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Davey sees Storen think too much, overthrow

Davey sees Storen think too much, overthrow

MLB.com Updated Mar 16, 2013
Nationals reliever Drew Storen struggled for the second outing in a row. This time, he allowed three runs in one inning during a 4-2 loss to the Astros on Saturday evening at Space Coast Stadium.
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  • Japan again relying on aces in quest for third title

    Japan again relying on aces in quest for third title

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Classic pitching has made Japan back-to-back World Baseball Classic champions, and no other country has won this global tournament.
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  • Georgia youth center renamed for Jackie Robinson

    Georgia youth center renamed for Jackie Robinson

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    The Boys & Girls Club in Cairo, Ga., was renamed in honor of Jackie Robinson on Saturday, coinciding with the groundbreaking of a renovated baseball field.
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  • Strasburg pleased with improved spring mechanics

    Strasburg pleased with improved spring mechanics

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg was dominant on the mound during a 4-2 loss to the Astros at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday evening.
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  • Andruw, Profar provide treat for Dutch

    Andruw, Profar provide treat for Dutch

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Jurickson Profar is sharing the World Baseball Classic attention with Andruw Jones, a fellow Dutch countryman who was slightly younger -- 19 -- when he broke into the big leagues with the Braves in 1996.
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  • Kevin Youkilis is working with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long…

    Kevin Youkilis is working with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long to make adjustments with his stance, and the results are already

    nydailynews.com Mar 16, 2013
    Kevin Youkilis says it’s almost always the first comment or question he hears from someone meeting him for the first time: 'You’re the guy with that weird stance.'
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  • Finally, four: SF stage is set for Classic semis

    Finally, four: SF stage is set for Classic semis

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    The stage is set for the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco, as Puerto Rico will take on Japan on Sunday night, while Team Netherlands and the Dominican Republic will do battle in the other semifinal Monday evening.
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  • Yankees Unveil a New Outfielder

    Yankees Unveil a New Outfielder

    nytimes.com yahoo.com Mar 16, 2013
    Brennan Boesch, who seems destined for a platoon role, played his first spring training game for the Yankees
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  • Sale tabbed to start Opening Day for White Sox

    Sale tabbed to start Opening Day for White Sox

    ESPN.com Mar 16, 2013
    Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura told Chris Sale early Saturday that he was his choice to open the season against the Kansas City Royals.
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  • Kennedy pulled from game with leg injury

    Kennedy pulled from game with leg injury

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Ian Kennedy was struck by a hard ground ball off the back of Padres prospect Jedd Gyorko, and was diagnosed after the game with a contusion near his left knee.
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  • Dodgers still waiting on key pieces as season nears

    Dodgers still waiting on key pieces as season nears

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    For a team with a $200 million-plus payroll, the Dodgers sure do have a lot of unsettled business at this late stage of the spring.
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  • DR's Pena showing world his managing skills

    DR's Pena showing world his managing skills

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Tony Pena is perfectly happy in his role as bench coach for the New York Yankees. If any Major League team is interested, however, Pena would like a second chance to manage in the big leagues.
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  • Jeter Starts Second Straight Game at Shortstop

    Jeter Starts Second Straight Game at Shortstop

    nytimes.com Mar 16, 2013
    For the first time since his ankle was injured last October, the Yankees' captain started consecutive games in the field.
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  • Wright’s Backup Justin Turner Rolls His Ankles

    Wright’s Backup Justin Turner Rolls His Ankles

    nytimes.com CNNSI.com Mar 16, 2013
    Justin Turner, the primary candidate to replace David Wright while he is out with a muscle strain, picked up his own injury Saturday during the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins.
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  • Santana drills solo homer to lift Dominican Republic

    Santana drills solo homer to lift Dominican Republic

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Carlos Santana broke open a shutout at the World Baseball Classic on Saturday with a long home run, propelling the Dominican Republic to what became a 2-0 win over Puerto Rico. Santana's home run helped the D.R. earn the top seed from its bracket in the…
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  • Semifinal matchups set at World Baseball Classic

    Semifinal matchups set at World Baseball Classic

    After the Dominican Republic's 2-0 victory over Puerto Rico this afternoon at Marlins Ballpark in Miami, we can now officially set up the semifinal matchups in the 2013 World Baseball Classic that will take place at AT&T Park in San Francisco. They …
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  • Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig showing off Bo Jackson-type talent, but he…

    Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig showing off Bo Jackson-type talent, but he’s still probably bound for minors

    yahoo.com MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    PHOENIX - Look at that picture. That's a home-run follow-through. One to marvel at. A split-second earlier, Yasiel Puig pulverized a pitch - hitting a line drive homer to right-center field that even Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was amaze
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  • Rodney's third save locks up top seed for DR

    Rodney's third save locks up top seed for DR

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Fernando Rodney secured the Dominican Republic's 2-0 victory over Puerto Rico on Saturday, keeping the Dominicans undefeated in World Baseball Classic play.
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  • Hill's strong start sets tone for Tigers' shutout

    Hill's strong start sets tone for Tigers' shutout

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Shawn Hill delivered his strongest outing this spring as the visiting Tigers defeated the Cardinals, 3-0, Saturday in front of a packed house of 7,629, the largest attendance at Roger Dean Stadium this spring.
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  • Thanks, Dad!: Bruce Bochy informs son Brett he’s been cut from …

    Thanks, Dad!: Bruce Bochy informs son Brett he’s been cut from Giants roster over dinner

    yahoo.com Mar 16, 2013
    Nobody was expecting Bruce Bochy's son Brett to crack the San Francisco Giants opening day roster this year. In fact, at 25 years old, he may be a long shot to ever get that call since he's not really regarded as a top prospect and he's yet to discard t…
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  • Shelley Duncan fights to stay in baseball with the Tampa Bay Ra…

