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2/7/2016 | Week Ahead: Teams prep for Spring Training

The roar of dust and diesel kicks up as football is left in the national sports rearview mirror. Pitchers and catchers are straight ahead, with nothing blocking the roads to get there. That's what's on tap for the week ahead in Major League Baseball.


2/7/2016 | Beyonce to perform concert at Citi Field

Beyonce is headed to Citi Field. Just moments after performing in the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, Beyonce announced a new world tour in a television ad spot.


2/7/2016 | Mexico wins Caribbean Series with walk-off

Mexico designated hitter Jorge Vazquez led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run to left field to lift the Venados de Mazatlan to a 5-4 victory against Venezuela's Tigres de Aragua for the country's third Caribbean Series title in four years.


2/7/2016 | Finding a common thread among MLB's best teams

Baseball people spend a lot of time thinking about successful organizations. Specifically, is there a common thread running through them? Can success be traced back to spending, drafting, managing or some combination of everything?


2/7/2016 | Step into spring: 11 storylines to follow

The final whistle at the Super Bowl is also the beginning of the final countdown toward Spring Training. In fact, now that football season is over, there are just 11 days until camps open across Florida and Arizona. With that in mind, here are 11 story lines to follow during Spring Training:


2/6/2016 | Mexico eliminates Cuba in Caribbean Series semi

Mexico's Venados de Mazatlan edged Cuba's Ciego de Avila, 7-2, on Saturday night at Estadio Quisqueya to return to the Caribbean Series championship game for the third year in a row. Mexico will take on Venezuela on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Venezuela's Tigres de Aragua cruised past Puerto Rico's Cangrejeros de Santurce, 13-3, in Saturday's first semifinal game.


2/6/2016 | Garcia to bid farewell in Caribbean finale

Former Major League pitcher Freddy Garcia will end his career the same way he started it: On the mound representing Venezuela with the baseball hopes of an entire nation riding on his right arm.


2/6/2016 | 50 ways to plan for a super MLB season

With a tip of the cap to Super Bowl 50, here are 50 reasons to be excited about the 2016 baseball season. Some are on the calendar, some are almost givens, and others hopefully offer a reasonable balance between heart and head. But if any day is about high expectations and hype, it's this one. So on with the show.


2/6/2016 | The most impactful addition in each division

The best offseason additions aren't always the most expensive ones. David Price and Zack Greinke will undoubtedly give their new teams a boost. But some other acquisitions that could end up being just as important in the context of playoff races.


2/6/2016 | Venezuela, Mexico reach Caribbean Series final

On Saturday, Venezuela cruised past Puerto Rico's Cangrejeros de Santurce, 13-3, to advance to the tournament final Sunday against Mexico's Venados de Mazatlan, who defeated Cuba's Ciego de Avila, 7-2, in Saturday night's second semifinal game.


2/6/2016 | Caribbean Series has place in Cooperstown

This year's Caribbean Series has found a home in Cooperstown, N.Y.


2/6/2016 | Spring cleaning: Rockies gear shipped

Tyler Sanders finished his Friday walking through the eerily empty clubhouse and storage areas of Coors Field, knowing that baseball and all its gear would greet him by the time he landed in Scottsdale, Ariz., Saturday afternoon.


2/6/2016 | Ex-manager Wedge joins Blue Jays' front office

The Blue Jays added another voice to their expanding front office by officially hiring former Major League manager Eric Wedge as a player development adviser on Saturday afternoon.


2/6/2016 | Report: Chavez wins arb case, to earn $4M

Right-hander Jesse Chavez won his arbitration case against the Blue Jays and will earn $4 million this season, according to ESPN. The club filed a $3.6 million offer.


2/6/2016 | Brisbane captures first Australian Baseball title

The Brisbane Bandits' magical playoff run continued Saturday night, when they capturing their first Australian Baseball League championship with a dominant 7-1 victory over the Adelaide Bite in the second game of the ABL Championship Series.


2/6/2016 | Scout reminisces about signing Elway, Lynch

As one of the higher-profile scouts in baseball, Gary Hughes became known over the years for his willingness to take a chance on multi-sport stars.


2/5/2016 | Pickles Pub hosts Babe's Birthday Bash

Babe's Birthday Bash, a charity event that benefits the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, was hosted Friday night for the first time by Pickles Pub in downtown Baltimore.


2/5/2016 | Puig, Lazarito take in Caribbean Series game

Two of the most popular and intriguing figures in Cuban baseball decided to take in a Caribbean Series game Friday night. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and teenage prospect Lazarito Armenteros watched parts of the game between Cuba's Ciego de Avila and Dominican Republic's Leones del Escogido together from the stands at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal.


2/5/2016 | Aaron documentary premieres on 82nd birthday

Hank Aaron was serenaded as he walked into the National Center for Civil and Human Rights early Friday evening. A cozy crowd had gathered within this downtown Atlanta museum for the premiere of a documentary that celebrates the undaunted determination that carried Aaron into uncharted lands of accomplishment.


2/5/2016 | A's Jensen proud to share heritage

There are few detailed records from the Negro Leagues era, many of the names lost in time except for those revived through stories, like the ones Marcus Jensen heard as a youngster from his grandfather.


2/5/2016 | King of Crash course: Top 10 Ruth statistics

While legendary slugger Hank Aaron celebrated his 82nd birthday on Friday, it was 121 years ago Saturday that fellow Hall of Famer Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore. With that in mind, what better way to celebrate Ruth's birthday than by examining 10 of the most amazing statistics surrounding his illustrious career?


2/5/2016 | Giants' annual FanFest set for Feb. 13

Virtually every square inch of AT&T Park will be thrown open to the public next Saturday, Feb. 13, when the Giants conduct their annual FanFest.


2/5/2016 | Crane ready for another Astros playoff run

It was this time a year ago that Astros owner Jim Crane raised a few eyebrows by making the bold proclamation his team would make the postseason in 2015. Crane didn't beat his chest about his prediction when speaking to the media Friday at Minute Maid Park, but said he's pleased with the direction of the club and looks forward to big things in 2016.


2/5/2016 | Goldy always looking to improve routine

Given the results from each of his first four full seasons in the big leagues, it is clear that not much, if anything, is lacking in Paul Goldschmidt's offseason workout program. But that doesn't mean the D-backs' first baseman is not always looking for ways to make even the slightest of improvements.


2/5/2016 | Cardinals in Asia: Oh just first step

On the heels of South Korean reliever Seung Hwan Oh signing with the Cardinals, MLB.com began an examination of the organization's decade-long journey back into the Asian market. In this final installment, MLB.com will trace the road to signing Oh and examine what that signing could mean for the organization's future in this market.




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