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  1. Springtime Storylines: Have the Reds built themselves a World Series contender?

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:47 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 2012 season. Up next: The Cincinnati Redlegs. The Big Question: Do the Reds have the pieces to compete for the 2012 World Series title?…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Is there life after Prince Fielder in baseball’s smallest market?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:31 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 2012 season. Up next: A Battered Brew Crew. The Big Question: Can the Brewers still be successful without their Prince? Milwaukee put it all…

  3. Andrew Bailey could miss the start of the regular season because of a right thumb injury

    Apr 1, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is in danger of missing the beginning of the 2012 season due to soreness in his right thumb. Sean McAdam of CSNNewEngland.com has more: The last time Bailey pitched, it was in a minor league game, which would seem to indicate that the Sox are contemplating placing him the disabled…

  4. Mets close to long-term contract extension with Jon Niese

    Apr 1, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

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    In an exclusive report on ESPNNewYork.com, beat writer Adam Rubin passes along word that the Mets are nearing agreement on a long-term contract extension with left-handed starter Jon Niese. The deal is thought to be similar to the five-year, $28.5 million pact that 25-year-old southpaw Derek Holland got from the Rangers back in mid-March. That…

  5. Yankees sign Jason Bulger to minor league contract

    Apr 1, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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    From Erik Boland of New York’s Newsday comes word that the Yankees have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with reliever Jason Bulger. Bulger was released from Twins camp early last week after allowing eight hits, five walks and 10 earned runs in four Grapefruit League innings. The 33-year-old right-hander has run out…

  6. Indians nearing two-year, $16.5 million contract extension with shortstop Asbrubal Cabrera

    Apr 1, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Indians are close to agreeing to a two-year, $16.5 million extension with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. The deal will run through 2014, covering Cabrera’s final year of arbitration eligibility and his first year of free agency. The 26-year-old All-Star is set to earn $4.55 million in 2012, his…

  7. Tweet(s) of the Day: April Fools’ in Cardinals camp

    Apr 1, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

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    April Fools’ Day jokes are usually pretty lame or far too predictable, but Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman just pulled off a zinger on right-hander Adam Wainwright in the third inning of Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. St. Louis Post-Dispatch scribe Joe Strauss tweeted the highlights: Puma drives Waino’s truck into field as…

  8. A.J. Burnett throws four easy innings in minor league game

    Apr 1, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett took another step forward Sunday morning in his ongoing recovery from a fractured right orbital bone, throwing 54 pitches across four innings in an exhibition game between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. According to MLB.com’s Tom Singer, Burnett let up one hit and threw 36 of his 54 pitches for strikes.…

  9. Braves acquire Juan Francisco from Reds for J.J. Hoover

    Apr 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Reds traded corner infielder Juan Francisco to the Braves on Sunday morning for right-handed starter J.J. Hoover. Francisco struggled to find consistent playing time over the past few years in Cincinnati because he’s not a great defender at third base and the…

  10. Andy Pettitte admits his legs “are not in shape”

    Apr 1, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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    The Yankees haven’t made a guess as to when Andy Pettitte will be ready to start a major league game. But we can probably rule out all of April. The veteran left-hander told George King III of the New York Post on Saturday morning in Yankees camp that his legs “are not in shape” yet…

  11. Red Sox set starting rotation: Doubront fourth, Bard fifth, Aceves pushed back to bullpen

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox made things official at the back end of their starting rotation on Sunday morning. Brian MacPherson, Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal, passes along the news: Doubront is the No. 4 starter. — Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 1, 2012 Daniel Bard is the No. 5 starter. — Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp)…

  12. Dallas Braden suffers setback in form of shoulder strain

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

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    A’s left-hander Dallas Braden underwent surgery nearly 11 months ago to repair a torn anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder. And it’s now a certainty that his recovery will take over a year. According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, Braden suffered a shoulder strain while playing catch last week at the…

  13. Drew Smyly wins final spot in Tigers’ starting rotation

    Apr 1, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

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    From the Detroit Free Press‘ official Twitter feed comes word that the Tigers have named 22-year-old left-hander Drew Smyly as their No. 5 starter. Smyly posted a 2.84 ERA and tallied 10 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, winning the job over fellow Tigers southpaw Duane Below, who surrendered nine …

