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  1. Daniel Bard could be sent back to bullpen by Red Sox

    Mar 21, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    Having struggled in his last two starts, Daniel Bard could return to the bullpen, CSN New England’s Sean McAdam reports. McAdam says that a Red Sox staff member has told people outside of the organization that the team is prepared to go with Alfredo Aceves and Felix Doubront at the back of the rotation, leaving…

  2. Jason Bay volunteers to play center field for Mets

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    With Andres Torres (calf) joining Scott Hairston (oblique) on the sidelines, Jason Bay volunteered to take over in center field for the Mets. Torres is still hopeful of being ready for Opening Day, but Hairston is probably DL bound. The Mets’ third-best option in center field, prospect Kirk Nieuwenhuis, is also nursing an oblique strain.…

  3. Shaun Marcum throws in minors, expects to avoid DL

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Last week there was some concern that Shaun Marcum would have to begin the season on the disabled list because of his shoulder problems, but today he threw two innings in a minor-league game and said afterward that he doesn’t expect to miss a start. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Marcum threw 26 pitches…

  4. Johan Santana impresses

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Johan Santana

    Good news all around for the Mets this week. The Madoff suit settled, Terry Collins hasn’t blown a gasket at anyone and now Johan Santana has turned in a nice start against the defending World Series champs. Santana held the Cardinals to one run in six innings and struck out six, didn’t walk anyone, and used…

  5. Drew Storen feels better, may be Batman

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider gives us an update on Nats closer Drew Storen, who hasn’t pitched in two weeks. The upshot: he’s feeling “way better.”  He had some arm soreness, which he believes was caused by throwing too hard. “I was trying to get after it too much,” said Storen. “But it’s nothing serious.” I…

  6. Cubs GM denies having agreement with Jorge Soler, calls rumors “completely bogus”

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    bogus journey

    It’s been six weeks since Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Cubs were going to sign Cuban defector Jorge Soler, yet the 19-year-old outfielder remains unsigned and still hasn’t even officially been granted free agent status. And today Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com not to believe…

  7. No one wants poor Kelvin De La Cruz

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Kevin De La Cruz

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kelvin De La Cruz pitch. In the normal course, I probably wouldn’t notice him if he fell out of the sky, landed on my head and started to wiggle.  But I am fascinated with his odyssey through the transactions wire this offseason. To review: The Indians designated him for…

  8. Cardinals have “no timetable” for Skip Schumaker’s return

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Skip Schumaker underwent further testing after being diagnosed with a torn oblique muscle earlier this week and it doesn’t sound like the Cardinals should expect him back anytime soon. “There’s no timetable,” Schumaker told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “They just know there’s a significant injury in there. I kind of knew…

  9. Because I know you want to give David Freese a makeover

    Mar 21, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Freese makeover

    GQ has a brief interview with the Cardinals’ David Freese. And a “Style Upgrade” which is more fun than it should be. The upshot: you get to slide a little bar across the screen and transform Freese from a guy who looks uncomfortable wearing a bad suit to … well, a guy who looks uncomfortable…

  10. Twins send Rule 5 pick Terry Doyle back to White Sox

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Photo Day

    When the Twins selected Terry Doyle with the No. 2 pick in the Rule 5 draft it seemed like an odd choice because the 25-year-old right-hander had yet to even pitch at Triple-A and there was nothing particularly noteworthy about his track record or raw stuff. Afterward the Twins talked about how impressed they were…

  11. Brian Roberts is feeling better

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Adam Jones

    Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has not played baseball since last May due to multiple concussions. And he missed all but 59 games in 2010 for the same reason. Earlier this month the outlook still seemed kinda grim. There is some decent news now, though, as Roberts has continued to work out and is slowly getting back…

  12. Jeff Francis won’t opt out of minor-league deal with Reds

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis Getty

    As part of his minor-league contract with the Reds left-hander Jeff Francis the ability to opt out and become a free agent again if he’s not added to the 40-man roster by March 28, but that won’t be happening. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that his odds of securing a spot in the Reds’ rotation…

  13. Springtime Storylines: Can the Rangers win the AL once again?

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Ron Washington

    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 two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers win the AL again? Why not? It’s…

  14. Kevin Millwood beats out Hisashi Iwakuma for final spot in Mariners’ rotation

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    kevin millwood getty

    Manager Eric Wedge announced today that Felix Hernandez and Jason Vargas will be joined in the Mariners’ rotation by Hector Noesi, Blake Beavan, and Kevin Millwood. Millwood signed a minor-league deal in January after spending the end of last season with the Rockies and the 37-year-old beat out Japanese import Hisashi Iwakuma for the fifth…

  15. HBT Extra: Previewing the AL Central

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Tiff and Craig

    Tiffany and I are wearing the same clothes in today’s video that we were wearing in yesterday’s video. Heh, heh, you know what that means, don’t ya? Yep: we taped them on the same day. What?  

  16. Corey Hart has a headache and eight stitches after being “whacked on the head” lifting weights

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    corey hart getty

    Corey Hart is making good progress in his recovery from knee surgery, but now he has another issue to deal with. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Hart “got whacked on head by the bar while lifting weights and got eight stitches.” There’s no indication that it’s anything serious, although Hart did…

  17. Bob Uecker is getting a statue at Miller Park

    Mar 21, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The Brewers announced today that Bob Uecker is getting a statue outside of Miller Park this summer.  This led to the same Twitter joke being told over and over again, but Tyler Kepner said it best: Brewers announce plans for a Bob Uecker statue. It will be placed juuuuuust a bit outside the Miller Park…

  18. Rangers don’t want Yu Darvish facing the Angels in a spring training game

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish

    This certainly isn’t unheard of, but it’s still interesting. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Yu Darvish will pitch in a minor-league game Sunday instead of facing the Angels in a big-league game because the Rangers want to avoid giving their AL West rivals a look at their new ace. Manager Ron Washington told Sullivan…

  19. The Lake Elsinore Storm would like to trade for Tim Tebow

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Denver Broncos Tebow fumbles after hit by Patriots Ninkovich during the first quarter during their NFL AFC Divisional playoff game in Foxborough

    The worst part of being a baseball blogger is that I never get a chance to pile on media frenzies that go down in the other sports. Man, I would have loved to add (virtually nothing) to the Dwight Howard stuff. To the Peyton Manning stuff. To, well, whatever the hell people get all animated…

  20. Second opinion confirms Joakim Soria’s ligament damage, Tommy John surgery looms

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Joakim Soria

    Joakim Soria moved one step closer to Tommy John surgery, as a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum confirmed the initial diagnosis of a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Soria is “taking a few days off to consider options” following the second opinion, but adds that surgery…

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