    Shelley Duncan fights to stay in baseball with the Tampa Bay Rays while dealing with devastating cancer diagnosis for mother and

    nydailynews.com Mar 16, 2013
    The ever-ebullient Shelley Duncan, who lights up every clubhouse he’s in - including his latest, the Tampa Bay Rays’ where once he was regarded as Public Enemy No. 1 - is carrying a heavy load this spring in his quest to keep his family name in baseba
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  • Aybar's heads-up play keeps PR from first strike

    Aybar's heads-up play keeps PR from first strike

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Two days after driving in the go-ahead run in the Dominican Republic's 3-1 victory over Team USA, Dominican shortstop Erick Aybar made another big-time play in Saturday's World Baseball Classic second-round game against Puerto Rico at Marlins Park.
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  • Hamels calls first Opening Day nod an 'honor'

    Hamels calls first Opening Day nod an 'honor'

    ESPN.com Mar 16, 2013
    That scruffy beard Cole Hamels has been sporting this spring training will be gone by the time the Philadelphia Phillies open the regular season.
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  • Despite USA's early exit, Kimbrel enjoyed Classic

    Despite USA's early exit, Kimbrel enjoyed Classic

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Although the United States was knocked out in the second round, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel called his first classic a "great experience" and enjoyed working with Joe Torre and Greg Maddux.
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  • With Team USA eliminated, Chase Headley disappointed he won’t p…

    With Team USA eliminated, Chase Headley disappointed he won’t play in WBC

    yahoo.com Mar 16, 2013
    PEORIA, Ariz. - Like many baseball fans, San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley watched Friday night's World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Puerto Rico intently. Unlike many fans, Headley watched it in limbo. If USA won, he'd leave the
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  • Report: MLB coming after players connected to Biogenesis clinic…

    Report: MLB coming after players connected to Biogenesis clinic - Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun in sights

    yahoo.com Mar 16, 2013
    On the heels of yesterday's 100-game suspension for minor leaguer Cesar Carrillo comes word that Major League Baseball is prepared to hunker down and come hard after every player connected to the Dr. Anthony Bosch and the Biogenensis clinic in Florida. …
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  • Stanton, Cishek take day off before return

    Stanton, Cishek take day off before return

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Marlins stars Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek returned from the World Baseball Classic healthy and some big-game experience under their belts, ready to rejoin their Major League club this weekend.
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  • Alou notices commitment of Dominican players

    Alou notices commitment of Dominican players

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Compared to previous World Baseball Classics, Dominican Republic general manager Moises Alou sees a more solid commitment from his country.
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  • Hanley's impact goes beyond performance

    Hanley's impact goes beyond performance

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    More than the numbers tells the impact Hanley Ramirez has made for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Garagiola proud of US team he helped build

    Garagiola proud of US team he helped build

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    With the help of Joe Torre, Team USA's general manager Joe Garagiola Jr. helped construct a competitive roster that fell just a bit short of its ultimate goal to win the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Crawford and Greinke nearing return to action

    Crawford and Greinke nearing return to action

    MLB.com yahoo.com Mar 16, 2013
    Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford and starter Zack Greinke moved closer to game action Saturday, with Crawford possibly serving as DH Sunday and Greinke set for a short bullpen session.
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  • O's option top prospect Bundy to Double-A

    O's option top prospect Bundy to Double-A

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    The Orioles on Saturday optioned right-hander Dylan Bundy, the club's top prospect, to Double-A. In addition, Baltimore optioned fellow righty Todd Redmond to Triple-A.
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  • Dutch head to San Francisco for date with destiny

    Dutch head to San Francisco for date with destiny

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Against the odds, The Kingdom of the Netherlands is a mere two victories away from being crowned champions of a World Baseball Classic nobody expected them to have much of an impact on.
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  • TV reporter Heidi Watney mistakes Andy Gonzalez for Nelson Figu…

    TV reporter Heidi Watney mistakes Andy Gonzalez for Nelson Figueroa at World Baseball Classic

    yahoo.com Mar 16, 2013
    There's a moment in "Anchorman" when it's revealed that talking head Ron Burgundy will read anything that's put on a teleprompter. The first joke was harmless - someone adding a question mark to a sentence in order to make him say, "I'm Ron Burgundy?" T
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  • Cuddyer not caught up in trade speculation

    Cuddyer not caught up in trade speculation

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    With starting pitching considered their biggest weakness, the Rockies figure to be part of the trade-rumor mill.
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  • Team USA faces harsh reality in face of high hopes

    Team USA faces harsh reality in face of high hopes

    MLB.com Mar 16, 2013
    Brandon Phillips called his experience with Team USA in the World Baseball Classic "a dream come true." It, however, was not one of those live happily ever after moments. Good as the experience may have been, there was a rude awakening for Tea…
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  • Same Old Story: Once again, Team USA has come up short at the W…

    Same Old Story: Once again, Team USA has come up short at the WBC…

    CNNSI.com Mar 16, 2013
    Once again, Team USA has come up short at the WBC, this time falling to Puerto Rico, 4-3. Tom Verducci explains why the U.S. can't seem to get over the hump at the tournament.
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  • Video - Dominican Republic Blanks Puerto Rico 00:41

    Dominican Republic Blanks Puerto Rico

    Mar 16
    Carlos Santana homers in the Dominican Republic's 2-0 win over Puerto Rico.
  • Video - Javier Baez's Hot Spring 01:09

    Javier Baez's Hot Spring

    Mar 16
    Cubs SS Javier Baez hits two home runs in 8-3 win over Royals.

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