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NY Mets pitchers Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler's minor resemblan…

NY Mets pitchers Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler's minor resemblance

nydailynews.com Updated Feb 14, 2013
With the rain having curtailed the workout of the Mets’ pitchers Thursday, it seemed as good a time as any to pay a visit to “phenoms corner” in the back of the clubhouse, where Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler locker right next to each other, just to t
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  • Things Are Going Zimmo

    Things Are Going Zimmo

    nytimes.com Feb 14, 2013
    Fred Wilpon, the Mets' principal owner, apparently coined a new word, zimmo, when speaking with the news media at spring training.
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  • That time a fish fell from the sky at Washington Nationals prac…

    That time a fish fell from the sky at Washington Nationals practice

    yahoo.com Feb 14, 2013
    File this one away under Weird Things That Happen at Spring Training: The Washington Nationals got an unexpected guest Thursday during batting practice. And it wasn't a racing president. It was a fish. As the Washington Post tells us, an osprey was flyi…
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  • Howard swinging for mental, physical rejuvenation

    Howard swinging for mental, physical rejuvenation

    MLB.com Feb 14, 2013
    The Phillies would love for Ryan Howard to bounce back in 2013 and play like a younger, healthier version of himself, and Howard believes he is capable of that type of season if he focuses on the right things.
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  • Cards extend GM's deal, pick up Matheny's option

    Cards extend GM's deal, pick up Matheny's option

    CNNSI.com Feb 14, 2013
    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals announced a three-year contract extension with general manager John Mozeliak on Thursday and exercised the 2014 option for manager Mike Matheny, hoping the pair will keep the team contending for the World Se…
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  • For sophomore effort, Harper's aspirations lofty

    For sophomore effort, Harper's aspirations lofty

    MLB.com Feb 14, 2013
    Bryce Harper arrived at Nationals camp Thursday, prepared for a potential position switch to left field and perhaps a new spot in the batting order, but the reigning NL Rookie of the Year Award winner's main focus is doing what he can to help Washington…
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  • Collins happy with early turnout at Mets camp

    Collins happy with early turnout at Mets camp

    MLB.com Feb 14, 2013
    Terry Collins believes his public criticism of Ruben Tejada last February may have spooked a few extra players into reporting early for Spring Training in 2013. He's happy if it did.
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  • Soriano absent from Nats camp due to visa issue

    Soriano absent from Nats camp due to visa issue

    MLB.com Feb 14, 2013
    The official report date for pitchers and catchers to Nationals camp was Wednesday, and as the team gathered for a Thursday morning meeting, newly acquired closer Rafael Soriano was absent due to a visa issue.
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  • Closer role is not the most stable job in baseball

    Closer role is not the most stable job in baseball

    MLB.com Feb 14, 2013
    While the closer role remains a no-brainer for many teams -- with rising stars such as the Braves' Craig Kimbrel and stalwarts like the Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon continuing to serve their teams well -- the ninth-inning man has become somewhat of an en…
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  • Video - OTL: Headgear for Pitchers - Bonus Clip 01:39

    OTL: Headgear for Pitchers - Bonus Clip

    Feb 14
    In consecutive seasons, the Padres' Chris Young and the Giants' Joe Martinez were hit in the head by line drives and left battered and bloodied. As MLB considers introducing protective headgear for pitchers, Young and Martinez spoke with Steve Delso
  • Video - OTL: Capping The Risk 04:48

    OTL: Capping The Risk

    Feb 14
    When A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy needed brain surgery last September after a line drive struck his head, MLB accelerated efforts to offer some protection against the long-standing danger on the mound.
  • Video - Leyland Shocked Valverde Remains Unsigned 04:10

    Leyland Shocked Valverde Remains Unsigned

    Feb 14
    Jayson Stark discusses Jim Leyland's comments that he is "shocked" and "brokenhearted" that former Tigers closer Jose Valverde remains unsigned.
  • Video - Uni Watch: Native American nicknames 01:04

    Uni Watch: Native American nicknames

    Feb 14
    Paul Lukas discusses the controversy surrounding the name of one of the NFL's most storied franchises.

Sports Columnists

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    Feb 14
    Clippers, Lakers are headed in opposite directions, taking the other's road for a change.
  • Michael Jordan birthday recalls greatness not surpassed by LeBron James do…

    Feb 14
    Michael Jordan's 50th birthday serves to remind those stuck in the moment of the greatness of his legacy.