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1:00 PM ET, February 22, 2013

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MLB.com:
Final rosters for 2013 World Baseball Classic announced  —  Many of the game's elite will participate in third global tournament, including 45 Major League All-Stars  —  World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the final rosters submitted before the February 20th deadline …
David Murphy / Philly.com:
For Worley, trade was a changeup  —  WHETHER OR NOT we realize it, one of the reasons for our fascination with professional sports is that they share so many variables with the lives that we live.  —  You can wake up with a body feeling like a million bucks, a head uncluttered and free …
Discussion: The Big Lead and HardballTalk
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Bob Brookover / Philly.com:
Inside the Phillies: Nationals don't need motivation from Jimmy Rollins to get ready for 2013
Discussion: HardballTalk and DC Sports Bog
Wallace Matthews / ESPN:
Mariano Rivera throws BP  —  TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera cleared another hurdle in his recovery from knee surgery Friday morning when he faced hitters for the first time since his injury.  —  Rivera threw 20 pitches in live batting practice to two hitters …
Discussion: It's About The Money
William S. Paxton / CTPost.com:
Source: SHU expected to name Bobby V new AD  —  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo: Frank Franklin II, ASSOCIATED PRESS  —  FAIRFIELD — Bobby Valentine is expected to be named the next athletics director at Sacred Heart University, according to a source.  —  Valentine, a Stamford native …
Fox Sports:
Twins' Morneau is finally healthy  —  There were the concussions that interrupted his 2010 and 2011 seasons.  He underwent surgeries on his neck, left wrist, left knee and right foot amid the neurological haze.  Finally, when Justin Morneau resumed playing first base regularly during …
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Jeff Blair / Globe and Mail:
Jays must be better on basepaths but Gibbons won't corral speedy Reyes
Michael Baron / Metsblog:
Santana's first start pushed back a week  —  Johan Santana's first Grapefruit League start will be pushed back to between March 10 to March 15, Sandy Alderson said today at Tradition Field.  —  According to Alderson, Santana is not in any pain, he has no structural damage, and his start on Opening Day is not yet in jeopardy.
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
With fewer runs,Yankees will need a healthy staff  —  TAMPA — A reporter (not me, by the way) recently was peppering Brian Cashman with what a lineup containing Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and, perhaps, Eduardo Nunez would offer in excitement.  —  Every few seconds, the Yankees general manager …
Mark Newman / MLB.com:
Now reporting for Spring Training: At Bat 13  —  Top sports mobile app launched Thursday with multiple new features  —  Now reporting for Spring Training: MLB.com At Bat 13.  —  The top sports mobile app in each of the past four years was launched on Thursday by Major League Baseball Advanced Media …
Discussion: Redleg Nation
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Nationals To Sign Chris Young  —  The Nationals announced that they have agreed to terms with right-handed starter Chris Young on a minor league deal (Twitter link).  Williams & Connolly represents Young.  —  Young, 33, pitched for the Mets last year.  The 6'1" right-hander missed …
Discussion: HardballTalk and MLB Daily Dish
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
His elbow still achy, Furcal hits only from right side  —  • By Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal continues to be hampered by pain in his right elbow, and on Thursday the club suggested that the switch-hitter …
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Union boss Michael Weiner: If Mets want to contend, they're going to have to spend  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — If the Mets intend to field a competitive team, the head of the players' union believes that they'll eventually have to start spending again to acquire top talent.
Bill Chastain / MLB.com:
Jennings expects smooth transition to center  —  After playing left last year, 26-year-old moving back to natural position  —  PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Although B.J. Upton departed via free agency during the offseason, the Rays don't have to look too far to find his replacement.
Discussion: DRaysBay
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Miller cleared to throw, eyes return to mound  —  • By Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller has been cleared to throw today on flat ground and he said he's been told to take today as if he's getting ready to throw off the mound in the near future.
Discussion: HardballTalk
 
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CSN Chicago:
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