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Over and out: Some MLB teams open with little playoff shot

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Spring training is a time for optimism, when players bask under the warm sun of Florida and Arizona while fans dream about their team reaching the bright lights of October....

Jackie Robinson West parents sue league, ESPN, whistleblower
CHICAGO (AP) -- The parents of 13 members of the Chicago Little League team stripped last year of its 2014 U.S. championship are suing team officials, Little League Baseball, an ESPN sportscaster and the man who exposed the team's residency violations....

With Dombrowski in Boston, trades with Cashman could slow

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Now that he's with the Boston Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski doesn't expect to be making a lot of trades with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman....

Yankees to dedicate plaque to Mariano Rivera on Aug 14

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Yankees will dedicate a plaque for retired relief pitcher Mariano Rivera in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 14 before a game against Tampa Bay....

AP Interview: Union head Tony Clark pitches for more jobs

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NEW YORK (AP) -- With spring training approaching and dozens of players still seeking jobs, union leader Tony Clark concluded baseball's current system needs change....

Ozzie Guillen to manage in native Venezuela next winter
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Ozzie Guillen, who led the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 World Series title, has been hired to manage the La Guaira Sharks of the Venezuelan Winter League next offseason....

Belt, Giants agree at $6.2 million just before hearing

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PHOENIX (AP) -- First baseman Brandon Belt and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $6.2 million, one-year contract....

Donaldson, Blue Jays complete $28.65 million, 2-year deal

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TORONTO (AP) -- AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays have completed their agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract....

JD Martinez, Tigers finalize $18.5 million, 2-year deal

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DETROIT (AP) -- J.D. Martinez and the Detroit Tigers finalized their $18.5 million, two-year contract Wednesday, a deal that avoided salary arbitration....

Moreland's $5.7M deal with Rangers avoids arbitration

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PHOENIX (AP) -- First baseman Mitch Moreland has agreed to a $5.7 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing set for Wednesday....