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If NY Mets can land Michael Bourn, then fans will feel better a…

If NY Mets can land Michael Bourn, then fans will feel better about Sandy Alderson's sense of humor

nydailynews.com Updated Jan 23, 2013
If the Mets somehow find a way to sign Michael Bourn in the coming days, thereby assuring themselves of fielding at least one honest-to-goodness major league outfielder in 2013, then surely fans will feel better about Sandy Alderson’s rather edgy sense
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  • Source: Cubs sign Scott Hairston to 2-year deal

    Source: Cubs sign Scott Hairston to 2-year deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    The Chicago Cubs have signed free agent outfielder Scott Hairston to a two-year contract worth up to $6 million, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations.
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  • Sosa says he and McGwire belong in Hall of Fame

    Sosa says he and McGwire belong in Hall of Fame

    CNNSI.com yahoo.com MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Sammy Sosa thinks he and fellow steroid-tainted star Mark McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame.
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  • Derek Jeter expresses opinion on climate change

    Derek Jeter expresses opinion on climate change

    yahoo.com Jan 23, 2013
    Regardless if he was born neutral, or if he learned restraint from Michael Jordan or another sports superstar who plays it safe, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter simply doesn't give his opinion often. His baseball opinions are pretty bland, and rare…
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  • Zduriencik declines comment on Felix extension

    Zduriencik declines comment on Felix extension

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    General manager Jack Zduriencik didn’t want to get into a public discussion of the Mariners’ attempt to extend Felix Hernandez’s contract this offseason, but he again made it clear the club wants to keep the 26-year-old ace in a Seattle …
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  • Leyland ready to see what Rondon can do

    Leyland ready to see what Rondon can do

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    To have the closer as the most serious question left isn't the worst sign for a team heading into Spring Training. For a contending team, though, it's a serious question, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland sounded Wednesday like someone making it his priori…
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  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responds favorably to Wrigley Field …

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responds favorably to Wrigley Field renovation plans

    yahoo.com Jan 23, 2013
    Over the weekend the Chicago Cubs announced plans for a massive $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field that, in their estimation, would take five offseasons to complete. At the same time, the Cubs stated their willingness to pay for the entire renovat…
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  • Wedge sees Smoak at first base, Morales at DH

    Wedge sees Smoak at first base, Morales at DH

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    With work still to be done, manager Eric Wedge expressed optimism that the Mariners will continue improving as a strong group of young talent begins meshing with the addition of key veterans like Michael Morse, Kendrys Morales, Raul Ibanez, Jason Bay an…
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  • Delmon Young can earn an additional $600,000 if he loses eight …

    Delmon Young can earn an additional $600,000 if he loses eight pounds - and keeps them off

    The Philadelphia Phillies will weigh slugger Delmon Young on six occasions of their choice this season, the Associated Press and others have reported. If he makes the required weight each time, he'll be paid an extra $600,000 this season on top of the $…
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  • Tillman is motivated to win a rotation spot

    Tillman is motivated to win a rotation spot

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Heading into Spring Training, things are a little different for Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman. But the 24-year-old -- who is coming off a career year despite spending the first half in Triple-A -- said he will try to approach next month's camp with the …
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  • Dodgers reliever Elbert has surgery on elbow

    Dodgers reliever Elbert has surgery on elbow

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert had elbow surgery for the second time in five months, the team announced Wednesday.
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  • Sources: D-backs, Braves talking J. Upton deal

    Sources: D-backs, Braves talking J. Upton deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    The Arizona Diamondbacks are seriously discussing a trade of Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves Wednesday evening, according to sources.
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  • Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with Pennington

    Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with Pennington

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 23, 2013
    PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks and shortstop Cliff Pennington have avoided an arbitration hearing by reaching a two-year, $5 million contract agreement, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.
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  • Braves' McCann targets return for Opening Day

    Braves' McCann targets return for Opening Day

    ESPN.com Jan 23, 2013
    Brian McCann would like to be behind the plate on opening day and beat the projections which have him missing the start of the season.
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  • Astros express gratitude to military at luncheon

    Astros express gratitude to military at luncheon

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Considering the sacrifices the military has made for them through the years, the Astros were more than happy to turn the tables Wednesday afternoon and serve lunch, sign autographs and take photos with more than 250 service members and their families as…
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  • Jason Motte reaches two-year deal with Cardinals

    Jason Motte reaches two-year deal with Cardinals

    CNNSI.com Jan 23, 2013
    ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Reliever Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
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  • Tell It To Your Analyst: The Raging Genius Of Earl Weaver

    Tell It To Your Analyst: The Raging Genius Of Earl Weaver

    deadspin.com Jan 23, 2013
    The first and obvious thing about Earl Weaver, for me, was that he was terrifying. I lived about seven blocks from Memorial Stadium, depending on how you walked it, and Junior Orioles packages were cheap, so my parents took my older brother and me to ga…
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  • Herrera, Rockies compromise on $900K deal

