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  1. Giants boot Angels scout from stadium

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Bruce Bochy

    Giants manager Bruce Bochy took issue with an Angels scout’s presence at the team’s stadium during drills this morning and had him booted from the park, Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports. “I’m sitting there grading arms,” scout Jeff Schugel said. “In 25 years, I’ve never had that happen to me.” Giants PR guy Jim Moorehead…

  2. Potential top-five pick Lucas Giolito to miss rest of high school season with elbow injury

    Mar 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    California high school pitcher Lucas Giolito, who was widely projected as a top-five pick and potential No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft, will miss the remainder of the season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. When a pitcher tears his UCL it requires Tommy John surgery and a year-plus recovery, but…

  3. Yoenis Cespedes nearly ready for Cactus League play

    Mar 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes Mania — if that’s going to be a thing — is about to hit Phoenix Municipal Stadium, where the A’s play their spring training games. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Cespedes is expected to be ready to make his Cactus League debut “by this weekend.” The 26-year-old Cuban defector…

  4. “Best Shape Of His Life” roster includes a blogger now too

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    gleeman bsohl

    I don’t normally link to my personal blog here, mostly because I figure HBT readers are sick of me already, but since we’ve been poking so much fun at all the players reporting to spring training in the “Best Shape Of His Life” it only seems right for me to join the BSOHL party: How…

  5. A’s release statement on desire to move to San Jose

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Responding to recent reports that suggested the A’s lack the support of MLB’s owners as they attempt a move to San Jose, the club went public with a statement Wednesday. Here it is in its entirety: Recent articles claiming that Major League Baseball has decided that the A’s cannot share the two-team Bay Area market…

  6. Scenes from Spring Training: Yu Darvish Mania

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Auxilliary Press Box

    I’m not gonna say that there’s a lot of interest in Yu Darvish‘s first start, but the Padres’ PR staff has roped off 100 seats in a section along the third base line as an auxiliary media section.  Yeah, this is not your usual Wednesday morning in the Cactus League. I got here super early and made…

  7. Zack Greinke plans to hire a new agent eventually

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Zack Greinke has been without an agent since leaving CAA last year, but the Brewers right-hander told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com that he plans to hire new representation before hitting the open market as a free agent after the season. Greinke initially indicated that he might try to negotiate a long-term deal by himself, which…

  8. Timetable for Brian Roberts’ return from concussion unclear

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brian Roberts, Buck Showalter

    Brian Roberts hasn’t played since May 16 of last season, but there’s still no timetable for his return from multiple concussions. Roberts has progressed to taking batting practice and fielding ground balls, and Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the second baseman now has more good days than bad days, but that means…

  9. Mariano Rivera, seemingly leaning toward retirement, may reveal post-2012 plans at midseason

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Last month Mariano Rivera was coy about his future beyond this season, saying he’d already come to a decision but wasn’t going to share it publicly. That led to some speculation that he plans to retire and Rivera’s comments to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post today would seemingly strengthen those beliefs. Asked when…

  10. Neil Walker out with back injury, not close to contract extension with Pirates

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    Neil Walker was a last-minute subtraction from the Pirates’ lineup today because of lower back soreness. For now the Pirates are saying he’s likely to miss just 2-3 days, but it’ll be something to keep an eye on throughout camp. Walker played 159 of a possible 162 games last season, but saw his production decline…

  11. Brandon Inge is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 7, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

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

    You’d figure that with the games beginning and there being actual baseball stuff to talk about that BSOHL stories would have stopped by now, but they still keep trickling in. To wit: Peter Gammons on Tigers second baseman (I suppose) Brandon Inge: Inge worked out all winter in Ann Arbor, Mich., doing mixed martial arts…

  12. NBC SportsTalk: Torii Hunter wouldn’t take the bait

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    I interviewed Torii Hunter at Angels camp yesterday. He wouldn’t take the bait when I asked him if L.A. is truly an Angels town now. That’s probably because he’s a pro and knows how not to step in it when some jerk member of the media asks a question designed to create controversy. Oh well.…

  13. Scenes from Spring Training: The Most Interesting Man in the World

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:51 AM EDT

    TT Roadhoue

    After I left the ballpark yesterday afternoon I came back to my hotel and placed my health first among all other things. First, I moved into my new non-smoking room, which was good for my lungs. Then I went to the fitness center and ran on a treadmill for 45 minutes which was good for…

  14. Corey Hart out 3-4 weeks following knee surgery

    Mar 6, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Corey Hart is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing successful surgery this morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, reports Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. This is the same timetable that was originally estimated by the Brewers over the weekend. Hart hasn’t ruled out the possibility of being ready for Opening Day, but…

  15. Minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    dominican republic

    MLB announced earlier this afternoon that minor league free agent left-hander Erick Hurtado was suspended 50 games for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. Hurtado, a 17-year-old pitcher from the Dominican Republic, just signed with the Cardinals last month. However, his contract has already been terminated. Ben Badler of Baseball America notes…

  16. Josh Hamilton sees himself eventually moving to first base

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Interviewed on ESPN 103.3 radio Tuesday, Josh Hamilton said he sees himself having another four years in the outfield before moving to first base. Hamilton, 30, is expected to play left field rather than center this year in an effort to save wear and tear on his body. Injuries have limited him to 89, 133…

  17. David Wright won’t make spring debut until at least next week

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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    The Mets decided over the weekend to hold David Wright out of the first two games of the Grapefruit League schedule due to stiffness in the left side of his rib cage. He has downplayed the severity of the issue all along, but it’s clear that the Mets aren’t taking any chances. According to Adam…

  18. Dan Duquette might butt heads with Peter Angelos on trades

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Dan Duquette

    A lot of MLB teams are nervous about trading with teams within their division, but perhaps no club has been quite so paranoid as the Orioles under owner Peter Angelos. The last significant deal they made with an AL East team was in 2006, when they traded reliever Chris Britton to the Yankees for Jaret…

  19. Freddie Freeman returns to lineup, says knee “feels great”

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman Getty

    Initially when Freddie Freeman dislocated his right knee cap on February 28 the fear was that he’d miss several weeks, but instead the Braves first baseman has made a rapid recovery. Freeman rejoined the lineup today, playing four innings, and afterward told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that his knee “feels great right…

  20. Scenes from Spring Training: It finally feels like baseball

    Mar 6, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Angels Equipment Bag

    Maybe you don’t have to be at a ballpark on a 75 degree day in March in order for it to feel like baseball season, but it sure does help.  Because I gotta tell ya, I’m feeling baseball today. My last actual working duty of the day happened a few minutes ago. I interviewed Torii…

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