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  1. Minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

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    MLB announced earlier this afternoon that minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado was suspended 50 games for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. Hurtado, a 17-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic, just signed with the Cardinals last month. However, his contract has already been terminated. Ben Badler of Baseball America notes…

  2. Josh Hamilton sees himself eventually moving to first base

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Interviewed on ESPN 103.3 radio Tuesday, Josh Hamilton said he sees himself having another four years in the outfield before moving to first base. Hamilton, 30, is expected to play left field rather than center this year in an effort to save wear and tear on his body. Injuries have limited him to 89, 133…

  3. David Wright won’t make spring debut until at least next week

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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    The Mets decided over the weekend to hold David Wright out of the first two games of the Grapefruit League schedule due to stiffness in the left side of his rib cage. He has downplayed the severity of the issue all along, but it’s clear that the Mets aren’t taking any chances. According to Adam…

  4. Dan Duquette might butt heads with Peter Angelos on trades

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Dan Duquette

    A lot of MLB teams are nervous about trading with teams within their division, but perhaps no club has been quite so paranoid as the Orioles under owner Peter Angelos. The last significant deal they made with an AL East team was in 2006, when they traded reliever Chris Britton to the Yankees for Jaret…

  5. Freddie Freeman returns to lineup, says knee “feels great”

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Initially when Freddie Freeman dislocated his right knee cap on February 28 the fear was that he’d miss several weeks, but instead the Braves first baseman has made a rapid recovery. Freeman rejoined the lineup today, playing four innings, and afterward told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his knee “feels great right…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: It finally feels like baseball

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Angels Equipment Bag

    Maybe you don’t have to be at a ballpark on a 75 degree day in March in order for it to feel like baseball season, but it sure does help.  Because I gotta tell ya, I’m feeling baseball today. My last actual working duty of the day happened a few minutes ago. I interviewed Torii…

  7. Dusty Baker on Juan Francisco: “He’s got to stop eating”

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Francisco Cordero has some company on the “Not In The Best Shape Of His Life” team, apparently. Here’s what manager Dusty Baker told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com about Juan Francisco‘s calf injury and overall status in Reds camp: He’s got time but he’s behind. Part of that is if he had rehabbed properly in the…

  8. Colby Rasmus trying to keep his father out of his game

    Mar 6, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus; Adam Lind

    The influence exerted by father and former coach Tony Rasmus always got a big part of the blame when the relationship between Colby Rasmus and the Cardinals went south. Colby, for his part, doesn’t want to see the same thing happen in Toronto. “I’m trying not to talk to him a whole lot,” Rasmus said…

  9. Negotiations between Cole Hamels and Phillies “are heating up”

    Mar 6, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Cole Hamels‘ agent is in Florida this week and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that long-term contract negotiations with the Phillies “are heating up.” According to Salisbury, agent John Boggs has already met with general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. once and plans to do so again later this week. Asked to describe the present status…

  10. Cuban defector Leonys Martin left out of Rangers’ center field competition

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Leonys Martin, Mike Dayly, Jon Daniels

    The Rangers spent far more than anyone expected to land 23-year-old Cuban defector Leonys Martin last year, signing him for $15.5 million over five years. He was generally impressive in the minors in his U.S. debut, but manager Ron Washington told the Dallas Morning News today that he’s still not close to helping the team:…

  11. Picture of the Day: Thanks for the $51.5 million

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review snapped this shot of Andrew McCutchen, fresh off his $51.5 million contract extension, chatting with the man who’ll be signing his paychecks, Pirates owner Bob Nutting:

  12. Johan Santana throws two scoreless innings in Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Johan Santana made his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon and threw two scoreless innings against the Cardinals. It was Santana’s first game action since pitching in the instructional league in October and his first appearance against major league competition since undergoing surgery to repair a torn capsule muscle in his left shoulder of September of…

  13. Michael Morse scratched from Nationals lineup with lat strain

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Michael Morse

    Michael Morse was a last-minute scratch from the Nationals’ lineup today with a strained lat muscle. He’s listed as day-to-day for now, but lat strains tend to linger. Bryce Harper replaced Morse in the lineup today, but presumably the Nationals wouldn’t let the injury impact Harper’s timetable unless Morse was sidelined for an extended period.…

  14. Bobby Abreu thinks he can pitch

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    I was walking around morning workouts when I encountered Bobby Abreu throwing the ball with Torii Hunter in the outfield. Torii Hunter has nine gold gloves, by the way, so this exchange was a lot of fun. Abreu: Don’t think about it. Just get the ball … [throws] … and release. Hunter: Uh-huh. Abreu: Perfect…

  15. Brian Wilson scheduled to make spring debut Sunday

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Brian Wilson‘s achy elbow is feeling good enough that the Giants closer is slated to make his spring training debut Sunday. Wilson admitted recently that he pitched through elbow problems throughout most of last season, but he threw live batting practice over the weekend and is scheduled to do so again tomorrow. Chris Haft of…

  16. Bryce Harper emulates Ichiro Suzuki for infield single

    Mar 6, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper is highly-regarded for his elite power potential, but he took a page out of Ichiro Suzuki‘s book in order to beat out an infield single last night against the Mets. With junkballing left-hander Daniel Herrera on the mound, Harper took a bit of a leaning start out of the box and slapped a…

  17. Red Sox shut down Carlos Silva with shoulder injury

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine said today that Carlos Silva is already out of the running for the Red Sox’s rotation because of shoulder inflammation. Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that Silva has been “shut down” indefinitely, which leaves Alfredo Aceves, Felix Doubrant, Vicente Padilla, Aaron Cook, and Andrew Miller competing for the No. 5 starter gig. Silva…

  18. Scenes from Spring Training: The Angels are loose

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Tempe Diablo

    The past two years of spring training trips have followed the same pattern: early in the trip I get to the ballpark early, acting all professional and reportery with my notepad and the desire to tell stories.  By the end of the trip I’m just grooving on it all, realizing that most ballplayers don’t have…

  19. Three-time All-Star Carlos Guillen announces retirement

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen, who signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on February 1, announced his retirement today. Guillen had a remarkable career, transitioning from light-hitting shortstop to an impact bat who played all over the diamond, but injuries limited him to just 81, 68, and 28 mostly ineffective games during the past three seasons. He…

  20. Charlie Manuel on Chase Utley’s spring debut: “It’s going to be a while yet”

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Placido Polanco is recovered enough from offseason hernia surgery to make his spring training debut yesterday, but Chase Utley remained out of the Phillies’ lineup with no immediate plans for his return to game action. Manager Charlie Manuel told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that “it’s going to be a while yet” before Utley debuts and…

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