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Royals fans pay tribute to Yordano Ventura at Kauffman Stadium

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The ringtone on Byron Brooks' phone resonated outside Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, honoring his favorite Royals player.

"Oh, baby, we're going to the World Series again," pitcher Yordano Ventura could be heard saying.

Earlier in the morning, after that ringtone greeted Brooks with news Ventura had died in a car crash, Brooks joined other Royals...Read more

Was Yordano Ventura on a path to career greatness with the Royals?

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In three full seasons with the Royals, Yordano Ventura owned a 3.89 ERA, struck out 7.7 batters over nine innings and went 38-31. He surpassed 180 innings pitched in two of those seasons.

The numbers didn't get Ventura an All-Star invitation but they were solid, and at age 25 there was every reason to believe Ventura's best seasons were ahead ...Read more

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura dies in Dominican Republic vehicle crash at age 25

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who mesmerized fans with his precocious talent, scintillating fastball and fiery swagger, was killed in a traffic crash in his native Dominican Republic, the team confirmed Sunday morning. Ventura was 25.

The wreck occurred on Carretera Juan Adrian, a highway near Rancho Arriba, a town in the San Jose de Ocoa ...Read more

Former Giants ace Tim Lincecum not ready to call it quits

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Tim Lincecum couldn't reestablish himself as a productive major league pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels last season, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner and Giants legend hasn't given up on recapturing his previous form.

Although he doesn't have a contract for 2017 and spring training is barely more than three weeks away, Lincecum "is ...Read more

Rangers plan to retire Ivan Rodriguez's jersey in August

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DALLAS -- Ivan Rodriguez will have his No. 7 jersey retired by the Texas Rangers in August, the club announced late Friday night at the Dr Pepper Awards Dinner.

The Rangers didn't announce a date for the ceremony, but it will come only a few weeks after Rodriguez is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was voted for election to ...Read more

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant looks opposite way to improve lofty numbers

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Kris Bryant reduced his strikeout total by 45, raised his batting average by 17 points and increased his home run total by 13 en route to the National League Most Valuable Player Award in only his second major league season.

Yet Bryant seeks more statistical improvement.

"You have to pick the right numbers to concentrate on," Bryant said ...Read more

Mass for Jose Fernandez in Cuba attended by Marlins officials

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Even though four months have passed since the death of Jose Fernandez, the mourning continues for the Marlins.

That's why two team executives traveled to Cuba earlier this week to attend a Mass held in Fernandez's hometown of Santa Clara.

"We've said he was family and always will be, and we meant it," said Marlins president David Samson, who ...Read more

Marlins acquire right-handed starter Dan Straily in trade with Reds

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The Marlins provided everyone with a reminder Thursday that the offseason isn't over quite yet.

Miami added right-handed starter Dan Straily in a trade with the Reds, sending pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice and minor league outfielder Isaiah White to Cincinnati.

The move strengthens the Marlins' projected rotation this season...Read more

Orioles agree to three-year deal with Mark Trumbo

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Another offseason-long saga of whether the major league home run champion would stay in Baltimore after testing free agency was resolved Thursday when the Orioles agreed to re-sign free-agent outfielder/designated hitter Mark Trumbo.

The two sides have a three-year agreement in place pending a physical, according to an industry source.

Trumbo,...Read more

Rangers, Ross finalize one-year deal

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The Texas Rangers have put the finishing touches on what they believe will be their starting rotation for most of the season.

Right-hander Tyson Ross passed his physical to make his one-year deal with the Rangers official. He will be paid a base salary of $6 million with the potential to earn $3 million more via incentives after missing all but...Read more

Glow, Canada: Raines in Hall

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If the last strike killed baseball in Montreal, Rick Monday wounded it.

Get to the World Series, and a town falls in love with its team -- not just the diehards, but the citizens more interested in civic pride than Curtis Pride. Before the 1994 Expos -- the best team in baseball when the strike hit -- there were the 1981 Expos.

They were one ...Read more

Trevor Hoffman narrowly misses election to Hall of Fame

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SAN DIEGO -- Thirty-four votes shrunk to five, but a margin, however slim, remains. Trevor Hoffman, the Padres icon who holds the National League saves record, will have to wait at least another year to gain entrance into baseball's Hall of Fame.

In his second year of eligibility, Hoffman appeared on 327 of 442 Baseball Writers' Association of ...Read more

Ex-Mariners DH Edgar Martinez again falls short in bid for Hall of Fame induction

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SEATTLE -- A change in thinking about the value of a designated hitter, the evolving use of sabermetric measures and growing sentiment among eligible voters gave Edgar Martinez his highest percentage of Baseball Hall of Fame votes since appearing on the ballot. But it wasn't enough to for the Mariners' great to garner induction for the 2017 ...Read more

Rangers catcher Rodriguez headed to Hall of Fame

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez, the 1999 American League MVP and a 13-time Gold Glove winner and a 14-time All-Star, was voted for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday in his first year on the ballot.

Rodriguez appeared on 76 percent of the ballots submitted by eligible voters from the ...Read more

Chris Bosio's new challenge as Cubs pitching coach: Sculpt a deep bullpen

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Jerry Weinstein remembers Chris Bosio as "an emotional, adrenalized, competitive guy" at Sacramento City College in 1982.

"He has organized himself very well since then, and he has turned into one of the better pitching coaches in baseball," said Weinstein, Bosio's former coach, who is managing Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic.

"When ...Read more

Baseball fan in Congress says Ivan Rodriguez is a first-ballot Hall of Famer

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WASHINGTON -- Making the Baseball Hall of Fame is no easy feat, especially for a player in their first year of consideration.

Longtime Texas Rangers catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is on the ballot for the first time in 2017, and although Rodriguez is widely regarded as one of the best catchers of all time, he may not make it into Cooperstown ...Read more

Alex Rodriguez to host CNBC pilot called 'Back in the Game'

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Fresh off receiving another round of positive reviews for his work as a Fox studio analyst, former Yankee Alex Rodriguez appears set to further expand his budding media career.

CNBC announced on Tuesday an order for a pilot for a reality series with the working title "Back in the Game," to be hosted by Rodriguez.

Former Giants defensive end ...Read more

Cubs claim RHP Dylan Floro from Rays

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The Chicago Cubs added relief depth Tuesday by claiming pitcher Dylan Floro off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays.

Floro, 26, was 0-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 relief appearances with the Rays last season. Floro struck out 14 and walked five in 15 innings. Floro earned mid-season International League honors at Triple-A Durham, where he was 1-2 with a...Read more

Hamilton is ready to earn spot on the Rangers' roster

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton will return to Texas Rangers spring training next month, though this time without a spot on the 40-man roster and with no guarantees that he will be in the organization past April 1.

He will be in camp on a minor-league contract and will have to earn his way onto the Opening Day roster that is all but filled. ...Read more

Royals, starter Danny Duffy agree to contract extension through 2021 season

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On an afternoon last August, inside a stairwell at Detroit's Comerica Park, Danny Duffy began talking about Kansas City, the adopted hometown that had witnessed his transformation.

He spoke, the emotion welling up, and when he was done, he told a reporter that he would keep going all day if nobody stopped him.

Duffy loved the city, he said. He...Read more