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Kansas City Royals' Maikel Franco throws during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Royals newcomer Franco changes look, hopes to change results

Feb. 20, 2020 11:49 AM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Maikel Franco has a new look to go along with a new attitude. Franco had short hair, rather than his usual shoulder-length dreadlocks, when he arrived at the Kansas City Royals’ spring training clubhouse. In fact, Royals catcher Salvador Pérez did not recognize him at...

Philadelphia Phillies' Vince Velasquez delivers a pitch during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Girardi: Realmuto will return from arbitration focused

Feb. 19, 2020 8:02 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi expects catcher J.T. Realmuto to be back in spring training Thursday and does not believe there will be any fallout from his arbitration hearing in Arizona. Realmuto, eligible for free agency after this season, asked for a raise from $6.05...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo Houston Astros' Aledmys Diaz runs toward first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Houston. Diaz went to arbitration Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 with the Astros, who offered the same $2 million salary he earned last year. Diaz asked for a raise to $2.6 million. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file)

Díaz, Aguilar, Goodwin win salary arbitration cases

Feb. 19, 2020 7:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases Wednesday, cutting the teams' advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6...

FILE - In this June 3, 2019, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Andrew McCutchen, right, is helped by a trainer after injuring his knee while trying to get back to first base during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. McCutchen says he plans to be ready for opening day after the injury cut short his 2019 season. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Phillies' McCutchen upbeat about recovery from knee injury

Feb. 17, 2020 4:10 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Andrew McCutchen can speak firsthand about modern medical advancements. He tore his ACL last year — and it wasn't the first time. "I had an ACL injury when I was in high school, so to kind of compare the two, as far as the process goes and the rehab, it's a lot quicker," the...

Philadelphia Phillies Zack Wheeler, left, signs autographs during a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Phillies' Wheeler downplays dispute with Mets' GM

Feb. 15, 2020 5:01 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Zack Wheeler wants to dial down his little dispute with his former team's general manager. The new Philadelphia right-hander has been trading barbs with New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen recently, adding even more intrigue after Wheeler left the Mets to sign with the rival...

Philadelphia Phillies president Andy McPhail speaks during a news conference after a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

MacPhail says Phillies expect to pay luxury tax this season

Feb. 14, 2020 5:45 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies president Andy MacPhail reiterated that team ownership is willing to go over the luxury tax threshold to make the playoffs. The Phillies have made several high-profile free-agent signings over the past few seasons, including a $330 million, 13-year deal for...

Reliever Tommy Hunter back with the Phillies

Feb. 13, 2020 1:12 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Hunter passed his physical and worked out with the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday after the right-hander finalized an $850,000, one-year contract. Hunter can earn an additional $1.4 million in performances as part of deal. Hunter had surgery last July to repair the flexor...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, the Philadelphia Phillies' new manager, Joe Girardi puts on his uniform during a news conference in Philadelphia. The Phillies enter spring training with a new manager who has a winning pedigree. Girardi, who led the Yankees to a World Series title, takes over in Philadelphia while righty Zack Wheeler and shortstop Didi Gregorious were the biggest on-field additions.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Girardi exploring ways to keep Phils healthy for long season

Feb. 11, 2020 5:13 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi wants to have a healthy team down the stretch this year and says he will be diligent in making sure his players aren’t overworked early in the season. “I take it personal when a guy gets hurt,” Girardi said. “I...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Fiers, the Oakland pitcher and whistleblower in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, appeared with teammates and manager Bob Melvin at team offices. Fiers has not spoken publicly about the sign stealing since the story was published in The Athletic in November. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Spring training: time for pitchers, catchers and cheaters

Feb. 8, 2020 12:13 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Baseball returns to the field next week when pitchers, catchers and cheaters report to spring training. Fans await the annual sunny scenes of favorites stretching on bright green grass in Florida and Arizona. This year the players bring along dark clouds of scandal — the 2017...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler stands on the field and looks out at Oracle Park in San Francisco after being introduced. Kapler knew from the get-go when named San Francisco's new manager the pressure he would feel taking over as leader of a franchise that has had so many good ones in recent memory. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Manager Gabe Kapler works on building trust with Giants fans

Feb. 7, 2020 7:27 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gabe Kapler knew right away when he was hired as San Francisco's manager in November about the pressure he would feel taking over as leader of a franchise that has had so many good ones in recent memory. The skeptics were fierce, and he didn't deny that. He is committed to earning...