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MLB '19: Returns for Harper, Machado highlight 2019 schedule

Bryce, Manny and Ichiro. London calling, and Cleveland rocks. Lots of intrigue on the baseball schedule this summer.Here are a...

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Ichiro hitless as Mariners beat Yomiuri 6-4 in exhibition

TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki's struggles at the plate have followed him to Japan.Ichiro went hitless in three at-bats on Sunday...

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Nats' Dave Martinez aims to 'face fear like bison' in Year 2

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Among various sheets of paper thumbtacked to the corkboard in Dave Martinez's spring training...

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Fresh and ready, Cards' Flaherty builds off rookie season

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jack Flaherty has done the math, and it all adds up. The young St. Louis pitcher is in line to start the...

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Kang, Gonzalez win starting jobs in Pirates' infield

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates.General...

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Yankees' Ellsbury expects to play again after hip surgery

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury expects to play again following a hip injury, but when that will be is not clear."It's hard...

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Union head praises Jays for raising minor league pay by half

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Union head Tony Clark lauded the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for giving minor league players a 50 percent...

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Cubs' Baez has new magic tricks ready for this season

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — It does not take Javier Baez long to show off his magic tricks, even in a spring training game.The Chicago...

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MLB's Leroy Stanton, traded with Nolan Ryan, dies in crash

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man killed in a car crash last week has been identified as a former Major League...

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Amid hoopla around Ichiro and Mariners _ A's are here, too

TOKYO (AP) — Amid all the hoopla surrounding Ichiro Suzuki's return to Japan with the Seattle Mariners, it's been easy to...

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MLB '19: Jimenez, Guerrero among rookies to watch this year

CHICAGO (AP) — Family ties, big bats and powerful arms are once again all over this year's group of prospects on the brink of...

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Phils' Harper back, still hitless; Hinch serves suspension

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper hopes to change all those zeros soon. Naw, not the ones in his contract.Back in the lineup...

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Dodgers promote Brandon Gomes to VP and assistant GM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted Brandon Gomes to vice president and assistant general manager,...

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Harper returns after bruising ankle, still hitless in spring

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper hopes to change all those zeros soon. Naw, not the ones in his contract.Back in the lineup...

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With Marlins lacking power, Mattingly preaching small ball

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — At a time when home runs dominate baseball's offensive strategy, the Miami Marlins are zigging to the long...

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Astros manager Hinch suspended 1 game for argument with ump

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch has been suspended one game for his argument and later comments...

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Back tightness to sideline Cards' Carpenter a few days

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Back tightness is expected to keep St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter out of the lineup until...

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Yankees' Aaron Hicks to miss opening day with back injury

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks had a second cortisone shot for his ailing back and will not be...

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MLB Notebook: Injured Phillies star Harper says no worries about opening day

A day after an errant fastball bruised his right ankle, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper said he had no concerns about being ready...

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Ichiro in Japan: Still enjoying the majors while he can

TOKYO — Ichiro Suzuki is enjoying it while he can. He's back in Japan and sure to play at the Tokyo Dome when the Seattle...

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AP source: Indians, OF Gonzalez agree to minor deal

CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent outfielder Carlos Gonzalez intends to sign a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, a...

OU basketball: Kristian Doolittle's path to being Sooners' most unguardable option

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kristian Doolittle chooses his words with deliberate sincerity, and when contemplating what he learned about himself this season, “resilience” was an appropriate choice. He was referring to playing out of position for the...

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'Rookie' Kikuchi in spotlight in major league debut in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Talk about a pressure situation.Just as he was adjusting to life in the United States, Yusei Kikuchi is back in...

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Huddle up! Browns QB Mayfield takes turn as Brewers 1B coach

PHOENIX (AP) — Baker Mayfield wasn't going to pass up this opportunity.Fully aware the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to protect him,...

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Injured Phils star Harper says no worries about opening day

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A day after an errant fastball bruised his right ankle, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper said he had no...

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With 9 Ks, Nats ace Max Scherzer looks ready for opening day

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — From the pitch-accompanying grunts to the pawing at the mound with his cleats, from the nine Ks to...

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Phillies' Harper 'little sore,' sits out with bruised ankle

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper sat out the Philadelphia Phillies' game against the Houston Astros on Saturday, saying...

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Timing not yet right for Chisox prospect Jimenez, sent down

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Eloy Jimenez admits he was pressing in his bid to make the opening day roster of the Chicago White...

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Relaxed Wong finally comfortable with Cardinals' role

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Going into spring training, St. Louis manager Mike Shildt delivered the message second baseman Kolten Wong...

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Sabathia has 1st simulated game since heart procedure

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia threw his first simulated game Saturday since undergoing a heart procedure...

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Ichiro in Japan: Still enjoying the big leagues while he can

TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki is enjoying it while he can.He's back in Japan and sure to play at the Tokyo Dome when the Seattle...

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Harper hit on foot by pitch; Severino out until May

New Phillies star Bryce Harper bruised his right foot when he was hit by a pitch during a spring training game Friday, but...

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Altuve returns to Astros, works on turning double plays

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Now that Jose Altuve is back playing Grapefruit League games, Houston manager A.J. Hinch wants the...

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Astros manager Hinch ejected by Hernandez in 1st inning

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch called umpire Angel Hernandez "unprofessional" and "arrogant"...

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Charges dropped against former MLB star Lenny Dykstra

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A judge has dropped drug and terroristic threat charges filed against former Major League baseball...

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Who's on second? Surprised Giants, Angels found out in 9th

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Thanks to the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels, baseball got a new twist on the old Abbott...

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Yanks ace Severino to miss all of April because of shoulder

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss all of April because of right shoulder inflammation.Severino...

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Nats CF Taylor could miss 'significant' time with knee, hip

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor will be sidelined with a sprained left knee and...

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Indians reliever Clippard out 3-4 weeks with pectoral strain

GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) — Cleveland Indians reliever Tyler Clippard is expected to miss three to four weeks because of a mild...

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Phillies star Harper hit by pitch, exits with bruised foot

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — New Phillies star Bryce Harper sustained a bruised right foot when he was hit by a pitch during a...

