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Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the plan is for Ian Kinsler to start the 2013 season at second base, meaning it's likely that top prospect Jurickson Profar will start the season in the minors.Upvote Share Tweet
Suit against LAPD in stadium beating dismissedESPN.com Updated Jan 7, 2013Los Angeles' defense attorney says a federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a man who was arrested in the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan outside Dodger Stadium and later cleared.Upvote Share Tweet
Affeldt goes extra mile to help less fortunateJeremy Affeldt has donated time and effort for years toward ending human trafficking and slavery. Recently, Affeldt gave something else to the cause: his presence.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants' World Series trophy tour begins TuesdayThe Giants' World Series trophy will begin its much-anticipated, three-month public tour Tuesday with an appearance in Sacramento.Upvote Share TweetReliever Mike Gonzalez and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $2.25 million, one-year contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Alderson expects offseason to pick up paceSandy Alderson expects the Mets' offseason to pick up the pace, but the general manager said the club isn't close to any deal for a pitcher.Upvote Share Tweet
Orioles have contingencies at second baseThe Orioles' biggest question mark the past three seasons has been at second base, and it's no secret why, as the club's longest-tenured active player in veteran Brian Roberts has been unable to stay on the field. Will 2013 be any different?Upvote Share Tweet
Inbox: Will Seattle seek southpaw for starting staff?Are the Mariners focused on replacing Jason Vargas in the rotation with another lefty, and if so, who would that be? Greg Johns fields this and more in the Inbox.Upvote Share Tweet
Former first-rounder Johnson eyes revival with BucsKris Johnson is too busy starring for Escogido in the Dominican Republic Winter League playoffs to make it to Pirate City for voluntary workouts, but the lefty will be there soon enough to try to pitch his way into the Bucs' plans.Upvote Share Tweet
Cervelli fine after whiplash playing in VenezuelaYankees catcher Francisco Cervelli suffered a whiplash injury on a foul tip while catching in the Venezuelan Winter League and traveled to Tampa, Fla., last week to be examined by the organization.Upvote Share TweetFormer All-Star second baseman Jose Lopez, who spent seven seasons with Seattle before bouncing between Triple-A and the Majors the past two years, has signed a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants.Upvote Share Tweet
Niese doesn't need heart ablation surgeryOriginally scheduled to undergo a heart ablation before Christmas to correct the arrhythmias he has experienced throughout his career, Jon Niese instead opted against surgery.Upvote Share Tweet
Rays make changes in scouting ranksTampa Bay has announced several staffing changes to its international operations, pro scouting and amateur scouting departments.Upvote Share Tweet
Cashman says Jeter still on target for openerESPN.com Updated Jan 7, 2013New York insists Derek Jeter will be ready to go when the Yankees open their regular season at home on April 1 against the Boston Red Sox.Upvote Share Tweet
Top prospects taking part in Sox's Rookie ProgramThe Red Sox will get a good look at their future starting Monday, as 11 of the organization's top prospects are in town for the team's Rookie Program, which runs all week.Upvote Share Tweet
Blue Jays announce Minor League coaching staffsThe Blue Jays put the finishing touches on their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2013 season on Monday afternoon.Upvote Share Tweet
King Tiger award latest accolade for CabreraThough Justin Verlander made a bit of an argument, it would've been a shock if members of the Mayo Smith Society elected anyone other than Miguel Cabrera as their choice for the King Tiger award.Upvote Share Tweet
Amaro: Smaller-scale deals 'essential' for PhilliesThe Phillies have four fresh faces headed to Clearwater, Fla., for Spring Training next month. They still hope to find a fifth.Upvote Share Tweet
Extensive Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card collection stolen from Kansas homeChris Fevurly of Wichita, Kan. says he is appreciative, humbled and perhaps a little embarrassed at the attention he has received since word got out that a big-screen TV - and a big chunk of his Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card collection - were stolen fUpvote Share Tweet
Hanigan's emergence bolsters Reds behind plateThe 2012 season was one in which Reds catcher Ryan Hanigan emerged from the shadows to become more prominent than ever. It creates plenty of optimism for what he can do entering 2013.Upvote Share Tweet
Manto to work one-on-one with Viciedo, FlowersClass will be in session for Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers early next week, when White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto makes a trip down the East Coast to Florida.Upvote Share Tweet
With Oliver likely gone, Cecil ready to step upIt has become increasingly likely that 19-year veteran Darren Oliver has played his last game for the Blue Jays, a scenario that would leave Toronto without its top left-handed, late-inning relief option.Upvote Share Tweet
Big League Stew breaks down the 2013 ballot for the National Baseball Hall of FameThe end of 2013's Hall of Fame debate season will end on Wednesday when this year's crop of inductees - or lack thereof - is officially announced on MLB Network. This is one of the deepest ballots in history, but it's also undoubtedly the most controvUpvote Share Tweet
Consistency key for Parmelee as he switches rolesThe Twins are hoping Chris Parmelee can translate some of of his Triple-A success the Majors with the help of consistent at-bats, as he's expected to be the club's starting right fielder in 2013 after the club traded Denard Span and Ben Revere.Upvote Share TweetInstead of waiting for the phone to ring, Craig Biggio is having no trouble finding a good way to take his mind off Wednesday's Hall of Fame announcement. Biggio and his family are in Miami for Monday night's BCS Championship Game between Notre Dame and…Upvote Share Tweet
Beachy, Kimbrel spar before BCS title gameBrandon Beachy and Craig Kimbrel have not created one of those wagers that could lead to some clubhouse laughs. But the two Braves pitchers have traded some playful jabs leading up to Monday night's matchup between Notre Dame and Alabama in the BCS Nati…Upvote Share Tweet
Cobb preparing to fight for job in starting rotationBeing able to tease about body fat and go through regular workouts this offseason has been a welcome respite for Alex Cobb, who had to proceed with caution following the 2011 season.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB Notebook: Shields made history with game scoresWith five game scores of at least 91 in his career, James Shields is three short of matching Mike Mussina's career total and stands as the active leader.Upvote Share TweetA potentially memorable Hall of Fame vote is one of only a few things expected to occur in the first full week of the year 2013.Upvote Share TweetOne might expect to hear names like Pop Warner, Bear Bryant and Vince Lombardi drop at a press conference for the BCS championship. But if reporters can get a football coach to talk long enough, legends from other sports are bound to come up. Even one f…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL mailbag -- Carryover rules impact cap strategyJan 7The new carryover rule changes the way teams handle the salary cap. Plus: reader questions.
Sources -- Dallas Mavericks to ink veteran guard Mike JamesJan 7The Mavericks plan to sign Mike James to a 10-day contract, sources said.
Dallas Mavericks ink veteran guard Mike JamesJan 7The Mavericks have signed Mike James to a 10-day contract.
Peter King: RGIII injury closes the curtain on ugly Wild-Card WeekendJan 7Before we examine the final Ray Day in Baltimore and the Shanahan-RGIII race to blame in Washington (and elsewhere) and what in the world got into Chip Kelly, this observation about Wild-Card Weekend: That was some lousy football. It got me to thinking …