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  1. Cubs eat $6 million, release righty Carlos Silva

    Mar 27, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

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    It was bound to happen. The Cubs were pleasantly surprised by right-hander Carlos Silva last season when the veteran Venezuelan registered a 4.22 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 21 starts. But it was never meant to last. Silva, 31, allowed 32 hits and 27 runs in just 17.1 innings this spring and lost his spot…

  2. Athletics name Brandon McCarthy their fifth starter

    Mar 27, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

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    The A’s have set their season-opening starting rotation and former top prospect Brandon McCarthy is going to get a shot. From Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News comes word that the Athletics have made McCarty their No. 5 starter over the younger and arguably more talented Tyson Ross. McCarthy, 27, did not make…

  3. Nationals deal outfielder Nyjer Morgan to Brewers

    Mar 27, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Forget what you might’ve heard. According to beat writer Bill Ladson of, the Nationals have traded speedy outfielder Nyjer Morgan to the Brewers for young utilityman, and son of Lenny, Cutter Dykstra. Rick Ankiel secured the Nats’ starting center field role with a decent showing this spring and Milwaukee had a need for outfield…

  4. Nats will face decision on Ryan Zimmerman soon

    Mar 27, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

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    If you had to call one player “Mr. National,” it’d be Ryan Zimmerman. He’s only 26 years old, but the well-rounded third baseman can already claim 833 career hits and has played in all but 134 games of the franchise’s existence. Stephen Strasburg draws headlines and Bryce Harper is certainly an intriguing raw talent, but…

  5. Curtis Granderson says he’s “50-50″ for Opening Day

    Mar 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT


    Curtis Granderson, who suffered a strained right oblique during batting practice Tuesday, told Bryan Hoch of this afternoon that he believes he has a “50-50″ chance of being in the lineup for Opening Day against the Tigers next Thursday. Granderson resumed swinging a bat and throwing today while also running the bases. While he…

  6. Red Sox add Dennys Reyes to 40-man roster

    Mar 26, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT


    You know things are looking pretty good for your team when one of the biggest stories in camp is whether Dennys Reyes will make the Opening Day roster, but here we are. Terry Francona told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald earlier this afternoon that the Red Sox have purchased the contract of Reyes. This…

  7. Zack Greinke playing catch again after rib fracture

    Mar 26, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

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    Some good news on the Zack Greinke front. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this morning that Greinke played catch yesterday for the first time since being shut down with a fractured rib earlier this month. Specifically, Roenicke said that Greinke “felt great” and “the pain is gone.” It’s…

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

    Mar 26, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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    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.…

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

    Mar 26, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT


    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…

  10. Two-time All-Star Mike Hampton retires

    Mar 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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    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, Hampton told Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson on Thursday that he was leaning towards…

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

    Mar 26, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 26, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

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    This arrangement has been assumed for a few days now, but the Yankees just made it official. According to Bryan Hoch of, 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…

  14. 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…

  15. UPDATE: Bronson Arroyo diagnosed with mononucleosis

    Mar 25, 2011, 11:01 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Mark Sheldon of, 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:…

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

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT


    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, 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:…

  17. Braden Looper retires

    Mar 25, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  18. 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

  19. Homer Bailey placed on disabled list with shoulder impingement

    Mar 25, 2011, 6:34 PM EDT


    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…

  20. 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,…

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