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  1. Brayan Villarreal’s family escaped an attempted kidnapping Friday night in Venezuela

    Mar 3, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Tom Gage of the Detroit News has gathered the few details that have been made publicly available: The Tigers confirmed Sunday that the family of relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal was the target of an unsuccessful armed kidnapping on Friday night in Venezuela. No members of Villarreal’s family were harmed, however, and the incident won’t require…

  2. Jeff Samardzija named Opening Day starter for Cubs

    Mar 3, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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    This is obviously related to the Matt Garza news. According to MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat, Cubs manager Dale Sveum announced Sunday morning in camp that Jeff Samardzija will get the nod on Opening Day — Monday, April 1 — against the Pirates. Garza would have been given the honor, but he has been ruled out until…

  3. Yankees among teams with interest in Chien-Ming Wang

    Mar 3, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang back in pinstripes? Maybe. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and five other MLB teams are expressing interest in the free agent right-hander, who allowed just four hits over six scoreless innings Saturday as his Chinese Taipei team grabbed a 4-1 victory over Australia in Group B of the 2013 World…

  4. Matt Garza ruled out for Opening Day and might not rejoin Cubs’ rotation until early May

    Mar 3, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

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    As first noted by Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs announced Sunday at their spring training complex in Mesa, Arizona that right-hander Matt Garza has been ruled out for Opening Day and probably won’t be ready until May due to lingering discomfort around his strained left lat muscle. Garza suffered the lat injury…

  5. Rangers have “remained in contact” with Kyle Lohse

    Mar 3, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

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    Something may start brewing soon between the Rangers and free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. According to beat writer Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Texas front office has “remained in contact” with Lohse’s agent, Scott Boras, and “there are some within the Rangers’ organization” who are pushing for a deal. Signing the 12-year major…

  6. Johan Santana throws lightly off mound in Mets camp

    Mar 3, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

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    Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters on Saturday that Johan Santana probably wouldn’t be ready to throw off a mound for another “10 days or so.” But that estimate was about nine days off. ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports that Santana made light tosses from a mound on Sunday morning in Mets camp. He clearly…

  7. Aramis Ramirez only out a few days with strained left knee

    Mar 3, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

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    Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez was diagnosed with a left knee strain on Saturday after sliding too hard into the second base bag during a Cactus League game against the Angels. It was his first double of the spring and he was probably running too aggressively. But everything should be fine. According to beat writer…

  8. Japan and Chinese Taipei move to 2-0 in WBC pool play

    Mar 3, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

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    These are the overnight World Baseball Classic games you probably missed. Unless you’re one of those World Baseball Classic superfans. And, hey, there are worse things to be. Helped by a four-run fourth inning, Chinese Taipei defeated a feisty Netherlands squad 8-3 on Sunday in Taichung, Taiwan. Dai-Kang Yang homered and tallied three RBI. Taipei is now 2-0…

  9. Ichiro Suzuki was in a car crash on Saturday evening

    Mar 3, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

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    But he came out completely unscathed. George A. King III of the New York Post tells the story: Ichiro was headed south in his Land Rover on a Tampa highway around 4 p.m. when he hit Linda Trange Le, who failed to yield the right of way when making a left hand turn in front of Ichiro,…

  10. Rafael Furcal on injured elbow: “It’s not getting better”

    Mar 3, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

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    Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal opted to rehab a torn ligament in his right elbow rather than undergo Tommy John surgery. So far, that decision has not worked out for anyone. Furcal began experiencing renewed discomfort in his right elbow a couple of weeks ago in Cardinals camp and continues to feel pain whenever he tries…

  11. Carlos Beltran will play for Puerto Rico in World Baseball Classic despite bruised toe

    Mar 2, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

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    Carlos Beltran suffered a bruised right toe Thursday when he was hit by a pitch in a Grapefruit League game and wondered aloud to reporters whether it might affect his ability to play for his native Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. It won’t. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Beltran…

  12. Aramis Ramirez departs spring game with left knee strain

    Mar 2, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

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    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez left Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Angels because of a left knee strain. Ramirez suffered the injury while hustling to second base on a bloop double down the left field line. It was his first hit so far in this year’s Cactus…

  13. Shaun Marcum pulled from Mets’ spring rotation so that he can “strengthen his shoulder”

    Feb 27, 2013, 11:22 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo has the story: Right-hander Shaun Marcum has temporarily stepped out of the Mets’ Grapefruit League rotation, but is not injured. [Manager Terry Collins] said Marcum wants to concentrate on a long-toss program designed to strengthen his shoulder, which gave him trouble last spring. He will return to game action in early to…

