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  1. Buster Posey makes it through his first play at the plate

    Mar 24, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants' Posey waits for the ball during their spring training game against Seattle Mariners in Scottsdale

    Buster Posey was involved in a play at the plate last night for the first time since he suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins last May 25. Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus singled into center field and center fielder Angel Pagan made a strong throw to…

  2. Is there already a rift growing between Bobby V and Ben Cherington?

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    Ben Cherington Bobby V Reuters

    When Bobby Valentine was originally hired as manager of the Red Sox, it was suggested that ownership went over the head of newly-hired general manager Ben Cherington to make the call. This led to all sorts of speculation that Cherington was already marginalized and that he would have a difficult time building the ballclub that…

  3. Neftali Feliz won’t make his next scheduled start Monday

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Neftali Feliz

    Neftali Feliz has made it through long-toss sessions in each of the last two days after leaving Tuesday’s start against the Cubs due to shoulder stiffness, but the Rangers plan to be extra cautious before clearing him to pitch in a game again. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Feliz will not make his next…

  4. Chris Perez cleared to pitch in minor league game Saturday

    Mar 23, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Chris Perez AP

    All signs are pointing toward Chris Perez being available for Opening Day. Perez, who has been sidelined since suffering a strained right oblique on April 24, threw 20 pitches Wednesday in a simulated game without incident and has now been cleared for game action. According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians’ closer will pitch…

  5. Three bidders left standing for Dodgers

    Mar 23, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

    Los_Angeles_Dodgers_Logo

    We’re getting close to the end here, folks. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times passes along word that the field of bidders for the Dodgers was narrowed down to three earlier today. They are: The group led by hedge-fund billionaire Steven Cohen and philanthropist Patrick Soon-Shiong; The group led by Magic Johnson and veteran…

  6. Ryan Madson flies to Cincinnati for elbow exam

    Mar 23, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    madson getty

    With the Reds still being all hush-hush on his condition, Ryan Madson will travel to Cincinnati to have his ailing elbow examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek on Thursday. Madson was expected to pitch in a minor league game today, but it was announced last night that he was being scratched. Neither Madson nor team officials…

  7. It’s no Strasburger, but the Rangers will sell a $26 hot dog

    Mar 23, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Wienermobile

    We hope it comes with more mustard than a Nolan Ryan fastball. The Rangers plan to sell a one-pound frankfurter for $26 at concession stands starting on Opening Day. Billed as the Champion Hot Dog, it will be hoisted on to a two-foot-long bun. Toppings included chili, sauteed onions and shredded cheese. According to the…

  8. Phillies make Cole Hamels their No. 4 starter

    Mar 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    hamels getty

    It was a given that Roy Halladay would start on Opening Day and be followed by Cliff Lee in the Phillies rotation. Baseball’s best No. 3 starter won’t go in game three, however. The Phillies announced today that Cole Hamels would be held back to start their fourth game, which is also their home opener.…

  9. Bobby Abreu doesn’t believe Mike Scioscia is going to give him 400 plate appearances

    Mar 23, 2012, 5:20 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu Getty

    Bobby Abreu is sort of a man without a position in Anaheim.  Mike Scioscia, however, has promised him 400 plate appearances.  Abreu, speaking to Lider en Deportes, translated by Nick Collias of MLB Trade Rumors, isn’t buying it: “I’ve learned not to have much confidence in these people, but I hope they live up to…

  10. Chris Carpenter “out indefinitely” with nerve irritation in shoulder

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Chris Carpenter left Cardinals camp earlier this week with what was described as a neck injury, but after several days of testing by specialists he’s been diagnosed with nerve irritation in his shoulder. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Carpenter is “out indefinitely” with an injury similar to one he had…

  11. Ian Kinsler’s agent met with Rangers, “not very optimistic” about extension

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler‘s agent, Jay Franklin, met with the Rangers today about a contract extension at their request, but told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he’s “not very optimistic” about the two sides getting something done before Opening Day. Franklin did say that the Rangers are making “a sincere effort” in negotiations and normally there wouldn’t…

  12. Whoa: Joba Chamberlain’s life was in danger following his ankle dislocation

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    I think we need to stop with the Joba on the trampoline jokes. This stuff was serious, people. And if you’re squeamish, you may not want to even ready this: Joba Chamberlain lost so much blood Thursday when he hurt his ankle while playing with his son that there initially was concern for his life, a Yankees’…

  13. Vicente Padilla no longer in Red Sox’s rotation mix

    Mar 23, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Vicente Padilla was really, really hoping to be a starter for the Red Sox, but that never seemed very likely and now it’s all but official that he’ll be working out of the bullpen to begin the season (assuming, of course, that he makes the team on a minor-league deal). Brian MacPherson of the Providence…

  14. There is a museum devoted to Ichiro. And it’s run by his mom.

    Mar 23, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    suzuki_ichiro

    Geoff Baker is in Japan, getting ready for the season-opening series between the Mariners and A’s.  He got there a couple of days before the team and has been doing so sightseeing. One thing he saw: the Ichiro museum.  It’s right in front of his parents’ house. And his mom and dad run it. And…

  15. Cubs demote top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Brett Jackson

    Neither player was expected to crack the Opening Day roster and today the Cubs made it official, optioning top prospects Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson to Triple-A. Rizzo was acquired from the Padres for Andrew Cashner in January and is the Cubs’ long-term answer at first base, but the team made it pretty clear that…

  16. Joe Torre rejoins Major League Baseball

    Mar 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Joe Torre spent a year in the league office of Major League Baseball, handing out discipline to players, dealing with postponements in the playoffs and pretending to supervise umpires while really doing nothing to fix bad umpiring all. Then he quit to try to buy the Dodgers. That didn’t work and, Major League Baseball just…

  17. Joakim Soria needs season-ending Tommy John surgery

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria got second and third opinions after being diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament and they all agreed, so the 27-year-old Royals closer will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery on April 3. Typically recovery timetables are 12-18 months, so Soria will miss the entire season and could be limited in early 2013 as…

  18. Matt Thornton favored over Jesse Crain and Addison Reed as White Sox’s closer

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura has avoided naming a closer or even giving strong hints about which way he’s leaning among Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, and Addison Reed, but Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times reports that “the smart money” is on Thornton getting the job. Thornton struggled with some save chances early…

  19. Bobby Jenks: “I took too many muscle relaxers”

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks mugshot

    Kirk Minihane of WEEI has more on the Bobby Jenks DUI arrest. Seems Jenks was pulled over for driving erratically, and when questioned, he told the deputy that the “took too many muscle relaxers.” He had dilated pupils, glassy eyes and slurred speech. Then this: When Deputy Sutphin asked Jenks if he had taken anything else other than the muscle relaxers,…

  20. Now the Phillies and Chase Utley won’t even talk about his health status

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    utley ap

    For a while the Phillies tried to downplay the fact that Chase Utley wasn’t playing in any games this spring, insisting that it was being done to keep the second baseman and his bad knees from wearing down during the long season. Eventually they had to give up that ghost because Utley left camp to…

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