• Pirates star McCutchen ditches dreadlocks for charity

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen's trademark dreadlocks won't be heading north with the rest of the Pittsburgh Pirates star. The 2013 National League Most Valuable Player spent a portion of his team's off day on Wednesday at the mercy of his barber, who clipped off McCutchen's...

  • Pirates' Walker shifting focus from contract to season

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The unfailingly polite Neil Walker has been asked about his contract status for most of spring training, to the point where the second baseman thinks it's counterproductive to talk about it. "It's time to think about the season," the Pittsburgh Pirates second...

  • Cashman: A-Rod making case for DH

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez is making a case to be the team's full-time designated hitter and Adam Warren has taken a big lead to become the fifth starter. Rodriguez, who turns 40 in July, is returning from a one-year drug...

  • Indians' Francona tells Swisher opening day unlikely

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Terry Francona acknowledged it was unlikely that Nick Swisher would be ready for opening day. And the Cleveland Indians' manager thinks that's just fine. "We talked to Swish, today," Francona said Tuesday. "We told him opening day is not the final deadline."...

  • Tanaka, not Sabathia, appears set to start Yankees' opener

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to start the Yankees' opener against Toronto on April 6, which would end CC Sabathia's streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York. "Absolutely, it will be a great honor to be able to pitch opening day," Tanaka said through a...

  • Pirela feeling much better after hitting outfield wall

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees prospect Jose Pirela is feeling much better two days after sustaining a concussion when he crashed into the center field wall on a play that ended up an inside-the-park home run for the Mets' Juan Lagares. Pirela met with reporters in the Yankees...

  • Olivera, Dodgers agree to $62.5M, 6-year contract

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have added another player from Cuba, agreeing to a $62.5 million, six-year contract with infielder Hector Olivera, agent Greg Genske said Tuesday. The agreement includes a $28 million signing bonus, Genske said. Olivera, said to be 29, was...

  • Rays to retire Zimmer's No. 66 before April 6 opener

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays will honor former longtime senior adviser Don Zimmer by retiring uniform No. 66 before their April 6 season opener against Baltimore. Zimmer spent 11 years with the Rays, from 2004-14. It was his longest stint in his 66 years with 14...

  • Ryu will rest for 2 weeks due to aching left shoulder

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers will rest pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for two weeks to see if it helps ease the discomfort in his left shoulder. Ryu recently underwent a contrast MRI in Los Angeles that showed no change from the one he took in 2012. The plan is for him to go...

  • Dozier agrees to $20 million, 4-year contract with Twins

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    The Minnesota Twins gave second baseman Brian Dozier a new contract, covering his eligibility for salary arbitration in the coming years. The deal wasn't long enough to affect his future timing of free agency, but Dozier sounded as though he's never planning to be on the open market....

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