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  • Mexico wins Caribbean Series with HR in 9th inning

    February 7, 2016

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Jorge Vazquez hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, lifting Mexico's Mazatlan Venados to a 5-4 comeback victory over Venezuela's Aragua Tigres for the Caribbean Series championship.It was Mexico's third title in four years.

  • Mexico, Venezuela to meet in finals of Caribbean Series

    February 7, 2016

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Yuniesky Betancourt drove in four runs and Hector Daniel Rodriguez threw six strong innings as Mexico's Venados de Mazatlan beat Cuba's Ciego de Avila 7-2 on Saturday to advance to the finals of the Caribbean Series.

  • Blue Jays sign RHP Gavin Floyd to 1-year, M contract

    February 6, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have signed right-hander Gavin Floyd to a one-year, million dollar contract.A 12-year veteran who has also pitched for Philadelphia, the Chicago White Sox and Atlanta, Floyd made seven relief appearances with Cleveland last season, missing significant time with a fractured elbow for the second straight year. He had no record and a 2.70 ERA.

  • Jesse Chavez beats Blue Jays in arbitration, awarded M

    February 6, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jesse Chavez defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in salary arbitration, improving players to 3-0 this year in cases that went to hearings.Chavez was awarded a million salary on Saturday by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays argued the 32-year-old right-hander should be paid .6 million.

  • Jesse Chavez beats Blue Jays in arbitration; players 3-0

    February 6, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jesse Chavez defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in salary arbitration, improving players to 3-0 this year in cases that went to hearings.Chavez was awarded a million salary on Saturday by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays argued the 32-year-old right-hander should be paid .6 million.

  • APNewsBreak: Arrieta, Cubs agree at .7M, AP source says

    February 6, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Jake Arrieta and the Chicago Cubs found a number that worked in the canyon between their arbitration proposals.Arrieta has agreed to a .7 million, one-year contract for the highest one-year deal for a pitcher eligible for arbitration for the second time.

  • Undefeated Mexico tops Puerto Rico in Caribbean series

    February 6, 2016

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Outfielders Jeremias Pineda and Justin Greene had RBI doubles during a six-run eighth inning, and Mexico's undefeated Mazatlan Venados beat Puerto Rico's Santurce Cangrejeros 8-4 on Friday night to clinch the top seed in the semifinals of the Caribbean Series.

  • APNewsBreak: AP source: Arrieta, Cubs agree at .7M

    February 6, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a .7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service.A person familiar with the negotiations disclosed the agreement on Friday night. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been announced by the team.

  • AP NewsBreak: AP source: Arrieta, Cubs agree at .7M

    February 5, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta has agreed to a .7 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the highest one-year deal for a pitcher with four years of major league service.The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been announced by the team.

  • Jesse Chavez, Jays argue arbitration case 0,000 apart

    February 5, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jesse Chavez and the Toronto Blue Jays have argued their salary arbitration case, with the sides 0,000 apart.Chavez asked arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis for a million salary during a hearing Saturday. The Blue Jays argued the 32-year-old right-hander should be paid .6 million.

  • Orioles LHP Britton accepts 1-year deal, avoids arbitration

    February 5, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles closer Zach Britton has agreed to terms on a .75 million contract for 2016, avoiding arbitration.The agreement was reached Friday. Britton was asking for .9 million and Baltimore countered with a .6 million offer before a compromise was reached.

  • Reds outfield prospect Duran suspended for positive test

    February 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Juan Duran has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season under Major League Baseball's drug program following a positive test for three performance-enhancing substances.Duran tested positive for Drostanolone, Stanozolol and Nandrolone, the commissioner's office said Friday.

  • Pair of minor league pitchers draw 50-game drug suspensions

    February 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Two minor league pitchers have each been suspended 50 games for drug violations.Arizona right-hander Austin Mason and Chicago White Sox righty Lucas Shearrow were banned Friday by the commissioner's office. They tested positive for a second time for a drug of abuse.

  • Kozma, Pestano, Swarzak sign minor league deals with Yanks

    February 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) While the New York Yankees have not signed any free agents to major league contracts, they announced 15 minor league deals Friday.Infielder Pete Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Anthony Swarzak were among the players who reached agreements and will report to big league spring training.

  • Hoover beats Reds in arbitration, improving players to 2-0

    February 5, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Reliever J.J. Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, improving players to 2-0 against teams this year.Hoover was given a raise from 5,000 to .4 million Friday by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek, who heard the case a day earlier. The team had argued for ,225,000.

  • David Aardsma agrees to minor league contract with Blue Jays

    February 5, 2016

    Pitcher David Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training.The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season.Selected by the Giants with the 22nd overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft he is 16-18 with 69 saves and a 4.27 ERA in 331 relief appearances in nine big league seasons with San Francisco (2004), the Chicago Cubs (2006), the Chicago White Sox (2007), Boston (2008), Seattle (2009-10), the New York Yankees (2012), the New York Mets (2013) and Atlanta (2015).

  • Venezuela beats Cuba 3-1, reaches Caribbean Series semis

    February 5, 2016

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Alex Romero, Jose Martinez and Sandy Leon drove in runs to lead Venezuela's Aragua Tigers over Cuba's Ciego de Avila 3-1 Thursday and advance to the Caribbean Series semifinals.The loss dropped Cuba to 0-3, and it needs a victory Friday to avoid elimination.

  • Venezuela tops Cuba in Caribbean series of baseball

    February 5, 2016

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Alex Romero, Jose Martinez and Sandy Leon drove in runs to lead Venezuela's Aragua Tigers to a 3-1 victory Thursday over Cuba's Ciego de Avila and advance to the semifinals of the Caribbean Series.The loss dropped the Cuban team to 0-3 and needing a victory Friday to avoid elimination.

  • Orioles, LHP Matusz agree to .9 million, 1-year contract

    February 4, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles have reached agreement with left-hander Brian Matusz on a .9 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.Matusz went 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 58 appearances out of the bullpen last season for Baltimore. He struck out 59 over 49 innings.

  • Reliever J.J. Hoover and Reds argue salary arbitration case

    February 4, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) J.J. Hoover and the Cincinnati Reds argued their salary arbitration case Thursday, with the reliever asking for a raise from 5,000 to .4 million and the team arguing for ,225,000.A decision by arbitrators James Oldham, Dan Brent and Sylvia Skratek is expected Friday.

  • Fernando Rodney and Padres finalize million, 1-year deal

    February 4, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Reliever Fernando Rodney and the San Diego Padres completed their million, one-year contract on Thursday.The 38-year-old right-hander, who agreed to the deal on Jan. 20, split last season between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs, going 5-5 with 16 saves and a 5.68 ERA.

  • Orioles, LHP Matusz agree on 1-year, .9 million contract

    February 4, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have reached agreement with left-hander Brian Matusz on a one-year, .9 million contract, avoiding arbitration.Matusz went 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 58 appearances out of the bullpen last season. He struck out 59 over 49 innings.

  • Bash Brother to Cash Brother: Canseco hits Japan bank plan

    February 4, 2016

    A Japanese economic plan has prompted Jose Canseco to jump into a whole new field - financial advice.The former slugging outfielder went on a Twitter rant late Wednesday night, saying the Bank of Japan's idea of negative interest rates ''is blowing my mind.''

  • Marlins sign infielder Don Kelly to minor league deal

    February 4, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Infielder Don Kelly has signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins, with an invitation to major league spring training.Kelly turns 36 on Feb. 15. He appeared in only two games with the Marlins last season, going hitless in one at-bat.

  • Kendrick and Dodgers finalize million, 2-year contract

    February 4, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers finalized their million, two-year contract with free-agent Howie Kendrick on Thursday, bringing back the second baseman in part because of his willingness to play multiple positions.Kendrick had turned down a .8 million, one-year qualifying offer from the team in November. That rejection left the Dodgers as the only club that could sign the 32-year-old without having to give up a 2016 amateur draft pick in the opening rounds as compensation.

  • 2 minor league pitchers draw 50-game drug suspensions

    February 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Two minor league pitchers have been suspended 50 games each because of drug violations.Oakland right-hander Sean Murphy and San Diego righty Ryan Butler were penalized Thursday by the commissioner's office. They both tested positive for a second time for a drug of abuse.

  • Rays' Smyly wins 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

    February 4, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.The three-person panel decided Thursday in Smyly's favor, dealing the Rays their first loss in seven arbitration hearings.The 26-year-old lefty asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from .65 million to .75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for .2 million.

  • Orioles get RHP Despaigne from Padres for minor leaguer

    February 4, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have acquired right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne from the San Diego Padres for a minor league pitcher.Despaigne went 5-9 with a 5.80 ERA over 18 starts and 16 relief appearances with the Padres last season. The 28-year-old has a career record of 9-16 in 50 games.

  • Dodgers announce signing of free agent Howie Kendrick

    February 4, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have announced the signing of free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick.He agreed to a million, two-year deal last week after it appeared Kendrick would not be back, having turned down a .8 million, one-year qualifying offer from the team in November. That rejection left the Dodgers as the only club that could sign the 32-year-old infielder without giving up a 2016 amateur draft pick as compensation.

  • Former MLB outfielder Gomes signs with Rakuten Eagles

    February 4, 2016

    TOKYO (AP) Free-agent outfielder Jonny Gomes has agreed to a one-year deal with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.Pending the outcome of a physical, Gomes is expected to join the team this month at their spring training camp in Okinawa, a team official said.

  • Mexico beats Venezuela, gets to Caribbean Series semifinals

    February 3, 2016

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Alejandro Soto pitched into the sixth inning, Yuniesky Betancourt hit a two-run double and the Mazatlan Venados of Mexico beat Venezuela's Aragua Tigers 6-4 Wednesday for a spot in the semifinal round of the Caribbean Series.

  • Smyly and Rays argue 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

    February 3, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Drew Smyly and the Tampa Bay Rays have argued baseball's first salary arbitration case this year.The 26-year-old left-hander asked arbitrators Elizabeth Neumeier, Andrew Strongin and Phillip LaPorte for a raise from .65 million to .75 million during a hearing Wednesday. The Rays argued for .2 million.

  • Mets willing to consider long-term deals for young pitchers

    February 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Now that most of this offseason's business is complete, the New York Mets may turn their attention to long-term deals for the hard-throwing young starting pitchers who helped the team reach the World Series last year for the first time since 2000.

  • Familia and Mets agree to .1 million, 1-year contract

    February 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Mets settled their last salary arbitration case, agreeing to a .1 million, one-year contract with closer Jeurys Familia.The deal Wednesday was ,000 above the midpoint between the .8 million Familia wanted and the .3 million the Mets offered when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month.

  • Expected rebuild will still test patience of Brewers owner

    February 3, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers owner Mark Attanasio talks to his general manager like a fan whenever his rebuilding club makes another move.The remodeling of the franchise, while long anticipated, is still testing the patience of the competitive and passionate boss.

  • Blue Jays will have dirt infield in time for coming season

    February 3, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays are installing a dirt infield at the Rogers Centre for the first time but say it is too early to determine whether they would replace artificial turf with grass in some future season.Toronto announced Wednesday that work will begin next week to excavate about 12,000 square feet of concrete. The infield and baselines will be dug out to a depth of 12 inches and filled with layers of gravel, sand and clay.

  • Seattle signs Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee to minor league deal

    February 3, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have signed Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee and catcher Steve Lerud to minor league contracts two weeks before the start of spring training.Seattle announced the roster moves Wednesday. Lee, a first baseman, has spent the past four seasons playing in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes and Fukuoka Softbank Hawks. Last season, Lee hit .282 with 31 homers and 98 RBIs in 141 games with Fukuoka.

  • Pirates acquire former first-round pick Biddle from Phillies

    February 3, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired pitching prospect Jesse Biddle from the Philadelphia Phillies.The deal, announced Tuesday, sends Biddle to the Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Yoervis Medina.The 24-year-old Biddle was a first-round pick by the Phillies in the 2010 first-year player draft. Biddle went 9-6 with a 4.95 ERA in 24 combined minor league starts. He underwent reconstructive elbow surgery last October and was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on Jan. 29.

  • Cespedes says staying with Mets always was his preference

    February 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Yoenis Cespedes says he chose happiness over more dollars.Of course, the lower offer was a million, three-year contract that kept him with the New York Mets.''It's not always about the amount of money being offered,'' he said through a translator Wednesday in his first public comments about his Jan. 22 decision. ''It's about wanting to be in a place you want to play in, that you're happy in. And as you can see, this is just what happened in that case.''

  • Venezuela wins in 10th for 2-0 mark in Caribbean Series

    February 3, 2016

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Shortstop Juniel Querecuto singled with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning Tuesday night, driving in second baseman Hernan Perez from third base as the Aragua Tigers of Venezuela rallied for an 8-7 victory over the Escogido Leones of the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series.

  • Dodgers hire Maddux and Ibanez as special assistants

    February 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have hired Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux and 19-year veteran Raul Ibanez as special assistants to Andrew Friedman in the team's front office.The team said Tuesday that Maddux and Ibanez will help Friedman, who is president of baseball operations, while also working in scouting, player development and interacting with players at the major and minor league levels.

  • Brendan Ryan agrees to minor league deal with Nats

    February 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Infielder Brendan Ryan has agreed to a minor league contact with the Washington Nationals and will report to big league spring training.Ryan was with the New York Yankees from September 2013 through last season and previously played for the Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals during his nine-year big league career. Ryan was traded by the Yankees to the Chicago Cubs in December, then was released by Chicago.

  • Mets trade outfielder Darrell Ceciliani to Toronto Blue Jays

    February 2, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Outfielder Darrell Ceciliani has been acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays from the New York Mets for cash.The 25-year-old hit .206 with one home and five steals in 68 at-bats as a rookie last year. He batted .345 with 19 doubles, four triples, nine homers and 16 steals in 70 games with Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League.

  • Carlos Quentin to try comeback with Twins

    February 2, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Outfielder Carlos Quentin and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a minor league contract, giving the 33-year-old a chance to revive his career.The deal, announced Tuesday, would give Quentin a 0,000 salary if he is added to the 40-man roster. He will report to big league spring training.

  • Venezuela, Mexico open Caribbean Series with wins

    February 1, 2016

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Freddy Garcia pitched six effective innings to lead Venezuela's Aragua Tigers to a 2-1 victory over Puerto Rico's Santurce Cangrejeros in the opener of the Caribbean Series on Monday.Mazatlan Venados of Mexico also got a win, defeating Escogido Leones of the host Dominican Republic 3-2.

  • Sano ready for move to right field with Twins

    February 1, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) When the Minnesota Twins start spring training later this month, Miguel Sano will trot his muscular frame out to right field for an audition at his new position.It's not the ideal spot for Sano, but it's where the Twins have room for now. For the 22-year-old slugger to succeed in the transition, taking the right attitude might be just as important as the right glove.

  • Reliever George Kontos, Giants agree to .15M, 1-year deal

    February 1, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Reliever George Kontos and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a .15 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.Monday's agreement was ,000 above the midpoint between the .35 million Kontos had asked for when arbitration figures were exchanged last month and the 0,000 offered by San Francisco.

  • Yanks 1B Greg Bird to have season-ending shoulder surgery

    February 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees first baseman Greg Bird, who displayed a powerful swing after making his major league debut last August, will miss this season because of a damaged right shoulder that needs surgery.The Yankees said Monday that Bird's labrum will be repaired by Dr. David Altchek at The Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday. The team said the injury is a reoccurrence of one originally sustained last May.

  • Braves' Foltynewicz continues recovery from blood clots

    February 1, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz said Monday he hopes to be cleared this week to throw off a mound as he continues his recovery from life-threatening blood clots in his right shoulder.Foltynewicz said Monday he has lost about 20 pounds since surgery to remove part of a rib under the shoulder. His 2015 season ended in September when the blood clots were discovered and he was placed on blood-thinning medicine.

  • Yanks' Greg Bird to have shoulder surgery and miss season

    February 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees first base prospect Greg Bird will have right shoulder surgery Tuesday and will miss the entire 2016 season.New York said Monday that Bird's labrum will be repaired by Dr. David Altchek at The Hospital for Special Surgery. The team said the injury is a reoccurrence of one originally sustained last May.

  • Arizona sending Milwaukee .5 million as part of Hill trade

    February 1, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks are giving the Brewers .5 million as part of the trade that sent infielder Aaron Hill and right-handed starter Chase Anderson and infielder Aaron Hill to Milwaukee for shortstop Jean Segura and righty Tyler Wagner.

  • Brewers' Braun says he's making progress after back surgery

    January 31, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The makeover at Miller Park means outfielder Ryan Braun keeps moving up in seniority in the Brewers clubhouse.At 32 and entering his 10th season in the majors, Braun seems to be embracing the youth movement in Milwaukee. He hopes to be back at 100 percent by the time the regular season starts following offseason back surgery.

  • Twins' Buxton aims to warm up from rough rookie year

    January 31, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The ponds and lakes near Baxley, Georgia, don't freeze. Rarely does Byron Buxton's hometown get cold or snow.So a recent stop in northwest Minnesota on the annual winter caravan with the Twins resulted in the young center fielder's first time (and likely the last) walking on frozen water.

  • Former co-owner of Texas Rangers, Rusty Rose, dies

    January 30, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Rusty Rose, a former co-owner of the Texas Rangers with former president George W. Bush, has died at the age of 74.His family says in a statement that he passed away on Friday night after a long battle with depression.Rose was publicity shy even though he worked in public arenas of finance and sports.

  • D-backs send Anderson, Hill to Brewers for SS Segura, Wagner

    January 30, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks tried to boost their lineup, getting former NL All-Star shortstop Jean Segura in a five-player trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.The Diamondbacks also acquired right-hander pitcher Tyler Wagner for righty Chase Anderson, infielder Aaron Hill, minor league shortstop Isan Diaz and cash.

  • White Sox eye AL Central, not Cubs, as their competition

    January 30, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) To Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, his team's main competition comes from all across the AL Central, not across town from the Cubs.Hahn and manager Robin Ventura kept touting the club's offseason moves, especially the acquisition of slugging third baseman Todd Frazier and second baseman Brett Lawrie, on Saturday at the White Sox fan convention.

  • Braves' Freeman says ailing right wrist is finally pain-free

    January 30, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman's slow-healing right wrist finally is pain-free, allowing the Braves first baseman to take swings on back-to-back days this week for the first time this offseason.Freeman said at the Braves' FanFest on Saturday the wrist never fully recovered last season after he spent five weeks on the disabled list in June and July. He said a turning point came when he had an injection in the wrist on Dec. 20.

  • Royals sign former Orioles OF Snider to minor league deal

    January 30, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have signed former Orioles outfielder Travis Snider to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.Snider, who turns 28 on Tuesday, spent most of last season with Baltimore after getting traded from Pittsburgh. He hit .237 with three homers and 20 RBIs for the Orioles before clearing waivers in August and re-signing with the Pirates.

  • Carew, on mend from heart attack, eyes Twins spring training

    January 30, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Rod Carew is about four months removed from a massive heart attack that nearly killed him.The 70-year-old Hall of Fame infielder carries a battery-powered device with him to keep his heart on track. But he says without hesitation he'll be at spring training with the Minnesota Twins next month.

  • Rangers agree with Diekman at ,255,000, add Steve Johnson

    January 29, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Left-hander Jake Diekman and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract worth ,255,000 and avoided salary arbitration.Diekman was acquired last season from Philadelphia along with ace Cole Hamels and went 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 26 appearances with Texas. He earned 5,500 in his final season before becoming eligible for arbitration.

  • Rangers reach deal with LHP Diekman, sign RHP Steve Johnson

    January 29, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Left-hander Jake Diekman and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a .255 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.The team announced the deal Friday night. Diekman was acquired last season from Philadelphia along with ace Cole Hamels and went 0-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 26 appearances with Texas. He earned 5,500 in his final season before becoming eligible for arbitration.

  • Ventura heading into final year of contract with White Sox

    January 29, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) White Sox manager Robin Ventura is entering the final year of his contract. He is looking for his first playoff appearance since he took over, and general manager Rick Hahn thinks his team should contend in the tough AL Central.For the 48-year-old Ventura, it's just business as usual.

  • Driving to Dodger Stadium? Take the new Vin Scully Avenue

    January 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Driving to Dodger Stadium? From now on, take Vin Scully Avenue.A road leading to the ballpark is being renamed in honor of the famed announcer, who is set to begin his 67th season with the Dodgers.The 88-year-old Scully has said this is likely his last season behind the microphone. He started his career with the Dodgers when the team was based in Brooklyn.

  • Perkins hopeful to avoid second-half injuries this season

    January 29, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins has been an All-Star the last two seasons thanks to dominant performances in the first half of both years.It's the second half that has been the tricky part.Perkins has seen his production dip significantly after the break in 2014 and 2015 due to issues with his neck and back, and the hometown star is determined to finish the job this year.

  • AP source: Dodgers, 2B Kendrick agree to M, 2-year deal

    January 29, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A person familiar with the deal has told The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Dodgers and free-agent second baseman Howie Kendrick have agreed to a million, two-year contract.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Friday because the team has not announced the agreement.

  • A's catcher Stephen Vogt undergoes minor elbow surgery

    January 29, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow that is expected to be fully healed by opening day.The team said the procedure was performed by Dr. Jon Dickinson at Presidio Surgical Center in San Francisco on Friday morning. Vogt had dead tissue removed from the elbow joint as well as a bone chip.

  • Maicer Izturis agrees to minor league deal with Blue Jays

    January 29, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Maicer Izturis has agreed to a minor league contract to stay with the Toronto Blue Jays.The 35-year-old has not appeared in a MLB game since April 13, 2014, while recovering from left knee surgery in 2014 and shoulder surgery in 2015.Izturis would get a 0,000, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and would get the chance to earn 0,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: ,000 each for 300, 325, 350 and 375.

  • Raines hopeful to reach Hall of Fame on final ballot in 2017

    January 29, 2016

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Tim Raines says he doesn't spend a lot of time thinking about baseball's Hall of Fame.Raines fell 23 votes shy of the necessary 75 percent this month, and next year's ballot will be the 10th and final time he is eligible for consideration by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

  • Twins guest coaches for spring: Aguilera, Hawkins, Hunter

    January 29, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Twins will have three new guest instructors at spring training, former players Rick Aguilera, LaTroy Hawkins and Torii Hunter.General manager Terry Ryan said Friday that Hawkins will arrive when camp opens Feb. 21, Hunter will start Feb. 26 and Aguilera will arrive March 10. Ryan reached out to each of them. Hall of Famer Rod Carew is also planning to return to work with players in Fort Myers, Florida, assuming his health allows. Carew had a massive heart attack in September and is on a transplant list.

  • Twins Hall of Fame will add Hunter, Gordon this summer

    January 29, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Recently retired outfielder Torii Hunter and former radio announcer John Gordon have been elected to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame.The Twins announced Friday that Hunter and Gordon will be inducted in separate pregame ceremonies July 16 and 17. They'll become the 27th and 28th members.

  • Royals fans come out in droves to see World Series champs

    January 29, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The old refrain of ''Wait till next year!'' has had a whole different meaning for Royals fans.As in, let's wait as long as possible until next year.Still reveling in the team's first World Series championship since 1985, thousands of fans descended on Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City on Friday for the club's annual FanFest. Even more were expected on Saturday, heading indoors despite unseasonably warm temperatures in the 60s.

  • Neil Walker, Mets agree to .55 million, 1-year contract

    January 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Second baseman Neil Walker has agreed to a .55 million, one-year contract with the New York Mets.The agreement, announced Friday, avoided a salary arbitration hearing.Walker batted .269 with 16 homers and 71 RBIs last season for his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates and earned million after losing in arbitration. He was acquired by New York last month for left-hander Jonathon Niese.

  • Robbie Ross, Red Sox agree to .25 million, 1-year contract

    January 29, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Pitcher Robbie Ross and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a .25 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.Ross can earn a ,000 performance bonus under Friday's agreement, either for 60 games or 60 innings.A 26-year-old left-hander, Ross was 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 54 relief appearances last year, when he earned 6,500.

  • Sabathia working out at Yankees' spring-training complex

    January 29, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) CC Sabathia spent part of Friday at the New York Yankees' spring training complex working out with pitching coach Larry Rothschild and talking with a group of minor leaguers.The 35-year old left-hander threw on level ground and in the bullpen at Steinbrenner Field.

  • Erstad's dance with Dodgers reaffirmed his love for Nebraska

    January 29, 2016

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A few days after Darin Erstad interviewed for the Los Angeles Dodgers manager's job, he was working with a few of his University of Nebraska players in the batting cage when he had an epiphany.By all accounts, Erstad had impressed the Dodgers' brass and was a finalist. It was heady stuff being courted by one of baseball's most prestigious organizations, especially considering his experience following his 14-year major-league playing career was one season as a volunteer assistant and four seasons as head coach of the Cornhuskers.

  • Royals and Ian Kennedy finalize million, 5-year contract

    January 29, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ian Kennedy remembers watching the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets in five games to win the World Series and marveling at a dynamic defense that seemed to never make a mistake.Then he considered what was behind him in San Diego.

  • Indians to induct, Thome, Robinson, Belle into club hall

    January 29, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians will induct sluggers Jim Thome, Albert Belle and Frank Robinson, the first black manager in baseball history, into their Hall of Fame this summer.The trio will be enshrined along with the late Charlie Jamieson, a member of Cleveland's 1920 World Series champion team, during a ceremony at Progressive Field before the July 30 game against the Oakland Athletics.

  • 19th century baseball pioneer's contracts hit auction block

    January 29, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) One of the nation's first professional baseball players lies largely forgotten by history in an unmarked grave in Boston.Now, nearly 150 years after Andrew Jackson Leonard began his professional career, his grandson hopes to raise enough money for a marker to honor his relative and his contributions to the game by auctioning his grandfather's contracts, which are among the oldest known in existence.

  • Indians OF Brantley says opening day 'target' after surgery

    January 28, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) There are dates for Michael Brantley's return from shoulder surgery ranging from April to August.The Indians star outfielder doesn't have one circled.''I don't think it's fair to give myself a target,'' Brantley said Thursday night while appearing at the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards. ''My target is opening day, it's not that I'm going to go any slower or any faster but I'm going to do everything the training staff asks me to do. I'll follow their schedule and do it to the best of my ability and whatever happens, if opening day I make it, great. If I have to wait a couple weeks or whatever it is I'll be ready to go.''

  • Rays get OF Dickerson from Rockies for reliever McGee

    January 28, 2016

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Colorado's crowded outfield just wasn't big enough for Corey Dickerson.The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Dickerson from the Rockies for left-handed reliever Jake McGee in a trade Thursday that also sent a minor leaguer to each team.The Rays got third baseman Kevin Padlo and Colorado picked up right-hander German Marquez.

  • Rebuilding Brewers acquire Liriano, former Padres prospect

    January 28, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Minor league outfielder Rymer Liriano, a former top prospect in the San Diego organization, is headed to the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers.The Padres acquired left-handed reliever Trevor Seidenberger, a minor leaguer, from Milwaukee in the deal announced Thursday.

  • Seattle preps for spring believing it can contend in AL West

    January 28, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Jerry Dipoto did not go quietly into the Seattle Mariners offseason. The entire overhaul Dipoto embarked upon after taking over as the Mariners general manager was not subtle or quiet.It was attention-grabbing, and as Dipoto said on Thursday during the Mariners' pre-spring training luncheon, successful.

  • AP source: Rays agree to get Dickerson from Rox for McGee

    January 28, 2016

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Colorado's crowded outfield just wasn't big enough for Corey Dickerson.The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to acquire Dickerson from the Rockies for left-handed reliever Jake McGee, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been announced.

  • Ivan Nova and Yankees agree to .1 million, 1-year contract

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher Ivan Nova and the New York Yankees have agreed to a .1 million, one-year contract and avoided salary arbitration.The agreement Thursday was 0,000 under the midpoint between the .6 million Nova had asked for in arbitration and the .8 million he had been offered. He can make 0,000 in performance bonuses: ,000 each for 140, 160, 180 and 200 innings.

  • Walt 'No Neck' Williams dies of heart attack in Texas

    January 28, 2016

    LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Walt Williams, an outfielder who played for four major league teams in the 1960s and `70s and was best known for his nickname ''No Neck,'' has died.His wife, Ester, said her husband died of a heart attack Saturday in Abilene. He was 72.

  • Right-hander Doug Fister, Astros agree to M, 1-year deal

    January 28, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Doug Fister was impressed by what he perceived as the Houston Astros' will to win.''The choice to come here is driven from the top down,'' Fister said Thursday after agreeing to a million, one-year contract. ''We're trying to win a World Series here, and that's your ultimate goal. That's why you come to the ballpark every day.''

  • MLB: Spring uniforms have patches that resemble road signs

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball is introducing a new style for spring training uniforms, adding patches on caps and jersey sleeves that resemble highway road signs with state initials.The commissioner's office also announced Thursday that league logos will be added to all caps.

  • Right-hander Doug Fister, Astros agree to 1-year contract

    January 28, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Right-hander Doug Fister and the Houston Astros have agreed to a one-year contract.The 31-year-old was 5-7 with a 4.19 ERA in 15 starts and 10 relief appearances last season for Washington. He was 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA for the Nationals in 2014, when he finished eighth in NL Cy Young Award voting.

  • Rangers re-sign RHP Nick Tepesch to minor league deal

    January 27, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Free agent right-hander Nick Tepesch signed a minor league contract Wednesday with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training.Tepesch is expected to be ready for spring training after missing all of last season because of right elbow inflammation. He also had surgery to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which affects the nerves that pass through the shoulder into the neck.

  • Dodgers outright pitcher Brandon Beachy to Triple-A

    January 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have outrighted pitcher Brandon Beachy to their Triple-A roster although the right-hander is still expected at spring training as a non-roster invitee.The 29-year-old pitcher was 0-1 with a 7.88 ERA in two appearances with the Dodgers last year. Beachy made those two shaky starts after missing most of the 2013 season and all of 2014 while recovering from the second Tommy John surgery of his career.

  • MLB forms new program aimed at increasing diversity

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has hired Tyrone Brooks from the Pittsburgh Pirates as senior director of its new front office and field staff diversity pipeline program.The program is designed to increase the pool minority and female candidates for on-field and baseball operations positions.

  • Jeff Wilpon: Mets 'destination now where players want to be'

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jeff Wilpon says he thinks Yoenis Cespedes' decision to stay with the New York Mets signals a change in how the often-struggling team is viewed.''We're a destination now where players want to be,'' New York's chief operating officer said Wednesday, a day after Cespedes and the Mets finalized a million, three-year contract.

  • Angels, Calhoun avoid arbitration with .4 million deal

    January 27, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Gold Glove right fielder Kole Calhoun has avoided an arbitration hearing with the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a .4 million, one-year contract.Calhoun asked for .9 million when the sides exchanged proposed salaries Jan. 15, and the Angels offered .35 million. The agreement is 5,000 above the midpoint.

  • Tigers send Marte to Angels for Eaves in infielder swap

    January 27, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have acquired Kody Eaves from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Jefry Marte in a swap of infielders.The 22-year-old Eaves spent last season with Single A Inland Empire, playing in 134 games and hitting .248 with 17 doubles, 11 triples, 11 home runs and 71 RBIs.

  • AP source: Angels, Calhoun avoid arbitration with .4M deal

    January 27, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says Gold Glove right fielder Kole Calhoun has avoided an arbitration hearing with the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a .4 million, one-year contract.The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because it hadn't been announced.

  • Bronson Arroyo agrees to minor league deal with Nationals

    January 26, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Right-hander Bronson Arroyo will go to spring training with the Washington Nationals after missing all of last season because of Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.Arroyo, who turns 39 next month, and the Nationals agreed to a minor league contract Tuesday with an invitation to major league spring training.

  • Cespedes, Mets complete M, 3-year deal with opt out

    January 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Yoenis Cespedes is back with the New York Mets to beef up their offense - for one full season, at least.Cespedes and the NL champion Mets completed a million, three-year contract Tuesday night that gives the slugging outfielder a chance to terminate the deal following the 2016 World Series.

  • Astros sign lefty Wandy Rodriguez to minor league contract

    January 26, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have signed left-hander Wandy Rodriguez to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.The Astros said Tuesday that lefty Edwar Cabrera and infielder Danny Worth also got minor league deals and were invited to camp.

  • Orioles get OF Efren Navarro from Angels for cash

    January 26, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder Efren Navarro from the Los Angeles Angels for cash.Navarro hit .253 with four doubles and five RBIs in 54 games with the Angels last season. The 29-year-old also played in 72 games with Triple-A Salt Lake, batting .329 with two homers and 29 RBIs.

  • Josh Tomlin, Indians agree to .5 million, 2-year contract

    January 26, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Tomlin has shown toughness and tenacity during his time with the Indians. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it.Tomlin and Cleveland agreed to a .5 million, two-year contract, a deal that can earn the right-hander .75 million over three seasons.

  • Josh Tomlin and Indians agree to 2-year contract

    January 26, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Right-hander Josh Tomlin and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2017.Tomlin returned from shoulder surgery last year to go 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 10 starts. His agreement supersedes a .25 million, one-year deal that was reached Jan. 15.

  • Duda, Mejia agree with Mets and avoid arbitration

    January 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) First baseman Lucas Duda and suspended reliever Jenrry Mejia have agreed to one-year contracts with the New York Mets and avoided salary arbitration.Duda agreed at ,725,000, up from .2 million last year, when he hit .244 with 27 homers and 73 RBIs. The agreement was ,000 above the midpoint between the .4 million he had asked for in arbitration and the .9 million the Mets had offered.

  • Angels, Garrett Richards avoid arbitration at ,425,000

    January 25, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with right-hander Garrett Richards, agreeing to a one-year deal worth ,425,000.Richards went 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA last season for the Angels. He also shined in his first year as a regular big league starter in 2014, going 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA before a season-ending knee injury.

  • Angels, Garrett Richards avoid arbitration at .425 million

    January 25, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with right-hander Garrett Richards, agreeing to a one-year deal worth .425 million for the upcoming season.Richards went 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA last season for the Angels. He also shined in his first year as a regular big-league starter in 2014, going 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA before a season-ending knee injury.

  • AP source: MLB clears Yu Darvish after brother's arrest

    January 25, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Major League Baseball has determined Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had no role in any of the activities that led to the arrest of his brother in Japan for allegedly running an illegal gambling ring.MLB was looking into the October arrest of Sho Darvish as part of standard protocol and not investigating the pitcher, according to the person who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because MLB and the Rangers have not publicly released the findings.

  • Charlie Blackmon and Rockies agree to .5 million deal

    January 25, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Outfielder Charlie Blackmon and the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration when they agreed to a .5 million, one-year contract.The agreement announced Monday was 0,000 above the midpoint of the .9 million Blackmon had asked for in arbitration and the .7 million Colorado had offered.

  • APNewsBreak: MLB studying raise of strike zone's bottom

    January 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Baseball's strike zone could be getting a slight lift.Major League Baseball is studying whether to raise the bottom of the strike zone from the hollow beneath the kneecap back to the top of the kneecap.''I'm not in a position to predict whether it's going to happen or not,'' Rob Manfred said during an interview with The Associated Press on Monday on his first anniversary as baseball commissioner. ''I think that the interest in the topic is really driven by the fact that if you look over time there has been a movement down of the strike zone, largely as a result of the way we evaluate the strike zone with umpires.''

  • LA Angels claim INF Ronald Torreyes off waivers from Yankees

    January 25, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have claimed infielder Ronald Torreyes off waivers from the New York Yankees.The Angels also designated left-hander Bobby La Fromboise for assignment Monday.Torreyes made his major league debut last season in eight games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 2 for 6.

  • Urias, De Leon among 16 Dodgers' spring training invitees

    January 25, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Young pitching prospects Julio Urias and Jose De Leon are among 16 players with minor league contracts who will attend big league spring training with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Urias, a 19-year-old left-hander from Mexico, has been in the Dodgers' system for three years. He is 7-7 with a 2.91 ERA in his minor league career. He was invited to camp in Glendale, Arizona, last year, and appeared in two games.

  • Closer Shawn Tolleson and Rangers agree at ,275,000

    January 25, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Closer Shawn Tolleson and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year contract worth ,275,000, avoiding salary arbitration.Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Tolleson got a raise of more than .75 million with Monday's deal. He made 9,700 last year, slightly above the major league minimum.

  • Rangers, closer Tolleson agree on nearly .3M contract

    January 25, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have agreed to a .275 million contract with closer Shawn Tolleson, avoiding salary arbitration.Tolleson got a raise of more than .75 million with Monday's deal. He made 9,700 last year, slightly above the major league minimum.

  • Astros minor leaguer killed in motorcycle accident

    January 25, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros say minor league pitcher Jose Rosario was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.The team said Monday the 20-year-old Dominican died Sunday night.Rosario pitched the last two seasons in the Astros minor league system, splitting 2015 between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League. He was signed by the Astros as an 18-year-old minor league free agent in 2013.

  • New York Mets to retire Mike Piazza's uniform number 31

    January 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mike Piazza's No. 31 will be retired by the New York Mets this summer.The Mets said Monday the number will be retired July 30 before a game against Colorado, part of the weekend celebrating the catcher, who will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame on July 24.

  • Mets to retire Mike Piazza's uniform No. 31

    January 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mike Piazza's No. 31 will be retired by the New York Mets this summer.The Mets said Monday the number will be retired July 30 before a game against Colorado, part of the weekend celebrating the catcher, who will be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame on July 24.

  • Plouffe and Twins agree to .25M deal, avoid arbitration

    January 25, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Third baseman Trevor Plouffe and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a .25 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.Plouffe gets a raise of .45 million under Monday's agreement. He hit .244 last season with 22 homers and a career-high 86 RBIs. He also set career bests in hits (140), runs (74) and games (152), solidifying himself in the middle of the Twins order.

  • Twins agreed to .25M deal with Plouffe, avoid arbitration

    January 25, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have agreed with third baseman Trevor Plouffe on a .25 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.The Twins made the announcement on Monday. Plouffe hit .244 last season with 22 home runs and a career-high 86 RBIs. He also set career bests in hits (140), runs (74) and games played (152) and solidified himself in the middle of the Twins order.

  • Athletics thrilled with new-look bullpen heading into season

    January 25, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) As Sean Doolittle scoured the room and chatted up some of his new teammates, Oakland's bearded closer couldn't help but envision the potential of an experienced, new-look bullpen for the Athletics going into 2016.From offseason acquisitions John Axford and Ryan Madson to Marc Rzepczynski and Liam Hendriks, manager Bob Melvin has a long list of relievers to call upon for any situation or matchup leading to a healthy Doolittle in the ninth inning.

  • Gibson praises Upton after outfielder's arrival in Detroit

    January 23, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Kirk Gibson and Justin Upton are being reunited - sort of.Gibson, who managed Upton in Arizona, is now doing some broadcasting for Fox Sports Detroit. The Tigers recently agreed to a 2.75 million, six-year deal with Upton, bringing one of the offseason's top free agents to Detroit.

  • Ramirez says he's ready to play 1B, even as he eyes DH spot

    January 23, 2016

    MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) Hanley Ramirez doesn't expect any setbacks playing another new position with the Boston Red Sox this season.Ramirez, a shortstop for most of his career, struggled to adjust after moving to left field last year, leading the team to relocate him to first base in 2016.

  • AP source: Yo! Cespedes, Mets reach million, 3-year deal

    January 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is returning to the New York Mets. How long he stays, he'll decide.A person familiar with the deal says the star free agent and the National League champions agreed Friday night to a three-year contract for million.

  • AP source: Cespedes, Mets reach million, 3-year deal

    January 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the deal says free agent outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and the New York Mets have agreed to a three-year deal for million.The slugger, who joined the Mets last July and helped lead them to the World Series, can opt out of the contract after one season and make it worth .5 million.

  • Ace lefty Hamels settling in with Texas after early addition

    January 22, 2016

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels is the kind of pitcher the Texas Rangers would have been trying to get this winter, had they not gotten the ace left-hander midway through last season.Already part of an AL West title, Hamels is under contract with the Rangers for at least three more seasons. And he is starting to get settled more in North Texas, where Friday he completed the purchase of a new home before attending the groundbreaking ceremony of the Texas Rangers MLB Urban Academy and then the team's winter awards banquet.

  • Mets, lefty Antonio Bastardo complete M, 2-year deal

    January 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Left-hander Antonio Bastardo and the NL champion New York Mets have completed a million, two-year contract.Bastardo gets a 0,000 signing bonus, payable on June 30. The deal announced Friday includes salaries of .25 million this year and .5 million in 2017.

  • Alexei Ramirez, Padres finalize million, 1-year contract

    January 22, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Shortstop Alexei Ramirez and the San Diego Padres have finalized a million, one-year contract,The 34-year-old gets a million salary this season under the deal announced Friday, which includes a million mutual option for 2017 with a million buyout.

  • Carew, awaiting transplant, to attend TwinsFest next weekend

    January 22, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins say Hall of Famer Rod Carew is healthy enough to attend the team's annual fan festival next weekend.Carew had a heart attack in September and is awaiting a heart transplant. But the Twins said Friday that he's feeling strong enough and has been cleared by doctors to attend TwinsFest. The event begins on Jan. 29 and runs through the weekend.

  • Right-hander Kevin Jepsen and Twins agree at ,312,500

    January 22, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Right-hander Kevin Jepsen have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth ,312,500.The agreement, announced Friday, gives the pitcher a raise of more than million from his earnings of ,025,000 last year. The settlement was above the ,225,000 midpoint between the .4 million he had asked for and the .05 million Minnesota had offered when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last week.

  • Revenue sharing debated among MLB owners ahead of bargaining

    January 21, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball owners held a lengthy executive session to discuss bargaining strategy over contentious issues such as revenue sharing ahead of the start of negotiations for a new labor contract with players.Revenue sharing was a divisive issue before and during the 1994-95 negotiations that led to a 7 1/2-month strike. Some teams that pay revenue sharing money have expressed anger at receiving clubs they think are not maximizing their local revenue.

  • Even with big additions, Tigers still counting on holdovers

    January 21, 2016

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) With Justin Upton, Jordan Zimmermann and Francisco Rodriguez now in the fold, the Detroit Tigers look very much like a factor again in the AL Central.That doesn't mean all their questions have been answered. Not by a long shot.''You can bring in Babe Ruth to this team or any team, and it doesn't matter,'' general manager Al Avila said. ''What's the key here is that everybody stays healthy and everybody does their part.''

  • With Ortiz retiring, Red Sox prepping youth for future

    January 21, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox want to send Big Papi out as a winner.From the moment designated hitter David Oritz announced that this will be his last season, his team and teammates have been thinking about a fitting way to send him into retirement. Their conclusion: No specially commissioned rocking chair or autographed piece of the Green Monster would mean as much to their longtime leader as another World Series ring.

  • Chicago White Sox, reliever Matt Albers agree to 1-year deal

    January 21, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox and reliever Matt Albers have agreed to a one-year contract that guarantees .25 million and includes a club option for 2017.The 33-year-old right-hander will receive million next season. The White Sox hold a million option for 2017 with a 0,000 buyout under the terms of the deal announced Thursday.

  • Davis signs for 7 years, 1 million with Orioles

    January 22, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis slipped on the Orioles jersey with No. 19 on it, smiled broadly and said, ''Feels familiar.''After spending much of the offseason wondering if he would continue his baseball career in Baltimore, Davis formally signed a 1 million, seven-year contract Thursday, a deal that includes million in deferred money that won't be fully received until he is 51.

  • MLB unsure of timing in Chapman, Puig and Reyes probes

    January 21, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball still is unsure when it will complete investigations of New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes under the sport's new domestic violence policy.

  • Video review expands to placing runners on fan interference

    January 21, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball is making a slight expansion of instant replay this year, allowing video reviews to assist umpires in placing baserunners when balls go out of play.Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, called the changes ''a couple of little tweaks.''

  • MLB commissioner says NL teams may be more receptive to DH

    January 21, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says National League teams may be more receptive to the designated hitter than in the past, even though owners ended two days of meetings without any serious discussion about expanding use of the DH.

  • Prosecutor: No charges against pitcher Aroldis Chapman

    January 21, 2016

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Florida prosecutors have decided not to file charges in a domestic disturbance case involving New York Yankees pitcher Aroldis Chapman and his girlfriend.Broward Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman wrote in a close-out memo Wednesday that conflicting accounts and insufficient evidence made a conviction unlikely. Davie police had previously closed the Oct. 30 matter for similar reasons.

  • MLB moves trade deadline back 1 day to August 1

    January 21, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball is pushing back this year's deadline to make trades without waivers by one day to Aug 1, wanting to avoid having players on the field during Sunday afternoon games as they are about to get dealt.Teams usually remove players from starting lineups and in mid-game when trades near completion. The trade deadline is 4 p.m. EDT and July 31 falls on a Sunday this year, when there are six games starting just after 1 p.m. EDT, four more from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and another four from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

  • Rodney to be Padres' closer after agreeing to 1-year deal

    January 20, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres and Fernando Rodney have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical exam.Rodney is expected to take over the closer's role vacated when Craig Kimbrel was traded to Boston.Rodney, who turns 39 on March 18, split the 2015 season between Seattle and the Chicago Cubs. He's also pitched for Detroit, the Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bay.

  • Tazawa, Red Sox agree at ,375,000, avoid arbitration

    January 20, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Junichi Tazawa and the Boston Red Sox have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth ,375,000.As part of the agreement announced Wednesday, Tazawa could earn a ,000 performance bonus for pitching in 70 games. The deal is not guaranteed.

  • AP source: Mets and LHP Bastardo agree to M, 2-year deal

    January 20, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the deal says free agent reliever Antonio Bastardo and the NL champion New York Mets have agreed to terms on a million, two-year contract.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal is pending a physical and no announcement had been made.

  • Rangers 2B Profar feeling good after missing last 2 seasons

    January 20, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar is throwing with no problems and expects to be fully healthy for spring training after missing the past two seasons because of right shoulder issues.''Yeah, 100 percent,'' Profar said Wednesday, during a break at the team's winter camp. ''I'm ready to play baseball. ... Now that I'm healthy, everything is good.''

  • 'More than a tweak': Tigers introduce Justin Upton

    January 21, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Al Avila says it was around Christmas that the Detroit Tigers' offseason changed.Owner Mike Ilitch was concerned about the team's ability to score runs.''We had the company party here. He starts mentioning to me about, he's worried about our offense - and that never stopped,'' said Avila, Detroit's general manager. ''He just kept on referring to that all the way through the holidays and into the new year.''

  • Homeland Security head addresses baseball owners

    January 20, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) With worries about terrorism heightened following attacks in France and California, baseball owners began their two-day meeting Wednesday by discussing threat protection with the U.S. Homeland Security secretary.Presenting more than 2,400 games a year in venues that attract large crowds, Major League Baseball has tightened checks in recent years. Starting last year, fans were required to go through metal detectors at all 30 ballparks.

  • Steinbrenner: Chapman innocent until proven otherwise

    January 20, 2016

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner says reliever Aroldis Chapman is ''innocent until proven otherwise.''New York acquired Chapman from Cincinnati last month, after a proposed trade between the Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers came apart when a Florida police investigation into an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cuban left-hander became public.

  • Tigers introduce Justin Upton after announcing deal

    January 20, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have finalized their 2.75 million, six-year contract with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton.The Tigers introduced Upton at a news conference Wednesday. The 28-year-old gives Detroit another powerful bat in the middle of the lineup and fills a need in left field after Detroit dealt slugger Yoenis Cespedes at the deadline last year. It was another big move for the Tigers, who are coming off a last-place finish in 2015 but signed right-hander Jordan Zimmermann earlier this offseason.

  • Rockies finalize .5M, 3-year deal with Gerardo Parra

    January 20, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies finalized a .5 million, three-year contract with outfielder Gerardo Parra.To make room on the 40-man roster, the team designated former first-round pick Kyle Parker for assignment. Parker, the 26th overall selection in the 2010 draft, hit .182 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 64 games with the Rockies.

  • Fences will be easier to clear this year at Marlins Park

    January 20, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The outfield fence will be easier to clear this year at Marlins Park, and Miami Marlins newcomer Wei-Yin Chen says that's not all bad, even though he's a pitcher.''We have a very good hitting coach in Barry Bonds,'' the Taiwanese left-hander said through a translator. ''So with the fence moving in, maybe he will help me to hit some more home runs.''

  • Milwaukee Brewers catcher Lucroy says trade might be best

    January 20, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy says the Milwaukee Brewers should trade him as the team begins a rebuilding process.Lucroy says he wants to win, to go to a World Series, and that's not going to happen with the Brewers in the foreseeable future. The 29-year-old catcher tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1Nj4pCX ) that ''rebuilding is not a lot of fun for any veteran guy.''

  • Angels sign Alburquerque, designate Navarro for assignment

    January 19, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have designated outfielder Efren Navarro for assignment.The team also announced the signing of reliever Al Alburquerque on Tuesday.Navarro has batted .246 in parts of four big league seasons with the Angels, playing both in the outfield and at first base. The 50th-round pick never got the chance at an everyday job in Anaheim, even while the Angels had no steady left fielder last season.

  • Marlins' peace with Boras pays off in signing of Chen

    January 19, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Wei-Yin Chen posed in his new Miami Marlins jersey, flanked on one side by his agent, Scott Boras, and on the other by team executives as everyone smiled for the clicking cameras.If the Marlins win this year for a change, it will be partly because they made peace with Boras.

  • Rays sign pair of left-handed pitchers to minor league deals

    January 19, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Left-handed pitchers Justin Marks and Adam Wilk have agreed to minor league contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays.The team said Tuesday that both players also received invitations to major league spring training.Marks spent last season with Triple-A Reno. The 28-year-old has spent part of seven minor league seasons with four other big league organizations, making his major league debut with a two-inning relief appearance for the Kansas City Royals in April 2014.

  • 3 minor leaguers suspended for drug violations

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore pitcher Zack Dodson has been suspended 100 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a third positive test for a drug of abuse, his second ban in five years.In addition, New York Mets third baseman Eudor Garcia was banned 80 games after a positive test for Bumetanide, a diuretic that can mask steroids, and Furosemide, a diuretic sold under the name Lasix. Free agent first baseman Tyler Williams was penalized 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

  • Chris Stewart agrees to million, 2-year deal with Pirates

    January 19, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Catcher Chris Stewart and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a million, two-year contract that avoids salary arbitration, a deal that includes a 2018 club option.Stewart will make .35 million this year and .4 million in 2017 under Tuesday's agreement. The Pirates' option is at .5 million with a 0,000 buyout.

  • Darvish denies gambling as MLB looks into brother's arrest

    January 19, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish said he is not and has never been involved in gambling activities amid a Major League Baseball investigation after the arrest of his younger brother in Japan.Darvish issued a statement through his agent Tuesday that says he understands MLB must conduct an investigation.

  • Joe Blanton agrees to million, 1-year deal with Dodgers

    January 19, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Right-hander Joe Blanton has agreed to a million, one-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.The 35-year-old started 10 games for the Dodgers in late 2012 but is likely to be a long reliever this season. He can earn million in performance bonuses based on innings under Tuesday's agreement: 0,000 each for 50 and 60, and 0,000 for 70.

  • Eovaldi, Gregorius avoid arbitration with New York Yankees

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Nathan Eovaldi has agreed to a .6 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees, who also settled with shortstop Didi Gregorius at ,425,000.Eovaldi earned a raise from .3 million after going 14-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 27 starts during his first season with New York. His agreement, announced Tuesday, was at the midpoint between the .3 million he had asked for and the .9 million he had been offered when proposed arbitration salaries were exchanged last week.

  • Didi Gregorius and Yankees agree to ,425,000 deal

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Shortstop Didi Gregorius and the New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract worth ,425,000, more than four times the 3,900 he earned last year.Gregorius' contract is not guaranteed and avoids an arbitration hearing next month. Tuesday's agreement was ,500 above the midpoint of the ,525,000 he had asked for and the .3 million he had been offered when proposed salaries were exchanged last week.

  • Reds retiring Rose's No. 14, inducting him into team HOF

    January 19, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Pete Rose is getting a hall of fame induction - in the Cincinnati Reds' team hall during a weekend of honors this summer in his hometown - that will include retiring his No. 14.The Reds' announcement Tuesday came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Rose's application for reinstatement to baseball last month.

  • Chen finalizes million, 5-year deal with the Marlins

    January 19, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has finalized an million, five-year contract with the Miami Marlins.The Marlins announced the agreement Tuesday and scheduled an afternoon news conference. Deal was struck last week with Chen, who can opt out after 2017 and has an option for 2021.

  • As trial was to start, settlement reached in MLB TV dispute

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A lawyer for fans interested in less expensive alternatives to purchasing packages to watch their favorite baseball teams says a settlement has been reached with Major League Baseball.Attorney Ned Diver said Tuesday that a preliminary settlement has been reached. He did not immediately describe the terms of the deal.

  • Reds to induct Pete Rose into team's hall of fame

    January 19, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Pete Rose is headed into the team hall of fame in his hometown of Cincinnati, the Reds said Tuesday.The Reds' announcement came after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred last month rejected Rose's application for reinstatement. Manfred concluded that baseball's career hits leader continued to gamble even while seeking to end the lifetime ban imposed in 1989 for betting on numerous Reds games while playing for and managing the team.

  • AP source: Tigers reach 6-year deal with Justin Upton

    January 19, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Tigers have agreed to a 2.75 million, six-year contract with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.The person spoke Monday night on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. The deal was pending a physical, and Upton can opt out after two seasons.

  • Seoul court fines Cardinals reliever for gambling

    January 18, 2016

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) A Seoul court has fined newly-signed St. Louis Cardinals reliever Seung Hwan Oh 10 million won (,300) for breaking South Korean gambling laws by betting heavily at a Macau casino.Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Lim Chang-yong, Oh's ex-teammate with South Korean club Samsung Lions, was also fined the same amount, according to spokesman Joon Young Maeng at the Seoul Central District Court on Tuesday.

  • Rangers finalize M, 1-year deal with pitcher Colby Lewis

    January 18, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Colby Lewis was never concerned about his surgically repaired right knee.The veteran right-hander finalized a million, one-year contract to stay with the Texas Rangers on Monday, a month after the sides agreed to terms. The deal had been pending a physical that Lewis passed.

  • Royals complete .5M, 2-year deal with outfielder Cain

    January 18, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals finalized their .5 million, two-year deal with Lorenzo Cain on Monday, buying out the All-Star outfielder's final two years of arbitration.Cain will receive .5 million this season and million next season.The 29-year-old Cain is coming off the best year of his six-year career, hitting .307 with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. He also was second in the American League with 28 stolen bases, and he became the first Royals player since 2011 to eclipse 100 runs scored.

  • Wong wants to be Cardinals' leadoff man

    January 18, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Kolten Wong wants to be the leadoff man for the St. Louis Cardinals. He recognizes there's quality competition.Seeing the power numbers Matt Carpenter put up last year and touting his own base-stealing ability, Wong believes batting him first and putting Carpenter in the heart of the order would benefit the NL Central champions most. The problem: Carpenter appeared most comfortable at the top.

  • Dee Gordon signs million, 5-year deal with Miami Marlins

    January 18, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Dee Gordon put his signature on a million, five-year contract with the Miami Marlins as more than a dozen relatives watched from the front row at a news conference Monday.''My family stuck with me through the hard times,'' Gordon said. ''I'm glad they're here for the good times.''

  • Cards chairman DeWitt says he's met Kroenke "once or twice"

    January 17, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt says he has zero insight on the Rams' move to Los Angeles. In fact, he says he's met Rams owner Stan Kroenke only ''once or twice.''Kroenke has been with the Rams since they relocated to St. Louis in 1995. That was the same year DeWitt's group purchased the Cardinals from Anheuser-Busch, but there's been virtually no intermingling.

  • Crowds typically heavy at team's annual fan festival

    January 17, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Bill DeWitt says it's been a very productive offseason for the St. Louis Cardinals, even though they missed out on David Price and lost Jason Heyward.Crowds have been typically heavy at the annual three-day Winter Warmup, with fans snaking through long lines to pay triple-digit sums for an autograph from Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina or 2006 World Series star David Eckstein.

  • Optimism rules at Cubs Convention after 97-win season

    January 16, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Fans gave Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon a rock star's welcome, chanting his name as they greeted him with a standing ovation.They thanked ownership and management. And they welcomed the newcomers in what felt like a big group hug.The atmosphere at the team's annual fan convention was every bit as upbeat as expected coming off a breakout 97-win season that ended with a trip to the NL Championship Series.

  • Cardinals confident they've had a nice offseason, too

    January 16, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals say their rivalry with the Chicago Cubs already had more than enough spice before their NL Central rivals signed Jason Heyward and John Lackey.''Would it have been nicer to see Lackey end up in Australia? Sure,'' general manager John Mozeliak said Saturday at the team's annual Winter Warmup. ''But it didn't happen. I certainly look at what we have and we'll adjust accordingly.''

  • AP source: Royals, Ian Kennedy reach 5-year, M deal

    January 16, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals and pitcher Ian Kennedy agreed to a million, five-year deal Saturday that includes an opt-out after the first two years, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract will not be completed until the 31-year-old right-hander passes a physical. That could happen this week.

  • AP sources: Chris Davis, Orioles agree to 7-year, 1M deal

    January 16, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Chris Davis and the Orioles are together again.Multiple people with knowledge of the situation say Davis has agreed to a seven-year, 1 million contract with Baltimore, pending a physical.The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the Orioles have not announced the transaction.

  • AP source: Royals, Ian Kennedy reach five-year, M deal

    January 16, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the Kansas City Royals and pitcher Ian Kennedy have agreed to a million, five-year contract that includes an opt-out after the first two years.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal will not be finalized until the 31-year-old Kennedy passes a physical.

  • Cubs SS Addison Russell drops 12 pounds, ready for 2016

    January 16, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) When Addison Russell got hurt in Game 3 of the NL Division Series in October, he got right back to work while trying to return to the field for the Chicago Cubs.When the Cubs lost to the New York Mets in the next round, he just kept going.

  • Angels sign veteran reliever Al Alburquerque to 1-year deal

    January 15, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have signed veteran reliever Al Alburquerque to a one-year, .1 million contract.The Angels confirmed the signing Friday night.Alburquerque went 4-1 with a 4.21 ERA in a career-high 62 innings of relief for Detroit last season.

  • Right-hander Joe Kelly gets .6M, 1-yr deal from Red Sox

    January 15, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly reached agreement on a .6 million, one-year contract with Boston on Friday to avoid salary arbitration.He received a substantial raise from his 3,000 salary last season, when the 27-year-old went 10-6 - matching his career high for wins - with a 4.82 ERA in 25 starts and a career-best 134 1-3 innings.

  • Mariners sign Furbush, Scribner, avoid arbitration

    January 15, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners reached agreement on one-year contracts with pitchers Charlie Furbush and Evan Scribner on Friday, averting salary arbitration with both players.The deals with Furbush and Scribner left Seattle with no more arbitration eligible players after the club reached agreement with outfielder Leonys Martin on a .15 million deal for the 2016 season on Thursday. Furbush will make .6 million and Scribner 7,500 for the 2016 season.

  • Rockies and third baseman Nolan Arenado reach M deal

    January 15, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have avoided salary arbitration with third baseman Nolan Arenado on Friday by agreeing to a million, one-year contract, nearly 10 times the 2,500 he earned last year.Arenado is coming off a season in which led the major leagues with 130 RBIs. He also tied Washington's Bryce Harper for most homers in the National League with 42.

  • Reds shortstop Zack Cozart agrees to .925M, one-year deal

    January 15, 2016

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds shortstop Zack Cozart reached agreement on a ,925,000 million, one-year contract to avoid salary arbitration.The 30-year-old Cozart, who received a raise from his .35 million salary last season, batted .258 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs in 53 games and was off to a great start while healthy before a right knee injury in June ended his season and required reconstructive surgery. The three previous seasons he proved his durability by playing 138, 151 and 147 games.

  • Phillies right-hander Hellickson reaches M, one-year deal

    January 15, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson agreed to terms on a million, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday to avoid salary arbitration.The 28-year-old pitcher is coming off a 9-12 season in which he posted a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts and threw 146 innings for Arizona. He was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Phillies in November.

  • Ross, Cashner get raises from Padres that avoid arbitration

    January 15, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Starting pitchers Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner received substantial raises Friday when they avoided arbitration with the San Diego Padres.Ross will make ,625,000 in 2016, up from the .25 million he earned last year, when he went 10-12 with a 3.26 ERA.

  • Orioles avoid arbitration with Machado, Tillman, 6 others

    January 15, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) Third baseman Manny Machado, pitcher Chris Tillman, outfielder Mark Trumbo and six others have agreed to contracts with the Baltimore Orioles, avoiding arbitration.Machado will receive million in 2016 under Friday's deal, a significant jump from his 3,000 salary last year. The 23-year-old hit .286 with 35 homers and 86 RBIs in 162 games in 2015.

  • Brewers reach 1-yr deals with 3 arbitration-eligible players

    January 15, 2016

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers and right-hander Wily Peralta reached agreement on a .8 million, one-year contract Friday to avoid arbitration, a big raise from his 5,000 salary last season.Also reaching terms on one-year agreements Friday with Milwaukee were shortstop Jean Segura on a .6 million deal and left-hander Will Smith for ,475,000 million. Segura made 4,000 last season and Smith 2,500.

  • Braves reliever Vizcaino gets 1-year deal for 7,500

    January 15, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves settled their last potential salary arbitration case, reaching a one-year deal with reliever Arodys Vizcaino for 7,500 on Friday.The 25-year-old righty made 5,000 last season. He went 3-1 with nine saves and a 1.60 ERA in 36 games.

  • Marlins ace Jose Fernandez agrees to .8 million deal

    January 15, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a .8 million contract for 2016, a big increase over his salary of 1,000 last year.The Marlins' other five arbitration-eligible players also reached one-year deals, the team said Friday.

  • Arizona avoids arbitration with 6 players with 1-year deals

    January 15, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Shelby Miller, left-hander Patrick Corbin and four other players to avoid arbitration.All-Star A.J. Pollock exchanged arbitration figures with the Diamondbacks on Friday. He asked for .9 million and the team offered .65 million.

  • Twins agree to deals with 4 arbitration-eligible players

    January 15, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have agreed to one-year contracts with infielders Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez, right-hander Casey Fien and lefty Tommy Milone, averting salary arbitration.Escobar will earn .15 million, Nunez will make ,475,000 million, Fien will get ,275,000 million and Milone will earn .5 million in 2016.

  • Arrieta, Cubs have biggest gap in arbitration at .5M

    January 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta had the largest gap among 35 players who swapped proposed figures with their teams in salary arbitration, and new Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman also had a big difference.After going 22-6 and helping the Cubs reach the NL Championship Series, Arrieta asked Friday for a raise from .63 million to million. Chicago offered .5 million, leaving the sides .5 million apart.

  • Arrietta, Cubs have biggest gap in arbitration at .5M

    January 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrietta had the largest gap among 35 players who swapped proposed figures with their teams in salary arbitration, and new Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman also had a big difference.After going 22-6 and helping the Cubs reach the NL Championship Series, Arrieta asked Friday for a raise from .6 million to million. Chicago offered .5 million, leaving the sides .5 million apart.

  • Cubs exchange arbitration numbers with Arrieta

    January 15, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs exchanged arbitration proposals with NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta on Friday, and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said he is confident the sides will reach an agreement before a potential hearing despite the huge difference in the offers.

  • Astros reach 1-yr deal with Keuchel for .25M, 3 others

    January 15, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros agreed to a one-year contract for .25 million on Friday.The Astros also reached a deals with infielders Marwin Gonzalez and Luis Valbuena and reliever Josh Fields after they had all filed for salary arbitration.

  • Rockies avoid arbitration with third baseman Nolan Arenado

    January 15, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have avoided salary arbitration with third baseman Nolan Arenado on Friday by agreeing to a one-year contract.Arenado is coming off a season in which led the major leagues with 130 RBIs. He also tied Washington's Bryce Harper for most homers in the National League with 42.

  • 1B Brandon Belt, Giants exchange salary arbitration figures

    January 15, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) First baseman Brandon Belt has asked for a .5 million salary for the 2016 season from the San Francisco Giants, who are offering .3 million.The salary arbitration numbers were exchanged Friday. While Giants general manager Bobby Evans has regularly brought up the idea this offseason of a possible multiyear deal for Belt, nothing has been done yet.

  • Nats reach deals with Strasburg, Espinosa, Revere, Rendon

    January 15, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals agreed Friday to a .4 million contract for next season, avoiding arbitration.The Nationals also reached deals with infielders Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon, and outfielder Ben Revere.

  • Rangers working on Moreland, Tolleson, settle with Chirinos

    January 15, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers exchanged salary arbitration figures with first baseman Mitch Moreland and closer Shawn Tolleson on Friday, while agreeing on a .55 million contract with top catcher Robinson Chirinos.Texas also agreed to a one-year contract with right-handed reliever Tanner Scheppers for 0,000, leaving Moreland, Tolleson and lefty reliever Jake Diekman as the unsigned players eligible for an arbitration hearing in February.

  • Rays sign 4 arbitration-eligible players to 1-year deals

    January 15, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays agreed to one-year contracts with four of their five remaining players in salary arbitration, leaving pitcher Drew Smyly as the only one set for a hearingSmyly went 5-2 with a 3.11 ERA last season, when injuries limited him to 12 starts. The left-hander made .65 million in 2015 and is seeking a raise to .75 million, while the Rays have offered .2 million.

  • Right fielder Reddick gets .575M, one-year deal from A's

    January 15, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right fielder Josh Reddick has reached agreement on a .575 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration.Oakland also settled with right-hander Fernando Rodriguez on a .05 million, one-year deal Friday. He asked for .05 million and paperwork necessitated the club offer the same salary.

  • White Sox agree to 1-year deals with Garcia, Putnam

    January 15, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Avisail Garcia and reliever Zach Putnam, avoiding arbitration.Garcia is due .1 million and Putnam 5,000 next season. The agreements on Friday leave the White Sox with no remaining arbitration-eligible players.

  • Tigers agree to deal with Iglesias, avoid arbitration

    January 15, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have agreed on a one-year, .1 million contract with All-Star shortstop Jose Iglesias, averting arbitration.Iglesias hit .300 last season with two home runs, 23 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. It was a successful return for the smooth-fielding infielder after he missed all of 2014 with stress fractures in both shins.

  • Cardinals avoid arbitration with Rosenthal, Maness, Moss

    January 15, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals agreed to one-year contracts with closer Trevor Rosenthal, reliever Seth Maness and first baseman-outfielder Brandon Moss, avoiding salary arbitration.First baseman Matt Adams and the Cardinals agreed at .65 million too late before the Friday deadline, and both sides filed at the same figure.

  • Dodgers avoid arbitration, sign 1-year deals with 4 players

    January 15, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have reached one-year deals with closer Kenley Jansen, catcher Yasmani Grandal, infielder Justin Turner and reliever Luis Avilan, avoiding arbitration with all six of their players who had filed.Jansen's deal is worth .65 million, giving the 28-year-old right-hander a ,225,000 increase from last season.

  • Jays star Donaldson files for arbitration, asks for .8M

    January 15, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) AL MVP Josh Donaldson has filed for salary arbitration, asking for a huge raise to .8 million after leading the Toronto Blue Jays to the playoffs for the first time since 1992.The Blue Jays offered ,350,000 on Friday, the day sides were required to swap figures.

  • Yankees have deals with Pineda, Ackley, avert arbitration

    January 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees agreed to a one-year, .3 million contract with right-hander Michael Pineda and a one-year, .2 million deal with infielder-outfielder Dustin Ackley, forgoing salary arbitration with both.The Yankees also on Friday exchanged arbitration figures with pitchers Aroldis Chapman, Ivan Nova and Nathan Eovaldi, and shortstop Didi Gregorius.

  • Pirates avoid arbitration with 6 players, including Melancon

    January 15, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Mark Melancon's All-Star season earned the closer a hefty raise.Melancon and the Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing to a one-year deal that will pay him .65 million in 2016. The 30-year-old led the majors with 51 saves in 2015 as the Pirates won 98 games to earn a wild-card berth for a third straight year.

  • Column: Aaron doesn't care about records - and he's right

    January 15, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) The hair has been conquered by gray. He uses a cane to get around, always moving at a very measured pace.Hank Aaron is in his 80s now. He's not going to be hitting any more long balls.No need.He's still the king, no matter what the record book says.

  • Marlins ace Jose Fernandez agrees to 2016 contract

    January 15, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has agreed to a contract for 2016 and avoided arbitration, as did the team's other five arbitration-eligible players.Fernandez returned from Tommy John surgery at midseason last year and went 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 11 starts. The Marlins have so far resisted trade overtures for him this offseason.

  • Rangers avoid arbitration with Chirinos, reliever Scheppers

    January 15, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers avoided salary arbitration with Robinson Chirinos and Tanner Scheppers on Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with their top catcher and a reliever.Chirinos, who will get .55 million, was limited by a left shoulder strain over the final two months of his second full season with Texas. But he started three of five games in an AL Division Series loss to Toronto after getting a team-high 73 starts in the regular season.

  • Mets reach deals with Harvey, 4 others; 4 to arbitration

    January 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher Matt Harvey and the New York Mets reached a one-year deal for ,325,000 on Friday, rather than going to salary arbitration.The Mets also settled with four other players. They exchanged arbitration figures with first baseman Lucas Duda and three others.

  • Rockies' Jose Reyes headed for domestic abuse trial on Maui

    January 15, 2016

    HONOLULU (AP) Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes is headed for trial on domestic abuse charges on Maui.Maui County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Glen says trial is set for April 4, but a plea deal could be reached before then.Reyes pleaded not guilty in November to abusing a family or household member.

  • Seattle signs Furbush, Scribner and avoids arbitration

    January 15, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners have reached agreement on one-year contracts with pitchers Charlie Furbush and Evan Scribner, averting salary arbitration with both players.Seattle announced the agreements on Friday. The Mariners have no more arbitration eligible players. Terms of the deals for the 2016 season were not announced.

  • Indians avoid arbitration with closer Allen, 3 others

    January 15, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians hit a grand slam of sorts, coming to contract terms on their four remaining arbitration eligible players.The team reached agreement before Friday's deadline with Cody Allen on a .15 million contract for 2016. They also finalized deals with right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (,725,000 million), starter Josh Tomlin (.25 million) and reliever Jeff Manship (5,000).

  • Logan Forsythe agrees to 2-year contract with Rays

    January 15, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Infielder Logan Forsythe has agreed to a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.The deal announced Friday also includes a club option for 2018 and replaces his second and third years of arbitration eligibility. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

  • Royals avoid arbitration with Dyson, Coleman, Cruz deals

    January 15, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals signed five players to one-year contracts Friday, leaving All-Star third baseman Mike Moustakas and All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain as their only unsigned arbitration-eligible players.Pitcher Danny Duffy received the biggest deal at ,225,000, plus a ,000 bonus if he makes the All-Star team. The left-hander made ,425,000 last season, spending most of the year in the starting rotation before working out of the bullpen during Kansas City's run to the World Series championship.

  • Indians, closer Allen agree to 1-year, .15 million deal

    January 15, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians and closer Cody Allen reached agreement on a .15 million contract for next season to avoid arbitration.Allen had 34 saves in 70 games last season, his fourth with Cleveland. The 27-year-old had a 2.99 ERA and converted in all but four of his outings. He recorded 16 straight saves during one stretch and saved 31 of his final 34 opportunities.

  • Rangers, catcher Chirinos avoid arbitration with .55M deal

    January 15, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have avoided salary arbitration with Robinson Chirinos, agreeing to a .55 million contract with the catcher who started the most games for them last season.Chirinos was limited by a left shoulder strain over the final two months of his second full season with Texas. But he started three of five games in an AL Division Series loss to Toronto after getting 73 starts in the regular season.

  • Nationals, 3B Anthony Rendon reach deal, avoid arbitration

    January 15, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Infielder Anthony Rendon and the Washington Nationals have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to contract terms.The team announced on Twitter that it reached a deal with Rendon on Friday, when teams and players submit figures for arbitration. The Nationals did not reveal financial terms.

  • Phillies agree with Galvis at M and Gomez at .4M

    January 15, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have settled two of their three salary arbitration cases, agreeing with shortstop Freddy Galvis at million and right-hander Jeanmar Gomez at .4 million.Galvis, 26, hit .263 with seven homers and 50 RBIs last year for the rebuilding Phillies and made 3,500.

  • Fernando Salas, Angels agree to .4 million contract

    January 14, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Fernando Salas has avoided salary arbitration with the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a .4 million, one-year contract.A 30-year-old right-hander, Salas was 4-2 with a 4.24 ERA last year, striking out 74 in 63 2-3 innings. He earned .37 million.

  • Rays receive permission to expand search for ballpark sites

    January 14, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The St. Petersburg City Council has voted to give major league baseball's Rays permission to search for new ballpark sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.The team has played since its inception in Pinellas County at what now is called Tropicana Field in downtown St. Petersburg.

  • Rays' Cobb, McGee, Jennings and Guyer agree to 1-year deals

    January 14, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Rays agreed to one-year deals with almost half their arbitration-eligible players, settling Thursday with pitchers Alex Cobb and Jake McGee, and outfielders Desmond Jennings and Brandon Guyer.Cobb, who missed last season and is recovering from Tommy John surgery, receives a million salary, the same as in 2015. McGee gets a raise from .55 million to .8 million; Jennings from .1 million to .3 million; and Guyer from 5,800 to ,185,000.

  • Tommy Milone, Twins agree to .5 million, 1-year contract

    January 14, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Left-hander Tommy Milone and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a .5 million, one-year contract, a deal that avoids salary arbitration.The 28-year-old was 9-5 with a 3.92 ERA last year in 23 starts and one relief appearance. He made ,775,000.

  • Pitcher Bryan Morris and Marlins agree to .35 million deal

    January 14, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Pitcher Bryan Morris and the Miami Marlins avoided salary arbitration when they agreed to a .35 million, one-year contract.The 28-year-old right-hander was 5-4 with a 3.14 ERA in 67 relief appearances last season for the Marlins, who acquired him from Pittsburgh in June 2014.

  • Indians avoid arbitration with reliever Bryan Shaw

    January 14, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians avoided salary arbitration with reliever Bryan Shaw by agreeing to a one-year, .75 million contract for next season with the steady right-hander.Shaw is Cleveland's primary set-up man for closer Cody Allen, one of four players still eligible for arbitration.

  • Locke and Pirates agree to ,025,000

    January 14, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Left-hander Jeff Locke and the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a one-year contract worth ,025,000, a raise from 1,000.The 28-year-old, eligible for arbitration for the first time, was 8-11 with a 4.49 ERA in 30 starts last year.Six Pirates remained on track to swap proposed arbitration figures with the team Friday: right-handers Mark Melancon and Jared Hughes; catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart; shortstop Jordy Mercer; and left-hander Tony Watson.

  • Braves RHP Withrow avoids arbitration with 0,000 deal

    January 14, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Pitcher Chris Withrow avoided arbitration by agreeing to a 0,000, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.The deal reached Thursday leaves reliever Arodys Vizcaino as the only unsigned Atlanta player to file for arbitration. Barring a last-minute deal, he will exchange salary figures with the team on Friday.

  • Free agent SS Alexei Ramirez and Padres agree to 1-year deal

    January 14, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Free agent shortstop Alexei Ramirez has agreed to a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending a physical.Also on Thursday, the Padres signed free agent pitcher Carlos Villanueva to a .5 million, one-year deal. The team avoided salary arbitration with catcher Derek Norris and left-hander Drew Pomeranz.

