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Miller’s Misfortune

Andy Call -Premium Content

Adam Miller has, over time, nearly mastered the fine art of optimism. "I don't think there are any more parts of my finger I can strain," Miller says with a smile. The most recent test of optimism for Cleveland's long-suffering former first-round draft pick and No. 1 prospect came early in this year's big league spring training. He sustained a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand.

Majors | #2008#Cleveland Indians#Organization Reports

National Exposure

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The National Classic and Anaheim Lions tournaments exposed some teams, good and bad. Long Beach's Wilson HS is struggling to play consistent baseball while Calvert Hall squeezed out just one win in Southern California against West Lynn (Ore.) HS. Tampa's Plant HS made the biggest jump to No. 13 after being unranked. They were No. 37 in the preseason poll. Calvert Hall dropped from No. 1 to No. 25 and six teams exited. American Heritage HS (Plantation, Fla.) takes over at the top spot as they continue to destroy opponents with a potent offense.

High School | #2008#Team Rankings

A Made Guy

Tony Jackson -Premium Content

Cory Wade didn't know what to expect going into the winter. He was sure he had done all he could possibly do last summer, going a combined 7-1, 2.09 in 39 relief appearances and a couple of spot starts between high Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Jacksonville. But a lot of Dodgers minor league pitchers had put up strong enough seasons to warrant being protected on the 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 draft.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Rangers Pick Up Nippert

Jim Callis -

The Rangers are always on the lookout for pitching, and they grabbed another arm for their bullpen on Friday. Texas acquired Dustin Nippert, who was out of options and wasn't going to make the Diamondbacks, and sent another righthander, Jose Marte, to Arizona.

Majors | #2008#Trade Central

Ask BA

Jim Callis -

Who is Javier Solano? Would Reds outfielder Juan Duran have cracked the Top 100 Prospects list had he signed earlier? Can the A's pluck a standout third baseman with the No. 12 pick in the draft?

Minors | #2008#Ask BA