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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle stands on the mound during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Washington. At the suggestion of Washington's director of mental conditioning, Mark Campbell, Doolittle put lavender oil on the leather laces around the webbing of his glove for the postseason. It helped the lefty relax on the mound after a rocky regular season, much the way the bullpen as a whole went from disaster to asset in 2019, a trend the club hopes continues in 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on glove

Feb. 27, 2020 6:08 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle moves a glove out of the way as he reaches into a shelf in his spring training locker and grabs a different one, which he then hands over with a simple, if unusual, instruction: “Smell it.” So, of course, you do --...

Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz throws at spring training baseball camp on North Port, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Braves' Foltynewicz ready to put 2019 season behind him

Feb. 27, 2020 3:09 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — When Mike Foltynewicz was asked how long it took him to get over his nightmarish start in Game 5 of the NL Division Series, he said “two or three days.” The Atlanta Braves pitcher said he quickly turned his attention to wife Brittany, son Mike and daughter Lola. They...

Toronto Blue Jays' Nate Pearson delivers a pitch during live batting practice at a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Hard-throwing Pearson one of many talented young Blue Jays

Feb. 27, 2020 3:07 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays already have an intriguing young lineup with Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio hoping to build off promising 2019 seasons. A hard-throwing pitching prospect could be joining them in the big leagues soon. Right-hander Nate Pearson had a...

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) smiles before taking batting practice during spring training baseball practice, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Astros, 'Field of Dreams' game highlight 2020 MLB schedule

Feb. 27, 2020 12:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Washington Nationals defend their first championship. The Houston Astros take on, well, the world. Major league baseball comes to Iowa — and returns to London. Here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar: THURSDAY, MARCH 26 St. Louis Cardinals at Cincinnati Reds: Nick...

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman practices his sliding technique using the new sliding matts on the team's agility field during spring training on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Braves' Freeman says elbow OK, hopes to play next week

Feb. 27, 2020 9:26 AM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago. The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that...

Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman prepares to face Josh James as James pitched a live batting practice during baseball spring training Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Bregman becomes 7th Astros player hit by pitch in 5 games

Feb. 26, 2020 8:10 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston's Alex Bregman was hit on the back by a breaking ball from St. Louis reliever Ramon Santos on Wednesday, the seventh Astros player plunked in five spring training games. “It was a splitter,” Bregman said. “It just got away from him.” Some...

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim throws during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Kim works two perfect innings in debut as Cardinals starter

Feb. 26, 2020 8:04 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Nervous or not, South Korean star Kwang Hyun Kim is proving problematic for major league hitters. The 31-year-old left-hander retired all six Miami batters he faced in his first Grapefruit League start for the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. It came after he threw one shutout inning...

Tebow will play for Philippines in World Baseball Classic

Feb. 26, 2020 6:39 PM EST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow is set to swing into action for a new team. The New York Mets minor league outfielder and former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will play for the Philippines next month in the World Baseball Classic. Tebow was born in the Philippines in 1987 when his parents were...

Houston Astros outfielder George Springer yells as he and other outfielders come off the field during baseball spring training Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Springer heckled as Astros continue spring boobird swing

Feb. 26, 2020 5:46 PM EST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — George Springer could only stand there all alone and listen. The Houston Astros leadoff man had no choice when he stepped into the batter's box a bit too early and was showered with loud boos Wednesday at an exhibition game against the New York Mets. Mets pitcher Noah...

Brian Dozier can earn up to $4M with San Diego Padres

Feb. 26, 2020 10:19 AM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Second baseman Brian Dozier would get a $2.2 million, one-year contract if added to the San Diego Padres' 40-man roster and would have the chance to earn $1.8 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. Dozier agreed to a minor league contract Monday and hopes to win the...