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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.Upvote Share TweetFree agent outfielder Michael Bourn has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians.Upvote Share TweetSpeedy outfielder Dexter Fowler and the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $11.6 million contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Jose Canseco (maybe?) wants to play for the Indians. Or be Pope. Whatever you got.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 deaUpvote Share Tweet
Tigers to hold tryout camp on March 4For 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.Upvote Share TweetSt. Louis Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter hasn't ruled out pitching again, including this year.Upvote Share TweetEdith Houghton, one of the first female scouts in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 100.Upvote Share TweetOh 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…Upvote Share TweetShortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima made a point of walking across the clubhouse to greet pitcher Bartolo Colon.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB not ready to OK padded caps for pitchersMajor 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Swisher quick to make his presence felt -- and heardNick Swisher practically bounced off the walls at camp on Monday, joking with teammates and shaking hands as he bobbed and weaved throughout the complex.Upvote Share TweetCINCINNATI (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.Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Braves have scrapped plans to use the "screaming Indian" logo on their spring training caps, and will instead sport a script "A."Upvote Share Tweet
Yanks form Ticket Exchange with TicketmasterThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Thigpen's past success will help relievers in the presentNot 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Rangers' Washington: Profar will stay in infieldRangers manager Ron Washington said Monday that he has "no intentions" of playing Jurickson Profar in the outfield.Upvote Share TweetChicago 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Early arrivals reveal Nats' focus entering campNationals 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.Upvote Share Tweet
McCann likely to miss first two weeks of regular seasonNow 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.Upvote Share TweetPittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano reported to spring training camp Monday, but it will be at least another month before he throws his first pitch.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants vs. Tigers: A World Series rematch … in Connect 4 (Video)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…Upvote Share Tweet
De La Rosa clears waivers, heads to Triple-A DurhamDane 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.Upvote Share TweetTAMPA, 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.Upvote Share TweetFT. MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Red Sox principal owner John Henry reiterated his intentions Monday that he has no plans on selling the franchise.Upvote Share Tweet
Dempster looking forward to facing AL lineupsThere 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Victorino to work extensively with EllsburyShane 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Farrell looks forward to running Red SoxThroughout 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.Upvote Share TweetNow 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.Upvote Share Tweet
New-look Braves squad reports for springFour 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Lou Gerard dies: Cameraman caught Carlton Fisk’s iconic reaction to World Series home runYour 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Washington unconcerned with outside opinionsManager 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Granderson open to contract extensionCurtis Granderson has not heard from the Yankees about a contract extension, but he is open to having the conversation.Upvote Share Tweet
Olt preparing for move to outfieldTop 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Darvish reports to camp a day earlyYu Darvish went through an informal workout Monday, a day before pitchers and catchers officially report to the Rangers' Spring Training facility.Upvote Share Tweet
Opening day in New York City gives us something we’ve never seen beforeFor 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Espinosa opts out of World Baseball ClassicDanny 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees set to embark on unfamiliar territoryThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants’ Brandon Belt says Dodgers ‘can’t buy chemistry’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…Upvote Share TweetIn 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…Upvote Share TweetA 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Spring's new beginning has Bucs optimisticPerhaps nobody appreciates the fresh start the coming spring brings more than the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are coming off another losing season.Upvote Share Tweet
Bid and shop to get in World Baseball Classic spiritBid 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Kurkjian: Ode to spring (training)It's a time for optimism and fun in the sun for players and fans alikeUpvote Share Tweet
Transformed pitching staffs headline Spring TrainingThis 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.Upvote Share TweetApparently 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Danks, Flowers enter camp as key players for SoxNo 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Health, or lack thereof, an issue for some teamsAs 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Braves' batting-practice caps feature traditional 'A'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.Upvote Share Tweet
Compton's Youth Academy celebrates Community DayThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets Opening Day: From Hodges to Santananytimes.com Updated Feb 11, 2013Hoping 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.Upvote Share Tweet
10 Minutes With Orioles GM Dan Duquettegrantland.com Updated Feb 11, 2013Dan Duquette is no stranger to statistical concepts in baseball. He hired an eager researcher named Ari Kaplan to build advanced scouting software and...Upvote Share Tweet
Giants Season PreviewFeb 11Curt Schilling and Rick Sutcliffe preview San Francisco's upcoming season.
Strasburg Wants To Be A WorkhorseFeb 11Stephen 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.
Posey Looking Forward To Getting StartedFeb 11Buster Posey sits down with Tim Kurkjian to talk about the Giants' season outlook and his incredible success throughout the early stages of his career.
Papelbon Used ToradolFeb 11ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes discusses Jonathan Papelbon's admission that he received Toradol shots while he was a member of the Red Sox.
Peter King: Looking back at Greg Roman's play calling, more mailFeb 11In the coming years, when I think about the Super Bowl just played, I know I'll think about the play that might have been: third-and-goal from the Baltimore 5. Colin Kaepernick, at the snap of the ball, took one step back and Frank Gore roared in front …
Clayton's mailbag: Big spending, subpar resultsFeb 11The teams that spent the most in 2012 got little bang for their buck. Plus, answers to reader questions.