Tim Ednoff

St. Edward’s Stephen Johnson Shows Electric Stuff

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Every year, the first few rounds of the draft are populated mostly with prospects from three main origins: the powerhouse Division I college programs, the warm-weather high schools and the dominant junior colleges. But this spring, St. Edward's (Texas) junior righthander Stephen Johnson will give scouts plenty of reason to flock to the Division II ranks, as well.

College | #2012#On Campus

Florida Teams Swap Badenhop For Jefferies

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In their continuous annual quest to build an effective bullpen on the cheap, the Tampa Bay Rays picked up a potential useful piece in a trade with the Miami Marlins for RHP Burke Badenhop. With a strong bullpen intact and Badenhop eligible for arbitration for the first time, the Miami Marlins felt they could part with the potential non-tender candidate. In exchange for Badenhop, the Rays will send minor league catcher Jake Jefferies to their interstate brethren.

Majors | #2011#Trade Central

New Ball Made Big Difference In Japan

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One significant yet seemingly underreported story has been the introduction of a uniform baseball in Japan's professional baseball league, the Nippon Professional Baseball League (NPB) before the 2011 season. As detailed in a recent Brad Lefton New York Times article, the NPB agreed to contract with Mizuno as the exclusive supplier in a rule change that was part of a "conscious effort to make the baseball much more similar [to the American one] than before."

International | #2011#International Affairs