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- South Africans hold day of prayer for Nelson Mandela
- Mandela not on life support in final hours, friend says
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- Kim Jong-un’s uncle removed from North Korean state documentary
- Thailand crisis deepens as opposition quits Parliament
- Campbell Soup apologizes for SpaghettiOs’ Pearl Harbor tweet
March 2-11 _ Teams may renew contracts of unsigned players.
March 2-19 _ World Baseball Classic.
March 13 _ Last day to place a player on unconditional release waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days.
March 27 _ Last day to request unconditional release waivers on a player without having to pay his full 2013 salary.
March 31 _ Opening day, Texas at Houston. Active rosters reduced to 25 players.
May 8-9 _ Owners meetings, New York.
June 6 _ Amateur draft.
July 12 _ Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign.
July 16 _ All-Star game, Citi Field, New York.
July 28 _ Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y.
July 31 _ Last day to trade a player without securing waivers.
Sept. 1 _ Active rosters expand to 40 players.
Oct. 23 _ World Series begins.
November TBA _ Deadline for teams to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents, fifth day after World Series.
November TBA _ Deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers, 12th day after World Series.
Dec. 2 _ Last day for teams to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players.
Dec. 9-12 _ Winter meetings, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
July 15 _ All-Star game, Minneapolis.
July 18 _ Deadline for amateur draft picks to sign.
Dec. 8-11 _ Winter meetings, San Diego.
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