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Brian Cashman reaching out to retired players like Chipper Jones and Derrek Lee a sign things are not OK with Yankees
As if there was anyone who wasn’t fully aware of it already, Brian Cashman has now officially let the whole world know the “Help Wanted” sign is out at Steinbrenner Field.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he wishes George Steinbrenner were alive to see his retirement season, says it would have beenydailynews.com Mar 11, 2013In the opinionated, ego-fueled world of sports media, there is little to no consensus. Battle lines are drawn over even the most minor of issues. Except when it comes to Mariano Rivera. In the aftermath of his retirement announcement, testimonials from …Upvote Share Tweet
Plouffe's MRI on strained calf comes back cleanThird baseman Trevor Plouffe had an MRI on his strained right calf, which came back favorable, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday. Plouffe, who missed the club's first three Grapefruit League games with the injury, re-injured himself while wor…Upvote Share Tweet
Worley hurls four effective innings against RaysThe Twins scored a run in the ninth to tie it and tacked on two more in the 10th to defeat the Rays, 6-4, on Monday night at Charlotte Sports Park. Twins starter Vance Worley allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two in four solid …Upvote Share Tweet
Improved team defense a priority for RockiesLast in the Majors with 122 errors in 2012, the Rockies are intent on shoring up their defense while maintaining their aggressiveness.Upvote Share Tweet
Demand for Trout off the field a balancing actIn 33 years with the Angels, 29 of which have been spent in the public-relations department, Tim Mead has never witnessed anything like the rush of public attention and outside demands that now engulf 21-year-old outfielder Mike Trout.Upvote Share Tweet
Quintana eager to build on rookie successJose Quintana may have been a revelation on the South Side last season, but the young left-hander refuses to rest on the success of his breakout season.Upvote Share TweetMadison Bumgarner recorded what was easily his best outing of the spring Monday, working four shutout innings as the Giants outlasted the Texas Rangers, 2-1.Upvote Share Tweet
Padres might just make a name for themselves in '13While San Diego lacks the starpower and payroll of some of its division opponents, a solid second half to last season might carry over to the coming year.Upvote Share Tweet
Search for consistency priority No. 1 for RodriguezRays infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez got knocked down last season. Now he's back on his feet and looking to finally find the consistency that he's been lacking.Upvote Share TweetA surprise participant in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic, Italy's next task involves facing a pair of National League batting champions and seven All-Stars representing the Dominican Republic at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday in Miami.Upvote Share Tweet
Posey brings out best in Darvish, NathanRangers pitcher Yu Darvish admitted the confrontation against Buster Posey meant something. In Joe Nathan's case, it wasn't the Giants All-Star catcher as much as just being irritated by back-to-back triples.Upvote Share Tweet
Dice-K leaves outing early due to cramp in legDaisuke Matsuzaka left his outing Monday because of a cramp in his right calf, overshadowing a fine performance by Scott Kazmir as the Cleveland Indians played to a 0-0 tie with Jered Weaver and the Los Angeles Angels.Upvote Share Tweet
Eclectic Tribe sure to be fun on, off the fieldThis Cleveland clubhouse is cohesive enough that 50-something guys were willing to put on ridiculous costumes at 8:30 a.m. in the desert and shoot the silly video at Nick Swisher's behest.Upvote Share Tweet
Huggins-Stengel Field houses memories of springs pastThe doors at Huggins-Stengel Field are still open. Literally. You can walk right in, sit right down and let your mind roll on. It rolled backwards Monday morning, back to when baseball wasn't so locked down, locked up and lock-jawed.Upvote Share Tweet
Jordany Valdespin emerges as possible center fielder for NY Mets thanks to offensive potential put on display against Detroit TiJordany Valdespin makes the Mets nervous, mainly because they don't trust him with a glove on his hand or a tweet-dispensing iPhone within reach. Of course, he also makes their eyes light up at times with his ability to turn on a fastballUpvote Share Tweet
Dodgers like progress Ryu shows in latest startIf Hyun-Jin Ryu didn't initially know what he was getting himself into by signing with the Dodgers and leaving Korea, he's been a quick study lately, pretty much ever since manager Don Mattingly said that Ryu didn't have a starting spot guaranteed.Upvote Share Tweet
Pomeranz showing signs of confidenceHaving a talented young pitcher like Drew Pomeranz hit his stride could shore up a Rockies rotation that could render a high-scoring offense and a dependable bullpen moot.Upvote Share Tweet