  14. Springtime Storylines: How will year one of the Cubs’ rebuilding plan fly in The Friendly Confines?

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:36 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 2012 season. Up next: 103 years and counting. The Big Question: How will the first year of the Cubs’ rebuild go over on Chicago’s…

  15. Report: Juan Carlos Oviedo faces six-week suspension

    Mar 31, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly known as Leo Nunez) is still in his native Dominican Republic, working to finish the assigned hours of community service that stand between him and a freshly-stamped work visa. But community service won’t be the end of his punishment for years of committing identify fraud. According to Barry Jackson of the…

  16. Franklin Gutierrez (pectoral) cleared to begin throwing

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was put on the disabled list before Wednesday’s season-opener in Japan and won’t be in the Seattle starting lineup Friday when the team gets going state-side. But he should be ready to rock by the end of April. According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, Gutierrez was recently cleared…

  17. Indians tab right-hander Jeanmar Gomez as No. 5 starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Nick Camino of Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 comes word that the Indians have handed the final spot in their season-opening starting rotation to right-hander Jeanmar Gomez. Gomez won the job by registering a 1.37 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 14/8 K/BB ratio this spring in 19 2/3 Cactus League innings. His competition, Kevin Slowey,…

  18. Yu Darvish scheduled to make MLB debut on April 9

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

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    As noted by Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, right-hander Yu Darvish is scheduled to make his first MLB start on April 9 at home against the Mariners. The Rangers revealed their season-opening rotation on Thursday, pegging Colby Lewis for Opening Day (April 6) against the White Sox. He will be followed by Derek Holland and…

  19. Report: Abreu-to-Indians only has “50-50″ chance

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Indians and Angels are close to finalizing a trade involving veteran outfielder and DH Bobby Abreu. No word yet on what the Angels would receive in return, but it’s probably not going to be much. Abreu, 38, hit just .253/.353/.365 with eight home runs across 585 plate appearances…

  20. Chris Perez breezes through Cactus League debut

    Mar 29, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez enjoyed a silky smooth Cactus League debut on Thursday, throwing just five pitches in a hitless inning against the Rockies. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian has the full report. Perez missed most of spring training after suffering a left oblique strain during a late-February bullpen session. But he pitched in two minor league…

  21. Miguel Montero wants a Victor Martinez-type contract

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

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    D’Backs catcher Miguel Montero cut off extension talks with the Arizona front office earlier this spring. And it sounds like they might never resume. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Montero “is said to be looking for a deal similar to Victor Martinez‘s $52-million, four-year contract (with the Tigers), and the chances for him to…

  22. Springtime Storylines: What will the Astros’ final year in the National League look like?

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:04 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 2012 season. Up next: The departing ‘Stros. The Big Question: What will Houston’s farewell season in the National League look like? The short answer…

  23. Corey Hart doubles, singles in minor league spring game

    Mar 28, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Brewers outfielder Corey Hart took a significant step forward Wednesday in his recovery from minor knee surgery, going 2-for-4 with a double and a single in a Triple-A game. It was his first live action of the spring, and he reported feeling zero lingering discomfort. This all comes courtesy of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel beat writer Tom…

  24. Phillies “know how much” Cole Hamels is going to cost

    Mar 28, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

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    There may be a positive development in the ongoing long-term contract negotiations between the Phillies and left-hander Cole Hamels. Or maybe not. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Phillies “know how much” Hamels will cost annually “and are set to pay it.” But the Philadelphia front office would rather do a four-year deal and…

  25. Bobby Jenks on DUI: “I am embarrassed and apologize”

    Mar 25, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Red Sox right-hander Bobby Jenks issued a short written statement Sunday afternoon about his ugly Friday morning DUI arrest. Boston Herald beat writer Scott Lauber provides the text: “I am embarrassed by the situation and apologize to my teammates and to the Red Sox organization for any distractions I may have caused. I still need…

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