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  1. Reds still haven’t decided whether Aroldis Chapman will start or close

    Mar 13, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman is preparing as if he’ll move into the starting rotation this season following two-plus years in the bullpen, but the Reds still haven’t made a final decision on his role. “I’d like to decide soon and get my team together,” manager Dusty Baker said, via John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I don’t…

  2. Giancarlo Stanton back in USA’s lineup vs. Puerto Rico

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    team usa getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Tuesday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Puerto Rico at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM PUERTO RICO 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Angel Pagan, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Irving Falu, 2B…

  3. The Yankees have not reached out to Aubrey Huff

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Aubrey Huff

    I guess Aubrey Huff knows where he stands in the universe. Brian Cashman said yesterday they’d be interested in Derek Lee, Scott Rolen, Chipper Jones and, in keeping with the “old guys who really don’t play anymore” thing, likely kicked the tires on Charlie Hayes. But not Huff: Out of curiosity, asked if the Yankees…

  4. The Phillies scout the heck out of Nebraska

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

    Nebraska

    This is kinda neat. Nebraska is no baseball hotbed, but the Phillies freakin’ own it: Three of the eight Nebraskans to appear in a major-league game last season were Phillies. There is Ruf, whom the Phillies want to man left field. Diekman is a promising lefty reliever. Tyler Cloyd, native of Bellevue, provides rotation depth.…

  5. Brian Cashman would really like Chipper Jones to come out of retirement

    Mar 11, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Chipper Jones is retired. He has said so unequivocally and repeatedly, as recently as two weeks ago. Still, when you’re Brian Cashman and you’ve lost your third baseman, first baseman and one of your corner outfielders I suppose you’re allowed to be hopeful about things: Cashman added: “If Chipper Jones wants to come back, I’d…

  6. Overcoming Torre is Team USA’s biggest win yet

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

    Joe Torre

    Four sacrifice bunt attempts in one game. I’d be pretty disgusted if it were the Marlins trying such a thing to beat the Mets in mid-August. But, no, that’s what Team USA did on Sunday on its way to topping Canada 9-4. Technically, it will go into the books at three sacrifice bunt attempts, since…

  7. U.S. rallies late against Canada to advance in WBC

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    USA v Canada - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    The U.S. rallied late against Canada to advance out of Pool D to the second round in the World Baseball Classic. Canada got on the board early thanks to a two-run home run by Michael Saunders off of U.S. starter Derek Holland. Holland was otherwise solid, allowing just the two runs over five innings of work,…

  8. Giancarlo Stanton not in Team USA’s starting lineup for Sunday’s must-win game vs. Canada

    Mar 10, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    stanton getty

    Below are the starting lineups for this evening’s World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Canada. First pitch is scheduled for just after 4:00 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on MLB Network. TEAM USA TEAM CANADA 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Tyson Gillies, CF 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Taylor Green, 3B…

  9. Team USA keeps hope alive with 6-2 victory over Italy

    Mar 10, 2013, 12:32 AM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool D - United States v Italy

    David Wright hit a grand slam in the fifth inning of tonight’s contest that resulted in a 6-2 victory for the U.S. over Italy, keeping their hopes alive in Pool D. The U.S. had stayed within striking distance of Italy, trailing 2-1 entering the fifth. Italy scored twice, once in each of the first and…

  10. Canada and Mexico brawl figuratively and literally; Canada wins

    Mar 9, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

    Canada v Mexico - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

    Canada kept its second round World Baseball Classic hopes alive with an emphatic 10-3 victory over Mexico today. Coming off an eight-inning 14-4 defeat at the hands of Italy, a game that was called early due to the mercy rule, Canada bounced back with impressive hitting performances by designated hitter Justin Morneau and right fielder…

  11. Italy does it again, drubs Canada 14-4 in eight innings

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    Mario Chiarini, Mike Costanzo

    Pool D underdog Italy claimed its second win in two days Friday, spanking Canada 14-4 and closing in on a spot in Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic. Mario Chiarini delivered a hit to the gap in the bottom of the eighth to invoke the mercy rule in the contest. It was Italy’s second…

  12. Kirk Gibson explains “heated exchange” with Dusty Baker

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    no business deal

    Yesterday afternoon managers Dusty Baker and Kirk Gibson refused to shake hands at home plate and exchanged some heated words before the Reds-Diamondbacks game because Gibson refused to allow the designated hitter to be used after Baker requested it. Here’s how Gibson explained the situation to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com afterward: I had it happen…

