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12/18/2012 | Francisco has bone spur removed from right elbow
The Mets announced Tuesday that veteran reliever Frank Francisco has undergone surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. Francisco's procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek, and he's expected to be at full speed for Opening Day.

12/18/2012 | Newest Mets embrace change of scenery
Travis d'Arnaud, the centerpiece of the deal that sent R.A. Dickey from the Mets to the Blue Jays, joined catcher John Buck and pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard in an introductory conference call on Tuesday.

12/18/2012 | Greens honor daughter by reaching out to Newtown
After the horrific events at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., on Friday morning, Roxanna Green flew into action. As a mother and now an activist who lives with her family in Tucson, Ariz., Roxanna sensed she was needed 3,000 miles away.

12/18/2012 | Hiro's welcome: A's introduce popular Nakajima
Hiroyuki Nakajima made an impression on the gathered crowd at his introductory news conference Tuesday at the Oakland Coliseum after making two prepared statements in English, one at the beginning and one in closing.

12/18/2012 | Young excited for fresh start in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Phillies introduced new third baseman Michael Young at a Tuesday afternoon news conference at Citizens Bank Park.

12/18/2012 | Pursuing catcher, Texas talks to Pierzynski's reps
The Rangers spent Tuesday addressing their catching situation by talking with free agent A.J. Pierzynski and his representatives about the possibility of playing in Arlington.

12/18/2012 | Blue Jays ink veterans Ortiz, Langerhans
The Blue Jays added to their depth on Tuesday afternoon by signing right-hander Ramon Ortiz and outfielder Ryan Langerhans to Minor League contracts.

12/18/2012 | Former No. 1 pick accepts plea deal on DUI charges
Matt Bush, the top pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft by the Padres, pleaded no contest to a charge Tuesday afternoon that landed him a 51-month prison sentence as part of a plea agreement, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

12/18/2012 | Swisher visits Indians, leaves without deal
Bringing Ohio State University product Nick Swisher to Cleveland to suit up for the Indians tugs at the sentimental heartstrings, but the purse strings remain undoubtedly important.

12/18/2012 | Dickey trade beneficial to both Mets, Blue Jays
The Mets traded R.A. Dickey at what could be the utmost peak of his value. The move didn't sit well with a large segment of the fan base, as Dickey's starts had become events in an otherwise subpar show at Citi Field. But the trade was absolutely defensible, and dare I say, necessary, given the Mets' competitive standing and Dickey's exploding worth and unpredictable future.

12/18/2012 | Lannan excited about chance to pitch for Phils
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that left-hander John Lannan passed his physical and agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.

12/18/2012 | 'Structure' for Hamilton holds steady despite move
Josh Hamilton has read all about the potential dangers that lurk for him in this part of the country, which is mainly identified by a G-rated cartoon mouse but is also a 45-minute drive away -- depending on traffic -- from the glitz and bustle and temptations of Los Angeles. Hamilton scoffs at it.

12/18/2012 | Astros adding veteran Veras to bullpen
The Astros have agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Jose Veras, according to a report by ESPN Deportes. Veras will receive $1.85 million in 2013 with a $3.25 million option for '14.

12/18/2012 | Dickey hopes trade helps Blue Jays, Mets
R.A. Dickey put his Mets tenure behind him Tuesday, when he joined a conference call with the media to discuss his recent trade and contract extension with the Blue Jays.

12/18/2012 | Canada's team returning to relevance
General manager Alex Anthopoulos was given the wherewithal to restore the franchise to its former glory, and with such deals as the R.A. Dickey trade, he has come through.

12/18/2012 | Mets acquire outfielder Cowgill from A's
The Mets helped fill their need for right-handed-hitting outfielders Tuesday, picking up Collin Cowgill in a trade with the A's.

12/18/2012 | Pitching coordinator hired, Minors staffs set
The Brewers on Tuesday announced that longtime Minor League coach Rick Tomlin would take over as the organization's pitching coordinator, though in practice, Tomlin has been on the job for weeks.

12/18/2012 | Astros bring Vaillancourt on board
The Astros have hired Meg Vaillancourt, formerly a senior vice president with the Red Sox and executive director of the Red Sox Foundation, as their vice president of community relations and executive director of the Astros In Action Foundation.

12/18/2012 | Hot Stove is living up to its billing this offseason
We throw around the "Hot Stove" term in my line of work because it's catchy and easily identifiable, but baseball's offseason is more typically a slow burn. A deal here, a deal there, a preseason picture gradually, but surely, coming into focus and fruition. But it's no exaggeration to say that, in recent days, there's been a flurry of activity worthy of the "Hot Stove" label.

12/18/2012 | Elements in place for Dickey's continued success
Along with his new deal, R.A. Dickey had two catchers he is familiar with traded with him to Toronto, where he'll pitch in a dome, which could help his knuckleball.

12/18/2012 | Toronto makes statement with bold offseason moves
We are about to be reminded that Major League Baseball is not merely an American game. It is more precisely a North American game. The Toronto Blue Jays have returned. The province of Ontario is back, too, as a baseball destination.

12/18/2012 | Players, skippers make returns in second tours
Players around baseball -- and even coaches and managers like Gibbons -- are bringing new meaning to "turn two," taking advantage of opportunities to return to cities they previously inhabited and carry on their careers.

12/17/2012 | Pastore dies following motorcycle accident
Former Major League pitcher Frank Pastore, 55, died on Monday night, succumbing to complications from his Nov. 19 motorcycle accident in California. Pastore had been in a coma for four weeks.

12/17/2012 | Granderson takes in Sandy's devastation first-hand
Curtis Granderson had watched the news, like everyone else. But until he stepped onto Staten Island, he never could've imagined the devastation that people have been living through.

12/17/2012 | Elder Drew thinks Stephen can thrive in Boston
Former Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew, who retired after the 2011 season, thinks his younger brother, Stephen, has found a nice fit in Boston.


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