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Nationals OF Harper out because of stomach bug (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 20:12

Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is out for Thursday night's exhibition game because of a stomach bug. Nationals manager Matt Williams said Harper was at the Nationals' complex earlier in the day, getting ready to play against the New York Mets.


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Reds get Dan Johnson from Astros, send Lohman to Phillies (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 19:54
The Reds acquired first baseman Dan Johnson from the Astros on Thursday for a player to be named or cash, one of two trades involving minor leaguers. They also sent infielder Devin Lohman to the Phillies for a player to be named or cash. Johnson played in 15 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBIs. The 35-year-old infielder also has played for Oakland, Tampa Bay, the White Sox and Baltimore.
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Brandon Magee switches from Buccaneers to Red Sox (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 19:34
On Tuesday, Brandon Magee was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker. On Wednesday, he became a Boston Red Sox outfielder. A day after he was cut by the Bucs, Magee reported to minor league spring training. Magee played both sports at Arizona State, wasn't picked in the 2013 NFL draft and signed with the Dallas Cowboys.
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Recharged with Molitor, Twins need starting pitching spike (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 19:20

Paul Molitor was hired as Minnesota's new manager, bringing Hall of Fame membership and renowned intelligence and intuition to a team seeking a fresh start. The Twins brought back one of their most popular players ever, Torii Hunter, to help solidify an unsettled outfield, mentor a fledgling team and hit a few home runs. Phil Hughes had by most measures a career year, his first away from the New York Yankees, but his ability to match that is low on the list of 2015 goals. Ricky Nolasco needs to rebound from a terrible first season with the Twins.


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Armed with Shields, Kemp, Upton, Padres eager to win now (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 19:03

San Diego Padres manager Bud Black turned the corner to meet the press on the first day of spring training and was taken aback at the throng of reporters waiting. Thanks to first-year general manager A.J. Preller's wild offseason, the Padres have been remade. A new ace in James Shields joins an already strong rotation. Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers make for a brand new power-hitting outfield.


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Archer named Opening Day starter

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-03-26 18:23
Chris Archer will get the ball for the Rays when they open their season April 6 against the Orioles. The right-hander becomes the club's 11th different Opening Day starter in 18 seasons.
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Red Sox look for a repeat of 2013 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 18:18

A revamped lineup and change in attitude has the Boston Red Sox looking to repeat a feat they performed just two seasons ago when they went from worst to World Series champions. Like the hip-hop song they blasted in their locker room after the 2013 division and World Series titles were clinched in Fenway Park, the Red Sox started at the bottom. We're just having fun.'' During this past offseason, GM Ben Cherington looked to grow a weak offense that finished 11th in the AL in scoring. Cherington spent $88 million to sign Hanley Ramirez, who began in the organization's minor league system before stints with Miami and Los Angeles, and signed third baseman Pablo Sandoval to a five-year, $95 million deal.


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Fall Out Boy to rock Opening Night pregame

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-03-26 18:01
MLB announced on Thursday that Chicago's own award-winning rock band Fall Out Boy will headline MLB Opening Night's first live musical performance as part of the pregame festivities April 5 at Wrigley Field.
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Cueto back at camp; return to mound imminent

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-03-26 17:57
Reds ace Johnny Cueto made his awaited return to Reds camp on Thursday morning, following a delayed flight to Phoenix that brought him to town late Wednesday night.
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Arizona trying to bounce back from dismal 2014 season (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 17:53
Arizona's desert overhaul began last summer with the hire of Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer. More hires followed: Dave Stewart as general manager, Joe Carter and De Jon Watson to front-office positions, Chip Hale as the new manager. Now that the brain trust is in place, it's time to see what the new-look Diamondbacks can do on the field. I just know we'll be competitive,'' La Russa said.
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Giants look to end every-other-year championship trend (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 17:32

The San Francisco Giants lost Pablo Sandoval to big money and the Boston Red Sox. They missed out paying big money to left-hander Jon Lester, who instead signed with the Chicago Cubs. While the reigning World Series champions are ready to shed that every-other-year title trend, plenty of people wonder whether general manager Brian Sabean and his staff did enough during the offseason to stay near the top in the talented NL West. Ask manager Bruce Bochy and his players, and they consider the additions of healthy right-hander Matt Cain and center fielder Angel Pagan back into the mix as a big deal right up there with signing a prized free agent.


