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  1. Rangers play on after Arlington tornadoes; Mike Napoli posts storm video

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    Texas tornadoes

    The Rangers will face the Mexico City Red Devils as planned tonight despite today’s tornadoes in Texas, including Arlington. According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, several players, including Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler and Michael Young, were struggling to make it to the ballpark after the storms. Players were supposed to be there…

  2. The HardballTalk Season Preview

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Wilson Opening Day

    Opening Day is upon us.  Well, one of them anyway. We had one in Japan last week. And then the Cardinals-Marlins game and then more staggered Opening Days across Thursday and Friday. It’s all a conspiracy, you know. The red, white and blue decorative bunting industry and its high-powered lobbyists are what made that happen. More…

  3. Nationals demote left-hander John Lannan and his $5 million salary to the minor leagues

    Apr 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: It’s official, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. Lannan has been optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and Detwiler will open the year as the Nationals’ fifth starter. ************* At the beginning of spring training John Lannan was rumored to be on the trading block and then when it became clear that Chien-Ming Wang wouldn’t be ready…

  4. Video: Jamie Moyer on the “Today” show with Matt Lauer

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Jamie Moyer

    Fresh off coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery to grab a spot in the Rockies’ rotation 49-year-old Jamie Moyer talked to Matt Lauer on the “Today” show:

  5. The Reds claim Alfredo Simon off waivers

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Getty Alfredo Simon

    Alfredo Simon had a bad spring and, after dealing with major legal issues in the Dominican Republic last year, had a bad 2010. Which is why the Orioles put him on waivers the other day.  But he also throws mid-90s heat, which is why you knew someone was going to claim him. That someone was…

  6. Ubaldo Jimenez is appealing his five-game suspension

    Apr 3, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Lou Marson, Clint Fagan

    Ubaldo Jimenez has filed an appeal of his five-game suspension for hitting Troy Tulowitzki on Sunday, which is no surprise after the Indians right-hander insisted that he didn’t hit his former Rockies teammate on purpose. Jimenez was scheduled to start the Indians’ second game of the season, but would have to be pushed back to…

  7. The Yankees release Jorge Vazquez

    Apr 3, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Jorge Vazquez is a 30 year-old who played in the Mexican League for years and has never sniffed the majors. But because he hit 32 home runs at Scranton last year, a lot of Yankees fans thought he might be a good fit for New York’s DH slot since it was in flux and all.…

  8. Kyle Farnsworth has a sore elbow, may start season on DL

    Apr 3, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Kyle Farnsworth, who took time off late last season because of an elbow injury, is once again experiencing elbow soreness in Rays camp. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that his status for Opening Day is in question, although for now the Rays are awaiting test results for a clearer picture of his…

  9. So there’s a tornado bearing down on The Ballpark in Arlington

    Apr 3, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Tornado

    There are tornadoes all over the Dallas Metroplex right now.  One of them is in Arlington, heading in the general direction of the Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers: #TORNADO tornado is moving over I30 near Six Flags in Arlington – make sure you take cover and don’t go outside — NBC DFW…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Minnesota Twins. The Big Question: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses? Everything that could go…

  11. Springtime Storylines: Will the St. Louis Cardinals survive the loss of three legends?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The New-Look Redbirds. The Big Question: Will St. Louis be able to defend its World Series title this year in…

  12. The Marlins new ballpark has all kinds of fun toys

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Really looking forward to the Marlins’ new ballpark, guys.  We’ll get to see it tomorrow night for Opening Night against the Cardinals.  For now, however, here’s a look at some of the stuff fans won’t notice. Stuff like batting cages right near the dugout and a state-of-the-art video room nearby as well. And in it:…

  13. Blue Jays demote Brett Cecil to minors after rough spring

    Apr 3, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Brett Cecil;

    Brett Cecil led the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010 and has started 65 games in the majors, but now the 25-year-old left-hander is headed back to the minors following a rough spring training. Toronto let Cecil pick between going to Triple-A or Double-A and he opted for the lower level because Triple-A affiliate…

  14. You can help narc on tobacco-using ballplayers

    Apr 3, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Dykstra Tobacco

    Last fall, the players agreed to curb their obvious tobacco use at the ballpark as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. If you forgot, here were the contours of that, courtesy of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: Under the agreement that MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced in November, big-league players,…

  15. Javier Vazquez is all but retired, may pitch in the World Baseball Classic

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

    Based on his performance last season Javier Vazquez would have had little trouble securing a sizable one-year deal as a free agent this winter, but the 35-year-old right-hander told interested teams that he was leaning toward retirement and never signed. He still hasn’t officially decided to call it a career after throwing 193 innings with…

  16. Springtime Storylines: Can Dan Duquette lead the Orioles out of the wildnerness?

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Dan Duquette

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Baltimore Orioles. The Big Question: Can Dan Duquette lead the Orioles out of the wilderness? This is not one of…

  17. Adam Dunn will hit third in the White Sox’s lineup following disastrous season

    Apr 3, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Dunn waits for his pitch during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Adam Dunn was as bad as a previously excellent hitter could possibly be last season, batting .159 while moving down the lineup and then eventually to the bench, but new White Sox manager Robin Ventura is wiping the slate clean. Not only is Ventura committed to playing Dunn every day, he’ll begin the season batting…

  18. Frank Francisco cleared for opener after cortisone shot

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Mets Photo Day

    Frank Francisco needed fluid drained from his knee and got a cortisone shot to alleviate the pain, but the Mets closer is expected to be ready for Opening Day. Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Francisco “felt good” after throwing a bullpen session and an MRI exam showed no major damage, but…

  19. Springtime Storylines: Have Toronto Blue Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista?

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Toronto Blue Jays

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Toronto Blue Jays. The Big Question: Have the Jays brought in enough help for Jose Bautista? Several times this…

  20. Carlos Zambrano has 21 walks in 21 innings this spring

    Apr 3, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, Carlos Zambrano

    Lost in any optimism about manager Ozzie Guillen being able to keep Carlos Zambrano‘s freakouts to a minimum with the Marlins this season is that the right-hander simply doesn’t throw as hard as he used to and still can’t consistently get the ball over the plate with the diminished raw stuff. Zambrano walked seven batters…

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