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  1. 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…

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

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. Joe Maddon is shaving his head for charity

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. Domonic Brown to return from thumb injury next week

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Domonic Brown is hoping to rejoin the Phillies’ lineup next week after an MRI exam showed only inflammation in his injured thumb, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Brown has been diagnosed with a sprain after suffering the injury attempting a diving catch earlier this week, but Gelb notes that “much of the…

  5. Rangers won’t show clip of Nolan Ryan beating up Robin Ventura when White Sox are in town

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Robin Ventura is the White Sox’s manager now and not just an underrated former All-Star third baseman who once got put in a headlock and punched by Nolan Ryan, so the Rangers have decided to change their usual routine in the name of showing him more respect. Instead of regularly playing the 1993 clip of…

  6. Jon Heyman still trying to sell Johnny Damon to Orioles

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week Jon Heyman’s ongoing efforts to land Johnny Damon a job led to his reporting that the Orioles “haven’t ruled out” signing him, but yesterday Baltimore executive vice president Dan Duquette laughed and replied “I don’t think so” when asked about the possibility. That hasn’t stopped Heyman one bit or even slowed him…

  7. Chris Carpenter leaves Cardinals camp with neck injury

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chris Carpenter

    Chris Carpenter will miss his scheduled start Monday and has left Cardinals camp to get a second opinion on his injured neck, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Strauss writes that the Cardinals have “remained intentionally vague about Carpenter’s timetable after initially suggesting he would miss one Grapefruit League start.” Carpenter…

  8. Jose Valverde is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

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    Via our friend Nick Collias comes the translation of an interview Tigers closer Jose Valverde gave to Mañana Deportiva on Dominican radio the other day. Valverde has lost weight.  And he has a nice description of Prince Fielder: “I lost 40 pounds, because I was very obese.” “I had to undergo that process because I was…

  9. Video of the Day: Connor Powers is gonna owe the Padres some money

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    This is really short — and I apologize in advance for you having to sit through the ad that is longer than the actual video — but stuff like this cracks me up and there’s nothing else going on, so here you go. Description: Padres infield prospect Connor Powers is gonna get some money deducted…

  10. Scenes from Spring Training: Easy come, easy go

    Mar 9, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

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    Know what I have never done? I have never caught a foul ball at a baseball game. At least not a major league game. The only time I got anything was at a single-A game in Myrtle Beach back in 1989, and that hardly counts as the park then was smaller than some high school…

  11. Jimmy Rollins thinks Cole Hamels will re-sign with Phillies

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins was asked Thursday by CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury where he envisions left-hander Cole Hamels opening the 2013 season: “He’ll be here,” Rollins replied. “He’s not going anywhere. He was drafted by this organization, raised by this organization and became a superstar in this organization. If you know anything about this organization, that…

  12. Adam Dunn homers, doubles to lead White Sox

    Mar 8, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Dunn waits for his pitch during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Let’s not read too much into it just yet, but Adam Dunn is giving some strong early indications that he’s ready to shake off his historically awful 2011 season. On Thursday, the big first baseman hit a three-run homer off Neftali Feliz in his first at-bat and collected an RBI double off left-hander Michael Kirkman…

  13. Starling Marte shines brightly in Pirates camp

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Pirates prospect Starling Marte homered in a second straight game Thursday against the Pirates, though he did make an out in his other at-bat, lowering his spring average to .692. The 23-year-old Marte busted out from a power standpoint last season in Double-A. His OBPs were nice in previous stops too, but he went from…

  14. Matt Moore scheduled to make spring debut Tuesday

    Mar 8, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Rays left-hander Matt Moore was shut down for a little over a week after feeling some abdominal discomfort while performing a fielding drill in late February. He’s still behind the other starters in Rays camp here in early March, but that should begin to change as Opening Day approaches. According to Roger Mooney of the…

  15. David Price injured his neck while wiping his head with a towel … again

    Mar 8, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Brandon Morrow

    David Price had to leave today’s start after two innings because he injured his neck while toweling off his head in the dugout. Seriously. And that’s not even the most bizarre part of the story, because as Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune writes Price has done this before. Several times, in fact: It was…

  16. Yankees have “cause for concern” after David Robertson injures foot falling down stairs

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Robertson is undergoing further tests, including a CT scan, and manager Joe Girardi admitted that the undisclosed results from the MRI exam gave the Yankees “cause for concern.” ========== David Robertson fell down a flight of stairs while moving boxes at his spring training home and has been diagnosed with a sprained right foot.…

  17. Must-Click Link: Who gained weight? Who lost weight? How much? And why?

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:12 PM EDT

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    Our BSOHL beat is fairly comprehensive in scope, but not detailed in execution. We’re doing poetry when it comes to ballplayer health and fitness, not prose. Thankfully, Deadspin has cataloged every ballplayer who has been reported to have gained or lost weight coming into the season. The headline: “Cardio and Pooping: A Chart Of Every…

  18. Bill Bray’s groin injury could send Aroldis Chapman back to the Reds’ bullpen

    Mar 8, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Bill Bray had to cut a bullpen session short after aggravating a groin injury and if he’s unavailable for Opening Day the Reds may shift Aroldis Chapman back to the bullpen. All offseason the Reds talked about stretching out Chapman for a potential move to the rotation, but they have plenty of starter depth even…

  19. HBT-endorsed candidate wins spot in MLB Fan Cave

    Mar 8, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Last month when MLB announced the final 50 candidates for this year’s “Fan Cave” we gave Lindsay Guentzel the official HardballTalk endorsement for the gig, so I’m happy to say that she made the cut as one of nine fans chosen to participate all season long. Lindsay will be joined in New York by Ashley…

  20. Astros GM Jeff Luhnow apologizes to Rangers for “drunken sailors” comment

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    While speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference last week Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow commented that the Rangers have spent money on the international market like “drunken sailors” recently. Today the GM told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that he personally apologized to the Rangers their general manager Jon Daniels: I reached out to…

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