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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.
Share TweetThe Yankees bolstered their middle relief by acquiring the right-hander Shawn Kelley from Seattle for the minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte.
A Painful Decision for PettitteUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetAndy 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.Share TweetMariano 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.
Empty park stirs memories of spring with SteinbrennerUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetInside 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.Share TweetEntering 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.
Indians flexing muscle with A. Belle bobbleheadUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetCLEVELAND (AP) -- Albert Belle will flex his muscles for the Indians one more time.Share TweetAngels 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.
Torii Hunter puts Newport Beach home on market, asking for $3.975 millionUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetAfter 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 theShare TweetHis 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.
Hey, FOX, where’s the love for West Coast baseball this season?Updated Feb 13 Share TweetFor 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…
Francis still sees potential in team and himselfUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetRockies 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…Share TweetJhonny 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.
New-age statistics just part of evaluation equationUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetStatistics are a great tool for evaluation. But that's the key -- they are a tool. They aren't the answer.
New season near, no capping Posey's potentialUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetGiants 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.
Fifty Spring Trainings later, Leyland recalls firstUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetTigers 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.Share TweetCORAL 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.
Reminder: ‘The Next Knuckler’ is here. Are you pulling for Flutie?Updated Feb 13 Share TweetFinally! 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"…
Depth ensures stiff 'pen competition for A'sUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetCompetition in the bullpen is fierce in A's camp this spring, putting Oakland in a position manager Bob Melvin described as "enviable."
Hamilton not worried over L.A. temptationsUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetAs 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.Share TweetThe Yankees seem to have entered another fierce rivalry: with StubHub, the ticket reseller.
Phillies, righty Cruz decide to part waysUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetThe Phillies and right-hander Juan Cruz mutually rescinded their agreement to a Minor League contract. He became a free agent immediately.Share TweetThere's a streak of fierce competitiveness in James Shields, the Royals' new No. 1 starting pitcher, and he comes by it naturally.Share TweetChicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed Wednesday that he turned down a contract extension this winter, while also moving to clarify his reasoning.
Cueto says he's recovered from playoff injuryUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetJohnny 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…
Arms Race: No pitcher has ever signed a contract worth $200 …Updated Feb 13 Share TweetNo 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.Share TweetHere'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…
Yu takes first step toward building on '12 successUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetOther 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.Share TweetMark 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.
‘Simpsons-Moneyball’ mash-up: Montgomery Burns as Brad Pitt as Billy BeaneUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetThis 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…
Valencia refutes link to anti-aging clinicUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetDanny 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…Share TweetTAMPA, 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.Share TweetSAN 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.Share TweetBRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed infielder Brandon Inge.
Lester determined for rebound seasonUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetFor 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.Share TweetMets owner Fred Wilpon said after two years of dispiriting financial news, the team is ready to spend more to make the team competitive.
Josh Hamilton thanks ‘Juice Lady’ infomercial (and God) for weight lossUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetSlugger 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
World Baseball Classic adds new twist for MauerUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetFor 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.Share TweetNew 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.
For Grace, unusual routine amid second chanceUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetMark 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…
Alderson Talks About Mejia and SantanaUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetPitcher 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.
Topps erases Pete Rose from baseball cardsUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetPete 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…Share TweetAn 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.
Sarah's Take: Crystal ball says Giants best in NL WestUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetWhile 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.
Chen scratches plans, won't pitch for Team ChinaUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetRoyals 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.Share TweetThe last time a team brought Daisuke Matsuzaka into camp, it paid more than $100 million to get him.
Where to go, Lohse? Here are some ideasUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetA team pondering a move on Kyle Lohse must consider four primary variables: opportunity, baseball sense, payroll and the Draft.
Old ballpark sites serve as stark reminders of changeUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetAs 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.Share TweetThis 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…
From Abreu to Zambrano, big names remain unsignedUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetSpring 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.Share TweetAdam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals have put contract talks on hold, although neither side expects many obstacles to a long-term deal.Share TweetIt 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…
NY Mets not signing Michael Bourn and holding on to draft pick may help Sandy Alderson, but it does nothing for manager Terry CoUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetTerry 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 haSource: nydailynews.com
Alex Rodriguez recovering from hip surgery, fighting more PED allegations just more reason to write off Yankees for 2013 seasonUpdated Feb 13 Share TweetJoe 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 nSource: nydailynews.comShare TweetGOODYEAR, 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.
BBTN Special: Angels Spring TrainingFeb 13Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkjian report from Angels spring training.
Hamilton Prepared For LAFeb 13Josh Hamilton talks about transitioning to a new team, Albert Pujols, and LA living.
Angels Looking To RegroupFeb 13C.J. Wilson talks about last year's struggles, Josh Hamilton's past conflicts, and what to expect from the Angels in 2013.
Upton Brothers Unite With BravesFeb 13Braves outfielders Justin and B.J. Upton talk to Buster Olney about playing together in Atlanta.
The Sports Guy's readers sound off on PEDsFeb 13The readers weigh in on one of sports' biggest issues.