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Yankees Take a Look at Boesch

Yankees Take a Look at Boesch

nytimes.com ESPN.com Updated Mar 13, 2013
The Yankees are one of several teams who are looking into signing Brennan Boesch, the left-handed-hitting outfielder who was released by the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. The Mets, who also are in need of outfielders, may have interest in Boesch as well.
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  • Puerto Rico rallies, eliminates Italy from WBC

    Puerto Rico rallies, eliminates Italy from WBC

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    With the score tied and two outs, Puerto Rico's Alex Rios kept running from second base. Rios scored the go-ahead run without a play, and the Puerto Ricans rallied to oust Italy from the World Baseball Classic with a 4-3 victory Wednesday night.
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  • Padres prospect Kelly may need elbow surgery

    Padres prospect Kelly may need elbow surgery

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Mar 13, 2013
    PEORIA, Ariz. -- San Diego Padres right-hander Casey Kelly may be headed for elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
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  • Giants' Pill needs knee surgery, out 3-4 weeks

    Giants' Pill needs knee surgery, out 3-4 weeks

    ESPN.com Mar 13, 2013
    San Francisco Giants infielder-outfielder Brett Pill will have right knee surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus and is likely to miss 3 to 4 weeks.
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  • Matusz fans seven in four no-hit frames vs. Twins

    Matusz fans seven in four no-hit frames vs. Twins

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Left-hander Brian Matusz struck out seven and held the Twins hitless for four innings, as the O's produced a six-run ninth for Wednesday night's 9-4 win at Hammond Stadium.
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  • Jeter plays SS for first time since injuring ankle

    Jeter plays SS for first time since injuring ankle

    ESPN.com Mar 13, 2013
    For the first three innings, Derek Jeter stood where a shortstop stands, thought what a shortstop thinks, readied himself on each pitch the way a shortstop normally does.
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  • White Sox pitchers prepare to swing bats April 9

    White Sox pitchers prepare to swing bats April 9

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    With Interleague Play starting earlier, White Sox pitchers are taking it upon themselves during Spring Training to prepare not just on the mound, but at the plate as well.
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  • Yankees top Phillies in Pettitte's spring debut

    Yankees top Phillies in Pettitte's spring debut

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Derek Jeter returned to shortstop for the first time since last year's American League Championship Series, Andy Pettitte pitched three-plus innings in his spring debut and the Yankees defeated the Phillies, 6-2, on Wednesday.
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  • Respected Meulens has Dutch club believing

    Respected Meulens has Dutch club believing

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Former Major Leaguer Hensley Meulens has two World Series championship rings from the San Francisco Giants, where he's the hitting coach, and now he has the world watching him for the exploits of his unique temporary gig: head honcho of honkbal.
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  • Netherlands set to add IF Profar to WBC roster

    Netherlands set to add IF Profar to WBC roster

    ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Team Kingdom of the Netherlands announced Wednesday they have added Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar to its World Baseball Classic roster.
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  • Pujols runs for himself for first time this spring

    Pujols runs for himself for first time this spring

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Albert Pujols' recovery from offseason knee surgery cleared another, albeit small, hurdle on Wednesday: He ran for himself.
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  • How to always remember the 2013 World Baseball Classic - with a…

    How to always remember the 2013 World Baseball Classic - with a tattoo

    yahoo.com MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Spain's showing in the 2013 World Baseball Classic isn't too memorable. It went 0-3, losing to Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. At least one Spain fan will always remember the 2013 World Baseball Classic, though. He has to. It's etched ont…
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  • Tulo's two RBIs back strong De La Rosa vs. Cubs

    Tulo's two RBIs back strong De La Rosa vs. Cubs

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Troy Tulowitzki had two hits, including an RBI double, and added a sacrifice fly to lift the Rockies to a 2-0 victory Wednesday against the Cubs.
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  • Brewers sign Gomez to four-year, $28.3M deal

    Brewers sign Gomez to four-year, $28.3M deal

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Carlos Gomez and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $28.3 million, four-year contract.
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  • Morneau returns from successful Classic stint

    Morneau returns from successful Classic stint

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    After starring for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic for three games, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau made his return to the lineup as the cleanup hitter on Wednesday night against the Orioles.
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  • 'Captain America' name suits Wright just fine

    'Captain America' name suits Wright just fine

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    David Wright's heroics for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic have TV announcers calling the Mets All-Star "Captain America." What Wright is doing in the tournament is movie-star worthy.
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  • Maddux helps Team USA pitchers keep it simple

    Maddux helps Team USA pitchers keep it simple

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Team USA manager Joe Torre knew he needed someone in the short term that an All-Star quality pitching staff would respond well to. He turned to Maddux, a 355-game winner and a certain Hall of Famer next year when his name appears on the ballot for the f…
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  • Marlins' open roster spots remain up for grabs

    Marlins' open roster spots remain up for grabs

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    As Opening Day draws near, the Marlins are not any closer to sorting out a number of open spots on the depth chart.
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  • Back-to-back homers break game open in eighth

