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Royals introduce Shields, Davis following trade

Royals introduce Shields, Davis following trade

CNNSI.com ESPN.com Updated Dec 12, 2012
The last couple years, every time that Royals manager Ned Yost would stop to buy a cup of coffee, he would tell the barista his name was Frank.
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  • Ike has nothing but optimism going into 2013

    Ike has nothing but optimism going into 2013

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Healed and healthy, Ike Davis is excited about the coming season, which is good news for the Mets, who are relying on him for a big chunk of their power production.
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  • Red Sox ready to introduce Victorino

    Red Sox ready to introduce Victorino

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Outfielder Shane Victorino is set to officially join the Red Sox on Thursday in a noon ET press conference at Fenway Park.
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  • Angels quietly restock staff after pitching losses

    Angels quietly restock staff after pitching losses

    CNNSI.com Dec 12, 2012
    With three-fifths of their starting rotation gone, the Los Angeles Angels have been busy plugging holes and upgrading a bullpen that routinely surrendered leads last season.
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  • Boston sending L.A. $11.7M for Gonzalez deal

    Boston sending L.A. $11.7M for Gonzalez deal

    ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    The blockbuster trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from Boston to the Dodgers last August will wrap up with the Red Sox paying $11.7 million to Los Angeles over the next three years.
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  • Dodgers obtain versatile Schumaker from Cards

    Dodgers obtain versatile Schumaker from Cards

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder-outfielder Skip Schumaker from St. Louis for minor league infielder Jake Lemmerman on Wednesday.
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  • Dodgers on track to pass Yankees in 2013 payroll

    Dodgers on track to pass Yankees in 2013 payroll

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 12, 2012
    The Los Angeles Dodgers are on track to become only the second major league team with a $200 million payroll and could end the New York Yankees' streak of 14 years as baseball's biggest spender.
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  • Mets defer $15.5 million in Wright's extension

    Mets defer $15.5 million in Wright's extension

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 12, 2012
    The New York Mets will defer $15.5 million of the $138 million in David Wright's new eight-year extension. However, the deferred dollars were reduced significantly from the amount the club initially wished to defer.
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  • The Official MLB Twitter Account Just Murdered The IKEA Monkey …

    The Official MLB Twitter Account Just Murdered The IKEA Monkey Meme

    deadspin.com Dec 12, 2012
    Goddammit, @MLB. Why did you have to do this? It's bad enough that you are already one of the worst Twitter accounts in sports, but why did you have to take a perfectly good internet meme, one that plenty of people were having fun with, and murder it wi…
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  • After three-way deal, Tribe not done with upgrades

    After three-way deal, Tribe not done with upgrades

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    In the wake of the Indians' loudest transaction of the winter, general manager Chris Antonetti made one thing abundantly clear. "We still have work to do," he said at Progressive Field on Wednesday.
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  • Reliever changes teams for fourth time since Oct.

    Reliever changes teams for fourth time since Oct.

    CNNSI.com Dec 12, 2012
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have claimed right-handed pitcher Sandy Rosario off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.
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  • Led by AT&T Park, ballparks dominate Facebook’s list of hig…

    Led by AT&T Park, ballparks dominate Facebook’s list of highest ‘check-ins’ in 2012

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    San Francisco's AT&T Park received the third-most "check-ins" on Facebook in 2012, the social media site reported on Wednesday, and major-league ballparks accounted for seven spots on the top 10 "most checked in" list. It was a g…
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  • Fully recovered McCarthy opens D-backs chapter

    Fully recovered McCarthy opens D-backs chapter

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Brandon McCarthy looks to be 100 percent recovered from the injury he sustained when a line drive struck him in the head on Sept. 5, and the former A's righty is eager to get his D-backs career under way.
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  • Create-a-Caption: Barry Zito and wife exercise their rights in …

    Create-a-Caption: Barry Zito and wife exercise their rights in the celebrity luxury lounge

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito made an appearance at the American Country Music Awards over the weekend with teammate Brandon Belt. Before the show, the resurgent left-hander was able to hit the celebrity gift suite with his wife Amber to play …
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  • Ross Detwiler is leaving his honeymoon early to go visit the tr…

    Ross Detwiler is leaving his honeymoon early to go visit the troops stationed overseas

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    Ross Detwiler didn't hesitate when faced with a decision between love or country. He chose country. The Washington Nationals pitcher will soon be headed out on a seven-day, four-country USO tour with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of …
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  • Pirates announce two-year deal with Grilli

    Pirates announce two-year deal with Grilli

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Jason Grilli's signing was officially announced Wednesday afternoon by the Pirates, who had made retaining the key setup reliever an offseason priority.
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  • Rangers still in the hunt to re-sign Hamilton

    Rangers still in the hunt to re-sign Hamilton

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    With many of the Rangers' other preferred options starting to slip away, the best hope for an impact offseason move seems to be pointed mainly at re-signing Josh Hamilton.
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  • Nieves named manager of Class A Dayton

