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Yanks GM Cashman injures leg, ankle skydiving

Yanks GM Cashman injures leg, ankle skydiving

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman broke his leg and dislocated his ankle on a parachute jump.
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  • Tigers' Villarreal glad family safe after robbery

    Tigers' Villarreal glad family safe after robbery

    ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Brayan Villarreal was sitting at a Red Lobster restaurant when he was texted by his mother that there was danger at his home in Venezuela.
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  • Baker, Gibson argue over DH in D-backs' win

    Baker, Gibson argue over DH in D-backs' win

    ESPN.com MLB.com yahoo.com Mar 4, 2013
    Brandon McCarthy pitched three innings in his second start, allowing a home run in the first inning to Zack Cozart, and the Arizona Diamondbacks took advantage of some sloppy Cincinnati play to beat the Reds 7-2 Monday.
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  • Not Getting His Due: Short service time means Mike Trout will o…

    Not Getting His Due: Short service time means Mike Trout will only mak…

    CNNSI.com Mar 4, 2013
    Short service time means Mike Trout will only make $510,000 in 2013. Teammate Albert Pujols will earn that paltry sum in just 5.2 games. Jay Jaffe puts it all in perspective.
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  • Warning: Hunter Pence singing and dancing in his car might terr…

    Warning: Hunter Pence singing and dancing in his car might terrify you

    yahoo.com Mar 4, 2013
    Hunter Pence warned us. He tweeted that this is "what happens when I don't play." And then he posted videos of himself singing and dancing in his car. We're all guilty of such shenanigans. None of us sound or look as good as we think we do. Lu…
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  • Morneau knows Canada has a lot riding on Classic

    Morneau knows Canada has a lot riding on Classic

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    While the Canadians have Reds first baseman and 2010 National League MVP Joey Votto and plenty of young talent on their side, Justin Morneau is their greatest asset.
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  • Robinson Foundation Scholars display strong bond

    Robinson Foundation Scholars display strong bond

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholars visited the MLB.com office Monday, and they seemed right at home.
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  • Vogelsong brings passion for Classic to Team USA

    Vogelsong brings passion for Classic to Team USA

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    To Ryan Vogelsong, baseball remains synonymous with America. That's more than just a feeling for the Giants right-hander. It's a conviction.
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  • Comeback attempt just feels right for Crosby

    Comeback attempt just feels right for Crosby

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Bobby Crosby says he's sorry this story isn't better, that he wishes he could pinpoint the moment at which he decided to try a comeback. He really can't even identify the month. It might have been just before Thanksgiving. Anyway, the important thing is…
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  • Beltre makes spring debut for Rangers at 3B

    Beltre makes spring debut for Rangers at 3B

    ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Adrian Beltre made his spring debut Monday and finished 1-for-3 with a double in the Rangers' 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.
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  • Source: Rangers inquire about Tigers' Porcello

    Source: Rangers inquire about Tigers' Porcello

    ESPN.com Mar 4, 2013
    The Texas Rangers, still trying to determine a No. 5 starter for their rotation, inquired Monday about Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin.
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  • Flamethrowing Pryor taking it slow this spring

    Flamethrowing Pryor taking it slow this spring

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Drafted out of relatively unknown Tennessee Tech in 2010, Mariners reliever Stephen Pryor went from Low Class A ball to Safeco Field in what felt like, for him, the time it takes for one of his high-90s fastballs to leave his fingertips and hit the back…
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  • Minor league team will permanently leave seat vacant to honor m…

    Minor league team will permanently leave seat vacant to honor missing troops

    yahoo.com Mar 4, 2013
    Here's a seat you won't be able to buy on Stubhub: It's Section 107, Seat 1, Row 1 inside Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Ala., where the Mobile BayBears play their games. The BayBears - the Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks - are making th
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  • Cueto slims down but plans to regain weight

    Cueto slims down but plans to regain weight

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Reds ace Johnny Cueto has looked leaner than he has in past camps, and it's apparently for good reason.
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  • Long-awaited return to hill 'all good' for Danks

    Long-awaited return to hill 'all good' for Danks

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    The results weren't nearly as crucial as the process for John Danks, who really took his most significant step in his recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery with two-plus innings on Monday.
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  • Cosart continues learning process against Tigers

    Cosart continues learning process against Tigers

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Right-hander Jarred Cosart stuggled in his first spring start on Monday against the Tigers. It was an opportunity to take a step forward in the race to make the club, but Cosart isn't making too much of one rough outing.
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  • Allen looking to make mark in Indians' bullpen

