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Give MLB A Break: The Steroid Era -- and Alex Rodriguez's invol…

Give MLB A Break: The Steroid Era -- and Alex Rodriguez's involveme…

CNNSI.com nydailynews.com Updated Jan 29, 2013
The Steroid Era -- and Alex Rodriguez's involvement in it -- just won't go away, but Joe Lemire says it's time to acknowledge Major League Baseball's efforts to clean up the game.
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  • Mark McGwire signs fan’s prosthetic leg

    Mark McGwire signs fan’s prosthetic leg

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    On Monday, The Stew posted about John Axford of the Milwaukee Brewers signing the belly of a pregnant fan, and we wondered how unusual of a request it was. Well, how does former major league slugger Mark McGwire signing a fan's prosthetic leg sound? Not…
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  • Daniel Murphy, Mets agree on 1-year, $2.925M deal

    Daniel Murphy, Mets agree on 1-year, $2.925M deal

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the New York Mets have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,925,000, avoiding salary arbitration.
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  • Schneider reportedly retires after 13 years

    Schneider reportedly retires after 13 years

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    Catcher Brian Schneider, who caught 13 years with the Expos/Nationals organization, Mets and Phillies, has decided to retire, according to his hometown newspaper, the Allentown Morning Call.
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  • Pettitte Will Not Pitch in World Baseball Classic

    Pettitte Will Not Pitch in World Baseball Classic

    nytimes.com MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    The Yankees, against Andy Pettitte's participation in the international competition, announced that the left-hander had withdrawn from the tournament.
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  • Source: Seattle, Shoppach agree to $1.5M deal

    Source: Seattle, Shoppach agree to $1.5M deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    Free agent catcher Kelly Shoppach has reached an agreement with the Seattle Mariners on a one-year contract pending a physical exam, a baseball source told ESPN.com.
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  • Pujols hopes to play in WBC after 2nd round

    Pujols hopes to play in WBC after 2nd round

    ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols says he hopes to play for the Dominican Republic after the second round of the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Yankees want to void A-Rod’s $114 million contract

    Yankees want to void A-Rod’s $114 million contract

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    The New York Yankees better hope Alex Rodriguez heals up from hip surgery and starts hitting home runs again for the next five summers. Because there's almost zero chance they can void the remainder of his contract, which is worth $114 million, regardle…
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  • Red Sox bullpen coach won't return for '13 season

    Red Sox bullpen coach won't return for '13 season

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    Well-respected Red Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck, who was to be the only holdover on the staff from a year ago, has decided not to return for 2013, according to a WEEI.com report Tuesday.
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  • Upton brothers' parents glad to see sons together

    Upton brothers' parents glad to see sons together

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    When Manny Upton was at Turner Field for his son B.J. Upton's introductory news conference in November, he playfully told a media member to tell Braves general manager Frank Wren to trade for his other son.
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  • Chacin reaches 2-year, $6.5M deal with Rockies

    Chacin reaches 2-year, $6.5M deal with Rockies

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    DENVER (AP) -- Starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (yo-LEES cha-SEEN) and the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $6.5 million deal on Tuesday.
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  • Phillies finalize a one-year deal with Chad Durbin

    Phillies finalize a one-year deal with Chad Durbin

    CNNSI.com MLB.com ESPN.com Jan 29, 2013
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Reliever Chad Durbin and the Phillies have finalized a $1 million, one-year contract.
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  • Jose Contreras visits Cuba for first time since defecting

    Jose Contreras visits Cuba for first time since defecting

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    "You can't go home again" is a figurative saying in the United States, meaning once you leave the nest for the first time, it's never quite the same once you happen to go back. For athletes who defected from Cuba, ones such as major league rig…
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  • Rays brass meets with Pinellas County board

    Rays brass meets with Pinellas County board

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    On Tuesday afternoon, a contingent from the Rays headed by principal owner Stuart Sternberg addressed the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. The message echoed that of the previous week, when the same contingent met with the Hillsborough Cou…
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  • Walter O'Malley, Almost a Pay-Per-View Pioneer

    Walter O'Malley, Almost a Pay-Per-View Pioneer

    nytimes.com Jan 29, 2013
    In the late 1950s, the Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley explored the idea of charging to watch baseball games on television.
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  • Angels avoid arbitration with righty Jepsen

    Angels avoid arbitration with righty Jepsen

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    The Angels settled on a 2013 contract with relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, thus avoiding arbitration with any of their eligible players.
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  • Uptons the latest in a line of brotherly teammates

    Uptons the latest in a line of brotherly teammates

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    B.J. and Justin Upton are next in a line of approximately 100 sets of brothers to play as teammates. Though rare, brothers donning the same Major League uniform is nothing new. It can be traced as far back as 1882, when Bill and Jack Gleason suited up f…
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  • Norris rooting for hometown Niners in Super Bowl

