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3:50 PM ET, March 8, 2013

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Kristie Ackert / NY Daily News:
Matt Harvey throwing a more consistent changeup after latest outing for NY Mets  —  Harvey used the changeup very effectively Thursday as he tossed 4.1 nearly perfect innings in the Mets' 4-1 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins at Tradition Field.  —  Matt Harvey throws 4.1 nearly perfect innings …
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Bill Madden / NY Daily News:
As broken leg heals, Yankees GM Brian Cashman seems content to sit and wait out injuries to Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and others  —  Even though it's spring, when GMs supposedly make only garbage-dumping deals, the word is the Padres are starting to listen to offers for Headley …
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mo's greatness something to behold  —  We got the preview of Yankees life without Rivera last year after he tore up his knee in May.  But now he is making it final.  He is scheduled to announce his retirement — effective following the 2013 season — tomorrow.  Thus, 2013 becomes part farewell tour, part victory lap for him.
Jeff Gordon / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Transition year looming for Cards?  —  Shortstop Rafael Furcal is finished.  Rather than putting off the inevitable any longer, Furcal will undergo Tommy John surgery and depart the Cardinal radar screen.  —  That nagging storyline has finally run its course.  The franchise moves on.
Discussion: Viva El Birdos and MLB Rumors
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Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Furcal elects to have elbow surgery
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Associated Press:
Cards SS Furcal to have Tommy John surgery
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards sign Craig to 5-year deal  —  • By Rick Hummel rhummel@post-dispatch.com and Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8196  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • The Cardinals did something they rarely do when they reached agreement today with first baseman Allen Craig …
Discussion: MLB Rumors and Getting Blanked
John Marshall / Globe and Mail:
Italy scores two in ninth to stun Mexico at World Baseball Classic  —  Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double off San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning and Jason Grilli escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to help Italy rally to beat Mexico 6-5 in the opening game …
MLB.com:
Melvin back to work after scorpion sting  —  PHOENIX — At this rate, general managers will need their own disabled list.  —  Brewers GM Doug Melvin was back in his office by 8 a.m. MT on Thursday after being stung by a scorpion Wednesday night.  Just three days earlier …
Fox Sports:
Young completes community service  —  CLEARWATER, FLA.  —  By May, as long as Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Delmon Young remains on good behavior, his name will be cleared.  —  Young, 27, was charged with a hate crime last April after he shouted an anti-semitic slur while intoxicated …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Associated Press:
King Felix makes spring debut, solves Royals  —  Final  —  Recap  —  Box Score  —  Conversation  —  Mariners' Felix Hernandez helps hand Royals 1st spring loss  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — Felix Hernandez waited almost two weeks to get in a game for the Seattle Mariners.
Henry Schulman / San Francisco Giants:
Aubrey Huff to the Yankees?  Not happening  —  When Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira went down with with a sprained wrist, Aubrey Huff's name was tossed about as a possible fill-in, but that is not going to happen.  —  “I'm pretty much retired,” Huff just said by phone.
Tom Maloney / Globe and Mail:
Youth is not wasted on the rebuilding Miami Marlins  —  During spring training, major-league teams ordinarily arrange players' lockers in the clubhouse according to a variety of factors, including friendships, seniority, position and, sometimes, mentorship.  In Port St. Lucie, Fla. …
Bruce Levine / ESPN:
Source: Chris Sale agrees to deal  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Chicago White Sox and left-handed pitcher Chris Sale have agreed in principle on a five-year contract extension worth as much as $60 million, according to a league source.  —  Sale will receive $35 million guaranteed …
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MLB.com:
White Sox and Chris Sale agree to terms on five-year contract with two club options
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and South Side Sox
Zach Links / MLB Rumors:
Rivera To Retire After 2013 Season  —  12:03pm: The Yankees have a 10am EDT press conference scheduled Saturday at which Rivera is set to announce that he'll retire following the 2013 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (Twitter links).  —  11:03am: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera …
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Andrew Marchand / ESPN:   Mariano Rivera to retire after season
 
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