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New A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima says Billy Beane is ‘extrem…

New A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima says Billy Beane is ‘extremely sexy and cool’ (Video)

yahoo.com MLB.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Updated Dec 18, 2012
On Monday, the Oakland Athletics announced the signing of Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million contract, filling the void left by Stephen Drew’s departure. It could end up being a solid signing for GM Billy Beane, but with ma
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  • Mets Closer Francisco Has Elbow Surgery

    Mets Closer Francisco Has Elbow Surgery

    nytimes.com MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Mets expect the 33-year-old right-hander to begin throwing in six weeks and to be ready for opening day.
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  • Valenzuela to help out with toy giveaway

    Valenzuela to help out with toy giveaway

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    Dodgers legendary pitcher and current Spanish-language broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela will present toys to children Wednesday as part of El Centro Del Pueblo's 30th Annual Holiday Toy Giveaway.
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  • Holiday hits: Players dish out favorite winter tunes

    Holiday hits: Players dish out favorite winter tunes

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    MLB.com asked Major League Baseball players for their favorite holiday songs, and in Barry Zito's case, there could be only one at the top of the charts.
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  • Rays sign Hernandez to one-year, $3.25M deal

    Rays sign Hernandez to one-year, $3.25M deal

    ESPN.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona.
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  • Newest Mets embrace change of scenery

    Newest Mets embrace change of scenery

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    Travis d'Arnaud, the centerpiece of the deal that sent R.A. Dickey from the Mets to the Blue Jays, joined catcher John Buck and pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in an introductory conference call on Tuesday.
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  • L.A. Dodgers cash in on blockbuster trade the Boston Red Sox ha…

    L.A. Dodgers cash in on blockbuster trade the Boston Red Sox had to make

    nydailynews.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Red Sox effectively relieved themselves of almost all the excessive contracts left over by previous GM Theo Epstein in a bid to start over again.
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  • Greens honor daughter by reaching out to Newtown

    Greens honor daughter by reaching out to Newtown

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    After the horrific events at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday morning, Roxanna Green flew into action. As a mother and now an activist who lives with her family in Tucson, Ariz., Roxanna sensed she was needed 3,000 miles away.
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  • Indians using Ohio State ties to recruit Swisher

    Indians using Ohio State ties to recruit Swisher

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians called upon a proven recruiter to land free agent outfielder Nick Swisher.
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  • Bush, ex-No. 1 pick, sentenced to prison for DUI

    Bush, ex-No. 1 pick, sentenced to prison for DUI

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Bush, a former pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash.
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  • Ex-MLB top pick Bush sentenced to four years

    Ex-MLB top pick Bush sentenced to four years

    ESPN.com Dec 18, 2012
    Matt Bush, a former pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, has been sentenced to four years and three months in prison for a drunken driving hit-and-run crash.
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  • Uehara: Red Sox expressed the most interest

    Uehara: Red Sox expressed the most interest

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Boston Red Sox on Tuesday officially announced the signing of right-handed reliever Koji Uehara to a one-year contract that a source says is worth $4.25 million.
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  • Young excited for fresh start in Philadelphia

    Young excited for fresh start in Philadelphia

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Philadelphia Phillies introduced new third baseman Michael Young at a Tuesday afternoon news conference at Citizens Bank Park.
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  • Pursuing catcher, Texas talks to Pierzynski's reps

    Pursuing catcher, Texas talks to Pierzynski's reps

    MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Rangers spent Tuesday addressing their catching situation by talking with free agent A.J. Pierzynski and his representatives about the possibility of playing in Arlington.
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  • Dickey on trade: 'Important for me to grieve'

    Dickey on trade: 'Important for me to grieve'

    NEW YORK (AP) -- R.A. Dickey picked up his phone on Saturday, and New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told the NL Cy Young Award winner he had 72 hours to negotiate a contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
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  • Blue Jays ink veterans Ortiz, Langerhans

    Blue Jays ink veterans Ortiz, Langerhans

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Blue Jays added to their depth on Tuesday afternoon by signing right-hander Ramon Ortiz and outfielder Ryan Langerhans to Minor League contracts.
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  • A Short Story: Alan Trammell was overshadowed by contemporaries…

    A Short Story: Alan Trammell was overshadowed by contemporaries …

    CNNSI.com Dec 18, 2012
    Alan Trammell was overshadowed by contemporaries like Robin Yount and Cal Ripken but he deserves to join those fellow shortstops in the Hall of Fame, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Lannan excited about chance to pitch for Phils