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Martinez goes 1 for 3 in return from back tightness

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Boston slugger J.D. Martinez was back in the lineup, two days after being scratched because of back...

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Black Sox opera 'The Fix' premieres Saturday in Minnesota

Joel Puckett was in the stands at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on July 4, 1985, for the famous rain-delayed 19-inning game...

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Reds' David Bell willing to consider non-traditional moves

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — David Bell used a relief pitcher in center field and a catcher at shortstop, showing a willingness to...

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Wilson shocked by Beckham trade to Browns

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he was shocked after the Cleveland Browns obtained wide...

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Column: Real change in baseball is yet to come

Five seconds hardly seems worth talking about, and in a way it's not. Trimming the time between innings might save a minute or...

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Versatility gives Pirates rookie Reyes chance to make team

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pablo Reyes is making the most of his chance to earn a berth on the Pittsburgh Pirates' opening-day...

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Ichiro arrives in Tokyo, a sure sign baseball only days away

TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has arrived in Tokyo, a sure sign the Major League Baseball season is only days away from...

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Thursday's Sports In Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALLCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson made all 13 of his shots, five on high-flying dunks, and scored 29...

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Dodgers' Hernandez hoping to build on breakout season

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Enrique Hernandez is ready to build on his breakout season last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers.After...

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Dodgers' Seager plays SS for first time since Tommy John

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager played shortstop in a game for the first time since April 29, three innings for the Los...

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Cain, Brewers aim to hold off deep NL Central in repeat bid

PHOENIX (AP) — Thanks to some aggressive acquisitions by the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, the NL Central got a lot...

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Pearce breaks out of slump in hometown of Lakeland

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce needed a trip home to find his swing.The Lakeland High School product ended...

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Dodgers' Seager plays shortstop for 1st time since April 29

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager played shortstop in a game for the first time since April 29, three innings for the Los...

Dwyane Wade's impact goes beyond basketball for Thunder, NBA

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So much has changed in seven years in the NBA. Back in the 2012 season, however, time stood still. Dwyane Wade – still not in his twilight, but arguably at his peak as an influencer – had an indelible impact on a generation of NBA followers....

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Fulmer won't pitch in near future, to work on mechanics

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer will not pitch in games in the near future, focusing on...

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MLB players, owners to start labor talks 2 years early

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players agreed to an unprecedented early start to contract bargaining, a move...

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Court upholds $1.5M award to analyst in MLB Network firing

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday upheld a $1.5 million jury award to former Philadelphia Phillies...

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Surprise star as teen, Soto helps Nats move on after Harper

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It might seem as if Juan Soto has a big hole to fill in the Washington Nationals' lineup, what...

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Starlin Castro among few veterans on young Marlins

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Starlin Castro remains a veteran on a Miami Marlins' team that has gone with youth."I don't try to...

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A look at some spring training standouts

A weekly look at some of the standout players during spring training (through Wednesday):JAY BRUCE, SEATTLE MARINERS, OFThe...

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Chacin picked to start Brewers' opener against St. Louis

PHOENIX (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin has been picked to start the Milwaukee Brewers' opener against St. Louis on March 28.A...

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Whether step-back or rebuild, Mariners focus is on future

SEATTLE (AP) — Throughout the offseason, the decisions made about the future of the Seattle Mariners took on different...

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Lefty reliever Sipp passes physical, signs with Nationals

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Left-handed reliever Tony Sipp has passed his physical and signed a one-year contract with the...

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Khris Davis, Athletics look to build off playoff momentum

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hardly cares how many home runs he hits this year if he can slug the Oakland Athletics much...

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Ichiromania returns to Japan: Will he retire, or won't he?

TOKYO (AP) — There's an adage in Japanese that translates easily to English.Deru kugi wa utareru.The nail that sticks up gets...

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Strop has strained hamstring; Martinez to go on injured list

Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a strained right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close at the start of the...

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Rangers' Jurado working on being consistent

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. — Texas Rangers pitcher Ariel Jurado did not have many Panamanian ballplayers to watch when he was growing...

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Harper goes 0 for 2 against Yankees' Tanaka

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper went 0 for 2 against New York Yankees opening day starter Masahiro Tanaka on Wednesday night in...

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Athletics excited about starting season in Japan next week

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks wants to taste soy sauce ice cream. Teammate Marco Estrada is hoping...

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Rockies' Story opens up bid to repeat All-Star season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Trevor Story saw the Colorado Rockies' lineup and thought ahead to the regular season."It gives you a...

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Cal star Andrew Vaughn not concerned about topping last year

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — As California baseball got started again, Andrew Vaughn wanted no part of putting pressure on himself...

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Indians' Lindor plays minor game as he recovers from injury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Slowly and sensibly, Francisco Lindor is working his way back onto the field.Surrounded by approximately...

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Longtime Pitt analyst Dick Groat won't return in 2019-20

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh basketball announcer Dick Groat won't return for a 41st season as a color analyst on the team's...

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Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez to start season on the IL

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Carlos Martinez will begin the season on the injured list as the two-time All-Star tries...

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Alonso's status an issue for union watching service time

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Pete Alonso is hitting .406 at spring training and leads the Mets with three home runs. Yet, if New...

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AP source: Nats, lefty reliever Sipp agree to $1.25M deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Nationals are counting on Tony Sipp to give them something they think will matter a...

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Strop joins Morrow on sidelines as Maddon ponders closer

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs reliever Pedro Strop has a strained right hamstring, eliminating the likely candidate to close...

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Marcus Stroman to start Blue Jays' opener against Detroit

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Stroman has been picked to start the Toronto Blue Jays' opener against the visiting Detroit Tigers...

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Alex Cobb to start Baltimore Orioles' opener at Yankees

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb has been picked by new Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde to start the Orioles' opener on March 28...

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Padres, lefty reliever Solis finalize minor league deal

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The San Diego Padres have finalized their minor league contract with left-handed reliever Sammy Solis.The...

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Yusei Kikuchi's dream of playing in majors now a reality

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Yusei Kikuchi's journey started in northern Japan, in the prefecture of Iwate, about 300 miles from the...

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Rangers' Jurado working on being consistent

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers pitcher Ariel Jurado did not have many Panamanian ballplayers to watch when he was...