  14. Guido, the Miller Park Italian sausage, has been found

    Feb 27, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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    It’s over, ladies and gentlemen. Miller Park’s missing racing sausage has been returned safely. Steve Chamraz, an anchor and investigative reporter for WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, explains how it went down: :: Source in a Cedarburg bar reports two men entered with the abducted Guido, said “you didn’t see this,” dropped him off and ran. — Steve…

  15. Matt Garza cleared to resume spring throwing program

    Feb 27, 2013, 9:37 PM EDT

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    Good news tonight out of Cubs camp in Arizona. According to CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney, right-hander Matt Garza has been cleared to resume his throwing program on Thursday. Garza had been idle for a couple weeks with a mild lat strain. He’ll probably start off with flat-ground tosses before eventually graduating back to mound work.…

  16. Will Middlebrooks aggravates right wrist in spring game

    Feb 27, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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    Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks was removed from Wednesday night’s Grapefruit League game against the Orioles because of what is currently being termed “right wrist soreness.” Middlebrooks appeared to injure the wrist while taking a swing at a high-and-tight fastball in the first inning. He met with trainers near the Red Sox dugout and…

  17. Phil Hughes may not be ready for the start of the season

    Feb 27, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his upper back early last week and hasn’t made a whole lot of progress in the days since. Which prompted manager Joe Girardi to tell Byran Hoch of MLB.com this afternoon that “it’s possible” Hughes won’t be on the active roster when the 2013…

  18. Bryce Harper is 6-for-8 so far in the Grapefruit League and “taking extra bases at will”

    Feb 26, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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    Jedd Gyorko isn’t the only on-fire spring hitter. Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper — who doesn’t turn 21 years old until October — went 3-for-3 with two doubles Tuesday in the Nationals’ 9-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Braves. Harper is now 6-for-8 (.750) this spring and “taking extra bases at will,” writes Mark Zuckerman…

  19. Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko has three home runs and nine RBI in just four spring games

    Feb 26, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Jedd Gyorko is fighting Logan Forsythe this spring in Padres camp for the club’s starting second base job. And he’s off to a pretty phenomenal start. Gyorko slugged a pinch-hit solo home run on Tuesday afternoon in the Friars’ 7-5 defeat of the Reds and now has three homers and nine total RBI through just…

  20. Miguel Montero sidelined with unidentified thumb injury

    Feb 26, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Arizona catcher Miguel Montero was held out of Monday’s Cactus League game against the Royals because of a swollen right thumb that team trainers assumed was the result of a deeply embedded splinter. But there is no splinter, folks. There never was a splinter. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert explains: Exactly what is wrong with the D-backs catcher’s…

  21. Shelby Miller will make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday

    Feb 26, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller experienced some mild soreness in his right shoulder last week while trying to ramp up his spring throwing program. But it’s apparently already a non-issue. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the righty is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday against the Nationals. Adam Wainwright…

  22. Ryan Madson ready to throw on back-to-back days

    Feb 24, 2013, 5:54 PM EDT

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    Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register has a small update on the status of Ryan Madson: Madson said he is scheduled to throw on back-to-back days on Monday and Tuesday. He said he’s not sure how the progression will go this week, whether he’ll increase frequency or distance. So far he’s only thrown at…

  23. Bruce Rondon hit 100 mph “a couple times” in spring debut

    Feb 24, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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    The Tigers let Jose Valverde walk this winter — he’s still a free agent — and are considering turning closer duties over to rookie righty Bruce Rondon. Rondon has logged only eight total innings above the Double-A level and has a troubling 5.1 career BB/9 in the minors. But the Detroit coaching staff loves his…

  24. Curtis Granderson has broken right forearm, out 10 weeks

    Feb 24, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Brutal news this afternoon out of Yankees camp. According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, outfielder Curtis Granderson has been diagnosed with a fractured right forearm and will need 10 weeks of rest and rehab. Which means he probably won’t be ready for action until late April or early May. Granderson suffered the injury…

  25. Curtis Granderson plunked on forearm, getting X-rays

    Feb 24, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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    Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was hit on his right arm by a J.A. Happ pitch in the second inning of Sunday’s Grapefruit League game vs. the Blue Jays. Granderson appeared to be in pain and was immediately lifted, but the early word is good. According to beat man Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Granderson…

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