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  1. Felix Hernandez gives John Jaso a Rolex

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:28 AM EST

    John Jaso

    Wanting to reward the guy who caught his perfect game against the Rays last year, Mariners starter Felix Hernandez sent A’s catcher John Jaso a Rolex before the two squared off Monday. Hernandez had “Perfect Game ” and “8/15/12″ inscribed on the watch, which was delivered via a clubhouse employee about 90 minutes before first…

  2. Ryan Ludwick leaves Reds’ season opener with dislocated right shoulder

    Apr 1, 2013, 6:18 PM EST

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    The Reds’ starting left fielder could be looking at an extended absence. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Ryan Ludwick was diagnosed with a dislocated right shoulder after he injured it on a head-first slide into third base in the third inning of today’s season opener against the Angels. He’s scheduled to undergo an MRI…

  3. Handicapping the AL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:50 AM EST

    Aaron Hicks

    Bringing back something I used to do each year for fun, here’s a look at the American League Rookie of the Year possibilities, with odds posted for several of the favorites. I’ll follow suit with the National League tomorrow. Please note: Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin is ineligible for Rookie of the Year honors. He spent…

  4. Mariners choose Jason Bay over Casper Wells

    Mar 31, 2013, 6:00 PM EST

    Jason Bay

    The Mariners designated Casper Wells for assignment, which means Jason Bay has made the club, according to Larry Stone on Twitter. Bay finished the spring with a .938 OPS while Wells was less impressive at .646. Stone also notes that if Wells clears waivers, he cannot elect free agency because of his lack of service…

  5. Extensions are the new on-base percentage

    Mar 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

    Dave Dombrowski, Justin Verlander

    Years after Michael Lewis wrote Moneyball and teams started taking a smarter approach to building baseball teams, writers would often proclaim something as “the new on-base percentage”. Billy Beane’s Oakland Athletics rose to prominence in one small part due to their ability to find cheap players with good on-base skills. A quick Google search of the…

  6. Justin Verlander and Tigers agree to $180 million contract

    Mar 29, 2013, 12:56 PM EST

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    Justin Verlander was eligible for free agency after the 2014 season, but the former MVP and the Tigers have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Detroit through at least 2019. Verlander was already under contract for $20 million this season and $20 million next season as part of a deal…

  7. RIP Gus Triandos

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:12 AM EST

    Triandos

    Gus Triandos was famously slow ballplayer. There’s a difference between been a regular old slow ballplayer and a famously slow one. The first might go somewhat unnoticed, especially if he tries hard enough. Raul Ibanez is very slow, he will be the first one to tell you that. But he always runs it out and…

  8. Mariners send Erasmo Ramirez and Jeremy Bonderman to minors

    Mar 27, 2013, 3:18 PM EST

    Erasmo Ramirez

    Erasmo Ramirez threw 59 innings with a 3.28 ERA and 48/12 K/BB ratio for the Mariners as a 22-year-old rookie last season, but that wasn’t enough to get him a spot in the Opening Day rotation. Seattle optioned Ramirez to Triple-A and also reassigned reclamation project Jeremy Bonderman to minor-league camp, which means the Mariners…

  9. Rockies sign Jon Garland, give Rule 5 Draft pick Danny Rosenbaum back to Nationals

    Mar 24, 2013, 5:03 PM EST

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    As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Rockies have signed right-hander Jon Garland to a one-year contract. It has a $500,000 base and more than $2 million worth of performance-based bonuses. Garland was released by the Mariners on Saturday despite posting a good-looking 2.25 ERA in 12 Cactus League innings. He is likely…

  10. Justin Verlander won’t discuss extension during season

    Mar 23, 2013, 8:30 PM EST

    Justin Verlander

    Tigers ace Justin Verlander isn’t interested in letting contract talks distract him during the season, reports Jon Heyman: Verlander said Saturday that if there’s no deal in place by his next start, his last spring start, there won’t be any more contract talk through the remainder of the season, as he wants to focus on…

  11. Mariners officially release Jon Garland

    Mar 23, 2013, 6:35 PM EST

    Jon Garland

    The Mariners, auditioning more than a handful of players for spots at the back of the starting rotation, announced yesterday they would not be giving one of those valuable spots to veteran right-hander Jon Garland. His release was a mere formality. Per the team’s official Twitter, they also released former power threat Mike Jacobs: Mariners…

