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1/25/2013 | Bethancourt has tools to be total catching package
I first saw Braves catching prospect Christian Bethancourt in the 2011 Arizona Fall League, a month after he turned 20 years old. He was easily one of the best and most exciting players I scouted that fall, on both sides of the ball.

1/25/2013 | Rays not resting on their laurels
Since reaching the World Series in 2008, the Rays have remained a contender and not once has the fan base had to endure the dreaded disclaimer of professional sports that the team is rebuilding.

1/25/2013 | Rangers' top affiliates to square off on April 2
The Rangers' Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Frisco affiliates will play an exhibition game on April 2 at Frisco's Dr Pepper Ballpark.

1/25/2013 | Cishek looks forward to wearing USA jersey
For Steve Cishek, just playing in the big leagues is a tremendous honor. To represent his county, he says, is a dream come true.

1/25/2013 | Rays appear set to re-sign Scott, Farnsworth
Luke Scott and Kyle Farnsworth appear headed back to the Rays for the 2013 season. Neither deal is expected to be finalized until next week.

1/25/2013 | Fresh start awaits Upton in Atlanta
Justin Upton’s trade from Arizona to Atlanta is a win-win-win. The Braves win, the D-backs win, but most of all, Upton wins. He gets a fresh start.

1/25/2013 | Larkin excited about managing Brazil in Classic
Barry Larkin is in Brazil getting ready for his team's debut in the round of 16 of the World Baseball Classic in March. The Hall of Famer said he’s enjoying his first foray as a manager.

1/25/2013 | Marte, McCutchen stand out in solid outfield
Fresh off a fantastic Dominican Winter League season that only enhanced his reputation, Starling Marte is ready to take his permanent place in an outfield that has to be one of the Pirates' strengths thanks to the presence of Gold Glover Andrew McCutchen.

1/24/2013 | Honors for Rantz highlight annual Diamond Awards
Since announcing his plans to retire at the end of last season after 52 years with the Twins, Jim Rantz has received his fair share of accolades. But Rantz, who officially retired as farm director on Jan. 1, was especially touched on Thursday, when he was honored at the Twins’ annual Diamond Awards.

1/24/2013 | Torrealba rejoining Rockies on Minor League deal
Yorvit Torrealba, the Rockies' primary catcher on postseason teams in 2007 and '09, signed a Minor League contract on Thursday night to return to the club.

1/24/2013 | Orioles, Jurrjens come to terms on deal
The Orioles and free-agent right-hander Jair Jurrjens have agreed to a deal, according to Jon Heyman of and MLB Network.

1/24/2013 | Torre's foundation celebrates decade of service
MLB executive vice president of baseball operations Joe Torre on Thursday was surrounded by friends who helped him and his wife, Ali, celebrate a decade of the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, which has given thousands of children a haven away from domestic violence.

1/24/2013 | Pavano ruptures spleen, will miss up to eight weeks
More health problems for free-agent right-hander Carl Pavano could postpone his signing with a new team, as the former Twins starter ruptured his spleen while shoveling snow on his driveway and will be sidelined for six to eight weeks, according to Ken Rosenthal of and MLB Network.

1/24/2013 | to stream Musial's funeral Saturday
Stan Musial's funeral mass on Saturday will be closed to the public, but those wishing to watch the service can do so on and, which will stream the funeral live.

1/24/2013 | Verlander's goal: Being a one-team athlete
The ties between Justin Verlander, the Tigers and Detroit are constant and strong, and with two seasons left on his contract, Verlander would like to keep it that way.

1/24/2013 | Reds extend affiliate agreement with Louisville
The Reds and Triple-A Louisville announced Thursday that they have signed a two-year extension to their affiliation agreement that will now run through the 2016 season.

1/24/2013 | Uptons elated over 'surreal' turn of events
When Justin Upton awoke on Thursday, he saw that he had a missed call and text message from his older brother. Like the rest of the baseball world, B.J. Upton wanted to confirm that the Braves had indeed acquired the younger Upton. "It’s kind of surreal right now," said Justin. "But once we get into camp and get going, I think everything will settle in.”

1/24/2013 | Thousands pay respects to Musial at visitation
A six-hour public visitation for Hall of Famer Stan Musial, who died at the age of 92 on Saturday, brought thousands of people out to the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis on Thursday.

1/24/2013 | Nats open to extensions for Zimmermann, Desmond
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo left the door open Thursday evening for an extension for right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond.

1/24/2013 | Ellsbury is likely Farrell's leading man
Manager John Farrell doesn't have to produce a lineup card for a game that matters until April 1, but he's already thinking about combinations, and it sounds as if you can expect Jacoby Ellsbury to bat in the leadoff spot.

1/24/2013 | Upton naysayers have it wrong
It seems silly to have to say this, but apparently it needs to be stated: Justin Upton is very, very good. He is one of the most valuable assets in baseball, and the Braves have added him to their roster at a relatively low cost.

1/24/2013 | Francona back in Boston to receive award
Terry Francona, who won two World Series championships in his eight years as manager of the Red Sox, was back in town to receive the Judge Emil Fuchs Award, a Boston Baseball Writers award presented for long and meritorious service to the game.

1/24/2013 | Arbitration-eligible Aviles still waiting on deal
Indians manager Terry Francona knows what he has in Mike Aviles from their time together with the Red Sox, but the arbitration-eligible Aviles needs a contract first.

1/24/2013 | Reed enters '13 hungry for more success
While making sales calls on Thursday, White Sox closer Addison Reed discussed his expectations for the upcoming season.

1/24/2013 | Sternberg seeking long-term ballpark solution
Principal owner Stuart Sternberg expressed his desire to keep the Rays in Tampa Bay for the long haul despite the team's well-documented attendance issues. He added, however, that Major League Baseball as an industry, “at this point, doesn't believe anymore in the Tampa Bay area," explaining, ultimately, a blueprint for long-term success in the market overall needs to take shape.

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