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  1. 2013 Preview: New York Mets

    Mar 15, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The New York Mets. The Big Question: Can David Wright carry the Mets to .500? The Mets are in a…

  2. 2013 preview: Miami Marlins

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Miami Marlins. The Big Question: Can the Marlins recover from their latest fire sale? A little over a year…

  3. Dominican Republic beats Kimbrel, U.S. to reach WBC semis

    Mar 14, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Craig Kimbrel allowed a total of one double in 62 2/3 innings for the Braves last year. Maybe even more impressive, he allowed just one hit with a man in scoring position. He never allowed multiple hits in an inning. On Thursday, he gave up one double and two hits with men in scoring position…

  4. R.A. Dickey back on the mound for Team USA vs. the Dominican Republic

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Dickey Arencibia Getty

    Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Thursday night’s second-round World Baseball Classic game between Team USA and Team Dominican Republic at Marlins Park in Miami. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. TEAM USA TEAM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1. Jimmy Rollins, SS 1. Jose Reyes, SS 2. Brandon Phillips, 2B 2. Miguel Tejada, 3B…

  5. Blue Jays release David Cooper

    Mar 13, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    David Cooper

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Toronto has released first baseman David Cooper, who hit .270 with a .750 OPS in 72 games for the Blue Jays during the past two seasons. Cooper ended last season on the disabled list with a back injury that has carried over to this year, taking him out of…

  6. Robinson Cano, Jose Reyes power Dominican Republic past Italy

    Mar 12, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

    Dominican Republic's Cano greets teammates after defeating Italy in their World Baseball Classic game in Miami

    Trying to pull off another stunner, Italy jumped out early against the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, only to see its 4-0 lead whittled away in a 5-4 loss. After Dominican starter Edinson Volquez at one point threw 11 straight balls in the first, Alex Liddi hit a sac fly and Chris Colabello followed with a three-run…

  7. Adrian Beltre won’t join Dominican Republic for Round 2 of WBC

    Mar 11, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre Getty

    Adrian Beltre is healthy now after sitting out Round 1 of the World Baseball Classic with a strained calf muscle, leading to some speculation that he’d join the Dominican Republic for Round 2 later this week. Beltre ruled that out today, telling T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that the team is doing just fine without him…

  8. Sure, keep saying that Melky Cabrera cashed in on his PED use

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    My friend Josh Fisher alerted me to something in Buster Olney’s column over the weekend about the fallout from Melky Cabrera‘s positive PED test last year: Before Melky Cabrera was suspended this past summer, the Giants were engaged in conversations with Cabrera about a deal that would’ve paid the outfielder something in the range of $75 million…

  9. Dominican Republic defeats Puerto Rico, wins Pool C

    Mar 10, 2013, 11:21 PM EDT

    World Baseball Classic - Pool C - Dominican Republic v Puerto Rico

    The Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 4-2, earning first place in Pool C and the right to play Pool D winner Italy in the second round. They staked starter Wandy Rodriguez to a 1-0 lead in the first inning after stringing together three consecutive one-out singles, the RBI provided by Edwin Encarnacion. Puerto Rico took…

  10. J.A. Happ frustrated with his role in Toronto

    Mar 10, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    J.A. Happ

    J.A. Happ was one of several odd men out after the Blue Jays acquired R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson via trades with the Mets and Marlins. The 30-year-old lefty is on the outside looking in and the subject of many trade rumors, which has made him unhappy. Happ: “It’s very frustrating. I told…

  11. 2013 is crucial for Josh Johnson

    Mar 9, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Josh Johnson works from the mound against the Atlanta Braves during the inning of their MLB Spring training baseball game in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

    The Blue Jays, in trading for R.A. Dickey, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson, have narrowed their focus specifically on the 2013 season. With a roster that already includes two 40-homer threats in Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, the Jays will be a force to be reckoned with the AL East. Johnson, while he…

  12. Behind Adrian Gonzalez, Mexico defeats USA

    Mar 9, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Mexico v United States - World Baseball Classic - First Round

    Mexico first baseman and clean-up hitter Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run, two walks, and three runs batted in, helping his team to a 5-2 victory over the United States. Gonzalez’s homer came in the third inning with two outs, pushing Mexico’s lead to 4-0 at the time. Lead-off hitter Eduardo Arredondo…

  13. And this is why Team USA won’t ever win a WBC

    Mar 8, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

    J.P. Arencibia

    Of the 223 players with at least 350 plate appearances in 2012, J.P. Arencibia ranked 169th in wOBA. Among those players born in the United States, he’s not one of the top 100 hitters. Maybe he’s in the 100-150 range. Yet there was Arencibia getting what may well have been the biggest at-bat for Joe…

