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  1. Carl Crawford close to playing in extended spring training games

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Carl Crawford is still expected to miss most, if not all, of April, as he works his way back from January wrist surgery, but he is progressing toward game action. According to Alex Speier of WEEI.com, Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said today that Crawford should begin playing in extended spring training games “very soon.”…

  2. 49-year-old Jamie Moyer could make history tonight

    Apr 7, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Jamie Moyer was one of the better stories of the spring, successfully securing a spot in the Rockies’ rotation at the age of 49 after missing the entire 2011 season following Tommy John surgery. And he has a chance to make a little history in his first start tonight against the Astros. Moyer, who is…

  3. Ubaldo Jimenez loses no-hitter in seventh against Blue Jays

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    2:43 p.m. EDT: Brett Lawrie broke up the no-hitter with a two-run single to center with two outs in the seventh. The runners had previously moved up on a wild pitch, allowing the single to tie the game at 2. Jimenez finished the seventh from there, but since he’s at 95 pitches now, there’s a…

  4. Rangers re-sign Brad Hawpe to minor league contract

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:06 PM EDT

    Rangers Brad Hawpe AP

    The Rangers released Brad Hawpe last week, but he has been brought back on a minor-league deal and assigned to Double-A Frisco. Hawpe, who batted .231 (6-for-26) with a homer during Cactus League action, is expected to split playing time between first base and designated hitter as he continues to build arm strength from Tommy…

  5. Jorge De La Rosa aims to return from Tommy John surgery in June

    Apr 7, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Rockies’ pitching coach Bob Apodaca said last month that the club hopes to have Jorge De La Rosa back from Tommy John surgery in July, but the rehabbing southpaw is aiming to come back even sooner. De La Rosa resumed facing live hitters in recent weeks and threw 45 pitches Tuesday in a simulated game.…

  6. Ubaldo Jimenez expected to drop appeal on suspension following today’s start

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    Ubaldo Jimenez was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB for hitting former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow with a pitch during an exhibition game last Sunday. However, he appealed the suspension and will make his season debut as scheduled this afternoon against the Blue Jays. According to Dennis Manoloff of…

  7. The Red Sox are willing to add payroll to improve the pitching staff

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Introduce Bobby Valentine

    We’re only one game into the season and there are already many questions about the Red Sox pitching staff. Andrew Bailey‘s recent thumb surgery has unexpectedly pushed Alfredo Aceves into the closer role while Daniel Bard and Felix Doubront are holding down the final two spots in the starting rotation. It’s much too soon make…

  8. A.J. Burnett makes first minor league rehab start

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    After suffering a fractured orbital bone in his right eye during a bunting drill on February 29, the expectation was that A.J. Burnett would need around eight to 12 weeks of recovery time. It sounds like he’ll meet the lower end of that timetable. Burnett made his first minor league rehab start with High-A Bradenton…

  9. Buster Posey says he “felt normal” in season opener

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT

    Buster Posey Getty

    We saw Buster Posey play all spring, but last night was his first official major league game since he suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a home-plate collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins last May 25. Posey told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he “felt normal,” even though the season opener didn’t…

  10. Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel both homer in rehab game

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Nationals cap logo

    The Nationals were forced to run Mark DeRosa and Roger Bernadina out there on Opening Day against the Cubs, but they have some reinforcements on the way. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Michael Morse and Rick Ankiel both homered last night in a minor league rehab game with Double-A Harrisburg. Morse, who…

  11. Mark Trumbo had a rough go of things at third base last night

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Yeah, this Mark Trumbo-to-third base thing? Might not work out. Bold statement I know, but Trumbo had a pretty rough go of things in the Angels’ season opener last night against the Royals, committing two fielding errors in his new stomping grounds. The first was on a throw which pulled Albert Pujols off the bag…

  12. Settling the Score: Friday’s results

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes Getty

    The Mariners actually beat the Athletics 7-3 last night, but all everyone can talk about this morning is Yoenis Cespedes, who nearly hit one to San Jose. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cespedes turned on an 83 mph changeup from Mariners’ starter Jason Vargas for a massive blast to left-center which traveled 462…

  13. Scott Baker to get second opinion on elbow after MRI shows no new damage

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker was pulled from a minor league rehab start last night because he “just didn’t feel right” and had “trouble getting loose, so he was sent for an MRI on his right elbow today. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins said this evening that the results of the exam were…

  14. Pablo Sandoval is going back behind the plate

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:38 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval catching

    Pablo Sandoval hasn’t caught a major league game since May 8, 2009, but the Giants have asked him to prepare for emergency duty with rookie Hector Sanchez as the lone backup to Buster Posey on the active roster. While Sandoval is quite comfortable with his regular gig at third base, he told Andrew Baggarly of…

  15. Velocity still down, Tim Lincecum gets hit hard by D-backs

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:16 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum gave up two or more homers just three times in three seasons from 2009-11. He allowed that many in 2012 before his first inning was complete. Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt did the damage in the first, and the Diamondbacks tagged Lincecum for five runs in 5 1/3 innings in Friday’s season opener…

  16. Chipper Jones felt “real good” after testing his knee against live pitching today

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    Chipper Jones has already resumed facing live pitching, less than two weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Jones felt “real good” taking swings against teammate Randall Delgado in a simulated game this afternoon at Citi Field. While the 39-year-old believes he…

  17. It’s been a rough go for closers in 2012

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Opening Day isn’t even over yet — only 13 games are in the books as of this writing — yet we’ve already seen three blown saves, two from very unlikely sources. The joke yesterday that this might be The Year of the Pitcher again. It doesn’t, however, look like it will be The Year of…

  18. Mariano Rivera blows save as Carlos Pena plays hero in first game back with Rays

    Apr 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Pena Reuters

    Craig mentioned earlier how Joe Girardi’s over-managing in the first inning resulted in Carlos Pena hitting a grand slam against CC Sabathia. Well, Pena wasn’t doing playing hero in his first game back in Tampa Bay. The Yankees actually rallied back from the early deficit, handing the ball to all-time saves leader Mariano Rivera with…

  19. Adam Dunn’s homer ties a major league record

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:24 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn going deep

    On MLB’s fourth Opening Day this year, Adam Dunn tied an Opening Day record with his eighth career Opening Day homer Friday against the Rangers. Because it’s still Opening Day somewhere. Dunn’s blast off Colby Lewis tied him with Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr. for the most Opening Day homers. Dunn’s actually gone deep…

  20. Craig Finn to the Twins: play better music!

    Apr 6, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Craig Finn Twins

    Craig Finn of The Hold Steady is a big Twins fans. BIG fan. Wears Twins jerseys on stage, writes songs about them and everything.  And he loves going to the park.  Once upon a time they used to play cool music at Twins games too, but no longer, he tells CBS Sports.com’s Eye on Baseball:…

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