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12:20 PM ET, January 15, 2013


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Chris Haft /
Vogelsong to join Team USA for 2013 Classic  —  SAN FRANCISCO — If America really is the land of opportunity, then Ryan Vogelsong is an ideal choice for Team USA.  —  The Giants right-hander has committed to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic, joining a provisional roster …
Discussion: McCovey Chronicles
Adam Berry /
Rodney plans to pitch for D.R. in Classic  —  Closer saved 48 games with record-low 0.60 ERA in 2012 season  —  ST. PETERSBURG — It appears Rays closer Fernando Rodney will be taking his bow-and-arrow routine to the World Baseball Classic.  —  According to a report in the Dominican newspaper El Caribe …
Discussion: DRaysBay
Joey Nowak /
Dickey, Kimbrel, Pettitte set to pitch for USA
Carrie Muskat /
Rizzo to play for Italy in World Baseball Classic
Discussion: Bleed Cubbie Blue
Arizona Republic:
Putz extended; Hill next?  ; Upton Abbey; & other stuff  —  J.J. Putz has said he wants to finish his career with the Diamondbacks.  The deal he agreed to on Monday may or may not take him that far, but it will at least get him one year closer.  —  Putz, whose $6.5 million option for 2013 …
Jonah Keri / - null:
Have the Diamondbacks Lost Their Leverage With Justin Upton?  —  The Diamondbacks negotiated a trade with the Mariners last week, one that would have netted a strong package of young talent.  But when the two teams finally agreed to the deal, the trade's centerpiece vetoed it.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Diamondbacks To Extend J.J. Putz
Jayson Stark / MLB:
Sources: Interpreters OK on mound  —  When the Texas Rangers decide this season that it's time to go to the mound to talk with Yu Darvish, the manager or pitching coach won't necessarily be trotting out there alone.  —  Baseball owners approved a rule change last week, several sources have told ESPN …
Peter Botte / NY Daily News:
With R.A. Dickey gone, Matt Harvey looks to step up role in NY Mets' starting pitching rotation  —  In addition to Harvey, Johan Santana (shoulder) and Dillon Gee (blood clot) are returning, and Jonathon Niese hopes to build on a career-best 13-9 campaign.  Zack Wheeler is seen as the eventual fifth starter.
Discussion: Metsblog and Kranepool Society
Adam McCalvy /
Gallardo, Maldonado slated to play in Classic  —  MILWAUKEE — Mexican-born Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo and catcher Martin Maldonado of Puerto Rico are expected to appear later this week on their homelands' preliminary rosters for the World Baseball Classic, separate sources said.
Discussion: Brew Crew Ball
Baseball America:   Scouting reports for the Top 10 Prospects (How to subscribe)
Baseball America:
Scouting reports for the Top 10 Prospects (How to subscribe) … Halfway through the 2012 season, things were finally looking up for the Pirates.  They went into the all-star break in first place in the National League Central and 11 games above .500, and it finally appeared that the longest streak …
Discussion: Bucs Dugout and Pirates Prospects
Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Pirates agree to terms with Karstens  —  The Pirates and right-handed pitcher Jeff Karstens have agreed to a one-year major league contract, according to a source.  —  Karstens, 30, was non-tendered by the club this offseason when the team acquired catcher Russell Martin.
Duk / Yahoo! Sports:
Mat Latos' autographed message: ‘I Hate SF!’  —  If Mat Latos'(notes) handwritten volley is any indication, the Colorado Rockies aren't the only ones trying to build on a feud with the San Francisco Giants in the NL West.  —  The young San Diego Padres pitcher recently signed three baseballs …
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and MLB Daily Dish
Mark Sheldon / Mark My Word:
Izturis signed, camp invites  —  The Reds on Monday announced 15 Spring Training non-roster invites.  One of the more newsworthy is they signed veteran SS Cesar Izturis to a minor league deal.  —  Here is the full list: RHP Nick Christiani, LHP Wilkin De La Rosa, RHP Justin Freeman …
Bill Petti / FanGraphs Baseball:
The Difference Pitching on the Edge Makes  —  Note: I found some errors in the data.  Data below has been corrected, as well as some conclusions — BP  —  Yesterday, Jeff Zimmerman examined how Tim Lincecum's performance has depended to some extent on his ability to pitch to the edges of the plate.
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Dodgers Have Looked Into Rafael Soriano  —  The Dodgers have already spent big on their bullpen this offseason, adding Brandon League on a three-year, $22.5MM deal and J.P. Howell for one year and $2.85MM.  According to ESPN's Buster Olney (on Twitter), that hasn't stopped them from looking …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
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