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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…Share Tweet
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.Share TweetDr. 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.Share TweetWASHINGTON (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.Share Tweet
Reliever Howell, Dodgers finalize $2.85M dealESPN.com Jan 8, 2013Left-hander J.P. Howell and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a $2.85 million, one-year contract.Share Tweet
Versatile Pacheco ready to step up for RockiesThe 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.Share TweetThe 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.Share Tweet
Major League Baseball pays record $1.2 million for rights to Rockies.comIt 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…Share Tweetdeadspin.com Jan 8, 2013I 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 …Share Tweet
Rangers to open home slate vs. Hamilton, L.A.ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013Angels 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.Share TweetThe 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.Share Tweet
Texas could reward Harrison with multiyear dealRangers 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.Share Tweet
Done deals: Brewers and Dodgers sign relieversCNNSI.com Jan 8, 2013MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Reliever Mike Gonzalez and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $2.25 million, one-year contract.Share TweetCLEVELAND (AP) -- The Indians have signed free agent left-hander Scott Kazmir to a minor league contract.Share Tweet
Dual Hall call would be fitting for Killer B's tandemThis 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…Share Tweet
O's, Showalter still working to hammer out extensionWhile 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.Share Tweet
Cardinals minor leaguer organizes great ‘Gloves 4 Troops’ movementVance 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…Share Tweet
Yankees to play exhibition game vs. Nats in MarchThe Yankees will play a March 29 exhibition game against the Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.Share Tweet
And Stay Out: The Steroid Era has proved messy for the Hall of …CNNSI.com Jan 8, 2013The 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.Share Tweet
Q&A: Prospect Cole set to build on success of '12Pirates 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.Share Tweet
Richard Ben Cramer dies at 62: Wrote best-selling DiMaggio bio, was working on A-Rod projectMonday 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…Share Tweet
Rangers haven't ruled out adding Bourn, LohseNew 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.Share Tweet
Notre Dame proves they are just not ready for big stage against tough Alabama team in BCS Championshipnydailynews.com Jan 8, 2013As 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 …Share Tweet
LaRoche Returns To NationalsJan 8Jerry Crasnick discusses why Adam LaRoche accepted a two-year offer from the Nationals and what this means for Michael Morse's future in Washington.
Mint Condition: 5 Games, Many CardsJan 8Jerry 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.
Buster Blog: Rangers Sign BerkmanJan 8Buster Olney blogs about the Ranger's signing of veteran DH Lance Berkman.