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8:05 AM ET, February 27, 2015


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Sources: Hamilton faces suspension, though MLB trying to be lenient  —  FOX Sports … Major League Baseball officials are weighing how to penalize Josh Hamilton for a breach of the sport's drug policy while showing compassion for a former MVP who until recently had abided by the terms …
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia:
Brewers out, but Blue Jays would interest Papelbon more  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jonathan Papelbon had just finished running sprints at Phillies camp when he heard that the Milwaukee Brewers had filled their vacant closer's role by re-signing Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million deal.
Jenifer Langosch /
Ace will take it easy while abdomen heals, should make Opening Day  —  Cardinals GM John Mozeliak discusses the encouraging diagnosis of Adam Wainwright's ab injury and expects the ace to be ready Opening Day  —  JUPITER, Fla. — Adam Wainwright's visit to a St. Louis-area specialist Thursday brought …
Discussion: BBST
Associated Press:
Cardinals' Wainwright has abdominal strain  —  JUPITER, Fla. — Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain but the St. Louis ace could be available to pitch the Cardinals' opener at Wrigley Field on April 5.  —  Wainwright strained the muscle on Monday while putting a 45-pound weight back on a rack.
Marc Carig / Newsday:
The contract conundrum facing Daniel Murphy and the Mets … Mets  —  5 keys to the Mets' spring training … Mets  —  Mets spring training
Adam Rubin / ESPN:
Daniel Murphy: 'As of now, I'm a Met'  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Second baseman Daniel Murphy, the lone All-Star for the New York Mets in 2014, likely is headed for free agency next offseason.  —  Murphy indicated Thursday that he was open to in-season extension talks between the club …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Sign Johan Santana To Minors Deal  —  The Blue Jays have signed veteran left-hander Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to their big league Spring Training camp, according to a team press release.  Santana is represented by Peter Greenberg of the Legacy Agency.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Matt Breen /
Let's hit: Jeff Francoeur channels Charlie Manuel  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. - Jeff Francoeur leaned against the batting cage on Wednesday morning and stood next to Charlie Manuel as another Phillies player took his swings.  The former Phillies manager and his newest pupil talked about Manuel's favorite subject: the art of hitting.
Jake Kaplan /
Schmidt takes Domonic Brown under his wing
Discussion: The Good Phight and
Rob Bradford / Full Count:
Shane Victorino on switch-hitting: ‘I would like to try it again’  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — There was some uncertainty if Shane Victorino would ever return to switch-hitting.  Thursday, he offered some certainty.  —  The Red Sox outfielder proclaimed after taking batting practice …
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Mmgagne / The MMQB with Peter King:
‘I Jumped Up, Reached for the Ball ... and My Life Changed Forever’  —  By Brandon Bostick  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Sometimes I wake up in the morning and it's the first thing on my mind.  There are nights when I dwell on it before falling asleep.  Sometimes the thought creeps up on me when I'm lifting weights …
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
A deep dive from Ike Davis on his NY Mets' downfall, health, hope for the future, the thing that still leaves “dirty taste”  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The phenom part is easy.  You're born talented, become a first-round pick, and ascend to the big leagues, all without having to think much.
Brian Blanco / Fox Sports:
Yanks' Tanaka has another pain-free session, nears BP  —  Masahiro Tanaka is attempting to return from an elbow injury.  —  New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw 40 pitches in his third bullpen session Thursday and could be ready to throw batting practice early next week.
Discussion: Red Sox Monster
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Shoulder stiffness puts reliever two weeks behind schedule  —'s Tim McMaster and Jeff Nelson discuss the Dodgers' trade with the Rays for Joel Peralta  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — Dodgers reliever Joel Peralta, sidelined by shoulder stiffness, said he is hopeful he will be able to throw off a mound by next week.
Discussion: True Blue LA
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Steinbrenner talks about futures of Cashman, Girardi and A-Rod  —  Clockwise from left: Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, general manager Brian Cashman, Alex Rodriguez and manager Joe Girardi  —  TAMPA — Take the hot seat away.  No one is on it for the Yankees.  It is only spring training, as owner Hal Steinbrenner sees it.
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Hal Steinbrenner: ‘Cheap’ shots at Yankees are way off base
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