    Lannan excited about chance to pitch for Phils

    MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Phillies announced on Tuesday that left-hander John Lannan passed his physical and agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
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  • 'Structure' for Hamilton holds steady despite move

    'Structure' for Hamilton holds steady despite move

    MLB.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 18, 2012
    Josh Hamilton has read all about the potential dangers that lurk for him in this part of the country, which is mainly identified by a G-rated cartoon mouse but is also a 45-minute drive away -- depending on traffic -- from the glitz and bustle and tempt…
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  • Astros adding veteran Veras to bullpen

    Astros adding veteran Veras to bullpen

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Astros have agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Jose Veras, according to a report by ESPN Deportes. Veras will receive $1.85 million in 2013 with a $3.25 million option for '14.
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  • Canada's team returning to relevance

    Canada's team returning to relevance

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    General manager Alex Anthopoulos was given the wherewithal to restore the franchise to its former glory, and with such deals as the R.A. Dickey trade, he has come through.
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  • Mets acquire outfielder Cowgill from A's

    Mets acquire outfielder Cowgill from A's

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Mets helped fill their need for right-handed-hitting outfielders Tuesday, picking up Collin Cowgill in a trade with the A's.
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  • Astros sign Pena as DH for maiden AL season

    Astros sign Pena as DH for maiden AL season

    ESPN.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Houston Astros have signed veteran Carlos Pena to be their designated hitter, addressing a key need as they prepare for their first season in the American League.
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  • Dale Murphy’s son draws great cartoon in support of Hall of Fam…

    Dale Murphy’s son draws great cartoon in support of Hall of Fame dad

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Dec 18, 2012
    As he faces his 15th and final year of eligibility on the writers' Hall of Fame ballot, Atlanta Braves legend Dale Murphy has received a lot of social media campaigning from his eight children. Eldest son Chad wrote a letter to the BBWAA (before getting…
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  • Arsenal's Jack Wilshere Took A Studs-Up Boot To The Crotch Yest…

    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere Took A Studs-Up Boot To The Crotch Yesterday

    deadspin.com Dec 18, 2012
    Gunners star Jack Wilshere entered a world of pain yesterday in the first half of Arsenal's match at Reading, when Royals midfielder Jobi McAnuff delivered a boot square to Wilshere's balls. More »
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  • Yankees' luxury tax increases $400K to $19.3M

    Yankees' luxury tax increases $400K to $19.3M

    ESPN.com Dec 18, 2012
    The New York Yankees' luxury tax bill for this year has gone up by nearly $400,000.
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  • Astros bring Vaillancourt on board

    Astros bring Vaillancourt on board

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    The Astros have hired Meg Vaillancourt, formerly a senior vice president with the Red Sox and executive director of the Red Sox Foundation, as their vice president of community relations and executive director of the Astros In Action Foundation.
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  • Hot Stove is living up to its billing this offseason

    Hot Stove is living up to its billing this offseason

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    We throw around the "Hot Stove" term in my line of work because it's catchy and easily identifiable, but baseball's offseason is more typically a slow burn. A deal here, a deal there, a preseason picture gradually, but surely, coming into focu…
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  • Toronto makes statement with bold offseason moves

    Toronto makes statement with bold offseason moves

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    We are about to be reminded that Major League Baseball is not merely an American game. It is more precisely a North American game. The Toronto Blue Jays have returned. The province of Ontario is back, too, as a baseball destination.
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  • 1980 Royals get World Series revenge on Phillies playing ‘Famil…

    1980 Royals get World Series revenge on Phillies playing ‘Family Feud’ (Video)

    yahoo.com Dec 18, 2012
    It took the Kansas City Royals five years to return to the World Series, and win it, after falling to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980. But did you know it took the Royals less than one offseason to avenge their defeat in '80 by whooping the Fightins o…
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  • Players, skippers make returns in second tours

    Players, skippers make returns in second tours

    MLB.com Dec 18, 2012
    Players around baseball -- and even coaches and managers like Gibbons -- are bringing new meaning to "turn two," taking advantage of opportunities to return to cities they previously inhabited and carry on their careers.
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  • Casilla agrees to $15M, 3-year deal with Giants

    Casilla agrees to $15M, 3-year deal with Giants

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 18, 2012
    Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $15 million, three-year contract.
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  • Video - Buster Blog: AL East Wide Open 02:41

    Buster Blog: AL East Wide Open

    Dec 18
    Buster Olney blogs about the Blue Jays' trade for R.A. Dickey and the overall landscape of the AL East.

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