2015 Roster Projection: The Louisville Bats

For today and tomorrow I will be posting my roster projections for all of the full season teams. A few notes about the projections: These are just my guesses – I don’t have any insider information on who will wind up where. I am only projecting the starting pitchers and the starting eight position players along with a DH. Nearly every team will have something like 11 regulars...
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New Jays On The Block: Castro and Ozuna

The Toronto Blue Jays will open the season with six rookies on the Opening Day roster when they take the field against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees in less than a week. It’s the most fascinating storyline in baseball that isn’t garnering enough attention, especially from fantasy owners in dynasty leagues. While Dalton Pompey, Aaron Sanchez, Daniel Norris, and Devon...
Via Baseball Professor
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Report: A's Crisp expected to have elbow surgery, miss 6-8 weeks

Oakland Athletics left fielder and leadoff hitter Coco Crisp is expected to need elbow surgery that will sideline him for 6-8 weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The surgery would remove a bone chip and bone spurs from his right elbow, according to the report. Crisp has been battling the elbow discomfort for much of his time in the team's Cactus League camp. In 126 games...
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Time To Stop Asking What If And Let The What Is Begin – The 2015 MLB Season Begins Sunday

The 2015 Major League Baseball season gets underway Sunday night in Chicago with the St. Louis Cardinals at the Chicago Cubs, and then has a full day on tap for Monday, including the Los Angeles Angels at the Seattle Mariners. So, this basketball filled weekend is the last one baseball fans can dream of what if before they get to see what is. Teams preparing to leave spring training...
Via Oregon Sports News
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Mets bullpen car sells for $112,500 in auction

When it comes to collectibles, it’s hard to beat owning the bullpen car for your favorite team. But at some point is there too much to pay for such an item? Apparently not for one person. A New York Mets bullpen car sold for $112,500 at a Sotheby’s auction on Thursday, around four-to-five times what...Read More
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Halo Headlines: Weaver the likely Opening Day starter, Richards to return as soon as April 19th

The April 2nd, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news including Weaver the likely Opening Day starter, Richards to return as soon as April 19th and much more… The Story: Jered Weaver is being “targeted” as the Opening Day starter.The Monkey Says: He is going to be the Opening Day  starter. That has always been the case but for some reason Scioscia insists on acting...
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A’s Release More Minor League Hurlers on Wednesday

Murphy Smith: One of the latest minor league hurlers to be released by the A’s. Hot on the heels of the releases of minor league hurlers Drew Granier, Deck McGuire, Brandon “€œBranch”€ Kloess and Dakota Freese earlier this week, the A’s also released RHPs Murphy Smith and Paul Smyth on Wednesday. After being moved to the bullpen last year, Smith posted a 4.73 ERA in...
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Two Weeks In Spring

I don’t understand the fuss over sending Kris Bryant to the minors to start the season. The Cubs already have a third baseman in Mike Olt. They don’t need him to hit like Bryant but they need solid defense at the hot corner. Last year Olt started the spring well and struggled during the season. […]
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Yankees get infielder Gregorio Petit from Astros for cash

NEW YORK (AP) In need of another healthy infielder by opening day, the New York Yankees have acquired Gregorio Petit from the Houston Astros for cash. The teams announced the deal Wednesday night. New York says Petit will report to major league camp. Petit batted .278 with two homers and nine RBIs in 37 games with the Astros last season. He played in 85 games for Triple-A Oklahoma...
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St Louis Cardinals: four bold predictions for 2015

With the Cardinals set to open the regular season on Sunday Night at Wrigley Field against the rival Chicago Cubs, they open the season in good shape as defending NL Central champs. Before Wainwright and Lester take the mound at Wrigley, I will make several predictions for the 2015 Cardinals. Four players will hit 20 home runs The Cardinals bats lacked a good knockout punch in 2014...
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Coco Crisp Likely to Begin Season on DL

Coco Crisp, the Oakland A’s usual leadoff hitter and catalyst, will more than likely start the regular season on the disabled list. (Mandatory Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) The Oakland A’s can’t catch a break when it comes to injury news. First, it was closer Sean Doolittle suffering a shoulder injury during the offseason. Next, it was Josh Reddick being unable to...
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Yankees Name Adam Warren Fifth Starter

Adam Warren put together a stellar 2014 at the back end of the bullpen for the New York Yankees. This year, the Yanks are hoping he will be just as good at the back end of the rotation. #Yankees manager Joe Girardi names Adam Warren the fifth starter. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) April 1, 2015 When Chris Capuano went down straining his right quadriceps...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Orioles and Pirates play to 3-3 tie in 10 innings

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) In a matchup of opening-day pitchers, Chris Tillman allowed two runs over five innings while Francisco Liriano gave up one run in three innings as the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates played to a 3-3 tie in 10 innings Wednesday night. Tillman and Liriano were both selected to start on opening day for the second straight season. Pedro Alvarez, who leads...
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Colorado Rockies Reshuffle Bullpen

