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  1. Nolan Reimold is still having neck problems, will open 2014 season on the 15-day disabled list

    Mar 26, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

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    The report from MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli … Nolan Reimold was a scratch from Wednesday night’s starting lineup and he will start the season on the disabled list since he’s unable to play the outfield. Reimold can swing a bat without issue, but the movement required of a major league outfielder remains out of his comfort…

  2. Salvador Perez “fine” after beaning

    Mar 26, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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    Royals catcher Salvador Perez was lifted from Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Padres after taking a pitch off his batting helmet. He laid on the ground for over a minute in what looked like a potentially serious situation, but the early updates out of Arizona have been promising. A club trainer told Andy McCullough…

  3. Marco Scutaro undergoes diagnostic nerve block

    Mar 25, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

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    From Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com … PHOENIX – Marco Scutaro underwent a diagnostic nerve block procedure on Tuesday – likely a final needle in the coffin in his bid to play on opening day. Scutaro has played just two innings this spring in the Cactus League because of recurring back and hip discomfort that first…

  4. Padres sign Jeff Franceour to minor league contract

    Mar 25, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

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    New home for HardballTalk favorite Jeff Francoeur. MLB.com beat writer Corey Brock reports that the Padres have signed the veteran outfielder to a minor league contract. He will report to the minor league side of Padres camp on Wednesday morning. Francoeur was cut by the Indians last week despite batting .286/.359/.429 with 10 RBI in…

  5. Randy Wolf asked to be cut after the Mariners requested he sign a 45-day release waiver

    Mar 25, 2014, 9:17 PM EDT

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    Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times explains the odd situation: After it seemed as Randy Wolf made the opening day starting rotation – which he apparently did, we learned that Wolf asked to be released from his contract and the Mariners granted his release. So what happened?’ Well, the Mariners told Wolf on Tuesday that…

  6. MLB and MLBPA could soon agree to alter the penalties for performance-enhancing drug users

    Mar 25, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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    According to Ronald Blum of the Associated Press, Major League Baseball execs and the Major League Baseball Players Association are working toward an agreement that would increase the initial suspension length for intentional performance-enhancing drug users and decrease the initial penalty for those found to have used PEDs unintentionally. There would also a significant increase on the…

  7. Nationals release right-hander Chris Young

    Mar 25, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Chris Young proved he’s recovered from thoracic outlet surgery this spring by posting a respectable 3.48 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in four Grapefruit League appearances for the Nationals. But there’s no spot for him on Washington’s major league roster and so he was let go in a round of cuts Tuesday in camp. Young did…

  8. MRI on Yasiel Puig’s back shows no damage

    Mar 25, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Yasiel Puig made an early exit from the Dodgers’ second of two games in Australia with an apparent back injury. The situation did not sit well with Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com that Puig “grabs something every time he takes a swing and misses.” But some positive news came down the pike…

  9. White Sox release Mitchell Boggs

    Mar 23, 2014, 6:04 PM EDT

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    The White Sox announced — via Facebook and other outlets — that they have released right-hander Mitchell Boggs, who signed a minor league contract with the Pale Hose in early February and had been competing for a bullpen job this spring in camp. Boggs was one of the best setup men in baseball in 2012…

  10. Red Sox sign David Ortiz to $16 million contract for 2015

    Mar 23, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    From Rob Bradford of WEEI comes word that the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $16 million contract extension with veteran designated hitter David Ortiz. The deal will be announced by the team on Monday. Ortiz was already under contract for $15 million in 2014, and now gets a nice $1 million raise for…

  11. Cardinals name Joe Kelly as fifth starter and put Carlos Martinez in setup role “for now”

    Mar 23, 2014, 4:57 PM EDT

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    Tom Ackerman of KMOX was in Cardinals camp for the announcement from manager Mike Matheny: Kelly named 5th starter. — Tom Ackerman (@Ackerman1120) March 23, 2014 Martinez in bullpen “for now,” says Matheny. — Tom Ackerman (@Ackerman1120) March 23, 2014 Martinez thoroughly out-pitched Kelly this spring in the Grapefruit League, allowing seven fewer runs in…

  12. Giants aren’t talking contract extension with Pablo Sandoval

    Mar 23, 2014, 4:09 PM EDT

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    Via the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Hank Schulman: The Giants and Pablo Sandoval’s representatives have not had any discussions about a contract extension for the third baseman, and general manager Brian Sabean said the club will hold off “as of now.” Schulman adds on Twitter that Sandoval and his reps want at least five years and…

