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  1. 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”…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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:…

  13. 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…

  14. Nats, Braves are interested in Marlon Byrd

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Byrd_Marlon

    Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the Nationals and Braves have expressed interest in acquiring Marlon Byrd from the Cubs. Makes sense on one level: each team could use an outfielder. The Nationals have been searching for a centerfielder forever, and Byrd could handle that probably as well as Jayson Werth could. The…

  15. Jeff Niemann wins final spot in Rays’ rotation, Wade Davis heads to bullpen

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    jeff-niemann-rays

    Matt Moore‘s presence in the Rays’ rotation meant they had six starters for five spots and today manager Joe Maddon announced that Jeff Niemann will be the fifth starter and Wade Davis, who started 29 games in each of the past two seasons and has never relieved in the majors, will be in the bullpen.…

  16. Miguel Cabrera is cleared to return

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Good news in Detroit: Miguel Cabrera was examined today and has been cleared to return to action after fracturing his orbital bone and getting a bunch of stitches. He should resume conditioning today and will be back to baseball action tomorrow.

  17. Red Sox option Jose Iglesias to Triple-A, clear way for Mike Aviles to be Opening Day shortstop

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    iglesias wide

    Jose Iglesias‘ slick fielding drew rave reviews in Red Sox camp, so much so that there was some speculation (and comments from manager Bobby Valentine) about the 22-year-old prospect winning the starting shortstop job, but today Boston sent him to Triple-A and essentially handed Mike Aviles the gig. There’s no doubt that Iglesias’ glove is…

  18. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL West

    Mar 27, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Tiffany and Craig

    This was all good until Tiffany admitted to me that she had not seen “The Natural” and did not know who Wilford Brimley was.  Just the kind of thing that is enough to you off your day, you know?

  19. R.A. Dickey was a victim of sexual abuse, contemplated suicide

    Mar 27, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey has a memoir coming out. Given his depths, it’s not surprising that it’s not your typical jock-talk. But as revealed in Andy Martino’s story about it in the Daily News, it’s a lot heavier than that: In a raw new memoir, Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey reveals that he was sexually abused as an eight-year-old, and…

  20. The Astros cut Jack Cust. This is important. This means something.

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    Houston Astros Photo Day

    Normally I wouldn’t even write about a bad-defense marginal outfielder being cut in late March, but with Jack Cust — who the Astros just cut — I feel differently. That’s partially because of the deal he got. Rather than a minor league deal with a spring invite, Cust actually got a one-year deal with an…

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