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With Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira injured, Yankees need Robinson Cano to prove he can carry team
Whether Robinson Cano realizes it or not, the stakes just went up considerably for him to prove he is an MVP-caliber player worth the $200 million his agent, Scott Boras, is going to hold the Yankees up for.Upvote Share Tweet
Taking advantage of pitching that they loaned to Team USA, the Rockies knocked seven straight ninth-inning singles to win a World Baseball Classic exhibition game, 8-7, on Wednesday night at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.Upvote Share Tweet
Reds romp against Votto-less Team CanadaNo Joey Votto, no problem for the Reds during a 12-2 victory Wednesday at Goodyear Ballpark. Cincinnati sent nine men to the plate during a six-run bottom of the second inning that featured Ryan Ludwick's three-run home run.Upvote Share TweetSURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Derek Lowe and the Texas Rangers have reached agreement on a minor league deal.Upvote Share Tweet
Homer surge a good sign Bruce settling inOne of several Reds to get off to a slow start at the plate this spring, Jay Bruce zoomed to the top of the leaderboard in home runs in just one game.Upvote Share Tweet
Jose Bautista Did A Reddit AMA And It Was Mostly Boring, Until He Was Asked About His Favorite TV Showdeadspin.com Updated Mar 6, 2013Toronto Blue Jays outfielder and feared power hitter Jose Bautista did a Reddit AMA as part of a marketing campaign for some baseball video game earlier today that was, for the most part, thoroughly unremarkable. More »Upvote Share Tweet
Whatever he does, Ryan will keep workingHe may be older. He may be wiser. But Nolan Ryan still has the drive that made him a Hall of Fame pitcher and allowed him to twice step in and save the Texas franchise.Upvote Share Tweet
Help Wanted: Mark Teixeira is out eight-to-ten weeks with a ri…CNNSI.com Updated Mar 6, 2013Mark Teixeira is out eight-to-ten weeks with a right wrist strain, and the Yankees' options to replace him at first base and in the lineup are big downgrades, writes Jay Jaffe.Upvote Share Tweet
Tulowitzki gets another test vs. Team USAIf shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's wish had come true, he'd have been wearing the red, white and blue in the Team USA World Baseball Classic exhibition game with the Rockies on Wednesday night at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Instead, he wore purple p…Upvote Share Tweet
Incredible play alert! College pitcher tosses entire glove to first base (Video)University of Oregon pitcher Jeff Gold's quick thinking is worthy of a medal - or at least viral fame on the web. Fitting, because the web (of his glove) is where a comebacker got stuck during Tuesday's game against Cal State Northridge. Gold tried to gUpvote Share Tweet
Josh Reddick accepts ‘beard-off’ challenge from WWE wrestler Daniel BryanThere are two things Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick has not been shy about this spring. The first, of course, is how proud he is of the epic beard he’s been growing since November. The other is probably strange to some people while perfectly undeUpvote Share Tweet
Halladay, Strasburg deny throwing at hittersRoy Halladay says he wasn't throwing at Tyler Moore after Stephen Strasburg hit Chase Utley with a pitch. Then again, the Phillies ace didn't dismiss the idea of throwing a payback pitch against their new NL East rivals.Upvote Share TweetManager Mike Scioscia and the Angels bid Team Italy a safe voyage Wednesday, when they played in one last exhibition game prior to World Baseball Classic pool play on Thursday. Scioscia, an Italian-American, had no conflict of interest in watching his t…Upvote Share Tweet
Papi gets day off, could be nearing game actionRed Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had a designed day of rest on Wednesday, according to manager John Farrell.Upvote Share Tweet
Yaz makes annual foray to Spring TrainingThere was a familiar visitor to Red Sox camp on Wednesday morning as No. 8 put on his uniform for the first time this spring.Upvote Share TweetRyan Westmoreland, a former top prospect for the Red Sox, announced his retirement from baseball on Wednesday by e-mailing a small group of media members.Upvote Share Tweet
Villanueva proud to be Latin voice in MLBPAOn Thursday, representatives of the Major League Baseball Players Association will meet with the Cubs players before their workout, and Carlos Villanueva will be there to make sure the Latin players get the message. He's on the MLBPA executive board, an…Upvote Share TweetThe New York Yankees were hoping for 8-10 days, but the right tendon wrist injury to slugger Mark Teixeira will keep him out of the lineup much longer. It's more like 8-10 weeks. Teixeira, who had been away at Team USA camp for the World Baseball Classi…Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees -- and their fans -- in for an interesting rideThe Yanks will begin this season picked to finish behind the Rays and Blue Jays in the AL East. Some will pick them to end up behind the O's and Red Sox, too. Because the Yanks have little power and an aging roster, every game is going to be a challenge…Upvote Share Tweet