  • Athletics agree to terms with third baseman Danny Valencia

    January 14, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Third baseman Danny Valencia has agreed to terms on a .15 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid arbitration.Valencia reached his deal Thursday, the team announced.Valencia joined Oakland on Aug. 3 when he was claimed off waivers after beginning the year with the Blue Jays. He batted .284 with 11 home runs and 37 RBIs in 47 games for the A's and hit a combined .290 with a career-best 18 homers and 66 RBIs in 105 games between the two clubs.

  • Mariners agree to .15M, 1-year deal with Leonys Martin

    January 14, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners and outfielder Leonys Martin have agreed to a .15 million contract for the 2016 season and avoided salary arbitration.Seattle announced the agreement Thursday.Left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and right-hander Evan Scribner also filed for arbitration. Players and teams are scheduled to swap proposed salaries on Friday.

  • White Sox agree to 1-year contracts with Lawrie, Jennings

    January 14, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with infielder Brett Lawrie and reliever Dan Jennings, avoiding arbitration.Lawrie's deal is for ,125,000, more than double his ,925,000 salary last season with Oakland. Jennings gets 0,000.

  • Dodgers, Van Slyke avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

    January 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers and outfielder-first baseman Scott Van Slyke have agreed to a one-year deal for ,225,000, avoiding arbitration.He hit .239 with six home runs and 30 RBIs last season, when he missed three games in September with right hand and wrist inflammation and was left off the postseason roster.

  • Seattle agrees to 1-year deal with Martin

    January 14, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners and outfielder Leonys Martin have agreed to a contract for the 2016 season and avoided salary arbitration.Seattle announced the agreement Thursday. No financial terms were disclosed.Left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and right-hander Evan Scribner remain arbitration-eligible.

  • Shortstop Alexei Ramirez agrees to 1-year deal with Padres

    January 14, 2016

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Free agent shortstop Alexei Ramirez has agreed to terms of a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres, pending passing a physical.The 34-year-old Ramirez had spent his entire eight-year career with the Chicago White Sox.Upgrading at shortstop was one of San Diego's top offseason needs. Alexi Amarista made 78 starts there last season while Clint Barmes made 51.

  • Tigers agree to 1-year deal with Romine, avoid arbitration

    January 14, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with infielder Andrew Romine for 0,000, avoiding arbitration.Romine hit .255 last season with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 109 games. The 30-year-old made starts at all four infield positions, including 22 at shortstop.

  • Orioles weigh options while Davis waits to choose a team

    January 14, 2016

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles are looking elsewhere for hitting help while waiting for slugger Chris Davis to make a decision on where to play this year.Sure, the Orioles would love to retain the defending major league home run champion. They've offered him in the vicinity of 0 million to return to Baltimore, yet the free agent first baseman remains unsigned.

  • Dodgers install 6 new minor league managers for 2016

    January 14, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have installed new managers at all six of their minor league affiliates for the upcoming season.Bill Haselman will manage Triple-A Oklahoma City, Ryan Garko at Double-A Tulsa, Drew Saylor at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Gil Velazquez at Single-A Great Lakes, Shaun Larkin at rookie-advanced Ogden and John Shoemaker at the rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers.

  • Infielder Profar agrees to 5K deal with Texas Rangers

    January 14, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have avoided salary arbitration with Jurickson Profar, agreeing to a 5,000 contract with the infielder who missed the past two seasons with right shoulder trouble.With Profar's deal Thursday, the Rangers still have five players eligible for salary arbitration.

  • Japan honors Hank Aaron with Order of the Rising Sun

    January 14, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Japan honored former home run king Hank Aaron with one of its highest awards on Thursday, saying he is a symbol of its close relationship with the United States and their shared love of baseball.The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette was presented during a ceremony and reception at the home of Japan's consul general in Atlanta, Takashi Shinozuka.

  • Cooperation nets sentence cut for baseball drug clinic owner

    January 14, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The former owner of a South Florida clinic at the center of a Major League Baseball steroids scandal that swept up New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will get out of prison more than a year early because of his extensive cooperation with prosecutors, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • AP source: Gordon, Marlins agree to M, 5-year deal

    January 13, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Even by the Miami Marlins' thrifty standards, reigning NL batting champion Dee Gordon deserved a long-term deal.Gordon avoided salary arbitration and agreed to a million, five-year contract with Miami, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made.

  • AP source: Dee Gordon agrees to million, 5-yr extension

    January 13, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says reigning NL batting champion Dee Gordon has agreed to terms on a million, five-year contract extension with the Miami Marlins, avoiding salary arbitration.The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hadn't been confirmed publicly.

  • 2-time All-Star pitcher Luis Arroyo dies at 88

    January 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Luis Arroyo, a two-time All-Star pitcher who helped the New York Yankees win the 1961 World Series, died Wednesday. He was 88.The Yankees said Arroyo's daughter, Milagros, told the team he died in Puerto Rico. She said he had been diagnosed last month with cancer.

  • Edwin Jackson signs 7,500, 1-year deal with Miami Marlins

    January 13, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins added pitching depth Wednesday, signing right-hander Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal for the major league minimum 7,500.The Cubs are responsible for paying Jackson million in 2016 after releasing him last year.Jackson made 47 relief appearances for the Cubs and Braves last season. The Marlins become his 10th franchise, and his other teams have been the Dodgers, Rays, Tigers, Diamondbacks, White Sox, Cardinals and Nationals.

  • C Wilson Ramos, Nationals agree on .35M, 1-year deal

    January 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Catcher Wilson Ramos and the Washington Nationals have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to terms on a .35 million, one-year contract.The 28-year-old Ramos hit .229 last season in a career-high 475 at-bats, with 15 homers, 68 RBIs and 101 strikeouts. He earned .55 million.

  • Dodgers agree to 1-year deal with pitcher Chris Hatcher

    January 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, ,065,000 deal with pitcher Chris Hatcher, avoiding arbitration.The right-hander earned 2,500 last season, when he was 3-5 with a 3.69 ERA.Five other Dodgers have filed for arbitration, including closer Kenley Jansen. The others are catcher Yasmani Grandal, infielder Justin Turner, outfielder Scott Van Slyke and pitcher Luis Avilan.

  • Oakland A's and 1B Yonder Alonso agree on .65 million deal

    January 13, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Oakland Athletics have agreed on a .65 million, one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.Alonso was acquired in a trade with San Diego last month that also brought reliever Mark Rzepczynski to Oakland and sent pitcher Drew Pomeranz to the Padres.

  • Tigers avoid arbitration with LHP Wilson, reach .525M deal

    January 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a ,525,000, one-year deal with left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, avoiding arbitration.The Tigers acquired the 28-year-old Wilson from the New York Yankees in December. He went 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 74 appearances last season.

  • Giants trade right-hander Cody Hall to Diamondbacks

    January 13, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have traded right-hander Cody Hall to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a player to be named or cash considerations.The Giants had designated Hall for assignment last week when they signed outfielder Denard Span and ended up trading him to Arizona on Wednesday.

  • Cubs owners buy 3 rooftop businesses across from Wrigley

    January 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The owners of the Chicago Cubs have purchased three more rooftop businesses across from Wrigley Field.A spokesman for the Ricketts family said Wednesday that a company owned by the family has purchased two Beyond the Ivy rooftop businesses and Sky Lounge Wrigley Rooftop. All three are along West Waveland Avenue across the street from Wrigley's left-field bleachers.

  • Rangers agree to .1M deal with RHP Tom Wilhelmsen

    January 13, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a .1 million contract with right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen to avoid salary arbitration.Wilhelmsen's deal was announced Wednesday, when the Rangers also signed infielder Pedro Ciriaco to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

  • C Wilson Ramos agrees to deal with Nats, avoids arbitration

    January 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Catcher Wilson Ramos and the Washington Nationals have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to terms on a contract.The 28-year-old Ramos hit .229 last season in a career-high 475 at-bats, with 15 homers, 68 RBIs and 101 strikeouts. He earned .55 million.

  • Major League Baseball to return to Mexico City in March

    January 13, 2016

    MEXICO CITY (AP) After a 12-year hiatus, Major League Baseball will return to Mexico City in March for two spring training games between the Houston Astros and San Diego Padres, the city's mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, announced Wednesday.MLB has not played games in Mexico's capital since March 2004, when the Astros faced the Marlins in a two-game exhibition series.

  • White Sox hire Benetti as TV play-by-play announcer

    January 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have hired Jason Benetti as a TV play-by-play announcer with Ken Harrelson taking a reduced role.The White Sox announced a multiyear contract for Benetti as well as extensions for Harrelson and analyst Steve Stone on Wednesday.

  • Seattle names Donovan assistant director of player personnel

    January 13, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have hired Todd Donovan as their assistant director of player personnel and added three other pro scouts to their staff.Seattle announced the additions Wednesday. Donovan will be active in all parts of the Mariners' scouting operations including pro, amateur and international scouting. He spent five seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks in various scouting roles from 2010-14 before spending last season as a special assignment scout with Tampa Bay.

  • Edwin Jackson signs 1-year deal with Miami Marlins

    January 13, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins added pitching depth Wednesday, signing right-hander Edwin Jackson to a one-year deal.Jackson made 47 relief appearances for the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta last season. The Marlins become his 10th franchise, after past stints with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Arizona, the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis, Washington, the Cubs and the Braves.

  • Jessica Mendoza joins 'Sunday Night Baseball' full-time

    January 13, 2016

    Jessica Mendoza wonders what she'd be doing during the upcoming Major League Baseball season if not for some events out of her control.The retired softball star was scheduled to call two Monday night MLB games late in 2015 for ESPN and hoped to get a regular gig this year, but figured she might need to wait longer for a slot to open up.

  • Arrieta, Keuchel among 156 to file for salary arbitration

    January 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Cy Young Award winners Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs and Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros were among 156 players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday and are set to swap proposed figures with their teams this week unless they agree to contracts.

  • Rays sign Eveland, 4 others to minor league contracts

    January 12, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have signed left-hander Dana Eveland and four other players to minor league contracts.Eveland has spent parts of 10 major league seasons with nine teams, compiling a 20-27 record with a 5.27 ERA. He made 10 relief appearances for the Atlanta Braves last season, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA.

  • Dodgers make minor trades with Mariners, Yankees

    January 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have acquired minor league infielder Erick Mejia from the Mariners for pitcher Joe Wieland.Mejia has a .273 career batting average with 49 stolen bases, a home run and 42 RBIs in 133 minor league games in the Seattle organization after being signed as an amateur free agent in June 2012 out of the Dominican Republic. The 21-year-old switch-hitter combined to hit .282 in 51 games with Triple-A Tacoma, Single-A Clinton and Everett and the rookie level AZL Mariners last season.

  • Dodgers send pitcher Wieland to Mariners for infielder Mejia

    January 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have acquired minor league infielder Erick Mejia from the Mariners in exchange for pitcher Joe Wieland.Mejia has a .273 career batting average with 49 stolen bases, a home run and 42 RBIs in 133 minor league games in the Seattle organization after being signed as an amateur free agent in June 2012 out of the Dominican Republic. The 21-year-old switch-hitter combined to hit .282 in 51 games with Triple-A Tacoma, Single-A Clinton and Everett and the rookie level AZL Mariners last season.

  • St. Louis Cardinals adding big video board at stadium

    January 12, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals could not help but notice the size and the clarity of the video boards at refurbished Wrigley Field during the NL Division Series last fall.For the upcoming season, their 10th at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals will be adding some of the same wow factor for fans: St. Louis announced details Tuesday of a multimillion-dollar investment in high-definition LED video boards that just might make the stadium feel brand new all over again.

  • Cardinals upgrade video boards, keeping up with technology

    January 12, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) For the upcoming season, their 10th at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals will be adding a wow factor to their game-day experience.The Cardinals announced details Tuesday of a multimillion-dollar investment in high-definition LED video boards that just might make the place feel brand new all over again.

  • Hall of Fame baseball player Monte Irvin dies at 96

    January 12, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s in a career abbreviated by major league baseball's exclusion of black players, has died. He was 96.The Hall of Fame said Irvin died Monday night of natural causes at his Houston home.

  • AP source: Parra, Rockies agree to .5M, 3-year deal

    January 12, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies added another left-handed hitter to an already crowded outfield by agreeing with Gerardo Parra on a three-year, .5 million deal.A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the deal Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it has yet to be announced by the team. The person says Colorado holds a club option for a fourth year at million, but can buy out Parra for .5 million.

  • Dodgers hire Alex Anthopoulos as front-office VP

    January 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have hired Alex Anthopoulos as vice president of baseball operations, joining GM and fellow Canadian Farhan Zaidi in the front office.He comes to Los Angeles from Toronto, where the 38-year-old executive spent the last six years as GM of the Blue Jays. He was named MLB executive of the year by Sporting News last year after his deals at the trade deadline helped the team win the AL East and make the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

  • Hall of Famer Monte Irvin dies at 96

    January 12, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s in a career abbreviated by major league baseball's exclusion of black players, has died. He was 96.The Hall of Fame said Irvin died Monday night of natural causes at his Houston home.

  • AP source: Chen, Johnson agree to terms with Marlins

    January 12, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have fortified their rotation and bench by adding left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and infielder Chris Johnson.Both players agreed to terms, a person close to the negotiations said Tuesday. The person confirmed the deals to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they hadn't been announced.

  • Girardi says Chapman will be Yankees closer

    January 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Joe Girardi says newly acquired left-hander Aroldis Chapman will go into spring training as New York's closer.During an interview on the YES Network, Girardi revealed Monday he is choosing the hard-throwing Chapman over Andrew Miller.

  • Outfielder Ben Revere just wants to contribute for Nationals

    January 11, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Ben Revere doesn't care where he plays in the outfield or where he hits in the lineup for the Washington Nationals.Revere said on a conference call with reporters on Monday that he is working on his arm strength and hopes to help Bryce Harper win another NL MVP award.

  • Cardinals GM confident rest of front office uninvolved

    January 11, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak is confident the rest of the front office was not involved in the Houston Astros hacking case.''Yeah, I am,'' Mozeliak said Monday. ''But before we totally engage in answering everything we just need these proceedings to be concluded.''

  • Cardinals sign Korean pitcher Seung Hwan Oh to bolster 'pen

    January 11, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Seung Hwan Oh has been such a dominant pitcher in Japan that he has two nicknames: ''Final Boss'' and ''Stone Buddha.''The St. Louis Cardinals project the Korean with 357 career saves as a reliever who'll get the ball to their own record-setting closer, Trevor Rosenthal.

  • Cardinals sign Korean pitcher Seung-Hwan Oh to bolster 'pen

    January 11, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Korean pitcher Seung-Hwan Oh, who was an effective closer for the Hanshin Tigers in Japan last season, to a one-year contract with a club option for a second year.The 33-year-old Oh had 41 saves last year and has 357 career saves. He's expected to be a setup man for closer Trevor Rosenthal, who set a franchise record with 48 saves last season.

  • Nats GM Rizzo sounds like someone prepared to keep Papelbon

    January 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo sounds very much like someone prepared to enter next season with Jonathan Papelbon as his closer, despite the pitcher's dugout brouhaha with NL MVP Bryce Harper last September.While not ruling out trading Papelbon, Rizzo spoke glowingly about the right-hander to reporters during a conference call on Saturday, a day after Washington sent former closer Drew Storen to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Ben Revere.

  • Nats' Rizzo won't rule out trade, expects to keep Papelbon

    January 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) While not ruling out a trade of Jonathan Papelbon, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says he expects the right-hander to be ''one of our late-inning relievers'' in 2016.Rizzo spoke to reporters on a conference call Saturday, a day after trading former closer Drew Storen to the Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Ben Revere.

  • Nationals trade reliever Storen to Blue Jays for OF Revere

    January 9, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals accommodated reliever Drew Storen on Friday night, trading him to the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays for outfielder Ben Revere.The Nationals will also get a player to be named and will send cash to the Blue Jays.

  • Mariners welcome back Griffey, retiring No. 24 on all levels

    January 8, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Ken Griffey Jr. paused and for a moment the joking stopped. Junior became thoughtful and reflective about the idea of his No. 24 hanging next to Jackie Robinson's No. 42 as the only numbers retired at Safeco Field.''Having my number next to him, I don't think I did half of what he did,'' Griffey said. ''Baseball-wise, yeah you're going to look at numbers and things like that, but the way he went about his life and the things he did off the field, nobody can compare to that. He is a trailblazer in more ways than one.''

  • LHP Hector Santiago, Angels agree to million, 1-year deal

    January 8, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Left-hander Hector Santiago avoided salary arbitration with the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, agreeing to a million, one-year contract.The 28-year-old was 9-9 with a 3.59 ERA in 32 starts and one relief appearance last season, setting his career best for wins and making the AL All-Star team for the first time in his career. He was outstanding early in the season with a 2.33 ERA in his first 18 appearances.

  • McAllister, Indians agree to a .3 million, 1-year contract

    January 8, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Pitcher Zach McAllister and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a .3 million, one-year contract, more than double his salary of 0,400 last year.The 28-year-old right-hander was 4-4 with a 3.00 ERA in 60 relief appearances and one start last season. Selected by the Yankees in the third round of the 2006 amateur draft, he is 23-29 in parts of five major league seasons, all with the Indians.

  • Minor league pitchers Colon, Francescon suspended 50 games

    January 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Cleveland pitcher Joseph Colon and Chicago Cubs pitcher P.J. Francescon have been suspended 50 games each under baseball's minor league drug program following second positive tests for a drug of abuse.A right-hander who turns 26 next month, Colon was 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA in 32 relief appearances and one start for Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Cleveland said in November he was to attend big league spring training as a non-roster player.

  • Denard Span fills holes at leadoff outfield for Giants

    January 8, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Denard Span is all-too-familiar with what the Giants are capable of accomplishing come October having lost in the Division Series to San Francisco in 2014.So when Span had the chance to pick his team in free agency and saw that the Giants had major needs at the leadoff spot and in the outfield, he had a clear first choice.

  • Nationals hire ex-Marlins manager, GM Jennings to help Rizzo

    January 8, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals have hired former Marlins manager and general manager Dan Jennings as a special assistant to GM Mike Rizzo.The Nationals announced the move Friday.Jennings will work on Washington's scouting operations.He was fired in October by the Marlins, a team he had worked for since 2002.

  • Former Cardinals official pleads guilty to hacking Astros

    January 8, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to hacking into the player database and email system of the Houston Astros in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.

  • Braves and Johnson finalize million, 1-year contract

    January 8, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) Kelly Johnson and the Braves have finalized their million, one-year contract that brings the utilityman back to Atlanta.The deal was announced Friday after Johnson passed a physical.The 33-year-old started 2015 with the Braves and was dealt to the New York Mets before the non-waiver trade deadline along with third baseman Jose Uribe. Johnson hit .265 with 14 homers and 47 RBIs in 111 games.

  • Former Cardinals executive pleads guilty to hacking Astros

    January 8, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) The former director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to hacking the player personnel database of the Houston Astros in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.

  • Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director pleads guilty to hacking Houston Astros database

    January 8, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director pleads guilty to hacking Houston Astros database.

  • Yankees acquire Kirby Yates from Indians for ,000

    January 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees have acquired reliever Kirby Yates from the Cleveland Indians for ,000.A 28-year-old right-hander, Yates had a fastball in the 92-94 mph range last season. He was 1-2 with one save and a 5.27 ERA in 57 relief appearances for Tampa Bay in 2014-15, then was acquired by Cleveland for cash Nov. 25.

  • Giants and OF Denard Span agree to million, 3-year deal

    January 8, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) After addressing their holes in the pitching rotation early in free agency, the San Francisco Giants filled their biggest remaining need Thursday.The Giants agreed on a million, three-year deal with free agent Denard Span, giving them the outfielder and leadoff hitter they had sought.

  • Giants agree to million, 3-year deal with OF Denard Span

    January 7, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) After addressing their holes in the pitching rotation early in free agency, the San Francisco Giants filled their biggest remaining need Thursday.The Giants agreed on a million, three-year deal with free-agent Denard Span, giving them the outfielder and leadoff hitter they had sought.

  • New Hall of Famers Griffey and Piazza talk about dads

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) On their first full day as Hall of Famers, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza talked about their dads.Los Angeles drafted Piazza at the recommendation of then-manager Tommy Lasorda, a friend of Piazza's father, Vince. Mike credited his dad for getting him to the majors, for forcing him to get into a batting cage every day.

  • Ryan Cook agrees to .1M deal with Mariners

    January 7, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Right-hander Ryan Cook has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, who added another arm to their overhauled bullpen.Cook's deal, which is not guaranteed, calls for a .1 million salary while in the majors and 0,000 while in the minors. He can earn another 0,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched in the majors: ,000 each for 40 and 50, and 0,000 apiece for 60 and 70.

  • Kansas governor touts tax policy with tweet on Royals star

    January 7, 2016

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's office has taken a swing at promoting his tax-cutting policies through Kansas City Royals star Alex Gordon's new, million contract.The Wichita Eagle reported (http://bit.ly/1kQz4kw ) that Brownback's critics Thursday treated the resulting tweet from the Republican governor's office as a strike out.

  • Mariners sign righty reliever Ryan Cook to 1-year deal

    January 7, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have signed right-hander Ryan Cook to a one-year contract, adding another arm to their overhauled bullpen.The Mariners announced the move Thursday. Cook's contract is not guaranteed but will pay him .1 million if he's in the major and 0,000 in the minors. He can earn another 0,000 in performance bonuses for games pitched.

  • Maeda, Dodgers finalize M deal that could be worth 6M

    January 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers opened their wallet to sign Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda to an incentive-laden deal that could be worth 6.2 million if he stays healthy, a risk the team was willing to take despite knowing he has had elbow issues.After the million, eight-year contract was finalized Thursday, Maeda was introduced during a news conference at Dodger Stadium.

  • Meada, Dodgers finalize M deal that could be worth 6M

    January 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers opened their wallet to sign Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda to an incentive-laden deal that could be worth 6.2 million if he stays healthy, a risk the team was willing to take despite knowing he has had elbow issues.After the million, eight-year contract was finalized Thursday, Maeda was introduced during a news conference at Dodger Stadium.

  • Giants agree to 3-year deal with OF Denard Span

    January 7, 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After addressing their holes in the pitching rotation early in free agency, the San Francisco Giants filled their biggest remaining need Thursday.The Giants agreed on a million, three-year deal with free-agent outfielder Denard Span, pending a physical, giving them the center fielder and leadoff hitter they had sought.

  • Nationals don't expect heroics from new 2B Daniel Murphy

    January 7, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals don't expect Daniel Murphy to be their savior.Murphy seized the postseason spotlight for the New York Mets, homering in six straight games on the way to the World Series. But the Nationals are not asking for that. They simply want the player they signed to a .5 million, three-year contract to be a consistent hitter as their everyday second baseman.

  • Alderson has 1st public appearance since cancer announcement

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Making his first public appearance since collapsing during a news conference two months ago and later announcing he was undergoing cancer treatment, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson looked fit and healthy.Alderson attended Thursday's Hall of Fame news conference featuring former New York star Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr., who were elected to Cooperstown a day earlier.

  • White Sox claim OF Daniel Fields off waivers from Dodgers

    January 7, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have claimed outfielder Daniel Fields off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers.Fields spent most of last season with Detroit's Triple-A affiliate. He appeared in one game for the Tigers on June 4 and recorded his first hit in his major league debut. He was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee on Sept. 10 and by the Dodgers on Dec. 7.

  • Royals sign former Yankees star Wang to minor league deal

    January 7, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have signed former Cy Young runner-up Chien-Ming Wang to a minor league contract.The 35-year-old Wang, who had his best seasons with the New York Yankees, spent last season in Triple-A with the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners organizations. The right-hander went 6-11 with a 5.88 in 22 appearances, including 20 starts.

  • Griffey Jr goes to Hall with Mariners cap; Piazza with Mets

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ken Griffey Jr. was straightforward with his Hall of Fame cap selection: His plaque in Cooperstown will have a Seattle Mariners logo and won't portray him with the brim toward the rear, the way he wore it so often.After slipping on a Hall of Fame jersey along with Mike Piazza, Griffey put his cap on the way most players do. Then he turned it around, sat down and pointed a thumb toward the catcher, who also will be inducted on July 24

  • Seattle releases Anthony Bass so he can pitch in Japan

    January 7, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have released recently acquired pitcher Anthony Bass so he can pursue an opportunity to pitch in Japan.Seattle announced the roster decision Thursday, which leaves the Mariners' 40-man roster at 39.Bass was acquired from Texas along with outfielder Leonys Martin in a five-player trade in November as part of Seattle's busy offseason makeover. Bass appeared in 33 games last season for Texas and had a 4.50 ERA in 64 relief appearances. He was expected to compete for a spot in Seattle's bullpen and was arbitration eligible.

  • Nationals don't expect heroics from Daniel Murphy

    January 7, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals don't expect Daniel Murphy to be their savior.Murphy seized the postseason spotlight for the New York Mets, homering in six straight games on the way to the World Series. But the Nationals are not asking for that. They simply want the player they signed to a .5 million, three-year contract to be a consistent hitter as their everyday second baseman.

  • MLB hires for inclusion posts: Bean promoted, Pride added

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Billy Bean has been promoted to vice president for social responsibility and inclusion by Major League Baseball. MLB has also added Curtis Pride as an ambassador for inclusion.Bean came out as gay in 1999, four years after his final major league season. He was hired by MLB in July 2014 as a consultant and given the title ambassador for inclusion.

  • Tribute to Boston Red Sox great Johnny Pesky is vandalized

    January 7, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) A tribute to one of the most popular players in Boston Red Sox history has been vandalized outside Fenway Park.The team says a large No. 6 in honor of Johnny Pesky was scribbled with black graffiti.The black paint was found at the top of the number Wednesday, but it's not clear when the vandalism occurred. A team spokesman says the graffiti will be cleaned up.

  • HOF 2017: Last chance for Raines, first for Ramirez, Pudge

    January 7, 2016

    Tim Raines is down to his final chance.After falling 23 votes shy of induction into baseball's Hall of Fame, Raines' candidacy will come down to next year's vote. That will be his 10th and final year of eligibility on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot. Newcomers to the ballot in 2017 include Manny Ramirez, Ivan Rodriguez and Vladimir Guerrero.

  • AP PHOTO: Ken Griffey Jr.'s No. 24 flies high above Seattle

    January 7, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Ken Griffey Jr. was flying high above Seattle.Well, his No. 24 was.Shortly after the former Mariners star was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday with the highest percentage of votes in history, Seattle raised a giant banner with Griffey's number on it to the top of the iconic Space Needle.

  • MLB games to be streamed live to China for 1st time

    January 6, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Major League Baseball games will be streamed live to China for the first time under a three-year agreement with Le Sports.MLB announced the deal Wednesday at the consumer-electronics show. Le Sports gained rights to show 125 games annually, including 96 during the regular season, 20 during the postseason, the All-Star Game, the World Series and the All-Star Home Run Derby. It also will broadcast Mandarin-language MLB programming.

  • Chris Carter agrees to .5M, 1-year deal with Brewers

    January 7, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Free-agent first baseman Chris Carter agreed to a .5 million, one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.The right-handed slugger became a free agent when the Houston Astros declined to offer him a contract in December.Milwaukee was in need of a first baseman after trading Adam Lind to Seattle for prospects last month. The deal includes 0,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances: 0,000 each for 350, 400 and 450, and 0,000 for 500.

  • Catch this, Cooperstown: Long-shot Piazza gets call to Hall

    January 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) If it weren't for family ties, Mike Piazza's final stop in baseball might have been Miami-Dade junior college.That's awfully far from Cooperstown - not only on a map.Piazza was elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, powering past steroids suspicions in his fourth year on the ballot to complete an improbable journey that propelled him from amateur afterthought to the greatest hitting catcher the game has ever seen.

  • Elder Griffey beams about son entering Hall of Fame

    January 6, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) For a moment, forget about what Ken Griffey Jr. was as a professional.Ken Griffey Sr. remembers a time when his son was a kid, before he became The Kid, running around the Cincinnati Reds clubhouse with the sons of other players like Tony Perez and Pete Rose.

  • Which hat for Griffey, Piazza on Hall of Fame plaque?

    January 6, 2016

    Ken Griffey Jr. became a huge star in Seattle, then beelined back home to play in Cincinnati.Now that he's capped off his career with a trip to Cooperstown, a juicy question: Will Junior wear a Mariners or Reds hat on his Hall of Fame plaque?Or maybe there's a third option, as reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper tweeted Wednesday.

  • Bagwell, Raines and Hoffman fall just short of Hall election

    January 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines might want to block off the date for the 2017 induction ceremony at the baseball Hall of Fame after falling just short of election this year.National League career save leader Trevor Hoffman also appears to be closing in after making a strong showing in voting results announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America, his first year under consideration.

  • First baseman Chris Carter joins Brewers on 1-year deal

    January 6, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Free-agent first baseman Chris Carter signed a one-year, .5 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.The right-handed slugger became a free agent when the Houston Astros declined to offer him a contract in December.The Brewers were in need of a first baseman after trading Adam Lind to Seattle for prospects last month. The deal includes 0,000 in incentives.

  • Catch this, Cooperstown: Piazza gets call from Hall of Fame

    January 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Next place to catch Mike Piazza: Cooperstown.Baseball's greatest hitting catcher was elected to the Hall of Fame on Wednesday, powering his way past steroids suspicions in his fourth year on the ballot.Piazza was picked by 365 out of 440 voters (83 percent) from the Baseball Writers' Association of America, comfortably eclipsing the 75 percent needed for induction. The lone holdover selected, he'll join Ken Griffey Jr. when the class of 2016 is enshrined on July 24.

  • Griffey elected to Hall with highest percentage, Piazza in

    January 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ken Griffey Jr. was considered Mr. Clean during 22 years in the major leagues, untainted by accusations of drug use as he climbed the home-run list during the height of the Steroids Era.He nearly made a clean sweep in Hall of Fame voting.

  • First baseman Chris Carter to join Brewers on 1-year deal

    January 6, 2016

    HOUSTON (AP) Free-agent first baseman Chris Carter has agreed to a one-year, .5 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.Carter became a free agent when the Houston Astros declined to offer him a contract in December.The Brewers were in need of a first baseman after trading Adam Lind to Seattle for prospects last month. The deal includes 0,000 in incentives.

  • AP source: Braves, Kelly Johnson agree to 1-year deal

    January 6, 2016

    ATLANTA (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says infielder Kelly Johnson and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a million, one-year contract.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because Johnson must pass a physical before the agreement can be finalized.

  • Dodgers to announce signing of Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda

    January 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers are set to announce the signing of free-agent Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda.Los Angeles scheduled a news conference on Thursday at Dodger Stadium, and a person familiar with the event said the subject of the news conference was Maeda.

  • US seeks sentencing cut for baseball drug clinic owner

    January 6, 2016

    MIAMI (AP) Federal prosecutors want a Miami judge to reduce by more than a year the prison sentence being served by the former owner of a clinic that supplied banned substances to baseball players including New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.A court document filed by prosecutors Wednesday asks that Anthony Bosch's imprisonment be reduced from four years to 32 months. The Miami U.S. attorney's office cites Bosch's extensive cooperation for the request, which amounts to about one-third off.

  • Royals sign OF Alex Gordon to million, 4-year contract

    January 6, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) With a cold wind blowing outside and the warmth of spring training still more than a month away, Alex Gordon walked into the home clubhouse of Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday and grinned.He was home. And he will be for a while.The All-Star outfielder signed a million, four-year deal to remain with the Kansas City Royals, the long-downtrodden team that drafted him more than a decade ago, and that he helped climb to the pinnacle of the sport with a World Series triumph this past season.

  • Nats announce deals with 2B Daniel Murphy, INF Stephen Drew

    January 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Second baseman Daniel Murphy's three-year contract with the Washington Nationals will cost the team only million in 2016.The Nationals finalized a pair of deals Wednesday, adding Murphy to the roster along with infielder Stephen Drew, who agreed to a million, one-year contract.

  • Nationals announce Murphy deal; he costs only M in 2016

    January 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Second baseman Daniel Murphy's three-year contract with the Washington Nationals will cost the team only million in 2016.The .5 million deal calls for a million salary in 2017 and .5 million in 2018, including .5 million deferred without interest. Washington owes .5 million of the deferred money on Jan. 15, 2019, and the rest on Jan. 15, 2020.

  • Neftali Feliz agrees to .9 million, 1-year deal Pirates

    January 6, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Former AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a .9 million, one-year contract.The 27-year-old right-hander, who became a free agent last month when Detroit failed to offer a 2016 contract, is 15-12 with a 3.17 ERA and 97 saves in 246 big league appearances.

  • Outfielder Rajai Davis guaranteed .25 million by Indians

    January 6, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Rajai Davis is guaranteed .25 million as part of his contract with the Cleveland Indians and can earn an additional ,225,000 in performance bonuses.As part of the deal announced Dec. 17, Davis can made 5,000 apiece for 400 plate appearances and each additional 25 through 550.

  • Pitcher Brandon Beachy agrees to .5M deal with Dodgers

    January 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Free-agent pitcher Brandon Beachy and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a .5 million, one-year contract.The 29-year-old right-hander spent last season in the Dodgers' organization, making two big league starts after being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on July 11. He finished the season in the minors, going 1-1 with a 3.51 ERA in 11 games with Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

  • AP Source: Royals, OF Alex Gordon agree to 4-year contract

    January 6, 2016

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon agreed to a million, four-year deal Wednesday to remain with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, a person familiar with the details told The Associated Press.Gordon must still pass a physical but an official announcement could come later in the day. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Royals had not announced the contract, which was first reported by MLB.com.

  • Hall vote: Will Griffey set record, can Bonds get big boost?

    January 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Fewer than 500 people get a vote, but most every baseball fan seems to have a vehement opinion on who belongs in the Hall of Fame.With the election results on deck, a look at what to watch for when the newest members of Cooperstown are announced today at 6 p.m. EST:

  • 2 baseball players sue Al-Jazeera over documentary on drugs

    January 5, 2016

    Two Major League Baseball players have filed defamation lawsuits against Al-Jazeera America over statements made in a documentary about performance-enhancing drugs in sports.Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals and Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies filed the suits Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. The suits refer to the documentary ''The Dark Side: Secrets of Sports Doping,'' which Al-Jazeera America broadcast Dec. 27.

  • Rangers sign lefty reliever Ramos, may make him starter

    January 5, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have signed left-hander Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract with plans to convert the 31-year-old reliever back into a starter.Ramos had a career-high 65 relief appearances with the Los Angeles Angels last season, going 2-1 with a 2.75 ERA. He has 10 career major league starts, mostly recently with Tampa Bay in 2014.

  • New Dodgers pitcher Kazmir returns to scene of career demise

    January 5, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) After revitalizing his career over the last three years, Scott Kazmir is ready to return to the scene of its demise in Southern California.The 31-year-old left-hander struggled through three tough years with the Los Angeles Angels before falling out of the majors. It took him two years to get back to the big leagues and after stints with Cleveland, Oakland and Houston, Kazmir has joined the Dodgers for his first time in the National League.

  • Bonds, Clemens likely to get boost from Hall vote changes

    January 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other tainted stars of the Steroids Era appear likely to get a boost in Hall of Fame balloting, but not enough to enter Cooperstown this year.Ken Griffey Jr. seems assured of election on the first try Wednesday, possibly with a record vote of close to 100 percent. Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines also were strong candidates to gain the 75 percent needed for baseball's highest honor.

  • Napoli to play 1b for Indians after finalizing M deal

    January 5, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Mike Napoli switched positions without a hitch. The Indians hope his latest move will be as smooth.A former catcher who transitioned to first base, Napoli finalized his million, one-year contract with the Indians on Tuesday. The deal was agreed upon last month, but Napoli had to take a physical and some contract language needed to be completed before the slugger's signing became official.

  • A's trade right-hander Arnold Leon to Blue Jays for cash

    January 5, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have traded right-hander Arnold Leon to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash.The teams announced the deal Tuesday. Leon had been designated for assignment last week when Oakland finalized its contract with Henderson Alvarez.

  • Mike Napoli and Indians finalize million, 1-year contract

    January 5, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) Free agent slugger Mike Napoli and the Cleveland Indians have finalized their million, one-year contract.Napoli had to pass a physical before the deal could be finalized. Napoli can earn an additional million in performance bonuses under Tuesday's agreement: 0,000 each for 450, 500, 550, 600, 625 and 645 plate appearances.

  • Out of batter's box: Browns hire baseball executive

    January 5, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have made an out-of-the-batter's box hire.Owner Jimmy Haslam has brought in Paul DePodesta, a baseball executive and analytics expert with 20 years of major league experience, to be the NFL team's new chief strategy officer.

  • Browns hire baseball executive DePodesta to direct strategy

    January 5, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have made an out-of-the-batter's box hire.Paul DePodesta, a baseball executive with 20 years of major league experience, has been appointed their new chief strategy officer.Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who fired coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer following a 3-13 season, has brought in DePodesta to help his organization with decision making. DePodesta, a longtime aide to Sandy Alderson, had been the New York Mets' vice president of player development and amateur scouting.

  • Alvarez can earn .6M in bonuses under deal with A's

    January 4, 2016

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Henderson Alvarez can earn .6 million in performance bonuses based on starts in addition to his .25 million salary as part of his one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.The 25-year-old right-hander can earn 0,000 each for 12 and 15, 0,000 for 18, 0,000 for 21, 0,000 for 24, 0,000 for 26 and 0,000 for 28 under the deal announced Dec. 28.

  • Kazmir's M Dodgers' deal includes payments through 2021

    January 4, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Scott Kazmir's million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers includes payments through 2021.As part of the agreement finalized Dec. 30, the 31-year-old left-hander received a million signing bonus payable by the next day and salaries of million this year and million in each of the following two seasons.

  • Griffey, a favorite son of Pacific Northwest, awaits Hall

    January 1, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The perfect swing that we could never emulate. The diving, leaping catches we only dared to copy with the protection of pillows and couch cushions on the floor. The smile that told us baseball could be fun for even the best player of our generation.

  • 2016 spoiler alert: Cubs win the World Series!

    December 31, 2015

    You read that headline right.And while we hate draining the suspense from 2016 even before it begins, that will be the biggest story during the coming year in sports. The Cubs won't win it all easily. Nor, after going 0-for-the-last-107 seasons, should they.

  • Rangers sign catcher Michael McKenry to minor league deal

    December 30, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Free-agent catcher Michael McKenry has signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training.AL West champion Texas also signed left-hander Donnie Veal to a minor league contract on Wednesday.

  • LA Dodgers sign lefty Scott Kazmir to 3-year deal

    December 30, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to a three-year, million contract on Wednesday with the Los Angeles Dodgers.The three-time All-Star was among the top names left on the free-agent market after revitalizing his career over the past three seasons with Cleveland, Oakland and Houston. He ranked fourth in the AL with a 3.10 ERA last year while going 7-11 for the Athletics and the Astros.

  • NY council speaker says Yankees wrong to acquire Chapman

    December 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York City council's speaker says the New York Yankees were wrong to trade for a pitcher who was investigated over a domestic-violence accusation.Democratic Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said Tuesday the Yankees should reconsider their decision to trade for Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

  • Former Red Sox All-Star third baseman Frank Malzone dies

    December 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Frank Malzone, the Boston Red Sox's all-time leader among third baseman with homers and RBIs, has died, the team said Tuesday. He was 85.Malzone died at home in Needham, Massachusetts, of natural causes, the team said.A member of the Red Sox hall of fame since 1995, he played in Boston for 11 seasons from 1955-65. He hit 131 homers with 716 RBIs during that stretch, the most of any third baseman in club history. The six-time All-Star finished his career in 1966 with the California Angels.

  • Oakland A's and RHP Henderson Alvarez agree to 1-year deal

    December 28, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics and pitcher Henderson Alvarez have agreed to a one-year contract.The team announced the move on Monday.Alvarez went 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA in four starts for Miami during a 2015 season shortened by two stints on the disabled list for injuries to his right shoulder. He had season-ending surgery July 28 and became a free agent early this month when the Marlins declined to offer him a 2016 contract. Otherwise, he would have been eligible for arbitration.

  • Yankees get Aroldis Chapman from Reds for 4 minor leaguers

    December 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees bolstered an already dominant bullpen Monday, acquiring hard-throwing All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds for four minor leaguers.Chapman became available after the Reds' deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers fell through during baseball's winter meetings three weeks ago when it was learned Florida police investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the Cuban left-hander.

  • Jim O'Toole, Reds 1960s star pitcher, dies at 78

    December 27, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Jim O'Toole, a star pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1960s, has died after a long battle with cancer. O'Toole was 78.The team said O'Toole died Saturday at his home, a day after celebrating Christmas with his large family.The lefty started the opening game of the 1961 World Series, losing to Yankees ace Whitey Ford 2-0. He also lost Game 4 to Ford, as a New York team featuring Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris and Yogi Berra won the series in five games. O'Toole gave up four earned runs over 12 innings.

  • AP source: Murphy agrees to 3-year deal with Nationals

    December 24, 2015

    Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a three-year, .5 million contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement, first reported by ESPN, was subject to a successful physical.

  • Woman pleads guilty to extorting Yankees GM Brian Cashman

    December 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A woman charged with shaking down New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has pleaded guilty to extortion, perjury and criminal impersonation.Louise Neathway entered a type of guilty plea Wednesday that acknowledges sufficient evidence for conviction but doesn't admit guilt. She was sentenced to five years' probation.

  • Indians infielder Zach Walters injured in car accident

    December 23, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians infielder Zach Walters has been released from a hospital after being injured in a car accident in Las Vegas.Cleveland spokesman Bart Swain said Wednesday that Walters is at home, ''everything to this point has checked out fine'' and the team will monitor the situation. Swain said Walters needed stitches over the left eye following Tuesday's accident.

  • John Jaso agrees to million, 2-year deal with Pirates

    December 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Free agent John Jaso and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to an million, two-year contract.The 32-year-old has played mostly in the outfield and at catcher in the past, but the Pirates plan on using him at first base, a position he has played in just two big league games.

  • Playing elf can be dangerous for player's tenure with Mets

    December 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Serving as an elf at the New York Mets' holiday party can be dangerous to one's tenure with the team.Eight days after wearing a green elf suit and hat to entertain kids alongside pitcher Steven Matz's Santa Claus in Citi Field's Acela Club, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee on Wednesday.

  • Cubs claim left-hander Olmos, release infielder Ryan

    December 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs have claimed left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and released recently acquired infielder Brendan Ryan.Chicago also announced Wednesday that pitcher Yoervis Medina was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

  • Alejandro De Aza, Mets complete .75 million, 1-year deal

    December 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Outfielder Alejandro De Aza and the New York Mets have completed a .75 million, one-year contract.De Aza can earn an additional .25 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances under Wednesday's deal: 0,000 for 400 and each additional 50 through 600.

  • White Sox claim Jerry Sands off waivers from Indians

    December 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Outfielder Jerry Sands has been claimed by the Chicago White Sox off waivers from the Cleveland Indians.The 29-year-old hit .236 with four homers and 19 RBIs in games with Cleveland last season. He also played in 66 games with Triple-A Columbus.

  • South Korean Kim, Orioles finalize million, 2-year deal

    December 23, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) South Korean outfielder Hyun Soo Kim and the Baltimore Orioes have finalized a million, two-year contract.An agreement between the Orioles and the 28-year-old was reached last week, pending a physical. The deal was completed Wednesday.

  • Kensing, Schierholtz, Valdespin, Gonzalez agree with Tigers

    December 23, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Right-hander Logan Kensing and outfielder Nate Schierholtz have agreed to minor league contracts with the Detroit Tigers.Detroit said Wednesday that right-handers Melvin Mercedes and Dustin Molleken also agreed to minor league deals, as did utilityman Jordany Valdespin and infielder Alberto Gonzalez.

  • Lefty Ross Detwiler agrees to minor league deal with Indians

    December 22, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Left-hander Ross Detwiler has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will attend big league spring training.Detwiler, who turns 30 on March 6, was 1-5 with a 7.25 ERA this year in seven starts and 34 relief appearances for Texas and Atlanta.

  • AP source: De Aza, Mets agree to .75M, 1-year deal

    December 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Outfielder Alejandro De Aza and the New York Mets have agreed to a .75 million, one-year contract, pending a physical, according to person familiar with the negotiations.The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. The deal contains an additional .25 million in performance bonuses.

  • Charles Hill hired by MLB to head Europe efforts

    December 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Charles Hill has been hired by Major League Baseball International as managing director of Major League Baseball Europe, Middle East and Africa.Hill, whose appointment was announced Tuesday, will oversee media sales, licensing, sponsorship, special events in those regions along with relationships with baseball federations and governments. He will be based in London and will report to Chris Park, MLB's senior vice president of growth, strategy and international.

  • Mike Leake agrees to M, 5-year deal with Cardinals

    December 22, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Minutes after his contract with the St. Louis Cardinals was announced, Mike Leake was looking ahead to rivalry games against the Chicago Cubs.''Honestly,'' he said Tuesday, ''I wouldn't mind taking them down.''Leake and the Cardinals agreed to an million, five-year contract, a move the Cardinals hopes boosts their chances to win a fourth straight NL Central title.

  • Smoltz replaces Reynolds and Verducci alongside Fox's Buck

    December 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hall of Famer John Smoltz has been promoted to Fox's lead baseball analyst and will work alongside play-by-play man Joe Buck, displacing Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci.Fox made the announcement Tuesday. Network spokesman Dan Bell said Fox was discussing different roles with Reynolds, who also works for the MLB Network, and Verducci, who also works for the MLB Network and Sports Illustrated.

  • AP Source: Cardinals to sign pitcher Mike Leake

    December 22, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals and free-agent pitcher Mike Leake have agreed to terms on a contract, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said Tuesday.The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been formally announced, said the signing is pending the results of a physical.

  • Mariners hire female scout, believed to be 1st since 1950s

    December 21, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have hired Amanda Hopkins as an area scout, and the team says she is believed to be the first woman hired as a fulltime scout by a major league club since the 1950s.The Mariners announced the move Monday amid a flurry of changes in their scouting department. Hopkins, who will cover Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, spent the past three seasons working as an intern in Seattle's amateur scouting department and is a recent graduate of the Major League Baseball developmental program.

  • Haselman replaces Berryhill as Dodgers' Triple-A manager

    December 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have promoted Bill Haselman to manager of Triple-A Oklahoma City after he led Class A Rancho Cucamonga to this year's California League.Haselman replaces Damon Berryhill, who was let go after leading the team to a league-best 86-58 regular-season record and was voted PCL Manager of the Year.

  • Ottavino looking forward to mound rather than movies

    December 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) His pitching arm out of commission, Adam Ottavino became a movie producer for a six-minute documentary about his journey back from Tommy John surgery.Putting aside whether the flick could be an Oscar contender for best documentary for short subject, Ottavino is ready to be a reliever again. Just when that may be remains unknown. The Colorado Rockies right-hander doesn't anticipate breaking camp with the team out of spring training after surgery seven months ago, but could be ready around the All-Star break.

  • Pirates acquire pitcher Lobstein from Tigers for cash

    December 21, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pirates added Kyle Lobstein to the mix of starting pitchers looking for a rotation spot next season, acquiring the left-hander from the Detroit Tigers on Monday for cash.Detroit designated the 26-year-old for assignment on Dec. 18. Lobstein went 3-8 with a 5.94 ERA for the Tigers in 2015, starting 11 games and relieving in two. He is 4-10 with a 5.33 ERA in 20 big league appearances, all with Detroit.

  • Red Sox to retire Wade Boggs' number 26

    December 21, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Wade Boggs' number 26 will be retired by the Boston Red Sox.Boston said Monday it will retire the number of the Hall of Fame third baseman during a ceremony at Fenway Park on May 26, when the number will be added to the ballpark's right-field facade.

  • Mariners' Iwakuma to receive signing bonus in 3 payments

    December 21, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will receive his million signing bonus from the Seattle Mariners in three equal payments through 2017 as part of his contract that guarantees million but could be worth up to .5 million over three years.Iwakuma will get installments on Dec. 31 this year and Dec. 1 in each of the following two years.

  • Vogelsong gets M in Pirates deal, .1M in bonus chances

    December 21, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Ryan Vogelsong is guaranteed million in his one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and can earn .1 million more in performance bonuses.Vogelsong would receive 0,000 each for 10, 12 and 14 starts under Friday's agreement and can earn .8 million under a points system that calls for three points for each start, two for each relief appearance of two innings or more or game finished, and one for each relief appearance less than two innings.

  • Ottavino and Rockies agree to .4M, 3-year contract

    December 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a .4 million, three-year contract.Ottavino gets .3 million next year, .1 million in 2017 and million in 2018 under the agreement announced Monday, which avoids salary arbitration. He would have been eligible for free agency after the 2017 season.

  • Aviles can earn 0K in bonuses as part of M Tigers deal

    December 21, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Utilityman Mike Aviles can earn 0,000 in performance bonuses as part of his million, one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.Under the agreement, announced by the Tigers on Friday night, Aviles can earn ,000 for 150 at-bats and each additional 25 through 275.

  • AP source: Rockies, Ottavino agree to .4M, 3-year deal

    December 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Colorado Rockies and right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino have agreed on a .4 million, three-year contract.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal, which avoids salary arbitration, had yet to be announced.

  • Indians sign pair of left-handed relievers

    December 21, 2015

    The Indians have signed veteran free agent left-handers Tom Gorzelanny and Joe Thatcher to minor league contracts and invited them to spring training.Gorzelanny spent most of last season with the Detroit Tigers. He has a 49-52 career record with a 4.34 ERA in 307 games, including 121 starts. The 33-year-old has also played with Pittsburgh, the Cubs, Washington and Milwaukee. He was drafted by the Pirates in 2003.

  • RHP Jarrod Parker, A's reach 1-year deal, avoid arbitration

    December 19, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right-hander Jarrod Parker reached agreement on an 0,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Saturday, avoiding arbitration.The A's announced the deal Saturday, which includes 5,000 guaranteed. Parker has had lousy luck the past two seasons, not pitching in the majors since 2013. He missed the '14 season following his second Tommy John surgery, then fractured the elbow during a May rehab start to end his comeback bid and had another procedure from Dr. James Andrews. Oakland's brass has been encouraged by his progress this offseason.

  • AP Source: Rockies, Ottavino agree on 3-year extension

    December 19, 2015

    DENVER (AP) A person with knowledge of the situation says the Colorado Rockies and right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino have agreed on a three-year extension.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal has yet to be announced.

  • Tigers agree to 1-year deal with utilityman Mike Aviles

    December 19, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Utilityman Mike Aviles and the Detroit Tigers have agreed on a one-year contract.The Tigers announced the deal Friday night.The versatile 34-year-old saw time at six positions for the Cleveland Indians this year, playing 11 games at second base, 28 at third base, 23 at shortstop, 34 in left field, five in center field and one in at right field.

  • Pitcher Dillon Gee and Royals agree to minor league contract

    December 18, 2015

    KANSAS CITY (AP) Dillon Gee and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a minor league contract that would guarantee the right-hander million if he makes the big league club.The World Series champions tweeted they completed the deal with the former New York Mets pitcher on Friday.

  • Bartolo Colon and Mets finalize .25M deal

    December 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Fan favorite Bartolo Colon and the Mets finalized a .25 million, one-year contract that will keep the pitcher in New York for a third year.''I've had a great experience in New York,'' Colon said through a translator. ''The fans are great, being part of the postseason was great. I'll do anything Terry (Collins) wants me to do this year, start or relieve. I just want to help us get back to the World Series''

  • Former No 1 pick Bush has minor deal with Texas after prison

    December 18, 2015

    Former No. 1 overall draft pick Matt Bush agreed on a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers after spending 3 1/2 years in prison for a drunken driving accident in Florida that seriously injured a man.Bush said Friday that he has been sober since the March 2012 accident after years of alcohol issues.

  • AP NewsBreak: Dodgers hit with over M in luxury tax

    December 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers were hit Friday with a record luxury tax of nearly .6 million for a payroll that fell just shy of 0 million.For the first time, four teams exceeded baseball's spending threshold and owe tax. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will pay along with the San Francisco Giants, a first-time offender.

  • Vogelsong returns to Pirates, agrees to 1-year deal

    December 18, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Ryan Vogelsong is returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time in a decade.The 38-year-old right-hander agreed to a one-year contract, the Pirates said Friday, rejoining the team he pitched for from 2001-6.Vogelsong helped the Giants win World Series titles in 2012 and `14, then was 9-11 with a 4.67 ERA this year in 22 starts and 11 relief appearances. He was 8-10 as a starter.

  • Jays claim outfielder Junior Lake off waivers from Orioles

    December 18, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Outfielder Junior Lake has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers from the Baltimore OriolesLake hit .200 with one homer and five RBIs in 29 games this year from the Chicago Cubs and Orioles He has a .237 average with 16 homers, 46 RBIs and 15 steals in parts of six big league seasons.

  • Iwakuma happily back in Seattle after failed Dodgers deal

    December 18, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Throughout Hisashi Iwakuma's free agency, the Seattle Mariners remained in contact, and the team moved swiftly when the pitcher unexpectedly became available again.How quick? Less than 48 hours after finding out Iwakuma was back on the market, the Mariners completed a deal with the Japanese-born right-hander.

  • Former No 1 pick Bush minor deal with Rangers after prison

    December 18, 2015

    Former No. 1 overall draft pick Matt Bush agreed on a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers after spending 3 1/2 years in prison for a drunken driving accident in Florida that seriously injured a man.Bush said Friday that he has been sober since the March 2012 accident after years of alcohol issues.

  • Iwakuma happy back in Seattle after failed Dodgers deal

    December 18, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Throughout Hisashi Iwakuma's free agency, the Seattle Mariners remained in contact and were quick to react when Iwakuma was unexpectedly available.The right-handed starter was back in Seattle on Friday after agreeing to stay with the Mariners for a deal that guarantees million and would be worth .5 million over three years if he pitches 190 innings per season.

  • Iwakuma gets M from Seattle after Dodgers' deal collapses

    December 18, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners didn't wait long to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma after his agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to get finalized.Iwakuma agreed to a million, one-year contract with Seattle late Thursday night, a deal that includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons and performance bonuses that could raise the value to .75 million over three years if he pitches at least 190 innings per season. The team posted a video on Twitter of general manager Jerry Dipoto announcing the signing at the club's holiday party.

  • Infielder Emilio Bonifacio and Braves finalize .25M deal

    December 18, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Infielder Emilio Bonifacio and the Atlanta Braves have finalized a .25 million contract with infielder Emilio Bonifacio.The deal, agreed to last week, was announced Friday.Bonifacio returns to the Braves after spending part of the 2014 season in Atlanta. He played last season with the Chicago White Sox, hitting just .167 before being designated for assignment in mid-August.

  • Reliever Nate Jones gets M, 3-year deal from White Sox

    December 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Reliever Nate Jones and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a complicated million, three-year contract, a deal that could increase to .55 million over six seasons if his elbow stays healthy and three options are exercised.In addition, is Jones is Chicago's closer over the six seasons and finishes games regularly, he would earn .3 million.

  • Indians acquire reliever Dan Otero from Phillies

    December 18, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have acquired reliever Dan Otero from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash.The 30-year-old right-hander has spent most of his career with Oakland. He has 12-6 record with one save and a 3.46 ERA in 158 relief outings.To make room on the 40-man roster, the Indians designated outfielder Jerry Sands for assignment.

  • AP source: Rangers, Lewis agree on M, 1-year deal

    December 18, 2015

    Colby Lewis is staying with the Rangers.AL West champion Texas and the pitcher have agreed on a million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the deal said Friday. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical on the pitcher's surgically repaired right knee, and that exam likely won't happen until after the holidays.

  • Pirates, Sean Rodriguez agree to .5 million, 1-year deal

    December 18, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Sean Rodriguez is sticking with the Pittsburgh Pirates.The team announced a .5 million, one-year contract Thursday that allows the 30-year-old utility player to earn an additional million in performance bonuses.Rodriguez hit .246 with four homers and 17 RBIs while playing in a career-high 139 games for the Pirates in 2015. He made 102 appearances at first base, 30 in the outfield, eight at third base, seven at second base and three at shortstop.

  • Jeff Mathis agrees to .5 million, 1-year deal with Marlins

    December 18, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Jeff Mathis has agreed to a .5 million, one-year contract to remain with the Miami Marlins, where he is expected to back up catcher J.T. Realmuto again.Mathis made the same salary in 2015, when he was limited to 32 games because he missed nearly two months due to a broken finger.

  • Iwakuma stays with Mariners after Dodgers' deal collapses

    December 18, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Mariners didn't wait long to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma after his agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers failed to get finalized.Seattle announced a one-year contract with Iwakuma late Thursday night, a deal that includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons that could become guaranteed based on performance. The team posted a video on Twitter of general manager Jerry Dipoto announcing the signing at the club's holiday party.

  • Mariners re-sign Iwakuma after reported deal with Dodgers

    December 18, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners didn't wait long to go after Hisashi Iwakuma after his agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers was never finalized.The Mariners re-signed Iwakuma late Thursday night, locking up the right-hander for 2016 with options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons - financial terms were not announced. The team posted a video on Twitter of general manager Jerry Dipoto announcing the signing at the club's holiday party.

  • Mariners re-sign RHP Iwakuma after reported with Dodgers

    December 18, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have re-signed right-handed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma after an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers was never finalized.Seattle announced the deal with Iwakuma late Thursday night. It includes a contract for 2016 and options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The team posted a video to its Twitter page of general manager Jerry Dipoto announcing the signing at the club's holiday party.

  • Pirates trade for Brewers' righty bat Jason Rogers

    December 17, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have added an option at first base by acquiring Jason Rogers from the Milwaukee Brewers.The Pirates sent minor leaguers Keon Broxton, an outfielder, and Trey Supak, a pitcher, to Milwaukee to complete the deal announced Thursday night.

  • Braves' top prospects gather for winter development camp

    December 17, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Starting pitcher Lucas Sims knows firsthand how quickly the Atlanta Braves have upgraded their minor league system.Sims, regarded as the team's No. 3 top prospect a year ago, is considered 10th-best after a flurry of trades over the last year. A first-round draft choice for Atlanta in 2012, Sims joined more than 20 other minor leaguers this week for the Braves' first ever winter development camp.

  • Cubs hire former C Baker as baseball operations assistant

    December 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have hired former major league catcher John Baker as a baseball operations assistant.Baker played seven seasons in the majors - most recently with the Cubs in 2014.He will work with their minor leaguers and evaluate amateur players leading up to the draft. He will also spend time around the major league club.

  • Ryan sent to Cubs by Yankees to complete Castro-Warren trade

    December 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Yankees have sent infielder Brendan Ryan to the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named in last week's trade that brought second baseman Starlin Castro to New York for right-hander Adam Warren.The 33-year-old Ryan hit .229 this year, when he was limited to 47 games due to strains of a calf and his back. Ryan, who has a million salary next year, has a .234 average in nine big league seasons.

  • Cueto joins Giants ready to win an 'even year' World Series

    December 17, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Johnny Cueto's elbow checked out just fine. The dreadlocks, too.''We did not MRI his hair,'' cracked Giants general manager Bobby Evans.Bearded reliever Sergio Romo saw Cueto before the festivities at AT&T Park on Thursday and welcomed him with some good-natured advice: Get your smile ready, because with those signature dreads you're about to be recognized all over the Bay Area.

  • Reds launch full scale into makeover that leaves little left

    December 17, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Todd Frazier smacked one ball after another into the outfield seats as the clock ticked away, bringing the capacity crowd at Great American Ball Park to its feet for one of the best moments in the ballpark's history.The Toddfather delivered the drama in the All-Star Home Run Derby last July, winning it on his final swing. Now, he's been shipped to Chicago, leaving little behind for fans to cheer.

  • Cabrera willing to play third base if Mets need him there

    December 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Asdrubal Cabrera is willing to shift to third base for the New York Mets if David Wright gets hurt again.Cabrera's third base experience is limited to 11 games in the minor leagues and one in the majors - he shifted there for the 12th and 13th innings of his big league debut on Aug. 8, 2007.

  • Phillies sign pitchers Andrew Bailey and Edward Mujica

    December 17, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have signed free agent right-handers Andrew Bailey and Edward Mujica, both former All-Star closers, to minor league contracts with invitations to spring training.Bailey, the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland, was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in 10 games for the New York Yankees in 2015. He's 11-13 with 89 saves and a 2.74 ERA in 216 appearances in a career beset by injuries.

  • Mets pitcher Buchmann suspended 50 games

    December 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Connor Buchmann has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season following a positive test for amphetamine, a banned stimulant in minor league baseball's drug program.A 22-year-old right-hander, Buchmann was an 11th-round draft pick from the University of Oklahoma in 2014. He was 0-3 with a 13.89 ERA this year in three starts and four relief appearances for the rookie-level Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League.

  • Chipper Jones returning to Braves as special assistant

    December 17, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Chipper Jones is returning to the Atlanta Braves in a front office position he describes as ''dipping my toe back into the water.''The Braves announced Thursday that the eight-time All-Star has been hired as a special assistant to baseball operations. Jones will report to John Hart, the president of baseball operations, and general manager John Coppolella. His primary focus during the regular season will be helping Braves hitters.

  • Cueto joins Giants ready to win an "even year" World Series

    December 17, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Bearded reliever Sergio Romo saw Johnny Cueto before the festivities at AT&T Park on Thursday and welcomed him with some good-natured advice: Get your smile ready, because with those signature dreadlocks you're about to be recognized all over the Bay Area.

  • Dodgers manager Roberts retains Honeycutt on coaching staff

    December 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have retained pitching coach Rick Honeycutt on new manager Dave Roberts' coaching staff.The Dodgers announced Roberts' first coaching staff Thursday.Former Oakland manager Bob Geren is the Dodgers' new bench coach, and Turner Ward is their hitting coach.

  • OF Justin Ruggiano agrees to .65M deal with Rangers

    December 17, 2015

    Free-agent outfielder Justin Ruggiano finally gets to play for the team he grew up rooting for while giving the Texas Rangers a needed right-handed bat.Ruggiano agreed Thursday to a .65 million, one-year contract with the AL West champions.''It's kind of been a dream of mine my whole life, and now it's kind of coming to fruition,'' said Ruggiano, who lives in the Dallas suburb of Rockwall and went to Texas A&M. ''I'm just beyond excited to play for this organization. ... To be highly competitive here for the home team is a dream come true.''

  • Twins bring back ex-players Benson, Mastroianni

    December 17, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have agreed to minor league contracts with former outfielders Joe Benson and Darin Mastroianni, who are among 22 non-roster players invited to big league spring training.Ten of the players whose agreements were announced Thursday have major league service time. Benson was a second-round draft pick by the Twins in 2006. He debuted in 2011 but was waived less than two years later and has been with four other organizations since then.

  • Outfielder Rajai Davis agrees to contract with Indians

    December 17, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Rajai Davis can play all three outfield positions, bat almost anywhere in the lineup and steal a base when needed.Just what the Indians were looking for.With star left fielder Michael Brantley expected to miss the start of next season following shoulder surgery, the Indians and Davis agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday.

  • Pirates bring back Sean Rodriguez on 1-year deal

    December 17, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Sean Rodriguez is sticking with the Pittsburgh Pirates.The team signed the utility player to a one-year contract on Thursday that will keep the 30-year-old in Pittsburgh for the 2016 season.Rodriguez hit .246 with four homers and 17 RBIs while playing in a career-high 139 games for the Pirates in 2015. He made 102 appearances at first base, 30 in the outfield, eight at third base, seven at second base and three at shortstop.

  • Orioles, OF Kim agree on M, 2-year deal, pending physical

    December 17, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) South Korean outfielder Hyun-soo Kim has agreed to a million, two-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, pending a successful physical.The 27-year-old hit .318 with 142 homers and 771 RBIs in nine-plus seasons with the Doosan Bears in South Korea.

  • Nava agrees to ,375,000, 1-year deal with LA Angels

    December 17, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Outfielder Daniel Nava and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year contract for a ,375,000 salary.Nava's deal, announced Wednesday, is not guaranteed, meaning he can be released before opening day for only a fraction of the full salary. His deal includes the chance to earn 0,000 in performance bonuses.

  • AP EXPLAINS: The significance of MLB's trip to Cuba

    December 17, 2015

    Hall of Famers Joe Torre and Dave Winfield are leading a delegation from Major League Baseball and its players' association on a goodwill trip to Cuba that began Monday and ends Thursday.The group includes Cuban-born players Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez and Brayan Pena along with Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw, Nelson Cruz and Jon Jay. Clinics and charity events were on the schedule.

  • Amid warming with US, Cuban baseball defectors teach youth

    December 17, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) Some of Major League Baseball's biggest Cuban-born stars put dozens of boys through batting, pitching and catching drills in a sunny Havana ballpark, part of a three-day mission meant to warm relations between the U.S. league and this baseball-mad nation.

  • Giants finalize 6-year contract with pitcher Johnny Cueto

    December 16, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Johnny Cueto has finalized his 0 million, six-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, passing a physical Wednesday.The right-hander will be formally introduced during a Thursday news conference at AT&T Park.Cueto posted a photo on Twitter of him at the ballpark Wednesday, writing: ''It's an even year and I'm ready to roll. Glad to be on board. Vamos!'' or ''let's go!'' in Spanish. The reference is to the Giants' World Series championships in even years: 2010, '12 and '14. They missed the playoffs in 2011, '13 and this year.

  • 3B Will Middlebrooks signs minor league deal with Brewers

    December 16, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Will Middlebrooks became the latest candidate for the Milwaukee Brewers' third base job, agreeing to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.The 27-year-old Middlebrooks spent last season with the San Diego Padres, hitting .212 with nine homers and 29 RBIs.

  • LA Angels sign outfielder Daniel Nava to 1-year deal

    December 16, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Outfielder Daniel Nava has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.The Angels announced the free-agent deal Wednesday.Nava batted .152 in 29 games with Boston last season before the Red Sox waived him. He batted .233 in 31 games with Tampa Bay after the Rays claimed him off waivers.

  • Ex-Yankee Jones agrees to 1-year contract to play in Japan

    December 16, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Ex-New York Yankees first baseman Garrett Jones has agreed to a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.The club announced the deal on its official website Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth .5 million plus incentives and bonuses.

  • Flowers and Braves complete .3M, 2-year deal

    December 16, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) - Catcher Tyler Flowers and the Atlanta Braves have completed a .3 million, two-year contract, a deal agreed to last week at the winter meetings.Flowers will earn million next year and million in 2017 under Wednesday's agreement, which includes a million club option for 2017 with a 0,000 buyout.

  • Minnesota Twins to add protective netting above dugouts

    December 16, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins will add protective netting above the dugouts at Target Field for 2016, following Major League Baseball's recent safety recommendations for some of the most expensive and most exposed seats at the ballpark.The Twins already complied with MLB's standard of netting between the dugouts for field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate. They announced Wednesday they will literally go above and beyond that: The lower-level seats in Minnesota are closer to home plate than in any other MLB venue, so the organization decided to hang protective netting that will run the length of both dugouts and extend about 7 feet high.

  • Rockies and Reynolds finalize 1-year, .6 million deal

    December 16, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Given the chance, Mark Reynolds believes he can be a 30-homer player again.Hitting at Coors Field should help. So, too, will the pledge of steady at bats if he's producing for the Colorado Rockies.''My power hasn't gone anywhere,'' said Reynolds, who finalized a one-year, .6 million deal Wednesday. ''Just playing time has gone down. That's why my home runs are down.''

  • AP source: Bartolo Colon agrees to .25M deal with Mets

    December 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bartolo Colon had such a good time this year, he decided to stay for a third season with the New York Mets.The entertaining 42-year-old pitcher has agreed to a .25 million, one-year contract to remain with the Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

  • Yadier Molina undergoes 2nd thumb surgery, in cast 4-5 weeks

    December 16, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina has undergone a second operation on his injured left thumb and will be in a cast for 4-5 weeks.The second surgery took place because Molina was still experiencing discomfort in the thumb. The first operation came in mid-October after the Cardinals were eliminated by the Chicago Cubs in the NL Division Series.

  • Seattle claims RHP A.J. Schugel off waivers from Arizona

    December 16, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have claimed right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.Seattle acquired Schugel on Wednesday and designated for assignment left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson.Schugel, 26, made his major league debut last season with the Diamondbacks. Schugel made five appearances during two stints with Arizona. He split most of the season between Double-A Mobil and Triple-A Reno and was 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA combined in both stops. Schugel was originally a 25th-round pick of the Angels in 2010.

  • Dick Scott succeeds Bob Geren as New York Mets' bench coach

    December 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Dick Scott is succeeding Bob Geren as the New York Mets' bench coach.The Mets announced Scott's new assignment Wednesday. He was the Mets' minor league field coordinator from 2011-12 and had been the team's director of player development since then.

  • AP source: Indians, Napoli agree to M, 1-year contract

    December 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians may have found a much-needed right-handed hitter - at the right price.Cleveland has an agreement with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli on a million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the contract told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • Minnesota Twins adding protective netting above dugouts

    December 16, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have decided to add protective netting above the dugouts at Target Field for 2016, following Major League Baseball's recent safety recommendations.The Twins announced their plans Wednesday to comply with MLB's guideline of protective netting between the dugouts for any field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate, a standard they'd previously met at their ballpark that opened in 2010.

  • Frazier goes from Reds to White Sox in 3-team, 7-player deal

    December 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox were looking to add some pop while solidifying third base, and they are counting on Todd Frazier to provide it.The All-Star third baseman was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday as part of a three-team, seven-player trade that also included the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Cuban baseball defectors teach youth amid warming with US

    December 16, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) More than 100 Cuban boys wearing the uniforms of local baseball teams stood in rows, smiling nervously Wednesday as they got tips and training from some of their major league idols - men who were born on the island and were once disdained by the Communist government for defecting to the United States.

  • Phillies agree to minor league deals with Arencibia, Frieri

    December 16, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Catcher J.P. Arencibia and right-hander Ernesto Frieri have agreed to minor league contracts with the Philadelphia Phillies and will attend major league spring training.Arencibia had six home runs and 17 RBIs in only 24 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. He hit 62 home runs from 2011-13 with Toronto. Frieri had two saves and a 4.63 ERA in 22 games for the Rays in 2015. He saved 60 games for the Angels in 2012-13.

  • Cuban baseball defectors return amid warming with US

    December 16, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) A group of Cuban-born baseball stars once disdained by the island's government for defecting to the United States triumphantly returned home and on Wednesday were teaching their craft to some of their youngest fans.Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena and first baseman Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox were swarmed by fans and members of the state media Tuesday in the lobby of Havana's Hotel Nacional at the start of a three-day mission meant to warm relations between MLB and Cuba.

  • Cuban baseball defectors made triumphant return

    December 16, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) A lineup of Cuban-born baseball stars, including some of the most famous defectors in recent memory, have made a triumphant return to the island as part of the first Major League Baseball trip here since 1999.Once the object of official disdain in Cuba for leaving the country illegally, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena and first baseman Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox were swarmed by fans and members of the state media Tuesday in the lobby of Havana's soaring Hotel Nacional at the start of a three-day mission meant to warm relations between MLB and Cuba.

  • Phillies invite Arencibia, Frieri to spring training

    December 15, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Catcher J.P. Arencibia and right-hander Ernesto Frieri are among a group of players who have received non-roster invitations to spring training from the Philadelphia Phillies.Arencibia had six home runs and 17 RBIs in only 24 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015. He hit 62 home runs from 2011-13 with Toronto. Frieri had two saves and a 4.63 ERA in 22 games for the Rays in 2015. He saved 60 games for the Angels in 2012-13.

  • Neil Walker to wear dad's number 20 with Mets

    December 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Even before playing his first game for the Mets, Neil Walker will feel proud when his number is called.His dad, Tom, wore No. 20 in his first three big league seasons pitching for the Montreal Expos in the 1970s. But it was off limits during Neil's seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates because it was retired in 1972 in honor of Hall of Famer Pie Traynor.

  • After 4M deal with Cubs, Heyward wants to make history

    December 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Jason Heyward knows Theo Epstein ended a long championship drought in Boston and understands how epic it would be to bring a title to Chicago's North Side.''It'd be a beautiful thing to win a World Series,'' Heyward said Tuesday after finalizing a 4 million, eight-year contract with the Cubs, the largest deal in team history. ''To do it in this city, it's a no-brainer that it would be making history. You see what Theo's done with the Red Sox in 2004 and sort of reverse the curse, kind of set the country upside down.''

  • Miller looks forward to 'fun year' with Diamondbacks

    December 15, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Shelby Miller doesn't seem to mind being traded for the second time in two years.Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, the 25-year-old right-hander sounded elated about the trade that sent him from the Atlanta Braves to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

  • Blevins stays with Mets, agrees to M, 1-year contract

    December 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher Jerry Blevins is staying with the New York Mets, agreeing to a one-year contract that guarantees him million and allows him to earn an additional million in performance bonuses.The 32-year-old left-hander was acquired from Washington on March 30 and appeared in seven games, retiring all 15 batters he faced - all but one a left-handed hitter. He broke his left forearm when struck by a line drive off the bat of Miami's Dee Gordon on April 19, then broke it again on Aug. 3 when he slipped off a curb in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

  • Cubs and Heyward finalize 4 million, 8-year contract

    December 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs finalized their 4 million, eight-year contract with free agent outfielder Jason Heyward on Tuesday, adding a three-time Gold Glove winner in their continuing makeover to build a World Series contender.The Cubs were scheduled to introduce Heyward at Spiaggia Restaurant, one of President Barack Obama's favorites. The agreement is the latest in a series of big moves as they try to bring home the franchise's first championship since 1908.

  • Reliever O'Day, Orioles complete million, 4-year deal

    December 15, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) All-Star reliever Darren O'Day and the Baltimore Orioles have completed a million, four-year contract.The Orioles announced Monday that the 33-year-old free agent had re-signed with the team. He will make million next year, million in 2017 and million the following two seasons. There will be million deferred each year, with the deferred money payable in four installments each July 1 from 2020-23.

  • Triumphant return for Cuban baseball defectors Puig, Abreu

    December 15, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) A lineup of Cuban-born baseball stars, including some of the most famous defectors in recent memory, made a triumphant return Tuesday as part of the first Major League Baseball trip to the island since 1999.Long the object of official disdain in Cuba for leaving the country illegally, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and shortstop Alexei Ramirez and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena were swarmed by star-struck fans and members of the state media in the lobby of Havana's soaring Hotel Nacional at the start of a three-day mission meant to warm relations between MLB and Cuba.

  • Pete Rose contrite, holds out hope for Hall of Fame

    December 15, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Pete Rose believes he still has a chance to one day get back in baseball. In the meantime, he's turning his attention to the Hall of Fame.Rose said Tuesday he is a changed person even if he still likes to bet on an occasional baseball game. And while commissioner Rob Manfred rejected his bid to get back in the game partly because Rose still bets legally in this gambling town, he says he still has a lot to offer the sport.

  • Tony Barnette agrees to .5M, 2-year deal with Rangers

    December 15, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Right-handed closer Tony Barnette has agreed to a .5 million, two-year contract with the Texas Rangers after six seasons in Japan.Barnette gets .5 million next year and .75 million in 2017 under Tuesday's agreement. Texas has a 2018 option with a 0,000 buyout.

