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  1. The Giants don’t like Brandon Belt’s approach

    Mar 27, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Brandon Belt

    Sure, the Giants had the NL’s worst offense last year. Sure, they develop major league hitters at a rate of about two a decade. Sure, their hitting coach was one of the biggest prospect flops of the 1980s. But when you have the chance to overhaul the swing of a top prospect hitting .380, you…

  2. The OC Register plans to “mob” the Angels home opener

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    paparazzi

    We’re getting to a point in baseball media where some teams barely have any local coverage. There’s a beat guy or two, but press boxes that once teemed with scribes are often empty due to consolidation, newspapers cutting back and the migration of coverage to the internet, where uncredentialed writers ply their trade. But one…

  3. Rockies release veteran third baseman Casey Blake

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Casey Blake talked about possibly retiring following September neck surgery, but instead signed a non-guaranteed one-year deal with the Rockies and entered spring training atop the third base depth chart. Today the Rockies released Blake after the 37-year-old went just 3-for-20 with seven strikeouts while showing signs of not being fully healthy. This may be…

  4. Another Phillies infielder is banged up

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The starters are hurt, the backups are hurt, everyone’s hurt: Phillies announce Freddy Galvis has contusion on mid left foot after fouling ball off it. Team said Xray not necessary. He is day to day. — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) March 27, 2012 Sounds minor. But really, at this point I think Ruben Amaro should look…

  5. Springtime Storylines: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend?

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Texas Rangers

    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: Kansas City Royals. The Big Question: Are the Kansas City Royals finally ready to contend? Last season the Royals took…

  6. Nyjer Morgan in a “catmance”

    Mar 27, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Nyjer Morgan

    I have a cat. I have always had cats. I always will. I don’t care what you think about that. Cats rule. If you like this blog, know that about 65% of the posts I do are written with a cat either on my lap or laying on the desk between me and the keyboard.…

  7. John Grabow opts out of Dodgers deal, becomes free agent

    Mar 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Florida Marlins

    John Grabow, who signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers in mid-December, has opted out of the deal to become a free agent again. Grabow threw six innings with a 0.00 ERA and 7/1 K/BB ratio this spring, but the Dodgers informed the 33-year-old reliever that they didn’t plan to keep a second left-hander in…

  8. Improving the Marlins twirling home run sculpture

    Mar 27, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    Yesterday we finally saw what the Marlins’ home run sculpture thingy looked like in motion.  It was fantastic, obviously, but it was missing something: music. Larry Granillo has fixed that. In a video over at Wezen-Ball he has give us our choice of Gloria Estefan, the “Magnum, P.I.” theme, the “Mad Men” them, the “Arrested Development”…

  9. Sam Fuld out for Opening Day, may need wrist surgery

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    In seeking a second opinion on his wrist injury Sam Fuld will visit a specialist and the Rays outfielder told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Tribune that surgery may prove necessary. According to Fuld his current wrist injury “is the same basic thing as last year” when he suffered an injury while playing the…

  10. All of the uniform changes for the year in one handy dandy location

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Jays uniform 2

    It’s Uni Watch, of course, where Paul Lukas does God’s work. At least the part of His work dealing with baseball uniforms. Lukas details all of the changes for the upcoming season, ranging from the lowly little patches and changes in letter shadowing to the full-blown reimaginations like what happened in Florida. The most on…

  11. Vladimir Guerrero requested that workout with the Indians

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported yesterday that Vladimir Guerrero worked out for the Indians in the Dominican Republic and “there seems to be genuine interest from the Indians.” However, today Indians general manager Chris Antonetti threw cold water on the story by saying that Guerrero is the one who requested the workout and indicating…

  12. Believe it or not, the regular season starts tomorrow

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCart

    There’s more than a week of games left in the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues, but that’s not stopping the A’s and the Mariners from kicking off the regular season tomorrow. Yup, early, early tomorrow morning — at least on U.S. time — Seattle and Oakland will play a game that counts in the standings and…

  13. Jordan Schafer leaves Astros camp to see hand specialist

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Jordan Schafer

    Jordan Schafer, who injured his left hand making a catch in the outfield on March 18 and hasn’t played since, has left Astros camp to be examined by a hand specialist in Atlanta. Schafer has a long history of left hand injuries that have stalled his career in past seasons and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com…

  14. The guy Matt Bush hit is “completely unresponsive”

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    The Tampa Tribune updates the status of the man Rays minor leaguer Matt Bush hit last Thursday. Short version: not good. Tony Tufano, the motorcyclist struck by a SUV allegedly driven by Tampa Bay Rays minor-league pitcher Matt Bush, was in a medically induced coma Monday,  Tufano’s daughter-in-law said. Tufano, 72, was hooked up to…

  15. Indians send Lonnie Chisenhall, Matt LaPorta to minors

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    Lonnie Chisenhall was Cleveland’s starting third baseman down the stretch last season as a rookie and headed into spring training as the presumed Opening Day starter, but today the Indians sent him back to Triple-A while handing the job to veteran Jack Hannahan. Matt LaPorta was also optioned to Triple-A and unlike Chisenhall his place…

  16. Catching up with Dinesh Patel

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dinesh Patel

    Remember the two Indian javelin throwers signed by the Pirates after they won that baseball reality show? One of them, Rinku Singh, is still in the Pirates’ organization. The other, Dinesh Patel, was released in late 2010. There’s a story in the Indian Express today catching up with Patel.  He’ s back home in India. He…

  17. Reds undecided on closer replacement for Ryan Madson

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    As soon as news broke of Ryan Madson needing season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery the assumption was that the Reds would move setup man Sean Marshall into the closer role, but manager Dusty Baker apparently hasn’t made up his mind yet. Baker told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he’s “been getting that question from all…

  18. A’s choose Brandon Allen as starting first baseman

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brandon Allen Getty

    Brandon Allen has beaten out Kila Ka’aihue to be the A’s starting first baseman, at least for their opening game of the season in Japan. Ka’aihue is still in the mix for playing time, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that manager Bob Melvin was unimpressed with his defense and prefers Allen’s combination of power…

  19. Giants former payroll manager sentenced to 21 months in prison

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Giants logo

    Remember the Giants former payroll secretary who was arrested for embezzlement? And who was caught, not because of someone’s shrewd eye, but because she forged letters explaining why she was getting all of those extra pay checks, thereby creating her own red flags?  Yeah, that was awesome. Well, she’s going to jail for 21 months:…

  20. Brewers sign Jonathan Lucroy to $11 million extension

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Milwaukee Brewers

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says the deal is for five years and $11 million in guaranteed money. ========== Jonathan Lucroy and the Brewers are on the verge of agreeing to a multi-year contract extension, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. No details yet, but Rosenthal reports that the extension will be…

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