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Baseball's top prospect shelved

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07:53 AM ET 04.11 | In addition to their sixth loss in nine games, the Twins suffered another setback on Thursday. Top prospect Byron Buxton, who sprained his left wrist in a Minor League Spring Training game on March 16, is likely out until late April and is expected to start the season in extended spring camp before heading to Double-A New Britain. Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, still has not been cleared to swing a bat yet, but he is expected to start baseball activities by early next week at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla. He originally injured his wrist trying to make a diving catch in the outfield. The Twins are being cautious with Buxton, as they don't want the injury to linger throughout the season. So it remains unlikely he'll be ready to play at New Britain before May 1.

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Bronx Bombers near bottoming out

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07:52 AM ET 04.11 | Though fans in few MLB cities will weep for their plight, the Yankees are in a tough spot. The Bronx Bombers appear to be on the verge of bottoming out. As always, the Yankees more than demonstrated a desire to win with the money they spent this offseason. They doled out $155 million plus a $20-million posting fee for Masahiro Tanaka, $153 million for Jacoby Ellsbury, $85 million for Brian McCann and $45 million for Carlos Beltran. But all those moves served merely as a superficial makeover for a franchise with a crumbling foundation that can't be rebuilt the way it once was. Years of coming up empty in the June draft -- either by forfeiting picks to sign free agents or by misfiring on picks made -- are starting to catch up.

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Braves' Freeman tells Chipper he's unstoppable

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07:51 AM ET 04.11 | A bit of Atlanta baseball royalty returned to the old office this week, as Chipper Jones made his first appearance at Turner Field this season. One former teammate Jones stays in regular contact with, whether he comes to Turner Field or not is Freddie Freeman, who lives down the street from Jones in Roswell. Freeman spent about an hour at Jones' house talking hitting after Wednesday night's game, when he [went] 2-for-4. ... "The difference I see in Freddie in confidence," Jones said. "When he first came up he would go through streaks where he wore his emotion on his sleeve. It was my job to try to (settle him down.) Now I see confidence. The first thing he said to me last night was 'They got nothing to get me out with,' and that warms my heart. Walking into that box is 90 percent of it."

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MLB players still consider Cruz a cheater

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07:50 AM ET 04.11 | Jhonny Peralta's three-hit Game 1 of the ALCS in win over Boston took place months ago. Afterward, a number of Red Sox players seethed privately over getting beaten by a player who was coming off a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. ... [Even] now, players are not entirely satisfied. "It still makes guys mad," [catcher David Ross] said. "Nelson Cruz beat us with a home run on Opening Day (this year). You just have that sense of getting beat by a cheater. It hurts a little more than normally when you would just give a guy credit for doing something good. That's on them, too. That's something they'll carry the rest of their playing career, and probably the rest of their lives." No longer do players tolerate such conduct from their peers.

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A's demote $10M man

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07:48 AM ET 04.11 | For now, Jim Johnson, is out of his would-be job. Manager Bob Melvin announced [Thursday morning that Johnson] will get "a break" from closer duties. Johnson has an 18.90 ERA to start the season, plus two losses and a blown save. Johnson told The Chronicle and MLB.com just now that he is not surprised by the decision, saying Melvin "has got to do what he's got to do" and that there is no timetable for his return to closing. ... [Johnson] has 101 saves, the most in baseball, over the past two years. He gave up two runs in the ninth inning yesterday to allow the Twins to tie the game; the A's won it in extra innings. Johnson is making $10 million in arbitration, and given his track record, there is every reason to believe he will get a chance to get his job back again in the near future.

San Francisco Chronicle

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