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Caribbean Series may return to Miami

Caribbean Series may return to Miami

MLB.com Updated Feb 7, 2013
Caribbean Baseball Confederation president Juan Francisco Puello Herrera would like to see the Caribbean Series return to Miami and is in talks with the Marlins about utilizing their new stadium in Little Havana, Puello confirmed to MLB.com on Thursday.
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  • Kershaw not focused on talk of contract extension

    Kershaw not focused on talk of contract extension

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Of all the Dodgers storylines this spring, the one that impacts the season the least, but seems to already preoccupy the media, is the likely contract extension of ace Clayton Kershaw.
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  • Sox, Jimmy Fund celebrate 60-year partnership

    Sox, Jimmy Fund celebrate 60-year partnership

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    One of the most iconic partnerships between a sports team and its community is in a milestone year.
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  • Sources: Hernandez gets $135.5M extension

    Sources: Hernandez gets $135.5M extension

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Felix Hernandez agreed to a five-year, $135.5 million contract extension Thursday with the Seattle Mariners, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.
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  • For Sale: One awesome ‘baseball bat’ chair

    For Sale: One awesome ‘baseball bat’ chair

    yahoo.com Feb 7, 2013
    If you’re a baseball fan looking to trade in that beat up recliner or simply want to own an awesome piece of craftsmanship that represents our wonderful game, I believe we’ve found the perfect item just for you. It’s on sale at the website 1stdibs.c
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  • Margarita 2014 está en el círculo de espera

    Margarita 2014 está en el círculo de espera

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Ya formalmente fue presentada Margarita como la sede de la Serie del Caribe 2014. José Grasso Vecchio, presidente de la Liga Venezolana de Beisbol Profesional, acompañado por directivos de Bravos de Margarita, presentó a la isla venezolana …
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  • Union leader: Too early to make PED judgment

    Union leader: Too early to make PED judgment

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    Baseball union head Michael Weiner said it would be unfair to make judgments about players and agents before evidence is sorted out in the sport's latest drug investigation.
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  • Mets' Gee says circulation issues mostly in past

    Mets' Gee says circulation issues mostly in past

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    New York Mets right-hander Dillon Gee will have nitroglycerine cream nearby in the cold weather in New York just in case, but he believes his surgically addressed circulation issues are mostly behind him.
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  • Chipper enjoying retired life as spring approaches

    Chipper enjoying retired life as spring approaches

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Chipper Jones seems quite comfortable with the reality that Spring Training will go on without him for the first time in more than two decades.
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  • Lefty Saunders reportedly agrees to deal with Mariners

    Lefty Saunders reportedly agrees to deal with Mariners

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Joe Saunders, a veteran left-hander who pitched for the Orioles and D-backs last season, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners pending the completion of a physical exam, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
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  • Witness: Rockies' Helton swerved into median

    Witness: Rockies' Helton swerved into median

    A police report says Rockies first baseman Todd Helton told an officer he had red wine hours before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
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  • The Mets Embrace Tradition, Again

    The Mets Embrace Tradition, Again

    nytimes.com Feb 7, 2013
    The naming rights for the Mets' spring training stadium once again belong to a Florida real estate developer.
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  • Aviles agrees to two-year, $6M deal with Indians

    Aviles agrees to two-year, $6M deal with Indians

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Infielder Mike Aviles and the Cleveland Indians agreed Thursday to a $6 million, two-year contract that includes a club option for 2015.
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  • Tulowitzki among 10 best shortstops in game

    Tulowitzki among 10 best shortstops in game

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki spent most of last season off the field and on the disabled list, but the statistical analysts at MLB Network haven't forgotten him.
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  • MLB investigated Schilling's 2008 PED claim

    MLB investigated Schilling's 2008 PED claim

    An MLB spokesman said Thursday that the league was already aware and had concluded an investigation of Curt Schilling's claim that he was offered performance enhancing drugs while with Red Sox in 2008.
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  • Raines, Bell lead Canadian Hall class of 2013

