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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.Upvote Share Tweet
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.Upvote Share TweetPEORIA, Ariz. -- San Diego Padres right-hander Casey Kelly may be headed for elbow ligament-replacement surgery.Upvote Share Tweet
Giants' Pill needs knee surgery, out 3-4 weeksESPN.com Mar 13, 2013San 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Matusz fans seven in four no-hit frames vs. TwinsLeft-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.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Mar 13, 2013For 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.Upvote Share Tweet
White Sox pitchers prepare to swing bats April 9With 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees top Phillies in Pettitte's spring debutDerek 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Respected Meulens has Dutch club believingFormer 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.Upvote Share TweetTeam Kingdom of the Netherlands announced Wednesday they have added Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar to its World Baseball Classic roster.Upvote Share Tweet
Pujols runs for himself for first time this springAlbert Pujols' recovery from offseason knee surgery cleared another, albeit small, hurdle on Wednesday: He ran for himself.Upvote Share TweetSpain'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…Upvote Share Tweet
Tulo's two RBIs back strong De La Rosa vs. CubsTroy 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.Upvote Share TweetMILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Carlos Gomez and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $28.3 million, four-year contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Morneau returns from successful Classic stintAfter 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.Upvote Share Tweet
'Captain America' name suits Wright just fineDavid 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Maddux helps Team USA pitchers keep it simpleTeam 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Marlins' open roster spots remain up for grabsAs Opening Day draws near, the Marlins are not any closer to sorting out a number of open spots on the depth chart.Upvote Share Tweet
Back-to-back homers break game open in eighthThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Marlins send top prospect Fernandez to Minors campJose 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.Upvote Share Tweet
In San Francisco, one vintage baseball league plays the game like it’s still 1886In 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Martin not surprised by jeers from Jays fansThe 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.Upvote Share TweetJohan 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Rendon not letting up in red-hot springAnthony 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetLeft-hander Erik Bedard returned to the mound Wednesday, pitching a scoreless fifth inning in the Astros' 9-7 loss to the Nationals.Upvote Share TweetNick 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.Upvote Share Tweet
College baseball team recreates American Express commercial from ‘Major League’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 …Upvote Share TweetCubs 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.Upvote Share Tweet
What's Up, Doc?: Roy Halladay has lost velocity and some of his st…CNNSI.com Mar 13, 2013Roy 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.Upvote Share TweetThough 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."Upvote Share Tweet
Hamilton sustains mild hamstring injurySpeedster 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Billingsley's groin feels fine after simulated gameChad 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share TweetA 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.Upvote Share TweetYears 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Spiked: Robinson Cano mad at Nick Punto for hard slide at World Baseball ClassicA 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…Upvote Share TweetVIERA, 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Freese's mind clear of distractionsFor 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Must-watch: The animated Jim Leyland breakfastJust 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 SkanberUpvote Share Tweet
Prime time or past prime: There are indicatorsAll 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Follow all the Classic action with free appIf 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…Upvote Share TweetRunning 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…Upvote Share Tweet
US, Dominicans vie for semis in marquee matchupWhen 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Adrian pulled from return with upset stomachExcept 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.Upvote Share Tweet
With USA's help, WBC proving more than exhibitionCNNSI.com Mar 13, 2013It 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Latos fans six, Choo homers as Cincy tops LAJosh 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Back from Classic, Panda leaps into Giants lineupFor Pablo Sandoval, the World Baseball Classic was even more intense than the Giants' thrilling run to the 2012 World Series championship.Upvote Share Tweet
Mets' Santana Not Ready To ReturnMar 13ESPN senior writer David Schoenfield weighs in on the timetable for Johan Santana's return.
Catching Up With Mike ZuninoMar 13Mariners prospect Mike Zunino talks about wearing the No. 5 and growing up as the son of an MLB scout.
Derek Jeter Makes Return To FieldMar 13Derek Jeter plays shortstop for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in the ALCS, as the Yankees top the Phillies 6-2.
Peter King: Pats failure to keep Welker must be crushing blow to BradyMar 13It is highly unlikely that Wes Welker signing in Denver for a relative pittance is what Tom Brady had in mind when he gave the Patriots $15 million in cap relief two weeks ago.
Don Banks: Not just leverage: Welker spurns Patriots, signs with BroncosMar 13He wears, at times, the unflattering tag of "system'' receiver, but I guess we're about to find out if Wes Welker can live with being known as a multiple-system receiver. Because the newest Broncos play-maker just left his comfort zone in New Engla…
Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers save money under capMar 13The Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders used the 'June 1" cut designation on three players released Tuesday in order to save room under this year's salary cap.