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Acid Tests Hold the high-fives, Bud. Baseball’s testing program isn’t what brought A-Rod down.

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Rockies get pitcher from White Sox for Kahnle
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Right-hander Yency Almonte, a 21-year-old who pitched Class A ball for the White Sox last year, was acquired by the Rockies on Tuesday in a trade for right-hander Tommy Kahnle.

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Rox acquire young lefty in trade for Brothers
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Wander Cabrera, an 18-year-old left-hander from the Dominican Republic, was acquired by the Rockies on Wednesday in a trade for fellow lefty Rex Brothers.

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Axford a free agent after clearing waivers
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Veteran closer John Axford cleared waivers on Wednesday and is now a free agent after being designated for assignment last week by the Rockies.

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Schemmel pedals across U.S. for good cause
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Rockies broadcaster Jerry Schemmel and triathlete Brad Cooper raced on their bicycles this summer as Team Enduring Hope — a project to raise funds toward the building of an orphanage outside of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti — in the cross-country Race Across America.

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Redsfest shows bond between Reds and fans
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The Reds’ annual winter festival is typically well-attended every year by all involved — Reds fans, who pack the Duke Energy Convention Center for the two-day party, and the current and former Reds players who make Redsfest participation a priority every winter.

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Rehabs progressing nicely for Cozart, Mesoraco
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Two players the Reds’ daily lineup missed the most last season — Zack Cozart and Devin Mesoraco — were optimistic during Redsfest that they will be all the way back from their injuries when Spring Training begins.

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PNC meets recommendations for fan safety
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In the interest of fan safety, Major League Baseball on Wednesday recommended that all teams either lengthen or maintain the netting at their ballparks, add netting or introduce some other protective barrier to shield fans from the balls and bats that sometimes fly into the stands. PNC Park already meets the recommendations set forth by […]

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Pirates land Niese from Mets, ship Walker to NY
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The Mets have acquired second baseman Neil Walker from the Pirates for left-hander Jon Niese.

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With Niese, Bucs solve one of biggest problems
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Acquiring Jon Niese allowed the Pirates to cross off what Clint Hurdle called the top item on their offseason to-do list, filling the void in their rotation left by the retirement of A.J. Burnett and departure of J.A. Happ.

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Bucs take SS in Rule 5 Draft Minors phase
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The Pirates lost three Minor League players and picked up one in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday, the final act of the Winter Meetings at the Opryland Hotel.

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Rebuilding Phils get quality haul for Giles
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With the Phillies in full-on rebuilding mode, it seemed just a matter of time until they found a buyer for closer Ken Giles. That time finally came on Saturday afternoon, when the group of young players changing hands were a bit different than the initially reported stable of prospects.

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