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Mets minor leaguer Tebow keeps aiming for majors at age 32

Feb. 16, 2020 5:05 PM EST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Be it on a Triple-A field in Syracuse or a tennis court in South Asia, Tim Tebow is still working, hoping for a shot at the majors. Now 32, the former celebrated quarterback is back for his fifth year as a minor league outfielder for the New York Mets. A two-time national...

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 Aug. 14, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado celebrates as he circles the bases after hitting a walkoff, two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Archie Bradley in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Denver. Arenado is at odds with the team's front office as the Rockies head to spring training for the season ahead. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Nolan Arenado ready to get to work with Rockies _ for now

Feb. 16, 2020 2:12 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nolan Arenado said he never went as far as to request a trade from the Colorado Rockies in the wake of feeling a “disrespect” from the club given he was part of trade discussions this offseason, and the All-Star third baseman is ready to move forward despite...

Suter, Brewers avoid arbitration, reach 2-year, $2.5M deal

Feb. 16, 2020 2:10 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Brent Suter reached a two-year, $2.5 million deal Sunday that avoids an arbitration hearing that had been set for next week. Suter returned from Tommy John surgery last September and went 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA in nine relief appearances, helping the Brewers earn...

Cards' Mikolas misses bullpen session with sore elbow

Feb. 16, 2020 1:59 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas was scratched from his second bullpen session of the spring because of a flexor tendon issue. “Best-case scenario is probably just a couple more days before he starts playing catch, starts his bullpens again,” Cardinals manager...

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...

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant speaks to reporters during spring training baseball Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cubs 3B Bryant: No hard feelings on losing grievance

Feb. 15, 2020 8:01 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant realized all along his service-time grievance against the team would be tough to win, and he still believes how he handled himself might help players in the future. The 28-year-old Bryant will be eligible for free agency in two years after arbitrator Mark...

Atlanta Braves pitchers, from left, Shane Greene, Mike Foltynewicz and Max Fried loosen up at spring training baseball camp in North Port, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Braves lefty Fried focuses on mental approach for boost

Feb. 15, 2020 5:56 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Max Fried throws a firm fastball and features a sharp curve, keys to a breakout season last year with the Atlanta Braves. Moving ahead, he's focusing on a few other factors that aren't so easily apparent. Fried has been working on meditation. He believes in visualization. He...

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...