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Blue Jays welcome youth coaches to clinic

Blue Jays welcome youth coaches to clinic

MLB.com Updated Jan 4, 2013
The Toronto Blue Jays, in partnership with Baseball Canada, hosted a social gathering at Rogers Centre on Friday night to kick off a three-day coaching clinic.
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  • Dontrelle Willis returns to baseball, signs minor-league contra…

    Dontrelle Willis returns to baseball, signs minor-league contract with Cubs

    Perhaps retirement wasn’t all it was cracked up to be for Dontrelle Willis, or maybe the competitive fire of a 30-year-old hurler who should still have a few decent years left in his once dominant arm has been lit again. Whatever the case is, the quirky
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  • Blue Jays GM believes veteran Oliver will retire

    Blue Jays GM believes veteran Oliver will retire

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos does not expect left-handed reliever Darren Oliver to be a part of the revamped Toronto roster come Opening Day.
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  • Wilson's NFL rise is no surprise to Rockies

    Wilson's NFL rise is no surprise to Rockies

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    When the Colorado Rockies drafted North Carolina State infielder Russell Wilson in the fourth-round in 2010, they knew he had NFL aspirations, and the Seahawks' rookie quarterback sensation is showing the world why.
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  • Sources: Howell, Dodgers agree to 1-year deal

    Sources: Howell, Dodgers agree to 1-year deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Left-hander J.P. Howell has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for just under $3 million in base salary, plus performance bonuses, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
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  • In Mets-Like Move, Yankees Acquire Outfielder

    In Mets-Like Move, Yankees Acquire Outfielder

    nytimes.com Jan 4, 2013
    After losing Nick Swisher to the Indians in free agency, the Yankees claimed Russ Canzler off waivers from Cleveland.
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  • Rockies to scout former Cy Young winner Webb

    Rockies to scout former Cy Young winner Webb

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Rockies will be among the teams that will scout former Cy Young Award winner Brandon Webb's throwing session in the next couple of weeks.
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  • Indians step up to plate, but DH remains a need

    Indians step up to plate, but DH remains a need

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Indians are not done looking for ways to upgrade aspects of their roster. After signing right-hander Brett Myers, though, the club appears to be done doling out substantial big league contracts to free agents.
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  • Former Astros named to Minor League field staff

    Former Astros named to Minor League field staff

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Former Astros players Morgan Ensberg and Adam Everett, as well as former National League stolen base king Vince Coleman, are among those who will be on the Astros' Minor League field staff this season.
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  • Brewers sign outfielder Garner to Minor League deal

    Brewers sign outfielder Garner to Minor League deal

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Brewers added to their Minor League outfield depth Friday by finalizing a deal with Cole Garner, a 28-year-old who played in four games with the Rockies in 2011.
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  • Bichette seeking new era of Blake Street Bombers

    Bichette seeking new era of Blake Street Bombers

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    New hitting coach Dante Bichette offers a unique perspective on how to solve the home/road problem that has pestered the Rockies from the beginning.
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  • Torii unhappy with controversial story, staying mum

    Torii unhappy with controversial story, staying mum

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    After the reaction to his quote in a Los Angeles Times story last weekend about gay athletes and how Torii Hunter would react to having an openly gay teammate, it's hard to blame him for being reticent.
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  • Should Steroids-Era Sportswriters Be Kept Out Of The Hall Of Fa…

    Should Steroids-Era Sportswriters Be Kept Out Of The Hall Of Fame Voting?

    deadspin.com Jan 4, 2013
    Jeff Pearlman has an interview up with Sports Illustrated's Tom Verducci, one of the most accomplished baseball writers working. It's long and covers numerous subjects, but it only addresses steroids in two areas: Verducci's groundbreaking 2002 cover st…
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  • Catcher Martinez claimed, Whiteside clears waivers

    Catcher Martinez claimed, Whiteside clears waivers

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Catcher Luis Martinez has been claimed on waivers by the Orioles. At the same time, the Rangers announced that catcher Eli Whiteside has cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Round Rock.
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  • Olt to be honored as Rangers' top Minor Leaguer

    Olt to be honored as Rangers' top Minor Leaguer

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Infielder Mike Olt has been named the winner of the 2012 Tom Grieve Award as the Rangers' top Minor League player. He will be honored at the Dr. Pepper Awards Show, which will be held next Friday at the Arlington Convention Center.
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  • Pirates announce changes to Minor League staffs

    Pirates announce changes to Minor League staffs

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Pirates unveiled a series of Minor League coaching staff changes on Friday, as new managers will take over at six of the organization's eight affiliates.
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  • Blue Jays claim righty Beck off waivers

    Blue Jays claim righty Beck off waivers

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Blue Jays added a familiar face back to the organization on Friday, claiming right-hander Chad Beck off waivers from the Pirates.
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  • Trumbo could make Angels' offense special

    Trumbo could make Angels' offense special

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    If Mark Trumbo can recover from a brutal second half and recapture the success that made him an All-Star leading up to it, then the Angels really have something special on offense.
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  • Amaro searching for veteran corner outfielder

