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  1. Peter Bourjos back in action on Sunday after missing a week with right hamstring tightness

    Mar 9, 2014, 11:22 AM EDT

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    Goods news Sunday morning in Cardinals camp. According to beat writer Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, outfielder Peter Bourjos is back in the starting lineup for Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Nationals after sitting out for seven days with tightness in his right hamstring. Bourjos dealt with chronic leg problems during his…

  2. Astros use private online database called “Ground Control”

    Mar 9, 2014, 10:37 AM EDT

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    Evan Drellich has an in-depth feature in the Houston Chronicle about the Astros’ built-from-scratch private online database, which is now being used by the entire baseball operations department to improve scouting, communicating, and decision-making. It’s called “Ground Control,” a play on the Astros’ name. The Indians have a similar database called “DiamondView,” the Red Sox call…

  3. Matt Kemp nearing Cactus League debut

    Mar 9, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Matt Kemp has begun running at full speed and participating in daily outfield drills in Dodgers camp, and he could soon be cleared to become a regular in the club’s Cactus League starting lineups. “We’re seeing him take fly balls, getting jumps,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick on Saturday. “He’s swinging the bat good.…

  4. Jose Abreu making strong impression in White Sox camp

    Mar 9, 2014, 8:59 AM EDT

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    Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has just two hits in his first 13 Cactus League at-bats, but one was a double and the other was a home run, and he continues to draw rave reviews in White Sox camp for the patience he’s showing at the plate. Abreu has yet to strike out through five Cactus…

  5. David Wright to make Grapefruit League debut Friday

    Mar 5, 2014, 10:36 PM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer Marc Carig of Newsday, Mets third baseman David Wright will make his Grapefruit League debut this Friday in Port St. Lucie, Florida against the visiting Cardinals. Wright has been eased into action this spring to minimize injury risk. He missed nearly two months of the 2013 regular season because of…

  6. Manny Machado cleared for lateral fielding work

    Mar 5, 2014, 9:23 PM EDT

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    Manny Machado continues making steady progress in his recovery from October 14, 2013 knee surgery. Danny Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Machado took side-to-side soft-toss grounders on Wednesday afternoon in Orioles camp without experiencing any issues. It was his first time doing lateral-movement drills since going under the knife. Machado also had a…

  7. Mat Latos throws first bullpen session of spring

    Mar 5, 2014, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Reds right-hander Mat Latos needed surgery in early February for a torn meniscus in his left knee and has yet to appear in a Cactus League game. But he took a significant step forward on Wednesday in camp: Mat Latos threw off of the mound for the first time since his left knee surgery on…

  8. Peter Bourjos being hampered by leg tightness

    Mar 5, 2014, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Troubling news Wednesday out of Cardinals camp. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Peter Bourjos has been held out of Grapefruit League action since Sunday because of what’s being called a “tight leg.” Bourjos has already been ruled out for Thursday’s Grapefruit League tilt with the Twins and it’s not clear when he might be…

  9. Zack Greinke throws first mound session since calf strain

    Mar 5, 2014, 6:12 PM EDT

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    Zack Greinke has already been ruled out for the Dodgers’ season-opening series in Sydney, Australia (March 22-23) due to a mild right calf strain that he suffered on the second-to-last day of February. But the right-hander could be ready to rock for the club’s first game back in the United States. According to MLB.com’s Ken…

  10. Trevor Rosenthal throws first bullpen session since experiencing tightness in right groin

    Mar 2, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

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    Good news Sunday out of Cardinals camp, via MLB.com beat reporter Jenifer Langosch … JUPITER, Fla. — After ending Tuesday’s live batting practice early due to tightness in his right groin, Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal returned to the mound on Sunday and threw without issue during a 25-pitch bullpen session. The injury was never considered serious,…

  11. Kate Upton, Max Scherzer, and Bryan Holaday in what appears to be a women’s swimsuit …

    Mar 2, 2014, 9:42 PM EDT

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    Joba Chamberlain‘s Oscar party is better than yours … Too many bikini models in 1 room #nofilter @KateUpton @jbholaday @Max_Scherzer @JustinVerlander pic.twitter.com/ypLhfQmBAz — Joba Chamberlain (@Joba_44) March 3, 2014 That is Tigers catcher Bryan Holaday posing in a patriotic one-piece with supermodel Kate Upton, rumored girlfriend of Detroit ace Justin Verlander. And there’s Max Scherzer…

  12. Cameron Maybin getting MRI on left shoulder

    Mar 2, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

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    Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin was limited to 14 games in 2013 due to wrist and knee injuries, and now his 2014 is off to a concerning start. Maybin landed hard on his left shoulder while diving for a ball in Sunday afternoon’s Cactus League game vs. the Reds and will have an MRI on…

