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  1. UPDATE: Carlos Beltran goes hitless in minor league game

    Mar 26, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    UPDATE: Carlos Beltran is done for the day. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts over five innings. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, he had two chances in right field and “never had to run full throttle.” The results really don’t matter, but we’ll just have to hear how the knee feels.…

  2. Cubs give Andrew Cashner rotation spot, will attempt to trade Carlos Silva

    Mar 26, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    We have plenty of roster decisions pouring in from Arizona and Florida today. Here’s one of the more interesting ones. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, 24-year-old right-hander Andrew Cashner has won the final spot in the Cubs’ starting rotation. Carlos Silva entered spring training as the self-proclaimed favorite, but he pitched his…

  3. Two-time All-Star Mike Hampton retires

    Mar 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mike Hampton

    After allowing 12 runs on 18 hits and 11 walks over 9 2/3 innings as a non-roster invitee with the Diamondbacks this spring, veteran left-hander Mike Hampton has decided to retire. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Hampton told Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson on Thursday that he was leaning towards…

  4. Clint Barmes out 4-6 weeks with fracture in left hand

    Mar 26, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Clint Barmes was optimistic that he only suffered a bruise after being hit on the left hand by Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova last night. However, X-rays this morning revealed a non-displaced fracture of the the fifth metacarpal bone. In layman’s terms, a broken hand. According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, Barmes will be sidelined…

  5. Pedro Feliciano may begin the season on the disabled list

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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    One of the reasons the Yankees went out and signed Pedro Feliciano this offseason is because he has been one of the most durable — or depending on your point of view, overworked — relievers in baseball over the past few seasons. In fact, he’s never been on the disabled list in eight major league…

  6. Yankees give Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia final rotation spots

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi, Brian Cashman

    This arrangement has been assumed for a few days now, but the Yankees just made it official. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Ivan Nova and Freddy Garcia have won the final two rotation spots. Bartolo Colon will pitch out of the bullpen. Colon made a pretty solid case for the rotation by posting a…

  7. Russell Branyan makes the Diamondbacks

    Mar 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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    This decision was something of a no-brainer, but according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Russell Branyan will be on the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day roster. Branyan, who could have opted out of his minor league contract yesterday, is batting .420 (21-for-50) with four home runs, three doubles and 17 RBI this spring. Diamondbacks manager…

  8. UPDATE: Bronson Arroyo diagnosed with mononucleosis

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:01 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    UPDATE: According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Bronson Arroyo has been diagnosed with mononucleosis. A number of players have missed considerable time with the illness — Jed Lowrie is one recent example — but Arroyo told Sheldon via text message that he does not expect to miss any starts. We’ll see about that one. 2:12 PM:…

  9. UPDATE: Tommy Hunter out at least six weeks with groin injury

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: If you were frustrated about Neftali Feliz staying in the bullpen, this probably won’t make you feel any better. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, club officials have confirmed that Alexi Ogando is now a possibility for the starting rotation. Like Feliz, Ogando was stretched out for the starting rotation this spring. 9:31 PM:…

  10. Braden Looper retires

    Mar 25, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Braden Looper AP Cards

    According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Braden Looper retired earlier today after being informed that he wouldn’t make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster. Looper didn’t pitch in the major leagues last season, but signed a minor league contract in January that could have earned him up to $3 million with incentives. The 36-year-old…

  11. HBT Extra: Previewing the NL West

    Mar 25, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I wrap up our HBT Extra video previews with the home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants

  12. Homer Bailey placed on disabled list with shoulder impingement

    Mar 25, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT

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    The hits just keep on coming for the defending National League Central champions. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Reds have placed Homer Bailey on the disabled list with a right shoulder impingement. It sounds scary, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told reporters this afternoon that the 24-year-old right-hander is only…

  13. Must-Click Link: The Giants 2011 TV commercials

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

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    I thought the Mariners ads for the 2011 season were the best, but I think there’s a new champ: The Giants commercials are pretty terrific. There are six of them and a behind the scenes feature.  I think three and four may be the best. I’m pretty sure Bruce Bochy is the worst actor ever,…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Will the Braves miss a beat without Bobby Cox?

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez, new Atlanta Braves manager, speaks with guests before the start of play against the Florida Marlins  in their MLB spring training baseball game in Jupiter

    Between now and Opening Day, HBT will take a look at each of the 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2011 season. Next up: The Fredi Gonzalez-led Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Will the Braves miss a beat without Bobby Cox? I’ll preface my…

  15. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Colby Rasmus

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Colby Rasmus received more attention for his tense relationship with manager Tony La Russa becoming public than for his outstanding sophomore season, as he managed to lead all MLB center fielders in OPS as a 23-year-old without much fanfare. La Russa benching him versus many left-handers (and then simply benching him for a while, period)…

  16. A couple of early “Moneyball” movie reviews are out

    Mar 25, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Moneyball

    The website Hollywood Elsewhere has a couple of movie reviews from a sneak preview screening of the “Moneyball” movie.  The first one consists of the gut impressions of a person who seems not to be a baseball fan.  They suggest to me — along with the fact that there are three (3) prominent female roles…

  17. Daisuke Matsuzaka donates $1 million to Japanese relief effort

    Mar 25, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Daisuke Matsuzaka has donated $1 million to the Japanese relief efforts via the Red Cross, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Last week Ichiro Suzuki reportedly donated 100 million yen (approximately $1.2 million) and Hideki Matsui donated 50 million yen (approximately $600,000) to help support their home country following the devastating earthquake and…

  18. Mike Sweeney retires

    Mar 25, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    Mike Sweeney

    Mike Sweeney is announcing his retirement today.  Given that this word is coming via Royals writers and the announcement is happening in Surprise, Arizona, he is apparently retiring as a Royal, if not in a formal contractual sense, then at least in a cosmic sense. Which is appropriate, as Mike Sweeney was the Kansas City…

  19. Doug Davis throws for eight teams, including Mets, Rangers, Angels, Rockies, and Orioles

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Doug Davis

    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that free agent left-hander Doug Davis threw a 45-pitch bullpen session yesterday and was scouted by eight teams, including the Mets, Rangers, Angels, Rockies, and Orioles. Davis made just eight starts last season because of a heart problem and an elbow injury that required surgery, going 1-4 with a 7.51…

  20. Gustavo Molina may be the Yankees’ backup catcher

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

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    There are rumblings emanating from Tampa that, as suggested yesterday, Jesus Montero won’t be the Yankees’ backup catcher. But not so fast, Austin Romine fans! Your man won’t be either.  The real number two: Gustavo Molina. I normally don’t give a diddly durn about backup catchers, but Molina, you’ll recall, had a nice little feature written…

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