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Atlanta Braves pitchers Brandon McCarthy (from left), Scott Kazmir, and Max Fried take the field to start another day of spring training on Sunday, Feb 18, 2018, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
February 19, 2018 - 1:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball imposed stricter limits on mound visits by players in an effort to speed games but decided against 20-second pitch clocks for 2018. After more than a year of negotiations, the Major League Baseball Players Association refused to agree to the changes but also...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo doubles off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl during the sixth inning of a baseball game, in Chicago. Rizzo arrived for its first full-squad workout after returning to Florida to support victims of last week's deadly shooting at his former high school. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
February 19, 2018 - 12:37 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony Rizzo's parents were among the first homeowners in Parkland, Florida. He has watched his tight community grow and change dramatically. He remembers as a boy when there were no stoplights in town to the four there are now. The Cubs first baseman still feels tied to his...
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February 19, 2018 - 11:33 am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future. Guess what? Mets general manager Sandy Alderson votes...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo doubles off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl during the sixth inning of a baseball game, in Chicago. Rizzo arrived for its first full-squad workout after returning to Florida to support victims of last week's deadly shooting at his former high school. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
February 19, 2018 - 10:29 am
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony Rizzo is back with the Chicago Cubs after spending time at home in Florida in support of victims of the deadly shooting at his former high school. The first baseman rejoined the 2016 World Series champions Monday for their first full-squad workout of spring training. He...
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February 18, 2018 - 5:24 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — On his first day back at spring training after his dad's funeral, Terry Francona seemed to exhale when the questions eventually turned to baseball. "Thanks, I made it," the Cleveland manager said. He spent the first six minutes of his media session Sunday reflecting on his...
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February 18, 2018 - 4:33 pm
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future. Guess what? Mets general manager Sandy Alderson votes...
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February 18, 2018 - 3:40 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona has rejoined the team at spring training after the death of his father, the former Cleveland player with whom he shares a nickname Francona said Sunday that he went to Pennsylvania to be with his family, and is now back in Arizona to be with...
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FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI-single in the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 that free agent first baseman Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)
February 18, 2018 - 12:55 pm
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse. The on-field vibe seemed equally cheery, as country music blared as players went to work under sunny skies in...
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February 18, 2018 - 12:06 pm
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz says his mother is doing better after a harrowing kidnapping ordeal in Venezuela. Ana Isabel Soto was rescued last weekend, three days after she was kidnapped. Diaz was given permission to arrive late to spring training, and he spoke to...
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FILE - In a Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer hits an RBI-single in the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 that free agent first baseman Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)
February 18, 2018 - 10:48 am
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal says free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer has reached preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal...
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