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  1. 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters are here

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

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    The final rosters for next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic were just revealed on The only real big surprise is that first baseman Joey Votto is listed under the heading for Team Canada. He hasn’t fully committed yet to playing and probably won’t make that decision until the event draws a bit closer. The…

  2. Alex Rodriguez “conducting two rehab sessions each day”

    Feb 21, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

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    You’ve probably seen the stories suggesting that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez “is unlikely to ever wear the pinstripes again” due to issues with his surgically-repaired hip or that he’s “scared and paranoid” about how people will react to the Biogenesis stuff. But it’s mostly garbage. A-Rod said through a spokesman Thursday that he’s rehabbing diligently in…

  3. Cardinals still waiting for pitching prospect Carlos Martinez to arrive in Jupiter, Florida

    Feb 21, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Cardinals pitching prospect Carlos Martinez still hasn’t arrived at spring training in Jupiter, Florida because he has not obtained a proper work visa. Strauss says the Cardinals front office has “no idea” when Martinez might show up. The talented young right-hander is already two weeks behind…

  4. Rangers “have not changed their position” on Kyle Lohse

    Feb 20, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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    Sources told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal last week that free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse was “almost certain to sign with a team soon.” But it’s been six whole days and there is no action on that front.’s T.R. Sullivan confirmed on Wednesday evening that the Rangers “have not changed their position on their lack…

  5. Alex Rodriguez has been eating. Seafood, mostly

    Feb 20, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT

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    The New York Daily News can confirm this outrageous bit of news: The Yankee slugger, who has been MIA since he was linked to a Miami clinic under investigation by MLB for providing performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players, was caught leaving The Atlantic Grill on the Upper West Side. According to insiders, A-Rod, who is rehabbing his left…

  6. Felix Hernandez throws first bullpen session in M’s camp

    Feb 20, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    An MRI taken in early February — just before Felix Hernandez inked a record seven-year, $175 million contract extension with Seattle — revealed some potential long-term issues in the 26-year-old right-hander’s pitching elbow. But all is well for now. According to beat writer Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Hernandez was brimming with confidence after…

  7. Reds won’t let Johnny Cueto pitch in the 2013 WBC

    Feb 20, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

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    Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto was hoping to represent his native Dominican Republic in next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic. But it’s not going to happen: Reds exercised right to disallow Cueto’s participation in WBC as he finished on DL. Despite his desire to play, he respects their decision. — Bryce H. Dixon (@brycehdixon) February 20,…

  8. Ryan Zimmerman will DH in early spring games

    Feb 19, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post explains: In an effort to move [Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman] along slowly, [manager Davey Johnson] plans to use Zimmerman as a designated hitter early in the spring. He does not expect Zimmerman to be able to play defense in a game until two weeks into the Grapefruit League…

  9. Lance Berkman to Ron Washington on 2011 World Series: “Yeah, we won that war”

    Feb 19, 2013, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Lance Berkman usually says whatever he’s feeling and he’s one of the most interesting interview subjects in professional sports because of it. But he probably crossed some sort of line in Rangers camp Tuesday. Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the story from Surprise, Arizona: Berkman, who signed a one-year, $11 million deal…

  10. Five new players tied to Biogenesis clinic; sources say Gio Gonzalez did not purchase PEDs

    Feb 19, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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    From investigative reporters T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of comes word that Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera, A’s left-hander Jordan Norberto, Astros outfielder Fernando Martinez, Padres right-hander Fautino De Los Santos and Mets outfield prospect Cesar Puello have also been discovered in the records of the Miami-based Biogenesis clinic. The players “were on a list as…

  11. Logan Morrison (knee) cleared to run on a treadmill

    Feb 19, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    Logan Morrison shared the good news through his personal Twitter feed: Just got cleared to run.. on a treadmill.. In a anti gravity bubble.Baby step, but I’ll take it. Never thought I was going to this excited — Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) February 19, 2013 Morrison is about five months removed from surgery to repair a…

  12. Daniel Murphy gets cortisone shot for intercostal injury

    Feb 19, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy was given a cortisone injection on Tuesday afternoon in Manhattan to help curb some of the discomfort related to his strained right intercostal muscle. Murphy suffered the injury on Monday morning while performing a drill at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie,…

