Professional baseball

FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Addison Reed throws in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. The right-handed reliever and the Minnesota Twins finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract over the weekend, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins’ bullpen. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
January 16, 2018 - 7:27 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins' bullpen. The deal, agreed to over the weekend, was announced Monday and calls for salaries of $8.25...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen watches his RBI-single off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sal Romano during the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh. The Giants acquired McCutchen from the Pirates for right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
January 15, 2018 - 9:24 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen didn't run from the challenge in Pittsburgh, he embraced it. A rising star on a franchise mired in two decades of losing, McCutchen bet on the Pirates in the spring of 2012 by signing a six-year contract, gambling that he could become one of the game's best while...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2017 file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick throws off his batting helmet as he celebrates his walkoff grand slam in the 11th inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants in Washington. The Nationals have agreed to terms on a $7 million, two-year contract with veteran outfielder Howie Kendrick. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
January 15, 2018 - 1:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical. Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal. Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven...
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FILE- In this Oct. 11, 1980, file photo, plate umpire Doug Harvey gestures before play resumes in the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Astros and Phillies in Houston. Harvey, one of 10 umpires enshrined in the baseball Hall of Fame, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. He was 87. (AP Photo/Brian Horton, File)
January 15, 2018 - 12:10 am
VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate. "I never did have any doubt in my mind," he once said. "The only thing in my mind was, 'Bring...
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit. The Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Cole from the Pirates in a five-player trade. The deal was announced Saturday, Jan. 13. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)
January 13, 2018 - 8:24 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros already had two Cy Young winners on their staff. They're hoping Gerrit Cole can make it three. The World Series champions boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade Saturday. The Pirates got right-...
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FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014, file photo, Keith Jackson arrives at 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. Jackson, the down-home voice of college football during more than five decades as a broadcaster, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. He was 89. (Photo by Richard Shotwell Invision/AP, File)
January 13, 2018 - 6:27 pm
Keith Jackson laid down the soundtrack to Saturday for a generation of college football fans with phrases such as his signature "Whoa, Nelly!" From the World Series to the Olympics, NFL to NBA, he did it all over five decades as a sportscaster, but most appropriately his final assignment before...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson hits a three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto. The hot corner figures to be smoking Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, when players and team swap proposed salaries in arbitration. Donaldson, Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
January 13, 2018 - 12:20 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Third baseman Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $23 million contract Friday, the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player. The 32-year-old, a three-time All-Star, topped the $21,625,000, one-year deal covering 2018 agreed to last May by outfielder...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson hits a three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto. The hot corner figures to be smoking Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, when players and team swap proposed salaries in arbitration. Donaldson, Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
January 12, 2018 - 9:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Third basemen Josh Donaldson and Kris Bryant set records Friday when they were among 145 players who agreed to one-year contracts rather than swap proposed salaries in arbitration with their teams. Donaldson and Toronto agreed at $23 million, the largest one-year deal for an...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hits an RBI-double against the Milwaukee Brewers during the fourth inning of an baseball game in Milwaukee. The hot corner figures to be smoking Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, when players and team swap proposed salaries in arbitration. Toronto's Josh Donaldson, Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck, File)
January 12, 2018 - 4:48 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant has agreed to a $10.85 million, one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, a record for a player eligible for arbitration for the first time. The previous mark was held by Ryan Howard, who was awarded $10 million by a three-person panel in 2008, his first year of eligibility...
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson hits a three-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto. The hot corner figures to be smoking Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, when players and team swap proposed salaries in arbitration. Donaldson, Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
January 11, 2018 - 8:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The hot corner figures to be sizzling Friday when players and team swap proposed salaries in arbitration. Toronto's Josh Donaldson, Baltimore's Manny Machado, Washington's Anthony Rendon and the Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant were among the more than 170 players headed to the exchange...
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