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Baseball 6-12-14 News

07:41 AM ET 06.12 | In a way, the Dodgers, who dropped a 5-0 loss to the Reds, lost twice Wednesday night. Hanley Ramirez walked in [the clubhouse], his postgame routine delayed by a round of treatment on his right shoulder. Ramirez could not throw without discomfort Wednesday. The Dodgers scratched him from the lineup after the shoulder stiffened during batting practice, Manager Don Mattingly said, and they do not anticipate he will play Thursday. ... A lingering injury to Ramirez would be a much bigger story. For now, the Dodgers list his status as day to day and describe the injury as an irritation in the shoulder joint. He can swing a bat, and he did pinch-hit Wednesday, but he cannot throw without soreness. Mattingly said he had not heard about the condition before Wednesday.

Baseball 6-5-14 News

07:40 AM ET 06.05 | After Wednesday evening's Yankees game,Derek Jeter fielded a handful of questions about Don Zimmer. But the Captain, who never wears his emotions on his sleeve, cut off the interview after a couple minutes when he began to get choked up over the loss of his longtime friend. "That's a tough one to swallow," Jeter said after the Yankees' 7-4 loss to the A's. ... "Everyone knows how much Zim has meant, not only to our organization, but to baseball as a whole. Your thoughts and prayers go out to his family. That's tough news. I found out halfway through the game. That's a rough one." "He's someone that taught me a lot about the game," Jeter said. "He's been around and he's pretty much seen everything. His stories, his experiences, he was close to my family and good to my family. We'll miss him."

Baseball 5-22-14 News

07:48 AM ET 05.22 | Considering Prince Fielder's disappointing start, one could reasonably assume the Rangers could turn things around. Still, it would be foolish for the Rangers to maintain the status quo. They haven't won a postseason game since David Freese tripled over Nelson Cruz's outstretched glove three years ago, and that drought is going to continue. Once the Rangers fall out of the race, they can listen to offers for potential 2014-15 free agents on the roster, such as Alex RiosJoakim Soria,Geovany SotoColby LewisJason Frasor and Neal Cotts. For a deadline 'seller' --???? which the Rangers haven't been for several years -- ????that's standard practice. But what about the left side of their infield -- third baseman Adrian Beltre and shortstop Elvis Andrus?

Baseball 5-15-14 News

07:37 AM ET 05.15 | Even the governor wonders. Gov. John Hickenlooper, who loves baseball almost as much as he loves Colorado, has concerns about the Rockies' pitching staff. Hey, don't we all? Now, this is not to suggest Hickenlooper spends more time contemplating the pitching in LoDo than Colorado's economic state, but if the governor wonders whether the Rockieshave enough pitching to make the playoffs, isn't it obvious what our National League team needs to do? Go get a quality starting pitcher. Jump-start the trade conversation about Chicago Cubsright-hander Jeff Samardzija, stuck with zero wins for a lousy team going nowhere, despite his 94 mph fastball and a sterling 1.45 earned run average. Get the deal done, even if it means Colorado must surrender a pitching prospect as prized as Jon Gray.

BASEBALL 5-8-14 News

06:18 AM ET 05.08 | When Jeff Samardzija has some time to reflect on his Cubs career, these past few days aren't likely to be considered fondly. The Cubs' lame-duck ace didn't call anyone out by name, but he made it clear he wasn't happy with the front office for raising eyebrows over his career-high 126 pitches during a nine-inning gem Monday against the Sox. "No. Absolutely not," he said when asked if he understood upper management's potential concern, "because this is an on-field issue for uniformed personnel. That's all there is to it. I'm a grown man. I'm 29. I'm not a prospect or 22. I feel good, and I'm grown up enough and responsible enough to understand when I can go out and when I can't go. "I've earned my right in athletics to be able to understand my body and where I'm at."

Baseball 5-1-14 News

07:32 AM ET 05.01 | For now, the Yankees can't yet put Michael Pineda on the DL, not until after his suspension ends after the weekend. Make no mistake, this news is as dreary for theYankees as the recent weather. The initial report is that Pineda will be out at least three to four weeks because of his Grade 1 strain of the teres major muscle in his back. What this means is that suddenly, an area that looked like a strength less than two weeks ago is now going to be seriously tested. ... On May 1, there are no big starts, but we still need to learn a little more about whoHiroki Kuroda is at 39. After arguably his worst start of his career his last time out, Kuroda displayed some humor when asked how he can make adjustments at his age. "I don't know," Kuroda said. "This is the first time I've been 39."