  • Seattle signs RHP Steve Cishek to 2-year deal

    December 14, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners' offseason makeover continued Monday with the club signing right-handed reliever Steve Cishek to a two-year contract with the opportunity to end up as the team's closer.Cishek, 29, split last season with Miami and St. Louis and appeared in 59 games combined for the two teams.

  • Commissioner rejects Pete Rose's plea for reinstatement

    December 14, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Pete Rose's plea for reinstatement on Monday, citing his continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds.Manfred said in a letter sent to Rose and made public that baseball's hits king hasn't been completely honest about his gambling on games. Manfred also noted that Rose continues to bet on baseball legally, even though his gambling got him into trouble.

  • Longtime New York sports writer Phil Pepe dies at 80

    December 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Phil Pepe, a revered baseball writer and radio voice who spent more than five decades covering sports in New York, died Sunday. He was 80.Pepe died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Englewood, New Jersey, his son, David, told The Associated Press.

  • NL MVP Bryce Harper says 'all of last year's behind us'

    December 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) For a guy who won the NL MVP award, Bryce Harper sure is eager to move on from 2015.Move on from the disappointment of his Washington Nationals missing the playoffs.And move on from getting choked by teammate Jonathan Papelbon during a dugout dustup.

  • Nats RHP Barrett blames elbow surgery on being overworked

    December 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett blames being overworked for his right elbow problems that led to Tommy John surgery.Barrett said Saturday at Washington's fan festival that ''the bottom line was I was literally just throwing too much.''

  • Nats RHP Strasburg won't blame growth on back for problems

    December 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg refuses to blame a benign growth he had removed from his back for problems he had last season.Strasburg said Saturday at his team's fan festival that he had a fibrolipoma removed, adding ''it was above the muscle, so they didn't cut into muscle or anything.''

  • Michael Cuddyer retiring after 4 injured-filled seasons

    December 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Sometime after surgery in early November to repair a core muscle injury, Michael Cuddyer realized his body was not up to a 19th season of professional baseball.Following eight trips to the disabled list in four years caused by a strained oblique muscle, an inflamed cervical disk in his neck, a broken shoulder socket, a thigh strain and knee inflammation, it was time to stop.

  • Nats head to 2016 with new manager, new players in 'shakeup'

    December 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Ryan Zimmerman is about to play for his sixth full-time manager, Dusty Baker, since reaching the majors with the Washington Nationals a decade ago, so he's used to change.What's different now is the way the roster looks.Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann is gone after signing with Detroit for more than 0 million. Shortstop Ian Desmond, center fielder Denard Span and pitcher Doug Fister are free agents, too. Over the past few days, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has retooled the bullpen, agreeing to deals with Yusmeiro Petit, Shawn Kelley and Oliver Perez, while trading for Trevor Gott.

  • Astros get closer Giles from Phils for top pick Appel

    December 12, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Closer Ken Giles was traded from the Phillies to the Houston Astros as part of a seven-player deal that sent former No. 1 overall draft pick Mark Appel to Philadelphia.Shortstop Jonathan Arauz also was sent to the Astros, and right-handers Vincent Velasquez, Thomas Eshelman and Harold Arauz went to the Phillies along with left-hander Brett Oberholtzer. The trade was agreed to at the winter meetings and announced Saturday.

  • GM Rizzo says Nats won't pursue reliever Aroldis Chapman now

    December 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says his club won't pursue a trade for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman while the pitcher's domestic violence case is pending.According to a police report, Chapman's girlfriend said he pushed and choked her in October. Major League Baseball's investigation delayed a proposed trade of Chapman from the Reds to the Dodgers.

  • Phillies acquire pitcher Charlie Morton from Pirates

    December 12, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies added depth to their starting rotation on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league pitcher David Whitehead.The 32-year-old Morton has a record of 45-70 with a 3.91 ERA. He went 9-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 23 starts for the Pirates in 2015, missing the first two months while recovering from a procedure on his hip. Morton won six of his first seven starts in 2015, but struggled after the All-Star break, going 3-7 with a 5.81 ERA in the second half.

  • Nationals agree to deal with RHP Petit, pending physical

    December 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Free agent pitcher Yusmeiro Petit has agreed to a contract with the Washington Nationals, pending a physical exam.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Saturday the team has a deal in place with Petit, a right-hander who was not tendered a 2016 contract offer by the San Francisco Giants by the deadline earlier this month.

  • Orioles withdraw their offer to free agent slugger Davis

    December 12, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have run out of patience in their effort to re-sign free agent slugger Chris Davis.Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Saturday that the team has rescinded a contract proposal to Davis believed to be in the vicinity of 0 million.

  • Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer plans to retire

    December 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues.Cuddyer turns 37 in March. He leaves with one season left on a two-year, million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent.

  • Lawmakers say Schilling likely won't comply with subpoena

    December 12, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Curt Schilling may not comply with a subpoena to appear before a legislative committee probing Rhode Island's million deal with his failed video game company, but state lawmakers felt they at least needed to attempt to get answers from the former Boston Red Sox pitcher.

  • AP Source: Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer plans to retire

    December 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues.A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Cuddyer is planning to call it a career. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because there hadn't been an official announcement.

  • Eppler: Angels still looking at improvement in outfield

    December 11, 2015

    Although the Los Angeles Angels didn't land any of baseball's most coveted free agents at the winter meetings, new general manager Billy Eppler isn't finished shopping.The Angels are still in talks with prominent free-agent outfielders to fill the club's conspicuous void in left field, Eppler said Friday after returning to Orange County. The club's biggest acquisition in Nashville was well-traveled third baseman Yunel Escobar via trade from Washington.

  • New Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija ready to help win

    December 11, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Jeff Samardzija walks around San Francisco and gets his share of hellos, then those friendly strangers go right on their way without lingering.Samardzija loves that about his energetic new city, and the winning tradition of his new baseball team isn't too bad, either.

  • Jameson Axford is running around like a typical toddler

    December 11, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Little Jameson Axford is running around like a typical toddler these days, nine months after the son of reliever John Axford received a rattlesnake bite at spring training that threatened his life.Now, Jameson - with that blond hair and big grin - will need some new baseball gear in green and gold.

  • Sipp finds comfort with million, 3-year deal from Astros

    December 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Tony Sipp can unpack his bags.For the past 12 offseasons, Sipp has had to think about which new team he might be with.After finalizing an million, three-year contract with the Astros on Friday, Sipp and his family can settle in and call Houston home.

  • Mets and SS Asdrubal Cabrera finalize .5M, 2-year deal

    December 11, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Free-agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and the New York Mets have finalized an .5 million, two-year contract.Cabrera was the second middle infielder added by the Mets at the winter meetings after they acquired second baseman Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-hander Jon Niese.

  • A's finalize deals with relievers John Axford, Ryan Madson

    December 11, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Little Jameson Axford is running around like a typical toddler these days, nine months after the son of reliever John Axford received a rattlesnake bite at spring training that threatened his life.Now, Jameson - with that blond hair and big grin - will need some new baseball gear in green and gold.

  • Column: Teams are sure to regret these huge pitching deals

    December 11, 2015

    The guys who run baseball never seem to learn.Inexplicably, they've gone on another reckless spending spree for pitchers - you know, those guys who take the field once every five days and are constantly shadowed by ominous words such as ''Tommy John'' and ''rotator cuff.''

  • Diamondbacks' deal for Greinke came just in time

    December 11, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Zack Greinke was minutes from agreeing to sign with another team when he received word the Arizona Diamondbacks were interested.Greinke wouldn't identify the other club, but the question was about his former team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he answered with a smile, so it was not hard to decipher.

  • AP source: Cubs, Heyward agree to 4M, 8-year contract

    December 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs already boasted one of the best young cores in baseball - and that was before they added one of the top outfielders.Free agent Jason Heyward agreed to a 4 million, eight-year contract with the Cubs, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

  • Autopsy shows ex-baseball player died from cocaine, alcohol

    December 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) A coroner says autopsy results show the death of former Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles pitcher Tommy Hanson was caused by cocaine and alcohol use.Coweta County coroner Richard Hawk said Friday the combined effects of cocaine and alcohol ultimately caused the death of 29-year-old Hanson, who died Nov. 9.

  • Tony Sipp, Houston Astros agree to million, 3-year deal

    December 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Tony Sipp has agreed to an million, three-year contract to remain with the Houston Astros.A 32-year-old left-hander, Sipp had a career-best 1.99 ERA in 60 games last season. He was 3-4 with 62 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings.Over the last two seasons, Sipp has held opponents to a .184 batting average. He pitched 5 1-3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief in this year's playoffs, appearing in all six of Houston's games.

  • Nats finalize deals with relievers Kelley, Perez

    December 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Rebuilding their middle relief corps, the Washington Nationals have agreed with right-hander Shawn Kelley on a million, three-year contract and with left-hander Oliver Perez on a million, two-year deal.The team announced both agreements Friday.

  • Infielder Darwin Barney agrees to .05M deal with Blue Jays

    December 11, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Infielder Darwin Barney has agreed to a .05 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.The 30-year-old hit .304 with two homers in 15 games for Toronto after being acquired from the Dodgers on Sept. 13. He batted .277 with four homers and 31 RBIs in 96 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City and was 0 for 4 for Los Angeles, which traded him to Toronto on Sept. 13 for minor league catcher Jack Murphy.

  • Nats finalize deals with with relievers Kelley, Perez

    December 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Rebuilding their middle relief corps, the Washington Nationals have agreed with right-hander Shawn Kelley on a million, three-year contract and with left-hander Oliver Perez on a million, two-year deal.The team announced both agreements Friday.

  • Nationals announce deals with relievers Kelley, Perez

    December 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Rebuilding their middle relief corps, the Washington Nationals have agreed with right-hander Shawn Kelley on a three-year contract and with left-hander Oliver Perez on a two-year deal.The team announced both agreements Friday.Kelley, 31, was 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 53 appearances for the San Diego Padres last season.

  • Rare 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card sells at auction

    December 10, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) A rare Topps 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card has sold at auction for more than 0,000.Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the pristine card sold Thursday night to a collector who wanted to remain anonymous for 5,800. A Heritage statement said the price set a record for a Mantel rookie card.

  • Braves deal C Bethancourt to Padres after dismal year

    December 10, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have dealt away young catcher Christian Bethancourt after a disappointing season in which he failed to take advantage of his chance to take over the starting job.Once hyped as the catcher of the future, the 24-year-old Bethancourt was dealt to the San Diego Padres on Thursday for right-handed pitcher Casey Kelly and minor league catcher Ricardo Rodriguez.

  • Angels get INF Escobar from Nationals for Gott, Bradley

    December 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have acquired infielder Yunel Escobar from the Washington Nationals for right-handed pitchers Trevor Gott and Michael Brady.The Angels also will receive .5 million as part of the deal announced Thursday.Escobar fills the hole left by David Freese's departure for free agency. Escobar played third base last season and batted .314 with nine homers and 56 RBIs in 139 games. He is due million in 2016 and has a million team option for 2017 with a million buyout. Los Angeles will be his sixth team in seven years.

  • Royals finalize million, 3-year deal with Joakim Soria

    December 11, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals finalized a million, three-year deal with Joakim Soria on Thursday, reuniting the former All-Star reliever with the club where he spent his first five seasons.Soria will make million next season, million the following and million in 2018, and can earn million annually in performance bonuses as a closer and million as a starting pitcher. The deal includes a million mutual option for 2019 with a million buyout.

  • MLB executives head home as top hitters remain on the market

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Baseball executives headed home Thursday with top free-agent sluggers still on the market and trade talk percolating that could lead to more swaps in coming weeks.Outfielder Jason Heyward and first baseman Chris Davis figure to strike the largest deals among hitters. The top pitchers already have signed, with David Price getting a 7 million, seven-year contract with Boston and Zack Greinke a 6.5 million, six-year deal with Arizona.

  • Reliever Juan Nicasio agrees to 1-year deal with Pirates

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio has agreed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, one week after he was cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers.The 29-year-old Nicasio with 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA and one save for the Dodgers this year in 52 relief appearances and one start, striking out 65 in 58 1/3 innings. He held right-handed hitters to a .226 batting average (35 for 155).

  • Broxton and Cardinals agree to .5 million, 2-year deal

    December 10, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Reliever Jonathan Broxton is staying with the St. Louis Cardinals, agreeing to a .5 million, two-year contract.The 31-year-old right-hander gets .75 million in each of the next two seasons under the agreement announced Thursday, which includes a full no-trade provision.

  • AP source: Mark Reynolds, Rockies agree to .6 million deal

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says first baseman Mark Reynolds and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a .6 million, one-year contract.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement had not been announced.

  • Pitcher Andrew Miller says he wants to stay with Yankees

    December 10, 2015

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Pitcher Andrew Miller wants to stay with the New York Yankees, saying he has no control over trade talks.Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn't rule out dealing players such as Miller and left fielder Brett Gardner while speaking at this week's winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • AP source: Mets and SS Cabrera agree to .5M, 2-year deal

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Free-agent shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and the New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, .5 million contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.Cabrera would be the second middle infielder added by the Mets at the winter meetings after they acquired second baseman Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-hander Jon Niese.

  • AP source: Sipp, Astros agree to million, 3-year deal

    December 10, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says reliever Tony Sipp has agreed to an million, three-year contract to remain with the Houston Astros.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the agreement was pending a physical and had not been announced.

  • Phillies get Rays' Goeddel in winter meetings draft

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have made Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tyler Goeddel the first selection in baseball's winter meetings draft.The Rays and New York Yankees each lost two players in the draft Thursday that is mostly for veteran minor leaguers who were left off their team's 40-man roster. There were 16 players taken in the major league portion, known as the Rule 5 draft.

  • Craig Gentry, Angels agree to million deal

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Outfielder Craig Gentry and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a million, one-year contract.A seven-year big league veteran, the 32-year-old Gentry spent the last two seasons with Oakland and hit .120 this year (6 for 50) in 26 games. He batted .256 at Triple-A Nashville with five homers, 25 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.

  • Brewers get minor leaguer Cecchini from Red Sox

    December 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired infielder-outfielder Garin Cecchini from the Boston Red Sox for cash.Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski made the announcement Thursday after the winter meeting draft.The Red Sox designated Cecchini for assignment on Dec. 4. The 24-year-old Cecchini appeared in two games for the Red Sox this season. The left-handed batter hit .213 with seven homers and 28 RBIs in 117 games for Triple-A Pawtucket.

  • Greinke's D-Backs deal includes .5M in deferred salaries

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Zack Greinke's 6.5 million, six-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks includes .5 million in deferred salaries and an million signing bonus.The deal for the major league ERA leader, which was finalized Tuesday, has a present-day value of 3,849,298, according to calculations by Major League Baseball.

  • Chase Utley and LA Dodgers finalize M, 1-year contract

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Second baseman Chase Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a million, one-year contract.The 36-year-old was obtained from Philadelphia on Aug. 19 and hit .202 with three homers and nine RBIs in 34 games with the Dodgers. He created a controversy in the NL Division Series with a hard slide at second base that broke a leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.

  • AP source: Craig Gentry, Angels agree to million deal

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says outfielder Craig Gentry and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a million, one-year contract.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not been announced.

  • A's trade 3B Lawrie to White Sox for 2 minor league pitchers

    December 9, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics made two more moves to boost their pitching staff Wednesday, acquiring a pair of minor leaguers from the Chicago White Sox for third baseman Brett Lawrie and agreeing to terms with right-hander John Axford on a million, two-year contract.

  • Walker to Mets, Miller to D-backs in winter meetings trades

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The National League champion New York Mets filled a key spot by obtaining second baseman Neil Walker from Pittsburgh for pitcher Jon Niese, and the Detroit Tigers bolstered their bullpen by acquiring reliever Justin Wilson from the New York Yankees in Wednesday trades at the winter meetings.

  • A day after trading Warren, Yanks send Wilson to Tigers

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A day after trading right-hander Adam Warren, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman dealt lefty Justin Wilson to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday for minor league right-handers Luis Cessa and Chad Green.Cashman was willing to weaken his bullpen because of a lack of depth in starting pitching at Triple-A and Double-A. Yankees starters Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda, Nathan Eovaldi and Ivan Nova all were hurt at times this year, and 2016 figures to be the first full big league season for Luis Severino, who turns 22 in February.

  • Mets get 2B Walker from Pirates for LHP Niese; D-Backs busy

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The National League champion New York Mets filled a key spot by obtaining second baseman Neil Walker from Pittsburgh for pitcher Jon Niese, and the Detroit Tigers bolstered their bullpen by acquiring reliever Justin Wilson from the New York Yankees in Wednesday trades at the winter meetings.

  • Tigers acquire reliever Wilson in trade with Yankees

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Detroit Tigers have acquired left-handed reliever Justin Wilson from the New York Yankees for minor league right-handers Luis Cessa and Chad Green.The 28-year-old Wilson went 5-0 this year with a 3.10 ERA in 74 appearances. The Tigers have been adding bullpen help all offseason, having already acquired closer Francisco Rodriguez and right-hander Mark Lowe.

  • 2 minor league players draw drug-related suspensions

    December 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A minor league shortstop in the San Francisco organization and a free agent pitcher have been given drug-related suspensions.The commissioner's office announced the penalties Wednesday.Robert Antunez was suspended 72 games without pay after testing positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone, a performance-enhancing substance.

  • Mets get 2B Neil Walker from Pirates for LHP Jonathon Niese

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The New York Mets quickly bounced back from losing out on their first choice of second basemen, acquiring Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday for left-hander Jonathon Niese.The Mets had made it known that they were targeting Ben Zobrist as their No. 1 goal this offseason. But on Tuesday, the All-Star free agent chose the Chicago Cubs and former manager Joe Maddon.

  • Chase Utley agrees to stay with Los Angeles Dodgers

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Second baseman Chase Utley and the Los Angeles Dodgers have finalized a one-year contract.The 36-year-old was obtained from Philadelphia on Aug. 19 and hit .202 with three homers and nine RBIs in 34 games with the Dodgers. He created a controversy in the NL Division Series with a hard slide at second base that broke a leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.

  • David Hernandez agrees to .9M, 1-year deal with Phillies

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Right-hander David Hernandez and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a .9 million, one-year contract.The 30-year-old was 1-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 40 relief appearances for Arizona this year, striking out 33 in 33 2-3 innings. He returned to the major leagues in June following Tommy John surgery in April 2014.

  • MLB recommends netting between dugouts for all 30 ballparks

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Major League Baseball recommended teams have protective netting between the dugouts for any field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate.The guidelines were announced Wednesday at the winter meetings following a season in which several fans were injured by foul balls, prompting MLB to study fan safety. Most teams are expected to expand their use of netting.

  • Mariners get Lind from Brewers for 3 minor league pitchers

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The busy Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman Adam Lind from the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday for three teenage minor league pitchers.The Brewers are getting right-handers Daniel Missaki, Carlos Herrera and Freddy Peralta in the trade announced at the winter meetings.

  • Judge rules against ex-MLB player Chad Curtis in sex case

    December 9, 2015

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) A judge is recommending that former Major League Baseball player Chad Curtis be found liable for battery in a lawsuit by young women who say they were inappropriately touched as high school students in western Michigan.Curtis has been in prison since 2013 for criminal sexual conduct at Lakewood High School. Four women are suing him and others for financial damages in Grand Rapids federal court.

  • MLB recommends netting between dugouts

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Major League Baseball recommended teams have protective netting between the dugouts for any field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate.The guidelines were announced Wednesday at the winter meetings following a season in which several fans were injured by foul balls, prompting MLB to study fan safety. Most teams are expected to expand their use of netting.

  • Samardzija, Giants finalize million, 5-year deal

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Free agent Jeff Samardzija and the Giants have finalized a million, five-year contract, giving San Francisco a top-tier starter to complement ace Madison Bumgarner.The deal was reached Saturday and completed Wednesday, a day after Samardzija took a physical.

  • McNamee wins Frick Award for baseball broadcasting

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Graham McNamee has won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.Baseball's Hall of Fame made the announcement Wednesday at the winter meetings.McNamee is the 40th winner of the Frick Award. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame awards presentation on July 23 in Cooperstown, New York.

  • Righty David Hernandez agrees to 1-year deal with Phils

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Right-hander David Hernandez and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract.The 30-year-old was 1-5 with a 4.28 ERA in 40 relief appearances for Arizona this year, striking out 33 in 33 2-3 innings. He returned to the major leagues in June following Tommy John surgery in April 2014.

  • Florida prosecutors review Reds pitcher's domestic case

    December 9, 2015

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) Florida prosecutors are reviewing evidence in a domestic disturbance case involving Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman and his girlfriend.Broward State Attorney's spokesman Ron Ishoy confirmed in an email Wednesday that prosecutors are examining the possibility of criminal charges. A Davie Police Department report listed the Oct. 30 matter as closed because of insufficient evidence and conflicting accounts.

  • D-Backs add Miller behind Greinke; Cubs nab Zobrist

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) In another dramatic move to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson and two other prospects.

  • Diamondbacks get pitcher Shelby Miller from Braves

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks felt that in All-Stars Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock they had a championship-caliber offense. All they needed was some pitching.In two bold moves, they got it.First, the Diamondbacks finalized a 6.5 million deal with free agent Zack Greinke on Tuesday. Hours later they agreed to acquire All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson, outfielder Ender Inciarte and pitching prospect Aaron Blair.

  • Torre: MLB hopes for new rule to protect middle infielders

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Major League Baseball hopes to push ahead with a rules change to better protect middle infielders from getting hurt by baserunners trying to prevent double-play turns at second base.Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, said Tuesday at the winter meetings that MLB will work to draft the rule in conjunction with the players' association.

  • Seattle acquires RHP Evan Scribner from Oakland

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Seattle Mariners have added to their bullpen, acquiring right-handed reliever Evan Scribner from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill.The teams announced the trade Tuesday night. Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said Scribner will compete for a spot in the bullpen.

  • AP source: Tyler Flowers, Braves agree to .3M, 2-year deal

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Tyler Flowers and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a .3 million, two-year contract.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement had not yet been announced.

  • Yankees get Starlin Castro from Cubs for Adam Warren

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) In another move to get younger and balance their batting order, the New York Yankees acquired infielder Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday night for pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named.The 25-year-old Castro hit .265 with 11 homers and 69 RBIs last season, when he batted .281 against left-handers. A right-handed hitter, he has spent most of his career at shortstop, but moved to second base in mid-August to make room for rookie Addison Russell.

  • D-Backs adding Miller behind Greinke; Cubs nab Zobrist

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) In another dramatic move to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks reached an agreement Tuesday to acquire All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson and two other prospects.

  • AP source: D-backs get pitcher Shelby Miller from Braves

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to acquire All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson, outfielder Ender Inciarte and pitching prospect Aaron Blair, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

  • Zobrist agrees to million, 4-year deal with Cubs

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Chicago Cubs keep adding players who used to be on Joe Maddon's teams.Free agent infielder Ben Zobrist agreed Tuesday to a million, four-year contract with the Cubs, a deal that spurred Chicago to trade Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees for pitcher Adam Warren.

  • Yankees get INF Castro from Cubs for RHP Warren, plus player

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The New York Yankees have acquired infielder Starlin Castro from the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Adam Warren and a player to be named.The trade between wild-card teams was announced Tuesday night at the winter meetings. Earlier in the day, the Cubs and free-agent infielder Ben Zobrist reached agreement on a four-year contract.

  • Zobrist agrees to 4-year deal with Cubs

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Chicago Cubs and free-agent infielder Ben Zobrist have agreed to a four-year contract.The team announced the deal on Tuesday night.A person familiar with the negotiations says the contract is worth million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms were not announced.

  • Dusty Baker makes race-sensitive comments; defends Chapman

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dusty Baker thinks the Washington Nationals need more speed, so he wants more African-American and Latino players on the roster.He also vigorously defended Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who was accused of choking his girlfriend and shooting a gun during an incident in October. And Baker also had a different take on domestic violence.

  • John Lackey, Chicago Cubs finalize M, 2-year contract

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Joe Maddon thought back to 2002, when he was the Angels' bench coach and John Lackey, a 24-year-old rookie, beat the San Francisco Giants in Game 7 of the World Series.''He actually helped pay for my daughter's wedding,'' Maddon said. ''I was really grateful for many years for that.''

  • Reliever Mark Lowe and Tigers complete M, 2-year contract

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Detroit Tigers have completed an million, two-year contract with reliever Mark Lowe, adding a setup man for new closer Francisco Rodriguez.A 32-year-old right-hander, Lowe was 1-3 with a 1.96 ERA for Seattle and Toronto this year, striking out 61 in 55 innings. He did not allow a run in 49 of 57 appearances.

  • BBWAA votes to remove restriction against MLB.com

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Baseball Writers' Association of America has voted to remove the provision in its bylaws barring employees of MLB.com from membership.The decision was made by a 71-14 vote Tuesday at the organization's winter meeting session. The change will allow MLB.com employees to apply for membership to BBWAA chapters, which will make decisions on each individual.

  • Reliever Mark Lowe and Tigers complete 2-year contract

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Detroit Tigers have completed a two-year contract with reliever Mark Lowe, adding a setup man for new closer Francisco Rodriguez.A 32-year-old right-hander, Lowe was 1-3 with a 1.96 ERA for Seattle and Toronto this year, striking out 61 in 55 innings. He did not allow a run in 49 of 57 appearances.

  • Right-hander John Lackey and Cubs finalize 2-year contract

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Free-agent right-hander John Lackey and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a two-year contract.The 37-year-old went 13-10 with a 2.77 ERA in 33 starts for NL Central champion St. Louis and started Game 4 of the NL Division Series at Wrigley Field, lasting just three innings in a season-ending 6-4 loss to Chicago.

  • Mets infielder Wilmer Flores broke ankle in winter ball

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores broke his left ankle last month when he was hit by a pitch playing winter ball in Venezuela.Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Tuesday at the winter meetings that Flores does not need surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training.

  • Globe's Shaughnessy wins Spink Award for baseball writing

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.Shaughnessy received 185 of 417 votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The late Furman Bisher of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution got 157 votes in balloting announced Tuesday and Juan Vene, a print and broadcast reporter for more than 60 years, received 74. There was one blank ballot.

  • A-Rod looking to build on 'Cinderella-type season'

    December 8, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez says he has started baseball activities in preparation for what he hopes will be another good season.The 40-year old New York Yankees slugger is coming off a remarkable comeback in 2015 when he hit .250 with 33 homers and 86 RBIs after missing all of the previous year because of a season-long MLB suspension.

  • Hooton Foundation has representatives from all 30 teams

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs, James McCann of Detroit, J.J. Hardy of Baltimore and Nick Markakis have joined the advisory board of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, giving it at least one player from all 30 major league teams pending decisions by free agents on whether to re-sign.

  • Greinke, Diamondbacks finalize 6.5M, 6-year deal

    December 9, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Having finalized a 6.5 million, six-year contract, the Arizona Diamondbacks are married to Zack Greinke through the pitcher's 38th birthday.General manager Dave Stewart thinks Greinke is the type of pitcher who can perform at a top level into his upper 30s.

  • Police: Domestic case involving pitcher Chapman is closed

    December 8, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Police say there was ''insufficient evidence'' to charge Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in a domestic disturbance incident between the pitcher and his girlfriend at his South Florida home, and they've closed the investigation.But the matter appears to have put on hold a proposed trade sending Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, said Tuesday that there is no timetable in making a decision on Chapman's status under the league's new domestic violence policy. He said the league first learned of the incident late Monday.

  • Greinke, Diamondbacks finalize 6.5 M, 6-year deal

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized their 6.5 million, six-year contract, a deal with a .4 million average salary that is the highest in baseball history.The Diamondbacks beat out NL West rivals Los Angeles and San Francisco to sign the major league ERA leader and runner-up for the NL Cy Young Award, who helped the Dodgers win their third straight division title this season.

  • Cardinals trade Jon Jay to Padres for Jedd Gyorko

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals acquired infielder Jedd Gyorko and from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday for outfielder Jon Jay.San Diego will pay St. Louis .5 million to cover part of the million remaining on Gyorko's contract.The 27-year-old Gyorko hit .247 with 16 homers and 57 RBIs this year, spending time at second base, shortstop and first base. He has a .236 average in three big league seasons with 49 homers and 171 RBIs.

  • Rockies agree to deals with relievers Motte and Qualls

    December 8, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Colorado Rockies tried to fill big holes in their bullpen by agreeing to two-year contracts Tuesday with a pair of former closers, guaranteeing Jason Motte million and Chad Qualls million.Colorado cut three relievers last month, including Rockies' saves leader John Axford.

  • Dodgers' bid for Chapman appears on hold; Mariners get Miley

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) As baseball's annual winter meetings began, the proposed trade sending Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to be on hold Monday night after Yahoo Sports reported that police investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the pitcher.

  • Report: Chapman trade to Dodgers on hold

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The proposed trade sending Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to be on hold Monday night after Yahoo Sports reported that police investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the pitcher.

  • St Louis Cardinals' Brian Bartow wins Fishel Award

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Brian Bartow of the St. Louis Cardinals has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence, given annually by Major League Baseball.Bartow, the Cardinals' director of communications, interned with St. Louis in 1985, was hired full-time as assistant director of public relations in 1987 and became director of media relations in 1994.

  • Reds agree to send Chapman to Dodgers; Mariners get Miley

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Known for closing games with the fastest pitches in the major leagues, Aroldis Chapman was poised for a quick move at baseball's winter meetings.The Cincinnati Reds agreed to trade the All-Star closer to the Los Angeles Dodgers, pending approval of medical records, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement had not been announced.

  • AP source: Reds agree to trade Chapman to Dodgers

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Cincinnati Reds agreed to trade hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, pending approval of medical records, according to a person familiar with the deal.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement, first reported by Fox, had not been announced.

  • Red Sox obtain reliever Smith from Mariners for LHP Miley

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Boston Red Sox have bolstered a suddenly imposing bullpen, acquiring right-hander Carson Smith and lefty Roenis Elias on Monday from the Seattle Mariners for left-hander Wade Miley and reliever Jonathan Aro in the first trade announced at the winter meetings.

  • Royals keep Chris Young, bring back Joakim Soria

    December 7, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals liked what they saw of Chris Young so much they decided to keep him. And they liked Joakim Soria so much from his past stint in Kansas City they struck a deal to bring him back.The World Series champions announced an .5 million, two-year contract with Young on Monday and also agreed to a million, three-year deal with Soria that still needs to be finalized.

  • Ripken named special adviser for youth programs at MLB

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is taking his commitment to improving opportunities to play youth baseball and softball, especially in underserved areas, to the major leagues.Commissioner Rob Manfred named Ripken his special adviser on youth programs and outreach. Manfred made the announcement Monday at the first winter meetings of his tenure as head of MLB.

  • Royals sign right-hander Young to .5M, 2-year deal

    December 7, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have signed right-hander Chris Young to an .5 million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for the 2018 season.The veteran also is eligible for 250,000 in bonuses for active roster days. The mutual option is worth million with a .5 million buyout.

  • MLBPA files grievance over suspension of Nats' Papelbon

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The players' association has filed a grievance over the Washington Nationals' four-game suspension of Jonathan Papelbon that followed the pitcher's fight with teammate Bryce Harper.The grievance was filed shortly after the suspension was announced Sept. 28, costing Papelbon 4,153 of his million salary.

  • Mariners obtain left-hander Wade Miley from Red Sox

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Seattle Mariners obtained left-hander Wade Miley and reliever Jonathan Aro from the Boston Red Sox on Monday for reliever Carson Smith and pitcher Roenis Elias in the first trade announced at the winter meetings.Acquired from Arizona during the week of last year's winter meetings, the 29-year-old Miley was 11-11 with a 4.46 ERA in his only season with the Red Sox and is 49-46 in five big league seasons. He is owed million next year and .75 million in 2017 as part of a .25 million, three-year contract, which includes a million club option for 2018 with a 0,000 buyout.

  • Hall says no to 10 veteran candidates up for election

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) For a second straight year, no veteran committee candidates were deemed worthy of baseball's Hall of Fame.The Pre-Integration Era Committee weighed the merits of six players, three executives and one of the game's pioneers, all of whom made their mark before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. None of the 10 received the 12 of 16 votes (75 percent) necessary for induction.

  • Brewers add Double-A manager Subero as first base coach

    December 7, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers have completed their coaching staff by promoting Double-A manager Carlos Subero to first base coach for the parent club and adding former major leaguer Jason Lane as a coach.General manager David Stearns announced the hirings on the first day of baseball's winter meetings in Nashville on Monday.

  • All 10 baseball Hall veteran candidates fall short

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) For the second straight year, a baseball veterans committee failed to elect to the Hall of Fame any of the 10 candidates up for consideration.The Pre-Integration Era Committee weighed the merits of six players, three executives and one of the game's pioneers, all of whom made their mark before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947. None of those eligible received the 12 of 16 votes (75 percent) necessary for induction.

  • AP Source: Reds agree to deal Chapman to Dodgers

    December 7, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Cincinnati Reds agreed to trade hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, pending approval of medical records, according to a person familiar with the deal.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the agreement, first reported by Fox, had not been announced.

  • Keith Hernandez's memoir scheduled for 2017

    December 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Keith Hernandez, the outspoken broadcaster, ''Seinfeld'' favorite and former All-Star first baseman is working on a ''no-holds-barred'' memoir.Little, Brown and Company told The Associated Press on Monday that ''I Am Keith Hernandez'' is scheduled for 2017.

  • Thanks for the memories: Mets likely out on Cespedes

    December 6, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Yoenis Cespedes took the New York Mets on a thrilling, three-month ride last season that ended with a trip to the World Series.The price for a reprise of that role, apparently, is too expensive for the NL champions.''It's unlikely right now that he ends up a Met,'' assistant general manager John Ricco said Sunday. ''Right now, I still think he's looking at a deal that would be north of what we would consider.''

  • MLB lobby trades disappear at winter meetings

    December 6, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Forty years ago this month, Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck and general manager Roland Hemond set up a table in the lobby of the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida, with an ''Open for Business Anytime'' sign and made four trades in an hour that involved Mickey Lolich, Rusty Staub and Ralph Garr.

  • Yankees GM, Yogi Berra's granddaughter rappel down building

    December 6, 2015

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) The general manager of the New York Yankees and Yogi Berra's granddaughter have rappelled down the side of a Connecticut high-rise in what has become an annual holiday tradition.A spotlight shone on Brian Cashman and Lindsay Berra as they travelled down the 22-story Landmark Square building in Stamford just after sundown on Sunday.

  • Tigers finalize M, 2-year deal with Pelfrey

    December 6, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Free-agent pitcher Mike Pelfrey has finalized a million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, who also added catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the major league minimum of 7,500.The 31-year-old Pelfrey joins a Detroit rotation bolstered by the signing of fellow right-hander Jordan Zimmermann less than a week ago. Pelfrey spent the last three seasons with Minnesota and went 6-11 with a 4.26 ERA this year.

  • AP Source: Right-hander Madson agrees to contract with A's

    December 6, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics filled a key need a day before the start of baseball's winter meetings, agreeing to a million, three-year contract with free-agent reliever Ryan Madson, a person with direct knowledge of the deal said.The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because a physical was still needed to finalize the deal. In Madson, the club has found another proven pitcher for a bullpen that had an American League-worst 4.63 ERA last season for a team that lost 35 one-run games - and the veteran gets to play in his home state of California.

  • AP Source: Right-hander Madson agrees to terms with A's

    December 6, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the deal says free agent pitcher Ryan Madson has agreed to a million, three-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, giving the club another proven reliever they sought this offseason.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because a physical was still needed to finalize the deal. Madson went 1-2 with a 2.13 ERA in 68 outings and 63 1-3 innings for the World Series champion Kansas City Royals this past season. This year marked his first in the American League following nine seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Samardzija agrees to million, 5-year deal with Giants

    December 5, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants landed a top-tier starter to complement ace Madison Bumgarner, agreeing with free agent Jeff Samardzija on a million, five-year contract Saturday a day after losing out on Zack Greinke.The club said the deal will be formally announced once Samardzija passes a physical that's scheduled for Tuesday.

  • Reports: Cubs agree to 2-year deal with Lackey

    December 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Multiple media outlets are reporting the Chicago Cubs and free-agent pitcher John Lackey have agreed to a two-year contract.Fox Sports was the first to report the deal on Friday.The move reunites Lackey with former teammates Jon Lester and David Ross. Lackey, Lester and Ross helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2013. Cubs executive Theo Epstein also was the general manager in Boston when Lackey signed a free-agent deal with the Red Sox in 2009.

  • AP Sources: Greinke, Diamondbacks get 6.5 M, 6-year deal

    December 5, 2015

    The Arizona Diamondbacks unveiled their snazzy new uniforms one day, then landed a new ace to wear them the next.Surprise! Zack Greinke is coming to the desert.The D-backs beat out the division rival Dodgers and Giants to unexpectedly win the Greinke sweepstakes Friday night, acquiring the free agent ace they hope will get the franchise contending again - and fast. He reached an agreement on a 6.5 million, six-year contract, sources told The Associated Press.

  • Red Sox finalize 7 million, 7-year deal for David Price

    December 4, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) For all the money the Red Sox are paying David Price, the Boston fans don't just want a pitcher who gives the team a chance to win every five days. And it's not enough for him to wind up among the Cy Young contenders in the offseason.With a 7 million, seven-year contract that is the richest ever for a pitcher, the Red Sox are expecting playoff wins.

  • AP Source: Tigers agree to M, 2-year deal with Pelfrey

    December 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Free-agent right-hander Mike Pelfrey has reached a million, two-year agreement with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal, which was still subject to a successful physical, had not been announced. The 31-year-old Pelfrey would join a Detroit rotation bolstered by the signing of right-hander Jordan Zimmermann less than a week ago.

  • AP Source: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks reach 6-year deal

    December 4, 2015

    Free agent ace Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a six-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday night.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there hadn't been an official announcement.

  • AP source: Zack Greinke and Arizona Diamondbacks reach agreement on a 6-year contract.

    December 4, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) AP source: Zack Greinke and Arizona Diamondbacks reach agreement on a 6-year contract.

  • Braves acquire Ramirez from Mariners, complete Beckham deal

    December 4, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves have added bullpen depth by acquiring hard-throwing right-hander Jose Ramirez from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named and/or cash.The 25-year-old was 1-0 with a 12.91 ERA in eight games with Seattle and the New York Yankees in 2015. A native of the Dominican Republic, was acquired by Seattle on July 30 for infielder Dustin Ackley. Ramirez was 4-1 with 10 saves and a 4.16 ERA in 41 games with Triple-A Tacoma.

  • AP source: Oliver Perez, Nationals agree to M, 2-year deal

    December 4, 2015

    Pitcher Oliver Perez and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations, a start to rebuilding the team's shaky bullpen.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced.

  • AP Source: Tigers agree to 2-year, 16M deal with Pelfrey

    December 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Tigers have reached a million, two-year agreement with free-agent right-hander Mike Pelfrey.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal, which is subject to a successful physical, had not been announced. Pelfrey would join a Detroit rotation bolstered by the signing of right-hander Jordan Zimmermann less than a week ago.

  • Braves acquire right-hander Jose Ramirez from Mariners

    December 4, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have added bullpen depth by acquiring hard-throwing right-hander Jose Ramirez from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later and/or cash considerations.The 25-year-old Ramirez was a combined 1-0 with a 12.91 ERA in eight games with Seattle and the New York Yankees in 2015. Ramirez, a native of the Dominican Republic, was acquired by Seattle on July 30 in a trade that sent infielder Dustin Ackley to the Yankees.

  • Dodgers outright pitcher Brooks Brown to Triple-A OKC

    December 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have outrighted pitcher Brooks Brown to Triple-A Oklahoma City, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster.The 30-year-old right-hander was claimed from Colorado on Oct. 14, but never pitched for the Dodgers. Brown is 1-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 64 career major league relief appearances for Colorado over the last two years.

  • Red Sox announce 7-year, 7M deal for David Price

    December 4, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) For all the money the Red Sox are paying David Price, the Boston fans don't just want a pitcher who gives the team a chance to win every five days. And it's not enough for him to wind up among the Cy Young contenders in the offseason.With a seven-year, 7 million contract that is the richest ever for a pitcher, the Red Sox are expecting playoff wins.

  • Cirque du Soleil turns Dodger Stadium into circus

    December 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The circus is coming to Dodger Stadium.Cirque du Soleil is raising its blue-and-yellow big top at the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the premiere of its latest touring production, ''Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities.''The 62-foot tent is located in a parking lot closest to the stadium's main gate. It is 168 feet in diameter and seats about 2,600 people. The tent, supported by four masts each 85 feet tall, needs 50 people to raise it. Workers used over 1,200 stakes dug 4 feet deep to hold the air-conditioned tents in place.

  • Chicago Cubs claim LHP Olmos off waivers from Mariners

    December 4, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs claimed left-handed pitcher Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Friday, building the 40-man roster to 37 players.The 25-year-old Olmos went 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in six appearances with the Mariners last season, including two starts. He has a career 1-1 record with a 5.21 ERA in 11 major league games, including five appearances with the Marlins in 2013.

  • Dipoto not stopping in overhauling Mariners roster

    December 4, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) When Jerry Dipoto took charge of the Seattle Mariners he arrived with a list of tasks to complete and a rough timeline for getting them done.Get his support staff in place, decide on his field manager and then be aggressive and active in overhauling a roster that needed changes.

  • Blue Jays introduce new general manager Ross Atkins

    December 4, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro was the Cleveland Indians' minor league director when he first met Ross Atkins about 20 years ago.Shapiro was quite impressed by the young pitcher, who took a keen interest in what was happening on and off the field. Atkins moved into the Indians' player development department in 2000 and both he and Shapiro would rise up the ranks of the team's front office.

  • White Sox agree to terms with Navarro, Turner

    December 4, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox announced Friday they have agreed to terms on a one-year, million contract with veteran catcher Dioner Navarro.The 31-year-old Venezuelan played in 54 games last season with Toronto, batting .246 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. Navarro was on the disabled list from April 23-June 2 with a strained left hamstring.

  • Mets GM Sandy Alderson has 'very treatable' cancer

    December 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets say general manager Sandy Alderson has cancer and will begin chemotherapy this week.Chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement Friday the cancer is ''very treatable'' and doctors are ''optimistic about his full recovery.'' The team did not say what kind of cancer he has.

  • Home run king Barry Bonds hired as Marlins hitting coach

    December 4, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) If Barry Bonds thinks a full-time return to baseball will help his Hall of Fame chances, he could be disappointed. Maybe he'll at least help the Miami Marlins.Bonds is joining the staff of new Marlins manager Don Mattingly as hitting coach. The media-shy, steroids-tainted home run king made a rare conference call appearance Friday to discuss his hiring, which raised his profile just as balloting is under way for 2016 Hall of Fame voting.

  • Japanese pitcher Maeda cleared to negotiate with MLB teams

    December 4, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda moved a step closer to playing in Major League Baseball on Friday when the Hiroshima Carp agreed to post him.Under the posting system, MLB teams can earn the right to negotiate with Maeda for 30 days by agreeing to pay Hiroshima a maximum fee of million.

  • Marlins say ace Jose Fernandez isn't on the trading block

    December 3, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Jose Fernandez isn't on the trading block as the Miami Marlins prepare for next week's winter meetings, president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Thursday.The Marlins aren't eager to part with outfielder Marcell Ozuna either, Hill said. But they do want to reinforce their rotation, which may require trading an everyday player.

  • Nori Aoki and Mariners finalize .5 million deal

    December 3, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Nori Aoki expressed only a few words in English during his introduction as the latest addition to the Mariners' offseason makeover.They were words everyone in Seattle could appreciate, though.''I came to Seattle for the coffee,'' Aoki said with a chuckle, ''and also to win the World Series.''

  • Blue Jays hire Indians' Ross Atkins as new GM

    December 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have hired longtime Indians executive Ross Atkins as their new general manager, the club announced Thursday.Atkins, who worked as Cleveland's player personnel director, will join former Indians president Mark Shapiro - a close friend - with the Blue Jays.

  • AP source: Blue Jays hire Indians' Ross Atkins as new GM

    December 3, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A personal familiar with the decision says the Toronto Blue Jays are hiring longtime Indians executive Ross Atkins as their new general manager.Atkins, who worked as Cleveland's player personnel director, will join former Indians president Mark Shapiro - and close friend - with the Blue Jays, said the person who spoke Thursday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the move.

  • Mets agree with reliever Jim Henderson on minor league deal

    December 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets and right-hander Jim Henderson have agreed to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.The National League champions announced the move Thursday.The 33-year reliever spent last season in the Milwaukee Brewers' minor league system, the majority of the year with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

  • Mariners sign OF Nori Aoki to 1-year deal

    December 3, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners continued their offseason makeover on Thursday by finalizing a .5 million, one-year contract with free agent outfielder Nori Aoki with a mutual vesting option for the 2017 season.Seattle announced completion of the deal after Aoki passed an extensive physical. The sides had agreed on a deal pending the exams, which took place Thursday morning. The physical was closely watched after an injury-filled 2015 season for Aoki in San Francisco.

  • Randy Knorr returns to Nationals in player development role

    December 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Randy Knorr will return to the Washington Nationals as senior adviser to the general manager for player development after being let go as bench coach when manager Matt Williams was fired the day after the season ended.Knorr's new job was among several announcements made by the Nationals on Thursday.

  • Torre, Winfield lead baseball goodwill tour of Cuba

    December 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Joe Torre and Dave Winfield will be leading a baseball goodwill tour of Cuba this month.Major League Baseball and the Players Association said Thursday the Dec. 15-18 trip will include children's clinics and a charity event.This is Major League Baseball's first visit to Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles played an exhibition game against the Cuban national team in 1999. There is the possibility of the Tampa Bay Rays playing a spring training game in Cuba next year.

  • Phillies claim outfielder Bourjos off waivers from St Louis

    December 3, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have claimed outfielder Peter Bourjos off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.The 28-year-old Bourjos hit .200 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 117 games last season for the Cardinals.Bourjos was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was acquired by St. Louis with outfielder Randal Grichuk from Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2013, for infielder David Freese and right-hander Fernando Salas.

  • Cubs agree to deals with Richard, Rex Brothers

    December 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs have agreed to one-year contracts with a pair of left-handers, giving Clayton Richard million and recently acquired reliever Rex Brothers .42 million.Richard was 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in three starts and 20 relief appearances. He can make 0,000 in performance bonuses based on starts: 0,000 each for 10 and each additional five though 30. He also can earn 0,000 for relief appearances: 0,000 apiece for 50 and each additional five through 70.

  • Carter, Alvarez and Holland among 43 new free agents

    December 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Houston slugger Chris Carter, Pittsburgh first baseman Pedro Alvarez and injured Kansas City closer Greg Holland were among 43 players who became free agents when they weren't offered 2016 contracts by Wednesday night's deadline.Carter, who hit .199 with 24 homers and 64 RBIs this season, made ,175,000 in 2015 in his first year of arbitration and would likely have been paid at least million next year.

  • Rockies agree to 1-year deal with pitcher Jordan Lyles

    December 3, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles worth ,975,000.The Rockies also announced Wednesday night that they won't offer contracts to left-handed pitchers Yohan Flande and Jason Gurka and outfielder Rosell Herrera.

  • Rangers agree on 5,000 deal with catcher Chris Gimenez

    December 3, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have agreed to a 5,000, one-year contract with catcher Chris Gimenez while allowing right-hander Nick Tepesch and recently acquired outfielder James Jones to become free agents.Tepesch and Jones were not offered 2016 contracts by Wednesday night's deadline.

  • 1B-OF Moore, C Lobaton agree to 1-year deals with

    December 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Tyler Moore and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a 0,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.The deal came ahead of Wednesday night's deadline for teams to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.The Nationals also avoided arbitration with backup catcher Jose Lobaton by agreeing to a ,387,500 deal for 2016. Lobaton hit .199 last season.

  • Astros don't offer contract to slugger Chris Carter

    December 3, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros declined to offer Chris Carter a contract for 2016 on Wednesday, making the slugger a free agent.Carter was the only arbitration-eligible player Houston did not offer a contract. The Astros offered them to American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, catcher Jason Castro, reliever Josh Fields, designated hitter Evan Gattis and infielders Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez.

  • 1B-OF Moore, C Lobaton agree to 1-year deals with Nationals

    December 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Tyler Moore and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a 0,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.The deal came ahead of Wednesday night's deadline for teams to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.The Nationals also avoided arbitration with backup catcher Jose Lobaton by agreeing to a ,387,500 deal for 2016. Lobaton hit .199 last season.

  • Pirates part ways with 1B Pedro Alvarez

    December 2, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pedro Alvarez's time with the Pittsburgh Pirates is over.The club declined to offer a 2016 contract to the first baseman on Wednesday, making the slugger a free agent.The former first-round pick led Pittsburgh with 27 homers in 2015 but struggled defensively after making the transition from third base to first. Alvarez's 23 errors led the team.

  • RHP Henderson Alvarez non-tendered by Marlins

    December 2, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Henderson Alvarez was non-tendered Wednesday by the Miami Marlins, who decided against retaining the former All-Star pitcher as he recovers from shoulder surgery.Alvarez underwent a season-ending operation in May and is not expected to pitch until at least a month into the 2016 season.

  • Giants part ways with Yusmeiro Petit, Hector Sanchez

    December 2, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Versatile pitcher Yusmeiro Petit, whose brilliant postseason in 2014 helped the Giants capture their third World Series championship in five years, was not offered a 2016 contract by San Francisco on Wednesday and became a free agent.

  • Indians acquire outfielder Collin Cowgill from Angels

    December 3, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have acquired outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Los Angeles Angels for cash.Cowgill, who agreed to a million, one-year contract, spent the past 2 1/2 seasons with the Angels. The 29-year-old has a career .236 average with 12 homers and 57 RBIs in 308 major league games.

  • Cubs agree to .42 million deal with Rex Brothers

    December 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs have agreed to a .42 million, one-year contract with recently acquired reliever Rex Brothers.The left-hander was obtained from Colorado last week for minor league pitcher Wander Cabrera.Brothers, 27, began last season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he went 5-2 with a 4.46 ERA. In two stints with the Rockies, the former first-round draft pick was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA. In parts of five seasons, he was 16-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 286 appearances with Colorado.

  • Royals cut ex-closer Holland, send Pena to Orioles

    December 2, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The World Series champion Kansas City Royals declined to offer Greg Holland a 2016 contract Wednesday, making the former All-Star closer a free agent for the first time as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.Kansas City also traded backup catcher Francisco Pena to the Baltimore Orioles for cash. Earlier in the day, the Royals designated Pena for assignment when they traded minor league infielder Jose Martinez to St. Louis for reserve catcher Tony Cruz. They also decided not to offer a contract to infielder Orlando Calixte, allowing him to become a free agent.

  • Orioles acquire Trumbo, A's obtain Alonso and Rzepczynski

    December 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baltimore added a bat as protection in case it loses Chris Davis, acquiring power-hitting Mark Trumbo and left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser from Seattle on Wednesday for catcher Steve Clevenger.In another deal ahead of the midnight EST deadline to offer contracts to unsigned players on 40-man rosters, Oakland obtained first baseman Yonder Alonso and left-hander Marc Rzepczynski from San Diego for left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Jose Torres plus a player to be named.

  • Braves agree to .25M deal with infielder Gordon Beckham

    December 3, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Versatile infielder Gordon Beckham, an Atlanta native and former University of Georgia standout, has agreed to a .25 million, one-year contract with the Braves.Beckham announced the deal on his Twitter feed Wednesday: ''Pretty amazing to grow up in Atlanta, go to UGA, and then put on the uniform of the (at)Braves. Trying to make sure I'm not dreaming..lets go!''

  • Smoak agrees to .9 million, 1-year deal with Blue Jays

    December 2, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) First baseman Justin Smoak and the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a .9 million, one-year contract and avoided arbitration.The deal was announced Wednesday ahead of the deadline for teams to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.

  • White Sox decline to tender contracts to Flowers, Turner

    December 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox have declined to tender contracts for next season to catcher Tyler Flowers and right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner, making the pair free agents.Flowers spent seven seasons with Chicago. He hit .239 with nine homers and 39 RBIs in 112 games in 2015.

  • Dodgers re-sign catcher A.J. Ellis for 1 year, .5 million

    December 3, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Catcher A.J. Ellis agreed to a .5 million, one-year contract to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration.The 34-year-old Ellis has spent his entire major league career with the Dodgers, batting .241 with 35 homers and 178 RBIs over parts of eight seasons.

  • Rangers acquire Kivlehan as player to be named from Seattle

    December 2, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have acquired outfielder/infielder Patrick Kivlehan (KIV-luh-hann) as the player to be named in a trade last month with AL West rival Seattle.Texas acquired Kivlehan on Wednesday, completing the Nov. 16 trade in which the Rangers also obtained right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen and outfielder James Jones for outfielder Leonys Martin and right-handed pitcher Anthony Bass.

  • Marlins minor leaguer suspended 60 games for positive test

    December 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Miami Marlins catcher Robert Llera has been suspended for 60 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a positive test for a metabolite of Stanozolol.The 22-year-old hit .250 this year in 14 games and 36 at-bats for the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Marlins. The suspension starts with the opening of next season.

  • Orioles acquire Trumbo from Mariners

    December 2, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles hope to retain free agent first baseman Chris Davis. If they don't, they're hoping that Mark Trumbo will help make up for some of the lost power.Baltimore acquired Trumbo and left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser from Seattle on Wednesday for catcher Steve Clevenger.

  • Phillies claim infielder Bourjos off waivers from St Louis

    December 3, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have claimed infielder Peter Bourjos off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.The 28-year-old Bourjos hit .200 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 117 games last season for the Cardinals.Bourjos was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was acquired by St. Louis with outfielder Randal Grichuk from Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2013, for infielder David Freese and right-hander Fernando Salas.

  • Padres manager Andy Green names McGwire bench coach

    December 2, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Former home run king Mark McGwire says it's ''a great challenge'' to be hired as bench coach of the San Diego Padres.McGwire becomes rookie manager Andy Green's right-hand man in the dugout after spending the last three seasons as hitting coach of the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Before that, McGwire was hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals for three seasons following a hiatus after his steroid-tainted playing career ended.

  • Cubs agree to .42 million deal with Red Brothers

    December 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs have agreed to a .42 million, one-year contract with recently acquired reliever Rex Brothers.The left-hander was obtained from Colorado last week for minor league pitcher Wander Cabrera.Brothers, 27, began last season at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he went 5-2 with a 4.46 ERA. In two stints with the Rockies, the former first-round draft pick was 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA. In parts of five seasons, he was 16-11 with a 3.42 ERA in 286 appearances with Colorado.

  • New Twins DH Byung Ho Park: 'Baseball is baseball'

    December 2, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The pitchers waiting for Byung Ho Park in the major leagues will be much more difficult to hit than the opponents he faced in the Korean Baseball Organization.The Minnesota Twins have been scouting this slugger for more than a decade, though. They were undeterred by the price or the risk.

  • Outfielder Chris Young, Red Sox finalize 2-year, M deal

    December 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Don't expect any more blockbusters from the Boston Red Sox this offseason, new baseball boss Dave Dombrowski said after announcing a deal with outfielder Chris Young on Wednesday.The two-year, million contract to make Young a fourth outfielder comes a day after the Red Sox agreed to give potential ace David Price the biggest deal ever for a pitcher: 7 million over seven years. That agreement has not been announced, but a person with knowledge of the negotiations described it to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Price must still pass his physical.

  • Athletics and left-hander Doubront reach M, 1-year deal

    December 3, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Left-hander Felix Doubront has agreed on a million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, a deal that includes 0,000 in guaranteed money and avoids salary arbitration.The A's announced the contract Wednesday after trading lefty Drew Pomeranz to the San Diego Padres along with minor league lefty Jose Torres and either a player to be named or cash for first baseman Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski.

  • 1B-OF Tyler Moore, Nationals agree to 0K, 1-year contract

    December 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Tyler Moore and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a 0,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.The deal came ahead of Wednesday night's deadline for teams to offer contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters.Moore hit .203 with six homers, 27 RBIs and 45 strikeouts in a career-high 187 at-bats last season for the Nationals.

  • Padres get lefty Pomeranz from A's for Alonso, Rzepczynski

    December 3, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres wanted Drew Pomeranz and pushed Oakland for the versatile left-hander, while the Athletics filled a big need at first base by acquiring Yonder Alonso.San Diego got Pomeranz, minor leaguer lefty Jose Torres and either a player to be named or cash from Oakland on Wednesday for Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski, who reached agreement on a one-year deal to avoid arbitration.

  • AP Source: Padres get Pomeranz in exchange for Alonso

    December 2, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) A person with knowledge of the deal says the San Diego Padres have traded first baseman Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski to the Oakland A's for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and minor league pitcher Jose Torres, plus either a player to be named or cash.

  • Outfielder Chris Young, Red Sox finalize M, 2-year deal

    December 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Don't expect any more blockbusters from the Boston Red Sox this offseason, new baseball boss Dave Dombrowski said after announcing a deal with outfielder Chris Young on Wednesday.The million contract, two-year contract to make Young a fourth outfielder comes a day after the Red Sox agreed to give potential ace David Price the biggest deal ever for a pitcher: 7 million over seven years. That agreement has not been announced, but a person with knowledge of the negotiations described it to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Price must still pass his physical.

  • AP Sources: Seattle reaches agreement on deal with Nori Aoki

    December 2, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners' ongoing roster makeover now includes outfielder Nori Aoki.The Mariners and the free agent outfielder have reached agreement on a contract for the 2016 season pending a physical, according to two people with knowledge of the deal. They spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized.

  • Royals acquire catcher Cruz from Cardinals for minor leaguer

    December 2, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have acquired backup catcher Tony Cruz from the St. Louis Cardinals for minor league infielder Jose Martinez while designating catcher Francisco Pena for assignment.The teams announced the trade Wednesday.Cruz hit .204 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 9 games for the Cardinals. The 29-year-old, who can also play third base, could compete with Drew Butera for the backup catcher job behind Sal Perez.

  • AP source: Red Sox agree to 7-year, 7M deal with Price

    December 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox and AL Cy Young runner-up David Price have agreed to terms on a seven-year free-agent deal worth 7 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal - the largest ever for a pitcher - is pending a physical. It is expected to be announced on Friday, the person told the AP.

  • Mariners, Orioles try to complete trade for Trumbo

    December 1, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners and Baltimore were working Tuesday to complete a trade that would send power hitter Mark Trumbo to the Orioles.The Mariners would get catcher/first baseman Steve Clevenger. The teams were reviewing medical records before finalizing the deal.

  • AP source: Red Sox agree to 7M, 7-year deal with Price

    December 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox and ace pitcher David Price have agreed to a deal worth 7 million over seven years, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the deal has not yet been signed and is pending a physical.

  • Dodgers great Newcombe 'fine' after fainting at stadium

    December 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Newcombe, baseball's first player to win rookie of the year, MVP and the Cy Young Award, was resting comfortably at home Tuesday after fainting at Dodger Stadium after welcoming Dave Roberts as the club's first minority manager.

  • LA Angels sign Venezuelan minor league OF Rafael Ortega

    December 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Outfielder Rafael Ortega has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.Ortega gets a 5,000 salary in the major leagues and a 5,000 in the minors under the deal announced Tuesday.He spent last season with the St. Louis Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate in Memphis, batting .286 with two homers and 42 RBIs. The Venezuelan also led all PCL outfielders with 15 assists.

  • Padres unveil Navy digital camo jersey on flat top

    December 1, 2015

    CORONADO, Calif. (AP) They play in a Navy town, so the San Diego Padres figured it was time to break out a Navy digital camouflage jersey for Sunday home games.The Padres unveiled the new jerseys Tuesday on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt at Naval Air Station North Island, across San Diego Bay from Petco Park.

  • McGwire at Petco Park; Padres won't say why

    December 1, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Mark McGwire was mingling Tuesday with San Diego Padres coaches at Petco Park, where the team was having organizational meetings. The club wouldn't say why.His appearance came amid speculation he will be the Padres' bench coach.Various club officials, including new manager Andy Green, declined to confirm Big Mac had been hired. They didn't deny it, either.

  • MLB had 2 positive tests in past year for banned stimulants

    December 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Two major leaguers had positive tests for banned stimulants and one for another banned substance, according to the annual report of the sport's drug program administrator.The players were not identified because of the penalty for first offenses for stimulants and the drug DHEA is six additional urine tests over the next year rather than a suspension.

  • Dodgers great Newcombe passes out at news conference

    December 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Newcombe, baseball's first player to win rookie of the year, most valuable player and the Cy Young Award, passed out at Dodger Stadium after welcoming Dave Roberts as the club's first minority manager.A team spokesman says Newcombe was transported by ambulance to a hospital Tuesday. There was no immediate word on his condition.

  • Byung Ho Park agrees to M, 4-year deal with Twins

    December 1, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Byung Ho Park is making the move from South Korea to Minnesota to play for the Twins, and he's bringing his big bat with him.Park agreed Tuesday to a million, four-year contract with the Twins, who are looking to add power to their lineup around promising youngster Miguel Sano and veterans Trevor Plouffe and Brian Dozier.

  • Dodgers welcome Dave Roberts back as manager

    December 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Roberts was welcomed back to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday as the first minority manager in franchise history.''This is my dream job,'' he said during a news conference at Dodger Stadium attended by first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, former manager Tom Lasorda, and Dodger greats Don Newcombe and Maury Wills.

  • Pitcher Joe Wieland, Dodgers agree to 0,000, 1-year deal

    December 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Pitcher Joe Wieland and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a 0,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.The 25-year-old right-hander spent most of last season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 10-5 with a 4.59 ERA in 22 appearances. He made two starts for the Dodgers, allowing eight runs and 10 hits in 8 2/3 innings.

  • Dodgers agree to 1-year deal with pitcher Joe Wieland

    December 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal with pitcher Joe Wieland, avoiding arbitration.The 25-year-old right-hander spent most of last season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, with a 10-5 record and a 4.59 ERA in 22 appearances. He made two starts for the Dodgers, allowing eight runs on 10 hits in 8 2/3 innings.

  • Justin Maxwell agrees to minor league deal with Marlins

    December 1, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Outfielder Justin Maxwell has agreed to a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.The 32-year-old hit .209 with seven homers and 26 RBIs this year in 249 at-bats with San Francisco. He has a .220 average, 41 homers and 133 RBIs in seven major league seasons that have included stints with Washington, Houston and Kansas City.

  • Indians sign free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain

    December 1, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have signed free agent reliever Joba Chamberlain to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.Chamberlain spent last season with Detroit, Toronto and Kansas City. The 30-year-old pitcher has a 25-21 career record with a 3.87 ERA. He has seven saves in 365 appearances over nine seasons.

  • Royals and reliever Tim Collins agree to 1-year deal

    December 1, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Relief pitcher Tim Collins and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year contract for ,475,000.Collins had Tommy John surgery on March 11 and missed Kansas City's run to a World Series championship last season. The 5-foot-7 lefty has spent his entire major league career with the Royals, going 12-17 with a 3.54 ERA in 228 appearances over four seasons. He has 220 strikeouts and 121 walks in 211 innings.

  • Zimmermann's arrival signals Tigers' willingness to spend

    November 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Jordan Zimmermann's arrival in Detroit is encouraging news for Tigers fans because of what he can bring to the starting rotation - and what his contract signals about the team's willingness to spend.Zimmermann was introduced Monday after finalizing a 0 million, five-year contract with the Tigers. He was flanked at the news conference by general manager Al Avila and owner Mike Ilitch, the latter making a rare appearance in front of reporters during a turbulent year for his baseball team.

  • RHP Jim Johnson returning to Braves for .5M, 1-year deal

    December 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Reliever Jim Johnson is returning to the Atlanta Braves, agreeing to a .5 million, one-year contract.The Braves announced the deal Monday, bolstering a bullpen that didn't have anyone with double-figure saves last season.Johnson saved nine games for the Braves before he was dealt to the Dodgers at the trade deadline. After posting a 2.25 ERA in 49 games with Atlanta, the right-hander was 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA in 23 games with the Dodgers.

  • AP source: Bonds in talks to become Marlins hitting coach

    November 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Barry Bonds might soon be tutoring Giancarlo Stanton, slugger to slugger.Bonds is talking with the Miami Marlins about working for them as a hitting coach, a person familiar with the discussions said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the discussions haven't been confirmed publicly.

  • Zimmermann finalizes 0M, 5-year contract with Tigers

    November 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Free agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has finalized a 0 million, five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.Zimmermann gets million in each of the next two seasons, million in 2018 and million in each of the final two years. As part of the agreement announced Monday, he has a full-no trade provision through 2018, then can be dealt to 10 teams without his permission during 2019-20.

  • Pena agrees to M, 2-year deal as Molina's backup on Cards

    November 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Free agent catcher Brayan Pena has agreed to a million, two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he will be the backup for All-Star Yadier Molina.The 33-year-old switch-hitter receives .5 million in each of the next two seasons.

  • Zimmermann finalizes 5-year contract with Tigers

    November 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Free agent pitcher Jordan Zimmermann has finalized a five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers.Detroit announced the deal Monday, shortly before a news conference at Comerica Park.The 29-year-old right-hander went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for Washington, striking out 164 with 39 walks. The previous year, he went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA.

  • Singer Marc Anthony making pitch as sports agent

    November 30, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Another entertainer is joining Jay-Z in the sports agent business - singer Marc Anthony.Anthony founded Magnus Media this year. The company said Monday it is forming a joint venture that will represent Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

  • AP Source: Cueto turns down 0 million D-Backs offer

    November 30, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Johnny Cueto has rejected a six-year, 0 million offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks, a person with knowledge of the situation said Monday.Arizona wants a front-line starter and would have made the right-hander by far the highest-paid player in the organization.

  • Happ's M, 3-year deal with Jays is back-loaded

    November 30, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) J.A. Happ's deal with the Toronto Blue Jays is slightly back-loaded.The left-hander will receive million next season as part of the million, three-year contract agreed to Friday. He will get million in each of the final two seasons.Happ, who pitched for Toronto from 2012-14, was a 62-61 career record, fills another rotation spot for the AL East champions, who could lose fellow lefties David Price and Mark Buehrle in free agency this offseason. Earlier in November, Toronto re-signed right-hander Marco Estrada to a million, two-year contract.

  • Bud Norris can earn .75M in starts bonuses in Braves' deal

    November 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Bud Norris can earn .75 million in bonuses based on starts in addition to his .5 million salary with the Atlanta Braves.Norris can earn 0,000 for eight starts and 0,000 apiece for 12, 15, 20, 24 and 28. He also can earn 0,000 each for 40, 50 and 60 relief appearances

  • Kansas City Royals' World Series share worth 0,000

    November 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A full postseason share for the World Series champion Kansas City Royals was worth 0,069, just under the record 8,606 set by the San Francisco Giants last year.The New York Mets set a record for a World Series loser at totaled 0,758, the commissioner's office said Monday.

  • Reports: Zimmermann agrees to deal with Tigers

    November 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have reportedly reached a deal with Jordan Zimmermann that would add the free agent right-hander to a starting rotation they were hoping to upgrade this offseason.The 29-year-old Zimmermann went 13-10 with a 3.66 ERA last season for the Washington Nationals, striking out 164 with 39 walks. The previous year, he went 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA.

  • Police: Puig gets swollen eye during encounter with bouncer

    November 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig sustained a swollen eye and facial bruises during a fight with a bouncer.Miami police spokesman Major Delrish Moss said the injuries happened Wednesday night as the Cuban slugger was leaving the Blue Martini bar at bouncers' request following an argument with his sister.

  • Blue Jays bring back free-agent lefty Happ for M, 3 years

    November 27, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) J.A. Happ is headed back to the Toronto Blue Jays.The left-hander agreed to a million, three-year contract on Friday, returning to the team he pitched for from 2012-14.Happ fills another rotation spot for the AL East champions, who could lose fellow lefties David Price and Mark Buehrle in free agency this offseason. Perhaps the biggest prize on the market, Price is expected to command a huge deal.

  • Former MLB outfielder Otis Nixon arrested

    November 26, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Jail records show that former Major League Baseball outfielder Otis Nixon was arrested on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and permitting an unlicensed person to drive.Atlanta police spokesman Officer Kim Jones says 56-year-old Nixon was arrested Tuesday night. Jones did not provide any further details.

  • Braves add veteran pitcher Bud Norris to young rotation

    November 25, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves have added a veteran pitcher to their young rotation, agreeing to a one-year contract with right-hander Bud Norris.The 30-year-old split last season between Baltimore and San Diego, going 3-11 with a 6.72 ERA over 38 games, including 11 starts.

  • Diamondbacks name Magadan hitting coach

    November 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Dave Magadan as their hitting coach.The 53-year-old Magadan spent the last three seasons as hitting coach of the Texas Rangers. Before that, he was hitting coach for the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox.

  • Diamondbacks name Madagan hitting coach

    November 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Dave Madagan as their hitting coach.The 53-year-old Madagan spent the last three seasons as hitting coach of the Texas Rangers. Before that, he was hitting coach for the San Diego Padres and Boston Red Sox.

  • Rockies trade Brothers to Cubs for Cabrera

    November 25, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies traded left-handed reliever Rex Brothers to the Chicago Cubs for 18-year-old lefty Wander Cabrera.Brothers had been designated for assignment by Colorado on Nov. 20.Cabrera recently completed his first professional season as a member of the Dominican Summer League Cubs, where he went 4-3 with a 2.34 ERA in 14 appearances, including seven starts.

  • Angels complete staff with new bullpen coach Scott Radinsky

    November 25, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Scott Radinsky has been named the Los Angeles Angels' new bullpen coach.The Angels rounded out manager Mike Scioscia's major league coaching staff on Wednesday.Radinsky made 557 relief appearances with four teams over 11 big-league seasons.

  • Catcher Alex Avila and White Sox reach .5 million deal

    November 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Free agent catcher Alex Avila and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a .5 million, one-year contract.Avila is a .242 hitter with 66 homers and 282 RBIs during seven big league seasons, all with the Detroit Tigers, and has thrown out 24.5 percent of attempted base stealers. The 29-year-old was limited to 67 games with Detroit last season because of injuries, including a left knee bone bruise.

  • Catcher Geovany Soto and Angels agree to .8 million deal

    November 25, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Free-agent catcher Geovany Soto and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a .8 million, one-year contract.The team announced the move Tuesday night, one day after losing catcher Chris Iannetta to the Seattle Mariners in free agency.

  • Back up: Brewers OF Ryan Braun optimistic following surgery

    November 25, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Nearly two months after back surgery, Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun said he is feeling well and is optimistic that he will be back to 100 percent for spring training.''The only surprise is the rehab is a little bit longer than I was anticipating,'' Braun said Wednesday at the team's annual holiday food drive at Miller Park. ''Other than that, everything went as planned and as expected.''

  • A's acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros for minor league reliever

    November 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Infielder Jed Lowrie is returning to Oakland after a one-year stay in Houston.The Athletics acquired Lowrie from the Astros on Wednesday for minor league right-hander Brendan McCurry less than a year after Lowrie left Oakland to sign a three-year deal with Houston.

  • Pirates get right-hander Webster from Arizona for cash

    November 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded right-hander Allen Webster to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.Webster was traded to the Diamondbacks from Boston last offseason in a deal that sent left-hander Wade Miley to the Red Sox and right-hander Rubby De La Rosa to the desert.

  • Los Angeles Angels sign veteran catcher Geovany Soto

    November 24, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Free-agent catcher Geovany Soto and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year contract.The team announced the move Tuesday night, one day after losing catcher Chris Iannetta to the Seattle Mariners in free agency.Soto has played for four teams in 11 major league seasons. The former Chicago Cubs backstop spent last season on the other side of town with the White Sox, batting .219 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 78 games.

  • Bud Black rejoins LA Angels in front-office job

    November 24, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Bud Black has rejoined the Los Angeles Angels as a special assistant to the general manager.The Angels announced the return of the longtime San Diego Padres manager on Tuesday night.Black spent seven seasons as Angels manager Mike Scioscia's pitching coach, winning a World Series championship ring in 2002 before taking over the Padres in 2007.

  • Mets sign right-hander Pimentel to minor league contract

    November 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets and right-hander Stolmy Pimentel have agreed to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.The NL champion Mets announced the deal Tuesday.The 25-year-old Pimentel made eight relief appearances for the Texas Rangers last season. He was 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 11 1-3 innings before being sent to Triple-A Round Rock in mid-May.

  • Rockies' Reyes pleads not guilty to abusing wife in Hawaii

    November 24, 2015

    WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes is pleading not guilty to allegations of abusing his wife at a Hawaii resort.Maui police arrested Reyes after an argument Oct. 31 with his wife that allegedly turned physical at the Four Seasons Resort.

  • Obama honoring Streisand, Spielberg, Yogi Berra and more

    November 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama recognized 17 Americans with the nation's highest civilian award on Tuesday, including the first African-American woman elected to Congress, one of the greatest catchers in baseball history and a ''Funny Girl.''

  • White Sox acquire RHP Kahnle from Rockies for minor leaguer

    November 24, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have acquired right-hander Tommy Kahnle from the Colorado Rockies for minor league pitcher Yency Almonte.The 26-year-old Kahnle is 2-2 with a 4.41 ERA in 90 relief appearances over two seasons with the Rockies. He went 0-1 with a 4.86 ERA and two saves last year.

  • Carpenter, Lavarnway agree to minor league deals with Braves

    November 24, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander David Carpenter has agreed to a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves.The 30-yearold spent the 2013-14 seasons in Atlanta's bullpen, going 4-1 with a 1.78 ERA in his first season, and had a 4.01 ERA in 30 appearances this year with the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals.

  • Marlins fire TV analyst Tommy Hutton after 19 seasons

    November 24, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have fired Tommy Hutton, their TV analyst for 19 years.The team said Tuesday it decided to go in a different direction and didn't elaborate on its decision.Hutton has spent 51 years in professional baseball. He played in the majors from 1966 to 1981.

  • Chris Iannetta, Mariners agree to .25 million 1-year deal

    November 24, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Chris Iannetta has a new team and a chance to prove last season was a disappointing outlier in his career.Iannetta agreed to a .25 million, one-year contract with the Mariners on Monday with the expectation he will be Seattle's starting catcher heading into 2016. The deal includes .75 million in performance bonuses next season and a 2017 club option for .25 million that could become guaranteed at million.

  • Japanese pitcher Maeda expresses intent to move to MLB

    November 24, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda says he wants to play for a team in Major League Baseball next season.Maeda on Tuesday told his Japanese team, the Hiroshima Carp, that he wants to move to the U.S. major leagues through the posting system.Under the system, the Carp can demand million in exchange for the negotiating rights to Maeda. Hiroshima officials said they would consider Maeda's request.

  • Mariners sign veteran catcher Chris Iannetta to 1-year deal

    November 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Chris Iannetta has a new team and a chance to prove last season was a disappointing outlier in his career.Iannetta signed a one-year contract with the Mariners on Monday with the expectation he will be Seattle's starting catcher heading into 2016. The deal includes a club option for 2017 that can become a vesting option based on games played.

  • Seattle signs veteran Chris Iannetta to 1-year deal

    November 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Catcher Chris Iannetta has signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, giving the club additional options behind the plate.Seattle announced the signing Monday. The club designated for assignment catcher John Hicks to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Iannetta.

  • Schilling subpoena approved, but it's not clear he'll get it

    November 23, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) A subpoena was approved Monday compelling former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling to appear before a committee probing Rhode Island's million deal with his failed video game company. But the subpoena is not enforceable outside the state and Schilling lives in neighboring Massachusetts, so it's unclear whether he will ever be served with it.

