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  1. Hanson (concussion) confident he’ll be ready for season

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson has been sidelined since Monday morning due to a mild (Grade 1) concussion that he suffered after blowing a tire and banging his head in a one-car accident. But the 25-year-old is confident he’ll be able to play catch-up once he is cleared to return to action. Here’s Hanson discussing his…

  2. Picture of the Day: Mini Yu Darvish

    Feb 25, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Remember Lil’ Ron Washington? Well, he’s not the only youngster impersonating a member of the Rangers. From the Dallas Morning News‘ Evan Grant comes this shot of Mini Yu Darvish, who was spotted walking around the Rangers’ spring training complex on Saturday with a “MINIVISH” uniform:

  3. Was there really a violation of chain of custody protocol in Ryan Braun’s PED case?

    Feb 23, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

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    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had his 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension overturned Thursday after independent arbitrator Shyam Das ruled that there were legitimate chain of custody issues with the urine sample that eventually tested positive for elevated levels of synthetic testosterone. After a thorough review of the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and its…

  4. Clayton Kershaw on tap for Friday bullpen session

    Feb 23, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw skipped a scheduled bullpen session Wednesday after feeling stiffness in his back following his first spring workout. As expected, the stiffness is no big deal. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw will throw that bullpen session on Friday and is expected to have no restrictions going forward…

  5. Clayton Kershaw skips bullpen session due to stiff back

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:51 PM EDT

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    Much like Giants ace Tim Lincecum, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has experienced back stiffness following his first couple of workouts in spring camp. Also like Lincecum, who was able play to play catch Wednesday, Kershaw’s issue is thought to be minor. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick that Kershaw’s scheduled Wednesday bullpen session…

  6. Ryan Howard takes first round of live batting practice

    Feb 22, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    Phillies slugger Ryan Howard is slowly but surely making progress from the torn Achilles tendon that he suffered on the final play of the 2011 NLDS. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, Howard took batting practice from a live pitcher Wednesday in Phillies camp for the first time since the injury. The first baseman spoke…

  7. Angels, Jason Isringhausen reach minor league deal

    Feb 22, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Jason Isringhausen has found a home for 2012. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the veteran reliever agreed to terms on a minor league contract Wednesday evening with the Angels. The deal also includes an invitation to spring training, where Izzy will presumably have a shot at claiming a spot in Anaheim’s Opening Day bullpen. Isringhausen…

  8. Cashman: “I have a personal and professional life”

    Feb 19, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman addressed his alleged affair on Sunday in Yankees camp, likely in the hope that it won’t be a lingering topic of discussion throughout the team’s time in Tampa. Via Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York: “I have a professional and personal life,” Cashman told reporters on the day pitchers and…

  9. Ryan Vogelsong suffers back strain, down 7-10 days

    Feb 19, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong suffered a back strain earlier this month while lifting weights in Pennsylvania. The 34-year-old starter is still in recovery mode, and won’t engage in normal spring training activities for another 7-10 days. If Vogelsong can avoid setbacks he should have little trouble…

  10. Cardinals table extension talks with Yadier Molina

    Feb 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2012 World Series. Coming off a career year at the plate and yet another stellar one behind it, he’s likely having big-dollar dreams. Which is why it’s not all that surprising that contract talks haven’t been…

  11. O’s closer Jim Johnson (back) one week behind

    Feb 19, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that Orioles closer Jim Johnson has been bothered recently by back tightness and is one week behind the other pitchers in big league camp. But there isn’t much concern about his ability to get back near full health by the start of the season. Johnson said the condition is…

  12. Mike Cameron announces retirement

    Feb 19, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Mike Cameron signed a minor league contract with the Nationals in mid-December. But he won’t ever take the field wearing the curly W. According to the Nationals’ official Twitter account, Cameron informed the team on Sunday morning that he is officially retiring from baseball. The 39-year-old outfielder was a .249/.338/.444 career hitter over parts of…

  13. Yankees, Phillies going hard after Cuban OF Jorge Soler

    Feb 15, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

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    With Yoenis Cespedes officially signed and sealed by Oakland, the market for fellow Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler is really beginning to heat up. And two early front-running suitors have been identified. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the teams “in hardest on” the 19-year-old Soler at this time are the Yankees and Phillies. The…

