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Twins' Mauer expects to catch more this season

Twins' Mauer expects to catch more this season

CNNSI.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 25, 2013
Joe Mauer has always steadfastly believed that his value is highest and his impact greatest when his smooth swing is in the lineup on offense and he's crouching behind the plate on defense.
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  • Healthy Morneau being cautious with his optimism

    Healthy Morneau being cautious with his optimism

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Twins slugger Justin Morneau, who appeared in 134 games in 2012 after a pair of injury-laden seasons, is feeling the healthiest he has in a while, but he's being cautious with his optimism as Spring Training approaches.
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  • Twins may add another rotation candidate

    Twins may add another rotation candidate

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan, speaking at the annual media luncheon on Friday at Target Field, said the club might not be done making moves before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 10.
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  • Marlins reportedly sign reliever Qualls

    Marlins reportedly sign reliever Qualls

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Marlins have agreed to terms with Chad Qualls on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, according to the Miami Herald.
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  • Sale throws his weight around

    Sale throws his weight around

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig certainly won't be calling Chris Sale any time soon, probably never, to use him as part of a celebrity endorsement deal. The slender left-hander, coming off a Cy Young-caliber effort in his first year as a starter, gained …
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  • White Sox sign free-agent reliever Lindstrom

    White Sox sign free-agent reliever Lindstrom

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Jan 25, 2013
    Matt Lindstrom made his first official appearance as part of the team during SoxFest on Friday after agreeing to terms on a one-year, $2.3 million deal with a $4 million club option or $500,000 buyout for 2014.
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  • Red Sox's Kalish to have right shoulder surgery

    Red Sox's Kalish to have right shoulder surgery

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The determination of Boston Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish to return to the big leagues has sustained another major setback with news that the outfielder needs surgery on his right shoulder.
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  • Levity punctuates Hahn's first Q&A session as GM

    Levity punctuates Hahn's first Q&A session as GM

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The first question for general manager Rick Hahn during Friday night's Town Hall Meeting at the Palmer House Hilton to start SoxFest dealt with the free-agent departure of organization icon A.J. Pierzynski. That question certainly was to be expected. It…
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  • Mariners sign C Paulino to minor league deal

    Mariners sign C Paulino to minor league deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Seattle Mariners have started to address one concern before to spring training by signing catcher Ronny Paulino to a minor league deal with an invite to the major league camp.
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  • Facing an uncertain future, Konerko puts team first

    Facing an uncertain future, Konerko puts team first

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Speaking at SoxFest, Paul Konerko said he is more concerned about Chicago's upcoming season than the fact that he has only one year left on his contract.
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  • Giants reach deal with Arias, avoiding arbitration

    Giants reach deal with Arias, avoiding arbitration

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Infielder Joaquin Arias has agreed to a one-year, $925,000 contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration.
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  • Committed to baseball, Parker making big progress

    Committed to baseball, Parker making big progress

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Kyle Parker, having a more conventional winding road to the big time than fellow quarterback and Rockies draftee Russell Wilson, hopes to eventually make the same impact in the Major Leagues as a corner outfielder with Colorado.
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  • Yanks' GM: Possible, not likely, A-Rod out year

    Yanks' GM: Possible, not likely, A-Rod out year

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said there is "a chance" that Alex Rodriguez's hip surgery could keep him out for the entire season.
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  • Charitable efforts earn White Sox 2012 Patterson Award

    Charitable efforts earn White Sox 2012 Patterson Award

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    On Friday at SoxFest, the White Sox were presented with the 2012 Steve Patterson Award for their Volunteer Corps Program, which has brought together more than 5,500 fans, players, coaches, and club executives to assist underserved Chicago neighborhoods …
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  • Blue Jays extend Class A Vancouver through 2016

    Blue Jays extend Class A Vancouver through 2016

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Blue Jays and their Class A Northwest League affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians, have re-upped their player-development contract through 2016.
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  • Bochy treasures memories of Musial

    Bochy treasures memories of Musial

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    An encounter before Game 4 of the National League Championship Series gave Giants manager Bruce Bochy an enduring final memory of Stan Musial, who died Jan. 19.
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  • Freeman eager to get back between the lines

