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2:11 AM ET, February 22, 2013


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Twins' Morneau is finally healthy  —  There were the concussions that interrupted his 2010 and 2011 seasons.  He underwent surgeries on his neck, left wrist, left knee and right foot amid the neurological haze.  Finally, when Justin Morneau resumed playing first base regularly during …
Jeff Blair / Globe and Mail:
Jays must be better on basepaths but Gibbons won't corral speedy Reyes
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
With fewer runs,Yankees will need a healthy staff  —  TAMPA — A reporter (not me, by the way) recently was peppering Brian Cashman with what a lineup containing Ichiro Suzuki, Brett Gardner and, perhaps, Eduardo Nunez would offer in excitement.  —  Every few seconds, the Yankees general manager …
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Nationals To Sign Chris Young  —  The Nationals announced that they have agreed to terms with right-handed starter Chris Young on a minor league deal (Twitter link).  Williams & Connolly represents Young.  —  Young, 33, pitched for the Mets last year.  The 6'1" right-hander missed …
Discussion: HardballTalk and MLB Daily Dish
Alden Gonzalez /
Downs interested in being an Angel beyond '13  —  TEMPE, Ariz. — Scott Downs wants to stay here a little longer.  His representatives have expressed that to the Angels' front office, and the veteran lefty reliever is willing to negotiate a potential extension in-season.  —  So far, though, nothing.
Associated Press:
Angels' Madson, Burnett closer to being ready
Discussion: HardballTalk
Adam McCalvy /
Players buzz about big righty Olmsted  —  PHOENIX — Ryan Braun needed one look at the redwood of a right-hander named Michael Olmsted to declare him the nastiest pitcher in baseball.  —  “I'm serious,” Braun said.  —  Braun was one of the Brewers hooting behind the batting cage Wednesday …
Final rosters for 2013 World Baseball Classic announced  —  Many of the game's elite will participate in third global tournament, including 45 Major League All-Stars  —  World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the final rosters submitted before the February 20th deadline …
Discussion: HardballTalk and Most Recent
Aaron Gleeman / HardballTalk:
There won't be a second season of Pete Rose's reality show  —  In the least shocking news of all time, it looks like TLC will not be airing a second season of Pete Rose's reality show, “Pete Rose: Hits & Mrs.”  —  John Kiesewetter, who writes about television for the Cincinnati Enquirer …
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
MLB gives A's tentative guidelines for potential move to San Jose  —  Sources say the guidelines don't necessarily mean the Oakland team will ever move to San Jose, because the San Francisco Giants own the territorial rights and haven't been inclined to give them up.
Jack McCallum / Sports Illustrated:
Kobe's confident in Lakers: ‘We will make the playoffs’  —  Kobe Bryant and the Lakers opened the post-All-Star break schedule with a solid win over Boston.  —  They could've had Magic Johnson do it, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or maybe Jerry West.  Heck, they could've trotted Jack Nicholson out there.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
His elbow still achy, Furcal hits only from right side  —  • By Derrick Goold 314-340-8285  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal continues to be hampered by pain in his right elbow, and on Thursday the club suggested that the switch-hitter …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Wallace Matthews / ESPN:
Return of The Boss?  Hal shows spirit  —  Rejoice, Yankees fans: George's son looks ready to ditch his $189 million mandate  —  TAMPA, Fla. — In light of the mounting evidence that the New York Yankees are now suddenly, desperately seeking to hold onto Robinson Cano …
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Miller cleared to throw, eyes return to mound  —  • By Derrick Goold 314-340-8285  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Cardinals prospect Shelby Miller has been cleared to throw today on flat ground and he said he's been told to take today as if he's getting ready to throw off the mound in the near future.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Price: No offense to Yankees  —  Though there is speculation the Rays could trade David Price as soon as this season due to long-term financial concerns, he won't be eligible for free agency until 2016.  —  Yes, David Price loves his beard.  —  But not enough to offend the Yankees.
Discussion: ESPN
Manny Navarro / Fish Bytes:
Marlins All-Star RF Giancarlo Stanton struck in the head by top pick Jose Fernandez during sim game, leaves to have x-rays on neck  —  JUPITER — Marlins All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, struck in the back of his batting helmet on a fastball by top prospect Jose Fernandez during …
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Joe Capozzi / Fish Tank blog:
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton hit in head by Jose Fernandez pitch
Discussion: HardballTalk
Associated Press:
Stanton HBP in helmet during intrasquad game
Discussion: MLB
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