    Amaro searching for veteran corner outfielder

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. continues to make calls and send text messages and emails in search of a veteran corner outfielder. He understands it would be risky to enter the season without one.
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  • Back of Astros' rotation has plenty of competition

    Back of Astros' rotation has plenty of competition

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow created plenty of competition in the back end of the pitching rotation this season with the addition of right-handers Philip Humber, Alex White and John Ely to a group that already included youngsters Dallas Keuchel an…
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  • In A Position To Argue

    In A Position To Argue

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    Who are the best players at each position not yet in the Hall of Fame? Many of them are new to this year's ballot but some, writes Jay Jaffe, have already fallen off.
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  • Mariners outright Mitchell to Triple-A Tacoma

    Mariners outright Mitchell to Triple-A Tacoma

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Right-handed pitcher D.J. Mitchell was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma by the Mariners on Friday, remaining in the organization after being designated for assignment on Dec. 26 to make room on the 40-man roster for free-agent signee Raul Ibanez.
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  • Kemp, Billingsley progressing from their injuries

    Kemp, Billingsley progressing from their injuries

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Matt Kemp and Chad Billingsley, two of the most prominent Dodgers rehabbing injuries, have made it to this point in the offseason without a physical setback, according to agent Dave Stewart.
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  • Internet Commenters Should Probably Stop Trying To Trade For Gi…

    Internet Commenters Should Probably Stop Trying To Trade For Giancarlo Stanton

    deadspin.com Jan 4, 2013
    Originally published in Baseball Prospectus. More »
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  • Home-schooling is answer for Carpenter at keystone

    Home-schooling is answer for Carpenter at keystone

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    The settings vary, but nearly every day since the season ended, Matt Carpenter has been busy at work.
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  • Beavan hopes continued work pays off in new year

    Beavan hopes continued work pays off in new year

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    While he may not have the raw stuff of other big-name young pitchers, Blake Beavan has shown progress and an ability to command his fastball.
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  • Nationals looking like team to beat in NL East

    Nationals looking like team to beat in NL East

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Armed with arguably one of the best rotations in baseball, there is a feeling around baseball that the Nationals are the team to beat in the National League East.
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  • Berkman and Rangers share mutual interest

    Berkman and Rangers share mutual interest

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Rangers continue to look for an upgrade in the middle of their lineup, and veteran free-agent Lance Berkman has said the club could have a "geographic advantage" for his services.
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  • Alex Rodriguez waits for hip surgery date as Yankees power down

    Alex Rodriguez waits for hip surgery date as Yankees power down

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    With slugger Alex Rodriguez still waiting for the go-ahead to have surgery on his hip, New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman has made some candid statements about his club's power. And how it lacks. The Yankees led the majors in home runs and finished secon…
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  • Ifs remain for intriguing Red Sox in 2013

    Ifs remain for intriguing Red Sox in 2013

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    With the start of Spring Training coming fairly soon, it seems like the proper time to take an analytical look at the Red Sox and how they stack up after missing the postseason for three straight seasons.
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  • Getting on base key to Brown's path to Giants

    Getting on base key to Brown's path to Giants

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Gary Brown has speed to burn and is an above-average defender, but he'll need to prove that he can get on base consistently before earning a spot with the Giants.
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  • Laser-pointing teen at Cards game pleads guilty

    Laser-pointing teen at Cards game pleads guilty

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    He who would lase has been made to pay. The teenager caught pointing a laser from a suite inside of Busch Stadium and causing a delay of a St. Louis Cardinals-San Francisco Giants game pleaded guilty in December, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Car…
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  • O's, Showalter meeting to discuss extension

    O's, Showalter meeting to discuss extension

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter traveled to Baltimore on Friday from his home in Texas to meet with the Orioles about a deal that would extend his contract beyond the 2013 season.
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  • Romo cited in incident at Las Vegas airport

    Romo cited in incident at Las Vegas airport

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Giants right-hander Sergio Romo was cited and briefly detained by police on New Year's Day at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after arguing with authorities, according to various reports
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  • Daquean Cook to sign with Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers, agent says

    Jan 4
    Free-agent shooting specialist Daquean Cook will sign with the Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers Friday, according to his agent.
  • Daequan Cook to sign with Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers, agent says

    Jan 4
    Free-agent shooting specialist Daequan Cook will sign with the Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers Friday, according to his agent.
  • Don Banks: Kansas City gets its man, but history says Reid may not win big

    Jan 4
    The Kansas City Chiefs on Friday completed their whirlwind pursuit of Andy Reid and hired him as their next head coach, making the big, bold headline move in large part because they were drawn by his long NFL track record and history of winning in Phila…
  • Peter King: Quarterback play crucial in uncertain Wild Card round

    Jan 4
    Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield and Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco are two of the major difference-makers on Wild Card weekend in this 93rd NFL season, if you accept these premises: