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Rangers, Harrison agree on $55 million deal

Rangers, Harrison agree on $55 million deal

ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Jan 16, 2013
The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a new five-year, $55 million contract with All-Star pitcher Matt Harrison, who passed a physical on Wednesday.
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  • Martinez excited to mold young Miami hitters

    Martinez excited to mold young Miami hitters

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Tino Martinez heard several job offers from Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria over the past few years, and a few more from elsewhere around the Majors, before finally deciding now was the right time and Miami was the right place.
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  • Yankees SS Jeter cleared for baseball activity

    Yankees SS Jeter cleared for baseball activity

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he's been cleared to start baseball activity in his recovery from a broken left ankle.
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  • Mariners acquire Michael Morse in three-team deal involving Nat…

    Mariners acquire Michael Morse in three-team deal involving Nationals and A’s

    Despite his strong desire to avoid becoming a regular or even part-time designated hitter, Michael Morse may have little choice in the matter now that he has been traded to the Seattle Mariners in a three-team deal that also includes the Washington Nati…
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  • Blue Jays pitcher Farina suspended 50 games

    Blue Jays pitcher Farina suspended 50 games

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Blue Jays Minor League pitcher Alan Farina received a 50-game suspension without pay on Thursday after testing positive for a drug of abuse.
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  • Rockies avoid arbitration with Outman, Lopez

    Rockies avoid arbitration with Outman, Lopez

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Colorado Rockies have agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Wilton Lopez and left-hander Josh Outman that avoided salary arbitration.
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  • Dodgers expect Crawford to play Opening Day

    Dodgers expect Crawford to play Opening Day

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Los Angeles Dodgers got an update on the health of left fielder Carl Crawford Tuesday and it indicates he has begun a throwing program, making it more likely he could be ready by Opening Day.
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  • Giants coach Flannery to hold benefit shows for Stow

    Giants coach Flannery to hold benefit shows for Stow

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Giants third-base coach Tim Flannery, who doubles as an accomplished musician, will continue his efforts to help Bryan Stow by performing in three upcoming northern California concerts to benefit the seriously injured man.
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  • Sources: Red Sox, Napoli work on 1-year deal

    Sources: Red Sox, Napoli work on 1-year deal

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli are working towards a one-year contract, sources with knowledge of discussions told ESPN.com's Jim Bowden.
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  • Yanks' Hughes, Angels' Williams avoid arbitration

    Yanks' Hughes, Angels' Williams avoid arbitration

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Right-hander Phil Hughes and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $7.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $3.75 million.
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  • Theo: Cubs' Garza, Baker to be ready for '13

    Theo: Cubs' Garza, Baker to be ready for '13

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein said he expects rehabbing pitchers Matt Garza and Scott Baker to be ready by the start of the season.
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  • Yanks, Hughes avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Yanks, Hughes avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Phil Hughes was 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 32 starts with the Yankees last season and was arbitration-eligible for the third and final time.
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  • Clinic to give Braves hurlers jump-start on season

    Clinic to give Braves hurlers jump-start on season

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Braves are less than a month away from staging their first Spring Training workouts in Florida. But some of the club's pitchers will get an early start when they come to Turner Field to participate in a voluntary early throwing program next week.
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  • Orioles extend Showalter, Duquette through 2018

    Orioles extend Showalter, Duquette through 2018

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Orioles today announced contract extensions through the 2018 season for Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette and Manager Buck Showalter through 2018.
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  • Rodriguez Has Hip Surgery; Yankees Expect Six-Month Recovery

    Rodriguez Has Hip Surgery; Yankees Expect Six-Month Recovery

    If all goes well, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez should be back in major league games in July, his surgeon said.
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  • Blue Jays say reliever Oliver to return for 2013

    Blue Jays say reliever Oliver to return for 2013

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Blue Jays say 42-year-old left-hander Darren Oliver has decided to pitch a 20th major league season.
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  • Murphy believes Mets boast one of best infields

    Murphy believes Mets boast one of best infields

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    That the Mets remain the only big league team yet to sign a Major League free agent does not bother second baseman Daniel Murphy. Murphy believes the solution centers upon and around him, in what he considers one of the better infields in baseball.
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  • Those Goddamn Sandy Hook Truthers Got Their Hooks In Denard Spa…

