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The Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics compete during the fourth inning of a spring train...

New MLB rules get mixed fan reaction after first live looks

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It took 2 hours, 19 minutes for the Miami Marlins to beat the Houston Astros 4-3 in a spring training game Monday — a game so fast that Ryan Murphy, a lifelong Houston fan, found himself lingering in the ballpark for a while after. “I’m a baseball fan,” said […]
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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media and answers questions during baseball spring train...

MLB sets up local media group, could broadcast 17 teams

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball added three executives to its new local media department as it prepares for a possible takeover of local broadcasts for 17 teams amid the financial deterioration of the Bally and AT&T SportsNet regional sports networks. Doug Johnson was hired as senior vice president and executive producer of local […]
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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) throws against the Oakland Athletics during ...

Dodgers SS Gavin Lux out for season after knee injury

Gavin Lux hasn’t seen the video of the injury that ended his chance of being the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting shortstop this season, and has no plans to watch it. Lux will miss the season with torn ligaments in his right knee after getting hurt running the bases in a spring training game. The 25-year-old […]
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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Noah Song poses for a photograph during a spring training baseball ph...

Phillies’ Song throws off mound, knows challenges ahead

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Noah Song has no illusions of the challenges still ahead as he approaches the end of his first week of spring training after joining the Philadelphia Phillies from the U.S. Navy. Dressed in white pinstripe pants and a red batting practice jersey with No. 52 and his name on the back, […]
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Padres’ Tatis plays exhibition, 1st game since hurt in 2021

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Fernando Tatis Jr. was set to play his first game for San Diego after missing the 2022 season because of an injury and drug suspension. Tatis was in the lineup Tuesday as the designated hitter and batting second in an exhibition against San Francisco. Tatis broke his left wrist on Oct. […]
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FILE - San Diego Padres' Manny Machado follows through on an RBI-double during the third inning in ...

Manny Machado, Padres finalize $350M, 11-year contract

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star slugger Manny Machado and the San Diego Padres finalized a $350 million, 11-year contract on Tuesday, the fourth-largest in baseball history. Machado gets a $45 million signing bonus, of which $10 million is payable this Dec. 1 and $5 million on each Dec. 1 from 2027 through 2033. He receives […]
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Home plate umpire Paul Clemons, left, calls a pitching clock violation against Chicago White Sox re...

It’s working: Pitch clock shaves 20 minutes from early games

By the time Cubs outfielder Brennen Davis actually saw a pitch from Arizona’s Joe Mantiply, the count was already at a ball and a strike. Both the hitter and pitcher were penalized at the start of Davis’ at-bat to lead off the top of the third inning of Monday’s spring training game, the latest odd […]
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New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer prepares to throw live batting practice during spring training b...

MLB average salary rose 14.8% to record $4.22M last season

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average salary rose 14.8% to a record $4.22 million last year after the end of the lockout, boosted by big deals for Max Scherzer, Francisco Lindor, Marcus Semien and Corey Seager. The rate of increase was the highest since a 17.7% increase in 2000 to $1.61 million, according […]
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That’s an error: NYC road sign is spelled ‘Jakie’ Robinson

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s Department of Transportation swung and missed with a road sign for the Jackie Robinson Parkway that spelled the baseball Hall of Famer’s first name as “Jakie.” The sign spotted Sunday in Queens featured a picture of Robinson, Major League Baseball’s first African American player in the modern era, […]
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New York Mets starting pitcher Max Scherzer throws during the first inning of a spring training bas...

Mets’ Scherzer loves ‘cat-and-mouse’ game of MLB’s new rules

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets right-hander Max Scherzer described pitching under Major League Baseball’s new rules as a “cat-and-mouse” game. Contrary to previous years, Scherzer feels the pitcher finally has control of the tempo because of the new pitch clock. In his first start of the Grapefruit League schedule, Scherzer allowed […]
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Miami Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara throws live batting practice during spring training baseball ...

Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara gets typo-free Cy Young plaque

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara received his NL Cy Young Award trophy on Sunday for the second time — and this time he has no reason to give it back. “I want to keep it for the rest of my life,” Alcantara said. “I think that is for my mom.” When […]
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FILE - San Diego Padres' Manny Machado follows through on an RBI-double during the third inning in ...

