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  1. Recovered from January hernia surgery, Mike Adams set to make spring debut Friday

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Adams reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    Mike Adams‘ recovery from January hernia surgery is well ahead of schedule and the Rangers reliever is expected to make his spring training debut Friday against the Dodgers. Adams told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he’s slightly behind the other pitchers in camp and is still “building up arm strength.” However, he’s been throwing…

  2. Mets owners out $83 million pre-Madoff trial

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    The trial hasn’t even started yet, but Mets owner Fred Wilpon is already going to have to shell out as much as $83.3 million to the trustee recovering funds from the losers in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. That was the ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Jed S. Rakoff on Monday. The two sides will go…

  3. Marlins hitters already annoyed by the home run sculpture

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    Most of the focus on the “home run sculpture” in left-center field at the Marlins’ new ballpark has been on the garish look, but multiple players have expressed concern that it could also make things difficult on left-handed hitters trying to, you know, see the baseball. For instance, Greg Dobbs told Clark Spencer of the…

  4. Baseball-reference adds stats for pre-1903 postseasons

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    1884 Providence Grays

    The World Series as we know it began in 1903, when the Boston Americans beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 in a best-of-nine series. There were some postseason series before that, though. From 1884-1890, the champions of the National League and American Association met for series of various lengths. Baseball-reference now has the stats from those…

  5. Swarm of bees delays Diamondbacks-Giants game, sends Angel Pagan running for cover

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Giants Diamondbacks Spring Baseball

    Yesterday afternoon’s Giants-Diamondbacks game was delayed for 41 minutes when a swarm of bees made its way into right field. Fans along the first base dugout were evacuated, Ian Kennedy‘s first spring start was cut short, and the Associated Press reports that “the Diamondbacks’ field crew used a combination of cotton candy and lemonade to…

  6. Don Mincher: 1938-2012

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    don mincher

    Don Mincher, who played 13 seasons in the majors and made a pair of All-Star teams as a slugging first baseman, passed away last night at age 73 in Alabama. Mincher served as president of the Double-A Southern League until retiring last year due to health problems and was previously general manager of the league’s…

  7. Ryan Madson sidelined by “a little irritation in his arm”

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds Photo Day

    Ryan Madson was unavailable for the Reds’ first two spring training games because of what manager Dusty Baker describes as “a little irritation in his arm.” More specifically Madson has a minor elbow injury, but according to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com the Reds aren’t particularly worried about his status yet. Madson was on the verge…

  8. Off to Spring Training

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    I’m hopping on an airplane here shortly and heading for Arizona. That’s right, kids, a week in the Valley of the Sun, taking in Cactus League action.  I assure you, though, I won’t be enjoying myself at all. It’ll be all work. Really. Truly! OK, maybe I’ll enjoy it a little. But I will be…

  9. Daisuke Matsuzaka shooting for a June return

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    The common thinking is that Daisuke Matsuzaka is going to be set to return from his rehab in July, but Nick Carfado is reporting that things have been going well and that his bullpen session yesterday was “very impressive” and that he’s “throwing hard and using his secondary pitches.”  As such, Matsuzaka is thinking more along…

  10. Conflicting reports on the Athletics-San Jose thing

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    oakland athletics small logo

    It has been three years since Major League Baseball set up a committee to look into whether the A’s can move to San Jose. So you’d figure there would be some resolution on the matter now.  Guess what? Nope! Two conflicting reports over the weekend. First from Bill Madden of the New York Daily News:…

  11. “Ur-ine Sam-ple! [clap clap clap-clap-clap]”

    Mar 5, 2012, 7:52 AM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    It’s entirely possible that Ryan Braun did something last fall that he won’t be proud of one day.  But if you were one of the Giants fans at Maryvale Stadium for the Giants-Brewers split squad game yesterday involved in this, you probably need to examine your life a little bit. Not so much to figure…

  12. Pirates, Andrew McCutchen agree to six-year, $51.5 million contract

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:22 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    It was a long time coming, but Andrew McCutchen finally got the Pirates to beat the Justin Upton and Jay Bruce deals. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the two sides have agreed to a six-year, $51.5 million contract that will take care of all of the outfielder’s arbitration seasons and his first two years of…

  13. Andrew Cashner averaged 102.2 mph with his fastball Sunday

    Mar 4, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

    Andrew Cashner

    Move over Aroldis, the National League might have a new hardest thrower. As Dan Brooks pointed out, PitchFX data had Padres reliever Andrew Cashner averaging 102.2 mph with his fastball on Sunday. He threw 10 pitches in his scoreless innings out of the pen, all of them heaters. According to the data, they ranged between…

  14. Robin Ventura wants A.J. Pierzynski batting second? Seriously?

    Mar 4, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Prepare for the White Sox offense to be a mess again. New manager Robin Ventura said Saturday that he wants A.J. Pierzynski hitting second after Alejandro De Aza this season. “He handles the bat great,” Ventura said. “He’s always a tough out. Not that he steals a lot of bases, but he handles the bat…

  15. Stephen Strasburg charged with two runs in spring debut

    Mar 4, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg

    Stephen Strasburg held the Astros scoreless into the third, only to give up two runs in 2 2/3 innings in his spring debut. Strasburg struck out three and walked none. He allowed a solo homer to Chris Snyder and a double to Jordan Schafer in the third. Schafer came around to score off Tom Gorzelanny…

  16. Joel Zumaya to undergo Tommy John surgery this month

    Mar 4, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    joel zumaya ap

    From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that Joel Zumaya has decided to have Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right (pitching) elbow and will undergo the reconstructive procedure by the end of this month. Zumaya suffered the UCL tear after throwing 13 pitches in his first bullpen session of…

  17. Tigers hit nine homers in win over Braves

    Mar 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    On Saturday, the Tigers pitched a one-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Braves. Today, they went about things a bit differently, crushing nine homers in a 18-3 rout. The rundown: Alex Avila – two-run off Randall Delgado in the first Ryan Raburn – solo off Julio Teheran in the second Brennan Boesch – solo…

  18. Corey Hart will undergo knee surgery, likely out 3-4 weeks

    Mar 4, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    corey hart getty

    The Brewers revealed Sunday that outfielder Corey Hart needs arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and could miss the start of the regular season. This according to beat writer Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (via Twitter). Hart will be in recovery mode from the minor procedure for 3-4 weeks, meaning he is likely…

  19. Phillies GM acknowledges Ryan Howard “could be backed up for a while” due to infection

    Mar 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    howard reuters

    The Phillies have downplayed the severity of the infection that developed two weeks ago around Ryan Howard‘s surgically-repaired Achilles tendon. But it sure sounds like a pretty major setback. According to beat reporter Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Howard will be in a walking boot for the next 10 days as he recovers from…

  20. Rockies’ Alex White arrested for DUI in Arizona

    Mar 4, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    alex white ap

    Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that Rockies starter Alex White was arrested Saturday night near the team’s spring training complex in Arizona for driving under the influence of alcohol. White claims that he only had two drinks before the arrest, but he failed both a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer. He was…

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