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Yanks' Balkovec becomes 1st woman to manage MLB farm team

Jan. 11, 2022 18:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Balkovec became the first woman hired to manage a minor league affiliate of a Major League Baseball team when she was promoted Tuesday by the New York Yankees to dugout boss of the Low A Tampa Tarpons. The 34-year-old joined the Yankees organization as a...

Aaron, Elder overcame hate to achieve records, milestones

Dec. 31, 2021 23:27 PM EST

Henry Aaron made history with one swing of his bat. A year later and on the other side of Georgia, Lee Elder made history with one swing of his driver. They both overcame racist threats to reach milestones that will always be part of sports lore. “Hammerin’ Hank” supplanted...

Verlander, Astros finalize $25 million, 1-year contract

Dec. 14, 2021 14:54 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander's $25 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros has been finalized, nearly a month after it was agreed to. The pitcher and the Astros reached an agreement on Nov. 17 subject to a successful physical. While the deal was reported before the...

Full share on World Series champion Braves worth $397,391

Dec. 10, 2021 14:26 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A full postseason share on the World Series champion Atlanta Braves totaled $397,391 from a record player pool of $90.47 million. The Braves split $32.57 million into 66 full shares, 14.25 partial shares and 38 cash awards, the commissioner’s office said Friday....

Brewers sign 1B Jonathan Singleton to minor league contract

Dec. 09, 2021 23:07 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Singleton, a former heralded first base prospect who hasn’t played in the major leagues since 2015, has signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Singleton signed a $10 million long-term deal with the Houston Astros in 2014 before ever...

Frenzy Part II? What to expect when MLB roster freeze lifts

Dec. 07, 2021 20:36 PM EST

The ink was hardly dry on Corey Seager’s $325 million, 10-year contract with the Texas Rangers last week when baseball’s historically hurried free agency period crashed to a halt. Hard to imagine anything competing with last Wednesday’s spending spree, when teams combined to...

Astros sign RHP Neris to $17 million, 2-year deal

Dec. 01, 2021 00:39 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros signed right-hander Héctor Neris to a $17 million, two-year contract Tuesday with an option for 2024, bringing an experienced closer to the American League champions. Neris has saved 84 games over eight seasons for Philadelphia,...

Former MLB outfielder, manager Bill Virdon dies at 90

Nov. 23, 2021 17:22 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bill Virdon, the steady centerfielder who won the 1955 National League Rookie of the Year for St. Louis and guided the Houston Astros to three straight postseason appearances as a manager, has died. He was 90. Virdon died at the Lester E. Cox Medical...

Red Sox exercised manager Alex Cora's option for 2 seasons

Nov. 22, 2021 17:45 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have exercised Alex Cora’s option for two more seasons, rewarding their manager for taking them to the AL Championship Series in his first year back after a one-year sign-stealing suspension. Cora, 46, is now under contract through...

Diamondbacks hire Brent Strom as pitching coach

Nov. 18, 2021 17:34 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Brent Strom to be their pitching coach. The D-backs announced Strom's hiring on Thursday. The 73-year-old has been a pitching coach in the big leagues for 11 seasons, most recently with the Houston Astros from 2014 to...