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  1. Bengie Molina retired for now, will consider comeback

    Mar 13, 2011, 11:54 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reported earlier this month that the Padres were looking into signing catcher Bengie Molina to serve as a backup to Nick Hundley but found the veteran free agent to be in “retirement mode.” He remains in that “mode.” Molina told Kevin Davidoff of Newsday this weekend that he has not…

  2. Red Sox shopping Daisuke Matsuzaka and others?

    Mar 13, 2011, 9:51 AM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    The Red Sox may be looking to unload some of their depth at various positions before the start of the 2011 regular season schedule. According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, the Sawx have let other major league teams know that starters Daisuke Matsuzaka and Tim Wakefield are available via trade and that outfielders Mike…

  3. Report: Johan Santana may miss all of the 2011 season

    Mar 13, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    “Internally, the Mets believe they’ll be “lucky” if Santana pitches this year.” That is a stand-alone paragraph in a Sunday morning report by Steve Popper and Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record. According to their sources, Santana has made very little progress in his ongoing recovery from September shoulder surgery and the Mets are ready…

  4. Nationals option Bryce Harper to Single-A Hagerstown

    Mar 12, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    C’mon Nats fans, you knew this sneak preview would end eventually. Though the Nationals didn’t include last year’s No.1 overall pick Bryce Harper in their first round of cuts yesterday, he was sent to low-Class A Hagerstown following this afternoon’s win over the Yankees, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com. The Nationals insisted that Harper…

  5. Ryan Braun leaves game with strained intercostal muscle

    Mar 12, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers Photo Day

    Ryan Braun left this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks after the top of the first inning due to a strained left intercostal muscle, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. The team has him listed as day-to-day right now, but there’s some reason for concern here. Braun has suffered intercostal injuries multiple times in the past,…

  6. Joe Mauer could appear in a game next week

    Mar 12, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Minnesota Twins Workout Sessions

    Joe Mauer has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game, but he’s inching ever-closer to his debut after catching Nick Blackburn‘s bullpen session earlier today. According to La Velle Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mauer said he hopes to appear as a designated hitter sometime after Tuesday’s scheduled off day. “Yeah I’d like to,”…

  7. Mike Morse stating his case for starting left field job

    Mar 12, 2011, 2:29 PM EST

    mike-morse-nationals

    Many argued that Mike Morse deserved a larger role with the Nationals after he batted .289/.352/.519 with 15 homers in 266 at-bats as a part-time player last season, but he came into camp without a clear path to playing time following the offseason additions of Jayson Werth, Adam LaRoche and Rick Ankiel. Let’s just say…

  8. Adrian Beltre could make Cactus League debut as soon as Monday

    Mar 12, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

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    Adrian Beltre has made enough progress from his right calf injury that Rangers manager Ron Washington feels he could be able to make his spring debut Monday against the Dodgers, according to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas. If it isn’t Monday, it shouldn’t be long. Beltre ran the bases for a fourth straight day this…

  9. Chase Utley is making some progress, we think…

    Mar 12, 2011, 12:11 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies  v Los Angeles Dodgers

    According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies provided an update about Chase Utley‘s ailing right knee this morning. Well, sort of. We didn’t learn much, but Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Utley has been able to do more exercises than before. “These are kind of baby steps,” Amaro said. “I can’t…

  10. Scott Podsednik has setback with plantar fasciitis in left foot

    Mar 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    Scott Podsednik

    Scott Podsednik made his spring debut against the Yankees yesterday, finishing 0-for-1 with two walks and a stolen base. He told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that his left foot wasn’t completely pain-free, but said that he was to the point where he could “go out there and play.” Apparently not. Chisholm reports this morning that…

  11. The MLS thinks the Wilpons would make “great” owners

    Mar 12, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    MLS Logo

    According to the Associated Press, MLS commissioner Don Garber believes the Wilpons would make “great” owners of the league’s 20th franchise, despite their current financial and legal troubles. “The success of our league is the core values of our ownership group and … I believe the Wilpons fit very well with our owners in terms…

  12. Adrian Gonzalez set for spring debut this afternoon

    Mar 12, 2011, 8:51 AM EST

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    We heard the other day that Adrian Gonzalez was hoping to make his spring debut “sometime next week,” or “maybe even earlier.” Consistent with his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery, Gonzalez is running ahead of schedule. According to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe, Adrian Gonzalez is in the starting lineup for the Red Sox…

  13. UPDATE: Phillies, GM Ruben Amaro Jr. agree to four-year contract extension

    Mar 12, 2011, 8:27 AM EST

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    UPDATE: According to Todd Zolecki of MLB.com, the Phillies and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. have agreed to a four-year contract extension. He’ll remain in the fold through 2015. 7:12 PM, Friday: A team source tells Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer that a contract extension for general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is “done.” 10:15…

  14. Aaron Cook suffers broken ring finger, likely out until May

    Mar 11, 2011, 10:05 PM EST

    Aaron Cook

    Aaron Cook is giving new meaning to the phrase “tough-luck pitcher.” Cook was already expected to begin the season on the disabled list due to inflammation in his shoulder, but he could now be sidelined until May after breaking the ring finger on his pitching hand. As he explained to Troy Renck of the Denver…

  15. Johnny Cueto leaves start with forearm tightness

    Mar 11, 2011, 8:40 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Johnny Cueto was originally scheduled to throw four innings against the Rangers this afternoon, but he was pulled from his start after just two innings due to forearm tightness. It’s easy for your imagination to run wild when a pitcher comes down with forearm tightness, but Reds head trainer Paul Lessard told Mark Sheldon of…

  16. Ronny Paulino finally expected to arrive at Mets’ camp Saturday

    Mar 11, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Ronny Paulino high five

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Ronny Paulino finally made it to the United States today after an extended delay due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic. Paulino, who signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Mets over the winter, is expected to report to camp tomorrow. The 29-year-old backstop…

  17. HBT Extra: Breaking down the NL East

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    In which Tiffany insults my ability to pick it at second base for the Phillies. Why, the nerve of her …

  18. Must-click link: Drawing the Hall of Famers (all 295 of them)

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:14 PM EST

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    Summer Anne Burton has decided to draw all 295 baseball Hall of Famers alongside interesting stats, facts, and anecdotes about each player. You can look at all the drawings she’s done so far on her blog, which is a lot of fun: Burton: Every Hall of Famer Here’s one of my favorites:

  19. Bud Selig issues a statement on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:58 PM EST

    Magnitude 8.9 Strong Earthquake Jolts Northern Japan

    There are a great number of Japanese baseball players, coaches, interpreters and media members associated with Major League Baseball. Today has been an extremely rough day for them as they’ve had to process the awful news of the earthquake and tsunami. So far we’ve not heard of anyone who has lost a loved one, but…

  20. Don’t cry for Chuck Greenberg: he’s walking away with a $25 million profit

    Mar 11, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 5

    This morning I said that, having been booted out of the Rangers ownership chair he fought so hard to claim, Chuck Greenberg will never get the last year and a half of his life back.  Bob Nightengale puts this in perspective, however: It may have been tough for Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg to step down,but will…

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