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  1. O's name Felix Pie as starting left fielder

    Mar 30, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    It’s been a tough day at the office for Orioles manager Dave Trembley. He already made one tough decision, picking David Hernandez over Chris Tillman for the final spot in his rotation, but he made another notable one later in the afternoon, naming Felix Pie as his Opening Day left fielder over Nolan Reimold. Reimold…

  2. Mariners waive Garko in favor of Mike Sweeney

    Mar 30, 2010, 8:26 PM EDT

    The Seattle Mariners might not win the AL West this season, but they will have the best damn chemistry in the history of baseball, even with Milton Bradley patrolling the clubhouse looking for signs of disrespect. As Jon Paul Morosi of Fox reports, the Mariners have waived first baseman Ryan Garko, opting instead to keep…

  3. Projected 25-man rosters for all 30 teams

    Mar 30, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    I’ve gone through and projected Opening Day lineups, benches, rotations and bullpens for each team over at Rotoworld. I’m including the Diamondbacks writeup after the jump, but if you want to go right to the articles themselves, just click the links below. American League projected rosters National League projected rosters

  4. Lance Berkman suffers setback from knee surgery

    Mar 30, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    Lance Berkman, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out loose cartilage in his left knee on March 13, was already iffy for the start of the season. Now he’s almost surely headed for the disabled list. According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Berkman’s knee “swelled up a good bit” after he took some ground balls…

  5. Orioles sign enigmatic speedster Joey Gathright

    Mar 30, 2010, 5:01 PM EDT

    Released by the Blue Jays over the weekend, Joey Gathright quickly found another gig by signing a minor-league contract with the Orioles. Gathright is a fascinating to me because he’s without question one of the fastest and most athletic players in all of baseball, yet for all his blazing speed and car-jumping ability he can’t…

  6. Cubs cut Kevin Millar, Chad Tracy wins bench job

    Mar 30, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Chad Tracy just beat out Kevin Millar for the final bench spot in Chicago, with the Cubs releasing the 38-year-old Millar this afternoon. In choosing Tracy over Millar the Cubs went with a left-handed bat over a right-handed bat, but also went with someone nearly a decade younger and with more defensive versatility. Injuries and…

  7. Twins name Francisco Liriano fifth starter

    Mar 30, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    As expected the Twins announced this afternoon that Francisco Liriano will be their fifth starter, with his first outing coming April 9 against the White Sox. Liriano’s name was tossed into the closer mix with Joe Nathan out for the season, but he never seemed interested in a switch to the bullpen and Ron Gardenhire…

  8. With Jose Molina gone, can Jorge Posada and A.J. Burnett work together?

    Mar 30, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Now that Francisco Cervelli has replaced Jose Molina as the Yankees’ backup catcher A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada are working together after making headlines last season for their lack of comparability as a battery. They were paired up Saturday and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News notes that “Burnett credited Posada for helping…

  9. Brewers give Yovani Gallardo his first Opening Day assignment

    Mar 30, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Brewers manager Ken Macha announced that 24-year-old Yovani Gallardo will make his first career Opening Day start after winning 13 games with a 3.73 ERA and 204 strikeouts in 185.2 innings last season. Gallardo will be followed in Milwaukee’s rotation by veteran left-handers Randy Wolf and Doug Davis, who were both brought in as free…

  10. Marlins acquire LHP Nate Robertson from Tigers

    Mar 30, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    The Tigers apparently settled their rotation Tuesday by trading left-hander Nate Robertson and cash to the Marlins for left-hander Jay Voss. Robertson was marked for departure even though he looked like a better bet for the season than either Dontrelle Willis or Jeremy Bonderman. While he hasn’t been an above average starter since 2006, he…

  11. Dodgers sell Eric Stults to Japanese team

    Mar 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Eric Stults failed in his bid to be the Dodgers’ fifth starter and now Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the 30-year-old southpaw has been sold to the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League. While the destination is surprising the move isn’t, as the Dodgers were first rumored to be shopping Stults…

  12. Orioles pick David Hernandez over Chris Tillman for final rotation spot

    Mar 30, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that the Orioles have settled on David Hernandez as their fifth starter, sending 22-year-old Chris Tillman to the minors this afternoon. One of the best pitching prospects in baseball, Tillman made his big-league debut in July of last season and went 2-5 with a 5.40 ERA in a dozen starts…

  13. Red Sox reportedly nearing four-year contract extension with Josh Beckett

    Mar 30, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that long-term contract talks between Josh Beckett and the Red Sox “have progressed to the point that there is optimism a deal will be completed in the next week or two.” According to Olney the Red Sox have offered Beckett a four-year deal worth “in the range of $65 million to…

  14. Jason Heyward hoping to rejoin lineup tomorrow

    Mar 30, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jason Heyward sat out games Sunday and Monday because of shin splints, but was able to take batting practice this morning and manager Bobby Cox indicated that he could return to the lineup as soon as tomorrow. Prior to the shin splints Heyward had the Grapefruit League buzzing by going 17-for-49 (.347) with several cars…

  15. Marlins ace Josh Johnson could miss Opening Day start with flu

    Mar 30, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Josh Johnson could miss his Opening Day start because of “a stomach virus that has worked its way through the Marlins clubhouse the past couple of weeks.” Johnson was scratched from his scheduled start Friday, with manager Fredi Gonzalez explaining: “We had to kick him out of…

  16. Quote of the day: Mike Pelfrey, punching bag

    Mar 30, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    It’s only 10am, but hang with me here. Jeff Francoeur just appeared on the “Boomer & Carton Show” on WFAN in New York and he unveiled an interesting strategy to get Mike Pelfrey to step up his intensity this season: “I think what I’m going to do before each start is just go up and…

  17. UPDATE: Junichi Tazawa visits with Dr. James Andrews

    Mar 30, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Tazawa tells Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that there appears to be ligament damage in his elbow. He’s not sure about surgery, according to Lauber, but it “will be part of the discussion.” Doesn’t sound too promising. Monday, 7:14 pm: Uh-oh. The Red Sox announced on Monday that Junichi Tazawa was in Birmingham,…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Did I pick the Braves to win the NL East because I'm a fanboy?

    Mar 30, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    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 2010 season.  Next up: a switch over to the senior circuit, which kicks off with the Atlanta Braves — yes, the Atlanta Braves —…

  19. Reyes takes cuts against minor leaguers

    Mar 30, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes saw 39 pitches in a minor league simulated game Monday and reported no issues with his once-overactive thyroid. The live hitting session marks a significant step in his ongoing effort to get geared up for the start of the regular season.  Time…

  20. Yankees to unveil 'switch-pitcher' on Tuesday

    Mar 30, 2010, 2:57 AM EDT

    The New York Yankees are going to pitch Pat Venditte in Tuesday’s split-squad game against the Atlanta Braves at the specific request of manager Joe Girardi. Venditte is a 24-year-old reliever who was 4-2 with 22 saves last season in 49 appearances split between Class A Charleston and Tampa. So why all the fuss over…

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