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2:45 PM ET, December 14, 2007

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Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
Jose Canseco: A-Rod got off hook  —  More than 80 players were named in one capacity or another in the Mitchell Report, but Jose Canseco was certain there would be at least one more name in the document: Alex Rodriguez.  —  Canseco, who was one of the players named by Sen. George Mitchell in the report …
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Jayson Stark / ESPN:
Many legacies will be tarnished forever … Was it really worth it?  —  C'mon. Was it really worth all that money, all that time, all that trouble?  —  Was it really worth it to relive all those years of ugliness, shred all those reputations, embarrass the sport of baseball all over again?
Hartford Courant:
No A-Rod?  Canseco Stunned  —  Former A's slugger Jose Canseco tried to get in the news conference, but was told it was a media-only event and that he wasn't welcome.  —  Canseco said he was unimpressed with the report.  —  "It's a slap on the hand," he told Fox Business Network.
Mike Fish / ESPN:
Congress doesn't waste time; hearings scheduled already … WASHINGTON — Capitol Hill politicians reacted swiftly Thursday to former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell's report on steroids in baseball, calling for another round of congressional hearings aimed at steering the owners …
BuzzFlash.org:
The Mitchell Report: Absolving the Owners
Discussion: THE BASEBALL SAVANT
Ken Davidoff / Newsday:
Canseco surprised A-Rod is not on Mitchell's list
Discussion: Lady At The Bat
Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com:
Mitchell Report proposes solutions
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Nationals have ties to Mitchell Report
Discussion: Federal Baseball and ESPN
JPSchmack / Mets Refugees:
Not That We're Bitter...  Food for thought: Four members …
Discussion: Mike's Mets
Carrie Muskat / MLB.com:
Mitchell Report will take time to digest
Mike Vaccaro / New York Post:
TAINTED TITLES LOSE SOME JUICE  —  LIST TAKES BIG BITE OUT OF BIG APPLE  —  THEY were the dominant team of the baseball epoch that will be known forevermore as the Steroid Era, and so it is proper and it is fitting that there are no fewer than 22 men named in the Mitchell Report who played with the Yankees during that time.
Discussion: The Joy of Sox
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NY Daily News:
Roger Clemens' bid for Cooperstown likely will end with strikeout  —  Today, I feel a little like that kid standing outside the Chicago courthouse in 1920 imploring Shoeless Joe Jackson to say it ain't so.  —  Even though reports of the Chicago White Sox fixing the 1919 World Series …
Mark Feinsand / New York Daily News Blogs:
Mitchell Report doesn't tarnish Yankee dynasty
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Clemens denies alleged ties to drugs
Discussion: Baseball Musings and Eephus Pitch
Brian McTaggart / Houston Chronicle:
Astros turn their focus to former Cub Prior  —  Twins pick up shortstop Everett with one-year deal  —  Astros general manager Ed Wade said Thursday the club has contacted the agent for righthander Mark Prior, who became a free agent when the Chicago Cubs chose to non-tender his contract Wednesday night.
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Joe / Around the Majors:
Twins sign Adam Everett
Discussion: AaronGleeman.com
TR Sullivan / Postcards from Elysian Fields:
Friday Happy Hour at the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill  —  Welcome to the Elysian Fields Bar & Grill, where we toast a real hero.  It was on this day in 1911 when Roald Amundsen and his team reached the South Pole for the first time.  —  * The Rangers were ready to trade Akinori Otsuka …
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Sid Hartman / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Vikings' Frazier familiar with Bears rivalry from both sidelines  —  Leslie Frazier, in his first year as Vikings defensive coordinator, recalled a big game for the Bears at the Metrodome during their 1985 title run.  —  Minnesota's first-year defensive coordinator, Leslie Frazier, is very familiar with the Vikings-Bears series.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
John Brattain / Hardball Times:
Gutted Fish  —  Take heart Marlins fans—you have Larry Beinfest.  —  Right now, he is the only thing about the management side of the club that can be referred to as "major league."  As to the trade of Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis for outfielderCameron Maybin …
Discussion: Baseball Musings and THE BOOK
Dan Caesar / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Some media blow it by targeting Pujols  —  What's more important, getting a story out or getting a story right?  —  That question surged to the forefront Thursday, when rumors that the Cardinals' Albert Pujols was on the list of those implicated in the Mitchell investigation of steroid use …
Discussion: Dodger Thoughts
Steve King / philly.com:
Phillies - Source: Phils have interest in Texas castoff Otsuka  —  The Phillies may have lost Aaron Rowand after he signed a 5-year deal with the San Francisco Giants, but they haven't lost sleep or focus on where their offseason priorities lie.  —  Improving the pitching.
Tom Krasovic / San Diego Union-Tribune:
Caminiti heads list from Padres' past  —  Old Padres hash was reheated on a white-hot stove yesterday when baseball issued its report on the sport's Steroid Era.  —  Recycled in the Mitchell Report, whose release drew expansive media coverage, were accounts of steroid use by Padres slugger Ken Caminiti …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
NY Daily News:
ESPN keeps outed Fernando Vina off air  —  That video often seen on the Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network - you know, the one where Roger Clemens addresses pinstriped loyalists from on high, announcing his triumphant return to the Bronx for about $18 million - is now destined for private screenings only.
 
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