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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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,…

  11. Zack Greinke has upset some Australians

    Feb 23, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

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    Dodgers starter Zack Greinke told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles on Saturday that he “can’t think of one reason to be excited” for his club’s season-opening showcase against the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22-23 at the Sydney Cricket Grounds in eastern Australia. Those comments have not gone unnoticed down under. A few excerpts from…

  12. Angels, Mike Trout discussing six-year, $150M extension

    Feb 23, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

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    From our friend Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports … The Los Angeles Angels and star center fielder Mike Trout are discussing a six-year contract extension that would pay him in the range of $150 million, a source close to the negotiations told Yahoo Sports. Passan says “the gap between the sides is in the low eight figures” and there is…

  13. Yankees agree to a four-year, $52 million contract extension with outfielder Brett Gardner

    Feb 23, 2014, 1:41 PM EDT

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    From Jack Curry of the YES Network comes word that the Yankees are on the verge of signing outfielder Brett Gardner to a four-year, $52 million contract extension. The deal, which will officially begin in 2015, also includes a $12.5 million club option (or $2 million buyout) for the 2019 season. Gardner was arbitration-eligible for…

  14. Matt Harvey throws for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Feb 23, 2014, 12:43 PM EDT

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    Good news this weekend out of Mets camp … According to beat writer Tim Rohan of the New York Times, rehabbing right-hander Matt Harvey threw a baseball Saturday for the first time since having Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last October. The workout consisted of 20 light throws from 60 feet. Mets bullpen catcher Dave Racaniello was…

  15. Babe Ruth pocket watch and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson bat among items sold at NYC auction

    Feb 23, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Some cool items were sold this weekend at a sports memorabilia auction in New York City. The product descriptions and winning bids come from Kevin Manahan at the Newark Star-Ledger … A 1911 game-used bat that belonged to “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was the highest-grossing item at $958,000. Babe Ruth’s commemorative pocket watch from the 1923 World Series,…

  16. Cory Lidle statue vandalized in California

    Feb 23, 2014, 10:18 AM EDT

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    A statue of former major league pitcher Cory Lidle was toppled by thieves late last week outside Big League Dream Park in West Covina, California. Three bronze plaques — valued at $6,000 — were stolen, and the statue itself was filled with drill holes. “The vandalism to the Cory Lidle statue is a deplorable act…

  17. Joe Mauer takes live BP for first time in six months

    Feb 23, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

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    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has the story: Before he stepped into the box against Vance Worley and Logan Darnell on Saturday, Joe Mauer hadn’t faced professional pitching in just over six months. Let that sink in for a moment. Mauer didn’t do much swinging on this day, but afterwards he sounded…

  18. MLB near agreement on new home-plate collision rule

    Feb 19, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

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    Joe Torre, a member of MLB’s Playing Rules Committee, admitted last week that he and his colleagues were having trouble putting into words the new rule that will ban home-plate collisions. “It’s not finished being written because it’s not easy,” he said. But it sounds like some progress is being made. A source told FOX…

  19. Michael Bourn says his surgically-repaired left hamstring is back to 100 percent health

    Feb 19, 2014, 8:54 PM EDT

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    Good news Wednesday out of Indians camp … Michael Bourn told reporters, including Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that his surgically-repaired left hamstring feels “100 percent” healthy. He had that hamstring surgery in mid-October after injuring himself during the Tribe’s American League Wild Card Game loss to the Rays. Bourn may be held…

  20. Cardinals making offer to Cuban SS Aledmys Diaz

    Feb 19, 2014, 7:37 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the story from Cardinals spring training in Jupiter, Florida … Long after the clubhouse emptied, general manager John Mozeliak and his chief lieutenants, manager Mike Matheny and coaches from both sides of camp attended a workout of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who is expected to sign a…

  21. Rangers keeping in touch with Nelson Cruz, could re-sign him if price becomes “reasonable”

    Feb 19, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

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    The Mariners, Mets, and Orioles have all been linked to free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz over the past couple of weeks, but March is approaching and the 33-year-old remains unsigned. Could a return to the Rangers become an option if this saga continues? According to Lyle Spencer of MLB.com, the Texas front office has maintained…

  22. Twins among teams interested in Johan Santana

    Feb 18, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

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    According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins remain interested in a reunion with free agent left-handed starter Johan Santana but are one of only several major league teams currently in the running for his services. “We talked (Monday) and I’ll see,” Twins assistant GM Rob Antony told the Star-Tribune about…

  23. Red Sox in talks with left-hander Chris Capuano

    Feb 18, 2014, 8:54 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Red Sox are engaged in negotiations with free agent left-hander Chris Capuano. Rosenthal says Boston’s front office is looking at Capuano as a potential swingman — somebody who would pitch primarily in relief but could also be available for some spot starts. Capuano registered a 4.26 ERA…

  24. Stephen Strasburg is working to add a slider

    Feb 18, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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    From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post … In his fifth professional season and more than three years removed from Tommy John surgery, Strasburg has a reached a point at which he feels comfortable building off his current, considerable arsenal. Along with his fastball, curve and changeup, Strasburg is working to add a slider. “It’s just…

  25. Pirates “continue to monitor” the Mets’ Ike Davis

    Feb 18, 2014, 6:23 PM EDT

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    The Pirates got an underwhelming .768 OPS from the first base position in 2013 and lost Justin Morneau this winter to free agency. If the 2014 season started today, Gaby Sanchez and his .258/.337/.417 career batting line would be Pittsburgh’s primary option at baseball’s most premium offensive position. And that’s not ideal. According to Jayson…

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