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Andy Pettitte feels new teammate Kevin Youkilis will bring inte…

Andy Pettitte feels new teammate Kevin Youkilis will bring intensity to Yankees

nydailynews.com Updated Feb 15, 2013
Kevin Youkilis may have some ground to make up with Yankee fans, but Andy Pettitte loves the new guy already. And perhaps more significantly, he thinks Youkilis will give the Yankees something they need, adding some Paul O’Neill-like intensity on a dail
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  • Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t need our pity, ready to ‘push forward…

    Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t need our pity, ready to ‘push forward’ and ‘turn the page’

    yahoo.com Feb 15, 2013
    They say time heals all wounds, and it appears the three months that have passed since the Miami Marlins traded Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays have gone a long way towards soothing the ang…
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  • Jurrjens, Orioles agree to minor league deal

    Jurrjens, Orioles agree to minor league deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Jair Jurrjens and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
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  • Michael Bourn (and son) get to know Indians

    Michael Bourn (and son) get to know Indians

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Michael Bourn has been to major league spring training camp before, many times, and has played baseball for most of his life. And yet, during his first day with the Cleveland Indians, Bourn looked like a lost high school freshman at ti
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  • Sources: Medical staff issues hampered Sox

    Sources: Medical staff issues hampered Sox

    ESPN.com Feb 15, 2013
    New allegations surrounding the Red Sox's former trainer and team doctor are the latest indicator of what one team source described as "open warfare" between various factions of the team's previous medical staff.
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  • What if other baseball feuds were rap battles?

    What if other baseball feuds were rap battles?

    yahoo.com Feb 15, 2013
    When Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer released a new rap song titled "You Don't Know Me" many people thought it was aimed at ex-Arizona Diamondbacks teammate Miguel Montero. That made us think: What if other baseball feuds turned into ra…
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  • Zimmermann, Nats reach deal, avoid arbitration

    Zimmermann, Nats reach deal, avoid arbitration

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    The Washington Nationals and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
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  • Nelson working hard to become more explosive

    Nelson working hard to become more explosive

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Rockies third baseman Chris Nelson's task this season is to get going faster. Nelson batted .301 with nine home runs and 53 RBIs in 111 games last season, but knew the secret to more production was in his legs. More speed could make him more of a threat…
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  • Rangers reshaping team identity without Young

    Rangers reshaping team identity without Young

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Michael Young's stature among his teammates, the stature achieved during 13 seasons of solid production and leadership, is one of the more interesting things the Rangers will be attempting to replace this season.
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  • Votto: Knee 'not perfect' but feels 'really good'

    Votto: Knee 'not perfect' but feels 'really good'

    ESPN.com Feb 15, 2013
    Joey Votto is really looking forward to rounding the bases.
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  • Chipper delays return to Braves until Saturday

    Chipper delays return to Braves until Saturday

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Chipper Jones and Fred McGriff will always be linked as the corner infielders of Atlanta's 1995 World Series champion team. This week they will serve as the guest Spring Training instructors for the Braves.
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  • Choo under scrutiny during first workout with Reds

    Choo under scrutiny during first workout with Reds

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    After the full squad reported to camp on Friday, the Reds held an afternoon workout. No player came under as much scrutiny as new Shin-Soo Choo, as 25 members of the South Korean media were issued credentials to cover his first workout.
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  • Boras: Calls increasing for Lohse, unsigned free agents

    Boras: Calls increasing for Lohse, unsigned free agents

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Spring Training has begun, and Kyle Lohse is still looking for a team. But according to agent Scott Boras, the right-hander is drawing more interest as the days go by.
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  • Optimism abounds after full-squad workout

    Optimism abounds after full-squad workout

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Royals Spring Training is officially on. The first full-squad workout was held on Friday, ending in mid-afternoon sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s.
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  • Hernandez shrugs off criticism over WBC decision

    Hernandez shrugs off criticism over WBC decision

    CNNSI.com Feb 15, 2013
    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Whatever critics in his home country had to say about Felix Hernandez, it all seemed many miles away Friday when the star pitcher reported to Mariners spring training.
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  • Wells takes high road regarding new role

