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  • A-Rod singles in first at-bat following drug suspension

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez returned to the New York Yankees after an absence of more than 17 months, lining a single into short left field in his first at-bat and going 1 for 2 with a walk in a 3-1 spring-training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday. Greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers from the crowd of 9,673 as he...

  • Cubs' scramble on Wrigley Field hits bump when mayor balks

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' scramble to get as much of a massive renovation of Wrigley Field done before next month's opening day hit a bump Tuesday when Mayor Rahm Emanuel dashed the team's hopes of winning city approval to keep construction crews working around the clock. "The city ordinance is clear that you can't have 24-hour...

  • A-Rod to skip Yanks' spring opener, make debut Wednesday

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez will skip the New York Yankees' exhibition opener against Philadelphia in Clearwater and is slated to make his spring training debut at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday. A-Rod is back from a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, Yankees manager Joe Girardi...

  • Back with Minnesota, rehabbed Mark Hamburger relishes moment

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — With 61 players in spring training with the Minnesota Twins, the paths taken to major league camp are many. Mark Hamburger's winding journey included a month in rehab. "I don't believe in coincidences, so all that stuff that happened to me and even stuff that's going to continue to happen, whatever path I take I know...

  • M's Ackley welcomed son early on way to spring training

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Dustin Ackley and his 7-months-pregnant wife were about an hour from stop No. 2 in their cross-country trek from Michigan to Arizona for the start of spring training when her water broke outside Oklahoma City. The Seattle Mariners' left fielder also had two dogs in tow, so the couple acted quickly to figure out the best...

  • Pirates star Andrew McCutchen eyeing another step forward

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates lost 95 games in 2005, the year they drafted outfielder Andrew McCutchen in the first round. Four years later, when McCutchen made his major league debut, they lost 99 games. McCutchen has seen the franchise at its worst. As he has matured into one of the top players in the National League, the...

  • AP source: K-Rod, Brewers agree to $13M, 2-year deal

    PHOENIX (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez will be jogging out of the bullpen again for the Milwaukee Brewers. The closer and the Brewers agreed Thursday to a $13 million, two-year contract, a deal subject to the successful completion of a physical. "One of the things we focused on was the depth in our bullpen, and bringing back a closer who's very...

  • Moncada arrives at Red Sox facility

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Yoan Moncada arrived Wednesday at the spring training headquarters of the Boston Red Sox, another step toward completion of a hefty contract for the 19-year-old Cuban. The Red Sox and Moncada's agent reached an agreement earlier this week on a deal with a $31.5 million signing bonus, a record for an under-23...

  • Wainwright heading to St. Louis for abdominal exam

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright called his trip to meet with doctors in St. Louis about his lower abdominal pain strictly precautionary. "I want to be fair to you and say that anything I say about it will just be speculation," Wainwright said Wednesday morning. "I don't think it's very serious at all. I think, probably going to up there,...

  • David Ortiz: 'My belly hasn't grown like Panda'

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Big Papi arrived at spring training with a weighty quip about new teammate Pablo Sandoval. "My belly hasn't grown like Panda," David Ortiz said Tuesday, joking about new Boston Red Sox teammate Sandoval. Ortiz, the final player on the 40-man roster to report, wore black-framed glasses and was dressed in a black T-shirt...

  • A-Rod back early with Yanks, still avoiding PED specifics

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension. But on his first day back with the team since September 2013, he never said why he resumed the use of performance-enhancing drugs, never explained what he did and avoided getting...

  • Reds say Mat Latos' comments 'unfair and inaccurate'

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Reds manager Bryan Price said it's "unfair and inaccurate" for Miami pitcher Mat Latos to suggest that Cincinnati rushed him back from an injury last season and lacked leadership in the clubhouse. One day after Latos made his comments in an interview with Fox Sports, Price and Reds general manager Walt Jocketty on Monday...

  • Lester ready to help Cubs take step toward a winning culture

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Lester has been through this before. He knows all about a desperate fans base going through a difficult drought. He's seen an organization go through a sharp cultural change. He knows what it's like to lose — a lot. Lester is also a World Series champion. OK, so Chicago's North Siders don't know much about the latter,...

  • Braves' Upton wants to be called Melvin instead of BJ

    ATLANTA (AP) — There is a new-look Upton headed to the Braves' camp. The centerfielder known as B.J. Upton through his first 11 major league seasons with Tampa Bay and Atlanta is now listed as Melvin Upton Jr. on the Atlanta Braves' roster. Upton's old initials stood or Bossman Junior, from his father Manny's nickname "Bossman." Upton's full...

  • Garrett Richards hopes to be back from knee injury by opener

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Garrett Richards hopes to ready to pitch for the Los Angeles Angels by opening day, ahead of the schedule projected when hurt his left knee last summer. Richards tore the patellar tendon in his left knee on Aug. 20 as he attempted to cover first base in a game at Boston and had surgery two days later. Angels manager Mike...

  • Chilly start for Cardinals as pitchers and catchers report

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Marco Gonzales had just finished a workout, and the St. Louis Cardinals left-hander stood with his back to a stiff wind from the north that made the temperature feel like it was in the 30s. The start of spring training happened to coincide with the coldest day of the winter in Florida. "Being from Colorado, I'm right at...

  • Trumbo beats D-backs in arbitration, will earn $6.9 million

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mark Trumbo has won his salary arbitration case against the Arizona Diamondbacks and will get a $6.9 million salary this year instead of the team's $5.3 million offer. Howard Edelman, Margaret Brogan and Edna Francis made the decision Thursday, a day after listening to arguments. A 29-year-old outfielder and first...

  • Massive shake-up means plenty of spring battles for Braves

    ATLANTA (AP) — Look for plenty of introductions when the Atlanta Braves report for spring training Friday. The team underwent a massive shake-up over the winter, trading away three top hitters and getting mostly prospects in return. The 25-man roster that breaks camp in early April will probably include less than 10 players who were with the...

  • Judge rules in favor of Chicago Cubs on Wrigley Field signs

    CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday denied a request from rooftop clubs overlooking Wrigley Field to temporarily halt installation of signs they say will block their view and violate a contract they have with the Chicago Cubs. U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall ruled that the "vague possibility" that installing the signs could affect...

  • Eric Hosmer, Royals agree to $13.9 million, 2-year contract

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — First baseman Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals avoided arbitration Wednesday by agreeing to a $13.9 million, two-year contract less than 24 hours before their hearing. Hosmer gets $5.65 million this season and $8.25 million next season, and will be eligible for arbitration again in 2017. He is not eligible for...

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