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  1. And now, the top 20 jerseys sold

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Freese watches his game winning home run with Texas Rangers relief pitcher Lowe during the 11th inning in Game 6 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    MLB and the MLBPA just released the list of the top 20 jerseys sold in the past year. The list contains the usual gang you’d expect. Except I was somewhat surprised at David Freese at number 20, but I guess that World Series homer was quite the moment for Cards fans. Anyway: 1.    Derek Jeter, New…

  2. Tigers’ odd defensive alignment includes Ryan Raburn at designated hitter

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    ryan-raburn-tigers

    As expected the Tigers’ defensive alignment for Opening Day is a weird one. Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, and Delmon Young are all in the lineup and yet the designated hitter is … Ryan Raburn, who’d be a better third baseman than Cabrera, a better first baseman than Fielder, and a better left fielder than Young.…

  3. The top storylines of the 2012 season

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Rays' Evan Longoria runs to home plate as his teammates crowd around after his 12th inning home run to defeat the Yankees during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg, Florida

    We have used the word “storylines” around here a whole lot lately. Sorry about that. Until the games start later, it’s all about the narrative.  We can get back to our more natural state — reacting to cool stuff that happens rather than speculating about what will — not long after the Cardinals and Marlins…

  4. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Joe Girardi

    The only thing sillier than predictions about who wins each division several months before the season ends is judging which team is the best before any games are played.  But hey, that’s never stopped me before, so let’s have a Power Ranking, shall we? And yeah, there is that big of a gap between the…

  5. Albert Pujols wants to prove people wrong? About what?

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    It takes a special kind of person to play the “no one believes in me” card after getting a ten-year, $240 million contract, but Albert Pujols is apparently that special.  From Bob Nightengale at USA Today: “I always have that chip on my shoulder, no matter what kind of success I’ve had,” Pujols says forcefully.…

  6. The HardballTalk Season Preview

    Apr 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Wilson Opening Day

    Opening Day is upon us.  Well, one of them anyway. We had one in Japan last week. And then the Cardinals-Marlins game and then more staggered Opening Days across Thursday and Friday. It’s all a conspiracy, you know. The red, white and blue decorative bunting industry and its high-powered lobbyists are what made that happen. More…

  7. Tigers place Brandon Inge on disabled list with groin injury

    Apr 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Brandon Inge horses around during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Brandon Inge came into spring training in The Best Shape Of His Life, but now he’s leaving camp on the disabled list with a strained groin. Because the DL stint is backdated he’ll be eligible to return on April 14 and Inge told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he expects to be ready by then,…

  8. Springtime Storylines: Is there life after Prince Fielder in baseball’s smallest market?

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    ryan braun reuters

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: A Battered Brew Crew. The Big Question: Can the Brewers still be successful without their Prince? Milwaukee put it all…

  9. Report: Reds, Joey Votto agree to 10-year, $225 million deal

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Update: It’s a 10-year, $225 million extension, according to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale. It doesn’t replace Votto’s current contract, so it will run from 2014-2023. If the story is true, it’s the fourth biggest contract of all-time, surpassing Prince Fielder‘s deal with the Tigers. Alex Rodriguez holds the top two places on the list, with…

  10. Springtime Storylines: Can anyone in the AL Central beat the Detroit Tigers?

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Can anyone in the AL Central beat the Detroit Tigers? After winning their division by…

  11. Drew Smyly wins final spot in Tigers’ starting rotation

    Apr 1, 2012, 9:23 AM EDT

    smyly ap

    From the Detroit Free Press‘ official Twitter feed comes word that the Tigers have named 22-year-old left-hander Drew Smyly as their No. 5 starter. Smyly posted a 2.84 ERA and tallied 10 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League, winning the job over fellow Tigers southpaw Duane Below, who surrendered nine …

  12. Gerald Laird leaves game with knee injury, may get MRI

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    gerald-laird-tigers

    Gerald Laird had to be helped off the field after injuring his left knee in a collision with Don Kelly during today’s game. For now he’s been diagnosed with a sprain, but Tigers reporters watching in person described it as an ugly looking injury and Laird is expected to undergo an MRI exam. Alex Avila…

  13. Springtime Storylines: How long until new ownership puts the magic back in the Los Angeles Dodgers?

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    "The Mountaintop" Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals & Curtain Call

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: The Los Angeles Dodgers. The Big Question: How long until new ownership brings back the magic? Sorry. That was kind…

