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Bullpen Cell Phones Are Coming To Major League Baseball Next Se…

Bullpen Cell Phones Are Coming To Major League Baseball Next Season

deadspin.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 8, 2013
MLB and T-Mobile just announced a new deal here at CES that'll (maybe? hopefully?) cut down on embarrassing miscommunications between the bench and the pen. Starting next season, clubs will have the option of using dedicated, in-dugout cell phones to he…
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  • New ace Dickey thrilled to join 'all-in' Blue Jays

    New ace Dickey thrilled to join 'all-in' Blue Jays

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jan 8, 2013
    New Toronto ace R.A. Dickey said Tuesday he's thrilled to join a team that's "all in" to win the World Series and thankful the New York Mets did not meet his contract demands.
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  • Rodriguez to Have Hip Surgery on Jan. 16

    Rodriguez to Have Hip Surgery on Jan. 16

    Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan will perform the procedure and said he expected the Yankees third baseman to return after the All-Star break.
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  • LaRoche stays with Nats on two-year, $24M deal

    LaRoche stays with Nats on two-year, $24M deal

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The wait for Adam LaRoche to make up his mind had played out long enough. It was time to decide if he would take the Washington Nationals' offer or move on.
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  • Reliever Howell, Dodgers finalize $2.85M deal

    Reliever Howell, Dodgers finalize $2.85M deal

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Left-hander J.P. Howell and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a $2.85 million, one-year contract.
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  • Versatile Pacheco ready to step up for Rockies

    Versatile Pacheco ready to step up for Rockies

    MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    The Rockies plan to return to the fence-busting, Coors Field-dominating ways of old, but Jordan Pacheco stands as a reminder that there is value in being portable.
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  • Morse makes for intriguing Nats trade chip

    Morse makes for intriguing Nats trade chip

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    The Nationals' signing of first baseman Adam LaRoche opened the door for the club to trade Michael Morse, who was slated to move to first after the acquisition of Denard Span bumped him from the outfield mix.
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  • Major League Baseball pays record $1.2 million for rights to Ro…

    Major League Baseball pays record $1.2 million for rights to Rockies.com

    yahoo.com Jan 8, 2013
    It took until the first week of January, but the Colorado Rockies have finally made a high-priced offseason acquisition that should leave their fans happy. And while the bad news is that the pickup is not an actual player that will help the team, the go…
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  • Roger Clemens Will Teach Young Astros Pitchers Everything He Kn…

    Roger Clemens Will Teach Young Astros Pitchers Everything He Knows

    deadspin.com Jan 8, 2013
    I hope everyone is ready for Roger Clemens to make the long, painful transition from controversy-dogged outcast to wizened baseball mentor, because it's going to happen. With two bizarre perjury trials and a flirtation with an MLB cameo in the rearview …
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  • Rangers to open home slate vs. Hamilton, L.A.

    Rangers to open home slate vs. Hamilton, L.A.

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will make his first appearance against his former team, the Texas Rangers, at 1:05 p.m. CT on Friday, April 5, in Texas' home opener for 2013.
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  • Liriano's two-year deal with Bucs in limbo after injury

    Liriano's two-year deal with Bucs in limbo after injury

    MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    The Pirates' agreement with left-hander Francisco Liriano, struck three weeks ago, appears to be off due to an injury suffered by the pitcher to his non-throwing right arm.
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  • Texas could reward Harrison with multiyear deal

    Texas could reward Harrison with multiyear deal

    MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    Rangers Pitcher of the Year is just the first reward that Matt Harrison may receive this offseason. A multi-year contract might also be in the works.
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  • Done deals: Brewers and Dodgers sign relievers

    Done deals: Brewers and Dodgers sign relievers

    CNNSI.com Jan 8, 2013
    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Reliever Mike Gonzalez and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $2.25 million, one-year contract.
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  • Indians sign ex-Ray, three-time All-Star Kazmir

    Indians sign ex-Ray, three-time All-Star Kazmir

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have signed free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir to a minor league contract.
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  • Dual Hall call would be fitting for Killer B's tandem

    Dual Hall call would be fitting for Killer B's tandem

    MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    This year sets up for Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell to possibly reach the Hall of Fame and be inducted together July 28 in Cooperstown, N.Y. It would only seem appropriate that Bagwell and Biggio get inducted together when you consider their history, th…
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  • O's, Showalter still working to hammer out extension

