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  • Manfred given 5-year term as baseball commissioner

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Selig spoke at the conclusion of two days of meetings in...

  • Yanks sell Wheeler's rights to Golden Eagles

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have sold the rights to infielder Zelous Wheeler to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. The 27-year-old, signed by the Yankees last November, hit .193 with two homers and five RBIs in 57 at-bats with New York as a rookie this year. He...

  • Signing Stanton could boost Loria's image

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Trust. That's a word Giancarlo Stanton used often on the day he signed his record-setting $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins. It's also something that the Marlins don't have an abundance of in South Florida, after penny-pinching for years and how critics insisted that the...

  • Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game

    Updated: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    NAHA, Japan (AP) — Yuki Yanagita greeted Randy Choate with a two-run single in the eighth inning, and Japan beat the Major League Baseball All-Stars 6-4 Thursday in an exhibition game following their five-game postseason tour. Japan won the series 3-2 and the teams split a pair exhibition games...

  • Angels hire Hamilton aide Narron as Triple-A coach

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have hired Josh Hamilton's former accountability partner to be the hitting coach for their top minor-league affiliate. Johnny Narron was hired by the Angels on Wednesday to work for their Triple-A club in Salt Lake City. Narron was the Milwaukee...

  • Phillies' Howard reaches settlement with family

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Phillies slugger Ryan Howard has settled a legal battle with his family over its management of his finances and business affairs. Court documents filed in federal court in St. Louis show that RJH Enterprises, a firm set up to represent the former NL MVP's interests, and...

  • Stanton signs record $325M deal at news conference

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton stood on the Miami Marlins' field Wednesday and scanned a sea of empty seats, mindful the stands look much the same at games. He had just signed a record $325 million, 13-year contract and conceded he wasn't certain he should have agreed to the deal. "There was...

  • Cardinals add Cody Stanley to 40-man roster

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals have added catcher Cody Stanley to the 40-man roster and released outfielder Shane Robinson. St. Louis also sent right-hander Keith Butler outright to Triple-A Memphis in moves announced Wednesday. The Cardinals have four spots open on the 40-man roster. The...

  • Butler and A's finalize $30 million, 3-year deal

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Billy Butler came so close to winning it all with Kansas City that it stings to be leaving his only professional team after such a special run, and with some unfinished business. Then the Oakland Athletics came calling when his old club did not, and Butler is someone who...

  • Big deals on minds of owners during MLB meetings

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yankees President Randy Levine offered a succinct response when asked what he thought about the Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton breaking the record for richest contract that had been held by Alex Rodriguez for more than 13 years until last spring. "Thank God,"...

  • Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers from Jays

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have claimed infielder Juan Francisco off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. Francisco played 106 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .220 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs. He has played both first and third base in a major league career that also...

  • Colorado Editorial Roundup

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers: The Gazette, Nov. 18, on school free time and prayer: Public schools should not proselytize beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam or any other religion. Nor should they prohibit a student, or group of students, from praying during...

  • AP source: Billy Butler and A's reach 3-year deal

    Updated: Wed, Nov 19, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Free agent designated hitter Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a $30 million, three-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday night. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the A's had not announced the deal,...

  • Judge threatens Roger Clemens with contempt

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge threatened to hold Roger Clemens in contempt after lawyers for the seven-time Cy Young Award winner didn't provide documents in Brian McNamee's lawsuit against the former pitcher. U.S. Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak issued a 13-page order in federal court in...

  • Stanton can opt out of deal after $107 million

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton will make just $6.5 million in the first year of his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Miami Marlins. The deal with the All-Star outfielder, the richest agreed to by a North American team, is to be formally announced at a news conference Wednesday....

  • Dodgers add 4 more to front office staff

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have added four front-office hires as new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman continues to make over the staff. The new additions announced Tuesday are: David Finley, vice president of amateur and international scouting; Galen Carr, director of player...

  • Astros agree to 1-year deal with OF Alex Presley

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros reached agreement with Alex Presley on a $1 million, one-year contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration with the outfielder. The 29-year-old hit. 244 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 89 games for Houston last season. He played all three outfield positions, starting...

  • 2 minor league free agents suspended for drugs

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two minor league free agents who played in the Oakland Athletics' organization last season have been suspended after positive drug tests. The commissioner's office announced the penalties Tuesday. Outfielder Dayton Alexander was suspended 76 games without pay after testing...

  • Mets move in fences at Citi Field for 2nd time

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mired in a streak of six straight losing seasons and hoping to boost offense, the New York Mets are moving in their fences at Citi Field for the second time. The Mets unveiled the new dimensions Tuesday, which bring in the fences 3-to-11 feet in front of the bullpens in right...

  • White Sox agree $15 million, 3-year deal with Duke

    Updated: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox boosted their bullpen Tuesday, reaching agreement with left-hander Zach Duke on a $15 million, three-year contract. The 31-year-old Duke will get $4.5 million next season, $5 million in 2016 and $5.5 in 2017. Duke flourished in his lone season with...




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