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As ‘tradition’ ends, a list of Wrigley Field’s worst seventh inning stretch conductorsUpdated Feb 27 Share TweetAfter 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…Source: yahoo.com
Hensley working hard to impress in Reds' campUpdated Feb 27 Share TweetAppearing 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.
Wright ready to set example for younger teammatesUpdated Feb 27 Share TweetIt 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.
Lessons learned in Cole's first game actionUpdated Feb 27 Share TweetGerrit Cole, the Pirates' top pitching prospect, saw his first game action on Wednesday, learning some valuable lessons about life in the big leagues.
Castro exits Cubs game with hamstring tightnessUpdated Feb 27 Share TweetCubs shortstop Starlin Castro had to leave Wednesday's game and is day to day because of tightness in his left hamstring.
Niemann, Hellickson have solid outingsUpdated Feb 27 Share TweetJeff Niemann and Jeremy Hellickson combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the Rays' 8-2 victory over the Pirates on Wednesday.
Russell Martin Leaves Canada's WBC Team Because They Won't Let Him Play ShortstopUpdated Feb 27 Share TweetPirates 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…Source: deadspin.com
Cubs to adjust policy for 'Ball Game' singersUpdated Feb 27 Share Tweet(Eds: Clarifies Fenway is eighth inning tradition. Restores writethru sequence. With AP Photos.)Source: ESPN.com
Chapman experiment risky but worth tryingUpdated Feb 27 Share TweetFor 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.Source: CNNSI.comShare TweetRussell 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."
Brewers' Italian Sausage Went MissingFeb 27Milwaukee Brewers Italian sausage that went missing earlier this month has been found at a bar in Wisconsin.
Cardinals Poised For The FutureFeb 27Keith Law discusses the Cardinals and Cubs and how they are positioned for the future.
Brandon McCarthy Makes Return To The MoundFeb 27After 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.
Don Banks: 2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0Feb 27We 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 dealsFeb 27Detroit 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 ChiefsFeb 27The 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 TysonFeb 27On a rooftop in Harlem, Bill Simmons discovered the only place where Mike Tyson finds peace.