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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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:…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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?

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Ruben Amaro on Chase Utley’s health: “I’m not trying to deceive anybody”

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:16 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    There has been considerable uncertainty swirling around Chase Utley‘s health this spring, fueled in no small part by Utley and the team being seemingly unwilling, until Sunday at least, to provide updates as to his status.  This led to Ruben Amaro assembling reporters in Clearwater yesterday to tell them, hey, I wouldn’t lie to you:…

  15. Chipper Jones undergoes successful knee surgery

    Mar 26, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones AP

    The Braves announced just a short while ago that Chipper Jones underwent successful arthroscopic surgery earlier today to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. This is the sixth knee surgery of Jones’ career and comes just days after the 39-year-old third baseman announced his intention to retire following the 2012 season. In an…

  16. Fausto Carmona loses $4.5 million in guaranteed salary for 2012

    Mar 26, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com recently reported that the Indians restructured the contract of Roberto Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, following his arrest on false identity charges in January. Now we know the details. According to the Associated Press, Hernandez will make $2.5 million as a base salary in 2012 and can earn an additional…

  17. Rangers release Conor Jackson, Joe Beimel

    Mar 26, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Conor Jackson

    As part of their cuts Monday, the Rangers released veterans Conor Jackson, Joe Beimel and Mitch Stetter, making the group free agents. Jackson, who finished last season with the Red Sox, was vying to make the Rangers as a right-handed hitting option at first base and in the outfield corners, but he was just 3-for-33…

  18. Vladimir Guerrero works out for Indians in Dominican Republic

    Mar 26, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Still looking for a job in late March, Vladimir Guerrero worked out for Indians scouts at the club’s academy in the Dominican Republic, sources told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. The source said “there seems to be a genuine interest by the Indians.” Of course, Cleveland is already locked into a pure DH in Travis…

  19. Orioles place Brian Roberts, Zach Britton on disabled list

    Mar 26, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Brian Roberts

    The Orioles made it official on Monday, placing Brian Roberts on the 15-day disabled list with lingering concussion symptoms. Roberts contends he making steady progress, but there is no timetable for his return. The former All-Star hasn’t played since last May. The Orioles plan to have Roberts travel with the team initially. “I told Buck…

  20. Appreciating the near-greatness of Magglio Ordonez

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Magglio Ordonez

    Note: I originally wrote this on October 10, but with today’s news that Ordonez is close to retiring I figured it was worth re-posting. Magglio Ordonez is 37 years old, coming off the worst season of his 15-year career, and will miss the rest of the Tigers’ playoff run after re-fracturing his right ankle, so…

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