    Norris rooting for hometown Niners in Super Bowl

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    Bud Norris and a bunch of his buddies are packing up the car and driving to New Orleans this weekend to see their beloved San Francisco 49ers play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII, but the Astros pitcher is anything but a front-running fan.
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  • Bucs' non-roster invitees list includes familiar names

    Bucs' non-roster invitees list includes familiar names

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    In 2011, Joe Beimel converted the opportunity into becoming the primary lefty in the Pirates' bullpen for the first half of the season. Last spring, Juan Cruz earned a significant role as a valuable setup reliever. Who can emerge from this Spring Traini…
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  • Gio disputes report of connection to PEDs

    Gio disputes report of connection to PEDs

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez denied that he used performance-enhancing drugs after a report from the Miami New Times linked the pitcher to Anthony Bosch, who reportedy supplied PEDs to professional athletes from Miami.
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  • A-Rod, Gio Gonzalez issue PED denials

    A-Rod, Gio Gonzalez issue PED denials

    In response to the New Times of Miami PED/Anthony Bosch story published Tuesday, New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has issued a complete denial. Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals did likewise and Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz, through h…
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  • Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp have hair-A’s-ing time

    Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp have hair-A’s-ing time

    yahoo.com Jan 29, 2013
    Are either of these Oakland Athletics outfielders is using hair-enhancers? Nobody is saying for now. On the right, the Afro of Coco Crisp (or "Co-Fro") appears to be in mid-season form. Angela Davis is jealous, it's so kinky. Further, the San …
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  • Hunter Becomes The Hunted

    Hunter Becomes The Hunted

    CNNSI.com Jan 29, 2013
    The Tigers added Torii Hunter to a deep and talented team that looks to be in great shape to make a run at a third straight AL Central championship, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Mets Sign Reliever Atchison

    Mets Sign Reliever Atchison

    nytimes.com MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    Scott Atchison, 36, pitched 51 1/3 innings out of the Boston bullpen last season and finished the season with a 1.58 earned run average.
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  • Mercy Health to be official medical provider for Cards

    Mercy Health to be official medical provider for Cards

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    The Cardinals announced on Tuesday that they have reached a multiyear agreement with Mercy Health of St. Louis that makes Mercy the official medical provider for the organization.
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  • Rangers respond to Miami report on Cruz

    Rangers respond to Miami report on Cruz

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    The Rangers offered little comment on a report out of Miami that stated outfielder Nelson Cruz was among a list of prominent clients at a clinic under investigation for the sale of performance-enhancing drugs.
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  • Although deal unlikely, Mets meet with Bourn

    Although deal unlikely, Mets meet with Bourn

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    General manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco flew to Houston last week to have dinner with Michael Bourn and his agent, Scott Boras, according to the New York Post. But the meeting "was more a getting-to-know-you session than a dollar…
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  • MLB statement regarding Miami New Times report

    MLB statement regarding Miami New Times report

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    Major League Baseball issued a statement regarding today's story in the Miami New Times.
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  • Johnson's arrival may push Zobrist to outfield

    Johnson's arrival may push Zobrist to outfield

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    Multiple reports have indicated that the Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with second baseman Kelly Johnson. Interpreting the move for Johnson, it appears the Rays could make Ben Zobrist the team's full-time right ielder.
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  • Good-fielding pitchers help themselves on mound

    Good-fielding pitchers help themselves on mound

    MLB.com Jan 29, 2013
    While the catcher is considered the leader of the infield, set apart by his tools and multiple duties calling pitches, guiding pitchers and setting defenses, the man on the mound -- the fifth infielder -- is critical to defensive containment. His glove …
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  • Video - Future Of Alex Rodriguez 05:01

    Future Of Alex Rodriguez

    Jan 29
    Buster Olney discusses whether Alex Rodriguez has played his last game for the Yankees.
  • Video - Stephen A. Fed Up With A-Rod 04:07

    Stephen A. Fed Up With A-Rod

    Jan 29
    Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the reports that Alex Rodriguez has ties to a firm that sold PEDs.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Oher's story still resonating with Ravens; more Media Day Snaps

    Jan 29
    NEW ORLEANS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day at the Superdome, always the most inane day on the league's annual calendar...
  • Peter King: America tires of Ray Lewis, Alex Smith's fate, mail

    Jan 29
    NEW ORLEANS -- One thing, as Super Bowl week kicks off in full Tuesday with Media Day at the Superdome, I think that I should have dropped into Monday Morning Quarterback:
  • Coast to Coast - Time for the Boston Celtics to blow it up?

    Jan 29
    Our experts discuss what Boston should do now that Rajon Rondo is on the shelf for the rest of the season.
  • Allen Iverson turns down Texas Legends' D-League offer

    Jan 29
    Allen Iverson has announced that he remains hopeful of getting one last shot at the NBA but says he's turning down the opportunity to launch his comeback in the NBA Development League.