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  1. Jamie Moyer scratched Friday due to left leg discomfort

    Mar 15, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

    moyer getty

    As first reported by the Denver Post‘s Troy Renck, veteran lefty Jamie Moyer has been scratched from his scheduled start Friday in a minor league game due to “stiffness and soreness” in his left leg. Rockies manager Jim Tracy called the decision to scratch Moyer from the outing a “precautionary measure,” but there is currently…

  2. Red Sox, O’s had scouts at Joe Blanton’s start Thursday

    Mar 15, 2012, 7:33 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com comes word that the Red Sox and Orioles had scouts in the stands for Joe Blanton‘s Grapefruit League outing Thursday against the Braves. Blanton threw the ball well, allowing only four hits and no walks in five innings of work while striking out four Atlanta hitters. He has…

  3. Aaron Kurcz goes to Red Sox to complete Theo Epstein compensation package

    Mar 15, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Already having picked up Chris Carpenter, the Red Sox have now acquired fellow right-hander Aaron Kurcz from the Cubs as the player to be named in the Theo Epstein compensation package. This comes almost five months after Epstein left the Red Sox to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations. The Red Sox still owe…

  4. Dodgers to give away Hello Kitty bobblehead on July 1

    Mar 15, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    hello kitty

    This may not quite placate fans missing Hiroki Kuroda. At least not those male and over 12. The Dodgers announced Thursday that the first 50,000 fans through the gates on July 1 would receive a Hello Kitty Mini Bobblehead. But that’s not all. Not even close: In addition, Hello Kitty and her friend Keroppi® will…

  5. Brian Matusz no longer looking like the worst pitcher ever

    Mar 15, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Brian Matusz

    When last we saw Orioles hurler Brian Matusz, he was setting a major league record. A bad one. He ended last year with a 10.69 ERA in 49 2/3 innings, the highest ERA ever for a pitcher to throw at least 40 innings. Matusz, though, appears to have shaken off that disaster. He was terrific…

  6. Michael Pineda’s velocity still off

    Mar 15, 2012, 5:35 PM 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

    We wrung our hands at Roy Halladay’s velocity earlier today, so we may as well do the same with Michael Pineda, who has already been the subject of similar hand-wringing this spring. He pitched today and … A scout said Michael Pineda’s velocity was still down today. Sat at 90 or 91 mph. #Yankees have…

  7. Astros minor leaguer Angel Heredia suspended for PEDs

    Mar 15, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Spinal Tap

    I’ve come to look forward to the once or twice weekly minor league drug suspensions. I don’t know who any of these dudes are, but I feel like I learn a little bit about them anyway. Like Astros minor leaguer Angel Heredia: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Houston Astros Minor…

  8. Giancarlo Stanton has a knee injury now too

    Mar 15, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Giancarlo Stanton has been out of the Marlins’ lineup since being hit on the wrist by a pitch Sunday and today manager Ozzie Guillen revealed that he’s also dealing with a knee injury. X-rays on Stanton’s wrist were negative and there’s no indication that the knee problems are major, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports…

  9. Kelvin De La Cruz has to feel pretty crappy right now

    Mar 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Kevin De La Cruz

    From February 21: #Indians trade LHP Kelvin De La Cruz to Texas. Was DFA’d to make room for Casey Kotchman. — paul hoynes (@hoynsie) February 21, 2012 From a few minutes ago: The Indians have re-acquired LHP Kelvin De La Cruz from the Texas Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) March…

  10. Ryan Madson’s elbow “is pretty close to 100 percent”

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Sidelined early in camp by what manager Dusty Baker called “a little irritation in his arm,” Ryan Madson has been cleared for game action. Madson was officially diagnosed with elbow inflammation, but told Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati Enquirer that “it’s pretty close to 100 percent right now.” Groeschen reports that Madson threw a 30-pitch…

  11. Little Leaguers have to return money to a strip club

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Little League

    No, it’s not because they robbed the place. That would be a way better story. This one is merely OK. In a tale as old as time, a bunch of strippers try to help a bunch of kids and a bunch of fuddy duddies get all mad.  From Los Angeles, where a club called “Jet…

  12. Chien-Ming Wang leaves start with strained hamstring

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang

    Poor Chien-Ming Wang. After missing most of the past two seasons following shoulder surgery the 31-year-old right-hander was finally healthy and actually drawing positive reviews for his velocity and stuff early in Nationals camp. And then he fell while trying to make a play defensively in the third inning of today’s start. Initially reports sounded…

  13. Joe Maddon and 70 other Rays shave their heads for charity

    Mar 15, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    joe maddon haircut

    Not only did Joe Maddon shave his head today as promised, the manager convinced a total of 70 other members of the Rays organization to join him in the name of charity. Everyone from Evan Longoria and David Price to owner Stu Sternberg and executive vice president Andrew Friedman got in on the action, raising…

  14. The fraud who promised to lead the Dodgers to a World Series title

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Macciello

    No, that headline is not about Frank McCourt.  “Fraud” is too strong a word for him.  He’s merely greedy and feckless. No, the real fraud is a man named Josh Macciello. He appeared out of nowhere over the winter and claimed he was (a) a billionaire; and (b) was going to buy the Dodgers at…

  15. Josh Hamilton returns to Rangers lineup after injuring heel

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    The heel injury that forced Josh Hamilton from yesterday’s game is apparently very minor, as the former MVP is already back in the Rangers’ lineup today. Given his health history the Rangers would presumably play it very safe with Hamilton if they felt the injury was anything serious, so it says something that he’s in…

  16. Arodys Vizcaino to pay a visit to Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Atlanta Braves

    Dr. James Andrews probably wonders why no one ever pays him a visit for lunch. Or to watch a game. Or to just have a nice cold glass  of sweet tea on his porch on one of those hot Alabama summer days. It’s always bad news. Sigh. The latest visitor: Braves’ righty Arodys Vizcaino who is…

  17. Dallas Braden will not travel to Japan for A’s opening series

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    This season officially begins later this month when the A’s play a two-game series against the Mariners in Japan, but left-hander Dallas Braden will not make the trip with the team as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Braden threw 45 pitches in a bullpen session yesterday, but told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  18. Halladay brushes off questions about his health, velocity

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Phillies Tigers Spring Baseball

    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com spoke with Roy Halladay about the report of his diminished velocity and the speculation that maybe he has a physical problem.  Halladay ain’t having it. First on the idea of any health problems: “Yeah, I heard about that … Poor reporting on the extreme end of poor reporting. It couldn’t be…

  19. Royals agree to long-term contract with Alcides Escobar

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    alcides-escobar-royals-spring

    Alcides Escobar and the Royals have agreed to a four-year contract that includes team options for 2016 and 2017, the team announced. Escobar is just 25 years old and not even eligible for arbitration yet after being acquired from the Brewers in the Zack Greinke trade last offseason, so the four-year contract simply buys out…

  20. No pressure, Jason Kipnis

    Mar 15, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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    This tweet from Peter Gammons, quoting Many Acta, is probably gonna make Jason Kipnis either really happy or really scared. Not sure which: Manny Acta says Jason Kipnis is “a cross between (Dustin) Pedroia and (Chase) Utley.” Highest of praise — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 15, 2012   No pressure.  Especially considering he was converted to…

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