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Mickey Mantle’s $1,150 bonus check from Yankees up for auction Updated Feb 6, 2013
This might be the coolest piece of auction memorabilia The Stew has ever publicized: The $1,150 check Mickey Mantle received from the New York Yankees to cover his signing bonus in 1949. If that price sounds a little low for Mickey Mantle (even in 1949,…
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  • Rays, Scott agree to one-year, $2.75 million deal Feb 6, 2013
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Free-agent designated hitter Luke Scott has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.
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  • Ryan Braun’s explanation: Are you buying it? Feb 6, 2013
    Here we sit, 24 hours removed from Ryan Braun's second PED scandal. Yahoo! Sports' Tim Brown and Jeff Passan broke the news on Tuesday afternoon that Braun's name is listed in the files of Biogenesis, the alleged PED clinic run by Anthony Bosch. Braun's…
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  • Giants, Romo agree to two-year, $9 million deal Feb 6, 2013
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Reliever Sergio Romo and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
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  • Reds, Leake agree to one-year, $3M contract Feb 6, 2013
    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds have agreed to a $3.06 million, one-year deal with right-hander Mike Leake, avoiding salary arbitration with their fifth starter.
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  • Rare 1865 baseball card gets $92K at auction Feb 6, 2013
    A rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a rural Maine yard sale has been auctioned for $92,000.
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  • Callaspo, Angels complete deal for almost $9M Feb 6, 2013
    Third baseman Alberto Callaspo and the Los Angeles Angels have finalized a two-year contract worth $8,975,000.
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  • Agents for Montero deny connection to Bosch

    SEATTLE (AP) The agents who represent Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero and Toronto outfielder Melky Cabrera say no one at their agency has ever heard of or knows anyone at the Florida anti-aging clinic currently under investigation by Major League…
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  • Romo, Giants avoid arbitration with two-year deal Feb 6, 2013
    The Giants agreed to a two-year deal Wednesday with right-hander Sergio Romo, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing with their likely closer.
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  • Ex-pitcher Micah Owings channels Rick Ankiel, gets signed as a hitter Feb 6, 2013
    Praise Jesus and Rick Ankiel, there IS life for a major league pitcher after injuries and control issues make his career go kaput. The Washington Nationals signed Micah Owings today ... as a first baseman. Partially because Owings always showed that he …
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  • Rangers' Profar changes tune, reconsiders WBC Feb 6, 2013
    Top prospect Jurickson Profar told Rangers officials on Wednesday that he wanted to take some more time to think about whether he'll participate in the World Baseball Classic and won't make a decision until spring training.
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  • Twins pitcher Swarzak hurts ribs while wrestling Feb 6, 2013
    Minnesota Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak has two cracked ribs, the freak result of some ill-fated horseplay during a gathering with teammates last month.
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  • Source: Cubs' Marmol plans to report on time Feb 6, 2013
    Carlos Marmol plans to be in spring training camp on time despite a domestic abuse allegation in the Dominican Republic that he denies, a source told's Bruce Levine.
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  • Todd Helton Got A DUI This Morning And Posed For An Unfortunate Mugshot

    Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested early this morning for driving under the influence of alcohol in Thornton, Colo. According to police, Helton was pulled over a few blocks away from his home at 2:39 a.m. Helton just released a stat…
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  • Prouty promoted to general counsel of MLBPA Feb 6, 2013
    Dave Prouty has been promoted to general counsel of the Major League Baseball Players Association.
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  • Batting Stance Guy’s plea to Kevin Youkilis: ‘Don’t go corporate. Bring back the stance.’ Feb 6, 2013
    "NOOOOOO!" was the response from Batting Stance Guy in January when word started to swirl that Kevin Youkilis, newly-minted New York Yankee, would be changing his iconic stance. But now that Youkilis has gone on camera and confirmed the change…
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  • Hunter Jr. commits to play football at Notre Dame Feb 6, 2013
    The son of Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, Torii Hunter Jr., signed a national letter of intent to play football at Notre Dame on Wednesday.
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  • In The Red Zone: Cincinnati added the leadoff hitter it has needed… Feb 6, 2013
    Cincinnati added the leadoff hitter it has needed for years and it may have found an in-house supplement to one of the NL's best staffs. Jay Jaffe breaks down the Reds' offseason.
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  • Tim Wakefield teaches knuckleball to Doug Flutie on ‘The Next Knuckler’ Feb 6, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. The MLB Network is getting into the reality TV game with a solid concept called "The Next Knuckler." Former major leaguer Tim Wakefield will attempt to teach the knuckleball to five former NCAA quarterbacks - most
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  • Verlander set to hit the links at Pebble Beach Feb 6, 2013
    Tigers ace Justin Verlander is one of the most imposing players in the baseball, but he's about to go outside his comfort zone as a participant in the AT&T National Pro-Am golf tournament at Pebble Beach.
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  • Colletti: Dodgers likely out of mix for Rolen Feb 6, 2013
    Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in an interview with MLB Network on Wednesday that he did not expect free-agent third baseman Scott Rolen to sign with Los Angeles.
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  • Fans to design Wrigley’s 100th birthday logo Feb 6, 2013
    Hold on, we already might have a winner: Cubs are asking fans to design logo for Wrigley’s 100th anniversary. Here’s my entry:… - It's a long season. (@mighty_flynn) February 6, 2013 Now that's just sad. However, it also
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  • Molina excited to represent Puerto Rico in Classic Feb 6, 2013
    Jose Molina sat out the first two World Baseball Classics, but two factors made this year's a priority. The 37-year-old Rays catcher wanted the opportunity to play alongside his brother, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, for the first time, and he also w…
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  • Stairway to heaven: Polo Grounds steps coming back Feb 6, 2013
    The John T. Brush Stairway, by which fans made their way to the Polo Grounds from Coogan's Bluff, will be restored and renovated in this, its 100-year anniversary, thanks to a New York City project to which MLB, the Mets, Yankees and Giants contributed.
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  • Chemistry experiment: Talent isn't always the answer Feb 6, 2013
    Baseball is a team sport built on one-on-one matchups. Logic suggests that the more good players a team has, the better its chances of winning. But that frequently prove to be the case.
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  • Top 10 bullpens: Braves stacked with Kimbrel and Co. Feb 6, 2013
    One of the few no-brainers in compiling a list of baseball's top 10 bullpens is putting the Braves at the No. 1 spot.
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  • They aren’t Devo: Giancarlo Stanton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Justin Upton and Shane Victorino Feb 6, 2013
    ESPN the Magazine is good for some things, such as their "Music Issue," in which they re-create famous album covers of yesterday using sports stars of today. How they came up with Devo's "Freedom of Choice," and thought that Giancarl…
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  • Video - Yankees Angry With A-Rod 02:03

    Yankees Angry With A-Rod

    Feb 6's Andrew Marchand discusses the latest news surrounding Alex Rodriguez's connection to a Miami clinic.
  • Video - Kershaw Ready To Get Started 04:11

    Kershaw Ready To Get Started

    Feb 6
    Clayton Kershaw talks about his hip injury, the Dodgers' offseason moves, playing for Don Mattingly, and the rivalry between the Angels and Dodgers.