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  1. Beckett sick, won't start Sunday's spring game

    Mar 14, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    According to the Boston Herald, right-hander Josh Beckett was scratched from a scheduled start Sunday due to an undisclosed illness.  He was spotted in the clubhouse earlier this morning eating breakfast with teammates, but his name was switched with Ryne Miller on the Red Sox’s lineup card.  Beckett retired all nine batters he faced in…

  2. Ollie throws four hitless frames in spring victory

    Mar 14, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Mets left-hander Oliver Perez heaved four innings of hitless baseball during Sunday’s 9-1 Grapefruit League victory over the Tigers.  He desperately needed a strong outing after allowing seven hits and five runs in his spring debut, and manager Jerry Manuel acknowledged to the New York Post afterward that Perez is beginning to look a bit…

  3. Dodgers win, split exhibition series in Taiwan

    Mar 14, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    The Dodgers have been in Taiwan for close to a week, trying to spread the good word about baseball.  Manny Ramirez even made the trip and collected three hits Saturday as the group of MLB players defeated a Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) All-Star team 11-1 in exhibition play.  It was the final game of…

  4. Dice-K releases statement about neck issue

    Mar 13, 2010, 8:04 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka would not talk to reporters about his neck discomfort Saturday, but he did issue a short statement through a team spokesperson.  Here it is, via the Boston Globe: “I didn’t throw live BP today due to stiffness in my neck. As for my schedule going forward, I’m going to see how I feel…

  5. Red Sox prospect to undergo brain surgery

    Mar 13, 2010, 7:10 PM EDT

    Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein announced Saturday that outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland has a “cavernous malformation” in his brain and will require surgery to fix it.  From the description of a brain malformation on the Providence Journal’s website, it sounds like he should be able to make a full recovery.  Still, any time you…

  6. Brandon Webb resumes throwing, but likely headed for DL

    Mar 13, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb threw off flat ground on Saturday morning, his first throwing session since saying he felt “stagnant” last week. Manager A.J. Hinch told John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse that he was encouraged by the right-hander’s progress: “He showed more life in his arm today,” Hinch said. “Throwing a few breaking balls may not sound…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

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