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Derek Jeter may have tougher time coming back from ankle injury than he thinks as age begins to sink in for Yankees Captain
The Yankees almost certainly need Jeter to play at, or close to, the level he did last season to have any real shot at being a championship-caliber ballclub. The effect of the ankle injury sure seems to make that less than likely.Upvote Share Tweet
Toronto Blue Jays signing of Mark DeRosa shows GM Alex Anthopoulos is out to build team with good chemistryWhen the dust had settled there were at least 10 new Blue Jays certain to be on the 25-man roster, along with a new-old manager in John Gibbons, who piloted the club from 2004-2008 and was fired in part because he lost the clubhouse. All of which begs t…Upvote Share TweetChicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza left the practice field with a mild lat strain in his left side Sunday, but the injury isn't expected to be seriousUpvote Share Tweet
Trades and deals have Tribe feeling positiveWhile other teams made headlines, the Indians underwent a roster adjustment that gives them reason to feel they can be a factor in the AL Central.Upvote Share Tweet
Dickey baffles teammates in first live sessionR.A. Dickey threw to live batters for the first time in camp on Sunday afternoon, and most of the Blue Jays came away from the plate shaking their heads.Upvote Share TweetChipper Jones was lingering beyond the left-field wall, signing as many autographs as he could, when someone asked the obvious question.Upvote Share Tweet
Team pokes fun at Sveum's hunting accidentAbout halfway through Cubs manager Dale Sveum's speech prior to the first full squad workout on Sunday, the players started to take off their jackets to reveal bright orange hunting gear tops. Then, they put on the orange caps.Upvote Share Tweet
Cespedes more at ease for sophomore seasonHaving never completed a round of batting practice with Yoenis Cespedes that didn't involve a single ball clearing the fence, A's manager Bob Melvin finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel on Sunday afternoon following a few home run-free pitches…Upvote Share TweetRockies first baseman Todd Helton said Sunday he is taking steps to make sure he will never repeat the mistakes that led to his arrest on an alcohol-related charge.Upvote Share Tweet
Seeing A's as a fluke would be a mistakeIn every corner of the A's spring clubhouse, there's a determination to repeat the feat of 2012, but also a pride in having already accomplished something almost no one on the outside thought possible.Upvote Share TweetAlfredo Aceves began tossing batting practice this morning, pretty standard procedure for this time of year. Alfredo Aceves does not know the meaning of pretty standard. So, instead of using it as a slow and steady way to ease into spring training and b…Upvote Share Tweet
Aviles driven by past experiencesMike Aviles' story is one about overcoming odds and proving people wrong. It is a tale of fighting his way up through the Minor Leagues after an insulting signing bonus. It is about realizing his dream of becoming a highly-praised big leaguer. His story…Upvote Share Tweet
Bochy believes Giants will hit more homers in '13At times last year, it seemed as if the Giants said bye, bye, baby to the home run. But as a new season beckons, so do the outfield barriers, which manager Bruce Bochy believes his hitters can clear more frequently.Upvote Share Tweet
Hafner, Hard-Hitting North Dakotan, Joins Yankeesnytimes.com Updated Feb 17, 2013It may be surprising to learn that Travis Hafner, the former Cleveland Indians slugger, is the greatest home run hitter born in North Dakota because another left-handed-hitting North Dakotan occupies a cherished place in Yankees lore.Upvote Share TweetDavey Johnson is in position for a second Spring Training with the Nationals. The first preceded a season of 98 victories, the most in the game. The second comes with expectations for another occupied October and for more reasons to consider him one of …Upvote Share Tweet
Weeks' comeback in 2013 a family affairBoth Weeks brothers are back for 2013, Rickie having further cemented his role as the Brewers' starting second baseman with a strong finish to 2012, and Jemile back in A's camp trying to win back his old job.Upvote Share Tweet
Major confidence boost has Minor in good placeWhen asked numerous times about the possibility of sending Mike Minor back to the Minor League level last year, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez preached the need to remain patient.Upvote Share Tweet
Rondon impresses in first live batting practiceBruce Rondon has never thrown a pitch in the Major Leagues. In his first session against hitters in Major League camp, he wanted one more pitch.Upvote Share TweetInjuries, inconsistency and the spotlight of playing in Boston weighed on Carl Crawford, even had him doubting himself for the first time in his career.Upvote Share TweetFor Nick Swisher, being back among his new teammates brought comfort after a few difficult days.Upvote Share Tweet
Span fitting in well early on in Nats' tenureAfter center fielder Denard Span put on his Nationals uniform for the first time on Friday at Space Coast Stadium, he said it felt comfortable, even more comfortable than any Twins uniform he ever put on.Upvote Share Tweet