    Nieves named manager of Class A Dayton

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Former Cubs and Angels infielder Jose Nieves was named the manager of Class A Dayton, the Dragons announced Wednesday. Additionally, Tony Fossas will rejoin the Dragons as pitching coach.
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  • Mo: I'll be ready to pitch by Opening Day

    Mo: I'll be ready to pitch by Opening Day

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Yankees closer Mariano Rivera promises that he will be ready to resume answering the call for save opportunities by Opening Day.
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  • Kevin Youkilis could be Wade Boggs all over again for the Yanke…

    Kevin Youkilis could be Wade Boggs all over again for the Yankees

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    So, is this Kevin Youkilis-to-the-Yankees thing going to end with him re-enacting Wade Boggs' famous horse ride after the '96 World Series? If so, it would be another stick in the eye to the Boston Red Sox fandom and another feather in the cap of the Br…
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  • Angels finalize deals with Blanton, Burnett

    Angels finalize deals with Blanton, Burnett

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Joe Blanton and Sean Burnett have both passed their physicals -- the final step in completing the two-year deals the free-agent pitchers signed with the Angels.
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  • Wren, Fredi take evaluation trip to Dominican

    Wren, Fredi take evaluation trip to Dominican

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Braves general manager Frank Wren has been encouraged to hear and read about the success many of his players have experienced in winter leagues this year. This past weekend, he took manager Fredi Gonzalez and a few of his top front-office officials to t…
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  • A fan once suggested that Coors Field’s outfield fence should b…

    A fan once suggested that Coors Field’s outfield fence should be shaped like the Rocky Mountains

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    As part of its 'Colorado Classics' series, the Denver Post has a profile on Lew Cady, a Colorado Rockies superfan who's known for wearing tuxedos to games, eating fried Spam shaped like baseball bats and trying to be "first" in almost any new …
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  • Reds reportedly agree to deal with Hannahan

    Reds reportedly agree to deal with Hannahan

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Infielder Jack Hannahan has agreed to a deal with the Reds, pending a physical, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.
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  • Market never an obstacle for adept Jocketty

    Market never an obstacle for adept Jocketty

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    And so Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has done it again. Filled a need. Smartly. Efficiently. Finished his offseason checklist.
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  • Roberto Alomar is getting married on 12/12/12 for a baseball-re…

    Roberto Alomar is getting married on 12/12/12 for a baseball-related reason

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    December 12, 2012, is the best day ever for anyone alive who is obsessed with the number 12. Hall of Fame baseball great Roberto Alomar is one of these people. Alomar, a 12-time All-Star who wore No. 12 at every major league stop save one, says he will …
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  • Acquiring top pitching requires deft planning

    Acquiring top pitching requires deft planning

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    You have to use what currency you have and try to get the high-ceiling arms, which is what each of them has done. This isn't rotisserie, it's the reality of the market.
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  • Cosart ready for any role Astros ask him to fill

    Cosart ready for any role Astros ask him to fill

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    Hard-throwing prospect Jarred Cosart has been a starter throughout his pro career, but he'd certainly try closing if it got him a spot on the Astros' roster in 2013.
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  • Twelves reign supreme on calender, diamond

    Twelves reign supreme on calender, diamond

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    This is last time for a long time that a date with three matching numbers will show like a slot machine winner. So we can't let this date pass with at least a dozen baseball references, random as they may be.
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  • Greinke will find comfort and thrive with Dodgers

    Greinke will find comfort and thrive with Dodgers

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    What makes Zack Greinke comfortable is a situation in which his team can win and in which his commitment to his craft can continue to be relentlessly, successfully applied. In this case, the size of the Los Angeles metropolitan area does not have to be …
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  • Managing expectations: Six new skippers take helm

    Managing expectations: Six new skippers take helm

    MLB.com Dec 12, 2012
    This spring, fans will need to familiarize themselves with quite a few new managers. Assuming there are no other managerial changes between now and Opening Day, one-fifth of the 30 Major League teams will enter the 2013 season with a new skipper.
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  • Miguel Cabrera earns another crown, wins Home Run Derby in Vene…

    Miguel Cabrera earns another crown, wins Home Run Derby in Venezuela (Video)

    yahoo.com Dec 12, 2012
    Apparently Miguel Cabrera doesn't think his trophy case is stocked with enough hardware. Let's see, the 29-year-old won the American League Triple Crown this season, becoming the first player in either league to accomplish that feat in 45 years. That ea…
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  • The Chaotic Logic of the Hot Stove Sends a Premier Prospect Out…

    The Chaotic Logic of the Hot Stove Sends a Premier Prospect Out of Arizona

    grantland.com Dec 12, 2012
    The Reds, Indians, and Diamondbacks pulled off a nine-player trade, one that improved two teams' fortunes and raised dozens of questions about the thi...
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  • Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh Steelers running back, skipped team's most …

    Dec 12
    Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall's one-game team suspension is for not attending last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, according to a multiple sources.