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Angels' Madson dealing with elbow soreness

Angels' Madson dealing with elbow soreness

CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Feb 11, 2013
Angels manager Mike Scioscia was not surprised closer Ryan Madson had elbow soreness in his rehabilitation from reconstructive surgery.
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  • Lester says Red Sox reviewing Toradol policy

    Lester says Red Sox reviewing Toradol policy

    ESPN.com Feb 11, 2013
    Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester said that the team's medical staff and general manager Ben Cherington told the club's pitchers Monday that they are reviewing its policy regarding the use of Toradol, a legal anti-inflammatory drug.
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  • Indians, Bourn agree on four-year deal

    Indians, Bourn agree on four-year deal

    Free agent outfielder Michael Bourn has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians.
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  • Rockies OF Fowler agrees to new $11.6M deal

    Rockies OF Fowler agrees to new $11.6M deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Speedy outfielder Dexter Fowler and the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $11.6 million contract.
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  • Jose Canseco (maybe?) wants to play for the Indians. Or be Pope…

    Jose Canseco (maybe?) wants to play for the Indians. Or be Pope. Whatever you got.

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    Hey Chris @indiansgm give me a call me and Manny are open to a discussion.Thanks buddy - Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 10, 2013 In recent days, the Cleveland Indians signed buy-low contacts with Jason Giambi and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Both decent dea
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  • Tigers to hold tryout camp on March 4

    Tigers to hold tryout camp on March 4

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    For many, the Tigers' tryout camp on March 4 in Lakeland, Fla., will be one more chance to keep the dream alive of playing baseball for a living.
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  • Chris Carpenter hasn't given up on pitching again

    Chris Carpenter hasn't given up on pitching again

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter hasn't ruled out pitching again, including this year.
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  • Houghton, 100, one of 1st female MLB scouts, dies

    Houghton, 100, one of 1st female MLB scouts, dies

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 11, 2013
    Edith Houghton, one of the first female scouts in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 100.
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  • Create-a-Caption: Spring training is here and R.A. Dickey wants…

    Create-a-Caption: Spring training is here and R.A. Dickey wants to give it a big hug

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    Oh joyous day, spring training is here. Fans are celebrating. Teams are celebrating. So are the players. At least that's what it looks like R.A. Dickey is doing here. The photo comes from MLB's Instagram acccount. It looks to us like Dickey -- the reign…
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  • A's Colon 'happy' for new season, mum on ban

    A's Colon 'happy' for new season, mum on ban

    ESPN.com Feb 11, 2013
    Shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima made a point of walking across the clubhouse to greet pitcher Bartolo Colon.
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  • MLB not ready to OK padded caps for pitchers

    MLB not ready to OK padded caps for pitchers

    ESPN.com Feb 11, 2013
    Major League Baseball begins spring training without an approved choice of protective headgear for pitchers, and it's uncertain whether any product will receive approval in time for the regular season.
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  • Swisher quick to make his presence felt -- and heard

    Swisher quick to make his presence felt -- and heard

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Nick Swisher practically bounced off the walls at camp on Monday, joking with teammates and shaking hands as he bobbed and weaved throughout the complex.
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  • Choo ($7.375M) avoids arbitration with Reds

    Choo ($7.375M) avoids arbitration with Reds

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and the Reds have agreed on a one-year contract for $7,375,000, leaving two Cincinnati players in salary arbitration.
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  • Braves shelve controversial cap, to go with 'A'

    Braves shelve controversial cap, to go with 'A'

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Atlanta Braves have scrapped plans to use the "screaming Indian" logo on their spring training caps, and will instead sport a script "A."
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  • Yanks form Ticket Exchange with Ticketmaster

    Yanks form Ticket Exchange with Ticketmaster

    ESPN.com Feb 11, 2013
    The New York Yankees, one of two teams to opt out of Major League Baseball's deal that makes StubHub the official ticket resale site of the league, has announced plans to take the resale business to Ticketmaster.
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  • Thigpen's past success will help relievers in the present

    Thigpen's past success will help relievers in the present

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Not only is Bobby Thigpen Chicago's new bullpen coach, he is the team's career saves leader, and he will be a vital source of info for the young relievers.
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  • Rangers' Washington: Profar will stay in infield

    Rangers' Washington: Profar will stay in infield

    ESPN.com Feb 11, 2013
    Rangers manager Ron Washington said Monday that he has "no intentions" of playing Jurickson Profar in the outfield.
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  • Marmol on accusation: 'I didn't do anything'

    Marmol on accusation: 'I didn't do anything'

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Marmol said Monday that he is angered by accusations of domestic abuse by a woman in the Dominican Republic, and he professed his innocence at the Cubs' training camp facility.
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  • Early arrivals reveal Nats' focus entering camp

    Early arrivals reveal Nats' focus entering camp

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Nationals pitchers and catchers are not scheduled to report for Spring Training until Wednesday, but one would think Monday was the report date with a number of early arrivals.
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  • McCann likely to miss first two weeks of regular season