  12. Jesus Montero exits game after being hit in head by backswing

    Mar 23, 2013, 5:17 PM EST

    Jesus Montero Getty

    UPDATE: Good news. Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that Montero does not have a concussion. 5:01 PM: Scary moment in this afternoon’s Cactus League game between the Mariners and Indians. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Mariners catcher Jesus Montero made an early exit after he…

  13. Mariners pass on Jon Garland

    Mar 22, 2013, 8:05 PM EST

    Jon Garland

    Jon Garland earned eligibility on his opt-out clause today, which forced the Seattle Mariners to decide whether or not to add him to the starting rotation. GM Jack Zduriencik said he couldn’t commit to giving Garland a spot in the rotation, according to Ryan Divish on Twitter. More from Divish: Garland probably won’t be coming…

  14. 2013 Preview: Seattle Mariners

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:31 PM EST

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    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 2013 season. Up next: The Seattle Mariners. The Big Question: Are the Mariners finally on the right track? Absolutely. After some bad high payroll…

  15. Report: MLB is “actively going after” any players linked to the Biogenesis clinic

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

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    It was announced yesterday that Tigers minor league right-hander Cesar Carrillo was suspended 100 games for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program. No specific drug was mentioned in the announcement, but it was later confirmed that the suspension was the result of his connection to the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. But there’s a…

  16. Jason Bay: leadoff hitter?

    Mar 13, 2013, 3:40 PM EST

    Jason Bay

    Jason Bay is leading off for the Mariners today. It’s the second day in the row he’s done it. And Geoff Baker reports that it’s not just one of those spring training things in which a guy is at the top of the lineup in order to get a chance at an extra plate appearance.…

  17. Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes power Dominican Republic past Italy

    Mar 12, 2013, 5:11 PM EST

    Dominican Republic's Cano greets teammates after defeating Italy in their World Baseball Classic game in Miami

    Trying to pull off another stunner, Italy jumped out early against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, only to see its 4-0 lead whittled away in a 5-4 loss. After Dominican starter Edinson Volquez at one point threw 11 straight balls in the first, Alex Liddi hit a sac fly and Chris Colabello followed with a three-run…

  18. Michael Saunders is your Pool D MVP

    Mar 10, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    USA v Canada - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Canada outfielder Michael Saunders hit .727 playing against Pool D opponents United States, Mexico, and Italy in the World Baseball Classic. Of his eight hits, three were doubles and one was a home run in a deciding game against the U.S. earlier today. Overall, he drove in seven runs with his hot bat. U.S. third…

  19. U.S. rallies late against Canada to advance in WBC

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:29 PM EST

    USA v Canada - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    The U.S. rallied late against Canada to advance out of Pool D to the second round in the World Baseball Classic. Canada got on the board early thanks to a two-run home run by Michael Saunders off of U.S. starter Derek Holland. Holland was otherwise solid, allowing just the two runs over five innings of work,…

  20. Giancarlo Stanton not in Team USA’s starting lineup for Sunday’s must-win game vs. Canada

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:47 PM EST

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    Below are the starting lineups for this evening’s World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Canada. First pitch is scheduled for just after 4:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on MLB Network. TEAM USA TEAM CANADA 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Tyson Gillies, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Taylor Green, 3B…

  21. Josh Kinney out “several weeks” with stress reaction in side

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:02 PM EST

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    From beat writer Greg Johns of MLB.com comes word that Mariners reliever Josh Kinney will be out of commission for the next “several weeks” because of a stress reaction on the left side of his rib cage. Kinney was expected to open the 2013 regular season in a middle relief role, but he can be ruled…

  22. Canada and Mexico brawl figuratively and literally; Canada wins

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:32 PM EST

    Canada v Mexico - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Canada kept its second round World Baseball Classic hopes alive with an emphatic 10-3 victory over Mexico today. Coming off an eight-inning 14-4 defeat at the hands of Italy, a game that was called early due to the mercy rule, Canada bounced back with impressive hitting performances by designated hitter Justin Morneau and right fielder…

  23. Padres prospect Donavan Tate a no-show

    Mar 8, 2013, 7:45 PM EST

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    Outfielder Donavan Tate, the Padres’ 2009 first-round pick taken third overall, did not show up at Minor League camp. Via the San Diego Union-Tribune: Tate, the outfielder signed by the Padres for $6.5 million as the No. 3 overall pick of 2009, informed the club that he will not be reporting on time with the…

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

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:38 PM EST

    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…

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

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:53 PM EST

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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…

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