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With constant Alex Rodriguez drama, Yankees need to put spotlig…

With constant Alex Rodriguez drama, Yankees need to put spotlight on comeback of Derek Jeter

nydailynews.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 31, 2013
If the Bombers were a prizefighter, they would most resemble Mike Tyson rolling around on the canvas after being hammered by Buster Douglas. Unlike Tyson, the Yankees have a savior to pick them up off the canvas: The organization has Derek Jeter to lead…
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  • Museum honors Negro League stars who served

    Museum honors Negro League stars who served

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    From Hall of Famers Oscar Charleston and Bullet Rogan to Larry Doby and Monte Irvin, some of black baseball's all-time greats also served in U.S. armed forces.
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  • Guti eager to erase injury concerns

    Guti eager to erase injury concerns

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    The only way Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez, who has missed more games than he's played over the past two seasons, can silence his doubters is to perform on the field.
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  • Indians reach deal with ex-Twins closer Capps

    Indians reach deal with ex-Twins closer Capps

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    The Indians have signed free-agent reliever Matt Capps to a minor league contract.
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  • Mark Grace sentenced to jail in Arizona DUI case

    Mark Grace sentenced to jail in Arizona DUI case

    Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace has been sentenced to four months in jail under a work-release program.
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  • Bucs avoid arbitration with Walker, McDonald

    Bucs avoid arbitration with Walker, McDonald

    MLB.com ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    The Pirates on Thursday came to terms with their two remaining players eligible for arbitration, agreeing to one-year contracts with second baseman Neil Walker and right-handed starter James McDonald.
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  • Reds reach one-year deals with Heisey, Simon

    Reds reach one-year deals with Heisey, Simon

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Chris Heisey and right-hander Alfredo Simon, avoiding arbitration.
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  • Overbay, Red Sox agree to minor league deal

    Overbay, Red Sox agree to minor league deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    The Boston Red Sox on Thursday agreed to a minor league deal with first baseman Lyle Overbay, an agreement that includes an invitation to spring training, a team official confirmed.
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  • Buckel among four to get Spring Training invite

    Buckel among four to get Spring Training invite

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    Pitcher Cody Buckel, who this week was named the No. 87 overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com, is among four players from within the Rangers' farm system not on the 40-man roster who have been invited to Major League camp.
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  • Latroy Hawkins signs minor league deal with Mets

    Latroy Hawkins signs minor league deal with Mets

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets have signed right-hander LaTroy Hawkins to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
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  • D'backs reach a four-year deal with Prado

    D'backs reach a four-year deal with Prado

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in a trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta.
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  • Roll The Dice: The Rays traded away one of their top pitchers f…

    Roll The Dice: The Rays traded away one of their top pitchers fo…

    CNNSI.com Jan 31, 2013
    The Rays traded away one of their top pitchers for a wildly talented, but unproven outfielder. Jay Jaffe loves that move, but is concerned about the rest of the Rays' offseason.
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  • At full strength, prospect Gibson eyes Twins' rotation

    At full strength, prospect Gibson eyes Twins' rotation

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    The 2012 season offered two blueprints for how to handle young pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery. Now, the twins must decide which one to follow for top prospect Kyle Gibson.
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  • Earl Williams, 1971 NL Rookie of Year, dies at 64

    Earl Williams, 1971 NL Rookie of Year, dies at 64

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    Earl Williams, the 1971 National League Rookie of the Year who played for the Braves, Orioles, Expos and Athletics, died this week at home in Somerset, N.J. The Newark Star-Ledger reported his death, noting that Williams had been diagnosed with acute le…
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  • WS MVP Sandoval lifts Venezuelan team to title

    WS MVP Sandoval lifts Venezuelan team to title

    ESPN.com Jan 31, 2013
    Just three months after becoming the first Venezuelan to win the World Series MVP award, Pablo Sandoval is celebrating a new feat -- the championship win of his team in Venezuela's professional league.
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  • Crew clears up paperwork, inks Figaro to Minors deal

    Crew clears up paperwork, inks Figaro to Minors deal

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    Proving Yogi Berra's old adage that "it ain't over 'til it's over," right-hander Alfredo Figaro has signed a Minor League deal with the Brewers. Again.
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  • Jackie Robinson gets Google Doodle on birthday

    Jackie Robinson gets Google Doodle on birthday

    yahoo.com Jan 31, 2013
    Thursday marks the birthday of three Hall of Fame major leaguers: Nolan Ryan, Ernie Banks and Jackie Robinson. And yet, only Robinson gets the Google Doodle treatment. By heading to Google's homepage, you'll see what you see above - its corporate logo d
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  • Indians' equipment trucks begin trek to Arizona

    Indians' equipment trucks begin trek to Arizona

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    The Indians have spent this winter figuratively loading up their dugout with two-time World Series-winning manager Terry Francona and veteran outfielder Nick Swisher, among others. And on Thursday morning, it was time to literally load up the equipment …
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  • MLB reveals top 50 Fan Cave hopefuls

    MLB reveals top 50 Fan Cave hopefuls

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    Major League Baseball on Thursday revealed the top 50 fans vying to be Cave Dwellers in the 2013 MLB Fan Cave, and you can view all 50 video submissions and vote for your favorite candidate on MLBFanCave.com.
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  • Cardinals boast remarkable depth in rotation

    Cardinals boast remarkable depth in rotation

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    The Cardinals enter 2013 touting depth, which is a testament to the focus the organization has put on developing elite talent through its Minor League system. And in no area is that depth more obvious than on the starting pitching front, where the Cardi…
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  • Improved Nats, Braves will again pace NL East

    Improved Nats, Braves will again pace NL East

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    The Nationals and Braves were two of the top teams in all of baseball in 2012. And after a busy offseason for both, they'll be the class of the NL East again this season.
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  • MLB Notebook: Price joins elite company with Cy win

    MLB Notebook: Price joins elite company with Cy win

    MLB.com Jan 31, 2013
    In 2012, David Price joined a group eight Cy Young Award winners who led the league in wins and ERA but not in strikeouts since 1967.
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  • Video - A-Rod Has No Plans To Retire 03:37

    A-Rod Has No Plans To Retire

    Jan 31
    Jerry Crasnick reacts to the report that Alex Rodriguez has no plans to retire and discusses New York's season outlook.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Seahawks' Wilson familiar with Super-bound 49ers

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- Colin Kaepernick might be all the rage at this year's Super Bowl, but the most recent quarterback to beat San Francisco and its wunderkind second-year passer showed up here today with a little buzz of his own attached to his name. Seattle…
  • Don Banks: Ravens' Super Bowl run a testament to skills of Ozzie Newsome

    Jan 31
    NEW ORLEANS -- In some form or fashion, on multiple fronts, the issue of legacy hangs over every Super Bowl these days. But that discussion at Super Bowl XLVII should start nowhere else but with the singular feat that would be Ozzie Newsome's if his Bal…