2/13/2013 | No-nonsense Beckett values performance most
Contrary to what some fans and reporters may believe, Josh Beckett cares about his perception. He cares deeply. He cares about his teammates and his team. He just thinks it all comes back to one thing: Performing.
2/13/2013 | Emotional Ruiz apologizes for 25-game suspension
An emotional Carlos Ruiz repeated his message Wednesday so everybody eventually heard what he wanted to say about his 25-game suspension following the use of Adderall, which is in violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.
2/13/2013 | Panel of judges hears arguments in Bonds' appeal
Attorneys submitted oral arguments Wednesday morning as Barry Bonds' appeal of his 2011 felony conviction on a charge of obstruction of justice took a major step toward being decided by a three-judge panel at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
2/13/2013 | Per Mets' wishes, Santana doubtful for Classic
General manager Sandy Alderson again hinted that Johan Santana is unlikely to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, despite Santana's desire to represent his native Venezuela.
2/13/2013 | Investigation into age, identity delay Mejia's arrival
The United States government has delayed Jenrry Mejia's attempts to obtain a visa to enter the country, pending an investigation into his age and identity.
2/13/2013 | Teammates elated to see King Felix rewarded
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is one of the most popular players in the community and the clubhouse, and teammates are excited that he's cashed in on a $175 million contract extension.
2/13/2013 | Alderson: Fifth year for Bourn was stumbling block
Even if the Mets had received a positive ruling on their Draft pick concerns in their pursuit of outfielder Michael Bourn, they may not have signed him to a free-agent contract. General manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that Bourn's desire for a fifth-year vesting option was critical to New York's decision to bow out of negotiations.
2/13/2013 | Detail-oriented Porter equipped to guide Astros
Watching the first few days of Bo Porter's first Spring Training camp as manager, there's no question about the passion and determination of the man in charge of the Astros.
2/13/2013 | Seeking rotation spot, Kelly won't back down
The 2012 season was a lot for Casey Kelly to digest -- both while it was happening and after the season, at which point he finally took time to process what was a strange year. Now, Kelly is in camp as one of 10 candidates with a shot at cracking the Padres' starting rotation.
2/13/2013 | Rivera showing greatness again in comeback
At the Yankees' first workout of this year's Spring Training, an encouraging sign for all was the presence and the full participation of Mariano Rivera, and the one-of-a-kind 43-year-old closer should be lauded for his comeback.
2/13/2013 | Ahead of schedule, Hart hopes to return in April
Brewers first baseman Corey Hart was still using crutches Wednesday, but said he was ahead of schedule in his return from right knee surgery and aiming to be back before the end of April.
2/13/2013 | In crowded A's outfield, Young must carve his place
A spanking new chapter in Chris Young's career began this week as the A's opened camp at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, although his circumstances with the Oakland club right now seem to be far from optimal.
2/13/2013 | Doc confident he can rebound with healthy season
Roy Halladay said everything everybody expected him to say Wednesday at Bright House Field: He feels great. Halladay's revamped offseason training program worked like he hoped. He believes he can rebound from one of the worst seasons of his career.
2/13/2013 | Mo to decide about retirement before opener
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has reached a decision if 2013 will be his final season and plans to make an announcement before Opening Day.
2/13/2013 | Lone lefty in the mix, Wood seeks spot in rotation
Travis Wood is one of the seven candidates for the rotation, and the only lefty, which may give him an edge. With Scott Baker recovering from Tommy John surgery and Matt Garza sidelined last year with an elbow injury, the Cubs have depth, but also have openings.
2/13/2013 | For Grace, unusual routine amid second chance
Mark Grace reported for work at the D-backs' Spring Training complex on Tuesday morning, not losing sight of the fact that from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., he's an inmate in the Arizona Penal System, serving a four-month sentence after two DUI offenses in a span of 15 months.
2/13/2013 | Fifty Spring Trainings later, Leyland recalls first
Tigers manager Jim Leyland shared memories of his first Spring Training, as a catcher prospect for Detroit in 1964, before taking the field on Wednesday in what is his 50th year in spring camp.
2/13/2013 | With clean MRI, Madson won't rush elbow recovery
An MRI taken on Ryan Madson's elbow Tuesday came back clean, and the Angels reliever will be unable to throw until he is re-evaulated in a week.
2/13/2013 | After rough year, rebuilt 'pen aims for anonymity
Following a season in which the Brewers blew a Major League-high 29 saves and posted a 4.66 relief ERA, closer John Axford is the only member of last year's Opening Day relief corps to return. Gone are Francisco Rodriguez, Kameron Loe, Manny Parra and Jose Veras, replaced with several new faces.
2/13/2013 | Sarah's Take: Crystal ball says Giants best in NL West
While the Dodgers have assembled an All-Star team, and the D-backs have improved, the Giants will again be the best in the NL West.
2/13/2013 | Reed's singular goal to remain closer
Despite a very solid rookie campaign last season and feeling more comfortable in the clubhouse, White Sox closer Addison Reed is not taking anything for granted about his ninth-inning role.
2/13/2013 | Carpenter hones skills at second with help from elite
Cardinals infield instructor Jose Oquendo has the opportunity to start from scratch with Matt Carpenter, as the utility man makes a bid to become the Opening Day starter. Oquendo had Carpenter study footage of Robinson Cano and Brandon Phillips to help improve mechanics at second.
2/13/2013 | World Baseball Classic adds new twist for Mauer
For veteran catcher Joe Mauer, this spring is all about striking the right balance between trying to get ready for Team USA's games in mid-March and for Minnesota's Opening Day against the Tigers on April 1.
2/13/2013 | Mattingly's focus on team, not contract status
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he won't let his contract status become a distraction.
2/13/2013 | Buehrle prepares for first season away from family
Mark Buehrle will have to adjust to his new home in Toronto on his own, as he will leave his wife and kids in the United States during the season to care for their pets, including a pitbull, which is outlawed in Ontario.
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