Santana aims to make spring debut next weekThe New York Mets are aiming for Johan Santana to make his Grapefruit League debut in a week, likely against the Detroit Tigers at Tradition Field on March 14.Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers overpower homer-happy Mariners in winThe Brewers tallied 15 hits in Wednesday's 7-6 win over the Mariners. Rickie Weeks went 3-for-3 in the game, and Hunter Morris, Khris Davis and Cole Garner all homered to support Mike Fiers, who went 3 1/3 innings and struck out three.Upvote Share Tweet
Locke takes step forward in rotation auditionJeff Locke is getting used to pitching at JetBlue Park. If the Pirates played in the American League East, that could be seen as a positive sign about his ability to pitch at Fenway. Instead, he'll take his strong outing on Wednesday as a step in the ri…Upvote Share TweetDespite speculation about Nolan Ryan's future with the organization, Rangers players remain focused on the field and the team's ultimate goals.Upvote Share Tweet"Big League Chew! Man-sized wads of great-tasting shredded bubble gum, stuffed into a giant, stay-fresh pouch!" - TV commercial, 1980s Even though I'm among those who grew up with pouches of Big League Chew showing a snarling cartoon caricature of a balUpvote Share Tweet
Berkman's first homer helps Rangers down CubsLance Berkman hit his first home run of the spring and the Rangers held on for a 3-2 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Snider looks to wipe slate clean with PiratesPromise and potential, especially when you streak to the big leagues at a very young age, can prove to be a very large burden for a young player. Some live up to it, others never measure up and some, truth be told, are crushed under the weight. The jury…Upvote Share TweetVenezuelan president Hugo Chavez wasn't a fan of the United States. He spoke out about our way of life, decried capitalism and called one of our presidents "the devil." But one thing Chavez - who died Tuesday at 58 - loved was our game. He adored baseUpvote Share Tweet
Little things adding up for TowersThrough the first couple of weeks of Cactus League games, D-backs general manager Kevin Towers likes what he's seen from his club.Upvote Share Tweet
Miggy belts two homers as Venezuela outslugs MetsBacked by Miguel Cabrera's two homers, the Venezuelans finished with a 14-9 victory over the Mets on Wednesday, propelling them into Thursday night's World Baseball Classic Pool B opener against the Dominican Republic.Upvote Share Tweet
Puerto Rico piles on in exhibition win vs. TwinsLuis Figueroa laced a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning to help lead Team Puerto Rico to an 8-7 win over the Twins on Wednesday in an exhibition game at Hammond Stadium.Upvote Share TweetThe St. Louis Cardinals have hired former great Willie McGee as a special assistant to the general manager focusing on the minor leagues.Upvote Share Tweet
‘W’ is for whoa: Washington Nationals logo forms on Philly cream cheese lidI swear this really happened in my kitchen: I was toasting bagels and I looked down and there it was: The Washington Nationals 'W' logo had appeared, made of delicious Philly cream cheese, on the disposable lid of the container. This was an organic happ…Upvote Share Tweet
Delmon Young ‘not anxious at all’ to get on field for Philadelphia PhilliesDelmon Yawn, they should call him. Coming off surgery on his right ankle in November, and given that he wasn't exactly a jewel on the free-agent market after his career stalled with the Tigers, Delmon Young probably should feel excited about getting on …Upvote Share TweetLos Angeles Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford has been cleared to begin throwing and hitting on Thursday after missing six days with nerve irritation in his surgically repaired left elbow.Upvote Share Tweet
Rodriguez, Set to Face Mets, Hopes for Returnnytimes.com Updated Mar 6, 2013Pitcher Francisco Rodriguez was a flop in his last stint with the Mets, but he'd like an opportunity to redeem himself.Upvote Share Tweet
Jose Canseco paints Bud Selig - as a fire-breathing dragonThe living, breathing, tweeting baseball sideshow that is Jose Canseco has a new hobby - art. He unveiled his first work Tuesday night on Twitter, a "portrait" of Major League Baseball commissioner (and noted Canseco nemesis) Bud Selig. I'm not an art eUpvote Share Tweet
Robertson will rest aching right shoulderYankees reliever David Robertson said that he slept awkwardly on his right shoulder, which forced him to be scratched from a scheduled appearance out of the bullpen on Tuesday against the Braves.Upvote Share Tweet
Jeter: Spring injuries better than later in seasonIf you had to wager your paycheck on which member of the Yankees would spot the silver lining in the team's growing list of spring injuries, Derek Jeter seems to be the ideal choice.Upvote Share TweetThere may very well be a bingo card out there for Erik Bedard injuries. If that's the case and "strained butt" was the last square you needed, go shout "BINGO!" Bedard, the oft-injured pitcher who was pretty good back in 2006 and 200…Upvote Share Tweet
