Florida school shooting strikes close to home for Marlins

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JUPITER, Fla. -- The feeling of renewal and hope that usually accompanies the beginning of spring training was absent Thursday at Marlins camp.

The flags of 10 nations outside the clubhouse flew at half staff in mourning for victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. Marlins manager Don Mattingly began his morning media ...Read more

Orioles nearing two-year deal with veteran starting pitcher Andrew Cashner

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The Orioles were finalizing a two-year, $16 million deal with right-hander Andrew Cashner on Thursday afternoon, on the verge of adding a long-awaited and much-needed veteran to the team's starting rotation.

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Thursday that the club had a few more details to work out before the team would have an...Read more

Focused on recovery this spring, Orioles' Zach Britton can't help but think about future

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- While his teammates prepare for Opening Day over the next several weeks, Orioles closer Zach Britton will make his own steady strides at the Ed Smith Stadium complex recovering from a ruptured right Achilles tendon, an offseason injury that will likely delay the start of his final season before free agency for at least two ...Read more

Angels' two-way player Ohtani will pitch and be a DH, but he won't be allowed to slide head-first

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Los Angeles Angels plan to give Shohei Ohtani every opportunity to be an impact pitcher and hitter, but his pursuit of two-way stardom in the major leagues will come with some boundaries.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that Ohtani will not work out in the outfield this spring, even though the 23-year-old played the ...Read more

Cubs counting on closer Brandon Morrow and fifth starter Tyler Chatwood

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MESA, Ariz. -- Sure, it helps to land the big blow of the offseason before spring training by adding marquee free agent Yu Darvish to a National League title contender.

But for the second consecutive day manager Joe Maddon reminded everyone that one player doesn't assure success, and the six free-agent pitchers joining the Cubs on Wednesday for...Read more

'I don't need a cane:' Ned Yost ready to take on Royals' rebuild after scary fall

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- On Ned Yost's first day as Royals manager, Eric Hosmer was a 20-year-old first baseman in Wilmington, N.C. Mike Moustakas was 21 and destroying opposing pitchers in Northwest Arkansas. Lorenzo Cain was 24 and a center fielder in Huntsville, Ala., plying his trade in the Milwaukee Brewers organization.

Nearly eight years later...Read more

Braves sign Chris Stewart for depth, insurance at catching position

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Braves signed veteran catcher Chris Stewart to a one-year major-league contract Wednesday, a non-guaranteed deal that provides more depth at a key position on a team that's counting heavily on the development of its young pitchers.

Stewart, who'll turn 36 next week, is a quality defensive catcher and pitch-framer ...Read more

Former Indians All-Star Tito Francona, father of Terry, passes away at the age of 84

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John Patsy "Tito" Francona, a former Indians All-Star and the father of current manager Terry Francona, passed away Tuesday night at his home in New Brighton, Pa., the club confirmed on Wednesday. He was 84 years old.

The elder Francona, who went by Tito just as his son often does today, said in 2016 that he tried to watch every Indians game on...Read more

Despite uncertain future, Matt Kemp grateful for second chance with Dodgers

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PHOENIX -- Matt Kemp cradled a baseball cap in his hands. The color was the same, the blue he had worn in the Dodger Stadium outfield for nine years. Only the logo was unfamiliar, a "D" stitched where "L.A." used to be, a spring marketing ploy showing the passage of time. Kemp traced his thumb across the lettering.

"It's a little different, man...Read more

Yu Darvish signing limits free-agent flexibility for Cubs next offseason

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MESA, Ariz. -- The signing of Yu Darvish to a six-year, $126 million contract still allows the Cubs some flexibility to add a midseason reinforcement.

But landing another marquee free agent next offseason in a deep 2019 class might require some financial gymnastics.

"If everyone plays well and we're healthy and productive, we have just about ...Read more

Derek Jeter: Marlins can have 'well-groomed' facial hair

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MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins are allowed to have beards and mustaches this season, CEO Derek Jeter said Tuesday.

With one catch: The facial hair must be well groomed.

"Well groomed," Jeter emphasized.

That guideline is a bit stricter than the Marlins' facial-hair policy last year, when players could wear hair on their faces without much issue. ...Read more

Yu Darvish embraces pressure of his high-price signing with Cubs

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MESA, Ariz. -- President Theo Epstein was extremely impressed last December when Yu Darvish elected to speak English instead of using a translator during a recruiting visit in Dallas.

But the challenges now become greater for the highly prized free agent, starting Wednesday when Darvish joins his new teammates for the Cubs first workout for ...Read more

Despite investigation, Miguel Sano will report to Twins camp on time

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Miguel Sano will report to Twins training camp Sunday with the rest of the position players while still being investigated by Major League Baseball for an alleged assault.

"His intention is to report on reporting day," Twins general manager Thad Levine said.

Pitchers and catchers officially reported Tuesday, and some ...Read more

Miguel Cabrera pampered ex-mistress with European trip, $5,000 kid birthday parties

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While Miguel Cabrera and his ex-mistress continue to spar over child support, new court documents show the Detroit Tigers slugger has showered the woman with plenty of perks, including a trip to Europe with her two children, $5,000 children's birthday parties and a $5,000 Disney Cruise.

That's on top of the Range Rover he bought her, the $1 ...Read more

Bruce Maxwell says he no longer will kneel during the anthem

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MESA, Ariz. -- Bruce Maxwell made national headlines last September when he became the first player in Major League Baseball to kneel in protest against social injustice during the national anthem.

Maxwell continued to kneel before every game until the end of the year, but he has decided to no longer do so for the 2018 season.

"Taking a knee ...Read more

After long offseason, Derek Jeter and Marlins are set for spring training

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Derek Jeter hasn't shown his face at spring training since 2014, before he played the last of his 20 seasons as a shortstop with the New York Yankees. He'll end his hiatus Wednesday, though, when he shows up in street clothes to check out the Marlins -- HIS Marlins -- open camp in Jupiter.

"I'm sure it'll be kind of different and odd," Jeter ...Read more

Anthony Rizzo, Justin Grimm see Yu Darvish as a natural fit with Cubs

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MESA, Ariz. -- Anthony Rizzo won't blame Yu Darvish for messing up his golf swing. Justin Grimm won't be shocked if Darvish pokes fun at him.

Rizzo and Grimm are among the Cubs players who believe the marquee free-agent signee will fit seamlessly in the clubhouse as well as on the pitching mound.

"We already had a good rotation, and getting ...Read more

Ex-MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges, held on $200K bail

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Former major league pitcher Esteban Loaiza was arrested Friday on felony drug charges after deputies searched an Imperial Beach home he's renting and discovered more than 44 pounds of suspected cocaine.

The 46-year-old was being held in the South Bay Detention facility on $200,000 bail on suspicion of possessing and transporting narcotics for ...Read more

Angels won't push rookie Ohtani to be the face of the team

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It has been 29 years since the Angels were the center of the baseball world during spring training. Mike Trout gets attention every spring. Mo Vaughn, Vladimir Guerrero, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton got their share of attention when they signed with the Angels.

But that attention lasts a day or two, and then the national media horde moves on...Read more