• Brewers' Ryan Braun hopeful with spring training near

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fatherhood has given Ryan Braun a different perspective on baseball and life in general. The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder has more pressing matters to worry about right now than whether an offseason medical procedure will finally fix the nerve damage near his right...

  • Reliever Al Alburquerque, Tigers reach 1-year deal

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have reached agreement on a one-year contract. The Tigers announced the deal Sunday. The right-hander was the last Tigers player left in salary arbitration. The 28-year-old Alburquerque was 3-1 with a 2.51 ERA in 72...

  • Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game. His teammates loved him, and his list of admirers ranged from Barack Obama to Pearl Jam to athletes all over the sports world. And...

  • Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's surgically repaired hip on mend

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — This has almost become an annual rite of impending spring: Troy Tulowitzki insisting he is healthy and can stay that way for an entire season. The Colorado Rockies often-injured shortstop realizes everyone is wary of such talk. So, he took a different path when asked...

  • Twins 3B Plouffe enters season with Sano waiting for chance

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Trevor Plouffe signed a $4.8 million, one-year deal, he became the highest-paid third baseman in Minnesota Twins history. The question is, how long will he hold that position? Plouffe is coming off of a solid season in which he hit 14 home runs and led the...

  • Hahn senses optimism around White Sox

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Whether he's out on the town or simply checking messages, general manager Rick Hahn can sense the excitement and optimism surrounding the Chicago White Sox. "The voice mails in the middle of the night have changed in tenor, which is nice," he joked Saturday at the...

  • Twins, Duensing agree to $2.7M, 1-year deal

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with left-hander Brian Duensing on a $2.7 million, one-year deal to avoid arbitration. The Twins announced the deal on Saturday. It also allowed the Twins to reach deals with all six of their arbitration-eligible players...

  • Tigers have new look, still expect to contend

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Despite making plenty of changes in the offseason, the Detroit Tigers still expect to be a contending team in 2015. Team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski spoke at the team's annual TigerFest event at Comerica Park and addressed those issues. "Our...

  • White Sox hire Coleman as base-running instructor

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have hired six-time National League steals champion Vince Coleman as a baserunning instructor. General manager Rick Hahn announced the hiring Saturday at the team's annual fan convention. Coleman, the last player with 100 steals in a season when...

  • Athletics, infielder Eric Sogard agree on 1-year contract

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Infielder Eric Sogard has reached a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration, and left-hander Fernando Abad also agreed to a one-year deal Friday. Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, asked for $1,425,000, while the...

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