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Report: Notebook shows Pete Rose bet on Reds as player

usatoday.com — New documents reportedly obtained by ESPN's Outside the Lines indicate former Cincinnati Reds‬ great and hit king Pete Rose‬ bet extensively on baseball -- and on the Reds -- as a player in 1986. According to the report, new evidence includes the first written record that Rose bet while he was still a player.

Yer out! Three umpire bosses fired over blown 2009 playoffs calls

usatoday30.usatoday.com — By Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY Major League Baseball, angry over the abundance of blown umpiring calls in the 2009 postseason, has fired three of its seven ump supervisors. Marty Springstead, Rich Garcia and Jim McKean, each involved in umpiring for 40 or more years, were fired on Jan. 12.

Built for 2016, Chicago Cubs believing they can win now

indystar.com — ST. LOUIS -- Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein sits atop the visiting dugout bench at Busch Stadium, stares across the field and can't help but feel like a father watching his kids grow up before his eyes. This wasn't supposed to be happening. Certainly not now.

Rangers close to finalizing trade for Josh Hamilton

wfaa.com — The 2010 AL MVP who said Dallas/Fort Worth was 'not a baseball town' appears headed back to North Texas. The Rangers and Angels are close to agreeing on a deal that would bring troubled slugger Josh Hamilton back to Texas, according to multiple reports.

Cubs to call up top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday

indystar.com — Kris Bryant's long-anticipated debut for the Chicago Cubs is less than 24 hours away. Bryant, baseball's top prospect whose major league debut was delayed so the club could retain his rights another year, will be recalled Friday and will be in the lineup for the Cubs' game against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

Kevin Towers lives with Dave Stewart, the man who replaced him

azcentral.com — SCOTTSDALE - It's potentially baseball's most awkward living arrangement, considering the circumstances. Dave Stewart, the Arizona Diamondbacks' new general manager, is living in a house in Scottsdale owned by the man he replaced on the job, Kevin Towers.

Cole Hamels: Trade me to a team that can win

courierpostonline.com — The words flow out of Cole Hamels' mouth without hesitation, equivocation, or the slightest tinge of remorse. He wants to be traded from the Philadelphia Phillies. This is not a threat. He is not demanding a trade. He's not about to insult the Phillies, or say anything derogatory that would alienate himself from the only team that's employed him.

Cole Hamels: Trade me to a team that can win

delawareonline.com — The words flow out of Cole Hamels' mouth without hesitation, equivocation, or the slightest tinge of remorse. He wants to be traded from the Phillies. This is not a threat. He is not demanding a trade. He's not about to insult the Phillies, or say anything derogatory that would alienate himself from the only team that's employed him.

Source: Astros acquire Evan Gattis from Braves

khou.com — Gattis was in Houston on Wednesday undergoing a physical exam The Atlanta Braves are engaged with three teams in trade talks for catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, according to a baseball official with direct knowledge of the negotiations.

Nelson Cruz agrees to 4-year deal with Seattle Mariners

usatoday.com — Nelson Cruz, the top right-handed slugger on the free agent market, has agreed to a four-year contract worth at least $57 million with the Seattle Mariners, according to a report in the Dominican Republic. Cruz's signing would continue a huge financial push for the Mariners, bringing their long-term contract commitments since February 2013 to a whopping $572 million.
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Jul 03, 2015

Vanderbilt pitcher Carson Fulmer signs w #Whitesox for $3.47 million signing bonus and will throw out 1st pitch tonight

Jul 03, 2015

Tough day for #MLB veterans with Joba Chamberlain now being designated for assignment by #Tigers, earlier Ishikawa by #SFGiants

Jul 03, 2015

Alex Rodriguez's $6 million milestone from HR 660 now all going to charities as he continues impressive #Yankees image makeover

Jul 03, 2015

Alex Rodriguez will get his 3.000th hit baseball after all with #Yankees contributing $150,000 to fan's charity

Jul 02, 2015

The #STLCards run into a hiccup in their dream season, losing third straight game to #Padres

Jul 02, 2015

The #Stlcards have fired scouting director Chris Correa while #Astros computer hacking investigation continues per St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jul 02, 2015

Jose Fernandez gets victory, and even homer, in his 2015 debut with #Marlins 5-4 victory over #SFGiants

Jul 02, 2015

The tumult isn't over for #Angels, it could get even uglier with Dipoto's staff still in front office. usat.ly/1LVNnwj

Jul 01, 2015

The #Rays, who were close to being no-hit 3,times this week, survive again when Butler singles with 2 outs in 9th against #Indians Carrasco.

Jul 01, 2015

Mike Scioscia won the battle in Anaheim, but did the #Angels lose the war with this turmoil?usat.ly/1LVNnwj . pic.twitter.com/tqXJxMmKwh

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