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  1. Carl Crawford takes batting practice against teammates, calls it “a step in the right direction”

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times: Carl Crawford faced relievers Kenley Jansen and J.P. Howell on Tuesday, marking the first time he took live batting practice against major league pitchers since he was shut down two weeks ago. “A step in the right direction,” said Crawford, who resumed working out last week. Crawford began experiencing forearm tightness in…

  2. Grant Balfour faces live hitters for first time since surgery

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

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    From Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that A’s right-hander Grant Balfour faced live hitters on Tuesday for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery on February 14. Balfour will probably face hitters in A’s camp another three or four times before being cleared to make his Cactus League debut. Relief…

  3. Giancarlo Stanton back in USA’s lineup vs. Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Tuesday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Puerto Rico at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM PUERTO RICO 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Irving Falu, 2B…

  4. Zack Greinke doesn’t know whether he’s going to be ready for his first regular-season start

    Mar 12, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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    Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke paid a visit to a doctor on Monday after experiencing discomfort in his pitching elbow and was merely diagnosed with inflammation. But he is not out of the woods yet. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Greinke told reporters Tuesday in camp that he doesn’t “know exactly what’s…

  5. Brett Anderson leaves game with strained right trapezius

    Mar 10, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

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    According to the A’s official Twitter feed, left-hander Brett Anderson was diagnosed with a strained right trapezius muscle Sunday after making an early exit from his Cactus League start against the D’Backs. Anderson collided with the Snakes’ Adam Eaton around the third base bag in the first inning. He wound up throwing only eight pitches,…

  6. Logan Forsythe diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, out 3-4 days

    Mar 10, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

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    Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune has the goods: The Padres have possibly suffered their first significant injury of the spring. Infielder Logan Forsythe will miss at least three to four days with plantar fasciitis. “He’s got a foot issue and we’re going to stay away from it for three or four days,” Padres…

  7. Brewers release veteran right-hander Kelvim Escobar

    Mar 10, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Kelvim Escobar was diagnosed five days ago with a nerve impingement just above his right (pitching) hand. In related news, his big comeback attempt with the Milwaukee Brewers has been squashed. According to Brewers senior director of media relations Mike Vassallo, the 36-year-old right-hander was given his unconditional release this morning in Brewers camp, presumably because the…

  8. Giancarlo Stanton not in Team USA’s starting lineup for Sunday’s must-win game vs. Canada

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Below are the starting lineups for this evening’s World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Canada. First pitch is scheduled for just after 4:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on MLB Network. TEAM USA TEAM CANADA 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Tyson Gillies, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Taylor Green, 3B…

  9. Josh Kinney out “several weeks” with stress reaction in side

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Greg Johns of comes word that Mariners reliever Josh Kinney will be out of commission for the next “several weeks” because of a stress reaction on the left side of his rib cage. Kinney was expected to open the 2013 regular season in a middle relief role, but he can be ruled…

  10. Alex Gonzalez will probably be the Brewers’ starting first baseman on Opening Day

    Mar 10, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Corey Hart is not expected to be healthy until late May. Mat Gamel just underwent his second major knee surgery in two years. So the Brewers have been scrambling for a first baseman and are considering all sorts of different options. One of those options is Alex Gonzalez, who has never appeared at a position…

  11. Watch Larry Bowa react to David Wright’s grand slam

    Mar 10, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT


    Come for Larry Bowa’s dancing, but stay to see if Greg Maddux will crack a smile:

  12. Manny Ramirez officially signs with Taiwan’s EDA Rhinos

    Mar 10, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Manny Ramirez was unable to get a chance with a major league team, so he is headed overseas. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Ramirez “will touch down Monday” in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and will suit up this summer for the EDA Rhinos of the four-team Chinese Professional Baseball League. His exact salary has not been disclosed, though…

  13. Derek Jeter will resume playing shortstop this week

    Mar 10, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger has an update on the health status of one Derek Jeter: Jeter is scheduled to play as a designated hitter again on Monday. After that, he said, it’s possible he could play shortstop in a game. He plans to discuss the situation with manager Joe Girardi. “If that’s what…