    Raines, Bell lead Canadian Hall class of 2013

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Still waiting for Cooperstown, Tim Raines can say he's a Hall of Famer.
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  • Curtis Granderson pledges money to build baseball stadium at al…

    Curtis Granderson pledges money to build baseball stadium at alma mater

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    While the University of Miami, home of Alex Rodriguez Park, finds itself under investigation in the fall out from the Biogenesis scandal, one of Rodriguez's teammates is lending a hand to his alma mater's baseball program. A hand full of money, actually…
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  • Players tied to PEDs take reputation into own hands

    Players tied to PEDs take reputation into own hands

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Players surely had to know the risks when they made the decision to do business with Anthony Bosch. Now, those who have been linked to him have again cast a cloud of suspicion over every baseball player.
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  • Seattle firma de manera oficial a Shoppach

    Seattle firma de manera oficial a Shoppach

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    El receptor agente libre Kelly Shoppach firmó de manera oficial un contrato de un año con los Marineros el jueves. Para crearle espacio a Shoppach en el roster de 40 jugadores, Seattle designó para asignación al relevista Shawn Kelly.…
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  • Shoppach, Mariners finalize $1.5M, 1-year deal

    Shoppach, Mariners finalize $1.5M, 1-year deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    The Seattle Mariners have finalized a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Kelly Shoppach, providing a needed backup to expected starter Jesus Montero.
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  • Porter gets head start on new Astros gig

    Porter gets head start on new Astros gig

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Astros manager Bo Porter hit Osceola County Stadium on Thursday, spending the morning getting things in order in his office and the clubhouse. Some players are already in Kissimmee, Fla., ahead of Monday's reporting date for pitchers and catchers, and P…
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  • Manto confident in development of young hitters

    Manto confident in development of young hitters

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto is confident young hitters Tyler Flowers, Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel and Dayan Viciedo will develop into valuable everyday contributors at the big league level.
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  • Cole Hamels Has Finally Acquired The Multiracial Children Neces…

    Cole Hamels Has Finally Acquired The Multiracial Children Necessary To Recreate His Luxury Condo Ad

    deadspin.com Feb 7, 2013
    Three years ago, we highlighted this bizarre magazine supplement featuring Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi shilling for some Center City real estate. One showed fashion plate Hamels listening to ocean sounds from his very pregnant wife. …
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  • Félix cerca de pacto histórico con Seattle

    Félix cerca de pacto histórico con Seattle

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Félix Hernández y los Marineros de Seattle negocian un contrato por siete años y 175 millones de dólares que convertiría al venezolano en el pitcher mejor pagado del béisbol de Grandes Ligas, dijo una persona con conocimiento…
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  • Report: Felix Hernandez gets $175 million extension with Marine…

    Report: Felix Hernandez gets $175 million extension with Mariners

    King Felix just became the king of the contract hill. Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners' ace, has agreed to a new seven-year, $175 million extension with the team, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. The deal is not finalized yet, but should b…
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  • Avilés firma por dos temporadas con Indios

    Avilés firma por dos temporadas con Indios

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    El jugador del cuadro Mike Avilés ha firmado un acuerdo de dos temporadas con los Indios y el pacto incluye una opción para el 2015.
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  • Mets fans have seriously serious questions for GM Sandy Alderso…

    Mets fans have seriously serious questions for GM Sandy Alderson

    yahoo.com Feb 7, 2013
    Will the New York Mets sign Michael Bourn? When will we see Zack Wheeler with the big team? Will the Mets target big-name free agents in 2014? How about that casino idea? Oh, Mets fans have questions all right. Today, general manager Sandy Alderson did …
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  • Yard-sale treasure: rare 1865 baseball card, bought for $100, s…

    Yard-sale treasure: rare 1865 baseball card, bought for $100, sells for $92,000

    yahoo.com Feb 7, 2013
    Imagine going to a yard sale and paying $100 for old Coke bottles, a few oak chairs and a photo album. Then imagine the photo album contained something beyond every "Storage Wars" fans' wildest imagination -- a "rarer than rare" 1865…
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  • With renewed energy, Sox look to reverse course

