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  1. The Giants are still trying to sign Matt Cain

    Mar 29, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    The last time we heard about the Giants contract talks with Matt Cain, we heard they were going nowhere.  Funny how your arch rivals being sold for $2 billion to a bunch of guys who sound like they want to spend money can change things: The San Francisco Giants are committed to keeping All-Star right-hander…

  2. Miguel Cabrera to rejoin Tigers’ lineup tomorrow

    Mar 29, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Cabrera walks off the field with a trainer after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    Miguel Cabrera‘s return from a fractured orbital bone was delayed slightly, but manager Jim Leyland announced that he’ll be back in the Tigers’ lineup tomorrow and is expected to play the remainder of their spring training games. And yes, he’s still going to play third base despite taking a hard one-hopper off the face 10…

  3. Juan Pierre makes the Phillies roster

    Mar 29, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    He only got a minor league contract with a spring training invite, but Juan Pierre impressed the Phillies with a decent spring and, presumably, his usual hard work (he gets raves for that).  He’ll make $800K and will be a backup outfielder and a bench bat. Pierre hit just .279/.329/.327 last year, and it wasn’t like…

  4. Marlins reliever Jose Ceda to undergo Tommy John surgery

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Atlanta Braves

    UPDATE: It’s official now. He’ll go under the knife on April 3. ========== Instead of securing a spot in the Marlins’ bullpen right-hander Jose Ceda is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery. Ceda, who made headlines last season for being locked in the bullpen bathroom by Marlins teammates, pitched well for 7.1 innings…

  5. How to broadcast a game in Japan all the way from Seattle

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    It was kind of lame that no national network wanted to broadcast the A’s-Mariners series in Japan.  That left it up to Root Sports in Seattle to broadcast it.  Except: The Seattle crew quickly determined it would be too costly to send announcers and support staff to Japan to broadcast the games in person, with…

  6. Josh Beckett pwns Curt Schilling

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    schilling press

    Curt Schilling said that the Red Sox players hate Bobby Valentine.  Josh Beckett then turned around with this: Josh Beckett on WEEI responding to Curt Schilling’s comments on Bobby V: “I haven’t seen him around this year. Is he one of our pitchers?” — WEEI (@WEEI) March 29, 2012 No, Josh. He’s not. He’s just…

  7. Scott Linebrink secures spot in Cardinals’ bullpen

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Scott Linbrink Getty

    Signed to a minor-league deal in mid-February, veteran right-hander Scott Linebrink will be in the Cardinals’ bullpen to begin the season after the team added him to the 40-man roster today. Linebrink is 35 years old, but pitched decently last season for the Braves with a 3.64 ERA and 42/21 K/BB ratio in 54 innings.…

  8. Jim Thome made a diving stop at first base and didn’t die

    Mar 29, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Photo Day

    Really lookin’ forward to some Jim Thome at first base, guys.  Because whenever stuff like this diving stop happens, my Thome love — which has always been considerable — only grows greater. Just can’t stop smiling. Which, I realize, will be offset when he inevitably breaks his pelvis in six places while trying to make…

  9. Pirates starter Charlie Morton to begin year on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Last month Charlie Morton was said to be “ahead of schedule” in his recovery from October hip surgery, but the Pirates right-hander will begin the season on the disabled list. However, it’s not necessarily a setback, as the Pirates won’t need a fifth starter until April 14 and for now at least the plan is…

  10. Don Mattingly calls Ozzie Guillen “a little sh*t”

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins manager Guillen talks during workouts before a spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers

    Sadly, there was no malice in it. He was just talking about how Guillen runs his mouth all the time and tries to get under people’s skin. Guillen has admitted that multiple times. Video/audio of Mattingly on the Dan Patrick Show saying so is here. Now, between him being a butt man and being a…

  11. Royals put Felipe Paulino on disabled list with elbow injury

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    Felipe Paulino looked like a candidate for a mini-breakout this season after throwing 125 innings with a 4.11 ERA and 119 strikeouts following a trade to the Royals last year, but instead the 28-year-old right-hander was placed on the disabled list with elbow soreness. Manager Ned Yost indicated to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that the…

  12. The Marlins release Aaron Rowand

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Aaron Rowand

    Aaron Rowand signed a minor league deal with the Marlins back in December, but it never got beyond that, as the Marlins released him today.  Don’t cry for Rowand, though: he’s still being paid on that five-year, $60 million deal the Giants gave him. He might be done playing, though. He hit .233/.274/.347 with four homers…

  13. And the season’s first disabled list trip goes to … Mike Carp

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Mike Carp

    It took exactly one game for a player to suffer an injury that requires a disabled list stint, as Mariners left fielder Mike Carp hurt his right shoulder diving for a ball against the A’s in Japan and has been placed on the shelf. Carp played the entire 11-inning game, but was later diagnosed with…

  14. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL West

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Tiffany and Craig

    I continue my lack of originality, once again picking the team that won it last year. I did that in five of the six divisions.  In the last one, I picked the defending World Series champs.  I live life on the edge.

  15. Dan Haren is going through a “dead arm” phase

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Dan Haren had a sloppy start against the Reds yesterday, allowing two runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings, and afterward revealed that he’s going through a “dead arm” phase. Haren downplayed the situation by telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he “should be fine” and “it usually lasts about a week…

  16. Jeff Samardzija wins spot in Cubs rotation, Randy Wells demoted to minors

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Randy Wells

    Randy Wells is 29 years old and has started at least 23 games for the Cubs in each of the past three seasons, posting a 4.01 ERA in 500 innings overall, yet today they demoted him to the minors as part of the latest round of spring training cuts. Sending down a veteran with that…

  17. Quote of the Day: Brendan Ryan on his ring bearer, Felix Hernandez

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Brendan Ryan

    If you’re into the sappy love stuff, there’s a story over at MLB.com about how the Mariners’ Brendan Ryan proposed to his girlfriend in Tokyo yesterday. Just … awwwwwww. But the best part was when Ryan was talking about the logistics of his proposal. Specifically, how he got the rock over to Japan: The hyperactive…

  18. Fresh off contract extension, Dustin McGowan to begin season on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dustin McGowan

    Earlier this week the Blue Jays gave Dustin McGowan a two-year contract extension worth at least $4 million in guaranteed money despite the oft-injured right-hander throwing a grand total of 21 (terrible) innings since 2009. In a fitting follow-up to that surprising move McGowan is now expected to begin the season on the disabled list…

  19. R.A. Dickey: Real Man

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    Andy Martino has a really nice column up about R.A. Dickey today. The upshot: in the wake of the revelations about his personal life the other day, Dickey’s ability to be open, frank and to stand up and answer questions about the sorts of things most of us — and virtually all professional athletes —…

  20. Rangers moving Alexi Ogando back to the bullpen

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alexi Ogando

    After an excellent rookie season as a reliever in 2010 the Rangers moved Alexi Ogando into the rotation last year with good results, as he started 29 games with a 3.51 ERA and 126/43 K/BB ratio in 169 innings. Normally that would be enough to lock a 28-year-old pitcher into the rotation long term, but…

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