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JJ's perfect outing, Gose's big game lift Blue Jays

JJ's perfect outing, Gose's big game lift Blue Jays

MLB.com Updated Mar 8, 2013
Anthony Gose highlighted his three-hit performance with a two-run home run, and Josh Johnson displayed his dominant form while helping the Blue Jays claim a 7-1 win over the Braves at Champion Stadium on Friday afternoon.
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  • Catching prospect Vazquez makes highlight reel play

    Catching prospect Vazquez makes highlight reel play

    MLB.com Mar 8, 2013
    A buzz could be heard across JetBlue Park on Friday night, and it was caused by one throw -- a laser out of the hand of Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez.
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  • Pelfrey turns in dominant outing vs. Red Sox

    Pelfrey turns in dominant outing vs. Red Sox

    MLB.com Mar 8, 2013
    Mike Pelfrey turned in a dominant performance for the Twins on Friday night at JetBlue Park, helping to lead his team to a 2-0 victory over the Red Sox.
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  • Still feeling sore, Ortiz takes break from running

    Still feeling sore, Ortiz takes break from running

    MLB.com Mar 8, 2013
    Red Sox slugger David Ortiz took another down day from running on Friday, making it obvious that he won't reach the original target of playing in an exhibition game by the end of this week.
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  • Now more than ever, pitching will be key for Yanks

    Now more than ever, pitching will be key for Yanks

    MLB.com Mar 8, 2013
    There's a very good reason that so many people are so worried about the deluge of injuries that has befallen the Yankees this spring. And it's not just that it's the Yankees.
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  • Lowe in unfamiliar position, competing for roster spot

    Lowe in unfamiliar position, competing for roster spot

    MLB.com Mar 8, 2013
    Derek Lowe has pitched in two All-Star Games and 26 playoff games, and he was the winning pitcher in Game 4 of the 2004 World Series when the Red Sox crushed the Curse of the Bambino. He has been a 21-game winner as a starter and led the league in saves…
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  • Eovaldi backed by bats as Marlins down Yanks

    Eovaldi backed by bats as Marlins down Yanks

    MLB.com Mar 8, 2013
    Matt Downs and Adeiny Hechavarria each drove in two runs as the Marlins defeated the Yankees, 6-1, on Friday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.
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  • Will He Retire? Rivera Won’t Say, Yet

    Will He Retire? Rivera Won’t Say, Yet

    The Yankees' star closer spoke briefly with reporters as he walked to his car, but wouldn't reveal what he would say at a news conference scheduled for Saturday morning.
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  • The evolution of Fernando Rodney’s crooked cap

    The evolution of Fernando Rodney’s crooked cap

    yahoo.com Mar 8, 2013
    We know Fernando Rodney of the Tampa Bay Rays can close a game. We had 48 saves last year. We also know he doesn't seem to like wearing his cap straight. Wearing it cocked to the side has become Rodney's "thing." He's pitching for the Dominica…
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  • The 10 most powerful pitchers in baseball history

    The 10 most powerful pitchers in baseball history

    CNNSI.com Mar 8, 2013
    Stephen Strasburg is one of the game's hardest hurlers, but how does he stack up to some of baseball's legendary flamethrowers? Ted Keith ranks the top 10 power pitchers.
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  • Jeter says he's '100 percent,' ready to play ball

    Jeter says he's '100 percent,' ready to play ball

    ESPN.com Mar 8, 2013
    New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter said his fractured left ankle is "100 percent" healed, the final step needed for him to be allowed to play in a spring training game.
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  • Spring headlines: Derek Jeter OK’d for full return; Brett Lawri…

    Spring headlines: Derek Jeter OK’d for full return; Brett Lawrie expected to be ready for opening day

    yahoo.com Mar 8, 2013
    Another day, another New York Yankees story. This news? It's the opposite of what the Yankees have been getting lately. It's, it's, it's ... good! Derek Jeter passed his final check-up, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, and is now cleared …
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  • Schoop's big day at plate helps Dutch shock Cuba

    Schoop's big day at plate helps Dutch shock Cuba

    MLB.com Mar 8, 2013
    Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop had a three-run home run and finished a triple away from hitting for the cycle to help bring the Netherlands to the brink of a berth in the semifinals with a 6-2 win over Cuba in the first game of the second round on Fri…
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  • Reyes, Dom. Republic rout Venezuela in WBC

    Reyes, Dom. Republic rout Venezuela in WBC

    CNNSI.com Mar 8, 2013
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Jose Reyes had four hits, Robinson Cano drove in three runs and the Dominican Republic beat Venezuela 9-3 on Thursday night in the World Baseball Classic.
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  • Video - Mariano Rivera's Legacy 02:24

    Mariano Rivera's Legacy

    Mar 8
    Buster Olney reflects on Mariano Rivera's special career.
  • Video - Mariano Rivera's Place In History 08:45

    Mariano Rivera's Place In History

    Mar 8
    Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Tim Kurkjian debate where Mariano Rivera ranks among baseball's all-time greats.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Top 50 free agents of 2013

    Mar 8
    The deadline has passed for teams to assign franchise tags to the impending free agents they want to keep. Those who weren't tagged and don't re-sign with their teams before 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 12 will officially enter the free agent market.
  • Clayton: Mike Wallace is the gem of this FA class

    Mar 8
    Mike Wallace is the gem of this free-agent period, which features a new provision for preliminary talks.
  • The Sports Guy breaks down the worst contracts in basketball

    Mar 8
    After uncovering Patient Zero for insane spending, the Sports Guy brings us up to date on basketball's truly atrocious deals.