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Ex-MLBer wins 'The Next Knuckler,' joins D-backs

Ex-MLBer wins 'The Next Knuckler,' joins D-backs

CNNSI.com MLB.com ESPN.com Updated Feb 21, 2013
Former major league infielder Josh Booty has won a reality television show by throwing the best knuckleball, and will go to spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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  • Betancourt, Belisle set the tone in Rockies bullpen

    Betancourt, Belisle set the tone in Rockies bullpen

    MLB.com Feb 21, 2013
    Rafael Betancourt and Matt Belisle set the tone for the younger members of the Rockies bullpen, and it starts with the pair's phenominal dedication to being prepared, mentally and physically.
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  • Torres not resting in quest to stay speedy

    Torres not resting in quest to stay speedy

    MLB.com Feb 21, 2013
    Giants outfielder Andres Torres fully realizes that he needs his speed to stay productive. So he does everything he can to enhance his mobility.
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  • Weiss, Tulo building solid relationship

    Weiss, Tulo building solid relationship

    MLB.com Feb 21, 2013
    Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki have quickly developed a positive rapport.
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  • Getting to know your World Baseball Classic squads: Japan

    Getting to know your World Baseball Classic squads: Japan

    yahoo.com Feb 21, 2013
    Pool: A, Japan '09 finish: Won second straight World Baseball Classic title with win over Korea in final at Dodger Stadium. First game: Saturday, March 2 against Brazil. Biggest star: Shinnosuke Abe is a 32-year-old catcher for the Yomiuri Giants. He wa…
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  • McGwire brings fresh approach to Dodgers

    McGwire brings fresh approach to Dodgers

    MLB.com Feb 21, 2013
    In the last 15 years, the Dodgers have had 10 hitting coaches. Mark McGwire makes 11. McGwire, who minimizes mechanics and focuses on approach, studied all Dodgers hitters during the offseason and came to Spring Training ready to work.
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  • For Crawford, a case of art imitating life

    For Crawford, a case of art imitating life

    MLB.com Feb 21, 2013
    As last season progressed, so did Brandon Crawford's excellence. He committed 12 errors in his first 59 games before being charged with just six miscues afterward. Long before the season ended, the Giants knew they had a blossoming talent at shortstop.
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  • Back with Giants, Scutaro plays part of star

    Back with Giants, Scutaro plays part of star

    MLB.com Feb 21, 2013
    Marco Scutaro is baseball's version of the character actor who finally gets a starring role late in his career and takes full advantage, emerging as an overnight sensation.
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  • In quest for depth, teams want more than just a few good men

    In quest for depth, teams want more than just a few good men

    CNNSI.com Feb 21, 2013
    Spring training is usually all about finalizing a 25-man roster, but it's increasingly about finding the extra guys who often make all the difference, writes Joe Lemire.
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  • Sarah's Take: Dodgers looking up at Giants

    Sarah's Take: Dodgers looking up at Giants

    MLB.com Feb 21, 2013
    The Dodgers could have the largest payroll in MLB history this season, but the Giants have the experience and intangibles to be the best of the NL West again in 2013.
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  • Snow creates winter wonderland at Arizona Diamondbacks camp

    Snow creates winter wonderland at Arizona Diamondbacks camp

    yahoo.com Feb 21, 2013
    PHOENIX - Yes, Phoenix. They're calling it "winter training" here, where a freaky storm dusted parts of the area with hail and snow (a combination called graupel) Thursday. The stadium at Salt River Fields, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Ro
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  • Video - BBTN Special: D-backs Camp 09:56

    BBTN Special: D-backs Camp

    Feb 21
    Jon Sciambi, Tim Kurkjian and Aaron Boone report from a snowy Diamondbacks spring training.
  • Video - Montero Under Pressure? 04:02

    Montero Under Pressure?

    Feb 21
    Miguel Montero talks about facing pressure with the departure of Justin Upton, taking a leadership role, and representing his country in the WBC.
  • Video - Snowing In Spring 04:01

    Snowing In Spring

    Feb 21
    Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson talks about seeing snow in spring training, playing paintball, and how the team is moving forward without Justin Upton.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Eagles far from giving up on Foles; more combine Day 1 Snaps

    Feb 21
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a somewhat slow first day at the NFL's annual scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium...
  • O'Neal won't seek buyout, to remain with Suns

    Feb 21
    After the passing of the NBA trade deadline Thursday and a post-deadline meeting with team officials, Phoenix Suns center Jermaine O'Neal told ESPN that he is staying with the Suns as opposed to seeking a buyout of his contract
  • NFL combine -- Thursday observations about Bucs, Joeckel, more

    Feb 21
    Greg Schiano made it clear at the combine that Josh Freeman is the Buccaneers' starting quarterback, writes John Clayton.
  • Orlando Magic trade J.J. Redick to Milwaukee Bucks, according to sources

    Feb 21
    The Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic have agreed to a trade that will send J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith to the Bucks in return for Tobias Harris, Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb, league sources told ESPN.com.