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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. The fraud who promised to lead the Dodgers to a World Series title

    Mar 15, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Macciello

    No, that headline is not about Frank McCourt.  “Fraud” is too strong a word for him.  He’s merely greedy and feckless. No, the real fraud is a man named Josh Macciello. He appeared out of nowhere over the winter and claimed he was (a) a billionaire; and (b) was going to buy the Dodgers at…

  12. Scenes from Spring Training: Randomness at Brewers camp

    Mar 9, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Yount Gamel

    I mentioned earlier that I’m in an impossibly good mood today. The park has a lot to do with it. Great weather of course. Just woke up on the right side of the bed somehow. And when I’m in a good mood I like to walk around and take pictures of stuff. Yes, I realize…

  13. Jose Valverde is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Via our friend Nick Collias comes the translation of an interview Tigers closer Jose Valverde gave to Mañana Deportiva on Dominican radio the other day. Valverde has lost weight.  And he has a nice description of Prince Fielder: “I lost 40 pounds, because I was very obese.” “I had to undergo that process because I was…

  14. Tigers hit nine homers in win over Braves

    Mar 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    On Saturday, the Tigers pitched a one-hitter in a 2-0 victory over the Braves. Today, they went about things a bit differently, crushing nine homers in a 18-3 rout. The rundown: Alex Avila – two-run off Randall Delgado in the first Ryan Raburn – solo off Julio Teheran in the second Brennan Boesch – solo…

  15. Who’s gonna DH in Detroit?

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Delmon Young

    Lynn Henning has a story up today about how hard it’s going to be for Jim Leyland to find someone to pencil into the DH slot every day this year without ruffling feathers. One of the options that seems to not be on the table at the moment is just making Delmon Young the DH:…

  16. Ryan Madson sticking with agent Scott Boras despite disappointing contract

    Feb 24, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Scott Boras was able to land Prince Fielder a massive contract, but two of his other clients, Ryan Madson and Edwin Jackson, ended up settling for one-year deals well below what they were expecting when the offseason began. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com writes that “there’s a lot of buzz in baseball circles that Madson might…

  17. Running down the rosters: Baltimore Orioles

    Feb 23, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Matt Wieters, Adam Jones

    After sitting out the chase for Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, the Orioles are staring down a fifth straight last-place finish and a seventh consecutive 90-loss season. Such is life in the AL East. Rotation Jason Hammel – R Zach Britton – L Jake Arrieta – R Wei-Yin Chen – L Tommy Hunter – R…

  18. Ryan Braun’s return puts Brewers on good footing in NL Central

    Feb 23, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers Ryan Braun slaps hands with teammate Rickie Weeks after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of Game 1 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoff game in Milwaukee

    In doing the Brewers’ edition of running down the rosters earlier this month, I presented two lineups: one with Ryan Braun and one without him for the 50 games he appeared likely to miss pending the appeal of his PED suspension. Needless to say, the one with the exonerated 2011 NL MVP looked a whole…

  19. Adam LaRoche’s surgically repaired shoulder is not at full strength

    Feb 23, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    laroche swing

    After missing out on Prince Fielder the Nationals are fully committed to Adam LaRoche at first base despite his missing most of last season following shoulder surgery. LaRoche played catch from 150 feet today, which is the furthest he’s thrown since going under the knife in May, and but afterward told Adam Kilgore of the…

  20. Quote of the Day: Ron Gardenhire on the Prince Fielder signing

    Feb 22, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    ron-gardenhire-twins

    We began the day with some gratuitous profanity, so let’s end the day with some gratuitous profanity.  This is from Phil Mackey’s Twins’ notebook at 1500ESPN.com: “(Expletive).” – Gardenhire, when asked by a reporter what his thoughts where when the Tigers signed Prince Fielder. Concise. To the point. I like it.

  21. Quote of the Day: “Si, Motherf****r”

    Feb 22, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Buster Olney watched Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder take batting practice.  They sound like they’re having a lot of fun: When Cabrera took his turns in the box, he carved long liners to right field, over and over, shouting to the others to guess whether they would clear the fence. “SI OR NO?” Cabrera yelled.…

  22. Mat Gamel is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 21, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    mat gamel brewers

    Tom Haudricourt is in Brewers camp, and he spoke with the man who is tasked with replacing Prince Fielder: Mat Gamel. What say you, Mat? Feel up to the task? Gamel is focused on the opportunity at hand to replace Prince Fielder. “I’m in the best shape of my life. I’m excited about my opportunity.”…

  23. I think Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera are going to kiss

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder

    Love at first sight, courtesy of Jeff Seidel of the Detroit Free Press: Maybe it was the way Prince Fielder showed up four days early for spring training. Or maybe it was the massive home run he hit during batting practice … Or maybe it was the way Fielder hung out in the clubhouse Monday morning and…

  24. Running down the rosters: Cleveland Indians

    Feb 18, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana, Chris Perez

    Even after giving up their top two pitching prospects for Ubaldo Jimenez, the Indians couldn’t maintain their hot start last year and lost their last four games to finish under .500 at 80-82. The offseason saw them shopping from the scrap heap, which isn’t unusual, but even as they were forced to pick from largely…

  25. Running down the rosters: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:04 AM EDT

    Gerardo Parra, Chris Young, Justin Upton

    Give the Diamondbacks credit; even though all of the team’s key players were already under control for 2012, they didn’t stand pat after winning the NL West crown last season. In writing the team’s postmortem last October, I stated that adding a No. 3 starter had to be the priority. That’s what the team did…

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