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  1. Derek Jeter will resume playing shortstop this week

    Mar 10, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger has an update on the health status of one Derek Jeter: Jeter is scheduled to play as a designated hitter again on Monday. After that, he said, it’s possible he could play shortstop in a game. He plans to discuss the situation with manager Joe Girardi. “If that’s what…

  2. Matt Carpenter is impressing at second base

    Mar 10, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals told Matt Carpenter — who played primarily first base, third base and the corner outfield spots last season — to spend his winter learning how to play second base. And learn he did. Carpenter has logged 44 innings at second this spring in the Grapefruit League and has impressed the St. Louis coaching…

  3. Mets reassign Zack Wheeler to minor league camp

    Mar 10, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

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    It’s official: Zack Wheeler will open 2013 in Triple-A. According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the top pitching prospect was formally reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday morning in Port St. Lucie. He made one appearance in the Grapefruit League, striking out two batters over two scoreless innings. Wheeler, ranked 11th on Baseball…

  4. No suspensions coming for Canada-Mexico WBC brawl

    Mar 10, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, World Baseball Classic officials have decided that no players will be further disciplined for the benches-clearing brawl that broke out Saturday between Team Canada and Team Mexico. The fight brought seven ejections, but that’s as far as the punishment will go. “We are extremely disappointed in the bench-clearing…

  5. Delmon Young completes 10-day community service sentence for his April hate crime arrest

    Mar 7, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    Delmon Young agreed to 10 days of community service after he was charged with committing a hate crime outside the New York Hilton last April. Now comes word that his sentence has been served. Young’s agent, Joel Wolfe, told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that Young completed his community service in Manhattan during the month of…

  6. Cards “have not called the Rockies” about Troy Tulowitzki

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

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    There has been speculation that the shortstop-needy Cardinals might make a run at the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki. But it won’t happen anytime soon. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals “have not called the Rockies” this spring about Tulowitzki. Heyman adds that the Colorado front office “has no interest in trading Tulo anyway.” The…

  7. Derek Jeter gets “final clearance” on surgically-repaired ankle

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

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    Finally some positive news out of Yankees camp. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, veteran shortstop Derek Jeter was given “final clearance” on Thursday afternoon in North Carolina from the doctor that performed his ankle surgery in late October. In other words, Jeter is free to perform all baseball-related activities and can…

  8. Tony Campana given eight stitches for lacerated left hand

    Mar 7, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks outfielder Tony Campana suffered a lacerated left hand Thursday while trying to steal second base during a Cactus League game against the Brewers and wound up needing eight stitches. Campana will likely be held out of baseball activities for the next several days while the laceration…

  9. Brett Lawrie withdraws from 2013 World Baseball Classic because of left rib cage injury

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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    Shi Davidi of has the breaking news: The Toronto Blue Jays expect Brett Lawrie to be ready for opening day, but a mild strain near the third baseman’s 10th rib and left intercostal muscle forced him to withdraw from Canada’s entry to the World Baseball Classic on Friday. Lawrie, a native of Langley, British…

  10. Team USA considering Ike Davis to replace Mark Teixeira

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

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    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin spoke with “an official familiar with the process” on Tuesday night about how Team USA is planning to replace first baseman Mark Teixeira for the 2013 WBC. One option, the official confessed, is the Mets’ Ike Davis, an Arizona native. Though that same official noted that “a lot of names…

  11. No moment of silence for Hugo Chavez at Team Venezuela’s exhibition game vs. the Marlins

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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    You’ve probably heard that Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died this evening at the age of 58. If you didn’t think we would try to find a baseball angle in this, you’re probably not a very frequent reader of HardballTalk. And shame on you for that. Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel describes the scene…

  12. Yankees outfielder Adonis Garcia suffers broken left wrist

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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    Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Yankees outfield prospect Adonis Garcia has been diagnosed with a broken left wrist and will have surgery on Thursday. He suffered the injury Sunday while taking batting practice in Tampa. It’s not clear how long the 27-year-old will be out. Garcia, a Cuban defector, signed for $400,000…

  13. David Ortiz runs the bases for a second straight day

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game yet this spring because of lingering concerns about the strength of his right Achilles’ tendon. But things are looking up. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Ortiz ran the bases Tuesday afternoon in Red Sox camp for a second…

