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Share TweetFor the second time in the last two World Baseball Classics, the U.S. will face Puerto Rico in an elimination game, this time to advance to the semifinals at AT&T Park in San Francisco.Share TweetThe U.S. faces a new win-or-go-home situation in the WBC after losing to the Dominican Republic, 3-1, and must beat Puerto Rico on Friday to survive, writes Cliff Corcoran.Share TweetErick Aybar came off the bench in the ninth inning on Thursday night at Marlins Park and drove home Nelson Cruz with a pinch-hit single off Craig Kimbrel, sending the D.R. on to a 3-1 victory over Team USA.
Veteran 1B Lee declines Yankees' offerUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetThe Yankees will have to look elsewhere to fill the hole left at first base by the injured Mark Teixeira. As reported by Yahoo's Tim Brown, Derrek Lee declined the Bombers' offer to suit up for the 2013 season.Share TweetSharpening its skills en route to the World Baseball Classic semifinals in San Francisco, Japan scored in each inning from the third through the sixth Thursday and outlasted the Giants, 6-3.
Guthrie solid, relievers strong in Royals' win vs. TribeUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetRoyals starter Jeremy Guthrie logged four solid innings and Adam Moore collected three hits, helping pave the way for a 5-3 Cactus League victory over the Indians on Thursday afternoon at Goodyear Ballpark.
McAllister labors, Bauer uneven in loss to RoyalsUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetThe Indians insist that the race for the fifth spot in their rotation remains wide open with less than three weeks left until Opening Day. That means that pitching prospect Trevor Bauer is still very much in the mix. Bauer worked the final four innings …
Trout hits first homer as Angels rout White SoxUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetMike Trout hit a leadoff homer for his first of the spring -- and almost got another -- and Jason Vargas allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings as the Angels beat the White Sox, 12-4, at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Thursday.
Fortunately for Yankees, This One Didn’t CountUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetThe Yankees, who brought their C team, were drubbed by the Blue Jays, the off-season champions in the American League East.Source: nytimes.com
Phillies tab Hamels for first Opening Day startUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetPhillies left-hander Cole Hamels has been an All-Star and a Most Valuable Player in the World Series. And now he'll get to start on Opening Day for the first time.Share TweetBad news for the Team USA as it readies for first pitch against the Dominican Republic in second-round World Baseball Classic action: David Wright - the man everybody's calling "Captain America" these days - isn't in the starting lineup. Uh-oh. #WBCTo
Rusin dominates again in Cactus League playUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetLeft-hander Chris Rusin continued his hot streak in Spring Training with a five-inning scoreless outing, lowering his spring ERA to 0.69 in the Cubs' 8-1 victory on Thursday. Catcher Welington Castillo hit a two-run triple in the first inning.
Beast Mode initiated: Morse slugs two homersUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetMichael Morse went 3-for-3 with two homers, a double and five RBIs against the Reds on Thursday. Joe Saunders struggled on the mound, allowing seven runs, five earned, in 3 2/3 innings. The Mariners won the game, 8-7.Share TweetIf Thursday was any indication of the positioning Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller have found within the competition for the final rotation spot, the margin of separation between the two is minimal.
Bumps, bruises don't keep Santana out for DRUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetCatchers usually don't get roughed up until the regular season. That wasn't the case on Tuesday for Carlos Santana of the Dominican Republic.Share TweetYes, the Houston Astros have the smallest payroll in baseball. Yes, A-Rod will make more than their entire team this season. Yes, they're likely to lose the most games in 2013 (again). And no, owner Jim Crane, doesn't plan on ponying up any more cash to…
The Mets' VP of business operations is "confident" that opening day will be sold out.Updated Mar 14 Share TweetThe Mets' VP of business operations is "confident" that opening day will be sold out. So how come you can still buy 12 seats together in nearly every section of the ballpark?Source: deadspin.com
Mesoraco continues strong push for backup roleUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetDevin Mesoraco started behind the dish against the Mariners on Thursday, singling in his first at-bat to improve his spring batting average to .500 (9-for-18) with two homers and 10 RBIs.
Doc makes adjustments to delivery in 'pen sessionUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetRoy Halladay tried to fix some things with his delivery during his bullpen session Thursday morning at Bright House Field. "He looked wonderful," Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said. "He looked fine."
One Start Gee Would Like to ForgetUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetDillon Gee's third start of spring training was one he would like to erase from his memory.Source: nytimes.comShare TweetCLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Charlie Manuel figures he has plenty of time to see his grandchildren, play golf and travel the world during the offseason.
