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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019 file photo, Atlanta Braves' Billy Hamilton reacts after popping out to end a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Atlanta. The San Francisco Giants believe they might be making a little major league history this spring: as the first team with uniform numbers 0 and 00 in the same year. When the Giants added Hamilton on a minor league deal earlier this month, equipment manager Brad Grems called the league to make sure there's a difference between the two, because new first base coach Antoan Richardson had claimed 00 already. (AP Photo/John Amis)

San Francisco Giants are putting up zeroes, using Nos. 0, 00

Feb. 18, 2020 9:52 AM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The San Francisco Giants are putting up zeroes. They believe they are doing something rarely seen: using uniform numbers 0 and 00 in the same year. When San Francisco added speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton with a minor league deal earlier this month, equipment manager Brad Grems...

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has minor right shoulder issue

Feb. 18, 2020 8:59 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was not in any batting practice group for the team's first full squad workout on Tuesday because of a minor right shoulder issue. The problem is not considered serious and Judge is expected to take part in other drills. The outfielder hit .272 with 27...

Texas Rangers' Elvis Andrus, left, talks with Todd Frazier during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rangers SS Andrus takes aging distinctions into 12th season

Feb. 17, 2020 8:23 PM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Elvis Andrus has a few aging distinctions going into his 12th major league season. The only player left in the Texas Rangers clubhouse to wear that uniform in a World Series, the 31-year-old shortstop is the club's longest-tenured player by five years and expected to be the oldest...

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

Chisox slugger Jiménez hopes to improve on solid rookie year

Feb. 17, 2020 6:58 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Eloy Jiménez got a big contract before playing in a major league game, and his bat justified the deal once the Chicago White Sox left fielder made his debut. Despite a sluggish start and injuries that cost him 40 games, Jiménez still managed to hit 31 homers and show what...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo Houston Astros' Aledmys Diaz runs toward first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Houston. Diaz went to arbitration Monday, Feb. 17, 2020 with the Astros, who offered the same $2 million salary he earned last year. Diaz asked for a raise to $2.6 million. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file)

Infielder Aledmys Díaz, Astros go to arbitration hearing

Feb. 17, 2020 6:44 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Backup infielder Aledmys Díaz went to arbitration Monday with the Houston Astros, who offered the same $2 million salary he earned last year. Díaz asked arbitrators Mark Burstein, Stephen Raymond, Gary Kendellen for a raise to $2.6 million. Acquired from Toronto in November 2018,...

FILE  -  In this Sept. 28, 2019 file photo Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor warms up before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Washington. Lindor insists he wants to stay in Cleveland. The Indians would like that, too. Money, though, could get in the way. The four-time All-Star shortstop reiterated in Arizona that he would prefer to play with the Indians beyond 2021 when his contract expires. The Indians have made long-term offers to him in the past and will continue negotiations. But the deeper in the season it gets, the more the club will have to consider trading Lindor or watch him walk away as a free agent. The Indians held their first full-squad workout of training camp on Monday, Feb. 17 2020. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Indians' Lindor: "I want to win here. I want to stay here."

Feb. 17, 2020 6:42 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) — For now, Francisco Lindor isn't going anywhere. And, if he had his way, he'd never leave Cleveland. “My approach this year is winning here,’’ the four-time All-Star shortstop said Monday following the Indians' first full-squad workout of training camp....

FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2017 file photo Houston Astros relief pitcher Francis Martes walks toward the dugout after being pulled during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Houston. Martes was suspended for the 2020 season following his second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance under baseball's major league drug program. Martes tested positive for Boldenone, the commissioner's office said Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Boldenone is sold under the brand name Equipose and is used commonly on horses. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, file)

Astros pitcher Martes suspended for 2020 following drug test

Feb. 17, 2020 6:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Astros pitcher Francis Martes was suspended for the 2020 season following his second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance under baseball's major league drug program. Martes tested positive for Boldenone, the commissioner's office said Monday. Boldenone is sold under...

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, right, speaks to reporters during spring training baseball Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Cubs' Ricketts not convinced spending more would boost team

Feb. 17, 2020 6:03 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts isn't convinced bringing in more high-priced free agents during the offseason would have boosted Chicago. "Just because you spent a lot of money doesn't mean you're going to win. We've seen that in our own organization our last couple of years," Ricketts said...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer celebrates with the trophy after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. The Nationals head to spring training with mostly the same squad that won the World Series. They are counting again on being led by a star-studded rotation featuring Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, along with slugger Juan Soto. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

MLB stars hammer Manfred over 'piece of metal' trophy crack

Feb. 17, 2020 5:59 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Players who have won a World Series -- and those who have come up short -- seethed Monday at Commissioner Rob Manfred's reference to the sport's championship trophy as merely a "piece of metal," saying that comment reflected a disconnect between baseball's boss and those who...

Houston Astros' Jose Altuve carries a bat as he heads out to hit during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Sounds of spring won't let Astros forget cheating scandal

Feb. 17, 2020 5:50 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — These are the new sounds of spring for the Houston Astros: a fan banging on a trash can, another calling José Altuve a cheater. That's what greeted the Astros during their first full-squad workout at camp Monday. And with so many around baseball not ready to forgive or...