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After big rookie season, Acuna eager for 1st opening day

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When Ronald Acuna Jr. returned to the Atlanta clubhouse, Braves star Freddie Freeman playfully told the...

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Yankees send RHP Danny Farquhar to minor league camp

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar has been reassigned by the New York Yankees to their minor league camp.The 32-year-old...

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Orioles' Davis goes 1 for 2 in return from hip injury

TAMPA, Fla, (AP) — Chris Davis went 1 for 2 in his return from a strained left hip flexor as the designated hitter for the...

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Now with D-backs, Adam Jones eager for fresh start

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Adam Jones had been climbing Camelback Mountain and hitting at Grand Canyon University for the past...

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Yanks' Sabathia throws 1st BP session since heart procedure

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia threw 20 pitches Tuesday during his first batting practice session since a...

OU football: Kyler Murray's Pro Day is telling that he should be NFL's No. 1 pick

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Not doing the speed drills or the strength tests on Wednesday is yet another sign Murray is in line to be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

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Relationship formed in Japan landed Chirinos in Houston

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A trip to Japan helped Robinson Chirinos get to Houston.Texas declined its $4.5 million option on...

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Astros pitcher Martes suspended for 80 games for drug test

NEW YORK (AP) — Injured Houston Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the...

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Braves lefty Kolby Allard optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves sent eight players to the minors on Tuesday, including left-hander Kolby Allard, who...

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NL Rookie of Year Acuna looking forward to 1st opening day

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When Ronald Acuna Jr. got back to the Atlanta Braves' clubhouse after getting his third hit of the game,...

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Pirates' Dickerson proud about his defensive improvement

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson came to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the reputation of being a good hitter and poor...

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New York Mets to wrap up spring training in Carrier Dome

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Mets will finish spring training with a workout inside Syracuse University's Carrier...

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Tim Tebow reassigned to minor league camp by Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the New York Mets after hitting .267 with one...

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Monday's Sports in Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALLDURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Coach Mike Krzyzewski says No. 5 Duke won't have injured big man Marques Bolden for this...

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Jaguars to sign quarterback Nick Foles

The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new quarterback, maybe even the franchise passer the team has been missing for nearly two...

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Mariners' Seager out thru April, Braves' Foltynewicz ailing

Kyle Seager will be absent next week when the Seattle Mariners play the major league opener in Japan. Mike Foltynewicz will...

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Angels' Ohtani gets raise to $650,000 from $545,000

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani got a modest raise from the Los Angeles Angels after winning the AL Rookie of the Year award,...

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Rays' Blake Snell focused on pitching, not contract

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell is focused on pitching and not his minuscule salary increase.The AL Cy Young Award winner...

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Indians ace Kluber makes 1st spring start, faces Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians were waiting for the right time to turn Cory Kluber loose in spring inning.Kluber...

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Reds' Lorenzen pitches an inning, moves to center field

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Reliever Michael Lorenzen has begun the Cincinnati Reds' mound-to-outfield experiment, pitching one...

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Rockies' prospect Rodgers waits for opportunity

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Brendon Rodgers has had to wait for an opening in the Colorado Rockies' infield, just like Trevor...

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Adam Jones, Diamondbacks finalize $3 million, 1-year deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $3 million, one-year...

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Nats say Scherzer will start opener, faces Mets ace deGrom

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Nonchalantly, Washington manager Dave Martinez made official on Monday what most already assumed — ace Max...

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Padres, lefty reliever Solis agree to minor league deal

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The San Diego Padres agreed Monday to a minor league contract with left-handed reliever Sammy Solis.The...

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Kershaw throws first bullpen session since Feb 20

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw his first bullpen since Feb. 20, an all-fastball session...

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Mariners' Seager needs surgery on left hand, out for April

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager needs surgery on his left hand and will be out at least through...

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Maldonado, Royals finalize $2.5M, 1-year contract

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have finalized a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Martin Maldonado, giving them a...

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Ozuna plays field for 1st time since shoulder surgery

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Marcell Ozuna's surgically repaired right shoulder was given a quick test.Ozuna played the outfield for...

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Harper plays right field for first time for Phillies

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper played the outfield for the first time since signing a record $330 million, 13-year...

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Veteran Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker got playoff cut

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bob Uecker is touched the Milwaukee Brewers still consider him one of the boys.Last November, after the...

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Braves: Foltynewicz will not be ready for opening day

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Bothered by a sore elbow, Mike Foltynewicz will not be ready to pitch for the Atlanta Braves on opening...

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AP source: Adam Jones, D-Backs agree to $3M, 1-year deal

Outfielder Adam Jones and the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the...

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MLB Notebook: Former ace Hernandez upset over Mariners' opening day plan

Felix Hernandez doesn't think he could have changed the mind of Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais about opening day, even...

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AL Cy Young winner Snell receives small raise for 2019

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — The budget-minded Tampa Bay Rays have renewed the contract of pitcher Blake Snell, who's receiving...

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Angels top prospect Jo Adell out 10-12 weeks with 2 injuries

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels top prospect Jo Adell will be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks after spraining his left...

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Former ace Hernandez upset over Mariners' opening day plan

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez doesn't think he could have changed the mind of Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais...

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King Felix upset by opening day decision, but not surprised

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez doesn't think he could have changed the mind of Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais...

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A's sorting out catching situation

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — When spring training opened, one of Oakland's biggest questions was its catching situation following the...

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Pirates' Archer, back from hernia surgery, feeling great

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Chris Archer had success against the high-powered New York Yankees and more importantly felt great...

NBA on ESPN announcer Mike Breen is a prince, and here's a story to prove it

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I speak to a lot of classes and civic clubs. I take a lot of questions. I don’t remember ever being asked what was my biggest blunder. But I know what it was. Mike Breen has been asked that question. He thought about it and came up with one....

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Boone says he isn't worried about Tulowitzki's plate numbers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki is doing just fine, New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone says, despite his slow start at the...

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Marlins searching for answers to Chen's road woes

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The "homer" could follow the "opener" into baseball's lexicon.Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly says...

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Babe Ruth's last surviving daughter dies in Nevada at 102

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a...

