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AP source: Angels, Allen agree to $8.5M, 1-year contract

Jan. 18, 2019 2:57 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says closer Cody Allen and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to an $8.5 million, one-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement was subject to a successful physical. The deal,...

Record 135 forgo college eligibility to enter NFL draft

Jan. 18, 2019 1:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A record number of college football players will bypass their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. The 135 players forgoing eligibility surpasses the 119 from last year. The NFL released the official list on Friday. There are 103 underclassmen eligible for the April 25-27...

AP source: Ottavino, Yankees agree to $27M, 3-year contract

Jan. 18, 2019 12:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — While shying away from high-priced free agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the New York Yankees are boosting their bullpen. Reliever Adam Ottavino and the Yankees agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday....

Red Sox manager Cora hedges on White House visit

Jan. 17, 2019 6:39 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, a Puerto Rico native who has been outspoken about its need for hurricane relief, indicated on Thursday that he may skip the World Series celebration at the White House over President Donald Trump's policies toward the island. Cora previously said he would...

Former Rangers closer Tolleson retires after rehab setback

Jan. 16, 2019 7:21 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers right-hander Shawn Tolleson has retired after a setback in the former closer's attempted comeback from Tommy John surgery. Tolleson made the announcement Wednesday, three days before his 31st birthday. He strained his right flexor tendon during a throwing session last...

Royals pitcher Skoglund given 80-game drug suspension

Jan. 16, 2019 6:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund was suspended Monday for the season's first 80 games after testing positive for two performance-enhancing substances. The commissioner's office said the positive tests were for selective androgen receptor modulators S-22 (Ostarine) and LGD-4033...

Yanks newcomer LeMahieu on his role: 'Bring a lot of gloves'

Jan. 16, 2019 5:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu is putting away his mittens and packing more mitts. A star second baseman for Colorado, LeMahieu is set to join a crowded New York Yankees infield. "I was told to bring a lot of gloves," he said Wednesday on a conference call. That's fine with LeMahieu, who became a free agent...

Phillies hire infield coach and first base coach

Jan. 16, 2019 5:41 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have finalized their coaching staff by hiring infield coach Bobby Dickerson and first base coach Paco Figueroa. Dickerson spent the past six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles as third base coach and worked closely with Manny Machado, an All-Star free agent the Phillies are...

Twins trade reliever Curtiss to Angels for minor leaguer

Jan. 16, 2019 1:35 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have traded reliever John Curtiss to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria. Curtiss pitched in 17 games for the Twins over the past two seasons, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings. He walked six and struck out 17. The right-hander was...

Shepard taking over play-by-play for Tigers' TV broadcasts

Jan. 15, 2019 8:18 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Matt Shepard is taking over as play-by-play announcer of the Detroit Tigers on their Fox Sports Detroit television broadcasts. FSD said Tuesday that Shepard will work alongside analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson. Dan Petry and Craig Monroe will be analysts for pregame and postgame shows....