    Freeman eager to get back between the lines

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been hard at work during the offseason, working out five days a week with several of his teammates at a local gym and hitting three times a week with second baseman Dan Uggla.
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  • Upton deal makes tricky situation for Mets

    Upton deal makes tricky situation for Mets

    This week's rumor centered around Michael Bourn, the game's top-ranked free-agent outfielder. The Mets have reportedly discussed petitioning Major League Baseball to allow them to keep their 11th overall Draft pick if they sign Bourn, who would normally…
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  • It's Coke and all smiles on Tigers' Winter Caravan

    It's Coke and all smiles on Tigers' Winter Caravan

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Phil Coke spent October thriving without a set role in the Tigers bullpen. It only figured he'd be doing the same on the team's Winter Caravan.
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  • Jones to help instruct Padres this spring

    Jones to help instruct Padres this spring

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Former Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones will join the Padres during Spring Training as a special instructor around March 1, which is when the Minor League players report to the team's Spring Training facility in Peoria, Ariz.
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  • Rooftop owners' plan would keep Wrigley view

    Rooftop owners' plan would keep Wrigley view

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    Wrigleyville rooftop owners unveiled a proposal Friday calling for the use of their buildings for advertising sold by the Chicago Cubs in exchange for continued unimpeded views of Wrigley Field.
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  • Royals claim Kottaras off waivers from Athletics

    Royals claim Kottaras off waivers from Athletics

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Royals claimed catcher George Kottaras off waivers from the Oakland Athletics on Friday and designated infielder Tony Abreu for assignment.
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  • Labor deal could thwart Mets' pursuit of Bourn

    Labor deal could thwart Mets' pursuit of Bourn

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Baseball's owners succeeded in getting some cost certainty in their First-Year Player Draft budgets. They were happy about this. Meanwhile, players got the number of free agents requiring Draft pick compensation reduced. They were happy about that. Now,…
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  • Book details highs, lows of Francona's tenure

    Book details highs, lows of Francona's tenure

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    For anyone who followed the Red Sox closely from 2004-11, Terry Francona's new book is not only a must read, but it is a fascinating and entertaining look into the daily life on Yawkey Way during that memorable time period.
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  • Marlins offer former QB White a Minors deal

    Marlins offer former QB White a Minors deal

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Marlins have offered former NFL quarterback Pat White a Minor League contract.
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  • Medlen withdraws from World Baseball Classic

    Medlen withdraws from World Baseball Classic

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Braves right-hander Kris Medlen announced Friday he has decided to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic, citing the impending birth of his first child.
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  • Who Should the Nationals' New Racing President Be?

    Who Should the Nationals' New Racing President Be?

    nytimes.com yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Washington Nationals are picking a fifth president to join the Presidents' Race. Who should it be?
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  • Source: Robertson, Yanks agree to 1-year deal

    Source: Robertson, Yanks agree to 1-year deal

    ESPN.com Jan 25, 2013
    The New York Yankees came to terms with David Robertson on a one-year contract worth $3.1 million, according to a team source.
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  • On clear path, Hamilton ready for first full camp

    On clear path, Hamilton ready for first full camp

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Billy Hamilton has yet to steal a base in the Majors, or even have a plate appearance. But it doesn’t matter on the Reds Caravan, where Hamilton is a featured attraction on the Western leg.
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  • Indians tab Miller VP of strategy and business analytics

    Indians tab Miller VP of strategy and business analytics

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Andrew Miller has already made his mark on the baseball side of the Indians organization. The ballclub is now asking him to use his skills on the business side.
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  • Hart to be sidelined four months after knee surgery

    Hart to be sidelined four months after knee surgery

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Brewers first baseman Corey Hart is expected to be sidelined four months after undergoing right knee surgery on Friday morning. Dr. William Raasch, the team’s head physician, repaired a small tear to Hart’s meniscus and debrided the knee joint…
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  • FanFest offers sneak peek at Mariners, stadium

    FanFest offers sneak peek at Mariners, stadium

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Mariners fans interested in looking at the new fence construction under way at Safeco Field as well as the chance to see many of the players who'll be on the field in 2013 can get a sneak peek this weekend at the 15th annual FanFest.
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  • Dynasty Derailed: The Phillies won five straight NL East titles…

