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  1. How much longer can Blue Jays stick with Ricky Romero?

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ricky Romero

    Minor elbow surgery, plasma injections in both knees, and mechanical adjustments were supposed to address whatever ailed Ricky Romero during his disastrous 2012 season, but the Blue Jays left-hander is still struggling. Pitching in a minor-league game yesterday Romero walked five batters, struck out zero, and allowed four runs in 2.1 innings. He also has…

  2. Report: MLB plans to file lawsuit against Anthony Bosch and others connected to Biogenesis

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

    AP Anthony Bosch

    With MLB increasingly desperate to get their hands on any evidence to discipline players connected to the Biogenesis clinic, they have come up with an interesting new strategy. According to Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times, MLB plans to file a lawsuit on Friday against multiple people connected to Biogenesis, including the clinic’s…

  3. 2013 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Mar 21, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Walt Weiss 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 2013 season. Up next: The Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Can the Rockies dig themselves out of last place? The Rockies went 64-98 last…

  4. Casey Janssen will make Grapefruit League debut Friday

    Mar 20, 2013, 9:48 PM EDT

    casey janssen getty

    The Jays should have their closer on Opening Day. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, righty Casey Janssen made it through a one-inning appearance in a minor league game on Wednesday without experiencing any discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder. He has been cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday against the Red Sox…

  5. R.A. Dickey, already forgotten in New York

    Mar 20, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    This is hilarious. Jay Horwitz is the longtime Mets PR guy. He’s relatively new to Twitter. And sometimes, like anyone, he makes mistakes. Pocket tweets. Tweets when he means to send direct messages. You know, the usual stuff. And sometimes he forgets a former Mets player who won the friggin’ Cy Young last season. And…

  6. Dominican Republic goes undefeated in WBC, captures title

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Cano celebrates with teammate Ramirez after scoring against Puerto Rico during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic final in San Francisco

    The 2013 World Baseball Classic is a wrap, and we have a new champion in Team Dominican Republic. The Dominicans rolled through the event undefeated, notching wins against Venezuela, Spain, Italy, the United States and Team Netherlands on the way to snagging the WBC crown. They topped Team Puerto Rico a total of three times…

  7. It’s probably good that Colby Rasmus isn’t on the Cardinals anymore

    Mar 19, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Colby Rasmus

    Yesterday we linked to Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s blog, which is focused on bringing sanity to youth sports. Today there is a story in the Globe and Mail about former Cardinal and current Blue Jay, Colby Rasmus. Something tells me that Matheny and Rasmus’ old man would not have gotten along: The son of Tony,…

  8. Dominican Republic defeats the Netherlands, will face Puerto Rico in WBC final

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:22 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes Reuters

    The championship game for the 2013 World Baseball Classic is set. The Dominican Republic defeated the Netherlands by the score of 4-1 this evening at AT&T Park in San Francisco and will advance to face Puerto Rico in the WBC finals tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET. Samuel Deduno is slated to start for the…

  9. 2013 Preview: Chicago White Sox

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    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. Today: the Chicago White Sox. The Big Question: Will the White Sox again exceed low expectations? Last year at this time the…

  10. It’s spring training for PED moralists, too

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

    Blue Jays' Melky Cabrera hits a two run double against the Yankees during the first inning of their MLB spring training baseball game in Dunedin

    Hey, not everyone can show up in March with their PED outrage in mid-season form. Scott Ostler is going to need to get a few more reps in after this performance: Among the things that ain’t what they used to be: the shame and disgrace of being busted for steroids. Exhibits C and C: Bartolo…

  11. Mark Teixeira acknowledges he might be out until June

    Mar 17, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

    teixeira getty

    The bad news keeps pouring out of Yankees camp. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Mark Teixeira told reporters the injury to his right wrist involves the tendon sheath and acknowledged that the new diagnosis means he “could miss all of May.” Teixeira injured his right wrist a little less than two weeks ago while…

  12. John Gibbons still believes in Travis Snider

    Mar 16, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v San Diego Padres

    Travis Snider, rated as the #6 overall prospect entering the 2009 season, failed to live up to lofty expectations with the Blue Jays. They cut their losses, trading him to the Pittsburgh Pirates last July for reliever Brad Lincoln. Jays manager John Gibbons, though, is still a believer. Via Rob Biertempfel: “There’s no question the…

  13. 2013 Preview: San Francisco Giants

    Mar 16, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Romo Posey 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 2013 season. Up next: The World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The Big Question: Can the Giants hold off the Dodgers in the National…

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

    Mar 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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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…

  15. 2013 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    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 New York Mets. The Big Question: Can David Wright carry the Mets to .500? The Mets are in a…

  16. 2013 preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    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 Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins recover from their latest fire sale? A little over a year…

  17. Dominican Republic beats Kimbrel, U.S. to reach WBC semis

    Mar 14, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Craig Kimbrel allowed a total of one double in 62 2/3 innings for the Braves last year. Maybe even more impressive, he allowed just one hit with a man in scoring position. He never allowed multiple hits in an inning. On Thursday, he gave up one double and two hits with men in scoring position…

  18. R.A. Dickey back on the mound for Team USA vs. the Dominican Republic

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Dickey Arencibia Getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Thursday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Dominican Republic at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Jose Reyes, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Miguel Tejada, 3B…

  19. Blue Jays release David Cooper

    Mar 13, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    David Cooper

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Toronto has released first baseman David Cooper, who hit .270 with a .750 OPS in 72 games for the Blue Jays during the past two seasons. Cooper ended last season on the disabled list with a back injury that has carried over to this year, taking him out of…

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

    Mar 12, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    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…

  21. Adrian Beltre won’t join Dominican Republic for Round 2 of WBC

    Mar 11, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre Getty

    Adrian Beltre is healthy now after sitting out Round 1 of the World Baseball Classic with a strained calf muscle, leading to some speculation that he’d join the Dominican Republic for Round 2 later this week. Beltre ruled that out today, telling T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the team is doing just fine without him…

  22. Sure, keep saying that Melky Cabrera cashed in on his PED use

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    My friend Josh Fisher alerted me to something in Buster Olney’s column over the weekend about the fallout from Melky Cabrera‘s positive PED test last year: Before Melky Cabrera was suspended this past summer, the Giants were engaged in conversations with Cabrera about a deal that would’ve paid the outfielder something in the range of $75 million…

  23. Dominican Republic defeats Puerto Rico, wins Pool C

    Mar 10, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico

    The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 4-2, earning first place in Pool C and the right to play Pool D winner Italy in the second round. They staked starter Wandy Rodriguez to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after stringing together three consecutive one-out singles, the RBI provided by Edwin Encarnacion. Puerto Rico took…

  24. J.A. Happ frustrated with his role in Toronto

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    J.A. Happ

    J.A. Happ was one of several odd men out after the Blue Jays acquired R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson via trades with the Mets and Marlins. The 30-year-old lefty is on the outside looking in and the subject of many trade rumors, which has made him unhappy. Happ: “It’s very frustrating. I told…

  25. 2013 is crucial for Josh Johnson

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson works from the mound against the Atlanta Braves during the inning of their MLB Spring training baseball game in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

    The Blue Jays, in trading for R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson, have narrowed their focus specifically on the 2013 season. With a roster that already includes two 40-homer threats in Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, the Jays will be a force to be reckoned with the AL East. Johnson, while he…

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