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Baseball good therapy for Giants coach dealing with cancer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants hitting coach Alonzo Powell never considered stepping away when he was diagnosed...

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Blue Jays prospect Guerrero out 3 weeks with oblique strain

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Highly touted Toronto Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will miss the next three weeks because of a...

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Mariners' Seager awaiting MRI results on injured left wrist

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is awaiting MRI results after rolling over his left wrist...

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The day Jackie Robinson stepped up to the plate in Oklahoma City

It was one day at home plate the 15-year-old batboy in Oklahoma City wouldn't forget. Legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson...

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Harper walks twice in Phils debut, draws 4-man outfield

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper drew big cheers, a pair of walks and a most unusual defense in his spring training debut...

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Gray pitches 2 scoreless innings in spring debut with Reds

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Sonny Gray's delayed debut for the Cincinnati Reds was a success.Gray pitched two scoreless innings in his...

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Mariners' Seager to see hand specialist after rolling wrist

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager will see a hand specialist after rolling his left wrist during...

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Giants' Posey catching more in spring than expected

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — On Saturday, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey played in his fifth spring training game and...

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Rosenthal brings closer mentality to back of Nationals 'pen

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Even if Trevor Rosenthal isn't closing for Washington, he'll take the mound believing he is."I...

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Chisenhall ready to move around the field for the Pirates

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting right fielder is likely...

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Harper walks twice in Phils debut, draws cheers and 4-man OF

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper drew big cheers, a pair of walks and an unusual defense in his spring training debut for...

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Tanaka to start Yankees' regular season opener vs Orioles

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka will be the New York Yankees' opening day starter March 28 against Baltimore, taking the...

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Indians to count on strong starting pitching again in 2019

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Presumably, they will all be ready to pitch the first week of the season. Right now, Cleveland's loaded...

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AP source: Royals sign Maldonado to $2.5M deal for 2019

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year deal with Martin Maldonado on Saturday, giving...

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Gonzales to start Mariners opener in Japan; Kikuchi Game 2

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Marco Gonzales will get the opening day start for the Seattle Mariners when they begin the...

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Brewers' Braun gets hit in spring debut, hopes changes help

PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun already is seeing a difference in his swing this spring.The longtime Milwaukee Brewers star was the...

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Molina plays for 1st time this spring, Ohtani plays catch

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Leaving the clubhouse after his first exhibition game this year, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina got a...

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Mariners 3B Kyle Seager deemed fine after wrist scare

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is not expected to miss any additional time after rolling over...

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No. 3 Cards pull away for 75-67 win over Clemson at ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Louisville coach Jeff Walz wanted to keep Clemson out of the paint and force the Tigers to take tough...

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Computer to call balls and strikes in minor league

NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready for strikes by robots.No, overworked machines aren't walking out in a labor protest.Computers will be...

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C Cameron Rupp acquired by the Tigers from Giants for cash

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Catcher Cameron Rupp has been acquired by the Detroit Tigers from the San Francisco Giants for cash.The...

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Judge gets $62,000 raise from Yankees, Sanchez $49,400 hike

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Judge got a $62,000 raise from the New York Yankees up to $684,300 in the right fielder's last season...

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Mets' McNeil moving all around the diamond, now going to 3B

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Jeff McNeil will be exchanging the big glove he's been wearing this spring for the smaller one in...

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MLB Grit: High school girls playing games in big league park

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Before Ila Borders became the first female pitcher to start a college baseball game or pitch...

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Ex-baseball star sentenced to 3 years on drug charges

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to federal...

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Baltimore Orioles acquire OF Dwight Smith from Toronto

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. has been acquired by the Baltimore Orioles from the Toronto Blue Jays for...

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After surgeries, Chapman ready to help A's contend again

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Chapman didn't have a lot of time to savor his strong season — or the Oakland Athletics' surprise...

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Brewers' prospect Keston Hiura just keeps on hitting

PHOENIX (AP) — All those swings, all those at-bats are paying off now for Keston Hiura.The Milwaukee Brewers prospect who began...

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Schmidt: I've been in Harper's shoes, he can walk the walk

Bryce Harper has been a celebrity since he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high school player. No player ever...

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Cardinals' Yadier Molina singles in return from knee surgery

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Leaving the clubhouse following his first exhibition game this year, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina...

The hype around Kyler Murray's Pro Day recalls Sam Bradford's. Will results?

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NORMAN — Oklahoma had a quarterback with questions. A quarterback who elected not to throw at the NFL Combine. A quarterback with a chance of being the No. 1 overall pick. All of those things check boxes for Oklahoma’s Pro Day on Wednesday,...

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Rangers adding a housing complex at spring training site

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers are building a new facility at their spring training complex in Arizona that will...

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All-Star Gennett unsure of future with Reds as season starts

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Scooter Gennett is unsure of his future with the Cincinnati Reds even though he's coming off one of the...

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Marlins shut down catcher Alfaro after knee swelling returns

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The return of inflammation to Jorge Alfaro's right knee is once again prompting the Miami Marlins to shut...

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AP source: Yankees buy back YES control with Amazon help

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees are buying back the YES Network, partnering with Amazon in a deal that will give the...

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Reclamation projects abound at big league spring training

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Zimmer remembers the feeling of failure and frustration that washed over him while standing on the...

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Mola begins world triathlon defense by winning opening race

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mario Mola began his bid for a fourth successive world triathlon championship in style...

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Mets great Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia at 74

NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the star of the Miracle Mets 1969 World Series championship team, has been...

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Cubs prospect traces love of catching to 1st visit to field

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — When he was 4 years old, Miguel Amaya remembers going to a baseball field for the first time. The Chicago...

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Baseball Hall of Famer Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia

Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the star of the Miracle Mets 1969 World Series championship team, has been diagnosed with...

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Dustin Pedroia plays inning in 1st game since May

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia's first game in nearly 10 months couldn't have gone much better — even if it lasted just...

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Rich Hill's accelerated spring training plan on schedule

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rich Hill's accelerated spring training plan is on schedule, which might be even more significant than...

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Cubs' Lester helping pitching coach adapt to new role

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester said Tommy Hottovy's transition from advance scout to pitching coach has...

