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9:55 AM ET, March 18, 2013

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Patrick Saunders / On the Rox:
Rockies Recap: Giants 9, Rockies 7; Chacin hit hard, Cuddyer drives in 3  —  At Scottsdale Stadium  —  SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Good thing this game didn't count.  —  The Rockies lost 9-7, giving up four runs in the bottom of the ninth.  The killer blow was Cole Gillespie's walk-off three run homer off lefty reliever Danny Rosenbaum.
Discussion: Purple Row
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Patrick Saunders / On the Rox:
Rockies Recap: Mariners 5, Rockies 2; Pomeranz pitches uneven 5 innings
Discussion: Purple Row
Patrick Saunders / On the Rox:
Rockies Recap: Rockies 5, Reds 1; Francis sharp again, Helton homers
Discussion: Purple Row
John Manuel / Baseball America:
Puerto Rico Goes On Without Vazquez  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Javier Vazquez accompanied Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez to AT&T Park's interview room before Sunday's World Baseball Classic semifinal.  —  Had Puerto Rico added the veteran righthander as an injury replacement/reinforcement?
Discussion: Viva El Birdos and True Blue LA
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J.J. Cooper / Baseball America:
WBC Finals Preview: Dominican Republic
Discussion: Bluebird Banter
Nick Cafardo / The Boston Globe:
Ranking the major league managers  —  Over the past few spring trainings, we've dabbled in ranking the managers as they are about to enter the season.  We take into consideration past performances, plus struggles, rosters, communication, tactical ability, longevity etc.  It's all subjective.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cards release big-bonus signing De La Cruz  —  • By Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • The player that commanded a record bonus and signaled the Cardinals increased presence in the Latin America market for talent was released this morning, almost five years after he signed.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Fox Sports:
Free-agent Lohse itchin' for job  —  The latest word on free-agent right-hander Kyle Lohse is that he's getting “antsy.”  —  “Why wouldn't he be?” one friend of Lohse's said.  —  Opening Day is two weeks from Monday.  Lohse, 34, still is not in a major league camp.
Discussion: Baseball Prospectus and MLB Rumors
Wallace Matthews / ESPN:
Mark Teixeira's injury more serious  —  TAMPA, Fla. — The injury that will keep New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira out of the lineup until May at the earliest is not a wrist strain, as originally reported, but a partially torn tendon sheath that could potentially require season-ending surgery.
Discussion: NESN.com
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Brewers could still land pitcher Kyle Lohse  —  Free agent unsigned after 16-3 season  —  Phoenix - I have been asked many times in recent weeks if I think the Milwaukee Brewers will sign right-hander Kyle Lohse, and my response has been the same each time.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Mike Bauman / MLB.com:
Blue-collar Colletti at helm of new-look Dodgers  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — Life has changed dramatically for the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise.  You could also amend that statement to “improved dramatically” with no risk of inaccuracy.  —  And yes, the money available to be spent on player payroll is also new and improved.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Steve Gilbert / MLB.com:
Kennedy pulled from game with leg injury  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — D-backs pitcher Ian Kennedy was forced to leave his Saturday start earlier than planned after being struck in his left leg by a line drive off the bat of Jedd Gyorko in the fourth inning.  —  The ball caught Kennedy just below …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Associated Press:
Yanks' Nova Struggles Against Pirates  —  BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Ivan Nova struggled in his latest bid to gain the upper hand in the competition for a spot in the Yankees' rotation, giving up four runs Sunday in New York's 11-9 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates highlighted by Melky Mesa's grand slam.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
Associated Press:
Wieters, Ford, Johnson Lead Orioles Over Twins 7-1  —  SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer, Lew Ford drove in three runs and Steve Johnson pitched four scoreless innings to help a Baltimore Orioles split squad beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1 on Sunday.
Discussion: Camden Chat
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Tells Collins he'll play on Opening Day  —  PORT ST. LUCIE — David Wright is refusing to make a public decree about Opening Day, but his words to his manager yesterday upon returning to the Mets revealed the third baseman's mindset.  —  “He reassured me he'll be ready,” …
Discussion: Metsblog
 
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