Baseball 4-14-14 News

07:32 AM ET 04.17 | Fifteen walks, the number Chicago issued theRed Sox, isn't going to look very good on a staff's resume -- no matter how long a game lasts. Another gem, according to the Elias Sports Bureau: The Red Sox became the first team since at least 1920 to reach base at least 23 or more times in a game with six or fewer hits. ... So when the relievers gather in the bullpen for Thursday's game against the Red Sox, [Matt Lindstrom] said it will be time for a heart-to-heart. ... "Who will be on hand for that meeting remains to be seen. After a hard work day, the White Sox could end up recalling a pitcher from the minor leagues. That would also mean somebody would be on their way out. "I have full confidence in those guys," said starter John Danks, who walked four batters of his own.

Baseball 4-10-14 News

07:35 AM ET 04.10 | Perhaps this was coming all along for Yangervis Solarte. Plenty of folks who knew [Solarte] before he became the newest Yankee sensation with his terrific first week in the majors say he could always hit. "Oh, man, yes," said Francisco Cervelli, who played against Solarte in their native Venezuela. Dellin Betances remembers it from playing against Solarte in the minors, and Roger Cedeno, the former Met outfielder and Solarte's uncle, can recall Solarte as a kid playing baseball around the house, in love with the game. ... The utility player with the unforgettable first name -- the melding of the names of his mother, Yanmili, and his father, Gervis -- had been remarkable over the first eight games after unexpectedly making the Yanks with a torrid spring. "He's making me so proud," Cedeno said.

Baseball 4-3-14- News

07:47 AM ET 04.03 | Brian Wilson became the first to say it publicly. The Dodgers' stint as baseball ambassadors is probably responsible -- directly or indirectly -- for the injuries that have landed both Wilson and Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list. Wilson admitted as much Wednesday when he said the nerve irritation in his surgically repaired elbow started bothering him in spring training, most likely as a result of trying to ramp up his throwing program in anticipation of the early start to the season March 22 in Australia. "The other day should have been March 15 for me and a spring training game and no one would have cared," said Wilson, who blew the save in the Dodgers' loss Sunday night in San Diego. "It would have been fine and I'd still have two weeks and this wouldn't be happening."


Baseball 3-27-14- News

07:09 AM ET 03.27 | The Yankees, they are not -- quite obviously. The Tampa Bay Rays are Major League Baseball's least valuable team, according to an annual ranking by Forbes magazine. The magazine estimated the Rays were worth $485 million, an 8 percent increase from 2013. At the other end, Forbes ranks the New York Yankees at the top of the list for the 17th straight year. The Yankees' estimated value was $2.5 billion, up 9 percent from last year. The Los Angeles Dodgers were next at $2 billion. ... Forbes called the Rays the "best low-revenue team in baseball" but plagued with "an antiquated and difficult-to-get-to stadium." Despite some of the lowest ticket prices ($21 average) in the majors, the Rays had the lowest average attendance (18,645) last season, the magazine said.

Baseball 3-20-14- News

07:24 AM ET 03.20 | Tick-tock. It's getting close to decision time in the Mets bullpen. When the Mets reconvene Thursday at Tradition Field after a day off, manager Terry Collins will have an eye on finding the final pieces to a bullpen that has provided plenty of headaches in recent seasons. As it stands -- barring injuries -- Bobby Parnell, Jeurys Familia, Jose Valverde, Scott Rice and Carlos Torres have footholds on jobs, with Vic Black and John Lannan the favorites to claim the final two spots. But Kyle Farnsworth and Gonzalez Germen remain in contention for jobs, with Jenrry Mejia expected to stay a starter and begin the season at Triple-A Las Vegas. "Nine guys vying for those [seven] spots, and they're going to be getting a lot of pitching," Collins said. "It's time to play it like we're getting ready for the season."


