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  1. Matt Moore scheduled to make spring debut Tuesday

    Mar 8, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Rays left-hander Matt Moore was shut down for a little over a week after feeling some abdominal discomfort while performing a fielding drill in late February. He’s still behind the other starters in Rays camp here in early March, but that should begin to change as Opening Day approaches. According to Roger Mooney of the…

  2. Buster Posey to make Cactus League debut Friday

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Buster Posey is back!  Or, he will be soon. According to beat writer Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Wednesday that he’s planning to have Posey catch “a few innings” in Friday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Reds. Posey was unable to return to action last season after suffering a…

  3. Bruce Bochy not apologizing for tossing Angels scout

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he doesn’t regret booting Angels scout Jeff Schugel from the stands Wednesday during a team practice. In fact, Bochy thinks it was completely justified: “You want to go through a fundamental (drill) and I don’t think that’s the time for scouts to be there,” said…

  4. Andrew Bailey over lat pull, cleared to face live hitters

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey suffered a minor lat pull while performing vertical leap drills on one of the first days of spring training. But he has already moved past the injury and is ready to begin playing catch-up with the other relievers in camp. According to WEEI’s Rob Bradford, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine…

  5. Yoenis Cespedes nearly ready for Cactus League play

    Mar 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes Mania — if that’s going to be a thing — is about to hit Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where the A’s play their spring training games. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cespedes is expected to be ready to make his Cactus League debut “by this weekend.” The 26-year-old Cuban defector…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Are the Pittsburgh Pirates getting any closer to breaking .500?

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:49 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 first: The Pirates. Yarrr? The Big Question: Are the Buccos getting closer to snapping their streak of losing seasons? Most of…

  7. Cardinals convert former second-round pick Robert Stock from catcher to pitcher

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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    From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals have converted prospect Robert Stock from a catcher to a pitcher. Rather, they’re going to try to, sending him to minor league camp to begin the process. Stock, the No. 67 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, batted just .241/.320/.347…

  8. Joel Zumaya to undergo Tommy John surgery this month

    Mar 4, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that Joel Zumaya has decided to have Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right (pitching) elbow and will undergo the reconstructive procedure by the end of this month. Zumaya suffered the UCL tear after throwing 13 pitches in his first bullpen session of…

  9. Corey Hart will undergo knee surgery, likely out 3-4 weeks

    Mar 4, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

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    The Brewers revealed Sunday that outfielder Corey Hart needs arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and could miss the start of the regular season. This according to beat writer Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via Twitter). Hart will be in recovery mode from the minor procedure for 3-4 weeks, meaning he is likely…

  10. Phillies GM acknowledges Ryan Howard “could be backed up for a while” due to infection

    Mar 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Phillies have downplayed the severity of the infection that developed two weeks ago around Ryan Howard‘s surgically-repaired Achilles tendon. But it sure sounds like a pretty major setback. According to beat reporter Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard will be in a walking boot for the next 10 days as he recovers from…

  11. Rockies’ Alex White arrested for DUI in Arizona

    Mar 4, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Rockies starter Alex White was arrested Saturday night near the team’s spring training complex in Arizona for driving under the influence of alcohol. White claims that he only had two drinks before the arrest, but he failed both a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer. He was…

  12. Mike Gonzalez turns down Rangers’ minor league offer

    Mar 4, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Lefty specialists are always in demand, but it’s March 4 and Mike Gonzalez is still a free agent because he’s refusing to lower his asking price. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Gonzalez rejected a minor league contract offer that was presented to him last week by the Rangers. The deal would have included an invitation…

  13. Matt Moore “back to normal” after abdominal strain

    Mar 4, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Rays left-hander Matt Moore was sidelined for over a week due to an abdominal strain that he suffered during a fielding drill. But that’s all in the past now. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Moore tossed a free and easy bullpen session on Saturday in Rays camp and told reporters shortly…

  14. Picture of the Day: Yoenis Cespedes is an Oakland A

    Mar 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Jane Lee comes this shot of Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes being officially introduced at a press conference Sunday morning in Phoenix, Arizona. A’s GM Billy Beane looks absolutely giddy.

