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  1. On disabled list, Andrew Bailey has “best day yet”

    Apr 2, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was placed on the 15-day disabled list at the start of the season due to a muscle strain in his right forearm. Good news: he made a little progress today. According to Jeff Fletcher of Bay Bridge Baseball, Bailey played long toss from a distance of 120 feet on Saturday afternoon…

  2. On Opening Day, I went to church…

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

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    I’ve lived in St. Louis since 1996 and have spent 20 or so days and nights at Cardinals games each season since I moved here. But I had never been to the Cardinals’ home opener until yesterday. I don’t love the new Busch Stadium. There are too many gaudy ads and the decision to switch…

  3. Andrew Bailey placed on disabled list with forearm strain

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

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    Oakland closer Andrew Bailey was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his forearm back in mid-March and hasn’t been able to get back to full strength in time for Opening Day. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday evening, according to the A’s official Twitter feed, and is likely to miss the…

  4. Giants name Brandon Belt starting first baseman

    Mar 30, 2011, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Here’s some big (but somewhat expected) news out of San Francisco… According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have informed top prospect Brandon Belt that he will open the year as the club’s starting first baseman. Aubrey Huff is going to move out to right field for the time being…

  5. Curtis Granderson (oblique) cleared for Yankees’ opener

    Mar 30, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

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    When Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a strained oblique during the second-to-last week of spring training, he appeared destined for a season-opening disabled list stint. But he has apparently defied the odds. According to Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News, Granderson went 2-for-5 with two doubles in a minor league game Wednesday and…

  6. Springtime Storylines: Does this Cubs team have what it takes to change history?

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:13 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: 102 years and counting… The Big Question: Does this Cubs team have what it takes to change history? The Cubs…

  7. Springtime Storylines: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the Pirates?

    Mar 29, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Hurdle and his Bucs. The Big Question: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for the Pirates?…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Can the Cardinals survive the loss of an ace?

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The National League’s winningest franchise. The Big Question: Can the Cardinals survive the loss of an ace? In reality, the…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Are the Astros headed for a long stretch of rough results?

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:58 AM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Houston, we have a problem. The Big Question: Are the Astros headed for a long stretch of rough results? It…

  10. With shoulder still hurting, Brad Lidge going for MRI

    Mar 27, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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    The Phillies have already announced that closer Brad Lidge is going to open the season on the 15-day disabled list due to “shoulder pain.” Now they’re hoping to get a clearer diagnosis on exactly what’s ailing him. According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Lidge will fly back to Philadelphia on Tuesday to undergo an MRI…

  11. Rays trade infielder Joe Inglett to Astros

    Mar 27, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Brian McTaggart of MLB.com had this one first. The Astros made a minor move Sunday, acquiring infielder Joe Inglett from the Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Inglett posted a .208/.321/.250 batting line in 24 at-bats this spring and failed to make the Tampa Bay season-opening roster. He…

  12. Francona “aggravated” by Buck Showalter’s comments

    Mar 27, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Orioles manager Buck Showalter made a couple of controversial comments in a recent issue of Men’s Journal about some of his opponents in the American League East. He said Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter “ticks” him off and that he’d “like to see how smart” Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein “is with the Tampa Bay…

  13. Pedro Feliciano expected to open season on disabled list

    Mar 27, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    The Yankees are probably going to be without reliever Pedro Feliciano to open the year. According to Chad Jennings of The Journal News, the veteran left-hander was unable to make a scheduled appearance Sunday due to a triceps muscle injury. The Yanks are optimistic that it’s something he will be able to get over by…

  14. Cubs eat $6 million, release righty Carlos Silva

    Mar 27, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    It was bound to happen. The Cubs were pleasantly surprised by right-hander Carlos Silva last season when the veteran Venezuelan registered a 4.22 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 21 starts. But it was never meant to last. Silva, 31, allowed 32 hits and 27 runs in just 17.1 innings this spring and lost his spot…

  15. Athletics name Brandon McCarthy their fifth starter

    Mar 27, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

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    The A’s have set their season-opening starting rotation and former top prospect Brandon McCarthy is going to get a shot. From Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News comes word that the Athletics have made McCarty their No. 5 starter over the younger and arguably more talented Tyson Ross. McCarthy, 27, did not make…

  16. Nationals deal outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Brewers

    Mar 27, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Forget what you might’ve heard. According to beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals have traded speedy outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers for young utilityman, and son of Lenny, Cutter Dykstra. Rick Ankiel secured the Nats’ starting center field role with a decent showing this spring and Milwaukee had a need for outfield…

  17. Nats will face decision on Ryan Zimmerman soon

    Mar 27, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals Photo Day

    If you had to call one player “Mr. National,” it’d be Ryan Zimmerman. He’s only 26 years old, but the well-rounded third baseman can already claim 833 career hits and has played in all but 134 games of the franchise’s existence. Stephen Strasburg draws headlines and Bryce Harper is certainly an intriguing raw talent, but…

  18. UPDATE: The Yankees sign Kevin Millwood

    Mar 25, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: The deal, she is done, and it’s a minor league deal as Heyman reported last night.  I presume this will lead to a lot of chatter, but really, he’s not going to be a factor any time soon. He hasn’t pitched all spring and the season starts in less than a week.  It’s a…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Can the Reds do it again?

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Colorado Rockies

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Your Cincinnati Redlegs. The Big Question: Can the Reds pull off back-to-back division titles? Holding the top spot in the…

  20. Brewers’ Casey McGehee survives kneecap scare

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Milwaukee Brewers

    Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee had to be carted off a Cactus League field on Thursday afternoon after taking a pitch in his right kneecap. Fortunately, it sounds like he’s going to be just fine. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com heard from club officials that X-rays taken on McGehee’s knee soon after his removal showed no…

  21. Bad timing: Tommy Hunter suffers strained right groin

    Mar 24, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

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    Mere hours after announcing that young flame-thrower Neftali Feliz will remain in his familiar ninth inning role to open the 2011 season, the Rangers got a dose of unfortunate news concerning one of the members of their starting rotation. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, right-hander Tommy Hunter was lifted from his…

  22. O’s skipper Buck Showalter rips Theo Epstein, Derek Jeter

    Mar 23, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

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    Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn’t usually one for trash talk, but, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the veteran skipper let some fellow members of the American League East have it in the April edition of Men’s Journal. These quotes come without the questions that prompted them, but they’re pretty revealing anyway…

  23. Peavy believes rotator cuff tendinitis is only “minor blip”

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Things are looking up for Jake Peavy. The White Sox right-hander is already a lock to open the season on the 15-day disabled list because of rotator cuff tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, but he should be back in action by mid-April. According to Doug Padilla with ESPN Chicago, Peavy paid a visit to a…

  24. Cody Ross suffers calf injury in Cactus League game

    Mar 23, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT

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    Late-spring injuries are the worst. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Giants outfielder Cody Ross was lifted from the club’s Cactus League tilt with the Angels Wednesday due to a right calf strain. Ross was attempting to make a catch on a shallow line drive when he pulled up lame. He…

  25. Springtime Storylines: Did the Brewers improve enough this offseason?

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

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    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: Is something abrew in Milwaukee? The Big Question: Did the Brewers make enough improvements this offseason? There was one clear winner this winter…

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