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  1. Omar Infante returns to the Royals’ lineup following scary HBP

    Apr 11, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Ned Yost, Omar Infante

    The Royals get a valuable player back in the lineup after a scary incident earlier in the week.

  2. Omar Infante has no concussion or fractures

    Apr 8, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Omar Infante AP

    Good news for the Royals’ second baseman.

  3. Omar Infante hit in face by pitch, undergoing tests for concussion and broken jaw

    Apr 7, 2014, 11:47 PM EDT

    Omar Infante AP

    Royals second baseman Omar Infante left Monday’s game after he was hit in the face by a pitch.

  4. 2014 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

    Towers Gibson AP

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Can the Diamondbacks withstand the injury to Patrick Corbin and get over the .500…

  5. 2014 Preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 4, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    giancarlo stanton getty

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins lose fewer than 100 games? The Marlins lost exactly 100 games…

  6. Heath Bell on time with D-Backs: “I always felt like I was trying to swim upstream”

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    Heath Bell Getty

    Since leaving the spacious confines of Petco Park as the closer for the Padres, Heath Bell has had a tough time. Going into the 2012 season, Bell signed a three-year, $27 million contract. He struggled all year, eventually getting moved out of the ninth inning by then-manager Ozzie Guillen. Bell finished with a 5.09 ERA…

  7. Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey “wouldn’t be surprised” if Fernando Rodney returns

    Jan 4, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    The Rays addressed their need for a closer by acquiring Heath Bell in a three-team trade at the beginning of December. Fernando Rodney, who had been their closer for the past two seasons, became a free agent at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, but the right-hander has yet to sign with a new…

  8. Ranking the best off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    We’re almost into 2014, which means we’re only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training — the official start of baseball. Most of the big name free agents are off the board and thus most teams have already finished shopping or have done most of the heavy…

  9. Jarrod Saltalamacchia introduced as the Marlins new catcher

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia, his wife and his three daughters just came into the media room here at the Winter Meetings to be introduced as the Marlins’ new catcher. It was a touching ceremony: It put me in mind of the Winter Meetings two short years ago, when we last saw the Marlins introduce a big free…

  10. Rays sign newly acquired Ryan Hanigan to extension

    Dec 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan AP

    As part of their trade acquiring Ryan Hanigan from the Reds earlier today the Rays announced a three-year, $10.75 million contract extension with the catcher. The deal also includes an option for 2017, which means Hanigan is now under team control through age 36. He was arbitration eligible for the final time in 2014 and…

  11. Rays get Ryan Hanigan from Reds, Heath Bell from Diamondbacks in three-team deal

    Dec 3, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan Getty

    UPDATE: Not only are the Rays getting Hanigan from the Reds as their new starting catcher, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’re also getting reliever Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade. Bell has become sort of a punchline in recent years, but he was quietly fairly effective…

  12. Is there room for Wade Miley under that bus?

    Oct 9, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Towers

    Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers is a dinosaur, no doubt, but he’s also in charge of a major league baseball team, so we have little choice but to take him somewhat seriously, even when he goes on to a radio show (Arizona Sports 620′s Burns and Gambo show, to be specific) says stuff like this: “I…

  13. Mariano Rivera notches ninth 40-save season

    Sep 3, 2013, 10:46 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    It just got a little more difficult to manufacture a save record not held by Mariano Rivera. The 43-year-old picked up his 40th save Tuesday against the White Sox, reaching that plateau for the ninth time in his illustrious career. That ties Trevor Hoffman for the most of all-time. No one else has more than…

  14. Phillies walk off for the third consecutive game

    Aug 23, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Phillies, perhaps coincidentally, have started to play better since firing long-time manager Charlie Manuel and replacing him with Ryne Sandberg. With tonight’s walk-off victory, their third consecutive walk-off, they have won five of their last six games. On Wednesday and Thursday, the Phillies victimized Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, who we later found out was…

