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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora waits for the start of Game 5 of the baseball World Series between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. Cora was fired by the Red Sox on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport's sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Analysis: Baseball has become a prisoner of technology

Jan. 17, 2020 2:39 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Technology unleashed baseball's Analytics Era, and now it's holding the sport prisoner. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris. At the cutting edge with the Houston Astros, now they have been cut. Their sign-stealing system exposed, all three...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros' George Springer hits a home run during the seventh inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Washington Nationals in Houston.  Springer asked for a raise from $12.15 million to $22.5 million and was offered $17.5 million in the biggest gap. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Astros avoid arbitration with Springer amid scandal

Jan. 16, 2020 11:09 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer, the World Series MVP of the tainted 2017 Houston Astros, and the team settled on a $21 million, one-year contract Thursday. Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million, making the settlement $1 million over the...

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria throws out San Francisco Giants' Evan Longoria at first base after forcing out Buster Posey at second for a double play during the first inning of a baseball game in Atlanta. The Braves have boosted their infield depth by re-signing Hechavarria to a $1 million, one-year deal. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Hechavarría stays with Braves for $1 million, 1-year deal

Jan. 16, 2020 8:10 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarría agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract to remain with the Braves, a move Thursday that boosted Atlanta's infield depth. The 30-year-old signed with the Braves on Aug. 16, two days after he was released by the New York Mets. Hechavarria, known for defense, hit .328...

Giants make Alyssa Nakken first female major league coach

Jan. 16, 2020 7:41 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first woman coach in the majors. Nakken is a former softball standout at...

FILE - In this May 29, 2009, file photo, USA softball player Jessica Mendoza poses for a photo in the ESPN broadcast booth at the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. ESPN baseball analyst Jessica Mendoza tried to clarify her remarks about the Mike Fiers role in the sign-stealing scandal after criticizing Fiers earlier on a radio show. She said in a statement posted to Twitter that baseball will benefit from the sign stealing being uncovered and that appropriate action was taken. Mendoza's issue remains how it came forward.  (AP Photo/File)

ESPN's Mendoza: Fiers should have gone to MLB, not reporter

Jan. 16, 2020 7:07 PM EST

ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza says pitcher Mike Fiers should have gone to Major League Baseball before he told a journalist about his allegation the Houston Astros had been using a camera to steal signs. Mendoza, a New York Mets adviser in addition to her media job, said Thursday on ESPN's “Golic and...

Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, center left, his wife Alicia, left, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon watch as newly named Piazza Dr., is unveiled during a ceremony in front of the Mets spring training facility, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Piazza: MLB mess 'unintended consequence' of game's new era

Jan. 16, 2020 6:32 PM EST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — To Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza, the sign-stealing scandal that's enveloped Major League Baseball signals where the sport is these days. "Unfortunately, it's an unintended consequence of the digital age and all this information," Piazza said. Piazza was at the New York...

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. Sano and the Twins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $30 million, three-year contract on Friday, Jan. 10, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Sanó's deal with Twins could be worth $44.25M over 4 years

Jan. 16, 2020 6:21 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sanó's contract with the Minnesota Twins could be worth $44.25 million over four seasons. Sanó is guaranteed $30 million over three seasons under the deal announced Tuesday. He gets a $4 million signing bonus payable by Feb. 15 and salaries of $3 million this year, $11...

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, new New York Mets manager, Carlos Beltran, center, poses for a picture with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, left, and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon during a baseball news conference at Citi Field in New York. Beltran is out as manager of the Mets. The team announced the move Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandal

Jan. 16, 2020 6:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltrán, called out on a curveball again. So for the second time since they last threw a pitch, the New York Mets are in the market for a new manager. Sign of the times. Beltrán's 2 1/2-month tenure as Mets manager ended Thursday before he spent a single game on the...

FILE - In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts smiles as he crosses home plate on his solo home run off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Aaron Brooks in the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. Betts and the Red Sox agreed Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, to a $27 million contract, the largest one-year salary for an arbitration-eligible player. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Red Sox: Cora departure won't force a Mookie Betts trade

Jan. 16, 2020 4:51 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox say the turmoil in the manager's office isn't a reason to give up on this season and trade outfielder Mookie Betts. “The goal remains to be competitive always,” Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said this week after Alex Cora was ousted, leaving the Red Sox...

Danielle Kang opens with 63 to lead LPGA Tour season opener

Jan. 16, 2020 3:49 PM EST

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — American Danielle Kang stepped to the tee at the treacherous par-3 finishing hole at the LPGA’s season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions on Thursday and had a bit of a problem. Standing 204 yards from the flag stick, she told her caddie that she...