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  1. Justin Upton scratched from lineup with jammed thumb

    Apr 10, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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    From Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic comes word that Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has been scratched from Tuesday night’s lineup against the Padres because of a jammed left thumb. Upton suffered the injury Sunday while sliding into second base, trying to break up a double play. “It’s not too bad,” he told Piecoro on…

  2. Brewers “suspend” extension talks with Zack Greinke

    Apr 10, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

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    Zack Greinke appears headed for free agency. According to beat reporter Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers have “suspended” long-term contract negotiations with the 28-year-old right-hander and have no plans at this time to re-start the talks at a later date. Greinke had quite an Opening Week, hiring agent Casey Close, watching…

  3. Mariners bench Brendan Ryan for accountability issue

    Apr 10, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Brendan Ryan

    Brendan Ryan is taking a seat for Tuesday’s game against the Rangers due to an accountability issue, manager Eric Wedge told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times. The only additional detail provided was that it was unrelated to the poor throw Ryan made in Monday night’s game. Ryan might have been late to arrive to…

  4. White Sox acquire Castro

    Apr 10, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

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    I can only assume Ozzie Guillen recommended him before leaving for Miami.

  5. Brandon Phillips sits with sore hammy after landing big contract

    Apr 10, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Brandon Phillips

    It’ll be a few days before Brandon Phillips gets to start justifying the Reds’ $72.5 million commitment to him. Manager Dusty Baker said Tuesday that Phillips would miss three or four days because of a sore left hamstring, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay reports. Phillips, for his part, said he was ready to play. “His…

  6. Not yet sick of Ozzie Guillen talk? Watch NBC SportsTalk tonight

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

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    Because I worry that you haven’t heard enough of my opinions about the Ozzie Guillen matter, I ask that you tune in to NBC SportsTalk on the NBC Sports Network tonight to watch Steak Shapiro of 790 The Zone in Atlanta and me do a little debate thingy on the Marlins’ response to L’affaire Guillen.…

  7. Michael Morse “out indefinitely” after rehab setback

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for returning Thursday. Kilgore reports that Morse “felt soreness throwing last night” and is now “out indefinitely.” ========== Assuming that nothing goes wrong when he plays nine innings in left field at Single-A tonight and tomorrow Michael Morse is scheduled to return from the disabled list and rejoin the Nationals’ lineup Thursday.…

  8. David Wright scratched from lineup with finger injury, going for X-rays

    Apr 10, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    David Wright

    David Wright was a late scratch from the Mets’ lineup and will undergo X-rays on a right pinkie finger injury suffered yesterday. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Wright suffered the injury diving back into first base after hitting a single and “is hoping it’s not broken, but he’s unsure.” Ronny Cedeno is…

  9. Sergio Santos to be excused from Blue Jays for birth of child

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    After tomorrow’s game Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos will be away from the team through at least Saturday to be with his wife for the birth of their child. It’s not bad timing for a break after Santos blew back-to-back saves to begin the season and the Blue Jays can turn to Francisco Cordero as…

  10. Details of Carlos Santana’s long-term contract with Indians

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians' catcher Carlos Santana waits for his turn at bat during their MLB spring training baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Scottsdale

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has the year-by-year breakdown of Carlos Santana‘s new contract with the Indians: Signing bonus: $1 million 2012: $501,900 2013: $550,000 2014: $3.5 million 2015: $6.0 million 2016: $8.5 million 2017: $12 million option or $1.2 million buyout That adds up to a minimum of $21.25 million for five…

  11. Undercover security guards are roaming Dodger Stadium in Pirates jerseys

    Apr 10, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    The Dodgers home opener is sold out and, a year after Bryan Stow was beaten nearly to death, security is, not surprisingly, tight.  And clever: On Tuesday, scores of uniformed Los Angeles Police Department officers patrolled the stands, the huge parking lots and the entrance. Undercover officers wearing Pirates jerseys also were on hand. “At…

  12. The Lake County Fielders cancel the 2012 season

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Remember the Lake County Fielders? That independent team that had the announcer quite on the air after ripping the organization a new one? And had a player boycott when the team didn’t pay them, leading to crazy stuff like Jose Canseco pitching? Yeah, well, they’re history: With dueling lawsuits between the city of Zion and the Lake County Fielders,…

  13. Braves activate Chipper Jones from disabled list

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones vowed to return in time for the Braves’ home opener after undergoing knee surgery on March 26 and sure enough he’s back in the lineup with three days to spare. Jones ended up missing just four games following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Martin Prado and Juan Francisco…

  14. Photo of the Day: It’s a beautiful day in Detroit

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Here’s Joe Maddon in the early innings of the Rays-Tigers game in Detroit, where the snow fell, the wind blew and the temperatures barely cracked 40 at game time: A least I think he was at the game. That could be him prepping to climb Mt. Rainer or something.

  15. Brandon Inge begins rehab stint, eyes weekend return

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Brandon Inge‘s groin injury is healed enough that he’s scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Inge will serve as Toledo’s designated hitter tonight before moving to second base Wednesday and Thursday, at which point he might be cleared to come off the disabled list. Inge…

  16. Mike Trout off to 10-for-20 start in Triple-A

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Top prospect Mike Trout maintained his .500 average for Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, going 2-for-4 and hitting his first homer. He’s 10-for-20 in five games for the Bees. There will certainly be call in Anaheim for Trout to replace Vernon Wells in the Angels outfield if this keeps up. Wells is off to a 2-for-14 start…

  17. Reds sign Brandon Phillips to a six-year $72.5 million extension

    Apr 10, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Jim Bowden reported earlier this afternoon that the Reds and Brandon Phillips had a six-year, $72.5 million contract extension in place.  Now it appears to be done, says Ken Rosenthal. That’s just shy of Ian Kinsler money, so it’s probably about right for the market, even if it seems kind of nuts to go that long with…

  18. Michael Kohn shut down after setback with forearm injury

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Michael Kohn has been shut down after experiencing a setback with his forearm injury and the Angels reliever is scheduled for a visit with Dr. James Andrews tomorrow. Kohn was initially shut down during spring training, but attempted to resume throwing after an MRI exam showed only a strained flexor tendon. Bill Plunkett of the…

  19. Highlights from Ozzie’s press conference

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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    Here are the highlights — English portion anyway — from Ozzie Guillen’s press conference this morning.

  20. Luke Scott gets cortisone shot for “mild” hamstring injury

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Recovering from shoulder surgery was the big question mark facing Luke Scott this season and has him limited to designated hitter duties for the Rays, but now his hamstring is a problem as well. Scott left Sunday’s game with what he called a “mild” hamstring strain and an MRI exam revealed no major damage, but…

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