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9:40 AM ET, March 5, 2012


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Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
Legends enhance new day  —  Red Sox christen yet another first  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. - Our fathers had Dominic DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, and Ted Williams; the greatest ballplayers for the Greatest Generation, “The Teammates” who stand together forever in bronze outside Fenway Park's Gate B on Van Ness Street.
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch
Ian Browne /
Anderson hits slam in Beckett's solid debut  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. — In the first Grapefruit League game played at JetBlue Park at Fenway South, Lars Anderson clubbed a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh, helping the Red Sox to an 8-3 victory over the Twins on Sunday.
Dan Shaughnessy / Boston Globe:
A change, it seems, amid fastballs
Discussion: Dan Shaughnessy Watch
Mark McCarter / Breaking News from The Huntsville Times:
Don Mincher, long-time baseball figure, dies at 73  —  HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Don Mincher, the gentlemanly figure synonymous with Huntsville baseball for a half-century, died Sunday after a long illness.  He was 73.  —  Crowned in 2010 as “King of Baseball,” the highest honor in Minor League Baseball …
Gregor Chisholm /
Litsch shut down for six weeks with infection  —  Injection meant to help heal shoulder results in extra procedure  —  BRADENTON, Fla. — The string of bad luck for right-hander Jesse Litsch continued this week with yet another setback on his injured right shoulder.
Discussion: North of the Border
Tom Singer /
Snider delivers as Blue Jays beat Bucs
Inside the Phillies: Phillies trades may prove to be costly  —  DUNEDIN, Fla. - Walk into Bright House Field or Citizens Bank Park on a game day and count the number of Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee jerseys.  —  It's understandable that Phillies fans have fallen madly in love with the top …
Discussion: and MLB Rumors
Patrick Saunders / Denver Post:
Rockies pitcher Alex White arrested for DUI in Arizona  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rockies pitcher Alex White, 23, was arrested Saturday night for driving under the influence of alcohol.  White was arrested by Scottsdale police at 9:15 p.m. and released from jail at 10:50 p.m.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pirates, McCutchen agree on new contract  —  BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates and star center fielder Andrew McCutchen agreed to terms on a six-year contract worth $51.5 million with a club option for 2018 worth $14.75 million, according to a source.  —  The contract will buy …
Discussion: HardballTalk and Baseball Nation
Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Hart needs knee surgery  —  By Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel  —  Phoenix - Assistant general manager Gord Ash just said that rightfielder Corey Hart will have a minor surgical procedure on his right knee to repair a meniscus tear and probably will be out of action for three to four weeks.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and Eye on Baseball
Brian McTaggart /
Fernando Martinez goes deep in Astros debut  —  VIERA, Fla. — Fernando Martinez's debut with the Astros couldn't have gone any better.  —  Martinez, an outfielder who was claimed off waivers from the Mets in January, made his first Grapefruit League start for the Astros on Sunday …
Discussion: The Crawfish Boxes
Associated Press:
Vargas Sharp in Mariners' 5-4 Win  —  PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jason Vargas threw four scoreless innings and third baseman Kyle Seager had three hits in the Seattle Mariners' 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.  —  Vargas threw 50 pitches and did not allow a base runner.
Discussion: Lookout Landing
Associated Press:
Braves' Teheran Gives Up 6 Homers Against Tigers  —  LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Julio Teheran's spring debut was hardly a breeze.  —  Hoping to earn a spot in Atlanta's rotation, Teheran was tagged for six home runs in just two innings and the Detroit Tigers connected nine times overall Sunday in romping past the Braves 18-3.
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Adam McCalvy /
Braun fans twice as he puts winter behind him  —  PHOENIX — Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun struck out twice in his 2012 debut, a 1-1 tie with the Giants at Maryvale Baseball Park on Sunday.  —  Braun drew a mixed reaction from 6,619 fans at the Brewers' spring home, many of whom stood …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Steve Gilbert /
D-backs-Giants tilt delayed by swarm of bees  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Sunday's D-backs-Giants game at Salt River Fields was delayed for 41 minutes by a swarm of bees.  —  With no score and one out in the top of the second, the Giants, who ended up 11-1 winners, had runners on second and third …
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Patrick Saunders / On the Rox:
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Discussion: Eye on Baseball
Associated Press:
Rodriguez Homers Off Halladay, Yanks Beat Phillies
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports
Marc Topkin / The Heater Feed:
For starters: Rays vs. Twins, a 5-3 loss
New York Post:
A-Rod's baller body
Matt Gelb /
Howard, still infected, in walking boot
Discussion: HardballTalk and Baseball Nation
Rhett Bollinger /
Zumaya opts for Tommy John surgery
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Nick Cafardo / Boston Globe:
Without cash flow, Boras sees talent pool draining
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Marc Topkin / The Heater Feed:
Longoria better, Moore like “normal,” Price good
Discussion: HardballTalk
Anthony McCarron / NY Daily News:
NY Mets' R.A. Dickey off to better start in controlling knuckleball
Michael Baron /
David Wright out indefinitely with rib cage discomfort

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