    Back-to-back homers break game open in eighth

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    The Giants kick-started a solid outing from Barry Zito with a six-run eighth inning, which began with home runs from Ricky Oropesa and Juan Perez. Barry Zito struck out three batters and allowed a run in 3 1/3 frames in the Giants' 9-5 win on Wednesday.
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  • Marlins send top prospect Fernandez to Minors camp

    Marlins send top prospect Fernandez to Minors camp

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Jose Fernandez, ranked No. 1 in the organization and No. 7 overall in baseball according to MLB.com's 2013 Prospect Watch, was reassigned to Minor League camp on Wednesday afternoon after just one official Grapefruit League appearance.
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  • In San Francisco, one vintage baseball league plays the game li…

    In San Francisco, one vintage baseball league plays the game like it’s still 1886

    yahoo.com Mar 13, 2013
    In one Bay Area baseball league, normal gents play the game like it was played in 1886: It takes seven balls for a walk, there are handshakes instead of high-fives and a batter gets a choice whether he wants a pitch above or below the waist. The San Fra…
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  • Martin not surprised by jeers from Jays fans

    Martin not surprised by jeers from Jays fans

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    The boos from the Canadian portion of the McKechnie Field record crowd of 8,439 kept getting louder every time Russell Martin came to bat against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
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  • Johan clears air with Mets: 'We're in this together'

    Johan clears air with Mets: 'We're in this together'

    MLB.com ESPN.com Mar 13, 2013
    Johan Santana broke his silence on Tuesday to proclaim harmony with the Mets, saying he is "on the same page" with the team as he continues to overcome his left shoulder weakness.
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  • Rendon not letting up in red-hot spring

    Rendon not letting up in red-hot spring

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Anthony Rendon continued his torrid Grapefruit League play by going 4-for-5 including the game-winning home run in the eighth inning of Washington's 9-7 split-squad win over the Astros at Osceola County Stadium on Wednesday.
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  • Jason Bay hitting leadoff for Seattle Mariners - maybe

    Jason Bay hitting leadoff for Seattle Mariners - maybe

    yahoo.com Mar 13, 2013
    The New York Mets released slugger Jason Bay in November, a full season before his $66 million contract was up. So obviously unhappy with his performance were the Mets, and so apparently certain he didn't have enough left at age 34 because of injuries a…
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  • Bedard tests himself on mound with positive results

    Bedard tests himself on mound with positive results

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Left-hander Erik Bedard returned to the mound Wednesday, pitching a scoreless fifth inning in the Astros' 9-7 loss to the Nationals.
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  • Markakis optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day

    Markakis optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Nick Markakis, who has a small herniated disk, will be sidelined at least another seven to 10 days and remains optimistic that he will be ready when the regular season starts next month.
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  • College baseball team recreates American Express commercial fro…

    College baseball team recreates American Express commercial from ‘Major League’

    yahoo.com Mar 13, 2013
    Hurray! Here's a video made by a college baseball team that's NOT the "Harlem Shake." Yes, baseball teams, you can do things to build camaraderie and attempt to go viral without latching on to that annoying dance craze a month too late. Enjoy …
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  • Garza resumes throwing, targets April-May return

    Garza resumes throwing, targets April-May return

    MLB.com ESPN.com Mar 13, 2013
    Cubs pitcher Matt Garza, sidelined with a strained left lat, will resume his throwing program Wednesday, but still was not expected to be ready for the regular season until early May.
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  • What's Up, Doc?: Roy Halladay has lost velocity and some of his…

    What's Up, Doc?: Roy Halladay has lost velocity and some of his st…

    CNNSI.com Mar 13, 2013
    Roy Halladay has lost velocity and some of his stature as one of the game's best pitchers. Can he regain the skill that made him a two-time Cy Young winner? Jay Jaffe isn't so sure.
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  • Baker hopes to know Chapman's role within week

    Baker hopes to know Chapman's role within week

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Though it seems that Aroldis Chapman will make his anticipated move to the starting rotation this season, manager Dusty Baker said the situation is still unknown. He said he'd like to have it settled "in the next week or so."
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  • Hamilton sustains mild hamstring injury

    Hamilton sustains mild hamstring injury

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Speedster Billy Hamilton has been held out of Cactus League activity after tweaking his left hamstring while stealing a base on Friday. Manager Dusty Baker said he wants to be cautious with his young center fielder.
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  • Billingsley's groin feels fine after simulated game

    Billingsley's groin feels fine after simulated game

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Chad Billingsley, who had been bothered by a right groin strain, said he felt good following a five-inning simulated game Wednesday vs. four Minor League hitters.
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  • Royals send ex-No. 1 pick Hochevar to bullpen

    Royals send ex-No. 1 pick Hochevar to bullpen

    ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    The Kansas City Royals are sending former No. 1 overall draft pick Luke Hochevar to the bullpen after more than five seasons of shaky results in the starting rotation.
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  • Price pleased with outing against Minor Leaguers