Bacon-shell taco offered at West Michigan Whitecaps minor league ballgamesUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetHow hard do you like your arteries? Well, fans of the West Michigan Whitecaps might be able to answer that question in person this summer by attending a ballgame at Fifth Third Ballpark, where a specialty concession stand will be selling a taco made wit…
Pete Rose and fiancÃ©e Kiana Kim do furniture commercialUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetIt makes sense, if you rationalize it, Pete Rose doing a furniture commercial for greater Cincinnati TV. Even these days, regardless of the salaries some athletes make, you'll see a lot of players doing cheap-looking commercials for, say, an auto dealer…
Closing Time: Jay Jaffe concludes his look at the top candidate…Updated Mar 14 Share TweetJay Jaffe concludes his look at the top candidates likely to go Boom or Bust at each position by examining the relievers, and finds some former All-Stars may be out of their roles.Source: CNNSI.comShare TweetMinnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson will begin his comeback season from Tommy John surgery in the minors.Source: ESPN.com
Everything Wrong With Rick Reilly's Dumbass Column About Why Chicago Should Help The Cubs' Government-Abetted Monopolist BillionUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetLet's do this line by line: For the 97th straight year, the Chicago Cubs will attempt baseball this season in Wrigley Field. It'll actually be the 98th year. You know what? We're done here. Fuck this column. [ESPN.com]Source: deadspin.com
Laynce Nix blames Nike shoes for leg injuriesUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetLaynce Nix of the Philadelphia Phillies did some investigating and has concluded that baseball cleats were the root cause of leg injuries plaguing him the past two seasons. He slugged a composite .461 from 2009-2011, but in '11 Nix started having Achill…
Jansen set to join Dutch for semis of ClassicUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetDodgers reliever Kenley Jansen will join the Kingdom of the Netherlands team for its semifinal game of the World Baseball Classic on Monday.
Big League Stew’s All-Beard Team: Honoring baseball’s best beardsUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetThanks to guys like Brian Wilson, Josh Reddick and Jayson Werth, beards in baseball are getting more attention than they have in a long time. It's like baseball's facial-hair renaissance. With Reddick engaged in a beard battle with a WWE star, Jayson We…
Inside the visit: Mound conversations vary widelyUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetConversations between skippers or pitching coaches and their players seem to be a source of curiosity for the fans to this day: What the heck do managers and coaches say when they run out to the mound to talk to the pitcher?
Matheny returns to Cards after back surgeryUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetCardinals manager Mike Matheny returned to the club Thursday after undergoing back surgery Monday in St. Louis.Source: ESPN.com
‘Space Jays’ cartoon stars Toronto Blue Jays R.A. Dickey, Ricky Romero (as a robot) and Mark Buehrle’s exiled dogUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetThe description on YouTube for "Space Jays" says it was inspired by the "He Man" and "Transformers" cartoons of 25 years ago. That's about right. I can't imagine you'll have any more fun this morning than by playing the fir…
Young GMs, senior advisors find pairings beneficialUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetThe two sides of this very real baseball divide between young general managers and senior advisors have been over-simplified to the point of caricature. The reality is that, while the generations still don't always see eye-to-eye on everything, it seems…
Patience with Wall finally paying off for DodgersUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetPitcher Josh Wall signed young and immature, but he finally answered the wake-up call and grew up, giving the Dodgers something in return for their patience.
Spring Headlines: Reds still unsure of Aroldis Chapman’s role; Carlos Gomez signs extension with BrewersUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetWe’re less than three weeks away from opening day and the Cincinnati Reds still have no idea whether they're going through with moving Aroldis Chapman into the starting rotation or keeping him in the closer's role. A little alarming? Maybe? Not that weâ
Delgado makes strong audition for rotationUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetRandall Delgado had his second straight impressive outing Wednesday night as he threw four shutout innings against the Brewers.
Granato, Italy experience game's cruel twistUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetBaseball can be a tough and heartless game at times as Team Italy and starting shortstop Anthony Granato learned once again on Wednesday night at Marlins Park.Share TweetYovani Gallardo, making his first start since pitching for Mexico at the World Baseball Classic, was sharp Wednesday night as the Brewers fell to the D-backs.
'Wrigleyville West' should be a desert gemUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetWhen you drive by the Cubs' new Spring Training site, you'll mostly see a lot of dirt. But on the site, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts sees a great future for the team and the city of Mesa.
With Derek Jeter back at shortstop, Yankees look more like team everyone remembers despite incredible amount of injuriesUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetIt has been a strange and discomforting spring for Derek Jeter, one of a group of veteran Yankees strolling the grounds of Steinbrenner Field bearing a “precious goods, handle with care” sign at the same time he’s been held up as the symbol of whatSource: nydailynews.com
The 2013 Giants Look a Lot Like the 2012 GiantsUpdated Mar 14 Share TweetThe San Francisco Giants are bringing back the same starting lineup that won them last year's World Series. The starting rotation is exactly the same....Source: grantland.com
Dominican Republic Rallies Past USA To AdvanceMar 14The Dominican Republic scores two runs in the ninth to top the United States 3-1 and advance to the WBC semifinals.
Manuel Wants To Manage Phillies Beyond 2013Mar 14Charlie Manuel doesn't want to retire after season.
Don Banks: No Peyton this time, but quarterback market is cranking to lifeMar 14Compared to last year's headline-fest in both the first round of the draft and free agency (see Peyton-palooza), it has been a relatively sleepy NFL offseason for quarterback movement. Especially since ex-49ers starter Alex Smith found his new work addr…
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