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  1. Please set the Michael Pineda fastball velocity watch back to DEFCON 4

    Mar 26, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starter Pineda pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    Michael Pineda has found the few miles per hour that have been missing from his fastball. David Waldstein of the New York Times: With a solid performance Sunday, Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda might have quelled for now some of the near panic over the mysterious loss of three or four miles per hour on his fastball.  Pitching…

  2. Video of the Day: The Marlins Ballpark home run feature is alive

    Mar 26, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    Now witness the firepower of this fully ARMED and OPERATIONAL home run feature:   Look, I know we all want to make fun of this thing. But am I crazy, or is this one of those so-bad-it’s-good things?  Are we going to be looking back at this in a few years and think “man, that…

  3. Blue Jays pick Eric Thames in left field, send down Travis Snider

    Mar 25, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Blue Jays outfielder Eric Thames warms up in left field during an inter-squad game at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Travis Snider performed well enough to win the Blue Jays’ starting job in left field this spring. Unfortunately for him, Eric Thames played well enough to hold on to it. Snider was sent packing Sunday despite his four homers and 16 RBI in 17 games this spring. He was hitting .271/.340/.625, though he did strike…

  4. Brewers prospect Scooter Gennett hits for the cycle

    Mar 25, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Scooter Gennett - 2011 Topps

    We haven’t been this excited about an undersized Brewers infield prospect with a funny name since Callix Crabbe. 21-year-old Scooter Gennett hit for the cycle Sunday against the Royals, homering off Louis Coleman in the eighth inning to complete it. Gennett, who is listed a 5-foot-9 and 164 pounds, entered the day with just five…

  5. Royals demote projected second baseman Johnny Giavotella

    Mar 25, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Giavotella

    24-year-old Johnny Giavotella was expected to be the Royals’ second baseman and No. 2 hitter this season. After 44 at-bats this spring in which he hit .250/.267/.318, he’s on his way back to Triple-A. The Royals demoted the New Orleans product on Sunday, opting instead to go with Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt as their…

  6. Bobby Jenks on DUI: “I am embarrassed and apologize”

    Mar 25, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Red Sox right-hander Bobby Jenks issued a short written statement Sunday afternoon about his ugly Friday morning DUI arrest. Boston Herald beat writer Scott Lauber provides the text: “I am embarrassed by the situation and apologize to my teammates and to the Red Sox organization for any distractions I may have caused. I still need…

  7. Chase Utley out for start of season, has no timetable

    Mar 25, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

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    Chase Utley provided an update on his left knee condition Sunday in Phillies camp. And while he didn’t go into very much detail, the 33-year-old did acknowledge that he’s not going to be active for the early part of the regular season. Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer has the goods: “It’s important to get…

  8. White Sox acquire OF Greg Golson from the Royals

    Mar 25, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

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    From Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com comes word that the Royals have traded outfielder Greg Golson to the White Sox for cash considerations. Golson was drafted 21st overall by the Phillies in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft. He never developed into much of a hitter and has made only 42 career major-league plate appearances, but the…

  9. Picture of the Day: Ichiro steps to the plate in Tokyo

    Mar 25, 2012, 1:44 PM EDT

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    From Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times comes the shot below of Mariners outfielder and native of Japan Ichiro Suzuki getting ready to bat in Saturday’s exhibition game against the Hanshin Tigers. The Mariners lost the game 5-1 in front of a raucous sold out crowd of 55,000 at the Tokyo Dome.

  10. Neftali Feliz throws bullpen session, will return Tuesday

    Mar 25, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

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    Rangers right-hander Neftali Feliz was lifted from his most recent Cactus League start after feeling some tightness in his throwing shoulder. But he should be back up to speed by Opening Day. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, Feliz made it through a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday without feeling any lingering discomfort in his shoulder and…

  11. Joba Chamberlain released from hospital in wheelchair

    Mar 25, 2012, 12:05 PM EDT

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    From Erik Boland of Newsday comes this update on Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain, who suffered a life-threatening dislocation of his right ankle Thursday while jumping on a trampoline with his son: Joba just released from hospital, according to person there. Came out in wheelchair. Said “good” when asked how he’s doing. — Erik Boland (@eboland11)…

  12. A.J. Burnett throws 40 pitches of live batting practice

    Mar 25, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

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    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett threw a 40-pitch live batting practice session Saturday in camp, then “raised his arms in celebration” while walking off the field because he felt so good. Burnett suffered an orbital bone fracture earlier this month while performing bunting drills. He underwent surgery,…

  13. M’s Japanese owner won’t watch team play live in Japan

    Mar 25, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

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    There are a number of team owners across the pro sports landscape who would rather not be in the spotlight. Which is fine, and maybe even healthy. But this feels like a different kind of thing. According to Art Thiel of the Everett Herald, Mariners owner Hiroshi Yamauchi, an early innovator at Nintendo and a…

  14. Miguel Cabrera to have fracture examined Tuesday, could be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 25, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

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    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera assured reporters last week that he was not going to miss the Tigers’ regular-season opener despite being diagnosed with a small fracture under his right eye. And it appears as though his optimism was warranted. From John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press comes word that Cabrera is scheduled for a…

  15. Chris Perez throws hitless inning in minor league game

    Mar 25, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    Good news out of Goodyear, Arizona. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians closer Chris Perez tossed a perfect seven-pitch frame Saturday in a minor league exhibition game. It was his first live action of the spring, and it couldn’t have gone smoother. Perez strained an oblique muscle during his first bullpen…

  16. Ryan Vogelsong to make first spring start on Monday

    Mar 24, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Giants right-hander Ryan Vogelsong suffered a back strain on February 7 while lifting weights at his home and has spent the first month of spring training in rehab mode. But he’s about ready for live action. According to beat writer Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday in camp that Voglesong is…

  17. David Wright could make Grapefruit League debut Tues.

    Mar 24, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    From ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin comes word that Mets third baseman David Wright is currently on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday in Port St. Lucie against the Braves. Wright has been taking batting practice off a pitching machine since Thursday and will face a live pitcher Sunday for the first time…

  18. Justin Morneau homers twice in Grapefruit League game

    Mar 24, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Finally, some signs of life from Justin Morneau. As noted by beat writer Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Twins first baseman hit a two-run homer, a three-run homer and drew a walk Saturday in a 19-4 Grapefruit League win over the Rays. Morneau, who has struggled with post-concussion syndrome for close to two years, entered…

  19. Matt Bush’s bail set for $1.015 million

    Mar 24, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    Rays right-hander Matt Bush made his first court appearance earlier today since being arrested Thursday evening in Florida on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, failure to stop and remain at a crash involving an injury, driving with a suspended license and DUI with serious bodily injury…

  20. UPDATE: Joba Chamberlain will be released from the hospital Sunday

    Mar 24, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Chamberlain will be released from the hospital tomorrow, which indicates that no infections have developed. Furthermore, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com that no microfractures were found in the ankle and that Chamberlain will be in a cast for the next six…

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