Mets LHP Niese to open season on DL (The SportsXchange)

New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese will open the season on the disabled list, but is expected to still pitch in the team's first homestand, ESPN.com reported Thursday. The plan is for Niese, who was scheduled to start the March 31 season opener against the Washington Nationals, to pitch in the sixth game of the season on April 6 against the Cincinnati Reds. That is the first day Niese would be allowed to be activated from the disabled list. Niese received a cortisone injection in his left elbow Monday in New York to try to alleviate inflammation after undergoing an MRI.

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Indians sign Harang to deal (The SportsXchange)

The Cleveland Indians signed veteran right-hander Aaron Harang to a minor-league deal Saturday.

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Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner dies at 91 (The SportsXchange)

Hall of Fame slugger and broadcasting icon Ralph Kiner died Thursday at his Rancho Mirage, Calif., home. Kiner died of natural causes, with his family at his side. Baseball commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement: "Ralph Kiner was one of the greatest sluggers in National League history, leading the Senior Circuit in home runs in each of the first seven years of his Hall of Fame career.

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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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Mariners, OF Chavez agree to minor league deal (The SportsXchange)

The Seattle Mariners signed free agent outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

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Brewers lose Hart, coming up empty at first base (The SportsXchange)

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' primary focus of the offseason remains the same since the 2013 season ended: first base. That search intensified after free agent Corey Hart spurned the Brewers' offer to return to Milwaukee for a more generous offer from the Seattle Mariners at baseball's winter meetings in Orlando. The Brewers are exploring trade options as well as the remaining free-agent market, neither of which is brimming with great choices. "We're still looking," said Melvin, whose offer to Hart -- $4 million salary plus $2.5 million in incentives -- was blown away by Seattle.

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Rangers draft Seahawks QB Wilson in Rule 5 draft (The SportsXchange)

ORLANDO, Fla. -- If Russell Wilson ever decides to give up his NFL career for a return to professional baseball -- and it's extremely doubtful he will -- the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback could be relocating to Texas. The Rangers selected Wilson from the Colorado Rockies' organization with the 15th overall selection in the Triple-A phase of what was clearly the oddest move in the Rule 5 Draft that concluded the Winter Meetings on Thursday at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Wilson, 25, spent the 2010-11 seasons as a second baseman in the lower levels of the Rockies' farm system, hitting just .229 in 93 games before turning his attention to college football at Wisconsin as a graduate student after playing three seasons at North Carolina State. The Seahawks selected Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and he doesn't seem headed back to baseball anytime soon.

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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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Mets agree to two-year contract with RHP Colon (The SportsXchange)

The New York Mets and 40-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon have agreed to a two-year contract worth $20 million, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

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Diamondbacks edge Nats to finish at .500 (The SportsXchange)

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks built a team that would grind though the season, and nothing typified the approach better than a 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in the final game Sunday.

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