The West is Not so Wild…The National League West: A Fan’s Perspective (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

As the Grapefruit League winds down and teams start to wave enthusiastically good bye to the palm trees of the Sunshine State, everyone delights in the curtain elevation for the 2012 baseball season. What will the new year bring to baseball fans, as they prepare to celebrate two…

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 31, 2012

Marlins’ Buehrle sluggish in final spring start (AP)

Mark Buehrle had another rough outing. He’s not worried. Buehrle had trouble pitching into the sixth inning, allowing four runs — three earned — and seven hits in the Miami Marlins’ 6-5 win over the New York Mets on Saturday. “I feel like I’ve thrown terrible, as always, but it’s not all about results, it’s about getting your work in, innings up, pitch count up, get ready…

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Santana progressing toward pitching in opener (Yahoo! Sports)

The New York Mets have not yet made it official, but after Johan Santana reported he “felt great” in his bullpen session Saturday, the lefty should be set to start on Opening Day next Thursday at Citi Field. Santana is trying to put the finishing touches on his comeback…

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 31, 2012

Can Anyone Dethrone Cardinals in the National League Central?: A Fan’s Perspective (Yahoo! Contributor Network)

As the Grapefruit League winds down and teams start to wave enthusiastically good bye to the palm trees of the Sunshine State, everyone delights in the curtain elevation for the 2012 baseball season. What will the new year bring to baseball fans, as they prepare to celebrate two…

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 31, 2012

MLB Roundup: Report: Abreu deal ‘fell apart’ (Yahoo! Sports)

The trade that would send Bobby Abreu to the Cleveland Indians apparently has hit a snag and might not get completed. Baseball columnist Jon Heyman of cbssports.com tweeted that he was “hearing (the) Abreu deal fell apart” early Friday afternoon.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 30, 2012

Lohse pitches, hits Cardinals to victory (AP)

After notching his third win of the spring in the Cardinals’ 4-3 victory over the New York Mets on Friday, Kyle Lohse said he’s ready to make St. Louis’ opening day start. Lohse allowed only one unearned run on three hits while striking out seven in six innings. The right-hander also drove in a run.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 30, 2012

Report: Phils, Hamels differ on years for extension (Yahoo! Sports)

The Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly still trying to work out a contract extension for starter Cole Hamels. Hamels’ agents and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. were negotiating, and disagreed on the length of the deal, sources told ESPN.com.

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The 10 best things about being a Red Sox fan (Big League Stew)

The request we’re sending to bloggers of all 30 teams this spring is a simple one: What are the 10 best things about being a fan of your favorite team? What features of the franchise have you excited for opening day and what keeps you coming back year after year?
As we near the end of our little experiment, we’re glad to hear that so many of you are enjoying the ride. Up next is our old pal Kris Liakos of Walkoff Walk fame.
1. New England: Boston’s teams are New England’s teams. With a fallout zone that reaches from the Canadian borders of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine to hazier western and southern borders that mingle with the outer reaches of Yankees territory, you’re hard pressed to find a more geographically diverse (and dispersed) fan base. People in New Hampshire are very different from people in Maine. (Just read the bumper stickers on their trucks.) People in Massachusetts are very different from people in Rhode Island. (Just ask their therapist and bookie, respectively.) Yet despite all the differences, there is one uniting thread: Everybody roots for the Red Sox.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 30, 2012

Wright hits grand slam, Pelfrey sharp for Mets (AP)

David Wright is just about ready for the season. The Mets third baseman hit a grand slam and Mike Pelfrey had his best outing of the spring and as New York beat the Houston Astros 9-1 on Thursday night. Wright, who missed all but three games this spring while recovering from a torn rib cage muscle, drove a 3-2, two-out pitch from Livan Hernandez over the left-field wall.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 30, 2012

The 10 best things about being a Phillies fan (Big League Stew)

The request we’re sending to bloggers of all 30 teams this spring is a simple one: What are the 10 best things about being a fan of your favorite team? What features of the franchise have you excited for opening day and what keeps you coming back year after year?
As we near the end of our little experiment, we’re glad to hear that so many of you are enjoying the ride. Up next is our old pal Enrico Campitelli of The 700 Level with an assist from his longtime blogging mate Matt P .
1. The guys holding the window open : The Phillies window of opportunity is talked about endlessly here in town: In fact, I’d love to see a word count of how many times “window of opportunity” and “the Phillies” are said together on sports talk radio over the course of a year. They’re old, you see, and the Phillies window of opportunity is closing. At least that’s what you hear over and over.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on March 29, 2012