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Gonzalez, Wright carry U.S. over Puerto Rico

Gonzalez, Wright carry U.S. over Puerto Rico

ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Mar 12, 2013
Gio Gonzalez gave Team USA its best start yet, and David Wright provided a big finish.
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  • Bruce lets actions do the talking

    Bruce lets actions do the talking

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    With all of Jay Bruce's big league success and his influence as a veteran in the Reds clubhouse, it's easy to forget the slugger is a mere 25 years old.
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  • Votto returns to Reds after emotional Classic

    Votto returns to Reds after emotional Classic

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    As happy as Joey Votto was to be back at Reds camp on Tuesday, a part of him was still getting over the disappointment of Canada being knocked out of the World Baseball Classci.
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  • Kontos focused on keeping role in Giants bullpen

    Kontos focused on keeping role in Giants bullpen

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Despite a 2012 campaign in which he posted a 2.47 ERA in 44 appearances, George Kontos is not taking anything for granted as he begins his second season in the Giants organization.
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  • Classic helps define baseball's growth in Italy

    Classic helps define baseball's growth in Italy

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Mar 12, 2013
    Team Italy hitting coach Mike Piazza felt the disappointment of the present. For the future, however, Piazza is encouraged.
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  • Australian players making inroads in the Majors

    Australian players making inroads in the Majors

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Team Australia may have been eliminated from the World Baseball Classic, but there are a few players from the Land Down Under who are just getting warmed up for the Major League season.
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  • Elbow flareup has Greinke's status in limbo

    Elbow flareup has Greinke's status in limbo

    MLB.com grantland.com Mar 12, 2013
    Details are sketchy on Zack Greinke's right elbow injury, but manager Don Mattingly said it's not serious and the pitcher could resume playing catch on Friday.
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  • Felix stretches out with extra 'pen work

    Felix stretches out with extra 'pen work

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Seattle ace Felix Hernandez threw an efficient three innings in his second start of the spring on Tuesday, dealing with the D-backs so quickly that he went to the bullpen afterward to throw another 15 pitches to build up his work load.
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  • All eyes on San Francisco for championship round

    All eyes on San Francisco for championship round

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Two teams are on their way, already navigating from across the Pacific Ocean following successful ventures in the Far East. Two more will emerge from fierce battles this week more than 3,000 miles across the country. Destination: San Francisco.
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  • Crawford faces Major League pitchers

    Crawford faces Major League pitchers

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford stepped it up another notch in his comeback from an elbow injury, taking live batting practice from Major League relievers J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen on Tuesday.
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  • In return to mound, McClellan makes it 'look easy'

    In return to mound, McClellan makes it 'look easy'

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Ten months. That's about how long Kyle McClellan had to wait to get on a big league mound and face hitters again. He did so on Tuesday afternoon at Surprise Stadium and hardly looked like he had been away that long.
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  • Phils 'concerned' over Halladay's rough outing

    Phils 'concerned' over Halladay's rough outing

    ESPN.com MLB.com yahoo.com Mar 12, 2013
    Philadelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee both expressed "concern" over ace Roy Halladay's rough spring training outing Tuesday.
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  • Cespedes thrilled to have mother, family join him in US

    Cespedes thrilled to have mother, family join him in US

    MLB.com ESPN.com Mar 12, 2013
    Yoenis Cespedes' mother, Estela Milanes, was finally able to join her son in the United States over the weekend, and the Athletics' left fielder is filled with joy to have her -- and 11 other family members -- in the country.
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  • Led by Cano, enthusiastic Dominicans on mission

    Led by Cano, enthusiastic Dominicans on mission

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Robinson Cano has won a World Series with the Yankees. But even beating the Phillies in 2009 may not top what the Dominican Republic is attempting to do now in the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Corbin making strong case for No. 5 spot

    Corbin making strong case for No. 5 spot

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Of the three pitchers competing for the No. 5 spot in the D-backs rotation -- Patrick Corbin, Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado -- there's no question Corbin has pitched the best so far this spring.
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  • The Prediction Machine says … Los Angeles Angels most likely to…

    The Prediction Machine says … Los Angeles Angels most likely to win the World Series

    yahoo.com Mar 12, 2013
    One day, when the machines replace us humans, this is how we'll decide the World Series: The Prediction Machine, a website that claims to have the most sophisticated sports forecasting software on the market, plays each game of the 2013 season 50,000 ti…
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  • Abe helps Japan seal Pool 1 title over Netherlands

    Abe helps Japan seal Pool 1 title over Netherlands

    MLB.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Mar 12, 2013
    Shinnosuke Abe homered to open Japan's second inning and clubbed a second long ball to cap the eight-run frame as the two-time reigning World Baseball Classic champions defeated The Kingdom of the Netherlands, 10-6, on Tuesday at Tokyo Dome. With the wi…
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  • Fowler, Chatwood spark Rockies over D-backs

    Fowler, Chatwood spark Rockies over D-backs

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Dexter Fowler lashed two hits, including a first-pitch home run to open the sixth inning against former teammate Matt Reynolds, in the Rockies' 4-3 triumph over the D-backs at a sold-out Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Tuesday afternoon. Tyler Cha…
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  • Dominicans rally from 4-run deficit to edge Italy

    Dominicans rally from 4-run deficit to edge Italy

    ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Robinson Cano pumped his fist. Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez danced together near home plate. Fernando Rodney pointed to the sky after the final out.
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  • Will Chipper trade his golf clubs for a bat?

