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With Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira injured, Yankees need …

With Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira injured, Yankees need Robinson Cano to prove he can carry team

nydailynews.com MLB.com Updated Mar 6, 2013
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.
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  • Rockies pitching key both for and against USA

    Rockies pitching key both for and against USA

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    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.
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  • Reds romp against Votto-less Team Canada

    Reds romp against Votto-less Team Canada

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    No 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.
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  • Rangers sign Derek Lowe to minor league deal

    Rangers sign Derek Lowe to minor league deal

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Derek Lowe and the Texas Rangers have reached agreement on a minor league deal.
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  • Homer surge a good sign Bruce settling in

    Homer surge a good sign Bruce settling in

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    One 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.
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  • Jose Bautista Did A Reddit AMA And It Was Mostly Boring, Until …

    Jose Bautista Did A Reddit AMA And It Was Mostly Boring, Until He Was Asked About His Favorite TV Show

    deadspin.com Mar 6, 2013
    Toronto 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 »
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  • Whatever he does, Ryan will keep working

    Whatever he does, Ryan will keep working

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    He 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.
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  • Help Wanted: Mark Teixeira is out eight-to-ten weeks with a ri……

    Help Wanted: Mark Teixeira is out eight-to-ten weeks with a ri…

    CNNSI.com Mar 6, 2013
    Mark 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.
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  • Tulowitzki gets another test vs. Team USA

    Tulowitzki gets another test vs. Team USA

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    If 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…
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  • Incredible play alert! College pitcher tosses entire glove to f…

    Incredible play alert! College pitcher tosses entire glove to first base (Video)

    yahoo.com Mar 6, 2013
    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 g
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  • Josh Reddick accepts ‘beard-off’ challenge from WWE wrestler Da…

    Josh Reddick accepts ‘beard-off’ challenge from WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan

    yahoo.com Mar 6, 2013
    There 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 unde
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  • Halladay, Strasburg deny throwing at hitters

    Halladay, Strasburg deny throwing at hitters

    ESPN.com Mar 6, 2013
    Roy 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.
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  • Prospects spark Angels' win over Team Italy

    Prospects spark Angels' win over Team Italy

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Manager 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…
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  • Papi gets day off, could be nearing game action

    Papi gets day off, could be nearing game action

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz had a designed day of rest on Wednesday, according to manager John Farrell.
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  • Yaz makes annual foray to Spring Training

    Yaz makes annual foray to Spring Training

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    There was a familiar visitor to Red Sox camp on Wednesday morning as No. 8 put on his uniform for the first time this spring.
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  • Prospect Westmoreland announces retirement

    Prospect Westmoreland announces retirement

    MLB.com ESPN.com Mar 6, 2013
    Ryan 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.
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  • Villanueva proud to be Latin voice in MLBPA

    Villanueva proud to be Latin voice in MLBPA

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    On 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…
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  • Mark Teixeira out 8-10 weeks with wrist tendon injury

    Mark Teixeira out 8-10 weeks with wrist tendon injury

    yahoo.com ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Yankees -- and their fans -- in for an interesting ride

    Yankees -- and their fans -- in for an interesting ride

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Santana aims to make spring debut next week

    Santana aims to make spring debut next week

    ESPN.com Mar 6, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Brewers overpower homer-happy Mariners in win

    Brewers overpower homer-happy Mariners in win

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Locke takes step forward in rotation audition

    Locke takes step forward in rotation audition

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Jeff 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…
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  • Rangers press on despite Ryan's uncertainty

    Rangers press on despite Ryan's uncertainty

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Despite speculation about Nolan Ryan's future with the organization, Rangers players remain focused on the field and the team's ultimate goals.
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  • Matt Kemp’s image put on Big League Chew pouch

    Matt Kemp’s image put on Big League Chew pouch

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Mar 6, 2013
    "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 bal
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  • Berkman's first homer helps Rangers down Cubs

    Berkman's first homer helps Rangers down Cubs

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Lance Berkman hit his first home run of the spring and the Rangers held on for a 3-2 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.
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  • Snider looks to wipe slate clean with Pirates

    Snider looks to wipe slate clean with Pirates

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Promise 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…
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  • Baseball reacts to the death of controversial Venezuelan leader…

    Baseball reacts to the death of controversial Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez

    yahoo.com CNNSI.com Mar 6, 2013
    Venezuelan 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 base
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  • Little things adding up for Towers

    Little things adding up for Towers

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Through the first couple of weeks of Cactus League games, D-backs general manager Kevin Towers likes what he's seen from his club.
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  • Miggy belts two homers as Venezuela outslugs Mets

    Miggy belts two homers as Venezuela outslugs Mets

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Backed 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.
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  • Puerto Rico piles on in exhibition win vs. Twins

    Puerto Rico piles on in exhibition win vs. Twins

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Luis 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.
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  • Cardinals hire Willie McGee as assistant to GM

