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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Vladimir Guerrero is attempting a comeback at age 38

    Mar 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Vladimir Guerrero has been unemployed since the Blue Jays released him from their Triple-A team in June, but the former MVP is attempting a comeback. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Guerrero is looking to sign with an MLB team and would be willing to accept a minor-league contract. Guerrero played a dozen games in…

  12. 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,…

  13. Jose Reyes says Jeff Loria is lying

    Mar 1, 2013, 7:36 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays Jose Reyes hits a single against the Houston Astros in Dunedin

    You would think that the whole “Jeff Loria told Jose Reyes to buy a house in Miami” thing would have died by now, but nope, it isn’t.  After Reyes said Loria gave him such advice despite knowing he’d be traded, and after Loria denied that he did it, Reyes tells the New York Post that…

  14. Jeff Loria speaks unscripted, doesn’t do too much better

    Feb 26, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

    Jeffrey Loria

    For the first time in months, Jeff Loria met the press. He did so at last night’s Marlins game. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post has a detailed rundown of the interview. This was a the highlight for me. Loria was asked if he realizes fans hate him: I have a sense of it.…

  15. Curtis Granderson has broken right forearm, out 10 weeks

    Feb 24, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    curtis granderson getty

    Brutal news this afternoon out of Yankees camp. According to Jack Curry of the YES Network, outfielder Curtis Granderson has been diagnosed with a fractured right forearm and will need 10 weeks of rest and rehab. Which means he probably won’t be ready for action until late April or early May. Granderson suffered the injury…

  16. Curtis Granderson plunked on forearm, getting X-rays

    Feb 24, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    granderson getty

    Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson was hit on his right arm by a J.A. Happ pitch in the second inning of Sunday’s Grapefruit League game vs. the Blue Jays. Granderson appeared to be in pain and was immediately lifted, but the early word is good. According to beat man Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Granderson…

  17. Jeff Mathis expected to miss six weeks with broken collarbone

    Feb 23, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

    Jeff Mathis AP

    According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Jeff Mathis suffered a broken collarbone when he was hit by a foul tip during the fourth inning of today’s Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals. The injury will sideline him for around six weeks, which means he’ll likely begin the season on the disabled list.…

  18. R.A. Dickey and his knuckleball will have a personal catcher

    Feb 21, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    r.a. dickey getty

    J.P. Arencibia is Toronto’s starting catcher, but it sounds like he won’t be behind the plate when R.A. Dickey pitches because the Blue Jays want to give the knuckleballer a personal catcher. Last season Josh Thole caught 27 of Dickey’s starts for the Mets and he’s the leading candidate to fill the personal catcher role…

  19. Video: Giancarlo Stanton was beaned during batting practice today

    Feb 20, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton

    The Marlins have one legit superstar left. And this is what happened to him in BP today: The pitcher was Jose Fernandez. And unless Jeff Loria paid Fernandez to do this as revenge for Stanton’s critical comments following the big Jose Reyes trade, it was an accident. Stanton says he’s OK. He said he didn’t…

  20. The Blue Jays tell Adam Lind to stop badmouthing the old boss

    Feb 19, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    Adam Lind

    We’ve had a number of instances of players saying bad things about old managers or teammates lately. The last one was the Blue Jays’ Adam Lind, who over the weekend blamed ex-Jays manager John Farrell for sending him mixed signals about hitting last year: “You guys (the media) were around last year,” Lind said Saturday…

  21. “Cooperation” with an investigation does not mean talking to the media

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    Buster Olney is usually pretty sensible about PED stories. He’s not an apologist or anything, but nor is he usually an alarmist. He’s a realist, mostly. He doesn’t condone PED use, obviously, but he also sees it as part of the landscape of baseball and a problem to be dealt with as opposed to some…

  22. Blue Jays second base job “up for grabs” between Maicer Izturis and Emilio Bonifacio

    Feb 18, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Miami Marlins

    When the Blue Jays signed Maicer Izturis to a three-year deal, $9 million deal in November the assumption was that he’d be their starting second baseman, but then two weeks later Toronto pulled off the blockbuster trade with Miami that brought in another option for the position in Emilio Bonifacio. Yesterday manager John Gibbons told…

  23. Rays sign Jack Cust to minor league contract

    Feb 17, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

    jack cust getty

    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…

  24. Giancarlo Stanton ready to “push forward” with Marlins following tumultuous offseason

    Feb 15, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

    Giancarlo Stanton AP

    Giancarlo Stanton was understandably peeved after the Marlins unloaded Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio in a trade with the Blue Jays in December. However, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that Stanton took the high road at Marlins’ camp today in his first public comments of the spring. “You’re not going to…

  25. Melky Cabrera issues his final statement on his PED suspension

    Feb 15, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Melky Cabrera issued a statement this morning about his PED suspension, which he says will be the final thing he says about it. It’s below. I’m not sure what else can be said about it by him, but I’m sure someone will say that he hasn’t been forthcoming or leaves more questions than he does…

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