Yankees’ Captaincy Is Open, and It May Stay That Way

NY Times: Bats (BILLY WITZ) — General Manager Brian Cashman reiterated on Thursday what he said on at least two occasions last season — that he would like to have the title of captain retired along with Derek Jeter.
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Yu Darvish exits first spring start early with arm tightness Big League Stew (Israel Fehr) — Yu Darvish's first spring training start didn't go exactly to plan. He pitched one scoreless inning on Thursday, facing four batters and throwing just 12 pitches, but was pulled early with an injury. The official word from the Rangers is that Darvish felt tightness in his right triceps during his pregame bullpe session and he will be re-evaluated on Friday. The good news is that neither...
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Garrett Richards ready to face hitters for first time since knee surgery HardballTalk (D.J. Short) — Richards is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Saturday for the first time since knee surgery.
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On Baseball: Aroldis Chapman Stretches the Reds’ Budget, and the Limits of Pitching

NY Times: Bats (TYLER KEPNER) — After a harrowing spring injury, the Reds’ Aroldis Chapman had one of the most dominant seasons. Chapman can be a free agent after 2016, which puts the Reds in a quandary.
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Cliff Lee throws two scoreless innings in Grapefruit League debut HardballTalk (D.J. Short) — It was his first game action since last July 31.
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Hunter Pence has a broken forearm and the Giants are in trouble Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — Your browser does not support iframes. After finishing the 2014 MLB season on the highest of highs, the defending champion San Francisco Giants now face another challenge as the get ready for 2015. Hunter Pence, their starting right fielder and walking-talking energy drink, will miss the start of the season Pence was hit in the left forearm by a pitch Thursday in the Giants' spring training...
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Sources: Cuban Hector Olivera could have damaged UCL in throwing arm Jeff Passan (Jeff Passan) — The free agent’s market would be hindered if he requires Tommy John surgery in his right elbow.
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Players' union angered by 'cowardly' leaks in Josh Hamilton saga Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — The Major League Baseball Players Association sprung to the defense of Josh Hamilton on Thursday, lashing out about "cowardly" leaks of confidential information regarding Hamilton's pending punishment. On the record: We know Hamilton visited the league offices in New York City last week. Reports from anonymous sources have given us a number of additional details: That Hamilton relapsed...
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Hunter Pence hit in hand by pitch, headed for X-rays HardballTalk (D.J. Short) — Some concerning news here for the defending World Series champion Giants...
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MLBPA: leaks about Josh Hamilton are from people “who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally” HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — Tony Clark adds that the leaks "are cowardly, undermine the integrity of our collectively bargained agreements and in some instances have been wholly inaccurate."
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There was a big, big rock star at Tigers camp today HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — He was bigger a few years ago, but he's still a pretty big deal.
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Mike Minor to see Dr. James Andrews HardballTalk (Craig Calcaterra) — He may be a nice man, but no one likes to pay a visit to Dr. Andrews.
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You have to see Tigers pitcher Alfredo Simon's flashy chrome car Big League Stew (Mike Oz) — You've already enjoyed Kansas City Royals shortstop  Alcides Escobar's gold SUV , the first of our ridiculously pimped-out MLB rides this spring. Well, Alfredo Simon, the new Detroit Tigers pitcher, sees Escobar's gold SUV and raises him a chrome Mercedes. Here it is, via Chris Iott of : Your car, what do you call that color? Alfredo Simon: "Chrome." ...
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Why Jose Iglesias may be the happiest Tiger of all Tim Brown (Tim Brown) — After not playing for the better part of 18 months, Detroit's shortstop is healthy and feeling like his old self.
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