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Baines surprised by Hall of Fame election _ many others, too

Dec. 10, 2018 7:50 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Harold Baines is aware many fans are questioning whether his credentials are Hall of Fame worthy. He's not sweating. "Well, they can't take it away from me now, even if they don't think I should be there," he told The Associated Press. A day after being elected to Cooperstown by a...

RHP Tyson Ross, Tigers agree on 1-year deal

Dec. 10, 2018 7:33 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Free agent right-hander Tyson Ross and the Detroit Tigers have reached a one-year deal for $5.75 million. The agreement came Monday at the winter meetings. Ross went a combined 8-9 with a 4.15 ERA for San Diego and St. Louis last season. He made 22 starts for the Padres, was claimed off...

The Latest: Baines says he's humbled by election to Hall

Dec. 10, 2018 7:18 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Harold Baines knows there a lot of fans questioning whether his credentials are worthy of the Hall of Fame. He's not sweating that. "Well, they can't take it away from me now, even if they don't think I...

Eovaldi wanted to remain in Red Sox rotation, not relieve

Dec. 10, 2018 4:56 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi loved what he started in Boston — emphasis on started. "There were a lot of teams that reached out, wanted me to be a closer," he said. "I view myself as a starter, and that's something I've always done my entire career. And I enjoy doing that. So if I had that...

AP Source: Royals, Hamilton agree to $5.25M contract

Dec. 10, 2018 3:19 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton have agreed to a $5.25 million contract for next season that includes up to $1 million in incentives, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday. The Royals hope that spacious Kauffman...

Sunday night baseball games an hour earlier in 2019

Dec. 10, 2018 3:15 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Baseball players may get a little more sleep when traveling after Sunday night games next year. ESPN announced Monday it is moving up the starting time of the nationally televised game by one hour, with the first pitch planned for shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern. "From a travel perspective,...

Kapler intends to be publicly critical of Phillies players

Dec. 10, 2018 3:11 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Phillies manager Gabe Kapler intends to be more publicly critical of his players in his second season following his team's late fade. Philadelphia led the NL East in early August, then went 16-33 and wound up with its sixth straight losing record at 80-82. "One thing that I can do...

Braves INF Rio Ruiz claimed off waivers by Orioles

Dec. 10, 2018 2:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves infielder Rio Ruiz has been claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles. The 24-year-old Ruiz played sparingly with the Braves the last three seasons and had little future with the team after the emergence of Johan Camargo and the signing of free agent Josh Donaldson. Ruiz...

Rays' Cash will stick with using an opener in 2019

Dec. 10, 2018 2:20 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Naturally, Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash was the opening manager to speak at the winter meetings. Cash said Monday the Rays will stick with their revolutionary practice of using an "opener" next season. The Rays deviated from baseball tradition this year, regularly using a relief pitcher to begin...

Atlanta celebrates a title, but revelry won't last long

Dec. 10, 2018 1:45 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Despite cold, drizzly weather, thousands of fans turned out Monday for a downtown parade and rally to celebrate the city's first championship since 1995. The revelry won't last long. Atlanta United must find a coach to replace Tata Martino and likely cope with the loss of star midfielder...