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Former NY Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey shows up to Toronto Blue Jays spring training camp with higher expectations
nydailynews.com Updated Feb 12, 2013
Maybe you remember R.A. Dickey. He used to pitch for the Mets. He’s the guy who climbs mountains and rescues sex slaves and writes books, and who has turned reinvention into an art form, and there he was Tuesday morning, in the hazy sunshine of FloridaUpvote Share Tweet
nytimes.com Feb 12, 2013The Yankees Ticket Exchange is the team's answer to its dissatisfaction with StubHub practices, and it may set a floor for resale prices.Upvote Share Tweet
Batista with Rockies to be a workhorseUsually, if you mention the word "abuse" to a pitcher, he thinks of appearances in many different roles and the pain that goes with it, then he heads in the other direction. Miguel Batista just laughs and signs the contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Scherzer healthy, hopeful for long-term dealMax Scherzer's shoulder issues that hampered him down the stretch last season, they say, are a thing of the past. The right-hander wants to stick around in a Tigers uniform for the long term if he can.Upvote Share Tweet
The Pope: A better hitter than Michael Jordan?Here's one guy you didn't expect to see taking batting practice today: Pope John Paul II. This video is making the rounds of John Paul II (not the guy who retired on Monday, the one before him) in a batting cage during a 1987 trip around California. The…Upvote Share TweetPlayers wander into the Los Angeles Dodgers' spacious clubhouse all morning, exchanging handshakes and hugs, asking about health and family, smiles all around.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants fundamentally sound from top to bottomThere are things the San Francisco Giants did that everyone can appreciate. These are basic baseball fundamentals that can be measured and replayed, fundamentals that show up in the box score to be debated and admired.Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners finalize Saunders deal, designate CarpLefty starter Joe Saunders officially signed a one-year Major League deal with the Mariners on Tuesday and first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.Upvote Share TweetGeneral manager Jon Daniels said the Rangers are still looking outside the organization for a possible utility infielder who can play shortstop, but candidates may be reluctant to sign with the club because playing time is limited behind its incumbent A…Upvote Share Tweet
Anderson looking to pull his weight for A's staffThough Tommy John surgery was just around the corner, Brett Anderson did find solace away from the mound in the days leading up to his major operation in 2011. Such comfort was tucked away in the kitchen.Upvote Share Tweet
The world’s largest baseball card (Photos)And just like that, your big baseball card collection feels inferior. Topps unveiled the world's largest baseball card today in Florida, near the Detroit Tigers spring training camp. The card measures nearly 90 feet tall and 60 feet wide and features th…Upvote Share Tweet
Hudson plans to make the most of 2013 seasonTim Hudson wants to end his career with the Braves, but as he enters the last year of his contract, he understands that this could be his final season in Atlanta.Upvote Share Tweet
’76 Pittsburgh Pirates yearbook predicted Phil Garner acquisition a year before it happenedEarlier on Tuesday, The Stew passed along the info that the Pittsburgh Pirates were asking focus groups to help them re-design their logo. But did you know that another iconic mustachioed character was once the Bucs symbol? Back in 1976, in the middle o…Upvote Share TweetThird baseman Scott Rolen declined the Cincinnati Reds' offer to attend spring training, but stopped short of saying he's ready to retire.Upvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays open Spring Training eyeing playoffsAs Spring Training began, Toronto took stock of injuries and began introductions among this year's players, many of them new, who enter the season with high expectations.Upvote Share Tweet
Baker will take it slow in comeback from surgeryScott Baker threw about 40 pitches at 70 percent effort on Tuesday, the first workout day for Cubs pitchers and catchers, but the right-hander will be "babied" this spring in his comeback from Tommy John surgery, manager Dale Sveum said.Upvote Share Tweet
O's hope to finalize deal with Jurrjens soonThe status of the Orioles' agreement with pitcher Jair Jurrjens remains in limbo, with executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette saying Tuesday that he hoped to have a resolution within the next few days.Upvote Share Tweet