    McCann likely to miss first two weeks of regular season

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Now that Spring Training has arrived, Brian McCann seems to have accepted the fact that he could miss at least the first two weeks of the regular season.
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  • Pirates' Liriano reports, but likely out until May

    Pirates' Liriano reports, but likely out until May

    Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano reported to spring training camp Monday, but it will be at least another month before he throws his first pitch.
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  • Giants vs. Tigers: A World Series rematch … in Connect 4 (Video…

    Giants vs. Tigers: A World Series rematch … in Connect 4 (Video)

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    The last time we saw a Major League Baseball game, the San Francisco Giants were rushing the field, celebrating a sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Two guys from that series, Tigers pitcher Doug Fister (who started Game 2) and Giants reli…
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  • De La Rosa clears waivers, heads to Triple-A Durham

    De La Rosa clears waivers, heads to Triple-A Durham

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Dane De La Rosa has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Durham. The right-hander will attend Major League Spring Training, bringing the total of players at camp to 65.
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  • Jeter in camp and runs for first time since injury

    Jeter in camp and runs for first time since injury

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Derek Jeter ran Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle in October, another step toward being in the New York Yankees' lineup on opening day.
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  • Henry reiterates that he has no plans to sell Sox

    Henry reiterates that he has no plans to sell Sox

    CNNSI.com MLB.com ESPN.com Feb 11, 2013
    FT. MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Red Sox principal owner John Henry reiterated his intentions Monday that he has no plans on selling the franchise.
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  • Dempster looking forward to facing AL lineups

    Dempster looking forward to facing AL lineups

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    There are starting pitchers out there who avoid the American League like the plague, knowing that it is a far more offensive-minded institution. But Ryan Dempster, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent this winter, is the type of competitor who lo…
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  • Victorino to work extensively with Ellsbury

    Victorino to work extensively with Ellsbury

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Shane Victorino is the only Red Sox position player who is playing in the World Baseball Classic. Because he's a newcomer to the team, manager John Farrell will try to get the right fielder as many reps as possible alongside center fielder Jacoby Ellsbu…
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  • Farrell looks forward to running Red Sox

    Farrell looks forward to running Red Sox

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Throughout their history, the Red Sox have never been known much for their speed, but under new manager John Farrell, Boston should, at the very least, be one of the most aggressive baserunning teams in the American League.
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  • Sky's the limit, and Strasburg has lofty goals

    Sky's the limit, and Strasburg has lofty goals

    MLB.com ESPN.com Feb 11, 2013
    Now that he is 100 percent healthy, Stephen Strasburg is expected to be the Nationals' Opening Day starter and pitch at least 200 innings for the first time in his career.
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  • New-look Braves squad reports for spring

    New-look Braves squad reports for spring

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Four months after saying goodbye to Chipper Jones with an abrupt postseason exit, the Braves are approaching a new season with a pair of Uptons and significant expectations.
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  • Lou Gerard dies: Cameraman caught Carlton Fisk’s iconic reactio…

    Lou Gerard dies: Cameraman caught Carlton Fisk’s iconic reaction to World Series home run

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. Pictures of Lou Gerard are proving hard to find. After all, he spent much of his life behind video cameras at some of the great sporting events of our time, the most notable of which was Game 6 of the 1975 World Se…
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  • Washington unconcerned with outside opinions

    Washington unconcerned with outside opinions

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Manager Ron Washington isn't too concerned about prevailing opinions that the Rangers had a "disappointing" offseason. He firmly believes in the ability and character of the players in his clubhouse.
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  • Granderson open to contract extension

    Granderson open to contract extension

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Curtis Granderson has not heard from the Yankees about a contract extension, but he is open to having the conversation.
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  • Olt preparing for move to outfield

    Olt preparing for move to outfield

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Top prospect Mike Olt is blocked at third base by All-Star Adrian Beltre, so he has been training to be a "great" outfielder during the offseason.
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  • Darvish reports to camp a day early

    Darvish reports to camp a day early

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Yu Darvish went through an informal workout Monday, a day before pitchers and catchers officially report to the Rangers' Spring Training facility.
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  • Opening day in New York City gives us something we’ve never see…

    Opening day in New York City gives us something we’ve never seen before

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    For all the baseball history in New York City, something is happening on opening day 2013 that's never happened before: The New York Yankees and the New York Mets begin their seasons on the same day at the same time in their home stadiums, less than 10 …
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  • Espinosa opts out of World Baseball Classic

    Espinosa opts out of World Baseball Classic

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Danny Espinosa decided not to play in the World Baseball Classic for Team Mexico, saying he needed to take his time and continue to rehab his left shoulder.
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  • Yankees set to embark on unfamiliar territory

    Yankees set to embark on unfamiliar territory

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    The New York Yankees are in a transition period. It won't be easy. Teams arrive in Spring Training hoping to play in the World Series. The Yankees, however, expect it.
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  • Giants’ Brandon Belt says Dodgers ‘can’t buy chemistry’

    Giants’ Brandon Belt says Dodgers ‘can’t buy chemistry’

