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Astros pick up three players in trade with A's

Astros pick up three players in trade with A's

MLB.com yahoo.com ESPN.com Updated Feb 4, 2013
The Astros acquired power-hitting first baseman Chris Carter, starter Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi from the A's on Monday in exchange for Jed Lowrie and Fernando Rodriguez.
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  • Urban Invitational returns to Houston

    Urban Invitational returns to Houston

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    The Astros will once again play host to the Urban Invitational, a college baseball tournament at Minute Maid Park that features four historically black colleges and universities -- Alabama State, Southern, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.
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  • Pirates get trucking to Spring Training home

    Pirates get trucking to Spring Training home

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    In the frigid early February dawn, bats, balls, helmets and the other tools of summer were loaded onto the truck for the annual trip to Bradenton, Fla. When that truck returns to PNC Park in eight weeks, it will be packing spring.
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  • Stewart appreciates Cubs' show of support

    Stewart appreciates Cubs' show of support

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    Rehabbing from wrist surgery, Ian Stewart began training with Hall of Famer Rod Carew in California -- many miles from his North Carolina home. Mrs. Strewart gave Ian the green light to go.
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  • Top 10 lineups: Angels the cream of the crop

    Top 10 lineups: Angels the cream of the crop

    MLB.com Feb 4, 2013
    While the Tigers, Cardinals and Brewers will also field elite offenes this year, the Angels, led by Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols, have the best lineup in the Major Leagues as the season approaches.
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  • Video - ESPN The Mag: MLB Superstars As Devo 01:24

    ESPN The Mag: MLB Superstars As Devo

    Feb 4
    Go behind the scenes with Evan Longoria, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino, Brandon Phillips and Justin Upton as they prepare for their shoot as Devo for the upcoming ESPN The Magazine music issue.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: What's next for Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers

    Feb 4
    NEW ORLEANS -- Having snapped the NFC's three-year Super Bowl winning streak, but continued the NFL's recent trend of seeing a lower-seeded hot team ride postseason momentum all the way to the parade-planning stage, the Baltimore Ravens stand astride th…
  • Clayton: Early Super Bowl favorites for 2013

    Feb 4
    Can the Ravens and 49ers get back? Don't count on it. Here are five teams that should be Super Bowl threats in 2013, writes John Clayton.
  • Don Banks: Imperfect and slowed, but Lewis ends career on top with Ravens

    Feb 4
    NEW ORLEANS -- You don't have to buy everything that Ray Lewis is selling -- and plenty of people don't, me included -- to enjoy the storybook ending that was his "last ride.''
  • Don Banks: Much-maligned Lewis ends career on top with Ravens

    Feb 4
    NEW ORLEANS -- You don't have to buy everything that Ray Lewis is selling -- and plenty of people don't, me included -- to enjoy the storybook ending that was his "last ride.''