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  1. Astros sign A’s castoff Landon Powell to minor league deal

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Released by the A’s last week, Landon Powell has signed with the Astros on a minor-league contract. Houston was in the market for some catching depth because of Humberto Quintero‘s back problems, although with Jason Castro coming back from a lost season and veteran Chris Snyder signed as a free agent odds are Powell will…

  2. Jacob Turner has shoulder tendinitis

    Mar 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    You know what a really vague injury is? “Dead arm.”  That’s what Tigers’ prospect Jacob Turner was said to have yesterday.  The next vaguest diagnosis is tendinitis. That’s what he’s said to have today. In his shoulder, and as such he is being shut down for a week. Thing about such maladies, however, is that…

  3. David Wright has a tear of his rectus abdominis

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

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    Quit chuckling. It’s not that. It’s this: Not that I’m judging. I thought that too when I heard it. And I thought “wait, I thought he said his rib cage hurt.” Anyway, Wright tells Adam Rubin that the injury — a tear to that muscle — is not as serious as it sounds. It’s merely a…

  4. Nick Swisher is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 14, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

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    This has to be the last one of these, right? Games are being played. Pitchers are going more than two innings. Clearly we’re past the point where feature articles are being written about ballplayers rededicating themselves and all of that, right? Oh well, for now at least, here’s the last one: Nick Swisher: Yet few…

  5. The Dodgers bidders are down to four

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    Major League Baseball keeps weeding out bidders for the Dodgers and now we are down to four, reports the L.A. Times: The Stan Kasten-Magic Johnson group; Hedge fund billionaire Steven Cohen; St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke; and Memphis Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley and a financier named Tony Ressler, who is also a minority investor in the Milwaukee Brewers. True…

  6. It’s only March, but Bobby Valentine is already making himself an easy target

    Mar 14, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

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    I don’t mean that headline to be too critical. I’m not a hypocrite here. The media person in me really dislikes it when managers are boring by-the-book guys who seem to be animated by nothing. So I’m certainly not going to hate on Bobby Valentine for making life interesting. And interesting he has made it. For…

  7. Mariners are No. 1 at something — commercials

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

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    While the Seattle Mariners haven’t been much to look at on the field in recent years, they still continue to put out some of the most amusing commercials in all of baseball. That might be kind of like building the best car in Tibet, but hey, throw the Mariners a bone, people. At least they’re…

  8. Salvador Perez sent for MRI after knee injury

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

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    Craig mentioned earlier that yesterday was a rough day for Royals’ youngsters Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas. Well, today it was Salvador Perez‘s turn. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, Perez suffered an unspecified knee injury while warming up starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez prior to this afternoon’s game against the Reds. He…

  9. Jeff Samardzija heats up Cubs rotation competition

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:05 PM EDT

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    It looked like six pitchers for five spots initially, but with Jeff Samardzija having made a strong early impression on new manager Dale Sveum, there are currently seven pitchers in the mix for the Cubs rotation. The givens are Matt Garza and Ryan Dempster, though Garza’s name has been a very popular one in trade…

  10. Red Sox and Tigers “most focused” on possible trade for John Lannan

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang appears to have the inside track on the Nationals’ fifth starter job, which leaves John Lannan in a state of limbo. He does have an option remaining, so it’s possible he could begin the season with Triple-A Syracuse, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that it’s increasingly likely that he’ll be traded prior…

  11. Expanded instant replay off the table until 2013

    Mar 13, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Expanded playoffs were rushed across the finish line in time for the 2012 season. But expanded instant replay? Unfortunately we’ll have to wait for at least another year. The new collective bargaining agreement called for replay to include calls on trapped balls, fair-or-foul calls and fan interference. However, Ben Walker of the Associated Press reports…

  12. Bryce Harper says he’s ‘probably not’ going to make the Nationals

    Mar 13, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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    But he added, “It’s all good, though.” Bruce Harper is expected back in Washington’s lineup on Wednesday after missing six days with a calf injury, but he thinks it’s already too late for him to win a spot on the Opening Day roster. “Probably not,” he answered when asked if he thinks he still has…

  13. Tigers’ Jacob Turner shut down with dead arm

    Mar 13, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

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    Detroit’s top prospect is rapidly falling out of the mix for a rotation spot. Jacob Turner, who gave up six runs — five earned — in 1 2/3 innings Monday against the Mets, has been shut down for a few days due to a “dead-arm period,” said manager Jim Leyland. Though he’s just 20, Turner…

  14. Wild Yu Darvish gives up two runs in second start

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

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    Making his second start of the spring, Yu Darvish walked four batters on his way to giving up two runs in three innings against the Indians on Tuesday. Darvish started the game with back-to-back walks, only to have both Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera get thrown out attempting steals of second base. A better second…

  15. Chris Denorfia may not be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Chris Denorfia has yet to play a spring training game because of a lower back injury and manager Bud Black told Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune that the Padres are worried he won’t have enough to time be ready for Opening Day. There is a little concern. He’s not progressing to the…

  16. Two Twins minor leaguers suspended for PEDs

    Mar 13, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball just announced that two Minor League players from the Minnesota Twins organization have received 50-game suspensions for taking PEDs. They’re not major minor league players — they’re pitchers Yeison Florentino and Ezequiel Zarzuela of the team’s Dominican Summer League team — but not everyone can be Ryan Braun.  They tested positive for metabolites…

  17. Erick Aybar’s agent to talk contract extension with Angels

    Mar 13, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Back in January the Angels were said to be interested in long-term contract extensions with impending free agent middle infielders Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar. They got a deal done with Kendrick, signing the second baseman for $33.5 million over four years, but talks with Aybar have stalled. Until now perhaps, as Mark Saxon of…

  18. Michael Wuertz to hold tryout for teams next week

    Mar 13, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Michael Wuertz is one of the few intriguing pitchers still left unsigned and his lengthy injury history has no doubt scared teams off, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the reliever will hold a tryout next week. According to Wolfson the Twins are among the teams expected to attend, which makes sense because they…

  19. Sandy KOH’-faks to be a witness in the Mets-Madoff case

    Mar 13, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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    The Bernie Madoff-New York Mets trial begins soon. As baseball has cranked back up, our blow-by-blow of that stuff has scaled back, if for no other reason than it has gotten a tad boring. But this is interesting: NEW YORK (AP) – Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax (KOH’-faks) is among witnesses scheduled to testify…

  20. Chipper Jones was just kidding about the “I don’t know if I can make it through this year” stuff

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Chipper Jones made headlines yesterday for his “I don’t know if I can make it through this year” quote, but not surprisingly he clarified those comments today and made it very clear that he was just kidding around: Unfortunately, I said it around two guys who don’t know me very well and they didn’t realize…

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