    Allen looking to make mark in Indians' bullpen

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Cody Allen's rise to the Major Leagues was meteoric, and the 24-year-old right-hander has shown up to camp on a mission to make sure the Majors is where he stays. He has come out firing this spring, putting him right in the thick of the race for the han…
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  • Reds' Votto decides to play for Canada in WBC

    Reds' Votto decides to play for Canada in WBC

    ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com Mar 4, 2013
    Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go ahead and play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, pleased with the way his knee has handled the first two weeks of spring training.
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  • Stults takes inside track to spot in rotation

    Stults takes inside track to spot in rotation

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    San Diego manager Bud Black said Monday that while left-hander Eric Stults might not be guaranteed a spot in the starting rotation, he has an advantage over the rest of the competition based on his showing last season.
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  • Leyland shoots down idea of Valverde reunion

    Leyland shoots down idea of Valverde reunion

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    A couple of days after a rumor floated that Tigers manager Jim Leyland was interested in bringing back free-agent closer Jose Valverde, Leyland denied any interest in a reunion with Detroit's former closer.
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  • Trout goes 3-for-3, Wells homers against A's

    Trout goes 3-for-3, Wells homers against A's

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Mike Trout had three hits, Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer and Jason Vargas tossed two scoreless innings in his Angels debut during a 13-5 loss to the A's on Monday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
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  • Darvish throws three no-hit innings vs. Padres

    Darvish throws three no-hit innings vs. Padres

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Making his spring debut, Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre went 1-for-3 with a run scored, and Yu Darvish threw three no-hit innings, as the Rangers rallied for a 5-4, walk-off victory over the Padres on Monday at Surprise Stadium.
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  • Dad believes Cano will spend career with Yanks

    Dad believes Cano will spend career with Yanks

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Mar 4, 2013
    Robinson Cano's father says he expects the New York Yankees to re-sign their All-Star second baseman rather than let him leave through free agency after the season.
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  • Prospect Venditte proud to compete for Italy

    Prospect Venditte proud to compete for Italy

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    In 27 years of life, Pat Venditte has only been to Italy once. In fact, the pitcher only speaks a bit of Italian, but that does not mean he isn't dedicated and committed to playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Schilling seeks dismissal of suit over 38 Studios

    Schilling seeks dismissal of suit over 38 Studios

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Mar 4, 2013
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling asked a Rhode Island judge to dismiss a state economic development agency's lawsuit over its $75 million loan guarantee for his now-defunct video game company, calling claims he and f…
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  • Big Unit visits camp, offers insight to pitchers

    Big Unit visits camp, offers insight to pitchers

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    It was the first time Randy Johnson had appeared at Spring Training for the D-backs since his retirement from baseball following the 2009 season, and judging by the way it went, it won't be the last.
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  • Maddon continues to be impressed by Myers

    Maddon continues to be impressed by Myers

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    It was easy for manager Joe Maddon on Monday to imagine highly touted prospect Wil Myers trotting onto the field to play against the Red Sox at Fenway Park, and not just because the Rays were, in fact, playing the Sox and Myers started in right field at…
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  • One last test awaits Gallardo before Classic

    One last test awaits Gallardo before Classic

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Team Mexico's prospects for advancing past the first round in the World Baseball Classic were enhanced measurably with the appearance on Monday of Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo, who is recovering from a strained groin.
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  • Dungy delivers pre-workout speech to Pirates

    Dungy delivers pre-workout speech to Pirates

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Tony Dungy delivered an impassioned pre-workout locker room speech to the Bucs in the morning, and his inspirational and motivational message can still have a delayed effect on the club.
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  • Getting to know your World Baseball Classic squads: Italy

    Getting to know your World Baseball Classic squads: Italy

    yahoo.com MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    The World Baseball Classic runs through March 19 with 16 teams hoping to rule the baseball world. Since international baseball brings new players and storylines, Big League Stew is helping you get ready this worldly clash with previews of each team. Ita…
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  • Turning The Corner: Jose Altuve became a cult hero in Houston l…

    Turning The Corner: Jose Altuve became a cult hero in Houston last se…

    CNNSI.com Mar 4, 2013
    Jose Altuve became a cult hero in Houston last season. Can he have an even better 2013? Jay Jaffe breaks down his 'boom' and 'bust' second basemen for the season to come.
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  • MLB Network, Army Reserve team up for soldiers

    MLB Network, Army Reserve team up for soldiers

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Sgt. Dennis DePrisco and Spc. Christopher Tobey are the first two employees in a one-year paid apprenticeship program initiated by MLB Network and the U.S. Army Reserve Employer Partnership Office (EPO).
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  • Dickey to start USA's opener against Mexico