  • McClendon hired to manage Triple-A Toledo

    November 23, 2015

    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Lloyd McClendon is returning to the Detroit organization as manager of the Tigers' Triple-A team.The Toledo Mud Hens have hired McClendon for the 2016 season. McClendon managed the Seattle Mariners for two seasons before being fired in October. He also managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05.

  • Hall of Famer Rod Carew, 70, hopes to get heart transplant

    November 23, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Hall of Famer Rod Carew is hoping to qualify for a heart transplant after a massive heart attack two months ago.The 70-year-old Carew tells Sports Illustrated (http://on.si.com/1NaaB4W ) he was stricken while golfing alone in Corona, California, on Sept. 20.

  • White Sox hire Rowand as minor-league instructor

    November 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have hired 2005 championship team center fielder Aaron Rowand as minor-league outfield and base-running instructor.A fan favorite because of his aggressive play, which led to occasional collisions with the wall, he played five seasons with the White Sox and was a key figure on the team that won it all.

  • Seattle adds Candaele and Hampton to coaching staff

    November 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have added Casey Candaele as first base coach and Mike Hampton as bullpen coach on the staff of first-time manager Scott Servais.Seattle announced the coaching additions on Monday.Candaele, 54, spent last season as the Texas Rangers' field coordinator and previously spent four seasons as the minor league infield and base running coordinator. Servais says Candaele will work with outfielders and on base running in Seattle.

  • Dodgers hire Dave Roberts as team's 1st minority manager

    November 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Roberts overcame long odds during his playing days in the major leagues and survived a bout with cancer in recent years. He had no managerial experience when he went after the vacant Los Angeles Dodgers' job.Fittingly, the personable Roberts beat the odds again, impressing the front office with his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to become the Dodgers' first minority manager.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers hire Dave Roberts as manager to succeed Don Mattingly

    November 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers hire Dave Roberts as manager to succeed Don Mattingly.

  • Almonte lifts Aguilas Cibaenas past Cardenales de Lara

    November 23, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Zoilo Almonte broke a tie with a two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to lead Aguilas Cibaenas to a 4-3 victory over Cardenales de Lara on Sunday night in the championship game of the inaugural Serie de las Americas professional baseball tournament at Marlins Park.

  • AP source: Dave Roberts to be named Dodgers manager

    November 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Roberts will be hired as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday night because the team hasn't announced the move that is expected Monday.

  • AP source: Dave Roberts to be named new Dodgers manager

    November 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A person familiar with the decision has told The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Dodgers will hire Dave Roberts as their manager.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday night because the team hasn't announced the move, which is expected Monday.

  • Tigres del Licey beats Navegantes de Magallanes 4-2

    November 22, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Rymer Liriano hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the ninth inning, and Tigres del Licey of the Dominican Republic Winter League beat Navegantes de Magallanes of the Venezuelan Winter League 4-2 in an exhibition on the second day of the inaugural Serie de las Americas on Sunday at Marlins Park.

  • Villar has 3 hits, Aguilas advances in Serie de las Americas

    November 22, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Jonathan Villar got three hits and drove in two runs as Aguilas Cibaenas defeated Tigres de Licey 4-2 Saturday night in the inaugural Serie de las Americas.The first-ever meeting of Dominican Winter League teams off Dominican soil was played at Marlins Park.

  • Cardenales advances in Serie de las Americas

    November 21, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Nestor Molina allowed one run in six innings to help Cardenales de Lara beat Navegantes del Magallanes 7-1 on Saturday in the inaugural Serie de las Americas tournament at Marlins Park.Molina struck out five and walked one, allowing six hits. The 26-year-old righty pitched in Double-A for the White Sox in 2014.

  • Park leads South Korea to 8-0 win over US in Premier12 final

    November 21, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Byung Ho Park bolstered his MLB credentials with a three-run homer in the fifth inning as South Korea routed the United States 8-0 Saturday to win the inaugural Premier12 baseball tournament.Hyun Soo Kim added to a 2-0 lead with a bases-loaded double to make it 4-0 and Park's towering blast to the left field stands off U.S. reliever Brooks Pounders capped a five-run fifth.

  • Dodgers add pitchers Cotton and Stripling to 40-man roster

    November 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have selected the contracts of right-handed pitchers Jharel Cotton and Ross Stripling, adding them to the 40-man roster.Cotton was 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 21 games at four minor league levels last season. His greatest success came at Double-A Tulsa, where he was 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 games. The 23-year-old was chosen by Los Angeles in the 20th round of the 2012 draft.

  • Diamondbacks add 3 prospects to 40-man roster

    November 20, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have added three prospects to their 40-man roster and designated right-hander Allen Webster for assignment.Outfielder Gabby Guerrero and right-handers Jake Barrett and Matt Koch were placed on the roster Friday.

  • A's get Hendriks from Blue Jays for Chavez

    November 20, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays for fellow pitcher Jesse Chavez.Hendriks became a full-time reliever for the first time with Toronto last season and went 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 58 appearances. His fastball velocity spiked when he moved to the bullpen, and the 26-year-old right-hander struck out a career-best 9.9 batters per nine innings. Hendriks is under team control through at least 2020.

  • Fernandez says agent will be part of talks about workload

    November 20, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says any conversations regarding his 2016 workload will include his agent, Scott Boras, contrary to what the team has said.Marlins President David Samson last week pledged to exclude Boras after the agent complained about the team's handling of another Boras client, Miami outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

  • Rockies designate Axford, Rosario for assignment

    November 20, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have designated three relievers for assignment, including right-hander John Axford.Other players designated for assignment Friday were lefty Rex Brothers and righty Tommy Kahnle, along with infielder/catcher Wilin Rosario.

  • Maybin heading back to Tigers in deal for 2 left-handers

    November 20, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Cameron Maybin was once a prospect for the Detroit Tigers, with enough potential that they were able to trade him in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to Motown.Now Maybin is coming back to Detroit.The Tigers acquired the outfielder from the Atlanta Braves on Friday for left-handers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.

  • Rays claim RHP Chase Whitley off waivers from Yankees

    November 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed New York Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley off waivers while he recovers from Tommy John surgery.The Rays made the move Friday. The Yankees were seeking to clear roster spots ahead of the winter meeting draft.

  • Cubs acquire RHP Patton from Rangers for Delarosa

    November 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs acquired right-handed pitcher Spencer Patton from the Texas Rangers on Friday for minor league infielder Frandy Delarosa.The 27-year-old Patton went 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in nine major league relief appearances in 2015 before splitting last season between the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock. Patton is 2-1 with a 6.75 ERA in 36 major league relief outings the last two years.

  • Maybin heading back to Tigers in deal for 2 left-hander

    November 20, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for left-handers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.The 28-year-old Maybin returns to the organization that drafted him. The Tigers took Maybin in the first round in 2005, and he made his major league debut for Detroit in 2007 before being traded to the Marlins as a key prospect in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers.

  • Athletics add versatile lefty Rich Hill on million deal

    November 20, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) In a matter of months, Rich Hill's remarkable path to rejoining a rotation took him from Washington's farm system to independent ball on Long Island and then back to Boston to start in September.Hill moved to the right side of the rubber and adjusted his arm angle along the way - and he just landed himself a nice new contract because of those significant tweaks, which might mean little to someone outside the game.

  • Brewers send Luis Sardinas to Mariners for Ramon Flores

    November 20, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) New Brewers general manager David Stearns made a trade for the third straight day, dealing infielder Luis Sardinas to the Seattle Mariners on Friday for outfielder Ramon Flores.Sardinas, 22, was acquired by Milwaukee in January as part of the swap that sent pitcher Yovani Gallardo to Texas. Sardinas hit .196 with four RBIs in 36 games with the Brewers this season while playing second base, shortstop and third. He batted .282 with 17 doubles, 16 steals and 33 RBIs at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

  • NL's Harper youngest unanimous MVP; Donaldson earns AL honor

    November 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bryce Harper began this season with one personal goal - and it had nothing to do with homers, RBIs or awards.''All I wanted to do was stay healthy and stay on the field every day,'' he said.Harper did that, and a lot more. The Washington slugger put behind his injury-plagued past and put up huge numbers, becoming the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history when he captured the NL honor Thursday.

  • Lawyer: Suit over A-Rod's legal fees settled

    November 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A lawyer says his firm has settled its lawsuit accusing New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez of failing to pay legal bills stemming from the Biogenesis scandal.Peter Siachos of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani said Thursday the suit was settled ''amicably'' this month. He declined to disclose the terms.

  • Astros trade Jonathan Villar to Brewers for Cy Sneed

    November 19, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Astros have traded infielder Jonathan Villar to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Cy Sneed.Villar hit. 284 with seven doubles, two homers and 11 RBIs in 53 games for the Astros last season. The 24-year-old appeared in 198 games for Houston in the last three seasons.

  • Harper becomes youngest unanimous MVP winner, takes NL award

    November 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bryce Harper has become the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history, capturing the NL award during a season in which his Washington Nationals missed the playoffs.Harper turned 23 on Oct. 16, after the postseason had already started.

  • MLB schedule: Mets-KC open Sunday, Pirates-Miami in San Juan

    November 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The champion Kansas City Royals will host the New York Mets in a World Series rematch when the 2016 Major League Baseball season starts in April with three Sunday openers. Next year's schedule also includes two games in Puerto Rico between Pittsburgh and Miami.

  • Cubs claim lefty Leathersich off waivers from Mets

    November 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have claimed left-handed pitcher Jack Leathersich off waivers from the New York Mets.The 25-year-old Leathersich had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery in July. He was 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA with 17 relief appearances for New York last season, his first in the majors.

  • MLB closer to new recommendations for safety nets for 2016

    November 19, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Major League Baseball is close to new recommendations for safety netting at its stadiums for the 2016 season.Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that it ''absolutely clear'' there will be changes. He said there was more work to be done, and that he wasn't prepared to go into details.

  • Arrieta wins NL Cy Young Award; Keuchel takes AL honor

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jake Arrieta posted one final win, perhaps against his most formidable competition yet.The Chicago Cubs righty aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw to earn the NL Cy Young Award by a comfortable margin Wednesday.''There was some anxiety involved,'' Arrieta said on a conference call.

  • Arrieta wins NL Cy Young Award; Keuchel earns AL honor

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award while Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel won the AL honor Wednesday.In what was expected to be a tighter three-person race, Arrieta got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points.

  • Keuchel wins AL Cy Young Award; NL honor up next

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel has won the AL Cy Young Award, easily beating out David Price.Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in results announced Wednesday.Price drew eight first-place votes and 143 points. Oakland's Sonny Gray finished third.

  • Jays' Devon Travis has shoulder surgery, out 16-to-20 weeks

    November 18, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis has undergone surgery on his left shoulder and will be sidelined 16-to -20 weeks.Toronto said Travis was operated on Tuesday to treat a condition in which one of the four growth plates of the acromion bone, which extends over the shoulder joint, fails to fuse and causes an extra bone. The condition was discovered when Travis was placed on the disabled list this season with shoulder inflammation. Toronto said the condition, known as os acromiale, did not contribute to the injury.

  • Brandon Crawford ready to bring more championships to Giants

    November 18, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) When Brandon Crawford's agent called him to say his new deal with the San Francisco Giants had been completed, the shortstop was in the middle of a workout in the AT&T Park weight room. That's where San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans came to congratulate his player on a contract that keeps him here for another six years.

  • 'Big Papi' Ortiz had a career of big moments for Red Sox

    November 18, 2015

    From his back-to-back walk-offs in the 2004 playoffs to his .688 batting average in the 2013 World Series, David Ortiz seemed to perform best under pressure.Here are some of his signature moments:- His heroics in the 2004 playoffs began with a game-ending homer in the 10th inning to finish up the first-round sweep of the Anaheim Angels. In the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees, Ortiz homered to win Game 4 in the 12th inning and then, less than 24 hours later, singled in the 14th to win Game 5.

  • Dodgers in the mix to bring back free agent Chase Utley

    November 18, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers are among about a half-dozen teams interested in acquiring free agent infielder Chase Utley, according to his agent.Agent Joel Wolfe said Wednesday he is in discussions with five or six teams about Utley, who was traded in August from the Phillies to the NL West champion Dodgers and played 34 games with Los Angeles down the stretch. He had played his entire 13-year major league career in Philadelphia before the trade, and now is hoping for a multiyear contract.

  • New charges filed against man in St. Louis robbery-shooting

    November 18, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) A man already facing state charges in a robbery shooting that wounded and paralyzed a man as he left a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game with his girlfriend was indicted Wednesday by federal grand jurors on seven felony counts.The indictment's charges against Kilwa Jones, 30, of St. Louis, include robbery and assault on federal property, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a violent crime, and being a felon with a firearm. St. Louis prosecutors already had charged Jones with assault, robbery and armed criminal action.

  • Yankees still moving toward path to win without luxury tax

    November 18, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Hal Steinbrenner keeps saying that a 0 million payroll shouldn't be necessary to win a World Series title. And the New York Yankees owner, whose team exceeded that number again this season, keeps getting proven right.The Kansas City Royals, with a payroll of about 8 million, won their second straight AL pennant and first World Series since 1985.

  • Ron Roenicke returns to LA Angels as third base coach

    November 18, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ron Roenicke is returning to the Los Angeles Angels as manager Mike Scioscia's third base coach.Scioscia kept up his coaching staff shuffle Wednesday after the departures of pitching coach Mike Butcher and hitting coach Don Baylor.

  • Nats bring back Schu, after all; add Jacque Jones, Speier

    November 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals are bringing back Rick Schu as their hitting coach and adding former major leaguers Jacques Jones as an assistant hitting coach and Chris Speiers as bench coach or third base coach.Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday that new Washington manager Dusty Baker will decide on Speier's exact role. Speier also will coach infielders and serve as a defensive coordinator.

  • White Sox agree to minor league deal with Hairston

    November 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox and veteran outfielder Scott Hairston have agreed to a minor league contract.Hairston has not played in the major leagues since 2014, when he hit .208 in 61 games for the Washington Nationals. He is a career .242 hitter with 106 homers and 313 RBIs over 11 seasons with Arizona, San Diego, Oakland, the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Nationals.

  • Angels and Cliff Pennington agree to .75M, 2-year deal

    November 18, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Veteran infielder Cliff Pennington became the first free agent to switch teams this offseason when the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a .75 million, two-year contract.Pennington will make .5 million next year under the agreement announced Tuesday and .25 million in 2017. He can earn an additional 0,000 annually in performance bonuses.

  • Giants and Brandon Crawford agree to M, 6-year deal

    November 18, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Fresh off his Gold Glove award last week, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford agreed to a million, six-year contract Tuesday that takes him through the 2021 season.The team announced the deal Tuesday, and scheduled a news conference for Crawford on Wednesday at AT&T Park. Crawford's deal covers his two remaining years of arbitration and four years of free agency - and also provides some stability for his young family right at home in the Bay Area. Crawford and his wife, Jalynne, have two young daughters and a son on the way.

  • Tigers acquire closer Rodriguez in trade with Milwaukee

    November 18, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Tigers are turning to Francisco Rodriguez in their latest attempt to shore up the back end of their bullpen.Detroit acquired the right-hander in a trade with Milwaukee on Wednesday, sending minor league infielder Javier Betancourt and a player to be named to the Brewers. Detroit general manager Al Avila said the Tigers might also receive a player to be named in the deal, but that's not certain.

  • MLB minimum salary remains at 7,500 for 2016

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball's minimum salary will remain at 7,500 next year because of a lack of inflation.The sport's collective bargaining agreement called for a cost-of-living adjustment based on the yearly increase through October of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, rounded to the nearest 0.

  • Red Sox DH Ortiz to retire after 2016 season

    November 18, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, Boston's beloved ''Big Papi'' who helped the cursed franchise end its dynasty of disappointment and cursed out the bombers who attacked his adopted city, said on Wednesday he will play one more year before retiring.

  • Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz says he will retire after 2016 season

    November 18, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz says he will retire after 2016 season.

  • Cubs' Maddon, Texas' Banister selected Managers of the Year

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Joe Maddon and Jeff Banister were a huge hit in their new jobs this season. Now, that immediate team success has reaped individual rewards.Maddon won his third Manager of the Year award Tuesday and Banister his first after each guided an unexpected run to the playoffs.

  • Maddon, Banister selected Managers of the Year

    November 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Joe Maddon has won his third Manager of the Year award, earning his first in the NL after guiding the Chicago Cubs to their first postseason berth since 2008.Maddon got nine first-place votes for 124 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday.

  • Angels sign Cliff Pennington for 2 years, .75 million

    November 17, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Veteran infielder Cliff Pennington became the first free agent to switch teams this offseason when the Los Angeles Angels signed him to a two-year, .75 million deal on Tuesday.Pennington will make .5 million in 2016 and .25 million in 2017 with the Angels.

  • Texas' Jeff Banister selected AL Manager of the Year

    November 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jeff Banister has been selected the AL Manager of the Year after leading the Texas Rangers to a division title in his first season on the job.Banister got 17 first-place votes for 112 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday.

  • Texas' Jeff Bannister selected AL Manager of the Year

    November 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jeff Bannister has been selected the AL Manager of the Year after leading the Texas Rangers to a division title in his first season on the job.Bannister got 17 first-place votes for 112 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday.

  • Giants sign shortstop Brandon Crawford for 6 years

    November 17, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Fresh off his Gold Glove award last week, San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford signed a new million, six-year contract Tuesday that takes him through the 2021 season.The team announced the deal Tuesday, and scheduled a news conference for Crawford on Wednesday at AT&T Park. Crawford's new contract covers his two remaining years of arbitration and four years of free agency - and also provides some stability for his young family right at home in the Bay Area. Crawford and his wife, Jalynne, have two young daughters and a son on the way.

  • Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard, Matz win toast of town award

    November 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitchers Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz were voted the winners of the Joe DiMaggio Toast of the Town award by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.The quartet will receive the honor at the chapter's annual dinner on Jan. 23.

  • Nats hire Leeds United's Sharman as part of medical revamp

    November 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have hired British soccer club Leeds United's Harvey Sharman as executive director of medical services, part of a revamping of the way the baseball team addresses player health issues.Sharman, a physiotherapist, was Leeds United's director of sports medicine/science the past eight years.

  • Nationals hire Leeds United doctor to head medical services

    November 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have hired British soccer club Leeds United's Harvey Sharman as executive director of medical services as part of a revamping of the way the baseball team addresses player health issues.The Nationals also announced they are forming a medical services advisory board as part of their efforts to use analytics to try to ''thwart potential injurious situations,'' the team said in a news release Tuesday.

  • George Genovese, former baseball scout, dies at 93

    November 16, 2015

    BURBANK, Calif. (AP) George Genovese, a minor league shortstop and manager who became a scout for the San Francisco Giants and signed such future standouts as Bobby Bonds, George Foster and Gary Matthews, has died. He was 93.He died Sunday of a blood infection at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, near his longtime home in North Hollywood, his daughter Kathleen Haworth said Monday.

  • Cubs' Bryant, Astros' Correa voted top MLB rookies

    November 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Big expectations followed Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa from the moment each was drafted just a few years ago.It didn't take long for both to deliver.Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year on Monday, and Correa took the American League prize in a close vote by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

  • Cubs' Bryant, Astros' Correa voted top MLB's rookies

    November 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year, and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was voted the AL honor.Bryant made his debut on April 17 and became an NL All-Star. The 23-year-old hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs as Chicago returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008

  • Cubs' Bryant unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year

    November 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year after helping Chicago return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.Bryant made his debut on April 17, just after the Cubs ensured he cannot be a free agent until after the 2021 season. The 23-year-old was selected an NL All-Star and hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs.

  • Mariners acquire Martin from Rangers for Wilhelmsen

    November 16, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) High on Jerry Dipoto's list when he took over as general manager of the Seattle Mariners was building an outfield that was athletic and played to the strengths of their home park.Finding a center fielder was the priority, and Dipoto accomplished that task on Monday. The Mariners acquired Leonys Martin from Texas as part of a four-player trade that sent right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen to the Rangers.

  • Mike Harkey returns to Yankees as bullpen coach

    November 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mike Harkey is returning to the New York Yankees as bullpen coach after two seasons as Arizona's pitching coach.Harkey was fired by the Diamondbacks after the season and the Yankees announced his hiring Monday. Harkey was New York's bullpen coach from 2008-13 and was replaced by Gary Tuck, who held the job for two seasons.

  • Giants minor leaguer Relaford suspended for drug of abuse

    November 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) San Francisco Giants shortstop Travious Relaford has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season following a second positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league drug program.Relaford, 23, hit .237 with one homer and 36 RBIs this year for Augusta of the Class A South Atlantic League.

  • Phillies add Hellickson in swap of pitchers with Arizona

    November 14, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the Philadelphia Phillies for right-handed pitching prospect Sam McWilliams.The 28-year-old Hellickson went 9-12 with a 4.62 ERA in 27 starts after being traded to Arizona from Tampa Bay last offseason. He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2011 and won a Gold Glove in 2012 but has struggled giving up homers, allowing at least 20 four of the past five seasons.

  • Ivy in MLB more than Wrigley walls as teams hire brainy GMs

    November 14, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball's general managers have become the brainy bunch.Ivy in the major leagues these days isn't just a reference to Wrigley Field's vine-covered walls. Four GMs hired in the last two months have Ivy League backgrounds.

  • Boston gets closer Kimbrel from Padres for 4 prospects

    November 13, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) New Boston Red Sox boss Dave Dombrowski on Friday night made his first big move to rebuild the franchise after its third last-place finish in four years, acquiring four-time All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from the San Diego Padres for four prospects.

  • Dodgers starter Brett Anderson accepts qualifying offer

    November 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Starting pitcher Brett Anderson has accepted a .8 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers and will remain with the team in 2016.Starter Zack Greinke and second baseman Howie Kendrick declined qualifying offers Friday and remain free agents.

  • Rays would be team if MLB plays Cuba game in spring training

    November 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays would be the team to make the trip if Major League Baseball returns to Cuba for an exhibition game during spring training.MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred drew the Rays on Friday from a bin of teams that wanted to make the trip.

  • Liberty Media offering tracking stock for Braves next season

    November 13, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves were a flop on the field.Maybe they'll fare better on Wall Street.The team's owner, Liberty Media, is planning to offer a tracking stock that allows fans to invest in the Braves' financial performance, separate from the rest of the company. Liberty will also offer two other tracking stocks, one for its stake in satellite radio provider Sirius XM and another for its remaining businesses, including Live Nation Entertainment.

  • Column: Rebuild a daunting task for Braves, Lakers, others

    November 13, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Two years ago, the Atlanta Braves won 96 games and a division championship.Now, they're barely recognizable.Be wary when team officials, as they always do, talk hopefully of rebuilding a once-proud franchise.How's that working out for Los Angeles Lakers? The Boston Celtics? The San Francisco 49ers?

  • Column: Rebuilding a daunting task for Braves, Lakers others

    November 13, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Two years ago, the Atlanta Braves won 96 games and a division championship.Now, they're barely recognizable.Be wary when team officials, as they always do, talk hopefully of rebuilding a once-proud franchise.How's that working out for Los Angeles Lakers? The Boston Celtics? The San Francisco 49ers?

  • Rasmus, Wieters, Anderson accept qualifying offers

    November 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson became the first three players to accept qualifying offers from their teams rather than remain free agents, and Boston obtained closer Craig Kimbrel from San Diego.

  • Estrada and Blue Jays agree to million, 2-year contract

    November 13, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Free agent right-hander Marco Estrada agreed Friday to a million, two-year contract to remain with the Toronto Blue Jays.Toronto announced the agreement minutes before the deadline for Estrada to accept the team's .8 million qualifying offer for a one-year contract.

  • Braves re-sign veteran C AJ. Pierzynski for another season

    November 13, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski will return for another season with the Atlanta Braves after agreeing to a million, one-year contract.The 38-year-old Pierzynski was a rare bright spot for the Braves this past season. Signed to serve mainly as a backup, he wound up handling the bulk of the catching duties, hitting .300 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 113 games.

  • Wieters accepts Orioles' qualifying offer to return in '16

    November 13, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Matt Wieters thought long and hard about being a free agent. Ultimately, the catcher's comfort-level with his current situation was more important that striving for a bigger payday.Wieters on Friday accepted the Baltimore Orioles' .8 million qualifying offer, saying he arrived at the decision after praying and talking at length with his family.

  • Rasmus becomes 1st to agree to accept qualifying offer

    November 13, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) A player agreed to accept a qualifying offer for the first time in the four-year history of the compensation system rather than remain a free agent, and Atlanta dealt shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended.

  • Gutierrez guaranteed .5 million by Mariners

    November 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez has been guaranteed .5 million by the Seattle Mariners in his one-year contract and can make .25 million in performance bonuses based on plate appearances.Gutierrez hit .292 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 189 plate appearances over 59 games this year with the Mariners.

  • Ramus becomes 1st to agree to accept qualifying offer

    November 12, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) A player agreed to accept a qualifying offer for the first time in the four-year history of the compensation system rather than remain a free agent, and Atlanta dealt shortstop Adrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday as the annual general managers' meetings ended.

  • Braves re-sign veteran C A.J. Pierzynski for another season

    November 12, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski will return for another season with the Atlanta Braves after agreeing to a million, one-year contract.The 38-year-old Pierzynski was a rare bright spot for the Braves this past season. Signed to serve mainly as a backup, he wound up handling the bulk of the catching duties, hitting .300 with nine homers and 49 RBIs in 113 games.

  • Braves trade Simmons to Angels for Aybar, pitching prospects

    November 12, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Atlanta Braves traded Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for Erick Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis on Thursday night.The Braves also get .5 million, while the Angels get minor league catcher Jose Briceno in a deal headlined by two quality major league shortstops trading places on teams with differing needs.

  • AP source: Colby Rasmus accepts Astros' qualifying offer

    November 12, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press outfielder Colby Rasmus has agreed to accept the Houston Astros' one-year, .8 million qualifying offer, the first free agent to agree to such a deal.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team hasn't announced the move.

  • Seattle hires Scott Brosius as Triple-A hitting coach

    November 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Former major leaguer Scott Brosius has been hired as the hitting coach for Triple-A Tacoma in the Seattle Mariners organization.The Mariners announced the hiring of Brosius on Thursday. The 11-year major league veteran with Oakland and the New York Yankees spent the past eight seasons as the manager of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, where Brosius played before embarking on his professional career. Brosius complied a 270-96 record at Linfield while leading the school to a national championships in 2014 and four regional titles.

  • Will free agents take .8M qualifying offers Friday?

    November 12, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Will any of the 20 free agents accept the .8 million qualifying offers they were given last week?All 34 offers were turned down in the first three years of baseball's current collective bargaining agreement. This year's group, which must decide whether to accept by 5 p.m. EST, includes second baseman Daniel Murphy (Mets), outfielder Colby Rasmus (Astros) and pitcher Marco Estrada (Blue Jays).

  • A's hire Mark Kotsay as bench coach on Bob Melvin's staff

    November 12, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former outfielder Mark Kotsay has aspirations to be a manager one day, and he'll get an up-close glimpse at the job next season as bench coach with his former Oakland team.Back in the Bay Area he loves calling home, even if he has put down roots in San Diego.

  • For Hicks, criticism by Twins in 2014 was wakeup call

    November 12, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Aaron Hicks was hitting .161 for the Minnesota Twins 1 1/2 months into the 2015 season when manager Ron Gardenhire and assistant general manager Rob Antony took the unusual step of criticizing him publicly.''To hit .160, .170, those don't last in the big leagues,'' Gardenhire told reporters. ''He needs to start studying the game a little more.''

  • A's name Mark Kotsay bench coach on Bob Melvin's staff

    November 12, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Former player Mark Kotsay is rejoining the Oakland Athletics as bench coach on manager Bob Melvin's staff.The A's announced the hiring of Kotsay on Thursday. In a 17-year big league career, Kotsay spent the 2004-07 seasons with the A's.

  • Ex-Nationals manager Matt Williams returns to D-Backs staff

    November 12, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Matt Williams is returning to his old job as third base coach of the Arizona Diamondbacks.The team announced the hiring on Thursday, just over a month after he was fired as manager of the Washington Nationals. Williams, who played for Arizona for six seasons and was part of the team's 2001 World Series championship team, was on the Diamondbacks coaching staff from 2010 through 2013, the last three seasons as third base coach. He lives in Scottsdale.

  • Seattle acquires Benoit from Padres for 2 minor leaguers

    November 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is wasting little time in addressing one of his team's most glaring needs.Seattle added options to its bullpen Thursday, acquiring 38-year-old right-hander Joaquin Benoit from the San Diego Padres for two minor league prospects - right-handed pitcher Enyel De Los Santos and infielder Nelson Ward.

  • Error! MLB-licensed '16 Nationals calendar shows Fenway Park

    November 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Charge an error to the company licensed by Major League Baseball to produce the Washington Nationals' 2016 calendar.Both on the back cover and inside the calendar, there is an image of Boston's Fenway Park - instead of Nationals Park.

  • Strasburg had surgery to remove growth from back

    November 11, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Stephen Strasburg's agent says the Washington Nationals pitcher has had surgery to remove a non-cancerous growth from his back.Speaking Wednesday at the general managers' meetings, Scott Boras said Strasburg was bothered by the growth when he pitched. Boras says the surgery took place about a month ago and added: ''He's fine now.''

  • Dodgers hire 27-year-old TV announcer Joe Davis for 2016

    November 11, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have hired a 27-year-old announcer to join their broadcast booth in 2016, which is expected to be Vin Scully's final season on the air.Joe Davis joins the Dodgers from Fox Sports, where he calls major league baseball and college football and basketball. The team said Wednesday that he will continue in that job.

  • Boras on Mets: 'a pennant at the end of their aisle'

    November 11, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) In his annual attempt to give the New York Mets some food for thought, agent Scott Boras followed their first World Series appearance in 15 years with an upgrade in his metaphors.Ridiculing the Mets in recent years for having a small payroll in a large market, Boras has used both supermarket and astronaut analogies when taking digs at the team.

  • In wake of Tejada injury, MLB examining rules on slides

    November 11, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) After watching Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada carried off the field with a broken leg during the playoffs when the Dodgers' Chase Utley upended him, Major League Baseball is examining whether to adopt a rule eliminating slides not directly at bases on force plays.

  • Marlins feud with agent Scott Boras over Ozuna, Fernandez

    November 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins' feud with agent Scott Boras escalated Wednesday, and the team said he'll be left out of any future talks regarding ace Jose Fernandez's contract or workload.Team president David Samson pledged to exclude Boras after the agent complained about the Marlins' handling of another one of his clients, outfielder Marcell Ozuna. The dispute reduces the already slim likelihood the Marlins will sign Fernandez to a long-term deal.

  • Marlins feud with agent over Ozuna, Fernandez

    November 11, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins' feud with agent Scott Boras has escalated, and the team says he'll be left out of any contract negotiations regarding ace Jose Fernandez.Team president David Samson pledged to exclude Boras after the agent complained about the Marlins' handling of another one of his clients, outfielder Marcell Ozuna. The dispute reduces the already slim likelihood the Marlins will sign Fernandez to a long-term deal.

  • Seattle re-signs Gutierrez to 1-year contract

    November 11, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have re-signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year contract after a surprisingly productive 2015 season.The Mariners announced the deal Wednesday. It's a major league contract for the 2016 season after Gutierrez was able to stay healthy and contribute, hitting .292 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 59 games with the Mariners.

  • MLB to review runners coming off base on tag plays

    November 11, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) With more runners called out on slides when they pop up off a base as fielders keep tags on them, Major League Baseball plans to review the issue during the offseason.Since the start of expanded video review for the 2014, more runners have been called out after fielder's press their gloves against them, hoping they will come off the base for a split second during or after their slide.

  • MLB hopes for European games within 5 years

    November 12, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball hopes to play regular-season games in Europe within five years and return to Mexico for the first time since 1999.Rob Manfred, who took over as commissioner from Bud Selig in January, has made expansion of international play a priority.

  • Cutting back to 154 games a season not likely, Halem says

    November 11, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Don't expect Major League Baseball to shorten each team's regular-season schedule from 162 games to 154.Dan Halem, baseball's chief legal officer, said such a cut is not likely to result from talks next year for a new labor contract to start in December 2016.

  • Renteria: No ill will toward Cubs for awkward firing

    November 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) New Chicago White Sox bench coach Rick Renteria insisted he has no ill will toward the Cubs for his awkward firing as their manager last fall.Renteria acknowledged he was taken aback when the Cubs fired him to clear the way for Joe Maddon. But he also said there never were any hard feelings.

  • Minor leaguer suspended 100 games for drugs violation

    November 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Free agent left-hander Chad James has been suspended 100 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for amphetamines and a third positive test for a drug of abuse.The commissioner's office announced the suspension Wednesday.

  • Yankees acquire Hicks from Twins, trade Pirela to Padres

    November 11, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman followed through on his vow to aggressively transform his team this offseason, acquiring switch-hitting outfielder Aaron Hicks from Minnesota for catcher John Ryan Murphy on Wednesday and dealing infielder Jose Pirela to San Diego for a minor league pitcher.

  • Overdose possible in player's death, but cause still unknown

    November 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) An overdose is possible in the death of former Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson, but the cause of his death has yet to be determined, authorities said.Hanson wasn't breathing when emergency crews tried to help him Sunday at a friend's home near Atlanta, Coweta County sheriff's officials wrote in their initial report. They typed ''overdose'' in a small section titled ''crime incident.''

  • The Latest: Talk with ER staff led to overdose suspicion

    November 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The latest on the death of former Major League Baseball player Tommy Hanson (all times local):1:40 p.m.Sheriff's officials say an officer was part of a conversation with hospital emergency room workers that led the officer to believe overdose was a possibility after former pro baseball player Tommy Hanson was found unresponsive at a friend's home.

  • Cardinals great Lou Brock recovering after leg amputation

    November 11, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, a former base stealing champion, has had his left leg amputated below the knee due to an infection related to diabetes.The Cardinals and a longtime friend, Dick Zitzmann, confirmed Wednesday that the 76-year-old Brock had had surgery last month. Brock is undergoing therapy at an area hospital and will be fitted for a prosthetic leg.

  • Yankees trade Jose Pirela to Padres for Ronald Herrera

    November 11, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) The New York Yankees have traded infielder Jose Pirela to the San Diego Padres for right-hander Ronald Herrera in the first deal of the general managers' meetings.Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he made the deal Wednesday to clear space on his 40-man roster.

  • Report: Call on former pro baseball player was 'overdose'

    November 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Sheriff's officials described the emergency call for former Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson before his death as an ''overdose,'' but they don't provide other details in a report released Wednesday.Hanson wasn't breathing as rescue crews tried to help him Sunday at a friend's home outside Atlanta, in Newnan, Coweta County sheriff's officials wrote in the report. They typed ''overdose'' in a small section titled ''crime incident.''

  • Playoff teams figure winning helps them in free agency

    November 11, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Now that they're playoff teams for a change, the Blue Jays, Cubs and Mets believe they can make a winning sales pitch to free agents.The Blue Jays ended baseball's longest active playoff drought with their first AL East championship since 1993. The Cubs snapped a stretch of five losing seasons and made the NL Championship Series for the first time since 2003. New York ended a nine-year playoff drought and reached the World Series for the first time since 2000 before losing to the Royals

  • Former Braves, Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson dies at 29

    November 10, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Authorities are investigating the death of former Braves and Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson.Coweta County coroner Richard Hawk said an autopsy began Tuesday, following Hanson's death at the age of 29 on Monday night at Atlanta's Piedmont Hospital.

  • Royals teammates Perez, Escobar, Hosmer win Gold Gloves

    November 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) World Series MVP Salvador Perez and Kansas City Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Alcides Escobar have won Gold Gloves.The awards for fielding excellence were announced Tuesday by Rawlings.Yoenis Cespedes won the AL prize in left field even though he was traded from Detroit to the New York Mets on July 31.

  • Seattle hires Manny Acta as 3B coach

    November 10, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have added former Cleveland and Washington manager Manny Acta to their coaching staff as third base coach.The club announced the hiring on Tuesday. First-time manager Scott Servais will have two coaches on his staff with managerial experience in Acta and bench coach Tim Bogar, who was the interim manager with Texas in 2014.

  • Baseball writers announce finalists for major awards

    November 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is one of three finalists for the NL MVP award from teams that failed to make the playoffs.Harper is joined by Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Cincinnati's Joey Votto, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday. The last MVP from a club that did not reach the postseason was St. Louis' Albert Pujols in 2008.

  • At GM meetings, everyone wants to be the Royals

    November 10, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Terry Ryan looked around the room, where most of the major league general managers were gathered.''There's really no excuse for all us here not to be competitive,'' the Minnesota Twins GM said Tuesday.Everyone wants to be the Kansas City Royals, who won the World Series with a young, athletic team that had a payroll of 8 million at the end of the regular season, 13th among the 30 big league teams.

  • D-Backs acquire Herrmann from Twins for prospect Palka

    November 10, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired catcher-outfielder Chris Herrmann from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league outfielder-first baseman Daniel Palka.The 27-year-old Herrmann appeared in 142 games for the Twins over the past four seasons, batting .181 with six homers and 33 RBIs. Defensively, he played in 69 games as a catcher and 36 as a right fielder. He also played in 17 games in left field and two at first base. In the last three seasons with Triple-A Rochester, Herrmann hit .261 with 30 doubles, eight homers and 54 RBIs.

  • 76ers, Phillies look for new ways to rebuild sagging teams

    November 10, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers have more official and unofficial catchphrases attached to their elongated rebuild these days than victories.''Trust the Process.'' ''Tankadelphia.'' ''Since 1776.''No, Philadelphia hasn't been losing since 1776, though the winless Sixers are on a 17-game losing streak dating to last season.

  • Cardinals' Lance Lynn has Tommy John surgery

    November 10, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn had surprise Tommy John surgery Tuesday and will be sidelined all of next season.The operation repaired a torn ulnar collateral ligament while having the ulnar nerve transposed and bone chips removed. Lynn missed a couple of starts in June with a forearm strain.

  • White Sox hire Renteria as bench coach

    November 10, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have hired former Cubs manager Rick Renteria as their bench coach.Renteria managed the young Cubs to 73 wins in 2014. The North Siders were planning to bring him back for a second season before Joe Maddon became available.

  • Police: Rockies' Reyes arrested after argument with wife

    November 10, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested after an argument with his wife that police said turned physical at a resort in Hawaii.Maui police said in a statement Tuesday that Reyes' wife was treated by medics at the scene then transported to a hospital for treatment.

  • Girardi says trades possible, even with Yanks' bullpen

    November 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With the New York Yankees locked into players at most positions, trades are a possibility.''I think we're always trying to figure out ways to improve the club and sometimes it's not necessarily through the free-agent route,'' manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday. ''It can be through trade routes, and we had some success in the trades that we made last year.''

  • Manfred hopeful for Cuba game; owners to discuss netting

    November 10, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful a big league team will play an exhibition game in Cuba during spring training.President Barack Obama announced in December his intention to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba, and embassies were re-established in July.

  • Rockies, MLB looking into report of Reyes' arrest in Hawaii

    November 10, 2015

    Major League Baseball and the Colorado Rockies are looking into a report that shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested on a charge of assaulting his wife in Maui on Oct. 31.Hawaii News Now reported that Reyes was arrested at a hotel and released on bail. The report was based on anonymous sources and The Associated Press has not been able to confirm the details. The station showed Reyes' mugshot.

  • Manfred on track for Rose decision before end of year

    November 10, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains on track to decide Pete Rose's application for reinstatement by the end of next month.Then Cincinnati's manager, Rose agreed in 1989 to a lifetime ban from baseball after an MLB investigation concluded he bet on games involving the Reds while managing and playing. Rose applied for reinstatement in September 1997 and met with Commissioner Bud Selig in November 2002, but Selig never ruled on Rose's application.

  • Manfred: Unlikely netting can be identical league wide

    November 10, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Ballparks differences make it impractical to have identical protective netting at all 30 big league venues, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says.The commissioner's office has been discussing the issue with teams following a series of injuries to fans from foul balls this year. Owners will discuss the matter when they meet in Dallas on Dec. 18-19.

  • Johnson, Jones, Armstrong: Sport's doping hall of shame

    November 10, 2015

    LONDON (AP) From Ben Johnson to Marion Jones to Lance Armstrong, the sports world has its own doping hall of shame.Cheating in the Olympics, world championships, Tour de France, Major League Baseball and other sports has led to a stunning fall from grace for some of the world's biggest stars and disgrace for some of the most powerful nations.

  • MLB remains hopeful of 2016 spring training game in Cuba

    November 10, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred remains hopeful that a big league team will play an exhibition game in Cuba during spring training next year.President Barack Obama announced in December his intention to restore diplomatic ties between the United States and Cuba, and embassies were re-established in July.

  • Rockies, MLB looking into report of Reyes' arrest

    November 10, 2015

    Major League Baseball and the Colorado Rockies are looking into a report that shortstop Jose Reyes was arrested on a charge of assaulting his wife in Maui on Oct. 31.Hawaii News Now reported that Reyes was arrested at a hotel and released on bail. The report was based on anonymous sources and The Associated Press has not been able to confirm the details. The station showed Reyes' mugshot.

  • 3 Yomiuri Giants pitchers banned for gambling on baseball

    November 10, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Nippon Professional Baseball has banned three Yomiuri Giants pitchers indefinitely after they were found to have bet on baseball games.NPB commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki announced the decision on Tuesday.Professional players in Japan can be banned for a definite period, indefinitely or permanently. NPB's charter stipulates indefinite bans can be lifted by the commissioner after five years if a player appeals after maintaining good conduct.

  • Top Cardinals pitching prospect Reyes suspended 50 games

    November 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes, one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, was suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse on Monday.Reyes said in a statement he tested positive for marijuana.

  • Blue Jays 3B Donaldson voted top major leaguer by his peers

    November 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson was voted major league player of the year and AL outstanding player in the annual Players Choice Awards, and Washington slugger Bryce Harper was picked as the NL outstanding player.Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones won the Marvin Miller man of the year award, given to a player who most inspires others through his efforts on and off the field. Jones hosted a clinic for inner city youth after unrest in Baltimore this year and assists the James Mosher Little League, the YMCA of Central Maryland, the Boys and Girls Club of Baltimore and Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities.

  • Cashman: No pitcher guaranteed spot in Yankees' rotation

    November 9, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) CC Sabathia is not guaranteed a spot in the New York Yankees' starting rotation. Right now, no pitcher is.After a third straight subpar season, the 35-year-old left-hander left the team on the final day of the regular season and entered treatment the next day for alcoholism.

  • Dombrowski and Ramirez meet to discuss move to first base

    November 9, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) The Boston Red Sox want to see less of Hanley Ramirez next season.New Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski met with Ramirez and agent Adam Katz at the site of the general managers' meetings and discussed the team's plan to move Ramirez to first base.

  • Dodgers focused on hiring manager, improving pitching

    November 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Besides hiring a new manager, the Los Angeles Dodgers are focused on bulking up their rotation and bullpen this offseason.Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, said interviews with managerial candidates are ongoing and he expects to meet or possibly beat his target of hiring someone before the winter meetings begin early next month.

  • More and earlier trade talk as MLB general managers gather

    November 9, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Dave Dombrowski, Boston's new president of baseball operations, asked some of his staff to arrive by afternoon to get a head start on the annual general managers' meetings, which began with a dinner Monday night.''By the time I sat down, they said, like, wow, we just got here and we're behind because we had had so many discussions already,'' he said.

  • Angels' Pujols has foot surgery, rehab carries into spring

    November 9, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Angels slugger Albert Pujols is recovering after having surgery to repair the planter plate in his right foot.The team announced Monday that Pujols is expected to resume full baseball activities in 4 1/2 months, which would be late in spring training. The surgery was last week in Charlotte, North Carolina.

  • Pirates claim reliever Knudson from Tigers

    November 9, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed reliever Guido Knudson off waivers from the Detroit Tigers.The 26-year-old Knudson allowed 10 runs in five innings across four appearances for Detroit in 2015. The right-hander went a combined 1-2 with 11 saves, a 2.56 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 40 appearances between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo this year.

  • Cardinals minor league pitcher Alex Reyes suspended 50 games

    November 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.Reyes had been with the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League and will miss the rest of the AFL season, the commissioner's office said Monday.

  • Orioles RHP Bundy scratched from fall league start

    November 9, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy was scratched from his scheduled start in the Arizona Fall League with tightness in his right elbow.Bundy was supposed to make his third appearance Monday but was pulled because of the injury, according to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette.

  • Brooks Robinson collection garners .44 million for charity

    November 9, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) A collection of memorabilia put up for auction by Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson has earned .44 million for charity.Robinson provided nearly his entire collection - except for his Hall of Fame ring - to Heritage Auctions. The online auction concluded on Saturday.

  • Astros, Nationals getting new spring training ballpark

    November 9, 2015

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros are on the way to sharing a new spring training site in 2017.Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred was in attendance Monday at a ground breaking ceremony for the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

  • Mets' Alderson to miss GM meetings for medical procedure

    November 9, 2015

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will miss the annual GM meetings to undergo an unspecified medical procedure, a week after fainting during a news conference at Citi Field.Mets assistant general manager John Ricco made the announcement Monday at the start of the four-day session.

  • Indians' Brantley has shoulder surgery, may miss '16 opener

    November 9, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley will likely miss the start of next season following right shoulder surgery.The team said Brantley, Cleveland's best all-around player, won't be ready ''for game activity'' for 5 to 6 months after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on Monday in Wilmington, Delaware. Brantley, who throws left-handed, had a small tear repaired in his right labrum.

  • Indians outfielder Brantley has surgery on right shoulder

    November 9, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley could miss the start of next season following right shoulder surgery.The team said Brantley, Cleveland's best all-around player, is expected to be ready ''for game activity'' in 5 to 6 months after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on Monday in Wilmington, Delaware. Brantley had a small tear repaired in his right labrum.

  • Griffey, Hoffman among newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

    November 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among 15 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot and will face a newly trimmed electorate along with steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.David Eckstein, Troy Glaus, Mike Hampton, Mike Lowell and Billy Wagner also are among the players eligible for the first time on the 32-man ballot announced Monday. A vote of at least 75 percent from the Baseball Writers' Association of America is needed for election. Results will be announced Jan. 6.

  • Twins win bidding for rights to Korean slugger

    November 9, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have won the bidding for negotiating rights to Byung Ho Park, a 29-year-old first baseman who totaled 105 home runs over the past two seasons in the hitter-friendly Korea Baseball Organization.The notice from Park's team, the Nexen Heroes, that Minnesota's bid was the highest was announced Monday by Major League Baseball. The posting fee was not disclosed by either MLB or the Twins, who said they wouldn't comment on the process ''out of respect'' for Park and the Heroes. But according to multiple reports, the amount was .85 million.

  • Supplement line strikes deals with MLBPA, USA Water Polo

    November 9, 2015

    The world of nutritional supplements can be a minefield for athletes.''If you just go to your strength coach and get supplements, you're fine,'' said Darren O'Day, a reliever for the Baltimore Orioles this past season. ''If you walk into a GNC, you're playing with fire.''

  • Otani solid as Japan beats SKorea in Premier12 baseball

    November 8, 2015

    SAPPORO, Japan (AP) Shohei Otani struck out 10 batters over six scoreless innings as Japan beat South Korea 5-0 in the opening game of the Premier12 baseball tournament on Sunday.Otani, billed as Japan's ace, lived up to expectations in the game played at Sapporo Dome. The 21-year-old right-hander notched three consecutive strikeouts in the fifth inning after South Korea had runners at first and second with no outs.

  • D-Backs outright Chacin, making right-hander free agent

    November 6, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have outrighted right-hander Jhoulys Chacin from the 40-man roster.The Diamondbacks said Chacin elected for free agency rather than accepting a minor league assignment.Chacin joined the Diamondbacks late last season, going 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in five appearances, four starts. The former Colorado pitcher spent most of last season at the Triple-A level, splitting time with Columbus and Reno. He had a combined record of 7-6 with a 3.22 ERA in his stints with the two teams.

  • Sabathia: No turning back after deciding on alcohol rehab

    November 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) When CC Sabathia decided during a weekend of drinking in Baltimore that he needed to enter alcohol rehabilitation, there was no turning back.''I was 100 percent making that decision,'' the New York Yankees pitcher said Friday. ''I'm always upfront and honest about my problems, and this is one of them. So I felt like I needed to make this public and stop hiding from people and kind of make sure I'm doing the right steps to be right.''

  • LeBron James gets 9,000th career field goal

    November 6, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James became the 20th player in NBA history to make 9,000 career field goals in the second quarter Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.James reached the mark in style by taking an alley-oop pass from Mo Williams for a dunk with 3:43 remaining in the second quarter.

  • Dodgers extend qualifying offers to Greinke, Anderson

    November 6, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have extended qualifying offers to free agents Zack Greinke, Brett Anderson and Howie Kendrick.The players have until Nov. 13 to accept the offers, which would pay them .8 million each for the 2016 season. All three are free to sign with other teams starting Friday night.

  • Padres make qualifying offers to Justin Upton, Kennedy

    November 6, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have made qualifying offers to slugger Justin Upton and right-hander Ian Kennedy.The players have until Nov. 13 to accept or reject the offer, which equals a .8 million, one-year deal.If a player rejects the offer signs with another team, his former team will receive a compensatory pick following the first round of the June draft.

  • Cubs extend qualifying offer to OF Dexter Fowler

    November 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have extended a .8 million qualifying offer to center fielder Dexter Fowler.Acquired in a trade with Houston last winter, Fowler shook off a slow start to help Chicago win 97 games and reach the NL Championship Series. He hit .250 with 17 homers and finished fourth in the NL with a career-high 102 runs.

  • Rangers make .8M qualifying offer to Gallardo

    November 6, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo has been extended a .8 million qualifying offer by the AL West champion Texas Rangers.Gallardo had a week after Friday's offer to accept or decline.Texas did not make a qualifying offer to free agent Colby Lewis, but can still negotiate with the right-hander.

  • Nats make qualifying offers to RHP Zimmermann, SS Desmond

    November 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have made .8 million qualifying offers to two homegrown players expected to leave via free agency, pitcher Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond.Teams had until Friday to make the offers. Players have a week to accept - although none has accepted a qualifying offer in the past three offseasons.

  • Murphy, Rasmus among 20 who receive .8M qualifying offers

    November 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The qualifying offers are in. Based on recent history, few if any big leaguers will accept.Second baseman Daniel Murphy and outfielder Colby Rasmus were among a record 20 free agents who received .8 million qualifying offers before Friday's deadline.

  • Davis, Wieters, Chen get qualifying offers from Orioles

    November 6, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles have extended .8 million qualifying offers to first baseman Chris Davis, catcher Matt Wieters and left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.Teams must make their departing players a qualifying offer in order to be eligible for draft pick compensation if a player signs a major league contract elsewhere before the amateur draft in June.

  • Cubs claim reliever Ryan Cook off waivers

    November 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs have claimed reliever Ryan Cook off waivers from the Boston Red Sox.The 28-year-old right-hander is 13-12 with 17 saves and a 3.43 ERA in 217 relief appearances for Arizona (2011), Oakland (2012-15) and Boston (2015).Cook had a 18.69 ERA in nine appearances for Oakland and Boston last year. He split most of the season between Triple-A affiliates after being slowed by injuries in 2014.

  • White Sox extend 1-year qualifying offer to Samardzija

    November 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox extended a .8 million qualifying offer to right-hander Jeff Samardzija.Chicago acquired Samardzija from Oakland last December thinking he would help anchor the rotation behind ace Chris Sale. Instead, he struggled to an 11-13 record and a 4.96 ERA.

  • Mets give 2B Daniel Murphy .8 million qualifying offer

    November 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Second baseman Daniel Murphy has been given a .8 million qualifying offer by the New York Mets.New York announced its decision Friday, five days after it lost the World Series to the Kansas City Royals.The 30-year-old homered in a record six straight postseason games but then slumped in the Series, hitting .150 (3 for 20) and making key errors in Games 4 and 5. He batted .281 during the regular season with 73 RBIs and a career-best 14 homers.

  • Angels decline DeJesus option, no qualifying offer to Freese

    November 6, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels decided not to make a .8 million qualifying offer to third baseman David Freese and declined outfielder David DeJesus' million contract option on Friday.Freese has batted .260 during two seasons with the Angels, including a strong stretch run in September after returning from injury. Yet his large qualifying offer was too risky to the club, which would have lost most of its room under the 9 million luxury tax threshold if Freese accepted it.

  • Dodgers outfielder Justin Ruggiano elects free agency

    November 6, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers outfielder Justin Ruggiano elected to become a free agent Friday rather than accept an outright assignment to the minor leagues.The 33-year-old was sent outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City by the Dodgers, who needed to clear a roster spot. Ruggiano would have been eligible for salary arbitration if he had remained on the team's 40-man roster and been offered a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline.

  • Cardinals make qualifying offers to Heyward, Lackey

    November 6, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals have made .8 million qualifying offers to outfielder Jason Heyward and pitcher John Lackey, free agents who were instrumental on the NL Central title team.St. Louis is likely to attempt to sign the 26-year-old Heyward to a multiyear deal. He hit .293 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs, and he is an NL Gold Glove finalist.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest,1st Ld-Writethru

    November 6, 2015

    Editors: Updates free agency item.Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EST:- Three games highlight college football Saturday: No. 4 LSU at No. 7 Alabama; No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 17 Florida State; and No. 5 TCU at No. 12 Oklahoma State.

  • Cardinals make .8M qualifying offers to Heyward, Lackey

    November 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have made .8 million qualifying offers to two of their players who became free agents, outfielder Jason Heyward and pitcher John Lackey.Two other pitchers received offers Friday: Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago White Sox and Marco Estrada of Toronto.

  • CC Sabathia says he realized in 2012 he was an alcoholic

    November 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia first realized three years ago he was an alcoholic.Sabathia left the team for treatment ahead of its loss to Houston in the one-game AL wild-card playoff and went public with his problem.''In 2012, I kind of came to the realization I was an alcoholic, and I was kind of battling it without any help,'' he told ABC in an interview broadcast Friday, his first remarks to media since treatment. ''I would go a couple, you know, two, three months at a time sober, and then I would just relapse, and, you know, go on these weekends when I thought nobody was paying attention, and I would get in a hotel room and drink out of the minibar, pretty much everything.''

  • CC Sabathia says he realized in 2012 he was alcoholic

    November 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he first realized three years ago he was an alcoholic.In his first remarks to media since seeking treatment, Sabathia told ABC in an interview broadcast Friday: ''I was kind of battling it without any help.''

  • Baseball to make global pitch at inaugural Premier12 tourney

    November 6, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Baseball will be looking to move a step closer to an Olympic return with the start of the new Premier12 tournament this week.Featuring the top 12 nations in the WBSC rankings, the inaugural tournament will be played in Japan and Taiwan from Nov. 8-21.

  • Rays, Mariners swap 6 players in 1st notable offseason trade

    November 5, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays didn't wait long to pull off the first significant trade of the offseason.Four days after the World Series ended, the teams completed a six-player swap Thursday night. Seattle sent infielder-outfielder Brad Miller, first baseman Logan Morrison and pitcher Danny Farquhar to Tampa Bay for pitchers Nathan Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser, and minor league outfielder Boog Powell.

  • Rays, Mariners swap 6 players 1st notable offseason trade

    November 5, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays didn't wait long to pull off the first significant trade of the offseason.Four days after the World Series ended, the teams completed a six-player swap Thursday night. Seattle sent infielder-outfielder Brad Miller, first baseman Logan Morrison and pitcher Danny Farquhar to Tampa Bay for pitchers Nathan Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser, and minor league outfielder Boog Powell.

  • Rays and Mariners swap 6 players in 1st significant trade

    November 5, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays have completed the first significant trade of the offseason, a six-player swap that sends infielder Brad Miller, first baseman Logan Morrison and pitcher Danny Farquhar to Tampa Bay for pitchers Nathan Karns and C.J. Riefenhauser, and minor league outfielder Boog Powell.

  • Braves planning commemoration of final season at the Ted

    November 5, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Braves are planning a season-long commemoration of their final year at Turner Field, including a special patch on players' jerseys.The team announced Thursday there will be pregame ceremonies, limited-edition giveaways and other activities to mark their 20 seasons at the stadium near downtown Atlanta.

  • Royals exercise options on Escobar, Davis; Gomes free agent

    November 5, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The World Series champion Kansas City Royals kept on shaping their roster for next season on Thursday, exercising an million option on All-Star closer Wade Davis and .25 million option on All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar.The Royals also declined a million option on outfielder Jonny Gomes, one day after learning All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon had declined his player option and choosing not to exercise options on aging outfielder Alex Rios and unproductive starter Jeremy Guthrie.

  • Pirates decline club option on pitcher Radhames Liz

    November 5, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pirates declined a .25 million club option on pitcher Radhames Liz on Thursday, who gets a 0,000 buyout.Liz's contract specified if the team declined the option, he would be released.The 32-year-old right-hander went 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 14 games as a reliever for Pittsburgh in 2015, his first season in the majors since appearing in two games for Baltimore in 2009.

  • Now-retired Torii Hunter has plan to stay in baseball

    November 5, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Torii Hunter has concluded his playing career of 17-plus major league seasons, including more than a decade with the Minnesota Twins.The 40-year-old has a strong desire to stay in the game, though. He just can't quit the''I don't want to sit out too long. I want to get right back in it,'' Hunter said Thursday.

  • Rangers hire new pitching, hitting coaches to complete staff

    November 5, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers hired former reliever Doug Brocail as their pitching coach and Anthony Iapoce as hitting coach Thursday, when they also promoted two Triple-A coaches to complete manager Jeff Banister's on-field staff for next season.

  • Tigers' JaCoby Jones suspended 50 games for drug of abuse

    November 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Detroit Tigers shortstop JaCoby Jones has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a drug of abuse under baseball's minor league drug program.Jones had been with the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League and will miss the rest of the AFL season. He is on the roster of the Double-A Erie SeaWolves of the Eastern League.

  • Cubs unveil logo celebrating century at Wrigley

    November 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Cubs will have a patch on their home uniforms next year to celebrate the team's century of play at Wrigley Field.The team revealed the round logo on Thursday. It is blue, white and red and includes a version of the team's 1916 logo, but there is no representation of the iconic ballpark.

  • Dodgers reliever Howell exercises .25M option to return

    November 5, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Reliever J.P. Howell has exercised his .25 million player option for 2016 and will remain with the Los Angeles Dodgers.The 32-year-old left-hander earned million each of the last two years as part of a contract agreed to in December 2013 that included a million signing bonus.

  • Royals exercise options on Escobar, Davis; Gomes declined

    November 5, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The World Series champion Kansas City Royals have exercised their million option on All-Star closer Wade Davis and a .25 million option on All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar, while declining a million option on outfielder Jonny Gomes.

  • Sabathia says 'no other option' but alcohol treatment

    November 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia says he had ''no other option'' than to leave the team for treatment for alcoholism ahead of its loss to Houston in the one-game AL wild-card playoff.In his first remarks to media since seeking treatment, Sabathia told ABC ''it was just the time.''

  • GM Rizzo: Nats negotiated with Black, Baker simultaneously

    November 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) After the made-for-TV news conference was done, after new Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker's name-checks of Bill Walsh, Bill Russell, Nelson Mandela, Stevie Wonder and others, after the team's owners quickly exited the room, GM Mike Rizzo stood with reporters off to the side and finally offered his version of what happened to the candidacy of Bud Black.

  • Mets' Granderson has ligament surgery on left thumb

    November 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson has had surgery on a ligament in his left thumb.The Mets said the operation took place Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery.Between the NL Championship Series and World Series, the team said Granderson was hurt while stealing a base in Game 3 against the Cubs. He hit .250 (5 for 30) with three homers and five RBIs in the five-game loss to Kansas City.

  • Harvey, Fielder earn Comeback Player of the Year awards

    November 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has won the NL Comeback Player of the Year award and Rangers designated hitter Prince Fielder has earned the AL honor.Returning from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the 2014 season, Harvey was 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 29 starts, helping New York reach the World Series for the first time since 2000.

  • Giants decline 2016 contract options on OFs Aoki, Byrd

    November 5, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants declined their 2016 contract options on outfielders Nori Aoki and Marlon Byrd.Both players became free agents Wednesday night, but the Giants left open the possibility of bringing them back later in the offseason.

  • Padres decline .5 million option on LHP Luebke

    November 4, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have declined to exercise their .5 million option on left-hander Cory Luebke, who has had two reconstructive elbow operations since 2012.Luebke receives a .75 million buyout.He was 10-12 with a 3.25 ERA from 2010-12

  • Gordon declines option to stay with champion Royals in 2016

    November 4, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals declined his player option for next season Wednesday and will test free agency for the first time, though he could still return to the World Series champions.The four-time Gold Glove winner has spent his entire nine-year career with the Royals, who drafted him second overall in 2005. But it has only been in the past few years that he has truly flourished, driving up his value while helping Kansas City to this year's title.

  • 3 days later, Collins asked same question about Harvey

    November 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Three days later, Terry Collins keeps getting asked the same question.Collins was going to relieve Matt Harvey with a two-run lead and World Series Game 5 heading to the ninth inning on Sunday night, then allowed Harvey to persuade him not to make the change. Harvey gave up a walk and an RBI double, closer Jeurys Familia came in and allowed the tying run to score with help from a shaky defense, and the Kansas City Royals went on to win in 12 innings to take the title.

  • Mets bench coach Bob Geren to interview for Dodgers manager

    November 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) New York Mets bench coach Bob Geren has joined the list of candidates for the Los Angeles Dodgers' managerial job.Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that the club had given the Dodgers permission to speak to Geren, who previously managed the Oakland Athletics when current Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi was with the team.

  • LA Angels decline million option on OF David Murphy

    November 4, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels have declined their million contract option for next season on outfielder David Murphy, making him a free agent.Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the decision Wednesday. Murphy gets a 0,000 buyout.Los Angeles acquired Murphy from Cleveland in late July for the playoff stretch. The 10-year veteran was a dependable contributor while batting .265 with five homers, starting as a designated hitter and then platooning in left field.

  • Yankees sell contract rights of RHP Martin to Japan team

    November 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Yankees have sold the contract rights of right-hander Chris Martin to the Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan for 0,000.The 6-foot-8 Martin was 0-2 with one save and a 5.66 ERA in 24 appearances for New York this year. He made 16 appearances for Colorado in 2014 and has a career 6.19 ERA

  • Royals celebration shatters expectations in Kansas City

    November 4, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The crowd that flooded downtown Kansas City to celebrate the Royals' first World Series championship in 30 years shattered expectations, officials said Wednesday.Updated city estimates peg the size of the crowd at Tuesday's rally and parade at 800,000, far greater than the 200,000 to 250,000 that officials had predicted. Kansas City has a population of about 470,000, with a metropolitan area of about 2 million.

  • Dodgers' Kike Hernandez undergoes right shoulder surgery

    November 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Infielder-outfielder Kike Hernandez of the Los Angeles Dodgers had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.The team said the 30-minute procedure done Wednesday by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles was to clean up Hernandez's shoulder. He will begin physical therapy next week and is expected to be fully recovered before the start of spring training.

  • Indians decline million option on outfielder Ryan Raburn

    November 4, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have declined their million option for next season on veteran outfielder Ryan Raburn.Cleveland owes a 0,000 buyout to Raburn, who batted .301 with eight homers and 29 RBIs in 82 games this year. The 34-year-old was used mainly as a platoon player against left-handers. He becomes eligible for free agency.

  • Reds promote Williams to GM as part of succession plan

    November 4, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds promoted Dick Williams to general manager on Wednesday as part of a succession plan for 64-year-old Walt Jocketty, who will stay on as director of baseball operations for one more year before moving into an advisory role.Williams is 44 and has been in the Reds' front office for the last 10 years, most recently as assistant general manager. Williams is a Cincinnati native who worked in investment banking in New York and Atlanta and started a venture capital fund before getting involved with the Reds.

  • White Sox decline option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez

    November 4, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox have declined a million option on shortstop Alexei Ramirez and owe the former All-Star a million buyout.The 34-year-old Ramirez has played his entire career with Chicago after leaving Cuba and is a .273 hitter with 109 homers and 542 RBIs in eight seasons. He was an AL All-Star in 2014 but batted a career-low .249 this year with 10 homers and 62 RBIs.

  • Judge tosses arbitration that said MASN owes Nats 8M

    November 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A New York state judge has thrown out an arbitration decision that said the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Baltimore Orioles, owes the Washington Nationals about 8 million for the team's 2012-16 television rights.

  • Mets GM Alderson collapses during news conference

    November 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson collapsed while talking with reporters during a news conference to announce a contract extension for manager Terry Collins, then was able to walk away.New York said Alderson did not eat breakfast, felt lightheaded under the lights of the news conference and fainted. The Mets said he was being examined by the team's training staff.

  • Brett still a big part of Royals' championship celebration

    November 4, 2015

    George Brett had one more mighty moment in baseball's postseason center stage.The Hall of Famer expected to take a seat after the world champion Kansas City Royals completed their 2.3-mile parade route and were set to address hundreds of thousands of fans at a downtown Kansas City, Missouri rally.

  • Brewers exercise option on 1st baseman Adam Lind

    November 4, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers have exercised the million option on the contract of first baseman Adam Lind.Lind hit .277 with 20 homers and 87 RBIs for Milwaukee, providing the only left-handed power presence in the Milwaukee lineup.Lind was acquired last offseason in a deal that sent pitcher Marco Estrada to the Toronto Blue Jays. With his relatively affordable contract, the 32-year-old Lind also could be a trade chip for a team in rebuilding mode.

  • Mets GM Alderson briefly collapses during news conference

    November 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson collapsed briefly while talking with reporters during a news conference to announce a contract extension for manager Terry Collins but was able to walk away.Alderson was speaking with reporters Wednesday in the Citi Field interview room when he stopped in mid-sentence and he began to fall. People grabbed him before he landed on the riser.

  • Royals decline options on Rios, Guthrie after World Series

    November 4, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals have declined mutual options on right fielder Alex Rios and starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, beginning the reshaping of their team one day after celebrating their World Series triumph with a downtown parade.Other decisions loom Wednesday: All-Star reliever Wade Davis, All-Star shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielder Jonny Gomes have club options, while Alex Gordon has a player option worth .75 million after the All-Star outfielder achieved a series of escalators.

  • Mets manager Collins gets contract through 2017

    November 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Terry Collins has a new contract to keep managing the New York Mets. He can only hope for a second chance in the World Series.Three days after their rousing season ended with a stinging loss to Kansas City, the Mets rewarded Collins on Wednesday for piloting them to the National League pennant.

  • Greinke gives up million, becomes free agent again

    November 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher Zack Greinke opted out of the final three years of his contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, giving up a guaranteed million to become a free agent again.The Dodgers are expected to make a .8 million qualifying offer Friday, which he will certainly reject. Los Angeles then would be eligible to receive an extra draft pick after the first round next year if Greinke signs with another team.

  • Just a number: At 66, Baker looks to win big in golden years

    November 4, 2015

    Dusty Baker has put up plenty of big stats in his baseball life: More than 1,000 RBIs, nearly 2,000 hits, 20 years as a player, 20 more as a manager.After he was hired Tuesday to guide the Washington Nationals, many fans focused on another number - 66, his age.

  • Los Angeles Angels promote Dave Hansen to hitting coach

    November 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Dave Hansen is the Los Angeles Angels' new hitting coach, and Paul Sorrento is his assistant.The Angels announced the promotions Tuesday night.Hansen replaces Don Baylor after serving as Baylor's assistant for the past two seasons. Hansen filled in for the injured Baylor during the first half of 2014, when Los Angeles led the majors in runs.

  • Astros decline 2016 option for RHP Qualls

    November 3, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have declined the 2016 option on the contract of right-handed reliever Chad Qualls.Houston would have had to pay him .5 million for next season, but instead bought out his contract for 0,000.The 37-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Astros after beginning his career in Houston in 2004. He went 3-5 with a 4.38 ERA and four saves in 60 appearances this season.

  • Padres pick up option on Benoit, let Barmes go

    November 3, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have exercised a .5 million club option on the contract for right-hander Joaquin Benoit for the 2016 season and declined their million option on infielder Clint Barmes.Benoit went 6-5 with two saves and a 2.34 ERA in 67 relief outings, his most wins six posting seven with Texas in 2007. He is 54-42 with a 3.84 ERA in 661 career appearances including 55 starts, during a 14-year career that had stops at Texas, Tampa Bay and Detroit. His contract had a million buyout.

  • Jeter sneaks engagement into essay about his dog

    November 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter has introduced his dog Kane to the world in a post on his website, The Players' Tribune - oh, he also slipped into the essay he's engaged.A slick trick play by the 14-time All-Star shortstop.Notoriously private throughout a 20-year career that ended after the 2014 season, Jeter revealed Tuesday the almost 100-pound, 1-year-old Italian mastiff was a ''gift last year from my fiancee.''

  • AP source: Mets manager Collins gets contract through 2017

    November 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Terry Collins has a new contract to keep managing the New York Mets. He can only hope for a second chance in the World Series.Two days after their rousing season ended with a stinging loss to Kansas City, the Mets rewarded Collins for piloting them to the National League pennant. He received a two-year deal through 2017, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • The Latest: Some parked along interstate before Royals rally

    November 3, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on celebrations in Kansas City to mark the Kansas City Royals' World Series victory (all times local):5:15 p.m.Kansas City officials estimate half a million people attended festivities for the World Series champion Royals

  • Tigers decline million option on Nathan

    November 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Tigers have declined their million option on reliever Joe Nathan, making the 40-year-old closer eligible for free agencyDetroit's decision to decline the option, which costs the team a million buyout, was not a surprise. Nathan faced only one batter this year and missed the rest of the season with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow.

  • Diamondbacks exercise options for Ziegler, Collmenter

    November 3, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have exercised their options on Brad Ziegler and Josh Collmenter for next season.Ziegler will make .5 million with a million buyout. Collmenter gets .85 million. He can decline the option and become arbitration eligible if the team gives him a tender offer by Dec. 2.

  • Wada, Mateo fall just short of salary arbitration

    November 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chicago Cubs left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada and San Diego right-hander Marcos Mateo fell just short of qualifying for salary arbitration.Each pitcher has 2 years, 128 years of major league service, and the final players to qualify were a trio at 2 years, 130 days: Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun and Cleveland right-hander Jeff Manship.

  • The Latest: Royals thank fans during rally in Kansas City

    November 3, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on celebrations in Kansas City to mark the Kansas City Royals' World Series victory (all times local):2:55 p.m.The Kansas City Royals are thanking their fans during a rally celebrating their World Series championship.

  • Ryan exercises M option with Yankees; Bailey declined

    November 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Infielder Brendan Ryan has exercised his million player option with the New York Yankees.New York also said Tuesday it has declined its club option on pitcher Andrew Bailey, which was worth million.Ryan, 33, hit .229 with eight RBIs in 96 at-bats this year. After missing the first two months of the season with a strained right calf, he made his season debut June 10, then went back on the disabled list June 22 with a strained back. He returned after the All-Star break.

  • The Latest: Royals arrive at Union Station for rally

    November 3, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on celebrations in Kansas City to mark the Kansas City Royals' World Series victory (all times local):2 p.m.The Kansas City Royals have arrived at Union Station for a celebratory rally after a parade through downtown Kansas City.

  • The Latest: Some Royals fans leave rally because of crowds

    November 3, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on celebrations in Kansas City to mark the Kansas City Royals' World Series victory (all times local):---1:20 p.m.Some of the Kansas City Royals fans crowded into the streets and a park near the site of a planned rally have given and left after finding themselves packed tightly in places where they couldn't see the activities.

  • Pitcher Buchholz's million option exercised by Red Sox

    November 3, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have exercised their million option on right-hander Clay Buchholz.The 31-year-old was 7-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 18 starts this year, striking out 107 and walking 23 in 113 1-3 innings. His season was cut short by a strained right elbow that caused him to go on the disabled list on July 11.

  • Blue Jays exercise options on Bautista, Encarnacion, Dickey

    November 3, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have exercised 2016 options on sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, while declining an option on infielder Maicer Izturis.The moves Tuesday are the first by the 2015 AL East champions since general manager Alex Anthopoulos left the team last week. Longtime Indians executive Mark Shapiro took over as president Monday and appointed former assistant Tony LaCava as interim GM.

  • The Latest: Royals fans turn Kansas City blue

    November 3, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on celebrations in Kansas City to mark the Kansas City Royals' World Series victory (all times local):12:15 p.m.Kansas City is turning blue as Royals fans line up to watch the World Series championship team parade.Forty-eight-year-old Kansas City native Steve Spencer marveled at the crowd as he joined the masses walking toward the city's Union Station. Recalling the years of losing seasons, he says the ''crazy'' turnout is beyond anything he has ever seen.

  • The Latest: Royals fans gather for Kansas City celebration

    November 3, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on celebrations in Kansas City to mark the Kansas City Royals' World Series victory (all times local):10:40 a.m.Kansas City Royals fans are streaming into the city in preparation for a celebration of the team's World Series championship.

  • Washington Nationals hire Dusty Baker as their next manager

    November 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Dusty Baker got another managing job, this time with the Washington Nationals. And Major League Baseball got another black skipper, something the man in charge of the sport called ''encouraging.''The Nationals announced Baker's hiring on Tuesday, nearly a month after firing Matt Williams when the club missed the playoffs.

  • Washington Nationals announce they have hired Dusty Baker as their next manager

    November 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals announce they have hired Dusty Baker as their next manager.

  • Kansas City throws a party to celebrate Royals' championship

    November 3, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The world champion Kansas City Royals basked in the adulation of hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans in a parade and rally Tuesday that nearly shut down downtown for hours.After driving a 2.3-mile route in a caravan, team owner David Glass, manager Ned Yost and several of the Royals returned the love by telling fans they could not have captured the World Series without their support and calling the turnout for Tuesday's celebration ''unbelievable'' and ''amazing.''

  • LA Angels name Charlie Nagy their new pitching coach

    November 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Charlie Nagy has been named the Los Angeles Angels' new pitching coach.Angels general manager Billy Eppler announced the hire Monday night.Nagy was the Arizona Diamondbacks' pitching coach from 2011-13. He spent last season as a special assistant in player development with the Cleveland Indians.

  • Price, Cueto, Zimmermann, Samardzija top free agent pitchers

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With the World Series over, baseball quickly turned its attention to the opening of the free-agent market.Pitchers David Price, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmermann, Jeff Samardzija and Scott Kazmir were among 139 players who became free agents Monday. About three dozen more also may go on the market, including Zack Greinke, depending on decisions this week on 2016 options and opt-out clauses.

  • What might have been: Mets move on from stinging Series loss

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) It was an exhilarating run with an empty feeling at the finish line.For a team that lost the World Series in five games, the New York Mets came tantalizingly close to winning.They led Kansas City in the eighth inning or later during three gut-wrenching defeats. They played 53 innings and only trailed at the end of 13. Nine more outs spread over those gnawing nights and they're the ones bouncing in blissful unison at Citi Field, hoisting the championship trophy, soaking each other with champagne.

  • Cockrell becomes Yanks' hitting coach, replaces Pentland

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alan Cockrell has been promoted to hitting coach of the New York Yankees to replace Jeff Pentland, who was let go after one season.Cockrell was assistant hitting coach last season, when Pentland replaced Kevin Long. New York said Monday that Marcus Thames will take over from Cockrell as assistant hitting coach.

