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With Bobby Parnell as NY Mets closer, Terry Collins draws up bu…

With Bobby Parnell as NY Mets closer, Terry Collins draws up bullpen plan

Ever since it was first bedazzled by Bobby Parnell’s 100-mph heater, Mets brass was convinced it had a potentially dominant closer in the righthander. The problem was convincing Parnell himself he had that in him.
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  • Yankees Add a Reliever

    Yankees Add a Reliever

    The Yankees bolstered their middle relief by acquiring the right-hander Shawn Kelley from Seattle for the minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte.
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  • A Painful Decision for Pettitte

    A Painful Decision for Pettitte

    nytimes.com Feb 13, 2013
    Andy Pettitte said Yankees Manager Joe Girardi and General Manager Brian Cashman discouraged him from taking part in the World Baseball Classic, and he reluctantly went along with them.
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  • Presence of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera at spring training a …

    Presence of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera at spring training a relief

    Mariano Rivera was due on a bullpen mound in a matter of moments, a sight that would warm the hearts of Yankee people gathered on the back field of the spring training complex, as well as fans watching from outside a fence.
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  • Empty park stirs memories of spring with Steinbrenner

    Empty park stirs memories of spring with Steinbrenner

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Inside some decaying chain-link fencing is a ballpark that has more to do with mothballs than curveballs -- Fort Lauderdale Stadium, erstwhile Spring Training home of the Orioles and, before them, the Yankees.
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  • Mattingly unfazed by contract situation with Dodgers

    Mattingly unfazed by contract situation with Dodgers

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Entering 2013 with just one year left on his contract, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has kept his focus on 2013 and seems to be comfortable despite not having the safety net of a long-term contract.
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  • Indians flexing muscle with A. Belle bobblehead

    Indians flexing muscle with A. Belle bobblehead

    CNNSI.com Feb 13, 2013
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- Albert Belle will flex his muscles for the Indians one more time.
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  • Watch Hamilton speak at Halos camp live on MLB.com

    Watch Hamilton speak at Halos camp live on MLB.com

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Angels first baseman Albert Pujols and outfielders Josh Hamilton and Mike Trout are scheduled for a 1 p.m. MT news conference, marking their arrival at Spring Training for a 2013 season full of hope for Halos fans.
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  • Torii Hunter puts Newport Beach home on market, asking for $3.9…

    Torii Hunter puts Newport Beach home on market, asking for $3.975 million

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2013
    After signing a two-year, $26 million deal with the Detroit Tigers this offseason, Torii Hunter has made the decision to put his time with the Los Angeles Angels completely behind him - not surprisingly - by placing his Newport Beach property on the
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  • Hernandez signs 7-year deal with Mariners

    Hernandez signs 7-year deal with Mariners

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    His hands trembled, his breath quickened and his eyes began to fill with tears. Felix Hernandez looked down at the piece of paper containing details of the largest contract ever placed in front of a pitcher and emotion took over.
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  • Hey, FOX, where’s the love for West Coast baseball this season?

    Hey, FOX, where’s the love for West Coast baseball this season?

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2013
    For the first time in a long time, the West Coast is at the center of the baseball universe. With two super teams in Los Angeles (well, one's in Anaheim), the World Series champs in San Francisco and one of the baseball's most promising young teams in O…
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  • Francis still sees potential in team and himself

    Francis still sees potential in team and himself

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis doesn't claim to be the pitcher he was in 2007, when he won 17 regular-season games, two postseason contests and started the opener of the World Series. But he thinks he can still contribute to a team he believes is much…
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  • Peralta feeling 'quicker' at camp, deflects PED talk

    Peralta feeling 'quicker' at camp, deflects PED talk

    MLB.com yahoo.com Feb 13, 2013
    Jhonny Peralta will let last week's statement from his attorney stand in regards to the SI.com report that his name was found in the records of the Biogenesis clinic in Miami.
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  • New-age statistics just part of evaluation equation

    New-age statistics just part of evaluation equation

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Statistics are a great tool for evaluation. But that's the key -- they are a tool. They aren't the answer.
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  • New season near, no capping Posey's potential