Hinch, scouts emphasize gathering informationFor assistant GM A.J. Hinch -- in his third season overseeing the professional scouting department -- and the Padres, achieving their scouting goal has been about building the department with quality hires. He added eight scouts after joining the organi…Upvote Share Tweet
Greinke scratched from start due to fluDodgers right-hander Zack Greinke was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday vs.Mexico's World Baseball Classic squad because of the flu.Upvote Share Tweet
After Twins' camp, Meyer could reach new heightsIt's easy to forget that Alex Meyer, who was acquired in the trade that sent Denard Span to the Nationals, has just one year of experience in the Minors and has yet to reach to Double-A.Upvote Share Tweet
Phillies hopeful Young can return by mid-AprilDelmon Young took the redeye from Los Angeles to Tampa on Tuesday, and showed up in the Phillies clubhouse early Wednesday morning at Bright House Field. He came straight from the airport to the clubhouse after sleeping on the plane.Upvote Share TweetSURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will replace the injured Mark Teixeira on the United States team at the World Baseball Classic.Upvote Share Tweet
Glavine supportive, appreciative of players' unionsTom Glavine is fully aware of what his post-career life might have been without the rights players gained through decades of collective bargaining bloodshed. So when he had the chance, he helped another group, the National Hockey League Players Associat…Upvote Share Tweet
In life and baseball, changed perspective for DuncanA non-roster invitee with the Rays this spring, Shelley Duncan has learned to put baseball in proper context after what his family has gone through the past couple of years.Upvote Share Tweet
In sickness and health, Duncans inspire each otherThe Duncans have been together and apart, on different sides of the country and all under one roof. But they've learned one thing: Those thoughts that creep into their minds during the downtime -- whether between pitches, in the waiting room at the hosp…Upvote Share Tweet
Tolleson 'back to normal' after knee scareDodgers reliever Shawn Tolleson, who left Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Padres with a left knee injury, said Wednesday he felt fine and had been cleared to return to the mound.Upvote Share TweetAlfredo Despaigne hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, helping Cuba defeat two-time defending champion Japan 6-3 Wednesday to finish first in Group A of the World Baseball Classic.Upvote Share Tweet
Skippers use balancing act to keep players healthyEven during typical Spring Trainings, managers must walk the fine line between keeping their players sharp and not overworking them in games that don't count in the standings. Throwing an extra week into the mix this spring because of the World Baseball…Upvote Share TweetInspired to honor his president, Miguel Cabrera looked to be in midseason form Tuesday night.Upvote Share Tweet
World Baseball Classic set to go full throttleWhile on the other side of the planet the World Baseball Classic heads into the second round this weekend at Tokyo Dome, first-round pool play begins in Arizona and Puerto Rico.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees set sights on Saturday for MarianoMariano Rivera is slated to return to the mound this weekend for his first game action since sustaining a season-ending knee injury last May. "We're going to shoot for Saturday," Girardi said.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Mar 6, 2013JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Venezuela's baseball team was taking pregame batting practice when players heard that president Hugo Chavez had died.Upvote Share Tweet
Jeter On Yanks' Overcoming InjuriesMar 6Derek Jeter talks with Tim Kurkjian about the progress he has been making since having ankle surgery, getting ready for opening day and how the Yankees' will overcome their injuries.
Greatest Of All Time: Bo JacksonMar 6Bo Jackson talks to John Brenkus about being named Sport Science's greatest athlete of all time.
Teixeira Out 8-10 WeeksMar 6ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand joins "SportsCenter" to discuss Mark Teixeira's strained wrist, which will keep him out for eight-to-ten weeks.
BBTN Special: Yankees CampMar 6Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian and Curt Schilling report from Yankees camp.
Don Banks: Collie determined not to let concussion stigma cloud his NFL fu…Mar 6INDIANAPOLIS -- When the NFL's free agency period opens with the expected burst of activity next Tuesday afternoon, everyone involved will wear a label of some sort. Unrestricted, restricted, or franchise player, the tags are well-defined and widely rec…
Don Banks: Ranking the 10 most powerful people in the NFLMar 6Who are the biggest power brokers in the NFL? My list ...