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Padres prospect Mejia continues to hit, work on his defense

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Francisco Mejia says he's focusing on his defense, but his offense hasn't suffered at all.Mejia hit a...

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Verlander ready for more free agent signings

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander wants to see the remaining free agents find jobs.While Bryce Harper...

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Farquhar pitches hitless inning in 2nd spring appearance

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar pitched a hitless seventh inning in the New York Yankees' 6-0 win over the Philadelphia...

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Boston's Pedroia plays 1 inning in first game since May

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia's first game in nearly 10 months couldn't have gone much better — even if it lasted just...

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Even in nice weather, spring training can be a grind

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Earlier this week, Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire left several of his top players out of the starting...

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Harper homers for 2nd straight day in simulated game

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper homered for the second straight day in a simulated game against Philadelphia Phillies...

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Orioles' Mike Yastrzemski trying to live up to family name

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski finally made it to spring training with the Orioles after bouncing around the Baltimore...

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Braves' Donaldson to play in first exhibition game Friday

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Josh Donaldson plans to play in his first spring training game for the Atlanta Braves on Friday night...

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Wary of sports betting, MLB wants early look at lineups

NEW YORK (AP) — Major league teams this season must notify the commissioner's office of their starting lineups before they are...

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Carlos Gomez rejoins Mets, 3½ years after trade fell through

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Gomez is back with the Mets, 3½ years after a trade fell through that would have sent him...

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New-look NL East suddenly baseball's deepest division

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — For years, the NL East has been soft as a bunt single.Not anymore.Even before Bryce Harper decided...

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Wednesday Sports in Brief

NBALOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James has moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA's career scoring list.The Los...

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Astros' Alex Bregman slowed by back tightness

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left Wednesday's 11-5 victory over the Miami Marlins...

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Dodgers haven't ruled out Kershaw for opening day yet

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw has not yet been ruled out for opening day by the Los Angeles Dodgers despite all the...

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Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games for HGH

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will sit out the first 80 games of the season after testing...

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Mariners can't wait to see reaction for Ichiro in Japan

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jerry Dipoto never met Ichiro Suzuki in person until the day he was reintroduced as a member of the...

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Pirates' Kang having a strong spring despite long layoff

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates admittedly took a leap of faith when they re-signed Jung Ho Kang to a $3 million,...

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Angels' Harvey goes 3 innings in first spring training start

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Harvey has spent six years in the major leagues and will turn 30 years old on March 27, but the...

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Manfred: Slow free agent market is 'distributional problem'

BOSTON (AP) — It's not collusion, it's a "distributional problem" that has shut dozens of baseball players out of the free...

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Cards' Molina catches Mikolas in a camp game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took another step in his comeback from left knee surgery in...

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Yankees ace Luis Severino expects to throw in 2 weeks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees ace Luis Severino expects to resume a throwing program in two weeks.Severino will miss his...

A star is born: OSU freshman Yor Anei shines despite Cowboys' 73-70 loss to TCU

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A troubled OSU basketball season ended Wednesday night with a 73-70 loss to TCU in the Big 12 Tournament, but better days are ahead.

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Manfred says Harper can't recruit Trout (for now)

BOSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball is investigating whether new Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper committed a tampering...

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MLB '19: College draft picks on rapid rise to big leagues

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Bart already looks like a big league hitter in his first major league camp, especially when the...

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Oklahoma coach defends QB Kyler Murray against TV critique

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley on Wednesday ripped the criticism of former Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray...

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Royals' Perez undergoes successful Tommy John surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Royals catcher Salvador Perez underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his...

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Bryce Gouging: Harper makes Phillies hottest ticket in town

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper swag is going, going and just about gone before he takes a swing in Philadelphia.Phillies...

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Buchholz joins Blue Jays after another uncertain offseason

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Clay Buchholz had reason to wonder if his major league career was coming to an end. For a second straight...

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Marlins' Brinson expecting spring power to carry into season

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A dreadful 2018 season in a way led to Lewis Brinson's current spring training home run binge.A...

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games for positive drug test

NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games for positive drug test .

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Bud Norris, Blue Jays finalize minor league deal

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Right-hander Bud Norris and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a minor league contract, and he will...

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Arizona's Kelly hopes to emulate Cardinals' Mikolas

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's Merrill Kelly hopes to emulate St. Louis pitcher Miles Mikolas.Kelly never got above...

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Closer Jose Leclerc, Rangers agree to $14.75M, 4-year deal

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Right-hander Jose Leclerc and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $14.75 million, four-year contract, a...

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Now pitching: Harper lobbies for Trout to join him in Philly

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Now pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies, Bryce Harper.The new Phillies slugger has again lobbied for...

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Royals' Perez out for season, Yanks' Severino to miss opener

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez is headed for Tommy John surgery and out for the season. New York Yankees ace Luis...

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HORSE RACINGARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita has canceled racing indefinitely to re-examine its dirt surface after the deaths...

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MLB '19: Graveman gets used to Cubs while rehabbing injury

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kendall Graveman is surrounded by new faces while he travels a tedious road back to the majors.Graveman...

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Royals catcher Perez having season-ending Tommy John surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in...

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MLB Notebook: Severino to miss opening day

New York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss opening day because of an inflamed right shoulder that acted up while he was...

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Indians' Martin climbing back after life-threatening illness

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Leonys Martin turned and sprinted toward the gap in left-center field to snare Nick Madrigal's drive. He...

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AP sources: MLB near deal for rosters to expand to 26 in '20

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' union are near an agreement to expand active rosters by one to 26...

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Bellinger agrees to $605,000 salary, raise of $20,000

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year contract that pays a $605,000...

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Giants outfielder Maybin arrested on suspicion of DUI

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants outfielder Cameron Maybin has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the...

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Nimmo, Rosario earn slight raises from Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Nimmo and Ahmed Rosario earned slight raises from the New York Mets.Nimmo's one-year contract calls for...

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Rockies' Desmond moves, at 33 is one of oldest CFs in majors

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When the regular season begins, Ian Desmond will be the oldest center fielders in the majors at 33....

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Clay Buchholz, Blue Jays finalize $3M, 1-year contract

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Pitcher Clay Buchholz and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.The...

