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Colorado Rockies' Ian Desmond (20) loses his helmet on a swing as Cincinnati Reds catcher Curt Casali, right, gets out of the way during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Kopech heats up in 1st game for White Sox since 2018

Mar. 10, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

Michael Kopech quickly got back up to speed for the Chicago White Sox. In his first game since having Tommy John surgery 18 months ago, Kopech threw 11 pitches — and six reached 100 mph. "Yeah, I might have been a little geeked," he said Tuesday. The 23-year-old right-hander started against Texas and threw...

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...

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Alex Cobb (17) and relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong (43) and other pitchers warm up during spring training baseball, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

O's: Mancini needs 'non-baseball-related medical procedure'

Mar. 7, 2020 9:01 PM EST

In a gloomy season for the Baltimore Orioles last year, one of their few bright spots was Trey Mancini. Now they'll have to do without him for a while. The big-hitting Mancini will undergo what the team is calling “a non-baseball-related medical procedure." Manager Brandon Hyde said Saturday that Mancini...

FILE - In this June 17, 2010, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant react as in the final second of Game 7 of the NBA basketball finals against the Boston Celtics in Los Angeles. Bryant was one of eight finalists announced Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, as candidates for enshrinement into the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year, a decision that came as absolutely no surprise in his first year of eligibility. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Pillar of Red Sox, long a Lakers fan, names daughter 'Kobie'

Feb. 15, 2020 9:59 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — New Boston Red Sox outfielder Kevin Pillar grew up in the Los Angeles area as a Lakers fan and named his daughter “Kobie,” after Kobe Bryant. He said he was most impressed with what Bryant has done after he retired from the NBA. Pillar said he hopes to write a...

FILE - In this Friday, April, 12, 2019 file photo, Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi, left, Mookie Betts, center, and Jackie Bradley Jr. run in after defeating the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game in Boston. When the Boston Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers on the eve of spring training, they broke up the

With Betts gone, Red Sox fill holes in OF and at leadoff

Feb. 14, 2020 8:54 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Win. Dance. Delete. When the Boston Red Sox traded Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers on the eve of spring training, they broke up the "Killer B's” who patrolled the Fenway outfield and led the team to a World Series championship in 2018. Together, Betts, Jackie Bradley...

FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger watches the flight of his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. In what's become a familiar refrain, the Dodgers arrive at camp still looking for their first World Series championship since 1988. After losing in two straight World Series, they were ousted by Washington in five games in the NL Division Series last fall. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

NL West teams at the start of spring training

Feb. 7, 2020 1:01 PM EST

A team-by-team look at the National 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: ___ Los Angeles Dodgers Manager: Dave Roberts (fifth season). 2019: 106-56, first place, lost to Nationals in...