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Dale Sveum was accidentally shot by Robin Yount during a recent…

Dale Sveum was accidentally shot by Robin Yount during a recent quail hunt

yahoo.com ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Dec 4, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn - While team executives zeroed in on trade and free-agent targets at the winter meetings on Tuesday, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum described what it was like being between the crosshairs of a former teammate and Hall of Famer. Sveum sa
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  • Rox acquire Lopez from Astros to bolster 'pen

    Rox acquire Lopez from Astros to bolster 'pen

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The Rockies acquired right-hander Wilton Lopez and a player to be named or cash from the Astros on Tuesday night for righty starter Alex White and Minor League right-hander Alex Gillingham.
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  • Quiet Cards stay the course on Day 2 of Meetings

    Quiet Cards stay the course on Day 2 of Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Having spent much of Tuesday meeting with agents and holding internal discussions about various players, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said late in the afternoon that "nothing's changed really" in the level of activity over the past 24 hours.
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  • Dempster, Myers part of Brewers' discussions

    Dempster, Myers part of Brewers' discussions

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    There were no Brewers deals on Day 2 of the Winter Meetings but there was movement.
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  • Cubs likely to finalize deal with Fujikawa on Friday

    Cubs likely to finalize deal with Fujikawa on Friday

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The Cubs are expected to complete the agreement with Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa on Friday. The right-hander has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract, which includes vesting options valued at $5.5 million or $6 million, to be deter…
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  • Baseball America names Reds Organization of Year

    Baseball America names Reds Organization of Year

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The Reds received prestigious recognition on Tuesday, when they were named the 2012 Organization of the Year by Baseball America.
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  • Dusty Baker: Billy Hamilton ‘has a few things to learn about ba…

    Dusty Baker: Billy Hamilton ‘has a few things to learn about baseball’ before promotion

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - No matter how fast he might be, please hold your horses regarding top prospect Billy Hamilton helping the Cincinnati Reds in a meaningful way in 2013. When asked about him at the winter meetings on Monday, manager Dusty Baker put up
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  • Video - Cubs' Offseason Plan 01:13

    Cubs' Offseason Plan

    Dec 4
    ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers reports on the Cubs from the winter meetings.
  • Video - Sveum Happy With Additions To The Rotation 02:23

    Sveum Happy With Additions To The Rotation

    Dec 4
    Cubs manager Dale Sveum talks to the media at the winter meetings about his team's offseason pitching pickups and what he expects in his second year as manager.
  • Video - Todd Frazier: Jersey Strong 04:26

    Todd Frazier: Jersey Strong

    Dec 4
    Buster Olney profiles Reds 3B Todd Frazier, who is doing his part to help the residents of Toms River, N.J., recover from Hurricane Sandy.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Costly losses give Ravens, Bears something to worry about in ra…

    Dec 4
    Week 13 in the NFL had its requisite amount of 16 losers -- and, yes, we know the Rams and 49ers nearly tied once again -- but nobody in the league lost more ground than the Bears and Ravens, both of whom were upset at home on Sunday by six-win teams, d…
  • Peter King: Behind star trio, rookie QB class playing beyond its years; ma…

    Dec 4
    LANDOVER, Md. -- "It's all being ready to play at a younger age,'' Robert Griffin III said early this morning, putting those crazy striped socks on at his locker at FedEx Field. "I mean, look at how [South Carolina defensive end] Jadeveon Clow…
  • Clayton mailbag: Most disappointing teams of 2012

    Dec 4
    Before each season, experts try to pick the surprise teams. But these teams surprised us by being disappointing, writes John Clayton.
  • Peter King: RGIII helps overcome Giants as Redskins gain ground in NFC Eas…

    Dec 4
    LANDOVER, Md. -- A few minutes after Washington's 17-16 victory over the Giants on Monday night made the NFC East a competition instead of a rout with four games to play, the raucous crowd of 80,000 at FedEx Field couldn't get enough of its hero. "…