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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)

Yankees' Severino has Tommy John surgery

Feb. 27, 2020 8:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees right-hander Luis Severino had Tommy John surgery on Thursday. The procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The team said in a statement that the surgery went as planned. Also, an existing bone chip in his right elbow was removed...

Mets fans, let down in offseason, send spare cash to club

Feb. 27, 2020 7:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets fans have been sending the team's general manager money on a popular payment app in a show of disappointment over the club's offseason signings — or lack thereof. One fan in particular, 20-year-old Frankie Wilton, sent 1 cent, with the message: “Spare change for...

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., left, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., right, stand as Judy Pace Flood speaks during a news conference as they call for the late Curt Flood to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Lawmakers push for Curt Flood's enshrinement in Hall of Fame

Feb. 27, 2020 6:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Curt Flood's widow has a simple explanation for why her late husband, who is revered by players for sacrificing his career to advocate for free agency, has not been enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame. “I think the holdup is that he got on a lot of people's nerves,” Judy...

Oakland Athletics' A.J. Puk runs a drill during spring training baseball practice, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Puk looking sharp in return from Tommy John surgery

Feb. 27, 2020 6:36 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A.J. Puk is looking and feeling strong after pitching three innings in his first two spring training starts for the Oakland Athletics. Two years removed from Tommy John surgery, Puk threw into the mid-90-mph range during a two-inning, 23-pitch scoreless outing against Colorado in a 5-2...

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle stands on the mound during a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Washington. At the suggestion of Washington's director of mental conditioning, Mark Campbell, Doolittle put lavender oil on the leather laces around the webbing of his glove for the postseason. It helped the lefty relax on the mound after a rocky regular season, much the way the bullpen as a whole went from disaster to asset in 2019, a trend the club hopes continues in 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on glove

Feb. 27, 2020 6:08 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle moves a glove out of the way as he reaches into a shelf in his spring training locker and grabs a different one, which he then hands over with a simple, if unusual, instruction: “Smell it.” So, of course, you do --...

Milwaukee Brewers' Lorenzo Cain grounds out while batting during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Healthier Lorenzo Cain ready to lead the way for Brewers

Feb. 27, 2020 5:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Slowed by injuries last year, Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain appeared in his first game of spring training and went 1 for 3 against Kansas City. The 33-year-old singled in his second at-bat and caught a pair of fly balls in the first inning. "It was fun to be out there after just working out and...

Scratched from start, Verlander pleased with simulated game

Feb. 27, 2020 5:33 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched a two-inning simulated game on Thursday in place of what had been scheduled as his spring training debut, a switch made because of groin tightness. “Actually, my dad sent me something last night: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of...

Arizona Diamondbacks' Madison Bumgarner throws during spring training baseball practice, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Cowboy Up: MadBum solid in first outing with Diamondbacks

Feb. 27, 2020 4:54 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner showed the Arizona Diamondbacks he's more than a rodeo star. The team's marquee free-agent acquisition of the offseason was solid in his first spring training outing on Thursday. He retired his first five batters, including four on strikeouts, before giving up a...

ADDS THE INFORMATION IS FROM ANONYMOUS SOURCE - FILE - In this June 2, 2018, file photo, Major League baseball umpire Kerwin Danley (44) is shown during the first inning of a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Miami Marlins in Phoenix. Major League Baseball has appointed its first African American umpire crew chief, promoting Kerwin Danley to the position this week, The Associated Press has learned. A person familiar with the move spoke to the AP on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

MLB appoints 1st black umpire crew chief

Feb. 27, 2020 4:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kerwin Danley became the first African American umpire crew chief in Major League Baseball when a series of promotions, additions and retirements were announced Thursday. The moves included Alfonso Marquez being elevated to the first Hispanic crew chief in MLB history born outside the...

In this image provided by National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Ted Simmons poses during a tour the Hall of Fame, Thursday Feb. 27, 2020, in Cooperstown, N.Y.  Simmons, a catcher who played for the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves for 21 seasons, was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee as part of the Class of 2020. He will be inducted in July. (Milo Stewart, Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum via AP)

Awestruck Ted Simmons marvels at the Baseball Hall of Fame

Feb. 27, 2020 4:12 PM EST

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Ted Simmons just had to stop and soak it all in. “It’s totally overwhelming and humbling, to say the very least," Simmons said Thursday as he gazed at the Baseball Hall of Fame's plaque gallery after a tour of the sport's shrine. “You’re asking yourself...