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Figueroa, Puerto Rico eliminate U.S. from WBC

Figueroa, Puerto Rico eliminate U.S. from WBC

ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Updated Mar 15, 2013
Nelson Figueroa became the pride of Puerto Rico on Friday night when he led his team into the semifinals and eliminated the Americans, 4-3, in the World Baseball Classic.
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  • David Wright should have shut himself down earlier in World Bas…

    David Wright should have shut himself down earlier in World Baseball Classic and remembered his contract is with NY Mets, not Te

    David Wright is a gamer, we all know that by now, and that’s at least partly why Mets fans have come to love him over the years. So you know his heart was in the right place when he continued to play for Team USA after feeling discomfort in his rib-cage
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  • Salty's blast backs Doubront's strong outing

    Salty's blast backs Doubront's strong outing

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Felix Doubront tossed four shutout innings and Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a two-run homer in a 5-0 blanking of the Twins on Friday.
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  • Yadi cuts down Rollins to halt USA's running game

    Yadi cuts down Rollins to halt USA's running game

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    The way Puerto Rico right-hander Nelson Figueroa was throwing on Friday night, he didn't need much help from his defense. But he picked up a big assist from his catcher to end the sixth inning. Yadier Molina showed why he is one of the toughest in the g…
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  • Versatile Aviles clutch in Classic vs. Team USA

    Versatile Aviles clutch in Classic vs. Team USA

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Utility man Mike Aviles showed how valuable he can be for the Indians with another clutch performance in the World Baseball Classic, providing two key hits in Puerto Rico's elimination game against Team USA.
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  • Deduno's Classic performance resonates

    Deduno's Classic performance resonates

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    The Dominican Republic is headed to the World Baseball Classic semifinals and Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno is a big reason why.
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  • D.R.'s reaction to win hot topic on U.S. team

    D.R.'s reaction to win hot topic on U.S. team

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    A day after players from the Dominican Republic engaged in some no-holds-barred celebrations in response to their 3-1 World Baseball Classic victory against Team USA, it became apparent that some American players weren't overly thrilled.
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  • Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford taking things ‘day-by-day’ in …

    Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford taking things ‘day-by-day’ in latest rehab stint

    yahoo.com Mar 15, 2013
    PHOENIX  - While half of his teammates were in the middle of an afternoon game against the San Diego Padres and half of his teammates were getting ready to play the Kansas City Royals on Friday night, Carl Crawford showered. On Friday, Crawford - shu
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  • Middlebrooks' success a product of family

    Middlebrooks' success a product of family

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Will Middlebrooks has found success in most of his ventures, which hardly makes him rare in his household.
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  • Brewers making their best pitch for '13 success

    Brewers making their best pitch for '13 success

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    There are clubs for which pitching appears to be the big variable heading into the 2013 regular season. The Milwaukee Brewers are definitely in that category.
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  • Tigers' Carrillo, linked to report, banned for 100

    Tigers' Carrillo, linked to report, banned for 100

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Mar 15, 2013
    The Detroit Tigers say minor league right-hander Cesar Carrillo has been suspended 100 games for violating baseball's minor league drug prevention and treatment program.
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  • Blackley remaining confident in work despite results

    Blackley remaining confident in work despite results

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Inconsistency has hurt Travis Blackley this spring, but the lefty's still hopeful it won't do the same for his chances of making the team. That's because Blackley is actually happy with how he's been throwing, particularly after shaking off a bout of fo…
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  • White Sox optimistic, but won't rush Danks

    White Sox optimistic, but won't rush Danks

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    In the matter of John Danks breaking camp as part of the White Sox starting rotation, pitching coach Don Cooper remains optimistic but realistic.
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  • LaTorre cherishes World Baseball Classic experience

    LaTorre cherishes World Baseball Classic experience

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Though the Giants reassigned Tyler LaTorre to Minor League camp Friday, he brought some big-time memories with him. LaTorre rejoined the Giants after a rousing stint in the World Baseball Classic with Italy, which qualified for the tournament's second r…
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  • Aramis returns to lineup after extended absence

