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High school player texts Jason Kipnis months after swiping phon…

High school player texts Jason Kipnis months after swiping phone number from golf bag

yahoo.com Updated Jan 3, 2013
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 se
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  • Oliver seeking raise or trade to Rangers

    Oliver seeking raise or trade to Rangers

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    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.
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  • Swisher signing could change Tribe's fortunes

    Swisher signing could change Tribe's fortunes

    MLB.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    The signing of Ohio native Nick Swisher was a critical addition for the Indians, both on and off the field.
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  • The Poor Astros Will Be Sent To Slaughter On Baseball's Opening…

    The Poor Astros Will Be Sent To Slaughter On Baseball's Opening Night

    deadspin.com Jan 3, 2013
    MLB 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…
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  • Partnership puts Rox at forefront of training science

    Partnership puts Rox at forefront of training science

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Giants' Romo detained by police at Vegas airport

    Giants' Romo detained by police at Vegas airport

    LAS 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.
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  • Royals ink righty Boyer to Minor League deal

    Royals ink righty Boyer to Minor League deal

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Royals added some pitching depth on Thursday, signing right-hander Blaine Boyer to a Minor League contract for 2013.
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  • 2012 Deadspin Hall Of Fame Nominee: Fat Chipper Jones

    2012 Deadspin Hall Of Fame Nominee: Fat Chipper Jones

    deadspin.com Jan 3, 2013
    He 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…
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  • Reliever Frasor signs one-year deal with Rangers

    Reliever Frasor signs one-year deal with Rangers

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Setup reliever Jason Frasor signed a $1.5 million, one-year deal Thursday with the Texas Rangers.
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  • Hideki Matsui made cameo in ‘Godzilla’ movie

    Hideki Matsui made cameo in ‘Godzilla’ movie

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    Note: 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…
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  • MLB season to kick off with Astros vs. Rangers

    MLB season to kick off with Astros vs. Rangers

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Villarreal shelved by Tigers for rest of winter

    Villarreal shelved by Tigers for rest of winter

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Tigers shut down Brayan Villarreal for the rest of the winter to have him focus on being ready for Spring Training.
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  • Andrew McCutchen Fathead terrorizes small dog

    Andrew McCutchen Fathead terrorizes small dog

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    Despite 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…
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  • Upon Further Review: After hearing form readers, Jay Jaffe twea…

    Upon Further Review: After hearing form readers, Jay Jaffe tweaks his …

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    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.
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  • Friedman not afraid of doing long-term deals

    Friedman not afraid of doing long-term deals

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Reds' pitchers, catchers report to camp Feb. 12

    Reds' pitchers, catchers report to camp Feb. 12

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    Reds 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.
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  • The Braves might not use ‘screaming savage’ on batting practice…

    The Braves might not use ‘screaming savage’ on batting practice caps after all

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    A 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 …
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  • Mariners invite slugger Jacobs to Spring Training

    Mariners invite slugger Jacobs to Spring Training

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    First 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.
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  • With Tejada comes infectious enthusiasm to KC

    With Tejada comes infectious enthusiasm to KC

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    Miguel 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.
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  • Mets should try to make a play to acquire Stanton

    Mets should try to make a play to acquire Stanton

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    None 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.
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  • Larry Walker ‘didn’t care enough’ to have Hall of Fame career, …

    Larry Walker ‘didn’t care enough’ to have Hall of Fame career, Rockies writer says

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    With 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 …
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  • A heartwarming tale about friendship and a 60-year-old minor-le…

    A heartwarming tale about friendship and a 60-year-old minor-league baseball card

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    George 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…
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  • Reds sign two righties and outfielder to Minors deals

    Reds sign two righties and outfielder to Minors deals

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Reds have signed right-handers Jeff Marquez and Kevin Whelan and outfielder Derrick Robinson to Minor League contracts.
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  • Stars injured in 2012 ready to hit comeback trail

    Stars injured in 2012 ready to hit comeback trail

    MLB.com Jan 3, 2013
    There 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 …
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  • Puerto Rico sees several hints of baseball revival

    Puerto Rico sees several hints of baseball revival

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    On an island where the name of Roberto Clemente is emblazoned on stadiums, streets and schools, baseball is making a rally.
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  • Indians reclaim Canzler, set to introduce Swisher

    Indians reclaim Canzler, set to introduce Swisher

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    Russ Canzler is back with the Indians. Nick Swisher is on his way.
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  • Video - Buster Blog: Astros Move West 02:26

    Buster Blog: Astros Move West

    Jan 3
    Buster Olney blogs about how the Astros' move to the AL West could be a very good thing for the other teams in that division.

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