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Nick Johnson, The Nearly Perfect Baseball Player, Retires

Nick Johnson, The Nearly Perfect Baseball Player, Retires

deadspin.com MLB.com Updated Jan 28, 2013
Nick Johnson announced his retirement today after playing portions of 10 major league seasons due to an infuriating inability to stay healthy. It's impossible to read an article about Johnson without coming across the phrase "oft-injured." It …
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  • Angels add Coello on Minor League deal

    Angels add Coello on Minor League deal

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    The Angels signed right-hander Robert Coello to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training on Monday.
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  • MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects to be revealed Tuesday

    MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects to be revealed Tuesday

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    It's an annual rite of spring, an accounting of talent as regular as arbitration. MLB.com will release its Top 100 Prospects list for 2013 on Tuesday night, and prospect expert Jonathan Mayo -- along with several of the players on the list -- will be on…
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  • Atchison doesn't foresee a return to Boston

    Atchison doesn't foresee a return to Boston

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    Free-agent reliever Scott Atchison threw his first full-fledged bullpen of the winter on Monday, and this week he expects to announce what team he'll be pitching for in 2013, but he said it won't likely be the Red Sox.
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  • Yankees Sign Juan Rivera to Minor League Deal

    Yankees Sign Juan Rivera to Minor League Deal

    nytimes.com MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    The 34-year-old right-handed-hitter will compete with Matt Diaz and Russ Canzler for a spot a reserve outfielder.
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  • Jeter Back on Field, Right on Schedule

    Jeter Back on Field, Right on Schedule

    Derek Jeter took ground balls Monday the Yankees training facility, three months after having surgery to repair a fracture of his left ankle.
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  • Hamels downplays shoulder issue from last year

    Hamels downplays shoulder issue from last year

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    Cole Hamels gave a few Phillies fans a moment of panic earlier this month when word spread he suffered from a sore left shoulder late last season, but Hamels said it was a non-issue when asked about it Tuesday.
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  • Pineda making strides at Yanks' training complex

    Pineda making strides at Yanks' training complex

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda is set to reach a major checkpoint in his recovery from right shoulder surgery, graduating to tossing from a half mound on Tuesday at the club's complex in Tampa, Fla.
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  • Roundup: Phils, Cardinals, Yanks make signings

    Roundup: Phils, Cardinals, Yanks make signings

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Looking to fortify their bullpen, the Philadelphia Phillies turned to a familiar face.
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  • Padres sign righty Garcia to Minors deal

    Padres sign righty Garcia to Minors deal

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    The Padres added another name to their pool of starting-rotation candidates on Monday, as they signed right-hander Freddy Garcia to a Minor League deal.
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  • Infielder Cedeno, Cards agree to $1.15M deal

    Infielder Cedeno, Cards agree to $1.15M deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    Infielder Ronny Cedeno has agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, giving them insurance in case shortstop Rafael Furcal has problems returning from an elbow injury that sidelined him late last season.
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  • Take Two: After continuing their spending spree this offsea……

    Take Two: After continuing their spending spree this offsea…

    CNNSI.com Jan 28, 2013
    After continuing their spending spree this offseason, the Dodgers are poised to reclaim the NL West crown but that doesn't mean their work is done, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • D-backs' moves give Gibson more flexibility

    D-backs' moves give Gibson more flexibility

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    D-backs manager Kirk Gibson will have plenty more decisions to make this year when it comes to filling out his lineup card thanks to the work put in this winter by general manager Kevin Towers.
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  • Gregerson, Padres agree to $3.2 million deal

    Gregerson, Padres agree to $3.2 million deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    Luke Gregerson's agent says the pitcher has agreed to a $3.2 million, one-year contract with the San Diego Padres.
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  • Sweeney eager for second chance with Red Sox

    Sweeney eager for second chance with Red Sox

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    The Red Sox's interest in bringing back outfielder Ryan Sweeney well may have been bolstered by Ryan Kalish's surgery news, but the Sox had interest in Sweeney beforehand.
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  • Yelich, Fernandez among non-roster invitees