    Herrera, Rockies compromise on $900K deal

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    The Rockies and utility infielder Jonathan Herrera avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday. A Major League source said the deal is for $900,000, the midpoint between Herrera’s request for $1 million and t…
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  • No longer a rookie skipper, Ventura ready for 2013

    No longer a rookie skipper, Ventura ready for 2013

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Robin Ventura never coached or managed at any level before replacing Ozzie Guillen prior to the 2012 campaign. He proved to be a natural in the position, leading the White Sox to first place in the American League Central Division for 117 days.
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  • Magadan sees Martin's ceiling as 'limitless'

    Magadan sees Martin's ceiling as 'limitless'

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin met with new hitting coach Dave Magadan this week at the Ballpark in Arlington. Martin was one of five players who came in to get acquainted with Magadan.
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  • Worth the wait: Cincy ready to reap ASG benefits

    Worth the wait: Cincy ready to reap ASG benefits

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    It's not just a game. That's one of the first things the good folks of Cincinnati will discover as they prepare to host the 86th All-Star Game in 2015.
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  • Bucs' Marte, Johnson shine in Dominican finals

    Bucs' Marte, Johnson shine in Dominican finals

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Starling Marte was named the playoff MVP after leading Escogido to the Dominican Winter League title, while fellow Pirate Kris Johnson was the ace of the team's staff in the playoffs.
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  • Asche getting big chance with Phils this spring

    Asche getting big chance with Phils this spring

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    The Phillies announced Wednesday that Cody Asche was among six additional non-roster invitees to big league camp in Clearwater, Fla. It's just the latest signal that the Phils are hoping that Asche could be their third baseman of the future.
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  • E. Beltre, Profar have different views on Classic

    E. Beltre, Profar have different views on Classic

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar and outfielder Engel Beltre both have dreams of being in the Majors. Profar is undecided about playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, while Beltre believes that path runs through the Classic.
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  • Cooperstown mayor shrugs off 2013 concerns

    Cooperstown mayor shrugs off 2013 concerns

    ESPN.com Jan 23, 2013
    The mayor of Cooperstown says not having a living player inductee this summer, for the first time since 1965, won't put his town's stores out of business.
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  • An Offensive Offseason

    An Offensive Offseason

    CNNSI.com Jan 23, 2013
    After yet another dreadful season by their hitters, the Mariners have set about trying to bolster their lineup but the results have been underwhelming, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Jake Mauer excited to lead Twins' new Class A club

    Jake Mauer excited to lead Twins' new Class A club

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    After going through candidates for their vacant Class A Cedar Rapids managing job, the Twins decided to stay in house and went with a familiar name in Jake Mauer -- Joe's older brother.
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  • Nava, Kalish look to earn significant playing time

    Nava, Kalish look to earn significant playing time

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    With the offseason quickly fading, the Red Sox have brought in outfielders Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino to replace Carl Crawford and Cody Ross. Victorino should play every day in right, but that's not the case for Gomes in front of the Green Monster,…
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  • Fuld hosting camp for diabetic children in February

    Fuld hosting camp for diabetic children in February

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Sam Fuld is preparing for the Sam Fuld Diabetes Sports Camp, and he is excited about the promise of the camp's second year, based on the initial camp's success.
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  • Mo's greatness celebrated at charity event

    Mo's greatness celebrated at charity event

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Former Yankees David Cone and John Flaherty, and current Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild reflected on the storied career of Mariano Rivera during a "Fans 4 the Cure" charity event Tuesday.
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  • Petrick shows perseverance in battle vs. Parkinson's

    Petrick shows perseverance in battle vs. Parkinson's

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    Ben Petrick, the onetime Major League catcher whose bright future in baseball was erased by Parkinson's disease, survived treatment that almost killed him to become a vocal advocate for research and an author.
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  • Healthy Joba eyeing bounceback season

    Healthy Joba eyeing bounceback season

    MLB.com Jan 23, 2013
    After an injury-plagued 2012 saw him make just 22 appearances, Joba Chamberlain feels healthy and is ready to bounce back in 2013.
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  • What Is the MLB Win Curve Anyway?

    What Is the MLB Win Curve Anyway?

    grantland.com Jan 23, 2013
    In baseball, a win is a win ... except when it's more than a win. One extra victory for a 100-loss team will mean virtually nothing, little added...
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  • Video - Sources: Braves Target Justin Upton 03:48

    Sources: Braves Target Justin Upton

    Jan 23
    Sources: Diamondbacks are discussing a trade of Justin Upton to the Braves.
  • Video - TWSS: Woody's Winter Warm Up 03:34

    TWSS: Woody's Winter Warm Up

    Jan 23
    Sarah Spain talks to the Chicago Cubs about their offseason highlights and getting back to work.