  • Packed Postseason: Utley, Bautista, Schwarber and Royal way

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Hours after the final out, there was only one job left to do at empty Citi Field.So the very last person remaining on the dimly lit diamond climbed into the shiny red Camaro presented to MVP Salvador Perez, turned the ignition and slowly drove along the warning track.

  • Reds decline options on Schumaker, Badenhop

    November 2, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds have declined contract options on infielder Skip Schumaker and reliever Burke Badenhop, making them free agents.Schumaker got a 0,000 buyout. He led major league pinch hitters with 19 hits last season and had a club option for .5 million in 2016. Badenhop led the team with 68 appearances and went 2-4 with a 3.93 ERA. The Reds paid .5 million to buy out his 2016 option, which included a million salary.

  • World Series Game 5 has highest TV rating since 2009

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The World Series' Game 5 had its highest television rating since 2009.The Royals' 7-2 win over the Mets in 12 innings Sunday night to win their first championship since 1985 averaged a 10.0 rating and 17 share and 17.2 million viewers on Fox. The network said Monday it was the highest-rated Game 5 since the Yankees-Phillies World Series six years ago.

  • Shapiro introduced as new president of Blue Jays

    November 2, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Mark Shapiro hoped for a smoother start to his new job as president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays.The longtime Cleveland Indians executive, who began his role with Toronto on Monday, spoke at a packed news conference eager for more details about last week's departure of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, the architect of the Blue Jays' first playoff team since 1993.

  • Cards exercise .5M option on Garcia, decline on Broxton

    November 2, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Cardinals have exercised their .5 million option on left-hander Jaime Garcia and declined their million mutual option on right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton, who gets a million buyout.St. Louis also said Monday that infielder Pete Kozma and catchers Ed Easley and Travis Tartamella have been assigned outright to Triple-A Memphis.

  • Weather radar picks up flurry of fireworks after Royals win

    November 2, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City erupted in a half-hour flurry of fireworks Monday night after the Royals won the World Series, and the National Weather Service has radar images to prove it.Meteorologist Jared Leighton says the weather service radar in Pleasant Hill, about 45 minutes southeast of Kansas City, shows the most intense fireworks activity was downtown, near the Power & Light District, starting just after 11:30 p.m.

  • Royals reveling in first World Series title since 1985

    November 2, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The jersey that Eric Hosmer wore in the decisive game of the World Series is headed to the Hall of Fame. So is the glove Salvador Perez used, the spikes Lorenzo Cain laced up and the bat that third baseman Mike Moustakas took to the plate.

  • Brewers add former Padres interim manager Murphy as coach

    November 2, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Manager Craig Counsell has started filling out his Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff with the additions of former Padres interim manager Pat Murphy as bench coach and Derek Johnson as pitching coach.Murphy reunites with Counsell after managing him at Notre Dame, where Counsell played his college ball. Murphy spent the previous six seasons in the Padres organization.

  • Kansas City World Series champs' parade planned for Tuesday

    November 2, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Preparations are underway to squeeze thousands of people into downtown Kansas City to celebrate the Royals' World Series win.A parade and rally is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, starting at the downtown Power & Light District and winding 2.3 miles before ending at Union Station, where a rally will be held. City officials said Monday they expect up to 200,000 people to attend.

  • Don Mattingly aims to end Marlins' managerial merry-go-round

    November 2, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Moments into his introductory news conference with the Miami Marlins, Don Mattingly peeled off his sport coat to try on a team jersey for the cameras.''I'm hoping I'm not sweating underneath,'' he said with a smile.Mattingly hasn't lost a game yet, and he's already feeling the heat. That's the nature of working for impatient, impetuous Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, who's now on his seventh manager since June 2010.

  • Don Mattingly introduced as Marlins manager

    November 2, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Don Mattingly has been introduced as the Miami Marlins manager, the team's seventh since June 2010.Mattingly was hired last week, and Monday's news conference was delayed until after the World Series. He parted last month with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Collins' lament: 'I let my heart get in the way of my gut'

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Terry Collins knew what he wanted to do. And he didn't do it.The Mets manager decided to pull Matt Harvey with a 2-0 lead after eight innings, with New York three outs from a victory that would force the World Series back to Kansas City. Closer Jeurys Familia was coming in.

  • Christian Colon steps out of shadows for winning Series hit

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With one swing, Christian Colon earned his World Series ring.The Royals backup delivered in his first appearance of this postseason, lining a pinch-hit single that broke a 12th-inning tie and sent Kansas City over the New York Mets 7-2 early Monday in the clinching Game 5.

  • Harvey, Mets waste another late lead in World Series loss

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey demanded the ball in the ninth inning of the Mets' biggest game in years, the biggest start of his career.He got it. And once again in the World Series, Harvey did not get the result he hoped for.This time the Dark Knight had plenty of help in wasting a lead, and New York's season came to a sudden end early Monday with a 7-2, 12-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the best-of-seven series.

  • Salvador Perez earns World Series MVP

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Salvador Perez took foul balls of his mask, collarbone and fingers, and the Kansas City catcher kept on bouncing back, like some indestructible test dummy.No bruise was too painful.No ache was too much to overcome.Not only did he anchor the pitching staff, he hit .364 (8 for 22) and was voted the Most Valuable Player in the Royals' five-game World Series win over the New York Mets that culminated in a 7-2, 12-inning victory early Monday morning.

  • The Latest: Royals outlast Harvey, Mets for World Series

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 7-2 in Game 5 to win their first World Series title since 1985. (all times EST):---12:35 a.m.Sunday night belonged to Matt Harvey. Monday morning - and now a World Series title - belongs to the Kansas City Royals.

  • Volquez gets title, not win, in start following dad's death

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Edinson Volquez inscribed his father's initials on the back of the mound and on the inside of his cap.He pitched for himself, the Royals, all of Kansas City - and his late dad.Volquez was good enough to keep Kansas City close for six innings, and that was good enough for the Royals, who rallied to beat the New York Mets 7-2 in 12 innings early Monday morning for their first World Series title since 1985.

  • Royals win first World Series crown since 1985, rally once more and beat Mets in 12 innings

    November 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Royals win first World Series crown since 1985, rally once more and beat Mets in 12 innings.

  • The Latest: Harvey can't contain Royals; Game 5 in extras

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets three games to one and try Sunday night to win their first title since 1985 (all times EST):---11:36 p.m.Matt Harvey wanted the ninth inning. He got it, but then the Royals finally struck.

  • The Latest: Duda's sacrifice fly gives Harvey, Mets 2-0 lead

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets three games to one and try Sunday night to win their first title since 1985 (all times EST):---10:20 p.m.Lucas Duda's sacrifice fly gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the sixth.

  • The Latest: Harvey, Volquez locked in duel in Game 5

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets three games to one and try Sunday night to win their first title since 1985 (all times EST):---9:16 p.m.Matt Harvey finished off the top of the fourth with a shout and fist pump as he bounded off the mound after throwing a 98 mph fastball past Mike Moustakas for strike three. Harvey struck out the side to keep the Mets ahead 1-0.

  • The Latest: Granderson homers in 1st for Mets

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets three games to one and try Sunday night to win their first title since 1985 (all times EST):---8:40 p.m.Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the first with a 410-foot drive to right-center off Edinson Volquez on an 0-2 pitch. Volquez settled after Granderson hit that 87 mph offering for his third homer of the World Series. Volquez struck out David Wright and Daniel Muprhy before getting Yoenis Cespedes to ground out. Mets 1, Royals 0.

  • The Latest: Harvey, Volquez set for Game 5

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets three games to one and try Sunday night to win their first title since 1985 (all times EST):---8:30 p.m.New York's Matt Harvey looked sharper in the first inning than he did in Game 1, when Alcides Escobar hit an inside-the-park home run on his first pitch.

  • The Latest: Managers praise mentors before World Series

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets three games to one and try Sunday night to win their first title since 1985 (all times EST):---8:05 p.m.Both managers have been effusive in praising their influential baseball mentors.

  • The Latest: Mets' Collins answers to 2nd-guessing wife

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets three games to one and try Sunday night to win their first title since 1985 (all times EST):---7:49 p.m.Mets manager Terry Collins doesn't regret his bullpen decisions in Game 4.

  • KC's Game 4 win most-watched Saturday Series game since 2009

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Kansas City's win over the New York Mets in Game 4 was the most-watched Saturday World Series game since 2009 - when the Yankees beat Philadelphia in Game 3.The Royals' 5-3 victory drew 13.6 million viewers with a 7.8 rating and a 16 share, Fox said Sunday. The audience was up 27 percent from the 10.7 million for San Francisco's 11-4 rout of Kansas City in Game 4 last year and the rating was up 24 percent from last year's 6.3/12 - the low for the 2014 Series.

  • Marlins expected to announce hiring of Mattingly on Monday

    November 1, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have scheduled a news conference for Monday, where they're expected to introduce new manager Dan Mattingly.Miami hired Mattingly last week less than a week after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He becomes the Marlins' 10th manager - including Jack McKeon for two stints - since Jeffrey Loria bought the team in 2002.

  • The Latest: Perez sets mark for innings caught over 2 years

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals lead the New York Mets three games to one and try Sunday night to win their first title since 1985 (all times EST):---4:48 p.m.The Mets honored Team USA's 18-under championship club before Game 4 Saturday night, a team coached by the dad of New York minor leaguer Gavin Cecchini and former major league infield Davis Eckstein.

  • Where in the world is Pete Rose? Signing, of course

    November 1, 2015

    The most perplexing thing about the World Series for some wasn't how Daniel Murphy let a slow grounder go under his glove.Rather, it was this: What the heck happened to Pete Rose?The breakout star of Fox's panel of analysts one minute, baseball's hit king was gone the next. Twitter was abuzz with speculation about his abrupt absence, and the requisite conspiracy theories began to fly.

  • Mets employee runs NYC Marathon between World Series games

    November 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) It was a busy 24 hours for New York Mets assistant clubhouse manager Dave Berni, who sandwiched running the New York City Marathon between Games 4 and 5 of the World Series.Berni spent Saturday night at Citi Field after the Mets' loss to the Kansas City Royals, finishing up his work. He slept a few hours on manager Terry Collins' couch before heading to Staten Island early Sunday for the start of the race.

  • The Royal Mets: Over 100 players spent time with KC and NY

    October 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) They share the exact shade of blue, expansion-era roots and excellent runs to this World Series.For teams that had rarely met until this week, the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets overlap more than some might imagine. Consider this: Over 100 guys have played for both teams, including the likes of stars David Cone, Bret Saberhagen and Carlos Beltran.

  • Syndergaard buzzes Escobar; Mets beat Royals 9-3 in Game 3

    October 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Two balls launched into the seats, one fired over the first hitter's head and just like that, David Wright and the New York Mets are right back in a World Series that has suddenly turned testy.Wright homered and drove in four runs, Curtis Granderson also connected and rookie Noah Syndergaard set a nasty tone at the start of a 9-3 victory against the Kansas City Royals that trimmed New York's deficit to 2-1 Friday night.

  • Thor rules: Syndergaard rights Mets, beats Royals 9-3

    October 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Noah Syndergaard needed to do more than give the New York Mets a decent start. He needed to save their season.And after a couple shaky innings, the 23-year-old rookie delivered.Thor, indeed.Syndergaard held off the Kansas City Royals until the Mets' offense got going, and New York cut its World Series deficit to 2-1 with a 9-3 victory Friday night.

  • Royals are far from flawless in Game 3 loss to Mets

    October 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Kansas City Royals left their near flawless brand of baseball at home.That Gold Glove defense led by Eric Hosmer bungled several key plays. Those bats that couldn't miss at Kauffman Stadium in the first two World Series games were flailing helplessly against Noah Syndergaard once the rookie settled in. The nearly unhittable bullpen had trouble getting outs at raucous Citi Field.

  • The Latest: Mets beat Royals 9-3, cut Series deficit to 2-1

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3 in Game 3 of the World Series on Friday night (all times EDT):---11:30David Wright and Curtis Granderson homered, rookie Noah Syndergaard pitched six effective innings and the New York Mets roughed up the Kansas City Royals 9-3 Friday night, cutting their World Series deficit to 2-1.

  • The Latest: Mets lead 5-3 in 6th inning of WS

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):---10:20 p.m.Mets starter Noah Syndergaard works out of a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the sixth inning to keep New York ahead 5-3. Syndergaard struck out Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer to start the inning, but Mike Moustakas singled and Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon walked. With Bartolo Colon warming up in the bullpen, Alex Rios grounded out to shortstop.

  • Raul Mondesi 1st player to make big league debut in Series

    October 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Raul A. Mondesi made history when he came to the plate Friday night. He only wishes he'd made contact, too.The 20-year-old Kansas City infielder became the first player to make his major league debut in the World Series, striking out as pinch-hitter during a 9-3 loss to the New York Mets in Game 3.

  • The Latest: Mets up lead to 5-3 after 4 innings of WS

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):---9:45 p.m.Raul Mondesi Jr., added to Kansas City's roster on Tuesday, became the first player to make his major league debut in the World Series. The 20-year-old son of 1994 NL Rookie of the Year Raul Mondesi, pinch hit in the fifth inning Friday night with the Royals trailing the New York Mets 5-3. He struck out on four pitches.

  • The Latest: Granderson 2-run HR puts Mets ahead 4-3

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):9:30 p.m.When the Mets are in the World Series, there is a pretty good chance their No. 1 hitter will homer.

  • The Latest: Royals get 2 runs in second, lead 3-2

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):9:04George Brett's credentials spoke for themselves.When the Royals Hall of Famer came through the security checkpoint before the game, he didn't quite undergo the same screening as other fans, officials and media members.

  • The Latest: Wright's 2-run homer gives Mets 2-1 lead

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):---8:40 p.m.A missed chance by New York to turn an inning-ending double play put Kansas City ahead in the first inning, but Mets captain David Wright hit a two-run homer in the bottom half in his first World Series plate appearance at Citi Field.

  • The Latest: Mets Syndergaard Ks Escobar to open Game 3

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):---8:09 p.m.Game 3 gets underway with the Mets' Noah Syndergaard throwing a 98 mph pitch over the head of Royals leadoff batter Alcides Escobar, one way to keep Escobar from swinging at the first pitch.

  • Minor league baseball team gets mascots: Chompers, Chew Chew

    October 30, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A new minor league baseball team in Hartford, Connecticut, will have two mascots.The Colorado Rockies Double-A affiliate the Hartford Yard Goats introduced Chompers and Chew Chew to the public Friday.Chompers is a male green furry goat character with blue horns and a tuft of chin hair the team calls a goat-ee. Chew Chew is a female blue furry goat with green horns and pink lipstick.

  • The Latest: McCutchen wins Clemente award

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):---7:05 p.m.Andrew McCutchen was selected the winner of the Roberto Clemente award, the second Pittsburgh player to earn baseball's honor for sportsmanship and community involvement,

  • Pirates' Andrew McCutchen wins Clemente Award

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Andrew McCutchen cut off his signature dreadlocks during spring training to benefit Pirates Charities.''It's kind of crazy to think that people would pay money just to have locks of my hair,'' he said Friday. ''People will do anything just to feel like they have a part of you. I did it for a good cause, that's for sure.''

  • Volquez should rejoin Royals on Saturday

    October 30, 2015

    (AP) - Edinson Volquez, who made his Game 1 start Tuesday night, hours after his father died, should rejoin the Royals in New York on Saturday.Volquez said he learned about his father's death when he stepped off the mound after allowing three runs over six innings. He then flew home to the Dominican Republic.

  • The Latest: Volquez should join Royals in NY on Saturday

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):---6:18 p.m.Royals Game 4 starter Chris Young already has a win in this World Series. He pitched the final three innings of Kansas City's thrilling victory in the opener. He didn't give up a hit and struck out four in a 53-pitch outing.

  • The Latest: Conforto in Mets lineup, Morales sits for Royals

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying for their first win against the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 on Friday night (all times EDT):---5:10 p.m.Former Mets general manager Steve Phillips, now a broadcaster for SiriusXM, remembers the Mets have Mike Hampton to thank for David Wright.

  • Fashion show: Mets pitchers pick uniform when they start

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and the rest of the New York Mets' starting pitchers have a slew of selections to make each time they take the mound at Citi Field.Fastball or curve? Inside or away? High or low?But before those decisions, they must make their most colorful choice: white or blue?

  • Baseball blues in Venezuela as economic chaos hits stadiums

    October 30, 2015

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuela's raucous, boozy and affordable baseball games have long provided respite from the growing gloom in the economically struggling country.Now, a more than quadrupling of ticket prices is putting a damper on the national pastime, with the season kicking off this month to sometimes half-empty stadiums and featuring players who say their per diems don't go far enough to buy lunch.

  • Brewers' Braun has back procedure, expected back for spring

    October 29, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Right fielder Ryan Braun is recovering after undergoing a surgical procedure on his back but is expected to be at full strength when the Milwaukee Brewers begin spring training in February.General manager David Stearns said the 31-year-old Braun was feeling as good as possible after having the surgery shortly after the season. The Brewers hope the procedure eliminates the pain that caused Braun to miss 14 of the last 18 games of the season.

  • The Latest: Yost sought home-field edge; Mets wear NYPD caps

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series. The Royals and Mets canceled workouts at Citi Field in New York ahead of Game 3, set for Friday night. Kansas City leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 (all times local):---6:45 p.m.Way back in July, Royals manager Ned Yost was already thinking about October.

  • Jennings fired by Marlins after odd move to manager's job

    October 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Dan Jennings was fired Thursday by the Miami Marlins, ending a 13-year association with the team that included an awkward move in May from general manager to manager.The Marlins confirmed the firing hours after they hired Don Mattingly as manager. President of baseball operations Michael Hill will assume the responsibilities of general manager.

  • Detroit's Norris says surgery successful on cancerous growth

    October 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris says he's had successful surgery on the cancerous growth on his thyroid.Norris said on Twitter and Instagram on Thursday that he is ''Cancer Free'' - he had announced last week that he was having the malignant growth removed.

  • The Latest: Mets wear NYPD caps; DHs sit at NL park

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series. The Royals and Mets are scheduled to work out at Citi Field in New York, with Game 3 set for Friday night. Kansas City leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 (all times local):---6:33 p.m.After two games with the designated hitter in the American League ballpark, pitchers will have to hit for Games 3-5 at the Mets' Citi Field. For Kansas City, that means Kendrys Morales, who had 106 RBIs this year, will take a seat.

  • Citi Field set for its World Series moment, Mets host Royals

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A few hundred feet from Citi Field, in a vast parking lot, there is a bronze marker commemorating the location of the pitcher's rubber at Shea Stadium, the same spot where Jesse Orosco joyously flung his glove into the air after the final out of the Mets' amazing 1986 World Series comeback.

  • The Latest: Mets wear NYPD caps; need for speed at WS

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series. The Royals and Mets are scheduled to work out at Citi Field in New York, with Game 3 set for Friday night. Kansas City leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 (all times local):---6:22 p.m.Fans are not the only ones looking at ballpark radar guns. Mets manager Terry Collins says players increasing are focused on the digital speed readout.

  • The Latest: Mets wear NYPD caps, cancel WS workout

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series. The Royals and Mets are scheduled to work out at Citi Field in New York, with Game 3 set for Friday night. Kansas City leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 (all times local):---6:10 p.m.Mets manager Terry Collins and Game 3 starter Noah Syndergaard both wore caps with ''NYPD'' on them Thursday to honor slain New York Police Department Officer Randolph Holder.

  • World Series audience through 2 games highest since 2010

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With a one-sided game in the late innings, the television audience for Game 2 of the World Series was up just 6 percent over last year.Kansas City's 7-1 win over the New York Mets was seen by 13.7 million viewers on Fox, up from 12.9 million for the Royals' 7-2 victory over San Francisco in the second game of the 2014 Series. Wednesday night's game received an 8.2 rating and 14 share, up 4 percent from a 7.9/14 for Game 2 last year.

  • Padres hire Arizona third base coach Andy Green as manager

    October 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) When his Arizona Diamondbacks played a series in San Diego in mid-April, Andy Green saw how excited the fans were about the new-look Padres.''It was hopping. We lost two of three. The energy was palpable,'' Green said.''It didn't turn out that way.''

  • Royals' rotation puts the 'world' in the World Series

    October 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Yordano Ventura is the flamethrower who stares down hitters. Johnny Cueto has flowing dreadlocks and nicknamed his motion ''The Rocking Chair.'' Edinson Volquez is the always ebullient guy who pitched just hours after his dad died.

  • The Latest: Mets cancel World Series workout at Citi Field

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series. The Royals and Mets are scheduled to work out at Citi Field in New York, with Game 3 set for Friday night. Kansas City leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 (all times local):---5:28 p.m.The Mets canceled their formal off-day workout after getting back to New York early Thursday morning following the Game 2 loss in Kansas City. Only a few players were in the clubhouse Thursday afternoon.

  • Rockies decline to pick up option on Justin Morneau

    October 29, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies have declined a million mutual option on Justin Morneau and bought out the first baseman for 0,000.Morneau hit .310 with three homers and 15 RBIs in an injured-plagued season that limited him to 49 games. He was out of the lineup for nearly four months with concussion symptoms after diving for a ground ball during a game in May.

  • The Latest: World Series switches to New York, Game 3 Friday

    October 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The latest on the World Series. The Royals and Mets are scheduled to work out at Citi Field in New York, with Game 3 set for Friday night. Kansas City leads the best-of-seven series 2-0 (all times local):---4:40 p.m.The nominees for Gold Glove awards were announced Thursday and not surprisingly the Kansas City Royals have four players up for a coveted defensive nod - tied with the San Francisco Giants for most in the major leagues.

  • GM Anthopoulos leaving Jays with new president taking over

    October 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos left the team on Thursday, the day he earned executive of the year honors from his peers and rejected an offer to remain in what might have been a diminished role under its new president.The Blue Jays made the announcement just four days before former Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro takes over as Toronto president. Shapiro, a former general manager, replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring after years of running the business side of the Blue Jays.

  • Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux out after 7 seasons

    October 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Pitching coach Mike Maddux will not return to the AL West champion Texas Rangers next season.The Rangers announced Thursday that they were parting ways with Maddux after seven seasons. He had been among six coaches invited to return and was previously offered a new contract that he had not signed.

  • Vin Scully says he's 'chafing at the bit' to return in 2016

    October 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully says he's ''chafing at the bit'' to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers' booth next year.Scully has recovered from an unspecified medical procedure that caused him to miss calling the team's playoff appearance against the New York Mets. He turns 88 on Nov. 29.

  • Mariners announce handful of front office promotions

    October 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) New Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto announced promotions Thursday for Jeff Kingston, Tom Allison and Lee MacPhail in Seattle's front office.Kingston has been promoted to vice president and assistant general manager for baseball operations after serving as an assistant under former GM Jack Zduriencik.

  • AP sources: Padres hire Arizona's Andy Green as manager

    October 29, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres hired Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Andy Green as their new manager, two people with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team wasn't scheduled to announce the hiring until 3 p.m. PT Thursday at Petco Park.

  • Tigers hire Rich Dubee as new pitching coach

    October 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have hired Rich Dubee to be the team's new pitching coach.Dubee takes over after Jeff Jones' retirement. Dubee was the minor league pitching coordinator for the Atlanta Braves for the past two seasons. Before that, he was the pitching coach for the Philadelphia Phillies for nine seasons.

  • GM Alex Anthopoulos leaving Blue Jays, rejects 5-year offer

    October 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is leaving the team, rejecting a five-year contract extension to remain.The announcement Thursday comes as former Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro becomes Toronto's new president. Shapiro replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring.

  • AP source: GM Alex Anthopoulos leaving Blue Jays

    October 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is leaving the team, rejecting a contract extension to remain.An official confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Thursday. It was first reported by Rogers Sportsnet. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.

  • NY Gov. Cuomo nixes World Series fundraisers after criticism

    October 29, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled two ,500-a-ticket World Series fundraisers after being accused of exploiting America's national pastime and civic pride for a chance to raise cash from wealthy insiders.The Democratic governor's campaign said Thursday that the events scheduled for Games 3 and 4 at Citi Field were nixed and that about 20 ''high-end'' tickets per game were returned to the Mets.

  • AP sources: Don Mattingly hired as Marlins manager

    October 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) When the revolving door that is the Miami Marlins' manager job stopped turning Thursday, Don Mattingly was in and Dan Jennings was out of the organization.Miami hired Mattingly less than a week after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers, two people familiar with the situation said. The people confirmed the hiring to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision hadn't been announced.

  • Orange-clad Marlins Man a standout at World Series

    October 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A year ago, Laurence Leavy was an eyesore at the World Series. He was the Marlins Man, the guy in that garish orange jersey sitting right behind home plate at Kauffman Stadium.Now, he's getting the Royal treatment.The 59-year-old principal of a Miami law firm has gained national attention for his ability to land the best seats at the biggest sporting events, usually within direct view of television cameras. At NBA games, that's right behind the home team's bench, while at college football games it's in the front row on the 45-yard line.

  • AP source: Don Mattingly hired as Marlins manager

    October 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the situation says Don Mattingly has been hired as manager of the Miami Marlins less than a week after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the decision hasn't been publicly confirmed. The announcement might not come until after the World Series.

  • Heat is on: Mets need it from Noah in Game 3 at home

    October 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The man-child on the mound was simply getting some work in, two simulated innings to sharpen up for the World Series.It was late afternoon at Kauffman Stadium, dimmed by dark clouds on this overcast day in Kansas City, and even his New York Mets teammates wanted no part of 6-foot-6 Noah Syndergaard.

  • Person familiar with situation to AP: Don Mattingly hired as Miami Marlins manager.

    October 29, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Person familiar with situation to AP: Don Mattingly hired as Miami Marlins manager.

  • Softbank Hawks beat Yakult Swallows 5-0 to win Japan Series

    October 29, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Former major leaguer Jason Standridge pitched six scoreless innings and South Korean slugger Lee Dae-ho hit a two-run homer as the Softbank Hawks beat the Yakult Swallows 5-0 on Thursday to win the Japan Series in five games.Standridge struck out two and gave up four hits to pick up the win. Lee connected off Yakult starter Masanori Ishikawa in the fourth to give the Hawks an early 2-0 lead.

  • Cueto's 2-hitter sends Royals over Mets for 2-0 Series lead

    October 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Following the final out, after Johnny Cueto completed his two-hitter, several hundred fans remained in Kauffman Stadium, wanting one more look at the Kansas City Royals.The next time they see Eric Hosmer and his teammates may be in a parade.

  • Mets' bats turn to mush, trail Royals 2-0 in World Series

    October 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) David Wright lifted a foul popup, paused and turned back toward the dugout. He didn't bother to watch Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer make the catch.Yet another easy out by the New York Mets.This is definitely not how banged-up Yoenis Cespedes, Daniel Murphy and Wright imagined their first World Series.

  • The Latest: Royals take 2-0 lead in World Series

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---11:10 p.m.That's all from Kauffman Stadium. The Royals beat the Mets 7-1 for a 2-0 World Series lead behind Johnny Cueto's two-hitter and Eric Hosmer's tiebreaking two-run single.

  • End of the road: deGrom fades in 5th, Mets drop Game 2

    October 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The end of Jacob deGrom's smooth ride on the road came in the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium.Unable to stifle the stubborn Kansas City Royals, deGrom gave up four disheartening runs in a 7-1 defeat Wednesday night that left the New York Mets down 2-0 in the World Series as they head home to Citi Field.

  • Cueto tosses gem as Royals take 2-0 lead in World Series

    October 29, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) After watching Johnny Cueto feed off the energy of the home crowd during a dominant start against Houston earlier this postseason, Royals manager Ned Yost wanted to make sure the volatile pitcher would make his World Series starts at Kauffman Stadium.

  • The Latest: Rout on for Royals, lead Game 2 7-1 in 8th

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---9:53 p.m.The rout is on. Alcides Escobar follows his inside-the-park homer in Game 1 with an RBI triple in the eighth off Addison Reed to make it 7-1. Paulo Orlando and Alex Gordon also drove in runs for the Royals.

  • The Latest: Cueto allows 2 hits thru 7, Royals lead Game 2

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---9:22 p.m.Johnny Cueto finishes off a perfect seventh to preserve a 4-1 lead. He's allowed just two hits and thrown 98 pitches. Royals should hand the ball to Kelvin Herrera for the eighth.

  • The Latest: Royals storm back on Mets, take lead in Game 2

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---8:50 p.m.The Royals have stormed back to take the lead through five innings in Game 2, putting four runs on the board against Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom.

  • The Latest: Mets lead 1-0 lead in 4th, starters settle in

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---8:20 p.m.A light rain has started to fall, and suddenly the Mets have slipped up.

  • The Latest: Closing time at Game 2, starters settle in fast

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---8:04 p.m.A few extra closers were at Kauffman Stadium. Naw, not because Jeurys Familia blew a save chance in Game 1. These guys were here for an awards ceremony.

  • The Latest: Cueto, deGrom off to fast starts in Game 2

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---7:35 p.m.Jacob deGrom and Johnny Cueto are off to fast starts.There was only one runner in the first two innings, and that was Mets slugger Lucas Duda on an infield single against Kansas City's shift.

  • Royals' Volquez doesn't know when he'll be ready to play

    October 28, 2015

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez said Wednesday that he didn't know whether he would be ready to play in the World Series once he returns to the U.S. following his father's funeral in the Dominican Republic.Volquez said he was in a lot of pain as his eyes welled with tears while he attended his father's memorial service a day before the funeral.

  • Royals' Volquez in Dominican Republic for father's funeral

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez, whose father died shortly before he started Game 1 of the World Series, was in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday to attend the funeral.Volquez plans to rejoin the team when it heads to New York later in the week.

  • The Latest: Pine tar, quick-pitching, Zobrist on baby watch

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---6:00 p.m.Video and photos showing pine tar on Salvador Perez's shin guard in Game 1 created quite a buzz online.

  • The Latest: Quick-pitching; Colon unavailable; baby watch

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---5:40 p.m.Quick-pitching is fast becoming a hot topic at the World Series.

  • The Latest: Colon unavailable, Zobrist's baby due soon

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---5:15 p.m.After starting nearly all season, Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon are now in New York's bullpen. One will be available for Game 2, the other will not.

  • Mets put Lagares in center field for Game 2 of World Series

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Trailing in the World Series, the New York Mets put a Gold Glove winner in center field for Game 2.Mets manager Terry Collins tweaked his lineup Wednesday night, starting Juan Lagares and shifting Yoenis Cespedes to left field.

  • The Latest: Lagares in Mets' lineup; Zobrist's baby due soon

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the New York Mets are trying to pull even with the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---4:20 p.m.Mets manager Terry Collins made a lineup change for Game 2, putting Gold Glove winner Juan Lagares in center field and shifting Yoenis Cespedes to left.

  • World Series opener highest-rated since 2009

    October 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The World Series opener between the Kansas City Royals and the Mets was the highest-rated Game 1 since 2009 - the previous time a New York team played for the championship.Kansas City's 5-4, 14-inning win Tuesday night was watched by 14.9 million viewers, according to Fox. The game received a 9.0 rating and a 17 share, the network said Wednesday,

  • Column: Baseball goes all in with daily fantasy games

    October 28, 2015

    Rob Manfred has read the law, and delivered his verdict.The commissioner of baseball says online daily fantasy play is a game of skill, not chance. He declared it legal this week, even though a few states explicitly ban it as gambling and others may move to do the same.

  • Volquez leaves team for father's funeral

    October 28, 2015

    (AP) - Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez, whose father died shortly before he started Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, returned home to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday to attend the funeral and spend time with his family.Volquez plans to rejoin the team when it heads to New York later in the week.

  • The Latest: Royals' Zobrist playing with baby due soon

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals are trying to take a 2-0 series lead on the New York Mets in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---3:35 p.m.Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist has been given marching orders from his wife, Julianna, if she happens to go into labor with their third child in the midst of the World Series.

  • The Latest: Royals' Volquez leaves team for father's funeral

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals are trying to take a 2-0 series lead on the New York Mets in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---2 p.m.Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez, whose father died shortly before he started Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, returned home to the Dominican Republic on Wednesday to attend the funeral and spend time with his family.

  • Diamondbacks turn to former Angels pitching coach Butcher

    October 28, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Mike Butcher as their pitching coach.He replaces Mike Harkey, who was fired earlier this month.The 50-year-old Butcher spent the past nine seasons as pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels, who did not renew his contract after the 2015 season. He previously worked one season as Joe Maddon's pitching coach at Tampa Bay (in 2006) and six seasons in the Angels' minor league system.

  • The Latest: Sunshine, wind greets Game 2 of World Series

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, where the Kansas City Royals are trying to take a 2-0 series lead on the New York Mets in Game 2 on Wednesday night (all times local):---1:15 p.m.There is no threat of rain putting a damper on Game 2 of the World Series.

  • After decade of losing, Royals fans learning how to have fun

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Only two years removed from a decade in which Kansas City had one of the worst teams in baseball, Royals fans got a crash course last year in how it feels to have a team not only playing in the postseason, but advancing to within two runs of winning the World Series.

  • New York City, Kansas City jazz museums bet on World Series

    October 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Two jazz museums are getting in on the World Series action.New York City's Louis Armstrong House Museum and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, announced a friendly wager on the games between the Mets and the Royals.If the Mets win, the Louis Armstrong museum will receive a basket full of jazz-related treasures from the American Jazz Museum. Among them will be the ''People's Journey DVD story of Kansas City's historic 18th & Vine Jazz District and photo prints from the museum's archives.

  • Billy Joel to sing anthem at Game 3 of World Series

    October 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) There's even more excitement in store for Game 3 of the World Series.A spokesman for Billy Joel tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1k9ibRX ) the ''Piano Man'' will lead Citi Field in the national anthem prior to the game Friday night between the Mets and the Kansas City Royals.

  • 5 hours later, Royals win World Series opener in 14th

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) An inside-the-park home run. A power failure that blacked out the TV audience. Crazy bounces, great plays and key errors.The longest World Series opener ever had a little bit of everything. And more than five hours after they began, Alcides Escobar and the Kansas City Royals also had just enough energy to outlast the New York Mets.

  • Royals' Orlando becomes first Brazilian in World Series

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Paulo Orlando had returned home to Brazil last offseason when he flipped on the television to catch the news, and saw this strange report about the first Brazilian to play in the NFL.The Royals outfielder was immediately intrigued.

  • Volquez loses father before World Series start

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Edinson Volquez strode purposefully to the mound for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night, just hours after his father died of heart failure in the Dominican Republic.Whether or not he knew of his father's death is unclear - the team says club officials didn't tell him at his wife's request, but a family source told The Associated Press that Volquez was told on his way to the ballpark.

  • Familia falters in 9th inning, Mets blow World Series opener

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jeurys Familia finally cracked, at a terrible time for the New York Mets.Matt Harvey had his chance to hold the lead, too.And after two of their best pitchers botched Game 1, before an error by the captain wrecked it, the Mets find themselves in a World Series hole that hasn't been easy to escape.

  • The Latest: Hosmer lifts Royals over Mets in WS opener

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---12:20 p.m.Eric Hosmer makes up for an eighth-inning error that allowed New York to take a lead, hitting a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 14th off Bartolo Colon and lifting the Royals to a 5-4 victory in the longest opener in World Series history, a 5-hour, 9-minute instant classic.

  • The Latest: Mets-Royals tied 4-4 after 13 of WS opener

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---12:05 a.m.Bartolo Colon works around a leadoff single by Mike Moustakas to send the opener into the 14th inning, matching Game 3 in 2005 and the second game in 2016 for longest in World Series history.

  • The Latest: Mets-Royals tied 4-4 after 12 of WS opener

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---11:41 p.m.Chris Young struck out the side in the 12th for the Royals. Paulo Orlando led off the bottom half with an infield single to third base off Bartolo Colon. He advanced to third on a sacrifice and groundout, but the 42-year-old Colon got Jarrod Dyson to pop up to center field to keep it ted.

  • The Latest: Mets-Royals tied 4-4 after 11 of WS opener

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---11:18 p.m.Royals' reliever Ryan Madson struck out David Wright with runners on first and second to end the top of the 11th. The Mets sent it to the 12th when Curtis Granderson made a running grab of Jarrod Dyson's leadoff line drive and Jonathon Niese struck out Alex Gordon after Salvador Perez's grounder caromed off third base for a base hit. New York and Kansas City are tied 4-4.

  • Opening shock: Escobar hits inside-the-park homer off Harvey

    October 28, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alcides Escobar sped into second, turned and saw third base coach Mike Jirschele jumping and waving him toward third. And Jirschele kept waving him home.''I said wow! I have a chance to make this,'' Escobar said. ''That's nice. That's a lot of fun right there.''

  • The Latest: Mets-Royals tied 4-4 after 10 of WS opener

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---11:50 p.m.Royals closer Wade Davis was perfect in the ninth, and Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese matched it in the bottom half. New York and Kansas City are tied 4-4 after 10 innings.

  • The Latest: Royals send World Series to extra innings

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---10:35 p.m.The Royals and Mets are headed to extra innings in Game 1 of the World Series.Alex Gordon hit a soaring home run to centerfield with one out in the ninth off Mets closer Jeurys Familia, tying the game 4-all and sending a flag-waving crowd into a tizzy.

  • The Latest: Mets go up 4-3 on Royals' error in Game 1

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---10:08 p.m.Fox explains in a statement why its video feed failed, causing a 7-minute delay during Game 1 of the World Series:

  • The Latest: Royals tie Game 1 at 3-all

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---9:20 p.m.The Royals charged back to knot the game 3-all with two runs in the sixth inning off Mets ace Matt Harvey, who had retired 11 straight batters before Ben Zobrist's leadoff double.

  • The Latest: Mets lead Game 1, delayed when truck loses power

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opened Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---9:20 p.m.The Royals charged back to knot the game 3-all with two runs in the sixth inning off Mets ace Matt Harvey, who had retired 11 straight batters before Ben Zobrist's leadoff double.

  • AP Sources: Volquez loses father before World Series start

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The father of Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez died Tuesday in the Dominican Republic, shortly before his son took the mound to start Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Mets.Two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that 63-year-old Danio Volquez died from heart failure. His son was informed of Volquez's passing on the way to the ballpark, where he was scheduled to make his World Series debut.

  • The Latest: Game 1 delayed when Fox truck loses power

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---8:41 p.m.The World Series opener was delayed for about 7 minutes with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning when Fox's video feed failed, causing both teams to lose access to their replay rooms.

  • The Latest: Royals score 1st on Escobar inside the park HR

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---8:20 p.m.The Royals' Alcides Escobar has led off the World Series with an inside-the-park home run off Mets ace Matt Harvey.

  • AP Source: Volquez loses father before World Series start

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The father of Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez died shortly before his son took the mound to start Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Mets, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.The person, speaking on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because he was not authorized to discuss the matter, said the right-hander was unaware Danio Volquez had passed away in his native Dominican Republic while warming up in the bullpen before the game.

  • Cueto for Royals, deGrom for Mets in Game 2 of World Series

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Johnny Cueto is happy at home, and that's where he'll pitch in the World Series.The excitable right-hander with those signature dreadlocks is scheduled to start for the Kansas City Royals in Game 2 and potentially Game 6 - both at Kauffman Stadium.

  • The Latest: Tarp is off before Game 1 of World Series

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---6:35 p.m.The tarp is off the field at Kauffman Stadium, and the Royals and Mets are starting to warm up for a dreary Game 1 of the World Series.

  • The Latest: Cueto vs deGrom in Game 2; Yost the taxidermist

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---5:20 p.m.Johnny Cueto is scheduled to start Game 2 for Kansas City and potentially Game 6 - both at home.

  • Bowa, Samuel return as Phillies coaches under Mackanin

    October 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Phillies coaches Larry Bowa and Juan Samuel will return for the 2016 season.The 69-year-old Bowa will be the bench coach under manager Pete Mackanin. Bowa has served as bench coach and infield instructor for Philadelphia since the 2014 season after previous stints with the club as third base coach (1988-96) and manager (2001-04).

  • Royals' Mondesi could make big league debut in World Series

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Raul Mondesi played 13 seasons in the big leagues. He suited up for 1,325 games and stepped to the plate 6,639 times, patrolling the outfield for seven different clubs.He never once appeared on a World Series roster.His 20-year-old kid can already hold that over him.

  • The Latest: Collins wins award; Yost recalls taxidermy job

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---4:45 p.m.Terry Collins was selected NL Manager of the Year by Sporting News.The New York Mets' skipper beat out St. Louis' Mike Matheny in voting conducted before the postseason by a panel of 13 National League managers

  • Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion has surgery for sports hernia

    October 27, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion has undergone surgery to repair a sports hernia.Toronto said Tuesday the designated hitter/first baseman is expected to recover in time for spring training.Encarnacion hit .333 with 39 homers and 111 RBIs for the Blue Jays, who lost to Kansas City in the AL Championship Series.

  • Mets' deGrom plans on cutting long hair after season

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jacob deGrom sounded like his decision was a lock: He wants to trim his long hair after the season.Before Tuesday night's World Series opener, the New York Mets pitcher was asked whether his hair was better than the flowing dreadlocks on Kansas City's Johnny Cueto. The two are scheduled to start in Game 2.

  • The Latest: Royals' Yost recalls career in taxidermy

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):4:05 p.m.Before the World Series opener, Royals manager Ned Yost was asked about his time as a taxidermist.

  • The Latest: World Series BP called off because of rain

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---4 p.m.Royals manager Ned Yost is in favor of trying to play through light rain.''MLB keeps saying that they think we're going to be OK,'' he said. ''There will be periods of mist and maybe some light rain. Hopefully not. But I think it's a much better alternative than playing five straight. So we just go out and play our game.''

  • The Latest: World Series weather update: Still raining

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---3:10 p.m.The weather update 4 hours from first pitch at the World Series: Still raining.The white tarp is still covering the infield, blue tarps are still covering the nicely painted World Series logos. Every television set and camera inside Kauffman Stadium is covered in some sort of tarp to protect against a persistent drizzle.

  • In the flow: Kansas City's fountains turn blue for Royals

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The World Series is in town, and Kansas City is getting a dye job. The City of Fountains is turning blue for the Royals.Kansas City has 48 publicly owned fountains. Throughout the metropolitan area, which spans parts of Kansas and Missouri, there are more than 200 in public spaces, according to the city's Parks and Recreation.

  • The Latest: Negro Leagues museum to celebrate anniversary

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---2:25 p.m.George Brett will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Royals and Mets open the World Series, reprising his role from Game 2 of last year's Fall Classic.

  • Schumer, McCaskill make 'high-stakes' World Series wager

    October 27, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer (SHOO'-mur) and Claire McCaskill have made what they're calling a ''high-stakes'' wager on the World Series.Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Tuesday that if the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets in the Series, he has promised McCaskill he will tweet a photo of himself wearing a Royals T-shirt while riding a bicycle through New York City. He also will donate 0 to a Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Kansas City.

  • Rain in KC should be mostly over before World Series game

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The National Weather Service says it appears unlikely that rain in Kansas City will disrupt the first game of the World Series between the Kansas City Royals and New York Mets.Meteorologist Mike July in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, says some drizzle might remain near the start of the evening game, but the system should move away shortly after the game begins.

  • The Latest: Rain could make for wet World Series start

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---1:10 p.m.Rain could be an issue for Game 1 of the World Series between the Royals and Mets.There was a steady drizzle falling at Kauffman Stadium about 6 hours before the scheduled first pitch Tuesday. And there was a 40 percent chance, depending on the forecast, that rain would be around when the Royals' Edinson Volquez is supposed to take the mound.

  • The Latest: Royals' Mondesi has chance to make MLB history

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---11 a.m.It will be 20-year-old Royals infielder Raul Mondesi Jr. rather than Mets shortstop Matt Reynolds who has the chance to make history in the World Series.

  • Mets add Uribe to World Series roster; Mondesi joins Royals

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Reserve infielder Juan Uribe was added to the New York Mets' roster for the World Series after recovering from a chest injury, and 20-year-old infielder Raul Mondesi Jr. joined the Kansas City Royals ahead of Game 1 on Tuesday night.

  • Juan Uribe added to World Series roster by Mets

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Infielder Juan Uribe has been added to the New York Mets' World Series roster after recovering from a chest injury.Uribe, who has not played since Sept. 25, takes the spot of backup shortstop Matt Reynolds, who was on the NL Championship Series roster but has never played in a major league game.

  • Very catchy: Mets, Royals personalize their good-luck gloves

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Royals reliever Ryan Madson was in a real jam.Standing on the mound, he realized he had the wrong glove. He meant to wear a mitt with son Luke's name stitched on the thumb. Instead, this one said ''Sean'' - the boy's younger brother.

  • MLB has no black managers following McClendon's dismissal

    October 27, 2015

    Here's a stat Major League Baseball would like to change: There are no African-American managers in the game.Lloyd McClendon was the only one until the Seattle Mariners fired him this month after just two seasons. Next season could be the first year since 1987 there isn't at least one black manager, according to Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

  • The Wright Stuff: Mets captain treasures World Series debut

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Gary LaRocque thought back to a spring afternoon in 2001 at Hickory High School in Chesapeake, Virginia. A touted 18-year-old came onto the field after his last class to take some batting practice.''Every ball he hit over the fence, he went over there and picked them all up, too,'' said LaRocque, then the New York Mets' director of amateur scouting.

  • AP source: Mattingly interviews for Marlins' managerial job

    October 27, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Don Mattingly might not be on the sideline for long.Mattingly interviewed for the Miami Marlins' managerial job Monday, four days after he parted with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the situation said. The person confirmed the interview to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins declined to comment.

  • Torii Hunter, the heart of the Twins, retires at age 40

    October 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Torii Hunter's Minnesota reunion went about as well as could've been expected - for both sides.That's the way Hunter decided to cap his career, too, as the last of 19 major league seasons.The Twins confirmed Monday night that Hunter will retire. He told the Star Tribune he began the year believing this would be his last in baseball and wanted to focus on his family, with two of his sons playing college football.

  • The Latest: Mets slugger Cespedes set to play in opener

    October 26, 2015

    The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):---5:15 p.m.Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes says he'll be ready to play in Game 1 despite an ailing left shoulder.''I'm feeling very well. I believe that tomorrow I'm going to be at 100 percent,'' Cespedes said Monday.

  • Royals' Perez earning a reputation for being indestructible

    October 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It's a good thing the Royals' Salvador Perez wears all that bulky catching gear.When it fails to protect him from the bumps and bruises caused by all those bad pitches, foul balls and wayward swings, it at least covers up the rest of the black and blue marks.

  • Scott Servais looks to bring winning culture to Mariners

    October 26, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) New Mariners manager Scott Servais has seen how winning teams operate and he believes their culture of success can be replicated in Seattle.Within days of getting the job with the Mariners, he'd already made phone calls to the Seattle Seahawks to learn how they operate. It may seem an unorthodox connection, but Servais believes that mimicking that culture will be a significant part of finding success in Seattle and helping the Mariners end the longest playoff drought in baseball.

  • Anthopoulos unfazed by murky contract status

    October 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos didn't want to talk about signing a new contract while his team was in the midst of its first playoff run since 1993.With Toronto's postseason over and incoming president Mark Shapiro about to take office, Anthopoulos still isn't eager to embrace the subject - at least, not publicly.

  • Mets' hairy situation: Wright jokes long locks look bad

    October 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) David Wright, the Mets' captain, is not a fan of the long locks of pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.''We got some guys that think they have good hair, but I don't really know,'' Wright said playfully Monday.. ''I saw some Halloween costumes with their hair, and it's bad. They look bad. I tell them every day.''

  • The Latest: Royals' Ned Yost recalls days in Batavia

    October 26, 2015

    The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):4:50 p.m.Long before he was Ned Yost, manager of the AL champion Kansas City Royals, he was Edgar Yost, wide-eyed rookie catcher for the Batavia Trojans - now the Muckdogs - in upstate New York.

  • The Latest: Kelly Johnson to DH for Mets in opener

    October 26, 2015

    The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):5:41 p.m.Kelly Johnson will be the Mets' designated hitter in the World Series opener.Acquired from Atlanta on July 24, Johnson hit .250 with five homers and 13 RBIs for New York. He is 1 for 6 in the postseason.

  • The Latest: Granderson has jammed thumb, will play

    October 26, 2015

    The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):4:32 p.m.Outfielder Curtis Granderson has a jammed thumb, but the Mets said he will play in the World Series opener.The Mets posted a photo on their Facebook page Sunday of Granderson with a thumb wrapped as he boarded the team bus ahead of the trip to Kansas City.

  • Chad Curtis says he's broke but has 'truth' in lawsuit

    October 26, 2015

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) Former major league baseball player Chad Curtis has told a judge he's down to and ''nine noodles in my cell'' as he defends himself in a civil lawsuit against young women who accuse him of sexual misconduct at a high school.

  • Fearsome Foursome: Mets' young aces take on Royals in Series

    October 27, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Anyone arriving a little early to a New York Mets game this season has probably witnessed ''The Walk.''Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom or another emerging ace striding in from the bullpen following pregame warmups, with pitching coach Dan Warthen right alongside - and the rest of that fearless rotation trailing just behind.

  • Stopping new Mr. October: Royals face 'comfortable' Murphy

    October 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Daniel Murphy took a meaty cut, then motioned to the batting practice pitcher to throw one a bit outside.''Please,'' the New York Mets bopper added, politely.Murphy promptly lined the next toss Monday into the right-field corner at Kauffman Stadium.

  • MLB owners to discuss fan safety when they meet next month

    October 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Following several incidents of fans being injured by foul balls this year, Major League Baseball owners will discuss fan safety when they meet in Dallas on Nov. 18-19.MLB is considering whether to expand the use of protective netting, which is in place behind home plate.

  • Manfred says MLB must improve minority hiring

    October 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Minority managers have all but disappeared from Major League Baseball's dugouts, which next year could have no black skippers for the first time in nearly three decades.''We have had a year where our numbers are down in terms of the diversity that we have in some of our key positions,'' Rob Manfred said Monday, a day ahead of the start of the first World Series since he became baseball commissioner. ''I think it's incumbent upon us to come up with additional programs and ways to make sure that our numbers look better over the long haul.''

  • The Latest: Chiefs coach Andy Reid rooting for Royals

    October 26, 2015

    The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):2:35 p.m.Several members of the Royals were guests of the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, watching their cross-the-parking lot neighbors beat the Pittsburgh Steelers to snap a five-game skid.

  • Volquez to start World Series opener for Royals

    October 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals will send Edinson Volquez to the mound in Game 1 of the World Series, choosing their most consistent starter to lead things off against the New York Mets. The more volatile Johnny Cueto will go in Game 2.Royals manager Ned Yost announced his rotation Monday, the day the Series gets started at Kauffman Stadium. Yordano Ventura will get the ball when the teams head to Citi Field in New York for Game 3 on Friday, with veteran Chris Young offering a change of pace in Game 4.

  • The Latest: Volquez to start World Series opener for Royals

    October 26, 2015

    The latest on the World Series, which opens Tuesday night with the Kansas City Royals hosting the New York Mets (all times local):1:30 p.m.Edinson Volquez will start the World Series opener for Kansas City, followed by Johnny Cueto in Game 2.Royals players said Monday that Yordano Ventura will start Game 3 at Citi Field on Friday, followed by Chris Young in Game 4.

  • Cederstrom serves as umpire crew chief at World Series

    October 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Gary Cederstrom will be the umpire crew chief at the World Series.Major League Baseball announced the seven-man crew Monday. The New York Mets and Kansas City Royals play Game 1 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.Bill Welke will call balls and strikes in the opener. Welke, Mark Carlson and Jim Wolf drew their first World Series assignments. The crew includes Mike Winters, Mike Everitt and Alfonso Marquez.

  • Phillies hire Matt Klentak to be general manager

    October 26, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Matt Klentak got his first directive from his new boss with everyone watching.''All of us want, Matt, want to feel that stadium sway again,'' Phillies owner John Middleton said after the team hired Klentak to be their general manager and vice president on Monday.

  • Andy Grammer to sing national anthem at World Series Game 1

    October 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer will perform the national anthem at Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.Major League Baseball announced Monday that the ''Honey, I'm Good'' singer will perform before the New York Mets take on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • World Series: How the Mets and Royals match up

    October 26, 2015

    A position-by-position look at the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals going into the World Series, starting Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium:---First Base:Mets: Lucas Duda. A streaky slugger with a good eye when he's going well, the quiet Duda was given an everyday job early last season over Ike Davis in a wise evaluation by the Mets. Duda has delivered on that promise of big power, with 57 homers and 165 RBIs over the past two years. He's worked hard to become a better-than-you-think fielder, and he busted out of a bad slump with a homer, two doubles and five RBIs in the NL Championship Series clincher at Wrigley Field.

  • Who gets a World Series ring? Sometimes, you'd be surprised

    October 26, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Dan Uggla was long gone by the time the Giants won the World Series last fall. He'd played four games for San Francisco in late July, going 0 for 11 with six strikeouts, and made two errors at second base.That earned him a World Series ring.

  • Governors of New York, Missouri place wager on World Series

    October 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The governors of the two states whose teams will face off in the World Series are continuing a yearslong tradition by placing a friendly wager on the outcome.The New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals meet in the best-of-seven series beginning Tuesday.

  • Tears, Trades and The Captain: Mets' wild ride to Series

    October 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Whether it was Wilmer Flores wiping away tears at shortstop or David Wright hitting a home run in his return from the disabled list, the New York Mets' storybook ride to the World Series this season has been marked by several seminal moments.

  • Same bunch of Royals heading to World Series? Think again

    October 26, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Luke Hochevar was a member of the Kansas City Royals who advanced to the World Series a year ago. He was in the dugout for every playoff game, took part in all the champagne celebrations, got an American League championship ring after the season.

  • Mets-Royals: A capsule look at the World Series

    October 25, 2015

    A look at the best-of-seven World Series between the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals:---Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Tuesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 2, Wednesday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 3, Friday, at New York (8:07 p.m.); Game 4, Saturday, at New York (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 5, Sunday, Nov. 1, at New York (8:15 p.m.); x-Game 6, Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); x-Game 7, Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.). (All games on Fox).

  • Blue Jays could boast prolific offense again in 2016

    October 24, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Bad news, pitchers of major league baseball. While the 2015 Blue Jays are done for the year, the painful poundings their batters handed out this season might not be. If Toronto chooses, it can bring back all nine everyday players from the lineup that finished as the runaway leader in runs scored.

  • AP Sources: Phillies will hire Matt Klentak to be GM

    October 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Matt Klentak completes the Philadelphia Phillies' leadership makeover.Two people familiar with the decision said the Phillies will hire Klentak to be their general manager. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the team hasn't announced the move.

  • AP Sources: Phillies will hire Matt Klentak to be general manager

    October 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) AP Sources: Phillies will hire Matt Klentak to be general manager.

  • Collins making all the right moves for Mets in postseason

    October 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) As the New York Mets soaked themselves with champagne in a cramped Wrigley Field clubhouse, manager Terry Collins stood nearby in a quiet spot, arm around his wife, Deborah, another gleaming smile on his face.After a lifetime spent in baseball working all sorts of jobs in all kinds of towns, he was finally headed to the World Series.

  • Mets set World Series rotation: Harvey, deGrom, Syndergaard

    October 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Looking for a fast start in the World Series, the hard-throwing New York Mets will hand the ball to Matt Harvey.They hope to have a healthy Yoenis Cespedes against the Royals, too.With their opponent now in place, Mets manager Terry Collins announced his rotation Saturday when the team worked out at Citi Field. Harvey was picked to pitch the opener at Kansas City on Tuesday night, followed by Jacob deGrom in Game 2.

  • Royals' run of success traced to 2010 trade with Brewers

    October 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The groundwork for back-to-back World Series runs by the Kansas City Royals began on a cold December day in 2010 when they traded perhaps the game's best pitcher.Back then, the Royals were devoid of talent, going nowhere and doing it slowly. So general manager Dayton Moore packed off Zack Greinke to Milwaukee, swapping the Cy Young candidate for a quartet of prospects he hoped would help lead a renaissance in Kansas City.

  • LEADING OFF: Royals, Mets set for World Series matchup

    October 24, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---WORLD SERIES WAITThird base coach Mike Jirschele's bold green light led Lorenzo Cain and Kansas City back to the World Series on Friday night, but now the Royals and Mets have to wait until Tuesday for Game 1. That game will be at 8:07 p.m. EDT in Kansas City. At the very least, the matchup sets up an intriguing start to 2016 - the Mets open next season with a series at Kauffman Stadium.

  • Royals' Escobar wins ALCS MVP after clutch series

    October 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alcides Escobar caused the Toronto Blue Jays all kinds of trouble from the very first pitch.In just about every game of the AL Championship Series.The leadoff hitter and defensive dynamo was voted MVP of the ALCS on Friday night following a 4-3 victory in Game 6 that put Kansas City in its second straight World Series.

  • The Latest: Royals win Game 6, return to World Series

    October 24, 2015

    The latest on the AL Championship Series. The Blue Jays won Game 5 to force the series back to Kansas City, where the Royals won 4-3 to return to the World Series for the second straight year. They will face the National League champion New York Mets in Game 1 on Tuesday in Kansas City. (all times local):

  • BBQ or bagels? A tasty World Series set, Royals meet Mets

    October 24, 2015

    Yoenis Cespedes launching long drives, Lorenzo Cain dashing to catch them. Noah Syndergaard zinging 100 mph heat, Alcides Escobar trying to catch up.The pitching-rich New York Mets, boosted by Daniel Murphy's power surge. The plucky Kansas City Royals, constantly pressuring opponents and aiming to atone for last year's near-miss.

  • Kansas City Royals advance to World Series, beating Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in Game 6 of ALCS

    October 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Royals advance to World Series, beating Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 in Game 6 of ALCS.

  • The Latest: Game 6 of ALCS resumes after rain delay

    October 23, 2015

    The latest on the AL Championship Series. The Blue Jays won Game 5 to force the series back to Kansas City, where the Royals still lead 3-2. The Mets await the winner in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs. Game 6 of the AL Championship Series is underway. Here's a look at what's happening (all times local):

  • The Latest: Rain delay hits tied up Game 6 of ALCS

    October 23, 2015

    The latest on the AL Championship Series. The Blue Jays won Game 5 to force the series back to Kansas City, where the Royals still lead 3-2. The Mets await the winner in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs. Game 6 of the AL Championship Series is underway. Here's a look at what's happening (all times local):

  • Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre has left thumb surgery

    October 23, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is expected to be fully ready for spring training after surgery on his left thumb.The Rangers announced late Friday night that Beltre had scar tissue removed as part of a cleanup in the thumb on Thursday.

  • The Latest: Royals go to 'pen leading Jays 2-1 in ALCS

    October 23, 2015

    The latest on the AL Championship Series. The Blue Jays won Game 5 to force the series back to Kansas City, where the Royals still lead 3-2. The Mets await the winner in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs. Game 6 of the AL Championship Series is underway. Here's a look at what's happening (all times local):

  • The Latest: Bautista gets Jays within 2-1 of Royals in ALCS

    October 23, 2015

    The latest on the AL Championship Series. The Blue Jays won Game 5 to force the series back to Kansas City, where the Royals still lead 3-2. The Mets await the winner in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs. Game 6 of the AL Championship Series is underway. Here's a look at what's happening (all times local):

  • LEADING OFF: Cespedes gets shot, Mets hang with Kimmel

    October 23, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Saturday:---ONE MORE?The Blue Jays tried to hold off elimination for a second straight game on Friday night in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Royals. A win there would force a decisive Game 7, which would be played at 8:07 p.m. EDT and pit Toronto's Marcus Stroman against Kansas City's Johnny Cueto.

  • The Latest: Royals homer twice for 2-0 lead over Blue Jays

    October 23, 2015

    The latest on the AL Championship Series. The Blue Jays won Game 5 to force the series back to Kansas City, where the Royals still lead 3-2. The Mets await the winner in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs. Game 6 of the ALCS is underway. Here's a look at what's happening (all times local):

  • The Latest: Rain could be factor in ALCS Game 6

    October 23, 2015

    The latest on the AL Championship Series. The Blue Jays won Game 5 to force the series back to Kansas City, where the Royals still lead 3-2. The Mets await the winner in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs. Game 6 of the ALCS is underway. Here's a look at what's happening (all times local):

  • The Latest: Blue Jays try to hold off elimination again

    October 23, 2015

    The latest on the AL Championship Series. The Blue Jays won Game 5 to force the series back to Kansas City, where the Royals still lead 3-2. The Mets await the winner in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs. Game 6 of the ALCS is scheduled to start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Waiting game: Mets welcome time off before World Series

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The way the New York Mets were playing, the last thing they needed was five days off.No choice, though. That's exactly what they got.After completing a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series on Wednesday night, Daniel Murphy and the Mets must wait until next Tuesday to start the World Series. And recent history suggests such a long layoff in October can really be detrimental.

  • Murphy, Escobar become the latest surprise stars in October

    October 23, 2015

    Daniel Murphy sent yet another shot soaring over the wall and thrust his right arm in the air - he was in the record book, his Mets were headed to the World Series.Alcides Escobar made his mark with a single, double, triple and bunt. That made him the first player to lead off four straight games in a postseason series with a hit, putting the Royals ahead in the ALCS.

  • The Latest: Mets in World Series, Royals try to join them

    October 23, 2015

    The latest on the AL Championship Series. The Blue Jays won Game 5 to force the series back to Kansas City, where the Royals still lead 3-2. The Mets await the winner in the World Series after sweeping the Cubs. Game 6 of the ALCS is scheduled to start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • 2 more plaintiffs added to safety netting suit vs MLB

    October 23, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Lawyers for an Oakland Athletics season ticket-holder who sued Major League Baseball in July asking teams to extend protective netting at ballparks have filed an amended complaint detailing more alleged injuries and adding two more plaintiffs.

  • Mariners hire Scott Servais as manager; has never managed

    October 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners hired former big league catcher Scott Servais as their manager Friday, giving the job to someone with ties to the new front office but no experience running a team.The 48-year-old Servais replaces Lloyd McClendon, who was fired earlier this month after Seattle went 76-86. Servais will be formally introduced by the team next week.

  • Mets outfielder Cespedes has cortisone injection in shoulder

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has received a cortisone injection in his sore left shoulder, and the team expects him to be ready for the World Series next week.Cespedes left Wednesday night's NL Championship Series finale at Chicago in the second inning. The slugger had the injection on Thursday and was told not to participate in baseball activities for 24 hours, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said. Cespedes did not attend Friday's voluntary workout at Citi Field.

  • Seattle Mariners hire Scott Servais as manager

    October 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have hired former major league catcher Scott Servais as their manager.New Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto made the announcement Friday. Servais replaces Lloyd McClendon, who was let go earlier this month.The 48-year-old doesn't have any managerial experience. He worked the past five seasons as an assistant general manager for the Los Angeles Angels, alongside Dipoto for most of that time. Dipoto resigned as the Angels' GM on July 1.

  • Steelers QB Roethlisberger upgraded to questionable

    October 23, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers left open the possibility quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could return to action after a three-game absence Sunday for their game at Kansas City.Roethlisberger was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report after being a limited participant in practice for a third straight day. He has been out since straining the medial collateral ligament in his left knee Sept. 27 in a win at St. Louis.

  • Farrell thanks well-wishers, even Yankees fans

    October 23, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Ten weeks after being diagnosed with cancer, Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was given a clean bill of health by doctors and cleared to resume regular activities to the extent his body will allow.''The news ... is a huge relief to me,'' Farrell said in a conference call with reporters on Friday, one day after the Red Sox announced that his cancer was in remission. ''It beat me up a little bit physically, but right now I'm feeling pretty darn good.''

  • Thursday Sports In Brief

    October 23, 2015

    BASEBALLLOS ANGELES (AP) Don Mattingly won't return as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers next year after agreeing with his bosses that he and the team needed a fresh start.Before they came to that decision, the parties discussed extending Mattingly's contract beyond next year, its final season.

  • LEADING OFF: Royals host Blue Jays in Game 6 of ALCS

    October 23, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---BACKS AGAINST THE WALLAfter winning a 7-1 rout in Game 5, the Blue Jays will try to survive another win-or-else contest against the Royals in Game 6 at Kansas City. Toronto also rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Texas in the best-of-five AL Division Series and have won four straight this postseason while facing elimination. ''You look at all the elimination games, our offense has really come to life,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday. ''We've said all along that's the key to our team, scoring runs. You hate to make a habit of it, but maybe we can pull it off again.''

  • Athletics pitcher Drew Pomeranz has shoulder surgery

    October 22, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics left-hander Drew Pomeranz has undergone surgery on his pitching shoulder.The team said Thursday that the procedure took place Wednesday in Dallas, performed by Dr. Keith Meister. Pomeranz is scheduled to begin physical therapy as soon as possible with the plan that he will be ready for spring training come February.

  • Epstein, Cubs start to look ahead after 'magical' year

    October 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) A day later, Theo Epstein was ready to start again.Next season can't come soon enough for the Cubs executive after Chicago wrapped up a year he described Thursday as ''magical.''Yes, it was quite a ride.The Cubs put five consecutive losing seasons behind them and emerged as one of the best teams in baseball, led by young players and veterans and a manager in Joe Maddon who pulled all the right strings in getting the franchise back in the postseason.

  • Red Sox say manager John Farrell's cancer is in remission

    October 22, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox say manager John Farrell's cancer is in remission.Boston said Farrell had his post-treatment testing and learned on Thursday that his non-Hodgkins lymphoma was in remission.Farrell says he's thankful for the support he's received. Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski says the team looks forward to having him back.

  • Blue Jays try to force deciding Game 7 vs Royals in ALCS

    October 22, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals have established a reputation for dramatic postseason comebacks the past couple of years, beginning with last season's wild-card victory over Oakland.Turns out, the Toronto Blue Jays have some never-say-quit spirit as well.

  • NLCS has its largest television audience since 2010

    October 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NL Championship Series had its largest television audience since 2010 despite lasting just four games.The New York Mets' sweep of the Chicago Cubs in a matchup of big-market teams averaged 7.9 million viewers on TBS. The network said Thursday that was the most since the six-game Giants-Phillies series five years ago on Fox.

  • Mets soar into stratosphere on Daniel Murphy's unearthly bat

    October 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) In the 1960s, the idea of the Mets winning a World Series was as farfetched as man walking on the moon. Just 88 days after Neil Armstrong took his giant leap, the Amazin's were champions.Now Tyler Clippard is convinced an extraterrestrial has led the Mets back to the Fall Classic.

  • Dodgers and Mattingly part ways in mutual agreement

    October 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Mattingly and the Los Angeles Dodgers stuck to their scripts Thursday, insisting they agreed to a mutual parting of the ways while never revealing the exact reason he won't return as manager.Like a publicist announcing the demise of a Hollywood marriage, the parties insisted the split was amicable. Mattingly even suggested he ''will be friends like forever'' with his former bosses.

  • Reds shuffle coaching staff, Riggins becomes pitching coach

    October 22, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Mark Riggins will become the Cincinnati Reds pitching coach in a shuffling of manager Bryan Price's staff.The Reds made the announcement Thursday. Riggins, a former pitching coach with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, will move up after four years as their minor league pitching coordinator. Trades and injury left the Reds with an all-rookie starting rotation for the last 64 games of their last-place 2015 season.

  • PHOTO GALLERY: Daniel Murphy's 7 postseason home runs

    October 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Daniel Murphy, who had 14 home runs during the regular season, has seven during the postseason to help the New York Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000. His total is one shy of the postseason record shared by Barry Bonds (2002), Carlos Beltran (2004) and Nelson Cruz (2011), and Murphy has set a major league record by homering in six consecutive postseason games.

  • Defensive positioning can play big role in MLB playoffs

    October 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) One or two steps off, and maybe Mets third baseman David Wright is too far away to grab Starlin Castro's bases-loaded smash in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.When Kyle Schwarber hit a liner up the middle for the Chicago Cubs in Game 1, shortstop Wilmer Flores was right there for New York.

  • AP source: Don Mattingly out as LA Dodgers manager

    October 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Don Mattingly is out as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.Mattingly and the team mutually have agreed to part ways, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced Mattingly's departure. Front office officials were expected to speak at a news conference later in the day.

  • Person familiar with decision to AP: Don Mattingly out as Dodgers manager

    October 22, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Person familiar with decision to AP: Don Mattingly out as Dodgers manager.

  • Fox torn over Cubs prediction in 'Back to the Future II'

    October 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) While some of the predictions made in ''Back to the Future Part II'' eventually came true, like Skype and fingerprint scanners, one of them did not: The Chicago Cubs winning the World Series.At a special screening for the film Wednesday, star Michael J. Fox admitted on the red carpet that he was a little torn over that one.

  • As MLB postseason lengthens, outfielders outfitted as skiers

    October 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Joe Maddon walked to the mound in a ski cap. Yoenis Cespedes wore a balaclava. As baseball's postseason keeps getting longer, the Boys of Summer are starting to resemble skiers on a Steamboat Springs lift line.''This weather is not for me,'' Cubs infielder Javier Baez said. ''I'm from Puerto Rico, and you know how the weather is in the island - it's hot all year long.''

  • Column: Still loveable, Cubs won't be losers for much longer

    October 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Most years, a night this warm this late in October would feel like a gift. This year, because of a young Cubs team that fought off hibernation until the next-to-last possible moment, it turned out to be more of a mixed blessing.The closest thing to a hometown celebration Wednesday night lasted all of a half-minute. It came while the Mets were still celebrating themselves, spilling out of the visiting dugout nearly a half-hour after completing a four-game sweep in the NLCS with an 8-3 win.

  • More pitchers involved in gambling scandal in Japan baseball

    October 22, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) A gambling scandal has hit Japanese professional baseball at the worst possible time.Just days before Japan's version of the World Series begins and as baseball is vying to get back in the Olympics, the sport has been hit by an ugly incident involving the most popular team.

  • LEADING OFF: Mets advance, ALCS travels to Kansas City

    October 22, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---DAY OF RESTWith the Mets clinching a World Series berth behind an NL Championship Series sweep of the Cubs Wednesday night, the postseason schedule gets an all-around off day while the AL Championship Series participants travel. Kansas City will host Toronto in Game 6 on Friday after the Blue Jays won 7-1 on Wednesday to stave off elimination.

  • Chicago Cubs' breakout season ends with sweep in NLCS

    October 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The pain and disappointment struck Kyle Schwarber as hard as any of his monstrous home runs in these playoffs. And yet, he could not help but see the long-term benefits.There sure were plenty for the Chicago Cubs this season.They were so hot down the stretch they had their long-suffering fans thinking this just might be their year.

  • Mets' Murphy powers his way to NLCS MVP

    October 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) This postseason has its own take on Murphy's law: If something can go right for Daniel Murphy, it will.Often, right over the outfield fence.Murphy won NL Championship Series MVP on Wednesday night after homering for a postseason-record sixth straight game, leading the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 8-3 to complete a four-game sweep.

  • The Latest: Mets sweep Cubs, advance to World Series

    October 22, 2015

    The latest from the League Championship Series (all times EDT):12:32 a.m.No doubt there are plenty of happy Mets fans in New York. There were plenty at Wrigley Field, too, more than an hour after their team wrapped up a trip to the World Series.A few hundred fans cheered behind the visitors' dugout long after the Mets swept Chicago in the NLCS to head back to the World Series for the first time since 2000.

  • New York Mets advance to World Series, beating Chicago Cubs 8-3 to sweep NLCS

    October 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) New York Mets advance to World Series, beating Chicago Cubs 8-3 to sweep NLCS.

  • Murphy homers in 6th straight game for postseason record

    October 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Daniel Murphy slammed his way into baseball's postseason record book with a two-run shot in the eighth inning Wednesday night against the Cubs - the sixth straight game the Mets second baseman has gone deep.Murphy's shot off Cubs reliever Fernando Rodney put the Mets ahead 8-1. Cubs rookie Kris Bryant got both of them back with a homer of his own in the bottom of the inning.

  • The Latest: Murphy sets postseason record with another homer

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Royals 7-1, sending the ALCS back to Kansas City for Game 6. The Mets can wrap up the NL's spot in the World Series with a win over the Cubs in Game 4, which started at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Cubs score, Mets Cespedes out with sore shoulder

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Royals 7-1, sending the ALCS back to Kansas City for Game 6. The Mets can wrap up the NL's spot in the World Series with a win over the Cubs in Game 4, which started at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • LEADING OFF: Cespedes exits, ALCS travels to Kansas City

    October 21, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Thursday:---SCHEDULE OF EVENTSIn the NL Championship Series, the Cubs needed to win Game 4 against the Mets on Wednesday night to force a Game 5 at Wrigley Field - that game would be at 8:07 p.m. EDT. Meanwhile, the AL Championship Series travels back to Kansas City for Friday's Game 6 after Toronto staved off elimination with a 7-1 win on Wednesday.

  • Mets CF Cespedes leaves NLCS with left shoulder soreness

    October 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes left Game 4 of the NL Championship Series on Wednesday night with soreness in his left shoulder, and said he expects to be ready for the World Series.Cespedes played golf in the morning at a local country club and said the round had no impact on his trouble.

  • The Latest: Mets CF Cespedes leaves with sore shoulder

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Royals 7-1, sending the ALCS back to Kansas City for Game 6. The Mets can wrap up the NL's spot in the World Series with a win over the Cubs in Game 4, which started at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Mets jump to 4-0 lead over Cubs

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Royals 7-1, sending the ALCS back to Kansas City for Game 6. The Mets can wrap up the NL's spot in the World Series with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that started at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Cubs start Ross at catcher; ALCS goes back to KC

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Royals 7-1, sending the ALCS back to Kansas City for Game 6. The Mets can wrap up the NL's spot in the World Series with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Blue Jays win 7-1, send ALCS back to Kansas City

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Royals 7-1, sending the ALCS back to Kansas City for Game 6. The Mets can wrap up the NL's spot in the World Series with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Rangers assign 4 players to Triple-A, lose Bonilla on waiver

    October 21, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have assigned four players outright to Triple-A Round Rock as they start to clear space on their 40-man roster for the offseason reinstatement of Yu Darvish and others from the 60-day disabled list.Infielder Kyle Blanks, catcher Carlos Corporan and outfielders Antoan Richardson and Ryan Strausborger were assigned Wednesday to Round Rock. The Rangers also lost right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla on a waiver claim to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • The Latest: Estrada leaves in 8th with Blue Jays up 6-1

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals can earn a return trip to the World Series with a win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, first pitch 4:07 p.m. The Mets also could wrap up the NL's spot in the Fall Classic with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Tulowitzki's 3-run 2B gives Blue Jays 5-0 lead

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals can earn a return trip to the World Series with a win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, first pitch 4:07 p.m. The Mets also could wrap up the NL's spot in the Fall Classic with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Jones goes from third-string QB to probable starter

    October 21, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Landry Jones is having a hard time digesting it all.Jones spent two-plus seasons wearing sweatpants or holding a clipboard on game days as the Pittsburgh Steelers' third-string quarterback. Now Jones will likely find himself as a starter for the first time in his three-year career Sunday at Kansas City after a stunning performance in relief of Michael Vick last week in a 25-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

  • The Latest: Estrada-Volquez in tight duel; Jays lead Game 5

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals can earn a return trip to the World Series with a win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, first pitch 4:07 p.m. The Mets also could wrap up the NL's spot in the Fall Classic with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Dodgers claim Bonilla from Rangers, put him on 60-day DL

    October 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers claimed pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla from the Texas Rangers and placed him on the 60-day disabled list while he recovers from Tommy John surgery.The 25-year-old right-hander had the procedure in April, causing him to miss the entire season. Bonilla made his big-league debut in 2014, going 3-0 with a 3.05 ERA in five games with the Rangers.

