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At its best, the World Baseball Classic is a celebration of baseball as it has been played around the world. It was cool, then, to see Japanese home run legend Sadaharu Oh deliver one of the first pitches before Sunday's WBC semifinal between Japan and …Upvote Share Tweet
The five weirdest-looking green caps worn by baseball teams on St. Patrick’s DayWhile it's all well and good for Major League Baseball teams to have some fun on St. Patrick's Day and wear green caps or green jerseys, that doesn't make them any less strange to look at. This isn't a new phenomenon. The Boston Red Sox, for example, ha…Upvote Share TweetPadres third baseman Chase Headley, coming off one of the best seasons in franchise history, will miss the first two weeks of the regular season after fracturing the tip of his left thumb on Sunday.Upvote Share TweetThe Phillies were hoping that ace right-hander Roy Halladay would pitch well enough against the Orioles on Sunday to prove that his previous start, in which he gave up six runs in 2 2/3 innings, was nothing to worry about. He never had a chance. Hallada…Upvote Share Tweet
Affeldt, Vogelsong return with fond Classic memoriesPreparing for and participating in the World Baseball Classic didn't leave Ryan Vogelsong and Jeremy Affeldt just in midseason form. They almost felt as if they were in postseason form.Upvote Share TweetThe Giants' catcher steps into the batter's box at AT&T Park for a nighttime batting-practice session. The repeated sounds of bat and ball colliding violently cause reporters to turn their heads to watch each shot streak over the right-field wall. N…Upvote Share Tweet
Bradley still making his case for roster spotManager John Farrell had a little smile Sunday morning when he was asked if outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s left-handed bat might make sense if the Red Sox head north without Stephen Drew and David Ortiz.Upvote Share TweetThe inspiration -- namely, the woman who shot a Major Leaguer in her hotel room -- behind the movie, "The Natural," has died. Ruth Ann Steinhagen, a crazed Cubs fan who baited Phillies first baseman Eddie Waitkus into meeting with her in 1949,…Upvote Share TweetZack Greinke has thrown off a mound for the first time since the Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander was shut down March 11 with inflammation in his right elbow.Upvote Share Tweet
Dominicans looking to re-write Classic historyThough members of both teams have tried to play it down, the Dominican Republic-Kingdom of the Netherlands grudge match in the semifinals on Monday night at AT&T Park has become one of the most talked about clashes in this year's World Baseball Classic.Upvote Share Tweet
Milkshakes made with beer headline Charleston RiverDogs’ creative concession itemsOver the years the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League have become one of the standard bearers for creative concession items in minor league baseball. It sounds like that reputation will only grow in 2013 as food and beverage director John…Upvote Share TweetFirst baseman Mark Teixeira said his wrist injury was not a sprain but rather a partially torn tendon sheath, which might keep him out until June, and maybe longer.Upvote Share TweetWell, at the very least, the Tampa Bay Rays proved they're already in their usual mid-season “perfect game alert" form on Sunday afternoon. Yes, the Rays came two batters away from being on the wrong side of history yet again, but a Jason Bourgeois infiUpvote Share Tweet
‘L’il Papi’ becomes a viral hit after jersey-popping, money-counting home run trotWe don't know much about the young ballplayer in the video below. We don't know his name, nor do we know where this video was shot. What we do know is that whoever uploaded this clip to YouTube named it "lilpapi" - and it soon becomes apparent that he'sUpvote Share TweetDavid Ortiz has already been ruled out for Opening Day, and now shortstop Stephen Drew's chances of playing April 1 against the Yankees are shrinking, too.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Mar 17, 2013A woman whose shooting of a former Cubs baseball player in 1949 inspired a book and the movie "The Natural" has died.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees release outfielder DiazThe Yankees have released outfielder Matt Diaz, trimming a contender from their spring search for a right-handed bat. Diaz, 35, hit .200 (6-for-30) with no extra-base hits and two RBIs in 13 spring games for New York.Upvote Share Tweet
Priceless! Philadelphia Phillies trade pitcher Mike Cisco to Los Angeles Angels for ‘no compensation’When it came down to dealing right-hander Mike Cisco, no price seemed fair to Philadelphia Phillies GM Ruben Amaro. So he literally traded Cisco to the Los Angeles Angels for nothing. Minor League RHP Mike Cisco traded to Angels for no compensation, Phi…Upvote Share Tweet
Four players to watch during the World Baseball Classic’s championship roundWith Team USA on the outside looking in at the World Baseball Classic's championship round, it may be difficult for some of you to get motivated to watch these final three games. Actually, maybe I shouldn't say it like that. It's entirely possibly you w…Upvote Share Tweet
Dickey returns to camp, focused on Opening Day startAfter Team USA's elimination from the World Baseball Classic, R.A. Dickey has his full attention on getting ready for the season opener with the Blue Jays. He makes his first start back in a Minor League game on Tuesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Zobrist savors World Baseball Classic experienceBen Zobrist was back in Rays camp on Sunday morning, still riding the high from his World Baseball Classic experience.Upvote Share Tweet
Kershaw unconcerned after comebacker scareDodgers Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw said his left Achilles was sore Sunday, one day after being struck by a comebacker, but he doesn't expect to miss a start or any practice time.Upvote Share Tweet
Correa makes his mark in Major League campTop prospect and 2012 No. 1 overall Draft pick Carlos Correa has made a big impression on Jeff Luhnow this spring, and the Astros GM said he expects Correa to spend the majority of the season with Class A Quad Cities.Upvote Share TweetAroldis Chapman doesn't like the uncertainty that has come with being taken out of the closer role and thrust into the mix for a job in the Reds' rotation.Upvote Share TweetDavid Wright spoke to reporters on Sunday and said he hopes to be ready for Opening Day, but also said he does not want to rush back and cause a more serious injury.Upvote Share Tweet
Crawford's spring debut comes as designated hitterCarl Crawford made his long-awaited Cactus League debut for the Dodgers on Sunday, going 0-for-3 as the designated hitter in the club's split-squad game at home against the Brewers.Upvote Share Tweet
Dusty Baker expresses desire to manage U.S. at future World Baseball ClassicThough he fully realizes Tony LaRussa is the next logical candidate to manage Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, Cincinnati Reds skipper Dusty Baker still made it known on Saturday he'd like to follow in the footsteps of Tommy Lasorda, Davey Johnso…Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Mar 17, 2013It was like this with Pedro Martinez once, when the Mets went all-in with him as a way of trying to make it all the way back: You bought the talent, you bought all the wonder in his game, but you bought the drama, too.Upvote Share Tweet
Halladay's Struggles ContinueMar 17ESPN.com senior writer Jerry Crasnick on Roy Halladay being pulled after one inning in Sunday's spring training game against the Orioles.
Puerto Rico Advances To WBC FinalMar 17Alex Rios' two-run homer propels Puerto Rico to the WBC final, where it will face the winner of the Netherlands against the Dominican Republic.
NFL mailbag - Proposed changes affect tuck rule, safetyMar 17The NFL is mulling the end of the unfair "tuck rule," and running backs are pushing back at another proposed change, writes John Clayton.