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Rule Change! Third-to-first fake pickoff is now officially a ba…

Rule Change! Third-to-first fake pickoff is now officially a balk

yahoo.com CNNSI.com Updated Jan 26, 2013
Like a professional wrestler hitting his opponent with brass knuckles behind the referee‘s back, the surest way to draw an angry reaction from baseball fans is to break out the old fake-to-third, throw-to-first pickoff move. Of course, the difference is
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  • Morse eager to unleash the 'Beast' in Seattle

    Morse eager to unleash the 'Beast' in Seattle

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    Michael Morse was flooded with memories Saturday as he set foot in Safeco Field for the first time since rejoining the club in a trade with the Nationals.
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  • FanFest stirs anticipation for Spring Training

    FanFest stirs anticipation for Spring Training

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    The weather was typical Northwest winter, but with the Safeco Field roof closed and an enthusiastic crowd, you could almost feel spring in the air at the opening day of Mariners FanFest.
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  • Source: Chacin, Rockies have 2-year, $6.5M deal

    Source: Chacin, Rockies have 2-year, $6.5M deal

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    A person familiar with the negotiations says pitcher Jhoulys Chacin and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million contract.
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  • Brewers' Hart needs knee surgery, likely out until May

    Brewers' Hart needs knee surgery, likely out until May

    CNNSI.com Jan 26, 2013
    The heavy-hitting Milwaukee Brewers offense is going to be missing a big bat when the season begins.
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  • Cubs complete 2-year, $10M deal with Villanueva

    Cubs complete 2-year, $10M deal with Villanueva

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    Pitcher Carlos Villanueva and the Chicago Cubs have completed a two-year, $10 million contract.
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  • Nats' Espinosa played with torn left rotator cuff

    Nats' Espinosa played with torn left rotator cuff

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa says he played with a torn rotator cuff in his left, non-throwing, shoulder late last season.
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  • Bob Costas' Eulogy For Stan Musial Was Midwestern Sports Revere…

    Bob Costas' Eulogy For Stan Musial Was Midwestern Sports Reverence At Its Finest

    The gee whiz school of sports coverage has lost ground for years to the aw nuts crowd, largely because fans and media alike don't like playing the patsy to athletes' bogus lore. Lance was doping. Bobby Thomson stole signs. Manti was mourning a photograp…
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  • MLB investigating South Florida area in PED war

    MLB investigating South Florida area in PED war

    ESPN.com Jan 26, 2013
    Major League Baseball is investigating multiple wellness clinics in South Florida armed with the belief that the region stretching 50 miles south from Boca Raton to Miami is "ground zero" for performance-enhancing drugs still filtering into the game.
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  • Marlins hopeful Stanton settles in this spring

    Marlins hopeful Stanton settles in this spring

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    Giancarlo Stanton's mindset has been a prevailing topic surrounding the Marlins since they made a blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays on Nov. 19.
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  • On frigid day, TigerFest draws massive turnout

    On frigid day, TigerFest draws massive turnout

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    If not for the snow on the ground and the rock salt on the sidewalks Saturday at Comerica Park, it would've been hard to tell that baseball season is still more than two months away. Yet in some ways, TigerFest is more special than the season itself.
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  • Injury free Mauer raring to get after it in 2013

    Injury free Mauer raring to get after it in 2013

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    Last season, Joe Mauer only caught 74 games while serving as designated hitter in 42 games and playing first base in 30 games. So Mauer's goal this season is catch more games, and general manager Terry Ryan says it's not out of the realm of possibility …
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  • Introduction of Taft headlines busy NatsFest

    Introduction of Taft headlines busy NatsFest

    The Nats enter the 2013 season as the defending NL East champions and one of the best teams in the Major Leagues. Yet, one of the highlights of NatsFest, was the introduction of William Howard Taft as the fifth member of the nightly Presidents Race.
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  • Mets catcher Powell's 5-month-old daughter dies

    Mets catcher Powell's 5-month-old daughter dies

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jan 26, 2013
    One of Mets catcher Landon Powell's twin 5-month-old daughters died on Friday night following an extensive illness, the family announced on Saturday through its Facebook page.
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  • Morel making his way back after injury

    Morel making his way back after injury

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    Brent Morel told MLB.com at the end of November that his bothersome back, hampering him all of the 2012 season, felt as good as it had in more than one year thanks to his work at Sparta Performance/Science in California.
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  • White Sox feel fans' pain of tough finish

    White Sox feel fans' pain of tough finish

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    Since 1996, the White Sox have nine second-place finishes, four third-place finishes, three division titles and one historic World Series crown in 2005.
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  • Could be big year for White Sox Mitchell

    Could be big year for White Sox Mitchell

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    As far as internal left-handed-hitting help for the White Sox, don't overlook Jared Mitchell, the team's top pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, who received rave reviews for where he was offensively coming out of instructional leagues.
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  • Pelfrey expects to enter spring without limitations

