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  1. Catching: The toughest job in sports

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

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    During a week-long stint at spring training in Arizona this year, I spent a lot of time with catchers. I learned a lot about their craft, about what they go through on a daily basis. About the stresses of the job, the grind of the six-month long season, as well as the non-stop mental challenges…

  2. Albert Pujols wants to prove people wrong? About what?

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    It takes a special kind of person to play the “no one believes in me” card after getting a ten-year, $240 million contract, but Albert Pujols is apparently that special.  From Bob Nightengale at USA Today: “I always have that chip on my shoulder, no matter what kind of success I’ve had,” Pujols says forcefully.…

  3. And now your HardballTalk writer predictions

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Oracle of Delphi

    We’re so wrong about these things all the time I’m not even sure why we do them. Yet … we do them. All I ask is that when you all accuse us of hating the Phillies, you remember that this post is floating around the archives, with all four of us picking them to win…

  4. Josh Outman has the worst DL trip ever

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:38 AM EDT

    Josh Outman

    Poor Josh Outman. The Rockies had to put their pitcher on the disabled list last night. Why? Here’s how I heard it: Left handed relieverJosh Outman has been placed on the disabled list with a vomit-induced oblique injury. — Purple Row (@PurpleRow) April 4, 2012 Oh, man.  How did that happen? His brother Zach elaborates:…

  5. Dallas Braden will be shut down for the next three weeks

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    When Dallas Braden strained his surgically-repaired shoulder last week, the A’s weren’t exactly sure how bad of a setback it would be to his ongoing recovery. But that information has since been revealed. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, A’s manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Braden will be shut down for…

  6. Rangers discussing six-year extension with Ian Kinsler

    Apr 3, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Photo Day

    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Rangers are talking about a six-year contract extension with second baseman Ian Kinsler. But an agreement is not closer because the two sides are differing on what the annual value of the contract should be. Rosenthal explains: The Rangers, sources say, are willing to give Kinsler…

  7. It sucks to be Yohan Flande right now

    Apr 3, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Yohan Flande

    The Braves got down to 25 players Monday, demoting pitchers Cory Gearrin and Julio Teheran to Triple-A as part of their cuts. Left as the 12th pitcher on the staff was Yohan Flande, who appeared all set to make his major league debut after spending six years in the minors. Then came the bad news…

  8. Andrew Bailey set for ligament surgery, likely to miss first half

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    A second opinion confirmed that Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey has a torn UCL in his right thumb. He’s scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday and will likely miss 3-4 months. It turns out that Bailey was hurt in a collision with Pittsburgh’s Alex Presley at first base in his March 21 outing, though he thought…

  9. Rangers play on after Arlington tornadoes; Mike Napoli posts storm video

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    Texas tornadoes

    The Rangers will face the Mexico City Red Devils as planned tonight despite today’s tornadoes in Texas, including Arlington. According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, several players, including Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler and Michael Young, were struggling to make it to the ballpark after the storms. Players were supposed to be there…

  10. The HardballTalk Season Preview

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Wilson Opening Day

    Opening Day is upon us.  Well, one of them anyway. We had one in Japan last week. And then the Cardinals-Marlins game and then more staggered Opening Days across Thursday and Friday. It’s all a conspiracy, you know. The red, white and blue decorative bunting industry and its high-powered lobbyists are what made that happen. More…

  11. Nationals demote left-hander John Lannan and his $5 million salary to the minor leagues

    Apr 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s official, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. Lannan has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and Detwiler will open the year as the Nationals’ fifth starter. ************* At the beginning of spring training John Lannan was rumored to be on the trading block and then when it became clear that Chien-Ming Wang wouldn’t be ready…

  12. Video: Jamie Moyer on the “Today” show with Matt Lauer

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Fresh off coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery to grab a spot in the Rockies’ rotation 49-year-old Jamie Moyer talked to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show:

  13. The Reds claim Alfredo Simon off waivers

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Alfredo Simon had a bad spring and, after dealing with major legal issues in the Dominican Republic last year, had a bad 2010. Which is why the Orioles put him on waivers the other day.  But he also throws mid-90s heat, which is why you knew someone was going to claim him. That someone was…

  14. Ubaldo Jimenez is appealing his five-game suspension

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Lou Marson, Clint Fagan

    Ubaldo Jimenez has filed an appeal of his five-game suspension for hitting Troy Tulowitzki on Sunday, which is no surprise after the Indians right-hander insisted that he didn’t hit his former Rockies teammate on purpose. Jimenez was scheduled to start the Indians’ second game of the season, but would have to be pushed back to…

  15. The Yankees release Jorge Vazquez

    Apr 3, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Jorge Vazquez is a 30 year-old who played in the Mexican League for years and has never sniffed the majors. But because he hit 32 home runs at Scranton last year, a lot of Yankees fans thought he might be a good fit for New York’s DH slot since it was in flux and all.…

  16. Kyle Farnsworth has a sore elbow, may start season on DL

    Apr 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Kyle Farnsworth, who took time off late last season because of an elbow injury, is once again experiencing elbow soreness in Rays camp. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that his status for Opening Day is in question, although for now the Rays are awaiting test results for a clearer picture of his…

  17. So there’s a tornado bearing down on The Ballpark in Arlington

    Apr 3, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Tornado

    There are tornadoes all over the Dallas Metroplex right now.  One of them is in Arlington, heading in the general direction of the Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers: #TORNADO tornado is moving over I30 near Six Flags in Arlington – make sure you take cover and don’t go outside — NBC DFW…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Minnesota Twins. The Big Question: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses? Everything that could go…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Will the St. Louis Cardinals survive the loss of three legends?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The New-Look Redbirds. The Big Question: Will St. Louis be able to defend its World Series title this year in…

  20. The Marlins new ballpark has all kinds of fun toys

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

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    Really looking forward to the Marlins’ new ballpark, guys.  We’ll get to see it tomorrow night for Opening Night against the Cardinals.  For now, however, here’s a look at some of the stuff fans won’t notice. Stuff like batting cages right near the dugout and a state-of-the-art video room nearby as well. And in it:…

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