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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) signs autographs for fans during spring training baseball camp Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Crowd-seeking Rays come up with win-win-win free ticket plan

Feb. 19, 2020 7:53 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition. Trying to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field, the Rays came up with a crowd-pleasing ticket plan Wednesday. The ``Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend...

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)

Stanton: I would have hit 80-plus homers if I knew pitches

Feb. 19, 2020 2:44 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton imagined having the advantage the Houston Astros gained in their scam. "If knew what was coming in '17, I probably would have hit 80-plus home runs," he said Wednesday. Stanton agreed with teammate Aaron Judge that the Astros should be stripped of...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge runs on the field during a spring training baseball workout Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Yankees' Judge says Astros should be stripped of 2017 title

Feb. 18, 2020 6:10 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge feels the Houston Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series championship. “You cheated and you didn't earn it,” Judge said Tuesday after the Yankees' first full-squad workout. “That's how I feel. It wasn't earned. It...

FILE - IN this Sept. 1, 2019 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez reacts after being forced out at first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago. Baez wants his Cubs to be better prepared this season.  The two-time All-Star said Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020 at spring training that he and the Cubs were lacking last year when it came to their pregame routines and work ethic. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Báez says Cubs lacked proper preparation last season

Feb. 17, 2020 4:54 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Javier Báez wants his Chicago Cubs to be better prepared this season. The two-time All-Star said Sunday at spring training that he and the Cubs were lacking last year when it came to their pregame routines and work ethic. “We had a lot of optional things, not mandatory, and...

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 1987, file photo, New York Yankees' Rickey Henderson, bottom, steals second base below Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernández during a baseball game in New York.  Fernández, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. (AP Photo/G. Paul Burnett, File)

Former star SS Fernandez dies at 57; Blue Jays hits leader

Feb. 16, 2020 11:04 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Tony Fernández, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. Fernández was taken off a life support system in...

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27)  throws long tosses, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the Reds spring training baseball facility in Goodyear, Ari.z. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Bauer gets positive reaction to criticism of playoff plan

Feb. 16, 2020 5:49 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer says he has gotten positive response to his criticism of a plan being considered by Major League Baseball to expand the playoffs, one that includes an extended break for top seeds and some teams choosing who they will play. Bauer directed his ire...

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pssst. Don't ask World Series MVP Strasburg how he's feeling

Feb. 15, 2020 2:54 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Strasburg has no interest in engaging in the typical spring training chatter between a pitcher and his manager or coaching staff or GM. How did it go out there today? How's the arm after that bullpen session? How do you feel? "I kind of don't really like people asking...

Philadelphia Phillies president Andy McPhail speaks during a news conference after a spring training baseball workout Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

MacPhail says Phillies expect to pay luxury tax this season

Feb. 14, 2020 5:45 PM EST

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies president Andy MacPhail reiterated that team ownership is willing to go over the luxury tax threshold to make the playoffs. The Phillies have made several high-profile free-agent signings over the past few seasons, including a $330 million, 13-year deal for...

New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole throws to first base during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Cole starts Yankees tenure with questions about Astros

Feb. 13, 2020 4:44 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — On the day of his first formal workout with the New York Yankees, Gerrit Cole talked about what he did and did not know about the Houston Astros. Houston was disciplined by Major League Baseball for breaking rules by using a video camera to steal signs during its run to the 2017 title...

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish, center, runs with other pitchers during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Schwarber, Heyward, Rizzo among Cubs early arrivals

Feb. 12, 2020 6:20 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Schwarber was among the position players who reported early to spring training after the Chicago Cubs missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. "It's a tone setter for the season. I have no doubts that everyone is going to come in here hungry ready to go," Schwarber said...