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Former Major Leaguers keep playing in Caribbean ballUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetThe 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.
Yankees weighing options in center fieldUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetThe Yankees are waiting until they arrive in camp to decide if Brett Gardner or Curtis Granderson will be their best option in center field.Share TweetYankees closer Mariano Rivera is preparing for a rare on-time arrival at Spring Training this year.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…
Urban Invitational returns to HoustonUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetThe 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.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 Co
Rockies to have a development supervisor at each levelUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetIn 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.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.
Royals farmhand comes up big for Puerto RicoUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetRoyals 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…Share TweetHeralded prospect Wil Myers is among seven minor leaguers the Tampa Bay Rays have invited to major league spring training this month.
A-Fraud, More Fully RevealedUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetAs 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.Source: CNNSI.com
Candlestick Park to be demolished within yearUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetCandlestick 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…
Three judges selected to hear Bonds' appealUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetBarry 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.Source: ESPN.com
Phillies sign 12 players to big league contractsUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetThe Phillies agreed to terms with 12 players on Major League contracts, including six pitchers, two catchers and four outfielders.
Rowand's connection to White Sox unbrokenUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetAaron Rowand's legacy on Chicago's South Side embodies the organization's philosophy and still resonates with White Sox fans.
Fifty-year baseball vet lends experience to RockiesUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetRene 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.
Tale of Rondon's velocity to be told during springUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetThe 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.
‘Hungry’ Orioles ready to follow Ravens to championshipUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetJanuary 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…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…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.
Lugo will likely retire following Caribbean SeriesUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetJulio 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.
Orioles re-sign Hendrickson, add Pineiro for depthUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetBaltimore agreed to terms with Mark Hendrickson and Joel Pineiro, who each had previous experience in the Orioles organization.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.
Cherington expects Papi to be ready for Opening DayUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetRed 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.
The new guy: Mike Oz joins Big League StewUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetIt 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…
Pirates get trucking to Spring Training homeUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetIn 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.
Stewart appreciates Cubs' show of supportUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetRehabbing 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.
Eyes On The Ball: The Giants haven't done very much this offseason,…Updated Feb 4 Share TweetThe 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.Source: CNNSI.comShare TweetThe first Spring Training workout dates, subject to change, both for pitchers and catchers and full squads of the 30 Major League clubs.
Managerial mix includes fresh and lined facesUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetThe 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.
Top 10 lineups: Angels the cream of the cropUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetWhile 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.
The Week Ahead: Countdown to Spring Training is onUpdated Feb 4 Share TweetThe 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.
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.''