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Baltimore Orioles catching prospect Adley Rutschman works with a pitcher during spring training baseball camp Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Sarasota, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Top pick Rutschman not awed in 1st Orioles' big league camp

Feb. 22, 2020 3:04 PM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — A year ago, Adley Rutschman was a student at the University of Oregon, and now he's in his first major league camp. Nothing overwhelming about that, he says. Rutschman was the top pick in last June's draft and signed with the Baltimore Orioles for an $8.1 million bonus. He's played...

White Sox agree to deals with Bummer, Garcia

Feb. 22, 2020 1:46 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox agreed Saturday to a $16 million, five-year contract with reliever Aaron Bummer that includes two club options, and a $3.5 million, one-year deal with infielder Leury Garcia. Bummer is due $1 million in 2020, $2 million in 2021, $2.5 million in 2022, $3.75...

FILE - In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Detroit Tigers' Victor Alcántara pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in a baseball game in Philadelphia. Alcántara was suspended for 80 games Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. The 26-year-old right-hander was 3-2 with a 4.85 ERA last season in 46 relief appearances for the Tigers. He became a free agent last fall after he was assigned outright to Triple-A Toledo on Oct. 24. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Alcántara, 3 minor leaguers banned for positive drug tests

Feb. 21, 2020 6:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Free agent pitcher Victor Alcántara was suspended for 80 games Friday under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. The 26-year-old right-hander was 3-2 with a 4.85 ERA last season in 46 relief appearances for the...

Houston Astros outfielders Josh Reddick and George Springer duck for cover as Michael Brantley runs after a fly ball during spring training baseball practice, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Reddick says he, teammates have received death threats

Feb. 21, 2020 6:07 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — On the day Houston outfielder Josh Reddick said he and other players have received death threats in the wake of the team's sign-stealing scandal, union head Tony Clark said safety had become an issue for some of his members. “There are undoubtedly concerns out there...

St. Louis Cardinals' Paul Goldschmidt takes his turn in the batting cage during spring training baseball practice Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Cards' Goldschmidt looking for consistent swing

Feb. 21, 2020 5:26 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt never found consistency with his swing last season. Poor swings that yield ugly results early in this year's spring training games may actually prevent that from happening again this season. "That can allow you to make adjustments where sometimes (positive) results...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel hits a home run off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer during the second inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series in Houston. The last time these teams played the Nationals were celebrating their World Series title in Houston. Since then the Astros have become the league's villains, with a sign-stealing scandal tarnishing their reputation and casting a shadow on their 2017 title. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

It's champs vs. cheaters as Nats and Astros meet Saturday

Feb. 21, 2020 4:40 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It will be champs vs. cheaters in a World Series rematch when the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros play their exhibition opener on Saturday night. The last time these teams met, the Nationals were celebrating their first World Series title in Houston after winning Game 7...

Texas Rangers pitcher Corey Kluber (28) throws in the bullpen as catcher Robinson Chirinos, right, and pitching coach Julio Rangel look on during the first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers at the team's training facility on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

2-time Cy Young winner Kluber has 'a lot to prove' in Texas

Feb. 21, 2020 4:17 PM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — After Corey Kluber was traded to Texas, his new manager got a lot of texts and calls from people saying what a phenomenal pitcher and person the Rangers got. The only message that surprised Chris Woodward was the one he got from the two-time Cy Young Award winner. “One of...

Seattle Mariners' Kyle Lewis waits to bat during spring training baseball practice Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Lewis hoping to power up for Mariners in first full season

Feb. 21, 2020 3:51 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Kyle Lewis showed late last season that he’s ready for a regular role in the Seattle Mariners outfield, and he hopes his short time in the major leagues following a September callup is a preview of the kind of offensive production he can provide. Lewis homered in his major...

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 frustrated by being shut down again

Feb. 21, 2020 1:46 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino says it is "definitely frustrating" to be shut down in spring training for the second consecutive year. Severino has right forearm soreness near the elbow, which has been an off and on issue since October. "It’s more inside, close to...

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

Bradley wins last arbitration case, teams have 7-5 margin

Feb. 21, 2020 1:02 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona reliever Archie Bradley won the final salary arbitration case of the year, leaving teams with a 7-5 advantage over players. Bradley, a 27-year right-hander, was given a raise from $1.83 million to $4.1 million on Friday by arbitrators Andrew Strongin, Steven Wolf and Jules Bloch. The...