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  1. Hiroki Kuroda leaves 2013 debut after getting hit with liner

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Hiroki Kuroda had a less-than-ideal 2013 debut. The right-hander surrendered a Red Sox run in the top of the first inning then took a Shane Victorino line drive off his right fingertips to lead off the second. Kuroda hit the next batter, Jackie Bradley Jr. and walked Jacoby Ellsbury on four pitches. He then plunked…

  2. Scott Kazmir scratched from first turn in Indians’ rotation

    Apr 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir was the story of the spring, earning a spot in the Indians’ starting rotation after posting a 3.46 ERA and 13/1 K/BB ratio in 13 Cactus League innings. But this comeback tale is now on hold. Kazmir suffered a strained abdomen Monday during a team workout. He was able to make it through…

  3. Yu Darvish loses perfect game with two outs in ninth inning

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish is making it look easy in Houston. The 26-year-old right-hander has retired the first 21 batters he’s faced, and will carry a perfect game into the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. He has his entire arsenal working against a weak Astros lineup — seriously, look at this slider — and boasts a career-high 12 strikeouts through seven…

  4. J.P. Arencibia struggles with R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, Blue Jays drop opener to Indians

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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    There’s a buzz about the new-look Blue Jays in Toronto, as evidenced by the high-energy sell-out crowd of 48,857 that packed Rogers Centre for Tuesday night’s opener against the Indians. But what that crowd witness wasn’t very pretty. J.P. Arencibia had a hard time with R.A. Dickey‘s knuckler, allowing three passed balls as the Indians…

  5. Cubs sign Ryan Sweeney to minor league contract

    Apr 2, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

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    Ryan Sweeney was released by the Red Sox on March 30 after batting just .217 with a .547 OPS across 52 Grapefruit League plate appearances. But it didn’t take long for him to find a new gig. Via Evan Drellich of MassLive.com, the Cubs have signed the 28-year-old outfielder to a minor league contract and…

  6. Shaun Marcum scratched from simulated game, won’t make scheduled debut on Sunday

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum was unable to throw a scheduled simulated game on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, Florida because of lingering pain in his neck. Which means that he won’t be able to make his scheduled regular-season debut on Sunday vs. the Marlins. Aaron Laffey is expected…

  7. Carl Crawford sitting out Dodgers’ second game

    Apr 2, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Carl Crawford appeared in only 31 games in 2012 and battled elbow inflammation this spring, so the Dodgers are treating him with extra care early on. According to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the outfielder is on the bench for the Dodgers’ second regular-season game Tuesday night against the rival Giants.…

  8. Opening Night lineups: Rangers vs. Astros

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Sunday night’s season-opening game between the Rangers and Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. First pitch is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET. It’s on ESPN. TEXAS RANGERS HOUSTON ASTROS 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B 1. Jose Altuve, 2B 2. Elvis Andrus, SS 2. Brett Wallace, 1B 3. Lance Berkman,…

  9. Jose Arredondo outrighted to Triple-A Louisville

    Mar 31, 2013, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Reds righty Jose Arredondo posted a 2.95 ERA in 61 innings of relief last season. But he won’t have a spot in Cincinnati’s Opening Day bullpen this year. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds sent Arredondo outright to Triple-A Louisville, where he will pitch in middle relief until he’s needed again at…

  10. Marlins place Logan Morrison on 60-day disabled list

    Mar 31, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

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    Logan Morrison‘s recovery from September knee surgery continues to move slower than expected. He was hoping to be ready for the start of spring training, then shifted that hope to Opening Day. But the young first baseman was placed on the 60-day disabled list Sunday morning and won’t be eligible to return to the Marlins’…

  11. Jackie Bradley Jr. officially cracks Red Sox roster

    Mar 31, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal comes word that the Red Sox have purchased the contract of outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. from Double-A Portland. Mauro Gomez was designated for assignment to clear roster space. Bradley will start in left field for the Red Sox on Opening Day and could stay up all…

  12. Kyle Lohse scheduled to make Brewers debut on Friday

    Mar 31, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

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    The Brewers signed right-hander Kyle Lohse less than one week ago. But he’s ready to rock and roll. According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Lohse is scheduled to make his Brewers debut on Friday night against the Diamondbacks. He made just one Cactus League start, allowing one earned run over 3 2/3 innings last Thursday against…

