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FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo Houston Astros' Aledmys Diaz runs toward first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Houston. Diaz went to arbitration Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 with the Astros, who offered the same $2 million salary he earned last year. Diaz asked for a raise to $2.6 million. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file)
February 19, 2020 - 7:55 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases Wednesday, cutting the teams' advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million by...
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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) signs autographs for fans during spring training baseball camp Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
February 19, 2020 - 7:52 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition. Trying to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field, the Rays came up with a crowd-pleasing ticket plan Wednesday. The ``Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a...
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Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) smiles before taking batting practice during spring training baseball practice, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)
February 19, 2020 - 5:06 pm
Just 60 miles east of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, one Little League director is sending a clear message to his 4,000 players about the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scam. José Altuve? Alex Bregman? Carlos Correa? They're all out. “Right now, in our leagues, the Astros are suspended,” said...
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New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton takes batting practice during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
February 19, 2020 - 2:43 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton imagined having the advantage the Houston Astros gained in their scam. "If knew what was coming in '17, I probably would have hit 80-plus home runs," he said Wednesday. Stanton agreed with teammate Aaron Judge that the Astros should be...
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Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred takes questions about the Houston Astros during a news conference at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
February 19, 2020 - 1:03 am
Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros' scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark both said Tuesday that MLB and the players' association are...
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Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax., right, holds the Washington Nationals World Series trophy as Nationals president and General Manager, Mike Rizzo, left, looks on as the Virginia House of Delegates honors the team during the session at the Capitol Tuesday Jan 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 18, 2020 - 9:06 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred apologized Tuesday for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a “piece of metal.” Even before being asked about it, Manfred said he made a mistake with those comments while trying to deliver a rhetorical point in...
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The San Francisco Giants run during spring training baseball practice, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
February 18, 2020 - 9:05 pm
The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants are pushing ahead with pay raises for minor league players this season, days after Major League Baseball mandated salary bumps beginning in 2021. Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer and Giants baseball executive Farhan Zaidi confirmed the wage hikes Tuesday. MLB...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2015, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun steps into the batters box for his first plate appearance of an Opening Day baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Brewers home ballpark will have a new name next year after a 20-year deal with Miller comes to an end. American Family Insurance announced Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, 2020, that Miller Park will become American Family Field next Jan. 1. A new logo and other branding elements will be revealed later this year. (John Ehlke/West Bend Daily News via AP, File)
February 18, 2020 - 8:15 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio claims his team “had an operating loss” in 2019 but that isn't why the club's projected payroll has dropped nearly $30 million. Attanasio says the Brewers are down from last season's franchise-record $132.6 million payroll because president of...
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Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks on during spring training baseball Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
February 18, 2020 - 4:43 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is pleased practically everybody in the sport seized the opportunity to tee off on the cheating Houston Astros and Commissioner Rob Manfred's handling of the scandal over the past several days. The Los Angeles Dodgers' veteran ace also believes it's time for...
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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs on the field during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
February 18, 2020 - 4:13 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge feels the Houston Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series championship. “You cheated and you didn't earn it.,” Judge said Tuesday after the Yankees' first full-squad workout. “That's how I feel. It wasn't earned. It wasn't earned the...
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