  • Seattle hires Andy McKay as new farm director

    October 21, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have hired Andy McKay as their new director of player development overseeing the club's farm system.New Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto officially announced the hiring on Wednesday. McKay had served as the peak performance coordinator for the Colorado Rockies' minor league system since September 2012.

  • The Latest: Escobar has Royals' 1st hit, erased on DP

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals can earn a return trip to the World Series with a win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, first pitch 4:07 p.m. The Mets also could wrap up the NL's spot in the Fall Classic with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Estrada perfect thru 3; Colabello give Jays lead

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals can earn a return trip to the World Series with a win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, first pitch 4:07 p.m. The Mets also could wrap up the NL's spot in the Fall Classic with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Colabello give Jays lead in 2nd

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals can earn a return trip to the World Series with a win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, first pitch 4:07 p.m. The Mets also could wrap up the NL's spot in the Fall Classic with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Wrigley rooftops: Survivors or endangered species?

    October 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Beyond Wrigley Field's ivy-covered wall, atop a rooftop deck across Waveland Avenue, Amy Waldron could see the tiny ball jump off the toothpick-size bat of a miniature Kyle Schwarber more than 450 feet away.As the ball rose, it suddenly disappeared behind the massive Jumbotron that stood between her seat and the field, meaning that Waldron and everyone around her didn't know there had been a home run until the Wrigley Field crowd erupted and Schwarber slowed to a trot.

  • The Latest: Royals looking to go back to the World Series

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals can earn a return trip to the World Series with a win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, first pitch 4:07 p.m. The Mets also could wrap up the NL's spot in the Fall Classic with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Dodgers' Grandal, Turner having arthroscopic surgeries

    October 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Catcher Yasmani Grandal and infielder Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers are having arthroscopic surgeries to repair injuries that bothered them during the season.Grandal had surgery Wednesday on his left shoulder AC joint, a problem that affected his hitting in the second half. Turner is set to undergo a procedure on his left knee Thursday to clean up loose bodies. Team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache is performing both surgeries in Los Angeles.

  • The Latest: Martin sits for Estrada start in ALCS Game 5

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals can earn a return trip to the World Series with a win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, first pitch 4:07 p.m. The Mets also could wrap up the NL's spot in the Fall Classic with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Only players not on 40-man rosters at Premier 12 tournament

    October 21, 2015

    DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Only players not on 40-man major league rosters will be on the U.S. team for the first Premier 12 baseball tournament, to be played in Taiwan from Nov. 9-21.USA Baseball announced its 27-man roster Wednesday, and it includes New York Mets infielder Gavin Cecchini and Milwaukee outfielder Brett Phillips. Major League Baseball said players may participate only with the permission of their clubs.

  • The Latest: Banged-up Perez a-OK for ALCS Game 5

    October 21, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals can earn a return trip to the World Series with a win over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS, first pitch 4:07 p.m. The Mets also could wrap up the NL's spot in the Fall Classic with a win over the Cubs in Game 4 that's scheduled to start at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Playoffs return to Wrigley Field, no sign of Steve Bartman

    October 21, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Steve Bartman is the most infamous Chicago Cubs fan the city has ever known, blamed by many for destroying dreams the same way Mrs. O'Leary's cow is blamed for destroying the city more than a century earlier.Twelve years after that October night when Bartman deflected a foul ball that appeared destined to land in left fielder Moises Alou's glove and help land the Cubs in the World Series for the first time since 1945, 78-year-old fan Phil Grinstead feels only sadness for perhaps the most vilified fan in baseball history.

  • Jessica Mendoza enjoys analyzing for ESPN, next World Series

    October 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jessica Mendoza was a teenager and wondering whether it was cool to play sports when she heard an Olympic softball player speak about her love of the game.Now she's heading to the World Series to give updates for ''Baseball Tonight'' on ESPN, shortly after becoming the first female analyst to call a nationally televised MLB postseason game.

  • LEADING OFF: Mets, Royals try to seal spots in World Series

    October 21, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Wednesday:---SERIES, SERIOUSLY?The New York Mets and Kansas City Royals can clinch spots in the World Series. The Mets try to sweep the Cubs in the NL Championship Series at Wrigley Field (8:07 p.m. EDT). The Royals aim to close out the ALCS in Game 5 at Toronto (4:07 p.m. EDT).

  • The Latest: Mets, Royals 1 game away from World Series

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals routed Toronto 14-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):11:30 p.m.

  • The Latest: Ivy helps Cubs in Game 3 of NLCS

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals routed Toronto 14-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):10:10 p.m.

  • Mets 2B Murphy homers in 5th straight postseason game

    October 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy has homered for the fifth consecutive postseason game, matching the major league record.Murphy drove a 2-1 pitch from Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks into the bleachers in right-center with two outs in the third inning of Game 3 of the NL Championship Series on Tuesday night. Murphy's tiebreaking solo shot was his sixth homer this postseason, breaking Mike Piazza's franchise career record.

  • The Latest: Schwarber homers again ; Royals roll Blue Jays

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals routed Toronto 14-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):9:42 p.m.

  • The Latest: Game 3 of NLCS starts; Royals roll Blue Jays

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals routed Toronto 14-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):8:11 p.m.

  • The Latest: Royals roll Blue Jays 14-2, take 3-1 ALCS lead

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals routed Toronto 14-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the ALCS. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):7:49 p.m.

  • The Latest: Royals take 12-2 lead over Blue Jays in Game 4

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are set for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto, first pitch is 4:07 p.m. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Minor leaguers suing MLB granted conditional class status

    October 20, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A federal judge in California has granted conditional class certification to minor league baseball players who are suing Major League Baseball teams for failing to pay them minimum wage.The suit was filed in February 2014 claiming that players are required to work long hours during the season and perform other duties required by their MLB bosses in the offseason without adequate compensation.

  • 'Mini Bautista' a big hit with Blue Jays fans

    October 20, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The guy everyone wanted to talk to outside the Blue Jays dugout before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series wasn't a coach or player, but a 9-year-old boy wearing a fake beard.His name is Oscar Wood, and he has become known as Mini Bautista because of the painted black beard he wears in tribute to his favorite player, Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista.

  • The Latest: Collins says Mets' Harvey feeling better

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are set for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto, first pitch is 4:07 p.m. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Royals' Young lifted with 2 outs in 5th

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are set for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto, first pitch is 4:07 p.m. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Donaldson hit gets Jays on board in 3rd

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are set for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto, first pitch is 4:07 p.m. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Rockies bring back coaching staff for 2016 season

    October 20, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Rockies will bring back their coaching staff for the 2016 season after a year in which they finished last in the NL West.Two weeks after manager Walt Weiss said he was returning to the bench, the team announced Tuesday there will be no major changes to his staff. Those coming back include bench coach Tom Runnells, hitting coach Blake Doyle, pitching coach Steve Foster, third base coach Stu Cole, first base coach Eric Young, defensive positioning coach Rene Lachemann and bullpen coach Darren Holmes.

  • The Latest: Dickey done in 2nd; Jays lose replay challenge

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are set for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto, first pitch is 4:07 p.m. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Dickey done in 2nd; Royals lose replay challenge

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are set for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto, first pitch is 4:07 p.m. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Royals' Cueto accuses Blue Jays of stealing signs in Game 3

    October 20, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Kansas Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez says teammate Johnny Cueto believes the Toronto Blue Jays were stealing signs in their Game 3 victory Monday night in the American League Championship Series.Volquez, Kansas City's Game 5 starter, said Cueto thought the Blue Jays were having signs relayed to them from center field during an 11-8 win. Cueto was chased with no outs in the third inning, having allowed eight runs and six hits.

  • The Latest: Royals lose replay challenge in 1st inning

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are set for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto, first pitch is 4:07 p.m. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Roof closed for Game 4 of ALCS Toronto

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are set for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto, first pitch is 4:07 p.m. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Yankees' Tanaka has elbow surgery to remove bone spur

    October 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has undergone arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.The team said Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek operated on Tanaka at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday and that typical recovery time includes six weeks of exercise and strengthening, followed by a throwing program.

  • The Latest: Blue Jays relievers OK, ready for Game 4 of ALCS

    October 20, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are set for Game 4 of the ALCS in Toronto, first pitch is 4:07 p.m. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago with a scheduled start of 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Spotlight on Wrigley Field as NLCS arrives in Chicago

    October 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Will Byington sat at the counter in the Starbucks across Addison Street from Wrigley Field editing pictures on a laptop.A freelance photographer, his work lines the walls. One of his favorite subjects? The 101-year-old ballpark, of course.

  • Ryno, Sarge and Doctor K: A look back at Mets-Cubs in '84

    October 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Way before wild cards and ''Moneyball,'' before instant replay and interleague games, before the Chicago Cubs had endured seven painful decades without a single stinkin' pennant, the dubious drought was more akin to a mid-life crisis: 39 years old.

  • With Cubs advancing, spotlight shines on Wrigley

    October 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Will Byington sat at the counter in the Starbucks across Addison Street from Wrigley Field editing pictures on a laptop.A freelance photographer, his work lines the walls. One of his favorite subjects? Of course, it's the ballpark.''I joke that this Starbucks is my local art gallery,'' Byington said.

  • LEADING OFF: Mets-Cubs at Wrigley in NLCS; KC-Jays in ALCS

    October 20, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Tuesday:---WRIGGLING LOOSEThe Cubs try to close their 0-2 deficit in the best-of-seven NL Championship Series when they play the Mets at 8:07 p.m. EDT at Wrigley Field. Jacob deGrom pitches Game 3 for New York after winning both of his starts in the Division Series vs. the Dodgers. Kyle Hendricks goes for Chicago - he gave up three home runs in 4 2-3 innings of his playoff start against St. Louis.

  • The Latest: Tulo ejected, Jays hit 3 HRs and build big lead

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are playing Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto on Monday night. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Blue Jays hit 3 homers, build big lead vs Royals

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are playing Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):---10:18 p.m.Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and Ryan Goins connected as the Blue Jays matched a postseason team record with three home runs while building a 10-4 lead against the Royals.

  • The Latest: Cueto out with none out in 3rd inning of Game 3

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are playing Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):---9:24 p.m.That's all for Royals starter Johnny Cueto, with no outs in the third inning. After an easy first, Cueto allowed 11 of his next 13 batters to reach, while Toronto fans serenaded him with the sing-song chants of ''Cueto-Ceuto'' throughout his outing. He smiled as he walked off the mound, hurling his gum as he neared the dugout.

  • The Latest: Cain extends streak after Blue Jays take lead

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays are playing Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):---9:08 p.m.Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain singled in the second inning to extend his postseason hitting streak to 12 games, snapping Amos Otis' franchise mark. Manny Ramirez holds the major league record with 17.

  • The Latest: Blue Jays' Pillar makes fantastic catch in 1st

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays play Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto on Monday night. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):8:18 p.m.

  • LEADING OFF: Mets-Cubs at Wrigley in NLCS, KC-Jays in ALCS

    October 19, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Tuesday:---WRIGGLING LOOSEThe Cubs try to close their 0-2 deficit in the best-of-seven NL Championship Series when they play the Mets at 8:07 p.m. EDT at Wrigley Field. Jacob deGrom pitches Game 3 for New York after winning both of his starts in the Division Series vs. the Dodgers. Kyle Hendricks goes for Chicago - he gave up three home runs in 4 2-3 innings of his playoff start against St. Louis.

  • The Latest: Cubs SS Russell rehabbing injured hamstring

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays play Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto on Monday night. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):7:39 p.m.

  • Cubs focused on Game 3 of NLCS against deGrom, Mets

    October 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber and Jason Hammel played hacky sack with a baseball, and manager Joe Maddon chatted amiably with his players and staff as he made his way around Wrigley Field on Monday afternoon.Down 2-0 to the New York Mets in the NL Championship Series, the Chicago Cubs are sticking with what worked for them during a breakthrough season.

  • Blue Jays claim switch-pitcher Venditte off waivers from A's

    October 19, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed switch-pitcher Pat Venditte off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.The Blue Jays made the move Monday. Toronto is playing in the AL Championship Series, but Venditte is not eligible.The 30-year-old Venditte made his major league debut this season, throwing as a left-hander and as a righty. The ambidextrous pitcher was 2-2 with a 4.40 ERA in 26 games.

  • The Latest: Mets' Harvey set for Game 5

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays play Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto on Monday night. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):7:00 p.m.

  • Tigers' Norris says he kept pitching with cancerous growth

    October 19, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Tigers pitcher Daniel Norris says baseball kept him sane after a jarring medical diagnosis.The Detroit left-hander announced in a message on Twitter and Instagram on Monday that he kept playing last season after finding out he had a cancerous growth on his thyroid. The 22-year-old Norris said the growth was deemed malignant but he was told by a doctor that he could wait until the end of the season to have it removed.

  • The Latest: No beer cans for some fans at Rogers Centre

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays play Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto on Monday night. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):5:23 p.m.

  • Blue Jays ban beer cans in upper deck at ALCS after ruckus

    October 19, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have banned selling beer cans in the upper deck at the AL Championship Series after fans threw them on the field during a ruckus earlier in the playoffs.Starting Monday night at Game 3 between Toronto and Kansas City, beer will be poured into plastic cups in the upper deck at Rogers Centre.

  • The Latest: Jays kick off Game 3; Cubs work out at Wrigley

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays play Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto on Monday night. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):4:20 p.m.

  • The Latest: Jays get Venditte; Cubs work out Wrigley Field

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays play Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto on Monday night. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):3:47 p.m.

  • Lefty pitcher Barry Zito retiring from baseball as planned

    October 19, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Left-hander Barry Zito is retiring just as he planned.The pitcher made the announcement in an article he wrote for ''The Players' Tribune'' posted Monday, saying, ''I'm retiring today from baseball, but I'll never be too far away from the game that made me who I am.''

  • Who wins? ALCS game in Toronto up against Canadian election

    October 19, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Besides runs, hits and errors, Toronto Blue Jays fans might have other numbers on their minds as they watch Game 3 of the AL Championship Series.While the Blue Jays are hosting Kansas City on Monday night, voters will be casting their ballots in Canada's 42nd federal election.

  • Detroit Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones is retiring

    October 19, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Tigers pitching coach Jeff Jones retired Monday after a 38-year career in professional baseball, saying he was ready to spend more time with his family.Jones became the team's pitching coach in July 2011 when Detroit fired predecessor Rick Knapp in the middle of the season. Justin Verlander went on to win the Cy Young Award that year, and Max Scherzer followed suit in 2013. Detroit won four consecutive AL Central titles thanks in large part to its starting pitching, but the staff struggled this season as the Tigers sank to last place.

  • Chicago Cubs fans Fly the W as long as they can

    October 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) There is no bright, red ''C,'' no likeness of a cute little bear cub.But when the National League Championship Series shifts to Chicago for Game 3 on Tuesday night, there will be no more prominent symbol of the hometown Cubs than the simple white flags bearing a bold, blue W. Every sports fan knows W stands for win, and the Cubs could use one, down 0-2 to the New York Mets in their best-of-seven series. The flags will be everywhere.

  • The Latest: Cubs working out Wrigley Field

    October 19, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals and Blue Jays play Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto on Monday night. The Mets and Cubs play Game 3 of the NLCS in Chicago on Tuesday night. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):---2:05 p.m.

  • Blue Jays happy at home after 2 ALCS losses in Kansas City

    October 19, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Hip-hop music blared over the loudspeakers in an eerily empty, moodily lit Rogers Centre as Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays went through an easy workout on an off-day in the American League Championship Series.With their backs against the wall again, there's no place they'd rather be.

  • LEADING OFF: Arrieta-Syndergaard in Game 2 of NLCS, ALCS off

    October 17, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Sunday:---REMATCHMajor league wins leader Jake Arrieta starts for the Cubs against Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series at Citi Field. Syndergaard lost his major league debut 6-1 to Arrieta at Wrigley Field in May. ''I just feel like a completely different pitcher now,'' he said. Arrieta went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA this season and is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts in two playoff starts.

  • The Latest: Schwarber's long HR chases Harvey in 8th

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals rallied to beat the Blue Jays 6-3 and take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday. The Mets are hosting the Cubs in the opener of the NL best-of-seven. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Granderson's sacrifice fly puts Mets ahead 4-1

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals rallied to beat the Blue Jays 6-3 and take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday. The Mets are hosting the Cubs in the opener of the NL best-of-seven. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: D'Arnaud homers off apple to put Mets up 3-1

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals rallied to beat the Blue Jays 6-3 and take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday. The Mets are hosting the Cubs in the opener of the NL best-of-seven. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Granderson puts Mets back ahead 2-1

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals rallied to beat the Blue Jays 6-3 and take a 2-0 series lead on Saturday. The Mets are hosting the Cubs in the opener of the NL best-of-seven. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Castro's RBI double pulls Cubs to 1-1 with Mets

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals rallied to beat the Blue Jays 6-3 and take a 2-0 series lead. The Mets are hosting the Cubs in the opener of the NL best-of-seven. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):---9:31Chicago's Starlin Castro hit an RBI double off Matt Harvey in the fifth inning on a ball that center fielder Juan Lagares didn't judge well, tying the New York Mets 1-1 in the NL Championship Series opener on Saturday night.

  • The Latest: Wright steals bag, Harvey retires 12 straight

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals rallied to beat the Blue Jays 6-3 and take a 2-0 series lead. The Mets are hosting the Cubs in the opener of the NL best-of-seven. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):---9:15 p.m.

  • The Latest: Harvey retires 1st 9 batters; Mets lead Cubs 1-0

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals rallied to beat the Blue Jays 6-3 and take a 2-0 series lead. The Mets are hosting the Cubs in the opener of the NL best-of-seven. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):---8:50 p.m.

  • The Latest: Murphy homer gives Mets 1-0 lead over Cubs

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals rallied to beat the Blue Jays 6-3 and take a 2-0 series lead. 4:07 p.m. The Mets are hosting the Cubs in the opener of the NL best-of-seven. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):---

  • The Latest: Chill in the air for NLCS opener at Citi Field

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Royals rallied to beat the Blue Jays 6-3 and take a 2-0 series lead. 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Superstition, bad memories; Cubs-Mets, NLCS

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Royals rally for 2-0 lead over Jays in ALCS

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Royals rally for 5-3 lead in 7th of ALCS

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • With Dodgers' season over, Utley appeal hearing postponed

    October 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With no urgency remaining following the Los Angeles Dodgers' elimination from the postseason, Major League Baseball and the players' association postponed Chase Utley's appeal hearing.Utley was suspended for two games by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre for a takeout slide in Game 2 of the NL Division Series that broke a leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.

  • The Latest: Price cruising as Jays lead Royals 3-0 in ALCS

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Blue Jays take 2-0 lead in sixth inning of ALCS

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Blue Jays finally snap Royals' scoreless streak

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Shadows out for start of ALCS Game 2

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • The Latest: Mets' Syndergaard to start Game 2 of NLCS

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT):

  • Mets to start rookie Noah Syndergaard in Game 2 of NLCS

    October 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Noah Syndergaard arrived at Citi Field on Saturday and was summoned by Mets manager Terry Collins.''He just called me into his office and asked how I was feeling after my relief appearance,'' the rookie pitcher explained Saturday. ''My body and my arm have never felt better. So that's what I told him, and I'm ready to go.''

  • The Latest: Duda sits for Game 1 of NLCS; Salvy in KC lineup

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT) :

  • The Latest: Salvy in KC lineup; Cub-Mets rosters for NLCS

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8:07 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT) :

  • Blue Jays' Encarnacion to play hurt in Game 2 of ALCS

    October 17, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Manager John Gibbons says Edwin Encarnacion is back in Toronto's lineup for Game 2 of the ALCS, determined to ''deal with the pain.''Batting fourth as the designated hitter, Encarnacion was removed in the eighth inning of Kansas City's 5-0 win on Friday night when his left middle finger swelled up again. Gibbons said Encarnacion underwent an MRI before deciding to play on Saturday.

  • The Latest: Encarnacion to play; Cub-Mets rosters for NLCS

    October 17, 2015

    The latest on the League Championship Series. The Blue Jays and Royals play Game 2 in Kansas City with a first pitch set for 4:07 p.m. The Cubs and Mets play the opener of the NL best-of-seven at 8 p.m. Here's a look at what's happening (all times EDT) :

  • Longtime Dodgers athletic trainer Stan Conte resigns

    October 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Stan Conte, the Los Angeles Dodgers' head athletic trainer for nine years, has resigned to pursue research in baseball injuries.The team said Saturday that Conte, who also had the title of vice president, medical services for the last two years, was leaving immediately. He says he's committed to determining the causes and effects of various baseball injuries.

  • Jets, Mets, Rangers all home for 1st time since 1999

    October 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For New Yorkers who happen to be fans of the Jets, Mets and Rangers, a wild and rare Sunday awaits.All three teams will be playing at home on the same day for just the second time, according to STATS. The Rangers will entertain New Jersey, the Jets are home for the Washington Redskins and the Mets will host Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Berry replaces Russell on Cubs' roster for NLCS

    October 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Chicago Cubs have added speedy outfielder Quintin Berry to their roster for the NL Championship Series against the New York Mets.Berry replaces rookie shortstop Addison Russell, who strained his left hamstring during Game 3 of the NL Division Series against St. Louis.

  • Top starters Price, Syndergaard pay off as playoff relievers

    October 17, 2015

    Sure, Noah Syndergaard had pitched in relief. Back when he was a teenager, for the Lansing Lugnuts.No matter that it'd been a while. The New York Mets needed their young ace.So the bullpen gate swung open and Syndergaard trotted into the seventh inning of the Mets' most important game in nearly a decade, an all-or-nothing playoff matchup at Dodger Stadium.

  • The Latest: Volquez pitches Royals to Game 1 win over Jays

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Royals, which began Friday night in Kansas City (all times local):10:23 p.m.Edinson Volquez gave the Blue Jays another reason to rue him Friday night.

  • The Latest: Royals take 3-0 lead in ALCS vs Blue Jays

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Royals, which began Friday night in Kansas City (all times local):9:20 p.m.Edinson Volquez gave the Kansas City Royals exactly what they wanted.The veteran pitcher weaved through trouble for six innings against the Blue Jays in Game 1, allowing two walks and four hits but no runs as Kansas City took a 3-0 lead into the final three innings against Toronto.

  • LEADING OFF: Price-Ventura in KC, Cubs-Mets start NLCS

    October 17, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---ON TAPBoth Championship Series are in action, with the AL's Blue Jays and Royals playing Game 2 in Kansas City at 4:07 p.m. EDT and the NL's Cubs and Mets beginning their series in New York at 8:07 p.m. EDT.

  • The Latest: Royals strike first for 2-0 lead in ALCS

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Royals, which began Friday night in Kansas City (all times local):8:15 p.m.The Royals are playing from ahead in the postseason for a change.Alcides Escobar hit an RBI double and Lorenzo Cain a run-scoring single to give Kansas City a 2-0 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays after three innings in Game 1.

  • The Latest: Royals continue to honor fallen firefighters

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Royals, which began Friday night in Kansas City (all times local):7:10 p.m.Flags were at half-staff at Kauffman Stadium to honor fallen Kansas City firefighters when the Royals' Edinson Volquez delivered his first pitch to the Blue Jays' Ben Revere to start Game 1 of their AL Championship Series.

  • Power plays: NLCS a classic clash between young Cubs, Mets

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey bringin' heat, Kris Bryant goin' deep.Noah Syndergaard firing 100 mph fastballs as Kyle Schwarber swings from his heels.Jacob deGrom rearing back and going right after Anthony Rizzo.In an NL Championship Series teeming with top young talent, it's a classic baseball confrontation: the New York Mets and their power pitching versus the Chicago Cubs and those potent sluggers.

  • Royals, Blue Jays stick with conventional lineups for opener

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Royals, which began Friday night in Kansas City (all times local):6:05 p.m.The Royals are sticking with the same lineup they used against Houston in the divisional round, which means Alcides Escobar leading off for Game 1 of the ALCS.

  • Rangers reflect on winning AL West, looking ahead to 2016

    October 16, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Jeff Banister is a baseball lifer, but never was a major league manager before the Texas Rangers hired him a year ago Friday.Exactly 52 weeks after his formal introduction in the same room, Banister again was sitting next to general manager Jon Daniels, this time discussing his first season that included the AL West title after an 88-74 record and the Rangers going to a deciding fifth game in the AL Division Series.

  • Blue Jays' Price OK with way he's been used in postseason

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Royals, which began Friday night in Kansas City (all times local):5:20 p.m.There was some thought that David Price would start Game 1 of the ALCS for Toronto, but manager John Gibbons went with Marco Estrada on regular rest instead.

  • Red Sox 'lifetime' scout has died; hit flies to Yaz

    October 16, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox are mourning the death of former prospect and scout Chuck Koney.The team says Koney died on Monday in Orland Park, Illinois, at the age of 90. He had been a scout in the organization for more than 40 years after his playing career ended when he lost his leg in a home heater explosion.

  • Royals' Yost, Blue Jays' Gibbons have lengthy history

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The latest on the American League Championship Series between the Blue Jays and Royals, which began Friday night in Kansas City (all times local):4 p.m.Royals manager Ned Yost wishes he had listened a bit more to John Gibbons when his Toronto counterpart was on his staff a few years ago.

  • Baseball playoffs' TV viewership up 22 percent

    October 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The baseball playoffs' television viewership is up 22 percent from last year so far in the U.S.Major League Baseball said Friday that the average audience of more than 4.2 million is the highest since 2010.With the large markets of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the two NL Division Series averaged 5.4 million viewers on TBS, up 52 percent from the ALDS last year on the network when the four teams were the Royals, Angels, Orioles and Tigers. TBS is averaging 5.7 million viewers through 10 postseason telecasts, tied with 2007 as its most-watched playoffs to this point.

  • Questions surround future of Mattingly after Dodgers' exit

    October 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Another early playoff exit by the Los Angeles Dodgers assures their absence from the World Series for 28 years.The franchise that boasts six world championships - two each in the 1950s, 1960s and 1980s - and that had baseball's highest payroll of 9.6 million managed just two playoff victories before losing 3-2 to the New York Mets in a decisive Game 5 of their NL Division Series on Thursday night.

  • Oakland A's Billy Beane is among water district's top users

    October 16, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane and a retired Chevron Oil executive are among the top excessive water users in a district east of San Francisco, utility records show.A September report from the East Bay Municipal Utility District says Beane, who was the subject of the Oscar-nominated film ''Moneyball,'' used about 6,000 gallons of water daily.

  • Baseball Hall of Fame voting pool down by about 20 percent

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The voting pool for the Baseball Hall of Fame is being cut by about 20 percent.The Hall said Friday that it estimated 475 ballots would be mailed for the upcoming election. Last year, about 600 ballots were mailed and 549 were cast by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

  • Superstitions hard to shed for hopeful Chicago Cubs faithful

    October 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Billy Siegel doesn't want to hear any talk about a billy goat curse or a Steve Bartman hex afflicting his beloved Chicago Cubs. He dismisses as rubbish any suggestion that a little black cat had anything to do with the team's heartbreaking collapse down the stretch in 1969, too.

  • Hirschbeck, Barrett picked as umpire crew chiefs for LCS

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) John Hirschbeck will be the umpire crew chief for the AL Championship Series and Ted Barrett will head the NLCS umps.Major League Baseball announced the assignments Friday.Tony Randazzo will work the plate for the ALCS opener Friday night in Kansas City between the Royals and Toronto. Dan Iassogna, Laz Diaz, Jeff Nelson and Hunter Wendelstedt also will be on the ALCS crew.

  • Hitting coach Magadan, bullpen coach Hawkins leaving Rangers

    October 16, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers hitting coach Dave Magadan and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins are not returning next season.The Rangers said Friday that it was a mutual decision between the team and Magadan, who would like to seek opportunities closer to his home in Florida. He just finished his third season in Texas.

  • Blue Jays, Royals stick with same 25-man rosters for ALCS

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas CityRoyals are sticking with the same 25-man rosters they used to advance out of the last round of the playoffs for their AL Championship Series.The rosters were due before the start of Game 1 on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.

  • Oakland A's Billy Beane is among district's top water users

    October 16, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane and a retired Chevron Oil executive are among the top excessive water users in a district east of San Francisco, a utility's records show.A September report from the East Bay Municipal Utility District shows Beane, who was the subject of the Oscar-nominated film ''Moneyball,'' used about 6,000 gallons of water daily.

  • Oakland A's Billy Beane among top East Bay water users

    October 16, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A California utility lists Oakland Athletics' executive Billy Beane as among the top excessive water users in a district east of San Francisco.A September report from the East Bay Municipal Utility District shows Beane, who was the subject of the Oscar-nominated film ''Moneyball,'' used about 6,000 gallons of water daily.

  • A capsule look at the Cubs-Mets playoff series

    October 16, 2015

    A look at the best-of-seven National League Championship Series between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets:---Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Saturday, at New York (8:07 p.m.); Game 2, Sunday, at New York (8:07 p.m.); Game 3, Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Chicago (TBA); Game 4, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Chicago (TBA); x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 22, at Chicago (TBA); x-Game 6, Saturday, Oct. 24, at New York (TBA); x-Game 7, Sunday, Oct. 25, at New York (TBA). (All games on TBS).

  • LEADING OFF: Blue Jays play at Royals in ALCS opener

    October 16, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---STARTING AT HOMEAfter starting the AL Championship Series at Baltimore last year and sweeping the Orioles, the Kansas City Royals start at home this year on Friday night. Edinson Volquez starts for the Royals and Marco Estrada for the Blue Jays, who are in the postseason for the first time since winning the 1993 World Series.

  • Murphy goes from controversy to playoff star for Mets

    October 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Mets fans chanted ''Re-sign!'' in a boisterous hint to management to bring back playoff star Daniel Murphy. Seven months ago, much of New York was calling for his departure after he said he disagrees with the lifestyle of gay people.

  • Mets' clinching 3-2 win puts them in NLCS vs. Cubs

    October 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Two teams with plenty of history, just none against each other in the postseason, will decide who represents the National League in the World Series.Faced with a winner-take-all scenario against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night, the New York Mets made the long trip back to California worth it and came through with a gritty 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the division series.

  • Bautista's bat flip right at home this postseason

    October 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Anthony Rizzo was waiting for his turn for batting practice when he mimicked a big swing, and then flung his bat into the top of the cage and glared out at the field.Oh yes, the Chicago Cubs were watching when Toronto slugger Jose Bautista unleashed his epic bat flip, and it was met with mischievous grins in the home clubhouse at Wrigley Field. For fans of celebratory flying lumber, this has been quite the postseason.

  • Mets beat Dodgers 3-2, advance to NLCS against Cubs

    October 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Mets beat Dodgers 3-2, advance to NLCS against Cubs.

  • Padres, Callaway to turn Petco Park into 9-hole layout

    October 15, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres and Callaway Golf will turn Petco Park into a nine-hole layout from Nov 5-8.The Links at Petco Park will begin on a putting green in the home dugout. Golfers will move to the ballpark's upper deck for Nos. 2-5, where they will hit shots onto the field from various locations. The sixth will tee off on the field near the Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left field corner before golfers move to the batter's eye in center field for No. 7. The eighth hole will be a putting green in the bullpen. The final hole will be on the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building.

  • Turner fails to ask Mattingly about Ethier screaming

    October 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Turner broadcaster Sam Ryan didn't ask Dodgers manager Don Mattingly about his screaming exchange with Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier in Game 5 of the NL Division Series during an in-game interview.A Turner camera showed Either yelling at Mattingly and waving his arms in the bottom of the third inning during Thursday night's game against the New York Mets. Turner broadcast Mattingly's interview with Ryan in the top of the fourth.

  • Turner interview with Mattingly was before Ethier screamed

    October 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Turner broadcaster Sam Ryan didn't ask Dodgers manager Don Mattingly about his screaming exchange with Los Angeles outfielder Andre Ethier because the interview had been recorded earlier in the game.A Turner camera showed Either yelling at Mattingly and waving his arms in the bottom of the third inning of NL Division Series Game 5 against the New York Mets on Thursday night. Turner broadcast Mattingly's interview with Ryan in the top of the fourth.

  • Dodgers' Ethier yells at Mattingly in dugout

    October 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier shouted at manager Don Mattingly in the bottom of the third inning of Game 5 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night.After Justin Turner led off the inning with a double, Ethier followed with a popup to left.

  • Detroit's Josh Wilson elects to become free agent

    October 15, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers say infielder Josh Wilson has been sent outright to the minors and he has elected to become a free agent.The 34-year-old played 21 games for the Tigers in 2015, hitting .316. Since 2005, he's played 431 major league games for nine different teams.

  • Padres, Callaway to turn Petco Park into 9-hold layout

    October 15, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres and Callaway Golf will turn Petco Park into a nine-hole layout from Nov 5-8.The Links at Petco Park will begin on a putting green in the home dugout. Golfers will move to the ballpark's upper deck for Nos. 2-5, where they will hit shots onto the field from various locations. The sixth will tee off on the field near the Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left field corner before golfers move to the batter's eye in center field for No. 7. The eighth hole will be a putting green in the bullpen. The final hole will be on the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building.

  • Surprising Astros hope to build on playoff run in 2016

    October 15, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros weren't even thought by most to be a postseason contender this year.That's little consolation in the wake of their elimination by the Kansas City Royals in Game 5 of the American League division series.''It's going to leave a sour taste for a very long time,'' ace Dallas Keuchel said. ''Next year can't come soon enough.''

  • Ex-coach Ben Braun recalls seeing Bartman's Wrigley reach

    October 15, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Former California basketball coach Ben Braun had returned home to Chicago on the recruiting trail and found himself at Wrigley Field in October 2003 when the Chicago Cubs' hopes of ending their World Series drought were shaken with help of fan Steve Bartman's fateful reach over the left-field fence.

  • A capsule look at the Blue Jays-Royals playoff series

    October 15, 2015

    A look at the best-of-seven American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals:---Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Kansas City (8:07 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at Kansas City (4:07 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 19, at Toronto (8:07 p.m.); Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Toronto (TBA); x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Toronto (TBA); x-Game 6, Friday, Oct. 23, at Kansas City (TBA); x-Saturday, Oct. 24, at Kansas City (TBA). (All games on FOX or FS1).

  • St. Louis Cardinals will try to re-sign Jason Heyward

    October 15, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals hope to re-sign outfielder Jason Heyward, who is due for free agency. Pitcher John Lackey, maybe not so much.The 26-year-old Heyward batted .293 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs and was a plus defensively in right field.

  • Royals start Volquez, Blue Jays go with Estrada in ALCS

    October 16, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays promise plenty of fireworks in their AL Championship Series, and not just because one team features power arms and the other power bats.The Royals and Blue Jays already have played a contentious set of games this season, including a matchup in Toronto marked by two bench-clearing incidents. And while both sides said during Thursday's workouts that previous rancor has been forgotten, the emotionally charged atmosphere of playoff baseball means there could be some short fuses in the opener Friday night.

  • Tal's Hill to remain at Astros' park for 2016 season

    October 15, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Astros have postponed a planned renovation of center field at Minute Maid Park that would have removed Tal's Hill and shortened the distance from the plate from 436 to 409 feet.Team president Reid Ryan says that the Astros still plan for the renovations eventually but the construction timelines in the bidding process made clear the project could not be finished by next year's home opener.

  • MLB to review Rogers Centre's security following disturbance

    October 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball will review security at Toronto's Rogers Centre in an effort to prevent a repeat of the fan disturbance during Game 5 of the Blue Jays' AL Division Series win over Texas.Spectators littered the field with debris during an 18-minute delay Wednesday. Toronto catcher Russell Martin hit Texas batter Shin-Soo Choo with his seemingly simple return throw to the pitcher, which resulted in a go-ahead run for the Rangers after several conferences and an umpire's review. Toronto scored four runs in the bottom of the inning and went on to win 6-3.

  • Wild ALDS 7th inning getting its own TV special

    October 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The wild seventh inning between the Blue Jays and Rangers is getting its own TV special.Fox said Thursday that it will air an hour-long program recapping the frame full of bizarre plays from Game 5 of the AL Division Series. ''The Unforgettable Inning'' will be hosted by former pitcher CJ Nitkowski and broadcast at 6 p.m. EDT on Friday on Fox Sports 1.

  • Rangers don't want season defined by another bizarre ending

    October 15, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) It was another bizarre ending to a Texas Rangers season.Four years after twice being within one strike of a World Series title, the Rangers were ahead in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series in Toronto. Then came a strange play in the top half of a nearly hour-long seventh inning and three consecutive errors that cost Texas dearly in the season-ending 6-3 loss - their third in a row after taking a 2-0 lead in the series.

  • Cubs SS Russell ruled out for NLCS with hamstring injury

    October 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs will send Jon Lester to the mound for Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Saturday night, and Javier Baez will start at shortstop after Addison Russell was shelved by a left hamstring injury.Russell got hurt while legging out a triple in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Cardinals. He said he felt the hamstring grab while he was rounding second, and manager Joe Maddon said the rookie had a moderate strain.

  • Star Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina having thumb surgery

    October 15, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Star Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is having surgery for a ligament injury to his left thumb.General manager John Mozeliak says Molina is expected to be restricted from baseball activities for two to three months following Thursday's operation. He anticipates Molina will be ready for spring training. Mozeliak doesn't believe Molina worsened the injury by returning to the lineup for the NL Division Series.

  • Designate this! Pitchers help out at plate in NL playoffs

    October 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Just when they'd been designated automatic outs, pitchers are making an impact at the plate in the National League playoffs.Clayton Kershaw singled to start a three-run rally for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jacob deGrom dropped down a flawless bunt that set up the New York Mets. And even Kyle Hendricks, overmatched in the batter's box all year, got the Chicago Cubs rolling by driving in a run with a safety squeeze against St. Louis.

  • Cubs' not-so-secret weapon: Manny (sort of) being Manny

    October 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Manny Ramirez's latest gig with the Cubs is proof that if you hang around the game long enough, you'll see it all.Among the greatest right-handed hitters of his generation and definitely one of the least coachable, he's back in baseball as a coach. Exactly what kind of coach, well, no one in the organization seems to be certain.

  • LEADING OFF: Mets-Dodgers in NLDS Game 5

    October 15, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Thursday:---WIN OR GO HOMEThe final Division Series is to be decided with a deciding Game 5. The Mets and Dodgers face off in Los Angeles for a chance to play the Chicago Cubs in the Championship Series. The first pitch is scheduled to be thrown by Zack Greinke at 8:07 p.m. EDT. Jacob deGrom starts for the Mets. The NLCS begins at either New York or Los Angeles on Saturday.

  • Bizarre blunder in crazy 7th of Game 5 of ALDS at Toronto

    October 15, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays nearly threw away Game 5 of the AL Division Series with a bizarre blunder by catcher Russell Martin before rallying in a nearly hour-long seventh inning.Fans littered the field with debris during an 18-minute delay after Martin hit Texas batter Shin-Soo Choo with his seemingly simple return throw to the pitcher that resulted in a run for the Rangers after several conferences and an umpire's review. The Blue Jays even said they were playing the game under protest.

  • Rangers took lead on bizarre blunder in Game 5 of ALDS

    October 15, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Blue Jays nearly threw away Game 5 of the AL Division Series with a bizarre blunder by catcher Russell Martin before rallying in a nearly hour-long seventh inning.Fans littered the field with debris during an 18-minute delay after Martin hit Texas batter Shin-Soo Choo with his seemingly simple return throw to the pitcher that resulted in a run for the Rangers after several conferences and an umpire's review. The Blue Jays even said they were playing the game under protest.

  • Text of rule for 7th-inning play in Rangers-Blue Jays

    October 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Text from the Major League Baseball Umpire Manual on the rule covering the play in which Toronto catcher Russell Martin's throw back to the pitcher deflected off Rangers batter Shin-Soo Choo and allowed a run to score:---54. BATTER INTERFERES WITH CATCHER'S THROW BACK TO PITCHER

  • Kingston, Allison, McNamara remain in Seattle front office

    October 14, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) New Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is keeping Jeff Kingston, Tom Allison and Tom McNamara as part of his front office.Official roles for all three won't be finalized until after Dipoto finishes making additions to Seattle's front office. Dipoto's first priority is hiring a manager after Lloyd McClendon was fired last week following two years in charge.

  • Blue Jays beat Rangers 6-3 to win wild Game 5

    October 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Jose Bautista wiped out the need for protests or umpire reviews with the Toronto Blue Jays' biggest home run since Joe Carter's historic shot.Toronto earned its first trip to the American League Championship Series since Carter's World Series-ending drive in 1993, overcoming one of the craziest plays in playoff history when Bautista hit a three-run homer after three Texas Rangers errors for a 6-3 victory Wednesday in the deciding Game 5 of the Division Series.

  • Dodgers claim pitcher Brooks Brown from Colorado

    October 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have claimed pitcher Brooks Brown from the Colorado Rockies, joining Zack Greinke as the second right-hander on their playoff roster.Brown was 1-4 with a 3.97 ERA in 64 career relief appearances for the Rockies over 2014 and this year. The 30-year-old pitcher was limited to 36 games this season because of right shoulder inflammation. As a rookie, he had a 2.77 ERA in 28 games last year.

  • Rangers take lead on bizarre play in Game 5 of ALDS

    October 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) A deflected throw back to the mound by Toronto catcher Russell Martin allowed Texas to score the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning, touching off a long delay and causing the Blue Jays to play Game 5 of the AL Division Series under protest.

  • Nats ace Scherzer to join Fox studio show during ALCS

    October 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer will join Fox's studio show during the AL Championship Series.Scherzer earlier this month became only the sixth major league pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same season.The network said Wednesday that he will join analysts Raul Ibanez, Pete Rose and Frank Thomas for pregame and postgame coverage starting with Friday's Game 1.

  • Dodgers look to Zack Greinke to extend playoff run

    October 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) One ace helped the Los Angeles Dodgers stave off elimination against the New York Mets.Now their other one gets a chance to extend the playoffs in a winner-take-all Game 5.Coming off Clayton Kershaw's stellar outing that tied the NL Division Series 2-2, Zack Greinke takes the mound on Thursday night against Jacob deGrom of the Mets.

  • Pitching woes among reasons for Cardinals' early exit

    October 14, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Pitching was the St. Louis Cardinals' strength all season. The arms failed them in the postseason.The only starter manager Mike Matheny could really trust in the NL Division Series was John Lackey, and even that didn't pan out in the elimination Game 4.

  • Brewers hire Matt Arnold from Tampa to be assistant GM

    October 14, 2015

    New Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns has made his first significant addition to the front office with the hiring of Matt Arnold as vice president and assistant general manager.Stearns made it sound on Wednesday as if Arnold would be his equal when it comes to the wide-ranging decisions that come with retooling the Brewers.

  • David Price not available for Blue Jays in Game 5

    October 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays left-hander David Price will not be available out of the bullpen in Game 5 of the AL Division Series against Texas.Price threw 50 pitches in a three-inning relief stint in Game 4, which Toronto won 8-4.Left-hander Aaron Loup is also unavailable Wednesday. Loup is away from the team dealing with a personal matter. The Blue jays have not disclosed the reason for his absence.

  • Wrigley Field renovations mean fewer souvenirs for ballhawks

    October 14, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Glove in hand, eyes fixed straight ahead, Brian Talarico stands poised like an outfielder. Always in position, he's on patrol at Wrigley Field.Outside the park, that is.As soon as he sees a ball coming his way, he breaks to his right. Another souvenir clears the left-field bleachers and this time, he's racing to his left.

  • Cubs make it to NLCS for 1st time in 12 years

    October 14, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) When it was over, Anthony Rizzo jumped around Wrigley Field and hugged everyone in sight. The moment was in his grasp, and he was determined to hold onto it for as long as possible.The All-Star slugger endured several seasons of losing with the Chicago Cubs before they finally got into the playoffs again, and he was more than ready to enjoy the franchise's first appearance in the NL Championship Series in more than a decade.

  • Houston Astros get playoff rap from Bun B

    October 14, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have a soundtrack to their first playoff run in a decade.Texas rapper Bun B dropped a track titled ''Crush City'' as a nod to the home run hitting prowess of the Astros, who were second in the majors with 230 homers in the regular season. Bun B, who was one half of the acclaimed Port Arthur, Texas rap group Underground Kingz, released the song last week, and the team played it at Minute Maid Park before Game 4 of the American League Division Series against the Royals.

  • Angels won't bring back Butcher, Baylor as coaches

    October 14, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Pitching coach Mike Butcher and hitting coach Don Baylor will not return to the Los Angeles Angels, who made major changes to manager Mike Scioscia's coaching staff on Tuesday night.New general manager Billy Eppler announced in a late-night statement that the team would not renew the coaches' contracts. Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in baseball, is expected to return for his 17th season.

  • Utley sits out 2nd straight game; hearing set for Monday

    October 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Turns out Chase Utley's appeal made no difference in New York this week: The Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman sat out Games 3 and 4 of the NL Division Series, even though he was eligible to play.Utley was suspended two games by Major League Baseball Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre for his rough slide in Game 2 that broke the right leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada.

  • LEADING OFF: Jays-Rangers, Astros-Royals in ALDS Game 5s

    October 13, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Wednesday:---WIN OR GO HOMEThe AL Championship Series participants will be decided in a pair of deciding Game 5s. In Toronto, the Blue Jays host the Rangers at 4:07 p.m. EDT to complete a series in which the visiting team has won every game. Then at 8:07 p.m. EDT, the top-seeded Royals will try to carry over momentum from a late-inning comeback in Game 4 in their series finale against the Astros.

  • Chicago Cubs beat St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4 to advance to NL Championship Series

    October 13, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs beat St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 in Game 4 to advance to NL Championship Series.

  • Police seek mother, son in Dodger Stadium fight

    October 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Two people suspected of critically injuring a man outside Dodger Stadium are believed to be a mother and son, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said.Police declined to discuss what precipitated the fight on Friday night, but Beck said Tuesday that detectives were reviewing video that captured the assault in hopes of tracking the pair down.

  • Royals turn to Cueto, Astros to McHugh in Game 5 of ALDS

    October 13, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals traded away three top prospects to acquire Johnny Cueto for the playoffs, even though his winning pedigree has been established almost entirely in the regular season.He'll have an opportunity to change that Wednesday night.

  • Blue Jays turn to Stroman in deciding Game 5 against Rangers

    October 13, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays stacked a pair of former Cy Young Award winners to prolong their stay in the AL Division Series.For the deciding Game 5, they'll turn to a starter who was once expected to miss the entire season.Marcus Stroman, who tore a ligament in his left knee during a spring training fielding drill in March, will get the ball when the Blue Jays host the Texas Rangers in a winner-take-all affair on Wednesday afternoon.

  • Mariners' Cano has core muscle surgery, expected OK for camp

    October 13, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has undergone surgery to repair core muscle injuries and is expected to be OK for spring training.Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto made the announcement Tuesday after Cano's surgery was complete.

  • AP source: Utley's hearing scheduled for Monday

    October 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chase Utley's appeal hearing on his two-game suspension has been scheduled for Monday, according to a person familiar with the process.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because no announcement was authorized.Utley was suspended two games by Major League Baseball Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre for his rough slide in Game 2 that broke the right leg of Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada. Utley was on the bench and didn't play in the Dodgers' 13-7 loss Monday night.

  • Royals pay tribute to 2 firefighters killed in KC blaze

    October 13, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals honored two firefighters who were killed fighting a massive blaze that engulfed an apartment building.First baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas wore Kansas City Fire Department shirts during batting practice Tuesday, the day before the Royals host Houston in Game 5 of the AL Division Series. Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and manager Ned Yost wore department hats.

  • Dombrowski: Red Sox committed to Hanley Ramirez at 1st base

    October 13, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox are counting on shortstop-turned-outfielder Hanley Ramirez to play yet another new position next season: first base.New Red Sox president of baseball operations said on Tuesday that the team is committed to playing Ramirez at first, a shift that would allow them to get some value out of the three years and million remaining on his contract.

  • Rangers leaning on Hamels again in ALDS Game 5 at Toronto

    October 13, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have won their last 11 games started by Cole Hamels.They needed each of those victories to get this far, and their season will be over without another one Wednesday against Toronto in the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series.

  • Out for Game 4 of NLDS: Cardinals' Molina, Cubs' Russell

    October 13, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell are out of the lineup for Game 4 of the NL Division Series on Tuesday.Molina missed the last part of the regular season because of a strained ligament in his left thumb, and it's clear the injury is still bothering him in the playoffs. The seven-time All-Star is 1 for 8 with two strikeouts in the series.

  • Cardinals C Molina out of lineup for Game 4 of NLDS

    October 13, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the NL Division Series because of weakness in his left thumb.Molina winced on a swing-and-miss in the fourth inning of Monday night's 8-6 loss to the Cubs, and then was checked by a trainer and manager Mike Matheny. The seven-time All-Star was removed for a pinch hitter in the sixth.

  • California to big-league ballplayers: Stop dipping

    October 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do on its own: Stop players from using smokeless tobacco.Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill last weekend banning the use of smokeless tobacco in all California ballparks. And with his signature, a practice dating to the days of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb now seems headed toward the sport's endangered species list.

  • Pittsburgh investigating officer's takedown slam of Cubs fan

    October 13, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The city will investigate a police officer's takedown slam of a Chicago Cubs fan who was kicked out of the National League wild-card playoff game.But a mayoral spokesman said Tuesday that ''it's way too early to judge'' whether the officer's actions were abusive.

  • Fan critically injured in fight outside Dodger Stadium

    October 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) A fan was critically injured in a fight outside Dodger Stadium following Friday night's playoff game and detectives were searching for suspects, Los Angeles police said.The victim remained hospitalized Tuesday, but few other details were available, including the person's age and gender, said Officer Ricardo Hernandez.

  • Baseball fan injured in fight outside Dodger Stadium

    October 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Police say they are investigating a fight outside Dodger Stadium after a playoff game that left one fan critically injured.Officer Matthew Ludwig says the injured person remained hospitalized Monday, but few other details were available.

  • California to big-league ballplayers: Stop chewing tobacco

    October 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) California lawmakers have taken the first step toward accomplishing something Major League Baseball could never do: Stop players from stuffing those big wads of chewing tobacco into their mouths during games.With Gov. Jerry Brown signing a bill earlier this week banning the use of smokeless tobacco in all California ballparks, a practice dating to the days of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb now seems headed toward the sport's endangered species list.

  • Cardinals manager Matheny trying MLB-approved iPad in dugout

    October 13, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) When St. Louis manager Mike Matheny has to make a pivotal decision in the playoffs, he can pull a scouting report from his pocket. He can ask a coach to look at notes the Cardinals brought to the bench.Or he can go to an iPad.Matheny is one of the first managers to take advantage of a decision by Major League Baseball to allow the computer tablets in the dugout.

  • Record-setting day of postseason homers, runs

    October 13, 2015

    From Carlos Correa to Yoenis Cespedes, baseball's sluggers put on quite a show.There were 21 home runs Monday, a record for one day in postseason play. The last was a three-run shot by Howie Kendrick in the ninth inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their NL Division Series game against the New York Mets.

  • LEADING OFF: Kershaw on 3 days' rest, Cubs a win from NLCS

    October 13, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---NATIONAL STAGEWhile both AL Division Series get the day off to prepare for Wednesday's Game 5s both NLDS are back at it for pivotal Game 4s. At 4:37 p.m. EDT, the Cubs host the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, and then the Dodgers and Mets play in New York at 8:07 p.m. EDT.

  • Record-setting day of postseason homers

    October 13, 2015

    From Carlos Correa to Yoenis Cespedes, baseball's sluggers put on quite a show.There were 21 home runs Monday, a record for one day in postseason play. The last was a three-run shot by Howie Kendrick in the ninth inning for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their NL Division Series game against the New York Mets.

  • Former Mets star Rusty Staub throws out 1st pitch

    October 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former Mets star Rusty Staub has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the NL Division Series less than two weeks after having a heart attack.The 71-year-old six-time All-Star walked slowly out to a spot about 25 feet from home plate Monday night and bounced a soft throw to third base coach Tim Teufel as Mets fans cheered before New York faced the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Cubs SS Russell leaves with left hamstring tightness

    October 12, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs shortstop Addison Russell has left Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the Cardinals due to tightness in his left hamstring.Russell made a headfirst slide into third on a two-out triple in the fourth. A trainer and manager Joe Maddon then came out to check on the rookie, who was replaced by Javier Baez.

  • Knorr, Henley, LeCroy get new jobs with Nationals

    October 12, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have found new jobs for former bench coach Randy Knorr and two other members of their coaching staff who were let go when manager Matt Williams was fired.Knorr will now be senior assistant to the general manager for player development, the Nationals announced Monday.

  • Jinx? Texas governor congratulates Astros before collapse

    October 12, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Here's a new ''oops'' moment for a Texas governor: prematurely celebrating a Houston Astros playoff victory.With Houston up four runs and six outs away Monday from finishing off Kansas City, the office of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted congratulations to the Astros for advancing to the AL Championship Series. The Royals then rallied in the eighth inning and forced a decisive Game 5 with a 9-6 victory.

  • Dodgers pick Kershaw to start on 3 days' rest in Game 4

    October 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) To keep the Los Angeles Dodgers in the playoffs, Clayton Kershaw might have to end his postseason skid - on short rest.With only three days between outings, Kershaw is scheduled to start Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the New York Mets. The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner was chosen Monday over fellow left-hander Alex Wood before Los Angeles lost 13-7 to fall behind 2-1 in the best-of-five series.

  • Utley not in Dodgers' lineup for Game 3 vs Mets

    October 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chase Utley joined the ranks of John Rocker and Pete Rose as the object of Mets' fans ire, with the New York crowd directing boos and profane chants at the Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman before Game 3 of the NL Division Series on Monday night.

  • Beltre late to addition to Rangers starting lineup in Game 4

    October 12, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre let the Texas Rangers know he was ready to play and was a late addition to their starting lineup Monday for Game 4 of the AL Division Series.Beltre wasn't in manager Jeff Banister's initial lineup. But about an hour before the start of Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Rangers announced Beltre will start at third base and bat third.

  • Mets replace Tejada on roster with Triple-A SS Reynolds

    October 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matt Reynolds was home in Oklahoma just a few weeks ago, his minor league season complete.Now, he's hoping to make his major league debut for the New York Mets - in the postseason, no less!''It's pretty crazy,'' Reynolds said Monday after being called up to replace injured shortstop Ruben Tejada on New York's roster for the remainder of the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • AP source: Chase Utley appeal hearing not held Monday

    October 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chase Utley's appeal hearing for his two-game postseason suspension was not held Monday, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press. That meant the Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman was eligible to play in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the New York Mets.

  • Beltre out of Rangers starting lineup again for ALDS Game 4

    October 12, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Third baseman Adrian Beltre is not in the Texas Rangers lineup for the third consecutive game in the AL Division Series.Rookie Hanser Alberto is again starting at third base Monday in Game 4 against the Toronto Blue Jays.Beltre hasn't played since exiting early from the series opener Thursday with a strained lower back.

  • AP source: Chase Utley appeal hearing unlikely Monday

    October 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the process says Chase Utley's appeal hearing for his two-game postseason suspension is unlikely to be scheduled for Monday, which means the Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman could be eligible to play in Game 3 of the NL Division Series against the New York Mets.

  • Suspended for rough slide, Utley known for playing hard

    October 12, 2015

    More than a dozen years ago, Chase Utley put his head down and ran fast around the bases after lining a grand slam for his first career hit.He hasn't stopped running and playing hard.Utley goes all-out all the time, whether it's Game 2 of the NL Division Series or the second day of spring training. He only knows one way to play, and he's done it in every one of the 1,633 games he's played.

  • Benched this summer, Carter comes back strong for Astros

    October 12, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Chris Carter doesn't want to talk about his difficult summer. That doesn't matter now.It was easy to see that something was wrong. Always reserved, the Astros slugger retreated even more as he struggled at the plate. A radiant smile that comes naturally almost disappeared.

  • LEADING OFF: Utley's appeal, Arrieta up for Cubs

    October 11, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Monday:---ALL INAfter an off day, both NL Division Series resume with Game 3s as the Cardinals visit the Cubs at 6:07 p.m. EDT and the Mets host the Dodgers at 8:37 p.m. EDT. In the AL, the Astros can punch their ticket to the Championships Series with a Game 4 win against the Royals at 1:07 p.m. EDT, while the Rangers lead the Blue Jays 2-1 in a best-of-five series and try to eliminate Toronto at 4:07 p.m. EDT after failing to do so Sunday.

  • Harvey, Mets ready for Game 3; Dodgers' Utley suspended

    October 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) All of a sudden, Matt Harvey's postseason debut contains an extra layer of drama.Wouldn't seem normal any other way.With the New York Mets still steamed about a late slide by Chase Utley that broke Ruben Tejada's right leg, Harvey is set to start a pivotal Game 3 on Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first playoff contest at Citi Field.

  • Dodgers' Utley suspended 2 playoff games for 'illegal' slide

    October 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Safe at second base - and suspended for two games.Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Chase Utley was banned for two playoff games by Major League Baseball on Sunday night following his late takeout slide that broke New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's right leg.

  • MLB suspends Los Angeles' Chase Utley for Games 3 and 4 of the NL Division Series

    October 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) MLB suspends Los Angeles' Chase Utley for Games 3 and 4 of the NL Division Series.

  • Harvey, Mets set to take aim at Utley and Dodgers in Game 3

    October 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) All of a sudden, Matt Harvey's postseason debut contains an extra layer of drama.Wouldn't seem normal any other way.With the New York Mets still steamed about a late slide by Chase Utley that broke Ruben Tejada's right leg, Harvey is set to start a pivotal Game 3 on Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first playoff contest at Citi Field.

  • Arrieta, Cubs ready for Cardinals with NLDS tied at 1-all

    October 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Wearing a sleeveless T-shirt with ''WE ARE GOOD'' in big block lettering across the front, Jake Arrieta looked at ease while he made himself a sandwich and mingled with the rest of his teammates on Sunday morning.The bearded ace of the Chicago Cubs was one cool customer heading into Game 3 of the deadlocked NL Division Series on Monday night. He also was the biggest challenge for the St. Louis Cardinals, who insist they will be ready for the first playoff game at Wrigley Field in seven years.

  • 1964 Cy Young winner Dean Chance dies at 74

    October 11, 2015

    WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) Dean Chance, who won the 1964 Cy Young Award and later pitched a no-hitter, died Sunday. He was 74.The funeral home handling the arrangements near where he lived in Ohio confirmed Chance died. There were no details on the cause of death.

  • 3B Adrian Beltre not in Rangers lineup for Game 3 of ALDS

    October 11, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Third baseman Adrian Beltre is not in the Texas Rangers' lineup for Game 3 of the AL Division Series.Manager Jeff Banister said Beltre was improving and still getting treatment for his strained lower back before Sunday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Texas can clinch the best-of-five series with a victory.

  • Clean slide or dirty play? The take on Utley's takeout

    October 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) This much is certain: Anyone who bemoans that baseball's gone soft never covered second base with Chase Utley bearing down on a potential double play.What's not so clear is whether Utley's takeout slide Saturday night, the one that broke the right leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada and created all this postseason clatter, was a dirty play.

  • George H.W. Bush tosses 1st pitch at Game 3 of ALDS

    October 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Former President George H.W. Bush, in a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace, threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals on Sunday.The 91-year-old Bush, recovering after breaking a vertebra in his neck in a summer spill, smiled broadly when the crowd cheered after he was brought onto the field. With wife Barbara by his side, he bounced a short throw from about five feet in front of the plate to Houston's Jed Lowrie, who was set up to catch.

  • Cardinals bracing for Game 3 of NLDS against Arrieta, Cubs

    October 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) St. Louis manager Mike Matheny says the Cardinals are preparing for Game 3 of the NL Division Series in ''the same boring way'' they have all season long.The Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs are tied at one game apiece heading into the first playoff game at Wrigley Field in seven years. Oh, the Cubs also will have Jake Arrieta on the mound on Monday night for his first start since he shut out Pittsburgh in the wild-card game.

  • Baseball magazine vendor takes on Cubs, city

    October 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) A cable TV ad salesman by day, Matt Smerge had hoped to join in the Chicago Cubs' smashing success this year - the 19th selling his own, low-budget baseball magazine for a copy right outside Wrigley Field. Nearly all the profits, he says, go into a college fund for his teenage son.

  • Osuna goes from picking vegetables to closer with Toronto

    October 11, 2015

    At 12, Roberto Osuna quit school to work with his father picking vegetables in the fields in Northern Mexico. Four years later, he was pitching against grown men in the Mexican League.And this week, the unflappable reliever made his playoff debut with the Toronto Blue Jays as the youngest player in the majors. The 20-year old rookie closer wasn't even born when the Blue Jays made their last postseason appearance.

  • Torre to review Utley's slide for possible discipline

    October 11, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Major League Baseball executive Joe Torre will review the controversial slide by Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley into New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada for possible disciplinary action after Game 2 of their NL Division Series.

  • Osuna, from picking vegetables to star closer with Toronto

    October 11, 2015

    At 12, Roberto Osuna quit school to work with his father picking vegetables in the fields in Northern Mexico. Four years later, he was pitching against grown men in the Mexican League.And this week, the unflappable reliever made his playoff debut with the Toronto Blue Jays as the youngest player in the majors. The 20-year old rookie closer wasn*t even born when the Blue Jays made their last postseason appearance.

  • LEADING OFF: Both ALDS in Texas; Keuchel up for Astros

    October 11, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---TEXAS TWO-STEPBoth AL Division Series travel to Texas, with the Astros hosting the Royals at 4:10 p.m. EDT and the Blue Jays facing the Rangers at 8:10 p.m. EDT. Kansas City and Houston split Games 1 and 2 in Missouri, while Texas takes a 2-0 advantage into Game 3 after a 14-inning 6-4 victory in Game 2 in Toronto.

  • Utley's takeout slide breaks Tejada's leg in Game 2 of NLDS

    October 11, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada broke his right leg when a takeout slide by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Chase Utley's flipped the shortstop in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Saturday night.The Mets were leading 2-1 when the Los Angeles Dodgers put runners at the corners with one out against Noah Syndergaard. Bartolo Colon relieved, and Howie Kendrick hit a grounder up the middle.

  • Mets' Tejada injured by Utley slide in Game 2 of NLDS

    October 11, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada has been taken off the field after injuring his right leg when Chase Utley's takeout slide flipped the shortstop in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the NL Division Series on Saturday night.The Mets were leading 2-1 when the Los Angeles Dodgers put runners at the corners against Noah Syndergaard. Bartolo Colon relieved, and Howie Kendrick hit a grounder up the middle.

  • Keuchel looks to help Astros take lead in ALDS over Royals

    October 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Dallas Keuchel has been asked why he pitches so well at home so many times that on Saturday, when it was posed yet again, Houston's ace had a little fun with the answer.''Maybe it's the temperature,'' he said. ''I don't know the AC ... set on 71.''

  • Cardinals say Garcia removed due to stomach virus

    October 10, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia was removed due to a stomach virus after two shaky innings of Game 2 in the NL Division Series.Garcia badly blew a play on a safety squeeze by pitcher Kyle Hendricks that led to the Cubs' five-run second inning and was victimized by another successful squeeze the next at-bat.

  • Odor, Rangers run home looking for ALDS sweep of Blue Jays

    October 11, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rougned Odor was struggling so badly a month into this season that he was sent back to the minor leagues by the Texas Rangers.Now the 21-year-old second baseman is a big reason Texas returned home with a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five AL Division Series against Toronto.

  • Cubs closer Rondon stuck in bullpen bathroom after Game 1

    October 10, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Chicago Cubs closer Hector Rondon got stuck in the bullpen bathroom for several minutes during Game 1 of the NL Division Series.Joe Walsh, St. Louis' director of stadium operations, said the latch froze during the latter innings of the Cardinals' 4-0 win Friday night.

  • Blue Jays reliever Cecil done, Tepera added to ALDS roster

    October 10, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Toronto Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil said he cried while walking to the clubhouse after being helped off the field.Cecil's season is over because of a torn calf muscle, and the left-hander has been replaced on Toronto's postseason roster by rookie right-hander Ryan Tepera.

  • Oakland pitching prospect dies 3 weeks after NY shooting

    October 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A 23-year-old baseball prospect who was shot last month in a fast-food parking lot in New York has died.A spokeswoman for the New York City medical examiner's office says Mike Nolan's death was reported to the office on Friday.The Journal News says (http://lohud.us/1VKHENw ) Nolan was declared brain dead on Thursday.

  • Adrian Beltre excused from Rangers workout to rest back

    October 10, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adrian Beltre stayed home Saturday, resting his strained lower back and taking medications.The Texas Rangers still were unsure if their veteran third baseman would be back in the lineup for Game 3 of the AL Division Series on Sunday night, when the Rangers are going for a sweep in the best-of-five series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

  • Road to playoffs can be long, brutal grind - or rapid ride

    October 10, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Alex Rios bounced through four organizations and played nearly 1,700 games before he finally appeared in a postseason game with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.It hasn't taken Kyle Schwarber or Carlos Correa nearly as long.

  • Who's the big Dawg on baseball playoff rosters? S-E-C!

    October 10, 2015

    David Price couldn't resist showing a little school spirit.The Blue Jays ace had just pitched seven shutout innings to win at Yankee Stadium in early August, boosted by Justin Smoak's grand slam.A half-hour later, while Smoak talked softly in the middle of the clubhouse about his big shot, Price sneaked up behind him.

  • DeGrom outduels Kershaw with 13 Ks; Mets beat Dodgers 3-1

    October 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Jacob deGrom struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings in his postseason debut and Daniel Murphy homered off a star-crossed Clayton Kershaw to help the New York Mets defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 on Friday night for a 1-0 lead in their NL Division Series.

  • LEADING OFF: Garcia up for Cards, Syndergaard on the road

    October 10, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---SENIOR CIRCUIT DAYBoth AL Division Series get the day off, putting the NL alone on the national stage as the Cubs face the Cardinals at 5:37 p.m. EDT and the Mets get the Dodgers at 9:07 p.m. EDT.

  • Jays' Cecil tears left calf muscle, could be done for year

    October 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil tore his left calf muscle during Friday's AL Division Series game and might be done for the postseason.Cecil, Toronto's top left-hander in the bullpen, was injured while tagging Mike Napoli in a rundown that ended the eighth inning of a 6-4 loss to the Texas Rangers. He had to be helped off the field.

  • Donaldson trades words with Kela, benches clear in ALDS

    October 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto Blue Jays slugger Josh Donaldson got into a shouting match with Rangers reliever Keone Kela in the 13th inning in Game 2 of the AL Division Series on Friday, causing the benches and benches to briefly empty.It was 4-all when Donaldson hit a deep drive to left field that went foul. Kela walked toward home plate and began trading words with Donaldson.

  • Yanks' Girardi: 'I did what I thought was right every day'

    October 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Joe Girardi sounded a bit defensive.The Yankees manager went to his office Friday for the first time since New York was eliminated. After wasting a seven-game AL East lead and finishing six games behind Toronto - the largest blown lead in Yankees history - New York's return to the postseason after a two-year absence lasted nine innings.

  • Molina in lineup for Cardinals in NLDS opener vs. Cubs

    October 9, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is in the lineup batting seventh for the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Division Series opener against the Chicago Cubs.Cubs manager Joe Maddon flipped the corner outfielders for defensive purposes, moving rookie Kyle Schwarber to right field and Chris Coghlan to left field.

  • Rookie infielder Corey Seager makes Dodgers' NLDS roster

    October 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Rookie infielder Corey Seager and veteran outfielder Justin Ruggiano are among 14 position players on the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster for the NL Division Series against the New York Mets.The team announced its 25-man roster Friday, hours before ace Clayton Kershaw opposed Jacob deGrom of the Mets in Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.

  • Steven Matz among 11 pitchers on Mets' playoff roster

    October 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Steven Matz is one of 11 pitchers on the New York Mets' roster for the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.The team announced its 25-man roster Friday, several hours before Game 1 at Dodger Stadium.Matz has been struggling with tightness behind his right shoulder blade, which cost him his final start of the regular season. The rookie left-hander threw about 90 pitches in a simulated Instructional League game Thursday in Florida to test himself and followed up with a long-toss session Friday.

  • Cubs add Hammel to NL Division Series roster

    October 9, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Chicago Cubs have added pitcher Jason Hammel to their NL division series roster and have dropped outfielder Quintin Berry.Hammel could start Game 4 of the best-of-five series against the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals but also will be available out of the bullpen.

  • New GM David Stearns sets fresh tone for retooling Brewers

    October 9, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Nearly a week into his tenure with the Milwaukee Brewers, new general manager David Stearns is beginning to set a fresh tone for a franchise in transition.This has been a busy period for Stearns, who was hired on Sept. 21 but only officially began with the Brewers this week as he transitioned out of his previous job as an assistant GM for the Houston Astros.

  • Manfred: Pace discipline not appropriate in postseason

    October 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says it's ''not appropriate'' to enforce pace-of-play rules as strictly during the postseason.Speaking before Toronto hosted Texas in Game 2 of their AL Division Series, Manfred said he was pleased with cooperation from players during the regular season, when the average time of a nine-inning game was cut by six minutes this year to 2:56.

  • Mariners fire Lloyd McClendon after 2 seasons

    October 9, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Given the opportunity that he didn't get in his previous stop as a general manager, Jerry Dipoto decided the best move for the Seattle Mariners was to bring in his own field boss from the start.That was reasoning behind Dipoto's decision to fire manager Lloyd McClendon on Friday after two seasons. Instead of moving forward with someone who had differing baseball views, Dipoto will start his tenure in Seattle with someone he chooses.

  • Seattle Mariners say they have fired manager Lloyd McClendon

    October 9, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Seattle Mariners say they have fired manager Lloyd McClendon.

  • Blue Jays' last postseason appearance was in a different era

    October 8, 2015

    It may not have been obvious at the time, but when Joe Carter's home run sailed over the wall to win the 1993 World Series for Toronto, a distinct era in baseball history came to an end.That was the last postseason before the wild card, as well as the last before a labor dispute wiped out the World Series the following year. Later in the 1990s, interleague play was introduced, and now the sport has instant replay and even a clock to speed up play.

  • Royals, Astros both have penchant for playing at home

    October 8, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Astros slugger George Springer attributes the trouble his team had on the road all season to the color of their jerseys, gray and drab, which might seem preposterous except for one thing: His manager, A.J. Hinch, offered up with the exact same reason.

  • Cubs, Pirates clear benches after Arrieta gets hit

    October 7, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates struggled to get a hit off Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta.Hitting Arrieta proved to be far easier.Pirates reliever Tony Watson drilled Arrieta in the left side with a fastball in the top of the seventh inning during Wednesday night's NL wild-card game. Arrieta and Watson exchanged words near home plate and the bullpens and benches briefly emptied onto the field. The teams gathered around each other along the first base line but there were no punches thrown. Watson was issued a warning.

  • LEADING OFF: Postseason returns to Toronto, KC hosts Astros

    October 8, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---WHAT'S THE PRICE?Blue Jays ace David Price tries to reverse his playoff history - the lefty is 0-5 with a 4.98 ERA in five career postseason starts. The former Cy Young Award winner, acquired in late July, will throw the first pitch when Toronto hosts Texas in Game 1 of the best-of-five American League Division Series.

  • A capsule look at the Astros-Royals playoff series

    October 7, 2015

    A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals:---Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at Kansas City (7:37 p.m.); Game 2, Friday, at Kansas City (3:45 p.m.); Game 3, Sunday, at Houston (4:10 p.m.); x-Game 4, Monday, Oct. 12, at Houston (TBD); x-Game 5, Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Kansas City (TBD). (All games on FS1 or MLBN).

  • Astros, Royals have much in common as they begin ALDS in KC

    October 7, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) When the Houston Astros had recorded the final out in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, they flooded onto the field in a wild celebration, all their years of losing finally a memory.It looked a whole lot like the scene in Kansas City a year ago.

  • Mets gear up to face 'those 2 animals' at Dodger Stadium

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Michael Cuddyer and the New York Mets are well aware of the challenge ahead.First, they get Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Dodgers.And then, Zack Greinke.It's an imposing 1-2 pitching punch that manager Terry Collins referred to last month as ''those two animals.''

  • Carpenter's career-high 28 homers boost Cardinals offense

    October 7, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Matt Carpenter really muscled up this season. The St. Louis Cardinals leadoff man hit 28 homers, more than his first three major league seasons combined.Carpenter struck out a lot more, too, but it seemed to be a worthy trade-off.''He's having an incredible season, an incredible season,'' manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday, two days ahead of the NL Division Series opener. ''I don't know where we'd be if he didn't have the kind of season he's had.''

  • Yankees, a team in transition, feel downbeat and yet hopeful

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The quartet leaned against the dugout railing with uniformly glum expressions during the ninth inning, Masahiro Tanaka and Dellin Betances crossing their arms, Brett Gardner dangling his over a railing and Chris Young resting his chin on a hand.

  • High-octane Blue Jays set to swing away vs Rangers in ALDS

    October 7, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) For some pitchers trying to stop Josh Donaldson and the rest of the powerful Toronto Blue Jays, it's enough to take their breath away.''You can't let up,'' Texas Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson said a day ahead of Thursday's AL Division Series opener. ''There's no getting past one guy and taking an exhale. Definitely, that poses its challenges. It's not an easy lineup to just pitch around one guy and get to the next.''

  • Jays seek to solve Gallardo in Game 1 of ALDS

    October 7, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Pitching against the powerful Toronto Blue Jays can sometimes feel like suffocating, because it is hard to come up for air.''You can't let up,'' Texas Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson said a day ahead of Thursday's AL Division Series opener. ''There's no getting past one guy and taking an exhale. Definitely, that poses its challenges. It's not an easy lineup to just pitch around one guy and get to the next.''

  • Puig says he's on Dodgers' playoff roster for NLDS

    October 7, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Yasiel Puig said Wednesday he's on the playoff roster for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who haven't revealed their 25-man squad for the upcoming NL Division Series.Manager Don Mattingly said players were informed of their status for the best-of-five series against the New York Mets beginning Friday at Dodger Stadium. However, the team will wait until the roster is due that morning to announce it.

  • Besides Lackey in Game 1, Matheny mum on rotation

    October 7, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) John Lackey gets the start in Game 1 of the NL Division Series for the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.At the beginning of a two-hour workout for the NL Central champions on Tuesday, manager Mike Matheny said he was not ready to announce the rest of his playoff rotation or his roster, or even whether he would carry 11 or 12 pitchers. Matheny said he likely will reveal the roster after a workout Thursday.

  • Harvey on time, Collins a cutup and mollified Mets off to LA

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With a gaggle of watchful reporters waiting outside the Mets dugout and a row of photographers kneeling in position, Matt Harvey hopped up the steps and onto the field at exactly 10 a.m.Right on time.One day after missing a mandatory workout and apologizing for his late arrival, Harvey went through practice with his New York teammates Wednesday before the NL East champions traveled to Los Angeles for their playoff opener.

  • With Yankees, wild-card game draws biggest TV audience

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) With the Yankees playing, baseball's wild-card game has drawn its largest television audience in its short history.The Houston Astros' 3-0 win over New York in the AL wild-card game Tuesday night on ESPN averaged more than 7.6 million viewers.

  • Ex-teammate: Arrested NBA player was giving cash to homeless

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A former teammate of a professional basketball player arrested outside a New York City nightclub says his friend was giving money to a homeless man when he was taken to the ground by police officers.Ex-Atlanta Hawks power forward Pero Antic testified Tuesday in the Manhattan trial of Thabo Sefolosha (sehf-ah-LOH'-shuh).