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Rockies look to rebound from 4th straight losing season (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 17:22
Gonzalez certainly benefits from Tulowitzki's presence, too. A healthy Tulo and CarGo by no means guarantees success, even if the Rockies are banking on bounce-back years from them to end a string of four straight losing seasons. Since 2010, the Rockies are just 185-198 (.483 winning percentage) when Gonzalez and Tulowitzki are both in the starting lineup, according to STATS.
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Indians confident they'll contend and maybe do more in 2015 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 17:20

While their AL Central rivals jockeyed during the offseason, one trying to outdo the other to improve their chances of winning a World Series title, the Indians watched. The Indians, who somehow stayed in contention last season until the waning days of September, didn't feel the need to make radical changes. The pieces are in place for Cleveland to have a special 2015 season. ''The team knows it,'' said second baseman Jason Kipnis.


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Oblique strain shelves prospect Crawford 4-6 weeks

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-03-26 17:07
Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford suffered a setback this week, straining his left oblique, which the Phillies said could sideline him four to six weeks.
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Marlins' Cosart says MLB reviewing his Twitter account (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 17:05

Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart said Major League Baseball is reviewing his deleted Twitter account as part of an investigation into gambling-related tweets posted there and he is cooperating with the investigation. ''Obviously, I was caught off guard by the whole situation,'' Cosart said Thursday. ''All I'm really saying to everyone is I'm following the MLB protocol and just talking with MLB security, and they are taking care of the rest.'' The 24-year-old Cosart deleted his Twitter account Tuesday after screen shots of comments he purportedly made appeared on the website of Miami New Times.


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After offseason of change, new-look A's expect to contend (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 17:04

The Oakland Athletics topped even their most trade-happy of days by making nine swaps involving 27 players in a wild offseason for Billy Beane and his front-office mates. As far as Beane is concerned, the A's wouldn't have even had a chance to close the gap on the reigning AL West champion Los Angeles Angels without a major offseason overhaul. ''Our expectations don't change, not with the guys we brought in,'' manager Bob Melvin said. Billy Butler is the new designated hitter, and two-time All-Star infielder Ben Zobrist can play just about anywhere for Melvin, who is always one to mix and match his lineups based on matchups and who's playing well.


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Delabar optioned by Blue Jays; move shocks reliever

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-03-26 16:53
In a surprising move, the Blue Jays optioned right-hander Steve Delabar to Minor League camp on Thursday morning. Delabar admitted he was shocked by the news and had been expecting to be with the club on Opening Day. Instead, he'll likely begin the year in Triple-A Buffalo.
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LA Angels try again to build a title team around Mike Trout (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 16:42

The Los Angeles Angels had the majors' best record last year, and they return this season with baseball's best player at the center of largely the same roster. Yet the Angels accomplished none of their biggest goals last year when they were swept out of the division series, and their sky-high payroll makes those unmet expectations even more painful. So are the Angels a legitimate power or an unbalanced, aging team with a rapidly closing window? Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and manager Mike Scioscia can only figure it out by going back to work to find the right combination to contend again.


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Phillies' Asche (back) scratched from lineup against Toronto (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo - Thu, 2015-03-26 16:28

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Cody Asche has been scratched from the starting lineup against Toronto because of back tightness.


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Questions develop on top talent in 2015 Draft

Major League Baseball - Thu, 2015-03-26 16:24
Brendan Rodgers, the consensus No. 1 Draft prospect entering 2015, has held serve and still looks like the favorite to go first overall to the D-backs on June 8. But few of the other highest-rated talents have met expectations so far this year, leaving many more questions than answers at the top of the Draft.
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