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  1. Grateful Rays give Orioles’ Robert Andino a standing ovation

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Robert Andino

    Robert Andino couldn’t be granted a playoff share, but the Rays did give him a standing ovation when he came to bat in the first inning Friday of their game against the Orioles. Andino had the ninth-inning single that beat the Red Sox on the final day of the 2011 regular season. The Rays went…

  2. Juan Nicasio impresses in first start since broken neck

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

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    When Juan Nicasio suffered a fractured C-1 vertebrae as a result of being struck by a line drive last August, his baseball career was suddenly secondary. However, after making remarkable progress in his rehabilitation over the course of the past few months, it now appears likely that he’ll open the season as a member of…

  3. Yoenis Cespedes to make Athletics’ debut Saturday

    Mar 9, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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    After arriving in Arizona last weekend and showcasing his power potential during simulated games this week, the highly-touted Yoenis Cespedes is finally ready to make his Athletics’ debut. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cespedes is scheduled to start in center field and bat second tomorrow afternoon against the Reds. And Craig…

  4. Bryce Harper out at least three days with calf injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

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    Bryce Harper‘s bid to make the Nationals at the tender age of 19 could be derailed by a calf injury that will sideline him for “at least three days,” manager Davey Johnson said Friday. Harper woke up with tightness in his left calf Thursday and was scratched from the day’s lineup. He missed a second…

  5. Logan Forsythe out eight weeks with fractured foot

    Mar 9, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Logan Forsythe, who had been hoping to win a spot on the Padres’ bench, is expected to miss the next eight weeks after aggravating an old fracture in his left foot. John Schlegel of MLB.com reports that the 25-year-old infielder left Padres camp and headed back to San Diego to undergo surgery for a sesamoid…

  6. Adam Wainwright sharp in return from Tommy John surgery

    Mar 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    Making his spring debut after missing all of 2011, Adam Wainwright pitched two hitless innings against the Twins on Friday. Wainwright was consistently in the low-90s in the outing, showing the same velocity he did prior to his Tommy John surgery last spring. He wasn’t perfect with his command, throwing 14 of his 30 pitches…

  7. Adam Moore expected to miss 3-4 weeks with wrist injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Adam Moore‘s wrist injury from Tuesday is less serious than initially feared and the Mariners catcher is hoping to be ready for game action within 3-4 weeks. Immediate reports pegged the injury as a fracture, but Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times now says “a more detailed scan … found that he merely had a…

  8. Nolan Reimold escapes beaning without major injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Amazingly, Reimold managed to avoid a serious injury. No broken bones and a CT scan was negative, although according to Kubatko he does have some loose teeth. ========== Nolan Reimold was carted off the field and taken to a hospital after being hit in the face by a pitch this afternoon. Reimold was batting…

  9. Scenes from Spring Training: Randomness at Brewers camp

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    I mentioned earlier that I’m in an impossibly good mood today. The park has a lot to do with it. Great weather of course. Just woke up on the right side of the bed somehow. And when I’m in a good mood I like to walk around and take pictures of stuff. Yes, I realize…

  10. David Robertson diagnosed with bone bruise after fall

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    New York feared for the worst when David Robertson injured his right foot while falling down the stairs, but the Yankees got some good news after further testing. According to manager Joe Girardi the reliever has been diagnosed with a bone bruise and will be in a walking boot through the weekend, but may be…

  11. Longtime umpire Harry Wendelstedt passes away

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Harry Wendelstedt, who was an MLB umpire for more than 30 years before retiring in 1998, passed away today at age 73. Wendelstedt, who worked five World Series, four All-Star games, and a record-tying five no-hitters, was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years ago. The accompanying photo shows Wendelstedt with his son, Hunter Wendelstedt,…

  12. Mike Trout is “feeling weak and feverish with no appetite” and has lost 10 pounds

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Last month manager Mike Scioscia indicated that Mike Trout is likely bound for Triple-A, but the 20-year-old outfielder hasn’t even been able to fight for an Opening Day job because of a flu virus. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Trout has lost 10 pounds from “feeling weak and feverish with no…

  13. A’s release catcher Landon Powell, eat $100,000

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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    Landon Powell spent parts of the past three seasons with the A’s and avoided arbitration in December with a one-year, $620,000 contract, but this morning Oakland released the 30-year-old catcher. Powell hasn’t hit in the majors, batting just .207 with a .612 OPS in 123 games, and the 2004 first-round pick hasn’t even been particularly…

  14. Ron Roenicke is a thoughtful guy

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Ron Roenicke

    This is not really a deep post or anything — and it’s likely not all that interesting to Brewers fans who are familiar with the guy already — but I thought it was worth noting that Ron Roenicke makes a great impression, seems very thoughtful and bright and seems like a dude I’d like to…

  15. Scenes from Spring Training: Leave Maryvale Baseball Park alone!

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

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    Until today I had been to every single Cactus League Park except for Maryvale Baseball Park, spring training home of the Milwaukee Brewers. Everyone who had been here before told me I wasn’t missing much. That it was a dump and in a crappy neighborhood and that my time would be spent better elsewhere. Well,…

  16. DNA test for paternity case shows David Ortiz is not the father of 17-year-old

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Dionisio Soldevila of the Dominican newspaper Hoy reports that David Ortiz took a DNA test as part of a paternity case and the results showed that he’s not the father of a 17-year-old boy. Ortiz claims to have never met the child’s mother and the test revealed a 0.0 percent chance of him being the…

  17. It’s official: the Astros will put the guns back on the Colt .45 throwbacks

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Astros have made it official: Breaking: Jim Crane announced today Astros will wear authentic Colt 45s jersey April 10 & 20. “The fans have spoken” — Houston Astros (@astros) March 9, 2012 Now, if this sets a precedent in which the Astros listen to the fans speaking, we’re all but assured that their…

  18. Jeff Moorad withdraws his application to take over the Padres

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Former agent Jeff Moorad agreed to purchase the Padres from John Moores several years ago. The sale was to be in phases, with Moores maintaining control of the team until Moorad’s stake grew to where he would eventually be approved as the controlling party in the eyes of MLB. Back in January, however, the owners…

  19. Kenley Jansen returns to Dodgers camp after being checked for heart palpitations

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

    Kenley Jansen

    UPDATE: Good news, as Hernandez reports that Jansen is already back in Dodgers camp after going to the hospital and “has been cleared to resume workouts.” ========== Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen, who missed a month after being hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat last season, has left Dodgers camp to be examined by doctors after experiencing…

  20. Joe Maddon is shaving his head for charity

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Aside from reporting to camp in “The Best Shape Of His Life” shaving your head for charity might be the biggest trend of spring training this year. Jose Reyes did it first, live on MLB Network no less, and then Josh Johnson did it with considerably less fanfare. And now Rays manager Joe Maddon is…

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