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  1. David Ortiz denies that his “selfie” with President Barack Obama was a promotional stunt

    Apr 2, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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    David Ortiz is denying that Samsung had anything to do with it — other than providing him the phone on which he captured and tweeted the now-famous photograph.

  2. Blue Jays sign Juan Francisco to minor league deal

    Apr 1, 2014, 11:29 PM EDT

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    Hector Gomez of sports radio program ZDeportes in the Dominican Republic reports that the Blue Jays have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent corner infielder Juan Francisco.

  3. Brian Wilson lands on disabled list with elbow issue

    Apr 1, 2014, 10:37 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Eric Stephen of SB Nation’s True Blue LA, the Dodgers are placing right-handed setup man Brian Wilson on the 15-day disabled list because of nerve irritation in his pitching elbow.

  4. Wilson Ramos expected to undergo hamate bone surgery Wednesday, will miss 4-8 weeks

    Apr 1, 2014, 9:41 PM EDT

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    Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos is expected to undergo power-sapping hamate bone surgery on Wednesday morning.

  5. A’s rained out at home for first time since 1998

    Apr 1, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT coliseum getty

    Tuesday night’s game between the Indians and A’s had to be postponed due to storms in the Oakland area. A rarity.

  6. Yu Darvish throws an 89-pitch bullpen session, nearing return to Rangers’ starting rotation

    Apr 1, 2014, 8:32 PM EDT

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    Rangers ace Yu Darvish took a big step in the right direction Tuesday in his recovery from a late-spring neck injury.

  7. Yasiel Puig slugs his first home run of the year

    Apr 1, 2014, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig drove a 2-1 pitch to the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park for his first home run of the year Tuesday against Padres starter Ian Kennedy. Quite a teammate, eh?

  8. Clayton Kershaw placed on “submaximal throwing program,” now likely to miss all of April

    Apr 1, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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    Clayton Kershaw, out with a back injury, has been placed on a “submaximal throwing program” and may miss all of April.

  9. MRI shows mild inflammation in Jose Reyes’ hamstring

    Apr 1, 2014, 6:14 PM EDT

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    Blue Jays management received promising news Tuesday on the injured hamstring of shortstop Jose Reyes.

  10. 2014 Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:47 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 St. Louis Cardinals. The Big Question: Another World Series run? The Cardinals have made the playoffs 10 times since 2000 and…

  11. Opening Night lineups: Dodgers vs. Padres

    Mar 30, 2014, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Here are the starting lineups for MLB’s “Opening Night” game Sunday between the Dodgers and Padres at San Diego’s Petco Park. First pitch is scheduled for just after 8:05 p.m. ET on ESPN. Los Angeles Dodgers LF Carl Crawford RF Yasiel Puig SS Hanley Ramirez 1B Adrian Gonzalez CF Andre Ethier 3B Juan Uribe C…

  12. Omar Infante cleared for Opening Day despite battling elbow, shoulder problems all spring

    Mar 30, 2014, 4:32 PM EDT

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    Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star has the update … Omar Infante still feels a pinch in his right elbow when he swings and throws, but he said he is good to go. The 25-man roster is set. — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) March 30, 2014 Infante also dealt with some right shoulder inflammation early…

  13. Blue Jays place closer Casey Janssen on disabled list

    Mar 30, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

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    According to John Lott of Canada’s National Post, the Blue Jays have placed closer Casey Janssen on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 29, with a left abdominal strain. The Blue Jays recalled catcher Erik Kratz in a corresponding roster move. Janssen was limited to three appearances this spring in the Grapefruit League because…

  14. White Sox re-sign Mitchell Boggs to minor league deal

    Mar 30, 2014, 3:14 PM EDT

    mitchell boggs cardinals getty’s Scott Merkin reports that the White Sox have re-signed right-handed reliever Mitchell Boggs, whom they released last Sunday in a round of cuts. Boggs was among the top setup men in baseball two seasons ago and opened the 2013 campaign as the Cardinals’ closer, but his career has taken a steep dive since he lost…

