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Ryan Dempster will have a talk show on the Cubs' Marquee Sports Network. But will it feature Kris Bryant's new guitar skills?

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MESA, Ariz. -- As spring training moves into high gear this week, here are three things we've learned from Cubs camp.

1. Ryan Dempster's ready to start his new chapter as a talk-show host.

Coming soon to a TV near you -- well, if your cable company carries the Marquee Sports Network -- is the Ryan Dempster Show.

The former Cubs pitcher and ...Read more

Marcell Ozuna: 'It feels amazing' to join Braves

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NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Marcell Ozuna joined his new teammates at Braves camp on Sunday, meeting many of them for the first time. It marked the unofficial beginning to what the player and team hope is a fruitful partnership.

The slugging outfielder, signed to a one-year, $18 million deal last month, possesses an element critical to the team's ...Read more

After season of tinkering, Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi spent the offseason perfecting

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- In the days after the 2019 season mercifully came to an end, and before the offseason truly began for players not in the postseason, Scott Servais wanted to talk with Yusei Kikuchi.

The manager and the rookie pitcher, along with Kikuchi's translator at the time, met for breakfast in Seattle to discuss what went right and all ...Read more

Luis Robert is ready to showcase a 'warrior' mentality in the majors after reaching a long-term deal with the White Sox

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Luis Robert has a tattoo on the left side of his neck.

"It means 'warrior' in Chinese," Robert said through an interpreter Sunday. "As a Cuban, when you leave the island, you know that you are going to face a lot of challenges, tougher challenges. I consider myself a warrior."

Robert, 22, is ready to unleash that mentality ...Read more

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred defends his punishment of the Houston Astros

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NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred had some words of warning for pitchers seeking retribution against the Houston Astros for their illegal sign-stealing scheme that aided their 2017 World Series championship.

It was delivered Sunday to the managers of the 15 Florida-based teams and will be repeated Tuesday when Manfred meets ...Read more

With success, Ben Cherington confident Pirates' payroll will increase

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NORTH PORT, Fla. -- The Pirates' free-agent acquisition of center fielder Jarrod Dyson last week pushed their projected 2020 payroll north of $51 million, according to Spotrac.com -- $51,148,500, to be exact.

Only the Marlins ($46.3 million) and Orioles ($45.5 million) are lower, while the Rays ($60 million) are projected to spend nearly $9 ...Read more

Apology from Houston Astros shows they don't care they cheated. After all, they won.

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Jim Crane has two of the things many others would crave having.

He is wildly rich, a billionaire, and also carries a single-digit handicap on the golf course, a low single-digit.

Bang loudly on a trash can if you would like to have both of those things.

That's a lot of banging.

He also has ownership of an MLB franchise and...Read more

How a 4,000-calorie 'Cup of Joe' helped Texas Rangers rookie Palumbo pack on pounds

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Joe Palumbo is bound to lose weight this spring, as most players do, but he might lose more than anyone else on the Texas Rangers' roster.

The left-hander doesn't have Valley Fever or a stomach bug. He's probably strong than he has ever been, and still will be that way once the regular season starts.

Palumbo is doing to drop...Read more

Aaron Nola on new Phillies pitching coach Bryan Price: 'He's not going to change how the game is played'

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Aaron Nola's first impression of the Phillies' new pitching coach: He isn't the old pitching coach.

That's a good thing, by the way, as far as Nola is concerned. The Phillies ace is on his fourth pitching coach in as many seasons and, well, let's just say that he preferred the traditional approach of experienced Bob McClure ...Read more

After breakout seasons, Orioles' Renato Nunez and Hanser Alberto still looking to take the next step

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- It was as if Hanser Alberto slipped into the Orioles starting lineup last year while no one was looking.

How else do you explain the unlikely ascent of a guy who was employed by four teams during the previous offseason, didn't stick on the O's roster until March and ended up as the team's leading hitter?

Even now, if you look...Read more

Javier Baez admits he was one of several Cubs who weren't totally ready before games: 'You can lose in the first inning'

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MESA, Ariz. -- Javier Baez has emerged as one of the most dominant forces in the National League during the last three seasons, and the dazzling shortstop is adamant about helping set a tone to prevent more lapses that led to the Cubs' disappointing 2019 season and Joe Maddon's departure.

Baez admitted Sunday he was part of a group that took ...Read more

Alex Verdugo embracing the pressure of being the player acquired for Mookie Betts

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Verdugo left a mark in his first visit to Fenway Park, and not just with the four hits, including a homer, two RBIs and strong throw to gun down a runner at the plate in two games there for the Los Angeles Dodgers last July.

"A lot of people wouldn't know this, but growing up, my favorite team was the Boston Red Sox -- ...Read more

Kenley Jansen says Astros sign-stealing scandal 'killed a lot of young careers'

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PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse at Camelback Ranch was sparsely populated Saturday when an interview with Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, the latest chapter in a saga that refuses to fade, was shown on the televisions in the middle of the room.

A day after several Dodgers voiced candid opinions on the Astros' cheating ...Read more

Kris Bryant sets record straight on desire to stay with Cubs and Astros' sign-stealing apology — 'what a disgrace'

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MESA, Ariz. -- A candid Kris Bryant admitted to being somewhat surprised about returning to the Cubs but stressed his desire to stay in Chicago after losing his service-time grievance while also correcting false reports about contract offers and blasting the Astros for their sign-stealing scandal.

During an expansive news conference Saturday ...Read more

Carlos Correa lashes out at Cody Bellinger: Astros won their rings 'fair and square'

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Carlos Correa has a message for Cody Bellinger: The Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series "fair and square."

Bellinger made headlines Friday by ripping the Astros, who defeated the Dodgers in seven games to win that championship but have since been exposed for using a sign-stealing scheme in 2017 and part of 2018. "Everyone knows they stole ...Read more

Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger has knee surgery

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Spring camp just opened this week, but the Indians already have news that fans won't like, as it was announced that Mike Clevinger underwent knee surgery on Friday.

Clevinger hurt his knee while training at the team's complex in Goodyear, Ariz., on Wednesday and on Thursday was diagnosed with a partial tear of his left medial meniscus. Dr. Tim ...Read more

Could Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter face off as owners? A-Rod reported as potential Mets buyer.

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Once star-studded teammates with the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter could potentially re-kindle their baseball rivalry from the owner's box.

According to the New Post, Rodriguez has emerged as a potential buyer for the New York Mets. The report says A-Rod is "kicking the tires" on joining an upcoming bidding for the franchise....Read more

Cody Bellinger on 2017 Astros: 'Everyone knows they stole the ring from us'

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers are brimming with optimism about the 2020 season. They just added Mookie Betts and David Price to a roster teeming with talent. They are the overwhelming favorites to win the National League pennant. Winning their eighth straight division title should not be even a slight challenge.

But the Dodgers did not spend ...Read more

Tony Kemp arrives at A's camp, addresses Astros' sign-stealing system: 'I said no'

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MESA, Ariz. -- Tony Kemp isn't one to make a grand entrance upon arrival to a new team. The 28-year-old new Oakland Athletic will take introductions slow, teammate by teammate.

But one Athletic took Kemp aside on his own. Pitcher Mike Fiers wanted to talk with his former Houston Astros teammate -- a teammate he celebrated a 2017 World Series ...Read more

Dodgers begin spring training with a glut of talent and an eye already on October

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There aren't many ways to significantly improve a 106-win team during an offseason, but the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled it off this week by acquiring Mookie Betts and David Price from the Boston Red Sox days before spring training.

The move, though not executed as smoothly the Dodgers hoped, was a booming conclusion to what ...Read more