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Rajon Rondo Reportedly May Want to Go Through Free Agency

Boston Celtics star point guard Rajon Rondo has said that he "may want to go through" free agency when his contract expires after the 2014-15 NBA season.<p>According to <i>The Boston Globe</i>'s Baxter Holmes, Rondo said the following when asked after practice on Friday if he intends to test the free-agent …

NBA

Dodgers abruptly raise season-ticket prices by as much as 140%

When the Dodgers announced late Friday that they had put an "extremely limited" number of season tickets on sale, they did not say they had imposed significant price increases on nearly every one of those tickets.<p>The Dodgers now are charging as much as 140% more than the season price set last fall. …

2014 MLB spring training: Cactus League reporting dates

Spring training is approaching rather quickly. Here are reporting dates for all 15 Cactus League teams in Arizona, which begin as early as Feb. 6.<p>Baseball is coming! Nothing else truly <i>needs</i> to be said beyond that, but for the purpose of clarity, it's probably necessary to let you know that the …

2014 MLB spring training: Grapefruit League reporting dates

Spring training is right around the corner. Here are reporting dates for all 15 Grapefruit League teams in Florida.<p>The winter started to seem like it would never end what feels like three years ago, but since we don't live in the Game of Thrones universe, it was actually only the third day after …

Joel Pineiro attempting MLB comeback

After a strong start in the Caribbean Series, Pineiro has his eyes set on Kazmir-ing his way back to the majors -- or at least spring training.<p>After a strong run with Puerto Rico's Indios de Mayaguez this winter, former big league starter Joel Pineiro hopes to receive a chance to grind his way back …

With spring in sight, time to catch up on winter action

After the Red Sox paraded the World Series trophy around Boston on duck boats the second day of November, baseball put its toys away and began a …

Baseball

Will Middlebrooks trade rumors: Marlins continue their pursuit

Boston would need to be blown away to consider moving the third baseman.<p>The Marlins remain interested in acquiring Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Boston appears to be content to hang on to Middlebrooks, even if they re-sign infielder Stephen …

Suk-Min Yoon rumors: Rangers' interest was intensified by Derek Holland injury

After Derek Holland's injury, the Rangers' interest in Yoon picked up.<p>The Texas Rangers are interested in international free agent Suk-Min Yoon, according to Sports Reel Boston's Andrew Rickli. The team's interest in the Korean right-hander "intensified" after it learned of Derek Holland's injury …

Jeremy Hellickson out 6-8 weeks

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson will miss the first six to eight weeks of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, …

Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson will still be at Rangers spring training

Since he was selected by Texas in the Rule Five draft, the Seahawks quarterback will be at the team's spring training later this month.<p>Winning the Super Bowl won't keep Seahawks quarterback, and Rangers second base prospect, Russell Wilson from appearing at the team's spring training activities, …

Prince Fielder says trade was 'good for everyone'

The former Tiger has a positive outlook on the blockbuster deal that sends him to Texas.<p>Recently traded from the Tigers to the Rangers for Ian Kinsler, Prince Fielder told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that he waived his no-trade clause because he believes the deal is "good for everybody."<p>…

MLB free agent rumors: Mariners pursuing Grant Balfour, Brian Wilson

Seattle is looking to sign a proven closer during the offseason.<p>The Seattle Mariners are interested in free agent closers Grant Balfour and Brian Wilson, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.<p>The Mariners used Danny Farquhar and Tom Wilhelmsen in the closer's role during 2013. Both pitcher had ERA's …

David Freese traded to Angels

The St. Louis Cardinals have sent third baseman and former World Series MVP David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels for outfielder Peter Bourjos as …

A Slugger's Chance

The A-Rod-Selig dust-up isn’t about choosing the lesser of two evils; more like, the evil of two lessers<p>Strikes me that Alex Rodriguez has a point. If the guy is going to be run out of baseball, if he is going to be socked with a 211-game suspension that surely means the end of his career, if he’s …

