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  1. Twins send Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A with two years and $6.25 million left on contract

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    After watching Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit and field terribly for 68 games last season and look even worse this spring the Twins announced that they’re sending him to Triple-A with two years and $6.25 million remaining on his contract. Toss in the $3 million he made last season and the $5.25 million they paid for his…

  2. Joakim Soria is worried about his elbow

    Mar 19, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Royals closer Joakim Soria left yesterday’s game against the Indians due to some elbow soreness.  Afterwards, he said that he’s pretty worried about it: “Oh, yeah, I’m worried,” he admitted. “Since I’ve had my Tommy John surgery (in 2003), I’ve never had anything like that. I don’t feel it’s that bad because before the Tommy…

  3. BREAKING: The Mets owners have settled with the bankruptcy trustee for $162 million

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    UPDATE: Richard Sandomir reports that the settlement is for $162 million. This is still a hefty chunk of change, but it is less than the liability they faced. And, more importantly, it brings certainty to what has been an uncertain liability hanging over the team’s head for a couple of years now. 9:27 AM: The…

  4. Not cool: C.J. Wilson tweets Mike Napoli’s cell phone number

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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    C.J. Wilson and Mike Napoli are former teammates and now play for division rivals.  Mike Napoli recently taunted Wilson, saying that he can’t wait to hit home runs off Wilson.  So, naturally, Wilson gets him back in proportional style: by tweeting Napoli’s cell phone to his 100,000+ Twitter followers. Dave Brown of Big League Stew…

  5. Robinson Cano has a bruised hand

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    New York Yankees infielder Robinson Cano gestures during workouts before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Tampa

     Robinson Cano left last night’s Orioles-Yankees game in the sixth inning after being hit in the left hand. Kind of a scary moment — that kind of thing leads to broken bones and there’s a pretty good argument that he’s the most important dude on that team — but all seems OK.  X-rays came back negative.…

  6. Freddy Garcia doesn’t sound thrilled about Andy Pettitte being back

    Mar 19, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    New York Yankees' Garcia stretches during a workout at the team's spring training complex in Tampa

    Andy Pettitte’s return has everyone excited.  Well, almost everyone. When reached for comment, Phil Hughes, who may be ticketed to the pen or to the minors as a result of the Pettitte signing, offered the classically passive-aggressive “is what it is.” Though to be fair it was surrounded by some more diplomatic noises. But there…

  7. Maybe the Mets should just release Mike Pelfrey

    Mar 18, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey adjusts his cap after giving a run to the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida

    Mike Pelfrey gave up eight runs to the Astros (of all teams) on Sunday, taking his spring ERA to 14.90.  In the best of his three starts, he allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings and struck out none versus the Cardinals. Overall, he’s allowed 16 runs, 20 hits and six walks while striking out…

  8. Rays demote former No. 1 picks Matt Bush and Tim Beckham

    Mar 18, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

    Tim Beckham, Joe Benson

    It’s not every day a team sends down two former No. 1 draft picks. Reliever Matt Bush, the first overall selection in the 2004 draft, and shortstop Tim Beckham, the first pick in 2008, were both demoted as part of the Rays’ roster cuts on Sunday. Both moves were expected. The more surprising demotion was…

  9. Hail storm sends fans scattering in Arizona

    Mar 18, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Peoria Sports Complex (photo courtesy of the Mariners)

    It was a wild weather day in Arizona on Sunday, as multiple Cactus League games were halted due to rain and hail. The game between the Rockies and Mariners in Peoria was called in the fifth. The Diamondbacks-Athletics and Padres-Giants games likewise had hail sightings, though those teams continued to play. A’s beat reporter Susan…

  10. Joakim Soria leaves game with sore elbow

    Mar 18, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Royals closer Joakim Soria was forced from his appearance Sunday against the Indians by elbow soreness, the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton reports. Soria retired just one of the five batters he faced before departing and was charged with three runs. It was the third time in three spring appearances that he gave up at…

  11. Francisco Liriano and the near no-hitter

    Mar 18, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    The resurgent Francisco Liriano pitched five hitless innings and combined with four relievers on a one-hit shutout of the Pirates on Sunday. The Pirates got their only hit when Brandon Boggs singled off Luis Perdomo in the eighth. Twins pitchers ended up with 10 strikeouts in the 10-0 win. Liriano recorded six of them. Liriano,…

  12. Sveum calls Jeff Samardzija “near lock” for rotation spot

    Mar 18, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Cubs manager Dale Sveum told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune Sunday in camp that right-hander Jeff Samardzija is a “near lock” for a spot in the team’s regular-season starting rotation. Samardzija finally found major league success last year in the Chicago bullpen, posting a 2.97 ERA and tallying 87 strikeouts in 88 innings of…

  13. Nationals option Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse

    Mar 18, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Nationals manager Davey Johnson told reporters at the start of spring training that he was open to the idea of Bryce Harper earning a spot on the Opening Day roster. But it was a longshot from the start, and any hope of it happening has now been crushed. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington’s…

  14. Chris Carpenter throws two-inning simulated game

    Mar 18, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter took a big step in the right direction Sunday, throwing two simulated innings to a group of teammates in camp. Carpenter was diagnosed earlier this month with a bulging cervical disc in his neck and has not yet appeared in a Grapefruit League game. But he’s beginning to make progress and…

  15. Kendrys Morales to make Cactus League debut Tuesday

    Mar 18, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

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    Good news out of Halos camp in Tempe, Arizona. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Angels slugger Kendrys Morales is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Tuesday vs. the Rockies, after he plays one final minor league game Monday. Morales has been in recovery mode from an ankle injury for nearly 22 months. He…

  16. David Robertson expected to return to games this week

    Mar 18, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    david robertson reuters

    Yankees setup man David Robertson hasn’t thrown a pitch in a Grapefruit League game since making his debut against the Phillies on March 5. But he should be ready to change that by the end of this week. According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, Robertson threw a successful 25-pitch bullpen session Sunday morning in Yankees…

  17. A’s Joey Devine to open season on 15-day disabled list

    Mar 18, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s announced Sunday morning in camp that reliever Joey Devine is going to open the season on the 15-day disabled list due to lingering soreness in his right biceps muscle. Devine is believed to be making progress, but he has yet to throw…

  18. Michael Morse (lat strain) shut down for at least a week

    Mar 18, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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    An MRI taken recently on Michael Morse‘s strained right lat muscle revealed no significant structural damage. But that positive development hasn’t really meant all that much for the 29-year-old slugger. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Morse won’t be cleared to resume baseball activities “for at least a week” due to lingering discomfort on his…

  19. Yoenis Cespedes turned down six-year offer from Cubs

    Mar 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    From Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes turned down a six-year, $36 million contract offer from the Cubs last month before inking his four-year, $36 million deal with the A’s. Wittenmyer explains: In addition to the significant difference in annual salary, the center fielder told his agent he…

  20. Nationals sign Xavier Nady to minor league contract

    Mar 18, 2012, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that the Nationals have reached agreement on a minor league contract with outfielder Xavier Nady. The deal does not come with an invitation to major league spring training, meaning the 33-year-old will be stationed in minor league camp in Viera, Florida with no chance of cracking the Opening…

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