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  1. Picture of the Day: Yoenis Cespedes is an Oakland A

    Mar 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Jane Lee comes this shot of Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes being officially introduced at a press conference Sunday morning in Phoenix, Arizona. A’s GM Billy Beane looks absolutely giddy.

  2. Jesse Litsch gets emergency surgery, out six weeks

    Mar 4, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch was shut down last week due to shoulder soreness and given an anti-inflammatory injection in the area of the pain. Litsch was only supposed to miss a couple of days while the shot took effect. But the 26-year-old has now been ruled out for the start of the 2012 season.…

  3. David Wright won’t play in spring game before Wednesday

    Mar 4, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Scott Hairston aggravating his troublesome left oblique Saturday during an instrasquad game has created some apprehension in Mets camp. So the team is scaling back workloads for some of its stars, including third baseman David Wright. According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Wright has been scratched from Monday’s Grapefruit League opener…

  4. Ike Davis discusses Valley Fever: “Seriously. I feel great.”

    Mar 4, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Mets team doctors have diagnosed first baseman Ike Davis with Valley Fever, a fungal disease common in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico with symptoms ranging in severity from easily manageable to potentially life-threatening. Davis is hoping his experience with the bug falls into that easy-to-manage category. And so far it has. The talented…

  5. Theo Epstein: Chicago bar scene has been “an impediment to the Cubs in winning”

    Mar 4, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has developed (and will distribute) a pamphlet outlining the way he expects players in the organization to behave. Especially those tempted by the Chicago nightlife. “It’s been a factor in ruining some careers,” Epstein told the Chicago Tribune. “And I’m sure it’s been an impediment to the Cubs in winning. ……

  6. Josh Donaldson 0-for-7 through two spring games

    Mar 4, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    A’s assistant general manager David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle last week that Josh Donaldson would get the first shot at replacing Scott Sizemore (knee surgery) at third base. It’s still early, and regular-season playing time is rarely dictated by spring training stats, but the 26-year-old former catcher is not off to a good…

  7. Rangers’ Matt West might need Tommy John surgery

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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    From Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News comes word that Rangers right-hander Matt West has been diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his throwing elbow and shut down for six weeks. If West isn’t feeling better after a month-plus of rest and therapy, the next course of action will likely be Tommy John reconstructive…

  8. Bryce Harper goes 1-for-3 in Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 3, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are said to be open to the idea of top prospect Bryce Harper opening the 2012 season in the major leagues. So while most spring training stats don’t matter, Harper’s numbers just might. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the 19-year-old outfielder went 1-for-3 with a single and two sharp groundouts…

  9. Mets pretty sure Ike Davis has Valley Fever

    Mar 3, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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    Mets first baseman Ike Davis missed over 100 games last season due to a left ankle injury. And now his 2012 is off to a rough start. According to Marty Noble of MLB.com, the Mets are “treating Davis as if Valley Fever has been diagnosed” and are already planning days off for him this spring.…

  10. Stephen Drew acknowledges he may miss start of season

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew had his 2011 season cut short in late July after suffering a fractured right ankle while sliding into home plate. And he’s still battling the injury here in March. According to MLB.com beat man Steve Gilbert, Drew is “nowhere near the point in his recovery” where he is ready to appear…

  11. Varitek makes retirement official at emotional presser

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox' Varitek announces his retirement from baseball during a news conference at the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers

    Veteran catcher Jason Varitek officially put an end to his playing career on Thursday evening with a farewell press conference at the Red Sox’ spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Speaking from a podium fittingly placed just in front of home plate at the newly constructed JetBlue Park, Varitek addressed his reasoning behind the…

  12. Mike Napoli (ankle) catches three innings in scrimmage

    Mar 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has taken a big step forward in his ongoing recovery from the high ankle sprain that he suffered in World Series Game 6. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the 30-year-old slugger caught three innings Thursday in an instrasquad game and “felt good.” Napoli had been limited to drills and light…