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Kinsler deal doesn't alter Tigers' rotation equation

DETROIT -- The math has changed on the Tigers' payroll with Prince Fielder's trade to Texas for Ian Kinsler. The math on Detroit's rotation has not. …

Cy Young Award

Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals reportedly close to multi-year contract

Peralta hit .303/.358/.457 with 30 doubles and 11 home runs in 107 games for the Tigers in 2013.<p>The Cardinals are continuing the remodel of their infield, reportedly closing in on a multi-year contract with shortstop Jhonny Peralta, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.<p><b>More</b>: Cards trade Freese for Bourjos …

Shane Victorino injury: Red Sox OF scratched from lineup

Jonny Gomes will replace Victorino in the lineup, moving Daniel Nava from left field to right.<p>Boston Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino has been scratched from the lineup with lower back tightness, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.<p>Victorino was scheduled to hit second in the lineup and play …

Matt Carpenter almost caught with his pants down

Maybe FOX should try a different camera angle for their manager interview segments.<p>Baseball games can be long. There are no intermissions between quarters and/or halves to take care of business, so most MLB ballparks have bathrooms right behind the dugouts.<p><b>More</b>: Over the Monster (Red Sox) Viva El …

Jonny Gomes Hits a 3-Run Home Run and Has His Beard Pulled in Celebration

Jonny Gomes hit a three-run home run to put the Red Sox up, 4-1, in the top of the sixth inning of Game 4 of the World Series. His teammates celebrated by squeezing his beard as he headed back to the dugout.<p>Gomes wasn't originally supposed to be in the lineup, but replaced an ailing Shane Victorino.

Boston Red Sox

Bud Selig on DH rule change: 'Never say never'

Selig would not rule out the NL eventually adopting the DH, or the AL eventually abolishing the rule.<p>MLB commissioner Bud Selig talked with reporters on Saturday about the possibility of changing the designated hitter rule, stating that he would "never say never" about the chance that the DH …

All You Need To Know About The All Tied Up World Series

From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Tom Goldman reports on Sunday's World Series game<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p>The score Sunday night was:<p>Boston Red Sox 4; St. Louis Cardinals 2.<p>Which means the World Series is:<p>Tied at two games apiece.<p>The big moment Sunday:<p>Came in the sixth inning, when Boston …

Game 4 in Pictures

Red Sox vs. Cardinals, 2013 World Series Game 4 final score: Jonny Gomes, Boston even series with 4-2 win

Several Red Sox players have ended significant slumps with clutch home runs during this postseason. That happened again on Sunday.<p>Jonny Gomes hit a three-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 4 of the World …

Cuban pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne to have showcase for MLB teams

He has pitched while the last two seasons for his Cuban league team, but now hopes to earn a contract in the MLB.<p>Cuban pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne is traveling to Mexico to put on a showcase for MLB teams in hope of garnering a contract, reports El Nuevo Herald.<p>The Yankees, Giants, Mariners, Mets …

Patriots will sign Andre Carter, per report

New England is adding a defensive player to the mix after losing both Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo earlier in the year.<p>The New England Patriots are ready to sign defensive end Andre Carter, according to Josina Anderson.<p>New England is desperate to add some playmaking ability on the defensive side of …

Baseball America names their All-Rookie team

The publication named Jose Fernandez Rookie of the Year in a strong season for young pitching.<p>Baseball America named their 2013 Major League all-rookie team on Tuesday. The group of 15 players was led by the site's Rookie of the Year, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.<p>C: Evan Gattis, Braves<br>1B: Matt …

Phillies close to hiring analytics expert

Though he does not believe such a hiring would have helped the team in their past deals, Amaro wants to use any tools available.<p>The Philadelphia Phillies are closing in on hiring an analytics expert to help the team better make player evaluations, reports MLB.com.<p>Phillies close to hiring their …