    Yelich, Fernandez among non-roster invitees

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    Two of the top prospects in baseball will get their first taste of big league Spring Training when the Marlins open camp on Feb. 12. The Marlins on Monday announced that outfielder Christian Yelich and right-hander Jose Fernandez are among 31 non-roster…
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  • Rox would consider multiyear deal with Fowler

    Rox would consider multiyear deal with Fowler

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    Although they didn't plan to sign any of their arbitration-eligible players for more than one year, the Rockies agreed to a two-year deal with right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin and would be willing to consider a multiyear contract with outfielder Dext…
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  • Trading Upton makes sense for D-backs

    Trading Upton makes sense for D-backs

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    The D-backs are being second-guessed for trading away Justin Upton, but general manager Kevin Towers knows what he's doing. He has never had anything close to the most resources, but has kept his teams in contention. He has also understood that roster b…
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  • John Axford signs pregnant belly of Brewers fan

    John Axford signs pregnant belly of Brewers fan

    yahoo.com Jan 28, 2013
    @johnaxford Thanks for the autographs & for reassuring that signing my belly wasn't the strangest request you've had! twitter.com/kristnanne19/s… - Kristin Corcoran (@kristnanne19) January 28, 2013 To be specific, Axford signed the T-shirt over the ap
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  • Montero ready to build on experience of rookie year

    Montero ready to build on experience of rookie year

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    For all the talk about new additions and increased veteran leadership, the biggest improvement for the 2013 Mariners might well lie with the progress of their returning youngsters. And tops on that list figures to be Jesus Montero, the 23-year-old catch…
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  • AL champs' only question mark is closer role

    AL champs' only question mark is closer role

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    The Tigers, fresh off an American League title and hopeful of another World Series opportunity, have about as firm an Opening Day outlook as a club can hope for two weeks before Spring Training camp. All that's missing is a proven closer, though flame-t…
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  • Drew Storen gets love from fans at ‘Natsfest’

    Drew Storen gets love from fans at ‘Natsfest’

    yahoo.com Jan 28, 2013
    The video lasts just 11 seconds - the full ovation probably goes on longer - but to Drew Storen, his reception at Natsfest on Saturday still probably feels like a lifetime of goodwill coming from Washington Nationals fans. In case you forgot, the last
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  • Once strong, Halos' system now needs restocking

    Once strong, Halos' system now needs restocking

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    On a Major League club with a high payroll and World Series expectations, it's only natural for a farm system's ranking to descend over time. But you don't expect a flat-out free fall. That, essentially, is what has happened to the Angels over the last …
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  • Ceda could factor in Marlins' bullpen equation

    Ceda could factor in Marlins' bullpen equation

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    Jose Ceda, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, is throwing without restrictions, and he could factor into the bullpen equation.
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  • Dodgers will have regional sports network for '14

    Dodgers will have regional sports network for '14

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 28, 2013
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the launch of SportsNet LA, their regional sports network with Time Warner Cable for the 2014 season.
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  • Pavano is hospitalized following spleen removal

    Pavano is hospitalized following spleen removal

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 28, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Carl Pavano's spleen was removed last week after the pitcher was injured when he fell in the snow.
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  • Phils sign Betancourt to Minors deal with camp invite

    Phils sign Betancourt to Minors deal with camp invite

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    The Phillies announced on Monday that they have signed infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a Minor League contract. The deal includes an invitation to big league camp in Clearwater, Fla.
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  • Inbox: Pettitte to pitch for Team USA?

    Inbox: Pettitte to pitch for Team USA?

