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2:25 AM ET, March 8, 2013


 Top News:
Melvin back to work after scorpion sting  —  PHOENIX — At this rate, general managers will need their own disabled list.  —  Brewers GM Doug Melvin was back in his office by 8 a.m. MT on Thursday after being stung by a scorpion Wednesday night.  Just three days earlier …
Bruce Levine / ESPN:
Source: Chris Sale agrees to deal  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Chicago White Sox and left-handed pitcher Chris Sale have agreed in principle on a five-year contract extension worth as much as $60 million, according to a league source.  —  Sale will receive $35 million guaranteed …
White Sox and Chris Sale agree to terms on five-year contract with two club options
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and South Side Sox
Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Mariano Rivera to retire after season  —  JUPITER, Fla. — New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is expected to announce Saturday that he will retire after the coming season, according to sources.  —  The announcement will come at 10 a.m. ET from the Yankees' spring training camp in Tampa.
Zach Links / MLB Rumors:
Rivera To Retire After 2013 Season  —  12:03pm: The Yankees have a 10am EDT press conference scheduled Saturday at which Rivera is set to announce that he'll retire following the 2013 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports (Twitter links).  —  11:03am: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera …
Danny Knobler / Sports News …:
Happy Crawford says of Boston: 'They love it when you're miserable'  —  GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Dodgers are telling Carl Crawford to be patient.  He's saying that playing on opening day remains his goal.  —  “I want to be there bad,” Crawford said Thursday morning, after a workday that was limited to 50 swings off a tee.
Associated Press:
Cards SS Furcal to have Tommy John surgery  —  JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal will have major surgery on his right elbow next week.  —  The team did not say in its statement Thursday how long the three-time All-Star will be out.
Discussion: MLB Rumors, MLB Daily Dish and ESPN
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Furcal elects to have elbow surgery
Discussion: Viva El Birdos
John Marshall / Globe and Mail:
Italy scores two in ninth to stun Mexico at World Baseball Classic  —  Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double off San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning and Jason Grilli escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to help Italy rally to beat Mexico 6-5 in the opening game …
Discussion: MLB and
Evan Grant / Texas Rangers Blog:
Jon Daniels says Texas Rangers never offered him Nolan Ryan's CEO position  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. - Rangers GM and president of baseball operations Jon Daniels said Thursday morning he was never offered the opportunity to be the team's Chief Executive Officer, a title Nolan Ryan currently holds.
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Associated Press:
King Felix makes spring debut, solves Royals  —  Final  —  Recap  —  Box Score  —  Conversation  —  Mariners' Felix Hernandez helps hand Royals 1st spring loss  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — Felix Hernandez waited almost two weeks to get in a game for the Seattle Mariners.
Discussion: and Lookout Landing
Tom Maloney / Globe and Mail:
Youth is not wasted on the rebuilding Miami Marlins  —  During spring training, major-league teams ordinarily arrange players' lockers in the clubhouse according to a variety of factors, including friendships, seniority, position and, sometimes, mentorship.  In Port St. Lucie, Fla. …
Discussion: Red Reporter
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Orioles Eyeing Dodgers Starters  —  The Orioles are among the teams eyeing Aaron Harang, and he's not the only Dodgers starter who has captured the attention of Baltimore's decision makers.  The Orioles are also scouting trade candidates Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano, according to Roch Kubatko of (on Twitter).
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Fox Sports:
Young completes community service  —  CLEARWATER, FLA.  —  By May, as long as Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Delmon Young remains on good behavior, his name will be cleared.  —  Young, 27, was charged with a hate crime last April after he shouted an anti-semitic slur while intoxicated …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jason Beck /
In any inning, or weather, Coke focuses on own game  —  LAKELAND, Fla. — If there was ever a good day for Phil Coke to say he will focus only on what he can control, Wednesday was it.  —  On a day with gusty winds and a cloudless sky, where every fly ball at Joker Marchant Stadium became an adventure …
Discussion: HardballTalk
Jason Beck /
Leyland clarifies statement on Porcello
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and MLB Rumors
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