    Will Chipper trade his golf clubs for a bat?

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman delivered an SOS through reporters earlier this week to Chipper Jones and to others in search of help for his team's injury-depleted roster on a short-term basis.
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  • Jordany Valdespin Taking A Fastball Right To The Dick: A Photo …

    Jordany Valdespin Taking A Fastball Right To The Dick: A Photo Essay

    deadspin.com yahoo.com Mar 12, 2013
    Yesterday we brought you the breaking news that Mets utility player Jordany Valdespin got a 94-mph fastball right to the junk. Today, after the smoke has cleared, the swelling has subsided, and manager Terry Collins has publicly chided him for not weari…
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  • Lawrie taking it slow after oblique strain

    Lawrie taking it slow after oblique strain

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Part of Brett Lawrie's maturation at the big league level has been learning how to deal with injuries. The Blue Jays' energetic third baseman sometimes appears ready to run through walls in order to make a big play. There are plenty of benefits with tha…
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  • Prospect Wood making impression on Braves

    Prospect Wood making impression on Braves

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Less than a year removed from his career at the University of Georgia, Alex Wood has spent the past couple of weeks impressing some of the Braves pitchers that he and many of his college friends grew up idolizing.
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  • White Sox GM Hahn sticking with his instincts

    White Sox GM Hahn sticking with his instincts

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    A tried-and-true philosophy for White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has been to find that perfect mix of veterans and youth so that the roster doesn't get too old or stagnant.
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  • CarGo returns to Rockies after Classic

    CarGo returns to Rockies after Classic

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said Tuesday that participating in the World Baseball Classic for Venezuela was strange because routines were disturbed, but he wouldn't trade the experience.
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  • Upbeat LeBoeuf on road to recovery from cancer

    Upbeat LeBoeuf on road to recovery from cancer

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    With crutches on both arms and braces on legs that are numb from the knee down, a side effect of the cancer in his hip, Brewers Minor League coach Al LeBoeuf ambled to the batting cage early Tuesday morning and created a stir.
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  • Jeter making return to shortstop on Wednesday

    Jeter making return to shortstop on Wednesday

    CNNSI.com Mar 12, 2013
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Derek Jeter says he will play at shortstop Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
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  • Twins' Buxton working hard in first spring camp

    Twins' Buxton working hard in first spring camp

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton is a grinder hiding in a tooled-up body. He's a premium athlete who can do everything on the baseball field, the type it could be a mistake to put a ceiling on.
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  • Markakis out a week with herniated disc in neck

    Markakis out a week with herniated disc in neck

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has been diagnosed with a small herniated disk in his neck and will be out about another week.
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  • Buchholz continues scoreless streak vs. Jays

    Buchholz continues scoreless streak vs. Jays

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Clay Buchholz scattered three hits over four scoreless frames to extend his shutout streak to 8 1/3 innings during the Red Sox's 5-3 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday afternoon at JetBlue Park.
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  • Teheran dazzles with five no-hit frames vs. Cards

    Teheran dazzles with five no-hit frames vs. Cards

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Julio Teheran pitched five no-hit innings, bolstering his bid for the fifth spot in the Braves' starting rotation, as Atlanta beat the Cardinals, 12-3, at Champion Stadium on Tuesday.
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  • Nova looks strong as Yankees top Rays

    Nova looks strong as Yankees top Rays

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    The Yankees were the first to break through in a Grapefruit League pitchers' duel, taking a 3-1 win over the Rays on Tuesday. Ivan Nova held Tampa Bay to no runs on four hits, striking out two in four innings.
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  • Werth grows into leadership role for Nationals

    Werth grows into leadership role for Nationals

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    There's more to Jayson Werth than just his beard. After signing a seven-year, $126 million contract with Washington, the outfielder has proven to be a influential player on and off the field.
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  • Miami New Times won’t give Major League Baseball its Biogenesis…

    Miami New Times won’t give Major League Baseball its Biogenesis records, blasts Bud Selig

    yahoo.com Mar 12, 2013
    One of the still-hanging threads in the Biogenesis scandal was whether the Miami New Times, the alt-weekly that broke the story, would turn over its documents to Major League Baseball. The story published in January and linked a handful of stars, such a…
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  • Rays select ace Price to start on Opening Day

    Rays select ace Price to start on Opening Day

    ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    AL Cy Young Award winner David Price has been selected as Tampa Bay's opening-day starter against AL East rival Baltimore.
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  • Meet The Mess: Johan Santana isn't happy and may not be ready f…

