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A's manager Bob Melvin was suspicious of dugout camera in Houston for years, says Sonny Gray

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Years before the Astros' intricate sign-stealing operation ever came to light, A's manager Bob Melvin always seemed a little suspicious of a dugout camera in Houston, according to one of his former players.

Ex-A's All-Star pitcher Sonny Gray revealed in a podcast Thursday that Melvin was proactive in making sure nothing out of the ordinary was ...Read more

White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal says strained left calf 'feels good,' but there's still no timeline for playing in a game

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmani Grandal's Thursday included fielding bunts and participating in situational drills.

Friday, the White Sox catcher took swings against Michael Kopech and Dylan Cease in batting practice. And when he connected, he ran to first base.

It's all part of the process of recovering from a mild left calf strain.

"It feels ...Read more

Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen to open season on injured list

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Andrew McCutchen's quest to be ready for Opening Day will be unsuccessful as Joe Girardi said Friday afternoon that the Phillies outfielder requires more time in his recovery from last summer's season-ending knee injury.

The Phillies expect McCutchen, who had surgery last June to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in...Read more

Pirates will experiment with a four-man outfield in 2020

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Get ready: The four-outfielder alignment, a radical shifting trend that has been growing across Major League Baseball, is coming to Pittsburgh.

While the former regime was not in favor of doing this, new Pirates manager Derek Shelton is very much in favor of it -- and said as much Thursday after his team's 13-0 loss to the ...Read more

Orioles slugger Chris Davis warns that baseball's sign-stealing scandal will be handled on the field

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Chris Davis has taken some big swings during the first week of the Grapefruit League exhibition season, so when he took one at baseball's sign-stealing scandal, he didn't miss.

Responding to a question about the lack of disciplinary action against the players involved, he said Friday morning that he thinks that will be handled...Read more

This baseball fan and his 116,000 followers are ready to shame the Astros all season

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Brendan Donley doesn't have much time to talk -- a Houston Astros' spring training game against the Miami Marlins will be starting soon.

Donley isn't an Astros fan. Not in the least. But the 27-year-old writer from Michigan doesn't have time for a lot of things these days because of the team whose sign-stealing scandal rocked Major League ...Read more

Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. seems built to avoid letdown in his second season

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- A smile. A giggle. Then a shrug.

And "Why not?"

That is the response from Fernando Tatis Jr. to the question of how he thinks he will avoid slipping into a sophomore slump.

There is more to it, certainly. Even a ballplayer gifted at birth with abilities most will never possess has to figure out how to effectively hit the low ...Read more

Pitcher Tony Gonsolin shines in Dodgers' spring training win over Indians

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the host Cleveland Indians 6-5 in a Cactus League game.

ON THE MOUND: Tony Gonsolin was, in the words of manager Dave Roberts, "as good as I've ever seen him" in his second spring start, striking out three and walking none in two scoreless innings. The right-hander, who is competing for a bullpen ...Read more

YouTube TV effectively drops the Cubs' Marquee network before ever carrying it

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CHICAGO -- If you're wondering why streaming service YouTube TV has yet to cut a deal with Marquee Sports Network, now you have an answer.

YouTube TV said Thursday its negotiations with Sinclair Broadcast Group to carry Sinclair's regional sports networks are at an impasse, and it plans to drop the 20-plus channels it carries this weekend.

...Read more

Swing adjustments by Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez pay off so far this spring

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The loose hips that give Enrique Hernandez the mobility and agility to play seven field positions in his super utility role for the Los Angeles Dodgers do not always serve him well in the batter's box.

"It's not necessarily a bad thing (to have) in baseball, but in my case, it's like my own enemy," Hernandez said. "My front ...Read more

Dodgers' Gavin Lux must continue to prove he deserves to start at second base

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Gavin Lux doesn't want to spend another day in the minor leagues, so he spent the bulk of his offseason in Los Angeles.

Five days a week during the winter he would head to Dodger Stadium for workouts. He ate two meals a day there while he worked out with established big leaguers and hitting coach Robert Van Scoyoc. He ...Read more

Will Congress save minor league teams from MLB ax?

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WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are fighting to preserve America's pastime, taking aim at Major League Baseball over its plan to shutter 42 minor league teams in 22 states and the league's response to the sign-stealing cheating scandal.

A bipartisan group of senators introduced a resolution Thursday urging Major League Baseball to ...Read more

Miami Marlins need to improve on offense. Can their new first baseman provide a 'thump'?

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly sees the potential of Jesus Aguilar returning to his 2018 form.

The 35 home runs. The 108 RBI. The .890 on-base-plus-slugging.

The All-Star offense coming from first base.

"This guy can be dangerous," Mattingly said. "It's a thump in our lineup."

That was one of the Marlins' main goal this...Read more

Cubs reliever Brad Wieck undergoes surgery after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat

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MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs reliever Brad Wieck underwent surgery Monday to prevent the recurrence of an atrial flutter, an abnormal condition of the heart.

Wieck, 28, who posted a 3.60 ERA in 14 appearances after being acquired in a trade in July, returned Wednesday to Arizona and will rest through at least the rest of the week, the team said in a ...Read more

YouTube TV puts Padres fans in dark, drops Fox Sports San Diego

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Cord-cutters in San Diego are losing another avenue to follow the Padres.

YouTube TV on Thursday announced it will no longer offer Fox Regional Sports Networks, including Fox Sports San Diego, on its menu of channels.

The change goes into effect beginning Feb. 29 after YouTube TV announced on Twitter that it was unable to reach a distribution ...Read more

After a short stay in Japan, Pierce Johnson at home with Padres

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Pierce Johnson was living on the other side of the world when he sent his pregnant wife, Kristina, off to Colorado in August to prepare for the arrival of their son, Breck. Alone in Japan the final several weeks of the Hanshin Tigers' season, the 28-year-old reliever slowly packed up the rest of the couple's belongings as he ...Read more

Twins top prospect Royce Lewis looks for better times

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Take strike one. Foul off strike two. Chase a pitch off the plate for strike three and walk back to the dugout.

Royce Lewis was in one of those ruts during the 2019 season, one that slowed his ascent through the Twins farm system. For the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, it was his first real bout with adversity.

The ...Read more

Angels' Griffin Canning has showed promise but can he manage heavier workload this season?

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PHOENIX -- Of the many physical gifts right-hander Griffin Canning regularly flashes for the Los Angeles Angels, what has intrigued manager Joe Maddon most about the young starter is his athleticism.

Maddon noticed it in his first week at Angels camp. Canning, a tall and slender pitcher, moved lithely around a lower field at Tempe Diablo ...Read more

Detroit Tigers prospect Riley Greene is starting to make it hard for people to forget him

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire looked at the lineup card and noticed a problem.

Riley Greene, the Tigers' first-round draft pick, was on the bench and there were only 31/2 innings left to play Tuesday afternoon against the New York Mets at Joker Marchant Stadium.

"Mac almost forgot to put him into the game," Gardenhire...Read more

Christian Arroyo wants to prove himself to Indians, hopes he's found recipe to stay on field

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Christian Arroyo has been having to prove himself over and over again his entire professional career. This spring, his first with the Indians, is no different.

Arroyo was a first-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2013. After working his way up through their farm system, he made the majors with a chance to show ...Read more