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FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' pitching coach Bryan Price walks with umpire Phil Cuzzi during a spring training baseball game, Sunday,, in Dunedin, Fla. Price could end up being the most valuable addition the Phillies made in the offseason if he can get some talented members of the staff to reach their potential.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

New pitching coach Bryan Price is a key to Phillies' success

Mar. 12, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryan Price observes, listens, suggests and tries to lead pitchers to their own conclusions. The new pitching coach could end up being the most valuable addition the Philadelphia Phillies made in the offseason if he can get some talented members of the staff to reach their...

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...

Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Phillies see potential to turn rotation into a strength

Mar. 7, 2020 5:37 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — For the Philadelphia Phillies to compete in a tough division, they need better starting pitching. There's hope because none of their returning starters performed up to expectations last year, the team strengthened the top of the rotation by signing Zack Wheeler and new pitching...

Altuve booed, nicked by pitch in spring debut for Astros

Feb. 25, 2020 3:06 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him. “He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker...

Philadelphia Phillies Zack Wheeler, left, signs autographs during a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Phillies' Wheeler downplays dispute with Mets' GM

Feb. 15, 2020 5:01 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Zack Wheeler wants to dial down his little dispute with his former team's general manager. The new Philadelphia right-hander has been trading barbs with New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen recently, adding even more intrigue after Wheeler left the Mets to sign with the rival...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, the Philadelphia Phillies' new manager, Joe Girardi puts on his uniform during a news conference in Philadelphia. The Phillies enter spring training with a new manager who has a winning pedigree. Girardi, who led the Yankees to a World Series title, takes over in Philadelphia while righty Zack Wheeler and shortstop Didi Gregorious were the biggest on-field additions.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Phillies counting on Joe Girardi to restore winning ways

Feb. 7, 2020 1:09 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies turned to a proven winner to lead them back to the postseason for the first time in nine years. Joe Girardi's track record and personality made him an instant hit among fans but the biggest question entering spring training is whether the new manager has enough...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto, center, celebrates with teammates during a rally following a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over Houston Astros in Washington. The Nationals head to spring training with mostly the same squad that won the World Series. They are counting again on being led by a star-studded rotation featuring Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, along with slugger Soto. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

NL East teams at the start of spring training

Feb. 7, 2020 12:23 PM EST

A team-by-team look at the National League East 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: ___ Atlanta Braves Manager: Brian Snitker (fifth season). 2019: 97-65, first place, lost to Cardinals in...