    O's, Showalter still working to hammer out extension

    MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    While there is every expectation that a deal will get done to extend Orioles manager Buck Showalter's contract, the process is coming along slowly and there's no exact timetable on when a formal announcement will be made.
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  • Cardinals minor leaguer organizes great ‘Gloves 4 Troops’ movem…

    Cardinals minor leaguer organizes great ‘Gloves 4 Troops’ movement

    yahoo.com Jan 8, 2013
    Vance Albitz is a 24-year-old minor-league shortstop in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He no doubt spends most of his time trying to become a better baseball player and advance higher in the system, where he's a .276/.351./.355 hitter with 17 sto…
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  • Yankees to play exhibition game vs. Nats in March

    Yankees to play exhibition game vs. Nats in March

    MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    The Yankees will play a March 29 exhibition game against the Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.
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  • And Stay Out: The Steroid Era has proved messy for the Hall of …

    And Stay Out: The Steroid Era has proved messy for the Hall of …

    CNNSI.com Jan 8, 2013
    The Steroid Era has proved messy for the Hall of Fame. Tom Verducci explains why he'll never vote for a known steroid user and reveals the six players he did endorse.
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  • Q&A: Prospect Cole set to build on success of '12

    Q&A: Prospect Cole set to build on success of '12

    MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the top overall pick in the 2011 Draft, has yet to make a splash in quite the way that his predecessors have, but he may be on his way.
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  • Richard Ben Cramer dies at 62: Wrote best-selling DiMaggio bio,…

    Richard Ben Cramer dies at 62: Wrote best-selling DiMaggio bio, was working on A-Rod project

    yahoo.com Jan 8, 2013
    Monday night brought the sad news that writer Richard Ben Cramer had died from lung cancer at age 62. The celebrated author won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting from the Middle East and was best known for "What It Takes," his sprawling and detai…
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  • Rangers haven't ruled out adding Bourn, Lohse

    Rangers haven't ruled out adding Bourn, Lohse

    MLB.com Jan 8, 2013
    New Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman is a former teammate of both free-agent outfielder Michael Bourn and pitcher Kyle Lohse. Apparently those two names came up when Berkman had lunch with Rangers officials on Monday.
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  • Notre Dame proves they are just not ready for big stage against…

    Notre Dame proves they are just not ready for big stage against tough Alabama team in BCS Championship

    nydailynews.com Jan 8, 2013
    As Notre Dame tried to win its first national championship since 1988 on Monday night, the big winner may have been college football. The sport is a lot healthier when Notre Dame has a nationally competitive team. In many ways, the Irish are a lot like …
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  • Video - LaRoche Returns To Nationals 02:56

    LaRoche Returns To Nationals

    Jan 8
    Jerry Crasnick discusses why Adam LaRoche accepted a two-year offer from the Nationals and what this means for Michael Morse's future in Washington.
  • Video - Mint Condition: 5 Games, Many Cards 04:05

    Mint Condition: 5 Games, Many Cards

    Jan 8
    Jerry Dworkin, owner of the world's largest Mike Piazza Marlins card collection, joins Michele Steele to discuss why he decided to only collect cards from Piazza's brief stay in Florida.
  • Video - Buster Blog: Rangers Sign Berkman 02:24

    Buster Blog: Rangers Sign Berkman

    Jan 8
    Buster Olney blogs about the Ranger's signing of veteran DH Lance Berkman.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Marrone appears to have right pedigree to turn around Bills; m…

    Jan 8
    I don't know if Doug Marrone will win in Buffalo. No one does. He probably needs a new quarterback. He has to figure out why a defense that should have been top 10 in the NFL this year let everyone down and finished 22nd in yards allowed and a mind-bogg…
  • Don Banks: My best and worst preseason NFL predictions

    Jan 8
    When it comes to NFL predictions, I have a favorite credo that I trot out from time to time to remind myself what we're up against in this business: It's the NFL, nobody knows anything, and if they say they do, they're lying. I would imagine the coachin…
  • Coast to Coast - Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics issues

    Jan 8
    We discuss two storied franchises having disappointing seasons.