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Derek Jeter may have tougher time coming back from ankle injury…

Derek Jeter may have tougher time coming back from ankle injury than he thinks as age begins to sink in for Yankees Captain

nydailynews.com CNNSI.com MLB.com ESPN.com Updated Feb 17, 2013
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.
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  • Toronto Blue Jays signing of Mark DeRosa shows GM Alex Anthopou…

    Toronto Blue Jays signing of Mark DeRosa shows GM Alex Anthopoulos is out to build team with good chemistry

    nydailynews.com MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    When 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…
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  • Cubs' Garza suffers mild lat strain during BP

    Cubs' Garza suffers mild lat strain during BP

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Chicago 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 serious
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  • Trades and deals have Tribe feeling positive

    Trades and deals have Tribe feeling positive

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    While 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.
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  • Dickey baffles teammates in first live session

    Dickey baffles teammates in first live session

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    R.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.
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  • Chipper back in camp but not returning to Braves

    Chipper back in camp but not returning to Braves

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Chipper Jones was lingering beyond the left-field wall, signing as many autographs as he could, when someone asked the obvious question.
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  • Team pokes fun at Sveum's hunting accident

    Team pokes fun at Sveum's hunting accident

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    About 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.
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  • Cespedes more at ease for sophomore season

    Cespedes more at ease for sophomore season

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Having 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…
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  • Helton apologizes for arrest, grateful for support

    Helton apologizes for arrest, grateful for support

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Feb 17, 2013
    Rockies 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.
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  • Seeing A's as a fluke would be a mistake

    Seeing A's as a fluke would be a mistake

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    In 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.
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  • Alfredo Aceves Is In Mid-Season Form

    Alfredo Aceves Is In Mid-Season Form

    deadspin.com MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Alfredo 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…
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  • Aviles driven by past experiences

    Aviles driven by past experiences

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Mike 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…
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  • Bochy believes Giants will hit more homers in '13

    Bochy believes Giants will hit more homers in '13

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    At 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.
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  • Hafner, Hard-Hitting North Dakotan, Joins Yankees

    Hafner, Hard-Hitting North Dakotan, Joins Yankees

    nytimes.com Feb 17, 2013
    It 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.
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  • As skippers go, Davey among the most special

    As skippers go, Davey among the most special

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Davey 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 …
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  • Weeks' comeback in 2013 a family affair

    Weeks' comeback in 2013 a family affair

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Both 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.
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  • Major confidence boost has Minor in good place

    Major confidence boost has Minor in good place

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    When 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.
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  • Rondon impresses in first live batting practice

    Rondon impresses in first live batting practice

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Bruce 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.
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  • Crawford feels good in 1st spring with Dodgers

    Crawford feels good in 1st spring with Dodgers

    ESPN.com Feb 17, 2013
    Injuries, inconsistency and the spotlight of playing in Boston weighed on Carl Crawford, even had him doubting himself for the first time in his career.
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  • Swisher back at Indians' camp following funeral

    Swisher back at Indians' camp following funeral

    ESPN.com Feb 17, 2013
    For Nick Swisher, being back among his new teammates brought comfort after a few difficult days.
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  • Span fitting in well early on in Nats' tenure

    Span fitting in well early on in Nats' tenure

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    After 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.
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  • Fort Myers Miracle to hold Marco Rubio Water Bottle Giveaway Ni…

    Fort Myers Miracle to hold Marco Rubio Water Bottle Giveaway Night

    yahoo.com Feb 17, 2013
    It 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 delivering
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  • Clemens shrugs off Piazza's account of beanball

    Clemens shrugs off Piazza's account of beanball

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    HOUSTON (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.
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  • Crane enjoys round of golf with Obama, Woods

    Crane enjoys round of golf with Obama, Woods

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Astros 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.
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  • Martin has chance to grab center-field job

    Martin has chance to grab center-field job

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Cardinals' Garcia cites focus, healthy shoulder

    Cardinals' Garcia cites focus, healthy shoulder

    ESPN.com Feb 17, 2013
    With ace Chris Carpenter sidelined, possibly for the season, the Cardinals are hoping for more wins and innings from Jaime Garcia.
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  • Casilla hopes to supply O's with more than good 'D'

    Casilla hopes to supply O's with more than good 'D'

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    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.
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  • Adam Jones presents superstitious teammate Kevin Gausman with 1…

    Adam Jones presents superstitious teammate Kevin Gausman with 1,700 mini-donuts

    yahoo.com Feb 17, 2013
    It 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…
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  • Phillips to live dream in World Baseball Classic

    Phillips to live dream in World Baseball Classic

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Back 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 Classic
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  • Amaro says Phillies set with rotation

    Amaro says Phillies set with rotation

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Right-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…
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  • Key to Bucs' chemistry: Location, location, location

    Key to Bucs' chemistry: Location, location, location

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    If 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.
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  • Galvis tries to move past injury, suspension

    Galvis tries to move past injury, suspension

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Freddy 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…
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  • Santana has first session off mound since 2012

    Santana has first session off mound since 2012

    ESPN.com Feb 17, 2013
    Mets left-hander Johan Santana threw off a mound Sunday for the first time since his August shutdown.
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  • Mastroianni likely to win second-base job

    Mastroianni likely to win second-base job

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    After 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 him
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  • Hard work, raw talent fuel Gordon's turnaround

    Hard work, raw talent fuel Gordon's turnaround

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    After 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.
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  • Tigers OF Boesch tweaks oblique, day to day

    Tigers OF Boesch tweaks oblique, day to day

    ESPN.com Feb 17, 2013
    This is a crucial spring training for Brennan Boesch, whose spot on the Detroit roster is far from certain.
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  • Weaver on track for another Opening Day start

    Weaver on track for another Opening Day start

    MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    If 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.
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  • MLB poised to finish off first arbitration shutout

    MLB poised to finish off first arbitration shutout

    ESPN.com MLB.com Feb 17, 2013
    Baseball is set to finish its first arbitration shutout.
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  • Spring Headlines: Pablo Sandoval weight concerns resurface; No …

    Spring Headlines: Pablo Sandoval weight concerns resurface; No arbitration hearings in MLB

    yahoo.com Feb 17, 2013
    Regardless 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…
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  • Video - Cabrera, Trout Conversation 01:52

    Cabrera, Trout Conversation

    Feb 17
    Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout sit down with TJ Quinn to talk about the MVP race and joke around.
  • Video - Ricketts On Cubs, Wrigley Renovations 02:02

    Ricketts On Cubs, Wrigley Renovations

    Feb 17
    Cubs owner Tom Ricketts discusses his message to the team and updates on Wrigley Field renovation.
  • Video - Importance Of Jeter's Return 02:01

    Importance Of Jeter's Return

    Feb 17
    Buster Olney discusses Derek Jeter's return from injury and upcoming career milestones for the Yankees shortstop.

Sports Columnists

  • Los Angeles Clippers, utah Jazz to talk Eric Bledsoe for Paul Millsap, sou…

    Feb 17
    There 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.