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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts walks out to pitcher Alex Wood during the sixth inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series against the Houston Astros, in Houston. Major League Baseball is imposing stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. The new rules announced Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, include a general limit of six mound visits per nine-inning game without a pitching change, whether by a manager, coach or player.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
February 20, 2018 - 7:24 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Managers or coaches must make a pitching change if they head to the mound for the seventh time in a game under baseball's new pace of play rules. Commissioner Rob Manfred and executive Joe Torre explained some of the parameters Tuesday, one day after MLB imposed stricter...
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FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder J.D. Martinez smiles as he talks with another player during practice at Chase Field for a National League wild-card playoff baseball game in Phoenix. A person familiar with the negotiations says slugger Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $110 million, five-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
February 20, 2018 - 4:37 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox didn't commit $110 million for J.D. Martinez to be a part-timer. When he lands in the middle of the order, some of the everyday hitters will have to get used to fewer at-bats each week. New manager Alex Cora must navigate the complexities of lineup...
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FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI-single in the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 that free agent first baseman Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)
February 20, 2018 - 12:03 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eric Hosmer and the San Diego Padres finalized their $144 million, eight-year contract Monday night. The team announced the signing after Hosmer passed his physical. The first baseman, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City before becoming a free agent this...
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February 19, 2018 - 6:15 pm
A person familiar with the negotiations says slugger J.D. Martinez and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $110 million, five-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo doubles off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl during the sixth inning of a baseball game, in Chicago. Rizzo arrived for its first full-squad workout after returning to Florida to support victims of last week's deadly shooting at his former high school. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
February 19, 2018 - 2:23 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony Rizzo's parents were among the first homeowners in Parkland, Florida. The Chicago Cubs first baseman has watched his tight-knit community grow and change dramatically. He remembers as a boy when there were no stoplights in town to the four there are now. Rizzo feels great...
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Atlanta Braves pitchers Brandon McCarthy (from left), Scott Kazmir, and Max Fried take the field to start another day of spring training on Sunday, Feb 18, 2018, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
February 19, 2018 - 1:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also...
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February 19, 2018 - 11:33 am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future. Guess what? Mets general manager Sandy Alderson votes...
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February 18, 2018 - 5:24 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — On his first day back at spring training after his dad's funeral, Terry Francona seemed to exhale when the questions eventually turned to baseball. "Thanks, I made it," the Cleveland manager said. He spent the first six minutes of his media session Sunday reflecting on his...
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FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI-single in the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 that free agent first baseman Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)
February 18, 2018 - 12:55 pm
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse. The on-field vibe seemed equally cheery, as country music blared as players went to work under sunny skies in...
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February 18, 2018 - 12:06 pm
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz says his mother is doing better after a harrowing kidnapping ordeal in Venezuela. Ana Isabel Soto was rescued last weekend, three days after she was kidnapped. Diaz was given permission to arrive late to spring training, and he spoke to...
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