  • Clayton Kershaw seeks elusive postseason success for Dodgers

    October 7, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) No one epitomizes the Los Angeles Dodgers' recent playoff failures more than Clayton Kershaw. As brilliant as he's been in his career - winning last year's NL MVP and three Cy Young Awards - the ace has yet to achieve success in the postseason.

  • Gallardo got to go home, now starts Rangers' playoff opener

    October 7, 2015

    Yovani Gallardo grew up watching the Texas Rangers, often going to their ballpark and dreaming of one day pitching in big games for his local team.''Even with my cousins, it's one of those things we always talked about, having that goal for myself to put on the Ranger uniform and pitch important games,'' Gallardo said. ''Obviously the one goal that we all have as an athlete, to win the World Series. This is the first step.''

  • Cubs put Lester on wild-card roster as backup for Arrieta

    October 7, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Chicago Cubs placed Jon Lester on their wild-card roster on Wednesday as insurance should they need it during the one-game playoff against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Cy Young Award candidate Jake Arrieta will start against the Pirates. Lester, who won a pair of World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and 2013, is on the roster in case Arrieta has a short start or the game extends into extra innings.

  • Pirates have Liriano as backup for Cole in wild-card game

    October 7, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates hope Francisco Liriano won't have to pitch until Friday.Still, the Pirates placed Liriano on the 25-man roster for Wednesday night's wild-card game against the Chicago Cubs should starter Gerrit Cole falter or the contest go deep into extra innings.

  • A sad-sack history: The Half-Dozen 'Cubbiest' Moments Ever

    October 7, 2015

    Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he doesn't believe in ''any of that stuff.''That's easy for him to say, since Maddon wasn't around for any of it.But the goat curse, the black-cat curse, the curse of Bartman and all their mutations combined can't explain the century-and-counting World Series drought, can it? And either way, after playing some of the smartest baseball seen on either side of town in a decade, Maddon's young team has the chance to chart a new course for the Cubs when they play the Pirates at Pittsburgh in Wednesday night's wild-card game.

  • No Ordinary Joe, Cubs' Maddon might be MLB's best skipper

    October 7, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Everyone expected some zaniness when Joe Maddon came to town.He did not disappoint.Just a day after turning Wrigley Field into a petting zoo for his players, complete with a pink flamingo, a sloth, a penguin and a snow leopard, the Cubs manager was spotted strolling the concourse before a big game in late September with yet another big cat - this one a cheetah named ''Bibi'' - at the end of a leash.

  • Ellsbury, Yanks' 3M man, doesn't start in playoff loss

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury sat the bench for most of his first postseason game after signing a 3 million contract with the New York Yankees. When he finally got in, he saw three pitches at the plate and one inning in center field.Brett Gardner, who took Ellsbury's spot in center field and atop the batting order, struck out three times again left-hander Dallas Keuchel in the Yankees' 3-0 loss in Tuesday night's AL wild-card game. New York had just three hits, all singles.

  • LEADING OFF: Aces up in NL wild card; Puig looking "rusty"

    October 7, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---ANOTHER WILD ONEThe Pirates and Cubs take their turn on the national stage, squaring off in the NL wild-card game at PNC Park. This one features two of the game's best pitchers, as the Bucs' Gerrit Cole shares the rubber with Chicago's Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta. It'll be the postseason debut for Arrieta, who won 22 games with a 0.75 ERA after the All-Star break this year. Pittsburgh and Chicago had the second- and third-best records in the majors this season, respectively, but one starts their offseason Thursday morning while the other heads to St. Louis for the NL Division Series.

  • A capsule look at the Mets-Dodgers playoff series

    October 6, 2015

    A look at the best-of-five National League Division Series between the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers:---Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Friday, at Los Angeles (9:45 p.m.); Game 2, Saturday, at Los Angeles (9:07 p.m.); Game 3, Monday, Oct. 12, at New York (TBD); x-Game 4, Tuesday, Oct. 13, at New York (TBD); x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 15, at Los Angeles (TBD). (All games on TBS).

  • Rockies will bring back manager Walt Weiss for another year

    October 6, 2015

    COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss will return to the dugout next season after meeting with General Manager Jeff Bridich on Tuesday.The Rockies are 208-278 under Weiss, and went 68-94 and finished last in the NL West this season. He has one year left on his contract.

  • MLB inning breaks 3 minutes, 15 seconds during postseason

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) In the first year of Major League Baseball's countdown clocks, between-inning breaks were clearly longer during the postseason opener between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.The clock time was 3 minutes, 15 seconds Tuesday night for the AL wild-card game at Yankee Stadium, up from 2:25 for most regular-season games and 2:45 for nationally televised regular-season games. MLB said the break time was intended to be 2:55, as in previous postseasons, with the first pitch supposed to be thrown within the last 20 seconds of clock time.

  • Donaldson leads powerful Blue Jays into ALDS

    October 6, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) After he acquired Josh Donaldson last winter, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos was concerned that his new third baseman might try to swing for the fences too much in his new hitter-friendly home. He'd seen the slugger's average dip by nearly 50 points in 2014, even as his home runs total ticked up.

  • Kershaw to start Game 1 of NLDS against Mets

    October 6, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have set their pitching rotation for the first three games of their best-of-five NL playoff series against the New York Mets.Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 on Friday at Dodger Stadium, as expected, against Jacob deGrom.

  • Puig 'rusty' as he works his way back from hamstring injury

    October 6, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Yasiel Puig is still ''rusty'' as he works his way back from a hamstring injury that cost him the final month of the season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers are still evaluating whether the Cuban outfielder will be on their playoff roster.

  • Upstart Cubs face steady Pirates in NL wild card

    October 6, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The hot, young talent. The emerging ace with the electric stuff. The relentlessly upbeat manager. The giddy relief that comes with washing away years of futility.Yeah, Andrew McCutchen has seen this script before.Two years ago, it was star center fielder and the rest of the Pittsburgh Pirates who found themselves as baseball's new darlings when they crashed the playoffs for the first time in two decades.

  • Graney, McNamee voted by fans to Hall ballot for Frick Award

    October 6, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Jack Graney, Graham McNamee and Bert Wilson have been elected by fans to join seven other candidates on the ballot for the Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting.Graney, a former player, called Cleveland games from 1932-44 and 1946-53; McNamee worked for Westinghouse (1923-25) and NBC (1926-35), including 12 World Series; Wilson did Chicago Cubs games from 1944-55, starting by broadcasting from a rooftop behind Wrigley Field's bleachers.

  • CF Gomez in Astros' lineup for wild-card game vs Yanks

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Center fielder Carlos Gomez is in the Houston Astros' starting lineup for the AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.Gomez is listed hitting sixth Tuesday night. He missed the Astros' final regular-season series at Arizona because of a strained left chest muscle.

  • Napoli back with the Rangers, who are back in playoffs

    October 6, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Chants of ''Nap-o-li!, Nap-o-li!'' echo in Texas just like 2011 all over again.Expect them to only get louder and more frequent now that the Rangers are back in the playoffs again, two months after the return of Mike Napoli, who had 10 RBIs in their last World Series.

  • Ellsbury, Yanks' 3 million man, benched in wild-card game

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury, signed to a 3 million contract by the Yankees less than two years ago, was left out of New York's starting lineup for Tuesday night's AL wild-card game against Houston.With left-hander Dallas Keuchel starting for the Astros, Yankees manager Joe Girardi wants to get right-handed-hitting Chris Young in the starting lineup. Brett Gardner took Ellsbury's spot in center field and atop the batting order.

  • No playoffs, Indians open offseason with front-office shift

    October 6, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians manager Terry Francona doesn't like being an October outsider. This is his month.Over the past decade or so, Francona exorcised demons and ended a celebrated curse in Boston, winning two World Series titles. But despite a second-half surge, Cleveland didn't make the postseason for the second straight year and Francona hasn't quite come to grips with it.

  • A capsule look at the Rangers-Blue Jays playoff series

    October 6, 2015

    A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays:---Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Thursday, at Toronto, 3:37 or 4:07 p.m. (FS1); Game 2, Friday, at Toronto, 12:45 p.m. (MLBN); Game 3, Sunday, at Texas, 8:10 p.m. (FS1); Game 4, x-Monday, Oct. 12, at Texas, TBD (FOX or FS1); Game 5, x-Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Toronto, TBD (FOX or FS1)

  • Marlins president says he regrets moving GM into dugout

    October 6, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Miami Marlins President David Samson says he regrets moving general manager Dan Jennings into the dugout, and the franchise has begun its latest managerial search with a new approach.In the past, Samson said, the Marlins have sought to hire a manager who was a stark contrast to his predecessor.

  • Ellsbury out of Yankees lineup for wild-card game

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jacoby Ellsbury has been left out of the New York Yankees lineup for their AL wild-card game against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.Manager Joe Girardi kept his struggling left-handed swinging center fielder on the bench with lefty Dallas Keuchel starting for Houston. Brett Gardner takes Ellsbury spot in center field and atop the batting order.

  • Suzuki signs million, 1-year deal to remain with Marlins

    October 6, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Ichiro Suzuki signed a million, one-year contract Tuesday to remain with the Miami Marlins in hopes of reaching 3,000 hits.Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on Major League Baseball's hits list with 2,935. He also had 1,278 in Japan.

  • Harvey misses Mets' workout, apologizes after late arrival

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey is off to a horrendous start in his first postseason.The star pitcher missed a mandatory New York Mets workout Tuesday at Citi Field and apologized to the team for arriving late. Harvey did not give a reason for his absence when he spoke to reporters about 15 minutes after practice ended. He did not take questions, either.

  • Good news for sluggers: Lower wall at Marlins Park in 2016

    October 6, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have decided to alter their outfield wall and give hitters a better chance in their spacious ballpark.The Marlins still want a park that favors pitchers, team president David Samson said Tuesday. But the wall will be lowered and perhaps moved closer to home plate for the 2016 season.

  • Brooks Robinson puts Series rings, MVP trophy up for auction

    October 6, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Brooks Robinson spent decades surrounded by the trophies and souvenirs he gathered during his Hall of Fame career with the Baltimore Orioles.The shelves in his study are now bare, the result of Robinson's carefully considered decision to auction off more than 200 cherished items to raise money for charity.

  • Personal assistant charged with stealing MLB pitcher's yacht

    October 6, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Authorities say a former personal assistant for Major League pitcher Bronson Arroyo fraudulently sold Arroyo's yacht in Florida.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement reports 38-year-old Anthony Acosta was arrested Monday in Tampa and charged with grand theft and forgery.

  • Royals head into postseason with newfound expectations

    October 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals were just happy to be invited to the party last year, ending a 29-year postseason drought before squeaking through a dramatic wild-card game against the Athletics.Then they crashed the rest of it by sweeping their way to the World Series.

  • Twins GM: Mauer can be a .300 hitter again, will play 1B

    October 6, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Once one of the game's great hitters, Joe Mauer hasn't been the same force in the batter's box for two years now.Mauer is coming off one of the worst offensive seasons of his career, but Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan believes he can return to being a difference-maker at the plate.

  • Matt Harvey, caught in traffic, finally shows at workout

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey finally made it to the New York Mets workout, and he had an explanation plenty of New Yorkers could understand - he was stuck in traffic.When the star pitcher didn't initially show Tuesday, general manager Sandy Alderson did not know why. Alderson believed the Citi Field workout was mandatory for all players.

  • Matt Harvey absent from Mets workout with no explanation

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matt Harvey is absent from the New York Mets workout at Citi Field and the team does not know why.General manager Sandy Alderson says he believes the workout was mandatory for all players and he has no explanation for why the star pitcher did not show Tuesday. Alderson says he's sure there will be one, and declined to comment further until then.

  • Dan Jennings returning to general manager job with Marlins

    October 6, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins say Dan Jennings is returning to his former job as general manager after moving to the dugout as manager this season.Marlins President David Samson said Tuesday the search for a new manager has begun. Candidates include former major league managers Manny Acta, Larry Bowa and Bo Porter.

  • Gallardo, Hamels set to start for Rangers in ALDS Games 1-2

    October 6, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Yovani Gallardo will start for the Texas Rangers in their ALDS opener Thursday, and ace lefty Cole Hamels will pitch for the AL West champions in the second game at Toronto.Manager Jeff Banister announced only the starters for the first two games Tuesday, when the team worked out at home before departing for Canada.

  • Ichiro Suzuki signs 1-year deal to remain with Marlins

    October 6, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Ichiro Suzuki has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Miami Marlins and try to reach the 3,000-hit milestone in the majors.Suzuki, who turns 42 on Oct. 22, is tied for 33rd on the hits list with 2,935. He had 91 in 153 games for the Marlins this year but batted a career-low .229, dropping his career average to .314.

  • Royals to give Ventura start in Game 1 of ALDS

    October 6, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals will start hard-throwing youngster Yordano Ventura in Game 1 of the AL Division Series, regardless of whether Kansas City plays the Yankees or Astros on Thursday night.Royals manager Ned Yost announced his starter before Tuesday's workout at Kauffman Stadium. Johnny Cueto will pitch the second game and Edinson Volquez will start Game 3, with the rest of the rotation to be announced only if Games 4 and 5 are necessary.

  • Indians promote general manager Chris Antonetti

    October 6, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have shifted their front office, promoting general manager Chris Antonetti to president of baseball operations and naming Mike Chernoff their new general manager.With president Mark Shapiro leaving Cleveland after 24 seasons to take the same position with the Toronto Blue Jays, the Indians have moved Antonetti, who has been the GM over the past five seasons, into a role ''overseeing the direction of all our baseball decision-making.''

  • Gomez on roster for Astros in wild-card game

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Center fielder Carlos Gomez, who missed the final regular-season series with a strained left chest muscle, is on the roster for Houston's AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.Gomez is expected to start for Houston on Tuesday night. Also on the roster is right-hander Mike Fiers, a starter who threw a no-hitter in August and has one relief appearance for the Astros this season since he joined Houston with Gomez in a trade from Milwaukee.

  • Gomez on roster for Astros in Wild Card

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Center fielder Carlos Gomez, who missed the final regular-season series with a strained left chest muscle, is on the roster for Houston's Wild Card playoff game against the New York Yankees.Gomez is expected to start for Houston on Tuesday night. Also on the roster is right-hander Mike Fiers, a starter who threw a no-hitter in August and has one relief appearance for the Astros this season since he joined Houston with Gomez in a trade from Milwaukee.

  • Severino and Nova in Yankees' bullpen behind Tanaka

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Starting pitchers Luis Severino and Ivan Nova are part of an eight-man bullpen on the New York Yankees' roster for their AL wild-card game against Houston.The rest of the bullpen behind Tuesday night starter Masahiro Tanaka includes Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Justin Wilson, Adam Warren, James Pazos and Bryan Michell.

  • Collins, Gibbons among 4 managers making playoff debuts

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Late in the season, as the New York Mets closed in on their NL East championship, one opponent after another sat in the visitors' dugout at Citi Field and commended manager Terry Collins.''Real happy for T.C.,'' was the sentiment echoed by Atlanta skipper Fredi Gonzalez and others.

  • Collins, Hinch among 4 managers prepping for playoff debuts

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Late in the season, as manager Terry Collins and the New York Mets closed in on their NL East championship, one opponent after another made it a point to commend Collins at Citi Field.''Real happy for T.C.,'' was the sentiment echoed by Atlanta skipper Fredi Gonzalez and others.

  • Yomiuri Giants pitcher Fukuda suspended for bets on baseball

    October 6, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) A pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants, Japan's most popular baseball team, has been suspended for betting on games, including those involving his own team.Satoshi Fukuda bet on 10 Nippon Professional Baseball games and 10 major league games in an attempt to win back money he lost gambling on high school baseball games in August.

  • Despite injuries, Cardinals in postseason 5th straight year

    October 6, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Since 2011, the bill for clubhouse carpet cleaning and/or replacement has been high for the St. Louis Cardinals. It's a price willingly paid for all those champagne fests, every step of the way.Like clockwork, October arrives and so do the Cardinals, primed for another deep postseason run. The last four years, they've advanced to the NL Championship Series, winning the World Series in `11.

  • LEADING OFF: Astros-Yanks ready to get wild; Cubs, Bucs wait

    October 5, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Tuesday:---LET'S GET WILDThe Yankees and Astros open the postseason in New York with Masahiro Tanaka pitching against Houston ace Dallas Keuchel in the AL wild-card game. Tanaka has been slowed by a hamstring injury down the stretch, but before that he had emerged as the Yankees' most dependable starter. Keuchel, meanwhile, is a 20-game winner who has been among the AL's best pitchers all season. Of particular note with this game at hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium: Keuchel gave up only 0.66 homers per nine innings this season, second-best among qualifying AL starters behind Minnesota's Mike Pelfrey.

  • After encouraging season, D-backs GM says 'we're close'

    October 5, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) A 15-game improvement in the standings with a core of talented young players and an aggressive style has the Arizona Diamondbacks believing they are headed in the right direction.''We're close,'' general manager Dave Stewart said.Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa was a little more measured in his comments.

  • Keuchel, Astros still have something to prove against Yanks

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For Dallas Keuchel, pitching on three days' rest for the Houston Astros in the American League wild-card game is just one more chance to prove a season's worth of doubters wrong.''I play with a chip on my shoulder,'' Keuchel said Monday at Yankee Stadium. ''I think a lot of the guys do in there as well. And we'll always carry that.''

  • Beer banner draws attention as Yanks discuss Sabathia rehab

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) CC Sabathia's alcohol problem drew attention at Yankee Stadium. So did the backdrop at Monday's news conference - a banner with several beer logos.Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman talked about the pitcher's decision to enter a rehab center. They spoke in the stadium interview room in front of a Major League Baseball banner for the AL wild-card game that advertised ''presented by Budweiser.''

  • Last-place Detroit Tigers face uncertain future

    October 5, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The run atop the AL Central was going to end at some point for the Detroit Tigers. This was an ugly way for it to happen.There was no down-to-the-wire division race, no chase to the finish. Instead, the Tigers finished last with their worst record (74-87) since 2008.

  • Red Sox more optimistic despite another last-place finish

    October 5, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox tried to buy their way out of the AL East cellar last offseason with splashy free agents, guaranteeing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval a total of 3 million.All that got them was another last-place finish.So the 2013 World Series champions are rebuilding again, this time under new baseball boss Dave Dombrowski. But the ballclub has more reason to be optimistic at this point than it was last year.

  • Giants miss playoffs again after latest championship run

    October 5, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The defending champion Giants missed the playoffs in yet another odd-year disappointment, as has become the recent pattern following title runs.Despite that, manager Bruce Bochy is about as proud of this club as he was the teams that won three World Series championships in the previous five years.

  • A capsule look at the Cubs-Pirates playoff game

    October 5, 2015

    A look at the National League wild-card playoff between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates:---Schedule: Wednesday, at Pittsburgh, 8:08 p.m. EDT (TBS).---Season Series: Cubs won 11-8.---Projected Lineups:Cubs: CF Dexter Fowler (.250, 17 HRs, 46 RBIs), LF Kyle Schwarber (.246, 16, 43), 3B Kyle Bryant (.275, 26, 99), 1B Anthony Rizzo (.278, 31, 101), 2B Starlin Castro (.265, 11, 69), RF Chris Coghlan (.250, 16, 41), C Miguel Montero (.248, 15, 53), SS Addison Russell (.242, 13, 54).

  • Rays ready to keep building after another sub-.500 finish

    October 5, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The resourceful Tampa Bay Rays have always used a different measuring stick to gauge their progress.The budget-minded team missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record for the second straight season, yet Kevin Cash doesn't feel his team is that far away from being a contender again.

  • Hamels good addition for Rangers future - and this year too

    October 5, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels was certainly a good addition for the future of the Texas Rangers.And this season too.Eight games out of first place after Hamels made his Texas debut Aug. 1, the Rangers are back in the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

  • Closer Melancon quiet exclamation point for Pirates

    October 5, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The greatest season by a Pittsburgh Pirates reliever began with doubt.About Mark Melancon's command. About the state of his right arm. About his ability to close the door.Standing in a quiet clubhouse on April 21 following a 9-8 loss to the Cubs - a game in which Chicago tagged Melancon for three runs in the ninth - Melancon calmly answered every question with the confidence of a man whose belief in himself wasn't shaken even as his ERA ballooned to 8.53.

  • Cards catcher Molina will try to play with splint over thumb

    October 5, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina will try to play in the NL Division Series while wearing a splint to protect his injured left thumb.The All-Star, widely considered the best defensive catcher in the game, met with a hand specialist on Monday.

  • Cubs take aim at postseason after making big leap

    October 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) No matter how the playoffs turn out for the Chicago Cubs, manager Joe Maddon wanted to know one thing.''How can you possibly be disappointed with anything our players have done this year?'' he wondered.The emergence of several young prospects helped elevate the Cubs to their first postseason appearance in seven years despite finishing third in their division. They visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday night for a matchup of two of the majors' best teams in the NL wild-card game.

  • Billy Eppler welcomes high expectations as Angels' new GM

    October 5, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Billy Eppler knows his new job as the Los Angeles Angels' general manager looks particularly tough. He knows all about the organizational power wielded by manager Mike Scioscia and the high expectations of owner Arte Moreno.None of it scared Eppler, who learned all about sky-high expectations in demanding organizations during 11 years in the New York Yankees' front office.

  • MLB defensive shifts up another 33 percent this season

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) It was another year of big shifts in Major League Baseball.Teams used 17,733 defensive shifts on balls in play this season, Baseball Info Solutions said Monday. That is up 33 percent from 13,298 last year.Shifts increased from 2,357 in 2011 to 4,577 the following year and 8,180 in 2013.

  • Orioles' put priority on retaining Davis, improving pitching

    October 5, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Seeking an encore to their appearance in the AL Championship Series, the Baltimore Orioles sputtered through a .500 season primarily because they couldn't replace stars lost to free agency and received sub-par performances from several of the 2014 standouts.

  • Unsatisfied Twins make significant strides with 83-79 finish

    October 5, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins made a 13-win improvement this year, the second-biggest rise in the American League, and remained in contention for a wild card spot until the final weekend of the regular season.After four straight seasons averaging 96 losses, the Twins were relevant again. At times, they were tough to beat: throughout May, going into the All-Star break, and before and after Labor Day during a 16-7 run. Resilient was the best description of these Twins, with a 16-7 record over their last 23 road games one of many examples.

  • Another long offseason for underachieving Marlins

    October 5, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Six months and 91 losses later, it's hard to remember why the Miami Marlins thought they were breaking spring training camp with a playoff contender.Little went as planned. Opening day starter Henderson Alvarez didn't win a game all year. The rotation to start the season finished 24-37. Ace Jose Fernandez made a comeback from Tommy John surgery but later returned to the disabled list. Closer Steve Cishek blew four of seven save chances and lost his job.

  • MLB attendance up slightly this season

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball averaged 30,517 fans at games this season, up slightly from the previous two years and the sport's seventh-highest mark.The average was up from last year's 30,454 and was the most since 30,985 in 2012, the commissioner's office said Monday. The average peaked at 32,785 in 2007, before the Great Recession.

  • Reds lose 98 games, short-term future looks bleak

    October 5, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Todd Frazier summed up the Reds' worst season in 33 years with two familiar words.''I'd say: `Rainy day,''' the All-Star Home Run Derby champion said. ''Nobody likes a rainy day. We had a lot of rain delays. A lot of tough days this year trying to put things together.''

  • Cooper, Nelson will be plate umpires in wild-card games

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Eric Cooper will be the plate umpire for the AL wild-card game and Jeff Nelson will call balls and strikes at the NL game.Major League Baseball announced the umpires Monday for the wild card and Division Series games.Ted Barrett will be the crew chief Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium when Houston visits New York. Chris Conroy, Paul Emmel, Manny Gonzalez and Bill Miller also will work.

  • Hart says Braves 'will be better' following 67-win finish

    October 5, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The last time the Atlanta Braves finished below 70 wins was 1990, when they were in a rebuilding process based on pitching.The reward came more quickly than anyone could imagine: A 1991 World Series berth that was the start of 14 consecutive postseason berths.

  • Athletics promote Billy Beane, David Forst in front office

    October 5, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics wanted to make sure they could keep David Forst in the front office after other clubs sought to hire him, so they promoted him to general manager Monday and elevated Billy Beane to executive vice president of baseball operations.

  • Weiss' return with Rockies in limbo after losing season

    October 5, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Nolan Arenado has the stats to be an MVP. His team doesn't have the wins to really give him any sort of chance.The Colorado Rockies' Gold Glove third baseman was one of the few bright spots in a sour 68-94 season that saw All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki traded to Toronto and prized pitching prospects struggle at Coors Field. They struggled elsewhere, too, finishing with a league-worst 5.04 ERA.

  • Nationals fire manager Matt Williams after only 2 seasons

    October 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) In describing what he will look for in a manager to replace Matt Williams, Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo might have been pointing out exactly what he felt went wrong with the man he hired two years ago and fired Monday.''Leadership qualities, knowledge of the game, X's and O's are all important. Communication in the clubhouse, communication within the coaching staff, is vital,'' Rizzo said during a telephone conference call. ''Experience is always helpful. It always adds a layer of expertise to anybody's resume. We feel that where we're at in our timetable of winning a championship, we certainly would lean toward someone that has some type of managerial experience, especially at the major league level.''

  • Preller looking for manager to get Padres playing better

    October 5, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Admitting his San Diego Padres ''didn't have the right formula'' this season, general manager A.J. Preller says he's looking for a manager who can get the underachieving team to play at a high level.Preller fired interim manager Pat Murphy on Sunday after the Padres finished 74-88 and fourth in the NL West, 18 games behind the division champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Dipoto's first big move as M's GM is deciding on McClendon

    October 5, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Now the wait begins to see what the first big move of Jerry Dipoto's tenure as general manager of the Seattle Mariners will be.Does Lloyd McClendon return as manager in 2016? Or does Dipoto change field managers and bring in his own choice?

  • Diamondbacks fire pitching coach Mike Harkey

    October 5, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have fired pitching coach Mike Harkey.Harkey held the position for two seasons and had been retained on the staff after manager Kirk Gibson was fired a year ago.Harkey has coached in the majors for 16 years and was Joe Girardi's bullpen coach for six seasons with the New York Yankees before coming to Arizona.

  • Marion, Walters among 10 older candidates for baseball Hall

    October 5, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Former stars Marty Marion and Bucky Walters are among 10 candidates from the earlier days of baseball who will be considered for the Hall of Fame.The Hall on Monday announced the Pre-Integration Era ballot. A 16-member panel will decide on Dec. 7 during the winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, with a three-quarters vote needed for election.

  • After total rebuild, Phillies have hope for future

    October 5, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The manager quit. The general manager got fired. The president is retiring.From the front office to the clubhouse, it was a complete rebuilding year for the Philadelphia Phillies. They finished with the worst record (63-99) in the majors but showed promise.

  • Royals back in playoffs with stingy, rebuilt bullpen

    October 5, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) By the time the Kansas City Royals had run roughshod through the American League playoffs last year, everyone in baseball knew exactly what H-D-H meant.Herrera, Davis, Holland. The big three relievers at the back of their bullpen.

  • Brewers overhaul starts, contracts of 5 coaches not renewed

    October 5, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers are letting five coaches go in what is likely the first step in the franchise's offseason overhaul.Only hitting coach Darnell Coles and third base coach Ed Sedar will return from the previous staff in 2016 under manager Craig Counsell. He was hired in May following the firing of predecessor Ron Roenicke.

  • CC Sabathia to enter alcohol rehab center, miss playoffs

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) CC Sabathia walked into manager Joe Girardi's office in Baltimore on Sunday and made a stunning admission: He has an alcohol problem.''The first thing he said is, `I need help,''' Girardi said Monday during a workout at Yankee Stadium for the AL wild-card game. ''I was shocked.''

  • Sabathia to check into alcohol rehab center, miss playoffs

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is checking into an alcohol rehabilitation center and will miss the postseason.The team issued a statement from the pitcher Monday, a day before New York plays Houston in the AL wild-card game. Sabathia, the 2007 AL Young Award winner, said he took the step to receive the care he needs and become the kind of person ''I can be proud of.''

  • White Sox move on after disappointing season

    October 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) David Robertson came to the Chicago White Sox with an eye on closing meaningful games in October, and he can still see it happening.It won't be this year. A season that began with high hopes ended Sunday with the White Sox fourth in the AL Central with 86 losses, although it really ended for this team long before that. The team started slow and never really recovered.

  • More changes ahead for Brewers after tough season

    October 5, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers packed up their belongings and said their goodbyes for the 2015 season after getting swept in the final series by the Chicago Cubs.Really, the franchise started looking forward to next year five months ago.An offseason of change has arrived as Milwaukee looks to retool following its first 90-loss campaign since 2004. At 68-94, the Brewers were 14 games worse than the previous year.

  • Indians fall short of expectations, playoffs in 2015

    October 5, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Jason Kipnis stood near his locker, already showing signs of an early-fall cleanout, and sized up a season of major momentum swings and minor fulfillment.The Indians fell way short of expectations - and the playoffs. Unsatisfying.Still, despite spending just two days over .500 during the regular season and getting there again with a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday to finish 81-80, Kipnis offered a promising outlook.

  • Bryant has best-selling baseball jersey; Bumgarner 2nd

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Chicago Cubs first baseman Kris Bryant has the most popular jersey among big leaguers this season, the first rookie to top the list since Major League Baseball and its players' union started releasing sales rankings from MLB.com's online shop in 2010.

  • Nationals fire manager Matt Williams, coaching staff

    October 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Manager Matt Williams was fired by the Washington Nationals on Monday after a season in which the team went from World Series favorite to failing to make the playoffs.The club announced the move a day after finishing the regular season barely above .500 at 83-79, second to the New York Mets in the NL East.

  • The Washington Nationals say they have fired Matt Williams and his coaching staff.

    October 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals say they have fired Matt Williams and his coaching staff.

  • Average time of 9-inning MLB game drops 6 minutes to 2:56

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has managed to cut six minutes from the average time of a nine-inning game this season, when it adopted some speedup rules.STATS said Monday that the season average ended at 2 hours, 56 minutes. While the average dropped to 2:53 in the first half of the season, it was back at 3:00 after the All-Star break.

  • Supreme Court rejects San Jose appeal over Athletics' move

    October 5, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the city of San Jose in its bid to lure baseball's Athletics from Oakland to the South Bay.The justices on Monday left in place lower court rulings that dismissed the city's antitrust claims against Major League Baseball, which blocked the Athletics' contemplated move to San Jose.

  • Close calls in Cy Young races; Harper, Donaldson for MVP

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Here's how stacked the NL Cy Young race is: Max Scherzer struck out 276 batters with a 2.79 ERA and became the first major leaguer in 42 years to throw two no-hitters in one season.Those credentials might be good enough to challenge Gerrit Cole for fourth place.

  • 4 moments that changed the 2015 baseball season

    October 5, 2015

    It could have been one of the most memorable comebacks in Los Angeles Angels history, but instead it will go down as a mere footnote.When the Angels scored five runs in the ninth inning Saturday to beat the Texas Rangers 11-10, they kept themselves in the postseason race for another day and prevented Texas from clinching the AL West. Then on Sunday, Texas beat the Angels, wrapping up the division and ensuring that Houston, not Los Angeles, would end up with a wild card.

  • Playoff Push: Kershaw aims at redemption, stars set to debut

    October 5, 2015

    The Major League Baseball playoffs begin this week, starting Tuesday night with the American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium.Big stars Andrew McCutchen, Prince Fielder and Zack Greinke, familiar faces David Wright, Johnny Cueto and Adam Wainwright and top rookies such as Kris Bryant fill the rosters of the 10 teams that reached the postseason.

  • Resurgent Castro pitching in for playoff-bound Cubs

    October 5, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The music starts and fans clap in unison as Starlin Castro walks to the plate. Teammates in the Chicago Cubs' dugout get into it, and the same goes for everyone in the bullpen.''It's awesome,'' Castro said. ''It's the most fun thing that we've got all year. The fans have been crazy when that song (plays), get up. I feel really appreciated even if they don't understand what (the song) says. But they still like it.''

  • Angels hire Yankees' Billy Eppler as new general manager

    October 5, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels hired longtime Yankees executive Billy Eppler as their new general manager on Sunday night.The 40-year-old Eppler replaces interim GM Bill Stoneman, who took over after Jerry Dipoto quit his job at midseason following his latest disagreement with Mike Scioscia, the longest-serving manager in baseball.

  • A capsule look at the Astros-Yankees playoff game

    October 5, 2015

    A look at the American League wild-card game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees:---Schedule: Tuesday, at New York, 8:08 p.m. EDT (ESPN).---Season Series: Astros won 4-3.---Projected Lineups:Astros: 2B Jose Altuve (.313, 15, 66, 40 2Bs, 38 SBs, 200 hits), RF George Springer (.276, 16, 41, 16 SBs), SS Carlos Correa (.279, 22, 68, 22 2Bs), DH Evan Gattis (.246, 27, 88, 11 3Bs), LF Colby Rasmus (.238, 25, 61, 23 2Bs), CF Carlos Gomez (.255, 12 HRs, 56 RBIs, 29 2Bs, 17 SBs with Brewers and Astros) or Jake Marisnick (.236, 9, 36, 24 SBs), 3B Jed Lowrie (.222, 9, 30), 1B Chris Carter (.199, 24, 64), C Jason Castro (.211, 11, 31).

  • LEADING OFF: Skippers in peril, plus Astros and Yanks prep

    October 4, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Monday:---BLACK MONDAYThe day after the season is often dicey for managers on the hot seat. Last year, the Twins fired longtime skipper Ron Gardenhire less 24 hours after their final game. The Padres moved quickly Sunday, announcing that interim manager Pat Murphy won't lead the club next year. Washington manager Matt Williams could be in trouble, too, after a team that was a World Series favorite didn't even make it to the playoffs. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said a decision about Williams' future will come soon, adding they're ''not going to let people twist in the wind.''

  • Cincinnati's Chapman throws 62 fastest pitches of season

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Cincinnati reliever Aroldis Chapman threw the 62 fastest pitches in the big leagues this season, according to Major League Baseball's new Statcast computer system.Chapman's fastest pitches ranged from 103.92 mph to 102.36 mph, MLB said after Sunday's regular-season finales. His fastest was fouled off by Minnesota's Brian Dozier on June 29.

  • Giants encouraged by Cain's outing in loss to Rockies

    October 4, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Matt Cain needed this kind of outing. The former Giants ace has struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness since throwing his perfect game more than three years ago.Cain started for the first time in six weeks and pitched two-hit ball for five scoreless innings. He was in line for his 98th career victory before the Colorado Rockies rallied for seven runs in the ninth inning to beat the San Francisco Giants 7-3 on Sunday.

  • Braves' Pierzynski levels tool mascot characters in race

    October 4, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) A.J. Pierzynski was a bargain for the Atlanta Braves after signing a one-year, million contract.The 38-year-old Pierzynski did it all: Hit for average, hit for power - and on Sunday, hit some tool-shaped mascots trying to race on the warning track.

  • Aces wild: Playoffs open with Astros-Yankees, Cubs-Pirates

    October 4, 2015

    Dallas Keuchel started the All-Star game, won 20 times and twice dominated the New York Yankees.Now, the Houston Astros need him to pitch the game of his life - while starting on three days' rest for the first time in his career.All of the Major League Baseball playoff matchups were set Sunday on a final day of the regular season mostly devoid of drama. The Texas Rangers helped locked in the pairings by routing the Los Angeles Angels to win the AL West.

  • Pat Murphy out as interim manager of losing Padres

    October 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Pat Murphy is out as interim manager of the San Diego Padres.San Diego made the announcement Sunday after losing to the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Sunday in its final game this season.Murphy took over in mid-June after Bud Black was fired. San Diego was 42-53 under Murphy and finished fourth in the division at 74-88 - 23 games behind the Dodgers. Murphy had been guiding the Padres' Triple-A team in El Paso when he was promoted.

  • Padres say interim manager Murphy won't lead team next year

    October 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The San Diego Padres say interim manager Pat Murphy won't lead the team next year.The Padres made the announcement after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Sunday in the final game of the season.Murphy took over in mid-June after Bud Black was fired. San Diego was 42-53 under Murphy and finished fourth in the NL West at 74-88, 23 games behind the first-place Dodgers. Murphy had been guiding the Padres' Triple-A team in El Paso when he moved up.

  • Pirates clinch home field in wild-card game with win

    October 4, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates clinched the home field in the NL wild card-game, beating the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday behind J.A. Happ's stellar outing and Pedro Alvarez's long homer.The Pirates (98-64) locked up the right to host the Chicago Cubs (97-65) Wednesday night in a winner-take-all playoff, with a victory on the final day of the regular season.

  • Marlins-Phillies delayed after dead hawk falls on field

    October 4, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A game Sunday between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies was delayed about a minute when a hawk died and dropped in foul territory along the left field line.A Phillies spokesperson said the dead hawk was attacked by another bird flying over Citizens Bank Park.

  • Marlins' Ichiro pitches inning in relief

    October 4, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ichiro Suzuki has accomplished quite a bit in his major league career.Now you can cross pitching off the list.Suzuki hit 88 mph and induced a swing and miss with a breaking pitch during a one-inning relief appearance for the Miami Marlins Sunday in their regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Phillies, a 7-2 loss.

  • Robinson singles in 7th for Nationals' 1st hit against Mets

    October 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Clint Robinson has singled with two outs in the seventh inning for the Washington Nationals' first hit against the New York Mets.Jonathon Niese, the fourth pitcher used by the Mets in the regular-season finale Sunday, gave up the hit. Robinson sent a sharp two-hopper up the middle that went between Niese's legs and caromed off the shin of shortstop Ruben Tejada as he tried to make a sliding stop.

  • Nationals GM says Williams won't 'twist in the wind'

    October 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says a decision about Matt Williams' future with the team will be made soon.Amid speculation the manager is likely to be fired following a frustrating year for the Nationals, Rizzo spoke with reporters before Sunday's season finale at Citi Field. He said the club is ''not going to let people twist in the wind'' and the organization wants to begin preparing for 2016.

  • Hundreds gather at museum for Yogi Berra memorial event

    October 4, 2015

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (AP) Several hundred fans of late New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra have gathered in northern New Jersey to pay tribute to him.The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in Little Falls staged a memorial event on Sunday. Among those attending was Berra's son Larry Berra, who shared stories about him and his life.

  • Kershaw gets 300 strikeouts, 1st pitcher to do it since 2002

    October 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers recorded his 300th strikeout of the season, becoming the first major league pitcher in 13 years to do so.Kershaw had seven strikeouts in 3 2-3 innings Sunday against the San Diego Padres, leaving with a 2-0 lead. He reached the 300-mark with a swinging strikeout of Melvin Upton Jr. to end the third.

  • Toronto's Mark Buehrle fails in bid to pitch 200 innings

    October 4, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle has come up short in his bid to become the fifth major leaguer to pitch 200 or more innings in 15 consecutive seasons.Starting for the second time in three days, Buehrle needed two innings Sunday to reach the milestone, but he failed to get through the first against Tampa Bay.

  • Girardi speaks out against late afternoon Sunday games

    October 4, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Yankees manager Joe Girardi has a problem with Major League Baseball scheduling Sunday's regular-season finales for the late afternoon.Several teams faced elimination, and New York needed a win over Baltimore on Sunday to earn home-field advantage in Tuesday's wild-card game.

  • Mets set playoff rotation for initial 3 games vs Dodgers

    October 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Mets have set their pitching rotation for the first three games of their best-of-five NL playoff series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Jacob deGrom will start the opener Friday in Los Angeles, as expected. Rookie right-hander Noah Syndergaard goes in Game 2, followed by Matt Harvey in Game 3 back home at Citi Field.

  • Manager John Farrell returning to Red Sox after cancer scare

    October 4, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) John Farrell was forced to step away from the Red Sox because of cancer. He will return as their manager in 2016, an announcement that ends Boston's second straight troubling season on an uplifting note.The club said Sunday that Farrell, who recently completed his final course of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, will be back next season.

  • LEADING OFF: AL playoff positioning down to last day

    October 3, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Sunday:---GO WESTAfter a rousing comeback win against Texas, the Angels send Garrett Richards to the mound on three days' rest with a chance to force a tiebreaker for the second AL wild card. Cole Hamels starts for Texas - the Rangers have won each of Hamels' last nine starts. Should Los Angeles win it would also need the Astros to lose at Arizona to force a tiebreaker Monday.

  • Max Scherzer throws second no-hitter of season for Washington, beating New York Mets 2-0

    October 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Max Scherzer throws second no-hitter of season for Washington, beating New York Mets 2-0.

  • Nationals ace Scherzer pitching no-hitter thru 8 vs Mets

    October 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is pitching a no-hitter through eight innings against the New York Mets.Scherzer already has thrown a no-hitter this season, in June against Pittsburgh.The NL East champion Mets haven't come close to a hit off Scherzer. He has struck out his last seven batters and 15 overall without a walk.

  • Nationals ace Scherzer pitching no-hitter thru 6 vs Mets

    October 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is pitching a no-hitter through seven innings against the New York Mets.Scherzer already has thrown a no-hitter this season, in June against Pittsburgh.The NL East champion Mets haven't come close to a hit off Scherzer. He has struck out 12 and walked none.

  • Puig comes off DL to rejoin playoff-bound Dodgers

    October 3, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Yasiel Puig has rejoined the Los Angeles Dodgers after his second stint on the disabled list.The outfielder was in the starting lineup for Saturday night's game against the San Diego Padres.Puig returned to Los Angeles after playing two games in the Arizona instructional league as he rehabbed from a right hamstring strain.

  • Ventura stifles Twins as Royals win 5-1

    October 3, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two months ago, Yordano Ventura appeared to have lost the form from a solid rookie season that made him Kansas City's opening-day starter.On Saturday, though, he looked every bit a Game 1 playoff starter.Ventura (13-8) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out 11 to win his third straight decision for the Royals, who beat Minnesota 5-1 to momentarily pull ahead of Toronto for home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The loss eliminated the Twins from the chase for the AL's final wild-card spot.

  • Twins eliminated from wild card with 5-1 loss to Royals

    October 3, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins' surprising run for a playoff spot came down to the final innings on the next to last day of season.Minnesota was eliminated from the AL wild-card race Saturday, getting stifled by Yordano Ventura for seven innings in a 5-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

  • Rangers dismiss staffer for tweeting 'Fire Charlie'

    October 3, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have dismissed a social media staffer who accidentally tweeted on the team's official account that Texas football coach Charlie Strong should be fired.The tweet ''Fire Charlie. (hash) bye'' appeared on the account Saturday afternoon as TCU beat Texas 50-7. It was quickly deleted, and the team issued a statement apologizing to Strong and the University of Texas.

  • Pirates to start ace Gerrit Cole in wild-card game vs Cubs

    October 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Gerrit Cole isn't going to miss the NL wild-card game this time around.The Pirates announced Saturday their All-Star ace will start Wednesday's elimination game against the Chicago Cubs. Cole is third in the National League with 19 wins. He went 2-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts against Chicago during the regular season.

  • Nats manager Williams: No talks with management about 2016

    October 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Matt Williams thumped his hands on a desk once, twice for emphasis.''This is not going to be a distraction any more,'' the Washington Nationals manager said. ''It's not.''With speculation swirling that he'll soon be out of a job after a tough season, Williams said he hasn't talked to team management about his status for 2016.

  • Former Mets star Staub had heart attack on plane, recovering

    October 3, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Mets say former star Rusty Staub is recovering in a hospital in Ireland after a heart attack on an overseas flight.The Mets said Saturday the 71-year-old Staub is ''resting comfortably.''The team said Staub was on a flight from Ireland to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York this week when he had a medical emergency. The team said the plane was diverted back to Ireland, where Staub was treated.

  • LEADING OFF: Playoff chase out West, doubleheaders in East

    October 2, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Saturday:---WILD, WILD WESTPlayoff positions are still up for grabs in the AL West with two days left in the season. Hector Santiago (9-9) and the Los Angeles Angels are on the road to face Colby Lewis (17-9) and the Rangers, who have clinched a trip to the postseason. Mike Trout and the Angels can't win the division, but they're still chasing a wild card. Also in the running for baseball's final playoff berth are Minnesota and Houston. Collin McHugh (8-7) starts for the Astros in an interleague game at Arizona.

  • Dodgers organist Nancy Bea Hefley to retire after season

    October 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Nancy Bea Hefley, whose organ has provided the musical backdrop to the action on the field for the Los Angeles Dodgers for 28 years, said Friday she will retire at season's end.Hefley announced her decision before the three-time NL West champions hosted San Diego in their final regular-season series. The 79-year-old organist has been playing at Dodger Stadium since taking over from Helen Dell in 1988. She has become as much a fan favorite as Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully and retired manager Tom Lasorda, who was at the helm when the Dodgers won their last World Series title in 1988, her first season.

  • Correction: Royals-Guthrie-Oregon School Shooting story

    October 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) In a story Oct. 1 about Jeremy Guthrie reacting to the mass shooting in Oregon, The Associated Press misidentified Guthrie as a left-hander. He is a right-hander.A corrected version of the story is below:KC pitcher Guthrie remembers Oregon hometown after shooting

  • Sale sets franchise strikeout record

    October 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chris Sale set the Chicago White Sox's season strikeout record in the second inning of Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers.By getting James McCann looking at a 3-2 breaking ball, Sale registered his 270th strikeout of the season. Sale entered the game with 267 strikeouts and broke the mark set by Hall of Famer Ed Walsh in 1908 when he struck out 269 batters.

  • Votto reaches in 48th straight, ties Reds mark set by Rose

    October 2, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Joey Votto has tied a Cincinnati Reds record by reaching base safely in his 48th consecutive game.Votto singled in the third inning Friday night off Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano to match Pete Rose's mark set in 1978.

  • Vin Scully to miss Dodgers' final series of regular season

    October 2, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Vin Scully is expected to miss the Los Angeles Dodgers' final regular-season series because of a cold.The team said Friday that the Hall of Fame broadcaster is sick and likely won't be in the booth for the three-game series against San Diego that ends Sunday.

  • Mariners' Cano to undergo hernia surgery Oct. 13

    October 2, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Robinson Cano will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia in two weeks and expects to be fully recovered by spring training.The Mariners' star second baseman, who will turn 33 on Oct. 22, plans to play in the final three games of the season before having surgery on Oct. 13.

  • Column: Cubs finally have a team that can end the curse

    October 2, 2015

    The uniforms are the same.That's about it.These aren't the Chicago Cubs who've caused their fans so much heartache and left the rest of us with an endless supply of comedic fodder.Inside and out, nothing feels the same about these Cubs.From the place they play (a modernized Wrigley Field, complete with an enormous video board) to the guys running the show (Theo Epstein and the best manager around, Joe Maddon) to the talent on the field (led by Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Jake Arrieta), this very much looks like a team that can go a long way in October.

  • Tulowitzki back in Blue Jays lineup

    October 2, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Troy Tulowitzki is back in the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays' lineup after missing three weeks due to injuries.Tulowitzki hasn't played since Sept. 12, when he cracked his scapula and bruised muscles in his upper back after colliding with teammate Kevin Pillar in a game against the New York Yankees. He is scheduled to bat seventh and play shortstop in Friday night's game at Tampa Bay.

  • White Sox GM Hahn expects Ventura back as manager

    October 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Friday he expects manager Robin Ventura to return next season.Hahn said bench coach Mark Parent's contract will not be renewed and that assistant hitting coach Harold Baines has requested to move into an ambassador role. Ventura and the rest of the staff are expected back.

  • Paralyzed ex-player making his mark in D-backs front office

    October 2, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Cory Hahn had his dream of playing professional baseball snatched away by a freak accident on a baseball diamond.That forced Hahn to shift his dream to another aspect of baseball: Running a major league team.A quick study with beyond-his-years baseball knowledge, he appears to be on the fast track toward that goal.

  • Tulowitzki in Blue Jays' lineup against Rays

    October 2, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Troy Tulowitzki is listed in the Toronto Blue Jays' starting lineup for their game against the Tampa Bay Rays.Tulowitzki hasn't played since Sept. 12, when he cracked his scapula and bruised muscles in his upper back after colliding with teammate Kevin Pillar in a game against the New York Yankees. He is scheduled to bat seventh in Friday's game.

  • Yankees clinch playoff spot after 2-year absence, top Boston

    October 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) CC Sabathia stood near his locker in the back of the oval Yankees clubhouse while excited teammates celebrated New York's return to the postseason.''It feels like an eternity,'' the big left-hander said, not trying to hide his relief.With some help from the one of the old guard, the next generation of Yankees will have a chance to make their mark in the playoffs.

  • Blue Jays SS Tulowitzki hits in simulated game in Florida

    October 2, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has tested his injured shoulder by hitting in a simulated game.Tulowitzki had a homer, two doubles and walked once in six plate appearances against a pair of minor league pitchers before the AL East champions started a regular season-ending three-game series Friday night at Tampa Bay.

  • Hurricane Joaquin could cause havoc with MLB playoff picture

    October 2, 2015

    Adrian Beltre, Carlos Correa or Andrew McCutchen certainly might deliver a big hit this weekend to improve their team's playoff position.But the most powerful wallop to impact the postseason could come from Hurricane Joaquin.Major League Baseball is already reviewing the possibilities with the storm threatening to bring a soaking rain to the East Coast.

  • Diamondbacks LF Peralta leaves game with wrist injury

    October 1, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta injured his right wrist going for a catch of a sinking line drive in the fourth inning, and later left Thursday night's game against the Colorado Rockies.The wrist on Peralta's glove hand was bent back as he hit the ground, and the ball popped out for a run-scoring double for Rafael Ynoa to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead.

  • Royals' Morales leaves with left quad tightness

    October 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kansas City designated hitter Kendrys Morales has left the Royals' game at the Chicago White Sox with tightness in his left quadriceps.Morales was lifted in the fifth inning Thursday night after he hustled into the third on Salvador Perez's one-out double. He was replaced by Cheslor Cuthbert.

  • LEADING OFF: Resting up, rainy forecast, AL West scramble

    October 1, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Friday:---REST `EM UPSure, the Blue Jays would like to hold off Kansas City for the best record in the American League and lock up home-field advantage throughout the postseason. But Toronto manager John Gibbons says it's more important to get his team ready for the playoffs, and that can mean resting his regulars in the final week. Star sluggers Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion didn't play Thursday at Baltimore, and no telling who will be in the lineup for the series opener at Tampa Bay.

  • White Sox to install 3 new video boards for next season

    October 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox plan to change the look of U.S. Cellular Field next season.The team announced Thursday that it will put three new video boards in the ballpark. The main center-field scoreboard will be replaced, as will the auxiliary screens in left and right field. The changes will be paid for by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns the stadium.

  • KC pitcher Guthrie remembers Oregon hometown after shooting

    October 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie fondly remembers those days growing up in Oregon - riding his bike all around Roseburg, going to the local swimming pool and cheering on the basketball team at Umpqua Community College.All those memories came flooding back after a gunman opened fire at the school on Thursday, killing at least a dozen people before dying in a shootout with police.

  • Reds' losing streak reaches 12 with 5-3 loss to Cubs

    October 1, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Evidence of the Reds' growing pains showed in a decisive pitch by rookie John Lamb to Austin Jackson that led to another loss.Jackson hit a three-run homer in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo added an RBI double and the Chicago Cubs kept alive their slim hopes for home-field advantage in the wild-card game with a 5-3 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday. It was the Reds' 12th straight loss.

  • AL East champ Blue Jays rest starters in rainy loss to O's

    October 1, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays extended the celebration of their first AL East title in 22 years, resting their starters Thursday in a rain-marred 6-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.Manny Machado homered twice for the Orioles, who took a 3-0 lead in the first inning against Drew Hutchison (13-5) before the game was delayed for 3 hours, 25 minutes.

  • Royals' Cain out with right knee soreness

    October 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kansas City center fielder Lorenzo Cain has a sore right knee and is out of the lineup for the Royals' series finale against the Chicago White Sox.The AL Central champions also were without Alex Rios on Thursday night after he was scratched because of a stiff back. Paulo Orlando got the start in center field, and Jonny Gomes was in right.

  • Reds losing streak reaches 12 with 5-3 loss to Cubs

    October 1, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Evidence of the Reds' growing pains showed in a decisive pitch by rookie John Lamb to Austin Jackson that led to another loss.Jackson hit a three-run homer in the third inning, Anthony Rizzo added an RBI double and the Chicago Cubs kept alive their slim hopes for home-field advantage in the wild-card game with a 5-3 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday. It was the Reds' 12th straight loss.

  • Mets reliever Robles suspended for 3 games for high pitch

    October 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Mets reliever Hansel Robles has been suspended for three games for throwing near the head of a batter after both teams had been warned.Major League Baseball announced the suspension and an unspecified fine Thursday, a day after Robles and manager Terry Collins were ejected in the sixth inning of a 7-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.

  • Braves promote John Coppolella to general manager

    October 1, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves promoted John Coppolella to general manager on Thursday following three seasons as assistant GM.Coppolella agreed to a four-year contract through the 2019 season, which will include the first three seasons at Atlanta's new SunTrust Park.

  • Jessica Mendoza to call AL wild-card game in a first

    October 1, 2015

    BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) Jessica Mendoza will become the first female analyst to call a nationally televised Major League Baseball postseason game when she works the American League wild-card matchup next week for ESPN.Mendoza had replaced Curt Schilling on the network's top MLB announcing team for the rest of the regular season after the former pitcher was suspended last month in the wake of his anti-Muslim tweet. ESPN said Thursday that Mendoza will remain in the role alongside Dan Shulman and John Kruk for Tuesday's wild-card game.

  • Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt retiring after season

    October 1, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Torn between being a present father to his three young sons and a professional pitcher, Jeremy Affeldt nearly walked away from baseball for good at the All-Star break before manager Bruce Bochy and catcher Buster Posey talked him into sticking it out a couple more months.

  • Judge dismisses rooftop clubs' lawsuit against Chicago Cubs

    October 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought against the Chicago Cubs by rooftop clubs adjacent to Wrigley Field.U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall dismissed the nine counts in the lawsuit Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed in January by Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club, saying a right-field video board would block their views into the stadium and violate a 2004 revenue-sharing agreement with the Cubs.

  • Wednesday's Sports In Brief

    October 1, 2015

    BASEBALLBALTIMORE (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays yelled, hugged and jumped for joy around the mound after clinching their first AL East title in 22 years.With their 15-2 rout of Baltimore in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday, the Blue Jays brought an appropriate conclusion to their unstoppable, two-month run.

  • After years of declines, MLB offense perks up in 2nd half

    October 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) As fresh-faced rookies cleared fences right along with the reliable sluggers into late September, hitters perked up in the second half this season and stopped an eight-year slide in the big league batting average.The majors' batting average jumped from .253 before the All-Star break to .257. Runs were up, too, and there was a significant spike in homers.

  • With Cubs playoff bound, Williams thinks of Banks, Santo

    October 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Billy Williams couldn't help but let his mind drift, thinking about his old teammates Ernie Banks and Ron Santo.At a time like this, it was only natural.The Chicago Cubs are heading back to the playoffs with a young team that has many believing they just might break that dreaded spell and finally bring home a World Series championship soon, if not this season.

  • Royals' Cain exits with bruised knee, day to day

    September 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain exited Wednesday night's game against the Chicago White Sox and is day to day for playoff-bound Kansas City with a bruised right knee after fouling a pitch off himself.Cain collapsed to the ground and writhed in pain after the ball struck him around the right knee cap. He remained on the ground for several minutes while being examined by a team trainer. Cain briefly remained in the game, but struggled to get down the first base line after grounding out to White Sox third baseman Mike Olt.

  • Mets slugger Cespedes hit in hand by pitch, fingers bruised

    September 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes was bruised on two fingers of his left hand after being hit by a pitch Wednesday night against the Phillies.X-rays were negative after Cespedes left the game, which later turned testy.The NL East champion Mets said Cespedes was bruised on the middle and ring fingers. He was hit by an 89 mph fastball from Justin De Fratus in the third inning.

  • LEADING OFF: Angels-Rangers series starts, Price's tuneup

    September 30, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Thursday:LET'S SETTLE THISThe AL West could be decided this weekend when the first-place Rangers host the hard-charging Angels in a four-game series. Los Angeles entered Wednesday on a seven-game winning streak, rocketing back into postseason consideration after a miserable August nearly derailed its bid. The Rangers overtook Houston for the division lead earlier in the month and are trying to hold off both teams for the title. Rookie Andrew Heaney (6-3, 3.29) goes for L.A. against Derek Holland (3-3, 4.99).

  • Mets rookie Steven Matz scratched from Thursday start

    September 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) New York Mets rookie left-hander Steven Matz has been scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies because of a back injury, putting his playoff availability in question.Matz had been slated to pitch in Wednesday's game, then was pushed back a day when he woke up Tuesday with a sore back following a poor night's sleep. Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday the back issue was lingering.

  • Mets slugger Cespedes hit in left hand by pitch, leaves game

    September 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes has been hit in the left hand by a pitch and exited the game in Philadelphia.There was no immediate report on his injury Wednesday night. The Mets have already clinched the NL East.Cespedes was struck by an 89 mph fastball from Justin De Fratus of the Phillies. The Mets outfielder dropped the bat, shook his hand and fell to the dirt in the batter's box.

  • Don Orsillo signs deal to broadcast Padres games

    September 30, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Don Orsillo has landed with the San Diego Padres after being ousted as the Boston Red Sox's television play-by-play voice.The Padres said Thursday that Orsillo has signed a long-term deal and will become the primary television play-by-play broadcaster on FOX Sports San Diego when Dick Enberg retires after next season. Next year, Orsillo will do select games on television and radio.

  • Seattle shuts down ace Felix Hernandez for final weekend

    September 30, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The only way Felix Hernandez is seeing the field for the final weekend of the regular season is if Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon suddenly decides to let his ace right-hander be a hitter.Hernandez won't be on the mound pitching.McClendon announced Wednesday that Hernandez won't pitch in Seattle's final series this weekend against Oakland, saying it wasn't worth the stress on Hernandez's arm to have him make one more start in a game lacking meaning aside from personal statistics.

  • Prosecutor: Man charged in fan shooting after Cardinals game

    September 30, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) A St. Louis man was ordered jailed Wednesday on million cash bond after being charged in the robbery shooting that wounded and potentially paralyzed an Army veteran as he left a St. Louis Cardinals game with his girlfriend.St. Louis city prosecutors charged 31-year-old Kilwa Jones with two counts each of first-degree assault and first-degree robbery, as well as four counts of armed criminal action. Online court records do not show whether he has an attorney, and no court appearance was immediately scheduled.

  • Dodgers finally secure third straight NL West crown

    September 30, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew Friedman arrived at Chavez Ravine last October and built the big-spending Dodgers' 5 million roster to win championships, not merely division titles.And, lately at least, that means trying to get through the pesky St. Louis Cardinals - the team that sent Los Angeles home from the postseason the past two years.

  • New MLB commissioner envisions more speed-up experiments

    September 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rob Manfred envisions more experiments with speed-up rules, such as limiting pitching changes and trips to the mound, or requiring each pitcher to face multiple batters.Speaking at the Sports Diversity & Inclusion Symposium on Wednesday, the new baseball commissioner said he doesn't see any need to expand the designated hitter to the National League. Manfred also expects teams and the players' association to discuss possible changes to September call-ups during collective bargaining for a contract that starts before the 2017 season.

  • Blue Jays-Orioles game Thursday moved to 12:05 p.m.

    September 30, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Thursday's game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles has been moved from 7:05 p.m. to 12:05 p.m. because of pending inclement weather across the Mid-Atlantic region.The decision, announced Wednesday, came after the Orioles monitored National Weather Service reports and consulted with the commissioner's office.

  • Indians shut down Brantley for remainder of season

    September 30, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians will finish the regular season without their best player.Left fielder Michael Brantley has been shut down for the final seven games because of a sore right shoulder.Brantley injured the shoulder trying to make a diving catch last week in Minnesota. He sat out four games, but played Sunday and Monday, going hitless in both games. He wasn't in the lineup Tuesday - a game that was postponed by rain - and was examined a doctor. An MRI revealed inflammation and Brantley got a cortisone shot Wednesday.

  • Boston's Big Papi reflects on strong year despite team woes

    September 27, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) David Ortiz heard the chatter early in the year, questioning what he had left, and responded with another strong season.Entering Boston's Fenway Park finale on Sunday, the 39-year-old Ortiz was hitting .270 with 36 homers and 104 RBIs. The homers and RBIs gave him six seasons with at least 35 and 100 with the Red Sox, passing Jimmie Foxx and Manny Ramirez for most in team history.

  • Schilling set to return to ESPN for postseason coverage

    September 27, 2015

    LOUDON, N.H. (AP) Curt Schilling is headed back to TV for ESPN.Schilling said Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway he would return to work for the sports network as part of its baseball postseason coverage team. ESPN confirmed that Schilling would return to the studio for ''Baseball Tonight'' following its coverage of the American League wild-card game.

  • LEADING OFF: Arrieta goes for No. 21, Keuchel right at home

    September 27, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---EVERYTHING'S JAKEJake Arrieta's remarkable season can get a little more special if he can beat Pittsburgh. The right-hander, who leads the majors with 20 wins, can become the first Cubs pitcher with more than 20 victories since Ferguson Jenkins went 24-13 in 1971. A.J Burnett starts for the Pirates, who have won eight straight, in the night matchup at Wrigley Field between playoff-bound teams.

  • Hudson-Zito matchup hardly lives up to hype in Giants' win

    September 26, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Tim Hudson and Barry Zito won't soon forget Saturday.Neither member of Oakland's once-feared ''Big Three'' lasted long in a game played where their careers began more than 15 years ago, but it was a nostalgic day for all involved.

  • Cards 3B Carpenter exits early with tightness in left hip

    September 26, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Third baseman Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals has left a game early because of tightness in his left hip, the latest setback for the NL Central leaders.Carpenter came out Saturday night after five innings against Milwaukee. The team said he was pulled for precautionary reasons.

  • Red Sox empty bullpen, use 7 pitchers to shut out Orioles

    September 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Craig Breslow had a lot of new thoughts before his first start.It didn't seem to bother him on the mound.First-time starter Breslow and six relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Boston Red Sox beat Baltimore 8-0 Saturday, further denting the Orioles' slim playoff hopes.

  • Dodgers' Gonzalez scratched from lineup with pinched nerve

    September 26, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has been scratched from Saturday's starting lineup due to a pinched nerve in his lower back.Manager Don Mattingly said Gonzalez will also sit out Sunday's game, but he said he does not consider the injury to be serious.

  • Mets clinch 1st playoff spot since '06 by beating Reds 10-2

    September 26, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The Mets are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006.New York clinched its sixth NL East title Saturday by beating the Cincinnati Reds 10-2, getting a late three-run homer from captain David Wright and another dominant start by Matt Harvey.

  • Cardinals shutting down Martinez with shoulder injury

    September 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez is done for the year because of a shoulder strain.The 14-game winner lasted just seven pitches Friday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, his last action of 2015. He will not pitch in the postseason, even if the Cardinals make a late-October run.

  • Ausmus to return as Tigers manager in 2016

    September 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Al Avila heard the reports that he had already decided to fire Brad Ausmus. He didn't pay much attention.After all, the new Detroit Tigers general manager knew he hadn't made that decision yet.He finally did Saturday, announcing that Ausmus would be back in 2016 for a third season.

  • Mark Mulder wouldn't miss classic Hudson versus Zito matchup

    September 26, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Mark Mulder's 7-year-old son Xander skipped his first baseball game of the season so the entire family could be at the Coliseum to watch Tim Hudson and Barry Zito pitch on the same day as their impressive careers near the end.Mulder has returned to the Oakland Coliseum only a couple of times since his final season with the Athletics in 2004, once just a few months back while working as an analyst for ESPN.

  • Playoff-bound Chicago Cubs ready for 1st trip since 2008

    September 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon was watching the movie ''Jersey Boys,'' doing all he could not to check his iPad Friday night until about the final scene.He couldn't help himself.He saw that San Francisco was losing to Oakland in the ninth. When the Athletics closed out the victory, it clinched it for the Cubs. Chicago was headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

  • Mets unsure whether Uribe will be available for postseason

    September 26, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Infielder Juan Uribe might not be available to the Mets early in the playoffs - if they get that far - because of an injury involving his chest cartilage.Manager Terry Collins said that Uribe aggravated the injury on a swing during a 12-5 win over the Reds on Friday night. The 36-year-old infielder had to leave the game with what the manager called a significant setback.

  • Harbaugh welcomes Jeter back to Michigan

    September 26, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Derek Jeter is going back to school. Sort of.The former New York Yankees great, who attended the University of Michigan briefly, was in the house when the Wolverines hosted No. 22 BYU on Saturday. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gave the 41-year-old Jeter a blue jersey with No. 2 and Jeter in maize.

  • It's complicated, but Blue Jays finally end playoff drought

    September 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Confusion, yes. Champagne, no.The Toronto Blue Jays ended baseball's longest playoff drought Friday night without even knowing about it.Toronto entered play Friday believing it could clinch a wild card by beating the Tampa Bay Rays, and with losses by Minnesota and the Los Angeles Angels.

  • Jays gain wild card, topping Rays 5-3 in Dickey's 100th win

    September 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first playoff berth in 22 years, ending baseball's longest active postseason drought.They got there behind R.A. Dickey and Josh Donaldson in a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, and a later result Friday night that helped sort out the complicated arithmetic of the AL postseason. Dickey pitched seven innings for his 100th career victory and Donaldson hit his 40th home run.

  • LEADING OFF: Blue Jays, Mets try to join Cubs in playoffs

    September 26, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---THEY'RE INThe Cubs take the field as a playoff team for the first time since 2008. Manager Joe Maddon's club clinched a postseason spot late Friday night when the Giants lost at Oakland. At Wrigley Field, Jason Hamel tries to overcome a recent rut when he starts against the Pittsburgh - the Pirates have won seven straight and are trying to catch St. Louis for the NL Central lead and hold off Chicago for the first wild-card slot.

  • Playoff bound again, Pirates built for long haul

    September 26, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) There was really only one request on the fourth floor at PNC Park that first winter, the one eight years ago when the new Pittsburgh Pirates braintrust set about rebooting a franchise in the midst of an historic freefall.Keep your door open.

  • Wrigley Field sign lights up: 'Cubs Clinch Postseason Berth'

    September 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) With an early game Saturday, manager Joe Maddon figured the only way he would find out if the Chicago Cubs clinched a playoff spot was if he got up to go to the bathroom.Well, they are in. And if Maddon slept through the night, he woke up to a nice surprise.

  • Chicago Cubs clinch playoff spot for 1st time since 2008

    September 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2008.The Cubs were assured of at least an NL wild-card slot Friday night when San Francisco lost to Oakland.First-year manager Joe Maddon and the Cubs missed a chance to seal a playoff berth much earlier in the day when they lost to Pittsburgh 3-2 at Wrigley Field.

  • Astros star 2B Altuve injured in collision with SS Correa

    September 25, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Astros star second baseman Jose Altuve has been hurt in a collision with rookie shortstop Carlos Correa in Houston's game Friday night against the Texas Rangers.There was no immediate word on his injury.Altuve and Correa were tracking a popup by Elvis Andrus with two outs in the seventh inning. Altuve had the ball in his glove for a moment before Correa crashed into him. Altuve was hit in the face by Correa's glove and knocked to the ground, using his right arm to break his fall.

  • Giavotella back in Angels' lineup after 5 weeks out

    September 25, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Second baseman Johnny Giavotella is back in the Los Angeles Angels' lineup after missing five weeks with a nerve palsy that gave him double vision.Giavotella batted ninth for the Angels on Friday night in the opener of their final homestand against Seattle.

  • Indians' Carrasco loses no-hit bid in 7th inning vs Royals

    September 25, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians has lost his no-hit bid in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals.Alex Rios singled with one out in the seventh at Kansas City.Carrasco had struck out nine and walked two before the hit.

  • Indians' Carrasco tossing no-hitter thru 6 innings vs Royals

    September 25, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians is pitching a no-hitter through six innings against the Kansas City Royals.Carrasco has struck out eight, walked two and thrown 77 pitches Friday night.Cleveland leads 3-0.The AL Central champion Royals haven't yet come close to hit at their home ballpark.

  • LEADING OFF: Bucs vs Cubs, Rangers vs Astros, Huddy vs Zito

    September 25, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Saturday:---BIG BUCSThe Pirates will try to follow Friday's win over the Cubs with another at Wrigley Field with postseason implications. Pittsburgh has won seven straight and is trying to catch St. Louis for the NL Central lead while holding off Chicago for the first wild-card spot. Francisco Liriano (11-7, 3.41) goes for Pittsburgh, while Jason Hammel (9-6, 3.79) has a 6.41 ERA in his last four starts.

  • Twins activate Nolasco (ankle) from 60-day DL

    September 25, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Minnesota Twins have reinstated right-hander Ricky Nolasco from the 60-day disabled list after a nearly four-month stint following an ankle injury.Nolasco injured his ankle May 31 against Toronto and hasn't pitched since. Manager Paul Molitor says he's not sure how the 32-year-old Nolasco will be used.

  • Cards' Martinez lifted after 7 pitches with shoulder injury

    September 25, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez was removed with right shoulder tightness after throwing seven pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers.The 14-game winner flinched after making the first pitch to Adam Lind, the Brewers' third hitter.

  • Cards' Martinez lifted after 7 pitches with apparent injury

    September 25, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez was removed with an apparent injury after throwing seven pitches in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers.The 14-game winner flinched after making the first pitch to Adam Lind, the Brewers' third hitter.

  • Yankees' Tanaka throws bullpen, could return next week

    September 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Masahiro Tanaka threw 31 pitches in a bullpen session Friday, and the New York Yankees right-hander said he thinks he can return to the rotation this season despite a strained right hamstring.Speaking through a translator, Tanaka said he was able to throw all his pitches with force and his hamstring is getting better each day - though he has not attempted any fielding drills yet.

  • Rays Archer to face former mentor David Price

    September 25, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) David Price was standing in front of the Toronto dugout, surrounded by cameras and reporters, when a voice piped up from the back.''Um, excuse me,'' came the question. ''What will it be like to face your protege tomorrow?''Turning to see who was doing the talking, the Blue Jays left-hander deadpanned an answer, telling his questioner, ''I'm terrified, man.''

  • Red Sox hire former Braves GM Frank Wren

    September 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox hired former Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren as senior vice president of baseball operations, a day after Mike Hazen was promoted to general manager.Boston's move, announced Friday, was the latest change made by Dave Dombrowski, who was hired in August as president of baseball operations.

  • Nats closer Papelbon suspended 3 games for throw at Machado

    September 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon was suspended for three games and fined by Major League Baseball on Friday for throwing a pitch in the ''head area'' of Baltimore's Manny Machado.Washington said Papelbon appealed, making him eligible to pitch Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies, who traded him to Washington in July.

  • Manfred meets with Rose on reinstatement application

    September 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Pete Rose has made his case for reinstatement with Commissioner Rob Manfred, who promised a decision by the end of December.Major League Baseball said the meeting with the career hits leader and his representatives took place Thursday at baseball's headquarters in New York.

  • Thursday's Sports In Brief

    September 25, 2015

    BASEBALLKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) No unexpected wild-card ride into October this year. The Kansas City Royals are division champs for the first time in three decades - and they want a whole lot more.Johnny Cueto earned his first win in nearly six weeks and the Royals clinched the AL Central crown Thursday night with a 10-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

  • Cubs close in on playoffs and fans loving every moment

    September 25, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) As much as he is enjoying this, Greg Simon can't quite escape the thought that it might unravel in some cruel, freakish way.He is, after all, a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs.''It's always in a small corner of your mind,'' the 29-year old Simon said as he leaned against a wall near a concession stand at Wrigley Field, beer in hand. No sooner had those words left his mouth than Kris Bryant launched a two-run drive to left field that set a Cubs rookie record for home runs.

  • Hudson, Zito face off in likely final outings at Oakland

    September 25, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) All Tim Hudson and Barry Zito need is Mark Mulder climbing the mound in a green and gold Athletics jersey to complete the `ol Big Three in Oakland.''See if he can't catch our bullpen,'' Hudson joked.Oh, Mulder will be there, all right - just not pitching. He wouldn't miss this. On Sunday, the three of them will throw out ceremonial first pitches together.

  • San Diego Padres crowd grows by 1 infant fan during game

    September 25, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) A woman who went to see the San Diego Padres left as a brand new madre.Petco Park announced that a baby boy was born during Thursday night's game against the San Francisco Giants, the first in the ballpark's 11-season history.Capt. Joe Amador of the city's Fire-Rescue Department tells the San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1KFDBNo) that the baby and mother were taken by ambulance from the park to Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center.

  • Royals clinch AL Central by beating Mariners 10-4

    September 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals clinched the AL Central for their first division title in 30 years, beating the Seattle Mariners 10-4 Thursday night.Johnny Cueto picked up his first victory in nearly six weeks, and the win, coupled with the Minnesota Twins' 6-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians, ensured a title. The Royals have dominated the division, leading by as many as 14 games.

  • Peralta, Piscotty power Cardinals over Brewers 7-3

    September 24, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Piscotty hit back-to-back homers and combined for seven RBIs to power the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night.St. Louis has won five straight and holds a four-game lead over Pittsburgh for the NL Central lead.

  • LEADING OFF: Cole vs Lester; Texas showdown; Syndergaard up

    September 24, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Friday:---LET'S SETTLE THIS NOWGerrit Cole (17-8, 2.64 ERA) gets the start when Pittsburgh opens a pivotal three-game series in Chicago against the Cubs, who could clinch their first postseason berth in seven years before the night is through. The playoff-bound Pirates are trying to catch first-place St. Louis in the NL Central or at least hang onto the top NL wild card. Chicago is 3 1/2 games behind Pittsburgh. Cole is 6-1 with a 3.10 ERA in eight career starts against the Cubs, who turn to lefty Jon Lester (10-11, 3.46).

  • A wonderful life: Berra's family, Yankees honor Yogi

    September 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Bill Spahr tapped the bronze Yogi Berra plaque in Monument Park with his hand, nodded his head in tribute and recalled the day he once talked to the Yankees great for 15 minutes at an airport.''It was easily the greatest experience I've ever had,'' Spahr said.

  • Red Sox shut down Hanley Ramirez for rest of season

    September 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox have shut down Hanley Ramirez for the rest of the season due to right shoulder inflammation.Interim manager Torey Lovullo made the announcement before the Red Sox faced the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park on Thursday.Ramirez has been sidelined since Aug. 27. He was placed on the disabled list Sept. 5.

  • Royals reliever Holland (elbow) out for rest of season

    September 24, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Kansas City Royals reliever Greg Holland has a right elbow ligament tear that will end his season and likely require surgery.''It's a significant tear,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday before a game against Seattle.Holland will see Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles next week to determine the severity of the injury.

  • Column: On 88th birthday, Lasorda still bleeds Dodger Blue

    September 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) It was Tommy Lasorda's 88th birthday, so of course he was spending it at Dodger Stadium.''It's where I belong,'' the last Dodger manager to win a World Series said. ''And where else in the world would I rather be?''There was no better spot on a warm night - the last of the summer - than the aisle seat next to the dugout where Lasorda used to manage. He sat there with Don Newcombe, the Brooklyn Dodgers pitching ace who laid claim to some birthdays of his own.