Fort Myers Miracle to hold Marco Rubio Water Bottle Giveaway NightIt was a moment that made the entire viewing audience collectively ask “Did that just happen? Really?” during Tuesday night’s Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address. As Florida senator Marco Rubio was deliveringUpvote Share TweetHOUSTON (AP) -- Roger Clemens shrugged off Mike Piazza's comments in his autobiography that he took karate lessons after he was beaned by the pitcher, just in case they had another confrontation.Upvote Share TweetAstros owner Jim Crane was thrilled Sunday to have an opportunity to play golf with President Barack Obama and golf legend Tiger Woods, both of whom were guests of Crane at his Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City.Upvote Share Tweet
Martin has chance to grab center-field jobThe Rangers are not interested in the details of Leonys Martin's dramatic escape from Cuba, they just want to know if he can be the everday center fielder on a team that expects to compete for a division title and more.Upvote Share Tweet
Cardinals' Garcia cites focus, healthy shoulderWith ace Chris Carpenter sidelined, possibly for the season, the Cardinals are hoping for more wins and innings from Jaime Garcia.Upvote Share Tweet
Casilla hopes to supply O's with more than good 'D'Coming off a solid Dominican Winter League season, Alexi Casilla is hoping he can bring more to the Orioles' organization than just a good glove.Upvote Share Tweet
Adam Jones presents superstitious teammate Kevin Gausman with 1,700 mini-donutsIt pays to be superstitious. Or at least it pays for Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman, a first-round pick (fourth overall) in last June's draft, to be superstitious. Gausman actually has a couple pre-game and in-game rituals that are un…Upvote Share TweetBack in 1996, Brandon Phillips lived one of the more unique baseball experiences by serving as a bat boy during the Olympic Games in Atlanta. The experience was a motivating factor behind Phillips' decision to play in the World Baseball ClassicUpvote Share Tweet
Amaro says Phillies set with rotationRight-hander Kyle Lohse remains a free agent, despite pitching effectively the previous two seasons with the Cardinals. The Phillies' rotation includes Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels, but a pitcher like Lohse certainly would make their pitching…Upvote Share Tweet
Key to Bucs' chemistry: Location, location, locationIf there truly is such a thing as clubhouse chemistry, the Pirates' master chemist is Scott Bonnett. He is the one who mixes and matches team elements, and affects whether the final blend flows smoothly or perhaps blows up into a mess.Upvote Share Tweet
Galvis tries to move past injury, suspensionFreddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen entered camp last week as favorites to be the team's two utility infielders, and Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said he sees a scenario in which Galvis starts 50-60 games. But Galvis will have to prove himself on a coup…Upvote Share Tweet
Santana has first session off mound since 2012Mets left-hander Johan Santana threw off a mound Sunday for the first time since his August shutdown.Upvote Share Tweet
Mastroianni likely to win second-base jobAfter his experience with the Twins last season, Darin Mastroianni is the favorite to win the center-field competition this spring, but he said Sunday that he knows the job won't be handed to himUpvote Share Tweet
Hard work, raw talent fuel Gordon's turnaroundAfter an up-and-down start to his pro career, Alex Gordon is becoming the rock of the up-and-coming Royals thanks to a wealth of raw talent as well as a lot of hard work.Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers OF Boesch tweaks oblique, day to dayThis is a crucial spring training for Brennan Boesch, whose spot on the Detroit roster is far from certain.Upvote Share Tweet
Weaver on track for another Opening Day startIf healthy, Jered Weaver will be the Angels' Opening Day starter. That's obvious. He's been the Opening Day starter the last three years, and it was perhaps even more obvious than ever going into this season that he'd get the nod again.Upvote Share TweetBaseball is set to finish its first arbitration shutout.Upvote Share Tweet
Spring Headlines: Pablo Sandoval weight concerns resurface; No arbitration hearings in MLBRegardless of how well he's playing or how healthy he appears to be at a given time, Pablo Sandoval's weight issues will always be a source of concern for the San Francisco Giants. Right now, though, it sounds like they're well past concerned and are le…Upvote Share Tweet
Cabrera, Trout ConversationFeb 17Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout sit down with TJ Quinn to talk about the MVP race and joke around.
Ricketts On Cubs, Wrigley RenovationsFeb 17Cubs owner Tom Ricketts discusses his message to the team and updates on Wrigley Field renovation.
Importance Of Jeter's ReturnFeb 17Buster Olney discusses Derek Jeter's return from injury and upcoming career milestones for the Yankees shortstop.
Los Angeles Clippers, utah Jazz to talk Eric Bledsoe for Paul Millsap, sou…Feb 17There is a level of mutual interest between the Clippers and Utah Jazz in exploring a deal that would feature Eric Bledsoe as the headliner in a trade package for Jazz forward Paul Millsap, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.