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  • Washington Nationals holding tryouts for 'racing presidents'

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals are hosting auditions this weekend to find a fan who will become the next "racing president." Candidates have been invited to the team's Youth Baseball Academy on Sunday to perform a freestyle dance, run a 40-yard dash and participate in two...

  • 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 A's...

  • Reaction to the death of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks

    Updated: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Reaction to the death Friday night of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks: ___ "Did a card show w Ernie Banks. He drove the promoter crazy! Spent time/talked with every person. After an hour had signed maybe 15." — Two-time NL MVP Dale Murphy on Twitter. ___ "It's a great day for a ball...

  • Chicago Cubs say baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs say baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died .

  • Recovered Buxton aims for bounce back, debut with Twins

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fast track Byron Buxton has been on to the majors with the Minnesota Twins hit a huge speed bump last season. Three dives in center field for fly balls led to three serious injuries. Ranked by Baseball America magazine as the top prospect in the game when the year began,...

  • Returning White Sox excited about offseason moves

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — When the Chicago White Sox started making moves this winter, Adam Eaton got more and more excited. The center fielder finally got a chance to express his gratitude when he caught up with general manager Rick Hahn before the opening ceremony for the team's annual fan convention....

  • A's reliever Doolittle not expected ready for opening day

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area. Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma injection...

  • Moreland, Rangers agree at $2.95 million, avoid arbitration

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — First baseman-designated hitter Mitch Moreland has agreed to a $2.95 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, who avoided going to salary arbitration for the 15th year in a row. As part of Friday's deal, Moreland would earn a $25,000 bonus for 500 plate appearances....

  • Ryan Vogelsong, Giants agree to $4 million, 1-year deal

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong visited the Houston Astros this week and had an uncomfortable feeling about how he might fit in, and he had discussions with other teams during the course of this offseason. Each time, everything pointed him back to the Bay Area and the Giants. His wife,...

  • Cubs, Fowler agree to $9.5 million, 1-year deal

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs and recently acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler have agreed to a $9.5 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Chicago also claimed right-handed pitcher Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Texas Rangers on Friday, becoming the right-hander's fourth team in 5½...

  • Infielder Marwin Gonzalez and Astros agree at $1,062,500.

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Infielder Marwin Gonzalez and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,062,500. The 25-year-old hit .277 with six homers and 23 RBIS in 285 at-bats last year, when he made $504,500. He had asked for $1.4 million in arbitration and had been offered $900,000....

  • Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Duke von Schamann suspended for violating minor league drug program

    Published: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Duke von Schamann was one of four players who were suspended 50 games each for violating the minor league drug program.

  • Mantle. Mays. Williams. Ralph Terry has crossed paths with a litany of sports legends

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced the class that will be inducted in August. Terry will be one of the inductees, joining Sooner footballers Steve Zabel and Kurt Burris, Cowboy grapplers Yojiro Uetake Obata and Pat Smith and old-time basketball great Jack McCracken. Those...

  • Pat Smith, Steve Zabel, Ralph Terry among 2015 Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame inductees

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    OKLAHOMA SPORTS HALL OF FAME — The 2015 inductees into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame will be Kurt Burris, Jack McCracken, Pat Smith, Ralph Terry, Yojira Uetake and Steve Zabel.

  • How Baseball Hall of Famer Warren Spahn came to make his home in Oklahoma

    BY JENNI CARLSON, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    The story goes that Warren Spahn settled near Hartshorne because his wife was from Oklahoma — and that’s true. But that’s not the whole story. The rest of the tale includes a random reunion with a childhood chum, a couple of gal pals from Tulsa and a bit of sage advice from one of those women. To...

  • New York Yankees prospect Ty Hensley severely injured in assault, authorities say

    By Nolan Clay and Jacob Unruh | Updated: Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    New York Yankees prospect Ty Hensley suffered multiple injuries late last month after he was allegedly assaulted by a former Edmond Memorial football star, Hensley’s attorney told The Oklahoman. Hensley’s attorney Jacob Diesselhorst said the right-handed pitcher was knocked unconscious and...

  • Johnson, Pedro, Biggio, Smoltz voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

    Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Baseball writers elected four players for the first time since 1955, with Martinez, Johnson and Smoltz earning induction on the first try Tuesday. Biggio made it on the third...




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