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Beltre: Rangers have enough to compete in AL West

Beltre: Rangers have enough to compete in AL West

CNNSI.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 11, 2013
Adrian Beltre watched this offseason as the Texas Rangers tried to sign the top free-agent pitcher on the market and keep slugger Josh Hamilton.
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  • Prospects Cowart, Grichuk invited to spring camp

    Prospects Cowart, Grichuk invited to spring camp

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    Third baseman Kaleb Cowart, MLB.com's top-ranked player in the Angels' system, will get his first taste of big league camp this spring.
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  • Rangers' Soto to catch most of Darvish's start

    Rangers' Soto to catch most of Darvish's start

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish will have a personal catcher in 2013, as manager Ron Washington indicated his plan is for Geovany Soto to catch most of Darvish's starts.
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  • Loveable lovers? Cubs' Epstein has bigger goals

    Loveable lovers? Cubs' Epstein has bigger goals

    CNNSI.com Jan 11, 2013
    Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says he understands the ballclub's culture better now than he did when he first arrived in Chicago.
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  • Rangers remain in contact with Lohse's agent

    Rangers remain in contact with Lohse's agent

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    The Rangers continue to dance with the possibility of signing free-agent pitcher Kyle Lohse, and they have remained in contact with agent Scott Boras.
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  • Blue Jays sign Blanco, 41, to one-year contract

    Blue Jays sign Blanco, 41, to one-year contract

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    The Toronto Blue Jays and catcher Henry Blanco have agreed to terms on a one-year, $750,000 non-guaranteed contract.
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  • Fukudome returns to Japan after 5 years in MLB

    Fukudome returns to Japan after 5 years in MLB

    CNNSI.com Jan 11, 2013
    Former major league outfielder Kosuke Fukudome has returned to Japan where he will play for the Hanshin Tigers of the Central League.
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  • Orioles, Reimold come to terms on one-year deal

    Orioles, Reimold come to terms on one-year deal

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    The Orioles have avoided arbitration with Nolan Reimold, agreeing Friday to a one-year deal with the outfielder.
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  • Giants add righty Tobin to bullpen competition

    Giants add righty Tobin to bullpen competition

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    Right-hander Mason Tobin joined the competition for what's expected to be one, and only one, vacancy in the Giants' bullpen, signing a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training.
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  • Tigers set for Winter Caravan Jan. 24-25

    Tigers set for Winter Caravan Jan. 24-25

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    The Tigers' Winter Caravan is scheduled for Jan. 24-25, leading up to the return of TigerFest at Comerica Park on Saturday, Jan. 26. The full schedule of events for the caravan and players participating has not yet been released.
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  • Top prospects among Mariners' non-roster invitees

    Top prospects among Mariners' non-roster invitees

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    Highly touted young prospects Taijuan Walker, James Paxton, Mike Zunino and Nick Franklin are among 18 non-roster players invited to Major League Spring Training by the Mariners on Friday.
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  • Walker Talks: Larry Walker won't be going to the Hall of Fame b…

    Walker Talks: Larry Walker won't be going to the Hall of Fame b…

    CNNSI.com Jan 11, 2013
    Larry Walker won't be going to the Hall of Fame but he has plenty of thoughts on the ballot, the PED controversy and why he treated this year's experience differently.
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  • Indians Around the Horn: Outfield

    Indians Around the Horn: Outfield

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    Roughly one month remains until the start of Spring Training. The sound of baseballs popping in gloves. The smell of freshly trimmed outfield grass. It's all right around the corner. That makes this a good time to go Around the Horn, taking a look at th…
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  • Milton Bradley facing 13 years in prison after spousal abuse ch…

    Milton Bradley facing 13 years in prison after spousal abuse charges are filed

    yahoo.com Jan 11, 2013
    Given a choice, Milton Bradley probably would prefer the days when we wrote stories about him raging at umpires or reporters. Bradley's alleged rage at his wife might have much more serious implications on his life. Bradleyfaces serious prison time - up
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  • With Upton a no-go, where does Seattle go from here?

    With Upton a no-go, where does Seattle go from here?

