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Fan Cave spreads holiday cheer to Jersey children

Fan Cave spreads holiday cheer to Jersey children

MLB.com Updated Dec 14, 2012
The holiday season came early to the Fan Cave on Friday, as Major League Baseball played host to 35 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Clifton, N.J. The kids were bussed in to Broadway and W. 4th Street and treated to a night of revelry and holi…
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  • Phils reach agreement with reliever Adams

    Phils reach agreement with reliever Adams

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Phillies have found their setup man. MLB.com confirmed the Phillies have agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with right-hander Mike Adams.
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  • Holiday Tour stops at Westfield Valencia Saturday

    Holiday Tour stops at Westfield Valencia Saturday

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Dodgers Holiday Tour of Southern California will stop at Westfield Valencia on Saturday when Nick Punto and Tim Leary will participate in a meet-and-greet and autograph signing.
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  • Town hall session kicks off PiratesFest

    Town hall session kicks off PiratesFest

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    Among the topics discussed by president Frank Coonelly and GM Neal Huntington was the payroll for 2013.
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  • Rockies won't trade Cuddyer without big return

    Rockies won't trade Cuddyer without big return

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Rockies are maintaining a high price for teams interested in trading for center fielder Dexter Fowler. It also has emerged that the Rockies have the same or similar stance for any team interested in outfielder-first baseman Michael Cuddyer.
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  • Report: Yanks hit with $18.9 million luxury tax

    Report: Yanks hit with $18.9 million luxury tax

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 14, 2012
    The New York Yankees have been hit with an $18.9 million luxury tax by Major League Baseball, the 10th consecutive year they will pay a penalty for their spending.
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  • Blue Jays reportedly front-runners for Dickey

    Blue Jays reportedly front-runners for Dickey

    The Blue Jays reportedly are front-runners to land 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets.
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  • A's, Oakland Zoo team up for annual holiday party

    A's, Oakland Zoo team up for annual holiday party

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    Relievers Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle signed autographs and took pictures with over 200 fourth- and fifth-grade students as part of the annual A's Community Fund holiday party at the Oakland Zoo.
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  • Wigginton gets 2-year, $5M contract with Cards

    Wigginton gets 2-year, $5M contract with Cards

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Free agent infielder Ty Wigginton and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract.
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  • GM Colletti: Dodgers not spending recklessly

    GM Colletti: Dodgers not spending recklessly

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said the perception that the team is out of control with its spending isn't accurate.
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  • Wren content, but still eyeing possible improvements

    Wren content, but still eyeing possible improvements

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    Braves general manager Frank Wren will continue to evaluate different opportunities to improve his club over the next few weeks and months. But as he looks at the current makeup of his roster, he believes he already has the makings of a pretty strong te…
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  • Springer's skills spring to life early in career

    Springer's skills spring to life early in career

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    George Springer may be the ideal player to anchor the future of the Houston Astros. Power is at a premium in baseball. Springer is an outfield prospect with significant power.
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  • New Halo Hamilton to be introduced Saturday

    New Halo Hamilton to be introduced Saturday

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Angels will unveil their new prize -- free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton -- at a Saturday news conference at 11:30 a.m. PT at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney -- where Joe Blanton, Tommy Hanson, Sean Burnett and Ryan Madson were introduced on Wedne…
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  • Sanchez and Tigers reach $80M deal

    Sanchez and Tigers reach $80M deal

    DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have made another major move to help their quest to win a World Series for the first time since 1984.
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  • New Ranger Lindblom comfortable with pressure on

    New Ranger Lindblom comfortable with pressure on

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Rangers have spent the winter futilely chasing some of the bigger free-agent names on the market, but one of their offseason goals was to upgrade the bullpen, and Josh Lindblom is a big part of that.
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  • Dempster's Deal With Red Sox Should Interest Dickey

    Dempster's Deal With Red Sox Should Interest Dickey

    nytimes.com Dec 14, 2012
    If Ryan Dempster is worth $26.5 million over two years to the Red Sox, how much should R.A. Dickey, the National League Cy Young Award winner, be worth to the Mets?
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  • Zduriencik made 'substantial' offer to Hamilton

