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Vogelsong continues Giants starters' momentum

Vogelsong continues Giants starters' momentum

MLB.com Updated Mar 20, 2013
Ryan Vogelsong's six sparkling innings in Wednesday's 10-inning scoreless tie with the Brewers continued a familiar trend: The Giants' starters are thriving.
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  • A 'perfect' utility man: Arias always at the ready

    A 'perfect' utility man: Arias always at the ready

    MLB.com Mar 20, 2013
    Joaquin Arias proved last season that he can perform capably at third base, where he started 39 games. And if Pablo Sandoval mends slowly or sustains a different injury at another juncture, the Giants can summon Arias without a trace of anxiety.
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  • Kershaw's agents spotted at training complex

    Kershaw's agents spotted at training complex

    MLB.com Mar 20, 2013
    Clayton Kershaw's agents were at the Dodgers Camelback Ranch training complex on Wednesday, immediately fueling speculation that a contract extension for the team's ace was in the works.
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  • Greinke tests out elbow

    Greinke tests out elbow

    CNNSI.com Mar 20, 2013
    SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw four innings in a minor league game Wednesday without any trouble in his tender right elbow.
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  • Quentin optimistic after testing knee in field

    Quentin optimistic after testing knee in field

    MLB.com Mar 20, 2013
    Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin tested his sore right knee in the field for the first time on Wednesday. Quentin, who has had soreness in his surgically repaired knee for 10 days, was asked if he'll be ready to be in the Opening Day lineup on April 1…
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  • Francis poised to open eyes with guile

    Francis poised to open eyes with guile

    MLB.com Mar 20, 2013
    At 32 -- years from his days as the Rockies' No. 1 starter but also years from shoulder problems that turned him into an afterthought -- Jeff Francis is quietly plotting what he believes is a return to the spotlight.
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  • Diamondbacks trade veteran McDonald to Pirates

    Diamondbacks trade veteran McDonald to Pirates

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Mar 20, 2013
    PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks traded shortstop John McDonald to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a player to be named or cash, giving the Pirates some much-needed infield depth.
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  • No timetable for Dodgers SS Ramirez (thumb)

    No timetable for Dodgers SS Ramirez (thumb)

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Mar 20, 2013
    Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez could be sidelined for more than two months or maybe just two weeks because of an injured right thumb.
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  • Billingsley to pitch Saturday despite finger bruise

    Billingsley to pitch Saturday despite finger bruise

    MLB.com Mar 20, 2013
    Chad Billingsley is on track to pitch for the Dodgers on Saturday after throwing a bullpen session Wednesday despite having a bruised right index finger.
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  • Maurer impresses as Mariners top Giants

    Maurer impresses as Mariners top Giants

    MLB.com Mar 20, 2013
    Right-hander Brandon Maurer continued his impressive bid for a spot in the Mariners' rotation with five innings of one-run ball and Kendrys Morales homered in his third straight game on Tuesday night as Seattle topped the Giants, 6-3, at a sold-out Peor…
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  • Dominican Republic shuts out Puerto Rico in title game

    Dominican Republic shuts out Puerto Rico in title game

    CNNSI.com Mar 20, 2013
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Cheers of "Dominicana! Dominicana!'' rang out through the rain at AT&T Park all the way to the lively streets of Santo Domingo.
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Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Outrage over new helmet rule much ado about nothing

    Mar 20
    PHOENIX -- Emmitt Smith, Matt Forte, Eric Dickerson and running backs everywhere may squawk, but every change the NFL makes these days on behalf of player safety makes somebody squawk, doesn't it? Should the league really care? Not if it feels like it's…
  • NFL owners meetings - Pro Bowl survives but change is likely

    Mar 20
    The Pro Bowl will survive for next season, but changes are likely. Plus: playoff expansion talk, rules changes and more from the owners meetings.
  • NBA - Most intriguing 2013 draft prospects in the NCAA tournament

    Mar 20
    Our five-man team names the most intriguing NBA draft prospects in each region of the NCAA tournament.
  • NFL owners end tuck rule, approve helmet penalty

    Mar 20
    In votes Wednesday, the NFL's owners eliminated the tuck rule and agreed to a rule change that would ban offensive players from using the crown of their helmets against defenders in the open field.