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12:15 AM ET, January 20, 2013

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Earl Weaver / Baltimore Sun:
Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver dies at 82  —  Earl Weaver penned his own epitaph.  —  “On my tombstone just write, ‘The sorest loser that ever lived,’ ” he once said.  —  Weaver, the Orioles' irascible, chain-smoking, umpire-baiting manager who led the team to four American League pennants …
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Bill Madden / NY Daily News:
Earl Weaver dead at 82: Legendary Baltimore Orioles manager was one of baseball's most colorful characters  —  The Hall-of-Famer died early Saturday of an apparent heart attack  —  Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver looks on at Clark Sports Center during the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony …
Discussion: Camden Chat and Lone Star Ball
ESPN:
Stan ‘The Man’ Musial dies at 92  —  ST. LOUIS — Stan Musial, one of baseball's greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades, died Saturday.  He was 92.  —  Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped …
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Cubs considered using Miller Park during Wrigley Field renovations  —  Cubs ownership long has insisted it doesn't consider U.S. Cellular Field an option as a temporary home while renovations to Wrigley Field are being done.  —  But could the team finally get its long-sought public handout …
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Bruce Levine / ESPN:
Sources: Cubs, D-backs discussed Upton deal  —  The Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks recently discussed the feasibility of a trade that would have sent right fielder Justin Upton to the Cubs, according to two major league sources.  —  According to both sources …
Ken Gurnick / MLB.com:
Kemp: Shoulder healing ‘ahead of schedule’  —  Star outfielder in L.A. to serve as grand marshal of Kingdom Day Parade  —  LOS ANGELES — Matt Kemp, in town to serve as grand marshal at Saturday's 28th Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles, said his surgically repaired left shoulder is healing …
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Tampa Bay Rays agree to terms with final four arbitration-eligible players  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays ended the arbitration process early this season, agreeing to terms with their four remaining eligible players before Friday's exchange of figures.  —  Outfielder Matt Joyce …
Discussion: DRaysBay
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Marc Topkin / The Heater Feed:
Niemann agrees to $3-million deal, 3 more in talks
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
ESPN:
Manti Te'o denies being part of hoax  —  Manti Te'o denied being part of a hoax involving a relationship with a person online whom he considered his girlfriend, during an interview with ESPN on Friday night.  —  “No. Never,” Te'o said in a 2½-hour interview with ESPN's Jeremy Schaap.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Crabtree in sex-assault investigation  —  San Francisco police have interviewed 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree about allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman after the team's victory last weekend.  —  The alleged attack occurred at an unnamed hotel early Sunday, hours after the team's victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers leaning toward TV deal with Time Warner Cable  —  Stan Kasten, president and CEO of the Dodgers, right, and Janet Marie Smith, senior vice president of planning and development, speak about improvements to Dodger Stadium on Jan. 8.  (Reed Saxon / Associated Press)
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and HardballTalk
MLB.com:
Miller Lite Party Deck to Debut at Miller Park in 2013  —  MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers and MillerCoors today unveiled plans for a new Miller Park group entertainment area, The Miller Lite Party Deck.  —  The Party Deck will have a capacity of 70 and will be situated above the Miller Park right field Loge Bleachers.
 
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Jordan Bastian / MLB.com:
Francona not pleased with his Sox book teaser
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David O'Brien / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Heyward, Medlen get big raises; Prado headed to arb hearing?
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Matt Eddy / Baseball America:
Minor League Transactions: Jan. 8-14
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Corey Hart to undergo knee surgery, will miss start of season
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Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Red Sox, Joel Hanrahan Avoid Arbitration
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Adam Berry / MLB.com:
Wieters, three others avoid arbitration with Orioles
Discussion: Camden Chat
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Nats reach deals with five, with one case remaining
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Associated Press:
Phillies agree with Bastardo on $1.4M contract
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Carson Cistulli / FanGraphs Baseball:
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Corey Brock / MLB.com:
Venable avoids arbitration with Padres
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