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Mark Montgomery could slide into Yankees bullpen on can't-hit pitchUpdated Feb 16 Share Tweet
The legend of Mark Montgomery’s slider precedes him. The 22-year old righthander has yet to pitch above the Double-A level in the minors, and yet his hard-breaking slider is fast becoming the most talked-about pitch in Yankeeland since Mariano Rivera un
Share TweetBaseball is set to finish its first arbitration shutout.
Padres, Richard agree on $5.24 million for 2013Updated Feb 16 Share TweetThe Padres agreed to terms on Saturday with the last of their eight arbitration-eligible players, left-hander Clayton Richard.Share TweetRafael Soriano planned to arrive early in camp with the Washington Nationals. He was delayed by visa issues, but the team's new closer showed up Saturday in good shape and ready to get to work.
Rays to give away Joe Maddon gnome and bobblehead of David Price’s bulldog this seasonUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetThe Tampa Bay Rays have released their rather lengthy list of promotional giveaways for the 2103 season. And let's just say the same organization that brought us ZimBear in 2012 has somehow managed to, well, at least equal that effort. In the opinion of…Share TweetAroldis Chapman was getting ready to start for the Cincinnati Reds last spring when the bullpen got wiped out by injuries, forcing a different approach. The hard-throwing Cuban became one of baseball's best closers in his first try at it.
Werth's left wrist much improvedUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetOn Jan. 26, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said his wrist was not as strong as he would like it to be. Last season, Werth broke his left wrist on May 6 against the Phillies, an injury that kept him out of action until early August.
Ibanez returns to roots in first full-squad workoutsUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetRaul Ibanez is in his 21st professional camp, which saw him come full circle Saturday as he returned to the Mariners complex for the first day of full-squad workouts.
Braves' Freeman: Hurt finger, eyes feel 'great'Updated Feb 16 Share TweetBattling eye problems and an injured left index finger, Freddie Freeman still managed to set career bests with 23 home runs and 94 RBIs last year.
Familiar faces hit the field in first full-squad workoutUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetAt 9:35 a.m. Mountain time, bench coach Ron Wotus strode into Scottsdale Stadium's home clubhouse, where the Giants were scattered as they played cards, changed into baseball gear or chatted idly.Share TweetTAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- CC Sabathia wasn't surprised his first pitch was well inside off the plate. The important thing was the New York Yankees' ace felt good.
Mets outfield has more questions than answersUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetWho will play in the Mets' outfield remains a mystery, even to manager Terry Collins, but the team has a long history of fielding subpar outfielders.
Brewers owner optimistic as workouts beginUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetBrewers principal owner Mark Attanasio delivered a typically upbeat address ahead of his team's first full-squad workout on Saturday and predicted his club was built for success this season, despite its notable changes in the pitching department.
Mariners have increased power potential in lineupUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetIt was just the first day of full-squad workouts for the Mariners on Saturday, the first step in a long season, but one thing was obvious from first glance: These Mariners have some bigger men and bigger boppers than before.Share TweetCharlie Manuel is tired of talking about his contract.
Padres' Grandal apologizes again for drug banUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetReading from a prepared statement, San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal apologized for a second time following his 50-game suspension for a positive test for testosterone.Share TweetHis former Spring Training locker is now occupied by Dan Uggla and his body has not been subjected to any baseball-related activities since last year's loss to the Cardinals in the National League's Wild Card game. But all suddenly felt normal again whe…
Seeing Double, and Triple, at Yankees CampUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetWith 84 players expected in camp and 19 numbers held out of circulation for varied reason, the Yankees do not have enough uniform numbers to go around. So they doubled up.Source: nytimes.com
Red Sox GM addresses medical staff overhaulUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetBoston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington addressed the changes that have taken place the last two years in the team's medical staff, which in recent years has been roiled by internal divisions.