  14. Mexico scores early and often with Dickey

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Mexico v United States - World Baseball Classic - First Round

    Team USA, playing in Pool D, is off to a disappointing start in the World Baseball Classic. Starter R.A. Dickey led off the game allowing a single to Eduardo Arrendondo and a double to Ramiro Pena. Both would quickly score on a Luis Cruz sacrifice fly and Adrian Gonzalez ground out. In the third, Arrendondo…

  15. Jordan Lyles is probably losing his rotation spot

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Jordan Lyles

    Jordan Lyles threw a complete-game shutout against the Brewers in his final outing last season to finish 5-12 with a 5.09 ERA. Now, that doesn’t sound very impressive, but he was just 21 years old and that he was an Astro explains the win-loss record. He entered camp this year penciled in as Houston’s No.…

  16. Dominican Republic routs Venezuela 9-3 in WBC

    Mar 7, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI and Hanley Ramirez added a long homer as the Dominican Republic torched Venezuela 9-3 in the start of Pool C play. The Dominican team jumped out to a 3-0 lead off Anibal Sanchez in the bottom of the first, only to see the game halted…

  17. Italy rallies in ninth, defeats Mexico 6-5

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    Drew Butera

    Thanks to some shoddy outfield defense from Edgar Gonzalez, Italy pulled off a shocker Thursday, defeating Mexico 6-5 to start Pool D play in the World Baseball Classic. Gonzalez, normally an infielder, misplayed two balls in left in the top of the ninth, opening the door for Italy’s two-run inning against Sergio Romo. Anthony Rizzo…

  18. Brett Lawrie withdraws from 2013 World Baseball Classic because of left rib cage injury

    Mar 7, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

    lawrie getty

    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca has the breaking news: The Toronto Blue Jays expect Brett Lawrie to be ready for opening day, but a mild strain near the third baseman’s 10th rib and left intercostal muscle forced him to withdraw from Canada’s entry to the World Baseball Classic on Friday. Lawrie, a native of Langley, British…

  19. Marlins pick Ricky Nolasco as Opening Day starter

    Mar 7, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    ricky nolasco getty

    Last year, when the Marlins were all hopped up on offseason spending and expectations, Ricky Nolasco started the third game of the season behind Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. This year he’ll draw the Opening Day assignment, manager Mike Redmond announced this afternoon. Nolasco also started Opening Day for the Marlins in 2009, but back…

  20. Brett Lawrie tweaked his oblique

    Mar 7, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Brett Lawrie

    Playing for Team Canada yesterday, Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie tweaked an oblique and may miss a few days, reports Shi Davidi. Lawrie, of course, fought oblique problems last year too, causing him to miss most of August and the early part of September. At this point it looks like he’ll only miss some…

  21. Dominican Republic downs Yankees 8-2 in exhibition

    Mar 6, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    The Dominican Republic is glad Hiroki Kuroda decided to sit out the World Baseball Classic. He’s the only pitcher with any luck slowing their offense the last two days. Kuroda, a native of Japan, struck out four in three scoreless innings Wednesday, but the Dominican Republic scored in every frame afterwards on its way to…

  22. Mark Teixeira injures forearm, to miss World Baseball Classic

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira

    Yankees and Team USA first baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a strained right forearm hitting off a tee Tuesday before an exhibition against the White Sox and will miss the World Baseball Classic. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan, he’s currently slated to miss 7-10 days. FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi confirmed through an official that Teixeira would…

  23. Dominican Republic crushes Phillies 15-2 in exhibition

    Mar 5, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    The Phillies meant to give the Dominican Republic a proper tuneup on Tuesday, going so far as to start likely ace Cole Hamels. This one was quickly a rout, though, as the Dominican club collected a whopping 28 hits and steamrolled the Phillies 15-2. Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano and Hanley Ramirez all homered for the…

  24. Ryan Howard is on the comeback trail

    Mar 3, 2013, 9:06 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Laugh all you want about the $105 million the Phillies still owe Ryan Howard. And laugh all you want about the .219/.295/.423 slash line the first baseman posted at the age of 32 last season in his return from a torn Achilles. In nine spring training games, Howard is looking more and more like the…

  25. R.A. Dickey’s knuckler in regular season form

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Dickey throws his warm up pitches before facing the Boston Red Sox in Dunedin

    MLB.com’s Matthew Leach posted this video showcasing Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey‘s knuckleball, which just makes you feel sorry for the catcher. Dickey’s knuckler is notoriously difficult to catch, and as a result, the Jays will be assigning their new ace a personal catcher for the 2013 season. They will make the decision soon after…

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