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Wife of longtime Yankee Yogi Berra dies at 85 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 March 2014 07:28

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Carmen Berra, the wife of New York Yankees great Yogi Berra, has died. She was 85.

The Yankees confirmed that she died Thursday night in New Jersey's Essex County. The team didn't say how she died.

The Berras got married in January 1949 and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Yogi Berra, 88, was a 10-time World Series champion with the Yankees as a catcher, had two stints as their manager and now is an unofficial team ambassador, making frequent appearances at games and other events.

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Timberwolves beat Pistons (3-8-14) PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Saturday, 08 March 2014 01:58
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —The Minnesota Timberwolves can’t afford any more lazy starts like the one that got them beat two nights ago. They can’t afford any more losses to teams with inferior records. Their one last, desperate playoff push begins right now.
The Detroit Pistons are in the same boat. But they sure aren’t playing like it.
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Indians being protective of young RHP Salazar PDF Print E-mail
Written by STEVE DIMATTEO Associated Press   
Friday, 07 March 2014 08:03
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Cleveland Indians are extremely excited about having Danny Salazar for a full season, and that is why they are taking their time with the young pitcher this spring.
“His stuff is electric. The more he pitches for us, the better we are,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “We all know that. Saying that, there’s a way to get there and by just turning him loose in February, I don’t think we felt like that was the best way to get there.”
Last season, the 24-year-old right-hander pitched a career-high 145 innings between Double-A, Triple-A and Cleveland, making his big league debut in July. In 10 starts with Cleveland he went 2-3 with a 3.12 ERA and was chosen to the start the AL wild-card game against Tampa Bay, where he gave up three runs in four innings of a 4-0 loss.
Salazar, who had elbow-reconstruction surgery in 2010, has yet to pitch in a Cactus League game this spring; he’ll throw one inning in an intrasquad game Friday. Still, he doesn’t mind the schedule.
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Bobcats down Cavaliers (3-8-14) PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 08 March 2014 01:56
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — When Michael Jordan speaks, people still listen.
The Charlotte Bobcats owner praised his team during a pregame locker room speech Friday night, but warned his players it’s only going to get tougher from here on out.
Jordan spoke directly about the Bobcats potentially making the playoffs — something that seemed inconceivable five months ago for a team that was 7-59 and 21-61 the previous two seasons.
“He talked to them about the progress that he had seen and praised them for their attitude and togetherness as a team,” coach Steve Clifford said. “And he let them know, which I thought was perfect, the toughest part is ahead. We made our first step and it now gets tougher. It was a great message.”
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Tigers laughing it up during spring training PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Friday, 07 March 2014 07:33
LAKELAND, Fla. — Torii Hunter puckered up next to the mouth of a wide-eyed alligator — and it was hard to tell if the fun-loving Detroit outfielder was more amused or terrified.
“He was calm,” Hunter said of the unexpected visitor to spring training. “I guess he’s used to being around people.”
Hunter and the Tigers are laughing their way toward opening day, approaching spring camp with a mix of relaxed lightheartedness and serious focus under new manager Brad Ausmus.
Whether it’s a player posing with a reptile or a backup catcher donning a women’s swimsuit next to Kate Upton, the three-time AL Central champions certainly look like they’re the class of the majors when it comes to viral photos.
The Tigers also had fun under Perrysburg native Jim Leyland, whose old-school sense of humor was always a hit. But Ausmus seems to be going out of his way to foster a sense of clubhouse camaraderie.
“At the end of the day, we’re playing a game,” Cy Young winner Max Scherzer said. “We’re playing a game for a living, and you’ve got to have fun in this game, because there’s so much failure, inherently, within baseball.”
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