    With renewed energy, Sox look to reverse course

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Typically when the Red Sox head to Spring Training, they set out to prove that they are worthy of the hype. But something has changed this year. There really is no hype.
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  • Brandon Lyon pacta con los Mets

    Brandon Lyon pacta con los Mets

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Los Mets de Nueva York pactaron por un año con el relevista Brandon Lyon, según una fuente. El acuerdo depende de que el derecho apruebe un examen físico.
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  • Getting Things Done In D.C.

    Getting Things Done In D.C.

    CNNSI.com Feb 7, 2013
    In his final winter report card, Jay Jaffe looks at the Nationals, who had the best record in the majors last year and addressed all of their major needs during the offseason.
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  • Despite deals, Royals' farm system still loaded

    Despite deals, Royals' farm system still loaded

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    Kansas City added to its Major League rotation by trading top prospects, but Bubba Starling leads some impressive holdovers.
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  • If he opts to play, Rolen still offers leadership

    If he opts to play, Rolen still offers leadership

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    If Scott Rolen decides that his career has ended, that's fine, his career doesn't require any further proof of longevity or worth. But if he's still playing, the Reds, or some other club, will be fortunate to have him on board. He is the kind of individ…
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  • Top 10 defenses: Top-notch Angels second to none

    Top 10 defenses: Top-notch Angels second to none

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    The Angels will look dramatically different defensively with Torii Hunter no longer in right field. The rest of their outfield, however, will be electric with Peter Bourjos in center field and Mike Trout in left, and they remain strong in the infield.
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  • In case you forgot: Group of stars hit comeback trail

    In case you forgot: Group of stars hit comeback trail

    MLB.com Feb 7, 2013
    From St. Louis to Boston, down to Miami and up in Denver, there are players who have been absent, but hopefully not forgotten. The talent of these players, who missed considerable chunks of the end of last season -- if not the entire year -- is such tha…
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  • Agents for Montero, Melky deny link to clinic

    Agents for Montero, Melky deny link to clinic

    ESPN.com Feb 7, 2013
    The agents who represent Seattle 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 Baseball.
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  • Video - Report: Record Deal For Hernandez 03:49

    Report: Record Deal For Hernandez

    Feb 7
    Geoff Baker discusses the report that Felix Hernandez has agreed to a five-year, $135.5 million contract with the Mariners.
  • Video - Best Rivalry In Sports? 09:47

    Best Rivalry In Sports?

    Feb 7
    "SportsCenter" debates the best rivalry in sports.
  • Video - Buster Blog: MLB's PED Issue In Union's Hands 03:58

    Buster Blog: MLB's PED Issue In Union's Hands

    Feb 7
    Buster Olney blogs about Major League Baseball's ongoing problem with performance-enhancing drugs.
  • Video - Checking In With David Wright 02:27

    Checking In With David Wright

    Feb 7
    David Wright speaks with ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin about his eight-year contract, getting engaged and recently turning 30.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Williams, Titans may be the best thing for each other

    Feb 7
    To paint Tennessee's hiring of well-known NFL pariah Gregg Williams on Thursday as nothing more than an act of desperation is not a totally baseless characterization. For either Titans head coach Mike Munchak or Williams himself.
  • Don Banks: Taking a second look at 2012 NFL Draft's first round

    Feb 7
    With the Super Bowl in the books, we can now stand clear enough to view the NFL's 2012 season through the prism of history, all 267 games worth (256 in the regular season and 11 in the playoffs). Before looking ahead to 2013, let's look back one last ti…
  • Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors talking Carlos Boozer-Andrea Bargnani swap,…

    Feb 7
    The Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors have engaged in exploratory trade discussions on a deal that would swap the Bulls' Carlos Boozer for the Raptors' Andrea Bargnani, according to sources familiar with the discussions.