    Zduriencik made 'substantial' offer to Hamilton

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    It's no secret the Mariners are in pursuit of offense this offseason. What wasn't certain was how hard they'd be willing to pursue high-priced slugger Josh Hamilton, but general manager Jack Zduriencik acknowledged Friday his club went after the former …
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  • Youkilis in place to be Yankees' third baseman

    Youkilis in place to be Yankees' third baseman

    ESPN.com Dec 14, 2012
    Former Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis is officially a New York Yankee, the team announced Friday, and will be the every-day player at the position in place of injured Alex Rodriguez.
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  • Bucs to unveil new alternate home uniforms for '13

    Bucs to unveil new alternate home uniforms for '13

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    Sundays will have a throwback feel all season long at PNC Park in 2013.
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  • Angels moving press box ‘down the right-field line’ to add luxu…

    Angels moving press box ‘down the right-field line’ to add luxury seats

    yahoo.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Los Angeles Angels just added $125 million in payroll by signing slugger Josh Hamilton in the free-agent market. Someone has to pay for it, so no one is going to be surprised when Angels fans get the bill in some, way, shape or form. They're not the…
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  • Veteran outfielder Nady signs Minor League deal

    Veteran outfielder Nady signs Minor League deal

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    The Royals, continuing to add veteran depth for what they hope will be a run at a division title, signed outfielder Xavier Nady to a 2013 Minor League contract on Friday.
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  • MLB holding tryouts for International Showcase

    MLB holding tryouts for International Showcase

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    Representatives from the MLB Prospect League are holding tryouts in Nicaragua, Colombia, Panama and Curacao to find prospects to attend the second annual MLB International Prospect Showcase next month.
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  • Ichiro, Yanks finalizing two-year deal

    Ichiro, Yanks finalizing two-year deal

    MLB.com Dec 14, 2012
    Ichiro Suzuki and the Yankees are continuing to finalize the terms of a new contract that will keep the 39-year-old veteran in pinstripes next season.
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  • Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno following in late George S…

    Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno following in late George Steinbrenner's footsteps, signing one big-name free agent after an

    nydailynews.com Dec 14, 2012
    It’s official now: Arte Moreno is the new George Steinbrenner, as determined to make the biggest splash as he is to win a championship. Whether collecting high-priced sluggers is the right formula remains to be seen, but Moreno is clearly running the An
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  • ESPN's John Kruk doesn't think Alex Rodriguez will ever be the …

    ESPN's John Kruk doesn't think Alex Rodriguez will ever be the same after he undergoes his second hip surgery since 2009 in Janu

    nydailynews.com Dec 14, 2012
    When dissecting the Yankees’ acquisition of Kevin Youkilis, it’s important to recognize the obvious: In this cult-of-personality world, Youk ain’t no Alex Rodriguez.
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  • Video - Schaap Talk: Angels Continue Spending Spree 01:37

    Schaap Talk: Angels Continue Spending Spree

    Dec 14
    Jeremy Schaap discusses the Angels' signing of Josh Hamilton and the Yankees' quiet offseason.
  • Video - Angels Under Pressure 00:45

    Angels Under Pressure

    Dec 14
    Tim Kurkjian thinks the Angels will be under more pressure to make the playoffs than any other team in the American League after the acquisition of Josh Hamilton.
  • Video - Angels Make Splash With Hamilton Signing 02:19

    Angels Make Splash With Hamilton Signing

    Dec 14
    Buster Olney discusses Josh Hamilton's 5-year, $125 million deal with the Angels and thinks Mike Scioscia will be under more pressure than any other manager in baseball.
  • Video - Anibal Sanchez Stays With Tigers 03:15

    Anibal Sanchez Stays With Tigers

    Dec 14
    Jerry Crasnick discusses Anibal Sanchez's decision to stay in Detroit after agreeing to a five-year, $80 million contract.

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