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'Leave everything out there': Why this mantra has defined Braves ace Max Fried's rise

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NORTH PORT, Fla. – Through the years and all they have brought – from the early struggles to a World Series ring to his status as one of the game’s aces – Max Fried has kept close a mantra he told himself when he was younger.

“Every opportunity that you get to take the mound,” Fried said, “make the most of it and leave everything ...Read more

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Poised for improvement? Why Shohei Ohtani could be an even bigger offensive threat in 2024.

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PHOENIX — Of all the tools at the disposal of the Dodgers' player performance department, a small rectangular machine called 1080 Sprint is one of their preferred methods for improving quickness and speed.

A portable resistance training device, 1080 Sprint attaches a motorized wire to a harness strapped around a player's waist, slowing them ...Read more

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Sam McDowell: The case for an improved Royals offense needs to be about more than the acquisitions

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SURPRISE, Ariz. — A night before the Royals’ spring training opener, Vinnie Pasquantino had a conversation with his roommate about how his first game in nine months might unfold.

He figured he’d strike out a few times, surmised that excitement might get the best of him and predicted one thing with a bit more certainty:

“I’m ...Read more

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Rockies' Warming Bernabel, after surviving robbery and gun shot, trying to make his mark

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Considering what happened to Warming Bernabel, the question begged to be asked.

Do you feel lucky to be alive and playing baseball?

“Absolutely,” the Rockies’ soft-spoken, 21-year-old third base prospect said. “It was very scary.”

On Dec. 3, in his hometown of Bani in the Dominican Republic, Bernabel was shot ...Read more

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Dodgers re-sign Kiké Hernández after trading Manuel Margot to Twins

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PHOENIX — The Dodgers’ new-look roster isn’t set in stone yet.

On Monday, the team announced it had finalized a one-year contract with free-agent super-utility man Kiké Hernández after agreeing earlier in the day to trade outfielder Manuel Margot to the Minnesota Twins. The deal is worth $4 million, according to a person with knowledge...Read more

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Dodgers close to re-signing Kiké Hernández after trading Manuel Margot to Twins

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PHOENIX — The Dodgers' new-look roster isn't set in stone yet.

On Monday, the team agreed to a trade that will send outfielder Manuel Margot to the Minnesota Twins and, as a result, was closing in on a one-year contract with super-utility man Kiké Hernández, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation not authorized to ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Padres hope Adrian Morejon delivers on $80 million investment given to 2016 international class

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PEORIA, Ariz. — Adrian Morejon is the answer to a nearly $80 million question.

In the "Jeopardy!" format: Who is the player who anchored a record-shattering international market spending spree by the San Diego Padres?

In 2016, the Padres snapped up the 17-year-old Cuban pitcher to anchor a cash-soaked class for $11 million. The financial ...Read more

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La Velle E. Neal III: Why are Twins fans wasting their angst on payroll?

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What a surprise. A Pohlad has raised the ire of the fan base by revealing that the Twins will not make a late splash in free agency.

In the most recent case, Executive Chair Joe Pohlad said during a WCCO radio interview Wednesday that it is unlikely that the club would sign one of the top remaining free agents. Doing so would cost anywhere from...Read more

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Adael Amador, the Rockies' top prospect, is flashing star potential. But is there a spot for him in Colorado's infield?

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There are a lot of young baseball players in the Dominican Republic who throw sizzling fastballs, mash line drives, field with aplomb and light up the basepaths.

Some possess the “it” factor.

Adael Amador had it when he was barely a teenager, and he’s flashing it now as he competes in his first big-league spring ...Read more

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How Avisail Garcia is trying to move on from two lost years to start his Marlins tenure

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JUPITER, Fla. — The key juncture of Avisail Garcia’s offseason began with a phone call to Miami Marlins teammate Luis Arraez.

“He called me and said ‘Hey, can I hit with you?’” recalled Arraez, who has won a batting title each of the past two years. “I said, ‘100 percent yes. Let’s go. Let’s hit together.’ He worked hard. ...Read more

Dodgers' Dustin May: 'You have no idea' how frustrating injuries have been

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GLENDALE, Ariz. – These have been trying times for Dustin May.

