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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Rangers' Feliz comes out of the bullpen blazing

    Mar 30, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    The Texas Rangers have decided to keep Neftali Feliz in their bullpen for now instead of putting him in the rotation or priming him in the minors for such a starting role. It seems Feliz is taking to his relief role just fine, as he hit 100 mph on the radar gun three times and…

  4. UPDATE: Mark Teixeira leaves Monday's game after being hit in elbow

    Mar 29, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Teixeria was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. After being looked at by doctors, it was determined that he did not need X-rays. He’ll be re-evaluated on Tuesday. Scary moment, but could have been a lot worse. 8:00 pm: Fingers are crossed in the Bronx…

  5. O's Koji Uehara expects to begin season on DL

    Mar 29, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    Koji Uehara, currently grounded by a left hamstring strain suffered on March 18, told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com (though his interpreter) that he expects to begin the season on the disabled list:  “If it happens, there’s nothing I can do about it,” Koji said through interpreter Jiwon Bang. “Obviously we don’t have many days before…

  6. Roy Oswalt gets injection, set for Opening Day

    Mar 29, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt is set for his eighth straight Opening Day start next week after getting an injection Monday in his lower back. Oswalt left his last start Friday because of tightness in his left hamstring. He complained earlier in the week of tightness higher in the area around his left gluteus. The training staff determined…

  7. Padres pick Jon Garland as Opening Day starter

    Mar 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bud Black announced that Jon Garland will the Padres’ Opening Day starter, with Chris Young and Kevin Correia following him in the rotation. “We just feel pretty good about these three guys,” Black told Corey Brock of MLB.com while refusing to name the Padres’ fourth and fifth starters. Clayton Richard and Matt Latos are expected…

  8. Cubs prospect Tyler Colvin wins Opening Day job

    Mar 29, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    In a surprise move, the Cubs have decided to keep 24-year-old outfield prospect Tyler Colvin on the Opening Day roster. Colvin is slated for a bench role, although manager Lou Piniella said that he hopes to find the former first-round pick 2-3 starts per week. Piniella cited Colvin’s outstanding spring training performance as the reason…

  9. Springtime Storylines: Should Athletics' fans be freaking out about the bullpen yet?

    Mar 29, 2010, 3:05 PM 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: The San Jose Athletics (forgive me; just tryin’ it out) The big question: Should Athletics’ fans be freaking out about…

  10. Pirates plan to bat the pitcher eighth this season

    Mar 29, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    Pirates manager John Russell revealed today that he plans to bat the pitcher eighth in the lineup for most games this season, with shortstop Ronny Cedeno or his backup Bobby Crosby hitting ninth. Some lineup simulations have shown that the pitcher batting eighth rather than ninth can indeed lead to more runs, as having a…

  11. Obama to throw out first pitch in Washington

    Mar 29, 2010, 1:41 PM EDT

    President Barack Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Nationals-Phillies game on Opening Day in Washington and commissioner Bud Selig will also be in attendance at Nationals Park. Obama probably won’t be wearing Nationals gear, however, because he previously threw out the first pitch to catcher Albert Pujols at last season’s All-Star…

  12. Twins to use closer-by-committee with Nathan out

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire announced yesterday that the Twins will begin the season using a “closer-by-committee” approach with Joe Nathan out for the year following Tommy John elbow surgery: We are a committee. Our closer role is a committee. We’re going to try just about anything. I’ve never had to do it. It’s going to be an…

  13. Rangers reportedly still interested in Mike Lowell

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    According to Jim Reeves of ESPNDallas.com the Rangers are “scouring other camps to try to find that right-handed hitting role player … to fill the role of backup first baseman/third baseman” and “keep coming back to” Mike Lowell. Reeves quotes a “club source” as saying that the Rangers “believe they can still basically get Lowell…

  14. Springtime Storylines: Was the Mariners' offseason all that it was cracked up to be?

    Mar 29, 2010, 11:15 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: The new-look Seattle Mariners The big question: Was the Mariners’ offseason all that it was cracked up to be? No,…

  15. Johnny Damon and Brian Cashman hug it out

    Mar 29, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post notes that Johnny Damon and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman “met for about 10 minutes behind the batting cage yesterday.” They reportedly cleared the air following unsuccessful offseason negotiations that saw Damon end up with the Tigers. In fact, according to Sherman “the two parted with a hug”…

  16. Sanchez earns Marlins' starting first base job

    Mar 29, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald passes along word that Gaby Sanchez has captured the Marlins’ starting first base job over top prospect Logan Morrison, who has been reassigned to minor league camp. Sanchez, 26, hit .409/.460/.659 this spring with 18 hits, five doubles, two home runs and five RBI in 44 at-bats while Morrison,…

  17. Jake Westbrook, NCAA bracket aficionado

    Mar 29, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Jake Westbrook may have missed the entire 2009 season due to Tommy John surgery, but that doesn’t mean he’s off the map in Cleveland.  The right-hander clinched a “Celebrity Bracket Challange” over the weekend hosted by the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, beating out local VIPs like the Browns’ Josh Cribbs, the Cavaliers’ Mo Williams and Kosta Koufos,…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Will the Texas Rangers' rotation hold up?

    Mar 29, 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: The Texas Rangers The big question: Will the rotation hold up? When Nolan Ryan rode into town in 2008 and…

  19. Desmond earns Nationals' starting shortstop gig

    Mar 29, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    UPDATE: Guzman took the decision in stride and told Ladson that he is “willing to do anything the Nats ask of him.”  He will not demand a trade. SATURDAY, 10:41pm: MLB.com’s Bill Ladson passes along some refreshing news out of Nationals camp.  According to team sources, 24-year-old prospect Ian Desmond has captured the club’s Opening…

  20. Is Kershaw ready to take the next step?

    Mar 29, 2010, 12:54 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla has been named the Opening Day starter for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that right-thinking baseball fans expect that it will be Clayton Kershaw who assumes the mantle of ace. The early evidence certainly is pointing in that direction. The 22-year-old left-hander dominated the Cincinnati…

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