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  1. Angels trying to trade for a new closer?

    Apr 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that the Angels have “inquired” about A’s closer Grant Balfour, Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan and Mariners closer Brandon League, with Cafardo calling Balfour the “most logical” fit because Oakland’s asking price should be the lowest. Jordan Walden earned Rookie of the Year votes in the American…

  2. Daisuke Matsuzaka goes four-plus in second rehab start

    Apr 29, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

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    More progress for Boston’s Daisuke Matsuzaka. According to Dan Hickling of the Boston Globe, the Japanese right-hander allowed just one earned run over 4 2/3 innings Saturday for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. It was his second minor league rehab start, and he reported no issues whatsoever with his surgically-repaired right elbow. Matsuzaka is throwing…

  3. Mozeliak says Cardinals haven’t re-ignited Oswalt talks

    Apr 29, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported last Saturday in his weekly “Full Count” video that the Cardinals and Red Sox had begun showing renewed interest in free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt. But one part of that appears to be off: “I think when you look at our club and how things are going, there is no…

  4. Doug Fister slated to make first rehab start Wednesday

    Apr 29, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that Tigers right-hander Doug Fister has been cleared to make his first minor league rehab start Wednesday evening with the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. Fister has been on the disabled list since the first week of the regular season due to a costochondral (rib cage) strain that he…

  5. Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

    Apr 29, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

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    Saturday’s Nationals-Dodgers game had it all. Nats ace Stephen Strasburg fanned nine batters and yielded just one run over seven stellar frames. Nats phenom Bryce Harper made his major league debut, tallying his first hit (a double to center), his first RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and showing off his elite arm with a missile…

  6. Tracking Bryce Harper’s major league debut

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

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    We’ll provide updates throughout the night as baseball’s top prospect, 19-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper, makes his MLB debut against the Dodgers. Here’s the lineup, via Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: As promised, Harper bats 7th: Desmond, ss; Lombardozzi, 3b Werth, rf LaRoche, 1b; Ankiel, cf Espinosa, 2b; Harper, lf Ramos, c Strasburg — Adam…

  7. Ryan Howard cleared for baseball activities, heading to Phillies’ spring training complex

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

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    Hey, it’s positive Ryan Howard health news! According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the 32-year-old first baseman has been cleared for baseball activities and will report to the Phillies’ spring training complex in Clearwater, Florida on Monday morning to begin daily workouts. He will begin by fielding ground balls and playing catch before progressing to…

  8. D’Backs turn to left-hander Patrick Corbin for Monday start

    Apr 28, 2012, 7:48 PM EDT

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    Many assumed that a well-known prospect like Trevor Bauer or Tyler Skaggs would be promoted when the Diamondbacks finally removed soft-tossing righty Josh Collmenter from their starting rotation. Well, Collmenter was pushed to the bullpen on Saturday. But Bauer and Skaggs will stay put. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, the D’Backs have announced that…

  9. Mike Trout goes 0-for-4 with a strikeout in 2012 debut

    Apr 28, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper isn’t the only youngster drawing attention this weekend. Mike Trout, who was brought up by the Angels in 2011 but appeared in only 40 games, made his 2012 major league debut in the Angels’ 2-1 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. Trout finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout, but…

  10. Allen Craig shifting rehab assignment to Triple-A Memphis

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:49 PM EDT

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    The Cards’ bench is about to get an upgrade. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outfielder Allen Craig has been cleared to shift his minor league rehab assignment from High-A Palm Beach to Triple-A Memphis, the final step before rejoining the big league roster. Craig has been on the disabled list since…

  11. Andy Pettitte goes five innings in Wednesday rehab start

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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    Andy Pettitte continues to make his way through the various levels of the Yankees’ minor league system, tuning up for a return to Major League Baseball. His latest stop? The Double-A Trenton Thunder. As noted by Thunder beat writer Mike Ashmore, Pettitte allowed seven hits and four runs  — three earned — over five innings…

  12. Mets sign Brad Emaus, Fred Lewis to minor league deals

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    From the Mets’ official Twitter account comes word that the team agreed to terms on minor league contracts Wednesday evening with second baseman Brad Emaus and outfielder Fred Lewis. Emaus was selected by the Mets in the 11th round of last December’s Rule 5 Draft and had a shot at claiming starting second base duties…