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Rangers' Smyly takes step to return with scoreless outing

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers left-hander Drew Smyly has seen enough of the spring training practice fields for a while....

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Jessica Mendoza hired as Mets adviser but keeps ESPN job

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza was hired as a baseball operations adviser for the New York Mets on Tuesday while remaining a...

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Twins: Sano likely out until May with slow-healing heel gash

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will likely miss the first month of the regular season,...

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Nationals ace Scherzer swings into action, decides to bat

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In his third spring training start, Washington ace Max Scherzer wanted to try something different:...

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Severino will miss opening day due to inflamed shoulder

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees ace Luis Severino will miss opening day because of an inflamed right shoulder that caused...

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Swanson plays for first time since November wrist surgery

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Dansby Swanson was 1 for 2 with a single and played three innings at shortstop in his first game for the...

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Tigers send top draft pick Mize to minor league camp

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was impressed with Casey Mize's brief stint with the major...

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Hershisher says baseball not in need of change

Orel Hershiser isn't worried about the way analytics are affecting pitching in baseball, saying players and managers will adapt...

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Padres' Tatis, Royals' Mondesi on parallel paths to stardom

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — San Diego Padres prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. and Kansas City Royals counterpart Adalberto Mondesi have...

Russell Westbrook's exchange with Jazz fan a reminder of lack of human decency

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I am not sure what Shane Keisel intended. “Get down on your knees like you’re used to!” When the Utah Jazz fan allegedly hollered those words at Russell Westbrook on Monday night, I don’t know whether Keisel meant it to be a racial insult. Or...

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OKC Dodgers to host Fan Fest March 16

The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ fifth annual free Fan Fest is set for Saturday, March 16, at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The...

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MLB reaches deal with Mexican League on signing players

NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican League baseball players will be eligible to sign with major league teams as free agents after they are...

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Pedroia expected to make spring training debut Thursday

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Boston expects second baseman Dustin Pedroia to make his exhibition debut on Thursday against...

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Padres' Jankowski to miss several months with broken wrist

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski will miss the first couple months of the season after breaking a bone...

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D-backs' Lamb learning first with assist from Goldschmidt

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jake Lamb does have his own first baseman's glove. It just has Paul Goldschmidt's name on it.Lamb is...

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Orioles' Brandon Hyde hopes approach translates into wins

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Hyde's style is totally different from his Baltimore Orioles' predecessor.Under Buck Showalter,...

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Cowboys place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence

Cowboys place franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence The Dallas Cowboys are placing the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence for the...

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Former Deer Creek star Michael Fulmer feels healthy again, looks to regain his form with the Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. — When Michael Fulmer arrived in the major leagues in 2016, his impact was impressive and immediate. Now, the...

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Monday Sports in Brief

BASEBALLSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer was granted a leave of absence from the team on...

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Twins tap All-Star Berrios to start on opening day

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Jose Berrios will be Minnesota's opening day starter, the first such assignment for the 24-year-old...

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Dodgers ace Kershaw could miss opening day start

Clayton Kershaw might not be on the mound when the two-time NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers start the season.The lefty ace is...

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Giants CEO Baer takes leave after altercation with wife

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer was granted a leave of absence from the team on Monday...

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Hanley Ramirez 0 for 3 in Indians' spring training debut

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Hanley Ramirez had a low-key start to spring training with the Cleveland Indians.The 35-year-old flied out...

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Fulmer feeling healthy, hopes to rebound from tough 2018

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — When Michael Fulmer arrived in the major leagues in 2016, his impact was impressive and immediate.Now,...

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Reds CF Schebler gets chance to fill Hamilton's fast shoes

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds are hoping Scott Schebler is at the center of their resurgence.Following an...

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Leiter, Franco become baseball operations advisers for Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Retired pitchers Al Leiter and John Franco have been hired as baseball operations advisers by the...

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With Foltynewicz slowed by elbow, Teheran could start opener

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — With Mike Foltynewicz slowed by a sore right elbow, Julio Teheran could make his sixth straight...

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Nationals newcomer Dozier fixing injury-induced swing flaws

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — His knee healthy, Washington Nationals newcomer Brian Dozier used the early week of spring...

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Dodgers say Kershaw may be unavailable to start season

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers could be without Clayton Kershaw for the start of the season as the staff ace...

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Roberts concedes Kershaw may not be ready for opening day

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw is making steady progress in his recovery...

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Royals among few clubs banking on speed to win ballgames

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Phillips has always been the fastest player on his team, whether he was playing in Little League,...

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Jeter's mentor Denbo tries to help lead Marlins turnaround

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — There were a few whiffs before Gary Denbo and Derek Jeter really connected.The friendship dates to 1992,...

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Judge, Gardner think Yankees' offense can top last year

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner think the Yankees can break the major league season record of 267 home runs...

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Rangers acquire outfielder Zack Granite from Twins

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers acquired outfielder Zack Granite from Minnesota for right-hander Xavier Moore and...

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San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer taking leave of absence from team after video shows altercation with wife

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer taking leave of absence from team after video shows altercation with...

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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney takes BP cuts at Cardinals camp

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — For a few hours at spring training, Dabo Swinney became the Kyler Murray of coaching.Swinney slipped away...

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MLB Notebook: Correa dials back spring prep after back problem in 2018

Carlos Correa would take more than 200 swings and lift weights every day during spring training in years past. After a season...

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Dodgers' Jansen works scoreless inning in 1st spring outing

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kenley Jansen's numbers are down, but in a good way.His fastball velocity has dipped for now, but he...

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Judge homers twice as Yankees beat Tigers in spring game

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — All rise — again. Aaron Judge is back.Judge hit his first two homers of spring training, helping the New...

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Atlanta's Duvall trying to rebound from dip in power

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Adam Duvall left Cincinnati and suddenly stopped hitting homers — and yes, he's been well aware...

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Improved slider could land Hicks Cardinals' closer role.

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — As unhittable as Jordan Hicks' 105 mph heater can be, a pitch clocked a little bit closer to the speed...

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Norris struggles against hard-hitting Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Norris got a taste of the powerful New York Yankees lineup in just six pitchesThat's all it took for...

