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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Don Mattingly: Yasiel Puig “hasn’t proven himself to be an RBI guy yet”

    Feb 22, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    There are valid reasons for the Dodgers to bat Yasiel Puig leadoff this season, but this logic from manager Don Mattingly is interesting: Mattingly still thinking of Puig as leadoff man, says Puig "hasn't proven himself to be a RBI guy yet."— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) February 22, 2014 According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Mattingly…

  11. Barry Bonds will be a guest instructor with the Giants during spring training

    Feb 22, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT

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    Interesting news out of Giants camp today, as Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports that baseball’s all-time home run king Barry Bonds is scheduled to work for the team in March as a special instructor for hitters. This will be the first time that the seven-time National League MVP has been connected…

  12. Orioles, Rangers, and a mystery NL West team are very interested in Ervin Santana

    Feb 22, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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    With Ubaldo Jimenez off the board, Ervin Santana is the last big name starting pitcher available in free agency. Maybe not for much longer, though. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Orioles, Rangers, and a mystery team from the NL West team are very interested in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana. And while…

  13. Chase Headley suffers calf strain

    Feb 22, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Bad news for the Padres this afternoon, as Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that third baseman Chase Headley has suffered a right calf strain. Headley is using crutches as a precaution and believes that the injury will cost him a couple of weeks, but Jeff Sanders of UT-San Diego writes that more should be known…

  14. Giants sign Tyler Colvin

    Feb 22, 2014, 3:09 PM EDT

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    The Giants have signed outfielder Tyler Colvin to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training, reports Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News. Colvin previously agreed to a major league contract with the Orioles in January, but the deal was nixed after the team raised concerns about a back…

  15. Geovany Soto out three weeks after foot surgery, still expected to be ready for season

    Feb 22, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

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    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers catcher Geovany Soto will be sidelined for three weeks after he underwent surgery this morning to remove a small bone that was putting pressure on a tendon in his left foot. Despite the surgery, the Rangers still expect Soto to be ready for Opening Day.…

  16. Phillies issue statement on the Ben Wetzler situation, say very little

    Feb 22, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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    The Phillies broke their silence today on Oregon State left-hander Ben Wetzler, but if you were hoping for anything particularly interesting, you are probably going to be disappointed. “The Phillies did participate in the NCAA investigation and a ruling has been issued. We believe it is inappropriate to comment further on either the negotiation with…

  17. Jaime Garcia to undergo tests for sore shoulder

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:58 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals were expecting Jaime Garcia to be in the mix for a rotation spot this spring after his injury-plagued 2013, but that’s not going to happen. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Garcia felt shoulder soreness following a recent bullpen session and is scheduled fly to St. Louis tomorrow for an…

  18. Stephen Drew critical of draft pick compensation system

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Players have reported to their respective spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, but free agent shortstop Stephen Drew is still looking for home. While Drew is said to be looking for $14 million per season, being attached to draft pick compensation has undoubtedly had an impact on his market. He told CBS Sports’ Jon…

  19. Report: Orioles and Nelson Cruz agree to a one-year, $8 million contract

    Feb 22, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Orioles and Cruz have agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical. The deal includes $750,000 in incentives, but it looks like a potential bargain addition for Baltimore as they attempt to make a run at the postseason. As for Cruz, settling for a…

  20. Jurickson Profar cleared to resume swinging a bat

    Feb 22, 2014, 9:57 AM EDT

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    Jurickson Profar was shut down earlier this week due to lingering tendinitis in his right shoulder, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that he was cleared to resume swinging a bat yesterday. This is an encouraging development for Profar, though it’s unclear when he’ll be allowed to start throwing again. The original…

  21. Report: Mariners likely to trade Nick Franklin or Brad Miller by Opening Day

    Feb 20, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

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    Many have speculated about a possible match between the Mets and free agent Stephen Drew, but New York could end up finding a shortstop on the trade market. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York passes along word from industry insiders that the Mariners are likely to trade either Nick Franklin or Brad Miller by Opening…

  22. Matt Harvey cleared to begin throwing

    Feb 20, 2014, 9:58 PM EDT

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    According to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, doctors have given Mets right-hander Matt Harvey the go-ahead to throw for the first time since Tommy John surgery. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said that Harvey expects to begin throwing in a few days. The 24-year-old will start out on flat ground before working his way back to…

  23. Manny Machado hopes to be cleared for full baseball activities around mid-March

    Feb 20, 2014, 8:51 PM EDT

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    Last we heard, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was making solid progress in his recovery from left knee surgery, but it’s still unclear when he’ll be ready for game action. Per Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, Machado has resumed taking batting practice and fielding ground balls, but he isn’t running full speed and he’s restricted from…

  24. Russell Wilson confirms he’ll make appearance at Rangers camp

    Feb 20, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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    The Rangers selected Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Rockies in the minor league phase of December’s Rule 5 Draft. While we’re not looking at the next two-sport superstar here, Wilson confirmed via his Twitter account today that he will make an appearance at Rangers spring training: Hey @Rangers fans… See you at "Surprise"…

  25. Matt Harrison to undergo MRI on stiff back

    Feb 20, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

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    After missing most of last season with a pair of procedures to repair a herniated disk in his back, Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison continues to have some bad luck on the health front. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Harrison is dealing with stiffness in his lower back and will return to Texas to be…

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