    Pelfrey expects to enter spring without limitations

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    New addition Mike Pelfrey made his first appearance at TwinsFest on Saturday, and said that he's expecting to enter Spring Training without any limitations.
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  • Storen reacts to Nationals' signing of Soriano

    Storen reacts to Nationals' signing of Soriano

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    Nationals reliever Drew Storen didn't look or sound like an angry man on Saturday afternoon. He was having fun at Fanfest, and talked about how great it was to see so many fans at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
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  • Expensive Cable Sports Are Always Expensiver Than Ever

    Expensive Cable Sports Are Always Expensiver Than Ever

    deadspin.com Jan 26, 2013
    Today the New York Times' Brian Stelter crunches the (preposterous) numbers and finds runaway sports-programming costs weighing down the cable bill of everyone in America, whether or not they give Shit One about sports. The phrase "impending $7 bil…
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  • If ex-NY Mets, Boston Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine wants bac…

    If ex-NY Mets, Boston Red Sox skipper Bobby Valentine wants back, Mets TV is the place to be

    nydailynews.com Jan 26, 2013
    Will Bobby Valentine have a TV alliance with the Mets this season? The possibility exists. MLB sources say SportsNet New York brass has reached out to Valentine to discuss a possible studio role on Mets telecasts.
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  • Frank Thomas eyes Hall, says stats aren't 'fake'

    Frank Thomas eyes Hall, says stats aren't 'fake'

    ESPN.com Jan 26, 2013
    Retired Chicago White Sox slugger Frank Thomas says he feels even better about his career after watching steroids-tainted stars Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens fail to gain entry to the Hall of Fame.
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  • Phil Coke writes excuse note for tardy students

    Phil Coke writes excuse note for tardy students

    yahoo.com Jan 26, 2013
    When you’re a Major League Baseball player there's no doubt you hold some degree clout in your community. In Southfield, Mich., apparently that power extends all the way to excusing tardiness from school when local students get caught up at one of your
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  • Rangers ink veteran INF/OF Baker to Minors deal

    Rangers ink veteran INF/OF Baker to Minors deal

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    The Rangers have added a veteran to their mix of potential bench players for 2013.
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  • Lindstrom, White Sox finalize 1-year, $2.8M deal

    Lindstrom, White Sox finalize 1-year, $2.8M deal

    CNNSI.com Jan 26, 2013
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Reliever Matt Lindstrom and the Chicago White Sox have finalized a $2.8 million, one-year contract that includes a club option for 2014.
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  • Members of Series champs reminisce at SoxFest

    Members of Series champs reminisce at SoxFest

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    The camaraderie among Paul Konerko, Joe Crede, Jermaine Dye and Aaron Rowand was on display Saturday at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago, where the four members of the 2005 World Series championship team reminisced that magical season.
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  • Robertson's $3.1M lifts Yankees' payroll to $206M

    Robertson's $3.1M lifts Yankees' payroll to $206M

    CNNSI.com Jan 26, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Reliever David Robertson will earn $3.1 million under his one-year contract with the Yankees, a deal that increases New York's projected payroll to about $206 million.
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  • Phillips relishes chance to interact with Reds fans

    Phillips relishes chance to interact with Reds fans

    MLB.com Jan 26, 2013
    Brandon Phillips and the rest of the caravan's northern leg -- Minor League catcher Tucker Barnhart, former Reds player Todd Benzinger, assistant general manager Bob Miller and broadcasters Marty Brennaman and Chris Welsh -- found plenty of fans waiting…
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  • ‘That’s a clown question, bro’ shows up as category on Jeopardy

    ‘That’s a clown question, bro’ shows up as category on Jeopardy

    yahoo.com Jan 26, 2013
    When Bryce Harper uttered the line ‘That’s a clown question, bro" in response to a reporter’s unappreciated question this past summer in Toronto, we knew right away a classic catchphrase was born. I just don’t know that anybody realized how popula
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  • Yankees would not be at all unhappy if Alex Rodriguez misses ne…

    Yankees would not be at all unhappy if Alex Rodriguez misses next season or never comes back

    nydailynews.com Jan 26, 2013
    Brian Cashman made an appearance on the Joe Benigno/Evan Roberts WFAN show Friday and suggested Alex Rodriguez could miss the entire 2013 season. What Cashman didn’t say was that A-Rod missing the entire season wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for
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  • Mets Need a Center Fielder, but at What Cost?

    Mets Need a Center Fielder, but at What Cost?

    nytimes.com Jan 26, 2013
    In 2005, the Mets gave a multiyear deal to Carlos Beltran, a Scott Boras client. Now, with less money and less overall talent, they appear to be eyeing Michael Bourn, another Boras's client.
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  • Video - Pitchers Could Cash In Big On Open Market 01:30

    Pitchers Could Cash In Big On Open Market

    Jan 26
    Jim Bowden discusses the market for upcoming free-agent pitchers such as Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw.

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