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Twins Caravan makes stop at event for new affiliate

Twins Caravan makes stop at event for new affiliate

MLB.com Updated Jan 17, 2013
The first leg of the 53rd annual Twins Caravan came to a close on Thursday night with a special ceremony involving the club's new Class A affiliate: the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
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  • Cubs, Garza settle with one-year, $10.25M deal

    Cubs, Garza settle with one-year, $10.25M deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013
    Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has agreed to a one year deal worth $10.25 million, avoiding arbitration, according to a source familiar with the situation. Garza's agents from CAA also tweeted about the deal.
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  • Astros give Ankiel minor league deal, invitation

    Astros give Ankiel minor league deal, invitation

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Rick Ankiel and the Houston Astros have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
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  • Indians, Stubbs avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Indians, Stubbs avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Indians and Drew Stubbs have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.825 million contract that reportedly carries $50,000 worth of possible performance-based bonuses.
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  • Storen, Nationals agree to $2.5M, 1-year deal

    Storen, Nationals agree to $2.5M, 1-year deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Relief pitcher Drew Storen has agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals, avoiding arbitration.
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  • Kemp named grand marshal for MLK parade

    Kemp named grand marshal for MLK parade

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Matt Kemp will serve as celebrity grand marshal for the 28th annual Kingdom Day Parade in recognition of Martin Luther King Day. The parade will be held Saturday in South Los Angeles.
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  • Nats add Soriano for 2 years, with half deferred

    Nats add Soriano for 2 years, with half deferred

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    After giving Rafael Soriano a $28 million, two-year contract filled with deferred payments to be their go-to guy in the ninth inning, the Washington Nationals figure they have three closers now.
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  • Gonzalez accepts Spahn Award, thanks Rizzo

    Gonzalez accepts Spahn Award, thanks Rizzo

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Gio Gonzalez got bounced around a lot early in his career before eventually winding up with a home in Washington.
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  • Feliz agrees to 1-year, $2.9M deal with Rangers

    Feliz agrees to 1-year, $2.9M deal with Rangers

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz has agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2013 season.
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  • Rizzo pleased with Nats' return in Morse deal

    Rizzo pleased with Nats' return in Morse deal

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    On Thursday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo discussed the players his club received in exchange for Michael Morse as part of a three-team deal.
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  • Pablo Sandoval hospitalized in Venezuela with colitis

    Pablo Sandoval hospitalized in Venezuela with colitis

    yahoo.com MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    There was some concern on Wednesday when it was reported that San Francisco Giants star and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval had been hospitalized in his native Venezuela with abdominal discomfort. That concern grew a little more on Thursday when we lear…
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  • Yankees, Joba avoid arbitration in $1.875M deal

    Yankees, Joba avoid arbitration in $1.875M deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    The New York Yankees and relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain have agreed on a one-year contract worth $1,875,000 for 2013, avoiding arbitration.
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  • Report: Damage to A-Rod's cartilage is minimal

    Report: Damage to A-Rod's cartilage is minimal

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    A person familiar with the diagnosis says Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was found to have relatively minimal cartilage damage in his left hip during surgery this week.
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  • Brewers' Gomez doubles pay, agrees at $4.3M

    Brewers' Gomez doubles pay, agrees at $4.3M

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Outfielder Carlos Gomez and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $4.3 million, one-year contract, more than doubling his salary.
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  • Future promising for prospects Joseph, Martin

    Future promising for prospects Joseph, Martin

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Tommy Joseph and Ethan Martin have gone from being virtual strangers to batterymates and roommates, and the Phillies hope they'll spend a lot of time together in Philadelphia in the future.
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  • Venable, Padres agree to deal, avoid arbitration

    Venable, Padres agree to deal, avoid arbitration

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Outfielder Will Venable and the San Diego Padres have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,675,000, a raise of $1.2 million.
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  • Red Sox steadily on rebound in beastly AL East

    Red Sox steadily on rebound in beastly AL East

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Even though Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has had a busy offseason, climbing out of last place seems like a Herculean task.
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  • On fast track, Baez learning Major League lessons

    On fast track, Baez learning Major League lessons

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Cubs top prospect Javier Baez has been on the fast track, and on Thursday he completed one week of the team's first rookie development camp.
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  • Ogando tells Rangers he won't pitch in Classic

    Ogando tells Rangers he won't pitch in Classic

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Alexi Ogando is on the preliminary roster for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but he has informed the Texas Rangers that he won't participate.
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  • As Caravan gets under way, high hopes abound

    As Caravan gets under way, high hopes abound

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Royals Caravan -- featuring several players, including Billy Butler -- got under way on Thursday with a visit to the University of Kansas Hospital, where the players visited with children in the neonatal medical home and the pediatrics unit.
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  • Harrison happy to have deal, spot in Texas rotation

    Harrison happy to have deal, spot in Texas rotation

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013
    Matt Harrison earned his hefty pay raise from the Rangers on Thursday by developing as a front-line starter at the Major League level. Harrison doesn't plan on letting up after signing a five-year, $55 million contract, solidifying another key piece of …
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  • Team USA roster out: NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto's R.A. Dickey hea…

    Team USA roster out: NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto's R.A. Dickey heads a st…

    CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto's R.A. Dickey heads a starting pitching staff missing David Price, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Clayton Kershaw and Matt Cain on the preliminary U.S. roster for the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Braves announce Minor League coaching staffs

