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Report: Jurrjens, O's reach 1-year, $1.5M deal

Report: Jurrjens, O's reach 1-year, $1.5M deal

ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Jan 24, 2013
The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a deal with right-hander Jair Jurrjens, CBSSports.com reported on Thursday.
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  • Honors for Rantz highlight annual Diamond Awards

    Honors for Rantz highlight annual Diamond Awards

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Since announcing his plans to retire at the end of last season after 52 years with the Twins, Jim Rantz has received his fair share of accolades. But Rantz, who officially retired as farm director on Jan. 1, was especially touched on Thursday, when he w…
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  • Report: Pavano injures spleen shoveling snow

    Report: Pavano injures spleen shoveling snow

    ESPN.com yahoo.com MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Free-agent right-hander Carl Pavano will miss six to eight weeks with a ruptured spleen, FoxSports.com reported Thursday, citing major league sources.
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  • Torrealba rejoining Rockies on Minor League deal

    Torrealba rejoining Rockies on Minor League deal

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Yorvit Torrealba, the Rockies' primary catcher on postseason teams in 2007 and '09, signed a Minor League contract on Thursday night to return to the club.
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  • Torre: Yankees prefer Pettitte not pitch in WBC

    Torre: Yankees prefer Pettitte not pitch in WBC

    Team USA manager Joe Torre cast considerable doubt Thursday on whether Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will pitch for him in the World Baseball Classic.
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  • MLB.com to stream Musial's funeral Saturday

    MLB.com to stream Musial's funeral Saturday

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jan 24, 2013
    Stan Musial's funeral mass on Saturday will be closed to the public, but those wishing to watch the service can do so on cardinals.com and MLB.com, which will stream the funeral live.
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  • Verlander's goal: Being a one-team athlete

    Verlander's goal: Being a one-team athlete

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    The ties between Justin Verlander, the Tigers and Detroit are constant and strong, and with two seasons left on his contract, Verlander would like to keep it that way.
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  • Reds extend affiliate agreement with Louisville

    Reds extend affiliate agreement with Louisville

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    The Reds and Triple-A Louisville announced Thursday that they have signed a two-year extension to their affiliation agreement that will now run through the 2016 season.
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  • Arizona's Justification For Trading Justin Upton Is Insufferabl…

    Arizona's Justification For Trading Justin Upton Is Insufferable

    The Arizona Diamondbacks' decision to trade Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, and a handful of prospects is a curious one. Upton had a relatively disappointing season in 2012 (he still posted 2.5 WAR according to Fang…
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  • OF Morgan signs one-year, $1.6M deal in Japan

    OF Morgan signs one-year, $1.6M deal in Japan

    ESPN.com yahoo.com MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Free-agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan has signed with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan's Central League.
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  • Uptons elated over 'surreal' turn of events

    Uptons elated over 'surreal' turn of events

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    When Justin Upton awoke on Thursday, he saw that he had a missed call and text message from his older brother. Like the rest of the baseball world, B.J. Upton wanted to confirm that the Braves had indeed acquired the younger Upton. "It’s kind of su…
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  • Nats open to extensions for Zimmermann, Desmond

    Nats open to extensions for Zimmermann, Desmond

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo left the door open Thursday evening for an extension for right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond.
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  • Mets reach one-year contract with righty Marcum

    Mets reach one-year contract with righty Marcum

    NEW YORK (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press the New York Mets and free agent right-hander Shaun Marcum have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.
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  • Francona back in Boston to receive award

    Francona back in Boston to receive award

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Terry Francona, who won two World Series championships in his eight years as manager of the Red Sox, was back in town to receive the Judge Emil Fuchs Award, a Boston Baseball Writers award presented for long and meritorious service to the game.
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  • Pedro Martinez rejoins Sox as assistant to GM

    Pedro Martinez rejoins Sox as assistant to GM

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Pedro Martinez rejoins the Red Sox as a special assistant to GM Ben Cherington.
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  • Red Sox avoid arbitration with reliever Breslow

    Red Sox avoid arbitration with reliever Breslow

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox signed left-handed pitcher Craig Breslow on Thursday.
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  • Arbitration-eligible Aviles still waiting on deal

