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Report: Brewers' missing link finally found

Report: Brewers' missing link finally found

The $3,000 Italian Sausage costume that is used in the sausage races at Miller Park has been found, according to FOX6 News.
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  • As ‘tradition’ ends, a list of Wrigley Field’s worst seventh in…

    As ‘tradition’ ends, a list of Wrigley Field’s worst seventh inning stretch conductors

    yahoo.com Feb 27, 2013
    After 15 eardrum-assaulting seasons, the Chicago Cubs have mercifully decided to euthanize the practice of having random celebrities sing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field. As detailed on the Hall…
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  • Hensley working hard to impress in Reds' camp

    Hensley working hard to impress in Reds' camp

    MLB.com Feb 27, 2013
    Appearing in 60 games for the World Series champion Giants last season, new Reds reliever Clay Hensley will get a ring when they're handed out at the beginning of the regular season. Now, he is in camp with the Reds, hoping to make the 2013 roster.
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  • Wright ready to set example for younger teammates

    Wright ready to set example for younger teammates

    MLB.com Feb 27, 2013
    It wasn't that long ago that Astros relief pitcher Wesley Wright was one of the young guys, just another name in a row of lockers.
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  • Lessons learned in Cole's first game action

    Lessons learned in Cole's first game action

    MLB.com Feb 27, 2013
    Gerrit Cole, the Pirates' top pitching prospect, saw his first game action on Wednesday, learning some valuable lessons about life in the big leagues.
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  • Castro exits Cubs game with hamstring tightness

    Castro exits Cubs game with hamstring tightness

    MLB.com Feb 27, 2013
    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro had to leave Wednesday's game and is day to day because of tightness in his left hamstring.
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  • Niemann, Hellickson have solid outings

    Niemann, Hellickson have solid outings

    MLB.com Feb 27, 2013
    Jeff Niemann and Jeremy Hellickson combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the Rays' 8-2 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday.
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  • Russell Martin Leaves Canada's WBC Team Because They Won't Let …

    Russell Martin Leaves Canada's WBC Team Because They Won't Let Him Play Shortstop

    deadspin.com Feb 27, 2013
    Pirates backstop Russell Martin doesn't want to be a catcher. It's boring. You have to crouch all game. You never get to run around. You rarely get to throw the ball beyond returning it to the pitcher. Rather than getting to enjoy a sunny afternoon on t…
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  • Cubs to adjust policy for 'Ball Game' singers

    Cubs to adjust policy for 'Ball Game' singers

    ESPN.com Feb 27, 2013
    (Eds: Clarifies Fenway is eighth inning tradition. Restores writethru sequence. With AP Photos.)
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  • Chapman experiment risky but worth trying

    Chapman experiment risky but worth trying

    CNNSI.com Feb 27, 2013
    For the second straight year, the Reds are attempting to convert Aroldis Chapman into a starting pitcher. It's a risky move, but one that is definitely worth trying, writes Jay Jaffe.
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  • Martin not in Wednesday lineup, but feels better

    Martin not in Wednesday lineup, but feels better

    MLB.com Feb 27, 2013
    Russell Martin walked out of the Pirates' training room on Wednesday morning wearing a wide smile and an electronic heating gadget strapped to his right shoulder and said he "feels much better today."
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  • Video - Brewers' Italian Sausage Went Missing 01:14

    Brewers' Italian Sausage Went Missing

    Feb 27
    Milwaukee Brewers Italian sausage that went missing earlier this month has been found at a bar in Wisconsin.
  • Video - Cardinals Poised For The Future 01:24

    Cardinals Poised For The Future

    Feb 27
    Keith Law discusses the Cardinals and Cubs and how they are positioned for the future.
  • Video - Brandon McCarthy Makes Return To The Mound 00:53

    Brandon McCarthy Makes Return To The Mound

    Feb 27
    After taking a line drive off the head while playing for the Athletics in 2012, Brandon McCarthy returned to the mound Wednesday to strike out four over two innings pitching for the Diamondbacks.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: 2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

    Feb 27
    We told you this year's draft was one of those exception-to-rule affairs, and the just-completed NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis seemed to confirm it. To wit:
  • Detroit Lions now $5M under cap with reworked deals

    Feb 27
    Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola and wide receiver Nate Burleson accepted combined pay cuts of $5.55 million to help the Lions get under the salary cap.
  • Source: 49ers agree to trade Smith to Chiefs

    Feb 27
    The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to trade quarterback Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs, league sources confirmed to ESPN.
  • The Sports Guy spends a week with Mike Tyson

    Feb 27
    On a rooftop in Harlem, Bill Simmons discovered the only place where Mike Tyson finds peace.