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  • Yanks' Tanaka nears 1st batting practice session

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka threw 40 pitches in his third bullpen session and could be ready to throw batting practice early next week. Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last season while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow....

  • Darvish feels good facing hitters for 1st time since August

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish faced hitters for the first time since last August, throwing 30 pitches against teammates during batting practice Wednesday. Darvish missed the final seven weeks last season because of right elbow inflammation. "I was able to do some things...

  • Andre Ethier wants to start _ for Dodgers or someone else

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Andre Ethier wants to play every day, either in Los Angeles or somewhere else. His chance to earn a starting role in the Dodgers' crowded outfield begins Thursday with their first full-squad workout. During a meeting Monday after Ethier arrived at camp, manager Don...

  • Unions for professional athletes oppose right-to-work

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Unions for professional baseball, football and hockey players are all opposing the right-to-work proposal in Wisconsin. All three unions issued statements this week as the bill moves rapidly through the Wisconsin Legislature. State senators referenced opposition to the...

  • Braun's thumb feeling fine, aiming to regain powerful stroke

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun can't pinpoint the exact date, but he can remember with some clarity when his right thumb began bothering him. "It was a changeup against Joe Kelly in St. Louis," Braun said Wednesday as he reported to spring training with the rest of Milwaukee's position players. "I...

  • J.D. Martinez hopes to follow up on big 2014 season

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers had mild expectations for J.D. Martinez when they called him up from the minors early last season. "We knew he had power," manager Brad Ausmus said. "We were initially hoping he could just be a power threat off the bench." Martinez quickly became a lot...

  • Padres chairman: It was time to make changes

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — As the full squad of his remodeled club stretched in front of him for the first time, Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler was asked about the flurry of offseason moves that have brought excitement and a record payroll to San Diego. "I'm on food stamps, so I had to...

  • Knuckleballer Dickey, Martin pair up for 1st bullpen session

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has grown accustomed to seeing new faces behind the plate during his two-plus years with the Toronto Blue Jays. Since a trade in December 2012 sent the NL Cy Young Award winner from the New York Mets to Toronto, Dickey has worked with...

  • Rays' Cabrera preparing to play shortstop or second base

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Offseason acquisition Asdrubal Cabrera is eager to help the Tampa Bay Rays anyway he can, whether it's at shortstop or second base. The two-time AL All-Star just hopes his new team doesn't decide it needs him to shuttle back and forth between both positions in search...

  • Angels' Hamilton meeting with MLB about disciplinary issue

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is meeting with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue. Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the Los Angeles Times' initial report Wednesday that Hamilton went to New York to meet with baseball officials. The...

  • Ortiz on pace-of-play fines: 'I might run out of money'

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz has a deliberate routine at the plate. He sounded prepared to pay for it. "I might run out of money," Ortiz said during a colorful rant Wednesday about the new pace-of-play rule requiring hitters to keep at least one foot in the batter's box in some...

  • Rivera back with Yankees as guest instructor

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mariano Rivera is back with the New York Yankees as a guest spring training instructor. Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, arrived at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday. He retired as a player following the 2013 season. "I've decided to comeback," the 45-year-old joked....

  • Astros owner Crane shooting for postseason

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    KISSIMMEE, Florida (AP) — For the first time since buying the Houston Astros in 2011 Jim Crane isn't talking about rebuilding the team. He's talking about winning now. "The goal is to make the playoffs," Crane said as the Astros took the field for the first day of full squad workouts on...

  • Hank Steinbrenner looking ahead and not back with A-Rod

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Hank Steinbrenner is looking ahead and not back when it comes to Alex Rodriguez. Suspended last season for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez reported to the Yankees' spring training camp Wednesday at George Steinbrenner Field. A-Rod is...

  • Cubs owner Tom Ricketts says playoffs are within reach

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Tom Ricketts says he thinks the Chicago Cubs are set to take big steps this year toward ending their century-plus of failure. "Obviously, we all believe this year's team has what it takes to win the division and go to the playoffs," the Cubs owner said Wednesday at spring...

  • Nutting gains higher profile as Pirates chase bigger goals

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting is raising the stakes on his team in 2015. Nutting said Wednesday that "expectations for '15 are higher" after the Pirates earned back-to-back wild-card berths in 2013 and 2014. Nutting is also embracing a higher profile in Major...

  • Clark says players against radical speed-up changes

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Major league players are against many of the radical changes introduced during the Arizona Fall League to speed up games. Baseball players' association head Tony Clark is encouraging his membership to make slight adjustments that will improve the pace of games without...

  • Twins mentorship program still alive with Hunter and Hicks

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — When the Minnesota Twins brought back Torii Hunter this season, that $10.5 million was earmarked for more than just a reliable power hitter and right fielder. They wanted a leader for this young, struggling team. They needed some energy in what many times in recent years...

  • Some lawmakers say they're wary of subsidies for the PawSox

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Some Rhode Island lawmakers say they're wary of gambling on the Pawtucket Red Sox's move to Providence after their costly bet on 38 Studios, but at least two prominent lawmakers are on board with the move. The president of the Boston Red Sox and a group of Rhode Island...

  • Bay Area's Semien in the mix for A's shortstop job

    Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — In the last year, the Oakland Athletics traded away two of their top shortstop prospects, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson. To fill the hole in their organization, the A's acquired Marcus Semien in a trade this winter. Now the kid from the Bay Area is set on being in the...


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