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11:00 AM ET, February 22, 2013


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David Murphy /
For Worley, trade was a changeup  —  WHETHER OR NOT we realize it, one of the reasons for our fascination with professional sports is that they share so many variables with the lives that we live.  —  You can wake up with a body feeling like a million bucks, a head uncluttered and free …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Bob Brookover /
Inside the Phillies: Nationals don't need motivation from Jimmy Rollins to get ready for 2013
Discussion: HardballTalk and DC Sports Bog
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 …
Fox Sports:
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
Mark Newman /
Now reporting for Spring Training: At Bat 13  —  Top sports mobile app launched Thursday with multiple new features  —  Now reporting for Spring Training: At Bat 13.  —  The top sports mobile app in each of the past four years was launched on Thursday by Major League Baseball Advanced Media …
Discussion: Redleg Nation
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 …
Marc Carig / Newsday:
Union boss Michael Weiner: If Mets want to contend, they're going to have to spend  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — If the Mets intend to field a competitive team, the head of the players' union believes that they'll eventually have to start spending again to acquire top talent.
Bill Chastain /
Jennings expects smooth transition to center  —  After playing left last year, 26-year-old moving back to natural position  —  PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Although B.J. Upton departed via free agency during the offseason, the Rays don't have to look too far to find his replacement.
Discussion: DRaysBay
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
William S. Paxton /
Source: SHU expected to name Bobby V new AD  —  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) Photo: Frank Franklin II, ASSOCIATED PRESS  —  FAIRFIELD — Bobby Valentine is expected to be named the next athletics director at Sacred Heart University, according to a source.  —  Valentine, a Stamford native …
Discussion: and Full Count
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
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 …
Matt Kiebus / BuzzFeed:
33 Reasons It Ain't Easy Being A Mets Fan  —  1. Storage companies don't even respect us.  —  Source:  —  2. This picture of David Wright and Jose Reyes exists.  —  Source: burnttlungss0urtaste  —  3. We're always a punch line.  —  4. The Mets were the villians in every early '90s baseball movie.
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