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Accusation that Angels' Mike Trout has exemption to use HGH shot down by MLB

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LOS ANGELES -- An ugly week for baseball marred by the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-steal scandal ended with the commissioner's office and the players association forcefully shooting down speculation that Angels star Mike Trout has been using human growth hormone.

Trout, the three-time American League most valuable player and eight-...Read more

Former Royals owner David Glass, 84, dies just months after selling franchise

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for two decades that saw the franchise win a World Series championship and reach another, died last week at the age of 84, the team announced Friday.

No cause of death was given.

"Like so many Kansas Citians, I am deeply saddened by the news of David's passing," said John ...Read more

Former White Sox ace Jack McDowell says the team used a camera to steal signs in the late 1980s

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Former White Sox ace Jack McDowell said during a radio interview Friday that the team had a sign-stealing system involving a camera at Comiskey Park.

"We had a system at Old Comiskey Park in the late '80s, Gatorade sign out in right-center had a light, there was a toggle switch in the manager's office and a camera zoomed in on the catcher," ...Read more

A first for MLB: Giants hire female coach, former Sacramento State softball star Alyssa Nakken

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The San Francisco Giants made a historic hire on Thursday, adding former Sacramento State softball star Alyssa Nakken to their major league coaching staff. While women have begun serving on coaching staffs in the NFL and NBA, and the New York Yankees recently hired Rachel Balkovec to be a minor league hitting coach, Nakken is believed to be the ...Read more

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger reacts to rumor Astros cheated with electronic devices under shirts

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LOS ANGELES -- The sign-stealing scandal engulfing Major League Baseball this week took another unexpected turn Thursday when unsubstantiated speculation surfaced on social media alleging members of the Houston Astros wore electronic devices under their jerseys to know which pitches were coming.

Major League Baseball released a report Monday ...Read more

Anthony Rizzo wants to stay with the Cubs long term but knows he could end up elsewhere: 'It's as cutthroat as ever right now'

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This weekend could mark the final time slugger Kris Bryant -- the center of trade speculation all offseason -- participates in a Cubs Convention as a player.

And Anthony Rizzo, the thickest pillar of the franchise, didn't rule out the possibility he could end up playing elsewhere, too, before his storied career ends.

"It would be naive for me ...Read more

Four years later, Chris Davis' costly Orioles contract continues to ripple across the organization

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BALTIMORE -- Every winter, a new batch of free-agent contracts in baseball populate the list of the richest ever signed. The Orioles don't have much occasion to swim in that end of the pool anymore, but when they did four years ago Thursday in signing first baseman Chris Davis to a seven-year, $161 million contract, they established a cautionary...Read more

LA City Council to vote on asking MLB to award Dodgers championship trophies

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote within the next week on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to recall the championship trophies presented to the Houston Astros in 2017 and the Boston Red Sox in 2018 "and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers."

Councilman Gil Cedillo, one of the sponsors of the resolution, ...Read more

Amid Astros' cheating fallout, Yankees' best revenge is to steamroll to a World Series

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NEW YORK -- Two days after the Super Bowl, the New York Yankees' equipment truck will leave the Bronx, headed for Tampa, Fla.

Less than a month away from spring training, the 2020 Yankees are a strong favorite to win the American League pennant, advantaged by signing free agent starter Gerrit Cole away from the defending AL champion Houston ...Read more

Kris Bryant trade talks could accelerate after Josh Donaldson leaves Braves for Twins

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CHICAGO -- An arbitrator ultimately will decide whether Kris Bryant is one or two years away from free agency, but the Twins' signing Tuesday night of free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson didn't hurt the Cubs.

Donaldson electing to sign a four-year, $92 million contract with the Twins instead of returning to the Braves leaves open the ...Read more

Where does Josh Donaldson best fit in Twins batting order?

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Rocco Baldelli said he spent a lot of time thinking about lineups last season, had almost daily conversations about some wrinkle or new possibility with bench coach Derek Shelton. The result was 145 different batting orders over the season's 162 games.

Now he's got Josh Donaldson to add to the mix, in the wake of the free agent third baseman's ...Read more

Slugger Josh Donaldson agrees to deal with Twins

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have reached an agreement with free-agent third baseman Josh Donaldson, a former American League MVP, a major league source confirmed Tuesday night.

The deal is for four seasons with a fifth-year club option. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported there is $92 million guaranteed over the four years.

The Twins were one of the...Read more

Phillies designate Odubel Herrera for assignment, remove him from 40-man roster

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PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera's time with the Phillies may have come to an end as the outfielder was designated for assignment on Tuesday afternoon, a transaction that removes Herrera from the 40-man roster and could begin the process of releasing him.

The Phillies have seven days to either trade Herrera or place him on waivers. Herrera is ...Read more

Angels acquire pitcher Matt Andriese from Diamondbacks for minor leaguer

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Angels added to their pitching depth Tuesday by acquiring veteran right-hander Matt Andriese from the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Jeremy Beasley.

Andriese, 30, pitched out of the bullpen for most of the past two seasons in Tampa Bay and Arizona, but Angels general manager Billy Eppler said ...Read more

Yu Darvish jokingly awaits Dodgers' 2017 World Series parade in the wake of Astros sign-stealing penalties

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Yu Darvish suffered two of his toughest losses with the Dodgers in the 2017 World Series, but the Cubs pitcher didn't lose his sense of humor.

After the Astros were assessed with record penalties Monday for sign-stealing in the 2017 and 2018 seasons -- which included their 2017 World Series title against Darvish and the Dodgers -- Darvish ...Read more

Q&A: What does Astros' sign-stealing punishment mean for the Dodgers or Alex Cora?

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LOS ANGELES -- It's official: The Houston Astros are cheaters. The commissioner of baseball himself said so, in a nine-page report issued Monday.

In his report, Rob Manfred cited the 2017 Astros for repeated violations of rules that banned the use of video equipment to steal signs during a game. In the last game of the 2017 season, the Astros ...Read more

Dodgers are bringing back pitcher Alex Wood on a one-year contract

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LOS ANGELES -- After a year apart, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Alex Wood are back together.

The Dodgers and the left-handed pitcher agreed to a one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the situation said Sunday. The deal is worth $4 million guaranteed and includes incentives that could boost Wood's salary to $10 million.

Wood returns to ...Read more

Only two months until Globe Life Field opens. How much work is left on new Rangers home?

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The first event at Globe Life Field is scheduled for March 14, when the Chris Stapleton All-American Road Show comes to Arlington.

(He's bringing Willie Nelson, too.)

That's in 62 days. The ballpark, as of Thursday, was 90% complete.

Here's an update from various areas around the park.

Kitchens and concessions stands are one of the main ...Read more

Miguel Sano agrees to three-year contract; five other Twins avoid arbitration

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins finally agreed to a long-term contract with a slugging All-Star third baseman on Friday, but it wasn't the one they've been pursuing for the past month.

Miguel Sano, who figures to move across the diamond to first base if Josh Donaldson accepts the Twins' month-old free-agent offer, signaled his apparently willingness ...Read more

Dodgers reach arbitration agreement with Cody Bellinger for record $11.5 million

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LOS ANGELES -- Cody Bellinger agreed to a one-year contract with the Dodgers for $11.5 million Friday, a record for a first-year arbitration player, according to people with knowledge of the deal. The National League most valuable player broke the record of $10.85 million set by the Cubs' Kris Bryant in 2018.

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, who...Read more