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  1. Springtime Storylines: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Minnesota Twins. The Big Question: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses? Everything that could go…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Will the St. Louis Cardinals survive the loss of three legends?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The New-Look Redbirds. The Big Question: Will St. Louis be able to defend its World Series title this year in…

  3. The Marlins new ballpark has all kinds of fun toys

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Really looking forward to the Marlins’ new ballpark, guys.  We’ll get to see it tomorrow night for Opening Night against the Cardinals.  For now, however, here’s a look at some of the stuff fans won’t notice. Stuff like batting cages right near the dugout and a state-of-the-art video room nearby as well. And in it:…

  4. Blue Jays demote Brett Cecil to minors after rough spring

    Apr 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Brett Cecil;

    Brett Cecil led the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010 and has started 65 games in the majors, but now the 25-year-old left-hander is headed back to the minors following a rough spring training. Toronto let Cecil pick between going to Triple-A or Double-A and he opted for the lower level because Triple-A affiliate…

  5. You can help narc on tobacco-using ballplayers

    Apr 3, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    Last fall, the players agreed to curb their obvious tobacco use at the ballpark as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If you forgot, here were the contours of that, courtesy of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: Under the agreement that MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced in November, big-league players,…

  6. Javier Vazquez is all but retired, may pitch in the World Baseball Classic

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Based on his performance last season Javier Vazquez would have had little trouble securing a sizable one-year deal as a free agent this winter, but the 35-year-old right-hander told interested teams that he was leaning toward retirement and never signed. He still hasn’t officially decided to call it a career after throwing 193 innings with…

  7. Springtime Storylines: Can Dan Duquette lead the Orioles out of the wildnerness?

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Dan Duquette

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Baltimore Orioles. The Big Question: Can Dan Duquette lead the Orioles out of the wilderness? This is not one of…

  8. Adam Dunn will hit third in the White Sox’s lineup following disastrous season

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Dunn waits for his pitch during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Adam Dunn was as bad as a previously excellent hitter could possibly be last season, batting .159 while moving down the lineup and then eventually to the bench, but new White Sox manager Robin Ventura is wiping the slate clean. Not only is Ventura committed to playing Dunn every day, he’ll begin the season batting…

  9. Frank Francisco cleared for opener after cortisone shot

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Frank Francisco needed fluid drained from his knee and got a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain, but the Mets closer is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Francisco “felt good” after throwing a bullpen session and an MRI exam showed no major damage, but…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Have Toronto Blue Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista?

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Have the Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista? Several times this…

  11. Carlos Zambrano has 21 walks in 21 innings this spring

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, Carlos Zambrano

    Lost in any optimism about manager Ozzie Guillen being able to keep Carlos Zambrano‘s freakouts to a minimum with the Marlins this season is that the right-hander simply doesn’t throw as hard as he used to and still can’t consistently get the ball over the plate with the diminished raw stuff. Zambrano walked seven batters…

  12. Chase Utley = Don Mattingly

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    utley ap

    Chase Utley has had an amazing career. And now it looks like it is being derailed in a major way due to injuries. And, as Dash Treyhorn notes over at The Good Phight, we’ve seen this before: Don Mattingly was really, really good for the latter half of the 80s. After that, it all went…

  13. Dusty Baker finally makes it official: Sean Marshall is the Reds’ closer

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    For whatever reason manager Dusty Baker was hesitant to name Sean Marshall the Reds’ new closer after Ryan Madson went down, saying: “You just don’t throw somebody in that role.” Marshall made it very clear that he wanted the job and his excellent performance during the past two seasons made it equally clear that he…

  14. “Several thousand” tickets still available for the Mets home opener

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    The Mets have sold out every home opener since 1997, but they are at risk of not doing so this year. From the New York Post: According to the team’s executive vice president of business operations, Dave Howard, “several thousand” tickets are still available for Opening Day against the Braves … For the Mets to get…

  15. Tigers place Brandon Inge on disabled list with groin injury

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Brandon Inge came into spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life, but now he’s leaving camp on the disabled list with a strained groin. Because the DL stint is backdated he’ll be eligible to return on April 14 and Inge told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he expects to be ready by then,…

  16. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL East

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tiffany and Craig

    This is a bit of a time warp. We actually taped this NL East preview a few weeks ago, before all the other HBT Extra previews we did. It got lost in the video shuffle somewhere, however (i.e. I’m really disorganized sometimes, guys).  But here it is, better late than never. Except for any of…

  17. Josh Beckett is in Cleveland getting a second opinion

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox Josh Beckett walks to the dugout at the end of the seventh inning, during which the Baltimore Orioles scored two runs, in their MLB American League baseball at Fenway Park in Boston

    “Well, you’re ugly too.” Sorry. One of my favorite old jokes. Anyway. A day after Josh Beckett went to San Antonio to get his wonky thumb looked at, he is on his way to the shores of Lake Erie to get a second opinion, this time at the Cleveland Clinic. While one might assume this…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Do the Tampa Bay Rays have the best rotation in baseball?

    Apr 3, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Tampa Bay Rays. The Big Question: Do the Rays have the best rotation in baseball? The Phillies and the…

  19. Andy Pettitte could pitch tomorrow

    Apr 3, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Andy Pettitte Reuters

    Andy Pettitte has only pitched in simulated games thus far, but he may actually get to face some live hitters tomorrow. Those live hitters would be the Mets in the Yankees final spring training game. It’s been a slow ramp-up and de-rust-i-fication process for Pettitte. But one figures that if he wasn’t ready, Yankees coaches…

  20. HBT Extra: Stuff to watch this season

    Apr 3, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Tiffany and Craig

    Tiffany and I spend our last full day without regular season baseball talking about the stuff people will be talking about this season.

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