  • Red Sox name Mike Hazen general manager

    September 24, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Dave Dombrowski didn't have to go far in his search for a new general manager - as it turned out, his man was already in the office.Dombrowski stayed in-house by hiring Mike Hazen as Boston Red Sox general manager on Thursday, promoting him to help rebuild a team that went from World Series champion in 2013 to the AL East cellar last year - and is stuck in last again this season.

  • A wonderful life: Berra family reminisces at Yogi's museum

    September 24, 2015

    LITTLE FALLS, N.J. (AP) Dale Berra remembered when he was playing for the New York Yankees and his father was fired as manager of the team. It was 1985 and such things happened a lot in those days.Yogi Berra was dismissed with the season all of 16 games old after an April loss to the Chicago White Sox. The players were incensed: Don Baylor turned over garbage cans; Don Mattingly turned over the table spread with food.

  • Nationals' Espinosa probably done for year with injured leg

    September 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa's season is probably finished because of a torn right hamstring.Espinosa hit .240 in 2015, with 13 homers and 37 RBIs in 367 at-bats. He started 95 games, including 74 at second base, but also at least five at each of the other infield positions and two in left field.

  • Smyly pitches into 7th as Rays beat Red Sox 6-2

    September 23, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Drew Smyly is again looking like the pitcher that dazzled after he was picked up by the Tampa Bay Rays last season.Smyly pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and John Jaso's two-run double keyed a three-run eighth to carry Tampa Bay to a 6-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday, keeping the Rays out of last place.

  • LEADING OFF: Yankees honor Yogi; Rangers prep for Astros

    September 23, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Thursday:---REMEMBERING YOGIBack from their big series in Toronto, the Yankees plan to honor Yogi Berra before their first home game since the Hall of Fame catcher died Tuesday. New York takes on Chris Sale (12-10) and the White Sox in the opener of a four-game series. In a salute to Berra, the Yankees are wearing a No. 8 patch on their sleeves for the rest of the season.

  • Enberg says 2016 will be his final season in Padres booth

    September 23, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Enberg says 2016 will be his final season as the primary play-by-play television voice of the San Diego Padres.The 80-year-old Enberg made the announcement just before the Padres played the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night. He has been with the Padres since 2010.

  • In their words: How sports world is remembering Yogi Berra

    September 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his lovable, linguistically dizzying ''Yogi-isms'' as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, has died at 90. Here's how he is being remembered:PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

  • Pirates' Ramirez sits out after tweaking left groin

    September 23, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates are keeping third baseman Aramis Ramirez out of the lineup for precautionary reasons Wednesday night against Colorado after he tweaked his left groin while running the bases the night before.Ramirez had an RBI triple in the fourth inning Tuesday and then played in the field the next two innings before exiting. He said Wednesday he learned a valuable lesson:

  • Maddon brings cheetah for pregame visit to Wrigley Field

    September 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't want his players sweating the pressure of a playoff chase.So for the second straight day, Wrigley Field turned into an animal kingdom, this time with a visit from a cheetah named Bibi, who was a hit with Cubs players prior to their game with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

  • Goodbye Yogi: Remembering Berra's glory years from afar

    September 23, 2015

    LONDON (AP) The death of Yogi Berra means little to most in Britain, where baseball is widely seen as a stand-around, action-free imitation of cricket favored by the colonials for reasons that are impossible to comprehend.Soccer is clearly the focus here, and rugby is briefly in the spotlight with the World Cup being played in England and Wales. There's very little spillover interest in baseball's upcoming World Series, seen as a parochial, misnamed affair.

  • Yankees players remember legendary catcher Yogi Berra

    September 23, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) No matter what off-the-field problem Alex Rodriguez might have been facing as a new spring training began, he knew he could count on Yogi Berra.''With all the craziness here with me in New York, and every spring it was a different story about me, he was always consistent and steady, supportive and constructive,'' Rodriguez said before the New York Yankees played the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. ''I really appreciate that.''

  • When all's said and done, Yogi Berra was 1 of a kind

    September 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Baseball people tell a wonderful story about Yogi Berra and the most famous home run in history.Yogi and a couple of his Yankees pals went to Game 3 of the Dodgers-Giants playoff for the 1951 National League pennant, eager to see who they'd face the next day in the World Series opener. But when Brooklyn took a late 4-1 lead, Yogi told his buddies it was time to leave the Polo Grounds.

  • Dodgers scratch Zack Greinke from start due to sore calf

    September 23, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have scratched major league ERA leader Zack Greinke from his start against Arizona on Wednesday night due to soreness in his calf.The Dodgers say Greinke is expected to take his next turn in the Dodgers' rotation early next week.

  • In their words: How sports is remembering Yogi Berra

    September 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his lovable, linguistically dizzying ''Yogi-isms'' as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, has died at 90. Here's how he is being remembered:PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

  • Some of the more widely quoted philosophy of Yogi Berra

    September 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Some of the more widely quoted philosophy of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher who died Tuesday at age 90:On his approach to at-bats: ''You can't think and hit at the same time.''On selecting a restaurant: ''Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.''

  • Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra dies at 90

    September 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The lovable legend of Yogi Berra, that ain't ever gonna be over.The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his linguistically dizzying ''Yogi-isms'' as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, died Tuesday. He was 90.

  • New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra has died. He was 90.

    September 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra has died. He was 90.

  • New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Bear has died. He was 90.

    September 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Bear has died. He was 90.

  • Jimenez gets 100th career victory, Orioles beat Nationals

    September 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Ubaldo Jimenez's outing Tuesday night wasn't always pretty.It was, however, memorable.Jimenez pitched six gritty innings to earn his 100th career win and added an RBI single as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 in the rain-delayed opener of a series between teams fighting to remain in the playoff race.

  • LEADING OFF: Yanks-Jays finale, Greinke goes for 19th win

    September 22, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Wednesday:---FINALE IN TORONTOThe first-place Blue Jays host the Yankees in the rubber game of their AL East showdown. Struggling right-hander Ivan Nova (6-8), recently removed from the rotation, steps back in to start for New York in place of injured Masahiro Tanaka. On the mound for Toronto is Marcus Stroman, who has won both his outings this season since returning from a knee injury - including one at Yankee Stadium. Toronto holds a 2 1/2-game lead over the Yankees.

  • Pirates 3B Ramirez leaves game with groin tightness

    September 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Aramis Ramirez has left Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies with tightness in his left groin.Ramirez had an RBI triple and scored in the fourth inning. He played the field the next two innings and started an inning-ending double play in the fifth.

  • Saladino triples in 9th to end Tigers' no-hit bid

    September 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Tyler Saladino tripled with one out in the ninth inning off Neftali Feliz for the Chicago White Sox's first hit against the Detroit Tigers.Daniel Norris was perfect for the first five innings Tuesday night and Buck Farmer had a 1-2-3 sixth. Ian Krol hit Adam Eaton with a pitch to open the seventh then retired the side to keep the no-hitter going. Drew VerHagen retired three straight in the eighth.

  • Tigers have combined no-hitter through 8 innings vs ChiSox

    September 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Four Detroit Tigers pitchers have not allowed a hit to the Chicago White Sox through eight innings.Daniel Norris was perfect for the first five innings Tuesday night and Buck Farmer had a 1-2-3 sixth. Ian Krol hit Adam Eaton with a pitch to open the seventh then retired the side to keep the no-hitter going. Drew VerHagen retired three straight in the eighth.

  • Padres to hold Bill Walton Basketball Festival at Petco Park

    September 22, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres figure if they're going to plop a basketball court onto the field at Petco Park, they better have Bill Walton involved somehow.The Padres and the Hall of Famer on Tuesday announced the Bill Walton Basketball Festival beginning Nov. 30 and culminating with a game between San Diego and San Diego State on Dec. 5.

  • Tigers have combined no-hitter through 7 innings vs ChiSox

    September 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Three Detroit Tigers pitchers have not allowed a hit to the Chicago White Sox through seven innings.Daniel Norris was perfect for the first five innings Tuesday night and Buck Farmer had a 1-2-3 sixth. Ian Krol hit Adam Eaton with a pitch to open the seventh then retired the side to keep the no-hitter going.

  • The wild life: Maddon brings petting zoo to Wrigley Field

    September 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Now that's living the wild life!With the Chicago Cubs closing in on their first playoff berth in seven years, quirky manager Joe Maddon morphed Wrigley Field into a mini-zoo.Before the Cubs played the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, a small petting zoo was set up in the left-field corner for players to enjoy with their children and families. There was a sloth, a penguin, a snow leopard and a flamingo on display, as well as other animals.

  • Davis replaces Holland as Royals closer

    September 22, 2015

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Greg Holland is out and Wade Davis is in as the Kansas City Royals' closer.With Holland continuing to nurse a sore elbow, Royals manager Ned Yost said before the game Tuesday against Seattle that Davis would close games for the remainder of the season and the playoffs.

  • Tim Hudson and Barry Zito facing off will happen Saturday

    September 23, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Barry Zito had returned home from a minor league season ready to turn his attention from baseball to his other love, music, perhaps for good.Now, he will make one more start from a big league mound while opposing close friend and former teammate Tim Hudson.

  • Cardinals' catcher Molina: Back by end of regular season

    September 22, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina said he plans to return before the end of the regular season despite a thumb injury.Molina sustained a slight tear of his left thumb ligament Sunday while tagging out Cubs' player Anthony Rizzo in a key play at the plate in the Cardinals' 4-3 win. Rizzo was thrown out by right fielder Jason Heyward on a no-out, bases-loaded fly for a double play in the eighth inning.

  • Tigers send Bruce Rondon home for effort issues

    September 22, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers sent closer Bruce Rondon home for the remainder of the season before Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox.Tigers manager Brad Ausmus gave very little explanation, only saying that Rondon had been sent home because of his ''effort level'' and that he and general manager Al Avila were in ''complete agreement'' on the move.

  • AP source: Manny Acta interviews for Marlins' managing job

    September 22, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) For the Miami Marlins, the final days of another losing season means it's time to begin their latest managerial search.Former major league manager Manny Acta interviewed for the job Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation said. The person confirmed the interview to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins declined to comment.

  • Tulowitzki plays catch for first time since injury

    September 22, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki played catch Tuesday for the first time since suffering a broken left shoulder blade 10 days ago, but there's still no timetable for his return to the lineup.''The pain has died down and I feel better each and every day,'' Tulowitzki said.

  • Phillies take interim tag off Pete Mackanin

    September 22, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies have announced Pete Mackanin will be their manager in 2016.Mackanin replaced Ryne Sandberg on an interim basis on June 26. His contract was extended Tuesday through next season with a club option for 2017.''They asked me if I would accept the contract and I said, `Well let me think about it, yes,''' Mackanin said. ''It's an honor and I'm so grateful for Ruben Amaro to put me in the spot that enabled this, for the players for playing hard for me, and for Andy MacPhail to have confidence in me.''

  • Twins call up top hitting prospect Max Kepler

    September 22, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have promoted one of their top hitting prospects from Double-A for the stretch drive.Willkommen, Max Kepler.Kepler joined the wild card-chasing Twins on Tuesday for their game against Cleveland, the day after the 22-year-old native of Germany helped lead Chattanooga to the Southern League championship. Following an emotional whirlwind of an evening that featured the familiar champagne showers with his teammates plus phone calls to his sister in Florida and his mother in Berlin, Kepler was at Target Field for orientation, batting practice and interviews.

  • Weaver struggles as Angels lose to Astros 6-3

    September 22, 2015

    Houston (AP) Jered Weaver went out for a pregame bullpen session Monday night and, to hear him tell it, felt as good as he had all season.Then something got lost when he took the main mound.As with much of his season, Weaver struggled, paying dearly for a couple of pitches left up early, and the Los Angeles Angels offered little in the form of run support in losing 6-3 to the Houston Astros in a matchup of playoff contenders.

  • Hamilton to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    September 22, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Billy Hamilton will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery later this week, ending the season for the Cincinnati Reds speedster.General manager Walt Jocketty announced the move after Monday night's 2-1 loss to the Cardinals. Jocketty said the surgery is set for Friday in Cincinnati.

  • LEADING OFF: Big games in DC, Toronto and Houston

    September 22, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---BELTWAY SERIESThe Orioles and Nationals try to get in the opener of their interleague series after rain washed out Monday's game. Ubaldo Jimenez, starts for Baltimore, which is on the fringe of the AL wild-card race. Gio Gonzalez follows up a start in which he struck out a career-high 12. Washington trails the Mets by 6 1/2 games at start of Monday.

  • Braves pitcher Foltynewicz has rib surgery for blood clots

    September 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz has had surgery to remove half a rib after being hospitalized because of blood clots in his right arm.The team says Foltynewicz is expected to be released from the hospital Thursday and will continue a treatment of blood thinners for at least six weeks.

  • Pete Rose says he's 'just happy' to meet with commissioner

    September 21, 2015

    OXFORD, Ohio (AP) Pete Rose said it's an American tradition to give second chances, although he wouldn't describe himself as optimistic about his application for reinstatement to Major League Baseball being approved.''I don't know if that's the right word,'' Rose said Monday in a brief interview between appearances on the campus of Miami University in southwest Ohio. ''I think he's his own man, he'll make up his own mind. I'm just happy he's willing to review my status.''

  • Red Sox honor David Ortiz for 500th HR

    September 21, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox honored David Ortiz in his first game in Fenway Park since he joined the 500 home run club.During a 15-minute pregame ceremony before the Red Sox faced Tampa Bay on Monday night, former teammates Pedro Martinez, Tim Wakefield and Jason Varitek came out of a new vehicle that was presented to him by his teammates and the organization.

  • Rangers leading AL West in unlikely pennant chase

    September 21, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) For the only time in a 31-day stretch to the end of the regular season, the AL West-leading Texas Rangers didn't have a game scheduled Monday.''Not an exhale moment, but a mental break,'' first year-manager Jeff Banister said, quickly characterizing it as a travel day instead of day off.

  • Pete Rose says he's "just happy" to meet with commissioner

    September 21, 2015

    OXFORD, Ohio (AP) Pete Rose says he's just happy to have an opportunity to meet with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred about his reinstatement appeal.Baseball's banned hit king says he wouldn't call himself optimistic about his chances, but is looking forward to discussing his case. Manfred, baseball's first-year commissioner, said he plans to meet with Rose by the end of this year.

  • Pirates place INF Kang on 60-day DL

    September 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed infielder Jung Ho Kang on the 60-day disabled list and selected the contract of outfielder Keon Broxton from Triple-A Indianapolis.Kang suffered a broken left leg and torn MCL on a takeout slide at second base by Chris Coghlan of the Chicago Cubs last Thursday. Kang underwent surgery Thursday night and is expected to be out six to eight months.

  • Orioles' Adam Jones out of Monday's lineup with back spasms

    September 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out of Monday's starting lineup against Washington because of back spasms.Manager Buck Showalter says he expects Jones to play Tuesday.Earlier, Jones insisted he was dealing only with recurring soreness and that his off day is ''not a story.''

  • Eovaldi still too sore to resume throwing

    September 21, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi still has inflammation in his sore right elbow and won't be able to resume throwing until next week, manager Joe Girardi said Monday.New York had hoped Eovaldi might be able to rejoin the rotation if New York reaches the playoffs, but Girardi acknowledged that prospect is less likely.

  • Molina has partially torn left thumb ligament

    September 21, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina has a partially torn ligament in his left thumb, and St. Louis hopes he might return during the regular season.''I think this is sort of the best news we could hope for,'' general manager John Mozeliak said Monday.

  • Brewers tab Astros assistant David Stearns general manager

    September 21, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers' youth movement is carrying over to the front office.Milwaukee hired 30-year-old David Stearns on Monday to take over as general manager. Stearns replaces Doug Melvin, a baseball lifer who announced last month he was stepping down following a 13-year tenure.

  • World Series ball raises K for Kansas batboy's memorial

    September 21, 2015

    LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) The sale of a 1962 autographed World Series baseball has raised ,000 for a memorial statue to honor a 9-year-old Kansas batboy who died when he was accidentally hit by a bat during a game.Kaiser Carlile died Aug. 2, a day after he was hit in the head by a Liberal Bee Jays player's swing near the on-deck circle. The accident happened during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Wichita.

  • Royals, Blue Jays, Mets in first place, but with concerns

    September 21, 2015

    The Kansas City Royals are sailing toward their first division title in 30 years, and they've already won 87 games - two fewer than their total in the regular season last year.For most of this season, the Royals looked like a better version of the team that made a surprising run to the American League pennant in 2014, but they've been out of sorts this September, and amazingly, it's their bullpen that's done some of the damage.

  • Yanks take advantage of Harvey's exit, rout sloppy Mets 11-2

    September 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Carlos Beltran, CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees took advantage of Matt Harvey's early exit, beating the sloppy Mets 11-2 Sunday night to tighten the AL East race just in time for a critical trip to Toronto.Dustin Ackley hit a three-run homer after Beltran's go-ahead double, and Sabathia (5-9) won for the first time since July 8 as the Yankees took two of three at Citi Field to win both Subway Series this season. New York, which leads the wild-card standings, moved within 2 1/2 games of first-place Toronto heading into a three-game set beginning Monday night.

  • LEADING OFF: Cards check Molina's thumb, AL East showdown

    September 20, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Monday:---CARDS HOPE FOR THUMBS UPSt. Louis star catcher Yadier Molina is getting an MRI on his left thumb, a day after spraining it while making the tag on a key double play vs. the Cubs. ''I'm concerned,'' manager Mike Matheny said. ''We're anxious to hear what the doctor is going to report.'' The Cardinals lead Pittsburgh by four games in the NL Central with 13 left, and now host Cincinnati in a three-game series.

  • Yankees' Tanaka has strained hamstring, won't face Blue Jays

    September 20, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) So much for that pitching plan the Yankees had for Toronto.Masahiro Tanaka has a strained right hamstring and won't make his scheduled start for New York this week during a crucial series at the Blue Jays.The right-hander got hurt running to first base after bunting Friday in an interleague game against the Mets at Citi Field. He pitched another five innings - pretty well, too - but an MRI on Saturday revealed a Grade 1 strain, the least severe.

  • Cubs' Maddon makes good on 'day at the beach' promise

    September 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Cubs manager Joe Maddon made good on his promise to give Pedro Strop a ''day at the beach'' on Sunday after the reliever bailed Chicago out of a ninth-inning jam Saturday to preserve a 5-4 win.Before Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Strop's locker was set up with a beach chair, an ice bucket full of beer bottles, a margarita and other beach paraphernalia.

  • AL East-leading Blue Jays lose grip, last-place Bosox win

    September 20, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays don't have much time to dwell on Sunday's dismal defensive performance. Come Monday night, the AL East leaders have a showdown with the New York Yankees to focus on.The Blue Jays matched a season high with three errors, two of which led to runs Sunday in a 4-3 loss to the last-place Boston Red Sox.

  • Kendrys Morales has 3 homers for Royals at Detroit

    September 20, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Kansas City's Kendrys Morales has hit three home runs Sunday against the Detroit Tigers, and he also has set a team record with 15 total bases.Morales homered in the third, fourth and eighth innings, becoming the first Kansas City player to go deep three times in a game since Danny Tartabull against Oakland on July 6, 1991.

  • Braves' Teheran loses perfect game, no-hitter against Phils

    September 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves lost his bid for a perfect game against the Philadelphia Phillies when Freddy Galvis lined a single up the middle leading off the seventh inning.Teheran struck out six and walked none through six innings.

  • Braves' Teheran working on perfect game against Phillies

    September 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Julio Teheran of the Atlanta Braves has a perfect game through six innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.Teheran has struck out six with no walks and no hits.The 24-year-old right-hander was helped by strong defense in the first inning Sunday. Atlanta second baseman Jace Peterson made a leaping catch of a liner hit by Odubel Herrera to end the inning.

  • Brewers' Herrera thought he had broken leg from collision

    September 20, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Elian Herrera felt so much pain after colliding with teammate Shane Peterson, the Milwaukee third baseman thought he had broken a leg.''I tried to talk, but I couldn't. Then I started to feel the pain from inside,'' Herrera said Sunday, a day after getting hurt during Milwaukee's 9-7 loss to Cincinnati. ''I really was thinking that something was wrong, something was broken.''

  • Braves' Foltynewicz hospitalized with blood clots in arm

    September 20, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz has been hospitalized because of blood clots in his right arm.Assistant general manager John Coppolella said Sunday that Foltynewicz was taken to an emergency room on Friday with swelling and redness in his arm. Coppolella said Foltynewicz remained in Piedmont Hospital on Sunday.

  • Royals rookie Almonte gives up HR to Tigers' Kinsler in 11th

    September 20, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Ned Yost didn't have many relief options left when the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers reached the 11th inning Saturday night.He didn't regret the one he picked, even though the Royals lost 6-5 on Ian Kinsler's lead-off homer.The teams had played 13 innings on Friday night in a game that left Yost without his best four relievers for Saturday, so Yost was faced with three choices: use Danny Duffy in relief for the first time all season, use former Tiger Joba Chamberlain, who has already been released by Detroit and Toronto this year, or go with rookie Miguel Almonte.

  • Angels sweep doubleheader, leapfrog Twins in wild-card race

    September 19, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) A road trip against playoff contenders has boosted the Los Angeles Angels' postseason outlook.Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs, and Garrett Richards was one out away from his second complete game this season as the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 5-2 to sweep Saturday's day-night doubleheader.

  • Rockies pitcher Yohan Flande leaves game with leg injury

    September 19, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Rockies pitcher Yohan Flande has left his start against the San Diego Padres in the third inning after being struck in the left leg by a line drive off the bat of Jedd Gyorko.Flande was falling forward in his follow-through Saturday night when the ball hit him squarely on the leg near his knee. The ball rolled into foul territory between third and home, and Gyorko wound up with a double.

  • Brewers 3B Herrera hurt in collision with teammate

    September 19, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Elian Herrera was injured Saturday night when he collided with teammate Shane Peterson as they tried to chase down a looping fly ball in left field.Herrera, left fielder Peterson and shortstop Jean Segura were all going after a ball hit by Cincinnati's Skip Schumaker. Eugenio Suarez scored on the double to tie the game 7-7.

  • LEADING OFF: Cards-Cubs wrap series, Beltran big for Yanks

    September 19, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Sunday:---HIGH AND TIGHTThe playoff-bound Cardinals will try to avoid a sweep in what's become a testy series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Three St. Louis batters were hit by pitches Saturday, leading to the ejections of Chicago manager Joe Maddon and reliever Hector Rondon. On Friday, Maddon called the Cards a ''vigilante group'' after Anthony Rizzo was plunked as apparent retribution for Matt Holliday being hit earlier in the game.

  • PawSox officials: New stadium deal officially dead

    September 19, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The Pawtucket Red Sox officially ended its pursuit for a proposed baseball stadium, club officials said on Saturday, terminating a monthslong campaign to build on a piece of public waterfront land in downtown Providence.The news of the dead deal came a day after House speaker Nicholas Mattiello said that negotiations between Rhode Island and the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox had stopped weeks ago.

  • Cardinals 1st MLB team to clinch playoff spot this season

    September 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have become the first team to clinch a postseason berth this year despite losing 5-4 to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.The Cardinals fell at Wrigley Field, but manager Mike Matheny's team later sealed a playoff spot when San Francisco lost to Arizona 6-0. The Giants' defeat ensured St. Louis at least an NL wild-card slot.

  • Rays rookie Mahtook out of lineup a day after getting 5 hits

    September 19, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay rookie Mikie Mahtook was out of the starting lineup one day after tying a team record with five hits in a game.Rays manager Kevin Cash said a number of factors, including third baseman Evan Longoria being the designated hitter for Saturday night's game against Baltimore left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, led to his lineup decision.

  • Blue Jays SS Tulowitzki feels better but return date unclear

    September 19, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) One week after he suffered a broken left shoulder blade in an outfield collision, Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is no closer to knowing when he'll be able to play again.Tulowitzki said Saturday that he's ''making strides'' after initially being unable to lift his arm. He was injured when he collided with teammate Kevin Pillar in the first game of a Sept. 12 doubleheader at Yankee Stadium.

  • Oakland pitching prospect still critical after NY shooting

    September 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) An Oakland Athletics minor leaguer is fighting for his life after he was shot in a fast-food parking lot in New York.The Journal News reports (http://lohud.us/1iYdqdI ) that 23-year-old Mike Nolan remains in critical condition after surgery Saturday at a New York City hospital.

  • A-Rod at 1st base: Rust allowed to sleep

    September 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Alex Rodriguez won't play first base during the remainder of this season, even when the New York Yankees desperately need his bat in National League ballparks.Rodriguez was out of the starting lineup for the second straight day Saturday for the middle game of the Subway Series against the Mets at Citi Field.

  • DeGrom pushed back by Mets, who think he needs rest

    September 19, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jacob deGrom approached Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen in the dugout Friday night.''So how's Tuesday looking? I said it to him a few times,'' the NL Rookie of the Year recalled. ''He kept saying, `We'll see. We'll see.'''Concerned about a late-season slump in the 27-year-old right-hander's first full big league season, Mets manager Terry Collins said deGrom won't start against Atlanta next week and could have his rotation turn skipped.

  • Finnegan wins first ML start as Reds beat Brewers 5-3

    September 19, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Touted rookie Brandon Finnegan allowed just one run in five innings to win his first major league start, and Jay Bruce's solo home run snapped a tie as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Friday night.Finnegan (1-0), the prize prospect in the trade that sent Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals, allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four on 75 pitches. The left-hander allowed a solo homer to Khris Davis in the second, but held the Brewers hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

  • LEADING OFF: Cards-Cubs, Subway Series, Kendrick's return

    September 19, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---MIDWAY MATCHUPThe Cardinals and Cubs continue a three-game series at Wrigley Field after Chicago took the opener Friday. Starlin Castro homered twice and tied his career high with six RBIs in that one. The middle infielder has been outstanding at the plate of late, hitting .417 with power over his last 11 games. St. Louis will try to stave off the hard-charging Cubbies with ace Michael Wacha (16-5, 2.96 ERA). The Cardinals hope to get back slugger Matt Holliday, who exited Friday after being hit in the head by a fastball from Dan Haren.

  • Royals and Tigers delayed 23 minutes due to light failure

    September 18, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The start of Friday's game between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals was delayed 23 minutes because of a light-tower failure.When the game was scheduled to start at 7:08 p.m., a bank of lights above appeared to be stuck in stand-by mode, with only the top and bottom of rows lit.

  • Start of Royals-Tigers game delayed by light failure

    September 18, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The start of Friday's game between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals is being delayed because of a light-tower failure.A bank of lights above appeared to be stuck in stand-by mode, with only the top and bottom of rows lit.

  • Starts of Royals-Tigers game delayed by light failure

    September 18, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The start of Friday's game between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals is being delayed because of a light-tower failure.A bank of lights above appeared to be stuck in stand-by mode, with only the top and bottom of rows lit.

  • Brewers pitcher Nelson still in hospital after liner to head

    September 18, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will remain in a hospital for at least a second night after being hit in the head by a line drive.Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said Nelson would stay Friday night for observation. Counsell said there are no indications at this point that Nelson sustained a concussion.

  • Carlos Pena announces retirement

    September 18, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Carlos Pena announced his retirement Friday when he spoke at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, a team he helped reach its only World Series appearance.Pena, 37, spent 14 years in the major leagues, playing last for Texas in 2014. He hit 31 homers with 102 RBIs in 2008 with the Rays, who lost to Philadelphia in the World Series.

  • Dodgers 2B Kendrick reinstated from DL

    September 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick has been reinstated from the disabled list after missing 34 games because of a strained left hamstring.Kendrick entered Friday night's opener of a three-game series against Pittsburgh batting .296 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs in 105 games for NL West-leading Los Angeles. The 10-year veteran had been sidelined since Aug. 10.

  • Matheny, Belisle ejected from game with Cubs

    September 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) St. Louis Cardinals reliever Matt Belisle and manager Mike Matheny were ejected from Friday's 8-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs after the right-hander hit Anthony Rizzo with a pitch in the seventh inningWith two outs and no runners on in the seventh inning, Rizzo was hit on his left leg. Rizzo took two steps to the mound and had words for Belisle as plate umpire Dan Bellino ejected both Belisle and Matheny.

  • Red Sox, Blue Jays to play Montreal exhibitions on April 1-2

    September 18, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays will play a pair of exhibitions at Montreal on April 1-2, the third straight year Olympic Stadium will host spring training games.Montreal hopes to regain a Major League Baseball team after losing the Expos, who started play in 1969 and moved after the 2004 season to Washington, D.C., where they were renamed the Nationals.

  • Indians, Tigers to make up game Oct. 5 if playoffs at stake

    September 18, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians will play a makeup game Oct. 5 at Progressive Field if Cleveland's playoff hopes are still alive.The scheduled Sept. 12 game between the teams in Cleveland was postponed by rain. The teams have no mutual off days before the regular season is scheduled to end on Oct. 4.

  • Desmond Jennings' season ends due to tooth infection

    September 18, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings will not play again this season due to a tooth infection that required surgery.Limited to 28 games this year because of left knee injuries, Jennings had been expected to return this season.

  • Cardinals' Holliday exits after being hit in head by pitch

    September 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) St. Louis Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday exited Friday after being struck in the back of his helmet by an 86 mph fastball from Cubs starter Dan Haren in his second at-bat since a lengthy stint on the disabled list.Holliday didn't seem phased after being hit and began heading to first base. Cubs catcher Miguel Montero immediately got up to check on Holliday, and a Cardinals trainer rushed from the dugout to check on Holliday. Holliday was replaced by pinch-runner Pete Kozma.

  • Out of uniform: Mariners' King Felix rules in fashion

    September 18, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Felix Hernandez has more than 1,000 pairs of shoes, three different tailors to construct his made-to-order suits and fancies designer T-shirts that cost up to 0 apiece.His haute collection is so large that it cannot be held in the multiple closets of his homes in Seattle and his native Venezuela. And he loves every single item.

  • Pirates SS Kang out 6-8 months with broken leg, torn MCL

    September 17, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jung Ho Kang arrived in the United States last winter a mystery before providing a major jolt that helped get the Pittsburgh Pirates started on their run at a third straight playoff berth.Now, they'll try to reach the postseason without their supremely confident rookie shortstop.

  • Former President Carter and wife on Braves' 'Kiss Cam'

    September 17, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves' ''Kiss Cam'' entertainment at Turner Field featured a famous couple Thursday night: former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn.The two were in their usual seats near the Braves dugout during a 5-0 loss to Toronto, and they received a loud cheer when shown on the video board. Carter kissed his wife and then gave a big smile as the cheers continued.

  • Dodgers designate pitcher Mat Latos for assignment

    September 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have designated pitcher Mat Latos for assignment after he was winless in five starts since being acquired from Miami 1 1/2 months ago.The right-hander went 0-3 with a 6.66 ERA in six games for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who obtained him on July 30 in a five-player trade.

  • LEADING OFF: Mets host Subway Series, Pirates now minus Kang

    September 18, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---PLAYOFF EXPRESSThe Mets and Yankees can derail each other's positioning in the postseason races when they renew the Subway Series at Citi Field. It's the latest they've met since the 2000 all-New York World Series. Mets rookie lefty Steven Matz (3-0), who grew up about 50 miles away on eastern Long Island, makes his fifth career start for the NL East leaders. Masahiro Tanaka (12-6) is scheduled to pitch for the AL's top wild-card team.

  • AP source: Pirates SS Kang out with torn MCL, broken leg

    September 17, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the situation says Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Jung Ho Kang has a broken leg and torn ligament in his left knee that will sideline the shortstop for the rest of the season.The person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the team hadn't announced an update on Kang's injury, says an MRI revealed the extent of the damage.

  • Yankees-Mets series comes with playoff implications

    September 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) At the beginning of spring training, when manager Terry Collins and members of the New York Mets' front office were going over the schedule, one matchup stood out:A three-game Subway Series in late September.''One of the things we said is, `Je-sus! We hope that thing is not going to be both teams fighting for something,''' Collins said Wednesday. ''And sure enough it is.''

  • Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson struck on head by line drive

    September 17, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson was hit on the back of the head by a line drive off the bat of Tommy Pham in the third inning of Milwaukee's game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.The team said Nelson was lucid and was taken to an undisclosed hospital for a CT scan.

  • Sydney to host 4-team 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifier

    September 17, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) A qualifying tournament with teams from Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and South Africa will be held in February for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.Baseball Australia said Friday that the six-game tournament will be held from Feb. 11-14 at Blacktown in western Sydney, with the winner qualifying for the 2017 Classic.

  • Pirates rookie SS Jung Ho Kang leaves game with knee injury

    September 17, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang left Thursday's game against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning with a significant left knee injury.The 28-year-old rookie, the first position player to directly make the jump from the Korean Baseball Organization to the majors, was hurt when Chris Coghlan slid into him while unsuccessfully trying to break up a double play.

  • Indians send Trevor Bauer to bullpen for playoff push

    September 17, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber's return means Trevor Bauer is the odd-man out - out in the Indians' bullpen, that is.Bauer, who has struggled since the All-Star break, will pitch in relief for at least the time being as the Indians are shortening their rotation while trying to win a wild-card spot.

  • Hamilton closer to Rangers return, hopes to pinch-hit soon

    September 17, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton kept trying to play through the persistent pain in his left knee, hoping to put off surgery until the offseason.Unable to hold off on the procedure, Hamilton is already feeling better and hoping to be able to pinch-hit for the AL West-leading Texas Rangers by the end of the weekend.

  • Royals move struggling Danny Duffy to bullpen

    September 17, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Kansas City manager Ned Yost is looking for four starters he can count on. Right now, Danny Duffy isn't one of them.The Royals sent the struggling left-hander to the bullpen on Thursday, a day after he didn't get out of the third inning in a loss to the Indians.

  • Indians send Trevor Bauer to bullpen for stretch run

    September 17, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians, a latecomer to the AL wild-card chase, have sent struggling right-hander Trevor Bauer to the bullpen.Indians manager Terry Francona announced the decision before Thursday night's game against Kansas City. Cleveland entered play trailing Houston by four games for the second wild card.

  • Braves' Banuelos has surgery to remove bone spurs from elbow

    September 17, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Braves left-hander Manny Banuelos had surgery to remove bone spurs from his pitching elbow and is expected to be ready for spring training.Manager Fredi Gonzalez says doctors reported no problems in Thursday's operation.Banuelos was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 28 with inflammation in the elbow. He missed the 2013 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

  • Longtime MLB radio announcer Milo Hamilton dies at 88

    September 17, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster whose radio calls over six decades included 11 no-hitters and Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in 1974, died on Thursday. He was 88.The Houston Astros announced the death of their longtime play-by-play man, well known for using the phrase ''Holy Toledo.'' A cause of death was not immediately released for Hamilton, who worked for seven teams.

  • Longtime Astros radio announcer Milo Hamilton dies at 88

    September 17, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Milo Hamilton, a Hall of Fame broadcaster who called Hank Aaron's historic 715th home run in 1974, has died.The Houston Astros announced the death of their longtime play-by-play man on Thursday. He was 88. A cause of death was not immediately released.

  • Pirates rookie Kang leaves Cubs game with knee injury

    September 17, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jung Ho Kang has left the game against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning with a knee injury.The rookie was hurt Thursday when Chris Coghlan slid into him while unsuccessfully trying to break up a double play.

  • Pirates rookie Kang leaves Cubs game with leg injury

    September 17, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates rookie shortstop Jung Ho Kang left in the top of the first inning with an apparent left leg injury after the Chicago Cubs' Chris Coghlan slid into him while unsuccessfully trying to break up a double play.Kang was helped off the field by two members of the training staff and replaced by Jordy Mercer.

  • Cubs activate Jorge Soler from 15-day disabled list

    September 17, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Rookie right fielder Jorge Soler has been activated by the Chicago Cubs from the 15-day disabled list.Soler had been out since Aug 24 with a strained left side. He was not in the starting lineup Thursday when the Cubs played the Pittsburgh Pirates. He had been on a rehab assignment with high Class A Myrtle Beach.

  • Rockies held to two hits in 2-0 loss to Dodgers

    September 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Colorado Rockies were no match for Alex Wood.Colorado managed just one hit against the 24-year-old left-hander in Wednesday night's 2-0 loss to the Dodgers that capped their 5-5 road trip. Wood needed only 78 pitches to get through eight innings as Colorado was still recovering from the marathon 16-inning game the night before that took 5 hours and 23 minutes to play.

  • Wood masterful in Dodgers' 2-0 win over Rockies

    September 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Alex Wood gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a dominating performance worthy of Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke.Wood pitched one-hit ball for eight innings on just 78 pitches and retired his last 19 batters on Wednesday night in a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

  • BC-BBA--Tigers-Twins

    September 17, 2015

    Editors:The Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins were tied 4-4 after nine innings.AP Sports

  • LEADING OFF: Series wraps in Texas, Pittsburgh; Kluber back

    September 16, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Thursday:---TEXAS TUSSLEFighting for first place in the AL West, the Astros and Rangers finish up their pivotal four-game series. Texas has won the first three games and leads the division by 1 1/2 games over Houston. Lance McCullers (5-5, 3.10 ERA) pitches for the Astros against Colby Lewis (15-8, 4.45), who carried a perfect game into the eighth inning of his most recent outing versus Oakland.

  • Astros closer Gregerson away for birth of 1st child

    September 16, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Houston Astros closer Luke Gregerson has left the team for the birth of his first child.Gregerson left the team before Wednesday night's game in Texas after his wife went into labor in Orlando, Florida. She gave birth to a baby boy.

  • Back tightness keeps Brewers' Braun out of game

    September 16, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun has lower back tightness and was scratched from Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.Braun, who had missed several games earlier this season with the same issue, is batting .291 and leads the team with 25 home runs and 84 RBIs.

  • Zito rejoins the A's in 'storybook ending'

    September 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Although he made no official announcement, Barry Zito believed his playing career had concluded with the end of the minor league season earlier this month.That's why he didn't initially know how to react when Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane called Monday and asked if he was up for pitching in the major leagues again.

  • Fireworks mistake stuns Indians manager Francona

    September 16, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Talk about an explosive error.Like everyone else in Progressive Field on Tuesday night, Indians manager Terry Francona was rattled when fireworks erupted following a Kansas City home run.In the fifth inning, Royals outielder Alex Rios homered to left field, and as he was rounding the bases, a technician sitting atop a parking garage beyond the center-field wall, mistakenly touched off a fireworks display normally reserved for home runs hit by Indians players.

  • RHP Joe Kelly shut down by Red Sox

    September 16, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) Red Sox right-hander Joe Kelly has been shut down for the season with a shoulder injury.Kelly left in the third inning of Tuesday night's game against the Orioles with stiffness in his right shoulder.Interim manager Torey Lovullo said Wednesday ''It's probably not going to be the best thing to run him back out there.''

  • Tanaka to start series opener against Mets

    September 16, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Masahiro Tanaka will start for the New York Yankees on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at the crosstown Mets.Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced his rotation before Wednesday night's game at Tampa Bay.Tanaka will start opposite Steven Matz. Saturday's game features the Yankees' Michael Pineda and Noah Syndergaard, and Sunday's finale has CC Sabathia going against Mets ace Matt Harveyl.

  • Game times drop more with pitch clock in high minors

    September 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Leagues that used 20-second pitch clocks this season cut 12 minutes from their average game time, double the 6-minute overall drop in the minors.In the first year the pitch clocks were used at Triple-A and Double-A, 310 balls were called against tardy pitchers for violating pace-of-game rules and 170 strikes were called against procrastinating batters.

  • Padres RHP Josh Johnson needs 3rd Tommy John surgery

    September 16, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres say right-hander Josh Johnson, who has been sidelined for two seasons, will have a third reconstructive elbow surgery.Johnson had Tommy John surgery in 2007 and again in 2014 after straining his elbow during spring training.

  • A's call up Barry Zito from minors

    September 16, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics are bringing up former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito.The A's announced Wednesday that they will purchase Zito's contract from Triple-A Nashville. They cleared a roster spot by placing right-hander Jesse Chavez on the 60-day disabled list with a broken rib.

  • Settlement in civil rights suit over Texas police shooting

    September 16, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The family of a former major league baseball player whose son mistakenly was shot by a police sergeant outside their Houston-area home has settled a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Bellaire and the officer.The 0,000 settlement was signed Tuesday as trial was to begin in the case of Robert Tolan, son of former major leaguer Bobby Tolan.

  • Stolen Red Sox World Series ring found during drug raid

    September 16, 2015

    QUINCY, Mass. (AP) Police conducting a raid at a suspected drug dealer's home south of Boston made an unusual discovery - a stolen 2004 Red Sox World Series ring.Quincy police had been watching the home for several months, and on Tuesday they executed a search warrant after witnessing a drug deal.

  • Settlement signed in Texas police shooting civil rights suit

    September 16, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) The family of an ex-major league baseball player whose son mistakenly was shot by a police sergeant outside their Houston-area home has settled a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Bellaire and the officer.The 0,000 settlement was signed Tuesday as trial was to begin in Houston federal court in the case of Robert Tolan, son of former major leaguer Bobby Tolan.

  • Dodgers lose 5-4 to Rockies in 16 on Arenado's HR off Latos

    September 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Had the Los Angeles Dodgers not had such a comfortable lead over the San Franciaco Giants in the NL West, the pain of losing a game that took 5 hours, 23 minutes and 16 innings to lose would have been excruciating.As it was, the 5-4 defeat to the Colorado Rockies didn't sit well with anyone in the Dodgers' clubhouse - to say the least.

  • Orioles' Tazawa shut down for year

    September 16, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) The Boston Red Sox say right-hander Junichi Tazawa has been shut down for the remainder of the season to get some rest.Tazawa has appeared in 61 games (58 2-3 innings). He is 2-7 with a 4.14 ERA.''I just want to make this perfectly clear: There was no injury,'' Boston acting manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday night after a 6-5, 13-inning loss at Baltimore. ''There was nothing behind this other than us giving him a rest. He feels good. He could pitch if we asked him to.''

  • Franklin's homer helps Rays beat Yankees 6-3

    September 15, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Nick Franklin was only in the game because Asdrubal Cabrera had gotten hurt.But Franklin hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning to put the Tampa Bay Rays ahead Tuesday night and they went on to beat the New York Yankees 6-3.

  • Tomlin pitches complete game but Indians lose 2-0

    September 15, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Tomlin wouldn't take any satisfaction in going the distance against the AL's best team, the presumed Central champions.The Indians needed more from him, and Tomlin felt he let them down.''I'm glad I was able to keep the team in the game, don't get me wrong, but we need wins, and that's the bottom line,'' Tomlin said following Cleveland's 2-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. ''It doesn't matter how well I pitch, if their guy does better than me on the other side then it's still a loss. And that's not what we need right now.''

  • Phillies can't touch Strasburg, lose 4-0 to Nationals

    September 15, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Stephen Strasburg dominated the Phillies in a way only Hall of Famers Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan and Warren Spahn ever did.Strasburg gave up one hit and tied a career-best with 14 strikeouts in eight innings, Bryce Harper hit two homers and the Washington Nationals beat Philadelphia 4-0 on Tuesday night.

  • LEADING OFF: Playoff races heating, Holliday off DL

    September 16, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues today:---BACK AT ITThe Pirates and Cubs continue a pivotal four-game series a day after splitting a day-night doubleheader in Pittsburgh. The Bucs sit atop the NL wild-card standings. Chicago is within striking distance and St. Louis is narrowly ahead of both in the NL Central standings. Pirates right-hander A.J. Burnett (8-5, 3.14) makes his second start since returning from the DL following a strained right elbow, while Cubs righty Jake Arrieta (19-6, 1.99) hopes to help his late push for Cy Young Award consideration.

  • Miami minor leaguer suspended for positive drug test

    September 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Miami Marlins catcher Felix Castillo has been suspended for the first 80 games of next season following a positive test under baseball's minor league drug program.The commissioner's office said Tuesday Castillo, on the roster of Class-A Greensboro, was disciplined for a positive test for Clomiphene, a female fertility drug.

  • Marlins surprise Christian Yelich with lookalike from 'SNL'

    September 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The newcomer in a Miami Marlins uniform sure looked a lot like Christian Yelich - except in the batting cage.Even though they are more than 20 games under .500 as the season winds down, the Marlins had some fun Tuesday evening at Citi Field. They surprised their Gold Glove outfielder by arranging a meeting with ''Saturday Night Live'' funnyman Pete Davidson, who certainly bears an unusual resemblance to Yelich.

  • A-Rod playing with bruised knee, homers

    September 15, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez has homered in his first at-bat hours after the team learned was playing with a bruised left knee.A-Rod hit his 32nd homer this season and 686th overall, off Jake Odorizzi in the first inning of Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay. He moved past Craig Biggio into sole possession of 21st place all-time with his 3,061st hit.

  • A-Rod playing with bruised knee

    September 15, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez remains in the starting lineup despite having a bruised left knee.A-Rod was the third-place hitter in Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay after undergoing an MRI earlier in the day. He was also examined by team orthopedic doctor Daniel Murphy.

  • A's Chavez has non-displaced rib fracture, out for season

    September 15, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Oakland Athletics right-hander Jesse Chavez has a non-displaced rib fracture on the right side and will miss the remainder of the season.Athletics manager Bob Melvin said the club is not certain how the injury occurred. It's possible the injury happened when Chavez was trying to brace himself before being hit in the hip by a batted ball Sunday against the Texas Rangers.

  • Indians' Kluber cleared to return from hamstring injury

    September 15, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians ace Corey Kluber has been cleared to return from a right hamstring injury and will start Thursday night against Kansas City.Last year's AL Cy Young winner, Kluber did some infield work on Tuesday. Manager Terry Francona says the right-hander ''did fine,'' was given the OK by the medical staff and will face the Royals in the series finale. Kluber's return is a big boost for the Indians, who have won 13 of 18 to get back to .500 and are battling for one of the AL's wild-card spots.

  • Cardinals activate Matt Holliday from DL after quad strain

    September 15, 2015

    MILWAUKEE (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals activated outfielder Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list in time for a series against the Milwaukee Brewers.Holliday will not be in the lineup Tuesday but is available for pinch-hit duty after recovering from a right quadriceps strain.

  • Pirates beat Cubs 5-4 in Game 1 of doubleheader

    September 15, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pedro Florimon scored on Starling Marte's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday.Florimon entered as a pinch runner after Pedro Alvarez worked a leadoff walk against Justin Grimm (3-5). Florimon stole second and moved to third when the throw from catcher Jesus Montero rolled into center field.

  • Indians making late playoff push, in thick of wild-card race

    September 15, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) By the time Indians manager Terry Francona hops on that motorized scooter he rides from his downtown apartment to Progressive Field on game days, his mind is racing and his stomach's churning.He wouldn't have it any other way.''There's nothing better than coming to the ballpark and being nervous and excited,'' he said. ''That's the best feeling. I love that feeling.''

  • More players, more pitching changes, longer games

    September 14, 2015

    Remember all that talk about pace of play? Early this season, baseball's effort to trim the length of games seemed to be a mild success.Tell that to the fans in Detroit on Tuesday.The Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays played for 5 hours, 3 minutes before Detroit finally won 8-7 in 13 innings. The extra frames made the game take longer, but what really made it tedious was the ceaseless substituting by both teams, especially on the mound. The Tigers used 10 pitchers while the Rays used six.

  • LEADING OFF: Lone Star showdown, Arenado airs 'em out

    September 13, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Monday:---BIGGEST IN TEXASThe Lone Star State hosts the day's biggest matchup as the Astros and Rangers begin a four-game series in Arlington that will help decide the AL West. Houston leads Texas by 1 1/2 games after both teams won Sunday, with the Astros using a five-run ninth to top the Angels 5-3 while the Rangers blew out the A's. Scott Kazmir (7-10, 2.63) goes for Houston while Cole Hamels (9-8, 3.76) pitches on five days' rest for the Rangers.

  • Scherzer pitches 8 strong innings in 5-0 win for Nationals

    September 13, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Max Scherzer got the results he had been looking for over the past six weeks.Scherzer pitched eight stellar innings to help the Washington Nationals end a five-game losing streak with a 5-0 win against the Miami Marlins on Sunday.''You know you're in for a battle when you face him,'' Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. ''He's leading the league in a lot of categories for a reason. We ran into a buzzsaw.''

  • Nats' Harper leaves game after dizzied by collision

    September 13, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals' game against Miami on Sunday with dizziness but passed postgame concussion tests after colliding with Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich in the first inning.''I tried to get up on my own, but I felt pretty dizzy,'' Harper said. ''Once I rolled I just said that I didn't feel right. I was looking up into the stadium and I just didn't feel good at all.

  • Yankees celebrate A-Rod's 3,000th hit with brief ceremony

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Three months, .5 million and 75 games later, the New York Yankees celebrated Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit in a brief and subdued pregame ceremony before a relatively sparse Yankee Stadium crowd.Rodriguez hit a solo homer off Detroit's Justin Verlander on June 19 to reach 3,000, joining Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter as the only players to reach the mark with a home run.

  • Cespedes out of Mets' starting lineup for just the 2nd time

    September 13, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) The Mets left slugger Yoenis Cespedes out of the starting lineup Sunday for just the second time since he was acquired from Detroit on July 31.Cespedes had declined manager Terry Collins' offer for extra rest Saturday night, then changed his mind. Cespedes hit his eighth homer in 11 games and drove in two runs as the NL-East leading Mets beat Atlanta for their sixth straight win.

  • Nats' Bryce Harper leaves game after 1st-inning collision

    September 13, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Bryce Harper left the Washington Nationals' game against Miami on Sunday for precautionary reasons after colliding with Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich in the first inning.Harper reached base on a fielder's choice and was attempting to run to third on Jayson Werth's grounder to shortstop Miguel Rojas. Dietrich was going to second to cover the base when the two collided as Rojas' throw went to first base for the final out.

  • Collins: Harvey OK with more regular season innings

    September 13, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Mets manager Terry Collins says that ace Matt Harvey has spoken with Matt Harvey about having the ace stay in New York's six-man rotation.In his first season following Tommy John surgery, Harvey is 12-7 with a 2.88 ERA in 26 starts and 171 2-3 innings. Harvey's agent said Dr. James Andrews, who operated on Harvey two years ago, expressed concern about exceeding 180 innings.

  • Tulowitzki out at least 2 weeks because of shoulder injury

    September 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will miss at least two weeks because of a cracked left shoulder blade.''It's a very small crack,'' Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Sunday. ''Just talking with the doctors, if they had to guess, and really it's only a guess at this point, it could be two-to-three weeks, and then he could be back for October,''

  • Cron's tiebreaking HR in 8th helps Angels beat Astros 3-2

    September 13, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) C.J. Cron hit a tiebreaking home run to lead off the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 3-2 Saturday night to tighten the American League West race.Cron greeted Will Harris (5-3) with a drive to center field on a 1-1 pitch for his career-high 12th homer. Joe Smith (5-5) pitched a scoreless eighth and Huston Street worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 35th save in 39 attempts as Los Angeles pulled to 3 1/2 games behind Houston in the AL West.

  • Giants' Bumgarner loses perfect game on base hit in 8th

    September 12, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Giants ace Madison Bumgarner has lost his bid for a perfect game when pinch-hitter Melvin Upton Jr. singled for the San Diego Padres with two outs in the eighth inning.San Francisco leads 8-0 Saturday night.Last year's World Series MVP has thrown 102 pitches in eight innings. He has struck out eight and walked none.

  • Giants' Madison Bumgarner has perfect game through 7 innings

    September 12, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants has not allowed a baserunner through seven innings against the San Diego Padres.The Giants are leading 8-0 Saturday night.Last year's World Series MVP has thrown 85 pitches, 58 for strikes. He has struck out eight.

  • Giants' Madison Bumgarner has perfect game through 6 innings

    September 12, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants has not allowed a baserunner through six innings against the San Diego Padres.The Giants are leading 7-0 Saturday night.Last year's World Series MVP has thrown 76 pitches, 51 for strikes. He has seven strikeouts.

  • Dodgers' Crawford leaves game with hamstring tightness

    September 12, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford was removed from Saturday's game at the Arizona Diamondbacks with right hamstring tightness.Crawford was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth inning. He was 1 for 3 with a home run and two strikeouts up to that point.

  • Longtime Dodger Stadium chef Dave Pearson dies at 75

    September 12, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Pearson, who worked as a chef at Dodger Stadium for over 50 years, has died. He was 75.The team said Pearson died Saturday after a lengthy illness.Pearson worked at various locations within the stadium, creating meals for sporting greats, Hollywood stars and presidents of the U.S. In recent years, he cooked in the press dining room that bore the sign ''Dave's Diner'' in his honor.

  • LEADING OFF: NL Central getting tight, Tulo out for Jays

    September 12, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues on Sunday:---SEPTEMBER STRUGGLESThe Cardinals will try to avoid their first four-game sweep against Cincinnati since 2003. The NL Central leaders have the best record in the majors but have dropped three straight to the last-place Reds and eight of 10 overall. St. Louis right-hander Michael Wacha (15-5, 2.96 ERA) faces Raisel Iglesias (3-7, 4.18).

  • Indians, Tigers postponed for second straight day

    September 12, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Steady rain and a soggy forecast postponed the Indians game Saturday night against the Detroit Tigers.The game never got started and the Indians announced their second rainout in two days at 9:38 p.m. The teams are already scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sunday, and because the Tigers and Indians don't share a common off day for the rest of the regular season, a makeup date is still to be determined.

  • Tulowitzki cracks shoulder blade in collision with Pillar

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) - Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki cracked his left shoulder blade in the opener of the Blue Jays' doubleheader opener against the New York Yankees during a second-inning collision with center fielder Kevin Pillar.Toronto said Tulowitzki will be monitored for the next week for the Blue Jays to determine a timetable for his return. The Blue Jays said he will speak about the injury Sunday.

  • Ortiz becomes 27th player with 500 homers

    September 12, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has become the 27th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs.Ortiz reached the milestone with his second homer in Saturday night's game at Tampa Bay. He lined a shot to right center on a 2-2 pitch from Matt Moore leading off the fifth after connecting for No. 499 in the first.

  • Ortiz hits 499th homer as Red Sox face Rays

    September 12, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has hit his 499th home run and is one shy of becoming the 27th player to reach 500 homers.Ortiz hit No. 499 on a 1-2 pitch from Matt Moore in the first inning of Saturday night's game at Tampa Bay.

  • Nationals reliever Storen breaks right thumb in angry fit

    September 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) The stumbling Washington Nationals are now hurting themselves.Right-hander Drew Storen broke his right thumb slamming the lock box in his locker in frustration Wednesday after giving up the go-ahead homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning, helping the NL East-leading New York Mets complete a three-game sweep.

  • Kluber not ready to return for Indians

    September 12, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Indians ace Corey Kluber remains slowed by a hamstring injury and it remains unclear when he will make his next start.Kluber hasn't pitched since Aug. 29. The AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner threw in the bullpen and ran sprints on the field before Friday's rainout . Manager Terry Francona said Kluber ''still feels it a little bit'' and the Indians aren't rushing back the right-hander.

  • Nationals reliever Storen breaks right thumb in temper fit

    September 12, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Slumping Washington Nationals right-hander Drew Storen is sidelined by a broken right thumb resulting from a fit of temper, and he'll likely miss the rest of the season.Storen hurt himself slamming the lock box on his locker in frustration after his latest outing, manager Matt Williams said Saturday. The incident happened after Storen gave up the go-ahead homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning Wednesday, helping the Mets complete a three-game sweep.

  • Cardinals activate Belisle from DL

    September 12, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have activated right-hander Matt Belisle from the disabled list.Belisle had been out since June 26 with right elbow inflammation. He was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 games before being sidelined.St. Louis announced the move on Saturday.

  • Tulowitzki leaves doubleheader opener after collision

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki left the opener of the Blue Jays' doubleheader opener against the New York Yankees after a second-inning collision with center fielder Kevin Pillar.The Blue Jays said X-rays of his rib and chest were negative. He was to have an MRI, and Toronto said it did not expect the result of that scan until Sunday.

  • Duvall powers Reds past Cardinals 4-2

    September 12, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Two rookies trying to prove they belong in the majors powered the Cincinnati Reds to another win over St. Louis.Adam Duvall hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Reds beat the Cardinals 4-2 on Saturday in the completion of a game suspended on Friday by rain.

  • Cardinals C Stanley suspended for 80 games by MLB

    September 12, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Cardinals catcher Cody Stanley was suspended Saturday for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.Stanley, 26, spent most of this season at Triple-A Memphis, but was promoted to St. Louis when major league rosters expanded on Sept. 1. It is the seventh suspension announced this year under the big league program.

  • Angels creep up on Astros in AL West with 3-2 win

    September 12, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) At the moment, the Los Angels Angels have their sights set on overtaking two teams in the race for the AL's second wild card berth.But with the West-leading Houston Astros in town for a three-game series, and another three-game set at Minute Maid Park during the third week of September, the Angels don't mind giving the impression that they are aiming higher.

  • Garneau homers, Bettis solid for 7 in Rockies' win

    September 12, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Colorado rookie Dustin Garneau learned quickly from a previous mistake.Garneau snapped a 0-0 tie with a three-run homer in the seventh and Chad Bettis allowed three hits over seven innings, leading the Rockies to a 4-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.

  • A's break up Lewis' perfect game in 8th, fall to Rangers 4-0

    September 12, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Oakland's Danny Valencia tipped his batting helmet toward Colby Lewis from second base after breaking up the Texas right-hander's perfect game with a leadoff double in the eighth inning.''When you are witnessing great things happening, there's a mutual respect,'' Valencia said. ''He was very competitive tonight.''

  • Dodgers' Guerrero leaves with leg injury; umpire hurt

    September 11, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Alex Guerrero left Friday night's game in the top of the third inning after straining his left calf while running to first base.Guerrero was brought in to pinch hit with one out in the third, and reached base on an infield single. But he appeared to slow down as he arrived at the bag. After being checked by a trainer, he was replaced by Jimmy Rollins.

  • Famed anthem singer Rocco Scotti dead at 95

    September 11, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Rocco Scotti, the opera-trained singer who belted out the national anthem before Cleveland Indians games, has died. He was 95.Scotti's rendition of the anthem, with a trademark high note at the end, made him beloved in Cleveland. The Indians confirmed Scotti's death and expressed its thoughts and prayers to his family in a statement late Friday night.

  • Matz throws 5 strong innings as Mets beat Braves 5-1

    September 12, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) Yoenis Cespedes says he's just one part of the New York Mets. You can be sure it is a very large part.The Cuban center fielder hit a home run and drove in three runs and rookie Steven Matz pitched five strong innings as the Mets won their fifth in a row with a 5-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday night.

  • Rangers' Lewis loses perfect game in 8th against Athletics

    September 11, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers has lost a bid for a perfect game on a leadoff double by Oakland's Danny Valencia in the eighth inning.The Rangers lead 4-0 Friday night.Lewis got a standing ovation from the home crowd after Valencia's line drive near the line in left field.

  • Fan stable and alert after fainting at Yankees game

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The game between the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees was held up while emergency medical workers attended to a fan who fainted in the front row.Play resumed following a 7-minute stoppage before the start of the sixth inning. In the bottom half of the inning, the Yankees announced the man had fainted but was stable and alert after receiving medical attention. The team said he would be taken to the hospital as a precaution.

  • Rockies' Hundley done for year with cervical strain

    September 11, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) The Colorado Rockies have placed catcher Nick Hundley on the 60-day disabled list with a cervical strain and called up catcher Tom Murphy from Triple-A Albuquerque.Hundley was batting .301 with a career-high 21 doubles, 10 home runs and 43 RBIs. He left Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants with a stiff neck.

  • Rangers' Lewis perfect through 7 against Athletics

    September 11, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers has a perfect game through seven innings against the Oakland Athletics.The Rangers lead 3-0 Friday night.Lewis, who was 0-3 with an 8.62 ERA in his previous three starts, got great defensive plays from center Delino DeShields in the fourth inning and second baseman Rougned Odor in the sixth.

  • Rangers' Lewis perfect through 6 against Athletics

    September 11, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers has a perfect game through six innings against the Oakland Athletics.The Rangers lead 3-0 Friday night.Lewis, who was 0-3 with an 8.62 ERA in his previous three starts, got great defensive plays from center Delino DeShields in the fourth inning and second baseman Rougned Odor in the sixth.

  • LEADING OFF: Stroman returns, Fernandez great at home

    September 11, 2015

    A look at what's happening around the major leagues Saturday:---EAST BEASTSThe Blue Jays and Yankees continue a pivotal AL East series with a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. In Game 2, Toronto RHP Marcus Stroman will make his season debut after having surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee in March. New York will be without first baseman Mark Teixeira, who will miss the rest of the season because of a broken right leg.

  • Rangers' Hamilton has knee surgery, could return this year

    September 11, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Josh Hamilton had arthroscopic surgery to repair a slight meniscus tear in his left knee, and there's still a chance the Texas slugger could play again this season.The Rangers said there was optimism for a quick recovery but no timetable for Hamilton's return. The surgery was performed Friday by team physician Dr. Keith Meister.

  • Tigers-Indians rained out; doubleheader Sunday

    September 11, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians' quest to get back to .500 for the first time since early April was halted by rain.The Indians and Detroit Tigers had their Friday night game postponed by a downpour that started around 3 p.m. The game never began and will be made up as part of a traditional doubleheader Sunday starting at 1:10 p.m.

  • Yankees 1B Teixeira to miss rest of season with broken leg

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mark Teixeira will miss the rest of the season after tests revealed the New York Yankees first baseman has a broken right leg.Teixeira fouled a ball off his shin Aug. 17 and has started only once since. He had trouble running in that game and was not improving much, so the Yankees sent him for a third round of tests Friday that finally showed a fracture.

  • Yankees 1B Teixeira to miss rest of season with leg fracture

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Mark Teixeira will miss the rest of the season after tests revealed the New York Yankees first baseman has a fractured right leg.Teixeira fouled a ball off his shin Aug. 17 and has started only once since. He had trouble running in that game and was not improving much, so the Yankees sent him for a third round of tests Friday that finally showed a fracture.

  • Twins activate rookie Graham from DL

    September 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Minnesota Twins activated right-handed reliever J.R. Graham from the disabled list prior to Friday night's game at the Chicago White Sox.Graham missed 14 games with right shoulder inflammation. He's 1-1 with a 5.15 ERA in 57 2-3 innings.

  • Reds star Joey Votto suspended 2 games, files appeal

    September 11, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto appealed a two-game suspension Friday for his home plate tantrum, saying that he didn't deserve to be ejected from a game let alone suspended.Major League Baseball also fined Votto an undisclosed amount Friday before the Reds' game against the St. Louis Cardinals. By appealing the suspension, Votto could stay in the starting lineup.

  • White Sox reinstate reliever Putnam off disabled list

    September 11, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have reinstated right-handed reliever Zach Putnam from the 15-day disabled list before Friday's game against the Minnesota Twins.The 28-year-old Putnam was placed on the DL on Aug. 29 with a strained right groin.Putnam is 3-3 with a 3.07 ERA in 41 appearances.

  • Warthen returns to Mets after night in hospital

    September 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) New York Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen was back with the Mets on Friday, one day after being hospitalized in Atlanta with a racing heartbeat. The team said the issue ''corrected itself'' after he spent one night in the hospital.Bullpen coach Ricky Bones filled in for Warthen during the Mets' 7-2 win over the Braves on Thursday.

  • A's get reliever Coulombe from Dodgers for cash

    September 11, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Oakland Athletics have acquired left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.The A's made room on their 40-man roster Friday by moving right-hander Evan Scribner to the 60-day disabled list with a torn muscle in his back.

  • Souza Jr. returns to starting lineup after broken hand

    September 11, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. is back in the starting lineup after going on the disabled list in early August with a broken left hand.Souza was listed as the sixth-place hitter in the Rays' lineup for Friday night's game against Boston.

  • Astros' Feldman out for season with shoulder injury

    September 11, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) Houston starter Scott Feldman will miss the rest of the season with a sprained right shoulder.Feldman left his Sept. 1 start against Seattle in the third inning with shoulder discomfort. Houston hoped he could return after missing a start, but after an MRI on Thursday general manager Jeff Luhnow decided he would be shut down for the year.

  • Tigers insist they haven't decided Ausmus' future with team

    September 11, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) Manager Brad Ausmus was back at the ballpark Friday, preparing to manage the Detroit Tigers.But for how much longer?''I'm not going to put odds on it,'' Ausmus said when asked if he expects to be back next season.Tigers general manager Al Avila released a statement Friday amid reports that the team had already decided to fire Ausmus at the end of what has turned into a lackluster season.

  • Jablonski Rico Noel hopes not to be another Moonlight Graham

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rico Noel was about to step into the batter's box after six seasons in the minors for his first swing as a major leaguer. Hoping to add to a seven-run lead at Fenway Park, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi called the rookie back to the dugout and sent up a pinch hitter.

  • Cespedes is big hit, becomes latest super summer addition

    September 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) As the New York Mets were packing up last week for their road trip, Yoenis Cespedes leaned into his locker and accidentally smacked his head on something.Pretty hard, too.The dull thud was loud enough to catch teammate Daniel Murphy's attention nearby.

  • Brantley homers twice as Indians beat Tigers 7-5

    September 10, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) A pair of home runs and two overturned calls at the plate helped the Cleveland Indians gain ground in the AL wild-card race Thursday night.Michael Brantley homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run drive in the eighth inning of a 7-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

  • Spring training baseball: 0M impact for Phoenix area

    September 10, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) Spring training baseball had an estimated economic impact of 0 million for the Phoenix metropolitan area in the past year.One study released Thursday said the 15-team Cactus League directly brought in nearly 0 million from outside the Phoenix area this year through indirect and presumed spending.

  • LEADING OFF: Sept. 11 remembrances, key AL East matchup

    September 10, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Friday:---REMEMBERING THE DAYAt Great American Ball Park, Camden Yards and every stadium where a big league game is played, there will be tributes to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear caps with flag patches, and there will be moments of silence and other remembrances.

  • Cruz hits 40th HR, Hernandez wins, Mariners top Texas

    September 10, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Nelson Cruz reached 40 home runs for the second straight season, Felix Hernandez pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and the Seattle Mariners downed the Texas Rangers 5-0 Thursday.Texas was shut out for the second straight day. The Rangers' lead for the second AL wild-card spot was cut to one game over idle Minnesota.

  • Mets coach Warthen goes to hospital with irregular heartbeat

    September 11, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) New York Mets manager Terry Collins doesn't expect pitching coach Dan Warthen to be laid up much longer after being admitted to an Atlanta hospital because of an irregular heartbeat.''I just got a text from him and he was eating cake, so he couldn't be that bad (off),'' Collins said after the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 7-2 on Thursday night.

  • Angels hope for late rally to salvage an up-and-down season

    September 10, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although Albert Pujols' sore right foot has reduced him to a designated hitter down the stretch for the Los Angeles Angels, the veteran first baseman hasn't missed a game in three weeks.Even with the Angels' tumultuous season teetering on the brink of collapse, Pujols is determined to keep fighting.

  • Reds star Votto mum on tantrum, no word on possible penalty

    September 10, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) Reds star Joey Votto isn't saying much about his home plate tantrum.Votto turned 32 on Thursday and was in the starting lineup against St. Louis, a day after his volatile argument with umpire Bill Welke during Cincinnati's 5-4 loss to Pittsburgh.

  • Reeling Phillies fire general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

    September 10, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Losing consistently leads to plenty of change.The Philadelphia Phillies fired general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. on Thursday, completing a cycle of turnover for a team going through its worst season in 43 years.Manager Ryne Sandberg already resigned in June and Andy MacPhail was hired to replace outgoing president Pat Gillick after the season.

  • Rangers Hamilton to have knee surgery; club hopes for return

    September 10, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) Texas designated-hitter Josh Hamilton will have an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee Friday, and the Rangers hope he'll return before the end of the season.The club made the announcement before the game against Seattle on Thursday. Texas manager Jeff Banister says Hamilton will have meniscus surgery.

  • Phillies fire general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.

    September 10, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies fired general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. Thursday, with 22 games left in their worst season since 1972.President-in-waiting Andy MacPhail made the announcement, saying assistant general manager Scott Proefrock will replace Amaro as interim general manager.

  • Boston mayor signs ban on chewing tobacco at sporting venues

    September 10, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston has banned smokeless tobacco products from Fenway Park and all other sports venues in the city.Mayor Marty Walsh on Wednesday signed the ban making Boston the second city after San Francisco to approve a ban on the products, including dip, chew, or snuff.

  • Prosecutor probes St. Louis police anew in ticket scandal

    September 10, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis' prosecutor says her office will review newly provided documents about police officers' use of 2006 World Series tickets that had been seized from scalpers.Jennifer Joyce initially scrutinized the case in 2007 and found no criminal wrongdoing, using material available then. But hundreds of pages of internal police records were released last week, five years after a St. Louis judge ordered them to be turned over in a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • Pitching workloads a concern everywhere as playoffs approach

    September 10, 2015

    When it comes to all this talk about inning limits, Tommy John is a skeptic.''Nobody knows,'' he said. ''What's too many?''It was John, of course, whose recovery from a groundbreaking elbow operation in 1974 set the stage for so many other pitchers to come back from similar injuries. But although the procedure has become more common, its aftermath is still fraught with anxiety - and the delicate challenge of managing a pitcher's workload is almost certain to affect this year's postseason.

  • Japan names provisional 45-man squad for Premier12

    September 10, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) Two-way player Shohei Otani was among 45 players named Thursday in Japan's provisional squad for the inaugural Premier12 baseball tournament.Otani, who pitches and plays outfield for the Nippon Ham Fighters, is 13-4 this season with a 2.69 ERA. Former New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who is 8-6 for the Hiroshima Carp with a 2.75 ERA this season, was also named.

  • LEADING OFF: Jays-Yanks showdown; Arrieta, Colon throw zeros

    September 10, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:---AL EAST SHOWDOWNDavid Price (14-5, 2.43 ERA) pitches for the first-place Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game series at Yankee Stadium. Trying to catch Toronto in the AL East, New York counters with impressive rookie Luis Severino, who is 3-2 with a 2.04 ERA in his first six major league starts.

  • Red Sox 3B Sandoval leaves with back tightness

    September 9, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval has left Wednesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays with tightness in his back.Sandoval came out in the top of the sixth inning and was replaced by Deven Marrero. He missed three games over the weekend, also with back tightness.

  • Red Sox slugger David Ortiz hits 498th home run

    September 9, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) David Ortiz has hit his 498th home run in the third inning of Boston's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.Big Papi drove a 2-0 fastball into the center-field bleachers for a three-run homer that gave the Red Sox a 4-0 lead.The 39-year-old Ortiz is looking to become the 27th player in major league history with 500 homers.

  • Another fan injured at Fenway Park, man hit by foul liner

    September 9, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A fan at Fenway Park was injured by a foul ball during a game Wednesday night, the latest in a series of crowd accidents this season at the century-old stadium.The man was hit in the first inning by a foul off the bat of Toronto slugger Josh Donaldson, and there was a brief delay as the Blue Jays played the Boston Red Sox. The fan returned to his seat an inning later with what appeared to be an ice pack he was holding on his left shoulder.

  • Man accused of forging signature of NY Mets executive

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A con man forged the signature of New York Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon as part of a scheme that managed to cheat an investor out of more than million - even though he incorrectly spelled Wilpon's first name, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • Red Sox president Dombrowski says no GM interviews yet

    September 9, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Recently hired Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski says he still hasn't spoken to any candidates about the soon-to-be vacant general manager opening.Speaking Wednesday before the Red Sox faced AL East-leading Toronto, Dombrowski said: ''No, I haven't started anything with that other than having a list compiled.''

  • Mets GM: Harvey could pitch vs Yanks, Nats down the stretch

    September 10, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The plan for Matt Harvey down the stretch could include him starting for the New York Mets in games against the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals.Mets general manager Sandy Alderson also said Wednesday that the NL East leaders haven't determined how they might use Harvey beyond that in the postseason, if they get that far.

  • A's reward manager Bob Melvin with 2-year contract extension

    September 9, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Bob Melvin knows new contracts are rare in losing seasons, so he is cherishing Oakland's commitment to him as a long-term leader of the organization.The Athletics manager received a two-year contract extension Wednesday that takes him through the 2018 season.

  • Stephen Vogt rejoins A's 3 days after scary groin injury

    September 9, 2015

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Catcher Stephen Vogt has taken too many foul tips to count, but this one to the groin was his worst ever.''I've taken so many shots to the cup. This one was direct, 93 (mph) if not harder with the redirection from the bat,'' Vogt said. ''I've never been hit that directly with that much velocity. The pain is indescribable. This has been miserable the last few days.''

  • Brewers catcher Lucroy sidelined by mild concussion

    September 9, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy sustained a mild concussion Tuesday night against the Miami Marlins after taking a foul ball off of his mask.Lucroy is being evaluated by doctors as part of the concussion protocol. He has to be cleared by the doctors before he can return to the lineup.

  • Cubs hire Jared Porter as pro scouting director

    September 9, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have hired Jared Porter as their director of pro scouting/special assistant.Porter knows Cubs management well, having spent 12 season with the Boston Red Sox - the last four as their director of pro scouting. President of baseball operations Theo Epstein was Boston's general manager before coming to Chicago in October 2011, and GM Jed Hoyer worked in Boston's front office.

  • Nationals Escobar, Taylor, Zimmerman sidelined with injuries

    September 9, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Injuries have sidelined Nationals players Yunel Escobar, Michael Taylor and Ryan Zimmerman for their series finale Wednesday against the New York Mets.Washington manager Matt Williams says third baseman Escobar ''spiked a fever of 103 last night.''

  • Boston hazardous-materials scare prompted by fish oil lab

    September 9, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A hazardous-materials scare that forced the temporary evacuation of residential buildings near Boston's Fenway Park has turned out to be all about fish oil.The discovery of chemicals in the basement of a convenience store Tuesday prompted a response by firefighters, police officers and terrorism investigators.

  • Man accused of forging signature of NY Mets co-owner

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) A con man forged the signature of New York Mets co-owner Jeffrey Wilpon as part of a scheme that managed to cheat an investor out of more than million - even though he incorrectly spelled Wilpon's first name, prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • No overnight sensation, Arrieta rises to the top at own pace

    September 9, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The story of how Jake Arrieta transformed himself from one of baseball's most thoughtful pitchers into one of the hottest is the opposite of an overnight sensation.The Cubs right-hander didn't wake up one morning and discover a magic grip or even find an extra 5 mph on his fastball. The closest he came to an epiphany was two years ago as he shuttled between the big league Orioles and their minor league affiliate in Norfolk, Virginia, wrestling with the possibility that his talents were used up.

  • LEADING OFF: Mets try to sweep Nats; Kelly rides win streak

    September 8, 2015

    A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Wednesday:---UNTIL OCTOBERThe first-place Mets go for a three-game sweep in Washington, the last meeting between the NL East rivals until a season-ending series starting Oct. 2 in New York. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg (8-6, 4.35 ERA) makes his first appearance since being pulled from his last start with back tightness. He threw just 60 pitches Aug. 30 in a win over Miami, ending a strong run of starts since he came off the disabled list following an oblique strain. Jacob deGrom (12-7, 2.40) goes for the Mets, who have a six-game lead over Washington.

  • Chemicals found near Fenway Park; homes briefly evacuated

    September 8, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) People whose neighborhood near Boston's Fenway Park was evacuated while police investigated chemicals stored in the basement of a commercial building have been allowed back into their homes.Firefighters say the chemicals were in a convenience store-type business and don't appear to be explosive.

  • Unsure of count, umps turn to video review

    September 8, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) When in doubt, review the count.That's