  15. The Diamondbacks beat the Mets in a wild one

    Jul 4, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks AP

    If you have been out of the loop for the past few hours on this Fourth of July, you missed a wild one at Citi Field. Fending off a pair of dramatic comebacks, the Diamondbacks defeated the Mets 5-4 in 15 innings. It took five hours and 46 minutes to get a winner. The game…

  16. Heath Bell is the Diamondbacks closer

    Jul 2, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Heath Bell, a Proven Closer, is once again closing: #Dbacks manager Kirk Gibson is moving J.J. Putz out of the closer’s role in favor of Heath Bell for right now. — Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) July 2, 2013   We now have conclusive evidence that Kirk Gibson is really a Dodgers’ sleeper agent. I mean really,…

  17. J.J. Putz back with Diamondbacks after missing seven weeks with elbow injury

    Jun 29, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    J.J. Putz Getty

    After missing seven weeks with a right elbow injury, J.J. Putz was activated from the disabled list this afternoon. Putz originally appeared bound for surgery due to a strained flexor pronator and nerve irritation, but he didn’t have any setbacks after resuming his throwing program and made it through four minor league rehab appearances without…

  18. Heath Bell is still the Diamondbacks’ closer for some reason

    Jun 24, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

    Heath Bell Getty

    Heath Bell gave up a homer in his fifth consecutive game on Saturday and his ERA is at 5.02, but he’s still the Dbacks’ closer reports Tyler Emerick of MLB.com:  “Pretty much the way it is, he’s going to be our closer,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “We want to get him turned around  … Is…

  19. Heath Bell allows homer in fifth consecutive appearance

    Jun 22, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Diamondbacks closer Heath Bell surrendered a two-run home run to Jay Bruce in the top of the ninth inning that turned a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 deficit. It marked the fifth consecutive game in which Bell has allowed a homerun: June 10 @ Dodgers: Juan Uribe walk-off solo home run June 12 @ Dodgers:…

  20. J.J. Putz cleared to begin rehab assignment

    Jun 19, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    J.J. Putz Getty

    Five weeks after being placed on the disabled list with a strained elbow Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Triple-A. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com the plan is for Putz to pitch Thursday and Saturday, take Sunday off, and then try to work back-to-back games…

  21. One man gang: Giancarlo Stanton goes deep twice

    Jun 18, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Miami Marlins v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As I mentioned in the recaps this morning, Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, notching two of the Marlins’ three hits in the process and all of their RBI. Just another day at the office for the Iron Giant. But watching his two homers is better than reading the box score. Check out the video here. The…

  22. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Jun 11, 2013, 5:46 AM EDT

    Ed Hickox, weather

    White Sox 10, Blue Jays 6: “The fog comes on little cat feet. It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.” Carl Sandburg said that about fog. “It was worse than when it rains. With the lights, it made it really really bright. It was weird.” Adam Dunn said that about fog. Which may…

  23. HBT Weekend Wrap

    May 20, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Great Gatsby

    I saw “The Great Gatsby” yesterday. Gatsby is my favorite novel of all time. The movie was not the book and if your basis for slamming it is that it’s not the book, well, your standards and expectations probably need to be checked. Deciding beforehand that I’d not make my judgment of it dependent upon…

  24. Heath Bell watched Thursday’s Reds-Marlins game from the stands

    May 18, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Heath Bell Getty

    It turns out that Diamondbacks reliever Heath Bell made his return to Marlins Park on Thursday night, not for last night’s series opener. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, Bell said that he took in Thursday’s Reds-Marlins game from the stands. The D-backs arrived in Miami in the wee hours Thursday morning and Bell took…

  25. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    May 13, 2013, 5:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago White Sox

    White Sox 3, Angels 0: Chris Sale was fantastic. And not just because of that suh-weet 1983 throwback jersey. A perfect game into the seventh and then the hit that inning to Mike Trout was all the Angels could muster. Indians 4, Tigers 3: Watched this one with the girlfriend’s parents. Tigers fans. Let’s just…

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