“You have no idea,” the 26-year-old right-hander said with all the weariness that two major elbow surgeries 26 months apart will bring.

“It was definitely not what I wanted to hear when I heard that I needed surgery again. … You can understand the first one. It’s, ‘...Read more

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Mets ace Kodai Senga receives PRP injection in right shoulder, will not throw for at least 3 weeks

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Kodai Senga has taken a step toward recovery.

The Mets’ ace flew to New York earlier this week to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right shoulder. The hope is that it could expedite the healing process of the strain Senga has in the posterior capsule of his right shoulder.

Senga has been shut down ...Read more

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Cody Bellinger is back: Chicago Cubs re-sign left-handed outfielder to give lineup a big boost

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A reunion between the Chicago Cubs and outfielder Cody Bellinger felt inevitable all offseason.

Even as the free-agent market moved at a glacial pace the last 3 1/2 months, the Cubs seemed like an ideal fit for Bellinger, coming off a stellar bounce-back season.

The Cubs have reached an agreement with Bellinger on a three-year, $80 million ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Baseball guides Ruben Niebla from rough-and-tumble days in Calexico, Calif., to Padres clubhouse

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CALEXICO, Calif. — In the front yard of Ruben Niebla's childhood home, a small rectangular patch of grass served as a baseball infield.

In the carefree days before a fence was installed and a tree grew high in the approximate spot where the mound would be, outfielders fanned out along John Kennedy Street as balls made from tape or socks ...Read more

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Bill Madden: Teams not willing to play ball with Scott Boras and his ridiculous asking prices

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NEW YORK — It would appear Scott Boras’ winter of discontent is having a trickledown effect with the fans of a number of wannabe contenders — the Red Sox, Cubs, Angels, Twins and most notably the Mets — who are letting out a collective cry: “Is this all there is?”

At present there are five “top tier” unsigned free agents — ...Read more

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Michael Cunningham: Braves pitcher Charlie Morton doesn't need 'fountain of youth' to be good at 40

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NORTH PORT, Fla. — Braves pitcher Chris Sale sits a couple of stalls away from right-hander Charlie Morton at the team’s spring training clubhouse. That’s a good vantage point for Sale to do some investigation.

“I’ve been snooping through his locker to see if he’s got that little bottle of water for the fountain of youth or ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Catcher Kyle Higashioka brings guitar, experience to backup role with Padres

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PEORIA, Ariz. — When Kyle Higashioka joined the Staten Island Yankees as a low-A player in the New York-Penn League, he bought a $50 acoustic guitar at a pawn shop.

Though his parents first gave him something to strum when he was 13, it gathered dust. Once he dove into minor league baseball, he decided to pick up an instrument as he filled ...Read more

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Mets owner Steve Cohen on Pete Alonso's upcoming free agency: 'We want to keep him'

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At present time, the Mets are set to begin Grapefruit League action in Florida. But everyone is thinking about Pete Alonso’s upcoming free agency at the end of the 2024 season.

Both the Mets and the first baseman have expressed interest in a deal, but all signs are pointing to the homegrown star not signing an extension in the near future.

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Doctor weighs in on Mets ace Kodai Senga's shoulder injury: 'I think the key is going to be doing less than more'

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Much like Justin Verlander last season, Kodai Senga could be looking at an early May return to action.

The Mets didn’t give a timeline for Kodai Senga’s injury, with president of baseball operations David Stearns saying the Mets would shut him down until the symptoms subside. Stearns said timelines vary on a “case...Read more

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Dominican authorities freeze Wander Franco's bank accounts amid dispute

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Authorities in the Dominican Republic ordered a temporary freeze on three bank accounts linked to Wander Franco after one of the Rays shortstop’s former lawyers in Santo Domingo filed a lawsuit over unpaid fees.

Juan Francisco Rodríguez Consoró is seeking the equivalent of $256,000 for the seven weeks he says he represented Franco, Teodosio...Read more