Chris Valaika gets go-ahead for light running and throwing

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From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon comes word that Reds infielder Chris Valaika has been cleared by team doctors to begin light running and throwing.

Valaika was shut down in early September after tearing his right ACL during a game against the Rockies. He eventually underwent surgery.

The Reds are fully expecting the 26-year-old to be back to 100 percent health by the start of spring training next February. He’ll be looking to lock up a spot on the Cincinnati bench after batting .280/.333/.400 across 27 plate appearances in 2011.

Brewers unveil new logo and jerseys

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On Monday, the Brewers unveiled a familiar logo and new jerseys to help celebrate their 50th anniversary as a franchise. They kickstarted it with a video:

Then they showed various members of the club, including Ryan Braun and Keston Hiura, modeling their new uniforms, which featured the familiar ball-in-mitt logo.

The Brewers are not the only team to to back to a classic. The Padres are bringing back the brown as well. Two very good choices.