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Mark Montgomery could slide into Yankees bullpen on can't-hit p…

Mark Montgomery could slide into Yankees bullpen on can't-hit pitch

nydailynews.com Updated Feb 16, 2013
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
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  • MLB poised to finish off first arbitration shutout

    MLB poised to finish off first arbitration shutout

    ESPN.com Feb 16, 2013
    Baseball is set to finish its first arbitration shutout.
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  • Padres, Richard agree on $5.24 million for 2013

    Padres, Richard agree on $5.24 million for 2013

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    The Padres agreed to terms on Saturday with the last of their eight arbitration-eligible players, left-hander Clayton Richard.
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  • Closer Soriano finally reports to Nationals camp

    Closer Soriano finally reports to Nationals camp

    Rafael 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.
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  • Rays to give away Joe Maddon gnome and bobblehead of David Pric…

    Rays to give away Joe Maddon gnome and bobblehead of David Price’s bulldog this season

    yahoo.com Feb 16, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Chapman on starting vs. closing: Reds' choice

    Chapman on starting vs. closing: Reds' choice

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Aroldis 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.
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  • Werth's left wrist much improved

    Werth's left wrist much improved

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    On 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.
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  • Ibanez returns to roots in first full-squad workouts

    Ibanez returns to roots in first full-squad workouts

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Raul 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.
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  • Braves' Freeman: Hurt finger, eyes feel 'great'

    Braves' Freeman: Hurt finger, eyes feel 'great'

    ESPN.com Feb 16, 2013
    Battling 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.
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  • Familiar faces hit the field in first full-squad workout

    Familiar faces hit the field in first full-squad workout

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    At 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.
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  • CC throws off mound for first time since surgery

    CC throws off mound for first time since surgery

    CNNSI.com nytimes.com Feb 16, 2013
    TAMPA, 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.
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  • Mets outfield has more questions than answers

    Mets outfield has more questions than answers

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Who 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.
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  • Brewers owner optimistic as workouts begin

    Brewers owner optimistic as workouts begin

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Brewers 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.
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  • Mariners have increased power potential in lineup

    Mariners have increased power potential in lineup

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    It 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.
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  • Phillies' Manuel 'not worried' about expiring deal

    Phillies' Manuel 'not worried' about expiring deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Charlie Manuel is tired of talking about his contract.
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  • Padres' Grandal apologizes again for drug ban

    Padres' Grandal apologizes again for drug ban

    ESPN.com Feb 16, 2013
    Reading 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.
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  • Back at Braves camp, Chipper has no regrets

    Back at Braves camp, Chipper has no regrets

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    His 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…
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  • Seeing Double, and Triple, at Yankees Camp

    Seeing Double, and Triple, at Yankees Camp

    nytimes.com Feb 16, 2013
    With 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.
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  • Red Sox GM addresses medical staff overhaul

    Red Sox GM addresses medical staff overhaul

    ESPN.com Feb 16, 2013
    Boston 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.
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  • Debt-free NY Mets must be prudent in next year’s outfield free …

    Debt-free NY Mets must be prudent in next year’s outfield free agent market, which will include players like Jacoby Ellsbury,

    nydailynews.com Feb 16, 2013
    On 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 anticipat
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  • Dodgers' Kershaw to start third straight opener

    Dodgers' Kershaw to start third straight opener

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Clayton 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.
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  • Bailey, Reds agree at $5.35M; record low hearings

    Bailey, Reds agree at $5.35M; record low hearings

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Feb 16, 2013
    GOODYEAR, 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.
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  • Hal McCoy’s new driver is a perfect choice

    Hal McCoy’s new driver is a perfect choice

    yahoo.com Feb 16, 2013
    A 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
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  • Gardy addresses team as full-squad work starts

    Gardy addresses team as full-squad work starts

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Murphy ready to take on top left-handers

    Murphy ready to take on top left-handers

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Rangers 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.
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  • Frieri working on mastering the cutter

    Frieri working on mastering the cutter

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    As 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.
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  • Mariano's latest bullpen session goes smoothly

    Mariano's latest bullpen session goes smoothly

    MLB.com ESPN.com Feb 16, 2013
    The 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.
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  • After missing ASG, Stanton ready for Classic stage

    After missing ASG, Stanton ready for Classic stage

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Participating 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.
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  • Jeffrey Loria Told Jose Reyes To "Get A Nice House In Miam…

    Jeffrey Loria Told Jose Reyes To "Get A Nice House In Miami" Four Days Before Trading Him And Decimating The Marlins' Roster

    deadspin.com Feb 16, 2013
    We 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 …
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  • With assist from Carew, healthy Stewart ready to go

    With assist from Carew, healthy Stewart ready to go

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    The longest offseason of Ian Stewart's baseball life has ended.
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  • Mike Piazza's Book Tour Produced An Excellent Illustration Of T…

    Mike Piazza's Book Tour Produced An Excellent Illustration Of The Absurdity Of Steroid Handwringing

    deadspin.com Feb 16, 2013
    Mike 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…
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  • Peralta's stiff neck improves

    Peralta's stiff neck improves

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Joel Peralta reported on Saturday that his stiff neck had improved dramatically enough to where he could long toss.
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  • Crane honored to host Obama at golf course

    Crane honored to host Obama at golf course

    MLB.com Feb 16, 2013
    Astros 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.
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  • Pavano on spleen: 'I'm just lucky to be alive'

    Pavano on spleen: 'I'm just lucky to be alive'

    ESPN.com Feb 16, 2013
    Pitcher Carl Pavano said the snow shoveling accident that led him having his spleen removed was nearly fatal.
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  • Red Sox 1B Napoli cleared for baseball activity

    Red Sox 1B Napoli cleared for baseball activity

    ESPN.com Feb 16, 2013
    Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has been cleared to slowly resume baseball activities after undergoing an MRI on his hip.
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  • Spring Headlines: Matt Kemp responds to chemistry talk, Delmon …

    Spring Headlines: Matt Kemp responds to chemistry talk, Delmon Young could start year on DL

    yahoo.com Feb 16, 2013
    Matt 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…
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  • College umpire takes embarrassing tumble after hit batsman ruli…

    College umpire takes embarrassing tumble after hit batsman ruling (Video)

    yahoo.com Feb 16, 2013
    College 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
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  • Video - David Wright Ready To Get To Work 05:26

    David Wright Ready To Get To Work

    Feb 16
    Mets third baseman David Wright talks with WABC about the start of spring training and the upcoming season.

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    Feb 16
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