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Marcus Stroman Leads Team USA To First WBC Title

Mar 23, 2017 8:02 AM

Team USA defeated Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first World Baseball Classic title behind six scoreless innings from Marcus Stroman.

"It's a different feeling when the 'USA' is on your chest," Eric Hosmer said. "We wanted to get the U.S. back on top of the baseball world, and we did that."

The United States had struggled since the WBC began in 2006. The Americans twice lost in the second round, and they went out in the semifinals in 2009.

"These guys were here to do their best," Team USA general manager Joe Torre said. "The thing I marveled at was how quickly they came together, and [manager] Jimmy [Leyland] deserves a lot of that credit. They're just a great group who understood what this event is all about."

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Shelby Miller Flashing Increased Velocity This Spring

Mar 23, 2017 8:27 AM

After an incredibly disappointing 2016 season, Shelby Miller is showing flashes of improvement this spring.

During an appearance on Wednesday against a squad of San Francisco Giants prospects, Miller had seven strikeouts and his four-seamer was sitting at 93-96 mph, touching 97.

"Throw up a second deck [of seats] and better competition, and you can bump that [velocity] up even more," a scout said of Miller.

Last season, Miller had the second-highest ERA (6.15), WHIP (1.67) and average against (.310) of any pitcher with at least 100 innings.

"I know what I read and I know what I saw last year," Torey Lovullo said. "I would have never guessed -- from my first interaction being on the phone to my first physical interaction -- I never would have guessed he had a tough year last year. He is on a really good path, a very forward path to being successful.

"I think he's ready to do some special things this year."

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Cardinals Offering Monthly Subscription Service For Tickets

Mar 23, 2017 8:19 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals have announced a monthly subscription service for fans who want to attend games this season.

Fans will be able to attend as many home games as they want each month for a fee of $29.99. The Cardinals Ballpark Pass covers all games except Opening Day and gives users a Standing Room ticket delivered digitally.

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Kinsler Criticizes Puerto Rican, Dominican Teams For Showing Emotion

Mar 23, 2017 8:13 AM

Prior to Wednesday night's World Baseball Classic final, Ian Kinsler commented on how the Team USA and Puerto Rico show their passion for baseball differently.

"I hope kids watching the WBC can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico plays or the Dominican plays," Kinsler told the New York Times.

"That's not taking anything away from them. That just wasn't the way we were raised. They were raised differently and to show emotion and passion when you play. We do show emotion; we do show passion. But we just do it in a different way."

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

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Former Mets, Phillies, Yankees Manager Dallas Green Dies At 82

Mar 23, 2017 8:07 AM

Dallas Green, who won a World Series as a manager of the Philadelphia Phillies and paved the way for lights at Wrigley Field as president of the Chicago Cubs, died Wednesday at 82.

No cause of death was announced, but Green had been suffering from kidney failure.

Green spent 62 years in baseball as a player, manager, general manager, team president, minor league director and scout.

"The game lost a great baseball man today," Phillies chairman David Montgomery said in a statement released by the team. "Dallas held many different positions in baseball, and his passion and love for the game was evident in every role he played."

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Rays, Yankees Interested In Trade For Nick Ahmed

Mar 22, 2017 8:17 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks are listening to offers for Nick Ahmed and the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees have been mentioned as potential destinations.

The San Diego Padres had previously been linked to Ahmed.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays

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Astros, Braves, Pirates Interested In Jose Quintana

Mar 22, 2017 8:13 AM

Jose Quintana continues to be mentioned in trade rumors as Opening Day approaches.

The Chicago White Sox are committed to rebuilding, but will only move Quintana for the right package.

The Atlanta Braves, Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to the left-hander as of late.

Quintana is owed $15.85 million in total over the next two seasons and two more club options at $10.5 million apiece that add up to four years at $36.85 million.

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White Sox, Tim Anderson Agree Upon $25.5M Extension

Mar 22, 2017 7:54 AM

Tim Anderson has agreed to a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension with the Chicago White Sox.

Anderson will receive $850,000 in 2017, $1 million in 2018, $1.4 million in 2019, $4 million in 2020, $7.25 million in 2021 and $9.5 million in 2022.

The deal also includes team options for 2023 ($12.5 million) and 2024 ($14 million) with a $1 million buyout.

The contract sets a new record for a major leaguer with less than one year of service time.

Anderson would have been a free agent after the 2022 season prior to the deal.

