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High school player texts Jason Kipnis months after swiping phone number from golf bag
At one time or another, I’m sure just about every single one of us has gone to great - sometimes even embarrassing - lengths to land a phone number. Yes, ladies, that includes many of you as well. But I think it's safe to say very few of us have seUpvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays reliever Darren Oliver is considering the possibility of retirement after a 19-year career if Toronto doesn't raise his salary or trade him to the Rangers.Upvote Share TweetThe signing of Ohio native Nick Swisher was a critical addition for the Indians, both on and off the field.Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Updated Jan 3, 2013MLB just announced which two teams will be facing off in the first game of the 2013 season, and the matchup is a curious one. On one side there are the Texas Rangers, a team that has proven itself to be one of the most exciting and watchable squads in b…Upvote Share Tweet
Partnership puts Rox at forefront of training scienceThe Rockies and Sparta Performance Science, a Silicon Valley sports performance company, announced an agreement that will make the club the first pro sports team to install force-plate technology and propriety software as part of the strength-and-condit…Upvote Share TweetLAS VEGAS (AP) -- San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo is facing a misdemeanor summons in Las Vegas alleging he violated airport rules after being detained by authorities at McCarran International Airport on New Year's Day.Upvote Share Tweet
Royals ink righty Boyer to Minor League dealThe Royals added some pitching depth on Thursday, signing right-hander Blaine Boyer to a Minor League contract for 2013.Upvote Share Tweet
2012 Deadspin Hall Of Fame Nominee: Fat Chipper Jonesdeadspin.com Updated Jan 3, 2013He showed up for spring training looking like a fat ass. His fatness touched off a debate about whether he was fat. Eventually, Fat Chipper himself chewed the fat, and soon there was no denying what everyone else could see. He tried masking it. He found…Upvote Share TweetARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Setup reliever Jason Frasor signed a $1.5 million, one-year deal Thursday with the Texas Rangers.Upvote Share Tweet
Hideki Matsui made cameo in ‘Godzilla’ movieNote: Hideki Matsui's cameo comes at the 36:41 mark and lasts 25 seconds In an era when nicknames have become decreasingly creative, one of the good ones came from Japan with slugger Hideki Matsui. Matsui, who recently retired after a successful run wit…Upvote Share TweetThe Houston Astros' debut in the American League against the Texas Rangers will officially open the 2013 season on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" on March 31.Upvote Share Tweet
Villarreal shelved by Tigers for rest of winterThe Tigers shut down Brayan Villarreal for the rest of the winter to have him focus on being ready for Spring Training.Upvote Share Tweet
Andrew McCutchen Fathead terrorizes small dogDespite a BuzzFeed post that suggests otherwise, popular Pittsburgh Pirates superstar Andrew McCutchen is not universally beloved. In addition to NL Central opponents, the center fielder's known enemies now include a small, fluffy dog whose owner recent…Upvote Share Tweet
Upon Further Review: After hearing form readers, Jay Jaffe tweaks his …After hearing form readers, Jay Jaffe tweaks his JAWS system and finds some players initially shut out would be Cooperstown-bound. But that may not be a good thing.Upvote Share Tweet
Friedman not afraid of doing long-term dealsThe Rays signed David Price to a contract for the 2013 season on Tuesday, and on Thursday afternoon, executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman addressed the deal.Upvote Share Tweet
Reds' pitchers, catchers report to camp Feb. 12Reds fans itching for baseball to return to the forefront now have some dates to circle on their calendars. Pitchers and catchers are slated to report to camp in Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 12. The full squad is scheduled to be on site Feb. 15.Upvote Share Tweet
The Braves might not use ‘screaming savage’ on batting practice caps after allA public-relations backlash against the Atlanta Braves reportedly has them reconsidering using the "screaming savage" Native American caricature on their batting practice caps for 2013. Paul Lukas of ESPN's Uniwatch, which recently broke what …Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners invite slugger Jacobs to Spring TrainingFirst baseman Mike Jacobs, a seven-year Major League veteran who hit 32 home runs for the Marlins in 2008, has signed a Minor League contract with the Mariners with an invitation to Spring Training.Upvote Share Tweet
With Tejada comes infectious enthusiasm to KCMiguel Tejada may love playing baseball more than anyone else on earth, and that'll be clear to the Kansas City Royals the first time he puts on the uniform.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets should try to make a play to acquire StantonNone of the people outside the peculiar environment of the Miami Marlins can even pretend to know precisely what it would take to pry Giancarlo Stanton from their roster. The Mets ought to look into that possibility.Upvote Share Tweet
Larry Walker ‘didn’t care enough’ to have Hall of Fame career, Rockies writer saysWith Santa Claus in everyone's rear-view mirror, we have fully engaged baseball's Hall of Fame ballot season. Longtime Colorado Rockies beat reporter Troy Renck of the Denver Post followed suit on Thursday by publishing his reasons why he didn't cast a …Upvote Share Tweet
A heartwarming tale about friendship and a 60-year-old minor-league baseball cardGeorge Owen III never became a baseball superstar. After getting a late start to his career, the outfielder spent four seasons in the Boston Braves' minor-league organization before hanging up his equipment to pursue an accounting job. But despite never…Upvote Share Tweet
Reds sign two righties and outfielder to Minors dealsThe Reds have signed right-handers Jeff Marquez and Kevin Whelan and outfielder Derrick Robinson to Minor League contracts.Upvote Share Tweet
Stars injured in 2012 ready to hit comeback trailThere are plenty key players who missed most, if not all, of last season, who might be worth keeping an eye on in 2013. Victor Martinez, John Lackey, Logan Morrison, Scott Sizemore and Wilson Ramos were among the notable players mostly absent from play …Upvote Share Tweet
Puerto Rico sees several hints of baseball revivalOn an island where the name of Roberto Clemente is emblazoned on stadiums, streets and schools, baseball is making a rally.Upvote Share TweetRuss Canzler is back with the Indians. Nick Swisher is on his way.Upvote Share Tweet
Buster Blog: Astros Move WestJan 3Buster Olney blogs about how the Astros' move to the AL West could be a very good thing for the other teams in that division.
Weekend Dime -- Mark Cuban's anniversaryJan 3As Mark Cuban celebrates his 13th anniversary as Mavericks owner, the team struggles to find a future.
2012 NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Wild-Card RoundJan 3With the Ravens' wild-card game possibly being Ray Lewis' last at home, emotions will run high in Baltimore, John Clayton writes.
Mike James to sign with Texas Legends of D-League, sources sayJan 3In an attempt to convince the Dallas Mavericks that he can help them, veteran point guard Mike James is joining the D-League's Texas Legends in time for Saturday's game against Tulsa, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.
One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previewsJan 3One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews