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Rangers GM says plan is to keep Kinsler at 2B

Rangers GM says plan is to keep Kinsler at 2B

ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com Updated Jan 7, 2013
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.
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  • Suit against LAPD in stadium beating dismissed

    Suit against LAPD in stadium beating dismissed

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    Los 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.
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  • Affeldt goes extra mile to help less fortunate

    Affeldt goes extra mile to help less fortunate

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Jeremy Affeldt has donated time and effort for years toward ending human trafficking and slavery. Recently, Affeldt gave something else to the cause: his presence.
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  • Giants' World Series trophy tour begins Tuesday

    Giants' World Series trophy tour begins Tuesday

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Giants' World Series trophy will begin its much-anticipated, three-month public tour Tuesday with an appearance in Sacramento.
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  • Lefty Gonzalez, Brewers finalize $2.25M deal

    Lefty Gonzalez, Brewers finalize $2.25M deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Reliever Mike Gonzalez and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $2.25 million, one-year contract.
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  • Alderson expects offseason to pick up pace

    Alderson expects offseason to pick up pace

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Sandy 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.
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  • Orioles have contingencies at second base

    Orioles have contingencies at second base

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    The 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?
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  • Inbox: Will Seattle seek southpaw for starting staff?

    Inbox: Will Seattle seek southpaw for starting staff?

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    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.
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  • Former first-rounder Johnson eyes revival with Bucs

    Former first-rounder Johnson eyes revival with Bucs

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Kris 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.
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  • Cervelli fine after whiplash playing in Venezuela

    Cervelli fine after whiplash playing in Venezuela

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Yankees 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.
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  • Veteran infielder Lopez signs with Yomiuri Giants

    Veteran infielder Lopez signs with Yomiuri Giants

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    Former 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.
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  • Niese doesn't need heart ablation surgery

    Niese doesn't need heart ablation surgery

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Originally scheduled to undergo a heart ablation before Christmas to correct the arrhythmias he has experienced throughout his career, Jon Niese instead opted against surgery.
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  • Rays make changes in scouting ranks

    Rays make changes in scouting ranks

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Tampa Bay has announced several staffing changes to its international operations, pro scouting and amateur scouting departments.
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  • Cashman says Jeter still on target for opener

    Cashman says Jeter still on target for opener

    ESPN.com Jan 7, 2013
    New 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.
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  • Top prospects taking part in Sox's Rookie Program

    Top prospects taking part in Sox's Rookie Program

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Blue Jays announce Minor League coaching staffs

    Blue Jays announce Minor League coaching staffs

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Blue Jays put the finishing touches on their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2013 season on Monday afternoon.
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  • King Tiger award latest accolade for Cabrera

    King Tiger award latest accolade for Cabrera

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Though 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.
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  • Amaro: Smaller-scale deals 'essential' for Phillies

    Amaro: Smaller-scale deals 'essential' for Phillies

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    The Phillies have four fresh faces headed to Clearwater, Fla., for Spring Training next month. They still hope to find a fifth.
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  • Extensive Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card collection stolen from …

    Extensive Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card collection stolen from Kansas home

    yahoo.com Jan 7, 2013
    Chris 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 f
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  • Hanigan's emergence bolsters Reds behind plate

    Hanigan's emergence bolsters Reds behind plate

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Manto to work one-on-one with Viciedo, Flowers

    Manto to work one-on-one with Viciedo, Flowers

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Class 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.
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  • With Oliver likely gone, Cecil ready to step up

    With Oliver likely gone, Cecil ready to step up

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    It 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.
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  • Big League Stew breaks down the 2013 ballot for the National Ba…

    Big League Stew breaks down the 2013 ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame

    yahoo.com Jan 7, 2013
    The 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 controv
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  • Consistency key for Parmelee as he switches roles

    Consistency key for Parmelee as he switches roles

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Biggio turns to Fighting Irish to take his mind off Hall

    Biggio turns to Fighting Irish to take his mind off Hall

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Instead 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…
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  • Beachy, Kimbrel spar before BCS title game

    Beachy, Kimbrel spar before BCS title game

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Brandon 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…
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  • Cobb preparing to fight for job in starting rotation

    Cobb preparing to fight for job in starting rotation

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    Being 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.
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  • MLB Notebook: Shields made history with game scores

    MLB Notebook: Shields made history with game scores

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    With 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.
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  • The Week Ahead: Hall vote leads the conversation

    The Week Ahead: Hall vote leads the conversation

    MLB.com Jan 7, 2013
    A 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.
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  • Nick Saban uses Mariano Rivera example to motivate Alabama for …

    Nick Saban uses Mariano Rivera example to motivate Alabama for championship

    yahoo.com Jan 7, 2013
    One 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…
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