Former Marlins make Classic return to MiamiOn Monday afternoon, Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes made their joint return to Miami in a more subdued affair -- World Baseball Classic workouts -- wearing a different uniform and aspiring for a different trophy.Upvote Share TweetZack Greinke was scratched from his spring training start for the Dodgers on Monday, went to Los Angeles and was diagnosed with inflammation in the back of his right elbow.Upvote Share Tweet
Rondon shows off secondary pitches in latest outingBruce Rondon took the mound Monday with his chances at a closer job potentially in the air, and his pitches had pitching coach Jeff Jones and manager Jim Leyland impressed.Upvote Share TweetThe Angels released left-hander Scott Kazmir two seasons ago. On Monday afternoon, they got to see how much progress the pitcher has made in his comeback attempt with the Indians in a scoreless tie at Goodyear Ballpark.Upvote Share Tweet
Gio gets dream start as US opens in MiamiGio Gonzalez was so confident Team USA would punch its ticket to his hometown for the second round of the World Baseball Classic, the Washington Nationals left-hander drove from Nationals camp in Viera to his favorite Miami sports restaurant to watch th…Upvote Share Tweet
Gibbons ready to compete in talent-packed AL EastJohn Gibbons returned to the Blue Jays this offseason, 4 1/2 years after being dismissed, and now oddsmakers are picking them as the team to beat in the AL East.Upvote Share Tweet
Rays trim spring roster by cutting eight pitchersThe Tampa Bay Rays have trimmed their spring roster to 54 players by optioning five pitchers to the minor leagues and reassigning three others to minor league camp.Upvote Share TweetThere are many things you can say about the 2013 New York Yankees. They're injured, beat-up, aging, not the favorites in the AL East anymore, etc. But here's one thing that nobody said about them until now: They're like "Brokeback Mountain." T…Upvote Share Tweet
The Marlins Should Probably Take Down This Poster Of Their Canceled Reality Show And High-Priced Free Agentsdeadspin.com Mar 11, 2013Remember The Franchise? Showtime's answer to Hard Knocks, but with baseball? Last year's second season followed around those NL-favorite Marlins, with top talent like Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, all led by fiery manager Ozzie…Upvote Share Tweet
Braves, Nats give taste of promising NL East battleA game like Monday's adds just a little bit of extra juice to the lengthy Grapefruit League campaign. It was the Braves and the Nationals, and Washington trotted out what looked an awful lot like an Opening Day lineup. Two top contenders and two legitim…Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs SS Castro expected back WednesdayChicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday after missing two weeks because of a strained left hamstring.Upvote Share Tweet
Desire to prove doubters wrong drives EatonWhen you're a 5-foot-8, 19th-round Draft pick like D-backs outfielder Adam Eaton, you're going to have plenty of people doubt your abilities and you have to work a little harder to get noticed. Whatever Eaton is doing, it's working.Upvote Share TweetChristian Yelich, who is ranked the organization's No.2 prospect by MLB.com, hit a two-run, walk-off homer as the Marlins scored seven unanswered runs to post an 8-7 victory over the Red Sox on Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.Upvote Share Tweet
Braves' Simmons thriving in Classic conditionsIt seems safe to assume the baseball world is now quite familiar with Andrelton Simmons, who drilled a game-tying, two-out eighth-inning home run that helped the Kingdom of the Netherlands advance to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic with a 7…Upvote Share TweetPitching a short drive from his hometown, Gio Gonzalez will start for the United States in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday against Puerto Rico.Upvote Share Tweet
Youk homers, Kuroda fans six as Yanks top CardsKevin Youkilis homered and drove in two runs while Hiroki Kuroda turned in four sharp innings, helping lead New York to a 4-0 Grapefruit League victory over the Cardinals on Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.Upvote Share TweetJapan and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have both qualified for the final round of the Classic, but will still face each other on Tuesday at 6 a.m. ET on MLB Network and ESPN Deportes, in order to decide the Pool 1 winner and runner-up.Upvote Share TweetSARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis is scheduled to have an MRI Monday afternoon and hopes the neck spasms that he has been coping with since March 3 aren't anything serious.Upvote Share Tweet
Yanks sign outfielder Francisco to Minors dealThe Yankees have signed outfielder Ben Francisco to a Minor League contract and will consider him for a roster spot this spring, general manager Brian Cashman said on Monday.Upvote Share TweetSt. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had surgery Monday to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back.Upvote Share TweetTexas Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison has recovered from a toe issue that flared up on Saturday and will start the 'B' game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Rzepczynski cleared to throw after eye injuryThree days after injuring his left eye during a round of golf, Marc Rzepczynski was granted clearance from an eye doctor to resume throwing off the mound on Monday.Upvote Share Tweet