    Aramis returns to lineup after extended absence

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Aramis Ramirez played for the first time in nearly two weeks on Friday, making a successful return as he grounded into a double play and ran out an infield single.
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  • Classic featuring plenty of in-game celebrating

    Classic featuring plenty of in-game celebrating

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    A different energy level has overtaken the World Baseball Classic, where players are jumping around on the field like kids winning the Little League World Series.
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  • Torre weighs in on Wright's injured intercostal

    Torre weighs in on Wright's injured intercostal

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Team USA losing the services of David Wright has brought attention to the greatest fear of the World Baseball Classic -- injuries.
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  • Baez, Cubs rally to top Japan's Classic squad

    Baez, Cubs rally to top Japan's Classic squad

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Team Japan surprised some of the Cubs with their power but in the end, Chicago shortstop Javier Baez stole the show. Baez hit a pair of home runs, including a walk-off two-run shot in the ninth, to power the Cubs to a 7-5 victory over Team Japan in an e…
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  • San Francisco prepping for World Baseball Classic

    San Francisco prepping for World Baseball Classic

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    This weekend, AT&T Park will host another marquee baseball event, this time expanding the venue's horizons around the globe, as the World Baseball Classic semifinals and final come to the place that has seen so much already in its relatively short l…
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  • Morban crushes two homers as Mariners top Halos

    Morban crushes two homers as Mariners top Halos

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Mariners first baseman Justin Smoak broke an early tie with an opposite-field homer in the fourth inning, and a split Seattle squad topped the Angels, 8-5, on Friday afternoon in Tempe.
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  • Jays minor leaguers hear talk on anti-gay slurs

    Jays minor leaguers hear talk on anti-gay slurs

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    The founder of an organization that promotes equality among all athletes has talked to Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguers about the damaging effects of anti-gay slurs.
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  • Hall to honor doc behind Tommy John surgery

    Hall to honor doc behind Tommy John surgery

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    Dr. Frank Jobe, who developed the elbow procedure known as "Tommy John surgery" that has helped baseball players extend their careers, will be honored during Hall of Fame induction weekend on July 27.
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  • Pence, Torres provide thump as Cain shines

    Pence, Torres provide thump as Cain shines

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Hunter Pence drove in three runs with a homer and a double to back Matt Cain's pitching and propel the San Francisco Giants to a 5-2 Cactus League victory Friday over the Texas Rangers.
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  • Viciedo, Sox slam Cubs in final spring meeting

    Viciedo, Sox slam Cubs in final spring meeting

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    As rivalry games between the Cubs and White Sox go, Friday's 15-3 White Sox victory at Camelback Ranch wouldn't rank on the list of Top 10 matchups.
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  • Yankees add Boesch, an ex-Tiger, to mix in OF

    Yankees add Boesch, an ex-Tiger, to mix in OF

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    The New York Yankees have added yet another backup outfielder/designated hitter, signing Brennan Boesch to a one-year contract Friday.
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  • Sabathia pleased with spring debut for Yankees

    Sabathia pleased with spring debut for Yankees

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia ace made his spring debut on Friday.
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  • Jeter set to man shortstop in consecutive games

    Jeter set to man shortstop in consecutive games

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Derek Jeter plans to be in the Yankees' lineup playing shortstop on Saturday against the Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field, marking his first defensive duty in consecutive games.
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  • Manuel looking for more from young relievers

    Manuel looking for more from young relievers

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    The Phillies have been looking for relievers who can pitch more than an inning. So far this spring, they've used seven different relievers in a longer role.
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  • Cleveland Does a Little Dance

    Cleveland Does a Little Dance

    nytimes.com Mar 15, 2013
    Nick Swisher leads the Indians in a dance called the Tito--"just a little swivel in the hips."
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  • Hudson acknowledges he has work to do

    Hudson acknowledges he has work to do

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    When Tim Hudson exited his start against the Tigers on Feb. 27, he was confident that he would have plenty of time to build necessary arm strength. But with two weeks left until the regular season, the veteran is growing a little more concerned.
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  • ‘Mike Trout Field’? Millville High in New Jersey to rename ball…

