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Former Major Leaguers keep playing in Caribbean ballThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees weighing options in center fieldThe Yankees are waiting until they arrive in camp to decide if Brett Gardner or Curtis Granderson will be their best option in center field.Upvote Share TweetYankees closer Mariano Rivera is preparing for a rare on-time arrival at Spring Training this year.Upvote Share TweetNEW 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Urban Invitational returns to HoustonThe 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.Upvote Share TweetUpdating 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 CoUpvote Share Tweet
Rockies to have a development supervisor at each levelIn 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Royals farmhand comes up big for Puerto RicoRoyals 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…Upvote Share TweetHeralded prospect Wil Myers is among seven minor leaguers the Tampa Bay Rays have invited to major league spring training this month.Upvote Share Tweet
A-Fraud, More Fully RevealedCNNSI.com Feb 4, 2013As 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Candlestick Park to be demolished within yearCandlestick 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Three judges selected to hear Bonds' appealESPN.com Feb 4, 2013Barry 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Phillies sign 12 players to big league contractsThe Phillies agreed to terms with 12 players on Major League contracts, including six pitchers, two catchers and four outfielders.Upvote Share Tweet
Rowand's connection to White Sox unbrokenAaron Rowand's legacy on Chicago's South Side embodies the organization's philosophy and still resonates with White Sox fans.Upvote Share Tweet
Fifty-year baseball vet lends experience to RockiesRene 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Tale of Rondon's velocity to be told during springThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
‘Hungry’ Orioles ready to follow Ravens to championshipJanuary 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetBrandon 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Lugo will likely retire following Caribbean SeriesJulio 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Orioles re-sign Hendrickson, add Pineiro for depthBaltimore agreed to terms with Mark Hendrickson and Joel Pineiro, who each had previous experience in the Orioles organization.Upvote Share TweetTAMPA, 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Cherington expects Papi to be ready for Opening DayRed 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.Upvote Share Tweet
The new guy: Mike Oz joins Big League StewIt 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Pirates get trucking to Spring Training homeIn 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Stewart appreciates Cubs' show of supportRehabbing 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Eyes On The Ball: The Giants haven't done very much this offseason,…CNNSI.com Feb 4, 2013The 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.Upvote Share TweetThe first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs.Upvote Share Tweet
Managerial mix includes fresh and lined facesThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Top 10 lineups: Angels the cream of the cropWhile 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.Upvote Share Tweet
The Week Ahead: Countdown to Spring Training is onThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
ESPN The Mag: MLB Superstars As DevoFeb 4Go 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.
Don Banks: What's next for Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ersFeb 4NEW 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 2013Feb 4Can 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 RavensFeb 4NEW 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 RavensFeb 4NEW 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.''