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File-This Aug. 19, 2019, file photo shows Milwaukee Brewers' Christian Yelich standing in the on-deck circle during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. Yelich is healthy and ready to go after a season-ending knee injury. He and his Brewers teammates headed into the annual fan event Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, with no shortage of questions about the team's payroll and offseason moves but also plenty of confidence that the team can make an unprecedented third consecutive postseason appearance. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Yelich says he's motivated after last season cut short

Feb. 19, 2020 2:37 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Christian Yelich was driven last year by a desire to improve on the performance that earned him the NL MVP award in 2018. He won his second straight NL batting title and finished second to the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger in the MVP vote, his season cut short when he fouled a pitch...

Brock Holt, Milwaukee Brewers finalize 1-year contract

Feb. 19, 2020 2:02 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers finalized a one-year contract Wednesday, a deal that includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high...

FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019, file photo, Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Pomeranz moved to the San Diego Padres for the 2020 season. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Padres beef up bullpen with Pomeranz, Pagan

Feb. 19, 2020 12:44 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The San Diego Padres are not taking their long tradition of bullpen excellence for granted this season. Newcomers Drew Pomeranz and Emilio Pagan were added to join defending major league saves leader Kirby Yates and reigning NL holds leader Craig Stammen after Padres’ relievers...

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...

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...

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...

Miami Marlins infielder Jonathan Villar (2) run drills during spring training baseball practice in Jupiter, Fla., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

Versatile Villar to get tryout in center field with Marlins

Feb. 18, 2020 1:03 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Versatile newcomer Jonathan Villar is expected to be an ironman in the Miami Marlins' lineup, even if they don’t know where. Villar played in all 162 games last year for the Baltimore Orioles, mostly at second base and shortstop. But the Marlins will give him a spring training...

St. Louis Cardinals pitchers listen as coach Dernier Orozco (41) instructs them on covering home plate during spring training baseball practice Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Cards' Mikolas to get injection, likely to miss season start

Feb. 18, 2020 11:53 AM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his ailing throwing arm, likely delaying his regular-season debut by about one month. A 2018 All-Star, Mikolas received a similar injection after last season to treat a flexor tendon issue....

Eloy Jimenez meets with reporters during the SoxFest Chicago White Sox baseball fan convention Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Chicago. (Patrick Kunzer/Daily Herald via AP)

Chisox slugger Jiménez hopes to improve on solid rookie year

Feb. 17, 2020 6:58 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Eloy Jiménez got a big contract before playing in a major league game, and his bat justified the deal once the Chicago White Sox left fielder made his debut. Despite a sluggish start and injuries that cost him 40 games, Jiménez still managed to hit 31 homers and show what...

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, right, speaks to reporters during spring training baseball Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cubs' Ricketts not convinced spending more would boost team

Feb. 17, 2020 6:03 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts isn't convinced bringing in more high-priced free agents during the offseason would have boosted Chicago. "Just because you spent a lot of money doesn't mean you're going to win. We've seen that in our own organization our last couple of years," Ricketts said...