  14. Kelvim Escobar has nerve impingement above right hand

    Mar 5, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

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    Kelvim Escobar‘s comeback just got complicated. According to beat reporter Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the veteran righty has been diagnosed with a nerve impingement (also called a pinched nerve) just above his pitching hand. Escobar was removed from his Cactus League debut on Sunday against the Cubs after complaining of random weakness in his right…

  15. White Sox have discussed extension with Chris Sale

    Mar 5, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    chris sale getty’s Dan Hayes has the story: White Sox pitcher Chris Sale confirmed Tuesday his representatives have had discussions with the club about a contract extension. “We’ve been kind of back and forth but nothing too crazy right now,” Sale told reporters on Tuesday. The 23-year-old lefty isn’t eligible for arbitration until next winter, so it’s…

  16. Shaun Marcum to make second spring appearance Tuesday

    Mar 3, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

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    Shaun Marcum was removed from the Mets’ Grapefruit League rotation last week due to mild shoulder fatigue. But he is already back in. Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Marcum will pitch Tuesday afternoon in a B-game against the Marlins. LaTroy Hawkins and Pedro Feliciano are also scheduled for innings. Marcum was shelled…

  17. Christian Garcia diagnosed with torn tendon in right forearm

    Mar 3, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Nationals right-hander Christian Garcia began complaining of forearm discomfort last weekend and was prescribed two weeks of rest. And now that period of rest has been extended indefinitely. According to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the Nats’ medical director has diagnosed Garcia with a partially torn tendon and advised that he refrain from throwing for…

  18. Brayan Villarreal’s family escaped an attempted kidnapping Friday night in Venezuela

    Mar 3, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Tom Gage of the Detroit News has gathered the few details that have been made publicly available: The Tigers confirmed Sunday that the family of relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal was the target of an unsuccessful armed kidnapping on Friday night in Venezuela. No members of Villarreal’s family were harmed, however, and the incident won’t require…

  19. Jeff Samardzija named Opening Day starter for Cubs

    Mar 3, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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    This is obviously related to the Matt Garza news. According to’s Carrie Muskat, Cubs manager Dale Sveum announced Sunday morning in camp that Jeff Samardzija will get the nod on Opening Day — Monday, April 1 — against the Pirates. Garza would have been given the honor, but he has been ruled out until…

  20. Yankees among teams with interest in Chien-Ming Wang

    Mar 3, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang back in pinstripes? Maybe. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and five other MLB teams are expressing interest in the free agent right-hander, who allowed just four hits over six scoreless innings Saturday as his Chinese Taipei team grabbed a 4-1 victory over Australia in Group B of the 2013 World…

  21. Matt Garza ruled out for Opening Day and might not rejoin Cubs’ rotation until early May

    Mar 3, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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    As first noted by Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs announced Sunday at their spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona that right-hander Matt Garza has been ruled out for Opening Day and probably won’t be ready until May due to lingering discomfort around his strained left lat muscle. Garza suffered the lat injury…

  22. Rangers have “remained in contact” with Kyle Lohse

    Mar 3, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Something may start brewing soon between the Rangers and free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. According to beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas front office has “remained in contact” with Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, and “there are some within the Rangers’ organization” who are pushing for a deal. Signing the 12-year major…

  23. Johan Santana throws lightly off mound in Mets camp

    Mar 3, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Saturday that Johan Santana probably wouldn’t be ready to throw off a mound for another “10 days or so.” But that estimate was about nine days off. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that Santana made light tosses from a mound on Sunday morning in Mets camp. He clearly…

  24. Aramis Ramirez only out a few days with strained left knee

    Mar 3, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

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    Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez was diagnosed with a left knee strain on Saturday after sliding too hard into the second base bag during a Cactus League game against the Angels. It was his first double of the spring and he was probably running too aggressively. But everything should be fine. According to beat writer…

  25. Japan and Chinese Taipei move to 2-0 in WBC pool play

    Mar 3, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

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    These are the overnight World Baseball Classic games you probably missed. Unless you’re one of those World Baseball Classic superfans. And, hey, there are worse things to be. Helped by a four-run fourth inning, Chinese Taipei defeated a feisty Netherlands squad 8-3 on Sunday in Taichung, Taiwan. Dai-Kang Yang homered and tallied three RBI. Taipei is now 2-0…

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