4/16/2012 | Twins look to right the ship at Yankee Stadium
The Twins begin a four-game series Monday at Yankee Stadium, also known as their house of horrors. Minnesota will send right-hander Carl Pavano to the hill, while New York counters with Freddy Garcia.
4/16/2012 | Justice: Teixeira knows where bread is buttered
Mark Teixeira has to remind himself he's paid to hit home runs and drive in runs and keep rallies going. In other words, don't sweat the small stuff.
4/16/2012 | Clemens trial resumes with jury selection
Roger Clemens returns to a federal courtroom this week to defend himself against the United States government, which contends the former star pitcher lied when he testified before Congress in 2008 and said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.
4/16/2012 | Youk stung by criticism; Valentine apologizes
Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis said Monday that he was "confused" by Bobby Valentine's remarks in a television interview on Sunday in which the manager wondered if Youkilis was as physically and emotionally invested in the game as he was in the past.
4/16/2012 | Braves to honor Smoltz by retiring No. 29
Atlanta Braves great and current broadcaster John Smoltz will have his No. 29 retired on-field in a pregame ceremony on June 8, the same day he'll also be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame during a luncheon.
4/16/2012 | Gordon excited to welcome FanFest to KC
Alex Gordon will be this year's as spokesperson for the MLB All-Star FanFest on July 6-10 at the Kansas City Convention Center/Bartle Hall. He will generate awareness for the FanFest and make appearances on behalf of the event.
4/16/2012 | MLB Notebook: Coincidence in tribute to Jackie
The Dodgers defeated the Padres, 5-4, on Dee Gordon's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, and improved the Majors' best record to 9-1. The Dodgers have started 9-1 (or better) four other times: 1919, '40, '55 (10-0) and '81.
4/16/2012 | The Week Ahead: The hot try to stay hot
The usual suspects are in their reserved spots atop the lists. Yes, Matt Kemp is slugging homers left and right and driving in runs like the one-man wrecking crew he proved to be last season. And of course, Roy Halladay has simply refused to let anyone get on base, and he's been even more stubborn about letting them score.
4/16/2012 | Castrovince: Freese's story didn't end in October
David Freese is proving in this early stage of the 2012 season that his career trajectory still points in the right direction: Up.
4/16/2012 | Maddon compares Jennings', Crawford's skills
Manager Joe Maddon recently was asked to compare former Rays outfielder Carl Crawford to current outfielder Desmond Jennings.
4/16/2012 | Relievers shoulder blame for poor performance
The Rays' starting pitching has not been up to par thus far this season, which has been cited as a cause for the bullpen's dismal performance.
4/16/2012 | Relievers see closing carousel as a strength
The Rangers brought in Joe Nathan to handle the ninth, but history says he won't be the only one in the role.
4/16/2012 | Shields stops bleeding, snaps Rays' skid
Patriots' Day brought an unfamiliar late-morning start at Fenway Park, and clearly the hitters for both sides appeared to still be sleeping once the game began. The Rays prevailed in the end, snapping a four-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Red Sox on Monday at Fenway Park.
4/16/2012 | Marlins eye 'business as usual' as Ozzie returns
The Marlins will soon be whole again. After missing the past five games, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen will rejoin his team on Tuesday in the series opener against the Cubs.
4/16/2012 | Giants ink Bumgarner
Continuing to put their money where their mound is, the Giants created stability for their pitching staff and their payroll Monday by signing Madison Bumgarner to a five-year, $35 million contract extension.
4/16/2012 | Willingham wins AL Player of the Week honor
Twins left fielder Josh Willingham was named on Monday the American League Player of the Week. It was second such award he has received in his career, the other being in 2009 when he was with Washington.
4/16/2012 | Broadcasters Hall of Fame calls on Uecker
Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker will miss Tuesday's game against the Dodgers to be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, a high honor shared by fellow baseball legends Vin Scully, Jack Buck, Harry Caray and Mel Allen.
4/16/2012 | Patriots' Day has special meaning to amputee
John Masson sat in the partners' box at Fenway Park on Sunday, a day before Patriots' Day. The climate-controlled suite behind him and his own words seemed to belong to a man who could not be luckier.
4/16/2012 | Luetge goes from small town to big find for M's
Lucas Luetge has come a long way from Industry, Texas, a town of 300 with one blinking stop light and two convenience stores, one owned by his parents where he used to work.
4/16/2012 | Bodley: Johnson at heart of Nats' surge
With the Nationals in contention early, a big part of their success has and will continue to be manager Davey Johnson, who commands respect that he richly deserves.
4/16/2012 | Kemp nets Player of Week three-peat
Matt Kemp and the National League Player of the Week Award are quickly becoming old friends.
4/16/2012 | Arias tests positive for banned substance
Estarlin Arias, a free-agent Minor League pitcher, tested positive for Boldenone, the Commissioner's Office announced Monday.
4/16/2012 | Jeter to receive honorary degree from Siena
Drafted directly out of high school in Kalamazoo, Mich., Derek Jeter never had the opportunity to attend college. But the Yankees shortstop is about to get his hands on a degree.
4/16/2012 | Girardi closely watching Pettitte's comeback bid
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said pitcher Andy Pettitte, who threw four shutout innings Sunday in his second Minor League start this spring, is in line for a normal comeback progression.
4/16/2012 | Girardi balancing winning now and big picture
It's still early in the season, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi is already thinking about how to walk the fine line between micromanaging to win games and factoring in the long-term picture.
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