    Wells takes high road regarding new role

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    The situation that currently surrounds Vernon Wells reeks of Bobby Abreu heading into Spring Training last year -- big-name player, coming off a subpar season, with an immovable contract and without a defined role.
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  • Weiss sees Young as potential 'super-utility guy'

    Weiss sees Young as potential 'super-utility guy'

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    New Rockies manager Walt Weiss' stated goal of increasing his team's versatility and aggressiveness on the bases could be a boon to the fortunes of Eric Young Jr.
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  • Medication helps Greinke to perform at high level

    Medication helps Greinke to perform at high level

    MLB.com ESPN.com Feb 15, 2013
    At a time when the words "medication" and "baseball" are almost always linked to bad news, Zack Greinke connected those dots on Friday to share good news.
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  • Villalona reports to Giants as long journey ends

    Villalona reports to Giants as long journey ends

    ESPN.com Feb 15, 2013
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy envisions few issues or distractions with the arrival of former top first base prospect Angel Villalona, who 3.5 years ago was charged with murder in his native Dominican Republic.
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  • Melky Cabrera joins Jays, admits drug mistake

    Melky Cabrera joins Jays, admits drug mistake

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Melky Cabrera has joined his new Blue Jays teammates, saying he made a mistake with drugs last year and was looking forward to playing for Toronto this season.
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  • Mets plan to use Mejia as starter upon arrival

    Mets plan to use Mejia as starter upon arrival

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Still unsure of when Jenrry Mejia may arrive at camp, Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated Friday that Mejia will work as a starter once an issue with his visa is resolved and he rejoins the Mets.
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  • Flowers caught in a tough situation replacing A.J.

    Flowers caught in a tough situation replacing A.J.

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Catcher Tyler Flowers is tasked with the tough job of following fan favorite A.J. Pierzynski behind the dish on Chicago's South Side.
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  • Biogenesis PED Records Just Being Given Out In Boxes Of Cereal …

    Biogenesis PED Records Just Being Given Out In Boxes Of Cereal Now

    First, the Miami New Times obtained some records of South Florida "anti-aging" clinic Biogenesis, which appears to tie MLB players to banned performance enhancing drugs. Then Yahoo obtained additional Biogenesis records, naming additional players. More 
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  • New pact doesn't dampen Pagan's desire to win

    New pact doesn't dampen Pagan's desire to win

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Angel Pagan, the Giants' center fielder and leadoff hitter, reported to camp Friday and vowed to maintain the determined approach that benefited San Francisco during its World Series-winning 2012 season.
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  • You Know Spring Training Is Here When You Read Sentences Like &…

    You Know Spring Training Is Here When You Read Sentences Like "Denard Span Said He Started Screaming And Making Noises To Discou

    deadspin.com Feb 15, 2013
    There is no baseball, no real, meaningful baseball for another 44 days. But the dead zone of the sports calendar has quickened considerably by the advent of spring training. Camps in Arizona and Florida stir to life, as co-workers who haven't seen each …
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  • Yankees razz Youkilis over Red Sox comments

    Yankees razz Youkilis over Red Sox comments

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Teammates of Kevin Youkilis were waiting to razz him when the third baseman walked into the New York Yankees clubhouse on Friday.
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  • Listening to Mets, Santana says WBC unlikely

    Listening to Mets, Santana says WBC unlikely

    ESPN.com Feb 15, 2013
    New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana unlikely to pitch in World Baseball Classic.
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  • ‘Buy a house in Miami’ and other life advice to Jose Reyes from…

    ‘Buy a house in Miami’ and other life advice to Jose Reyes from Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Feb 15, 2013
    We're probably going to hear a lot of sad/funny/pathetic anecdotes this season about the Miami Marlins, the team that flushed itself down the toilet when owner Jeffrey Loria traded most of the team to the Toronto Blue Jays in November. Today's head-shak…
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  • Morneau focusing on wins over contract status

    Morneau focusing on wins over contract status

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    After 10 seasons with the Twins, it's hard for Justin Morneau to imagine himself in a different uniform.
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  • Rangers' Cruz wants to cooperate in PED probe

