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Chicago Cubs' Steven Souza Jr. hits an RBI-single during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Healthy again, Cubs' Souza Jr. aiming for regular OF role

Feb. 26, 2020 4:00 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. played in his third spring training game Wednesday, trying to make the most of an opportunity for quality playing time in the outfield for the Chicago Cubs this season. To make it to opening day healthy — a given for most players — would be a bigger deal...

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) signs autographs for fans during spring training baseball camp Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Crowd-seeking Rays come up with win-win-win free ticket plan

Feb. 19, 2020 7:53 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition. Trying to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field, the Rays came up with a crowd-pleasing ticket plan Wednesday. The ``Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend...

Orioles claim INF Andrew Velazquez off waivers from Indians

Feb. 19, 2020 2:38 PM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Velazquez, a 25-year-old from the Bronx, has hit .152 in 28 games with Tampa Bay and Cleveland and joins a crowded competion for an infield spot with Baltimore. Last season,...

Pounders, McGuire agree to minor league deals with Rays

Feb. 14, 2020 6:12 PM EST

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Relief pitchers Brooks Pounders and Deck McGuire have agreed to minor league contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays announced the agreements Friday and expect the right-handers in spring training on Saturday. Pounders split last season between the Indians and Mets...

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell, center, gestures during infield practice during the start of baseball spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

New-look Rays confident they'll be deeper, better

Feb. 13, 2020 5:58 PM EST

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — For a team that didn’t anticipate a lot of change after making the playoffs for the first time in six years, the Tampa Bay Rays have a lot of new faces on the roster entering spring training. Japanese slugger Yoshi Tsutsugo and trade acquisitions José Martinez,...

Shelton's 1st workout as Pirates' manager 'cool' experience

Feb. 12, 2020 2:08 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — The smile never seemed to leave Derek Shelton’s face as he walked from one practice field to another while watching the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers and catchers go through their first spring training workout. Shelton was hired as general manager of the Pittsburgh...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of Game 4 of baseball's World Series in Houston. Two-time All-Star pitcher Morton says he regrets not doing anything to try to stop the Astros from illegally stealing signs and relaying information to their hitters during the team’s 2017 World Series championship season. Morton currently is the ace of the Tampa Bay Rays. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Morton regrets not trying to stop Astros from stealing signs

Feb. 9, 2020 5:07 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two-time All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton says he regrets not doing anything to try to stop the Houston Astros from illegally stealing signs and relaying the information to their hitters during the team’s 2017 World Series championship season. Morton, now the ace of the...

Padres acquire reliever Emilio Pagán from Rays

Feb. 8, 2020 11:28 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres acquired reliever Emilio Pagán from the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in exchange for outfielder Manuel Margot and a minor leaguer. The 28-year-old Pagán went 4-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 66 games last year. The right-hander spent the first two weeks of the season...

FILE - In this  Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019 file photo, San Diego Padres' Hunter Renfroe reacts after being called out on strikes against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. The Tampa Bay Rays are coming off a 96-win season and their first playoff appearance in six years. General manager Erik Neander went about improving the Rays this winter by addressing the need for right-handed hitting with a pair of trades that added Hunter Renfroe, Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Rays confident they're built for another playoff run

Feb. 6, 2020 10:45 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays aren’t standing pat. Coming off a 96-win season and their first playoff appearance in six years, the team with a knack for making the most of limited financial resources have quietly positioned themselves to remain competitive with other contenders that...

James Click, the newly-hired Houston Astros general manager, talks during a baseball press conference Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, at Minute Maid Park in Houston. (Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Click seeks quick success with Astros after replacing Luhnow

Feb. 4, 2020 3:37 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — James Click knows Houston's sign-stealing scandal has tarnished the franchise's reputation. Instead of looking back at the turmoil, the new general manager hopes he can help the Astros make a fresh start. “We're focused on the future," he said. “Obviously, there's been some...