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Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander walks in the dugout after pitching to the St. Louis Cardinals in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Verlander has sore triceps, Astros send ace for more tests

Mar. 8, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander felt soreness in his triceps and made an early exit from an exhibition start Sunday, and the AL Cy Young Award winner was headed for more tests. Verlander was set to pitch four innings against the New York Mets. But with his velocity down from his previous start, Verlander was...

Los Angeles Angels' Anthony Rendon singles during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Rendon, Betts, Cole among baseball's big offseason movers

Mar. 5, 2020 10:47 AM EST

Anthony Rendon won a World Series in Washington and then left the Nationals to join Mike Trout and Albert Pujols with the Los Angeles Angels. Gerrit Cole went to the New York Yankees to try to put them over the top. Mookie Betts, the 2018 AL MVP, and two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber were shipped out by...

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)

Astros, 'Field of Dreams' game highlight 2020 MLB schedule

Feb. 27, 2020 12:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Washington Nationals defend their first championship. The Houston Astros take on, well, the world. Major league baseball comes to Iowa — and returns to London. Here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar: THURSDAY, MARCH 26 St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds: Nick...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game in New York. The Twins enter spring training emboldened by their 101-win season in 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

A Minny switch: Sano moves across diamond for Donaldson

Feb. 26, 2020 6:58 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — For the Twins to land free agent Josh Donaldson, Miguel Sano knew what would be asked of him. He didn't hesitate. Instead, Sano sent a video to Donaldson, lobbying the 2015 American League MVP to join the Twins. The key to Sano's pitch: He would happily move across the infield to...

Atlanta Braves pitcher Mark Melancon throws at baseball spring training camp in North Port, Fla., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Martin heals from playoff injury, Braves boast deep bullpen

Feb. 25, 2020 3:02 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — It’s still painful for reliever Chris Martin to talk about what happened in the playoffs. Game 1 of the NL Division Series last year. The 6-foot-7 reliever entered in the eighth inning against St. Louis with the Braves leading 3-1. After throwing his warmup pitches, Martin...

Oakland Athletics' Mike Fiers smiles in the dugout during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Fiers draws cheers, perfect in 1st game since Astros reveal

Feb. 23, 2020 9:18 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom was sitting down the right field line watching his team warm up while armed with a small dry-erase board, a marker and a statement written in all caps. “MIKE FIERS FOR PRESIDENT” It's been a tumultuous few months for Fiers, the current...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, in Boston. Berrios is still without a long-term contract, but the Twins continue to build their rotation around the two-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

Twins' staff holds the key to team loaded with offense

Feb. 19, 2020 3:14 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Expecting another big season from their high-octane offense, the Minnesota Twins hope to pitch well enough to win a second straight AL Central title. Minnesota set a major-league record with 307 homers and was eighth with a 4.18 ERA last year. "We had a pretty darn good pitching...

Atlanta Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk, center, and members of the Atlanta Braves baseball team honor baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, third from right, front, with a street named after him outside CoolToday Park, the spring training baseball facility of the Braves, in North Port, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Aaron on hand as 'World Series or nothing' Braves ramp up

Feb. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Nothing like a little encouragement from Hammerin' Hank himself to show the way at spring training for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves welcomed Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron to their first full-squad workout and named a street for him at their new complex Tuesday, starting off a...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Max Kepler waits to take batting practice before Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game against the New York Yankees in New York. Twins right fielder Max Kepler didn’t get to watch a lot of major league baseball growing up in Germany. The games he did did see included many Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees matchups, which caused him to become a big fan of Derek Jeter. “I loved watching Jeter, even though I’m a lefty and the complete opposite of what he was,” Kepler said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, before Minnesota’s second full-squad workout. “He was the guy I really looked up to.” (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Twins right fielder Max Kepler grew up idolizing Derek Jeter

Feb. 18, 2020 3:08 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Twins right fielder Max Kepler didn’t get to watch a lot of major league baseball growing up in Germany. The games he did did see included many Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees matchups, which caused him to become a big fan of Derek Jeter. “I loved watching Jeter, even...

Yonder Alonso, Braves finalize minor league contract

Feb. 14, 2020 12:26 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Atlanta Braves finalized their minor league contract on Friday, and he will report to major league spring training. If added to the 40-man roster, he would get a one-year contract with a $1 million salary while in the major leagues. The...