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12/18/2014 | Oliver hosts holiday dinner for Arlington Urban Ministries

The 44-year-old Darren Oliver, along with his wife, Melissa, gave back to their community again Thursday night, hosting a holiday dinner for Arlington Urban Ministries, a faith-based organization that provides emergency assistance for utilities, rent and food for those in crisis in the Arlington community. Along with dinner provided by Sportservice, Oliver gave each family Walmart gift cards.

12/18/2014 | Padres land catcher Norris in deal with A's

On the heels of agreeing to a deal that landed outfielder Wil Myers from the Rays and finalizing their trade to get Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, the Padres acquired catcher Derek Norris in a swap with the A's that also netted San Diego right-handed pitcher Seth Streich and an international-signing slot.

12/18/2014 | City council rejects proposed Rays stadium search

A little more than a week after taking a significant step forward in their search for a new ballpark, the Rays ran into another roadblock Thursday afternoon.

12/18/2014 | Rox shut down Ynoa from winter ball to rest for spring

The Rockies have asked infielder Rafael Ynoa to end his participation in the Dominican Winter League to avoid wear and tear before Spring Training, the club said Thursday.

12/18/2014 | Angels send Long to Dodgers to complete Butera deal

Minor League utility player Matt Long was sent from the Angels to the Dodgers on Thursday as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade for veteran catcher Drew Butera.

12/18/2014 | Bolden, former first-round Draft pick of Angels, killed

Former Angels first-round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed in Georgia on Wednesday night, according to local reports. Bolden, 23, was in the Angels organization from 2010-13. The team was informed of his passing on Thursday.

12/18/2014 | Rockies targeting veteran righties for rotation

The Rockies' exploration for veteran pitching has them kicking the tires on several free agents. Righties Kevin Correia, Aaron Harang, Josh Johnson and Kyle Kendrick are believed to be four of many available free agents with whom the Rockies have made initial contact and are monitoring this offseason. The Rockies' interest in Kendrick was first reported by ESPN on Thursday.

12/18/2014 | Andrus wins Sundberg Community Achievement Award

The Rangers recognized shortstop Elvis Andrus' positive role off the field on Thursday, naming him as the recipient of the 2014 Jim Sundberg Community Achievement Award.

12/18/2014 | Trade sending Rollins to LA close to reaching finish line

The Phillies and Dodgers agreed more than a week ago to trade Jimmy Rollins to Los Angeles for a pair of Minor League pitchers, but the clubs have not announced the trade because of a separate trade involving the Dodgers. A source said Thursday night the Rollins deal is being finalized.

12/18/2014 | Biggio wants Hall call for the fans, not himself

For Craig Biggio, his possible induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame is not just about him. It's about the Astros and -- most of all -- it's about their fans.

12/18/2014 | Kottaras to join White Sox with Minor League deal

George Kottaras has joined the White Sox via a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training, a Major League source confirmed to

12/18/2014 | Rehabbing Medlen joins Royals on 2-year deal

The Royals and right-hander Kris Medlen agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2017.

12/18/2014 | O's unsure if Wieters will be ready for Opening Day

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters may not be healthy in time for the start of the 2015 season, according to manager Buck Showalter.

12/18/2014 | Mariners sign Lowe, 2 others to Minor League deals

Right-handed reliever Mark Lowe is one of three players with Major League experience who have signed Minor League deals with camp invites, the Mariners announced Thursday. The others are right-handed pitcher Justin Germano and infielder Carlos Rivero.

12/18/2014 | Braves being patient as trade market shakes out

As the Braves have spent the past few weeks talking to other clubs about Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, they have shown patience and provided every indication that they will not deal either of these right-handed sluggers unless they gain a significant return.

12/18/2014 | Japanese star righty Maeda reportedly will not be posted

Major League Baseball will have to wait for Japanese right-hander Kenta Maeda. The Hiroshima Carp of the Nippon Professional Baseball league will not post their 26-year-old pitcher, according to a report in The Japanese Times on Thursday.

12/18/2014 | Loss of Draft picks viewed as good trade for White Sox

The White Sox lost their second and third-round picks in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft with the signings of David Robertson and Melky Cabrera, but the club is more than willing to make that trade-off.

12/18/2014 | A's acquire lefty reliever De La Rosa from D-backs

The A's have added Eury De La Rosa to their bullpen mix, acquiring the left-hander from the D-backs in exchange for cash on Thursday morning.

12/18/2014 | Kluber, Brantley to appear at Tribe Fest

American League Cy Young Award-winner Corey Kluber and AL Most Valuable Player finalist will attended Tribe Fest 2015, presented by KeyBank.

12/18/2014 | Well-traveled Leiper assists young players in South Africa

Baseball has taken Blue Jays first-base coach Tim Leiper all over the world, and this offseason an opportunity to help grow the game even more brought him to the unlikely destination of Johannesburg, South Africa. The country isn't exactly known for its love of baseball, but for the past four years, it has served as the host country for the African Elite Camp.

12/18/2014 | Depth gives Twins options for No. 5 starter

With the recent signing of Ervin Santana, the Twins have plenty of starting pitching depth now with several candidates to take the fifth spot in the rotation.

12/18/2014 | Minors deals bring catcher Zarraga to Dodgers

The Dodgers acquired Minor League utilityman Matt Long from the Angels to complete the Dec. 9 Dew Butera deal, then sent Long and left-handed pitcher Jarret Martin to Milwaukee for Minor League catcher Shawn Zarraga.

12/18/2014 | Padres, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade

The much-anticipated trade sending Matt Kemp from the Dodgers to the Padres, a week in the making, was officially consummated on Thursday. But not without some drama.

12/18/2014 | Potential Major League stars: 5 Cuban players to watch

The news of improved diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba has the baseball world buzzing about the future of Cuban players in the Major Leagues, and many will be arriving in MLB stadiums soon.

12/18/2014 | Putting together the All-Cuban defector team

Since 1991, we've seen a number of stars make a major impact. If you were to put together a team of the top players who defected from Cuba since then, this is what it might look like.

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