Get into spring training mood with Phillies workout set to steel drums (Video)Your browser does not support iframes. As The 700 Level points out, the best part of this video might be the glimpse we get of Carlos Ruiz wearing a "Fake Tough" T-shirt, which references the Cole Hamels diatribe Nationals GM Mike Rizzo made l…Upvote Share Tweet
In tough Central, White Sox trust their pitchingDivisional changes haven't lessened White Sox general manager Rick Hahn's belief that the South Siders can challenge for the top spot in the American League Central.Upvote Share TweetFelix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners reached an agreement Tuesday on a contract that is expected to make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.Upvote Share TweetFormerly archrivals as members of the Yankees and Red Sox, respectively, Nick Swisher and Terry Francona represent just two prongs of a serious Tribe makeover that includes former Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds and will place free-agent signing Mic…Upvote Share Tweet
Gregorious, D-backs' SS of the future, shut downCNNSI.com Feb 12, 2013SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Didi Gregorius, considered Arizona's shortstop of the future, has a right elbow injury that has prevented him from throwing or batting for the past month.Upvote Share Tweet
Royals get Johnson from Rays to cap megatradeCNNSI.com Feb 12, 2013SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kansas City has acquired utility player Elliott Johnson from the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade that sent James Shields and Wade Davis to Kansas City for top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi alo…Upvote Share TweetTAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez will not report to spring training with the Yankees' position players and will work on his rehabilitation from hip surgery in New York.Upvote Share TweetGOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Right-hander Mat Latos has agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds, avoiding what would have been baseball's first salary arbitration hearing of the year.Upvote Share TweetMariners catcher Jesus Montero says he's put last week's report linking his name to the controversial Miami anti-aging clinic behind him and is focused solely on getting ready for Spring Training and the upcoming season.Upvote Share Tweet
Papi no longer worried about AchillesMoments after sitting down for his annual Spring Training State of Papi address on Tuesday, David Ortiz reported what Red Sox fans were hoping to hear.Upvote Share Tweet
Pedroia wants to regain winning feelingFor as long as Dustin Pedroia has played baseball -- Little League, high school, college and into the pro ranks -- he never recalls experiencing the bitter taste of a losing season. Then came 2012, the most depressing summer of his life.Upvote Share Tweet
Martin: Pirates deal 'hands-down' best availableRussell Martin is not frightened by the Pittsburgh Pirates' streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons.Upvote Share Tweet
Baseball teams get in on ‘Harlem Shake’ crazeBrace yourselves, we've got bad news. There's a new viral dance craze. It's called the "Harlem Shake" and it's getting headlines as "the new Gangnam Style," which is about as cringe-worthy a phrase as exists in the English language. …Upvote Share Tweet
Michael Cuddyer produces T-shirt promising Rockies will ‘Beat Their Butts’Every season most of the 30 front offices in Major League Baseball generate a marketing slogan designed to rally their respective fans and, hopefully, make customers out of them. Who knows if they work? Most of the time, we just make fun of the gimmickr…Upvote Share Tweet
Mets closer Francisco has elbow inflammationNew York Mets closer Frank Francisco is being held back from throwing because of right elbow inflammation.Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Feb 12, 2013After Roger Clemens threw a large part of a shattered bat at Mike Piazza in Game 2 of the 2000 World Series, the Mets catcher's first instinct was to beat him up. Piazza thought better of it, though, for plenty of reasons: It was the first inning of a g…Upvote Share TweetAbout 10 minutes into the first pitchers' fielding practice on Tuesday, Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz limped into the training room.Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers ready to get first look at Greinke, RyuAn estimated crowd of 23,000 at the recent FanFest, and 27,000 season tickets already sold, speak to the pent-up enthusiasm buzzing around the Dodgers. Today, the excitement shifts to Arizona, where pitchers -- including Zack Greinke -- and catchers rep…Upvote Share TweetPitcher Johan Santana's health will be a consideration as he and the Mets decide whether he should pitch for Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic in March.Upvote Share TweetNationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez denied again Tuesday that he had any connection with the South Florida anti-aging clinic that is under investigation for allegedly supplying PEDs to a number of Major League Baseball players.Upvote Share Tweet
