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  1. Piniella says Lilly is "ahead of schedule"

    Mar 13, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Cubs manager Lou Piniella sounded upbeat after Ted Lilly threw on the backfields at HoHoKam Park early Saturday: “We want to keep him under the radar gun and not talk much about it,” Piniella said of Lilly’s progress. “He’s coming along really well. He’s had no setbacks whatsoever. He’s actually ahead of schedule. “We feel…

  2. Dice-K cuts batting practice short with stiff neck

    Mar 13, 2010, 2:22 PM EDT

    It’s probably safe to say we can take Daisuke Matsuzaka out of the mix to start the season in Boston’s rotation. Dice-K’s live batting practice session on Saturday was scratched due to a stiff neck. He threw just five pitches in the bullpen before shutting it down. Today was going to be an important step…

  3. Asdrubal Cabrera to miss five to seven days with strained groin

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera will miss up to a week because of a strained left groin muscle. Cabrera suffered the injury while diving back into third base on a pickoff throw during Friday’s game against the Angels. According to Hoynes, Cabrera is expected to be held out…

  4. UPDATE: Twins sign Denard Span to five-year contract

    Mar 13, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Update: Here’s the details: Span will make $750,000 in 2010, $1 million in 2011, $3 million in 2012, $4.75 million in 2013 and $6.5 million in 2014. The contract includes a $9 million option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout. 12:08 pm: Here it is. Christensen tweets that Span will earn $16.5 million over the…

  5. Kinsler sidelined for at least a week with high ankle sprain

    Mar 13, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that second baseman Ian Kinsler will miss at least a week because of a high right ankle sprain. Kinsler was a late scratch from Friday’s lineup against the Padres after turning his ankle during pregame warm-ups. Durrett reports that assistant general manager Thad Levine was surprised by the diagnosis…

  6. J.C. Romero being sued for alleged altercation with fan

    Mar 13, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    We originally mentioned this last June, but now J.C. Romero is being sued by the fan who accused him of assault. Robert Eaton, 26, has filed a lawsuit claiming that Romero caused him “serious and permanent injury” by allegedly hitting him in the neck when he was asking for an autograph. Eaton recalls getting the…

  7. Kuo scratched from Taiwan series with sore elbow

    Mar 13, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Hong-Chih Kuo was scheduled to start for the Dodgers in his native Taiwan on Saturday night, however he has been scratched because of a sore left elbow. Kuo’s injury was disclosed following a rainout of Friday’s game and though his elbow was barking earlier this week, manager Joe Torre told reporters he “had just found…

  8. Lance Berkman needs knee surgery, making him doubtful for Opening Day

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    Update: According to Alyson Footer, Astros Sr. Director of Social Media, Berkman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning. Dr. David Crumbie removed loose cartilage debris from the knee and did not see any sign of ligament or meniscus damage. He’s still expected to miss 2-4 weeks, leaving Opening Day in doubt. Friday…

  9. Could D'Backs go with Benson if Webb starts season on DL?

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    Yeah, that guy. Kris Benson threw for Diamondbacks officials on Friday as the club explores ways to increase depth in their starting rotation. Multiple sources have told Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of that Brandon Webb will almost certainly start the season on the disabled list as he rehabs his surgically-repaired right shoulder.…

  10. Quote of the day: Johan on Bobby Bonilla

    Mar 13, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News tells us that former outfielder Bobby Bonilla, who now works for the Players Association, was in the Mets clubhouse on Saturday morning distributing checks. Here’s how Bonilla was greeted by ace left-hander Johan Santana: “Today you’re the most loved man in the world.” I can imagine Bobby…

  11. White Sox prospect could miss season with ankle injury

    Mar 13, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bad news for one of the White Sox brightest prospects, as outfielder Jared Mitchell could miss the rest of the season with surgery for a torn ligament in his left ankle. Mitchell injured the ankle during the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Angels after crashing into the left field while making a spectacular…

  12. Jair Jurrjens makes spring debut (kinda)

    Mar 12, 2010, 9:06 PM EDT

    Just because it doesn’t count doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Jair Jurrjens, who already had his spring debut pushed back because of a rainout on Thursday, tossed two innings of scoreless ball against the Pirates on Friday before the game was called due to rain. Jurrjens threw 29 pitches over the two innings, 18 of…

  13. Eiland won't name favorite to be Yanks' fifth starter

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Besides the fact that the Yankees haven’t actually played a game in two days, pitching coach Dave Eiland tells us that it’s still way too early to name a front-runner to be the club’s fifth starter: “I don’t think anyone has pulled ahead,” pitching coach Dave Eiland said. “Ace has thrown the ball extremely well,…

  14. Reds' Chapman touches 100 mph against Dodgers

    Mar 12, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman’s second spring outing was just as impressive as his first, even if he couldn’t find his slider in a two-inning stint versus the Dodgers. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay, Chapman hit 100 mph on the gun while allowing two singles, walking none and striking out two in a pair of scoreless…

  15. Rockies to hold Dante Bichette day next month

    Mar 12, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    The Rockies announced Friday that they’ll hold Dante Bichette day to honor the former slugger. We’ll let the Denver Post’s Troy Renck take it from here: The Rockies are honoring Dante Bichette on April 26, marking the 15-year-anniversary of his christening of Coors Field with a walk-off home run. Bichette, a four-time all-star, hit .299…

  16. Ozzie Guillen isn't much of a Sean Penn fan

    Mar 12, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    In case you had any doubts about just how much entertainment value the White Sox have cost the world by blocking Ozzie Guillen from creating his own website, here are his latest couple posts on Twitter today: Oh my god seam penn defended ours president hugo chavez thas easy when you no leave in venezuela…

  17. Francisco Cervelli has a new helmet

    Mar 12, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    You may now update all of your old “David Wright looks funny in that big batting helmet” jokes to Francsico Cervelli, who will be donning one in New York this season after suffering his second concussion earlier this week: Cervelli said he plans to wear the helmet at the plate all season, though he won’t…

  18. Indians lose Grilli for season, Brown for 8 weeks

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Last week two Indians players went down with injuries during the same workout and now we know the damage. Outfield prospect Jordan Brown will miss 4-8 weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Brown was competing for a bench job following a breakout 2009 season in the minors, but instead…

  19. Tim Lincecum ain't doin' so good

    Mar 12, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    You know the old line: spring training stats are meaningless. Giants fans had better hope so: Since signing a two-year, $23 million contract, Lincecum has been raked for seven runs (four earned) on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Both times Giants manager Bruce Bochy had to remove Lincecum from the game in mid-inning. Ignore…

  20. Shields gets Opening Day nod for Rays again

    Mar 12, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    James Shields has started Game 1 for the Rays for the past two seasons and manager Joe Maddon just announced that he’ll get the Opening Day nod again this year: We feel very good about him being the opening day starter. We feel as though he’s earned the right to maintain that position. He was…

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