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Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax., right, holds the Washington Nationals World Series trophy as Nationals president and General Manager, Mike Rizzo, left, looks on as the Virginia House of Delegates honors the team during the session at the Capitol Tuesday Jan 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Manfred apologizes for calling WS trophy a 'piece of metal'

Feb. 18, 2020 11:48 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred apologized Tuesday for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a “piece of metal.” Even before being asked about it, Manfred said he made a mistake with those comments while trying to deliver a rhetorical...

Los Angeles Angels' Brian Goodwin, left, greets a fan during spring training baseball practice, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Angels' Goodwin, D-backs' Bradley go to salary arbitration

Feb. 18, 2020 9:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin and Arizona reliever Archie Bradley went to salary arbitration hearings Tuesday. Goodwin asked a panel for a raise to $2.2 million and the team argued for $1.85 million. He hit .262 last year and set career bests with 17 homers and 47 RBIs in 458...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado reacts after being put out against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Denver. Arenado, the Rockies' top player, is at odds with the team's management as spring training opens for the club. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Rockies GM Bridich hasn't sat down with Arenado after rift

Feb. 18, 2020 8:57 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich says he doesn't feel an urgency to clear the air with apparently disgruntled third baseman Nolan Arenado. Bridich displayed no worries about his relationship with his best player Tuesday night when he spoke at the Cactus League media...

FILE - In this April 6, 2015, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun steps into the batters box for his first plate appearance of an Opening Day baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Brewers home ballpark will have a new name next year after a 20-year deal with Miller comes to an end. American Family Insurance announced Tuesday evening, Jan. 21, 2020, that Miller Park will become American Family Field next Jan. 1. A new logo and other branding elements will be revealed later this year. (John Ehlke/West Bend Daily News via AP, File)

Brewers owner claims team "had an operating loss" in 2019

Feb. 18, 2020 8:16 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio claims his team “had an operating loss” in 2019 but that isn't why the club's projected payroll has dropped nearly $30 million. Attanasio says the Brewers are down from last season's franchise-record $132.6 million payroll because...

Washington Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin wears a World Series Champions patch on his jersey while throwing a bullpen session during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in the World Series last season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Nats look back at Series, then ahead, as full workouts start

Feb. 18, 2020 6:36 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Carter Kieboom, a rookie who will get a shot to be the Washington Nationals' starting third baseman on opening day, took grounders alongside Asdrúbal Cabrera, a versatile, 14th-year infielder who was among seven free agents returning to the World Series champions. Across...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs on the field during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yankees' Judge says Astros should be stripped of 2017 title

Feb. 18, 2020 6:10 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge feels the Houston Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series championship. “You cheated and you didn't earn it,” Judge said Tuesday after the Yankees' first full-squad workout. “That's how I feel. It wasn't earned. It...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Josh Bell takes batting practice during a spring training baseball workout Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bell's Bounce; Pirates 1B eager to prove 2019 was no fluke

Feb. 18, 2020 6:04 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Josh Bell insists he has not arrived. Not yet, though the metric the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star uses to judge his own progress is highly specific. Several times a year Bell will order the jersey of a high-profile opposing player and stash it in his locker. At some point during a...

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw looks on during spring training baseball Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Kershaw to Dodgers: Use anger over cheating Astros as fuel

Feb. 18, 2020 4:43 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is pleased practically everybody in the sport seized the opportunity to tee off on the cheating Houston Astros and Commissioner Rob Manfred's handling of the scandal over the past several days. The Los Angeles Dodgers' veteran ace also believes it's time for baseball...

Atlanta Braves Chairman Terry McGuirk, center, and members of the Atlanta Braves baseball team honor baseball Hall of Famer Hank Aaron, third from right, front, with a street named after him outside CoolToday Park, the spring training baseball facility of the Braves, in North Port, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Aaron on hand as 'World Series or nothing' Braves ramp up

Feb. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Nothing like a little encouragement from Hammerin' Hank himself to show the way at spring training for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves welcomed Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron to their first full-squad workout and named a street for him at their new complex Tuesday, starting off a...

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2019, file photo, San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado reacts during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in San Diego. The Padres head into spring training eager to get on with the ever-evolving rebuilding they hope will make them competitive sooner rather than later. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Machado had regular offseason with business focused on field

Feb. 18, 2020 3:57 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Manny Machado took care of business again this winter. It was all about baseball on the field this time. “It was good, it was a regular offseason for me," Machado said Tuesday before the San Diego Padres had their first full-squad workout of the spring. “I was able to...