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2 hats are better than 1: Mendoza happy with ESPN, Mets role

Mar. 21, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza has heard the ribbing. An ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst since 2015, she added a part-time role last month as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser. "OK, you work for the Mets, we can't talk to you anymore," she recalled hearing from teams during her spring...

Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertain

Mar. 21, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain. Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain. Batting...

Veteran OF Pence set to start season with hometown Rangers

Mar. 21, 2019 9:33 PM EDT

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Veteran outfielder Hunter Pence is set to start the season with his hometown Texas Rangers after going to spring training on a minor league contract. Manager Chris Woodward told Pence on Thursday that he will be on the 25-man roster as the team's fourth outfielder when the Rangers...

Bryce Harper hits first homers, goes deep twice for Phillies

Mar. 21, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper showed off his mighty power a week before opening day. The slugger hit his first two Grapefruit League homers for the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, driving one completely out of the ballpark. "I feel good right now," Harper said. "The swing feels good. The timing...

Giants acquire Rule 5 pick Connor Joe from Reds

Mar. 21, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have acquired Rule 5 draft selection Connor Joe from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a minor league pitcher and cash. The teams announced the trade Thursday night. Joe is a 26-year-old right-handed hitter who has played first base, second base, third...

Mike Mussina's HOF visit a reminder of his excellence

Mar. 21, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Two months after he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Mike Mussina still had a hard time believing his good fortune. "Gratifying is a good word," Mussina said Thursday after touring baseball's shrine to prepare for his July induction. "I'm an example of someone that didn't...

Phils' Harper hits first HRs; 'Cutch, Realmuto also go deep

Mar. 21, 2019 8:35 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper has been playing catch-up since his free agency carried over into spring training. With a week left until opening day, the Philadelphia Phillies' big-money addition looks ready to pay off. Harper hit his first two Grapefruit League homers, combining with fellow new...

Pedroia on missing another opener: 'It is what it is'

Mar. 21, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia feels ready for opening day. Considering what it took to get to that point, the Boston Red Sox are erring on the side of caution. Pedroia will miss Boston's opener for the second straight season, staying in extended spring training to rehab his left knee, on which he...

Trout plays full game a day after receiving record contract

Mar. 21, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus likes to have his regulars play nine innings at least once in a spring training game and on Thursday, it was Mike Trout's turn against the Arizona Diamondbacks. "He's making all that money, he needs to play nine," Ausmus said. Trout, who...

Braves sign veteran right-hander Tomlin to minor league deal

Mar. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed right-hander Josh Tomlin to a minor league contract with an invitation to the team's major league camp. The 34-year-old Tomlin, who was released by Milwaukee on Wednesday, had a 6.14 ERA in 32 games, including nine starts, with Cleveland in 2018. Tomlin...