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Nyjer Morgan Got Caught Cheating On His Girlfriend, According T…

Nyjer Morgan Got Caught Cheating On His Girlfriend, According To Nyjer Morgan's Twitter Account

deadspin.com Updated Jan 14, 2013
We pretty much know as much as you do on this one. All we have to go on are the exclusive details that were posted in the free agent outfielder's timeline in the last half hour or so. Well, that and Morgan's avatar now appears to show him kissing the wo…
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  • Soriano will find a new home, but where?

    Soriano will find a new home, but where?

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Going into the offseason, one of the premier closers of this year's free-agent class was clearly Rafael Soriano. Now, in mid-January, Soriano is THE premier closer of this free-agent class, but he is still unsigned, available, searching for a new employ…
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  • Scouts gear up for busy week in Dominican Republic

    Scouts gear up for busy week in Dominican Republic

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Starting Wednesday, Major League Baseball will kick off a busy week in the Dominican Republic with the second annual MLB Prospect League international showcase for players eligible to sign on July 2.
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  • Diamondbacks extend Putz's contract through '14

    Diamondbacks extend Putz's contract through '14

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Reliever J.J. Putz has agreed to a two-year, $13.5 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014.
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  • Pair of minor league catchers banned 50 games

    Pair of minor league catchers banned 50 games

    ESPN.com Jan 14, 2013
    Tampa Bay catcher David Wendt and free-agent catcher Bryan Henry have been suspended for 50 games each following positive tests under baseball's minor league drug program.
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  • Ex-Padres shortstop Hernandez found dead at 62

    Ex-Padres shortstop Hernandez found dead at 62

    Former major leaguer Enzo Hernandez has died in an apparent suicide.
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  • Mets add five non-roster players to big league camp

    Mets add five non-roster players to big league camp

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    The Mets on Monday announced they have invited catcher Juan Centeno, infielder Josh Satin, outfielder Matt den Dekker and right-handed pitchers Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni to Major League Spring Training.
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  • Gallardo, Maldonado slated to play in Classic

    Gallardo, Maldonado slated to play in Classic

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Mexican-born Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo and catcher Martin Maldonado of Puerto Rico are expected to appear later this week on their homelands' preliminary rosters for the World Baseball Classic, separate sources said.
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  • Karstens said to be returning to Pittsburgh

    Karstens said to be returning to Pittsburgh

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly agreed to bring back veteran right-hander Jeff Karstens, whom the club had non-tendered two months ago.
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  • Nothing middling about Tribe's key infield prospects

    Nothing middling about Tribe's key infield prospects

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    When Francisco Lindor wandered through the visitors' clubhouse at Progressive Field on Monday afternoon, making his way to his temporary locker, a group of reporters quickly surrounded the prospect and peppered him with questions.
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  • Perez, Pestano to be in Team USA's Classic 'pen

    Perez, Pestano to be in Team USA's Classic 'pen

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    The back end of Team USA's bullpen will have a distinct Cleveland feel to it during the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
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  • Blue Jays sign Loewen and settle with Rasmus

    Blue Jays sign Loewen and settle with Rasmus

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    TORONTO (AP) -- Outfielder Adam Loewen has agreed to a minor league contract to return to the Toronto Blue Jays, who also settled with outfielder Colby Rasmus on a one-year deal worth $4,675,000.
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  • Funny Moneyball: The sensuality of baseball scouting terms, as …

    Funny Moneyball: The sensuality of baseball scouting terms, as read by comedian Rob Delaney

    yahoo.com Jan 14, 2013
    This Youtube video of comedian Rob Delaney reading baseball scouting terms and commenting on their inherent sensuality (even sexuality in some cases) is not safe for work and should be watched by kids under parental supervision only. (There, that'll sto…
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  • A's, Kottaras avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    A's, Kottaras avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    The A's on Monday agreed to terms with George Kottaras on a one-year contract for the 2013 season to avoid arbitration.
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  • Clemens to be instructor with Astros this spring

    Clemens to be instructor with Astros this spring

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens will be uniform as an instructor for the Astros at Spring Training next month.
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  • Blackburn to miss start of season after wrist surgery

    Blackburn to miss start of season after wrist surgery

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Right-hander Nick Blackburn will miss the start of the season, as he's set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist on Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic, and will be in a cast for six weeks.
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  • Bruce Chen Is Switching Teams For The World Baseball Classic

    Bruce Chen Is Switching Teams For The World Baseball Classic

    deadspin.com Jan 14, 2013
    When you think of Bruce Chen, you think: trailblazer. The journeyman starter may have to fight to crack the Royals' rotation in spring training, but he's going to make some baseball history in March. Chen will become the first major leaguer to play for …
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  • Vogelsong to join Team USA for 2013 Classic

    Vogelsong to join Team USA for 2013 Classic

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Just two years ago, Ryan Vogelsong was a non-roster invitee to the Giants' Spring Training camp. Now, the right-hander has committed to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Sources: Interpreters able to approach mound

    Sources: Interpreters able to approach mound

    ESPN.com Jan 14, 2013
    Baseball owners approved a rule change last week, several sources have told ESPN, that would allow coaches and managers to bring interpreters to the mound this season for conferences with foreign-born pitchers who don't speak fluent English.
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  • Hunter more than triples his salary with Orioles

    Hunter more than triples his salary with Orioles

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Pitcher Tommy Hunter and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $1.82 million, one-year contract, more than tripling his salary of $493,500 last year.
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  • Keppinger's versatility with bat ideal for White Sox

    Keppinger's versatility with bat ideal for White Sox

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Jeff Keppinger's abilities with the bat make him the perfect second hitter, but that skill set also should give manager Robin Ventura a little room to work if he decides to go against the expected.
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  • Watch the Blue Jays go curling in Saskatoon!