Baseball 3-13-14- News

07:23 AM ET 03.13 | Ryne Sandberg may be trying to send veteran Jimmy Rollins a little message this spring. Sandberg was asked whether anything was going on with Rollins after Wednesday's game in Sarasota. "No, he's fine," Sandberg said. Freddy Galvis started at shortstop and had a triple. He is 4 for 27 (.148) on the spring with a triple and a homer. Rollins is 2 for 15 (.133). Sandberg likes competition within a team. Given that, he was asked whether Galvis could be creeping up on Rollins, the Phillies starter at shortstop for 13 seasons. "Freddy's a guy that will get playing time at various positions," Sandberg said. ... "The biggest thing I like is his energy and his positive influence, his positive influence on everyone around him." Sandberg was asked what he would say about Rollins in that regard. "No comment."


Baseball 3-6-14- News

07:55 AM ET 03.06 | Spring, in addition to being a time for optimism, is also a time for some experimentation. As a way to maximize David Wright's run-producing chances and generally stimulate the Mets' offense, Terry Collins told The Post he is considering hitting his pitchers eighth on occasion. "I think both [Wright and Curtis Granderson] are RBI guys," Collins said. "My thought is: How do we get them more RBI chances and also give David, in particular, chances to drive in runs. It is a possibility I might try [hitting the pitcher eighth.] I don't know that I will, but I might." Collins talked about the strategy with Tony La Russa, who while managing deployed it most often. The philosophy: You want your best hitter to bat in the first inning, so you install him third rather than cleanup.


Baseball News 2-13-14

07:28 AM ET 02.13 | On the upside, the player is now on the record as wanting to stay. In the clubhouse a day before position players were scheduled to report for spring training, Hanley Ramirez said Wednesday he wanted to be "a Dodger for life." But Ramirez otherwise declined to talk about his contractual status, saying with a smile, "I'm a baseball player." Ramirez said he was still disappointed with how the Dodgers' 2013 season ended. Struck by a fastball, Ramirez fractured a rib in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. ... Ramirez said he received treatment on his back over the winter. A nerve problem in his back was believed to be responsible for his hamstring problems last season. Ramirez said his back already feels better. "I feel stronger," Ramirez said. Ramirez wouldn't predict how many games he would play this season.

Baseball News 1-23-14

Gomes points out Yankees' remaining flaws

07:36 AM ET 01.23 | Jonny Gomes has taken the occasion of a wide-ranging interview to give his take on the Yankees' $500 million offseason shopping spree, which included Masahiro Tanaka. "People can go out and sign whoever they want right now. I mean, boxing rules, we still have the belt. ... I tell you what, (Yankees GM Brian) Cashman and (manager Joe) Girardi are about as professional as they get in the pinstripe organization. They run a pretty tight camp. It's kind of interesting, though -- $500 million and still, some questions. You've got (catcher Brian) McCann who hasn't been in the American League before. The pitcher (Tanaka) who hasn't pitched a game over here. They've got some guys playing different positions. They've got some true professionals over there. They've got some guys coming back."


Baseball News

Steinbrenner gushing over Tanaka

07:35 AM ET 01.16 | On Wednesday, Hal Steinbrenner said he has spoken recently with Casey Close, the agent for Masahiro Tanaka, to express the Yankees' interest, and he knows he's not alone. "I think a lot of teams are interested," Steinbrenner, the Yankees' managing general partner, said at the Major League Baseball quarterly owners meetings. "This is a great, young pitcher. I'm sure he'll come here and do great things with someone. We certainly have an interest. I believe we need another starter. But we'll see what happens." Close, who also represents Yankeescaptain Derek Jeter, has ordered clubs to maintain virtual radio silence; Steinbrenner wouldn't even address the question of whether Yankees officials met with Tanaka during his visit to the United States last week.


Baseball News (how much detail do you want?)

Angels near one-year deal with Ibanez

Veteran slugger connected on 29 home runs for Mariners in 2013

Chavez, D-backs agree on one-year contract

Infielder batted .281 last season with club, provides lefty bat off bench

Hot Stove roundup: Rox-Tribe deal leads active day

Veteran Stubbs to patrol Coors Field outfield; Colorado parts with Outman

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