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  1. Dallas Braden cleared to begin throwing off a mound

    Jan 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden made only three starts last season before requiring surgery in May to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. He’s hoping for a far better experience in 2012. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Braden will throw off a mound Monday for the first time since going under the…

  2. Orioles have interest in free agent Casey Kotchman

    Jan 29, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles “have discussed” the idea of making a run at free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman. It’s not clear whether those talks were all internal or whether there’s been direct contact with Kotchman’s representatives. But it does seem like a decent fit. Kotchman is an elite defensive…

  3. Tim Wakefield, 45, is considering retirement

    Jan 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield has made it known that he wants to pitch one more year for the Red Sox. But the new Boston front office hasn’t made an offer yet and now the 45-year-old is mulling all of his options. Including retirement. Wakefield addressed the matter recently in an interview with John Torres of…

  4. Hong-Chih Kuo drawing interest from three teams

    Jan 29, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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    Veteran reliever Hong-Chih Kuo has failed to draw much free agent interest since being non-tendered by the Dodgers in mid-December. But that may start changing as spring training approaches. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, three West Coast teams have been “kicking the tires” recently on the 30-year-old left-hander. Kuo pitched only 27…

  5. Ruben Amaro is just fine with Ryan Howard’s contract

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

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    Fun Fact: Ryan Howard will make more than Albert Pujols this year. And next year. And the year after that. And the year after that.  The year after that one — 2016 — they’ll make the same. Secondary fun fact: Ryan Howard will make more than Prince Fielder every single year until 2017, at which…

  6. The Rangers are going to meet with Roy Oswalt on Monday

    Jan 29, 2012, 9:22 AM EDT

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    Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are going to meet with Roy Oswalt on Monday. There’s no offer on the table, but there is a meeting. This, combined with the multiple denials from the Cardinals that they were, as previously reported, close to a deal with Oswalt, could suggest that…

  7. Dominican players and identity fraud: “these are like time bombs”

    Jan 29, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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    In the wake of the “Leo Nunez” and “Fausto Carmona” identity fraud incidents, the New York Times has a story in which people around baseball talk about how widespread the problem is feared to be: Few in baseball were surprised that two well-established players had misrepresented themselves. The fear is that the problem could be…

  8. Safeco Field roof breaks down

    Jan 28, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

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    The Mariners product on the field isn’t the only thing in need of repairs. Seattle’s FanFest was dampened Saturday because two of the retractable roof’s panels remained stuck in place, the result of a broken wheel and axle. The problem was discovered Thursday, but the Mariners went ahead with the FanFest anyway. While they were…

  9. Kenny Williams hears the boos at Sox Fest

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

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    White Sox GM Kenny Williams got the rockstar treatment at Sox Fest after bringing in Adam Dunn last year. A 79-83 season later, the reaction was far different Friday, as he was booed during introductions. “I was booed in 2004 and 2007 and we went to the playoffs the next year, so bring it on.…

  10. Roger Clemens pitches perfect inning against Longhorns

    Jan 28, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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    ESPNDallas.com has the clip, which shows Roger Clemens throwing a couple of pitches in a game pitting former University of Texas Longhorns against the current squad. After striking out two in a perfect inning, Clemens discussed the Hall of Fame. “Well, it’d be fantastic. I’ve said many times there’s little pieces of me there because…

  11. What does Don Mattingly have against bears, anyway?

    Jan 28, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Nothing, as long as they are wearing a Dodgers’ hat. Confused? Hang with me for a second. You see, Don Mattingly and his son, Preston, were invited to participate in a “trick shot” video with some other local sports stars from Evansville, Indiana. The group calls themselves “Trickwinkle.” Among the various trick shots, Preston makes…

  12. Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson suffers broken clavicle after fall at charity event

    Jan 28, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

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    Some unfortunate news to pass along. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson suffered two fractures in his rear shoulder area, including a broken clavicle, after falling more than six feet off the back of a stage last night. The 74-year-old was in attendance for a…

  13. Jon Daniels didn’t view Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton as an either-or situation

    Jan 28, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Now that Prince Fielder is officially a member of the Detroit Tigers, many have assumed that the Rangers will step up their efforts to sign Josh Hamilton to a contract extension. While contract talks are expected to continue leading into spring training, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during an appearance yesterday on ESPN 103.3…

  14. Cardinals’ GM denies team has deal in place with Roy Oswalt

    Jan 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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    There was increasing chatter late last night about Roy Oswalt closing in on an agreement with the Cardinals. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was even told by a source that the veteran right-hander was headed to St. Louis. Those reports were downplayed early this morning and now we have an official denial from the team’s general…

  15. Mark Cuban out of the running for Dodgers; Joe Torre and Magic Johnson among those still in

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Steve Garvey-Orel Hershiser group was not selected to advance in the bidding process, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. As for the actual bid amounts, well, let’s just say that Frank McCourt is going to walk away from this process filthy, stinkin’ rich. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that bidding on the…

  16. The Athletics have interest in bringing back Conor Jackson

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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    The Athletics have already traded for Josh Reddick, Seth Smith and Collin Cowgill and signed Coco Crisp and Jonny Gomes this offseason. But do you know what they could really use? Another outfielder. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s still have some interest in bringing back Conor Jackson. The 29-year-old…

  17. Jim Thome has a job waiting for him with the White Sox when he retires

    Jan 28, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

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    41-year-old Jim Thome isn’t done mashing taters off big league pitchers, but he has a job waiting for him when he retires. According to Chuck Garfen of CSNChicago.com, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said at SoxFest last night that he and Thome have a handshake deal for the veteran slugger to work for the team when…

  18. Edwin Jackson has multiple three-year offers on the table

    Jan 28, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    While it looks like Roy Oswalt is close to deciding where he’ll sign, the market for Edwin Jackson is finally beginning to heat up. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jackson has multiple three-year offers on the table. It’s not clear who the offers are from, but there was a report earlier this week that…

  19. UPDATE: No deal yet between Cardinals and Roy Oswalt

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, told Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors this morning that there’s “no chance” of his client pitching out of the bullpen. 8:31 AM: Hold your horses, everyone. When most of us went to bed, it appeared as though Roy Oswalt was St. Louis-bound. That may still be the case, but…

  20. Bud Selig expects expanded playoffs to begin this season

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

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    We’re just a little over two months away from the start of the 2012 season, but we still have no confirmation on when the expanded playoff format will take effect. Commissioner Bud Selig aims to change that real soon. According to Jim Owczarski of CSNChicago.com, Selig was in attendance at SoxFest on Friday night to…

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