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  1. 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,…

  2. Dominican Republic goes undefeated in WBC, captures title

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Cano celebrates with teammate Ramirez after scoring against Puerto Rico during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic final in San Francisco

    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…

  3. 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’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…

  4. 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…

  5. MRI shows mild inflammation in Derek Jeter’s left ankle

    Mar 19, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

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    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter began feeling discomfort in his surgically-repaired left ankle on Monday in spring camp, so the Yankees sent him for a range of tests on Tuesday afternoon to ensure that everything was structurally intact. And it was. According to CBS Sports’ Scott Miller, X-rays were negative and an MRI showed only mild…

  6. Albert Pujols plays field, declares himself ready for opener

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

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    Albert Pujols played first base Tuesday for the first time in this year’s Cactus League and reported no issues with his surgically-repaired right knee. Pujols got pulled after five innings and was never really tested on defense, but the slugger told USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale after his day was through that he is feeling good…

  7. 2013 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

    Mar 19, 2013, 6:35 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 Milwaukee Brew Crew. The Big Question: Do the Brewers have enough pitching to contend for a playoff spot in…

  8. 2013 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 18, 2013, 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 2013 season. Up next: The Pittsburgh Pirates. The Big Question: Can the Buccos break .500 for the first time since the 1992 season? It is absolutely…

  9. David Wright has no regrets about playing in the WBC

    Mar 17, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT

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    David Wright reported back to Mets camp on Sunday morning and offered some perspective for those wanting to blame the World Baseball Classic on his back injury. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has the message: “You can get hurt in spring training,” the third baseman said. “You can get hurt before spring training. Playing baseball,…

  10. Albert Pujols expecting to debut at first base on Tuesday

    Mar 17, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Alden Gonzalez of Albert Pujols expects to make his first start at first base on Tuesday, which comes after an off day and will see the Angels play the Brewers in Maryvale, Ariz. The Angels won’t utilize the designated hitter that day, playing under National League rules so their starting pitcher (Jason…

  11. Zack Greinke throws bullpen session, feels fine

    Mar 17, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke took a step in the right direction on Saturday afternoon, playing catch for the first time since undergoing platelet-rich plasma treatment on his sore pitching elbow early last week. This afternoon, the progress continued. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Greinke threw “about 40 pitches” in a bullpen…

  12. Angels prospect Brandon Sisk needs Tommy John surgery

    Mar 17, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    brandon sisk getty’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Angels southpaw Brandon Sisk is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery “within the next couple of weeks.” The Halos acquired Sisk from the Royals in October for right-handed starter Ervin Santana, who had a $13 million club option for 2013 that Anaheim had no intention of exercising.…

  13. Multiple teams interested in trading for Ramon Hernandez

    Mar 17, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman comes word that the Rockies are talking to multiple MLB teams about a trade involving veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez. Heyman names the Angels, Pirates, Rays and Phillies as potential suitors. The Yankees, at this point, are not believed to have interest in Hernandez. The 36-year-old catcher batted .217/.247/.353 with five…

  14. Roy Halladay leaves spring start after just one inning

    Mar 17, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

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    Between the spring velocity concerns and last year’s shoulder issues, there are already plenty of reasons to worry about how Roy Halladay will fare in 2013. This, hopefully, turns out to be nothing at all. Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports that Halladay lasted only one inning in his Grapefruit League start Sunday afternoon against…

  15. Yankees release outfielder Matt Diaz

    Mar 17, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT

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    As first reported by the YES Network, the Yankees have officially cut ties with outfielder Matt Diaz, who was in camp this spring on a minor league contract. Diaz went 6-for-30 (.200/.250/.200) this year in the Grapefruit League, netting zero extra-base hits. The 35-year-old will hope to catch on with a new team that is…

  16. Stephen Drew may open the season on 15-day disabled list

    Mar 17, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

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    Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew was diagnosed with a concussion 10 days ago after getting beaned in the batting helmet by a pitch. And the 30-year-old has not made a whole lot of tangible progress since. Scott Lauber — Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Herald — reports that Drew “has been cleared only to lightly…

  17. Mark Teixeira acknowledges he might be out until June

    Mar 17, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

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    The bad news keeps pouring out of Yankees camp. According to Bryan Hoch of, Mark Teixeira told reporters the injury to his right wrist involves the tendon sheath and acknowledged that the new diagnosis means he “could miss all of May.” Teixeira injured his right wrist a little less than two weeks ago while…

  18. Brewers still considering free agent righty Kyle Lohse?

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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    Here’s Tom Haudricourt, beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: You understand the reservations the Brewers have about Lohse. He is 34 and wants at least a three-year deal, and the Brewers were burned in the past by committing to Jeff Suppan and Randy Wolf with multiyear deals in their 30s. … But [Brewers owner Mark…

  19. Stephen Strasburg wants to be a workhorse this season

    Mar 17, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

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    The Nationals handled Stephen Strasburg with the ultimate level of care last season, only allowing him to throw more than 100 pitches in a game a handful of times and ultimately cutting him off at 159 1/3 total frames. It was a smart strategy for a prized pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery, but the…

  20. Cody Ross still sidelined with strained left calf muscle, questionable for Opening Day

    Mar 17, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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    Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross was removed from a Cactus League game on March 3 against the Giants with discomfort in his lower left leg. It’s been two weeks and his return to action is not close. According to’s Steve Gilbert, Ross — who was officially diagnosed with a left calf strain — has barely…

  21. Albert Pujols is able to run the bases on his own now

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi explains it all: Albert Pujols is back on the bases. Pujols, who underwent offseason right knee surgery, played in only his fourth Cactus League game Wednesday against the San Diego Padres. But it represented a landmark of sorts: Pujols ran the bases for the first time, rather than exiting for a designated…

  22. Jurickson Profar added to Team Netherlands for World Baseball Classic semifinals

    Mar 13, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

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    John Blake, the executive vice president of communications for the Texas Rangers, announced tonight on his personal Twitter feed that shortstop prospect Jurickson Profar will join up with Team Netherlands for the four-team, single-elimination Championship Round of the World Baseball Classic. Profar stayed back in Rangers camp when the 2013 WBC began because he wanted to…

  23. Brett Pill needs right knee surgery, out at least three weeks

    Mar 13, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

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    From Andrew Baggarly of comes word that Giants utilityman Brett Pill is scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Thursday and will be sidelined for at least the next three weeks. Pill tweaked his right knee last week in Giants camp. He has only 29 plate appearances this spring in the Cactus League and is…

  24. Casey Kelly undergoing tests for sore pitching elbow, could need Tommy John surgery

    Mar 13, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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    Troubling news this evening out of Padres camp. According to beat writer Corey Brock of, top pitching prospect Casey Kelly “will have tests done” this week on his right (pitching) elbow, which has been plagued by soreness since his last Cactus League start on March 7 against the Angels. Kelly began experiencing elbow discomfort last…

  25. Gio Gonzalez pitches brilliantly and David Wright drives in five as USA defeats Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:29 PM EDT

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    Gio Gonzalez was in mid-season form and David Wright continued his recent run of heroics as Team USA topped a punchless Puerto Rico squad 7-1 on Tuesday night at Marlins Park in Little Havana. Gonzalez went five scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, walking none and fanning five. His fastball hit 93-94 mph consistently and…

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