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Scherzer, Tigers agree to 1-year, $6.725M deal

Scherzer, Tigers agree to 1-year, $6.725M deal

ESPN.com Updated Feb 4, 2013
The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year, $6,725,000 contract with right-hander Max Scherzer and avoided salary arbitration.
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  • Former Major Leaguers keep playing in Caribbean ball

    Former Major Leaguers keep playing in Caribbean ball

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The Caribbean Series is a stage where ex-Major Leaguers, holding onto baseball dreams by the skin of their teeth, remind us that there are other ways to make a living playing this game. And this year, Fernando Tatis and Karim Garcia help personify that.
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  • Yankees weighing options in center field

    Yankees weighing options in center field

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The Yankees are waiting until they arrive in camp to decide if Brett Gardner or Curtis Granderson will be their best option in center field.
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  • Rivera plans to hit Yanks camp earlier than usual

    Rivera plans to hit Yanks camp earlier than usual

    MLB.com yahoo.com Feb 4, 2013
    Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is preparing for a rare on-time arrival at Spring Training this year.
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  • Yankees' Rivera: Teammates will support A-Rod

    Yankees' Rivera: Teammates will support A-Rod

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 4, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will wait for Major League Baseball to sort out "some very nasty" allegations about Alex Rodriguez, and manager Joe Girardi says there's no way to tell whether the third baseman will regai…
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  • Urban Invitational returns to Houston

    Urban Invitational returns to Houston

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The Astros will once again play host to the Urban Invitational, a college baseball tournament at Minute Maid Park that features four historically black colleges and universities -- Alabama State, Southern, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.
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  • Sergio Romo will not face criminal charges after incident at La…

    Sergio Romo will not face criminal charges after incident at Las Vegas airport

    Updating a legal item, San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo will not face criminal charges stemming from his New Year’s Day run-in with a Transportation Security Administration official. This new comes courtesy of TMZ, who first reported the Clark Co
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  • Rockies to have a development supervisor at each level

    Rockies to have a development supervisor at each level

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    In an innovative move to oversee player development practices at every level of the Minors, the Rockies' 2013 Minor League staff will include a development supervisor for each of the six Minor League affiliates.
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  • Astros pick up three players in trade with A's

    Astros pick up three players in trade with A's

    MLB.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Feb 4, 2013
    The Astros acquired power-hitting first baseman Chris Carter, starter Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi from the A's on Monday in exchange for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez.
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  • Royals farmhand comes up big for Puerto Rico

    Royals farmhand comes up big for Puerto Rico

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Royals prospect and Puerto Rico native Rey Navarro picked a good time to come alive in this Caribbean Series. At Estadio Sonora on Monday, his team one loss away from being mathematically eliminated and facing an undefeated Dominican Republic powerhouse…
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  • Top prospect Myers gets invite to Rays camp

    Top prospect Myers gets invite to Rays camp

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Heralded prospect Wil Myers is among seven minor leaguers the Tampa Bay Rays have invited to major league spring training this month.
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  • A-Fraud, More Fully Revealed

    A-Fraud, More Fully Revealed

    CNNSI.com Feb 4, 2013
    As a PED bombshell rocks baseball, Tom Verducci reports on the specifics of Alex Rodriguez's alleged doping program and how MLB is turning up the heat in its investigation.
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  • Candlestick Park to be demolished within year

    Candlestick Park to be demolished within year

    yahoo.com Feb 4, 2013
    Candlestick Park in San Francisco famously shook for about 15 seconds in 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake disrupted Game 3 of the World Series. That didn't kill The 'Stick, but a 30-second implosion will. Plans were announced today to blow up the 5…
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  • Three judges selected to hear Bonds' appeal

    Three judges selected to hear Bonds' appeal

    ESPN.com Feb 4, 2013
    Barry Bonds' felony obstruction of justice conviction is in the hands of three federal appeals court judges who were each appointed by a different Democratic president.
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  • Phillies sign 12 players to big league contracts

    Phillies sign 12 players to big league contracts

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The Phillies agreed to terms with 12 players on Major League contracts, including six pitchers, two catchers and four outfielders.
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  • Rowand's connection to White Sox unbroken

    Rowand's connection to White Sox unbroken

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Aaron Rowand's legacy on Chicago's South Side embodies the organization's philosophy and still resonates with White Sox fans.
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  • Fifty-year baseball vet lends experience to Rockies

    Fifty-year baseball vet lends experience to Rockies

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Rene Lachemann will provide the perfect amount of experience on Walt Weiss' first-year Colorado staff as he enters his 50th season in a professional baseball uniform.
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  • Tale of Rondon's velocity to be told during spring

    Tale of Rondon's velocity to be told during spring

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The legend of the Bruce Rondon fastball is already building, like something out of folklore or a tall tale that gets bigger each time it's retold.
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  • ‘Hungry’ Orioles ready to follow Ravens to championship

    ‘Hungry’ Orioles ready to follow Ravens to championship

    yahoo.com Feb 4, 2013
    January was tough on Baltimore. Earl Weaver died. Prop Joe died. February, so far, is looking a lot better, thanks to that Super Bowl trophy. The Baltimore Ravens triumph, of course, comes after a surprising and exciting playoff run by their baseball-pl…
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  • Lavonne Paire-Davis dies at 88; inspiration for Geena Davis’ ch…