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    Oh, it's on now. OK, maybe the rivalry between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers goes back a little further, like to when they all played in New York City. Regardless, Giants slugger Brandon Belt pumped it up a little by saying what's bee…
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  • Justin Verlander declines World Baseball Classic, talks extensi…

    Justin Verlander declines World Baseball Classic, talks extension, makes men everywhere jealous

    yahoo.com MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    In today's installment of "Justin Verlander is Cooler Than All of Us": Verlander announced Monday at Detroit Tigers spring training camp in Florida that he won't join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic. But hey, at least we get Gio Gonzal…
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  • Did Mike Piazza’s ‘revenge’ against Roger Clemens include karat…

    Did Mike Piazza’s ‘revenge’ against Roger Clemens include karate lessons?

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    A biography of Mike Piazza comes out Tuesday, and he reportedly addresses everything you'd want a Mike Piazza bio to address. Did he do steroids? ("No.") Should he be in the Hall of Fame? ("Yes.") What was up with that "I'm not …
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  • Spring's new beginning has Bucs optimistic

    Spring's new beginning has Bucs optimistic

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Perhaps nobody appreciates the fresh start the coming spring brings more than the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are coming off another losing season.
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  • Bid and shop to get in World Baseball Classic spirit

    Bid and shop to get in World Baseball Classic spirit

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    Bid on 2006 and 2009 game-used items at MLB.com/wbcauction and browse official MLB.com Shop merchandise for all 16 countries set to compete.
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  • Kurkjian: Ode to spring (training)

    Kurkjian: Ode to spring (training)

    ESPN.com Feb 11, 2013
    It's a time for optimism and fun in the sun for players and fans alike
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  • Transformed pitching staffs headline Spring Training

    Transformed pitching staffs headline Spring Training

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    This offseason, big trades sent top-tier starters to new teams. The Royals and Blue Jays are among those entering Spring Training boasting some of the most improved staffs in the Major Leagues.
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  • Yankees president on dog he owns in Westminster Kennel Club sho…

    Yankees president on dog he owns in Westminster Kennel Club show: ‘He’s like Derek Jeter’

    yahoo.com Feb 11, 2013
    Apparently hedging his bets against the New York Yankees coming away with another World Series championship in 2013, team president Randy Levine is diversifying into show dogs. He co-owns a five-year-old Labrador retriever named Mitch who has been enter…
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  • Danks, Flowers enter camp as key players for Sox

    Danks, Flowers enter camp as key players for Sox

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    No player in camp today will hold greater importance to Robin Ventura's second year as manager than left-handed starter John Danks and catcher Tyler Flowers.
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  • Health, or lack thereof, an issue for some teams

    Health, or lack thereof, an issue for some teams

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    As camps open, there is one very important thing that can be gleaned from just about every team: health, or lack thereof. Pretty much every manager would rather have hurt players get healthy, and healthy players stay that way, than win every game of Gra…
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  • Braves' batting-practice caps feature traditional 'A'

    Braves' batting-practice caps feature traditional 'A'

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    When Braves pitchers and catchers stage their first workout at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex on Tuesday morning, they will be wearing the new Spring Training hats that are solid navy blue with a red script "A" on the front.
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  • Compton's Youth Academy celebrates Community Day

    Compton's Youth Academy celebrates Community Day

    MLB.com Feb 11, 2013
    The Urban Youth Academy in Compton, Calif., opened up its doors for its first Community Day on Sunday, an event that drew two Hall of Famers and one of the game's best-ever managers.
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  • Mets Opening Day: From Hodges to Santana

    Mets Opening Day: From Hodges to Santana

    nytimes.com Feb 11, 2013
    Hoping to turn around their fortunes, the Mets will open their season at home on April 1 against the San Diego Padres - the same day and hour as the Yankees at home.
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  • 10 Minutes With Orioles GM Dan Duquette

    10 Minutes With Orioles GM Dan Duquette

    grantland.com Feb 11, 2013
    Dan Duquette is no stranger to statistical concepts in baseball. He hired an eager researcher named Ari Kaplan to build advanced scouting software and...
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  • Video - Giants Season Preview 02:33

    Giants Season Preview

    Feb 11
    Curt Schilling and Rick Sutcliffe preview San Francisco's upcoming season.
  • Video - Strasburg Wants To Be A Workhorse 01:45

    Strasburg Wants To Be A Workhorse

    Feb 11
    Stephen Strasburg addresses the lifting of his innings limit, his frustration at having to watch the postseason, the Nationals' offseason moves, and his preparation for the season.
  • Video - Posey Looking Forward To Getting Started 02:31

    Posey Looking Forward To Getting Started

    Feb 11
    Buster Posey sits down with Tim Kurkjian to talk about the Giants' season outlook and his incredible success throughout the early stages of his career.
  • Video - Papelbon Used Toradol 01:03

    Papelbon Used Toradol

    Feb 11
    ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes discusses Jonathan Papelbon's admission that he received Toradol shots while he was a member of the Red Sox.

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