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4:35 PM ET, February 27, 2007

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baseballhalloffame.org:
Veterans Committee election results for 2007  —  Living Hall of Famers, Frick and Spink winners, voted on 42 candidates  —  (COOPERSTOWN, NY): The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's Committee for Baseball Veterans announced balloting results Tuesday for its 2007 election of players, managers, executives and umpires.
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Jack O'Connell / MLB.com:
Hall's Vets elect no one in 2007  —  Santo, Harvey lead balloting; no candidate receives 75 percent  —  Ron Santo inched a little closer to Cooperstown on Tuesday, but came up five votes short of baseball immortality.  —  Voting by the Veterans Committee for the National Baseball Hall …
Discussion: The FanHouse
Associated Press:   No vets get into Hall for third straight year
Joe Cowley / Chicago Sun Times:
Life of Brian on the upswing  —  Changes at bat keep Anderson in Sox' CF picture  —  TUCSON, Ariz. — All of a sudden, the talk surrounding Brian Anderson isn't as harsh.  —  That's quite a change from last September, when White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen began issuing threats to the center fielder …
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Joe Cowley / Chicago Sun Times:   Fields facing major roadblock
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Williams weighs excess inventory
Sports Illustrated:
Any Whammy Left in Sammy?  —  Texas believes Sosa has some of that old bat magic  —  At first glance, the Sammy Sosa who arrived at Texas Rangers camp last week looked much like the ebullient, homer-and-hop-to-first version who once dominated the National League.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
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Jan Hubbard / Dallas Star-Telegram:
It's a glove story for Botts now
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Dave Sessions / Dallas Star-Telegram:   SPRING BREAK  —  Five tips for five positions
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
Spring ahead  —  Ramírez arrives in Sox camp a little sooner than expected  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — The inimitable, ever-obtuse, and often-tardy Manny Ramírez strolled into Red Sox camp just after 8 a.m. yesterday, accompanied by his two agents, Greg Genske and Gene Matos.
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Michael Silverman / Boston Herald:   Manny clocks in 'early': Silent slugger surprises Sox
Ian Browne / MLB.com:
Manny arrives at Red Sox camp
Discussion: Fenway Blogger and MLB Rumors
John Hickey / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Reed, Broussard remain upbeat  —  Fringe players likely will take on lesser roles for Mariners or could be traded  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — Jeremy Reed and Ben Broussard have less reason than anyone in camp to be pleased with the Mariners' direction.  —  Reed, the former starting center fielder …
Discussion: U.S.S. Mariner and Knuckle Curve
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John Hickey / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Mariners Notebook: Warming to triple digits  —  PEORIA, Ariz. — What is perfection?  —  Everyone's answer is different.  For Seattle first baseman Richie Sexson, a perfect statistical season would be all about triple digits.  —  "If I got 100 runs, 100 RBIs and 100 walks, that would be a perfect season," Sexson said Monday.
Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
Boo-boo for Abreu  —  Bobby out 2-3 weeks with strained muscle  —  TAMPA - Just when the Yankees received good news on Carl Pavano, the team suffered its first serious injury of the spring, losing Bobby Abreu for two to three weeks with a strained right abdominal muscle.
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Jim Baumbach / Newsday:   Pavano is only bruised  —  TAMPA, Fla. — The MRI of Carl …
Murray Chass / New York Times:
As Season Approaches, Some Topics Should Be Off Limits  —  Things I don't want to read or hear about anymore:  —  ¶  Roger Clemens saying he hasn't decided if he will play this year or retire, and if he decides to play, which team he will play for.  —  Clemens is one of the greatest pitchers ever, the greatest of his era.
Associated Press:
Pujols practices with pro wrestler  —  JUPITER, Fla. — In an unlikely cage match, one of baseball's best hitters took turns batting Tuesday with one of professional wrestling's top names.  —  Slugger Albert Pujols and wrestler Kurt Angle took turns slugging balls in the Cardinals batting cages …
Chris Isidore / CNNMoney.com:
Root, root, root - and pay - for the road team  —  Baseball could get more money if it drops plan to let DirecTV have exclusive deal to sell out-of-market games to hard-core fans.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Long-distance relationships may not work for romances.  But it's a different story for sports fans.
Discussion: Baseball Musings
Will Carroll / Baseball Prospectus:
Positional Health Reports  —  Right Fielders  —  If left field is where teams hide those dusty oldsters that still have hitting skills, right field might viewed as the opposite.  Is the long throw to third really so valuable that you use a prime athletic talent in the outfield?
Discussion: TigerBlog
Adam Rubin / NY Daily News:
In first look, Burgos appears quite striking  —  PORT ST. LUCIE - Ambiorix Burgos had an electric fastball, and spotty control, with the Royals.  But the Mets feel they have a diamond in the rough with the upper-90s throwing righthander, who was obtained in the offseason for Brian Bannister.
Discussion: Mets Fever and Mets Heads
Anthony McCarron / NY Daily News:
Joke is on Jeter!  —  President and Mantle pop up on Topps' gag baseball card  —  It's hard to Topps this one: The card company has issued a Derek Jeter baseball card with a smiling President Bush in the stands.  —  But there's something very wrong with that picture: Bush wasn't really at the game that day.
Discussion: Babes Love Baseball
Brendan J. Lyons / Albany Times Union:
Albany DA raids Fla. steroids center  —  Yearlong investigation of Internet drug sales may expose use by pro athletes  —  Click byline for more stories by writer.  —  Copyright © Times Union  —  ORLANDO, Fla. — A downtown pharmacy was raided by a law enforcement task force on Tuesday …
 
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Kissing your sister
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Mike Edelman / Fire Brand of the American League:
Forgive Me Joel  —  I haven't exactly been quiet in my criticism of the Joel Pineiro deal.
Discussion: Yanksfan vs Soxfan
Tony Massarotti / Boston Herald:
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Discussion: KEYS TO THE GAME
Associated Press:
Twins lock up reliever Crain through 2009
Discussion: Baseball Musings
Jim Moore / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Go 2 Guy: Yankees' camp a zoo far from the Bronx
Tom Krasovic / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Spring fever or is prospect really special?
Discussion: Ducksnorts
Tracy Ringolsby / Rocky Mountain News:
No shirt off his back - yet
Jayson Stark / ESPN:
Braves streak is over, but not hunger for October
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
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Bob Dutton / Kansas City Star:
All Butler needs is glove
Discussion: Royals Authority
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NY Daily News:
Milledge throws & grows
Discussion: MetsBlog.com
Chris Constancio / Hardball Times:
The Best Young Shortstops of 2007
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue
Jack Curry / New York Times:
Red Sox Bring in a Friendly Face to Greet Matsui
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