Billingsley feels good enough for Minor League startChad Billingsley said mild groin tightness won't stop him from making a Minor League start Wednesday, when the rest of the Dodgers have a day off.Upvote Share Tweet
For Owings, a chance to re-invent careerNationals general manager Mike Rizzo first saw Micah Owings on the ballfields in Gainesville, Ga., where Owings was a standout high school player, driving the ball out of the ballpark at an astronomical rate.Upvote Share TweetA day after Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell revealed that David Ortiz would be shut down for five to seven days after an MRI revealed inflammation in his heels, the designated hitter acknowledged he would likely not be ready for Opening Day.Upvote Share TweetKalian Sams hit a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Kingdom of the Netherlands into the 2013 World Baseball Classic semifinals with 7-6 victory over Cuba on Monday night at Tokyo Dome.Upvote Share Tweet
Nieuwenhuis on Schedule to Return to Metsnytimes.com Mar 11, 2013Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has a left knee bone bruise, is expected to return to outdoor baseball activities for the Mets on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Hooters ball girl picks up fair ball and gives it to a fan (Video)yahoo.com Mar 11, 2013Oh, spring training. When baseball teams try out young players, we let games end in ties and, apparently, Hooters girls are perfectly acceptable stand-ins for ball boys and ball girls. Well, until they make embarrassing baseball gaffes like this: Good n…Upvote Share Tweet
Reds still have plenty on their plate this springA supersized Spring Training, brought on by the World Baseball Classic, has had the Reds pacing themselves like there was a giant Thanksgiving turducken on the table with all the side dishes.Upvote Share TweetDespite MLB's best efforts and some compelling games, some people just aren't interested in the World Baseball Classic. One of them, Michael Rosenberg, explains why.Upvote Share Tweet
Trend-spotting: Don't count out all the spring statsWe've all heard that Spring Training statistics mean next to nothing, but certain numbers can at least point to a trend, from which a team can draw some sort of conclusion. Let's explore what certain spring performances might mean for the near future.Upvote Share Tweet
Kennedy confident Sox will start new sellout streakWith or without a healthy David Ortiz, the Red Sox have 17 home games in a 21-day stretch in April. For the Red Sox's business chief, COO Sam Kennedy, those dates loom large, as the club's streak of 793 straight sold-out games remains on course to end i…Upvote Share Tweet
Someone Put A Yankees Uniform On Al Roker And Now He Looks Like A Giant Babydeadspin.com Mar 11, 2013Oh man, and he's wearing white pants. This could end poorly. via @FeinsandNYDNUpvote Share Tweet
Scully in vintage form entering 64th seasonThe man who has been called the Babe Ruth of broadcasters is embarking on his 64th season behind a microphone, bringing poetry, humor and never-ending insight to fans.Upvote Share Tweet
Q&A: Angels Pitcher C.J. Wilson on Steroids, Screenplays, and Star Warsgrantland.com Mar 11, 2013"He's a guy who likes to communicate, Nolan Ryan once said of C.J. Wilson. That's reason no. 1 why Wilson, the Angels lefty, is my favorite working b...Upvote Share Tweet
Optimism in Royals Nationgrantland.com Mar 11, 2013Surprise, AZ -- They gathered around the overhead TV, watching WBC highlights, a dozen early-morning arrivals suiting up for warmups. On the screen, F...Upvote Share Tweet
Jeff Samardzija Making ProgressMar 11Jeff Samardzija talks after his spring training start against the Diamondbacks.
Youkilis, Yankees Top CardinalsMar 11Kevin Youkilis homers in Yankees' 4-0 win over Cardinals.
NBA: Coast to Coast - Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony return to former t…Mar 11Dwight Howard's or Carmelo Anthony's return. Which is more bitter? J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez decide.
NBA: Coast to Coast - Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony returnsMar 11Dwight Howard's or Carmelo Anthony's return. Which is more bitter? J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez decide.
Don Banks: With Harvin trade, fortune likely to favor bold Seahawks againMar 11For a franchise that has rapidly become known for its fearless, unconventional thinking on personnel matters, Seattle's trade for disgruntled Vikings receiver-return man Percy Harvin on Monday is another bold step. And one that again reinforces the perc…
Minnesota Vikings to trade Percy Harvin to Seattle Seahawks -- sourceMar 11The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to trade wide receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's John Clayton.