  13. Joakim Soria aiming to join Rangers’ bullpen in May

    Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

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    Via Richard Durrett of Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria was smiling on Sunday, pleased that after throwing three bullpen sessions his arm has felt good. He still feels that some time in May is a realistic target for his return. “I won’t know for sure until I face hitters,” Soria said. “Threw the first few bullpens, everything…

  14. Matt Garza can’t complete first live batting practice session

    Feb 17, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza missed the final 11 weeks of the 2012 season because of a stress reaction in his pitching elbow. And he might still be dealing with that injury. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, the right-hander left his first live batting practice session Sunday in camp. Garza was holding his left side,…

  15. Brennan Boesch day-to-day after tweaking right oblique

    Feb 17, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

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    Noah Trister of the Associated Press reports that Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch tweaked a right oblique muscle on Saturday while swinging a bat. He was held out of workouts on Sunday and might not be ready for action again until later this week. Boesch agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Tigers back…

  16. Johan Santana throws first bullpen session of spring

    Feb 17, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York provides the visual evidence: Photo of Johan Santana throwing off a mound for 1st time since August:… — Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) February 17, 2013 Santana made it through the workout without any sort of complications and will now perform regular bullpen sessions in Mets camp until he is…

  17. Mat Gamel (knee) could return to workouts on Monday

    Feb 17, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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    The Brewers are holding young first baseman Mat Gamel out of drills this afternoon — just 24 hours after he aggravated his surgically-repaired right knee while taking batting practice. But there is some optimism about the situation around camp. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told’s Adam McCalvy that Gamel could return to his normal spring…

  18. Derek Jeter fully expects to be ready on Opening Day

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took questions from media members during a press conference Sunday morning in spring camp and expressed once again that he fully intends to be in the starting lineup on Opening Day — April 1 against the Red Sox. “I broke my ankle in October; it’s been quite some time,” Jeter said…

  19. Lance Berkman says knee is about “80 percent” healthy

    Feb 17, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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    The Rangers signed Lance Berkman to a one-year, $10 million contract this offseason and plan to use him as their primary designated hitter in 2013. But he’ll have to be eased into that role this spring. Berkman told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday morning that he’s only about “80 percent” recovered…

  20. Mets maintaining interest in reliever Jose Valverde

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has the goods: The door remains “slightly ajar” for free agent Jose Valverde to join the Mets as their closer, an industry source told The Post. As with the Mets’ pursuit of Michael Bourn, you bet against this actually happening. But this is considerably less complicated than the Bourn…

  21. Rays sign Jack Cust to minor league contract

    Feb 17, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

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    From Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent outfielder Jack Cust. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Cust will attempt to earn a backup role. Cust spent the entire 2012 season at the Triple-A level, batting…

  22. Mets manager Terry Collins confirms Zack Wheeler will start the season at Triple-A Las Vegas

    Feb 16, 2013, 6:33 PM EDT

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    It’s not really a big surprise, but Mets manager Terry Collins confirmed on Saturday that top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler will open the 2013 season with the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas. “He needs to go to Triple-A and pitch,” Collins told reporters at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida. “He wants to…

  23. Dodgers tab Clayton Kershaw as Opening Day starter

    Feb 16, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times: Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers’ opening-day starter for the third consecutive year, Manager Don Mattingly announced Saturday. The Dodgers start their season on April 1 against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. It was a no-brainer for Mattingly, even though the Dodgers front office inked a record six-year,…

  24. Mat Gamel aggravates surgically-repaired right knee

    Feb 16, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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    Bad news this afternoon out of Brewers camp. According to Adam McCalvy of, first baseman Mat Gamel aggravated his surgically-repaired right knee Saturday during a workout. Gamel told reporters recently that he has “good days and bad days” with the knee and Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash sent word to the media shortly after…

  25. Francisco Rodriguez to pitch for Venezuela in 2013 WBC

    Feb 16, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Francisco Rodriguez is still a free agent. But that hasn’t affected his desire to pitch in a third straight World Baseball Classic for his native Venezuela. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that “K-Rod” has committed to work out of the bullpen for Team Venezuela in the 2013 WBC and will hope to “use the event as…

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