  13. Mike Napoli: “I’ll test the [free agent] market”

    Feb 29, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals’ five-year, $75 million contract with catcher Yadier Molina is already creating quite a ripple effect around the major leagues. Miguel Montero officially cut off long-term talks on Wednesday afternoon with the D’Backs, and now Mike Napoli has done the same with the Rangers. Napoli told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram late…

  14. Franklin Gutierrez diagnosed with torn pectoral muscle

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

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    From beat reporter Shannon Drayer of Seattle’s ESPN 710 AM comes word that Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez has been diagnosed with a partial tear of his right pectoral muscle. Gutierrez suffered the injury Tuesday while making a throw during a drill and flew to Seattle on Wednesday to get a full examination from team…

  15. Kendrys Morales plans to begin running bases next week

    Feb 29, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales is ready for a big step forward. According to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels slugger told reporters in spring camp Wednesday that he is planning to begin running the bases next week. Morales has progressed recently from straight-line jogging to taking zig-zag cuts, and has experienced no…

  16. Johan Santana throws 72 pitches from mound, feels good

    Feb 26, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Mets left-hander Johan Santana took another big step forward on Sunday afternoon in Mets camp, throwing 72 pitches from a mound without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in the shoulder that he had surgically repaired back in September of 2010. This according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. Santana is slated to throw…

  17. Angels sign Juan Rincon to minor league contract

    Feb 26, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

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    From Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com comes word that the Angels have signed veteran reliever Juan Rincon to a minor league contract. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training, meaning Rincon will be in minor league camp with little-to-no shot of cracking the Opening Day roster. The 33-year-old right-hander posted a 2.98 ERA…

  18. Picture of the Day: Cardinals’ World Series Champs patch

    Feb 26, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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    From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes the below photo of a “2011 World Series Champions” patch that the Cardinals have added to their uniforms for the 2012 season:

  19. MRI reveals torn UCL in Joel Zumaya’s right elbow

    Feb 26, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Bad news for Twins right-hander Joel Zumaya. According to Phil Mackey of the Twin Cities’ ESPN 1500 AM, an MRI of the 27-year-old’s right elbow has revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Zumaya is done for the season, and could decide to hang up his cleats for good given the amount of arm troubles he’s…

  20. Reds, Sean Marshall working on multi-year extension

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Reds are “making progress” toward a multi-year contract extension with setup man Sean Marshall. Morosi says the deal “could be announced early this week.” Marshall was acquired via trade this offseason from the Cubs and hasn’t thrown a pitch yet in a major league game for the…

  21. Chris Perez out 4-6 weeks with strained left oblique

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that Indians closer Chris Perez is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks after suffering a left internal oblique strain during his first bullpen session of the spring. Tribe trainer Lonnie Soloff told reporters Sunday in camp that Perez’s “body wasn’t…

  22. Orioles closer Jim Johnson (back) throws off mound

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Orioles closer Jim Johnson came down with a bit of back tightness after his first few workouts in spring camp. But the right-hander is already back on track. According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Johnson threw off a mound early Sunday morning in Orioles camp and reported no lingering pain or discomfort. Orioles manager Buck Showalter…

  23. Carl Crawford and John Henry have made up

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford told reporters earlier this month that he “wasn’t happy” about Red Sox owner John Henry expressing to the media last season that he was “personally opposed” to the former Ray’s seven-year, $142 million contract. Rather than continuing to air their frustrations through the press, player and owner had a sit-down…

  24. Nats reach six-year, $100M extension with Ryan Zimmerman

    Feb 26, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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    From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post comes word that the Nationals reached agreement Sunday morning on a six-year contract extension with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has much more on the just-completed deal, which includes a club option for a seventh season and could keep Zimmerman in a Nationals uniform through…

  25. Diamondbacks not shopping outfielder Gerardo Parra

    Feb 25, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reported earlier that the Nationals had interest in acquiring Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks. But it doesn’t sound like the 24-year-old outfielder is being made available. According to the Arizona Republic‘s Nick Piecoro, the D’Backs have engaged in no recent trade talks involving Parra and don’t intend to deal him. Parra was…

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