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  1. Scenes from Spring Training: Brian Wilson is mistaken about a great many things

    Mar 11, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    So I’m loitering along the rail down the right field line, about 20 feet away from where Brian Wilson, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jeremy Affeldt are stretching. When this happens: Brian Wilson: So you guys would agree that Superman would beat Batman in a fistfight? Lincecum: I dunno, man. I guess if it’s just…

  2. Cubs announce five-year, $6 million agreement with Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion

    Mar 11, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    concepcion_742562375’s Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have signed Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion to a five-year, $6 million contract. Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald reported in early February that the deal was done, but it apparently took a little while to make everything final. Concepcion, 20, was named Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s…

  3. Michael Morse gets cortisone shot, hopes to play Monday

    Mar 11, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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    Nationals outfielder Michael Morse hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since being scratched from Tuesday’s lineup against the Braves because of a mild strain of his right lat muscle. But he’s hoping to get back on the right track early this week. From beat writer Bill Ladson comes word that Morse was given…

  4. Scenes from Spring Training: Hall of Famers out the wazoo

    Mar 11, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Willie Mays

    The original plan was to head out for the Dodgers-Cubs tilt. But as I was considering it last night I decided that I just wasn’t in the mood. I didn’t want to go clear out to Glendale, I wanted to go to a park with character and not one of the new mega-complexes and I…

  5. Orioles closer Jim Johnson fans two in “B” game

    Mar 11, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    The Orioles can remove right-handed reliever Jim Johnson from their list of injured players. According to Roch Kubatko of, the 28-year-old closer struck out two batters Saturday during a one-inning appearance in a “B” game. It was his first live action of the spring. Johnson is about a week behind the other pitchers in…

  6. Allen Craig (knee surgery) aiming to play in game by May

    Mar 11, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig told reporters when he arrived at spring training in Jupiter, Florida last month that he was hoping to be ready for Opening Day. But that never seemed very realistic. Craig, who underwent surgery in November to repair a small fracture in his right kneecap, acknowledged Sunday to B.J. Rains of FOX…

  7. Chris Perez on track to resume mound work this week

    Mar 11, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez is making a steady recovery from the oblique strain that he suffered during his first bullpen session of the spring, according to’s Jordan Bastian, and may be ready to resume mound workouts this week. Perez, who was originally prescribed a recovery timetable of 4-6 weeks, has already progressed to throwing…

  8. David Price could return to Grapefruit League on Tuesday

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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    Rays left-hander David Price injured his neck Thursday while toweling off between innings during a Grapefruit League start against the Tigers. But it was only a minor tweak and might not affect his spring training throwing program whatsoever. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Price is likely to be cleared to make…

  9. Chris Carpenter diagnosed with bulging cervical disc

    Mar 11, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes this update on right-hander Chris Carpenter: Still unable to project their co-ace’s return to the mound, the Cardinals nonetheless drew a sigh of relief upon learning Saturday that Chris Carpenter is dealing with a bulging cervical disc rather than a recurrence of career-threatening nerve issues. Carpenter…

  10. Mike Napoli scratched Saturday due to minor groin issue

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:07 PM EDT

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    From’s Joey Nowak comes word that Rangers catcher Mike Napoli had to be scratched from Saturday’s Cactus League game against the White Sox due to a “nagging left groin issue.” Rangers trainers called the decision “precautionary,” and Rangers manager Ron Washington assured reporters in camp that “there’s no concern.” Napoli is a little behind…

  11. A.J. Burnett making speedy recovery from eye fracture

    Mar 10, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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    When A.J. Burnett underwent eye surgery in early March after fracturing his orbital bone during a bunting drill, the Pirates’ doctors guessed that he would be sidelined for 8-12 weeks. But recent reports out of Bradenton, Florida have us thinking the right-hander might beat that timetable altogether. According to’s Tom Singer, Burnett rode a…

  12. Mike Matheny “not real happy” with Marlins and MLBPA

    Mar 10, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals and Marlins had their Grapefruit League game in Jupiter, Florida halted on Saturday by a one-hour, 49-minute rain delay. During that delay the Fish got a little business done, holding a required MLB Players’ Association meeting in their clubhouse. These 30-minute meetings are held every year with every team, right around this time…

  13. Reds to meet with Brandon Phillips’ agents next week

    Mar 10, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Brandon Phillips told reporters upon arriving to Reds’ camp last month that he hadn’t spoken with the club about a possible contract extension since December. That’s about to change. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty confirmed to Mark Sheldon of this afternoon that he plans to meet with Phillips’ representatives when they arrive in Goodyear,…

  14. Are the Blue Jays interested in Joe Blanton?

    Mar 10, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Take from this what you will, but Jon Paul Morosi of reports that Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos scouted today’s Orioles-Phillies game. It’s possible he was just getting a look at a division rival, but Morosi notes that Anthopoulos left after Joe Blanton after was done pitching. Morosi writes that the Blue Jays…

  15. Yoenis Cespedes homers, drives in another run in a spectacular spring training debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes

    Yes, I know it’s spring training and that spring training doesn’t matter. But I believe in Yoenis Cespedes. I am, officially, a Cespedesphile. Wait. That doesn’t sound quite right. We have time to work on it, though. It’s spring training for wannabe members of the not-yet-invented Yoenis Cespedes fan club, too. Anyway, a full house —…

  16. David Wright won’t make his Grapefruit League debut until at least next weekend

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    We heard on Monday that David Wright wouldn’t make his Grapefruit League debut this week due to stiffness in the left side of his rib cage. The Mets continue to express confidence that the 29-year-old third baseman is making progress, but he won’t be playing in a game anytime soon. According to Andy Martino of…

  17. Shaun Marcum to throw bullpen session on Sunday or Monday

    Mar 10, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

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    Shaun Marcum was shut down on Monday after feeling lingering soreness in his right shoulder, but he’s close to getting back on a mound after long-tossing for a third straight day. According to Adam McCalvy of, Brewers’ manager Ron Roenicke said this afternoon that Marcum is expected to throw a bullpen session tomorrow or…

  18. Michael Pineda tops out at 93 mph during second spring outing

    Mar 10, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pineda pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    Remember the panic over Michael Pineda’s velocity — or lack thereof — after he sat between 88-91 mph with his fastball during his Grapefruit League debut Monday against the Phillies? He’s still nowhere near his average of 94.7 mph from last season, but he did make some progress this afternoon against the Braves. While Pineda…

  19. Scenes from Spring Training: George Foster and Bert Campaneris say hello

    Mar 10, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    George Foster

    Yeah, it’s another photo post. There really isn’t anything all that newsworthy happening today. At least before the game starts. So I give you two baseball legends, who are out on the concourse here at Phoenix Municipal signing autographs. First, George Foster, who was actually in a happy mood and was talking to little kids and being…

  20. Kendrys Morales close to making Cactus League debut

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard nothing but good things about Kendrys Morales so far this spring. That’s quite a contrast from this time last year, which Craig can vouch for first-hand. And while Morales has yet to make his Cactus League debut, he’s certainly moving in the right direction. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times,…

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