    New season near, no capping Posey's potential

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Giants catcher Buster Posey's 2012 effort -- featuring a Major League-best .336 batting average, with 24 home runs and 103 RBIs -- was so prodigious that it's easy to conclude he cannot surpass it. But placing limits on Posey seems rather foolish.
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  • Fifty Spring Trainings later, Leyland recalls first

    Fifty Spring Trainings later, Leyland recalls first

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Tigers manager Jim Leyland shared memories of his first Spring Training, as a catcher prospect for Detroit in 1964, before taking the field on Wednesday in what is his 50th year in spring camp.
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  • U. of Miami test baseball team for PEDs, HGH

    U. of Miami test baseball team for PEDs, HGH

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 13, 2013
    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Every University of Miami baseball player underwent testing recently for performance-enhancing drugs, including human growth hormone, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
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  • Reminder: ‘The Next Knuckler’ is here. Are you pulling for Flut…

    Reminder: ‘The Next Knuckler’ is here. Are you pulling for Flutie?

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2013
    Finally! After being years of trying to avoid (not always successfully) my wife's "The Real Housewives of Where Ever" habit, the baseball fan in me has a reality TV show I can make her suffer through. MLB Network's "The Next Knuckler"…
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  • Depth ensures stiff 'pen competition for A's

    Depth ensures stiff 'pen competition for A's

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Competition in the bullpen is fierce in A's camp this spring, putting Oakland in a position manager Bob Melvin described as "enviable."
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  • Hamilton not worried over L.A. temptations

    Hamilton not worried over L.A. temptations

    ESPN.com Feb 13, 2013
    As he prepares to embark on his first season with the Angels, slugger Josh Hamilton said Wednesday he's not worried about the temptations he might have to overcome this season while playing in Los Angeles.
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  • With Yankees in Ticket Resale Market, Elbows Are Out

    With Yankees in Ticket Resale Market, Elbows Are Out

    nytimes.com Feb 13, 2013
    The Yankees seem to have entered another fierce rivalry: with StubHub, the ticket reseller.
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  • Phillies, righty Cruz decide to part ways

    Phillies, righty Cruz decide to part ways

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    The Phillies and right-hander Juan Cruz mutually rescinded their agreement to a Minor League contract. He became a free agent immediately.
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  • Desire to be the best fuels Shields' success

    Desire to be the best fuels Shields' success

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    There's a streak of fierce competitiveness in James Shields, the Royals' new No. 1 starting pitcher, and he comes by it naturally.
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  • Ventura says he declined White Sox extension

    Ventura says he declined White Sox extension

    ESPN.com Feb 13, 2013
    Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed Wednesday that he turned down a contract extension this winter, while also moving to clarify his reasoning.
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  • Cueto says he's recovered from playoff injury

    Cueto says he's recovered from playoff injury

    ESPN.com Feb 13, 2013
    Johnny Cueto's postseason ended after only eight pitches, a most disappointing way to finish an otherwise stellar year. After taking time off, he has recovered from the injury that cost the Cincinnati Reds their ace and played a major role in their firs…
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  • Arms Race: No pitcher has ever signed a contract worth $200 ……

    Arms Race: No pitcher has ever signed a contract worth $200 …

    CNNSI.com Feb 13, 2013
    No pitcher has ever signed a contract worth $200 million but there are two -- Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander -- who might soon break that barrier, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • On the comeback trail: Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera and Victor …

    On the comeback trail: Roy Halladay, Mariano Rivera and Victor Martinez

    yahoo.com MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Here's the great thing about spring training. It's a chance to start over -- whether you're a young guy in a new city trying to right yourself or a vet coming off a bummer year hoping to find your old form. Today, we peek in on three established stars w…
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  • Yu takes first step toward building on '12 success

    Yu takes first step toward building on '12 success

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Other than a blast off the bat of Minor League outfielder Royce Bolinger, Yu Darvish's first bullpen session of the spring seemed to go smoothly.
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  • Buehrle prepares for first season away from family

    Buehrle prepares for first season away from family

    MLB.com nytimes.com Feb 13, 2013
    Mark Buehrle will have to adjust to his new home in Toronto on his own, as he will leave his wife and kids in the United States during the season to care for their pets, including a pitbull, which is outlawed in Ontario.
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  • ‘Simpsons-Moneyball’ mash-up: Montgomery Burns as Brad Pitt as …

