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Astros sign lefty Bedard to minor league contract

Astros sign lefty Bedard to minor league contract

CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Updated Jan 21, 2013
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have signed left-hander Erik Bedard to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.
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  • Porter believes Ankiel can have big role for Astros

    Porter believes Ankiel can have big role for Astros

    MLB.com Jan 21, 2013
    Astros manager Bo Porter spoke glowingly Monday about outfielder Rick Ankiel, who signed with the team last week and will come to camp as a non-roster invitee. Ankiel played during the previous two seasons with Washington, where Porter was third-base co…
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  • Beltran hoping to remain with Cardinals beyond '13

    Beltran hoping to remain with Cardinals beyond '13

    MLB.com Jan 21, 2013
    Preparing to enter the final season of his two-year contract with the Cardinals, Carlos Beltran spoke candidly Monday about his interest in staying in St. Louis beyond the 2013 season.
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  • Matheny addresses report of financial issues

    Matheny addresses report of financial issues

    MLB.com Jan 21, 2013
    A day after Mike Matheny's current financial situation -- one that has him facing potential bankruptcy due to a series of investments gone wrong -- was delineated, in detail, in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals manager stressed that terming it…
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  • Report: Pirates, Liriano agree to revised deal

    Report: Pirates, Liriano agree to revised deal

    MLB.com Jan 21, 2013
    The Pirates have reached a new two-year agreement with left-hander Francisco Liriano, about a month after an original deal was in place, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday.
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  • Selig to announce big contribution at Cincy UYA

    Selig to announce big contribution at Cincy UYA

    MLB.com Jan 21, 2013
    The Reds and Major League Baseball on Monday announced that Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig will be at Great American Ball Park on Wednesday to announce a significant contribution for an Urban Youth Academy in Cincinnati.
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  • Visitation set for Thursday for Cards' great Musial

    Visitation set for Thursday for Cards' great Musial

    CNNSI.com Jan 21, 2013
    ST. LOUIS (AP) A public visitation for baseball great Stan Musial will be Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, with a funeral Mass on Saturday.
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Sports Columnists

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    Jan 21
    The Rooney Rule is nice in theory, but the NFL's diversity efforts must evolve. Plus, reader questions.
  • NBA - Los Angeles Clippers offseason paying off

    Jan 21
    A series of small-print moves has helped boost the Clippers to elite status in the 2012-13 season.
  • Peter King: Two compelling championship games produced HarBowl

    Jan 21
    ATLANTA -- The Niners are back. Hard to believe it's been 18 years since Steve Young threw six touchdown passes to shred the Chargers, then mimed having a monkey on his back while begging Harris Barton to rip it off, only to throw up a Gatorade/cookie m…