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Brian Cashman reaching out to retired players like Chipper Jone…

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.
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  • Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he wishes George Steinbrenne…

    Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he wishes George Steinbrenner were alive to see his retirement season, says it would have bee

    nydailynews.com Mar 11, 2013
    In 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 …
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  • Plouffe's MRI on strained calf comes back clean

    Plouffe's MRI on strained calf comes back clean

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Third 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…
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  • Worley hurls four effective innings against Rays

    Worley hurls four effective innings against Rays

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    The 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 …
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  • Improved team defense a priority for Rockies

    Improved team defense a priority for Rockies

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Last in the Majors with 122 errors in 2012, the Rockies are intent on shoring up their defense while maintaining their aggressiveness.
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  • Demand for Trout off the field a balancing act

    Demand for Trout off the field a balancing act

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    In 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.
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  • Quintana eager to build on rookie success

    Quintana eager to build on rookie success

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Jose 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.
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  • Bumgarner turns it up in start against Rangers

    Bumgarner turns it up in start against Rangers

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Madison 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.
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  • Padres might just make a name for themselves in '13

    Padres might just make a name for themselves in '13

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    While 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.
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  • Search for consistency priority No. 1 for Rodriguez

    Search for consistency priority No. 1 for Rodriguez

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Rays 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.
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  • Italy focused as powerful Dominicans loom

    Italy focused as powerful Dominicans loom

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    A 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.
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  • Posey brings out best in Darvish, Nathan

    Posey brings out best in Darvish, Nathan

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Rangers 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.
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  • Dice-K leaves outing early due to cramp in leg

    Dice-K leaves outing early due to cramp in leg

    ESPN.com Mar 11, 2013
    Daisuke 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.
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  • Eclectic Tribe sure to be fun on, off the field

    Eclectic Tribe sure to be fun on, off the field

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    This 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.
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  • Huggins-Stengel Field houses memories of springs past

    Huggins-Stengel Field houses memories of springs past

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Jordany Valdespin emerges as possible center fielder for NY Met…

    Jordany Valdespin emerges as possible center fielder for NY Mets thanks to offensive potential put on display against Detroit Ti

    Jordany 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 fastball
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  • Dodgers like progress Ryu shows in latest start

    Dodgers like progress Ryu shows in latest start

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    If 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.
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  • Pomeranz showing signs of confidence

    Pomeranz showing signs of confidence

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Having 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.
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  • Former Marlins make Classic return to Miami

    Former Marlins make Classic return to Miami

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    On 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.
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  • Greinke diagnosed with inflammation of elbow

    Greinke diagnosed with inflammation of elbow

    ESPN.com yahoo.com MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Zack 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.
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  • Rondon shows off secondary pitches in latest outing

    Rondon shows off secondary pitches in latest outing

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Bruce 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.
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  • Kazmir wants to be one of Tribe's five guys

    Kazmir wants to be one of Tribe's five guys

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Gio gets dream start as US opens in Miami

    Gio gets dream start as US opens in Miami

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Gio 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…
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  • Gibbons ready to compete in talent-packed AL East

    Gibbons ready to compete in talent-packed AL East

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    John 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.
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  • Rays trim spring roster by cutting eight pitchers

    Rays trim spring roster by cutting eight pitchers

    ESPN.com Mar 11, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Doug Glanville compares the New York Yankees to ‘Brokeback Moun…

    Doug Glanville compares the New York Yankees to ‘Brokeback Mountain’ - huh!?

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Mar 11, 2013
    There 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…
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  • The Marlins Should Probably Take Down This Poster Of Their Canc…

    The Marlins Should Probably Take Down This Poster Of Their Canceled Reality Show And High-Priced Free Agents

    deadspin.com Mar 11, 2013
    Remember 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…
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  • Braves, Nats give taste of promising NL East battle

    Braves, Nats give taste of promising NL East battle

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    A 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…
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  • Cubs SS Castro expected back Wednesday

    Cubs SS Castro expected back Wednesday

    ESPN.com Mar 11, 2013
    Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday after missing two weeks because of a strained left hamstring.
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  • Desire to prove doubters wrong drives Eaton

    Desire to prove doubters wrong drives Eaton

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    When 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.
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  • Yelich hits two-run, walk-off homer to lift Marlins

    Yelich hits two-run, walk-off homer to lift Marlins

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Christian 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.
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  • Braves' Simmons thriving in Classic conditions