  13. Starlin Castro suffers right hamstring strain

    Mar 2, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT

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    Mark D. Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro suffered a right hamstring strain Sunday in a 5-3 Cactus League loss to the Royals. The strain is being labeled as “mild,” but it could cost Castro around a week of action. Castro sustained the injury while sliding into second base on…

  14. Justin Verlander to make spring debut on Thursday

    Mar 2, 2014, 6:48 PM EDT

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    Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent surgery in January after injuring a groin muscle during offseason conditioning and there was talk that he might have to miss a couple regular season starts. But everything appears to be on the right track here in early March. According to beat writer Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Verlander…

  15. Red Sox not actively negotiating with Stephen Drew

    Feb 26, 2014, 10:38 PM EDT

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    From Alex Speier, the Red Sox beat reporter at WEEI.com: According to multiple industry sources, with the Red Sox on the verge of starting spring training games, the team has not been engaged in substantive talks since the opening of camp with shortstop Stephen Drew. The team has not ruled out categorically the possibility of re-signing the shortstop, but…

  16. Marlins president David Samson voted off “Survivor” on the reality show’s season premiere

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:49 PM EDT

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    On Wednesday night, CBS aired the first episode of the new “Survivor” season that features Marlins president David Samson. Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel watched it so you don’t have to … Of course. David Samson selected leader of brains tribe #survivor — Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) February 27, 2014 After first…

  17. Nate Jones says glute strain is “completely gone”

    Feb 26, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Nate Jones entered camp as the favorite to take over as the White Sox closer. A mid-February glute strain threatened to complicate matters, but the right-hander now appears to be back on track. Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Jones threw his third bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday and experienced no lingering discomfort…

  18. Josh Reddick robs two homers in A’s Cactus League opener

    Feb 26, 2014, 7:47 PM EDT

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    A’s right fielder Josh Reddick robbed Giants slugger Michael Morse of two home runs Wednesday afternoon in the Cactus League opener for both clubs. Watch the highlight-reel grabs here … That wall is 10 feet high. “Dinner on me brother,” Reddick tweeted to Morse on Wednesday evening. Follow @drewsilv

  19. MLB issues statement condemning Arizona Senate Bill 1062

    Feb 26, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

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    It’s pretty rare that Major League Baseball will go out of its way to comment on a political issue, but the league’s public relations arm just sent out the following statement on Twitter, condemning Arizona Senate Bill 1062 which would give Arizonans the right to restrict services to people based on religious beliefs. The controversial…

  20. Chase Headley expects to be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 25, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

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    Chase Headley was diagnosed Tuesday with a Grade 1 calf strain and will be held out of spring training activities for the next 2-3 weeks. But he doesn’t expect to miss a regular-season game. “If I can get 15 to 20 (at-bats) from both sides, that’s pretty close to what I need,” Headley told Jeff…

  21. Trevor Rosenthal diagnosed with right groin strain

    Feb 25, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT

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    Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal cut short a live batting practice session on Tuesday in camp after experiencing discomfort in his upper right leg. Now the diagnosis is in from Jupiter, Florida. According to MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, the hard-throwing right-hander suffered a right groin strain and will likely take it easy for the rest of this…

  22. Jaime Garcia to visit Dr. James Andrews

    Feb 25, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com: JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals are delaying comment on the results of Jaime Garcia‘s exam with team physician George Paletta until after the left-hander visits orthopedist James Andrews for a second opinion on Wednesday. Garcia began experiencing discomfort in his left shoulder last weekend and flew back to…

  23. Rays talking to Mariners about Nick Franklin

    Feb 25, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported Monday that the Mets have been discussing a possible Nick Franklin trade with the Mariners since December’s Winter Meetings, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is now hearing from a source that the Rays are also in the Franklin hunt and “actually match up better” with Seattle’s current…

  24. Cole Hamels is making “tremendous progress” in recovery from left shoulder tendinitis

    Feb 23, 2014, 5:05 PM EDT

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    Via beat writer Jim Salisbury at CSNPhilly.com: CLEARWATER, Fla. – Though still behind schedule and likely to miss one or two starts at the beginning of the regular season, Cole Hamels says he has made “tremendous progress” in bouncing back from an offseason bout of shoulder tendinitis. “I’m feeling like my body is ready to…

  25. Jhoulys Chacin getting MRI on sore right shoulder

    Feb 23, 2014, 4:11 PM EDT

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    So, uh, this is some pretty disturbing news for the Rockies … RHP Jhoulys Chacin will undergo a MRI tomorrow because of right shoulder inflammation. He will be shut down until further notice. — Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) February 23, 2014 Our own Matthew Pouliot estimates that Chacin is the third-most important player on Colorado’s roster,…

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