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JJ's perfect outing, Gose's big game lift Blue Jays
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.Upvote Share Tweet
Catching prospect Vazquez makes highlight reel playA 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Pelfrey turns in dominant outing vs. Red SoxMike 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.Upvote Share TweetRed 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Now more than ever, pitching will be key for YanksThere'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.Upvote Share Tweet
Lowe in unfamiliar position, competing for roster spotDerek 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Eovaldi backed by bats as Marlins down YanksMatt Downs and Adeiny Hechavarria each drove in two runs as the Marlins defeated the Yankees, 6-1, on Friday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share Tweet
The evolution of Fernando Rodney’s crooked capyahoo.com Updated Mar 8, 2013We 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…Upvote Share Tweet
The 10 most powerful pitchers in baseball historyCNNSI.com Updated Mar 8, 2013Stephen 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.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Mar 8, 2013New 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Spring headlines: Derek Jeter OK’d for full return; Brett Lawrie expected to be ready for opening dayyahoo.com Updated Mar 8, 2013Another 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 …Upvote Share TweetOrioles 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…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Mar 8, 2013SAN 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Mariano Rivera's LegacyMar 8Buster Olney reflects on Mariano Rivera's special career.
Mariano Rivera's Place In HistoryMar 8Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayless and Tim Kurkjian debate where Mariano Rivera ranks among baseball's all-time greats.
Peter King: Top 50 free agents of 2013Mar 8The 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 classMar 8Mike 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 basketballMar 8After uncovering Patient Zero for insane spending, the Sports Guy brings us up to date on basketball's truly atrocious deals.