    Braves' Simmons thriving in Classic conditions

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    It 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…
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  • Nats' Gonzalez to start for U.S. vs. Puerto Rico

    Nats' Gonzalez to start for U.S. vs. Puerto Rico

    ESPN.com MLB.com CNNSI.com Mar 11, 2013
    Pitching a short drive from his hometown, Gio Gonzalez will start for the United States in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday against Puerto Rico.
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  • Youk homers, Kuroda fans six as Yanks top Cards

    Youk homers, Kuroda fans six as Yanks top Cards

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Kevin 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.
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  • Japan, Netherlands to battle for Pool 1 victory

    Japan, Netherlands to battle for Pool 1 victory

    MLB.com ESPN.com Mar 11, 2013
    Japan 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.
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  • Orioles' Markakis to have MRI for neck spasms

    Orioles' Markakis to have MRI for neck spasms

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Mar 11, 2013
    SARASOTA, 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.
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  • Yanks sign outfielder Francisco to Minors deal

    Yanks sign outfielder Francisco to Minors deal

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Cards say Matheny 'feeling good' after surgery

    Cards say Matheny 'feeling good' after surgery

    ESPN.com Mar 11, 2013
    St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had surgery Monday to repair a ruptured disk in his lower back.
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  • With toe OK, Rangers' Harrison ready to pitch

    With toe OK, Rangers' Harrison ready to pitch

    ESPN.com Mar 11, 2013
    Texas 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.
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  • Rzepczynski cleared to throw after eye injury

    Rzepczynski cleared to throw after eye injury

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Three 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.
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  • Billingsley feels good enough for Minor League start

    Billingsley feels good enough for Minor League start

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Chad 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.
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  • For Owings, a chance to re-invent career

    For Owings, a chance to re-invent career

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Nationals 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.
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  • Ortiz not hopeful of being ready Opening Day

    Ortiz not hopeful of being ready Opening Day

    ESPN.com MLB.com yahoo.com Mar 11, 2013
    A 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.
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  • Clutch Dutch stun Cuba, walk off to semis

    Clutch Dutch stun Cuba, walk off to semis

    MLB.com yahoo.com Mar 11, 2013
    Kalian 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.
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  • Nieuwenhuis on Schedule to Return to Mets

    Nieuwenhuis on Schedule to Return to Mets

    nytimes.com Mar 11, 2013
    Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has a left knee bone bruise, is expected to return to outdoor baseball activities for the Mets on Wednesday.
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  • Hooters ball girl picks up fair ball and gives it to a fan (Vid…

    Hooters ball girl picks up fair ball and gives it to a fan (Video)

    yahoo.com Mar 11, 2013
    Oh, 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…
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  • Reds still have plenty on their plate this spring

    Reds still have plenty on their plate this spring

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    A 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.
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  • Without the best players, World Baseball Classic just an exhibi…

    Without the best players, World Baseball Classic just an exhibition

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    Despite 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.
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  • Trend-spotting: Don't count out all the spring stats

    Trend-spotting: Don't count out all the spring stats

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    We'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.
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  • Kennedy confident Sox will start new sellout streak

    Kennedy confident Sox will start new sellout streak

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    With 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…
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  • Someone Put A Yankees Uniform On Al Roker And Now He Looks Like…

    Someone Put A Yankees Uniform On Al Roker And Now He Looks Like A Giant Baby

    deadspin.com Mar 11, 2013
    Oh man, and he's wearing white pants. This could end poorly. via @FeinsandNYDN
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  • Scully in vintage form entering 64th season

    Scully in vintage form entering 64th season

    MLB.com Mar 11, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Q&A: Angels Pitcher C.J. Wilson on Steroids, Screenplays, a…

    Q&A: Angels Pitcher C.J. Wilson on Steroids, Screenplays, and Star Wars

    grantland.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...
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  • Optimism in Royals Nation

    Optimism in Royals Nation

    grantland.com Mar 11, 2013
    Surprise, AZ -- They gathered around the overhead TV, watching WBC highlights, a dozen early-morning arrivals suiting up for warmups. On the screen, F...
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  • Video - Jeff Samardzija Making Progress 01:49

    Jeff Samardzija Making Progress

    Mar 11
    Jeff Samardzija talks after his spring training start against the Diamondbacks.
  • Video - Youkilis, Yankees Top Cardinals 00:35

    Youkilis, Yankees Top Cardinals

    Mar 11
    Kevin Youkilis homers in Yankees' 4-0 win over Cardinals.

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