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  1. Blue Jays option Ricky Romero to High-A Dunedin

    Mar 26, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Ricky Romero‘s big fall from grace carries on. According to Shi Davidi of Canada’s Sportsnet, the left-hander has officially been optioned to High-A Dunedin. Romero allowed six hits, three walks and three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday afternoon in a Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. He wound up posting a 6.23…

  2. Dodgers option outfielder Yasiel Puig to Double-A and shortstop Dee Gordon to Triple-A

    Mar 26, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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    As first reported by MLB.com beat writer Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers have optioned outfield prospect Yasiel Puig to Double-A Chattanooga and young infielder Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque. Puig nearly hit his way onto the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster this spring, batting .526 with a 1.351 OPS in 59 Cactus League plate appearances. But he has…

  3. 2013 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Cincinnati Reds. The Big Question: Is this the Reds’ year? It certainly has that feel. The Reds tallied 97…

  4. Scott Baker diagnosed with right elbow strain, expected to miss first half of 2013 season

    Mar 24, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Scott Baker‘s ongoing recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery just got more complicated. According to beat writer Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Baker was diagnosed Sunday by Cubs doctors with a muscle strain in his right elbow — the same elbow that was surgically-repaired last April. Baker entered spring training hoping to crack the Cubs’ Opening…

  5. Rockies sign Jon Garland, give Rule 5 Draft pick Danny Rosenbaum back to Nationals

    Mar 24, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

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    As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Rockies have signed right-hander Jon Garland to a one-year contract. It has a $500,000 base and more than $2 million worth of performance-based bonuses. Garland was released by the Mariners on Saturday despite posting a good-looking 2.25 ERA in 12 Cactus League innings. He is likely…

  6. Phillies release infielder Yuniesky Betancourt

    Mar 24, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

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    CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury reports that the Phillies have cut ties with Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt was signed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training on January 28 by the Philadelphia front office. He had a .447/.451/.574 slash line in 51 Grapefruit League plate appearances as of Sunday morning, but the Phillies have…

  7. Dodgers release right-handed reliever Mark Lowe

    Mar 24, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Dylan Henandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers have released righty Mark Lowe. Lowe allowed five runs — four earned — in 8 2/3 innings this spring with the Dodgers, walking three batters and striking out six. He signed a minor league contract with a spring training invite in early February. It…

  8. Yankees close to acquiring Vernon Wells from Angels

    Mar 24, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

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    The Yankees’ front office sure is getting desperate. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, there are serious trade talks taking place between the Angels and Yankees concerning outfielder Vernon Wells. Passan says the deal could be completed by the end of the day Sunday if Wells signs off on it. Wells has a full no-trade…

  9. Reds third base coach Mark Berry diagnosed with cancer

    Mar 24, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

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    Via C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer: Reds third base coach Mark Berry told the team Sunday morning that he has been diagnosed with cancer, but expressed optimism that he will beat it. “I have cancer,” Berry told reporters after the team meeting. “I know it sounds bad, the word cancer, but there are…

  10. Padres release rotation candidate Freddy Garcia

    Mar 24, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

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    The Padres signed Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract in January and gave him a legitimate shot at a starting rotation spot this spring. It didn’t work out. According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, the Padres granted Garcia his release on Sunday morning. He is now a free agent and can sign with any team.…

  11. Kyle Lohse “continues to ask for” $14-$15 million annually

    Mar 24, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reported last week that free agent Kyle Lohse was asking for a three-year, $45 million contract as recently as early March. And that asking price apparently hasn’t dipped much: Club officials say Scott Boras continues to ask for $14 million-$15 million a year from those interested in FA pitcher Kyle…

  12. Mariners sign outfielder Endy Chavez to minors deal

    Mar 24, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Mariners have signed outfielder Endy Chavez. Chavez was released by the Royals on Friday after hitting just .188 with zero extra-base hits in 33 spring plate appearances. The 35-year-old is likely to open the 2013 season at Triple-A Tacoma, where he will act as organizational outfield depth…