    Those Goddamn Sandy Hook Truthers Got Their Hooks In Denard Span

    deadspin.com Jan 16, 2013
    If you don't know what a Sandy Hook Truther is, take a moment to read Max Read of Gawker's illuminating look into their strange world. Basically, they are people who believe that the Sandy Hook shooting was actually some kind of elaborate hoax perpretra…
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  • Soriano brings Nationals' bullpen to next level

    Soriano brings Nationals' bullpen to next level

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    With the addition of closer Rafael Soriano on a two-year, $28 million contract, the Nationals have strengthened an already impressive bullpen, which will now feature former closers Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard in setup roles.
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  • Matt Kemp Now Has A Massive Tattoo Of His Grandparents On His C…

    Matt Kemp Now Has A Massive Tattoo Of His Grandparents On His Chest

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Dodgers' outfielder got the custom ink to pay tribute to his grandparents, Doris and the late Vernon Mukes. Vernon had died in November. What's not known is whether Doris is cool with Kemp's decision here. In August 2011, on the subject of Kemp gett…
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  • Early spring? Exhibition games to begin Feb. 21

    Early spring? Exhibition games to begin Feb. 21

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jan 16, 2013
    Major League Baseball's spring training schedule opens when the Boston Red Sox host Northeastern University on Feb. 21 at Fort Myers, Fla., in what the commissioner's office says is the earliest start to exhibition games.
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  • Phils sign 3 veteran RHPs to minor league deals

    Phils sign 3 veteran RHPs to minor league deals

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    Right-handers Aaron Cook, Juan Cruz and Rodrigo Lopez agreed Wednesday to minor league contracts with the Philadelphia Phillies and will report to spring training as non-roster players.
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  • Grilli excited to contend for Team Italy again

    Grilli excited to contend for Team Italy again

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Before new Pirates closer Jason Grilli pitches to new Pirates catcher Russell Martin, he will pitch against him. That will be one of many wrinkles in a World Baseball Classic-interrupted Spring Training.
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  • Rangers RHP Nathan turns down WBC invitation

    Rangers RHP Nathan turns down WBC invitation

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    Texas Rangers closer Joe Nathan has declined an invitation to pitch on the United States team in the World Baseball Classic in March. The veteran said he wanted a "full and normal" spring training.
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  • David Price beats fiscal cliff deadline by signing clever $10 m…

    David Price beats fiscal cliff deadline by signing clever $10 million contract with Rays

    yahoo.com Jan 16, 2013
    AL Cy Young Award winner David Price probably has a great agent in Bo McKinnis. But, as columnist Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports points out, it also doesn't hurt if the client is smart enough to attend Vanderbilt. Morosi notes that Price's most recent co…
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  • Improved NL Central poses challenge to retooled Reds

    Improved NL Central poses challenge to retooled Reds

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Theoretically, the Reds' additions should have them improved and poised to repeat as National League Central champions. But of course, it's rarely that easy. Many of Cincinnati's rivals have been busy, too.
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  • Angels working to let pitcher Reyes out of contract

    Angels working to let pitcher Reyes out of contract

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Angels and Jo-Jo Reyes are finalizing an agreement that would release the veteran left-hander from his contract and allow him to join the SK Wyverns of the Korean League, sources confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday.
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  • Batting Stance Guy reacts to Kevin Youkilis changing his iconic…

    Batting Stance Guy reacts to Kevin Youkilis changing his iconic batting stance

    yahoo.com Jan 16, 2013
    NOOOOOO! RT @jackcurryyes: Interviewed Youkilis on Tues. He will revamp stance in 2013. Hands will be lower, legs will be wider apart.. - Batting Stance Guy (@BattingStanceG) January 16, 2013 When you have an awesome ability that is nonetheless "the lea
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  • Yankees to play exhibition game at West Point

    Yankees to play exhibition game at West Point

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Yankees are making one additional spring stop before returning home to open the regular season, having agreed to play in a March 30 exhibition game at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
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  • Bryce Harper tells Jimmy Kimmel he showers ‘seven times’ a day …

