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Pastore dies following motorcycle accident

Pastore dies following motorcycle accident

MLB.com Updated Dec 17, 2012
Former Major League pitcher Frank Pastore, 55, died on Monday night, succumbing to complications from his Nov. 19 motorcycle accident in California. Pastore had been in a coma for four weeks.
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  • Giants agree to three-year deal with righty Casilla

    Giants agree to three-year deal with righty Casilla

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    Maintaining their strategy of trying to retain the core of their pitching staff, the Giants announced Monday night that right-hander Santiago Casilla had agreed to a three-year contract, pending a physical examination.
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  • Granderson takes in Sandy's devastation first-hand

    Granderson takes in Sandy's devastation first-hand

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    Curtis Granderson had watched the news, like everyone else. But until he stepped onto Staten Island, he never could've imagined the devastation that people have been living through.
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  • Elder Drew thinks Stephen can thrive in Boston

    Elder Drew thinks Stephen can thrive in Boston

    MLB.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Dec 17, 2012
    Former Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew, who retired after the 2011 season, thinks his younger brother, Stephen, has found a nice fit in Boston.
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  • Report: A's agree to sign shortstop Nakajima

    Report: A's agree to sign shortstop Nakajima

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say the Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions.
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  • Tigers welcome Sanchez in 'prime of his career'

    Tigers welcome Sanchez in 'prime of his career'

    ESPN.com Dec 17, 2012
    Anibal Sanchez hadn't gone anywhere, really, and yet here he was getting a big "welcome back" from Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski.
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  • Jays, Dickey reach $25M deal in trade with Mets

    Jays, Dickey reach $25M deal in trade with Mets

    Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey has reached an agreement with the Blue Jays on a two-year, $25 million extension that allowed Toronto and the New York Mets to complete their trade.
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  • Free agent Swisher paying a visit to Indians

    Free agent Swisher paying a visit to Indians

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent Nick Swisher is visiting the Cleveland Indians, who have a hole to fill in right field.
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  • Angels add depth with veteran infielder Rodriguez

    Angels add depth with veteran infielder Rodriguez

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    The Angels signed veteran utility infielder Luis Rodriguez to a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invite on Monday.
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  • MLB looking into padded caps to protect pitchers

    MLB looking into padded caps to protect pitchers

    MLB.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 17, 2012
    Major League Baseball is working with a half-dozen manufacturers to develop padded caps that could help pitchers avoid serious injury if struck by a line drive or a broken bat, MLB.com has confirmed.
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  • Rays minor leaguer refuses drug test, gets ban

    Rays minor leaguer refuses drug test, gets ban

    ESPN.com Dec 17, 2012
    A minor league outfielder in the Tampa Bay organization has been suspended 50 games after refusing to take an offseason drug test.
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  • At last healthy, Mitchell poised for breakthrough

    At last healthy, Mitchell poised for breakthrough

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    The 2013 season stands as a defining one for White Sox outfield prospect Jared Mitchell.
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  • Lewis approved to begin throwing on flat ground

    Lewis approved to begin throwing on flat ground

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis, who is coming back from surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon, was examined by Dr. Keith Meister on Friday and was given the green light to begin his throwing program on flat ground.
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  • AL-bound Astros sign veteran Peña to be DH

    AL-bound Astros sign veteran Peña to be DH

    CNNSI.com Dec 17, 2012
    HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have signed veteran Carlos Peña to be their designated hitter, addressing a key need as they prepare for their first season in the American League.
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  • End Of The Raines Delay

    End Of The Raines Delay

    CNNSI.com Dec 17, 2012
    Tim Raines' Hall of Fame vote total has been rising in recent years and there should be no further hold-up about electing him to Cooperstown, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Carlos Peña signs with Astros, could be first DH in AL history…

    Carlos Peña signs with Astros, could be first DH in AL history for Houston

    yahoo.com MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    Carlos Peña and the Houston Astros agreed to a contract for 2013 on Monday, as first reported by Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. Peña will earn a $2.9 million base salary and is eligible for up to $1.4 million in incentives. Peña hit .197/.330/.354 with…
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  • ‘Ernie the Blue-Nosed Reindeer’ highlights ‘Christmastime in Wr…

    ‘Ernie the Blue-Nosed Reindeer’ highlights ‘Christmastime in Wrigleyville’ album

    yahoo.com Dec 17, 2012
    Looking for a stocking stuffer for the big Chicago Cubs fan in your life? A songwriter named Kevin Henrickson has an album of Cubs-themed Christmas songs entitled "Christmastime in Wrigleyville."  It contains such songs as "Ronnie The Sno…
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  • Mariners weighing their options via free agency

    Mariners weighing their options via free agency

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    With Josh Hamilton off the board, the question now is what possibilities remain for the Mariners to improve their offense in a winter where the premier free agents are starting to dwindle.
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  • Brewers ink infielder Murphy to Minors deal

    Brewers ink infielder Murphy to Minors deal

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    Short of shortstops, the Brewers have signed infielder Donnie Murphy to a Minor League contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training camp.
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  • Auction winner continues stand against cancer

    Auction winner continues stand against cancer

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    Sara Ratzenberger stood up to cancer, fought hard and valiantly, and lost. Her husband, John, is determined to help others win that battle.
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  • Hillman excited to be reunited with Greinke

    Hillman excited to be reunited with Greinke

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    When the Dodgers began due diligence before launching their record-breaking $147 million pursuit of Zack Greinke, they didn't look far for inside information.
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  • Charlie Sheen, Zac Efron and a fun (if not entirely true) story…

    Charlie Sheen, Zac Efron and a fun (if not entirely true) story about a $2.6 million Babe Ruth baseball

    yahoo.com Dec 17, 2012
    The Daily Mirror story that's quickly making its way around gossip sites on Monday morning has all the ingredients that make up a successful link bait story. Among them: Charlie Sheen, a young Disney star, drunken antics, valuable memorabilia, the New Y…
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  • Cozart aiming to continue growth in 2013

    Cozart aiming to continue growth in 2013

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    As far as Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was concerned, his biggest success from his rookie season was something that can't be measured by existing statistics.
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  • MLB Notebook: Headley on base consistently

    MLB Notebook: Headley on base consistently

    MLB.com Dec 17, 2012
    In his breakout 2012 season, Chase Headley showed an exceptional ability to win the daily battle to reach base.
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  • Video - MLB Pitchers To Try Out Padded Caps 03:26

    MLB Pitchers To Try Out Padded Caps

    Dec 17
    Rob Vito, President of Unequal Technologies, discusses his company's prototype MLB cap which will help reduce the severity of head injury to players.
  • Video - Mint Condition: Stocking Stuffers 03:25

    Mint Condition: Stocking Stuffers

    Dec 17
    Professional appraiser Leila Dunbar joins Michele Steele to discuss potential holiday gifts for sports memorabilia fans, including a basketball signed by Michael Jordan and a championship ring.
  • Video - Mets Trade R.A. Dickey To Blue Jays 02:48

    Mets Trade R.A. Dickey To Blue Jays

    Dec 17
    ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin discusses R.A. Dickey's trade to the Blue Jays.

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    Dec 17
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