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Veteran lefty Blevins joins Giants on minor league deal

Jan. 20, 2020 10:53 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran left-hander Jerry Blevins agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed the deal and said Blevins had passed his physical. They reconnect...

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2014, file photo, New York Yankees' Derek Jeter jumps after hitting the game-winning single against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning of a baseball game, in New York. Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. On Tuesday, Jan. 21, the Baseball Writers' Association of America will announce the results of its 2020 Hall of Fame balloting. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

When it comes to unanimous Hall picks, Jeter could be No. 2.

Jan. 20, 2020 8:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to unanimous picks for baseball's Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter quite appropriately has the chance to be No. 2. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera became the first player to appear on every ballot when he swept 425 votes in last year's election. Ken Griffey Jr. was three votes short...

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the second inning of a baseball game in Baltimore. Longtime Mariners ace Hernandez reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, that includes an invite to big league spring training. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Ex-M's ace Félix Hernández has minor league deal with Braves

Jan. 20, 2020 6:04 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Longtime Seattle Mariners ace Félix Hernández reached a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves on Monday that includes an invite to big league spring training. The right-hander would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to Atlanta's 40-man roster. Hernández, who...

Houston Astors third baseman Alex Bregman is interviewed by the media during the baseball team's FanFest at Minute Maid Park on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Houston. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Astros, Red Sox look ahead in wake of sign-stealing scandal

Jan. 18, 2020 9:00 PM EST

Players from two teams at the center of baseball’s sign-stealing scandal faced their fans on Saturday for the first time since the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox ousted their managers amid the fallout from the investigation into Houston’s elaborate scheme. The Astros and Red Sox held their annual...

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks to the media during the baseball team's convention, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Epstein understands fan frustration in Cubs' slow offseason

Jan. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Theo Epstein understands the fans' frustration. He feels it, too, at times. The Chicago Cubs went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last year, finished third in the NL Central behind St. Louis and Milwaukee and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But when it comes to big moves this...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 206 file photo, former Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose speaks during a press conference where it was announced that he will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in Cincinnati.   Rose says cheating on the field is bad for the game, and the one thing he never did with his bets is change the outcome of a game. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

Where does Astros cheating rank in scandals? Ask Pete Rose

Jan. 18, 2020 10:19 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Pete Rose was taking a break from signing autographs at the MGM Grand hotel when asked a question he’s uniquely qualified to address. What’s worse, betting on baseball or cheating at baseball? “I don’t know,’’ Rose tells The Associated Press....

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Royals owner David Glass reacts as he watches batting practice before the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Former Walmart Inc. chief executive Glass, who owned the Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications form pneumonia. He was 84. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley, File)

Former Walmart exec, Royals owner David Glass dies at 84

Jan. 17, 2020 10:43 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former Walmart Inc. chief executive David Glass, who owned the Kansas City Royals for nearly two decades before selling the franchise last fall, died last week of complications from pneumonia. He was 84. The Glass family said the businessman died Jan. 9. He had been dealing with...

FILE - In this June 30, 2011, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Jason Varitek trots back to the dugout after hitting a home run off Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Drew Carpenter during a baseball game in Philadelphia. Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston's front office to hire former catcher and team captain Jason Varitek as manager. at a town hall event Friday, Jan. 17, during the team's winter festival. Members of the team's leadership group were hit with “Hire 'Tek!” chants throughout the night. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

"Hire 'Tek!": Red Sox fans make pitch for Varitek as manager

Jan. 17, 2020 9:49 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have a list of characteristics they want in their next manager, but they haven't yet landed on a name. Their fans have one in mind. Three days after the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora for his involvement in a cheating scandal, supporters pleaded for Boston's...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 17, 2020 9:03 PM EST

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT Lamont must be open about State Pier deal going forward The Day Jan. 16 Upon finally reviewing the memorandum of understanding that outlines the tentative terms of a public-private deal to overhaul State Pier, transforming it into a hub to support offshore wind...

Houston Astros owner Jim Crane speaks at a news conference in Houston, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020.  Crane opened the news conference by saying manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired for the team's sign-stealing during its run to the 2017 World Series title. (Yi-Chin Lee/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Astros owner Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3

Jan. 17, 2020 8:25 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire a new manager by Feb. 3. The Astros need a new manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday, hours after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for the team's sign-stealing scandal. Crane said...