    Dynasty Derailed: The Phillies won five straight NL East titles fro…

    CNNSI.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Phillies won five straight NL East titles from 2007-11 but fell to .500 last year. They got Young this winter but not better and their report card reflects that, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Under Armour All-America game back at Wrigley

    Under Armour All-America game back at Wrigley

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The 2013 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, is scheduled to return to Wrigley Field for the sixth consecutive year this summer. The game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT on Aug. 24 and will air live on MLB Network.
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  • The Real Cost To Miami For Marlins Park Is In The Billions

    The Real Cost To Miami For Marlins Park Is In The Billions

    deadspin.com Jan 25, 2013
    We've aired our grievances with the very concept of public financing for sports stadiums, especially the sweetheart deal Jeffrey Loria got for Marlins Park, where the team had to cover less than 20 percent of the cost. But even if you're not philosophic…
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  • Nats giving fans chance to avoid ticket price increase

    Nats giving fans chance to avoid ticket price increase

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Nationals are planning on raising ticket prices in 2013 after a successful '12 campaign and an upcoming season with a lot of expectations, but the team is also giving loyal fans a chance to avoid the increase.
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  • Guardado, Mee elected to Twins Hall of Fame

    Guardado, Mee elected to Twins Hall of Fame

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Twins Hall of Fame is adding two members in 2013, as former closer Eddie Guardado and former director of public relations Tom Mee have been elected.
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  • Report: Carl Pavano Ruptured His Spleen Shoveling Snow

    Report: Carl Pavano Ruptured His Spleen Shoveling Snow

    deadspin.com Jan 25, 2013
    That's according to Ken Rosenthal, whose MLB sources told him the injury would keep the right-hander out for six to eight weeks. Then again, it might be much longer. Consider: Pavano is 37, he hasn't pitched since June 1 because of shoulder trouble, and…
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  • Bethancourt has tools to be total catching package

    Bethancourt has tools to be total catching package

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    I first saw Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt in the 2011 Arizona Fall League, a month after he turned 20 years old. He was easily one of the best and most exciting players I scouted that fall, on both sides of the ball.
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  • Rays not resting on their laurels

    Rays not resting on their laurels

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Since reaching the World Series in 2008, the Rays have remained a contender and not once has the fan base had to endure the dreaded disclaimer of professional sports that the team is rebuilding.
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  • Rangers' top affiliates to square off on April 2

    Rangers' top affiliates to square off on April 2

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Rangers' Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco affiliates will play an exhibition game on April 2 at Frisco's Dr Pepper Ballpark.
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  • Cishek looks forward to wearing USA jersey

    Cishek looks forward to wearing USA jersey

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    For Steve Cishek, just playing in the big leagues is a tremendous honor. To represent his county, he says, is a dream come true.
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  • Myrtle Beach Pelicans have fun with NBA’s New Orleans franchise…

    Myrtle Beach Pelicans have fun with NBA’s New Orleans franchise taking name

    yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    Now that the NBA’s New Orleans franchise has officially changed its name from the Hornets to Pelicans - effective at the beginning of the 2013-14 season - and unveiled its new logo, we’ll have to see if the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina
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  • White Sox to honor 1983 division champs with retro uniforms in …

    White Sox to honor 1983 division champs with retro uniforms in 2013

    yahoo.com Jan 25, 2013
    The Chicago White Sox went retro during Sunday home games in 2012, donning the red pinstripe uniforms that franchise greats like Dick Allen and Bill Melton wore proudly in the early 1970s. Not surprisingly, the throwback theme went over big with fans -
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  • Rays appear set to re-sign Scott, Farnsworth

    Rays appear set to re-sign Scott, Farnsworth

    MLB.com Jan 25, 2013
    Luke Scott and Kyle Farnsworth appear headed back to the Rays for the 2013 season. Neither deal is expected to be finalized until next week.
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  • The Sports Guy on Knicks-Celtics

    Jan 25
    Taking in Knicks-Celtics with a few words and a bunch of pictures.