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Betancourt, Belisle set the tone in Rockies bullpenUpdated Feb 21 Share TweetRafael 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.
Torres not resting in quest to stay speedyUpdated Feb 21 Share TweetGiants outfielder Andres Torres fully realizes that he needs his speed to stay productive. So he does everything he can to enhance his mobility.Share TweetRockies manager Walt Weiss said he and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki have quickly developed a positive rapport.
Getting to know your World Baseball Classic squads: JapanUpdated Feb 21 Share TweetPool: 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…Source: yahoo.com
McGwire brings fresh approach to DodgersUpdated Feb 21 Share TweetIn 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.Share TweetAs 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.
Back with Giants, Scutaro plays part of starUpdated Feb 21 Share TweetMarco 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.
In quest for depth, teams want more than just a few good menUpdated Feb 21 Share TweetSpring 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.Source: CNNSI.com
Sarah's Take: Dodgers looking up at GiantsUpdated Feb 21 Share TweetThe 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.
Snow creates winter wonderland at Arizona Diamondbacks campUpdated Feb 21 Share TweetPHOENIX - 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 RoSource: yahoo.com
BBTN Special: D-backs CampFeb 21Jon Sciambi, Tim Kurkjian and Aaron Boone report from a snowy Diamondbacks spring training.
Montero Under Pressure?Feb 21Miguel Montero talks about facing pressure with the departure of Justin Upton, taking a leadership role, and representing his country in the WBC.
Snowing In SpringFeb 21Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson talks about seeing snow in spring training, playing paintball, and how the team is moving forward without Justin Upton.
Don Banks: Eagles far from giving up on Foles; more combine Day 1 SnapsFeb 21INDIANAPOLIS -- 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 SunsFeb 21After 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, moreFeb 21Greg 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 sourcesFeb 21The 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.