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Investigation clears Indians pitcher Danny Salazar

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No charges will be filed against Cleveland Indians' Danny Salazar in Jan. 22 Hustler Club incident | cleveland.comDanny Salazar will not be charged in connection with a Jan. 22 incident at the Hustler Club in the Flats.

Brandon Moss ready to return to form - New Indians player Brandon Moss is ready for a return to form after hip surgery in 2014.

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Milwaukee Brewers sign reliever Chris Perez to minor-league deal | FOX Sports - The Brewers have signed LGFT right-handed pitcher Chris Perez to a minor-league deal with an invitation to big-league camp, adding a reliever with closing experience to their bullpen mix.

How a French Opera and Sesame Street Inspired the Birth of the Philly Phanatic - The idea of the mascot came to America by way of a popular French opera from the 1880s called La Mascotte. The opera is about a down-on-his-luck farmer who’s visited by a girl named Bettina; as soon as she appears, the farmer’s crops start doing well, and his life turns around.

Full Count " Why Wednesday was so important to Justin Masterson - "Nothing hurts," he said when asked about the difference in throwing his second bullpen, compared to his initial time off the mound with the Indians last season.

Solution to MLB draft dilemma: Don't have one | FOX Sports - So what if there was no draft? Instead, what if we just lumped all new players -- foreign or domestic -- into a single acquisition system where each player was free to sigh with the team of his choice, only with firm spending caps in place to ensure that young talent flows more freely to clubs that can't compete on major-league payroll alone?

Is the strike zone to blame for decreased offense? | : Anthony Castrovince Article - We can certainly point to issues in approach or bullpen usage patterns as contributing factors in the offensive decline. Those are worthwhile topics to tackle. But let's not lose sight of one culprit in the rise of the K: The strike zone itself.

Junior college to sign daughter of former major league reliever to its baseball team | HardballTalk - She has an 82 m.p.h. fastball, two offspeed pitches and is working on a cutter.

Rangers sign former All-Star Ryan Ludwick | HardballTalk - LGFT Ludwick will get $1.75 million if he makes the Opening Day roster out of spring training.

White Sox release Dayan Viciedo, eat $733,000 after failing to find a trade | HardballTalk - How to flush $733,000 down the toilet.

Orioles reunite with Nolan Reimold on minor league deal | HardballTalk - Apparently, the Indians were not interested enough.