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Despite early injury exit, Santiago nets win for PR Updated Mar 17, 2013
Puerto Rico right-hander Mario Santiago left Sunday night's World Baseball Classic semifinal victory over Japan with tightness in his right forearm.
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  • Sadaharu Oh throws first pitch at WBC Mar 17, 2013
    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 …
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  • The five weirdest-looking green caps worn by baseball teams on St. Patrick’s Day Mar 17, 2013
    While 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…
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  • Fractured left thumb costs Headley a month Mar 17, 2013
    Padres 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.
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  • Halladay leaves after one inning with stomach virus Mar 17, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Affeldt, Vogelsong return with fond Classic memories Mar 17, 2013
    Preparing 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.
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  • Abe, Posey are Giants of the game Mar 17, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Bradley still making his case for roster spot Mar 17, 2013
    Manager 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.
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  • Woman who inspired 'The Natural' movie dies Mar 17, 2013
    The 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,…
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  • Dodgers' Greinke (elbow) throws off mound Mar 17, 2013
    Zack 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.
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  • Dominicans looking to re-write Classic history Mar 17, 2013
    Though 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.
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  • Milkshakes made with beer headline Charleston RiverDogs’ creative concession items Mar 17, 2013
    Over 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…
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  • Teixeira Expected to Be Out Longer With Partly Torn Tendon Sheath

    First 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.
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  • Led by Jon Lester, Red Sox flirt with perfection in win over Rays Mar 17, 2013
    Well, 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 infi
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  • ‘L’il Papi’ becomes a viral hit after jersey-popping, money-counting home run trot Mar 17, 2013
    We 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's
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  • Concussion symptoms narrowing window for Drew Mar 17, 2013
    David 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.
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  • Obsessed fan who inspired 'Natural' dead at 83 Mar 17, 2013
    A woman whose shooting of a former Cubs baseball player in 1949 inspired a book and the movie "The Natural" has died.
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  • Yankees release outfielder Diaz Mar 17, 2013
    The 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.
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  • Priceless! Philadelphia Phillies trade pitcher Mike Cisco to Los Angeles Angels for ‘no compensation’ Mar 17, 2013
    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…
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  • Four players to watch during the World Baseball Classic’s championship round Mar 17, 2013
    With 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…
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  • Dickey returns to camp, focused on Opening Day start Mar 17, 2013
    After 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.
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  • Zobrist savors World Baseball Classic experience Mar 17, 2013
    Ben Zobrist was back in Rays camp on Sunday morning, still riding the high from his World Baseball Classic experience.
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  • Kershaw unconcerned after comebacker scare Mar 17, 2013
    Dodgers 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.
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  • Correa makes his mark in Major League camp Mar 17, 2013
    Top 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.
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  • Put me in coach: Reds' Chapman wants to close Mar 17, 2013
    Aroldis 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.
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  • Wright Is Unsure of Opening Day Status

    David 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.
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  • Crawford's spring debut comes as designated hitter Mar 17, 2013
    Carl 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.
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  • Dusty Baker expresses desire to manage U.S. at future World Baseball Classic Mar 17, 2013
    Though 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…
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  • With latest injury, Carmelo Anthony and NY Knicks dealing with all sorts of drama Mar 17, 2013
    It 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.
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  • Video - Halladay's Struggles Continue 03:05

    Halladay's Struggles Continue

    Mar 17 senior writer Jerry Crasnick on Roy Halladay being pulled after one inning in Sunday's spring training game against the Orioles.
  • Video - Puerto Rico Advances To WBC Final 00:41

    Puerto Rico Advances To WBC Final

    Mar 17
    Alex Rios' two-run homer propels Puerto Rico to the WBC final, where it will face the winner of the Netherlands against the Dominican Republic.