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New York Yankees' Luis Severino delivers a pitch in the bullpenn during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yanks' Severino needs Tommy John surgery, will miss season.

Feb. 25, 2020 8:55 PM EST

New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino has an elbow injury that requires Tommy John surgery. The team said Tuesday the 26-year-old right-hander has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament, a development that means the two-time All-Star will miss all of 2020 after being sidelined for nearly all of 2019. Mets...

Los Angeles Angels' Anthony Rendon hits an RBI single during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Angels newcomer Rendon goes 2 for 2 in spring debut

Feb. 25, 2020 8:21 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Anthony Rendon had to laugh at the notion that he picked up right where he left off in helping the Washington Nationals win the World Series last year. Still, it was nice to leave his first game in a new uniform with a 1.000 batting average. Rendon went 2 for 2 in his spring training...

Atlanta Braves pitcher Mark Melancon throws at baseball spring training camp in North Port, Fla., Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Martin heals from playoff injury, Braves boast deep bullpen

Feb. 25, 2020 3:02 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — It’s still painful for reliever Chris Martin to talk about what happened in the playoffs. Game 1 of the NL Division Series last year. The 6-foot-7 reliever entered in the eighth inning against St. Louis with the Braves leading 3-1. After throwing his warmup pitches, Martin...

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander (35) watches before throwing during spring training baseball practice, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Astros' Verlander to debut Thursday vs. Scherzer, Nationals

Feb. 25, 2020 2:31 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander is slated to make his 2020 spring training debut on Thursday, when former teammate Max Schezer is scheduled to be on the mound for World Series champion Washington. The pair were teammates on the Detroit Tigers from 2010-14 and have combined for...

The revamped Phillie Phanatic mascot performs before the Philadelphia Phillies play the Pittsburgh Pirates in a spring training baseball game at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. The Phanatic has a new look amid a legal fight with the long-running mascot's creators, but officials say you should not expect his famous attitude to go anywhere. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Creators of original Phanatic call redesign 'an affront'

Feb. 25, 2020 1:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The creators of the original Phillie Phanatic accused the Philadelphia Phillies of "an affront to our intellectual property rights and to Phillies fans everywhere" with the team's redesign of the 42-year-old mascot. The Phillies unveiled the redesign of the green mascot before Sunday's...

Miami Marlins outfielder Matt Kemp (27) looks on during spring training baseball practice in Jupiter, Fla., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

'The wall won' _ Kemp tries to revive career with Marlins

Feb. 25, 2020 1:27 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Fans of The Clash, The Bobby Fuller Four and the Cincinnati Reds can agree Matt Kemp had the quote of the year after he broke a rib chasing a flyball last April. “I fought the wall, and the wall won,” Kemp said. He broke a rib and missed the final five months of the season. Now,...

2021 World Baseball Classic semifinals, final in Miami

Feb. 25, 2020 12:31 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Next year's World Baseball Classic will be played in Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami, with the Marlins hosting the semifinals and final along with half of the quarterfinals. The fifth edition of the tournament will be played from March 9-23, 2021, Major League Baseball and the Major League...

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman practices his sliding technique using the new sliding matts on the team's agility field during spring training on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Braves' Freeman sidelined by right elbow irritation

Feb. 25, 2020 12:15 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman wasn't in the Braves' starting lineup Tuesday because of irritation in his right elbow. Freeman felt discomfort Monday and again Tuesday. “We're trying to nip in the bud,"“He's been throwing balls and doing things,” Braves...

Altuve booed, nicked by pitch in spring debut for Astros

Feb. 25, 2020 3:06 AM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him. “He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker...

From left to right, MLB deputy commissioner Dan Halem, New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Binghamton Mayor Rich David and Rumble Ponies owner John Hughes stand outside NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 24, 2010. Sen. Schumer says Major League Baseball officials agreed to work to keep Binghamton's Double-A baseball team, which is among the 42 minor league franchises targeted to lose their big league affiliation. The New York Democrat met with Halem, Wilpon and Eastern League president Joe McEachern to discuss the future of the Rumble Ponies, a New York affiliate. (AP Photo/John Kekis)

Schumer says MLB will work to keep Binghamton team

Feb. 24, 2020 8:28 PM EST

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Major League Baseball officials agreed to work to keep Binghamton's Double-A baseball team, which is among the 42 minor league franchises targeted to lose their big league affiliation. The New York Democrat met with MLB deputy...