    Dickey to start USA's opener against Mexico

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    U.S. manager Joe Torre announced Monday that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will start the team's opener on Friday at 9 p.m. ET against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix.
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  • Chinese baserunner commits embarrassing blunder during WBC loss

    Chinese baserunner commits embarrassing blunder during WBC loss

    yahoo.com Mar 4, 2013
    There was a whole lot of beatdown handed to China in its early Monday morning World Baseball Classic game against Cuba. Team China lost 12-0, enacting the tournament's mercy rule and getting pummeled with a six-run fifth inning that included a grand sla…
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  • Dutch, Aussies clash, eye second-round berth

    Dutch, Aussies clash, eye second-round berth

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    The Kingdom of the Netherlands will need its sluggers re-energized Tuesday if it wants to overpower Australia in both teams' final game of the first round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
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  • With Nieuwenhuis on Crutches, Mets’ Outfield Prospects Grow Dim…

    With Nieuwenhuis on Crutches, Mets’ Outfield Prospects Grow Dimmer

    nytimes.com Mar 4, 2013
    The Mets’ already weak outfield took another hit Sunday when Kirk Nieuwenhuis left the game against the Marlins after banging his knee while sliding on the basepaths.
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  • Camp thankful to suit up for Cubs

    Camp thankful to suit up for Cubs

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Getting released by the Mariners last spring may have been the best thing to happen to Shawn Camp. And the Cubs. And Jaye Chapman. And Blake Parker.
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  • Ready For His Close-up

    Ready For His Close-up

    CNNSI.com Mar 4, 2013
    Wil Myers has become a must-see player this spring, wowing onlookers with long home runs. But when will he play in the majors? He's just waiting for the call, says Albert Chen.
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  • Papi takes step forward by running bases

    Papi takes step forward by running bases

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    You can count Monday as an encouraging day in David Ortiz's comeback from a right Achilles injury.
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  • Weiner visits Red Sox camp

    Weiner visits Red Sox camp

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Michael Weiner, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, made the rounds at Red Sox camp on Monday, briefing the club on a number of issues.
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  • With A's, the right environment for Melvin to flourish

    With A's, the right environment for Melvin to flourish

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Given a third shot at managing by the Oakland A's, it's been a charming turn of events for Bob Melvin.
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  • Secure in ability, Vargas has Angels' confidence

    Secure in ability, Vargas has Angels' confidence

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    When a team reworks 60 percent of its rotation, the questions and comparisons are inevitable. But Jason Vargas trusts the Angels' rotation will spin capably, and the team appreciates his presence.
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  • Giolito progressing with Tommy John recovery

    Giolito progressing with Tommy John recovery

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    One thing Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito has is patience, and he will need it if he wants to get back on the mound by July. He is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery and already has made progress.
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  • Segura a talented player with tremendous upside

    Segura a talented player with tremendous upside

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Brewers shortstop Jean Segura will be 23 years old on March 17. He has already played 45 Major League games. He really can't be considered a prospect anymore.
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  • X-rays negative on Sizemore's bruised hand

    X-rays negative on Sizemore's bruised hand

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Oakland A's infielder Scott Sizemore, who was hit by a pitch during Sunday's game against the Rockies, was relieved Monday morning upon learning that X-rays taken on his bruised left hand came back negative.
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  • Report: Nolan Ryan possibly leaving Rangers

    Report: Nolan Ryan possibly leaving Rangers

    yahoo.com Mar 4, 2013
    Legendary pitcher turned CEO Nolan Ryan could be leaving the Texas Rangers, according to a Fort Worth Star Telegram report that paints Ryan as the odd man out in a power shift atop the Rangers organization. It was announced over the weekend that general…
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  • Baseball officials set to study replay at WBC

    Baseball officials set to study replay at WBC

    ESPN.com Mar 4, 2013
    Several Major League Baseball officials will travel to World Baseball Classic games in Miami this month to explore potential options for an extensive expansion of instant replay, baseball people familiar with the trip told ESPN.com.
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  • Chinese Taipei faces Korea, seeking pool sweep

    Chinese Taipei faces Korea, seeking pool sweep

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    After wins over Australia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Chinese Taipei faces Korea on Tuesday with the goal of sweeping through Pool B on its way to the second round.
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  • The Nationals Wouldn't Pay Out Dead Prospect's Signing Bonus Un…

