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4:00 PM ET, March 23, 2012

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Scott Lauber / Boston Herald:
Terry Francona ‘still trying to stop bleeding’  —  FORT MYERS — Terry Francona had made it almost all the way to his old spring training haunt Wednesday evening when he ran out of gas.  —  Francona was driving along Interstate 75 to Fort Myers to broadcast last night's Red Sox [team stats] …
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Ian Browne / MLB.com:
Cook holds Yanks in check at JetBlue Park
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Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Valentine blasts Girardi
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Francona returns as a member of the media
David Murphy / Philly.com:
Martinez out 6-8 weeks, Phillies looking for infielder  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Ruben Amaro Jr. acknowledged what most of the rest of the world has already figured out: that the Phillies are monitoring the infield market as they look to keep pace with a series of injuries that has sidelined three-quarters of their regular infield.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and baseballmusings.com
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David Hale / Philled In:
Phillies vs. Yankees: Grapefruit League Game 20  —  Stutes appears a lock for the bullpen, but if the Phillies go north with 11 pitchers, it could get interesting.  —  Domonic Brown is en route to the minors, leaving 40 players remaining in camp as we get to the final 10 days in Florida.
Discussion: Phillies Nation
Todd Zolecki / MLB.com:   Utley set to rejoin Phillies in camp
Kieran Darcy / ESPN:
Joba suffers severe, off-field ankle dislocation  —  TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain suffered an open dislocation of his right ankle while playing with his son on Thursday.  —  “As we understand, they were at, they have these kids places where you jump …
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Craig Calcaterra / HardballTalk:
Joba Chamberlain dislocated his ankle while jumping on a trampoline with his son  —  Face meet palm: … He's still in the hospital and will be for several days.  According to Curry, Brian Cashman keeps saying it's “a significant injury,” seems distressed, and can't say what the time frame for recovery is.
Matt Gelb / Philly.com:
After injury-riddled camp, Brown is optioned  —  CLEARWATER, Fla. — Reality set in Thursday morning when Domonic Brown walked to the middle of the Phillies clubhouse and inspected the lineup card tacked to the bulletin board.  Brown had been cleared to resume playing after a neck injury …
Discussion: Getting Blanked and HardballTalk
Joe Strauss / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Berkman upsets Selig, Cards  —  JUPITER, Fla. — Commissioner Bud Selig and the Cardinals didn't exactly take the Puma to the woodshed this week, but they wasted little time calling him on the carpet.  —  Cardinals first baseman Lance Berkman concluded two days of explanations Thursday …
Carrie Muskat / MLB.com:
Cubs go with Dempster for Opening Day  —  Righty gets nod over Garza, will oppose Strasburg on April 5  —  MESA, Ariz. — Ryan Dempster was named the Cubs' Opening Day starter on Friday, and he will face the Nationals on April 5 at Wrigley Field.  —  The decision had come …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Rob Neyer / Baseball Nation:
Derek Jeter: Great Shortstop, Or Greatest Shortstop?  —  So, by way of Forbes via BTF's Newsstand, I read something about an ESPN New York tournament pitting New York sports figures against one another for the title of Most Beloved ... at this point, it's down to Mariano Rivera vs …
Matthew Cerrone / MetsBlog.com:
MetsBlog Q&A: with Josh Lewin about WFAN, Mets & Media  —  Earlier this year, the Mets and WFAN hired Josh Lewin to join Howie Rose on the Mets radio broadcast team in 2012.  —  Lewin, 43, has called games for the Orioles, Cubs and Tigers.  He most recently served as play-by-play announcer …
Jfay / Cincinnati Reds:
Setback for Madson?  —  GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Reds closer Ryan Madson probably is not going to pitch in a minor league game today as planned.  —  The Reds aren't saying much about it.  —  “We're sorting it out,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said.  “We'll let you know.”
Ben Badler / Baseball America:
MLB Announces Start Of Its Own Dominican Amateur League  —  With an international draft potentially on the horizon, Major League Baseball is trying to get more involved in the process of organizing and showcasing amateur talent in Latin America.  Today the league announced that it is starting …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
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Ben Badler / Baseball America:
Visa Approved For Yankees' Jose Rafael DePaula
Jim Armstrong / Associated Press:
Mariners, A's arrive in Japan for opening series  —  NARITA, Japan—The Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics arrived in Japan on Friday, five days before opening Major League Baseball's 2012 season at Tokyo Dome.  —  About 300 fans greeted the teams after they landed at Tokyo's Narita Airport …
Discussion: MLB and Yahoo! Sports
 
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