  15. Hanley Ramirez officially enters his walk year

    Mar 30, 2014, 2:09 PM EDT

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    Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports wrote in January that the Dodgers and shortstop Hanley Ramirez were in the “early stages” of contract extension negotiations and Ramirez told the Los Angeles media in mid-February that he wants to be a “Dodger for life.” But the start of the regular season is upon us and Ramirez — who…

  16. Jeff Baker to bat cleanup for Marlins on Opening Day

    Mar 30, 2014, 1:25 PM EDT

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    From Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald comes the Marlins’ lineup plan for Opening Day … With Rafael Furcal headed to the disabled list, Christian Yelich will lead off. [Manager Mike Redmond] said that means Adeiny Hechavarria could bat second, followed by Giancarlo Stanton and Jeff Baker, who will be the Opening Day second baseman against Colorado lefty Jorge De La Rosa. Placido Polanco…

  17. Mike Minor made his first spring appearance Saturday

    Mar 30, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

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    The Braves finally got a dose of favorable injury news on Saturday afternoon when left-handed starter Mike Minor made a one-plus inning appearance in the organization’s “Future Stars” game. Minor was expected to pitch longer, but his day was cut short by a 24-minute rain delay in the top of the second. It was his…

  18. 2014 Preview: Cincinnati Reds

    Mar 30, 2014, 11:28 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 2014 season. Next up: The Cincinnati Reds. The Big Question: Is this still a playoff team? The Reds won 90 games last year to…

  19. Mike Trout celebrates $144.5 million contract extension with home run and massive steak

    Mar 30, 2014, 10:41 AM EDT

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    Mike Trout‘s new six-year, $144.5 million contract extension was officially announced on Saturday afternoon and the star outfielder celebrated by going 2-for-4 with a home run in the Angels’ 6-2 exhibition victory over the Dodgers in Anaheim. Trout, 22, then hit up a steakhouse with friend and teammate Garrett Richards … 12 oz of bone,…

  20. Derek Jeter honored with key to the city of Tampa on his last-ever day of spring training

    Mar 30, 2014, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Derek Jeter‘s farewell tour has already begun. Before an ultimately-rained-out game Saturday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field, the veteran shortstop was given a key to the city of Tampa … Apparently that’s the kind of love and access you get as Planet Earth’s 11th Greatest Leader. Follow @drewsilv

  21. Red Sox cut ties with Shunsuke Watanabe

    Mar 30, 2014, 8:47 AM EDT

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    In December the Red Sox signed veteran Japanese reliever Shunsuke Watanabe to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. But the marriage won’t be a long-lasting one. As first reported Saturday by Alex Speier of WEEI, Boston has released the 37-year-old Watanabe, who is now a free agent and will presumably attempt to latch on…

  22. 2014 Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Mar 26, 2014, 11:29 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 Pittsburgh Pirates. The Big Question: Is regression inevitable? The Pirates’ long-term trajectory looks good. 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen is…

  23. Jacoby Ellsbury plays five innings of center field in minors game on way back from tight calf

    Mar 26, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    All signs point to $153 million man Jacoby Ellsbury being in the Yankees’ lineup on Opening Day. According to’s Bryan Hoch, Ellsbury played five innings of center field and made five plate appearances in a game Wednesday on the minor league side of Yankees camp. “I think it went very well,” Ellsbury told reporters after…

  24. Clayton Kershaw scratched from Sunday start versus Padres with upper back inflammation

    Mar 26, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday night in San Diego because of inflammation in the upper left part of his back. An MRI was taken Wednesday morning and the results were negative, so it is being labeled a minor…

  25. Jeremy Affeldt headed to disabled list with MCL sprain

    Mar 26, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Bad news Wednesday night out of Giants camp. According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt will be shut down for the next 10-15 days with a sprained MCL in his right knee. That means that he will open the 2014 regular season on the 15-day disabled list. Affeldt…

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