    The Nationals Wouldn't Pay Out Dead Prospect's Signing Bonus Until His Family Promised Not To Sue Them

    deadspin.com Mar 4, 2013
    The circumstances surrounding the death of Yewri Guillén-an 18-year-old Dominican prospect who had been signed by the Washington Nationals-remain murky. But a piece in the latest issue of Mother Jones reveals they weren't so murky that the Nationals
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  • Young settling into everyday role at third base

    Young settling into everyday role at third base

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Michael Young brought three gloves to Phillies camp, the same three he carried everywhere the last two years. There's only one difference: He's only had to use one of them this spring.
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  • Hip strain forces Canada's Crain out of Classic

    Hip strain forces Canada's Crain out of Classic

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    White Sox reliever Jesse Crain will not play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, pulling out of the tournament Monday due to a strained right adductor.
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  • Strained hip flexor sidelines Mariners' Hultzen

    Strained hip flexor sidelines Mariners' Hultzen

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Scheduled to make his third appearance of the spring Monday, Mariners pitching prospect Danny Hultzen was scratched from his outing because of a mild right hip flexor strain.
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  • WBC Roundup: Cuba unmerciful against China, Korea blanks Austra…

    WBC Roundup: Cuba unmerciful against China, Korea blanks Australia

    yahoo.com ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Cuba 12, China 0 (7 inn): Cuba's offense unloaded against China after a sleepy first game at the World Baseball Classic in Fukuoka, Japan on Monday morning. Jose Abreu slugged a grand slam against left-hander Xin Li to cap a six-run fifth inning for Cub…
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  • Out of spotlight, Rasmus finding his comfort zone

    Out of spotlight, Rasmus finding his comfort zone

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Now, finally, in his fifth big league season, Colby Rasmus can be an afterthought. Toronto brought in a slew of stars this winter, and suddenly Rasmus is just another player on a team filled with big names. He's the starting center fielder, but not the …
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  • Long-toss routines gaining traction across MLB

    Long-toss routines gaining traction across MLB

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    Assuming such a program is followed properly, long-toss devotees are entering an industry increasingly open-minded about the practice, even as debates rage about its benefits.
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  • The Week Ahead: Classic action reaches U.S. soil

    The Week Ahead: Classic action reaches U.S. soil

    MLB.com Mar 4, 2013
    The retooled Team USA roster is set to take the field for the first time in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, opening play Friday night against Mexico at Chase Field.
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  • Spring headlines: Ryan Howard’s comeback soaring; Rafael Furcal…

    Spring headlines: Ryan Howard’s comeback soaring; Rafael Furcal and Matt Garza stalled

    yahoo.com Mar 4, 2013
    Ryan Howard is looking like a beast this spring - with a ridiculous home run Sunday sure to add to the whispers that the big slugger might be back. The Philadelphia Phillies first baseman, whose career started so high by winning Rookie of the Year and M
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  • Something Motivates Santana to Throw

    Something Motivates Santana to Throw

    nytimes.com Mar 4, 2013
    Johan Santana, who disappointed his general manager by showing up in camp not ready to pitch, is still likely to miss the start of the season.
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  • Tampa Bay Rays prospect Wil Myers has big bat, looks to follow …

    Tampa Bay Rays prospect Wil Myers has big bat, looks to follow path of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper with early callup to Majors

    nydailynews.com Mar 4, 2013
    The best power-hitting prospect in baseball is standing against a cinder-block wall outside the Tampa Bay Rays’ spring clubhouse, talking about comparisons and the future and The Trade. You ask him about the greatest moment of his nascent ballplaying ca
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  • Video - Matheny On Cards' Season Outlook 03:56

    Matheny On Cards' Season Outlook

    Mar 4
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talks to Tim Kurkjian about St. Louis' plethora of young players and the status of the pitching rotation heading into 2013.
  • Video - BBTN Bus Tour: St. Louis Cardinals 02:14

    BBTN Bus Tour: St. Louis Cardinals

    Mar 4
    Tim Kurkjian thinks the middle infield is the Cardinals' biggest concern and Curt Schilling thinks Adam Wainwright's health is the best news for the Cardinals.
  • Video - Wainwright On Cards' Pitching Staff 04:16

    Wainwright On Cards' Pitching Staff

    Mar 4
    Adam Wainwright talks with Tim Kurkjian about the Cardinals season outlook and the young arms they have on the pitching staff.
  • Video - Newcomers Homer In Braves' Win 00:34

    Newcomers Homer In Braves' Win

    Mar 4
    Justin Upton and Chris Johnson both homered in the Braves' 4-2 win over the Mets.

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    Mar 4
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