  13. A’s to place Ryan Cook, Craig Gentry on disabled list

    Mar 23, 2014, 3:01 PM EDT

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    The A’s are making some final Opening Day roster determinations Sunday in camp and announced to reporters that right-hander Ryan Cook and utility outfielder Craig Gentry are going to need season-opening stints on the 15-day disabled list. Cook was slowed this spring by shoulder inflammation but should be ready to join the A’s bullpen when…

  14. Angels release Carlos Pena, who still wants to continue his playing career at age 35

    Mar 23, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times has the report from Arizona … 1B Carlos Pena, released by #Angels, has no plans to retire. “I feel too good,” he said. “That’s not even an option.” — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) March 23, 2014 Pena had only an outside shot at an Opening Day roster spot and…

  15. Sonny Gray named Opening Day starter for A’s

    Mar 23, 2014, 1:32 PM EDT

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    The A’s announced Sunday, via MLB.com’s Jane Lee, that right-hander Sonny Gray will start on Opening Day, March 31, against the Indians. He will be followed in the Oakland starting rotation by Scott Kazmir, Jesse Chavez, Dan Straily, and Tommy Milone — in that exact order. Gray, 24, had a 2.67 ERA (140 ERA+), 1.019…

  16. Orioles sign former first-round pick Brett Wallace

    Mar 23, 2014, 12:58 PM EDT

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    MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles have reached agreement on a minor league contract with first baseman Brett Wallace, who was given his release by the Astros earlier this month. Wallace, a first-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, was the centerpiece of the July ’09 trade that sent Matt…

  17. Jose Mijares opts out of deal with Red Sox

    Mar 23, 2014, 12:03 PM EDT

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    From Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports comes word that veteran reliever Jose Mijares officially opted out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox on Sunday morning to pursue a better opportunity. Mijares was buried too far down the Boston bullpen depth chart to have a legitimate shot at an Opening Day roster spot…

  18. Must-click link: Australian writer’s first MLB encounter

    Mar 23, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Simon Crerar, an Australian-born staff writer at BuzzFeed, put together this comical rundown of his first experience with Major League Baseball, which just officially opened its 2014 season with a two-game series between the Diamondbacks and Dodgers at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Crerar mostly points out oddities that we’ve come to accept as very normal,…

  19. Yasiel Puig is hurt, Don Mattingly is frustrated

    Mar 23, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers left Australia with an early two-game lead over the Diamondbacks in the National League West standings, but the long plane ride home probably won’t have a completely celebratory vibe. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was removed from Sunday’s 7-5 victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground after appearing to injure himself on a hard swing…

  20. Tigers, Max Scherzer cut off extension talks

    Mar 23, 2014, 9:37 AM EDT

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    As first reported by MLive.com’s Chris Iott, the Tigers made a final long-term extension offer this weekend to the representatives of right-hander Max Scherzer and had it rejected. The two sides will wait until the offseason to pick the negotiations back up, and there’s obviously now a very good chance that Scherzer will be hitting…

  21. Take a photo tour of the Cardinals’ new Ballpark Village

    Mar 23, 2014, 8:52 AM EDT

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    It’s eight years late, but the Cardinals are ready to unveil Ballpark Village — a new entertainment district adjacent to Busch Stadium with bars, stages, “rooftop” seating, a team Hall of Fame, and more. A user on Imgur took a tour of the nearly-completed Village last week and posted some pretty cool pictures. Check out…

  22. 2014 Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

    Mar 21, 2014, 5:52 PM 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 2014 season. Next up: The Milwaukee Brewers. The Big Question: Can they bounce back? The Brewers won only 74 games in 2013 after averaging…

  23. Hey, look, it’s Paul Goldschmidt and a wallaby …

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

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    On Tuesday night we brought you a picture of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and a kangaroo, so let’s even things up now with this shot of Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt and a wallaby … Paul Goldschmidt poses with a wallaby at @tarongazoo. pic.twitter.com/KMgDb6Wgte — Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) March 19, 2014 The D’Backs and Dodgers open…

  24. Aroldis Chapman carted off field after taking liner to head, diagnosed with facial fractures

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:12 PM EDT

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    Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was struck in the face with a line drive off the bat of Royals catcher Salvador Perez on Wednesday night in a Cactus League game and needed to be carted off the field. Medical personnel ran immediately out to the mound when Chapman went down and the hard-throwing left-hander’s father soon…

  25. Cardinals shopping shortstop Pete Kozma

    Mar 19, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Cardinals are shopping shortstop Pete Kozma, who is currently on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot with the defending National League champions. Rubin says the Mets probably aren’t interested because Kozma is “not really” an upgrade over projected starting shortstop Ruben Tejada.…

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