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  1. In which Yamaico Navarro netted the Red Sox their two best shortstops

    Apr 1, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Pedro Ciriaco

    Bear with me for a minute, please. Pedro Ciriaco  impressed once again Sunday, stealing two bases immediately after entering the game as a pinch-runner and then doubling in a run as part of Boston’s 5-1 win over Minnesota. He’s hitting .415/.442/.659 with seven steals in eight attempts this spring. His one homer was a walkoff…

  2. April Fool’s: Lance Berkman gives away Adam Wainwright’s Silverado

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals had a terrific promotion during Sunday’s game, or so Adam Wainwright thought at least. In between innings of the game against the Nationals, the Cardinals’ public address announcer stated that the team was giving a car away to a lucky fan. Lance Berkman drove the vehicle onto the field, causing a Wainwright double-take…

  3. Desmond Jennings launches three homers versus Orioles

    Apr 1, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings

    With no homers and one RBI, Desmond Jennings had suffered from a power outage this spring. That’s over with now, as he unloaded with three homers, the middle one a grand slam, in the Rays’ 8-5 win over the Orioles. Jennings’ other two homers were solo blasts, giving him six RBI on the day. The…

  4. Benches empty after Ubaldo Jimenez plunks Troy Tulowitzki

    Apr 1, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki, Lou Marson

    Troy Tulowitzki was taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays on his left elbow, which came back negative, after being hit by Ubaldo Jimenez’s very first pitch of the game Sunday. Jimenez made it clear immediately afterwards that he was sending his former teammate a message, pounding his chest after the pitch. Tulo started to…

  5. The Marlins’ new ballpark is a hitter’s haven

    Apr 1, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Marlins Ballpark from the fishies' perspective

    OK, so maybe it’s a small sample size, but the Yankees topped the Marlins 10-8 in the first major league game played at Marlins Ballpark on Sunday. With the roof closed on an 85-degree day, Derek Jeter lined the very first pitch of the game from Ricky Nolasco into right field for a double, setting…

  6. Andrew Bailey could miss the start of the regular season because of a right thumb injury

    Apr 1, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is in danger of missing the beginning of the 2012 season due to soreness in his right thumb. Sean McAdam of CSNNewEngland.com has more: The last time Bailey pitched, it was in a minor league game, which would seem to indicate that the Sox are contemplating placing him the disabled…

  7. Mets close to long-term contract extension with Jon Niese

    Apr 1, 2012, 4:44 PM EDT

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    In an exclusive report on ESPNNewYork.com, beat writer Adam Rubin passes along word that the Mets are nearing agreement on a long-term contract extension with left-handed starter Jon Niese. The deal is thought to be similar to the five-year, $28.5 million pact that 25-year-old southpaw Derek Holland got from the Rangers back in mid-March. That…

  8. Yankees sign Jason Bulger to minor league contract

    Apr 1, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

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    From Erik Boland of New York’s Newsday comes word that the Yankees have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with reliever Jason Bulger. Bulger was released from Twins camp early last week after allowing eight hits, five walks and 10 earned runs in four Grapefruit League innings. The 33-year-old right-hander has run out…

  9. Indians nearing two-year, $16.5 million contract extension with shortstop Asbrubal Cabrera

    Apr 1, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Indians are close to agreeing to a two-year, $16.5 million extension with shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera. The deal will run through 2014, covering Cabrera’s final year of arbitration eligibility and his first year of free agency. The 26-year-old All-Star is set to earn $4.55 million in 2012, his…

  10. Tweet(s) of the Day: April Fools’ in Cardinals camp

    Apr 1, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

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    April Fools’ Day jokes are usually pretty lame or far too predictable, but Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman just pulled off a zinger on right-hander Adam Wainwright in the third inning of Sunday’s Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. St. Louis Post-Dispatch scribe Joe Strauss tweeted the highlights: Puma drives Waino’s truck into field as…

  11. A.J. Burnett throws four easy innings in minor league game

    Apr 1, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett took another step forward Sunday morning in his ongoing recovery from a fractured right orbital bone, throwing 54 pitches across four innings in an exhibition game between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis. According to MLB.com’s Tom Singer, Burnett let up one hit and threw 36 of his 54 pitches for strikes.…

  12. Braves acquire Juan Francisco from Reds for J.J. Hoover

    Apr 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Reds traded corner infielder Juan Francisco to the Braves on Sunday morning for right-handed starter J.J. Hoover. Francisco struggled to find consistent playing time over the past few years in Cincinnati because he’s not a great defender at third base and the…

  13. Andy Pettitte admits his legs “are not in shape”

    Apr 1, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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    The Yankees haven’t made a guess as to when Andy Pettitte will be ready to start a major league game. But we can probably rule out all of April. The veteran left-hander told George King III of the New York Post on Saturday morning in Yankees camp that his legs “are not in shape” yet…

  14. Red Sox set starting rotation: Doubront fourth, Bard fifth, Aceves pushed back to bullpen

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox made things official at the back end of their starting rotation on Sunday morning. Brian MacPherson, Red Sox beat writer for the Providence Journal, passes along the news: Doubront is the No. 4 starter. — Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) April 1, 2012 Daniel Bard is the No. 5 starter. — Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp)…

  15. Dallas Braden suffers setback in form of shoulder strain

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

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    A’s left-hander Dallas Braden underwent surgery nearly 11 months ago to repair a torn anterior capsule in his throwing shoulder. And it’s now a certainty that his recovery will take over a year. According to Carl Steward of the San Jose Mercury News, Braden suffered a shoulder strain while playing catch last week at the…

  16. Drew Smyly wins final spot in Tigers’ starting rotation

    Apr 1, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

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    From the Detroit Free Press‘ official Twitter feed comes word that the Tigers have named 22-year-old left-hander Drew Smyly as their No. 5 starter. Smyly posted a 2.84 ERA and tallied 10 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, winning the job over fellow Tigers southpaw Duane Below, who surrendered nine …

  17. Springtime Storylines: How will year one of the Cubs’ rebuilding plan fly in The Friendly Confines?

    Apr 1, 2012, 8:36 AM EDT

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    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: 103 years and counting. The Big Question: How will the first year of the Cubs’ rebuild go over on Chicago’s…

  18. Report: Juan Carlos Oviedo faces six-week suspension

    Mar 31, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly known as Leo Nunez) is still in his native Dominican Republic, working to finish the assigned hours of community service that stand between him and a freshly-stamped work visa. But community service won’t be the end of his punishment for years of committing identify fraud. According to Barry Jackson of the…

  19. Franklin Gutierrez (pectoral) cleared to begin throwing

    Mar 31, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez was put on the disabled list before Wednesday’s season-opener in Japan and won’t be in the Seattle starting lineup Friday when the team gets going state-side. But he should be ready to rock by the end of April. According to Larry Stone of the Seattle Times, Gutierrez was recently cleared…

  20. Indians tab right-hander Jeanmar Gomez as No. 5 starter

    Mar 31, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Nick Camino of Cleveland’s WTAM 1100 comes word that the Indians have handed the final spot in their season-opening starting rotation to right-hander Jeanmar Gomez. Gomez won the job by registering a 1.37 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 14/8 K/BB ratio this spring in 19 2/3 Cactus League innings. His competition, Kevin Slowey,…

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