  14. Pirates, Garrett Jones had arbitration hearing Wednesday

    Feb 15, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, comes word that the Pirates engaged in a salary arbitration hearing on Wednesday afternoon with outfielder-first baseman Garrett Jones. Jones requested a salary of $2.5 million and was offered $2.25 million from the Bucs when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Despite the mere $250,000 gap, the two sides…

  15. Magglio Ordonez not willing to accept a minor league deal

    Feb 15, 2012, 7:23 PM EDT

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    It’s February 15 and Magglio Ordonez is without a team. And he’s likely to maintain that unemployed status for a while longer unless his asking price drops significantly within the next week. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Ordonez told a Venezuelan radio station on Wednesday that he is not willing to accept a minor…

  16. Rays sign outfielder Jeff Salazar to minor league deal

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Marc Topkin, beat writer for the freshly-branded Tampa Bay Times, reports that the Rays inked outfielder Jeff Salazar to a minor league contract. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, though Salazar is doubtful to earn a spot on the Rays’ Opening Day roster. The 31-year-old has not appeared in a major league…

  17. O’s avoid arbitration with Adam Jones at $6.15 million

    Feb 14, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun comes word that the Orioles have avoided arbitration with center fielder Adam Jones by agreeing to a one-year, $6.15 million contract. Jones filed for a $7.4 million salary and was offered $5 million from the O’s when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. It took a…

  18. Ozzie Guillen: Hanley Ramirez not on board with move to third base. Yet.

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen was asked Tuesday whether Hanley Ramirez is “absolutely 100 percent on board” with moving to third base this season to accommodate shortstop Jose Reyes. In his response, Guillen did not mince words (see the video at the Miami Herald‘s website): “No,” Guillen said. “No, Hanley is not 100 percent on board.…

  19. Justin Smoak gives up burritos, hoping for strong 2012

    Feb 12, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    While not quite a Best Shape of His Life tale, this weekend report from Larry Larue of the Tacoma News Tribune does profess Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak as having an improved physique: “I gave up Mexican food – man, I could crush burritos,” Smoak told Larue. “And pizza. I could crush those, too. I…

  20. Phillies president confident about retaining Cole Hamels

    Feb 12, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

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    The Phillies haven’t made much progress this winter toward a long-term extension for Cole Hamels. But team president David Montgomery told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer that there’s a sense of confidence something will eventually get done: “I don’t think it’s difficult,” Montgomery said. “We’ve let Cole know we’re anxious to have him stay…

  21. Picture of the Day: M’s open spring training in Arizona

    Feb 12, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

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    The Mariners open their season in late March in Tokyo, so they’re in camp a week earlier than most teams. Which gives us the image below — a simple but wonderful picture of baseball players performing light running drills on a field in Arizona (via the M’s official Twitter feed). It’s back, people. Baseball is…

  22. Evan Longoria had minor foot surgery in November

    Feb 12, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that Rays third baseman Evan Longoria underwent a minor surgical procedure in early November to help relieve “the occasionally painful Morton’s neuroma condition in his left foot.” Longoria was able to resume workouts shortly after the surgery and is expected to be at…

  23. Orioles considered darkhorse for Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 12, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe, a must-read every weekend: Yoenis Cespedes, CF, free agent – There was a lot of talk late in the week that the Orioles were the sleeper team for him. The Marlins, Tigers, and Cubs are also interested, but the Orioles are very aggressive in their…

  24. Pirates, Yankees making progress toward A.J. Burnett trade

    Feb 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was told by a source on Saturday night that there’s a “good chance” of A.J. Burnett being dealt to the Pirates. It appears that source was onto something. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Pirates and Yankees have the “framework” of a deal “in place.” Olney says…

  25. Ordonez to buy stake in Venezuelan Winter League team

    Feb 12, 2012, 9:06 AM EDT

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    Veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez is waiting by the phone, hoping a team will call and allow him to continue his major league playing career. But if nobody makes an offer, he has a backup plan. According to Robert Downs of the Detroit Free Press, Ordonez is “poised to purchase shares” in the Caribes de Anzoátegui,…

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