    ‘Simpsons-Moneyball’ mash-up: Montgomery Burns as Brad Pitt as Billy Beane

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2013
    This video actually was published in October 2011 which, because of the time of year, might explain why the baseball blogosphere seemed to miss it until Wednesday. Lots of stuff going on during October. But if the internet has taught us anything, it's t…
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  • Valencia refutes link to anti-aging clinic

    Valencia refutes link to anti-aging clinic

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Danny Valencia reiterated on Wednesday that he has never used performance-enhancing drugs after a report earlier this month mentioned him as one of three new names linked to the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic alleged to have distributed PEDs to Major Leag…
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  • Cervelli: I consulted Biogenesis, did not use PEDs

    Cervelli: I consulted Biogenesis, did not use PEDs

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli says he consulted with Biogenesis of America LLC after a foot injury, but did not receive any treatment from the facility.
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  • Barry Bonds seeks to have conviction dismissed

    Barry Bonds seeks to have conviction dismissed

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 13, 2013
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A lawyer for Barry Bonds urged a federal appeals court on Wednesday to toss out the slugger's obstruction of justice conviction, saying a rambling answer he gave while testifying before a grand jury was not a crime.
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  • Inge gets deal, spring camp invite from Pirates

    Inge gets deal, spring camp invite from Pirates

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 13, 2013
    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed infielder Brandon Inge.
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  • Lester determined for rebound season

    Lester determined for rebound season

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    For the first time, Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester comes to camp trying to avenge a subpar individual season, not to mention a last-place finish by his team.
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  • Wilpon Strikes Optimistic Tone for Mets' Future

    Wilpon Strikes Optimistic Tone for Mets' Future

    nytimes.com MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Mets owner Fred Wilpon said after two years of dispiriting financial news, the team is ready to spend more to make the team competitive.
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  • Josh Hamilton thanks ‘Juice Lady’ infomercial (and God) for wei…

    Josh Hamilton thanks ‘Juice Lady’ infomercial (and God) for weight loss

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2013
    Slugger Josh Hamilton reported to Los Angeles Angels spring training Tuesday for the first time since coming over from the Texas Rangers via free agency. Hamilton and Albert Pujols in the same camp - in the same lineup! The power. When they met, it must
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  • World Baseball Classic adds new twist for Mauer

    World Baseball Classic adds new twist for Mauer

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    For veteran catcher Joe Mauer, this spring is all about striking the right balance between trying to get ready for Team USA's games in mid-March and for Minnesota's Opening Day against the Tigers on April 1.
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  • Owner Wilpon: Mets' financial woes in the past

    Owner Wilpon: Mets' financial woes in the past

    ESPN.com nytimes.com Feb 13, 2013
    New York Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon said his family is free and clear of past financial woes and that general manager Sandy Alderson has the financial flexibility to make major free-agent signings in upcoming offseasons.
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  • For Grace, unusual routine amid second chance

    For Grace, unusual routine amid second chance

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Mark Grace reported for work at the D-backs' Spring Training complex on Tuesday morning, not losing sight of the fact that from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., he's an inmate in the Arizona Penal System, serving a four-month sentence after two DUI offenses in a sp…
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  • Alderson Talks About Mejia and Santana

    Alderson Talks About Mejia and Santana

    nytimes.com Feb 13, 2013
    Pitcher Jenrry Mejia cannot leave the Dominican Republic, Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson said, and the team is reviewing whether to allow Johan Santana to pitch in the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Topps erases Pete Rose from baseball cards

    Topps erases Pete Rose from baseball cards

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2013
    Pete Rose has not appeared on his own Topps card since Major League Baseball banned him in 1989. Any player on the permanently ineligible list is prohibited from being included in any licensed MLB product. And that doesn't only go for the picture on the…
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  • With clean MRI, Madson won't rush elbow recovery

    With clean MRI, Madson won't rush elbow recovery

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    An MRI taken on Ryan Madson's elbow Tuesday came back clean, and the Angels reliever will be unable to throw until he is re-evaulated in a week.
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  • Sarah's Take: Crystal ball says Giants best in NL West

    Sarah's Take: Crystal ball says Giants best in NL West

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    While the Dodgers have assembled an All-Star team, and the D-backs have improved, the Giants will again be the best in the NL West.
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  • Chen scratches plans, won't pitch for Team China

