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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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,…

  5. 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

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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 MLB.com’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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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