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Cards farmhand gives back to soldiers worldwide

Cards farmhand gives back to soldiers worldwide

MLB.com Updated Dec 20, 2012
Vance Albitz, a member of the Cardinals organization, recently founded a charity that provides troops around the world with baseball gloves and a ball, to give them a sense of normalcy and diversion.
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  • Van Slyke clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

    Van Slyke clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-A

    MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    The Dodgers announced Thursday that outfielder Scott Van Slyke has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque.
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  • Phillies lock up set-up man Adams for two years

    Phillies lock up set-up man Adams for two years

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 20, 2012
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Mike Adams chose setting up for Jonathan Papelbon over a chance to make more money as a closer somewhere else.
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  • Flowers prepping for Major League starting gig

    Flowers prepping for Major League starting gig

    MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    The reported departure of A.J. Pierzynski via a one-year deal with the Rangers, pending a Friday physical, means the Tyler Flowers era behind the plate for the White Sox unofficially has begun.
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  • Recovering Pelfrey gets one-year deal with Twins

    Recovering Pelfrey gets one-year deal with Twins

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 20, 2012
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Recovering right-hander Mike Pelfrey and the Minnesota Twins finalized a $4 million, one-year contract on Thursday, filling another hole in a thin rotation.
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  • Marlins sign Polanco as starting third baseman

    Marlins sign Polanco as starting third baseman

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 20, 2012
    MIAMI (AP) Former All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Miami Marlins, plugging the final hole in the team's projected lineup following a payroll purge.
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  • Source: Pierzynski agrees to deal with Rangers

    Source: Pierzynski agrees to deal with Rangers

    ESPN.com yahoo.com MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    The Texas Rangers and free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports.
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  • Cubs, Jackson agree to $52M deal

    Cubs, Jackson agree to $52M deal

    CNNSI.com Dec 20, 2012
    CHICAGO (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Edwin Jackson.
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  • Fat Chipper Jones Is Throwing A Horrible Super Bowl Party

    Fat Chipper Jones Is Throwing A Horrible Super Bowl Party

    deadspin.com Dec 20, 2012
    You will recall that a grown man who called himself "Chipper" used to play third base for the Atlanta Braves. You will recall, too, that he is fat and dates a Playboy model. He also has a Twitter feed. And an upcoming Super Bowl party. What a …
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  • Source: Cubs, pitcher Jackson have $52M deal

    Source: Cubs, pitcher Jackson have $52M deal

    ESPN.com Dec 20, 2012
    The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Edwin Jackson agreed to terms on a four-year, $52 million deal, sources told ESPN's Jim Bowden on Thursday.
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  • Sox make moves in baseball operations department

    Sox make moves in baseball operations department

    MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    The Red Sox on Thursday announced a number of promotions and hires within their baseball operations department.
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  • Greenberg signs minor league deal with Orioles

    Greenberg signs minor league deal with Orioles

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    The Baltimore Orioles have signed outfielder Adam Greenberg, who previously gained national attention when he was hit in the head with a pitch in 2005, to a minor league contract.
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  • Las Vegas makes Blue Jays the World Series favorites for 2013

    Las Vegas makes Blue Jays the World Series favorites for 2013

    yahoo.com Dec 20, 2012
    It's been nearly 20 years since anyone could say, with a straight face, that the Toronto Blue Jays were favorites to win the World Series. Not since Joe Carter, Paul Molitor, Rickey Henderson and Roberto Alomar. But after a series of sexy moves made by …
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  • A Wild Ride: David Wells had an impressive career highlighted ……

    A Wild Ride: David Wells had an impressive career highlighted …

    CNNSI.com Dec 20, 2012
    David Wells had an impressive career highlighted by a moment of perfection on the field and many of imperfection off it. Jay Jaffe breaks down Wells' Hall of Fame chances.
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  • Selig's comments suggest retirement is near

    Selig's comments suggest retirement is near

    MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    Commissioner Bud Selig has previously stated his intention to retire, yet he has subsequently remained at his post. But on Wednesday, when he reiterated his plan to retire, he did so more directly than he has in the past.
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  • Tim Lincecum’s hair is no longer very long

    Tim Lincecum’s hair is no longer very long

    yahoo.com Dec 20, 2012
    Pour out some Pert Plus. The most famous locks in baseball are apparently no more. After years of cultivating his iconic Mitch Kramer look, San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has opted for a much shorter hairstyle as we head into 2013. The two cl…
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  • Sources: Polanco has agreement with Marlins

    Sources: Polanco has agreement with Marlins

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    Free-agent third baseman Placido Polanco has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical, sources told ESPN.com.
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  • Jeter called mother of slain Newtown teacher

    Jeter called mother of slain Newtown teacher

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    Derek Jeter called the mother of Yankees fan Victoria Soto, the young teacher killed protecting her first grade Sandy Hook Elementary students during last Friday's Newtown tragedy.
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  • Brewers, Gorzelanny agree on two-year contract

    Brewers, Gorzelanny agree on two-year contract

    MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    The Brewers have agreed to terms with left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on a two-year contract pending a physical exam, two sources confirmed Thursday. The club did not comment on an agreement first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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  • My favorite baseball stories of 2012

    My favorite baseball stories of 2012

    CNNSI.com Dec 20, 2012
    Tom Verducci counts down his 10 favorite stories from an amazing year in baseball.
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  • Lohse brings talent -- and risk -- to the table

    Lohse brings talent -- and risk -- to the table

    MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    In a picked-over market starved for starting pitching sits Kyle Lohse -- tempting in that he's been a reliable pitch-to-contact innings-eater, alarming in that his cost threatens to exceed the value of those abilities.
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  • MLB Notebook: Jeter still great, even at 38

    MLB Notebook: Jeter still great, even at 38

    MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    In 2012 Derek Jeter hit an AL-leading 216 hits. It was the most for a shortstop 38 years old or older, and made Jeter the third player in history to lead the league at 38 or older.
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  • Like swings, offseason workouts evolve with time

    Like swings, offseason workouts evolve with time

    MLB.com Dec 20, 2012
    Professional baseball players, even amateur players, don't just walk into offseason workouts with the same routine year to year. Like swing and pitching mechanics, the exercises are almost always fluid through a career.
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  • The Miami Marlins Facebook Page Is Full of Struggle and Fury

    The Miami Marlins Facebook Page Is Full of Struggle and Fury

    grantland.com Dec 20, 2012
    I was just wondering the other day how Miami Marlins fans were taking the Great American Baseball Fire-Sale of 2012. Maybe they were all like, "It's c...
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  • Video - Buster Blog: Cubs Closing In On Edwin Jackson 01:35

    Buster Blog: Cubs Closing In On Edwin Jackson

    Dec 20
    Buster Olney blogs about the Chicago Cubs and Edwin Jackson closing in on a four-year, $52 million deal.
  • Video - Jeter Called Mother Of Slain Newtown Teacher 01:59

    Jeter Called Mother Of Slain Newtown Teacher

    Dec 20
    Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic and Mark Schlereth discuss Derek Jeter's phone call to the mother of Victoria Soto, a young teacher killed while protecting first-grade students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in last week's Newtown tragedy.

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