    Cardinals hire Willie McGee as assistant to GM

    ESPN.com Mar 6, 2013
    The St. Louis Cardinals have hired former great Willie McGee as a special assistant to the general manager focusing on the minor leagues.
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  • ‘W’ is for whoa: Washington Nationals logo forms on Philly crea…

    ‘W’ is for whoa: Washington Nationals logo forms on Philly cream cheese lid

    yahoo.com Mar 6, 2013
    I 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…
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  • Delmon Young ‘not anxious at all’ to get on field for Philadelp…

    Delmon Young ‘not anxious at all’ to get on field for Philadelphia Phillies

    yahoo.com Mar 6, 2013
    Delmon 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 …
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  • Dodgers' Crawford (elbow) cleared to throw, hit

    Dodgers' Crawford (elbow) cleared to throw, hit

    ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Los 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.
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  • Rodriguez, Set to Face Mets, Hopes for Return

    Rodriguez, Set to Face Mets, Hopes for Return

    nytimes.com Mar 6, 2013
    Pitcher Francisco Rodriguez was a flop in his last stint with the Mets, but he'd like an opportunity to redeem himself.
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  • Jose Canseco paints Bud Selig - as a fire-breathing dragon

    Jose Canseco paints Bud Selig - as a fire-breathing dragon

    yahoo.com Mar 6, 2013
    The 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 e
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  • Robertson will rest aching right shoulder

    Robertson will rest aching right shoulder

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Yankees 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.
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  • Jeter: Spring injuries better than later in season

    Jeter: Spring injuries better than later in season

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    If 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.
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  • Erik Bedard’s latest injury - strained butt

    Erik Bedard’s latest injury - strained butt

    yahoo.com Mar 6, 2013
    There 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…
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  • Hinch, scouts emphasize gathering information

    Hinch, scouts emphasize gathering information

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    For 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…
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  • Greinke scratched from start due to flu

    Greinke scratched from start due to flu

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday vs.Mexico's World Baseball Classic squad because of the flu.
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  • After Twins' camp, Meyer could reach new heights

    After Twins' camp, Meyer could reach new heights

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    It'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.
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  • Phillies hopeful Young can return by mid-April

    Phillies hopeful Young can return by mid-April

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Delmon 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.
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  • Eric Hosmer to replace Mark Teixeira at WBC

    Eric Hosmer to replace Mark Teixeira at WBC

    SURPRISE, 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.
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  • Glavine supportive, appreciative of players' unions

    Glavine supportive, appreciative of players' unions

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Tom 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…
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  • In life and baseball, changed perspective for Duncan

    In life and baseball, changed perspective for Duncan

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    A 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.
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  • In sickness and health, Duncans inspire each other

    In sickness and health, Duncans inspire each other

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Tolleson 'back to normal' after knee scare

    Tolleson 'back to normal' after knee scare

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Dodgers 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.
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  • Cuba beats Japan, finishes 1st in WBC Group A

    Cuba beats Japan, finishes 1st in WBC Group A

    ESPN.com Mar 6, 2013
    Alfredo 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.
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  • Skippers use balancing act to keep players healthy

    Skippers use balancing act to keep players healthy

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Even 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…
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  • Venezuela's WBC team mourns loss of Chavez

    Venezuela's WBC team mourns loss of Chavez

    ESPN.com Mar 6, 2013
    Inspired to honor his president, Miguel Cabrera looked to be in midseason form Tuesday night.
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  • World Baseball Classic set to go full throttle

    World Baseball Classic set to go full throttle

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    While 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.
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  • Yankees set sights on Saturday for Mariano

    Yankees set sights on Saturday for Mariano

    MLB.com Mar 6, 2013
    Mariano 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.
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  • Team Venezuela mourns death of Pres. Chavez

    Team Venezuela mourns death of Pres. Chavez

    CNNSI.com Mar 6, 2013
    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Venezuela's baseball team was taking pregame batting practice when players heard that president Hugo Chavez had died.
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  • Video - Jeter On Yanks' Overcoming Injuries 03:20

    Jeter On Yanks' Overcoming Injuries

    Mar 6
    Derek 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.
  • Video - Greatest Of All Time: Bo Jackson 06:59

    Greatest Of All Time: Bo Jackson

    Mar 6
    Bo Jackson talks to John Brenkus about being named Sport Science's greatest athlete of all time.
  • Video - Teixeira Out 8-10 Weeks 03:26

    Teixeira Out 8-10 Weeks

    Mar 6
    ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand joins "SportsCenter" to discuss Mark Teixeira's strained wrist, which will keep him out for eight-to-ten weeks.
  • Video - BBTN Special: Yankees Camp 10:00

    BBTN Special: Yankees Camp

    Mar 6
    Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian and Curt Schilling report from Yankees camp.

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