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  1. Matt Bush arrested for DUI, property damage, fleeing scene

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:39 PM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    UPDATE: It just gets worse. Bush’s BAC was .180 following the accident. This article is downright sad, too. Asked by police if this was a wakeup call for Bush, he said “already been there, made comments “about having “a serious alcohol problem and said how he “will be unable to play baseball.” UPDATE, Thursday, 11:48 PM: It…

  2. Ryan Madson still experiencing right elbow discomfort?

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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    Reds closer Ryan Madson has yet to make an appearance in a Cactus League game this spring because of discomfort in his throwing elbow. And he’s unlikely to debut anytime soon. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Madson was scratched from a scheduled appearance Thursday in a minor league exhibition game with what…

  3. Tigers “continuing to show interest” in John Lannan

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman comes word that the Tigers are “continuing to show interest” in acquiring lefty John Lannan from the Nationals. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted a similar report earlier this week, also mentioning the Red Sox as a potential trade partner for the 27-year-old starter. The Nationals were known to be open…

  4. Kendrys Morales goes 2-for-3 in Cactus League debut

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales played in a major league game Thursday for the first time since fracturing his left ankle while celebrating a 10th-inning walkoff home run against the Mariners on May 29, 2010. And it went about as well as such a thing can go. Morales punched a single through the right side of the infield…

  5. Adam Dunn homers twice, knocks in six against Royals

    Mar 22, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox's first baseman Adam Dunn takes a swing during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe

    Adam Dunn never homered off a left-handed pitcher last year. Today, he hit two in three at-bats off Royals southpaw Bruce Chen. Dunn delivered a two-run homer in the first and a grand slam in the fifth inning, giving him four homers in 24 at-bats this spring. He’s struck out just once and walked nine…

  6. After 16 months, Yankees prospect DePaula finally gets visa

    Mar 22, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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    Right-hander Jose Rafael DePaula, who was originally known as Rafael DePaula Figueroa before coming forward with a new name and age, had his visa approved and is finally expected to travel to the U.S. next week for his Yankees physical. After serving a one-year suspension for falsifying his identity, DePaula was signed by the Yankees…

  7. Wandy Rodriguez must be the worst spring pitcher ever

    Mar 22, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    Astros ace Wandy Rodriguez gave up four runs — two earned — and walked five in 3 2/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Mets. And this is what passes for one of his better spring outings. The loss left Rodriguez 1-2 with an 8.10 ERA in three starts this spring. Since 2006, the…

  8. Jeff Moorad steps down as the CEO of the Padres

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

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    This is not a surprise. Two weeks after he withdrew his application to purchase the San Diego Padres — a withdrawal prompted by baseball’s reluctance to approve his ownership group — Jeff Moorad has stepped down as the Padres’ CEO. Moorard will remain as Vice Chairman of the club and will be responsible for completing and…

  9. Pirates choose Erik Bedard as Opening Day starter

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates starter Bedard walks to the dugout after pitching against the New York Yankees during a spring training baseball game in Tampa

    Considering his lengthy injury history making this official with two weeks left in spring training seems sort of risky, but the Pirates announced that Erik Bedard will start Opening Day. Manager Clint Hurdle told reporters that he’d planned to give the Opening Day assignment to A.J. Burnett after the Pirates acquired him from the Yankees,…

  10. Major League Baseball launching a “prospect league” for unsigned Dominican players

    Mar 22, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Just got this press release. Surprisingly, nowhere on it does it say “dudes, we’re doing this as a baby step towards instituting an international draft: Major League Baseball will launch a new league that will provide a neutral forum for Major League organizations and scouts to observe the top unsigned amateur players in the Dominican…

  11. Carlos Beltran may play some center field for Cardinals

    Mar 22, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Carlos Beltran played zero innings in center field last season, but he was out there for today’s spring training game and the Cardinals are considering giving him some regular season starts. Jon Jay is the primary center fielder, but manager Mike Mathney told Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com that he’d like to occasionally sub Beltran in…

  12. Rays unveil “Fortune Favors The Bald” t-shirts

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Last week when 70 members of the Rays organization shaved their heads for charity manager Joe Maddon explained that he hopes “fortunate favors the bald” this season and today the team began selling t-shirts with that catchphrase in an effort to raise even more money for pediatric cancer research. I’m going to buy a case…

  13. Gambling/poop-related tweet of the day: Brandon McCarthy

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Airplane Toilet

    From the man who brought us the idea of “coffee farts” comes another great tweet about baseball players’ gastrointestinal systems. Take it away Brandon McCarthy: 12 hr flight to Japan and most important question is: which Oakland A will poop on the plane first? — Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) March 22, 2012 Hmm, Manny isn’t on…

  14. Zach Britton gets platelet-rich plasma treatment on shoulder

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Michael Morse isn’t the only big leaguer trying to get healthy via platelet-rich plasma treatment this week, as Orioles left-hander Zach Britton also underwent the procedure in an attempt to avoid shoulder surgery. Dr. James Andrews recommended the new and somewhat controversial treatment for Britton, who’s struggled with shoulder inflammation dating back to August of…

  15. Negro League stats now available at Baseball-Reference.com

    Mar 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Bingo DeMoss

    Caveats about incomplete data and stuff notwithstanding: This. Is. Cool: This data is constructed from the best available information as provided by Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers and Dick Clark of the Negro Leagues Researchers and Authors Group. It contains data culled from newspaper boxscores, covering league sanctioned games from 1920 to 1948, which was produced…

  16. Placido Polanco took batting practice, “felt pretty good”

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Placido Polanco took live batting practice today and afterward said that his sprained left index finger “felt pretty good.” Polanco has been out of the lineup since injuring his finger diving back into first base Sunday and according to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer most of the swelling has subsided, but there’s no return…

  17. Michael Morse gets platelet-rich plasma treatment, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Morse‘s odds of being recovered from a lat injury by Opening Day are “dwindling” after the Nationals left fielder received platelet-rich plasma treatment, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. Here’s a little more about the platelet-rich plasma treatment from Zuckerman: A relatively new procedure also referred to as “blood spinning,” in which blood plasma…

  18. MLB Network to produce Fox’s pregame show

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    old TV

    I tend not to watch the pregame shows for national broadcasts. No compelling reason for it. It’s just that I spend all day thinking about the broader baseball news and upcoming games as it is, so when go to watch a national telecast I just like to turn on the TV and have the game begin.…

  19. Yasmani Grandal wonders where he fits in Padres’ plans after Nick Hundley extension

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    In writing about Nick Hundley‘s contract extension earlier this week I noted that the move blocks top catching prospect Yasmani Grandal’s path to the majors, as he looks likely to be MLB-ready by 2013 at the latest and now Hundley is signed through 2015. Dan Hayes of the North County Times took it one step…

  20. Chipper Jones makes for an easy Hall of Famer

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Some players kind of sneak up on the Hall of Fame. Chipper Jones, who announced his intention to retire at the end of the season, never led his league in anything until he was 35. He was never even really all that close: – His one year that he hit 40 homers, a couple of…

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