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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Christian Garcia shut down 10-14 days with forearm injury

    Feb 24, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Mark Zuckerman of reports that Nationals right-hander Christian Garcia will be shut down for the next 10-14 days because of lingering discomfort just above his right wrist. Garcia underwent an MRI exam in Nationals camp last week that revealed a mild forearm strain and was then prescribed rest after visiting with an arm specialist in the…

  6. Dodgers have talked extension with manager Don Mattingly

    Feb 24, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is entering the final chapter of a three-year contract that he signed in 2010. So it’s time to start printing more pages. According to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers officials have spoken to Mattingly recently “about a new contract,” though there’s no hurry to get anything…

  7. Jeffrey Loria posts “Letter To Our Fans” in Miami newspapers

    Feb 24, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

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    Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria took out a full-page ad in the Sunday editions of the Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post and South Florida Sun-Sentinel and published a “Letter To Our Fans.” Here it is in all its glory: LETTER TO OUR FANS It’s no secret that last season was not our best — actually it was one…

  8. A-Rod’s 2009 World Series ring is going up for sale

    Feb 24, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Via Michael O’Keefe of the New York Daily News: The diamond-studded, 2009 World Series ring A-Rod gave his cousin Yuri Sucart — the man Rodriguez says talked him into using steroids — will go on sale Monday, and sports memorabilia auctioneer Ken Goldin says it could fetch as much as $40,000. Major League Baseball banned Sucart from…

  9. Russell Martin withdraws from World Baseball Classic

    Feb 24, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Russell Martin told reporters earlier this month that he was planning to play shortstop for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. But it won’t happen. According to beat writer Tom Singer of, Martin has withdrawn from the event because the Pirates and officials from Team Canada have told him that they don’t want…

  10. Curt Schilling’s bloody sock goes for $92,613 at auction

    Feb 23, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

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    From the Associated Press, via NEW YORK (AP) – A bloody sock worn by Curt Schilling while pitching for the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals was sold for $92,613 at a live auction on Saturday night at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion. Schilling had loaned…

  11. Scott Baker expected to join Cubs rotation in mid-April

    Feb 23, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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    Gordon Wittenmyer, who serves as a beat writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, explains this situation: Cubs manager Dale Sveum said he anticipates right-hander Scott Baker getting his first spring start sometime in the middle of March, then opening the season on the disabled list and – barring setback – making his Cubs debut sometime in…

  12. Kyle Lohse still struggling to attract legitimate interest

    Feb 23, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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    All remains quiet on the Kyle Lohse front. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports published an article this evening suggesting eight different major league teams — Brewers, Indians, Rangers, Red Sox, Angels, Orioles, Yankees and Cardinals — that could be in play for the free agent right-hander. But Heyman notes in that same article that there’s…

  13. Pirates sign Jose Contreras to minor league contract

    Feb 23, 2013, 7:47 PM EDT

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    From the organization’s official Twitter feed comes word that the Pirates have reached agreement on a minor league contract with righty Jose Contreras. The deal carries an invitation to spring training, but Contreras is still rehabbing from a torn UCL in his right elbow and a flexor pronator tear, and might not be ready for the start…

  14. Rafael Furcal given anti-inflammatory injection for elbow

    Feb 23, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Rafael Furcal‘s status is not getting any rosier. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the veteran shortstop had to be given an anti-inflammatory injection Friday in Cardinals camp due to lingering pain in his right (throwing) elbow. The shot will keep Furcal from non-hitting drills for the next couple of days and…

  15. Shelby Miller cleared for throwing after shoulder scare

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

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    Cardinals righty Shelby Miller was scratched from a scheduled throwing session on Thursday because of shoulder soreness. But he’s already back at it. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the 22-year-old prospect was cleared to throw on flat ground Thursday and could resume mound workouts as early as Friday morning. “I feel…

  16. 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters are here

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

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    The final rosters for next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic were just revealed on The only real big surprise is that first baseman Joey Votto is listed under the heading for Team Canada. He hasn’t fully committed yet to playing and probably won’t make that decision until the event draws a bit closer. The…

  17. Alex Rodriguez “conducting two rehab sessions each day”

    Feb 21, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

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    You’ve probably seen the stories suggesting that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez “is unlikely to ever wear the pinstripes again” due to issues with his surgically-repaired hip or that he’s “scared and paranoid” about how people will react to the Biogenesis stuff. But it’s mostly garbage. A-Rod said through a spokesman Thursday that he’s rehabbing diligently in…

  18. Cardinals still waiting for pitching prospect Carlos Martinez to arrive in Jupiter, Florida

    Feb 21, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals pitching prospect Carlos Martinez still hasn’t arrived at spring training in Jupiter, Florida because he has not obtained a proper work visa. Strauss says the Cardinals front office has “no idea” when Martinez might show up. The talented young right-hander is already two weeks behind…

  19. Rangers “have not changed their position” on Kyle Lohse

    Feb 20, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Sources told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal last week that free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse was “almost certain to sign with a team soon.” But it’s been six whole days and there is no action on that front.’s T.R. Sullivan confirmed on Wednesday evening that the Rangers “have not changed their position on their lack…

  20. Alex Rodriguez has been eating. Seafood, mostly

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

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    The New York Daily News can confirm this outrageous bit of news: The Yankee slugger, who has been MIA since he was linked to a Miami clinic under investigation by MLB for providing performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players, was caught leaving The Atlantic Grill on the Upper West Side. According to insiders, A-Rod, who is rehabbing his left…

  21. Felix Hernandez throws first bullpen session in M’s camp

    Feb 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    An MRI taken in early February — just before Felix Hernandez inked a record seven-year, $175 million contract extension with Seattle — revealed some potential long-term issues in the 26-year-old right-hander’s pitching elbow. But all is well for now. According to beat writer Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Hernandez was brimming with confidence after…

  22. Reds won’t let Johnny Cueto pitch in the 2013 WBC

    Feb 20, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

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    Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was hoping to represent his native Dominican Republic in next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic. But it’s not going to happen: Reds exercised right to disallow Cueto’s participation in WBC as he finished on DL. Despite his desire to play, he respects their decision. — Bryce H. Dixon (@brycehdixon) February 20,…

  23. Ryan Zimmerman will DH in early spring games

    Feb 19, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post explains: In an effort to move [Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman] along slowly, [manager Davey Johnson] plans to use Zimmerman as a designated hitter early in the spring. He does not expect Zimmerman to be able to play defense in a game until two weeks into the Grapefruit League…

  24. Lance Berkman to Ron Washington on 2011 World Series: “Yeah, we won that war”

    Feb 19, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Lance Berkman usually says whatever he’s feeling and he’s one of the most interesting interview subjects in professional sports because of it. But he probably crossed some sort of line in Rangers camp Tuesday. Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the story from Surprise, Arizona: Berkman, who signed a one-year, $11 million deal…

  25. Five new players tied to Biogenesis clinic; sources say Gio Gonzalez did not purchase PEDs

    Feb 19, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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    From investigative reporters T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of comes word that Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, A’s left-hander Jordan Norberto, Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, Padres right-hander Fautino De Los Santos and Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello have also been discovered in the records of the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. The players “were on a list as…

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