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Angels' Pujols wants to have an impact on and off the field

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Albert Pujols had a busy weekend. On Friday, he was in New York at the United Nations to receive an award....

OSU football: Defensive focus turns to more experienced secondary in Jim Knowles' second season

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STILLWATER — Malcolm Rodriguez has always acted like a veteran, even when he was a true freshman, pulling his redshirt to help with special teams. Now, the junior-to-be safety is among the leaders in Oklahoma State’s defensive backfield as the...

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Correa dials back spring prep after back problem in 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Correa would take more than 200 swings and lift weights every day during spring training in...

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Unhurried starter Tanaka has no pitch-clock violations

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka got along just fine with baseball's new 20-second pitch clock in his...

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Reds' DeSclafani trying to end streak of significant injury

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony DeSclafani was pegged as the No. 1 starter in Cincinnati's rotation until injuries affected each...

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Treatment of elite athletes often based on hype, not proof

By this point in the NBA season, the players’ bodies are wearing down. Sixty or so games worth of sprinting, cutting, jumping...

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Rangers' Farrell has jaw broken by line-drive comebacker

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Luke Farrell had his jaw broken by a line drive during a spring training...

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Spring roundup: Farquhar returns, Syndergaard goes wild

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar took the mound in a game again. That was more than enough on Saturday.Farquhar's spring...

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Coming off injury, Astros' Bregman plunked in spring debut

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — On the morning of his spring debut Saturday, Alex Bregman woke up early because of a nightmare...

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That's wild: Mets' Syndergaard, Diaz struggle with control

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — The New York Mets hope their hard-throwing pitchers can dominate in the NL East this season.First,...

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Yankees' Farquhar makes 1st outing since brain hemorrhage

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar took the mound in a game again. That was more than enough on Saturday.Farquhar's spring...

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Longtime Indians OF Michael Brantley adjusting to Astros

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — After spending his entire career with the Cleveland Indians, Michael Brantley likened joining the...

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Booth scores 28 points, leads Villanova past Butler 75-54

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phil Booth walked off the court for the final time in a home game with reminders everywhere how he helped...

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Gamblers like their odds at MIT sports analytics conference

BOSTON (AP) — In the early years of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, a couple hundred math whizzes gathered on the...

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Cabrera looks healthy while hitting first homer of spring

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — This was a welcome sight for Tigers fans: Miguel Cabrera, looking healthy again, hitting a towering home...

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Harper wants "to be on Broad Street" for World Series parade

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper sounded like a typical Philadelphian talking about a goal every Phillies fan will...

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Machado makes quiet Padres debut in Cactus League game

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Manny Machado's debut in a Padres uniform was a lot less eventful than his free agency.The four-time...

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Nats' Zimmerman gets in lineup, hopes to stay there

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman has made his first appearance this spring in the Washington Nationals lineup. Now...

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Ilitch says Tigers building the right way

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — As the Detroit Tigers prepare for what could be another tough season, Chris Ilitch can look back on a...

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Royals All-Star Perez faces likelihood of Tommy John surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Salvador Perez went about his morning as if nothing was amiss.In his heavily accented English, the...

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Longtime Rutgers baseball coach Fred Hill dies at 84

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Fred Hill, who coached Rutgers baseball for 30 years and sent a dozen players to the major leagues,...

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Pirates look to Eckstein to improve hitting approach

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Some Pittsburgh Pirates were upset when Jeff Branson was fired at the end of last season after six years...

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Favorite in Mariners camp might be 66-year-old Perry Hill

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Ask around the Seattle Mariners spring training complex and the most popular person putting on a uniform...

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NFLNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL's salary cap will jump $11 million next season to $188.2 million.In the ninth year of the 10-year...

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Royals' Perez hurts elbow ligament in blow to Royals

Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, raising the...

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Sabathia and Sanchez making progress for Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — CC Sabathia and Gary Sanchez took big steps forward for the New York Yankees on Friday.Sabathia threw his...

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Video shows Giants CEO Larry Baer in altercation with wife

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A video posted by TMZ on Friday shows Giants President and CEO Larry Baer in a physical altercation with...

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Warren signs $2.5 million, 1-year deal with Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Right-handed reliever Adam Warren signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract Friday with the San Diego...

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After haircut, Rockies' Gray locked in with 3 good innings

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies pitcher Jon Gray surprised his wife by getting his hair cut in a Mohawk style.After...

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Kershaw still not throwing after feeling shoulder discomfort

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has not resumed throwing since stopping Monday while...

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Murray followed his heart to choose football over baseball

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — When Kyler Murray joined the Heisman Trophy club in December, Charlie Ward thought about his initiation in...

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Bryce Harper has Phillies thinking October baseball

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper has the Philadelphia Phillies thinking October baseball before even arriving in camp.The...

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Pineda makes 1st start for Twins after Tommy John surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Michael Pineda made his first start for the Minnesota Twins as he comes back from Tommy John surgery,...

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Pair of minor league pitchers get drug suspensions

NEW YORK (AP) — Colorado pitcher Luis De Avila and Baltimore pitcher Willie Rios have been suspended for violations of the...

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Nationals look to move on with Harper off to Philly

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper is gone from the Nationals to the Phillies after agreeing to a record 13-year, $330...

OU basketball: Meet Mike Shepherd, a man who's mastered the art of scheduling

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Shepherd used a tunnel in the Sprint Center as his canvas, and his hands as a brush. He drew invisible lines on the wall as he ran through past and potential matchups, all in explaining how a strong resume comes together....

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Marlins' Jorge Alfaro still sidelined by knee swelling

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Lingering knee swelling and stiffness will delay Miami catcher Jorge Alfaro's return exhibition...

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Salvador Perez hurts elbow, may need season-ending surgery

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right...

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Trout: 'Now is not the time' to focus on future contract

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout says he is only concentrating on one thing regarding his future — the upcoming season.The Los...

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Marte moving from second to center field for D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When injuries depleted the Arizona outfield last season, middle infielder Ketel Marte volunteered to...

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Orioles again claim INF Hanser Alberto on waivers

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Hanser Alberto on waivers from San Francisco, a week after they...