    Bryce Harper tells Jimmy Kimmel he showers ‘seven times’ a day at ballpark

    yahoo.com Jan 16, 2013
    As a commenter at the Washington Post points out, Gio Gonzalez might have been the more perfect Washington Nationals choice to be a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday night. He would have killed (figuratively). But Bryce Harper did just f…
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  • Non-roster position players give Phillies depth

    Non-roster position players give Phillies depth

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    On Monday, MLB.com looked at the non-roster invitees and newcomers to the Phillies' 40-man roster on the pitching side. On Wednesday, it is the position players. Consider it a Spring Training primer with camp opening next month.
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  • Padilla signs one-year deal to play in Japan

    Padilla signs one-year deal to play in Japan

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Veteran right-hander Vicente Padilla, who went 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 56 relief appearances with the Red Sox last season, has signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with Japan's SoftBank Hawks, according to an industry source.
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  • Dodgers reportedly ink catcher Flores to Minors deal

    Dodgers reportedly ink catcher Flores to Minors deal

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Dodgers reportedly signed veteran catcher Jesus Flores to a Minor League contract and are rumored to be considering free agent Scott Rolen to play third base.
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  • Top prospect Yelich won't let hype distract him

    Top prospect Yelich won't let hype distract him

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    For Christian Yelich, the hype is about to begin. It will simmer when Spring Training gets under way and gradually gain momentum throughout the season. The buildup comes with the territory for being an organization's No. 1 prospect.
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  • Dedicated Wallace eager to seize new opportunity

    Dedicated Wallace eager to seize new opportunity

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Brett Wallace showed up to camp last spring in tremendous shape, having lost 15 pounds and eager to win a spot on the Astros' roster. The problem for Wallace was there was another 270 pounds -- in the form of veteran first baseman Carlos Lee -- blocking…
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  • Mark your calendar: Spring Training slate unveiled

    Mark your calendar: Spring Training slate unveiled

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Spring Training schedule has been announced, with Feb. 23 marking the first full slate of games involving all 30 clubs.
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  • Kinsler bought himself more time at second

    Kinsler bought himself more time at second

    MLB.com Jan 16, 2013
    Ian Kinsler is not switching from second base to first base for the Texas Rangers, because he never got an ultimatum.
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  • Nats vow not to limit Strasburg's in '13 ... sort of

    Nats vow not to limit Strasburg's in '13 ... sort of

    CNNSI.com Jan 16, 2013
    Nats vow not to limit Strasburg's in '13 ... sort of
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  • Barry Bonds lists Beverly Hills home for $25 million

    Barry Bonds lists Beverly Hills home for $25 million

    yahoo.com Jan 16, 2013
    Maybe where you come from isn't all that great. But you can change that, and all you need to do is purchase the mansion in Beverly Hills that Barry Bonds has put on the market for $25 million. Close the deal, and you'll be rollin' like a celebrity. In t…
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  • Video - E:60 Exclusive Excerpt: Terry Francona 00:51

    E:60 Exclusive Excerpt: Terry Francona

    Jan 16
    Terry Francona sits down exclusively with E:60's Jeremy Schaap to discuss his new book - Francona: The Red Sox Years. The full segment airs on SportsCenter this week.
  • Video - Jeter Cleared To Resume Baseball Activity 01:06

    Jeter Cleared To Resume Baseball Activity

    Jan 16
    Derek Jeter has been cleared to resume baseball activity in his recovery from a broken left ankle.
  • Video - Buster Blog: Nationals Looking Strong 02:36

    Buster Blog: Nationals Looking Strong

    Jan 16
    Buster Olney blogs about the Nationals' signing of closer Rafael Soriano.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Kelly's move from Pacific Northwest will shake up traditional E…

    Jan 16
    I know the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly to build a complete program and his task is to do more than fix an offense that has lost its way. But I still think nobody had a worse day Wednesday than Jim Haslett, Perry Fewell and Monte Kiffin, the thr…
  • Don Banks: Hero of last year's AFC Championship Game, Sterling Moore will …

    Jan 16
    Sterling Moore doesn't know yet if he'll watch the game at home in Dallas, or meet up with a couple teammates and head for "a Buffalo Wild Wings or something like that.''