2/8/2013 | Baseball held to higher standard, and that's good
Baseball has always been held to a more stringent moral standard than other professional sports. Rather than whining about this status, devotees of the game probably ought to be thankful for it.
2/8/2013 | Last-minute shopping can lead to great finds
With camps set to open across Florida and Arizona next week, it's worth noting that there are dozens of remaining free agents still looking for jobs. Teams that are smart enough and lucky enough strike a deal with the right ones by keeping an eye on that market.
2/8/2013 | Top 10 rosters: Deep, balanced Nats outclass peers
The Nationals' blend of power, speed, experience and upside and their depth in all the major facets of the game is about as good as one could hope for going into a season. Manager Davey Johnson has said he plans to retire at the end of 2013, and this club gives him a real shot at retiring on top.
2/8/2013 | Mexico captures Caribbean Series in 18-inning thriller
Doug Clark's 18th-inning homer gave Mexico's Yaquis de Obregon their second title in three years, as they defeated the Dominican Republic, 4-3. The 18 innings tied the record for the longest Caribbean Series game, originally set in 2007, and the 21 pitchers used set a new mark.
2/8/2013 | Alonso envisions big things for Padres
With just 69 games of big league experience heading into 2012, Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso received an education on the full-season grind, complete with slumps, streaks and adjustments.
2/7/2013 | Kershaw not focused on talk of contract extension
Of all the Dodgers storylines this spring, the one that impacts the season the least, but seems to already preoccupy the media, is the likely contract extension of ace Clayton Kershaw.
2/7/2013 | Caribbean Series may return to Miami
Caribbean Baseball Confederation president Juan Francisco Puello Herrera would like to see the Caribbean Series return to Miami and is in talks with the Marlins about utilizing their new stadium in Little Havana, Puello confirmed to MLB.com on Thursday.
2/7/2013 | Caribbean Series returns to Venezuela in 2014
In 2014, the Caribbean Series returns to Margarita, a large island on the northeast coast of Venezuela and home to Estadio Guatamare, the ballpark that first hosted the event in 2010.
2/7/2013 | Sox, Jimmy Fund celebrate 60-year partnership
One of the most iconic partnerships between a sports team and its community is in a milestone year.
2/7/2013 | KC's Mendoza named MVP of Caribbean Series
Kansas City Royals pitcher Luis Mendoza, who delivered 13 1/3 scoreless innings for Mexico in the Caribbean Series, was named the Most Valuable Player of the six-game, double-round-robin portion on Thursday.
2/7/2013 | Bourn or no Bourn, Byrd eyes spot on Mets' roster
Marlon Byrd, who's tuning up with Mexico in the Caribbean Series, hopes to catch on with the Mets while in Spring Training on a Minor League deal. Though New York's potential acquisition of Michael Bourn would hurt his chances, Byrd would welcome the addition of his friend.
2/7/2013 | Chipper enjoying retired life as spring approaches
Chipper Jones seems quite comfortable with the reality that Spring Training will go on without him for the first time in more than two decades.
2/7/2013 | Lefty Saunders reportedly agrees to deal with Mariners
Joe Saunders, a veteran left-hander who pitched for the Orioles and D-backs last season, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mariners pending the completion of a physical exam, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
2/7/2013 | Tulowitzki among 10 best shortstops in game
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki spent most of last season off the field and on the disabled list, but the statistical analysts at MLB Network haven't forgotten him.
2/7/2013 | Players tied to PEDs take reputation into own hands
Players surely had to know the risks when they made the decision to do business with Anthony Bosch. Now, those who have been linked to him have again cast a cloud of suspicion over every baseball player.
2/7/2013 | Porter gets head start on new Astros gig
Astros manager Bo Porter hit Osceola County Stadium on Thursday, spending the morning getting things in order in his office and the clubhouse. Some players are already in Kissimmee, Fla., ahead of Monday's reporting date for pitchers and catchers, and Porter was eager to get down there as well.
2/7/2013 | Seattle adds Shoppach, designates reliever Kelley
Free-agent catcher Kelly Shoppach officially signed a one-year contract with the Mariners on Thursday, while the club designated reliever Shawn Kelley for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.
2/7/2013 | Manto confident in development of young hitters
White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto is confident young hitters Tyler Flowers, Gordon Beckham, Brent Morel and Dayan Viciedo will develop into valuable everyday contributors at the big league level.
2/7/2013 | Rays will find enough offense to compete
The Rays lose key pieces every season and they always seem to find a way to replace them. With the offseason trade for top prospect Wil Myers, this year will be no different for manager Joe Maddon's squad.
2/7/2013 | Aviles, Indians avoid arbitration with two-year deal
On Thursday, the Indians avoided going to arbitration with utility man Mike Aviles as the two sides agreed on a two-year contract worth $6 million.
2/7/2013 | Source: Felix, Mariners close to new deal
The Mariners and Felix Hernandez have been pursuing a contract extension and are close to a new deal, but a baseball source said Thursday that a report by USA Today that the right-hander has agreed to a seven-year, $175 million contract is not accurate.
2/7/2013 | MLB investigated Schilling's 2008 PED claim
An MLB spokesman said Thursday that the league was already aware and had concluded an investigation of Curt Schilling's claim that he was offered performance enhancing drugs while with Red Sox in 2008.
2/7/2013 | Sarah's Take: Fernando deserves a spot in Hall
Fernando Valenzuela's star did not shine for very long, but "Fernandomania" changed the game of baseball forever, and he should be enshrined in Cooperstown.
2/7/2013 | Amaro: Adams 'doing great' following fall surgery
Chris Carpenter's shoulder issues, which may keep him from pitching again, are relevant in Philadelphia because setup man Mike Adams, who signed a two-year, $12 million contract in December, had the same surgery in October. However, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Adams is "doing great."
2/7/2013 | Bell, Raines elected to Canadian Hall of Fame
This year's voting process for the Baseball Hall of Fame didn't result in any living players being inducted, but the same won't be said for Canada's version of the baseball shrine.
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