  13. Marlins’ Opening Day starting lineup is comical

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

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    Here it is, via MLB.com Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro: #Marlins Opening Day lineup: Pierre 7, Coghlan 8, Stanton 9, Polanco 5, Brantly 2, Solano 4, Kotchman 3, Hechavarria 6, Nolasco 1 — Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) March 31, 2013 Pierre, the leadoff man, owns a .284/.339/.333 batting line since the start of the 2010 season…

  14. Giants “pretty optimistic” Pablo Sandoval will be ready for Monday’s season-opener

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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    Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has been experiencing discomfort in his right elbow for over two weeks and felt renewed pain Friday after making a pair of plate appearances in a Cactus League game. But he still hasn’t been ruled out for Opening Day. “It’s going to go down to the wire,” manager Bruce Bochy told Alex…

  15. A’s place Hiroyuki Nakajima on 15-day disabled list

    Mar 31, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

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    The A’s made their final round of roster moves on Saturday night, optioning lefty Pedro Figueroa and infielder Andy Parrino to Triple-A Sacramento and placing new shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Nakajima suffered the strain Tuesday in the 10th inning of a Cactus League game against the…

  16. Jose Fernandez, 20, makes Marlins’ Opening Day roster

    Mar 31, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Surprising news this morning out of south Florida. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the Marlins have purchased the contract of top pitching prospect Jose Fernandez, adding him to their season-opening starting rotation. Fernandez, who doesn’t turn 21 years old until late July, was the 14th overall pick in the…

  17. Darwin Barney out for opener because of gashed knee

    Mar 31, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

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    As first reported by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney has been ruled out for the first game of the regular season — Monday vs. the Pirates — due to a deep cut on his left knee that required five stitches. Barney suffered the gash Saturday during an exhibition game…

  18. Justin Sellers to fill in at shortstop for Dodgers

    Mar 31, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

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    After playing around with a few different looks, the Dodgers have finally settled on a fill-in shortstop. According to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register, infielder Justin Sellers was told late Saturday night that he has cracked the Opening Day roster and will function as the Dodgers’ primary shortstop while Hanley Ramirez recovers from…

  19. A.J. Burnett might retire after the 2013 season

    Mar 27, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett is entering the final chapter of that failed five-year, $82.5 million contract that he signed in December 2008 with the Yankees. Having made all that money, the 36-year-old righty is thinking about walking away from the game a bit early. Burnett told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Wednesday that he might retire from…

  20. Justin Turner exits Grapefruit League game with calf strain

    Mar 27, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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    The Mets won’t have Justin Turner for their opener. According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the infielder was diagnosed with a left calf strain after making an early exit from Wednesday evening’s Grapefruit League game against the Astros. Calf strains usually come with varying recovery timetables, but it’s a near-certainty that he will miss…

  21. Blue Jays extend J.A. Happ through the 2014 season

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    It’s been quite a week for J.A. Happ. On Tuesday afternoon the 30-year-old left-hander was officially named the Blue Jays’ fifth starter. And now comes word that his pockets are getting a little fatter. MLB.com beat writer Gregor Chisholm reports that the Jays have signed Happ to a two-year contract extension worth $8.9 million. That…

  22. Angels acquire Dane De La Rosa from Rays for Steve Geltz

    Mar 27, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Angels have acquired right-hander Dane De La Rosa from the Rays in exchange for right-hander Steve Geltz. The two pitchers have 14 total innings of major league experience between them. De La Rosa, 30, registered a 2.79 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 54…

  23. Cardinals ink Adam Wainwright to five-year, $97.5 million deal

    Mar 27, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cardinals have signed Adam Wainwright to a five-year contract extension worth $97.5 million. That’s an average annual salary of $19.5 million, which isn’t bad value for a guy who has been an ace in the past and is likely to be an ace again moving forward. Wainwright was…

  24. Rangers return Rule 5 Draft pick Coty Woods to Rockies, get Chris McGuinness back from Indians

    Mar 27, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan has the information: The Rangers sent pitcher Coty Woods back to the Rockies. They are getting first baseman Chris McGuinness back from the Indians. Both were selected in the Rule 5 Draft and no trades were able to be completed for them to stay where they are. Woods posted a decent 3.20…

  25. Logan Forsythe likely to be placed on 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis in his right foot

    Mar 26, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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    The San Diego infield has taken another punch. According to beat writer Corey Brock of MLB.com, Logan Forsythe, who was expected to fill in at third base for the injured Chase Headley, will likely be placed on the 15-day disabled list before the beginning of the regular season due to a recent flareup of the…

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