    Lavonne Paire-Davis dies at 88; inspiration for Geena Davis’ character in ‘A League of Their Own’

    yahoo.com MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The classic baseball film "A League of Their Own" immortalized the life of Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, though you might not have made the connection at first. Paire-Davis, the inspiration for the character played by Geena Davis, di…
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  • Ex-Cy Young winner Webb retires at age 33

    Ex-Cy Young winner Webb retires at age 33

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Brandon Webb, the 2006 National League Cy Young Award winner and one of the most dominant starters in the game during a five-year stretch with the Arizona Diamondbacks, is officially retiring from baseball, according to his agents at Millennium Sports.
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  • Lugo will likely retire following Caribbean Series

    Lugo will likely retire following Caribbean Series

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Julio Lugo -- who played 12 Major League seasons, was the Red Sox's starting shortstop when they won the World Series in 2007 and was a part of seven organizations -- is expected to hang up the cleats when the Caribbean Series comes to an end on Friday.
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  • Orioles re-sign Hendrickson, add Pineiro for depth

    Orioles re-sign Hendrickson, add Pineiro for depth

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Baltimore agreed to terms with Mark Hendrickson and Joel Pineiro, who each had previous experience in the Orioles organization.
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  • Jeter waiting for A-Rod before talking PED report

    Jeter waiting for A-Rod before talking PED report

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 4, 2013
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter plans to wait until teammate Alex Rodriguez addresses his latest off-the-field controversy before commenting on the matter.
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  • Cherington expects Papi to be ready for Opening Day

    Cherington expects Papi to be ready for Opening Day

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington visited David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic last week, and he expects the designated hitter to be good to go for Opening Day.
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  • The new guy: Mike Oz joins Big League Stew

    The new guy: Mike Oz joins Big League Stew

    yahoo.com Feb 4, 2013
    It feels a little like the first day of school for me. I kinda couldn't sleep last night, so I stayed up late organizing my Twitter feeds, which I suppose is what bloggers do when they're feeling fidgety. So let's just cut to it: Hi, I'm the new guy her…
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  • Pirates get trucking to Spring Training home

    Pirates get trucking to Spring Training home

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    In the frigid early February dawn, bats, balls, helmets and the other tools of summer were loaded onto the truck for the annual trip to Bradenton, Fla. When that truck returns to PNC Park in eight weeks, it will be packing spring.
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  • Stewart appreciates Cubs' show of support

    Stewart appreciates Cubs' show of support

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Rehabbing from wrist surgery, Ian Stewart began training with Hall of Famer Rod Carew in California -- many miles from his North Carolina home. Mrs. Strewart gave Ian the green light to go.
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  • Eyes On The Ball: The Giants haven't done very much this offsea…

    Eyes On The Ball: The Giants haven't done very much this offseason,…

    CNNSI.com Feb 4, 2013
    The Giants haven't done very much this offseason, but after winning two of the past three World Series, we should trust their strategy more than ever before, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Dates for first Spring Training workouts

    Dates for first Spring Training workouts

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs.
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  • Managerial mix includes fresh and lined faces

    Managerial mix includes fresh and lined faces

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The face of the Major League manager underwent quite a makeover the last few years, with several iconic figures posting lineup cards for the final time and a deluge of switches at the helm reaching historic proportions.
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  • Top 10 lineups: Angels the cream of the crop

    Top 10 lineups: Angels the cream of the crop

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    While the Tigers, Cardinals and Brewers will also field elite offenes this year, the Angels, led by Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols, have the best lineup in the Major Leagues as the season approaches.
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  • The Week Ahead: Countdown to Spring Training is on

    The Week Ahead: Countdown to Spring Training is on

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The confetti has been cleared off the Super Dome floor. The lights have been turned off on the football season … for good this time. This means one thing: baseball is coming back, and sooner than you might think.
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  • Video - ESPN The Mag: MLB Superstars As Devo 01:24

    ESPN The Mag: MLB Superstars As Devo

    Feb 4
    Go behind the scenes with Evan Longoria, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino, Brandon Phillips and Justin Upton as they prepare for their shoot as Devo for the upcoming ESPN The Magazine music issue.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: What's next for Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers

    Feb 4
    NEW ORLEANS -- Having snapped the NFC's three-year Super Bowl winning streak, but continued the NFL's recent trend of seeing a lower-seeded hot team ride postseason momentum all the way to the parade-planning stage, the Baltimore Ravens stand astride th…
  • Clayton: Early Super Bowl favorites for 2013

    Feb 4
    Can the Ravens and 49ers get back? Don't count on it. Here are five teams that should be Super Bowl threats in 2013, writes John Clayton.
  • Don Banks: Imperfect and slowed, but Lewis ends career on top with Ravens

    Feb 4
    NEW ORLEANS -- You don't have to buy everything that Ray Lewis is selling -- and plenty of people don't, me included -- to enjoy the storybook ending that was his "last ride.''
  • Don Banks: Much-maligned Lewis ends career on top with Ravens

    Feb 4
    NEW ORLEANS -- You don't have to buy everything that Ray Lewis is selling -- and plenty of people don't, me included -- to enjoy the storybook ending that was his "last ride.''