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2:45 AM ET, February 13, 2009

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MLB.com:
Selig's statement on A-Rod, PEDs  —  Baseball Commissioner Allan H.  (Bud) Selig today responded to the recent revelations that Alex Rodriguez took performance-enhancing substances while a member of the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003.  —  “On behalf of Major League Baseball …
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Fox News:
MLB Chief Might Reinstate Aaron as Home Run King, Suspend Rodriguez  —  Is baseball's steroid scandal about to make Hank Aaron the once and future home run king?  —  Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig reportedly is considering restoring the crown to Aaron, who lost it in 2007 to Barry Bonds.
Discussion: MLB FanHouse and Hardball Times
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB commissioner Selig considers suspending A-Rod
Chad Finn / Boston Globe:   Report: Selig may try to suspend A-Rod
Joe Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
GM Brian Cashman can't say whether Alex Rodriguez used performance …
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Christine Brennan / USA Today:
Only Bud Selig can rectify steroids situation in baseball
Discussion: Subway Squawkers
Bill Madden / NY Daily News:
Madden: Selig tosses around asterisk idea
Discussion: Only Baseball Matters
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Nationals will not pursue Hudson  —  Team to go forward with Belliard, Gonzalez, Harris and Hernandez  —  WASHINGTON — The Nationals will no longer pursue free agent Orlando Hudson.  Instead, they will have four players — Ronnie Belliard, Alberto Gonzalez, Willie Harris and Anderson Hernandez …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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Keith Law / ESPN:
Nats only slightly better with Dunn  —  Signing Adam Dunn makes the Nationals somewhat less awful for 2009 and 2010, but given their inability in the past three years to convert veteran players on expiring contracts — Alfonso Soriano, Dmitri Young, Ronnie Belliard or even younger time bomb Chad Cordero …
Bill Ladson / MLB.com:
Dunn a big gun for Nationals' lineup
Chico Harlan / Nationals Journal:
If Johnson Is Healthy, Dunn Will Play LF
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Nationals Have Six Players For Four Spots
Discussion: Mets Fever and Talking Chop
Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Manny Ramirez puts DirecTV appearance on hold  —  Manny Ramirez smiles after hitting a single against the Colorado Rockies on Sept. 12.  Ramirez has postponed a promotional appearance for DirecTV since he could be on the verge on signing a new contract.  —  Satellite television provider DirecTV issues …
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Sean McAdam / Boston Herald:
Terry Francona disputes Manny Ramirez's book talk
Discussion: Projo Sox Blog
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
Dodgers need to move quickly to sign Manny Ramirez
Discussion: MLB.com and MLB Rumors
Steve Buckley / Boston Herald:
Jason Varitek's return a relief to Justin Masterson  —  FORT MYERS - Count Red Sox [team stats] reliever Justin Masterson among the many men in uniform who can't wait for the arrival of veteran catcher Jason Varitek [stats].  —  “I was excited when I heard he's coming back,” …
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Rob Bradford / Full Count:
'It's nice to have peace and tranquility on Day 1′  —  Those are the words of the Boston Red Sox general manager on the first official day of spring training.  He, of course, went on to remind those listening that drama comes and goes and it's usually never as bad inside the inner-sanctum …
Discussion: Main Board
Sporting News:
Griffey to Mariners?  'It's all rumors,' he says  —  PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — If Ken Griffey Jr. is about to return to the Seattle Mariners, it's news to him.  —  “We don't know what we're doing next year with respect to Seattle.  It's all rumors,” Griffey said Thursday after finishing …
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NY Daily News:
Judge delivers ‘KO punch’ in Clemens' suit  —  A federal judge in Texas delivered what Brian McNamee's lawyers described as a “knockout punch” to Rogers Clemens' defamation suit against his former trainer Thursday.  —  U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison dismissed most of Clemens' lawsuit …
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T.J. Quinn / MLB:   Most of Clemens' defamation lawsuit dismissed
Mark Bowman / MLB.com:
Francoeur likely destined for arbitration  —  Braves optimistic Johnson won't need hearing; not so with outfielder  —  LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Braves remain hopeful that they'll be able to avoid arbitration hearings with both Jeff Francoeur and Kelly Johnson, but there is a growing belief …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Tom Singer / MLB.com:
Rockies reach deal with reliever Flores  —  Recovering from surgery, left-hander gets Minor League pact  —  DENVER — The Rockies have reunited with yet another of their former players.  —  Left-handed pitcher Randy Flores, who pitched for the Rockies in 2002, has agreed …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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Cameron Smith / Baseball Insider:   Lefty Relievers: Only Four Left
Associated Press:
Young, Twins agree to 1-year deal for 2009  —  Buzz up!  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP)—Delmon Young and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms on a $1,152,000, one-year contract.  —  Young gets a raise from the $700,000 he made last season, but his salary is technically being cut …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Ross / New Stadium Insider:
New Stadium, same old obstructed views  —  The Yankees have some explaining to do with this one.  Courtesy of user “Mastermind” from NYY Fans, comes this image from inside of the new Yankee Stadium:  —  UPDATE (1:37 PM): After adjusting the white balance, the photo is even more revealing.
Marc Topkin / The Heater:
Rays make Shouse deal official, designate Salas  —  The Rays finally completed their deal for lefty reliever Brian Shouse and made room on the 40-man roster by designating for assignment reliever Juan Salas.  —  Salas, 30, pitched in only five games for the Rays last season …
Discussion: MVN and Rays of Light
Mike DiGiovanna / LA Times Sports Blog:
It's official: Bobby Abreu, Angels reach a deal  —  As expected, the Angels announced this morning that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, believed to be for about $5 million, with veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu, who will join an outfield/designated hitter rotation …
Discussion: Bats
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Associated Press:
Abreu, Angels agree on 1-year deal
Discussion: ESPN and NBCSports.com
Tim Kurkjian / ESPN:
Buster bombs Yanks in showdown … Can it get any better than this?  —  A former beat writer of a team facing the team that he once covered, the team that he wrote a book about: Buster Olney against the New York Yankees.  —  Every beat guy wants to beat the competition …
Discussion: MLB and River Avenue Blues
 
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