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Derek Lowe gets Opening Day call for third-straight season

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Derek LoweThe Atlanta Braves announced that for the third consecutive season, they’ll give the ball to Derek Lowe on Opening Day. The Braves will travel from sunny Florida up to Washington to take on the Nationals in one of this year’s untraditional March 31 kickoff games. Even at the ripe age of 37, Lowe still has enough gas left in his tank for a 15th season as a major league pitcher. At least that’s what the Braves organization is hoping for.

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Ryan Dempster takes reigns from Carlos Zambrano as Opening Day starter

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Ryan DempsterThe new-look Chicago Cubs under the helm of manager Mike Quade have answered one of their many Spring Training questions on Monday: who will be their Opening Day starting pitcher? Since 2004 the team has handed the ball to Carlos Zambrano, but he’ll pass the “ace” designation to long-time teammate Ryan Dempster come April 1. Newly-acquired Matt Garza was also a long shot for the job, but seniority won out and Garza will act as the number three in the rotation.

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Albert Pujols reports to St. Louis Cardinals camp without a contract

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Albert Pujols reports to St. Louis Cardinals camp without a contractAlbert Pujols, arguably the best overall player in baseball today, did not come to a contract agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals by the self-imposed deadline of Wednesday, February 16th. The reason Pujols designated a deadline was to not cause any distraction during the season for the team. However, considering all the things that Pujols can do and what he's done for the organization, how can his pending free agency after the 2011 not cause any degree of distraction? The usual big money teams, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, already have first baseman, but will undoubtedly have some interest should Pujols hit the market. Other interested teams include the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, and N.L. Central rivals, the Chicago Cubs.

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Matt Garza officially traded to the Chicago Cubs

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, News, Trades,

Matt Garza moving on to the Chicago CubsMatt Garza will be pitching in the Windy City when the 2011 MLB commences. Garza, one of the Tampa Bay Rays top pitchers was officially traded to the Chicago Cubs for multiple prospects. He helped the Rays reach the 2008 World Series where they lost to the Philadelphia Phillies and should help the Cubs contend in the NL Central in 2011 and beyond as Garza has three years left on his contract. He is only 27-years-old and in his prime years, which should be successful considering his past production. He joins former teammate Carlos Pena whom the Cubs signed during this offseason.

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Lou Piniella retiring as manager at end of season

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Lou PiniellaLou Piniella announced his retirement earlier today, effective not so immediately. The Cubs’ manager will give up the helm of a team for a final team at the end of this season, putting an end to a 23-year career that saw him captain five teams, winning one World Series and three Manager of the Year Awards. Piniella will join the likes of Atlanta’s Bobby Cox and Toronto’s Cito Gaston as members of a wiser generation to be calling it quits in 2010.

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Zambrano blows lid again

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Carlos ZambranoAs Carlos Zambrano threw the water cooler down to the floor in anger, fans in U.S. Cellular Field cheered. At least half the city of Chicago has something to cheer about. Tough times seem to be a recurring theme for the Chicago Cubs, and Friday’s interleague game against their south side rivals was no different. The Cubs’ 6-0 loss to the White Sox was the latest in what has been a fall that now sees the Cubs with a 32-41 record.

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Blue Jays turning heads with fifth straight win

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Jason FrasorIs there a team with more to prove than the Toronto Blue Jays? Before the season began a week ago, many already wrote the Jays off as the basement dwellers in the American League East. Six games into the season, they own sole possession of first with a 5-1 record after taking two from Texas to begin the road trip and following that up with a sweep of Baltimore, who were supposed to have leapfrogged the Jays in sheer talent. The Jays sent a message to the nation by winning their fifth straight.

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Canada’s journeyman last spotted in San Diego

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Matt StairsMatt Stairs will never retire from baseball. The 42-year old not only has yet to resort to riding out his career as an American League designated hitter, he’s also found a home in San Diego and will see time as both a first baseman and an outfielder. As a Canadian, it was hard enough for Stairs to find his way into the majors, but it seems that it’s been even harder to take him out of them.

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Garciaparra signs with Red Sox; retires

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Nomar GarciaparraNomar Garciaparra ended his MLB career where it began; with the Boston Red Sox. As one of the most beloved Sox in recent history, his desire to return to Boston to finish his career was granted earlier today when he signed a one-day minor league contract with the Red Sox and then announced his retirement from baseball as a member of the team he has always missed. He will transition to the broadcast booth as a member of the EPSN “Baseball Tonight” crew as well as an occasional game analyst.

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The long-standing tradition of the baseball jersey

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, Editorial, MLB,

Derek JeterMajor League Baseball has a long, long history. After being founded in 1869, the game went through decades of changes before becoming what we recognize today as baseball. There is always talk surrounding teams that have been around for decades; about their great moments, their great players, and other memories of yesteryear. When a new player joins the ranks of an historic franchise, he is often told he has “mighty big shoes to fill.” It seems like a lot of time is spent looking at the past and not enough towards the future.

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