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Dontrelle Willis returns to baseball, signs minor-league contra…

Dontrelle Willis returns to baseball, signs minor-league contract with Cubs

yahoo.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 4, 2013
Perhaps retirement wasn’t all it was cracked up to be for Dontrelle Willis, or maybe the competitive fire of a 30-year-old hurler who should still have a few decent years left in his once dominant arm has been lit again. Whatever the case is, the quirky
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  • Former Astros named to Minor League field staff

    Former Astros named to Minor League field staff

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Former Astros players Morgan Ensberg and Adam Everett, as well as former National League stolen base king Vince Coleman, are among those who will be on the Astros' Minor League field staff this season.
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  • Brewers sign outfielder Garner to Minor League deal

    Brewers sign outfielder Garner to Minor League deal

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Brewers added to their Minor League outfield depth Friday by finalizing a deal with Cole Garner, a 28-year-old who played in four games with the Rockies in 2011.
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  • Indians bolster rotation, finalize deal with Myers

    Indians bolster rotation, finalize deal with Myers

    CNNSI.com Jan 4, 2013
    CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have finalized a one-year contract with free agent right-hander Brett Myers.
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  • Pirates announce changes to Minor League staffs

    Pirates announce changes to Minor League staffs

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Pirates unveiled a series of Minor League coaching staff changes on Friday, as new managers will take over at six of the organization's eight affiliates.
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  • Blue Jays claim righty Beck off waivers

    Blue Jays claim righty Beck off waivers

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    The Blue Jays added a familiar face back to the organization on Friday, claiming right-hander Chad Beck off waivers from the Pirates.
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  • Back of Astros' rotation has plenty of competition

    Back of Astros' rotation has plenty of competition

    MLB.com Jan 4, 2013
    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow created plenty of competition in the back end of the pitching rotation this season with the addition of right-handers Philip Humber, Alex White and John Ely to a group that already included youngsters Dallas Keuchel an…
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  • Laser-pointing teen at Cards game pleads guilty

    Laser-pointing teen at Cards game pleads guilty

    yahoo.com Jan 4, 2013
    He who would lase has been made to pay. The teenager caught pointing a laser from a suite inside of Busch Stadium and causing a delay of a St. Louis Cardinals-San Francisco Giants game pleaded guilty in December, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Car…
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Sports Columnists

  • Daquean Cook to sign with Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers, agent says

    Jan 4
    Free-agent shooting specialist Daquean Cook will sign with the Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers Friday, according to his agent.
  • Daequan Cook to sign with Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers, agent says

    Jan 4
    Free-agent shooting specialist Daequan Cook will sign with the Chicago Bulls after clearing waivers Friday, according to his agent.
  • Don Banks: Kansas City gets its man, but history says Reid may not win big

    Jan 4
    The Kansas City Chiefs on Friday completed their whirlwind pursuit of Andy Reid and hired him as their next head coach, making the big, bold headline move in large part because they were drawn by his long NFL track record and history of winning in Phila…
  • Peter King: Quarterback play crucial in uncertain Wild Card round

    Jan 4
    Minnesota cornerback Antoine Winfield and Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco are two of the major difference-makers on Wild Card weekend in this 93rd NFL season, if you accept these premises: