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Bob Harkins

  1. Andre Ethier not putting deadline on contract talks with Dodgers

    May 23, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

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    During the midst of the Frank McCourt mess, there were rumblings that Andre Ethier would look to join his friend Dustin Pedroia in Boston when he became a free agent after this season. A lot has changed with the first-place Dodgers (who won their sixth straight game on Tuesday night) since then, and Ethier apparently…

  2. Rockies owner says Tracy, O’Dowd not fall guys

    May 23, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT

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    Remember when the Colorado Rockies went to the World Series? That was only five years ago, but it seems like 500 the way the Rockies play these days. Only the Chicago Cubs (15-28) have a worse record than Colorado (15-27), which lost its sixth straight game on Tuesday. Nonetheless, club owner Dick Monfort isn’t preparing…

  3. C.J. Wilson ready for boos in showdown with Yu Darvish

    May 11, 2012, 2:08 AM EDT

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    C.J. Wilson didn’t leave the Texas Rangers on the best of terms last winter. The then-free agent left-hander was perturbed about the lack of interest from the Rangers, left to sign with their AL West rival Los Angeles Angels, then watched his former team dump $107 million on highly-touted Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish. Then Wilson…

  4. Angels, Nationals reportedly discussing Peter Bourjos trade

    May 11, 2012, 1:29 AM EDT

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    We detailed earlier today that Peter Bourjos seems to have gone missing. Now tonight we find that multiple teams are looking for him. The Los Angeles Angels center fielder hasn’t played much since the Angels called up uber-prospect Mike Trout from the minors, losing ground in a crowded outfield race that also includes Vernon Wells,…

  5. In first start since no-hitting Twins, Jered Weaver to face … the Twins

    May 7, 2012, 1:58 AM EDT

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    Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire didn’t enjoy Jered Weaver’s no-hitter against his Twins last Wednesday. Gardenhire paced behind his desk while addressing reporters after the game, the picture painted by Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune showing the manager in a slow burn, using great effort to avoid blowing up. I’m guessing he looked something like…

  6. If this is the end for Mariano Rivera, it’s a sad day for baseball

    May 4, 2012, 2:50 AM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera’s career could be over. Think about that for a moment, and let it set in. If that is indeed the case, if the 42-year-old is unable to come back, or unwilling to go through the grueling rehab required to pitch again, then this is truly a sad day for baseball. Rivera was injured…

  7. Will Jered Weaver’s no-hitter help Angels turn things around?

    May 3, 2012, 2:35 AM EDT

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    Jered Weaver couldn’t hold back the tears in the aftermath of his first career no-hitter on Wednesday night against the Minnesota Twins. After an emotional celebration with his Angels teammates, he hugged his parents and his wife before taking the microphone to address the crowd. “My mom, my dad, my wife, I mean this is…

  8. Rangers fans say they never saw toddler, want apology

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

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    There was a bit of controversy in the baseball world Wednesday night when a toddler at the Rangers-Yankees game broke into tears when a ball tossed into the stands appeared to be callously stolen by the couple sitting next to him. But things aren’t always what they seem, and the couple wants everyone to know…

  9. Oldest living ex-major leaguer turns 101

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    The oldest living ex-major leaguer is a Cuban by the name of Conrado Marrero. Marrero, a 5-foot-5 pitcher who played for the Washington Senators from 1950-54, turned 101 on Wednesday, and Paul Haven of the Associated Press was in Havana to document the occasion. Click here to read the story, but here are some highlights:…

  10. Nats not worried about Bryce Harper’s scuffles in AAA

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:03 AM EDT

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    Bryce Harper’s bat has been pretty quiet down at Class AAA Syracuse, as he is hitting just .232 with no home runs and one RBI in 14 games. But Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo isn’t worried, telling CSN Washington’s Mark Zuckerman that Harper, one of the top prospects in baseball, is progressing just fine.…

  11. Troy Tulowitzki admits defensive struggles are ‘in my head’

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:28 AM EDT

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    While discussing his defense during spring training of 2011, this is what Troy Tulowitzki had to say: “I definitely take pride in playing great defense. Now that I’ve won by my first Gold Glove and my second Fielding Bible award, people who have questioned that I was too big to play shortstop, I think I’ve…

  12. Catching: The toughest job in sports

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT

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    During a week-long stint at spring training in Arizona this year, I spent a lot of time with catchers. I learned a lot about their craft, about what they go through on a daily basis. About the stresses of the job, the grind of the six-month long season, as well as the non-stop mental challenges…