    Price pleased with outing against Minor Leaguers

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    A day after the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner was named as the team's Opening Day starter, David Price took the mound against Frederick, the Orioles' Class A affiliate, to get in his necessary work to prepare for the season.
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  • Barnes learns lessons from second-half woes

    Barnes learns lessons from second-half woes

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Years from now, when Matt Barnes is a mainstay in the Red Sox's rotation, people will look back and realize that the second half of the 2012 season was pivotal for the right-hander to have prolonged success in the big leagues.
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  • Spiked: Robinson Cano mad at Nick Punto for hard slide at World…

    Spiked: Robinson Cano mad at Nick Punto for hard slide at World Baseball Classic

    yahoo.com Mar 13, 2013
    A fish tank sits behind home plate at Marlins Park. Teams playing at the World Baseball Classic in Miami cannot possibly miss seeing it. But nobody told Robinson Cano about the piranhas that would be nipping at his ankles around second base. Cano admitt…
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  • Strasburg will start season opener for Nationals

    Strasburg will start season opener for Nationals

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg will make his second opening day start for the Washington Nationals when the National League East champions open the season at home against the Miami Marlins on April 1.
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  • Freese's mind clear of distractions

    Freese's mind clear of distractions

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    For David Freese, the difference a year can make is evidenced in the two challenges that no longer lie before him. Gone are the demands and requests that trail the reigning World Series Most Valuable Player Award winner. Gone, too, are the questions abo…
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  • Must-watch: The animated Jim Leyland breakfast

    Must-watch: The animated Jim Leyland breakfast

    yahoo.com Mar 13, 2013
    Just when you thought there were no practical uses for Vine, our old friend Carl Skanberg steps up with a fantastic six-second animation of Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland: The Jim Leyland Breakfastvine.co/v/bdWL97YHFXF fb.me/2ecaotblP - Carl Skanber
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  • Prime time or past prime: There are indicators

    Prime time or past prime: There are indicators

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    All players start to decline at some point. For some it starts happening at 29, for some at 33, but it happens. Players typically peak in their late 20s and start declining in their early 30s. Give or take. As the new season approaches, we take a look a…
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  • Follow all the Classic action with free app

    Follow all the Classic action with free app

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    If you are among the millions who are again shattering usage records with the MLB.com At Bat 13 app, the World Baseball Classic app is a natural companion. Just ask the many fans from Tokyo to Miami who are using it to absorb every moment of the tournam…
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  • World Baseball Classic roundup: USA, Dominican Republic, Japan …

    World Baseball Classic roundup: USA, Dominican Republic, Japan keep winning

    yahoo.com Mar 13, 2013
    Running back Monday's action from the World Baseball Classic: USA 7, Puerto Rico 1: We saw the Team USA we've been waiting for. The dominant one. The one that knocks the ball around the field and pitches it sharply too. David Wright lived up to his &quo…
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  • US, Dominicans vie for semis in marquee matchup

    US, Dominicans vie for semis in marquee matchup

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    When the powers that be drew up the brackets in the World Baseball Classic, they must have been hoping for this marquee clash of the tournament: Team USA vs. the Dominican Republic at Marlins Park on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.
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  • Adrian pulled from return with upset stomach

    Adrian pulled from return with upset stomach

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Except for having to send Adrian Gonzalez home with an upset stomach after only two at-bats, manager Don Mattingly thought the Dodgers came away from a 6-2 loss to the Reds Tuesday night better than the score indicated.
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  • With USA's help, WBC proving more than exhibition

    With USA's help, WBC proving more than exhibition

    CNNSI.com Mar 13, 2013
    It may be an exhibition, but for those in it the World Baseball Classic is a chance to play the game with a passion they may not find in the regular season, writes Tom Verducci.
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  • Latos fans six, Choo homers as Cincy tops LA

    Latos fans six, Choo homers as Cincy tops LA

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    Josh Beckett of the Dodgers and Mat Latos of the host Reds looked sharp and kept the scoring to a minimum in a 6-2 Cincinnati victory before 5,369 in Goodyear Ballpark.
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  • Back from Classic, Panda leaps into Giants lineup

    Back from Classic, Panda leaps into Giants lineup

    MLB.com Mar 13, 2013
    For Pablo Sandoval, the World Baseball Classic was even more intense than the Giants' thrilling run to the 2012 World Series championship.
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  • Video - Mets' Santana Not Ready To Return 03:10

    Mets' Santana Not Ready To Return

    Mar 13
    ESPN senior writer David Schoenfield weighs in on the timetable for Johan Santana's return.
  • Video - Catching Up With Mike Zunino 00:50

    Catching Up With Mike Zunino

    Mar 13
    Mariners prospect Mike Zunino talks about wearing the No. 5 and growing up as the son of an MLB scout.
  • Video - Derek Jeter Makes Return To Field 01:38

    Derek Jeter Makes Return To Field

    Mar 13
    Derek Jeter plays shortstop for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in the ALCS, as the Yankees top the Phillies 6-2.

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