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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Juan Soto during the sixth inning in Game 5 of the baseball team's National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Angels paired Rendon, the best hitter on the free agent market, and Mike Trout, their three-time AL MVP, this winter at the heart of a lineup stocked with an array of tested veterans and promising youngsters. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Mike Trout rips cheating Astros, calls for bigger punishment

Feb. 17, 2020 11:50 AM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout thinks the Houston Astros should pay more dearly for their cheating ways. The Los Angeles Angels' three-time AL MVP ripped the Astros and questioned the discipline handed out by Major League Baseball on Monday after he reported to spring training. “It’s sad for...

Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, right, and bench coach Walt Weiss watch from a golf cart as the pitchers and catchers get loose during spring training baseball camp Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Braves extend contracts of manager Snitker, GM Anthopoulos

Feb. 17, 2020 11:34 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Braves manager Brian Snitker and his coaching staff were given one-year contract extensions through the 2021 season on Monday. Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos was extended for three years through the 2024 season and given the additional title of president of baseball operations. ...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks works against the Texas Rangers during a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. Hendriks had to help somehow when fires ravaged his homeland in Australia this winter. He briefly got home to Perth but mostly campaigned on social media from a world away to generate awareness and support for Red Cross Australia. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

A's Liam Hendriks helps fire victims back home in Australia

Feb. 17, 2020 1:56 AM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A world away, Liam Hendriks had to do something to help everyone affected by the ravaging fires back home in Australia. The Oakland Athletics reliever campaigned on social media to do his part for the cause, no matter he grew up on the country's West Coast in Perth where the massive bush...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 1987, file photo, New York Yankees' Rickey Henderson, bottom, steals second base below Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernández during a baseball game in New York.  Fernández, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett, File)

Former star SS Fernandez dies at 57; Blue Jays hits leader

Feb. 16, 2020 11:04 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...

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred pauses before answering a question about the Houston Astros, during a news conference at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Manfred: No tolerance for beanballs in wake of Astros' scam

Feb. 16, 2020 8:10 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — With baseball ablaze over the Houston Astros' cheating scandal, commissioner Rob Manfred met with nearly half of the major leagues managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. "I hope that I made it extremely clear to them that retaliation in-game by...

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish throws during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Darvish: Astros should be stripped of '17 World Series title

Feb. 16, 2020 7:58 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Yu Darvish got hit hard by the Houston Astros during the 2017 World Series -- both his ERA and reputation took quite a beating. On Sunday, after a bullpen session for the Chicago Cubs, he sought to settle the score a bit. He said the Astros, their sign-stealing scheme exposed, should be...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Joc Pederson is interviewed by reporters during Dodger Stadium FanFest Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Pederson, Stripling back to work with Dodgers after no trade

Feb. 16, 2020 7:54 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joc Pederson was back in a familiar clubhouse. He had the same dressing stall and many of the same teammates. Not much had changed, except for him. He felt awkward — and with good reason. Pederson put his Dodgers uniform back on at Camelback Ranch over the weekend for the...

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred pauses before answering a question about the Houston Astros, during a news conference at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Manfred: No tolerance for beanballs in wake of Astros' scam

Feb. 16, 2020 6:48 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — With baseball ablaze over the Houston Astros' cheating scandal, commissioner Rob Manfred met with several managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. "I hope that I made it extremely clear to them that retaliation in-game by throwing at a batter...

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, New York Yankees center fielder Cameron Maybin smiles as he heads to the field during the ninth inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. Maybin is back with the Detroit Tigers again. The Tigers announced that they have agreed to terms with the 32-year-old outfielder on a major league contract. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

Maybin notices changes as he starts third tour with Tigers

Feb. 16, 2020 6:09 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Cameron Maybin is starting his third stint with the Detroit Tigers. This one feels a bit different. “The first two times around, there were a lot of familiar faces," the veteran outfielder said Sunday. "Not that many now.” Maybin began his big league career with Detroit...

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27)  throws long tosses, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the Reds spring training baseball facility in Goodyear, Ari.z. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Bauer gets positive reaction to criticism of playoff plan

Feb. 16, 2020 5:49 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer says he has gotten positive response to his criticism of a plan being considered by Major League Baseball to expand the playoffs, one that includes an extended break for top seeds and some teams choosing who they will play. Bauer directed his ire...