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  1. Jason Isringhausen makes Angels’ bullpen at age 39

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Jason Isringhausen didn’t sign a minor-league deal with the Angels until late February, but Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the 39-year-old right-hander will be in the Opening Day bullpen. Isringhausen will get at least $700,000 for cracking the roster and has further incentives based on appearances after throwing 47 innings with…

  2. Springtime Storylines: How long until new ownership puts the magic back in the Los Angeles Dodgers?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    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 Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: How long until new ownership brings back the magic? Sorry. That was kind…

  3. Trade off? Bobby Abreu is in the Angels’ lineup today

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Late last night several reports had Bobby Abreu all but traded to the Indians, but this morning a deal seemed far less certain and now Abreu is actually in the Angels’ lineup for this afternoon’s game. That may not mean anything in terms of him eventually being traded, as removing a player from a spring…

  4. Tony La Russa to get $2.5 million a year to … do something

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    If hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen had been the successful bidder for the Dodgers, Tony La Russa was going to be the team president. That didn’t happen, though, so La Russa needs something to do. He got it: Typo correction: La Russa’s deal with major league baseball not yet announced, will pay him about $2.5…

  5. Red Sox expect Carl Crawford to miss all of April

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Most of the updates about Carl Crawford‘s recovery from wrist surgery have involved setbacks or delays this spring, and now Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes: “Don’t expect Crawford to join the Red Sox before May.” That’s not an official timetable, at least not yet, but according to Abraham he’s yet to take batting…

  6. Wait, Michael Pineda may not make the Yankees rotation now?

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pineda warms up on the mound during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater

    There has been an insane amount of attention paid to Michael Pineda this spring. First his weight, then his velocity. Now, if you can believe it, there are questions about whether he even makes the team: To answer some questions: I think there is a better chance than not that Pineda is in rotation, but…

  7. Rangers release former All-Star Brad Hawpe

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    It seems like forever ago now, but Brad Hawpe was an All-Star as recently as 2009. He had a rough 2010 season for the Rockies and Rays, was even worse in part-time action with the Padres last season, and last night the Rangers released him after signing Hawpe to a minor-league contract in January. Certainly…

  8. John Mozeliak expects Chris Carpenter back in May

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter celebrates after getting Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli to fly out and end the 6th inning of Game 5 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in Arlington

    Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter is out indefinitely with nerve irritation in his shoulder. On a radio show this morning, however, general manager John Mozeliak said that he is “optimistic” that Carpenter will be back in May. If you were the sort to parse such statements — and, yeah, I’m the sort because I can’t help…

  9. Matt Cain sets an Opening Day deadline for contract negotiations

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Matt Cain

    The Giants can talk all they want about how hard they’re trying to sign Matt Cain to a contract extension, but Cain says that they have less than a week to get it done: Cain reiterated Opening Day is “cutoff” for contact talks. Said Sabean feels the same way. — Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) March 30,…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Will the Rockies make us all look like suckers again?

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    Eric Young Jr.

    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 Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Will they make us all look like suckers again? Maybe it’s just me who…

  11. The Mets considered releasing Mike Pelfrey

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

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    A couple weeks ago our Matthew Pouliot suggested that maybe the Mets should just release Mike Pelfrey. I’m going to take this morning’s story from Andy Martino as evidence that the Mets brass reads HBT: In a recent meeting that included the Mets’ executives and coaches, members of the front office suggested releasing Mike Pelfrey before Opening…

  12. How limited are the Dodgers new owners?

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:12 AM EDT

    ESPN Films "The Announcement" Los Angeles Premiere

    I’m writing this from a hotel room in Los Angeles, where — despite it being just before 5am as I type this — my body thinks it’s still on eastern time. Stupid body. Anyway, I flew here last night and, being a wise and prudent man, made my way to the hotel bar so that…

  13. Yu Darvish scheduled to make MLB debut on April 9

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

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    As noted by Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, right-hander Yu Darvish is scheduled to make his first MLB start on April 9 at home against the Mariners. The Rangers revealed their season-opening rotation on Thursday, pegging Colby Lewis for Opening Day (April 6) against the White Sox. He will be followed by Derek Holland and…

  14. Report: Abreu-to-Indians only has “50-50″ chance

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Indians and Angels are close to finalizing a trade involving veteran outfielder and DH Bobby Abreu. No word yet on what the Angels would receive in return, but it’s probably not going to be much. Abreu, 38, hit just .253/.353/.365 with eight home runs across 585 plate appearances…

  15. Chris Perez breezes through Cactus League debut

    Mar 29, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez enjoyed a silky smooth Cactus League debut on Thursday, throwing just five pitches in a hitless inning against the Rockies. MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian has the full report. Perez missed most of spring training after suffering a left oblique strain during a late-February bullpen session. But he pitched in two minor league…

  16. Miguel Montero wants a Victor Martinez-type contract

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

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    D’Backs catcher Miguel Montero cut off extension talks with the Arizona front office earlier this spring. And it sounds like they might never resume. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Montero “is said to be looking for a deal similar to Victor Martinez‘s $52-million, four-year contract (with the Tigers), and the chances for him to…

  17. Not in the pen yet, Aroldis Chapman goes five innings for Reds

    Mar 29, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    When the Reds said Ryan Madson needed Tommy John surgery, ruling him out for the season, all indications were that Aroldis Chapman was headed back to the pen to help out in the seventh and eighth innings. Yet the 24-year-old Cuban defector made another start Thursday, allowing two runs in five innings against the Brewers.…

  18. Bobby Valentine: Red Sox not ‘best team ever assembled’

    Mar 29, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    Is Bobby V playing the “nobody believes in us” card already? Asked about the lower expectations for the Red Sox entering 2012, Bobby Valentine said, “(We’re) not the ‘best team ever assembled’ this year. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. I know that, over history, that’s been good for some and bad some…

  19. The Giants are still trying to sign Matt Cain

    Mar 29, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Matt Cain

    The last time we heard about the Giants contract talks with Matt Cain, we heard they were going nowhere.  Funny how your arch rivals being sold for $2 billion to a bunch of guys who sound like they want to spend money can change things: The San Francisco Giants are committed to keeping All-Star right-hander…

  20. Miguel Cabrera to rejoin Tigers’ lineup tomorrow

    Mar 29, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Cabrera walks off the field with a trainer after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    Miguel Cabrera‘s return from a fractured orbital bone was delayed slightly, but manager Jim Leyland announced that he’ll be back in the Tigers’ lineup tomorrow and is expected to play the remainder of their spring training games. And yes, he’s still going to play third base despite taking a hard one-hopper off the face 10…

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