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Clayton Kershaw celebrates birthday in style for Dodgers

Jim Peltz Los Angeles Times 19.03.2009
Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw delivers a pitch against Milwaukee in an outing on Saturday.

Reporting from Phoenix -- Celebrating his 21st birthday in style, Clayton Kershaw threw five scoreless innings and hit a solo home run to lead the Dodgers' 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies in Cactus League play Thursday.

Boone, a Yankee Hero in 2003, Faces Open-Heart Surgery

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 18.03.2009
Aaron Boone’s game-winning homer against Boston sent the Yankees to the 2003 World Series.

The Houston Astros scheduled a news conference for Wednesday morning, but they did not say why. Even the players did not know.

Injured Phillies pitcher Hamels to fly home

Philadelphia pitcher Cole Hamels is to fly home from the team's training camp in Florida to have his sore left elbow examined, the Phillies said on Monday.

Cuba’s Pastime: Beating Foreign Competition

DAN ROSENHECK The New York Times 12.03.2009
Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne is greeted by teammates after hitting a home run against South Africa.

The Cuban national baseball team can be roughly described as the opposite image of the Washington Senators of yesteryear. While the hapless Senators were famously “first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League,” the Cubans have dom...

Team USA's Dustin Pedroia (L) attempts to tag Team Venezuela's Henry Blanco as he slides in safely for a double during the fifth inning of their World Baseball Classic (WBC) game in Toronto, March 11, 2009.

Venezuela avenged a crushing loss to the United States with a gritty 5-3 win on Wednesday, taking top spot in Pool C and grabbing the momentum going into the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

Xavier Paul is making a big impression

Jim Peltz Los Angeles Times 10.03.2009
Dodgers outfielder Xavier Paul, center, had a single, double, triple and two runs batted in against the Texas Rangers on Monday.

Young outfielder is batting .406 and has a team-leading 13 hits, prompting Joe Torre to say the club is 'taking a more serious look at him this year' compared to the 2008 spring training.

Alex Rodriguez stretches on the batting cage during the Dominican Republic baseball team's first practice in Jupiter, Florida March 2, 2009, as they prepare for the World Baseball Classic.

Slugger Alex Rodriguez had successful hip surgery on Monday and is expected to return to action in six to nine weeks, the New York Yankees said.

Mark DeRosa of the United States is congratulated by teammate Adam Dunn after DeRosa scored a run against Venezuela on Sunday.

Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer, Adam Dunn and Ryan Braun added solo shots and the United States powered its way into the second round of the World Baseball Classic by beating Venezuela 15-6 on Sunday night.

Rodriguez to Play With Hip Injury

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 05.03.2009
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Alex Rodriguez will try to play through a labrum tear of his right hip, the Yankees said Thursday, because surgery would require him to miss four months.

Manny Ramirez's lesson in leverage

Bill Plaschke Los Angeles Times 04.03.2009
Manny Ramirez agreed to a two-year, $45-million deal with the Dodgers on Wednesday.

The Dodgers got their man, and the man got their message. In what can best be described as a win-warn situation, the Dodgers have signed Manny Ramirez to a contract long on money and short on leash.

Yankees slugger Rodriguez to have hip examined

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez will leave the World Baseball Classic's Dominican Republic team in Florida and fly to Colorado and have his hip examined on Wednesday, the New York Yankees said on Tuesday.

Reconciliation at the Citadel, Through Basketball

CHARLES McGRATH The New York Times 02.03.2009
Pat Conroy, right, with his cousin Ed, coach of the Citadel basketball team. Pat Conroy was team captain when he was a senior.

The Citadel, which like all military colleges has struggled both to find and to keep undergraduates willing to wear uniforms, stand at attention and march in parades, has never been much of a basketball power. The cadets are better known for attac...

Manny Ramirez's agent issues a new counteroffer to Dodgers

Dylan Hernandez Los Angeles Times 01.03.2009
Manny Ramirez's agent issues a new counteroffer to Dodgers

Scott Boras' latest proposal -- two years and $45 million, with some of the money deferred, and an opt-out clause -- comes after team owner Frank McCourt declares that negotiations should restart from scratch.

Griffey Jr. is Mariners' homecoming king

Bob Nightengale USA Today 28.02.2009
Ken Griffey Jr., 39, who played for the Mariners from 1998 to 1999, talks with new teammates Greg Halman, Endy Chavez and Prentice Redman at Spring Training.

PEORIA, Ariz. — Seattle Mariners pitcher Miguel Batista heard a familiar cackle on the other side of the spring training clubhouse, peaked around the corner and threw his hands high into the air. There was Ken Griffey Jr.

Prosecutors to Appeal Evidence Ruling; Bonds Trial Faces Delay

Katie Thomas and Michael S. Schmidt The New York Times 27.02.2009
United States District Judge Susan Illston ruled last week that key evidence could not be authenticated without the testimony of Greg Anderson, above, Bonds’s longtime trainer.

The perjury trial against Barry Bonds was postponed Friday after federal prosecutors said they would appeal a judge’s decision excluding several pieces of evidence.

Noah K. Murray/The Star-Ledger

If the Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in all of sports, then I think this had to be the most awkward. In light of a published report that said he will meet this week with Major League Baseball officials about his admitted use of a...

Seattle Mariners love outfielder Endy Chavez's speed and defence

PEORIA, Ariz. — Endy Chavez is still making a living off "The Catch" even though it happened three years ago. How often does Chavez think of his home run-robbing grab for the New York Mets against the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 7 of the 2006 Nati...

Teixeira's Contract Is Not That Big a Deal in New York

Barry Svrluga The Washington Post 23.02.2009
The saga surrounding Alex Rodriguez has largely overshadowed Mark Teixeira's first spring training as a Yankee. (By Gene J. Puskar -- Associated Press)

TAMPA -- In any of the 29 other Major League Baseball spring training camps, the arrival of a graceful, powerful switch-hitting first baseman who signed an eight-year, $180 million contract in the offseason would mean his every movement, his every...

Baseball Homecomings for Ken Griffey Jr. and Jason Giambi

ALAN SCHWARZ The New York Times 23.02.2009
Ken Griffey Jr. at a Mariners news conference. Griffey returned to where he started his big-league careers.

PEORIA, Ariz. — At baseball’s heart lies one simple goal: to leave home and then return. Straying’s perils are instantly dispelled on contact with the place once left.

Rodriguez Answers Questions About His Drug Use

TYLER KEPNER The New York Times 17.02.2009
Alex Rodriguez, above, arrived at Tuesday afternoon’s news conference trailed by Yankees officials and players.

Eight days after admitting his steroid use in a television interview, Alex Rodriguez offered more details in a news conference after his arrival at Yankees spring training camp on Tuesday. With dozens of teammates standing nearby and roughly 200 r...

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