  13. Derek Jeter is expected to be sidelined until April 6

    Mar 24, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter can be ruled out for Opening Day. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch on Sunday that the veteran shortstop woke up with soreness in his surgically-repaired ankle after DHing in a minor league game Saturday. Jeter has been shut down for the next two days and is all but certain…

  14. Mariano Rivera diagnosed with migraine headaches

    Mar 24, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera has been experiencing off-and-on headaches for the past two weeks, so the Yankees decided to get to the bottom of the matter. George A. King III of the New York Post has the update: The headaches weren’t as strong, but they didn’t go away. So Friday the Yankees sent baseball’s all-time saves leader…

  15. Jeff Karstens scratched Sunday due to shoulder discomfort

    Mar 24, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Some bad news this morning out of Pirates camp. According to beat writer Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, right-handed starter Jeff Karstens has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League outing Sunday against the Orioles because of “continuing shoulder discomfort.” Karstens reported feeling soreness in his right shoulder on February 19 — after one…

  16. Astros cut Tyler Greene, will start Ronny Cedeno at short

    Mar 24, 2013, 9:36 AM EDT

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    According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have informed shortstop Tyler Greene that he will not make the 25-man roster. He is out of options, so they’re looking to trade him. If they can’t pull that off, he will probably be released. Ronny Cedeno, who was signed to a deal Saturday after…

  17. 2013 Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The St. Louis Cardinals. The Big Question: Can the Cards keep rolling? The Cardinals have made the playoffs nine times…

  18. Roy Oswalt is working out at Mississippi State University and hoping to join a contender soon

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

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    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that free agent right-hander Roy Oswalt is working out at Mississippi State University and aiming to catch on with a new team at some point in the near future. Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber of RMG Baseball, told Dierkes that Oswalt isn’t worried about geography like he was last year…

  19. Casey Janssen will make Grapefruit League debut Friday

    Mar 20, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

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    The Jays should have their closer on Opening Day. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, righty Casey Janssen made it through a one-inning appearance in a minor league game on Wednesday without experiencing any discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder. He has been cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday against the Red Sox…

  20. Zack Greinke goes four scoreless in minor league game

    Mar 20, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    It appears as though Zack Greinke will not miss a turn in the Dodgers’ regular-season starting rotation. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the right-hander threw four scoreless innings Wednesday afternoon on the minor league side of Dodgers camp and reported no elbow issues. Greinke gave up only one hit and struck…

  21. Shaun Marcum given injection for shoulder impingement

    Mar 20, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Mike Puma of the New York Post comes word that Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum has been diagnosed with a shoulder impingement and was administered a cortisone injection on Tuesday in Manhattan to fight the symptoms. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told Puma Wednesday that the shot was “largely precautionary” and that Marcum has not been…

  22. 2013 Preview: Chicago Cubs

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Chicago Cubs. The Big Question: Is Theo Epstein pushing the Cubs any closer to contention? He most definitely is,…

  23. Dominican Republic goes undefeated in WBC, captures title

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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    The 2013 World Baseball Classic is a wrap, and we have a new champion in Team Dominican Republic. The Dominicans rolled through the event undefeated, notching wins against Venezuela, Spain, Italy, the United States and Team Netherlands on the way to snagging the WBC crown. They topped Team Puerto Rico a total of three times…

  24. Pablo Sandoval has a bone spur in his right elbow, but he expects to be fine for Opening Day

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

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    From CSNBayArea.com’s Andrew Baggarly: Third baseman Pablo Sandoval had an MRI exam that ruled out major structural damage in his sore right elbow, and the Giants remain optimistic that their World Series MVP will start on opening day. But Sandoval’s arm will bear watching all season, head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner said. In addition to…

  25. Zack Greinke scheduled to pitch in minors game Wednesday

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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    The progress continues for righty Zack Greinke. According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, Greinke is scheduled to throw around 45 pitches in a minor league game Wednesday in camp. To provide a familiar backdrop, A.J. Ellis will start at catcher. Greinke was diagnosed last week with inflammation in the back of his right…

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