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  1. AK-47 rifle among items stolen from Evan Longoria’s house

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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    This morning Craig wrote about how someone broke into the house Evan Longoria, David Price, and Reid Brignac are renting during spring training, stealing more than $50,000 worth of property. Initial reports pegged the valuables as a 60-inch television, three iPads, a laptop, and several watches, but now Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times…

  2. Rangers change their minds, move Alexi Ogando into rotation

    Mar 28, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Last week the Rangers announced that both Neftali Feliz and Alexi Ogando would be remaining in the bullpen despite trying out for the rotation this spring, but with Tommy Hunter likely to miss at least six weeks with a groin injury and Brandon Webb nowhere close to contributing they’ve decided to make Ogando a starter…

  3. Springtime Storylines: Can the Tigers win their first division title since 1987?

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

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    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: Everyone’s favorite chain-smoking skipper. The Big Question: Can the Tigers win their first division title since 1987? They’ve had some close calls–including a…

  4. Twins pay steep price to avoid sending Rule 5 pick Scott Diamond back to Braves

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

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    Rule 5 pick Scott Diamond wasn’t going to make the Twins, but rather than having to offer him back to the Braves as per the draft’s requirements the two sides have worked out a trade. Minnesota will be able to keep Diamond and can now send him to the minors as if he weren’t acquired…

  5. Chase Utley hopes to be back before the All-Star break

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Utley walks across the field after taking batting practice before a spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, Chase Utley spoke with reporters earlier this morning and said that he has made some progress with his ailing right knee. Specifically, he has begun to take some “light ground balls” over the past few days. It doesn’t sound like much, but Utley said he is optimistic about avoiding…

  6. Next stop, stardom: 2011 breakout picks – Brandon Morrow

    Mar 28, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

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    With the fifth pick in the 2006 draft Seattle chose Brandon Morrow over local boy and University of Washington ace Tim Lincecum, who quickly became one of the elite pitchers in baseball while Morrow bounced back and forth between the Mariners’ rotation and bullpen before being traded to the Blue Jays for Brandon League in…

  7. The Mets expect Carlos Beltran to be on the Opening Day roster

    Mar 28, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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    It looked like a longshot even a couple of days ago, but after playing five innings in right field in minor league games on Saturday and Sunday, the Mets intend to have Carlos Beltran on the Opening Day roster. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Beltran is expected to be in the starting…

  8. Vicente Padilla ahead of schedule in return from arm surgery

    Mar 28, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Vicente Padilla continued his comeback from forearm surgery by facing live hitters yesterday for the first time since going under the knife on February 24, throwing 25 pitches. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that Padilla’s fastball was clocked at 92 miles per hour and he also threw off-speed stuff, which suggests he’s pretty far along…

  9. Adam LaRoche to play through slightly torn shoulder labrum

    Mar 28, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche was initially expected to miss a few days with some shoulder soreness, but an MRI exam revealed that he has a slightly torn left labrum. However, he plans to continue playing through the injury and is expected to be in the Opening Day lineup at first base, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com.…

  10. Colby Rasmus’ family members are hanging out in the HBT comments, arguing about stuff

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

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    You never know who you might run into in the HardballTalk comments section. Last week Curt Flood’s son stopped by to respond to an article about his dad and now it sure seems like a member of Colby Rasmus‘ family is hanging out and arguing about stuff. Someone using the screen name “trasmus3″ has made…

  11. Royals deal for Matt Treanor following Jason Kendall setback

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Jason Kendall‘s recent setback in his recovery from shoulder surgery means he likely won’t be ready to come off the disabled list until at least late April–and possibly much later–so the Royals have added some catching depth by acquiring Matt Treanor from the Rangers for cash considerations. Treanor spent a large chunk of last season…

  12. King Felix and Prince Pineda? Mariners hand rotation spot to 22-year-old top prospect

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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    This morning’s news that the Mariners have optioned Luke French to Triple-A makes it all but official: Stud prospect Michael Pineda has secured a spot in the Opening Day rotation at age 22. Pineda was big when the Mariners signed him out of the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old in 2005, but now he’s listed…

  13. Joe Nathan reclaims closer job despite 11.05 spring ERA

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    In addition to the Twins setting their 25-man roster yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire also made it all but official that Joe Nathan will reclaim his closer job after sitting out last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Here’s what Gardenhire said during a radio interview on 1500-ESPN: I would imagine we’ll start out probably something…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Seattle Mariners

    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 Deadball Preservation Society (a/k/a The Seattle Mariners). The Big Question: Has the Mariners’ offense improved enough to be merely awful?…

  15. Pirates GM: “Very probable” Chris Snyder will start year on DL

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

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    General manager Neal Huntington admitted yesterday that it’s “very probable” starting catcher Chris Snyder will begin the season on the disabled list due to back soreness. Pittsburgh unsuccessfully tried to dump Ryan Doumit and his contract all offseason and throughout spring training, but Snyder’s injury actually opens the door for him to see some early…

  16. Bill White on Don Drysdale: “he threw spitballs”

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Cardinals' Bill White Posing with Bat

    Bill White, former Cardinals first baseman, broadcaster and former President of the National League, has a new autobiography coming out called “Uppity: My Untold Story About The Games People Play.”  He sat for an interview with the Cardinals blog Retro Simba. It’s a neat interview, with additional parts to come. My favorite Q&A in the first…

  17. Red Sox keep Dennys Reyes and Matt Albers, option Hideki Okajima and Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:17 AM EDT

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    A pair of head-to-head roster battles were decided in Red Sox camp this morning, with Dennys Reyes beating out fellow left-hander Hideki Okajima and Matt Albers beating out fellow right-hander Alfredo Aceves. Reyes and Albers have made the team as relievers, while Okajima and Aceves will head to Triple-A Pawtucket. Okajima and Aceves both have…

  18. Baseball ticket sales are headed back up

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal reports that, based on earlyreturns, Major League Baseball is poised to end a three-year slide in ticket sales: Commissioner Bud Selig declined to project a specific attendance increase for the season. But after drawing 73.06 million fans in 2010, down 0.4 percent from 2009, this year’s total will likely…

  19. Jose Canseco’s twin brother Ozzie tried to impersonate him at a “celebrity boxing” fight

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Jose Canseco failed to show up for a fight against Billy Padden in front of 400 paying customers Saturday at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Florida and instead sent his twin brother Ozzie Canseco, according to “Celebrity Boxing” promoter Damon Feldman. An employee of “Celebrity Boxing” told Luis Sanchez of El Nuevo…

  20. The Astros may be sold soon

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

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    Back in November, Astros owner Drayton McLane said that he was going to sell the Astros. On Friday he told MLB.com that he has made “substantial inroads” toward selling the team, with one of the three possible suitors being a familiar name: Houston businessman Jim Crane. You may recall that Crane — along with Mark…

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