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  • A.L. West Division preview

    1. Texas Rangers One of the majors’ toughest lineups got a little deeper when All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre agreed to an $80 million, five-year contract with the A.L. champs …


  • N.L. East Division preview

    1. Philadelphia Phillies The Phillies and most everybody else figured this team had the talent to win it all last season as two-time defending N.L. champions with baseball’s best record. …


  • A.L. East Division preview

    1. Boston Red Sox There are high hopes in Boston, and all the pieces are there for a third World Series championship in eight years. Jon Lester, John Lackey, Clay …


  • N.L. West Division preview

    1. Colorado Rockies The big-spending Rockies aren’t quite ready to declare themselves the division champions considering the Giants won it all. But with a rebuilt roster and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki …


  • Phillies feature rotation to vie for N.L. crown

    Bruce Bochy has already picked the Phillies as his World Series favorite, and that’s coming from the manager who knows something about Philadelphia’s aces. The Colorado Rockies consider themselves a …


  • Ackley ready for the call

    PEORIA, Ariz. – It hardly came as a surprise when the Seattle Mariners optioned highly regarded prospect Dustin Ackley to Class AAA Tacoma on Wednesday. The Mariners, scouts and even …


  • Bedard, Bradley lead Mariners past Padres

    Erik Bedard (pictured) pitched five effective innings, Milton Bradley hit a two-run single and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 4-1 on Sunday in Peoria, Ariz. Bedard allowed …


  • Mariners welcome back ex-Seattle favorites

    PEORIA, Ariz. – Ken Griffey Jr. spent 45 minutes Friday talking with the Seattle Mariners’ minor league players and, yes, there were some wide eyes and dropped jaws. “I don’t …


  • Mariners outlast Feliz, unload on Rangers’ bullpen

    SURPRISE, Ariz. – Starter or reliever? Nolan Ryan and the Texas Rangers are going to have a difficult decision to make when it comes to Neftali Feliz’s role this season. …


  • Mariners’ Bedard continues hot spring

    PEORIA, Ariz. – With each pain-free pitch, with each healthy outing, it gets more realistic to ponder an annually recurring question: What if Erik Bedard is back to his old …


  • Smoak powers Mariners to Cactus win over Oakland

    PEORIA, Ariz. – The three-month Cliff Lee, uh, era is destined to go down forever as one of the great “what-might-have-beens” in Seattle Mariners history. But while Lee may be …


  • Lincecum pitches Giants past M’s

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Tim Lincecum struck out seven and worked out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the third inning to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 6-1 win …


  • Mariners’ Saunders says he’s ready for challenge

    PEORIA, Ariz. – Nobody is talking anymore about Michael Saunders being the future in left field for the Seattle Mariners. Saunders produced impressive minor league numbers after the Mariners drafted …


  • M’s Bedard looks solid, but Olivo injures leg

    PEORIA, Ariz. – On a day the Seattle Mariners got more good news from a long-ailing pitcher, they suddenly had to worry about a usually sturdy catcher. Erik Bedard’s two …


  • Mariners’ Fister, Vargas ready to make starting rotation

    PEORIA, Ariz. – For a couple of guys who’ve never enjoyed much job security, the start of the 2011 season is a bit different for both Jason Vargas and Doug …


  • Catcher Olivo returns to Mariners with extra offensive punch

    PEORIA, Ariz. – Be it in Spanish or English, in the clubhouse or bullpen, Miguel Olivo comes in loud and clear. He might be calling out to get a teammate’s …


  • All eyes on Mariners’ offense

    PEORIA, Ariz. – Judging a team by its won-lost record is an exercise often fraught with peril. After all, a contending team can fall out of the race with two …


  • Hernandez back in Seattle with more hardware

    SEATTLE – Felix Hernandez sat at the podium, same youthful smile peering out from under his black winter cap, same diamond studs sparkling in his ear lobes. He just happened …


  • Martinez prepares to DH, excited to play for Tigers

    DETROIT – As Victor Martinez prepares to spend more time at designated hitter, he can look back on advice he once received from former teammate Travis Hafner, who has been …


  • 14-year wait over for Twins pitcher

    Former Minnesota Twins pitcher Bert Blyleven first appeared on baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot in December 1997. Disappointment became an annual January rite for Blyleven, whose emotional outbursts peaked in …


  • Jenks called a punk in Twitter posts

    CHICAGO – One of Ozzie Guillen’s sons is firing back at former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks for comments made about the Chicago manager. Jenks, who signed a two-year deal …


  • Big-name pitchers look to turn things around in 2011 season

    Given the wear and tear on credit cards everywhere this time of year, it’s easy to think you can always buy happiness. But spending isn’t always the solution to your …


  • Jenks deserves recognition from White Sox

    CHICAGO – Bobby Jenks wasn’t perfect. He even blew a save in the World Series. But big moments with Jenks never left lasting scars. Even his Game 2 hiccup turned …


  • MLB Notes: Ankiel agrees with Nationals for $1.5 million

    Outfielder Rick Ankiel and the Washington Nationals agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. The deal announced Monday includes $1.25 million in performance bonuses: $200,000 each for 100, 150, 200, …


  • Royals say trade fits with youth movement

    MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers are going all in for 2011, acquiring former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke in a trade Sunday with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals acquired …


  • MLB Notes: Wood returns to Cubs; Oakland adds Willingham

    Kerry Wood and Josh Willingham changed uniforms while Magglio Ordonez stayed in Detroit as several teams tried to wrap up business Thursday before taking a holiday break. A December flurry …


  • In brief: Lee strikes deal with Phillies

    A person familiar with the negotiations tells the Associated Press that Cliff Lee has reached a preliminary agreement on a contract to return to the Philadelphia Phillies, where he pitched …


  • Mariners to sign Cust

    Free-agent slugger Jack Cust and the Mariners agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.5 million Wednesday, giving Seattle a veteran designated hitter heading into 2011. Cust confirmed the agreement pending …


  • Mariners make moves

    Erik Bedard and Josh Wilson are coming back to Seattle. Jose Lopez is on his way to Colorado. The Mariners brought back Bedard, their oft-injured left-hander, with a one-year deal …


  • Jeter discussion just beginning

    The silence around baseball regarding those suddenly and unexpectedly available has been deafening. The Yankees have won five World Series with Derek Jeter, but now that he’s 36 with long-haul …

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