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  1. John Axford makes his Oscar picks

    Feb 26, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    John Axford

    As he puts it in his twitter bio, Brewers closer John Axford is both a “mustache and film aficionado.” Today, he’s concentrates more on the movies and presents his 15 Oscar picks, including The Artist for best picture. Why? I can’t really sum up everything I felt while watching this film. The first 15 minutes…

  2. Josh Beckett says clubhouse beer ban ‘doesn’t matter’

    Feb 26, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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    Publicly at least, Josh Beckett is taking the Red Sox’s decision to ban alcohol from the clubhouse and team flights in stride. “I don’t get paid to make those decisions,” Beckett told WEEI.com. “It doesn’t matter to me.” David Ortiz had a similar response a day earlier on Saturday. “It doesn’t matter,” he said. “We’re…

  3. Johan Santana throws 72 pitches from mound, feels good

    Feb 26, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Mets left-hander Johan Santana took another big step forward on Sunday afternoon in Mets camp, throwing 72 pitches from a mound without feeling any sort of pain or discomfort in the shoulder that he had surgically repaired back in September of 2010. This according to ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin. Santana is slated to throw…

  4. Angels sign Juan Rincon to minor league contract

    Feb 26, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

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    From Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com comes word that the Angels have signed veteran reliever Juan Rincon to a minor league contract. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training, meaning Rincon will be in minor league camp with little-to-no shot of cracking the Opening Day roster. The 33-year-old right-hander posted a 2.98 ERA…

  5. Picture of the Day: Cardinals’ World Series Champs patch

    Feb 26, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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    From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes the below photo of a “2011 World Series Champions” patch that the Cardinals have added to their uniforms for the 2012 season:

  6. MRI reveals torn UCL in Joel Zumaya’s right elbow

    Feb 26, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Bad news for Twins right-hander Joel Zumaya. According to Phil Mackey of the Twin Cities’ ESPN 1500 AM, an MRI of the 27-year-old’s right elbow has revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Zumaya is done for the season, and could decide to hang up his cleats for good given the amount of arm troubles he’s…

  7. Reds, Sean Marshall working on multi-year extension

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Reds are “making progress” toward a multi-year contract extension with setup man Sean Marshall. Morosi says the deal “could be announced early this week.” Marshall was acquired via trade this offseason from the Cubs and hasn’t thrown a pitch yet in a major league game for the…

  8. Chris Perez out 4-6 weeks with strained left oblique

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland comes word that Indians closer Chris Perez is expected to be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks after suffering a left internal oblique strain during his first bullpen session of the spring. Tribe trainer Lonnie Soloff told reporters Sunday in camp that Perez’s “body wasn’t…

  9. Orioles closer Jim Johnson (back) throws off mound

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Orioles closer Jim Johnson came down with a bit of back tightness after his first few workouts in spring camp. But the right-hander is already back on track. According to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, Johnson threw off a mound early Sunday morning in Orioles camp and reported no lingering pain or discomfort. Orioles manager Buck Showalter…

  10. Carl Crawford and John Henry have made up

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

    crawford reuters

    Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford told reporters earlier this month that he “wasn’t happy” about Red Sox owner John Henry expressing to the media last season that he was “personally opposed” to the former Ray’s seven-year, $142 million contract. Rather than continuing to air their frustrations through the press, player and owner had a sit-down…

  11. Nats reach six-year, $100M extension with Ryan Zimmerman

    Feb 26, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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    From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post comes word that the Nationals reached agreement Sunday morning on a six-year contract extension with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com has much more on the just-completed deal, which includes a club option for a seventh season and could keep Zimmerman in a Nationals uniform through…

  12. Ryan Zimmerman and Nationals still discussing contract extension

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rizzo told Zuckerman that “enough progress has been made” to where there’s a belief that a deal will be finalized at some point Saturday night or early Sunday morning. 10:57 PM: Zimmerman said in an emailed statement late Saturday night that he’s “confident” about reaching an agreement with the Nationals. It’s not known whether…

  13. Diamondbacks not shopping outfielder Gerardo Parra

    Feb 25, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reported earlier that the Nationals had interest in acquiring Gerardo Parra from the Diamondbacks. But it doesn’t sound like the 24-year-old outfielder is being made available. According to the Arizona Republic‘s Nick Piecoro, the D’Backs have engaged in no recent trade talks involving Parra and don’t intend to deal him. Parra was…

  14. Hanson (concussion) confident he’ll be ready for season

    Feb 25, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson has been sidelined since Monday morning due to a mild (Grade 1) concussion that he suffered after blowing a tire and banging his head in a one-car accident. But the 25-year-old is confident he’ll be able to play catch-up once he is cleared to return to action. Here’s Hanson discussing his…

  15. Picture of the Day: Mini Yu Darvish

    Feb 25, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Remember Lil’ Ron Washington? Well, he’s not the only youngster impersonating a member of the Rangers. From the Dallas Morning News‘ Evan Grant comes this shot of Mini Yu Darvish, who was spotted walking around the Rangers’ spring training complex on Saturday with a “MINIVISH” uniform:

  16. Mets were “unimpressed” by Scott Kazmir during Friday throwing session

    Feb 25, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Don’t hold your breath for a reunion between the Mets and former top prospect Scott Kazmir. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets were “unimpressed” with what they saw during a throwing session yesterday in Houston. One Mets’ source told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com that it was “fair” to characterize their…

  17. Scott Sizemore suffers left knee sprain during fielding drill

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Joe Stiglich of the Contra Costa Times reports that the preliminary diagnosis is a left knee sprain, though we’ll learn more once the MRI results are known. 4:26 PM: Slusser reports that Sizemore is set to undergo an MRI today on his left knee. She was also told that Wes Timmons and Josh Donaldson…

  18. Ryan Howard set for check-up with surgeon early next week

    Feb 25, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

    Charlie Manuel, Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard began fielding ground balls and taking batting practice this week, but his rehab from a torn Achilles will be put on hold for a couple of days so he can visit with surgeon Mark Myerson in Baltimore on Monday or Tuesday. There appears to be a minor difference of opinion on the nature…

  19. The Red Sox have banned beer in the clubhouse

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

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    After the Red Sox collapsed in epic fashion down the stretch last season, reports surfaced that Josh Beckett, John Lackey and Jon Lester drank beer, ate fried chicken and played video games in the clubhouse on the days they weren’t pitching. The Red Sox still won 90 games last season and whether drinking beer in…

  20. The Nationals are interested in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra

    Feb 25, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Nationals don’t appear content going into the season with Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina or Jayson Werth as the starting center fielder. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have expressed interest in Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo Parra. Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo signed Parra to his first professional contract when he was Arizona’s director…

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