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  1. Curtis Granderson plunked on forearm, getting X-rays

    Feb 24, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

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    Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was hit on his right arm by a J.A. Happ pitch in the second inning of Sunday’s Grapefruit League game vs. the Blue Jays. Granderson appeared to be in pain and was immediately lifted, but the early word is good. According to beat man Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Granderson…

  2. Jeff Mathis expected to miss six weeks with broken collarbone

    Feb 23, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

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    According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Jeff Mathis suffered a broken collarbone when he was hit by a foul tip during the fourth inning of today’s Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. The injury will sideline him for around six weeks, which means he’ll likely begin the season on the disabled list.…

  3. R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball will have a personal catcher

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    J.P. Arencibia is Toronto’s starting catcher, but it sounds like he won’t be behind the plate when R.A. Dickey pitches because the Blue Jays want to give the knuckleballer a personal catcher. Last season Josh Thole caught 27 of Dickey’s starts for the Mets and he’s the leading candidate to fill the personal catcher role…

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

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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    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. The Blue Jays tell Adam Lind to stop badmouthing the old boss

    Feb 19, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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    We’ve had a number of instances of players saying bad things about old managers or teammates lately. The last one was the Blue Jays’ Adam Lind, who over the weekend blamed ex-Jays manager John Farrell for sending him mixed signals about hitting last year: “You guys (the media) were around last year,” Lind said Saturday…

  6. “Cooperation” with an investigation does not mean talking to the media

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney is usually pretty sensible about PED stories. He’s not an apologist or anything, but nor is he usually an alarmist. He’s a realist, mostly. He doesn’t condone PED use, obviously, but he also sees it as part of the landscape of baseball and a problem to be dealt with as opposed to some…

  7. Blue Jays second base job “up for grabs” between Maicer Izturis and Emilio Bonifacio

    Feb 18, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Miami Marlins

    When the Blue Jays signed Maicer Izturis to a three-year deal, $9 million deal in November the assumption was that he’d be their starting second baseman, but then two weeks later Toronto pulled off the blockbuster trade with Miami that brought in another option for the position in Emilio Bonifacio. Yesterday manager John Gibbons told…

  8. Rays sign Jack Cust to minor league contract

    Feb 17, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

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    From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent outfielder Jack Cust. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Cust will attempt to earn a backup role. Cust spent the entire 2012 season at the Triple-A level, batting…

  9. Giancarlo Stanton ready to “push forward” with Marlins following tumultuous offseason

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

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    Giancarlo Stanton was understandably peeved after the Marlins unloaded Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio in a trade with the Blue Jays in December. However, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that Stanton took the high road at Marlins’ camp today in his first public comments of the spring. “You’re not going to…

  10. Melky Cabrera issues his final statement on his PED suspension

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Melky Cabrera issued a statement this morning about his PED suspension, which he says will be the final thing he says about it. It’s below. I’m not sure what else can be said about it by him, but I’m sure someone will say that he hasn’t been forthcoming or leaves more questions than he does…

  11. Jeff Loria: disingenuous or impulsive?

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria

    This is rich: Jose Reyes says 2 days before he got traded had dinner with Jeffrey Loria & Loria told him to get a nice house in Miami. 2 days later: gone — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) February 15, 2013   So, did Loria know that he was going to trade Reyes two days later? If…

  12. Ricky Romero says his elbow feels “100 times better”

    Feb 14, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

    Ricky Romero AP

    After finishing sixth in the AL with a 2.92 ERA in 2011, Ricky Romero endured a nightmare campaign last year in which he struggled to the tune of a 5.77 ERA and 124/105 K/BB ratio over 181 innings. While the drop-off was alarming, it was somewhat explained when the southpaw had an elbow cleanup in…

  13. Chad Cordero signs minor league contract with Angels

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

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    We’ll go ahead and let the 30-year-old right-hander break his own news: comeback has officially begun.Just signed minor league deal with #Angels. Can’t believe I might have a chance 2 play for my hometown team — Chad Cordero (@ChadCordero32) February 14, 2013 Cordero has logged only 14 innings in the major leagues since the end…