    Rangers' Cruz wants to cooperate in PED probe

    ESPN.com Feb 15, 2013
    Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz wants to cooperate with MLB's probe into PEDs.
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  • Pitching questions for Nationals and Braves

    Pitching questions for Nationals and Braves

    CNNSI.com Feb 15, 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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  • AL East spring preview: Top prospects, big moves add new flavor

    AL East spring preview: Top prospects, big moves add new flavor

    CNNSI.com Feb 15, 2013
    Cliff Corcoran wraps up his week of spring training previews by looking at the AL East, where new faces young and old could make it the most interesting division in baseball.
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  • Crane, Postolos to join team before full workout

    Crane, Postolos to join team before full workout

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Astros owner Jim Crane and president and CEO George Postolos will be arriving in camp for Saturday's first official full-squad workout of the spring, manager Bo Porter said.
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  • A's closer Balfour (knee) may miss 6 weeks

    A's closer Balfour (knee) may miss 6 weeks

    ESPN.com Feb 15, 2013
    Oakland Athletics closer Grant Balfour had right knee surgery Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.
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  • Position players arrive early to get a leg up at camp

    Position players arrive early to get a leg up at camp

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    The first few early mornings of Spring Training are all about pitchers and catchers. It's their arrival, after all, that signals the dawn of a new baseball season. But many position players show up and begin working out ahead of the first official full-…
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  • Healthy, smiling Longoria has bounce in his step

    Healthy, smiling Longoria has bounce in his step

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    As far as the Rays are concerned, Evan Longoria is The Man. His health is tantamount to the success of the team, which explained manager Joe Maddon's feeling about seeing Longoria bouncing about the clubhouse.
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  • Elbow injury sidelines prospect Liriano for 2013

    Elbow injury sidelines prospect Liriano for 2013

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Outfielder Rymer Liriano, ranked No. 3 among all players in the San Diego farm system, will miss the 2013 season after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery.
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  • Soriano obtains visa, will report this weekend

    Soriano obtains visa, will report this weekend

    MLB.com Feb 15, 2013
    Nationals closer Rafael Soriano will not be absent for long. He was able to get his visa in the Dominican Republic on Friday and will report to camp by Saturday, according to manager Davey Johnson.
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  • YES Network needs to help Yankees star Alex Rodriguez repair hi…

    YES Network needs to help Yankees star Alex Rodriguez repair his reputation

    nydailynews.com Feb 15, 2013
    Rodriguez doesn’t need the big “60 Minutes” moment. He’s been there before and burned himself. In 2007 he lied to Katie Couric, saying he never used steroids, HGH or any performance-enhancing drugs. YES is a totally different environment.
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  • The MLB Over/Unders I'm Not Touching

    The MLB Over/Unders I'm Not Touching

    grantland.com Feb 15, 2013
    Wednesday was a special day here at Casa Keri. Upon reading the big news, I stripped down to my custom-made Youppi Underoos, poured a case of Great Di...
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  • Video - Ryan Braun Linked to Biogenesis 01:34

    Ryan Braun Linked to Biogenesis

    Feb 15
    T.J. Quinn reports on the documents obtained by "Outside the Lines" that link Ryan Braun to Biogenesis.
  • Video - Ryan Braun's Name Appears on Additional Clinic Documents 03:47

    Ryan Braun's Name Appears on Additional Clinic Documents

    Feb 15
    Doug Kezirian talks to ESPN Investigative Reporter T.J. Quinn about the latest developments regarding Ryan Braun's link to Biogenesis.
  • Video - BBTN Special: Athletics Camp 10:03

    BBTN Special: Athletics Camp

    Feb 15
    Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian and Curt Schilling report from Athletics spring training.
  • Video - Reyes Blasts Marlins Owner 01:14

    Reyes Blasts Marlins Owner

    Feb 15
    Jose Reyes wasn't happy with how Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria handled his trade.

Sports Columnists

  • The Sports Guy dusts off a time-tested hypothesis

    Feb 15
    Rajon Rondo is testing the bedrock of the Sports Guy's theories; now it's time for an update of the original.