    Meet The Mess: Johan Santana isn't happy and may not be ready fo…

    CNNSI.com Mar 12, 2013
    Johan Santana isn't happy and may not be ready for Opening Day, but the feud with their ace says something else, writes Jay Jaffe: these are just the same old Mets.
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  • More A-Rod drama: Cousin Yuri, who A-Rod says gave him PEDs, ma…

    More A-Rod drama: Cousin Yuri, who A-Rod says gave him PEDs, may sue the star

    yahoo.com Mar 12, 2013
    Alex Rodriguez has already had one heck of an offseason: He had hip surgery and is rehabbing in seclusion, he was linked to PEDs again in the Biogenesis scandal and he got replaced by an ex-Boston Red Sox third baseman. What else could happen to A-Rod b…
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  • Manny Ramirez signs to play for team in Taiwan

    Manny Ramirez signs to play for team in Taiwan

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Mar 12, 2013
    KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (AP) -- Manny Ramirez said Tuesday he is "starting a new beginning" after signing a short-term contract to play with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan's professional baseball league.
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  • D-Backs Reliever Attempts To Buy Baseball Card, Gets In Testy S…

    D-Backs Reliever Attempts To Buy Baseball Card, Gets In Testy Spat With Seller

    deadspin.com Mar 12, 2013
    You probably remember Brad Ziegler as the submarine-style reliever who pitched 39 consecutive scoreless innings to begin his rookie season with the Oakland A's. But what you probably don't know about Ziegler, who pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks now…
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  • Dominguez finally getting chance in big leagues

    Dominguez finally getting chance in big leagues

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    A look. That's what Astros bench coach Eduardo Perez noticed in third baseman Matt Dominguez's eyes at the start of camp last month.
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  • Towson drops baseball, so players drop school name from jerseys

    Towson drops baseball, so players drop school name from jerseys

    yahoo.com Mar 12, 2013
    Hours after Towson University in Maryland announced it was cutting the baseball program, the players cut "Towson" from their uniforms. Well, the players blotted it out with black duct tape, to be precise. Catcher Zach Fisher explains here: &qu…
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  • Francisco Hopes to Find a Home with the Yankees

    Francisco Hopes to Find a Home with the Yankees

    nytimes.com Mar 12, 2013
    Ben Francisco played for three different teams in two leagues last season. Now he has an opportunity with the Yankees.
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  • Mets prospect Fulmer set for knee surgery

    Mets prospect Fulmer set for knee surgery

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Pitching prospect Michael Fulmer was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Mets announced.
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  • Rivera the latest to seek the perfect ending

    Rivera the latest to seek the perfect ending

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    For the vast majority of players, Hall of Famers included, injuries or deteriorating performance bring about retirement. Still, as Chipper Jones proved in 2012, graceful final acts are not impossible for those further along in years. Now Mariano Rivera …
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  • Spring Headlines: Yankees reach out to retired trio of Derrek L…

    Spring Headlines: Yankees reach out to retired trio of Derrek Lee, Scott Rolen and Chipper Jones; Derek Jeter to play shortstop

    yahoo.com Mar 12, 2013
    The New York Yankees obviously have a sense of humor about fortifying their banged-up roster, because they're calling retired guys to see if they want to play again. GM Brian Cashman confirmed the team has contacted Derrek Lee, Scott Rolen and Chipper J…
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  • Mets need den Dekker's bat to keep up with glove

    Mets need den Dekker's bat to keep up with glove

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker has turned heads at Mets camp with a series of highlight reel catches, but the youngster's bat hasn't caught up to his glove.
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  • Dodgers celebrate Jackie's legacy at '42' screening

    Dodgers celebrate Jackie's legacy at '42' screening

    MLB.com Mar 12, 2013
    It's one of the most anticipated films to be released this spring and on Monday night more than 300 members of the Dodger family, including Major and Minor League players, coaches, staff and their families came to the AMC Westgate 20 Theatres in Glendal…
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  • Video - Boston Daily Download 03:49

    Boston Daily Download

    Mar 12
    Michele Steele recaps the day in Boston sports including the Bruins shootout win and Bob Kraft's hope to keep Wes Welker a 'Patriot for Life.'
  • Video - Dominican Republic Rallies Past Italy 00:47

    Dominican Republic Rallies Past Italy

    Mar 12
    Nelson Cruz's single to center the difference in Dominican Republic's 5-4 win over Italy, advancing to the winner's-bracket game Thursday.
  • Video - L.A. Daily Download 02:26

    L.A. Daily Download

    Mar 12
    Michele Steele recaps the day in L.A. sports, including Zach Greinke's elbow issues and the Kings' win over the Flames.
  • Video - Guillen Hopes To Return 04:41

    Guillen Hopes To Return

    Mar 12
    Ozzie Guillen discusses what went wrong with the Marlins and his hopes to return to baseball.

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