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  1. Dallas Braden suffers setback in form of shoulder strain

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:08 AM EST

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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…

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

    Apr 1, 2012, 9:23 AM EST

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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 …

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

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:36 AM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 31, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

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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…

  5. Franklin Gutierrez (pectoral) cleared to begin throwing

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:29 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 31, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

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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,…

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

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:25 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:49 PM EST

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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…

  9. Chris Perez breezes through Cactus League debut

    Mar 29, 2012, 8:51 PM EST

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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…

  10. Miguel Montero wants a Victor Martinez-type contract

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 28, 2012, 10:04 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 28, 2012, 8:38 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 28, 2012, 7:51 PM EST

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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…

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

    Mar 25, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

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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…

  15. Chase Utley out for start of season, has no timetable

    Mar 25, 2012, 3:50 PM EST

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    Chase Utley provided an update on his left knee condition Sunday in Phillies camp. And while he didn’t go into very much detail, the 33-year-old did acknowledge that he’s not going to be active for the early part of the regular season. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer has the goods: “It’s important to get…

  16. White Sox acquire OF Greg Golson from the Royals

    Mar 25, 2012, 2:37 PM EST

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    From Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com comes word that the Royals have traded outfielder Greg Golson to the White Sox for cash considerations. Golson was drafted 21st overall by the Phillies in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft. He never developed into much of a hitter and has made only 42 career major-league plate appearances, but the…

  17. Picture of the Day: Ichiro steps to the plate in Tokyo

    Mar 25, 2012, 1:44 PM EST

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    From Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times comes the shot below of Mariners outfielder and native of Japan Ichiro Suzuki getting ready to bat in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers. The Mariners lost the game 5-1 in front of a raucous sold out crowd of 55,000 at the Tokyo Dome.

  18. Neftali Feliz throws bullpen session, will return Tuesday

    Mar 25, 2012, 12:58 PM EST

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    Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz was lifted from his most recent Cactus League start after feeling some tightness in his throwing shoulder. But he should be back up to speed by Opening Day. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Feliz made it through a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday without feeling any lingering discomfort in his shoulder and…

  19. Joba Chamberlain released from hospital in wheelchair

    Mar 25, 2012, 12:05 PM EST

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    From Erik Boland of Newsday comes this update on Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain, who suffered a life-threatening dislocation of his right ankle Thursday while jumping on a trampoline with his son: Joba just released from hospital, according to person there. Came out in wheelchair. Said “good” when asked how he’s doing. — Erik Boland (@eboland11)…

  20. A.J. Burnett throws 40 pitches of live batting practice

    Mar 25, 2012, 11:21 AM EST

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    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a 40-pitch live batting practice session Saturday in camp, then “raised his arms in celebration” while walking off the field because he felt so good. Burnett suffered an orbital bone fracture earlier this month while performing bunting drills. He underwent surgery,…

  21. M’s Japanese owner won’t watch team play live in Japan

    Mar 25, 2012, 10:39 AM EST

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    There are a number of team owners across the pro sports landscape who would rather not be in the spotlight. Which is fine, and maybe even healthy. But this feels like a different kind of thing. According to Art Thiel of the Everett Herald, Mariners owner Hiroshi Yamauchi, an early innovator at Nintendo and a…

  22. Miguel Cabrera to have fracture examined Tuesday, could be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 25, 2012, 9:43 AM EST

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    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera assured reporters last week that he was not going to miss the Tigers’ regular-season opener despite being diagnosed with a small fracture under his right eye. And it appears as though his optimism was warranted. From John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press comes word that Cabrera is scheduled for a…

  23. Chris Perez throws hitless inning in minor league game

    Mar 25, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

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    Good news out of Goodyear, Arizona. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians closer Chris Perez tossed a perfect seven-pitch frame Saturday in a minor league exhibition game. It was his first live action of the spring, and it couldn’t have gone smoother. Perez strained an oblique muscle during his first bullpen…

  24. Ryan Vogelsong to make first spring start on Monday

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:02 PM EST

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    Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong suffered a back strain on February 7 while lifting weights at his home and has spent the first month of spring training in rehab mode. But he’s about ready for live action. According to beat writer Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday in camp that Voglesong is…

  25. David Wright could make Grapefruit League debut Tues.

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EST

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    From ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin comes word that Mets third baseman David Wright is currently on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday in Port St. Lucie against the Braves. Wright has been taking batting practice off a pitching machine since Thursday and will face a live pitcher Sunday for the first time…

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