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11:35 AM ET, February 10, 2013


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David Waldstein / New York Times:
In Memoir, Mike Piazza Spins Tales and Denies Using Steroids  —  As balloting for the Baseball Hall of Fame geared up earlier this winter, rumors began to circulate about why the release of Mike Piazza's book was being pushed back to February, a month after the voting would be concluded and the final results tabulated.
Jared Diamond / Wall Street Journal:
Why Mets Can Win This Year (Seriously)  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.—The Mets won 74 games last year, their splashiest off-season move involved trading the reigning Cy Young winner for prospects and they play in perhaps baseball's strongest division.  This doesn't look like an organization that expects to seriously compete in 2013.
Discussion: Newsday, ESPN and Bats
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
After tough season, NY Mets first baseman Ike Davis is more fleet of foot  —  That is quite a difference from 2012, when as Davis puts it, ‘I sucked at everything.’  —  Still recovering from major ankle injury in 2011, Ike Davis is showing spring in his step.
Discussion: ESPN and Metsblog
Kevin Kernan / New York Post:
Wheeler & Harvey providing the early heat  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — Zack Wheeler followed Matt Harvey yesterday in a short bullpen session, perhaps a sign of things to come for the Mets' Future Aces.  —  Manager Terry Collins set it up so Wheeler lockers next to Harvey to soak up advice on the path to the majors.
Discussion: Metsblog
Bill Madden / NY Daily News:
Although offseason has bore little fruit for Yankees and NY Mets, these teams have plenty of talent to check out during Spring Training  —  In the Yankees' case there is sufficient evidence that they've regressed.  As for the Mets, GM Sandy Alderson had dual handicaps …
Discussion: Metsblog and HardballTalk
Bryan Hoch /
Yanks discuss contract extension with Cano  —  NEW YORK — Managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner said on Friday that the Yankees have spoken with second baseman Robinson Cano about a contract extension.  —  “There's been a conversation or two,” Steinbrenner told reporters in Tampa …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Bryce Brentz suffered injury in gun accident (updated)  —  Red Sox prospect Bryce Brentz explained by phone that his absence from big league camp in spring training is due to an injury that he sustained due to an accidental discharge of a gun he was cleaning.
Nick Cafardo / The Boston Globe:
David Prouty steps up for MLB Players Association  —  The inspiration of Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Michael Weiner is felt by anyone who works in his office.  It is certainly not lost on David Prouty, who will assume part of Weiner's duties for one of the most powerful unions in the country.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Roch Kubatko / School of Roch:
Orioles near multi-year extension with O'Day  —  The Orioles reached agreements with pitchers Jim Johnson and Jason Hammel on one-year contracts earlier tonight, and they're close to a multi-year extension with reliever Darren O'Day, according to industry sources.  —  The deal is “all but done,” according to one source.
Eduardo A. Encina / Baltimore Sun:
Friday morning Orioles observations: Saunders, Jurrjens, arbitration
Troy Renck / On the Rox:
Jason Giambi signs minor-league deal with Indians  —  Jason Giambi, shown here at Rockies' spring training last year, is nearing minor-league deal with Indians.  Giambi, 42, spent three-plus seasons with the Rockies.  —  Jason Giambi's winter in wonderland has reached an interesting conclusion.
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Let's Go Tribe
David Kaplan / CSN Chicago:
Kap: Mark Prior wants one more shot  —  Former Cubs star Mark Prior, who has battled injuries since his breakout 2003 season is looking to give baseball one more try.  —  Sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to me that Prior is working out in San Diego with the express purpose …
Discussion: HardballTalk and Amazin' Avenue
Chicago Tribune:
Epstein: Cubs believe Marmol is innocent  —  Closer's lawyer, agent say he'll be ready for start of spring training  —  MESA, Ariz. — After a judge in the Dominican Republic sent the domestic abuse case against Carlos Marmol to a higher court Friday, Cubs president Theo Epstein said he believes his closer will be exonerated.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Leaner Lynn turns heads at Cards camp  —  • By Derrick Goold 314-340-8285  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Cardinals righthander Lance Lynn, who was challenged and helped by the club to improve his fitness level during the offseason, arrived at the team's complex Friday …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Wainwright, Garcia focus on present
Discussion: HardballTalk
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