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  1. Orioles place Brian Roberts, Zach Britton on disabled list

    Mar 26, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts

    The Orioles made it official on Monday, placing Brian Roberts on the 15-day disabled list with lingering concussion symptoms. Roberts contends he making steady progress, but there is no timetable for his return. The former All-Star hasn’t played since last May. The Orioles plan to have Roberts travel with the team initially. “I told Buck…

  2. Appreciating the near-greatness of Magglio Ordonez

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    Note: I originally wrote this on October 10, but with today’s news that Ordonez is close to retiring I figured it was worth re-posting. Magglio Ordonez is 37 years old, coming off the worst season of his 15-year career, and will miss the rest of the Tigers’ playoff run after re-fracturing his right ankle, so…

  3. David Wright played a baseball game, survived

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright made his spring debut today against the Cardinals and it went OK. More than OK, actually, as Adam Rubin reports  — and the picture to the right shows — he made a spectacular diving stop on a Rafael Furcal shot down the third base line, throwing the speedy Furcal out. Wright said he…

  4. Dustin McGowan, who’s thrown just 21 innings since 2009, gets extension from Blue Jays

    Mar 26, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Dustin McGowan is still trying to come back from a series of arm injuries to reestablish himself as a viable big-league pitcher and has thrown just 21 innings with a 6.43 ERA since 2009, yet today the Blue Jays signed the 30-year-old right-hander to a two-year contract extension worth at least $3 million. John Lott…

  5. Looks like Magglio Ordonez is retiring

    Mar 26, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    ordonez getty face

    I don’t think this counts as an official announcement yet, but here’s Magglio Ordonez on Twitter this afternoon: Cerca del retiro! — Magglio Ordonez (@Mordonez30) March 26, 2012   Literally, that’s “close to retirement,” but do you really tweet that if you’re not gonna do it? Earlier this spring we learned that Ordonez wouldn’t accept…

  6. Carlos Beltran sent Jon Niese the $10,000 for his nose job

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    jon niese nose

    Prior to being traded to the Giants last season Carlos Beltran encouraged Mets teammate Jon Niese to get a nose job and even said he’d pay for it. Niese had the rhinoplasty surgery in October, but when he showed up to spring training with a new schnoz he wasn’t certain if Beltran would actually cover…

  7. Honus Wagner card might sell for $1.5 million

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:34 PM EDT

    Honus Wagner card

    Every few years a Honus Wagner T206 card comes on the market. And every time one does, I link to a story about it because I collected baseball cards when I was a kid and always thought about how I might one day find one under the arm rest of an old car or something. Assuming…

  8. Cubs sign Mariners castoff Shawn Camp to minors deal

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    camp_shawn

    Released by the Mariners last week, reliever Shawn Camp has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs. Seattle cutting Camp was surprising because he signed a $750,000 deal just a month earlier and pitched reasonably well last season with a 4.21 ERA in 66 innings for the Blue Jays. Now he’ll have to work…

  9. Miguel Cabrera: “I’ll be ready. Don’t worry”

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    cabrera reuters

    Miguel Cabrera is going to have his injured eye examined tomorrow, but if you hear him tell it, it’s just a formality: “I’ll be ready. Don’t worry. I don’t feel any pain, nothing. The next day, I was feeling good. I was a little sore and swelling, but I was like normal. I was [feeling]…

  10. Bobby Valentine calls reported rift with general manager Ben Cherington “lazy journalism”

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox general manager Cherington introduces Valentine as the new Boston Red Sox manager at Fenway Park in Boston

    Two days ago Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe wrote an article with the headline “Power Struggle May Weaken Red Sox” in which he wrote, among other things, that “a wedge appears to be forming between new manager Bobby Valentine and new general manager Ben Cherington” regarding several roster decisions. Valentine responded to that article…

  11. Frank McCourt is making good on a charitable commitment

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    When Frank and Jamie McCourt bought the Dodgers several years ago, one of their signature philanthropic initiatives was the Dodgers Dreamfield program, which was devoted to renovating and reviving youth baseball fields serving disadvantaged neighborhoods. It would fit a certain storyline involving Frank McCourt if the promise of that initiative went unfulfilled.  But, thankfully — and to…

  12. Former first-round pick Aaron Thompson suspended 50 games for “drug of abuse”

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    say no to drugs

    Aaron Thompson, who was the Marlins’ first-round pick in 2005 and is now in the Twins’ organization on a minor-league contract, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a “drug of abuse.” His track record in the minors is mediocre at best and Thompson was never an option to make the big-league roster…

  13. Springtime Storylines: Was 2011 a fluke for the Arizona Diamondbacks?

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Justin Upton, Matt Davidson, Chris Young

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Was 2011 a fluke year? The Diamondbacks went from 70 wins in 2009 to…

  14. Corey Hart’s status for Opening Day in doubt after knee surgery, head stitches

    Mar 26, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Corey Hart homers AP

    Corey Hart underwent knee surgery three weeks ago and then needed eight stitches after hitting his head while lifting weights last week, and today the Brewers right fielder admitted that he may not be healthy by Opening Day. Hart, who’s scheduled to resume playing in minor-league games Wednesday, told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal…

  15. Springtime Storylines: Can the Seattle Mariners score any runs?

    Mar 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Seattle Mariners. The Big Question: Can they score any runs? In case you forgot, the Mariners had a historically…

  16. Jim Thome plays five innings at first base, doesn’t fall apart

    Mar 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome hasn’t played an inning at first base since 2007, when he started one game for the White Sox, but yesterday the 41-year-old designated hitter played half a game there and managed to avoid any injuries. He won’t be replacing Ryan Howard, but the Phillies are trying to at least prepare Thome for occasional…

  17. Photo of the Day: Yeah, Spring Training needs to end now

    Mar 26, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Camera

    This got circulated over the weekend — and creatively expounded upon — but this screen capture from 30FPS pretty much says all that needs to be said about late March spring training games: I feel bad for him, but we’ll all be better off if he goes back to the minors, the major leaguers all…

  18. Mets bring back Chris Young on minor-league contract

    Mar 26, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Mets' Young delivers a pitch to the Phillies during their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    UPDATE: It’s now a done deal. ========== Chris Young rejoining the Mets has been assumed for a while now and Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that it’s all but a done deal now, as the oft-injured 32-year-old will sign a minor-league contract by the end of this week. Last season Young signed…

  19. Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth out until mid-May

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Hawksworth_Blake

    Initially when Blake Hawksworth underwent elbow surgery in January his status for Opening Day was said to be in question, but now it turns out the Dodgers right-hander is expected to miss much of the first half. Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that Hawksworth won’t return from the disabled list until…

  20. OK, so maybe Joba Chamberlain didn’t almost die

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v New York Yankees

    Last week the New York Daily News had a report about how horrific Joba Chamberlain‘s ankle injury was. In it, there was talk about how Chamberlain lost a ton of blood and that, as such, there was fear that his life was in danger. Eh, maybe not. Buster Olney had this line in his column this…

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