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  1. Springtime Storylines: Are the Pittsburgh Pirates getting any closer to breaking .500?

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Pirates Spring Baseball

    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 first: The Pirates. Yarrr? The Big Question: Are the Buccos getting closer to snapping their streak of losing seasons? Most of…

  2. Greetings from Tempe, Arizona

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:36 AM EDT

    Angels logo

    I’d have a nice picture of an Arizona sunrise here for you, but as I am typing this it is 5AM local time and it’s still dark. Stupid body, thinking it’s still on Eastern Standard Time.  I’m guessing the sun will be up soon anyway. It’s the desert. The sun tends to shine here. I…

  3. Josh Geer returns to mound after overcoming skin cancer

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Josh Geer

    Josh Geer, who made 22 starts for the Padres between 2008 and ’09, is back competing for a job with San Diego this spring after missing most of last season following surgery to deal with skin cancer. MLB.com has the story. After making two Triple-A starts, Geer was diagnosed with Stage III melanoma last April.…

  4. A tribute to Hideki Okajima, the 17th best reliever of all-time

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Well, by one measure anyway. After failing his physical with the Yankees, Hideki Okajima returned to Japan over the weekend, signing with the Softbank Hawks. He’ll bring with him the 17th best ERA+ among all major league relievers to throw at least 200 innings: 1. Mariano Rivera – 206 2. Takashi Saito – 199 3.…

  5. Buster Posey could make his Cactus League debut by the weekend

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    Buster Posey Getty

    The Giants have held Buster Posey out of the lineup for the early part of the Cactus League schedule, but he’s slowly ramping up baseball activities in preparation for his first game action since his horrific injury last May 25. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com today that Posey could make his…

  6. Shaun Marcum is still dealing with shoulder soreness

    Mar 5, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum Getty

    Shaun Marcum was bothered by some shoulder stiffness late last week, but the Brewers still had him penciled in to make his Cactus League debut this Saturday against the Giants. Not anymore. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Marcum felt continued discomfort playing catch over the past two days and was scratched from Saturday’s start…

  7. Freddie Freeman expected to play tomorrow following recent knee injury

    Mar 5, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

    Freddie Freeman Getty

    When Freddie Freeman originally suffered a partially dislocated right kneecap last Tuesday, it was estimated that he could miss 1-2 weeks. Fortunately for the Braves, it sounds like he’ll end up meeting the shorter end of that timetable. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Freeman is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut…

  8. Quote of the day: Dustin Pedroia on hitting leadoff, or something

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Dustin Pedroia

    He doesn’t look the part, but Dustin Pedroia is a California boy at heart.

  9. Cardinals convert former second-round pick Robert Stock from catcher to pitcher

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    robert stock getty

    From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals have converted prospect Robert Stock from a catcher to a pitcher. Rather, they’re going to try to, sending him to minor league camp to begin the process. Stock, the No. 67 overall pick in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, batted just .241/.320/.347…

  10. Francisco Cordero is NOT in The Best Shape Of His Life

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' Cordero throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates during their MLB Grapefruit League baseball game in Bradenton

    Maybe it’s just a bad angle or some weird lighting or whatever, but after looking at this picture of Francisco Cordero it’s safe to say we finally found a player who didn’t report to spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life. Those giant eyes staring at him in the background seem awfully judgmental.…

  11. Evan Longoria not ready to return from bruised hand

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

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    Evan Longoria had been hoping to rejoin the Rays’ lineup tomorrow after taking a Matt Bush fastball off his hand Thursday, but it looks like the bruise will keep him sidelined longer. Longoria told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that he had to cut today’s batting practice session short and “shut it down” after…

  12. Lenny Dykstra sentenced to three years in state prison

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    When last we checked in on Lenny Dykstra he was living in a Los Angeles rehab center, seemingly showing some semblance of self awareness for the first time in a long time while awaiting his sentencing for a grand theft auto plea. That sentencing arrived today and a judge ruled that Dykstra will spend three…

  13. Bryan Stow moved to new rehab facility

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Bryan Stow Thanksgiving

    No longer in need of constant medical care, beaten Giants fan Bryan Stow was moved to a new rehab facility, his family stated on its blog. Stow, who was left in a coma after an attack at Dodger Stadium nearly a year ago, now shares an apartment with two other patients, with the group getting…

  14. Carl Crawford out at least 5-7 more days, unlikely for opener

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Red Sox Crawford runs to first on single against Milwaukee Brewers during first inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game in Boston

    Last week Carl Crawford suffered a setback with his surgically repaired wrist and an examination today revealed inflammation, manager Bobby Valentine told reporters. Crawford is expected to be sidelined for at least 5-7 more games and Valentine indicated that he doesn’t expect the left fielder to be ready for Opening Day. Obviously the setback is…

  15. Details of Andrew McCutchen’s $51.5 million extension

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    mccutchen swinging getty

    Late last night Andrew McCutchen and the Pirates announced a six-year, $51.5 million contract extension and now Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette has the year-by-year breakdown: 2012: $0.5 million, plus $1.25 million signing bonus 2013: $4.5 million 2014: $7.25 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $13 million 2017: $14 million 2018: $14.75 million option…

  16. Scott Elarton begins comeback with two perfect innings

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    Scott Elarton

    36-year-old Scott Elarton, last seen in the majors four years ago with the Royals, started his comeback with the Phillies on Monday and pitched two perfect innings against the Yankees. He got four groundouts and a flyout before punching out Eric Chavez to conclude his day. Elarton picked an odd team with which to attempt…

  17. Daric Barton gets cortisone shot in shoulder, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Oakland’s first base/corner outfield/designated hitter logjam won’t include Manny Ramirez for at least 50 games and may also be lessened by Daric Barton‘s shoulder problems. Barton, who underwent surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in September, received a second cortisone injection this morning and will be shut down for at least a few days.…

  18. Want a sexy job with the Tacoma Rainiers? Well, do ya?

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Tacoma Rainiers

    Because it may be your lucky day, assuming that you’re Hard Working, Teachable and Driven to be the Best. Seattle’s Triple-A farm club has openings for a corporate sales manager and a group event coordinator. And who wouldn’t want to work with this bunch of wild and crazy guys? The sports industry is sexy and…

  19. CC Sabathia is brown bagging his meals in Yankees camp

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Bag Lunch with Fruit

    In an effort to lose weight or at least keep himself from packing on more pounds CC Sabathia brings his own breakfast and lunch to Yankees camp each day in a brown paper bag. Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger notes that those meals are prepared by Sabathia’s personal chef, but still: Sabathia said…

  20. Olney: Cole Hamels unlikely to give the Phillies a discount

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:08 PM EDT

    Cole Hamels

    ESPN’s Buster Olney chimes in on a popular topic around Philadelphia these days: Some of you suggesting Hamels will take a hometown discount. IMO, little chance that will happen. Santana money (about $120m) or he’s gone. Which sounds about right, except for the fact that Santana money isn’t about $120 million. Six pitchers in big-league…

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