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  1. Giancarlo Stanton back in USA’s lineup vs. Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Tuesday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Puerto Rico at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM PUERTO RICO 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Irving Falu, 2B…

  2. Cuba eliminates Chinese Taipei from World Baseball Classic with 14-0 victory

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

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    After being crushed by Cuba earlier this morning, Chinese Taipei has been eliminated from the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Cuba topped Chinese Taipei 14-0 in a game which ended in the seventh inning due to the mercy rule. The big blow was an eight-run sixth inning. Frederich Cepeda, Yasmany Tomas, Jose Abreu and Alfredo Despaigne…

  3. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  4. Video: Giancarlo Stanton was beaned during batting practice today

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    The Marlins have one legit superstar left. And this is what happened to him in BP today: The pitcher was Jose Fernandez. And unless Jeff Loria paid Fernandez to do this as revenge for Stanton’s critical comments following the big Jose Reyes trade, it was an accident. Stanton says he’s OK. He said he didn’t…

  5. Baseball America’s annual top 100 prospects list is out

    Feb 19, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Baseball America released its annual “Top 100 Prospects” list today and as always it’s a must-read, especially since it includes for every player scouting grades for each of the five tools. Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar tops the list, followed by Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy, Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, Rays outfielder Wil Myers, and Marlins right-hander…

  6. MLB.com unveils its Top 100 prospects

    Jan 29, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    The fine folks at MLB.com just finished counting down who they believe to be baseball’s Top 100 prospects over on the MLB Network. The full list of youngsters can be found here, along with expert analysis from prospect maven Jonathan Mayo. We’ll share with you their Top 25: 1 – Jurickson Profar, SS (TEX) 2…

  7. MLB switching from land line bullpen phones to cell phones

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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    MLB and T-Mobile just announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement which makes the former the Official Wireless Sponsor of the latter. That’s well and good because business is business, but it has a baseball implication too: wireless bullpen phones. The setup is going to look like this: It’ll be a joy to watch Charlie Manuel try…

  8. The Giants sign Scott Proctor to a minor league deal

    Jan 2, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Scott Proctor AP

    I think the only time we at HBT ever talk about Scott Proctor is when he signs a minor league deal someplace. So in that spirit, let us note that Scott Proctor has signed a minor league deal someplace. From the TC Palm: Veteran Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher Scott Proctor has agreed to terms…

  9. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  10. Must-click link: Ranking the sexiest general managers, 1-30

    Dec 19, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

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    OK, this is amazing. Following new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima calling general manager Billy Beane “extremely sexy and cool” during his introductory press conference yesterday David Brown of Yahoo Sports–we’re partners now, you know!–has analyzed all the general managers’ sexiness and ranked them: Ranking the sexiest GMs in baseball 1-30 Someone may want to hide…

  11. Hiroyuki Nakajima says he signed with the A’s because Billy Beane is “extremely sexy and cool”

    Dec 18, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

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    Things got a little steamy today at the press conference introducing new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima: We’ll save you from any Brad Pitt jokes because they’re all pretty much played out at this point. Nakajima got a two-year, $6.5 million contract with a $5.5 million option for 2015. The 30-year-old shortstop batted .311/.382/.451 with 13 home runs…

  12. A’s sign Hiroyuki Nakajima for two years, $6.5 million

    Dec 17, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

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    The A’s moved quickly on to their backup plan after losing out on Stephen Drew, signing import Hiroyuki Nakajima to take over at shortstop, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal and others. The San Francisco Chronice’s Susan Slusser reports that it’s a two-year, $6.5 million deal with a $5.5 million option for 2015. Nakajima, 30, hit…

  13. Dodgers putting $100 million into stadium renovations this winter

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers aren’t just putting insane amounts of money into their on-field product. They are also making some changes to Dodger Stadium. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson said during Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s press conference this afternoon that the team is putting $100 million into stadium renovations this winter.…

  14. Now that Zack Greinke is in the fold, the Dodgers could try to lock up Clayton Kershaw

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    It’s possible that Zack Greinke‘s six-year, $147 million deal won’t be the biggest contract the deep-pocketed Dodgers give out this offseason. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said during the press conference for left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu earlier today that it’s possible the club could explore extension talks…

  15. Dodgers sign Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu for $36 million

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    For all of the bluster, there was never really any doubt this would get done: the Dodgers signed Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu just before the Sunday afternoon deadline. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that it’s a six-year, $36 million contract that includes an opt out after five years if Ryu tops a certain number of innings.…

  16. Dodgers at around $233 million for 2013 but can add more

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says “word is” the Dodgers may try for “another big free-agent starter.” And it’s pretty easy to believe those whispers. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers have $210.1 million in salary commitments for 2013 and will pay another $22 million in luxury tax (for a total sum…

  17. Negotiations between the Dodgers and Ryu Hyun-Jin are expected to go down to the wire

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers bid $25.7 million last month for exclusive negotiating rights on South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin. Now they have a little more than 24 hours to get a deal done. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM was told by a Dodgers source that they expect negotiations will go right…

  18. Dodgers’ first offer to Ryu Hyun-Jin falls “a tad short”

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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    It appears that Ryu Hyun-Jin may remain in Korea. The Dodgers put forward a $25.7 million posting fee early last month for the right to negotiate exclusively with the 25-year-old left-hander, then made a long-term offer to his representatives this week from the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. But it “fell a tad short,” Dodgers…

  19. The National League is poised to have some excellent rotations

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez

    Even with Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez still up for grabs, the National League already seems set to sport some excellent rotations in 2013. How about this for the top four: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren, Ross Detwiler Giants: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito Phillies: Roy…

  20. Athletics considering free agent shortstops Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Athletics could be involved in trade talks with the Marlins for Yunel Escobar, but they are also keeping their eyes on the free agent market. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said this evening that Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima are the two free agent shortstop…

  21. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti casts doubt on working out deal with Ryu Hyun-Jin

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Scott Boras said that he has yet to receive an offer from the Dodgers. 6:37 PM: The Dodgers secured exclusive negotiating rights for South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin with a $25.7 million bid last month, but we haven’t heard much in the way of progress over the…

  22. Hiroyuki Nakajima is back in the U.S. and the Diamondbacks are after him

    Nov 20, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Yankees fans will remember Hiroyuki Nakajima. He’s the Japanese infielder who, last year, was posted by the Seibu Lions and whose negotiation rights were won by the Yankees.  The team and player couldn’t come to an agreement, however, so Nakajima returned to the NPB and Seibu. He had a good year too, hitting .311/.382/.451 with 13…

  23. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

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    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  24. Don’t blame the layoff; blame Justin Verlander for Game 1 loss

    Oct 24, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    Done in by poor fastball location, Justin Verlander got lit up by the Giants in Game 1 of the World Series, surrendering five runs and two Pablo Sandoval homers in four innings. Some facts from the outing: – It was just the third in three years in which he failed to go five innings. The…

  25. Jason Motte makes the two-inning save look easy against Giants

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Jason Motte,Yadier Molina

    Jason Motte had never had a two-inning save before the Cardinals asked him to get six outs in a two-run game after Wednesday’s long rain delay. Not only did he do the job, but he made it a breeze, retiring every Giant he faced as St. Louis won 3-1. In so doing, Motte became just…

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