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Slimmed-down Rangers OF Calhoun ready to reach his potential

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Willie Calhoun went on a 10-day eating splurge after the Texas Rangers ended last season, with the...

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A's slugger Davis steps up rehab, begins running on field

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics slugger Khris Davis stepped up his rehab for a left calf strain and began running on the...

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Enticing Bryce: Harper gets bonuses with his $330 million

NEW YORK (AP) — It turns out $330 million may not be all the Philadelphia Phillies pay Bryce Harper. To entice him, the team...

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Bryce is Right: Harper, Phils agree to record $330M deal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper is kind of a big deal in Philly.No, not just with his colossal contract — Harper and the...

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Fans inform Phillies of Harper news during spring game

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — The biggest play from the Phillies' spring training game Thursday: great communication behind the home...

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Paying full Bryce: Harper, Phils agree to record $330M deal

NEW YORK (AP) — It took a long time and a lot of money, but the Philadelphia Phillies finally landed Bryce Harper with a record...

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Yasiel Puig looking like a natural fit so far in Cincy red

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — This much is working out for Yasiel Puig: Red is his favorite color.Cincinnati's new outfielder appeared...

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Braves pitching staff springing leaks early in camp

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The fifth spot in the Atlanta Braves' pitching rotation was open when spring training began.Now it is...

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Altuve plays 2nd spring training game at DH, to play 2B next

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jose Altuve struck out three times in his second game since offseason knee surgery and will return...

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Pirates' Dickerson goes 1 for 3 in debut

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson was 1 for 3 with a single in three at-bats in his first spring training game for the...

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Kyler Murray at 5-foot-10, 207 pounds at NFL combine

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kyler Murray may not show off his arm or his legs at the NFL scouting combine, but on Thursday he assuaged...

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Blanca Jarrin, wife of Hall of Fame broadcaster, dies at 85

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Blanca Jarrin, wife of Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodgers Spanish-language broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, has...

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Veterans know they might not stay long with Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Jay Bruce and Edwin Encarnacion are still productive major leaguers with the potential for big...

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Davis seeks to give Orioles their money's worth in 2019

Few players in major league history delivered less bang for the big bucks than Chris Davis in 2018.The two-time home run...

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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman say knee issues in the past

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman says he has recovered from the left knee tendinitis that bothered...

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Infielder Brad Miller gets minor league deal with Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Infielder Brad Miller has agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and will report...

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Cards targeting March 14 for Molina's 1st game behind plate

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals are targeting March 14 for Yadier Molina first exhibition game appearance at...

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A look at some of the MLB's spring standouts

A weekly look at some of the standout players during spring training and how they might help their teams this season (through...

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Red Sox mourn brother of C Blake Swihart

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are mourning the 23-year-old brother of catcher Blake Swihart.The team confirmed the...

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Pollock settling in nicely with new Dodgers teammates

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hanging out in shallow left field with alpha teammate Justin Turner, young star Corey Seager and manager...

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Buxton eager to break loose for Twins after lost season

Byron Buxton is eager to lose all reminders of a lost season.The 25-year-old Minnesota center fielder began spring training...

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Giants' Samardzija sees winter work pay off in spring debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jeff Samardzija kept a locker at Oracle Park in San Francisco this offseason and worked out at the...

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Baseball appears headed to early labor negotiations

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball players and management appear headed to early labor negotiations that could lead to significant...

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More than a name: Indians' Bieber a rising pitching star

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Shane Bieber's last name draws an immediate connection to a more famous global pop superstar, and...

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Goodbye to Marwin: Astros look to replace utility player

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Marwin Gonzalez was Houston's do-everything utility player for the last few years.Replacing him is...

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Cubs' Hamels adjusts to veteran status, aims for fresh start

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Coming off a pair of difficult seasons, Cole Hamels decided to make some major changes to his winter...

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Switch-pitcher Venditte figures rule change won't hurt him

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pat Venditte figures he has an advantage if Major League Baseball and the players' association adopt a...

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Twins' Buxton 0 for 3 after starting with 5 straight hits

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — After starting spring training with five straight hits, Byron Buxton was 0 for 3 for the Minnesota...

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Rockies' Arenado says 'my heart was here' after $260M deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nolan Arenado asked questions. Lots of them. A staggering amount, according to his agent.Once the...

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Nats' Ryan Zimmerman sick, delaying spring training debut

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is feeling sick, delaying his debut in exhibition...

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Yanks' Farquhar nearing first outing since brain hemorrhage

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Danny Farquhar is lined up to pitch in a game for the first time since collapsing in the Chicago White Sox...

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Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn out with oblique strain

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn has a right oblique strain and plans to have an MRI exam...

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Wieters agrees to minor league contract with Cardinals

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Catcher Matt Wieters has agreed to a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.If added to the...

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MLB Notebook: Arenado, Rockies reach 8-year deal

Nolan Arenado likes where he's at and the direction the Colorado Rockies are headed. So he's staying put. For possibly a long,...

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Managers, coaches adjust to get most out of millennials

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — In the aftermath of Chicago's collapse last season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon went looking for a deeper...

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Arenado, Rockies reach 8-yr deal; AP source says worth $260M

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado likes where he's at and the direction the Colorado Rockies are headed.So he's staying put. For...

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Darvish wild, but not worried after spring debut for Cubs

Yu Darvish walked off the mound after a bunch of walks, yet wasn't worried. After a rocky first season for the Chicago Cubs...

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Bobby Knoop retires from Angels after 53 years in baseball

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Longtime Angels player and coach Bobby Knoop has announced his retirement after 53 years in baseball.Los...

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Mikolas gets $68M, 4-year deal from Cards for 2020-23

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Three days after being announced as the Cardinals opening-day starter, Miles Mikolas agreed to stay in St....

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Dodgers shortstop Seager looking strong during drills

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — With each ground ball hit his way, Corey Seager smoothly worked low to the ground, scooped the ball up...

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Cubs' Darvish shakes off wildness, excited by spring debut

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — After dealing with various arm injuries and trying to adjust to a new team, Yu Darvish was pleased with his...

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MLB makes last-minute push to ban bets on spring training

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A request from Major League Baseball to gambling regulators to ban betting on spring training games was...