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  1. Kendrys Morales “a little sore” after third game in four days

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales is finally making significant progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle. Morales played in a minor-league game yesterday for the third time in four days, afterward telling Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register that his twice-repaired ankle “is a little sore, but I’m fine and will hit again tomorrow.”…

  2. Miguel Cabrera expected to miss “a couple weeks” with fracture under right eye

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Cabrera walks off the field with a trainer after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    There’s no official word yet from the Tigers regarding Miguel Cabrera‘s health status, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with “a small fracture under his right eye” and is expected to miss “only a couple weeks.” Cabrera also needed eight stitches after being hit near the eye by a Hunter Pence…

  3. Rangers sign Derek Holland to five-year, $28 million deal

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Derek Holland and the Rangers have agreed to a five-year, $28 million contract that includes team options for 2017 and 2018, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Holland wasn’t even arbitration eligible yet and Texas had him under team control through 2015 already, so the five-year contract cancels out his previous…

  4. Mike Trout lost 12 pounds due to flu, had two hits yesterday

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Described last week as being “weak and feverish with no appetite” because of the flu, Mike Trout saw just his second game action of spring training yesterday in a minor-league game and went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk. Marcia Smith of the Orange County Register reports that Trout lost 12 pounds…

  5. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL Central

    Mar 20, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

    Tiff and Craig

    So far I have picked the Yankees in the AL East and the Phillies in the NL East.  Am I so unoriginal to pick the defending World Series champs in the NL Central. Dudes: you gotta watch the video to find out.

  6. T.J. Simers’ annual cheap shot column

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Simers

    It was a year ago tomorrow that L.A. Times’ columnist T.J. Simers filed what was one of the worst, low-rent columns I’ve seen in a while. Ripping Marcus Thames for being exactly what he is: a platoon/bench outfielder who is not an All-Star. It wasn’t some meta thing. He wasn’t making a larger point. He…

  7. Yu Darvish has an Achilles heel

    Mar 20, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Diego Padres

    You Darvish had a pretty good outing yesterday. Four innings, four strikeouts. He walked four too, but he worked around them well enough. And he was throwing gas, hitting 96 on the gun. And Brewers pitcher Randy Wolf noticed something in Darvish’s game that had a lot to do with the gun: “The one thing…

  8. Rangers and Derek Holland on the verge of contract extension

    Mar 20, 2012, 12:11 AM EDT

    Derek Holland Reuters

    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and Derek Holland are on the verge of a contract extension through at least 2016. No word on the exact terms, but the proposed deal would cover his final pre-arbitration season, all three of his arbitration seasons and at least his first year of…

  9. Athletics option Jarrod Parker to Triple-A after he walks seven in Monday start

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Jarrod Parker was the centerpiece of the deal which sent Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks in December, but he showed this afternoon that he may need a little more seasoning. Parker issued seven walks over just 3 2/3 innings against Arizona, after which he was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento. The 23-year-old right-hander undoubtedly had some…

  10. Mets sell 12 minority shares of team, repay loans to MLB and Bank of America

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

    New York Mets' owners Katz and Wilpon speak to the media outside the New York Federal Court

    This is a good day for the Mets’ owners. Less than 12 hours after learning that the Wilpons and Saul Katz reached a settlement out of court to pay $162 million to trustee Irving Picard in the Bernie Madoff case, Teri Thompson and Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News are reporting that the Mets’ owners…

  11. Jamie Moyer knocked around by Diamondbacks’ Triple-A team

    Mar 19, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    We usually don’t take spring training results all that seriously, but for 49-year-old Jamie Moyer, every outing matters. And today’s was a discouraging one. Moyer was knocked around for four runs on six hits over 1 1/3 innings this afternoon against the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A squad, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. He threw…

  12. Josh Hamilton will come cheaper now than over the winter

    Mar 19, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    That was the 2010 American League MVP’s message to the Rangers on Monday. “Free agency is free agency,” Josh Hamilton told ESPN’s Jim Bowden on SiriusXM radio. “If they sign me now, it’d probably cost less. If they sign me there (free agency), it’d cost more. So we’ll see. “Obviously, I told the Rangers that…

  13. Disney back in the Dodgers business thanks to mediator

    Mar 19, 2012, 6:13 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers

    A bid made by Stanley Gold and the family of the late Roy Disney for the Dodgers was rejected by MLB last week as the suitors were trimmed from eight to four, but a mediator today reinstated the bid, leaving five parties in contention for the team. Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times has the…

  14. Royals closer Joakim Soria has damaged elbow ligament

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria‘s fears were justified, as an MRI exam on his injured elbow revealed ulnar collateral ligament damage. No word yet on the extent of the damage, but torn UCLs are what lead to Tommy John surgeries and 12-month recoveries. Soria has actually already had Tommy John surgery, way back in 2003 when he was…

  15. Must-Click … wait, you really don’t have to click this one. But you probably should.

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Bread George

    I like baseball. I like cats. So you can imagine a Tumblr in which heads of baseball players are replaced with the heads of cats and then renamed with cat names like “Meowguel Cabrera” is right up my alley.  And you’d be right about that. Sometimes people ask me who I consider to be HBT’s…

  16. Skip Schumaker diagnosed with torn oblique muscle

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    An MRI exam revealed that Skip Schumaker has a torn right oblique muscle, making it all but certain that he’ll begin the season on the disabled list. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals won’t have a timetable for his return until getting more information tomorrow, but general manager John…

  17. Bryan Stow can still sue the Dodgers, the Dodgers can still get out of bankruptcy

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Bankruptcy tends to get rid of all of the lawsuits you have pending against you. And the Dodgers, who are bankrupt, had been trying to have the Bryan Stow lawsuit disposed of.  Not too popular a move, of course, and Bryan Stow’s attorneys fought hard to avoid it. But now a deal has been struck.…

  18. Ryan Braun on hearing boos: “I don’t think anything of it”

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    For the most part the Brewers have limited Ryan Braun‘s exposure to unfriendly spring training crowds by playing him almost exclusively at their home ballpark, but he’s still been booed at times there and got a harsh reaction Saturday when he played a rare road game against the Angels. In addition to downplaying the worries…

  19. Tony La Russa has a book coming out

    Mar 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    What happens when you have a lot of genius about you but you are retired and thus have no one on whom to inflict it?  You write a book, that’s what: Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is ready to look back on his amazing career. William Morrow announced Monday that “One Last…

  20. Mariners release oft-injured reliever Hong-Chih Kuo

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo

    Hong-Chih Kuo has been a mess all spring as he attempts to come back from elbow surgery and anxiety issues. Today the Mariners decided they’d seen enough, releasing the once-dominant left-hander. When healthy Kuo has been one of the best relievers in baseball, logging 170 innings with a 1.96 ERA and 201 strikeouts from 2008-2010,…

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