  14. Matt Carpenter is impressing at second base

    Mar 10, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

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    The Cardinals told Matt Carpenter — who played primarily first base, third base and the corner outfield spots last season — to spend his winter learning how to play second base. And learn he did. Carpenter has logged 44 innings at second this spring in the Grapefruit League and has impressed the St. Louis coaching…

  15. Mets reassign Zack Wheeler to minor league camp

    Mar 10, 2013, 9:38 AM EDT

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    It’s official: Zack Wheeler will open 2013 in Triple-A. According to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin, the top pitching prospect was formally reassigned to minor league camp on Sunday morning in Port St. Lucie. He made one appearance in the Grapefruit League, striking out two batters over two scoreless innings. Wheeler, ranked 11th on Baseball…

  16. No suspensions coming for Canada-Mexico WBC brawl

    Mar 10, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, World Baseball Classic officials have decided that no players will be further disciplined for the benches-clearing brawl that broke out Saturday between Team Canada and Team Mexico. The fight brought seven ejections, but that’s as far as the punishment will go. “We are extremely disappointed in the bench-clearing…

  17. Delmon Young completes 10-day community service sentence for his April hate crime arrest

    Mar 7, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    Delmon Young agreed to 10 days of community service after he was charged with committing a hate crime outside the New York Hilton last April. Now comes word that his sentence has been served. Young’s agent, Joel Wolfe, told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that Young completed his community service in Manhattan during the month of…

  18. Cards “have not called the Rockies” about Troy Tulowitzki

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

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    There has been speculation that the shortstop-needy Cardinals might make a run at the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki. But it won’t happen anytime soon. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cardinals “have not called the Rockies” this spring about Tulowitzki. Heyman adds that the Colorado front office “has no interest in trading Tulo anyway.” The…

  19. Derek Jeter gets “final clearance” on surgically-repaired ankle

    Mar 7, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

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    Finally some positive news out of Yankees camp. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, veteran shortstop Derek Jeter was given “final clearance” on Thursday afternoon in North Carolina from the doctor that performed his ankle surgery in late October. In other words, Jeter is free to perform all baseball-related activities and can…

  20. Tony Campana given eight stitches for lacerated left hand

    Mar 7, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Diamondbacks outfielder Tony Campana suffered a lacerated left hand Thursday while trying to steal second base during a Cactus League game against the Brewers and wound up needing eight stitches. Campana will likely be held out of baseball activities for the next several days while the laceration…

  21. Brett Lawrie withdraws from 2013 World Baseball Classic because of left rib cage injury

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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    Shi Davidi of has the breaking news: The Toronto Blue Jays expect Brett Lawrie to be ready for opening day, but a mild strain near the third baseman’s 10th rib and left intercostal muscle forced him to withdraw from Canada’s entry to the World Baseball Classic on Friday. Lawrie, a native of Langley, British…

  22. Team USA considering Ike Davis to replace Mark Teixeira

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

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    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin spoke with “an official familiar with the process” on Tuesday night about how Team USA is planning to replace first baseman Mark Teixeira for the 2013 WBC. One option, the official confessed, is the Mets’ Ike Davis, an Arizona native. Though that same official noted that “a lot of names…

  23. No moment of silence for Hugo Chavez at Team Venezuela’s exhibition game vs. the Marlins

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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    You’ve probably heard that Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez died this evening at the age of 58. If you didn’t think we would try to find a baseball angle in this, you’re probably not a very frequent reader of HardballTalk. And shame on you for that. Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel describes the scene…

  24. Yankees outfielder Adonis Garcia suffers broken left wrist

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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    Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Yankees outfield prospect Adonis Garcia has been diagnosed with a broken left wrist and will have surgery on Thursday. He suffered the injury Sunday while taking batting practice in Tampa. It’s not clear how long the 27-year-old will be out. Garcia, a Cuban defector, signed for $400,000…

  25. David Ortiz runs the bases for a second straight day

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game yet this spring because of lingering concerns about the strength of his right Achilles’ tendon. But things are looking up. Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that Ortiz ran the bases Tuesday afternoon in Red Sox camp for a second…

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