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  1. A.J. Ellis, who injured his ankle celebrating Josh Beckett’s no-hitter, is expected back Friday

    Jun 12, 2014, 12:23 PM EDT

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    Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis suffered a sprained right ankle on May 25 while celebrating Josh Beckett’s first career no-hitter. It was originally described as a severe sprain, but Ellis is already set to return.

  2. A.J. Ellis hurt his ankle celebrating Josh Beckett’s no-hitter

    May 26, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis returned from a knee injury 10 days ago, but now he’s headed back to the disabled list after injuring his ankle while celebrating Josh Beckett’s no-hitter last night.

  3. Video: Paul Goldschmidt’s second homer had everything

    May 18, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

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    A catcher pitching. A dancing United States Senator. A dude holding an angry baby in his arm while he catches it. You know, the usual.

  4. Settling the Scores: Saturday’s results

    May 18, 2014, 6:30 AM EDT

    Paul Goldschmidt

    Paul Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks took Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers to the woodshed.

  5. Drew Butera pitched a 1-2-3 inning last night, topping out at 95 m.p.h.

    May 15, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

    Drew Butera

    Drew Butera can’t really hit. Many of the guys in the Dodgers’ pen can’t really pitch. This seems like a classic “you got you chocolate in my peanut butter” moment.

  6. A.J. Ellis to begin minor league rehab assignment

    May 10, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis is nearing his return from knee surgery.

  7. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    May 2, 2014, 6:29 AM EDT

    Roenis Elias

    Let’s play two! Three times! And let’s have a sweep in all three of them!

  8. Dodgers try to fix catching problem with Miguel Olivo

    Apr 30, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Los Angeles’ catching duo of Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera has been incredibly bad this season while subbing for the injured A.J. Ellis, hitting a combined .143 with a .393 OPS.

  9. A.J. Ellis “ahead of schedule” in recovery from knee surgery

    Apr 28, 2014, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Expected to miss 4-6 weeks following April 8 knee surgery, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis has resumed doing baseball activities and, according to Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times, “appears ahead of schedule.”

  10. A.J. Ellis to undergo knee surgery tomorrow

    Apr 7, 2014, 10:17 PM EDT

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    Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow.

  11. Twins acquire Eduardo Nunez from Yankees

    Apr 7, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Last week the Yankees designated Eduardo Nunez for assignment and now they’ve traded the utility infielder to the Twins in exchange for Single-A pitching prospect Miguel Sulbaran.

  12. Dodgers will carry Alexander Guerrero on their Opening Day roster

    Mar 21, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day

    We’re mere hours away from the official start of the regular season, when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks will square off in Australia. The Dodgers have made some last-minute roster decisions which includes 27-year-old Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero making the Opening Day roster. The Dodgers have placed Matt Kemp, Josh Beckett, and Chad Billingsley on the…

  13. Italy does it again, drubs Canada 14-4 in eight innings

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    Mario Chiarini, Mike Costanzo

    Pool D underdog Italy claimed its second win in two days Friday, spanking Canada 14-4 and closing in on a spot in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic. Mario Chiarini delivered a hit to the gap in the bottom of the eighth to invoke the mercy rule in the contest. It was Italy’s second…

  14. Italy rallies in ninth, defeats Mexico 6-5

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Drew Butera

    Thanks to some shoddy outfield defense from Edgar Gonzalez, Italy pulled off a shocker Thursday, defeating Mexico 6-5 to start Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez, normally an infielder, misplayed two balls in left in the top of the ninth, opening the door for Italy’s two-run inning against Sergio Romo. Anthony Rizzo…

  15. Italy invades Phoenix, Mike Piazza handicaps the papal election

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

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    Today’s matchup pits Team Italy against the A’s. The Italian team got here about an hour or so ago and is working out and taking BP now. They look like every other baseball team you’ll see. Except on this one, Nick Punto is probably the second best player. That doesn’t happen very often. Oh, and…

  16. Off to see the A’s vs. Italy

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:05 AM EDT

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    I’m going to Phoenix Municipal Stadium today to see the Oakland A’s play a game against team Italy from the WBC. It’s a warmup game for everyone, obviously. I just don’t know for which team it is a greater formality. The big names on team Italy: Anthony Rizzo. Chris Denorfia. Nick Punto, who I’ve already…

  17. Ron Gardenhire wants the Twins to sign Jim Thome

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Jim Thome is looking for work and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported last week that the Twins had talked to the 42-year-old designated hitter earlier in the offseason. Toss in the fact that manager Ron Gardenhire recently made it clear that he wants a veteran bat off the Twins’ bench…

  18. Francisco Cervelli will not play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Francisco Cervelli was listed on Italy’s provisional roster when it was announced last month, but it turns out that he will not participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Cervelli confirmed this morning that he has withdrawn from the tournament. As it stands right now, the 26-year-old projects to…

  19. Drew Butera avoids arbitration with Twins for $700,000

    Jan 17, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins

    Minnesota has avoided arbitration with backup catcher Drew Butera by signing him to a one-year, $700,000 deal. Butera is perhaps the worst hitter in baseball, batting .183 with a .497 OPS in 184 career games, but the Twins are in love with his defense and have kept him on the roster for three seasons as…

  20. Twins sign catcher Eric Fryer to minor league deal

    Nov 11, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that the Twins have signed catcher Eric Fryer to a minor league contract. It’s possible that the deal will carry an invitation to spring training, but the 27-year-old backstop won’t stand much of a chance of cracking the Opening Day roster with Joe Mauer and Drew Butera already locked…

  21. Catcher Rene Rivera says the Twins broke a promise

    Sep 14, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Rene Rivera

    With Joe Mauer and Drew Butera banged up, it was revealed Friday that the Twins were calling up Double-A catcher Chris Herrmann to help out behind the plate. That decision, however, isn’t sitting well with veteran Rene Rivera, who was Triple-A Rochester’s primary catcher this year: It seems Rivera thought he was promised the callup…

  22. 2012 projections: top 10 catchers

    Feb 5, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    Buster Posey

    I’ll save the fantasy projections for the Rotoworld Draft Guide, but here are my top catchers for 2012 going by OPS: .878 – Buster Posey – Giants – 486 AB – .756 in 2011 .868 – Mike Napoli – Rangers – 413 AB – 1.046 in 2011 .867 – Carlos Santana – Indians – 524 AB –…

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