  13. Mariners are No. 1 at something — commercials

    Mar 14, 2012, 2:14 AM EDT

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    While the Seattle Mariners haven’t been much to look at on the field in recent years, they still continue to put out some of the most amusing commercials in all of baseball. That might be kind of like building the best car in Tibet, but hey, throw the Mariners a bone, people. At least they’re…

  14. Fun with live audio: Jason Kipnis sings Adele

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Jason Kipnis

    The MLB Network experimented with live audio during Wednesday’s Cactus League game between the Cleveland Indians and Arizona Diamondbacks. The broadcast featured several players on each team wearing live microphones, and also had mics at each base, down the first- and third-base lines, as well as along the outfield wall. A pretty cool idea overall,…

  15. Jamie Moyer helps his comeback cause with two strong innings

    Mar 7, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Jamie Moyer helped himself nicely in his attempt to make the Colorado Rockies rotation out of spring training on Wednesday, breezing through two scoreless innings. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that his fastball topped out at 82 mph and that he kept the Giants hitters off-balance, allowing just one hit and throwing only…

  16. Can Jesus Montero catch? He’s motivated to show he can

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

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    PEORIA, Ariz. – There are some who say Jesus Montero will never be a quality major league catcher. Analysts who rush to praise his quick, powerful bat are equally quick to pan his defensive skills. His receiving is poor, his footwork worse, they say. He’s too big (6-3, 235), and not athletic enough to play…

  17. Clay Buchholz is healthy, aiming for 200-inning season

    Feb 16, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

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    Some good news for Red Sox fans: Clay Buchholz is healthy, and he’s feeling so good that he’s hoping to top 200 innings for the first time in his career. The right-hander, an All-Star in 2010, pitched only 82 2/3 innings in 2011 and missed more than half the season with a back injury. Boston…

  18. Mets will send scout to watch Scott Kazmir throw

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:48 AM EDT

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    Scott Kazmir isn’t getting a lot of attention from teams as he attempts to make a comeback, and understandably so. He hasn’t pitched in the majors since April 3 of last season, when he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up five runs for the Angels. Before that, he had fallen off badly after…

  19. Happy Red Ryan Ludwick says ‘San Diego screwed me up’

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT

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    Ryan Ludwick is really happy to be a member of the Cincinnati Reds. One reason for his happiness is that he comes from Georgetown, Ohio and grew up rooting for the Reds and Bengals. Another reason for his joy is because of where he isn’t: That hitter’s nightmare known as Petco Park. Ludwick spoke with…

  20. Bobby Valentine isn’t exactly going to rule with an iron fist

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

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    Given how the Red Sox fell apart late last season under the light touch of nice-guy manager Terry Francona, it would be natural to assume that Bobby Valentine would come in wearing steel-toed boots, ready to stomp on any player who even thinks about calling Colonel Sanders. That assumption would be wrong. From the sound…

  21. Nyjer Morgan returns to hockey roots, appears to have a blast

    Feb 2, 2012, 12:13 AM EDT

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    Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan took to the ice to play a little hockey on Wednesday, practicing with the San Jose Sharks for about 30 minutes. Morgan played junior hockey for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey before giving up the sport to focus on baseball about a decade ago. He handled himself well,…

  22. Marlins sell out first game at new stadium — sort of

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:10 AM EDT

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    The Miami Marlins have figured out a way to erase the embarrassment of poor attendance figures: Make fewer tickets available. Brilliant! The Marlins have announced a sellout for their first game at their new ballpark, a contest against the University of Miami on March 6, reports the Miami Herald. Of course calling it a sellout…

  23. Eric Wedge ‘leaning’ toward dropping Ichiro from leadoff spot

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

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    The Seattle Mariners remain in a transition phase, attempting to undo the messes of Bill Bavasi while playing in a beefed up AL West division that includes two teams — the Rangers and Angels — that are throwing money around like they just got some magic pants. A big part of that transition will involve…

  24. Ricky Romero talks of family, hard work, rise from East LA

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:52 AM EDT

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    We got a glimpse of Ricky Romero’s personality and history at the All-Star game last July. The Toronto Blue Jays left-hander couldn’t contain his glee at being selected as a replacement player for the big game in Phoenix, and he spoke with pride of the hard work it took him to rise from the ballfields…

  25. Manny aims to ‘be a role model,’ rehab image

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:07 AM EDT

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    Manny Ramirez left Major League Baseball in disgrace early last season after violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy for the second time. Rather than face the mandated 100-game suspension, and the negative attention that would come with it, Ramirez opted to retire after just five games – and one measly single in 17 plate appearances…

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