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Former NY Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey shows up to Toronto Blue Jays spring training camp with higher expectationsUpdated Feb 12 Share Tweet
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 Florida
Share TweetThe Yankees Ticket Exchange is the team's answer to its dissatisfaction with StubHub practices, and it may set a floor for resale prices.Source: nytimes.com
Batista with Rockies to be a workhorseUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetUsually, 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.
Scherzer healthy, hopeful for long-term dealUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetMax 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.
The Pope: A better hitter than Michael Jordan?Updated Feb 12 Share TweetHere'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…Share TweetPlayers wander into the Los Angeles Dodgers' spacious clubhouse all morning, exchanging handshakes and hugs, asking about health and family, smiles all around.
Giants fundamentally sound from top to bottomUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetThere 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.
Mariners finalize Saunders deal, designate CarpUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetLefty 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.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…
Anderson looking to pull his weight for A's staffUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetThough 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.
The world’s largest baseball card (Photos)Updated Feb 12 Share TweetAnd 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…
Hudson plans to make the most of 2013 seasonUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetTim 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.
’76 Pittsburgh Pirates yearbook predicted Phil Garner acquisition a year before it happenedUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetEarlier 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…Share TweetThird baseman Scott Rolen declined the Cincinnati Reds' offer to attend spring training, but stopped short of saying he's ready to retire.
Blue Jays open Spring Training eyeing playoffsUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetAs 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.
Baker will take it slow in comeback from surgeryUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetScott 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.
O's hope to finalize deal with Jurrjens soonUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetThe 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.
Get into spring training mood with Phillies workout set to steel drums (Video)Updated Feb 12 Share TweetYour 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…
In tough Central, White Sox trust their pitchingUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetDivisional 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.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.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…
Gregorious, D-backs' SS of the future, shut downUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetSCOTTSDALE, 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.Source: CNNSI.com
Royals get Johnson from Rays to cap megatradeUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetSURPRISE, 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…Source: CNNSI.comShare 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.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.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.
Papi no longer worried about AchillesUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetMoments 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.
Pedroia wants to regain winning feelingUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetFor 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.
Martin: Pirates deal 'hands-down' best availableUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetRussell Martin is not frightened by the Pittsburgh Pirates' streak of 20 consecutive losing seasons.
Baseball teams get in on ‘Harlem Shake’ crazeUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetBrace 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. …
Michael Cuddyer produces T-shirt promising Rockies will ‘Beat Their Butts’Updated Feb 12 Share TweetEvery 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…
Mets closer Francisco has elbow inflammationUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetNew York Mets closer Frank Francisco is being held back from throwing because of right elbow inflammation.Share TweetAfter 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…Source: deadspin.comShare TweetAbout 10 minutes into the first pitchers' fielding practice on Tuesday, Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz limped into the training room.
Dodgers ready to get first look at Greinke, RyuUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetAn 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…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.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.
Saving grace: Grilli relishes first opportunity to closeUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetA 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…
Yanks feel they have pieces to win another titleUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetThe 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.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-infShare 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.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…
Position battles hold some answers for PhilliesUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetPhillies 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.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.
Otis Nixon accused of prison scam by Atlanta TV newsUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetThis 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…
Yogi not expected at Yankees' Spring Training campUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetYogi 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…
Starting camp, Padres see options for '13 rosterUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetPadres 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.
Champs in festive mood while getting reacquaintedUpdated Feb 12 Share TweetThe 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.
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.