsule strains. Martin left Thursday’s exhibition opener against the Blue Jays due to shoulder soreness. He faced just four batters and was reportedly hitting around…

  14. The Rangers will sell Russell Wilson merchandise

    Mar 1, 2014, 10:02 AM EDT

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    C’mon, you had to see this coming. The Rangers announced yesterday that they will begin selling Russell Wilson merchandise to coincide with his upcoming appearance at Rangers camp: Replica home white jerseys and red and royal t-shirts with “Wilson” and “3” on the back will be available at the Surprise Stadium merchandise stores beginning on…

  15. Twins prospect Miguel Sano to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 1, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Rough news for the Twins and their fans this morning, as Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that prospect infielder Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. Sano dealt with elbow problems during winter ball and felt continued pain earlier this week while making a throw from third base.…

  16. Report: Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci to join Joe Buck for World Series booth at Fox

    Feb 28, 2014, 12:04 AM EDT

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    Tim McCarver’s departure from the broadcast booth at Fox was largely celebrated by fans even though we didn’t know who his replacement would be. As they say, be careful what you wish for. Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead has the big scoop: Fox Sports executives and baseball broadcasters huddled at the posh, isolated Terranea…

  17. Rehabbing from hip surgery, Cody Ross on track for spring debut in mid-March

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Cody Ross required season-ending surgery last August after he sustained a fracture and dislocation of his right hip, an injury you don’t often hear about with a baseball player, but he’s getting closer to returning to game action. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said today that Ross could…

  18. Picture of the Day: Joba Chamberlain’s Tommy John scar is now a smiley face

    Feb 27, 2014, 9:01 PM EDT

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    New Tigers reliever Joba Chamberlain hasn’t produced many smiles on the mound recently, but this is pretty cool. As noted by the Detroit Free Press, Chamberlain got a tattoo on his right elbow that has turned the scar from his 2011 Tommy John surgery into a smiley face. Check out this picture which was taken…

  19. Japhet Amador expected to report to Astros camp on Friday

    Feb 27, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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    The Astros signed slugger Japhet Amador out of the Mexican League over the winter with the idea of giving him a chance to compete for the first base job during spring training, but he was unable to report to camp last week because his pregnant wife was ill. However, her condition has apparently improved to…

  20. Justin Masterson is still discussing an extension with the Indians

    Feb 27, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Justin Masterson avoided arbitration with the Indians last week by agreeing to a one-year, $9.7625 million contract, but today he told Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the two sides remain in touch about a possible contract extension. Masterson has the ability to become a free agent after this season, but he expressed…

  21. Camden Yards makes an appearance in the new season of “House of Cards”

    Feb 24, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

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    While catching up on the second season of Netflix original series “House of Cards” this past weekend, I saw a brief scene that takes place at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. I’m not giving away any major plot points for those who haven’t seen it, but Kevin Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood, is on…

  22. Picture of the Day: Tim Lincecum’s glorious new mustache

    Feb 24, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

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    Today was photo day at Giants camp and it’s safe to say that Tim Lincecum‘s mustache (or at least his attempt at one) stole the show. Take a look at his new look: Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reminds us that today’s pictures will be shown on the scoreboard during the season, so whether Lincecum keeps…

  23. The Mets could make a play for Nick Franklin

    Feb 24, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported last week that the Mariners were likely to trade either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller by Opening Day and speculated that the Mets could make a play for one of them. Well, he was told by a “Mets insider” today that the team does indeed see a possible…

  24. Matt Harrison receives good news on his back, still not expected to be ready for season

    Feb 24, 2014, 6:58 PM EDT

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    A bad mattress recently caused some back stiffness for Matt Harrison, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that an MRI came back negative and that the southpaw is expected to resume a throwing program on Thursday. While Harrison isn’t expected to be ready for Opening Day, this still qualifies as good news…

  25. Zack Greinke on pitching in Australia: “I can’t think of one reason to be excited for it”

    Feb 22, 2014, 5:45 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers are set to open their season with a two-game series against the Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia from March 22 and 23. Zack Greinke is tentatively scheduled pitch the second game of the series, but he told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles today that he’s not looking forward to…

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