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  1. Blue Jays interested in White Sox starter Gavin Floyd

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Over the weekend there was speculation about the Blue Jays pursuing Joe Blanton and apparently their search for a starting pitcher goes beyond the Phillies right-hander. Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Blue Jays are also interested in Gavin Floyd of the White Sox and the two sides “have had dialogue about Floyd since…

  2. Lance Lynn moving back to rotation with Chris Carpenter out

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Lance Lynn

    Fortunately for the Cardinals, Chris Carpenter got hurt in early March, rather than at the end of the month. Manager Mike Matheny made the curious decision last month to have Lance Lynn, Kyle McClellan and Mitchell Boggs all prepare as relievers this spring, even though those three guys seemed to be his next best rotation…

  3. Nationals to sell eight-pound “StrasBurger” this season

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    eight pound weight

    Via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post comes this press release from the Nationals about a new concession item called the “StrasBurger”: Weighing eight pounds total (including toppings), the StrasBurger is a monstrous all beef burger (combination of ground brisket, chuck and short ribs). The burger is served on a large burger bun with our…

  4. Rays quick to demote Alex Cobb, Juan Miranda

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Alex Cobb

    While the first-round of spring cuts is usually reserved for guys with no major league experience, the Rays demoted some bigger names Monday, sending down pitchers Alex Cobb, Alex Torres and Chris Archer, as well as first baseman Juan Miranda. The 24-year-old Cobb went 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA in nine starts for the Rays…

  5. Aaron Cook unlikely to be in Red Sox’s rotation mix

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    aaron cook getty

    Carlos Silva‘s shoulder problems took him out of the running for a spot in the Red Sox’s rotation and manager Bobby Valentine indicated today that Aaron Cook is also unlikely to win the fifth-starter competition while recovering from shoulder problems of his own. Valentine replied “I doubt it” when asked if Cook would have enough…

  6. A’s choosing between Brian Fuentes and Grant Balfour for closer role

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

    balfour getty

    A’s manager Bob Melvin revealed this morning that the closer battle is between left-hander Brian Fuentes and right-hander Grant Balfour. Fuentes has far more closing experience, with 199 career saves and a league-high 48 saves for the Angels in 2009, but struggled when filling in for Andrew Bailey last season and famously quarreled with then-manager…

  7. Mets bullpen catcher charged with DUI after flipping car

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    eric lanhill dui

    Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested last night and charged with a DUI after he crashed into a street sign and a concrete fountain near the team’s spring training complex in Florida, flipping his car over. WPTV-NBC reports that Langill drove his Honda Accord into the center of a traffic circle while turning into…

  8. Jason Pridie suspended 50 games for “drug of abuse”

    Mar 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jason Pridie

    UPDATE #2: It took three days, but MLB has officially announced Pridie’s suspension. UPDATE #1: Shea says the positive test was for a “drug of abuse” rather than a performance-enhancing drug, which means this was actually Pridie’s second positive test. ========== Journeyman outfielder Jason Pridie has been suspended 50 games for violating the minor-league drug…

  9. Kendrys Morales runs the bases, finally nears game action

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    morales getty

    Kendrys Morales is finally making major progress in his now two-year-long recovery from a broken ankle and could make his spring training debut later this week. Morales ran the bases in cleats yesterday and afterward manager Mike Scioscia replied “absolutely” when asked if he could be ready by Opening Day, which is the most optimism…

  10. Converted pitcher Adam Loewen could make Mets as center fielder

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Scott Hairston‘s oblique strain leaves the Mets in need of a backup center fielder behind starter Andres Torres and converted pitcher Adam Loewen has a legitimate chance to claim the gig. Loewen was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2002 draft and started 29 games in the majors for the Orioles by age 24,…

  11. Tim Hudson aiming to return from back surgery by May 1

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:35 AM EDT

    Tim Hudson

    Tim Hudson is recovered enough from November back surgery that he could be cleared to throw off a mound later this week and the veteran right-hander told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his targeted return date is May 1 “at the latest.” O’Brien describes Hudson as “upbeat and optimistic,” but any plans…

  12. Carlos Beltran back in Cardinals’ lineup after missed week

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran hasn’t played since the Grapefruit League opener, sitting out a week with a sore shoulder and the flu, but he’s back in the Cardinals’ lineup today. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he’ll start at designated hitter and bat third in a split-squad game against the Braves. Allen Craig…

  13. Farewell, Arizona

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    It is with a heavy heart that I get on a plane this morning and leave Arizona. No, it’s not a paradise. But for a few weeks in late February and on through March it is pretty damn close to it. The weather is perfect. The baseball is plentiful. Hope is ubiquitous. Friends — at…

  14. Tommy Hanson has fun in abbreviated spring debut

    Mar 11, 2012, 7:38 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Pitching with a new delivery and a damaged shoulder that didn’t require surgery, Tommy Hanson gave up three runs — two earned — in one-plus innings Sunday against the Blue Jays in his spring debut. Hanson turned in a one-two-three first, but he didn’t retire any of the four hitters he faced in the second…

  15. TMZ: Frank Robinson treated by EMTs at Lakers game

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Frank Robinson

    Hall of Famer Frank Robinson needed medical attention during Sunday’s game between the Celtics and the Lakers, a witness told TMZ. According to the report, Robinson was attended to during the fourth quarter of the game. He left with medical personnel before the game ended, but he was able to walk out under his own…

  16. Brett Lawrie tearing the cover off the ball in Florida

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    22-year-old Brett Lawrie did it again Sunday, going 3-for-3 against the Braves to raise his average to .579. Toronto’s third baseman is 11-for-19 and has already collected five doubles this spring. Lawrie was one of the AL’s best hitters after debuting at the tender age of 21 last August, batting .293/.373/.580 with nine homers and…

  17. Giancarlo Stanton hit on wrist by a pitch, leaves game

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins Photo Day

    Update: X-rays were negative on Stanton’s left wrist, and he’s listed as day-to-day. /// Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was lifted from Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Mets after taking a Chris Schwinden pitch off his left hand. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, he has been diagnosed with a contusion. Stanton,…

  18. Cardinals considering “Plan B” options in case Carpenter misses the start of the season

    Mar 11, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    carpenter reuters

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak spoke to ESPN 101’s Brian Stull on Sunday morning about Chris Carpenter‘s neck injury, which has been officially diagnosed as a bulging cervical disc. Mozeliak didn’t get into many specifics about the diagnosis nor did he speak about a recovery timetable for the 36-year-old right-hander, but he did admit there…

  19. Mets send David Wright to New York for rib cage exam

    Mar 11, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    david wright getty

    Mets third baseman David Wright hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game this spring due to discomfort on the left side of his rib cage. Wanting to rule out anything serious, team doctors have summoned him to New York to have his midsection examined and to get a cortisone shot. This according to ESPN New…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: Brian Wilson is mistaken about a great many things

    Mar 11, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    So I’m loitering along the rail down the right field line, about 20 feet away from where Brian Wilson, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Jeremy Affeldt are stretching. When this happens: Brian Wilson: So you guys would agree that Superman would beat Batman in a fistfight? Lincecum: I dunno, man. I guess if it’s just…

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