• Reds' rotation is focal point as they try to bounce back

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The rotation was Cincinnati's strength in an otherwise disappointing season last year. It's the Reds' biggest question as they try to move forward. They're not sure what they're getting beyond 20-game-winner Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake, the only two holdovers who are...

  • Brandon Magee switches from Buccaneers to Red Sox

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — On Tuesday, Brandon Magee was a Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker. On Wednesday, he became a Boston Red Sox outfielder. A day after he was cut by the Bucs, Magee reported to minor league spring training. Magee played both sports at Arizona State, wasn't picked...

  • Recharged with Molitor, Twins need starting pitching spike

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Paul Molitor was hired as Minnesota's new manager, bringing Hall of Fame membership and renowned intelligence and intuition to a team seeking a fresh start. The Twins brought back one of their most popular players ever, Torii Hunter, to help solidify an unsettled...

  • Armed with Shields, Kemp, Upton, Padres eager to win now

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    San Diego Padres manager Bud Black turned the corner to meet the press on the first day of spring training and was taken aback at the throng of reporters waiting. "What are we, the Yankees?" Black asked. No, but they're no longer the anonymous Padres, the light-hitting, star-less...

  • Dodgers hope offseason changes lead to World Series title

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have a new front office. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, outfielder Matt Kemp, second-baseman Dee Gordon and pitcher Dan Haren are gone from a roster that won the NL West title last season. Change was everywhere at the Dodgers' spring camp and all...

  • Steadily improving Pirates have eyes on division title

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The scenario was familiar. The destination not so much. A veteran player with not much time left leaving millions of dollars on the table for one last run to glory. Only A.J. Burnett didn't walk away from his $12.75 million player option with the Philadelphia...

  • Red Sox look for a repeat of 2013

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A revamped lineup and change in attitude has the Boston Red Sox looking to repeat a feat they performed just two seasons ago when they went from worst to World Series champions. Like the hip-hop song they blasted in their locker room after the 2013 division and World...

  • Arizona trying to bounce back from dismal 2014 season

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's desert overhaul began last summer with the hire of Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer. More hires followed: Dave Stewart as general manager, Joe Carter and De Jon Watson to front-office positions, Chip Hale as the new manager. Now that the brain trust is...

  • Giants look to end every-other-year championship trend

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants lost Pablo Sandoval to big money and the Boston Red Sox. They missed out paying big money to left-hander Jon Lester, who instead signed with the Chicago Cubs. While the reigning World Series champions are ready to shed that...

  • Indians confident they'll contend and maybe do more in 2015

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CLEVELAND (AP) — While their AL Central rivals jockeyed during the offseason, one trying to outdo the other to improve their chances of winning a World Series title, the Indians watched. That was the plan. No, they didn't make any blockbuster trades, sign a big-name, big-ticket free...

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