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FILE - In this May 28, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws against the New York Mets during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles. Rich Hill can earn $9.5 million in performance bonuses in his contract with the Minnesota Twins and Homer Bailey can earn $1 million. Hill, a left-hander who turns 40 in March, was 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 13 starts last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Rich Hill, Twins have sights set on World Series together

Jan. 26, 2020 7:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After four playoff appearances, including two trips to the World Series, in four years with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rich Hill was a 39-year-old free agent coming off another elbow surgery. Unlikely to return until at least June, Hill wanted to find a team to get him back to the World...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Alex Verdugo, left, gets ready to have his picture taken with Desirae Cortez, right, along with her children Emma, second from left, and Julianna during Dodger Stadium FanFest Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Dodgers' fan group ready to vent at Astros for sign stealing

Jan. 25, 2020 7:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of Los Angeles Dodgers fans is making plans to vent its frustration at the Houston Astros about baseball's sign-stealing scandal. Houston and the Dodgers don't play each other during the upcoming regular season, so Pantone 294 is snapping up tickets to the Los Angeles Angels'...

Los Angeles Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez is interviewed by reporters during Dodger Stadium FanFest Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Several Dodgers go public, peeved by Astros' cheating scam

Jan. 25, 2020 7:09 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers would rather earn a World Series trophy on their own than accept any scraps from the Houston Astros or Boston Red Sox, the teams that beat them in 2017 and '18. Despite being eager to focus on the upcoming season, several Dodgers publicly for the first time...

Fortified White Sox say they're ready to contend again

Jan. 25, 2020 7:04 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox and their long-frustrated fans say they're primed and pumped for the team to contend in 2020. The White Sox haven’t made the playoffs since 2008 and have endured seven straight losing seasons, but there was an optimistic buzz at the team's sold-out fan convention...

Pirates' Taillon upbeat as he rehabs from elbow surgery

Jan. 25, 2020 3:04 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jameson Taillon has plenty of experience when it comes to rehabbing from injuries. The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander has had two Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgeries during his professional career. He's also undergone surgeries to repair a sport hernia and remove cancerous tissue...

Chicago White Sox's Yoan Moncada, left, Luis Robert, center, and Jose Abreu pose for a video during the team's annual fan convention Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

1B Abreu looking forward to winning with White Sox

Jan. 25, 2020 2:42 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — José Abreu has known nothing but losing since he joined the Chicago White Sox. Six years, six losing seasons. Six consistent performances by the Cuban slugger, and six empty Octobers. Perhaps more than anyone else, Abreu is ready for the other side of Chicago's long-running rebuilding...

Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. Fiers, the Oakland pitcher and whistleblower in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, appeared with teammates and manager Bob Melvin at team offices. Fiers has not spoken publicly about the sign stealing since the story was published in The Athletic in November. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Fiers declines to discuss whistleblower role in cheat scam

Jan. 24, 2020 10:49 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers didn't have any more to say regarding his role as a whistleblower. Fiers declined Friday to answer questions about revealing the sign-stealing scam that has engulfed Major League Baseball, instead saying he simply wanted to focus on the future. He...

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins pitcher Devin Smeltzer watches a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the sixth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. The Twins remain publicly confident in the rotation anchored by returning veterans Jose Berrios and Jake Odorizzi and supplemented by youngsters like Smeltzer, Randy Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Twins express confidence in rotation that carries questions

Jan. 24, 2020 10:01 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins set a major league record for home runs last season. They created a bigger buzz with their recent signing of star third baseman Josh Donaldson to a $92 million, four-year contract — the richest in club history for a free agent. Still, the defending AL Central...

El nuevo manager de los Mets de Nueva York Luis Rojas (centro) posa con el gerente general Brodie Van Wagenen (izquierda) y el dueño Jeff Wilpon al ser presentado en una rueda de prensa, el viernes 24 de enero de 2020. (AP Foto/Bebeto Matthews)

From family of baseball royalty, Rojas promises Mets success

Jan. 24, 2020 7:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Rojas never expected to be the man behind the microphone. Eleven days earlier, he was preparing for his second spring training as the Mets' relatively anonymous quality control coach. Now he was a major league manager, just like his dad, tasked with lifting New York's perennial No. 2...

Royals star Pérez becomes US Citizen at team's fan event

Jan. 24, 2020 7:21 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Already a World Series MVP, six-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove catcher, Salvador Pérez became something else when he stepped onto the main stage at the Kansas City Royals' annual FanFest: a U.S. citizen. Pérez took his oath of citizenship on Friday, the completion...