  13. Team USA’s lineup for first WBC exhibition game

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    For anyone into the World Baseball Classic, here’s the Team USA lineup for today’s pre-WBC tuneup game against the White Sox: 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 3. Ryan Braun, DH 4. Joe Mauer, C 5. Giancarlo Stanton, RF 6. Mark Teixeira, 1B 7. David Wright, 3B 8. Adam Jones, CF 9. Shane…

  14. Dusty Baker and Kirk Gibson aren’t happy with each other

    Mar 4, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

    no business deal

    This is a fun one. In spring training games between NL teams the home team gets to decide if they use the designated hitter or let the pitchers hit. Usually it’s not a big deal, but apparently today’s Reds-Diamondbacks game was different. Reds manager Dusty Baker wanted to use the DH because Shin-Soo Choo has…

  15. Joey Votto decides to play for Team Canada in WBC

    Mar 4, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Joey Votto Getty

    After waiting as long as possible to see whether his surgically repaired knee felt good enough to play Joey Votto has decided to join Team Canada for the World Baseball Classic. That’s good news, bad news for Reds fans. On one hand the fact that Votto feels strong enough physically to play in some exhibition…

  16. Ernesto Frieri adds two pitches to arsenal

    Mar 3, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Ernesto Frieri

    86 percent of Angels reliever Ernesto Frieri‘s pitches thrown last season were fastballs. Despite the patently predictable approach, the 27-year-old has enjoyed immense success in his brief Major League career, owning a 2.32 ERA in 162.2 innings. He also has one of the highest strikeout rates among all relievers. Only five have posted a better…

  17. How good can Giancarlo Stanton be?

    Mar 1, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Despite a right knee injury that kept him out of 25 games between July and August, and a September strained oblique that cost him nine games, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton still hit 37 home runs. While the Marlins began pawning off parts of their roster, sending Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, Stanton became an offensive…

  18. Can Japan be beat? Previewing the World Baseball Classic

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Ryoji Aikawa, Koji Yamamoto, Osamu Higashio

    While we’re still a week away from any World Baseball Classic play in North America, the tournament kicks off in Japan and Taiwan on Saturday (Friday night in the U.S.), with eight teams in two pools participating in round-robin play. Pool A (Japan, March 2-6): Brazil, China, Cuba, Japan Pool B: (Taiwan, March 2-5): Australia,…

  19. Aroldis Chapman tosses two perfect innings in spring debut

    Feb 28, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Aroldis Chapman‘s move to the starting rotation is one of the more interesting situations to follow this spring. The transition got off on the right foot this afternoon against the Rockies, as he tossed two perfect innings in his Cactus League debut. Chapman struck out one and threw 19 out of 23 pitches for strikes.…

  20. Joey Votto still hasn’t decided if he’s playing in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 28, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five

    World Baseball Classic games begin this weekend, yet Joey Votto still hasn’t made a decision about whether he’ll play for Team Canada. Votto’s status for the tournament is in question because of the pair of knee surgeries he had last season, but he’s healthy enough to have played in five spring training games for the…

  21. Heading to Arizona for some Cactus League action

    Feb 27, 2013, 6:30 AM EDT

    Sunrise Cactus

    It’s gonna be a lot of radio silence from me today as, by the time you’re reading this, I will be on an airplane heading west. Yep, it’s that time of year again. I’m off to spring training for the fourth straight year. And for the third straight year I’m doing it up Cactus League-style.…

  22. Blue Jays claim Lars Anderson off waivers from White Sox

    Feb 25, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Lars Anderson

    Lars Anderson is now with his fourth organization in the past six months, as the Blue Jays claimed the former top prospect off waivers from the White Sox. Previously he was traded from the Red Sox to the Indians in July, got sent to the Diamondbacks in the three-team Shin-Soo Choo/Trevor Bauer deal, and then…

  23. 2013 World Baseball Classic rosters are here

    Feb 21, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

    world baseball classic logo

    The final rosters for next month’s 2013 World Baseball Classic were just revealed on MLB.com. 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…

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

    Feb 20, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    cueto getty

    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,…

  25. Dusty Baker thinks Clay Hensley pitched in the World Series

    Feb 18, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Clay Hensley Getty

    I’ve always been confused by the notion that mediocre players somehow deserve extra credit for being on championship teams, which is a fairly prevalent cliche in all sports. You’ll see a random role player referred to as “a winner” all the time thanks to his having great teammates–count the ringzzz and all that–but this note…

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