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  1. “Ur-ine Sam-ple! [clap clap clap-clap-clap]”

    Mar 5, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    It’s entirely possible that Ryan Braun did something last fall that he won’t be proud of one day.  But if you were one of the Giants fans at Maryvale Stadium for the Giants-Brewers split squad game yesterday involved in this, you probably need to examine your life a little bit. Not so much to figure…

  2. Pirates, Andrew McCutchen agree to six-year, $51.5 million contract

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:22 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    It was a long time coming, but Andrew McCutchen finally got the Pirates to beat the Justin Upton and Jay Bruce deals. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the two sides have agreed to a six-year, $51.5 million contract that will take care of all of the outfielder’s arbitration seasons and his first two years of…

  3. Andrew Cashner averaged 102.2 mph with his fastball Sunday

    Mar 4, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Move over Aroldis, the National League might have a new hardest thrower. As Dan Brooks pointed out, PitchFX data had Padres reliever Andrew Cashner averaging 102.2 mph with his fastball on Sunday. He threw 10 pitches in his scoreless innings out of the pen, all of them heaters. According to the data, they ranged between…

  4. Robin Ventura wants A.J. Pierzynski batting second? Seriously?

    Mar 4, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Prepare for the White Sox offense to be a mess again. New manager Robin Ventura said Saturday that he wants A.J. Pierzynski hitting second after Alejandro De Aza this season. “He handles the bat great,” Ventura said. “He’s always a tough out. Not that he steals a lot of bases, but he handles the bat…

  5. Stephen Strasburg charged with two runs in spring debut

    Mar 4, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg held the Astros scoreless into the third, only to give up two runs in 2 2/3 innings in his spring debut. Strasburg struck out three and walked none. He allowed a solo homer to Chris Snyder and a double to Jordan Schafer in the third. Schafer came around to score off Tom Gorzelanny…

  6. Joel Zumaya to undergo Tommy John surgery this month

    Mar 4, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that Joel Zumaya has decided to have Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right (pitching) elbow and will undergo the reconstructive procedure by the end of this month. Zumaya suffered the UCL tear after throwing 13 pitches in his first bullpen session of…

  7. Tigers hit nine homers in win over Braves

    Mar 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    On Saturday, the Tigers pitched a one-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Braves. Today, they went about things a bit differently, crushing nine homers in a 18-3 rout. The rundown: Alex Avila – two-run off Randall Delgado in the first Ryan Raburn – solo off Julio Teheran in the second Brennan Boesch – solo…

  8. Corey Hart will undergo knee surgery, likely out 3-4 weeks

    Mar 4, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

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    The Brewers revealed Sunday that outfielder Corey Hart needs arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and could miss the start of the regular season. This according to beat writer Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via Twitter). Hart will be in recovery mode from the minor procedure for 3-4 weeks, meaning he is likely…

  9. Phillies GM acknowledges Ryan Howard “could be backed up for a while” due to infection

    Mar 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Phillies have downplayed the severity of the infection that developed two weeks ago around Ryan Howard‘s surgically-repaired Achilles tendon. But it sure sounds like a pretty major setback. According to beat reporter Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard will be in a walking boot for the next 10 days as he recovers from…

  10. Rockies’ Alex White arrested for DUI in Arizona

    Mar 4, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Rockies starter Alex White was arrested Saturday night near the team’s spring training complex in Arizona for driving under the influence of alcohol. White claims that he only had two drinks before the arrest, but he failed both a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer. He was…

  11. Mike Gonzalez turns down Rangers’ minor league offer

    Mar 4, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Lefty specialists are always in demand, but it’s March 4 and Mike Gonzalez is still a free agent because he’s refusing to lower his asking price. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Gonzalez rejected a minor league contract offer that was presented to him last week by the Rangers. The deal would have included an invitation…

  12. Matt Moore “back to normal” after abdominal strain

    Mar 4, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Rays left-hander Matt Moore was sidelined for over a week due to an abdominal strain that he suffered during a fielding drill. But that’s all in the past now. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Moore tossed a free and easy bullpen session on Saturday in Rays camp and told reporters shortly…

  13. Picture of the Day: Yoenis Cespedes is an Oakland A

    Mar 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Jane Lee comes this shot of Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes being officially introduced at a press conference Sunday morning in Phoenix, Arizona. A’s GM Billy Beane looks absolutely giddy.

  14. Jesse Litsch gets emergency surgery, out six weeks

    Mar 4, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Blue Jays right-hander Jesse Litsch was shut down last week due to shoulder soreness and given an anti-inflammatory injection in the area of the pain. Litsch was only supposed to miss a couple of days while the shot took effect. But the 26-year-old has now been ruled out for the start of the 2012 season.…

  15. David Wright won’t play in spring game before Wednesday

    Mar 4, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

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    Scott Hairston aggravating his troublesome left oblique Saturday during an instrasquad game has created some apprehension in Mets camp. So the team is scaling back workloads for some of its stars, including third baseman David Wright. According to beat writer Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Wright has been scratched from Monday’s Grapefruit League opener…

  16. Ike Davis discusses Valley Fever: “Seriously. I feel great.”

    Mar 4, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    Mets team doctors have diagnosed first baseman Ike Davis with Valley Fever, a fungal disease common in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico with symptoms ranging in severity from easily manageable to potentially life-threatening. Davis is hoping his experience with the bug falls into that easy-to-manage category. And so far it has. The talented…

  17. Theo Epstein: Chicago bar scene has been “an impediment to the Cubs in winning”

    Mar 4, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has developed (and will distribute) a pamphlet outlining the way he expects players in the organization to behave. Especially those tempted by the Chicago nightlife. “It’s been a factor in ruining some careers,” Epstein told the Chicago Tribune. “And I’m sure it’s been an impediment to the Cubs in winning. ……

  18. Josh Donaldson 0-for-7 through two spring games

    Mar 4, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    A’s assistant general manager David Forst told the San Francisco Chronicle last week that Josh Donaldson would get the first shot at replacing Scott Sizemore (knee surgery) at third base. It’s still early, and regular-season playing time is rarely dictated by spring training stats, but the 26-year-old former catcher is not off to a good…

  19. Rangers’ Matt West might need Tommy John surgery

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

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    From Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News comes word that Rangers right-hander Matt West has been diagnosed with a sprained UCL in his throwing elbow and shut down for six weeks. If West isn’t feeling better after a month-plus of rest and therapy, the next course of action will likely be Tommy John reconstructive…

  20. Bryce Harper goes 1-for-3 in Grapefruit League debut

    Mar 3, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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    The Nationals are said to be open to the idea of top prospect Bryce Harper opening the 2012 season in the major leagues. So while most spring training stats don’t matter, Harper’s numbers just might. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, the 19-year-old outfielder went 1-for-3 with a single and two sharp groundouts…

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