    Watch the Blue Jays go curling in Saskatoon!

    yahoo.com Jan 14, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. No matter where you put baseball and hockey in your sports preference list, they're pretty much the best sports to watch in person. But the most doggone sport ever invented by man has to be this curling. It's been …
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  • Melvin, A's a pairing that just feels right

    Melvin, A's a pairing that just feels right

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jan 14, 2013
    My personal favorite moment of 2012 might have been watching A's manager Bob Melvin -- exhausted, happy and soaked in champagne -- sit on a table outside his clubhouse and try to find the words to describe what had just happened.
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  • Rodney plans to pitch for D.R. in Classic

    Rodney plans to pitch for D.R. in Classic

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    According to a report in the Dominican newspaper El Caribe, Rays closer Fernando Rodney is planning to pitch for his native Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic this March.
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  • Blue Jays, Rasmus avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Blue Jays, Rasmus avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Outfielder Colby Rasmus, one of four prominent Blue Jays players eligible for salary arbitration this offseason, signed a one-year contract worth $4.67 million.
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  • Top prospect Cowart among 21 invited to camp

    Top prospect Cowart among 21 invited to camp

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    The Angels announced 21 non-roster players who will be joining those on the 40-man roster in Spring Training next month.
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  • Red, White and Who?: Roster for the World Baseball Classic won'…

    Red, White and Who?: Roster for the World Baseball Classic won't be re…

    CNNSI.com Jan 14, 2013
    Roster for the World Baseball Classic won't be revealed until later in the week but Jay Jaffe takes an early look at who is -- and isn't -- likely to suit up for Team USA.
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  • Rizzo to play for Italy in World Baseball Classic

    Rizzo to play for Italy in World Baseball Classic

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will play for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The Classic rosters will be officially released on Thursday, but Rizzo confirmed on Monday that he will join the Italian team.
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  • Herrera's maturation sets stage for upcoming year

    Herrera's maturation sets stage for upcoming year

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Perhaps no situation illustrated the maturation of Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera better than the sticky mess that he got himself into -- and out of -- last Sept. 29 in Cleveland.
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  • Get a job with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday

    Get a job with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday

    yahoo.com Jan 14, 2013
    Unhappy with your job? Out of work altogether? Always wanted to enter the world of Major League Baseball? Want to party with the Home Run Thingie? Don't like talking to the media? Now is your chance to cross all of that off your list and fulfill your dr…
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  • McCann confident he'll be in Opening Day lineup

    McCann confident he'll be in Opening Day lineup

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    As the early days of 2013 have elapsed, Brian McCann has replaced a fear of uncertainty with a sense that his surgically repaired right shoulder will be strong enough for him to be ready at the start of the most important year of his career.
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  • Maples learned much from trying first season

    Maples learned much from trying first season

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    A year ago, Cubs pitching prospect Dillon Maples was eagerly looking forward to his first season of pro baseball. But things didn't turn out as planned.
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  • eBay: 2005 White Sox World Series ring for sale

    eBay: 2005 White Sox World Series ring for sale

    yahoo.com Jan 14, 2013
    She's a beaut, ain't she? All right, who did it? Which one of the Chicago White Sox put a 2005 World Series ring for sale on eBay? So far, 14 offers have been on the 14k gold, 95-diamond work of art, but the seller is asking $24,999.99. In addition to t…
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  • Non-roster pitchers could make significant impact

    Non-roster pitchers could make significant impact

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Few Phillies fans knew much about infielder Kevin Frandsen, catcher Erik Kratz and left-handers Jeremy Horst and Raul Valdes last offseason, but they helped the club at various points. Who are the candidates to surprise and help out in 2013?
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  • Soria happy to set up, but hopes to close again

    Soria happy to set up, but hopes to close again

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Joakim Soria said he signed with the Rangers because he wanted a place to pitch. He was a closer for five seasons for the Royals but understands that might not be his role with the Rangers.
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  • Pierre to step out of comfort zone, become leader

    Pierre to step out of comfort zone, become leader

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    Juan Pierre will be making his second stint as a Marlin. On a youthful team, the 35-year-old's unrelenting work ethic is welcome. Some may question his size, lack of power and throwing arm. But no one can dispute his determination and drive.
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  • Rangers' offseason may be for the best

    Rangers' offseason may be for the best

    MLB.com Jan 14, 2013
    This is a time of year when it's easy to look at a team's roster and get a queasy feeling about the question marks, but the Rangers have been careful about not throwing good money -- or prospects -- at bad.
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  • Have the Diamondbacks Lost Their Leverage With Justin Upton?

    Have the Diamondbacks Lost Their Leverage With Justin Upton?

    grantland.com Jan 14, 2013
    The Diamondbacks negotiated a trade with the Mariners last week, one that would have netted a strong package of young talent. But when the two teams f...
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  • Video - Bob Melvin Gets 2-Year Extension 03:06

    Bob Melvin Gets 2-Year Extension

    Jan 14
    David Schoenfield discusses Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin getting a two-year contract extension.

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