Saving grace: Grilli relishes first opportunity to closeA year ago, he was working on saving his career. Now Jason Grilli is working toward saving games. At 36, the right-handed reliever is in Pirates camp as a first-time closer, the chance of a long baseball lifetime he has long wanted and feels he now dese…Upvote Share Tweet
Yanks feel they have pieces to win another titleThe demands haven't changed as the Yankees filtered into town, looking ahead to the first mandatory workout for pitchers and catchers. The expectation is a championship-caliber club that will make a serious run at a 28th World Series title.Upvote Share TweetSome drugs are OK to use in Major League Baseball and some aren't - even if they aren't OK for you. And the hypocrisy is starting to catch up with the sport. The Boston Red Sox announced Monday they're reviewing their policy on Toradol, a legal anti-infUpvote Share TweetThere was always an air of unreality about the Mets' pursuit of outfielder Michael Bourn, who is going to Cleveland on a four-year, $48 million contract.Upvote Share TweetIn addition to running on a treadmill Monday for the first time since ankle surgery, Derek Jeter took about 80 grounders at shortstop during a workout at the New York Yankees training facility in Tampa. By design, Jeter didn't move much laterally and he…Upvote Share Tweet
Position battles hold some answers for PhilliesPhillies pitchers and catchers hold their first official workout Wednesday at Carpenter Complex in Clearwater, Fla., and the club hopes to start answering some of the lingering questions from the offseason.Upvote Share TweetOn the heels of the organization's most successful season in 15 years, the Orioles officially open a much-anticipated 2013 season today, as pitchers and catchers report to the team's spring facility in Sarasota, Fla.Upvote Share Tweet
Otis Nixon accused of prison scam by Atlanta TV newsThis is the message that greets you at Otis Nixon's website: My life today is Christ-Centered, free from the past experiences and storms of drugs and alcohol, trials and tests of keeping it real. My testimony speaks for itself. Well, the testimony of Fo…Upvote Share Tweet
Yogi not expected at Yankees' Spring Training campYogi Berra is not planning to attend Spring Training with the Yankees this year because the 87-year-old Hall of Famer's travel has become limited. David Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum in Montclair, N.J., said that Berra's health is good a…Upvote Share Tweet
Starting camp, Padres see options for '13 rosterPadres pitchers and catchers officially report for Spring Training Tuesday, with their first workout scheduled for Wednesday. Position players will follow on Friday, as the Padres begin preparation for 2013.Upvote Share Tweet
Champs in festive mood while getting reacquaintedThe reigning World Series champions, who also captured the title in 2010, are prepared to strive for their third championship in four seasons with essentially the same crew that swept the Detroit Tigers in four Fall Classic games last October.Upvote Share Tweet
Hernandez's $175M Deal DoneFeb 12Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners have reached an agreement on a seven-year, $175 million contract, making him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.
Dodgers Packed With TalentFeb 12Matt Kemp dishes on the star power in Los Angeles and team chemistry.
Francona Talks IndiansFeb 12Terry Francona on the Indians' off-season moves and what to expect from the team this year.
BBTN Special: Dodgers Spring TrainingFeb 12Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian, and Curt Schilling report from the Dodgers' spring training camp.
Kobe Bryant says chastising fan on Twitter was 'right thing to do'Feb 13Kobe Bryant welcomes challenges, which explains why he chastised a fan on Twitter for using a homophobic slur. "It's the right thing to do," Bryant told ESPN.com. "I couldn't help myself. I saw it, I was like, 'I can't help myself. I have to respond.'"
Don Banks: Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Offseason PreviewFeb 12SI.com is laying out offseason road maps for all 32 teams as they start their journey for the Lombardi Trophy -- two teams per day, from the teams that need the most work to contend in 2013 to the ones that are in pretty good shape. See them all.
Adande/Gutierrez: Comparing LeBron James to Michael JordanFeb 12Our experts discuss whether LeBron James can reach or surpass Michael Jordan's level of greatness.