  15. Jesse Litsch gets emergency surgery, out six weeks

    Mar 4, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch was shut down last week due to shoulder soreness and given an anti-inflammatory injection in the area of the pain. Litsch was only supposed to miss a couple of days while the shot took effect. But the 26-year-old has now been ruled out for the start of the 2012 season.…

  16. David Wright won’t play in spring game before Wednesday

    Mar 4, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Scott Hairston aggravating his troublesome left oblique Saturday during an instrasquad game has created some apprehension in Mets camp. So the team is scaling back workloads for some of its stars, including third baseman David Wright. According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Wright has been scratched from Monday’s Grapefruit League opener…

  17. Ike Davis discusses Valley Fever: “Seriously. I feel great.”

    Mar 4, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Mets team doctors have diagnosed first baseman Ike Davis with Valley Fever, a fungal disease common in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico with symptoms ranging in severity from easily manageable to potentially life-threatening. Davis is hoping his experience with the bug falls into that easy-to-manage category. And so far it has. The talented…

  18. Theo Epstein: Chicago bar scene has been “an impediment to the Cubs in winning”

    Mar 4, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has developed (and will distribute) a pamphlet outlining the way he expects players in the organization to behave. Especially those tempted by the Chicago nightlife. “It’s been a factor in ruining some careers,” Epstein told the Chicago Tribune. “And I’m sure it’s been an impediment to the Cubs in winning. ……

  19. Josh Donaldson 0-for-7 through two spring games

    Mar 4, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    A’s assistant general manager David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle last week that Josh Donaldson would get the first shot at replacing Scott Sizemore (knee surgery) at third base. It’s still early, and regular-season playing time is rarely dictated by spring training stats, but the 26-year-old former catcher is not off to a good…

  20. Rangers’ Matt West might need Tommy John surgery

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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    From Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News comes word that Rangers right-hander Matt West has been diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his throwing elbow and shut down for six weeks. If West isn’t feeling better after a month-plus of rest and therapy, the next course of action will likely be Tommy John reconstructive…

  21. Bryce Harper goes 1-for-3 in Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 3, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are said to be open to the idea of top prospect Bryce Harper opening the 2012 season in the major leagues. So while most spring training stats don’t matter, Harper’s numbers just might. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the 19-year-old outfielder went 1-for-3 with a single and two sharp groundouts…

  22. Mets pretty sure Ike Davis has Valley Fever

    Mar 3, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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    Mets first baseman Ike Davis missed over 100 games last season due to a left ankle injury. And now his 2012 is off to a rough start. According to Marty Noble of MLB.com, the Mets are “treating Davis as if Valley Fever has been diagnosed” and are already planning days off for him this spring.…

  23. Stephen Drew acknowledges he may miss start of season

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew had his 2011 season cut short in late July after suffering a fractured right ankle while sliding into home plate. And he’s still battling the injury here in March. According to MLB.com beat man Steve Gilbert, Drew is “nowhere near the point in his recovery” where he is ready to appear…

  24. Varitek makes retirement official at emotional presser

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox' Varitek announces his retirement from baseball during a news conference at the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers

    Veteran catcher Jason Varitek officially put an end to his playing career on Thursday evening with a farewell press conference at the Red Sox’ spring training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. Speaking from a podium fittingly placed just in front of home plate at the newly constructed JetBlue Park, Varitek addressed his reasoning behind the…

  25. Mike Napoli (ankle) catches three innings in scrimmage

    Mar 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has taken a big step forward in his ongoing recovery from the high ankle sprain that he suffered in World Series Game 6. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the 30-year-old slugger caught three innings Thursday in an instrasquad game and “felt good.” Napoli had been limited to drills and light…

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