  14. Dustin McGowan has already been shut down again

    Feb 13, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    After missing all of last season with a foot injury followed by shoulder surgery Dustin McGowan was supposed to be healthy this spring, but because “healthy” and “Dustin McGowan” aren’t allowed to go together he’s already been shut down with more shoulder problems. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told reporters that McGowan’s “shoulder was barking”…

  15. Bobby Parnell will close for Mets if Frank Francisco is out

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    Frank Francisco‘s odds of being ready for Opening Day seem slim after the Mets reliever told reporters yesterday that his inflamed elbow is “at zero” percent and manager Terry Collins wasted no time lining up a replacement closer. Marc Carig of New York Newsday reports that Collins called Bobby Parnell last night to tell him…

  16. Frank Francisco on elbow injury: “I’m at zero” percent

    Feb 12, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    General manager Sandy Alderson and manager Terry Collins had slightly different public stances on Frank Francisco‘s job security as the Mets’ closer recently, but now all of that might not even matter. Francisco told reporters today that his inflamed elbow is still an issue, causing him to be shut down, and when asked to put…

  17. Brett Lawrie, Brandon Morrow analyze airplane flatulence

    Feb 11, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Blue Jays teammates Brett Lawrie and Brandon Morrow had this exchange on Twitter regarding farting on airplanes: Love how people just rip ass in the airplane and continue to act like nothing happened #C.Dusted — Brett Lawrie (@blawrie13) February 11, 2013 “@blawrie13: Love how people just rip ass in the airplane and continue to act…

  18. Gio Gonzalez accepts invitation to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 9, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Much of the news about the upcoming World Baseball Classic has been about those who have backed out of participating, but here’s one player who has opted in. Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has accepted an invitation to pitch for Team USA, according to announcement on the team’s Twitter account. He’ll be a welcome addition to…

  19. Brandon Lyon and Mets finalize one-year deal

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Lyon is set to receive between $750,000 and $900,000 guaranteed. He could max out at $2.4 million if he reaches certain incentives. 11:51 AM: Earlier this week the Mets were said to be close to signing right-hander Brandon Lyon and now Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the…

  20. Mike Aviles, Indians avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Cleveland has avoided arbitration with Mike Aviles by signing the infielder to a two-year deal that includes an option for 2015, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Aviles was traded twice this offseason, going from the Red Sox to the Blue Jays as compensation for manager John Farrell and then going from…

  21. Mark Buehrle’s family won’t join him in Toronto because they can’t take the dog

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Back in November we learned of the dog dilemma faced by Mark Buehrle‘s family. They have a pit bull, but Ontario has outlawed pit bull ownership. This meant either getting rid of the dog or Buehrle’s family not joining him in Toronto when the Blue Jays’ season starts. Jerry Crasnick reports that the family is…

  22. Pirates sign Jonathan Sanchez to minor league deal

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Sanchez will try to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh, agreeing to a minor-league deal with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Once upon a time Sanchez looked like a very promising young left-hander, but control problems have consistently wrecked any chance he had of emerging as a front-line starter and he…

  23. Jesus Montero linked to Biogenesis

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago Cubs

    The New York Daily News reports that Mariners catcher Jesus Montero‘s name appears in the Biogenesis records.  Add him to Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Danny Valencia, Francisco Cervelli, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. The report said he was “named in records.” It does not say if there is any indicia of PED use on…

  24. R.A. Dickey to get the Opening Day start for the Blue Jays

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT

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    Shi Davidi reports that John Gibbons has named R.A. Dickey the Blue Jays Opening Day starter. What, you were expecting Rickey Romero? I like the announcement of Opening Day starters. Even in cases like this one where it seems pretty obvious who it will be.  Heck, even when Jim Leyland says that Justin Verlander will…

  25. Frank Francisco won’t be handed the Mets’ closer job

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    A month ago Sandy Alderson declined to say he was “confident” in Frank Francisco again being the Mets’ closer and yesterday the general manager took that one step further by basically saying he’ll have to re-win the job in spring training. Francisco had a 5.53 ERA before being shut down with an elbow injury that…

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