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1/16/2013 | Grilli excited to contend for Team Italy again
Before new Pirates closer Jason Grilli pitches to new Pirates catcher Russell Martin, he will pitch against him. That will be one of many wrinkles in a World Baseball Classic-interrupted Spring Training.

1/16/2013 | Improved NL Central poses challenge to retooled Reds
Theoretically, the Reds' additions should have them improved and poised to repeat as National League Central champions. But of course, it's rarely that easy. Many of Cincinnati's rivals have been busy, too.

1/16/2013 | Brewers sell 1 millionth ticket at near-record pace
The Brewers announced Wednesday they had sold their 1 millionth ticket for 2013, reaching that milestone on the second-earliest date in franchise history.

1/16/2013 | Angels working to let pitcher Reyes out of contract
The Angels and Jo-Jo Reyes are finalizing an agreement that would release the veteran left-hander from his contract and allow him to join the SK Wyverns of the Korean League, sources confirmed to on Wednesday.

1/16/2013 | Orioles' bullpen looks to repeat last year's success
Health permitting, there's no reason the Orioles' bullpen can't continue to be one of the American League's best, although relief pitching is fickle and can change markedly from year to year.

1/16/2013 | Dozier enters second year with lessons in mind
As Brian Dozier put it during a stop on the annual Twins Caravan, he learned more about baseball last year than the rest of his life playing the game combined.

1/16/2013 | New GM Hahn set for fans' questions at SoxFest
When White Sox fans arrive at the Palmer House in Chicago on Jan. 25 for SoxFest, Rick Hahn will be the general manager on the hot seat during each weekend day for the trio of seminars focused specifically on the 2013 team.

1/16/2013 | Gomes to balance Classic, battling for roster spot
It's been a busy offseason for Yan Gomes -- Brazil's first Major Leaguer. The catcher was traded Nov. 3 and only a few weeks later, he was helping Brazil make the World Baseball Classic. Soon, Gomes will balance playing in the tournament with competing for a roster spot with the Tribe.

1/16/2013 | Francona discusses friction with owners in book
While Terry Francona didn't part ways with the Red Sox until after the 2011 season, an excerpt from his upcoming book, printed in this week's Sports Illustrated, paints a picture of a relationship with ownership that started to decline the previous season.

1/16/2013 | Yankees to play exhibition game at West Point
The Yankees are making one additional spring stop before returning home to open the regular season, having agreed to play in a March 30 exhibition game at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

1/16/2013 | Kelly, Castellanos among 17 non-roster invitees
The list of Tigers non-roster invites to Spring Training released Wednesday had so many familiar names, it was easy to miss the new addition. But then, Don Kelly is about as familiar in Detroit as some superstars.

1/16/2013 | Cubs have sights set on making playoffs
The Cubs may be coming off a 101-loss season but manager Dale Sveum enters this year with high expectations. He won't settle for a .500 finish; he expects more.

1/16/2013 | Axford leads Brewers arbitration cases
The Brewers have focused so far on one-year deals for their four players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday, a formality that kick-started a process that could extend well into next month.

1/16/2013 | Bogaerts always sees room for improvement
The bat isn't a question for Xander Bogaerts, who is ranked the Red Sox's top prospect by It is there, and it's probably always going to be there. It will likely be the case that at whatever level Bogaerts plays at, he will hit.

1/16/2013 | Non-roster position players give Phillies depth
On Monday, looked at the non-roster invitees and newcomers to the Phillies' 40-man roster on the pitching side. On Wednesday, it is the position players. Consider it a Spring Training primer with camp opening next month.

1/16/2013 | Padilla signs one-year deal to play in Japan
Veteran right-hander Vicente Padilla, who went 4-1 with a 4.50 ERA in 56 relief appearances with the Red Sox last season, has signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with Japan's SoftBank Hawks, according to an industry source.

1/16/2013 | Dodgers said to add catcher Flores, reliever Moylan
The Dodgers reportedly signed veteran catcher Jesus Flores and reliever Peter Moylan to Minor League contracts, and are rumored to be considering free agent Scott Rolen to play third base.

1/16/2013 | Top prospect Yelich won't let hype distract him
For Christian Yelich, the hype is about to begin. It will simmer when Spring Training gets under way and gradually gain momentum throughout the season. The buildup comes with the territory for being an organization's No. 1 prospect.

1/16/2013 | Dedicated Wallace eager to seize new opportunity
Brett Wallace showed up to camp last spring in tremendous shape, having lost 15 pounds and eager to win a spot on the Astros' roster. The problem for Wallace was there was another 270 pounds -- in the form of veteran first baseman Carlos Lee -- blocking his way to consistent playing time with the club.

1/16/2013 | Mark your calendar: Spring Training slate unveiled
The Spring Training schedule has been announced, with Feb. 23 marking the first full slate of games involving all 30 clubs.

1/16/2013 | Kinsler bought himself more time at second
Ian Kinsler is not switching from second base to first base for the Texas Rangers, because he never got an ultimatum.

1/16/2013 | A-Rod's left hip surgery goes as planned
Alex Rodriguez had arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday to repair his left hip, a procedure that is expected to keep the third baseman out of action until midseason.

1/16/2013 | Your 2013 World Series matchup: Nats vs. Blue Jays
It is mid-January. We are in the depths of winter, even if winter is not as deep as it used to be. It is a perfect time to contemplate the 2013 World Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Washington Nationals.

1/16/2013 | Upton deal would be a head-scratcher
Conventional wisdom says that it's nearly impossible to win a deal in which a club trades a player with Justin Upton's skills, yet it appears the odds are in favor of the D-backs making such a move.

1/16/2013 | What a relief: Importance of bullpens keeps growing
We have arrived at a point where bullpens are on close to equal footing with starting rotations. Pitching is still the name of the game, but no longer is it all about who starts. The finishers are gaining annually in stature -- and pay.

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