    Chen scratches plans, won't pitch for Team China

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Royals left-hander Bruce Chen, who pitched for Panama in the first two World Baseball Classics, announced on Wednesday his withdrawal from attempting to secure a spot on China's roster for next month's tournament.
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  • Dice-K joins Indians, signs minor league deal

    Dice-K joins Indians, signs minor league deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    The last time a team brought Daisuke Matsuzaka into camp, it paid more than $100 million to get him.
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  • Where to go, Lohse? Here are some ideas

    Where to go, Lohse? Here are some ideas

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    A team pondering a move on Kyle Lohse must consider four primary variables: opportunity, baseball sense, payroll and the Draft.
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  • Old ballpark sites serve as stark reminders of change

    Old ballpark sites serve as stark reminders of change

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    As the decades of baseball and technology and business and politics and economic realities steam ahead, there's a palpable sadness at the sites of old ballparks.
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  • Previewing spring training for AL West

    Previewing spring training for AL West

    CNNSI.com Feb 13, 2013
    This week, Cliff Corcoran will break down what to watch in each team's camp as part of SI.com's spring training preview. Teams are listed by their order of finish from 2012. Note: The Big Prospect is a player who will be in major league camp but has not…
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  • From Abreu to Zambrano, big names remain unsigned

    From Abreu to Zambrano, big names remain unsigned

    MLB.com Feb 13, 2013
    Spring Training's arrival doesn't mean the end of free agency, and there's a stable of recognizable names out there, from Bobby Abreu to Carlos Zambrano, just waiting for a team to take a chance.
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  • Wainwright, Cards put contract talks on pause

    Wainwright, Cards put contract talks on pause

    ESPN.com Feb 13, 2013
    Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals have put contract talks on hold, although neither side expects many obstacles to a long-term deal.
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  • Spring headlines: King Felix gets his contract; Clay Buchholz h…

    Spring headlines: King Felix gets his contract; Clay Buchholz hurts himself already

    yahoo.com Feb 13, 2013
    It turns out that all of the talk about Felix Hernandez's elbow was much ado about nothing. At least as it pertains to his new $175 million deal. The Seattle Mariners and their ace finalized the mammoth contract extension on Tuesday, ending a week's wor…
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  • NY Mets not signing Michael Bourn and holding on to draft pick …

    NY Mets not signing Michael Bourn and holding on to draft pick may help Sandy Alderson, but it does nothing for manager Terry Co

    nydailynews.com Feb 13, 2013
    Terry Collins was sound asleep when his phone rang Monday night with Sandy Alderson calling to deliver more discomforting news on the eve of the lame duck Mets manager’s third spring training. “We didn’t get him,” Alderson said.Collins didn’t ha
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  • Alex Rodriguez recovering from hip surgery, fighting more PED a…

    Alex Rodriguez recovering from hip surgery, fighting more PED allegations just more reason to write off Yankees for 2013 season

    nydailynews.com Feb 13, 2013
    Joe Girardi seemingly couldn’t wait to tell the world on Tuesday that Alex Rodriguez is rehabbing his post-surgical hip in New York, prompting photographers in the city to go on high alert while offering every indication the Yankees want A-Rod nowhere n
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  • Rolen not going to Reds camp but hasn't retired

    Rolen not going to Reds camp but hasn't retired

    CNNSI.com Feb 13, 2013
    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Third baseman Scott Rolen declined the Cincinnati Reds' offer to attend spring training, but stopped short of saying he's ready to retire.
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  • Video - BBTN Special: Angels Spring Training 10:07

    BBTN Special: Angels Spring Training

    Feb 13
    Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkjian report from Angels spring training.
  • Video - Hamilton Prepared For LA 03:42

    Hamilton Prepared For LA

    Feb 13
    Josh Hamilton talks about transitioning to a new team, Albert Pujols, and LA living.
  • Video - Angels Looking To Regroup 03:47

    Angels Looking To Regroup

    Feb 13
    C.J. Wilson talks about last year's struggles, Josh Hamilton's past conflicts, and what to expect from the Angels in 2013.
  • Video - Upton Brothers Unite With Braves 04:16

    Upton Brothers Unite With Braves

    Feb 13
    Braves outfielders Justin and B.J. Upton talk to Buster Olney about playing together in Atlanta.

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