  14. Miguel Montero wants a Victor Martinez-type contract

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    montero getty

    D’Backs catcher Miguel Montero cut off extension talks with the Arizona front office earlier this spring. And it sounds like they might never resume. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Montero “is said to be looking for a deal similar to Victor Martinez‘s $52-million, four-year contract (with the Tigers), and the chances for him to…

  15. Miguel Cabrera to rejoin Tigers’ lineup tomorrow

    Mar 29, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Cabrera walks off the field with a trainer after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    Miguel Cabrera‘s return from a fractured orbital bone was delayed slightly, but manager Jim Leyland announced that he’ll be back in the Tigers’ lineup tomorrow and is expected to play the remainder of their spring training games. And yes, he’s still going to play third base despite taking a hard one-hopper off the face 10…

  16. Miguel Cabrera is cleared to return

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:31 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Good news in Detroit: Miguel Cabrera was examined today and has been cleared to return to action after fracturing his orbital bone and getting a bunch of stitches. He should resume conditioning today and will be back to baseball action tomorrow.

  17. Looks like Magglio Ordonez is retiring

    Mar 26, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    ordonez getty face

    I don’t think this counts as an official announcement yet, but here’s Magglio Ordonez on Twitter this afternoon: Cerca del retiro! — Magglio Ordonez (@Mordonez30) March 26, 2012   Literally, that’s “close to retirement,” but do you really tweet that if you’re not gonna do it? Earlier this spring we learned that Ordonez wouldn’t accept…

  18. Miguel Cabrera: “I’ll be ready. Don’t worry”

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    cabrera reuters

    Miguel Cabrera is going to have his injured eye examined tomorrow, but if you hear him tell it, it’s just a formality: “I’ll be ready. Don’t worry. I don’t feel any pain, nothing. The next day, I was feeling good. I was a little sore and swelling, but I was like normal. I was [feeling]…

  19. The Tigers send Jacob Turner to Toledo

    Mar 26, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    jacob turner getty

    Jacob Turner, the Tigers top pitching prospect entered spring training with a chance to become the fifth starter.  A bout with shoulder tendinitis derailed that, however.  Over the weekend Jim Leyland said that he still had a “slight chance” to win the fifth starter’s job, but that’s all over now, as the Tigers have optioned…

  20. Miguel Cabrera to have fracture examined Tuesday, could be ready for Opening Day

    Mar 25, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

    cabrera reuters

    Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera assured reporters last week that he was not going to miss the Tigers’ regular-season opener despite being diagnosed with a small fracture under his right eye. And it appears as though his optimism was warranted. From John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press comes word that Cabrera is scheduled for a…

  21. Springtime Storylines: Are the Nationals ready to contend?

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Davey Johnson, Stephen Strasburg

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the upstart Washington Nationals. The Big Question: Are the Nationals ready to contend? After three straight last-place finishes, the Nationals…

  22. Photographers beware: Mark Trumbo is playing third base

    Mar 20, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Trumbo_Mark

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a one-hopper to the face early in Angels camp and today this happened: Mark Trumbo just sailed throw to Albert Pujols, nailing a photographer by the Angels dugout in the back of the neck. 3rd E for Trumbo at 3B — Mark Saxon (@markasaxon)…

  23. Re-run: why I rip guys like T.J. Simers rather than ignore them

    Mar 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    megaphone

    I’m watching the Braves-Tigers game. Jair Jurrjens looks awful. Then he threw a first pitch fastball down the middle to Delmon Young, who hit an RBI single.  Anyone who pays attention knows that Delmon Young swings at the first pitch. All the damn time. Jurrjens should probably have his pitching license taken away. Bah. OK, the…

  24. Miguel Cabrera expected to miss “a couple weeks” with fracture under right eye

    Mar 20, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers third baseman Cabrera walks off the field with a trainer after a ground ball hit by Philadelphia Phillies' Hunter Pence bounced into his face during a spring training baseball game in Clearwater

    There’s no official word yet from the Tigers regarding Miguel Cabrera‘s health status, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he’s been diagnosed with “a small fracture under his right eye” and is expected to miss “only a couple weeks.” Cabrera also needed eight stitches after being hit near the eye by a Hunter Pence…

  25. Miguel Cabrera takes one-hopper to face, leaves “bleeding as much as I’ve seen a player bleed”

    Mar 19, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera throws the ball during their MLB spring training workout in Lakeland, Florida

    Mark Trumbo‘s attempted transition to third base began with him taking a ground ball off the face early in Angels camp and now Miguel Cabrera has suffered the same fate today against the Phillies. Hunter Pence‘s one-hopper struck Cabrera in the face and the first baseman-turned-third baseman left the field a bloody mess, although he…

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