  13. Dustin Moseley gets season-ending shoulder surgery

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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    As expected, Padres right-hander Dustin Moseley underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a torn capsule and labrum in his throwing shoulder. This according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock. Moseley is done for the 2012 season and is likely to be in recovery mode for the early part of 2013. He made just one start this year, allowing…

  14. Ryan Zimmerman undergoing MRI on throwing shoulder

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:18 PM EDT

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    Ryan Zimmerman hasn’t played since Friday because of soreness in his right shoulder. And there’s a chance his absence could last far longer. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Zimmerman is scheduled to have an MRI Tuesday night on his ailing throwing shoulder, with Nationals manager Davey Johnson fearing that the 27-year-old third…

  15. Philip Humber excused from White Sox for birth of child

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

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    Philip Humber is experiencing a life-changing April. On Saturday in Seattle he tossed the 21st perfect game in major league history, improving to 1-0 with a 0.63 ERA through his first 14 1/3 innings this season. And now the 29-year-old right-hander is preparing to welcome a big addition to his family. According to Mark D.…

  16. Mike Pelfrey will be examined by Dr. James Andrews, might need Tommy John surgery

    Apr 24, 2012, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Mike Pelfrey has gone from active to disabled to potentially out for the season in just a few hours. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, the right-hander is scheduled to be examined by Dr. James Andrews at some point this week amid concerns that he might have a partial tear in his right…

  17. Michael Pineda to get second opinion on right shoulder

    Apr 24, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch comes word that Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is scheduled to visit with Dr. David Altchek on Wednesday in New York for a second opinion on his ailing shoulder. Pineda underwent an extensive dye-contract MRI on Tuesday, the results of which won’t be revealed until Altcheck gets a look at them Wednesday.…

  18. Jon Jay returns to St. Louis for tests on shoulder

    Apr 22, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay was said to be day-to-day after running into the Busch Stadium outfield wall on Thursday afternoon. But it is not a certainty that he’s going to avoid the disabled list. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jay was sent back to St. Louis before Sunday’s game in…

  19. Yankees @ Red Sox, Giants @ Mets, & Marlins @ Nationals called off because of rain

    Apr 22, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

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    There will be no Sunday Night Baseball. Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that this evening’s series finale between the Yankees and Red Sox has been postponed due to rainy conditions around Boston’s Fenway Park. The Giants and Mets and the Marlins and Nationals also had the day off as nasty weather set in…

  20. Kyle Blanks needs season-ending shoulder surgery

    Apr 22, 2012, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Kyle Blanks‘ 2012 season is already over. According to beat writer Dan Hayes of the North County Times, the 25-year-old corner outfielder needs surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will not return to action this year. Blanks made just six plate appearances for the Padres this season, tallying one hit,…

  21. A’s claim Luke Hughes off waivers from Twins

    Apr 22, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

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    From LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune comes word that the A’s have claimed infielder Luke Hughes off waivers from the Twins. Hughes — a native of Perth, Australia — was designated for assignment by Minnesota last week after batting just .200/.182/.200 with four strikeouts through his first 11 plate appearances this season.…

  22. Diamondbacks acquire infielder Josh Bell from Orioles

    Apr 22, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles traded third baseman Josh Bell to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Bell was a fourth-round pick of the Dodgers in 2005 and has made it twice into Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospect rankings.…

  23. Red Sox, Cardinals again “reaching out” to Roy Oswalt

    Apr 22, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday in the first part of his weekly “Full Count” video that the Red Sox and Cardinals are among the teams with renewed interest in free agent Roy Oswalt. The 34-year-old righty has been throwing regular bullpen sessions in anticipation of joining a team at some point this summer. Whether…

  24. Matt Kemp’s nine homers in 15 games set Dodgers record

    Apr 22, 2012, 12:08 PM EDT

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com: Matt Kemp set a franchise record for home runs through 15 games with his ninth of the season to back up a solid outing by Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers got a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night. The Dodgers have been around (in…

  25. Adrian Beltre undergoing MRI on hamstring Monday

    Apr 22, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre made an early exit from the first half of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader against the Tigers after suffering a strained left hamstring while running the bases. The Rangers seem confident that Beltre will avoid the disabled list, but the 33-year-old missed five weeks last season because of hamstring issues and so…

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