The Colorado Rockies reshuffled the back end of their bullpen today optioning Rex Brothers and purchasing the contract of Rafael Betancourt. #Rockies option LHP Rex Brothers, OF Brandon Barnes, reassigned RHP Scott Oberg, OF Matt McBride to Minors Thomas Harding (@harding_at_mlb) April 2, 2015 #Rockies purchase contract of RHP Rafael Betancourt, inform INF Rafael Ynoa he has...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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The Nationals mascot paid tolls for commuters

We’re days away from Opening Day, and what’s Screech, mascot of the Washington Nationals, up to? Why, he’s paying tolls for commuters on the Dulles Toll Road, of course. No #foolin’: @ScreechTheEagle popped up @Dulles_Toll_Rd today to pay commuter tolls. #10DaysOfThanks #NoToll — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 1, 2015 #Screech from...
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Pirates Talk With David Todd: Hanson, Ramirez, Taillon, Kingham, Richard, Worley

I was on 970 ESPN in Pittsburgh this afternoon for my weekly segment with David Todd. The podcast can be heard below. Here is a summary of what we talked about this week, along with links to relevant articles. **We discussed Alen Hanson, and how he has been lost in the mix this Spring. I wrote about what Hanson has been working on, and what he needs to do to reach the majors this...
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Mike Napoli Throws a Rock at an Unsuspecting Dustin Pedroia

The Boston Red Sox are just about ready to bounce out of Florida to get the regular season going, which means if any of them want to go fishing, now’s the time to go. Dustin Pedroia, a savvy and grindy veteran, knew what was up and took out his rod for a little Wednesday evening fishing session. Unfortunately, Mike Napoli had a little April Fools magic in him and decided that...
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Red Sox Notes: Clay Buchholz Says He’s ‘Night And Day’ Compared To 2014

This embed is invalid" /> Three spring training games against the Minnesota Twins separate the Boston Red Sox from the regular season. The Red Sox were in split-squad action Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla. One Boston team played Minnesota to a 4-4 tie at Hammond Stadium, while the other suffered a 9-7 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at JetBlue Park. Let’s...
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Utley Homers Twice in Phillies Win

The Phillies snapped a seven game winless streak on Wednesday with a 9-2 shellacking of the Atlanta Braves in Clearwater. The Phils inconsistent offense piled up 10 hits, including eight off of Braves starter Julio Teheran. Two of those hits were home runs from second baseman Chase Utley, who homered in four consecutive at-bats after hitting two home runs in his previous contest...
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Rockies send down Brothers, Barnes; Betancourt makes team

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Colorado Rockies have sent veteran reliever Rex Brothers and outfielder Brandon Barnes to the minors. The moves Wednesday mean 39-year-old reliever Rafael Betancourt has made the opening-day roster in his comeback from elbow reconstruction surgery. Infielder Rafael Ynoa and left-hander Christian Friedrich also made the club. The Rockies also sent outfielder...
Via AP on Fox
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Opening Day Starters: A.L Central

  Opening Day Starters: A.L Central Starting pitchers pride themselves on being named the Opening Day starter for their ball club. The assignment is motivating as you’re often pegged as the guy who will lead your starting staff. The Opening Day assignment is quite overblown by fans, especially when their team doesn’t have a true #1 or obvious choice for the start. I continue...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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Yankees acquire Petit from Astros

The Yankees PR department tweeted that the team has acquired infielder Gregorio Petit from the Astros in exchange for cash. Ten minutes later, they tweeted that Brendan Ryan has been diagnosed with a grade 2 calf strain. Presumably, Petit will take Ryan’s spot on the Opening Day roster as the backup shortstop/middle infielder.Petit, 30, can play shortstop, second base and third...
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Red Sox fan tumbles onto field reaching for foul ball (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. A Boston Red Sox fan tumbled onto the field reaching for a foul ball during the seventh inning of Wednesday's Grapefruit League spring training game against Toronto.It was a complete failure for the fan, as not only did he take the embarrassing spill, but he failed to come up with the baseball.  The fan tried to play it cool by accepting applause...
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Garcia homers, Abreu has 2 more hits for White Sox in win

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Avisail Garcia homered among his three hits and drove in four runs, Jose Abreu added to his sizzling spring training with two more hits and a Chicago White Sox split squad beat the Seattle Mariners 12-4 on Wednesday. Abreu raised his spring training-leading batting average to .518 (29 for 56). Garcia and the White Sox are looking forward to getting the regular...
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Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez to undergo Tommy John surgery

The Boston Red Sox announced Wednesday that their expected starting catcher for 2015, Christian Vazquez, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Florida, possibly ending his season before it even started. Vazquez, 24, was slated to start behind the plate for the Red Sox on Opening Day. While Tommy John surgery recovery does not take as long for position players as it does...
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10 hours ago  |  Discuss
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