    Braves announce Minor League coaching staffs

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    There will be a sense of familiarity this season, as five of the Braves' six Minor League affiliates will have the same manager as last year. The one newcomer is Randy Ready, who was announced as Triple-A Gwinnett's manager in November.
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  • A Big Step Forward: The Indians lost some mainstays but have ad…

    A Big Step Forward: The Indians lost some mainstays but have added in…

    CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Indians lost some mainstays but have added intriguing new pieces like Trevor Bauer that should help them be better than they've been in years, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • U.S. WBC roster includes MVPs Ryan Braun, Jimmy Rollins Joe Mau…

    U.S. WBC roster includes MVPs Ryan Braun, Jimmy Rollins Joe Mauer and Cy Young R.A. Dickey

    yahoo.com Jan 17, 2013
    The provisional roster for the United States team in the World Baseball Classic might not contain the best of the best at every position - as some have called for - but it's still full of elite ballplayers. Enough talent to make the U.S. competitive f
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  • Cubs plan to build hotel across from Wrigley Field

    Cubs plan to build hotel across from Wrigley Field

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Ricketts family, owners of the Cubs, reportedly have signed an agreement to build a hotel across from Wrigley Field on the northwest corner of Clark and Addison streets.
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  • Pirates re-sign righty Karstens to 1-year deal

    Pirates re-sign righty Karstens to 1-year deal

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Pittsburgh Pirates and right-handed pitcher Jeff Karstens have agreed to a one-year contract.
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  • Schilling auctioning bloody '04 World Series sock

    Schilling auctioning bloody '04 World Series sock

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling - whose video game company underwent a spectacular collapse into bankruptcy last year - is selling the blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series.
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  • Napoli and BoSox agree to one-year, $5M deal

    Napoli and BoSox agree to one-year, $5M deal

    BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox and catcher Mike Napoli have agreed to shorten their deal to a one-year contract worth $5 million, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.
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  • Duquette, Showalter not resting on their laurels

    Duquette, Showalter not resting on their laurels

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    In a quiet winter, the Orioles had yet to use their news conference room. And while there was no big-name free agent or trade to unveil Thursday morning, the official announcement of extending executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette…
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  • Saltalamacchia, Red Sox agree at $4.5 million

    Saltalamacchia, Red Sox agree at $4.5 million

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2 million.
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  • Roberts doing 'good,' but still dealing with health issues

    Roberts doing 'good,' but still dealing with health issues

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Second baseman Brian Roberts has been working out at the Orioles' Spring Training facility in Sarasota, Fla., and while the organization remains cautiously optimistic that he will be able to stay healthy, it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for the ve…
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  • Many of world's best set to play for their countries

    Many of world's best set to play for their countries

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    All 16 provisional rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic were revealed Thursday with a bevy of big-name Major Leaguers committing to the third edition of the international tournament.
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  • Butera, Twins avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Butera, Twins avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Twins avoided arbitration with catcher Drew Butera, signing him to a one-year deal worth $700,000, the club announced Thursday.
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  • Zimmer to keep a lower profile at Rays spring camp

    Zimmer to keep a lower profile at Rays spring camp

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Rays senior baseball advisor Don Zimmer won't be quite as visible at Tampa Bay's Spring Training this year, though he plans on making a few trips per week from his condo in Seminole, Fla.
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  • Bucs invite top prospects Cole, Taillon to camp

    Bucs invite top prospects Cole, Taillon to camp

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Pirates extended invitations to big league Spring Training camp to four players on Thursday, including top prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon.
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  • US roster for Classic has stars, desire to win

    US roster for Classic has stars, desire to win

    MLB.com Jan 17, 2013
    Team USA announced its provisional roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic on Thursday morning and among the group are a National League Cy Young Award winner, three Most Valuable Players and too many All-Stars to count.
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  • Padilla signs $3.25M deal with Japanese team

    Padilla signs $3.25M deal with Japanese team

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Free-agent pitcher Vicente Padilla has signed with The Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League.
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  • How Two Teams Found a Way to Lose a Three-Team Trade

    How Two Teams Found a Way to Lose a Three-Team Trade

    grantland.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Mariners, A's, and Nationals pulled off a three-way trade, one that likely improves just one of the three teams this year, and potentially makes o...
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  • Video - USA Announces WBC Roster 02:58

    USA Announces WBC Roster

    Jan 17
    Jim Bowden breaks down Team USA's roster for the World Baseball Classic.
  • Video - Napoli Agrees To One-Year Deal With Red Sox 02:44

    Napoli Agrees To One-Year Deal With Red Sox

    Jan 17
    Jim Bowden discusses the details of Mike Napoli's one-year deal with the Red Sox.
  • Video - Rangers Give Harrison Five-Year Contract 03:10

    Rangers Give Harrison Five-Year Contract

    Jan 17
    Jim Bowden discusses Matt Harrison's five-year, $55 million contract with the Rangers.

Sports Columnists

  • NBA - Los Angeles Lakers left wanting more after loss to Miami Heat

    Jan 17
    The champs get it done with "less," but the Lakers need more from everyone, writes J.A. Adande.
  • NBA -- Debating who will be on the move at the trade deadline?

    Jan 17
    Should these players be on the move before the trade deadline? We debate.
  • Weekend Dime -- 2013 All-Star reserve picks

    Jan 17
    It's All-Star season, which means it's time for Marc Stein to pick his reserves for the East and West squads.
  • Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship Picks

    Jan 17
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