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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 1999, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Tony Fernandez throws to first as he tumbles to the turf during third-inning AL action against the Chicago White Sox in Toronto. 
Former All-Star shortstop Fernandez remained on a life support system Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, pending a decision by his family on how to proceed, the director of his foundation said. He had been in a medically induced coma, said Imrad Hallim, the director and co-founder of the Tony Fernández Foundation. Fernandez was ill with a kidney disease for years and waiting for a transplant. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Former star SS Fernandez dies at 57; Blue Jays hits leader

Feb. 16, 2020 3:38 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Tony Fernández, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. Fernández was taken off a life support system in...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker leans against at fence during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Astros' Baker accepts that no one is moving on from scandal

Feb. 16, 2020 3:05 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has gone from hoping aloud that fallout from his new team's sign-stealing scandal would go away quickly to accepting that the back-and-forth is lingering. "You realize it's going to take a while to move on. You don't just move on, just 'cause...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 1999, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Tony Fernandez throws to first as he tumbles to the turf during third-inning AL action against the Chicago White Sox in Toronto. 
Former All-Star shortstop Fernandez remained on a life support system Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, pending a decision by his family on how to proceed, the director of his foundation said. He had been in a medically induced coma, said Imrad Hallim, the director and co-founder of the Tony Fernández Foundation. Fernandez was ill with a kidney disease for years and waiting for a transplant. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Former star SS Tony Fernández remains on life support system

Feb. 16, 2020 1:45 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernández remained on a life support system Sunday pending a decision by his family on how to proceed, the director of his foundation said. He had been in a medically induced coma, said Imrad Hallim, the director and co-founder of the Tony Fernández...

Pitcher Chad Bettis, Yankees reach minor league deal

Feb. 16, 2020 1:42 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Free agent pitcher Chad Bettis signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees on Sunday with an invitation an invitation to big league spring training. The 30-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with one save and a 6.08 ERA in 39 games, including three starts, for Colorado last...

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker gestures as he watches his team during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Baker to MLB: Tell teams to 'stop the comments' on Astros

Feb. 15, 2020 8:28 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dusty Baker wants action from Major League Baseball: End the criticism of the Astros from across baseball over sign stealing, and take steps to ensure pitchers don't throw at his players. “It's not good for the game, it's not good for kids to see it, so I think...

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani walks to the batting cage during spring training baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Hit the road: Shohei Ohtani got driver license in offseason

Feb. 15, 2020 6:25 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani doesn't just drive the ball anymore. The Los Angeles Angels' two-way star says he got his California driver's license in the offseason, putting the 25-year-old behind the wheel of a car for the first time. “I’m enjoying it,” Ohtani said through his...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates his two-run home run during the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Houston. While the Astros have been punished by Major League Baseball for a sign-stealing scheme in their run to the 2017 championship, and Correa says Houston won that World Series “fair and square.” (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

War of words on Astros scandal now involves partial tattoo

Feb. 15, 2020 5:19 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The verbal sparring between the Houston Astros and others around the majors over the team's sign-stealing scandal is reaching new levels of absurdity — from accusations of illiteracy to claims about a player's partial tattoo. Yes, really. And spring training is only a...

Kansas City Royals pitcher Greg Holland throws during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Holland returns to Royals, hopes to straighten out struggles

Feb. 15, 2020 5:13 PM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Back in a familiar bullpen, Greg Holland is hoping to recapture the glory days. Holland was part of the dominant Royals relief corps that led them to back-to-back World Series. He was a two-time All-Star selection and logged 145 of his career 205 saves with Kansas City. That bullpen...

Bo Bichette: Tough to hear Astros' response to scandal

Feb. 15, 2020 5:05 PM EST

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Bo Bichette says it's been tough to watch the Houston Astros response to their sign-stealing scandal exposed in Commissioner Rob Manfred's report. "I don't know what they're really thinking," the 21-year old Toronto Blue Jays shortstop and son of former player Dante Bichette said...

FILE - In this  Friday, July 12, 2019 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Alex Verdugo watches his solo home run during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. With less than a week before pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report to spring training, the Red Sox sent Mookie Betts and David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a deal that brought outfielder Alex Verdugo and Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Boston's Sale, Verdugo already behind schedule for opener

Feb. 15, 2020 4:54 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Three days after telling reporters he wanted to push harder in spring training to improve on last year's slow start, Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke pumped the brakes on two key players. Left-hander Chris Sale and outfielder Alex Verdugo are both recovering from setbacks that could...