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    What is Andy Pettitte's status for the World Baseball Classic? Why didn't the Yankees pursue Justin Upton or Delmon Young? Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers fans questions in his latest Inbox.
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  • Brandon Phillips fields marriage proposal during Reds winter ca…

    Brandon Phillips fields marriage proposal during Reds winter caravan

    yahoo.com Jan 28, 2013
    Contrary to legend, the most popular guy on this leg of the Cincinnati Reds winter caravan isn't broadcaster Franchester "Marty" Brennaman, team owner Bob Castellini (the man paying Joey Votto), or even the mustachioed Mr. Redlegs. Instead, th…
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  • Rays reportedly sign second baseman Johnson

    Rays reportedly sign second baseman Johnson

    MLB.com grantland.com Jan 28, 2013
    The Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with second baseman Kelly Johnson, according to a report by FoxSports.com.
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  • Infield a formidable strength for Mets

    Infield a formidable strength for Mets

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    The first installment of "Around the Horn" focuses on David Wright, Ike Davis and the infield, which will need to remain a strength for the Mets to compete in '13.
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  • Comeback tries occur frequently but rarely succeed

    Comeback tries occur frequently but rarely succeed

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    As John Thorn, MLB's official historian, noted a year ago upon Andy Pettitte's return, "Players retire from baseball for any number of reasons. And when the itch comes back, it is sometimes emotional and sometimes financial." But rarely is it …
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  • Gritty Grossman might develop some power

    Gritty Grossman might develop some power

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    Astros prospect Robbie Grossman is a sturdy 6-foot, 205-pound 23-year-old from Cypress-Fairbanks High School in Texas.
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  • Beinfest assesses state of Marlins as camp nears

    Beinfest assesses state of Marlins as camp nears

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    For all of the changes the Marlins have made, one thing remains the same. "Our expectation is, we're going to play good baseball," Larry Beinfest said on Saturday.
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  • MLB Notebook: Aramis impresses with XBH

    MLB Notebook: Aramis impresses with XBH

    MLB.com Jan 28, 2013
    With three triples, 27 home runs and a league-leading 50 doubles in 2012, Aramis Ramirez had a total of 80 extra-base hits in 630 plate appearances, for a percentage of 12.698. It was the third-highest mark for any third baseman who qualified for the ba…
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  • Brewers announce uniform design winner

    Brewers announce uniform design winner

    yahoo.com Jan 28, 2013
    It’s official. After two months of sfiting through submissions, tallying votes and weighing the opinions of their esteemed panel of judges, the Milwaukee Brewers announced the winner of their “Design a YOUniform” contest on Sunday morning. Naturally
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  • NHL’s St. Louis Blues laud Stan Musial by wearing No. 6 sweater…

    NHL’s St. Louis Blues laud Stan Musial by wearing No. 6 sweaters during warmup

    yahoo.com Jan 28, 2013
    Unsurprisingly, the admiration the city of St. Louis feels for Hall of Famer Stan Musial has no bounds. A day after Musial was laid to rest, every player on the NHL's St. Louis Blues took the ice wearing No. 6 Stan Musial jerseys for pregame warmups aga…
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  • Video - Dodgers Launching Sports TV Network 03:59

    Dodgers Launching Sports TV Network

    Jan 28
    The Los Angeles Dodgers announced they will launch a regional sports network that will start broadcasting in 2014.
  • Video - Coyotes Blank Predators 00:26

    Coyotes Blank Predators

    Jan 28
    Chad Johnson made 21 saves in his Coyotes debut for his first NHL shutout.

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    Jan 28
    The Memphis Grizzlies continue to field calls from teams interested in Rudy Gay and are engaged in active trade discussions with the Toronto Raptors, sources with knowledge of the talks told ESPN.com.
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    Jan 28
    There are plenty of experienced GMs sitting on the sidelines, waiting to get back into the NFL. Plus, answers to reader questions.
  • Don Banks: Ken Whisenhunt breaks down Niners-Ravens matchup

    Jan 28
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Super Bowl pairing of San Francisco and Baltimore holds little surprise factor for Ken Whisenhunt. The newly named San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator, and former Arizona Cardinals head coach, witnessed first-hand the rise of the…
  • Allen Iverson eyed by Dallas Mavericks' D-League affiliate, sources say

    Jan 28
    The Texas Legends are lobbying Allen Iverson to try work his way back to the NBA by playing for the Dallas Mavericks' Development League affiliate, according to D-League sources.