    ‘Mike Trout Field’? Millville High in New Jersey to rename ballpark after favorite son

    yahoo.com Mar 15, 2013
    Mike Trout's hometown of Millville, N.J., just sounds like a place a comic book superhero might be from. Mike Trout is real, however, and his postgraduate deeds for Millville High School aren't superhuman - but they are super kind. And his alma mater ap
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  • After questionable call, Aybar strikes back

    After questionable call, Aybar strikes back

    MLB.com yahoo.com Mar 15, 2013
    Erick Aybar delivered for the Dominican Republic on Thursday, despite a two-strike count. And the second strike called was deemed questionable by Aybar and his team.
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  • Rays shave heads for Pediatric Cancer Foundation

    Rays shave heads for Pediatric Cancer Foundation

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    "Fortune Favors the Bald" T-shirts were the order of the day on Friday at the Charlotte Sports Park. Rays players, coaches, staff, the manager, and countless others from the organization convened on the deck above right field to have their hea…
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  • Sutter helping out at Cards camp for first time

    Sutter helping out at Cards camp for first time

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    This year there's a new face at Cardinals camp, as the organization finally convinced Hall-of-Fame closer Bruce Sutter to return to uniform as an extra coach.
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  • Wandy to start Saturday for Dominican Republic

    Wandy to start Saturday for Dominican Republic

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has been tabbed to start for the Dominican Republic on Saturday at Marlins Park at 1 p.m. ET, in the final game of Pool 2 in this year's World Baseball Classic.
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  • Brad Peacock’s mother managed his Little League team, helped hi…

    Brad Peacock’s mother managed his Little League team, helped him to big league career

    yahoo.com Mar 15, 2013
    Brad Peacock has a good shot at earning a spot in the Houston Astros starting rotation for the 2013 season. But even if he doesn’t, his baseball roots might be worthy of future royalties from a screenwriter somewhere. According to the Houston Chronicle,
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  • Time running short for Greinke to be ready for season

    Time running short for Greinke to be ready for season

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    As Zack Greinke continues to work his way back from inflammation in his right elbow, he is running out of time to be ready for his scheduled April 2 start.
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  • Morales out with bulging disk in back

    Morales out with bulging disk in back

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Red Sox lefty Franklin Morales was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back when he visited a doctor in Boston this week, according to multiple reports Friday morning.
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  • Headley accepts invitation if USA advances

    Headley accepts invitation if USA advances

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    With David Wright likely out of the Classic with a back issue, Chase Headley has accepted an invitation to join Team USA if the club advances to the next round.
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  • Perennial slow starters aim to hit fast track this year

    Perennial slow starters aim to hit fast track this year

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    To accommodate players participating in the World Baseball Classic, camps started earlier -- and will run longer -- than usual. For players with reputations for slow starts, it's an opportunity to squeeze in extra at-bats during Spring Training -- or, e…
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  • Crasnick: D.R.'s win over Team USA is baseball at its best

    Crasnick: D.R.'s win over Team USA is baseball at its best

    ESPN.com Mar 15, 2013
    Dominican Republic's emotional win over Team USA definitely baseball at its best
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  • Five lingering questions for Team USA after its World Baseball …

    Five lingering questions for Team USA after its World Baseball Classic loss to Dominican Republic

    yahoo.com Mar 15, 2013
    We didn't get the slugfest that many - including a couple of your Stewies - were expecting Thursday in the USA vs. Dominican Republic clash in the World Baseball Classic. But we got a tight game, an exciting game and a game that surely added a little
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  • NY Mets great and Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver feeling bette…

    NY Mets great and Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver feeling better, winning his battle with Lyme disease

    nydailynews.com Mar 15, 2013
    The voice on the other end of the phone was once again that of a joyful winemaker whose lust for life, fun and good spirits has known no bounds. But as Tom Seaver confided, in and around expressing his elation at what it was like just to feel good again…
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  • Dominicans catch Kimbrel on rare off night

    Dominicans catch Kimbrel on rare off night

    MLB.com Mar 15, 2013
    Craig Kimbrel's body of work speaks for itself, which makes what transpired in the ninth inning on Thursday night at Marlins Park so improbable.
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