ESPN

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Barry Bonds Joining Giants As Special Adviser

Mar 22, 2017 7:44 AM

Barry Bonds is returning to the San Francisco Giants as a special adviser, the club has announced.

Bonds will assist Giants CEO Larry Baer and join the team at spring training.

"We are delighted to welcome Barry back home to the Giants," Baer said in a statement. "As one of the greatest players of all time, Barry's contributions to our organization are legendary. He joins Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda and other distinguished alumni who help advise the club and we look forward to working with him again."

Bonds set Major League Baseball records for home runs in a season (73 in 2001) and career homers (762) as part of his 15-year tenure in San Francisco.

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Blue Jays Working On Extension For John Gibbons

Mar 22, 2017 7:39 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are close to a contract extension for John Gibbons, according to a report.

The extension is believed to be for two years with a team option.

Gibbons is entering the final year of his contract.

"In due time, I think we can probably work something out," Gibbons said earlier this spring. "There was just too much going on [with free agency] as far as the players on the field. It was an unusual year. I thought that needed to be the priority."

TSN

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David Price Probably Out Until At Least May
The Red Sox are confident that David Price will recover from the elbow injury that has sidelined him this spring, but it seems as though he won't return to action until May at the earliest.

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Rangers Open To Mid-Season Extension Talks With Yu Darvish
The Rangers are open to discussing a contract extension with Yu Darvish during the season, according to Jon Daniels.

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Scott Feldman Will Start For Reds On Opening Day
The Reds have tabbed Scott Feldman as their starter on Opening Day against the Phillies.

ESPN

Mets To Assign Tim Tebow To Class A Columbia
The Mets told Tim Tebow on Monday that they plan to assign him to the Class A Columbia (SC) Fireflies of the South Atlantic League.

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Puerto Rico Edges Netherlands To Advance To WBC Final
Puerto Rico defeated the Netherlands 4-3 in 11 innings on Monday night to advance to the championship game at the World Baseball Classic.

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Brian McCann On Trade: 'Best-Case Scenario For Both Sides'
Brian McCann enjoyed his time with the Yankees, but admitted that the offseason trade that sent him to the Astros was good for both parties.

Randy Miller/NJ.com

Drew Pomeranz Leaves Start With Left Triceps Tightness
The left-hander told reporters he didn't think the injury was serious, but the Red Sox will be careful.

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Chris Archer Won't Rejoin Team USA For WBC
Chris Archer will not rejoin Team USA for the World Baseball Classic after being told that he would not pitch in the final round of the tournament.

ESPN

Jason Kipnis To Miss Four To Five More Weeks
The Indians have also reported that pitcher Cody Anderson will miss the season and will undergo elbow surgery.

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Britton Not Questioning Showalter Over Wild-Card Loss
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was questioned after not using closer Zach Britton in last season's AL Wild-Card game.

ESPN.com

Hensley Meulens Ready To Run MLB Club
Giants hitting coach Hensley Muelens has led the Netherlands to two straight extended runs in the WBC.

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J.D. Martinez Suffers Right Foot Sprain
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was taken for X-rays, which have come back negative.

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Wainwright Not Worried About Spring 'Beating'
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright gave up 10 runs in less than two innings against the Mets on Friday.

ESPN.com

Matin Prado To Have MRI On Injured Hamstring
The Marlins are waiting to learn the extent of Martin Prado's hamstring injury.

ESPN.com

Diamondbacks Willing To Listen To Offers For Nick Ahmed
The club added Ketel Marte and Daniel Descalso to their infield this offseason and Ildemaro Vargas as emerged as an option this spring as well.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Cardinals 'Open For Business' On Yadier Molina Extension
Yadier Molina is entering the final guaranteed year of his contract with the Cardinals.

Jenifer Langosch/MLB

Braves Have Made Several Attempts To Sign Angel Pagan
The Braves have made a number of attempts to sign Angel Pagan as a reserve, but he has yet to accept.

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Jeffrey Loria May Prefer To Sell Marlins After All-Star Game
It is believed that Jeffrey Loria will find a buyer for the Marlins, but he may prefer to do so after the club hosts the All-Star Game this summer.

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Max Scherzer Likely To Miss Opener With Fractured Finger
Max Scherzer will probably miss the Nationals' season opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger.

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Dodgers Concerned About Scott Kazmir's Velocity
The Dodgers remain concerned about Scott Kazmir's velocity after the pitcher threw a five-inning simulated game to minor-league hitters Thursday.

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