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    Now that the Mariners have come up empty in pursuit of a trade for D-backs right fielder Justin Upton, the obvious question is, what's next?
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  • Former OF Bradley charged with domestic abuse

    Former OF Bradley charged with domestic abuse

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 11, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley has been charged with abusing his estranged wife and faces up to 13 years in jail if convicted, city prosecutors announced Friday.
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  • McFarland to get a look as a starter in camp

    McFarland to get a look as a starter in camp

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    The Orioles selected left-hander T.J. McFarland from the Indians during the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings, and while it's typically easier to retain those players by stashing them in the bullpen, the plan remains to give the 23-year-old a look as …
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  • Scott Boras says his unsigned free-agent ‘steak’ still has sizz…

    Scott Boras says his unsigned free-agent ‘steak’ still has sizzle

    yahoo.com Jan 11, 2013
    If superagent Scott Boras has a beef with how newly modified rules are affecting his clients on the free-agent meat market, he is not complaining publicly. We are nearing mid-January and the best players available, all of whom were expected to make big …
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  • Dodgers counting on healthy Crawford in 2013

    Dodgers counting on healthy Crawford in 2013

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    Carl Crawford, coming off Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, will be the Dodgers' starting left fielder in 2013. That's their story and they're sticking to it.
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  • Jones excited to represent Team USA in Classic

    Jones excited to represent Team USA in Classic

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    For Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, it was a no-brainer when invited to play for Team USA in this spring's World Baseball Classic.
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  • The designated hitter turns 40 today

    The designated hitter turns 40 today

    yahoo.com Jan 11, 2013
    On January 11, 1973, baseball owners agreed to the most significant change in baseball's history by allowing the American League to experiment for three years with a "designated pinch-hitter." The decision to try this in the AL was made after …
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  • Perkins ready to run with Twins' closer role

    Perkins ready to run with Twins' closer role

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    After going from starting pitcher to reliever and now closer, Glen Perkins has served in just about every pitching role for the Twins since being called up in 2006. He flourished in his role as closer in the second half of 2012 with Matt Capps dealing w…
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  • Call them, maybe? 15 great pictures of baseball men talking on …

    Call them, maybe? 15 great pictures of baseball men talking on phones

    yahoo.com Jan 11, 2013
    Major League Baseball announced this week that managers will now be able to use cell phones to call their bullpens, a story that sent us into the archives in search of an appropriate picture. We eventually settled on a picture of Lou Piniella chatting a…
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  • Phils' Joseph has upside at and behind the plate

    Phils' Joseph has upside at and behind the plate

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    With middle-of-the-order power potential and improving defensive skills behind the plate, Tommy Joseph could be the Phillies' catcher of the future.
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  • Hal: Yankees committed to fielding elite ballclub

    Hal: Yankees committed to fielding elite ballclub

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    Hal Steinbrenner said the Yankees' desire to avoid a luxury tax penalty will not impact their commitment to fielding a championship-caliber team.
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  • Quirks of the Game: The Case for Fred McGriff

    Quirks of the Game: The Case for Fred McGriff

    nytimes.com Jan 11, 2013
    Fred McGriff's Hall of Fame credentials would be clearer had he not been overshadowed in baseball's steroid era.
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  • Bucs corner infielders Alvarez, Jones pack punch

    Bucs corner infielders Alvarez, Jones pack punch

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    In baseball's ideal scheme, the corners of the infield are power positions, and the Pirates are in good position to live up to that blueprint with third baseman Pedro Alvarez and first baseman Garrett Jones.
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  • Players put machismo aside for benefits of yoga

    Players put machismo aside for benefits of yoga

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    Baseball is a macho sport. So if a player is willing to venture into the foreign land known as the yoga studio, he's usually in for the rudest of awakenings.
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  • Jackpots always possible with under-the-radar deals

    Jackpots always possible with under-the-radar deals

    MLB.com Jan 11, 2013
    A number of players who have agreed to Minor League deals with a Spring Training invites could pay dividends for their respective teams this season.
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  • Video - Schaap Talk: NFL Players Not Coddled 01:48

    Schaap Talk: NFL Players Not Coddled

    Jan 11
    Jeremy Schaap says baseball players are coddled while football players are expendable.
  • Video - John Danks' Road Back To The Rotation 01:38

    John Danks' Road Back To The Rotation

    Jan 11
    White Sox pitcher John Danks talks about his offseason shoulder rehab and what he hopes to bring to the White Sox rotation in 2013.

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    Jan 11
    Kevin Durant is starting to show the entire NBA how competitive he really is, writes J.A. Adande.
  • Don Banks: Niners-Patriots tops best potential Super Bowl matchups

    Jan 11
    The NFL's divisional round means we're down to the league's elite eight in the playoffs, and that's when the Super Bowl pairing starts to first come into view. There are still 16 potential matchups for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans next month, and her…
  • Dallas Mavericks in touch with Greg Oden's agent, source says

    Jan 11
    Count the Dallas Mavericks among the list of NBA teams who are keeping an eye on former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden.
  • Peter King: Ryan Longwell gets chance to rewrite history

    Jan 11
    RENTON, Wash. -- It's so strange to see Ryan Longwell here, out of retirement, into the NFL's Final Eight. This is the day he should have been doing a light jog, just to stay loose as his final pre-race prep for Sunday's Walt Disney World Marathon, whic…