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Dodgers officially get back to work, 110 days after losing the final game of the World Series

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A gentle chorus surrounded Dodgers manager Dave Roberts as he walked through two rows of fans at Camelback Ranch. Gone were the questions about Game 7 and the cries of "One more win!" which he heard all winter, from the South Bay to his home outside San Diego.

Now he received a greeting more polite than pained.

"Good morning...Read more

Cubs Anthony Rizzo on Parkland school shooting victims: 'They'll be in my heart every day'

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MESA, Ariz. -- First baseman Anthony Rizzo rejoined his Cubs teammates Monday after traveling to Parkland. Fla., a community devastated by the mass shootings that killed 17 people at his high school.

Rizzo said that looking into the eyes of the families and friends of the victims "was the hardest thing I ever had to do. Just going back, you don...Read more

Big-name free agents abound, Beltre wants them with Rangers

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The advice Adrian Beltre offered general manager Jon Daniels and Texas Rangers ownership Monday morning is nothing new from the win-at-all-costs -- heavy emphasis on "costs" -- future Hall of Famer.

Beltre wants to win a World Series before his playing days are done and believes the current Rangers roster can compete for ...Read more

Miguel Cabrera on paternity suit: I'm here to play baseball

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A day after reporting to spring training in Lakeland, Fla., Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera declined to comment on his ongoing paternity suit.

"I'm just here to play baseball," Cabrera said Monday.

Cabrera is being sued by his ex-mistress, Belkis Rodriguez, claiming he isn't paying enough child support for the two children he ...Read more

Now 20 pounds lighter, Jorge Soler will fight for an outfield job with Royals

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- At times throughout the offseason, Royals outfielder Jorge Soler would park himself in front of the refrigerator in his suburban Miami home, open the door and never reach for anything.

It was an unintentional game of torture, borne of old habits. In the past, he would have walked away from the temptation only to return ...Read more

Marlins owner Bruce Sherman: Derek Jeter & Co. have 'made all the right moves

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The Miami Marlins have plenty of money, had a very successful offseason and have received lots of positive fan reaction in recent months, Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter said Monday, despite public belief to the contrary.

And, Sherman added, he's happy to be here.

"Finally, it's spring training," said Sherman, the Marlins' chairman and principal...Read more

Chris Tillman returning to Orioles on one-year, major league deal

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The potential reunion between the Orioles and right-hander Chris Tillman always seemed to make sense for both sides, almost as if they needed each other. In retooling their starting rotation, the Orioles needed a pitcher who had proven to be successful and durable in the past, and Tillman needed the opportunity to rebound from the worst season ...Read more

Dodgers All-Star Cody Bellinger plans to avoid a sophomore slump

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PHOENIX -- Cody Bellinger slipped through the netting of a Camelback Ranch batting cage and gazed at a pitching machine. Dodgers hitting coach Turner Ward manned the contraption, which dolloped late spin onto each offering. Bellinger slashed a pair of line drives before whacking a few foul and others into the ground. "That's a big-league knock,"...Read more

Brandon Morrow's injury-plagued odyssey led him to role of Cubs closer

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Replacing near-flawless Wade Davis despite a lack of recent closer experience doesn't faze Brandon Morrow.

"I don't think mentally it will be too big for me," Morrow said at spring training Wednesday in a calm but direct tone. "I think I have come a long way."

Considering his array of health issues that stunted his development and prevented ...Read more

Twins' Miguel Sano healthy and happy but heavy

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Miguel Sano reported to spring training Sunday, the three issues that complicate his 2018 season -- health, weight and an assault investigation -- seemingly reduced to two.

Sano has been given medical clearance to engage in all baseball workouts with his teammates, his surgically reinforced left shin now completely healed, ...Read more

Miguel Cabrera arrives at Tigers spring training, focused on staying healthy

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- The big man reported to spring training on Sunday afternoon.

Miguel Cabrera, the lone Detroit Tigers' superstar left standing, looked better than last season. He walked brisker and looked slimmer and said he felt as if the back issues that turned him into a shell of himself last season were a thing of the past.

"I feel like I...Read more

Padres outfield battle to intensify as Myers leaves first base to Hosmer

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The weekend began with seven outfielders competing for the two outfield spots that did not belong to Manuel Margot. The arrival of a new first baseman (you heard the Eric Hosmer news, right?) changes things quite a bit for that group this spring.

Wil Myers is now a corner outfielder. A fight for the other spot is about to begin.

And third-year...Read more

Here's how the Padres' Eric Hosmer contract differed from the Royals' offer

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Eric Hosmer has reportedly agreed to an eight-year, $144 million contract with the San Diego Padres, ending his chapter with the Royals. At first glance, the guaranteed package from the Padres appears roughly similar to the overall dollar number dangled in Kansas City.

In the final stages of the offseason, the Royals were ...Read more

It's Grandal and Barnes behind the plate again, and atop an impressive list of Dodgers catching talent

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PHOENIX -- Austin Barnes pulled up a chair beside Yasmani Grandal's locker on Friday morning. They are united but divided, competitors aligned as a duo, and so they swapped strategy on receiving and framing and blocking. At one point, Grandal hopped up to pantomime a peg to second base. Barnes rose from his own seat to mimic his teammate.

The ...Read more

Padres, Eric Hosmer agree to terms

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres got their man.

The team and free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed to a deal, two sources said Saturday night.

Terms were not available, but this will certainly be the largest monetary commitment in Padres history.

According to John Morosi of MLB.com, Hosmer received an eight-year deal with an opt-out clause ...Read more

Twins add starting pitcher by trading with Rays for Jake Odorizzi

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The Twins acquired Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi on Saturday night, sending Tampa Bay shortstop prospect Jermaine Palacios.

Ordorizzi gives the Twins a starter who can fill out their rotation, a serious position of need going into the offseason, which was made more critical after Ervin Santana was lost for the first several weeks of the ...Read more

Manny Machado arrives at camp happy to be an Oriole, excited for transition to shortstop

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado acknowledges there were some fleeting moments this offseason when he thought he might have played his final game for the Orioles as trade rumors swirled around him.

Even as Machado's equipment bag was unpacked Saturday morning as he arrived for spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, there's no guarantee...Read more

Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Brewers and Cardinals: 'I want them to be good'

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MESA, Ariz. -- The free-agent market remains deep despite the Cubs' moves that include the recent signing of marquee starter Yu Darvish.

And manager Joe Maddon isn't concerned what moves the National League Central rival Brewers and Cardinals could make in their attempt to dethrone the Cubs.

"What I've taught myself over the years is it's ...Read more

Rest isn't a part of Seager's plan

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PHOENIX -- On Jan. 27, Corey Seager wrote on social media for only the second time since the World Series. He tweeted a video of himself spraying line drives from a batting cage inside a facility run by former Los Angeles Dodgers coach Shawn Wooten.

"No better place to get some work in," Seager wrote.

Earlier that day, most of his teammates ...Read more

Joe Maddon impressed by Anthony Rizzo's emotional speech at vigil: 'Give him a lot of credit'

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Anthony Rizzo's emotional speech Thursday in Florida at the vigil for victims of the Parkland school shooting continued to reverberate a day later.

Manager Joe Maddon texted his first baseman afterwards, telling Rizzo how proud he was after watching a video of the heartfelt speech on his iPad.

"What he said and how he said it, and the manner ...Read more