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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien fields a grounder by San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey, who was out at first during a baseball game in San Francisco. Semien will look to build momentum from a career season that included being top three in the AL MVP voting. He was rewarded with a new $13 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration, a raise of $7.1 million. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

A's shortstop Semien embraces role as team leader, slugger

Feb. 19, 2020 2:35 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Marcus Semien stayed with his batting cage routine from the start of last season, and it paid off with career numbers for the Oakland Athletics’ slugging shortstop. Semien posted career-best numbers with 33 home runs, 92 RBIs, a .285 batting average and 187 hits. All from almost...

James Click, center, the newly-hired Houston Astros general manager, poses with Astros manager Dusty Baker, left, and Astros owner and chairman Jim Crane during a baseball press conference Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

AL West teams at the start of spring training

Feb. 7, 2020 2:00 PM EST

A team-by-team look at the American League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Houston Astros Manager: Dusty Baker (first season). 2019: 107-55, first place, lost to Nationals in World...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers waits to speak with the media on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Fiers, the Oakland pitcher and whistleblower in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, appeared with teammates and manager Bob Melvin at team offices. Fiers has not spoken publicly about the sign stealing since the story was published in The Athletic in November. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A's pitcher Fiers eager to move on from whistleblower role

Feb. 6, 2020 11:17 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mike Fiers and his Oakland Athletics might have reason to be downright mad. They won 97 games each of the past two seasons to finish as the second-place team in the AL West behind the Houston Astros, whom Fiers called out in November in a story by The Athletic for a sign-stealing...