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Bruce lets actions do the talkingWith 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Votto returns to Reds after emotional ClassicAs 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Kontos focused on keeping role in Giants bullpenDespite 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.Upvote Share TweetTeam Italy hitting coach Mike Piazza felt the disappointment of the present. For the future, however, Piazza is encouraged.Upvote Share Tweet
Australian players making inroads in the MajorsTeam 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.Upvote Share TweetDetails 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.Upvote Share TweetSeattle 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.Upvote Share Tweet
All eyes on San Francisco for championship roundTwo 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Crawford faces Major League pitchersDodgers 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.Upvote Share Tweet
In return to mound, McClellan makes it 'look easy'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.Upvote Share TweetPhiladelphia Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and pitching coach Rich Dubee both expressed "concern" over ace Roy Halladay's rough spring training outing Tuesday.Upvote Share TweetYoenis 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Led by Cano, enthusiastic Dominicans on missionRobinson 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.Upvote Share TweetOf 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.Upvote Share Tweet
The Prediction Machine says … Los Angeles Angels most likely to win the World SeriesOne 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…Upvote Share TweetShinnosuke 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Fowler, Chatwood spark Rockies over D-backsDexter 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…Upvote Share TweetRobinson Cano pumped his fist. Jose Reyes and Hanley Ramirez danced together near home plate. Fernando Rodney pointed to the sky after the final out.Upvote Share Tweet
Will Chipper trade his golf clubs for a bat?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.Upvote Share TweetYesterday 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Lawrie taking it slow after oblique strainPart 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…Upvote Share TweetLess 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.Upvote Share Tweet
White Sox GM Hahn sticking with his instinctsA 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.Upvote Share Tweet
CarGo returns to Rockies after ClassicRockies 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Upbeat LeBoeuf on road to recovery from cancerWith 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.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Mar 12, 2013TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Derek Jeter says he will play at shortstop Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.Upvote Share Tweet
Twins' Buxton working hard in first spring campTwins 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.Upvote Share TweetSARASOTA, 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Buchholz continues scoreless streak vs. JaysClay 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Teheran dazzles with five no-hit frames vs. CardsJulio 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Nova looks strong as Yankees top RaysThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Werth grows into leadership role for NationalsThere'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.Upvote Share Tweet
Miami New Times won’t give Major League Baseball its Biogenesis records, blasts Bud SeligOne 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…Upvote Share TweetAL Cy Young Award winner David Price has been selected as Tampa Bay's opening-day starter against AL East rival Baltimore.Upvote Share Tweet
Meet The Mess: Johan Santana isn't happy and may not be ready fo…CNNSI.com Updated Mar 12, 2013Johan 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.Upvote Share Tweet
More A-Rod drama: Cousin Yuri, who A-Rod says gave him PEDs, may sue the starAlex 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…Upvote Share TweetKAOHSIUNG, 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.Upvote Share Tweet
D-Backs Reliever Attempts To Buy Baseball Card, Gets In Testy Spat With Sellerdeadspin.com Updated Mar 12, 2013You 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Dominguez finally getting chance in big leaguesA look. That's what Astros bench coach Eduardo Perez noticed in third baseman Matt Dominguez's eyes at the start of camp last month.Upvote Share Tweet
Towson drops baseball, so players drop school name from jerseysHours 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Francisco Hopes to Find a Home with the Yankeesnytimes.com Updated Mar 12, 2013Ben Francisco played for three different teams in two leagues last season. Now he has an opportunity with the Yankees.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets prospect Fulmer set for knee surgeryPitching prospect Michael Fulmer was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Mets announced.Upvote Share TweetFor 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Spring Headlines: Yankees reach out to retired trio of Derrek Lee, Scott Rolen and Chipper Jones; Derek Jeter to play shortstopThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Mets need den Dekker's bat to keep up with gloveMets 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Dodgers celebrate Jackie's legacy at '42' screeningIt'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…Upvote Share Tweet
Boston Daily DownloadMar 12Michele 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.'
Dominican Republic Rallies Past ItalyMar 12Nelson Cruz's single to center the difference in Dominican Republic's 5-4 win over Italy, advancing to the winner's-bracket game Thursday.
L.A. Daily DownloadMar 12Michele Steele recaps the day in L.A. sports, including Zach Greinke's elbow issues and the Kings' win over the Flames.
Guillen Hopes To ReturnMar 12Ozzie Guillen discusses what went wrong with the Marlins and his hopes to return to baseball.
Don Banks: Despite losses, sky isn't falling on Vikings, Ravens; more Snap…Mar 12Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we digest Tuesday's dizzying comings and goings in the NFL as free agency cranks to life...
Peter King: Wallace makes sense in Miami no matter the cost; mailMar 12I hate Mike Wallace in Miami at $13 million a year.
St. Louis Rams keep DE William Hayes with 3-year deal -- sourceMar 12The St. Louis Rams re-signed defensive end William Hayes to a three-year, $10.5 million deal that includes $5.75 million in guarantees, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton.
2013 NFL Free Agency -- Desperate for wide receiversMar 12After the Niners and Seahawks shook up the NFC West, wide receivers could go fast in free agency, writes John Clayton.