Debt-free NY Mets must be prudent in next year’s outfield free agent market, which will include players like Jacoby Ellsbury,Updated Feb 16 Share TweetOn his first day at spring training, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, having apparently settled all his family and business debts, offered some very hopeful and refreshing news to the disillusioned and diminishing Citi Field fan base: “I think we would anticipatSource: nydailynews.comShare TweetClayton Kershaw was selected Saturday as the Los Angeles Dodgers' opening day starter and will become the team's first pitcher to start three straight openers since Derek Lowe from 2005-07.Share TweetGOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Right-hander Homer Bailey and the Cincinnati Reds agreed Saturday to a $5.35 million, one-year contract, ensuring baseball will set a record low for salary arbitration hearings.
Hal McCoy’s new driver is a perfect choiceUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetA few weeks ago we told you of Hal McCoy’s plight. The Hall of Fame baseball writer, who's legally blind and unable to make the drive from his home in Englewood, OH to Great American Ballpark, needed a ride this season - his 42nd covering the Cincinna
Gardy addresses team as full-squad work startsUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetThe Twins held their first full-squad workouts of Spring Training on Saturday with the day beginning with manager Ron Gardenhire addressing all 67 players in big league camp in a team meeting.
Murphy ready to take on top left-handersUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetRangers left fielder David Murphy hit .347 against left-handed pitching in 2012, with a .405 on-base percentage and a .440 slugging percentage. All three numbers were easily the highest for him against left-handers in five full seasons with the Rangers.
Frieri working on mastering the cutterUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetAs a reliever who grew up idolizing Mariano Rivera, Ernesto Frieri always wanted to throw a cutter. But he couldn't figure it out, essentially because he didn't work hard enough on it.Share TweetThe problem was with Mariano Rivera's knee and never his arm, so the Yankees' closer expressed no surprise that his 30-pitch bullpen session flowed so smoothly on Saturday.Share TweetParticipating in the World Baseball Classic is no substitute for the All-Star Game, but for Giancarlo Stanton, it remains a nice sense of achievement. If not for injury, Stanton would have been able to experience both in less than a year.
Jeffrey Loria Told Jose Reyes To "Get A Nice House In Miami" Four Days Before Trading Him And Decimating The Marlins' RosterUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetWe knew that the Marlins had given Jose Reyes "verbal assurances" that they wouldn't trade him, but yesterday brought a new report about the exact content of those promises and when the Marlins were making them. In particular, walking pair of …Source: deadspin.com
With assist from Carew, healthy Stewart ready to goUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetThe longest offseason of Ian Stewart's baseball life has ended.
Mike Piazza's Book Tour Produced An Excellent Illustration Of The Absurdity Of Steroid HandwringingUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetMike Piazza wrote a memoir, and if early releases are any indication, it's mostly about how weird a human being he is. Perhaps because of his eccentric streak, many apparently hoped that the book would be a tell-all about the steroid era, like Jose Cans…Source: deadspin.com
Peralta's stiff neck improvesUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetJoel Peralta reported on Saturday that his stiff neck had improved dramatically enough to where he could long toss.Share TweetAstros owner Jim Crane is hosting a vacationing President Barack Obama at his Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla., this weekend, and the two are scheduled to play a round together on Sunday.
Pavano on spleen: 'I'm just lucky to be alive'Updated Feb 16 Share TweetPitcher Carl Pavano said the snow shoveling accident that led him having his spleen removed was nearly fatal.
Red Sox 1B Napoli cleared for baseball activityUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetBoston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has been cleared to slowly resume baseball activities after undergoing an MRI on his hip.
Spring Headlines: Matt Kemp responds to chemistry talk, Delmon Young could start year on DLUpdated Feb 16 Share TweetMatt Kemp has heard all of the comments and questions surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers' chemistry. That includes a pretty stiff shot from San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt, who recently stated that "you can't buy chemistry" in…
College umpire takes embarrassing tumble after hit batsman ruling (Video)Updated Feb 16 Share TweetCollege baseball season started off with a bang on Friday afternoon in Tallahassee, FL. Or maybe it was a thud, depending on whether you were talking about Florida State’s 9-5 victory over the University of Rhodes Island, or the unfortunate tumble home
David Wright Ready To Get To WorkFeb 16Mets third baseman David Wright talks with WABC about the start of spring training and the upcoming season.
Clayton: What to look for in NFL combineFeb 16Will a QB class considered lackluster be able to change that perception at the NFL combine?