    Arbitration-eligible Aviles still waiting on deal

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Indians manager Terry Francona knows what he has in Mike Aviles from their time together with the Red Sox, but the arbitration-eligible Aviles needs a contract first.
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  • Reed enters '13 hungry for more success

    Reed enters '13 hungry for more success

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    While making sales calls on Thursday, White Sox closer Addison Reed discussed his expectations for the upcoming season.
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  • Sternberg seeking long-term ballpark solution

    Sternberg seeking long-term ballpark solution

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Principal owner Stuart Sternberg expressed his desire to keep the Rays in Tampa Bay for the long haul despite the team's well-documented attendance issues. He added, however, that Major League Baseball as an industry, “at this point, doesn't believe…
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  • Mendoza preparing for spring competition

    Mendoza preparing for spring competition

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    It’s just January and it’s already shaping up as a big year for Royals right-hander Luis Mendoza.
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  • Right-hander Stewart returns to White Sox

    Right-hander Stewart returns to White Sox

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    The White Sox brought right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart back to Chicago on Thursday, claiming the 26-year-old off waivers from the Pirates.
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  • Babe Ruth and Al Capone: Pals’ autographed baseball is up for a…

    Babe Ruth and Al Capone: Pals’ autographed baseball is up for auction

    yahoo.com Jan 24, 2013
    It was neat enough, getting the likes of New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth and "Scarface" Al Capone, icons of 1920s America, to autograph the same baseball. Hall of Fame pitcher Herb Pennock, a longtime teammate of Ruth's, somehow made it hap…
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  • Petrick hired as consultant for D-backs affiliate

    Petrick hired as consultant for D-backs affiliate

    ESPN.com Jan 24, 2013
    Ben Petrick, a former major league catcher who was forced to retire in 2004 due to early-onset Parkinson's disease, has been hired as a consultant to the coaching staff of the Diamondbacks' short-season Class A affiliate.
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  • HGTV takes you into the multimillion-dollar domain of John Smol…

    HGTV takes you into the multimillion-dollar domain of John Smoltz

    yahoo.com Jan 24, 2013
    Who knew being a Cooperstown-lock pitcher could be so profitable? HGTV's drool-with-envy show "Million Dollar Rooms" is taking you inside (and outside) the Milton, Ga. home of former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz. And as you can see from …
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  • Source: Farnsworth agrees to deal with Rays

    Source: Farnsworth agrees to deal with Rays

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    Reliever Kyle Farnsworth has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Tampa Bay Rays, a baseball source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on Thursday
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  • Marlins ink Slowey to Minors deal with camp invite

    Marlins ink Slowey to Minors deal with camp invite

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    The Marlins have signed former Twins starter Kevin Slowey to a Minor League deal with an invitation to big league camp. Slowey, 28, missed most of last season with a stress fracture in his rib cage.
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  • Cubs reach two-year deal with outfielder Hairston

    Cubs reach two-year deal with outfielder Hairston

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    The Cubs have reportedly reached agreement with Scott Hairston on a two-year contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and MLB Network. A team spokesman would not confirm the deal Thursday. Reports said the deal would be finalized once Hairs…
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  • Brewers introduce new gold alternate jerseys

    Brewers introduce new gold alternate jerseys

    MLB.com Jan 24, 2013
    The Brewers announced Thursday that they will be adding a new gold-colored alternate jersey for the 2013 season.
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  • Video - The Clemente Effect 02:39

    The Clemente Effect

    Jan 24
    Roberto Clemente's powerful life is examined in an new documentary coming soon to ESPN.
  • Video - Braves Trade For Justin Upton 02:56

    Braves Trade For Justin Upton

    Jan 24
    Buster Olney breaks down the Braves' trade with the Diamondbacks for Justin Upton.
  • Video - Greatest Team Of All Time 03:28

    Greatest Team Of All Time

    Jan 24
    Buster Olney picks the 1998 Yankees as the greatest team of all time.
  • Video - Buster Blog: Clock Ticking On Justin Upton Deal 02:41

    Buster Blog: Clock Ticking On Justin Upton Deal

    Jan 24
    Buster Olney blogs about why there should be a sense of urgency for the Diamondbacks to trade Justin Upton.

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    Jan 24
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