New York Yankees: Big in Japan (Yahoo Contributor Network)

COMMENTARY | Unlike the NFL's Dallas Cowboys or the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, Major League Baseball doesn't have a single "America's Team" -- although, as the New York Times' David Waldstein points out this week, the New York Yankees may be in line to be "Japan's Team." The Yankees may have more Facebook "likes" than other MLB clubs, but New York has never been embraced or, as in the case of the Atlanta Braves, marketed as "America's Team." However, this season, the Yankees are in line to do big in Japan.

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MLB roundup: Verlander may miss start of season (The SportsXchange)

Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander could miss the start of the season because of his recovery from his recent core muscle surgery.

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MLB Notes: Red Sox sign Sizemore (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)

The Red Sox have reportedly come to terms with former Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore on a one-year deal.

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MLB Roundup: Angels, Kevin Jepsen exchange arbitration figures (The SportsXchange)

The Los Angeles Angels and right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen exchanged arbitration figures Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Clean plate: MLB intends to ban collisions at home (The Associated Press)

During his 13-year career as an All-Star catcher, Mike Scioscia earned a reputation for being as tough as anyone when it came to blocking home plate. ''I think everyone is in agreement that the mindless collisions at home plate where a catcher is being targeted by a runner, that needs to be addressed,'' the Los Angeles Angels manager said. We're going back 40 years ago, but the mindset has changed a bit.'' Major League Baseball said Wednesday it intends to eliminate home plate collisions by 2015 at the latest. Pete Rose, who famously flattened Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 1970 All-Star game, was bowled over.

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MLB intends to ban plate collisions (The Associated Press)

Pete Rose sounded bowled over. Charlie Hustle, who famously flattened Ray Fosse to score the winning run in the 1970 All-Star game, couldn't believe Major League Baseball intends to eliminate home-plate collisions by 2015 at the latest. ''What are they going to do next, you can't break up a double play?'' Rose said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press after MLB announced its plan Wednesday. Evidently the guys making all these rules never played the game of baseball.'' New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement at the winter meetings, saying the change would go into effect for next season if the players' association approved.

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MLB moves toward banning home-plate collisions (The SportsXchange)

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Home-plate collisions, long the staple of highlight reels, are soon to become a thing of the past in the major leagues. Major League Baseball's playing-rules committee recommended outlawing the collisions Wednesday during the Winter Meetings at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The rule must be approved by both the 30 major league owners and the Major League Baseball Players Association in order for it to be implemented in time for next season. "The exact language and how exactly the rule will be enforced is subject to final determination," said committee chairman Sandy Alderson, the New York Mets' general manager.

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Some of MLB’s worst teams had something to play for Sunday (NBC Sports)

With the new collective bargaining agreement came a new incentive for teams to play poorly: locking up a protected first round draft pick. In the old CBA, the first 15 first-round picks were protected. In the new one, only ten are protected. If a team with a protected pick signs a free agent who received…

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MLB Roundup: Giants, Pence set for new deal (The SportsXchange)

The San Francisco Giants and outfielder Hunter Pence agree to a five-year, $90 million contract, CBSSports.com reported Saturday.

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MLB Roundup: Selig to step down in 2015 (The SportsXchange)

Commissioner Bud Selig is officially retiring in January 2015, Major League Baseball announced Thursday.

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