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Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco, right, taps the glove of catcher Roberto Perez, left, after a pitching session during spring training baseball workouts for pitchers and catchers Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Indians' Carrasco hurts leg in workout, team awaiting tests

Feb. 20, 2020 9:36 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) — The Cleveland Indians could have another significant pitching problem. Right-hander Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout Wednesday and is undergoing imaging tests to find out the severity of the injury and how long he'll be sidelined....

Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria smiles during spring training baseball Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

White Sox's Renteria gets a full shot at turning team around

Feb. 20, 2020 9:28 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rick Renteria has been here before. He was managing the Chicago Cubs in 2014 when they were building a team that would end its century-long championship drought. But just as that team was coming together for a four-year postseason run, Renteria's contract was terminated when the...

New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton takes batting practice during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bounce back: MLB veterans to watch in spring games

Feb. 20, 2020 1:32 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton's intimidating presence was missing from the middle of the Yankees' lineup for a big chunk of 2019 because of an injury-filled season. As he tries to bounce back, the New York slugger will have his spring at-bats analyzed more than most. Spring training game...

Kipnis chasing Cubs' 2nd base job, mentoring Hoerner

Feb. 20, 2020 12:44 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jason Kipnis joined the Chicago Cubs this spring for a shot at the second base job. He also realizes the role he plays in helping develop 22-year-old prospect Nico Hoerner. “I think he’s a stud. He’s going to be one. He’s a young guy with a lot of talent and I...

Kansas City Royals' Maikel Franco throws during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Royals newcomer Franco changes look, hopes to change results

Feb. 20, 2020 11:49 AM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Maikel Franco has a new look to go along with a new attitude. Franco had short hair, rather than his usual shoulder-length dreadlocks, when he arrived at the Kansas City Royals’ spring training clubhouse. In fact, Royals catcher Salvador Pérez did not recognize him at...

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander poses for a photographer during photo day before a spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Verlander, approaching age 37, hopes to remain among elite

Feb. 19, 2020 3:33 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As Justin Verlander approaches his 37th birthday, Houston's ace evolves to maintain the skills that allowed him to win his second Cy Young Award last season, eight years after he won the first one. Verlander, who will turn 37 on Thursday, talked about aging this week as he...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, in Boston. Berrios is still without a long-term contract, but the Twins continue to build their rotation around the two-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

Twins' staff holds the key to team loaded with offense

Feb. 19, 2020 3:14 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Expecting another big season from their high-octane offense, the Minnesota Twins hope to pitch well enough to win a second straight AL Central title. Minnesota set a major-league record with 307 homers and was eighth with a 4.18 ERA last year. "We had a pretty darn good pitching...

Orioles claim INF Andrew Velazquez off waivers from Indians

Feb. 19, 2020 2:38 PM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Velazquez, a 25-year-old from the Bronx, has hit .152 in 28 games with Tampa Bay and Cleveland and joins a crowded competion for an infield spot with Baltimore. Last season,...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Spencer Turnbull takes part in a drill during a spring training baseball workout in Lakeland, Fla. Christin Stewart homered in the top of the 10th inning to lift Detroit to a win in its season opener last year. A few days later, Spencer Turnbull took the mound for the Tigers as the starting pitcher for their first home game. Those are moments each player can look back on with pride, but both enter 2020 with a lot still to prove. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Stewart, Turnbull facing crucial 2020 season for Tigers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:15 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Christin Stewart homered in the top of the 10th inning to lift Detroit to a win in its season opener last year. A few days later, Spencer Turnbull took the mound for the Tigers as the starting pitcher for their first home game. Those are moments each player can look back on with...

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

Batting champ Anderson says he won't change his style

Feb. 18, 2020 3:57 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — As far as Tim Anderson is concerned, winning a batting title doesn't change his status. Anderson led the major leagues with a .335 average last season for the Chicago White Sox. Despite a sprained ankle that limited him to 123 games, he hit 18 homers and stole 17 bases. The...