Machado rips RBI double after agreeing to $350M deal

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Manny Machado continues to be a very rich man. He also is still a very good hitter. Machado ripped an RBI double on Sunday, the same day he agreed to a new $350 million, 11-year contract that will keep him with the San Diego Padres through 2033, according to a person […]
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FILE - San Diego Padres' Manny Machado follows through on an RBI-double during the third inning in ...

AP source: Machado, Padres agree to new $350M, 11-year deal

All-Star slugger Manny Machado has agreed to a new $350 million, 11-year contract that will keep him with the San Diego Padres through 2033, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Machado must pass a physical before the deal, which was […]
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FILE - St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol, right, is restrained by umpire Jeff Nelson (45) w...

Cardinals’ Marmol says umpire C.B. Bucknor ‘has zero class’

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said umpire C.B. Bucknor “has zero class” for refusing to shake his hand during the lineup card exchange at home plate before a game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Marmol was seeing Bucknor for the first time since being ejected in a contentious dispute […]
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Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Richard Bleier (35) delivers during a spring training baseball game a...

Conley’s pitch clock violation leaves Braves-Red Sox tied

Cal Conley of the Atlanta Braves thought he had just won the game with a two-out, full-count, bases-loaded walk-off walk on Saturday. He took a few steps toward first base, bat still in hand, when umpire John Libka jumped out from behind the plate and indicated strike three. Game over. Conley, apparently thinking he had […]
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FILE - Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association Tony Clark speaks during...

MLBPA’s Tony Clark says rising payrolls good for game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A handful of free-spending owners in Major League Baseball have made some of the game’s other owners a little nervous. Players’ union head Tony Clark doesn’t mind that development one bit. “Baseball is doing very well,” Clark said on Saturday as the first full slate of spring training games began in […]
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FILE - San Diego Padres' Manny Machado follows through on an RBI-double during the third inning in ...

Padres slugger Machado draws first pitch clock violation

Tick, tock, Manny Machado. Better watch that pitch clock. Baseball’s new timing device made its big league debut Friday during a limited schedule of spring training openers and wouldn’t you know it, it was Machado, the San Diego Padres’ All-Star slugger, not a pitcher, who was called for the first violation. Machado found out the […]
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Milwaukee Brewers catcher William Contreras catches during a spring training baseball workout Thurs...

MLB catchers wary of looming robo umps amid rules changes

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais spent parts of 11 seasons and nearly 800 games behind home plate as a catcher with four franchises, mostly in the 1990s. During that era — one dominated by Hall of Famers Mike Piazza and Ivan Rodriguez — the skills needed at backstop were clearly defined. “Could you throw guys […]
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FILE - University of Southern California head coach Rod Dedeaux, left, proudly looks at the NCAA co...

Fight on: It’s all USC can do to end baseball’s long drought

Twenty-five years have passed since Southern California won its 12th, and most recent, national title in baseball. Once the gold standard, the Trojans are two decades into a down cycle that has seen the program go through four coaches since Mike Gillespie, the last tie to the glorious Rod Dedeaux era, was forced out. Since […]
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Fans for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, a Japanese major league baseball team, cheer during the team's ...

World Baseball Classic in Japan to still feature masks

TOKYO (AP) — Fans of the upcoming World Baseball Classic are going to see two versions, depending whether the games are in the United States or Taiwan, or in Japan. In the United States and Taiwan, fans can cheer and need not wear masks. Taiwan dropped most of its mask mandates this week. For Japan, […]
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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Noah Song warms up at their baseball spring training facility in Clea...

Song arrives at Phils after Navy grants transfer to reserves

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Noah Song threw and performed agility drills on a back outfield wearing Philadelphia Phillies shorts and T-shirt, a far different different uniform for the 25-year old. Song had been a flight officer training on a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft before transferring from active duty to reserves. […]
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The new, larger base sits next to the older, smaller base at TD Ballpark Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, ...

MLB’s bigger bases could lead to more steals, fewer injuries

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Like a violin virtuoso using a new music stand, San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado noticed a difference right away. Not only are the bases bigger, but they feel different, too. “It’s definitely different, for sure,” said Machado, a two-time Gold Glove winner. “They look better. I just got to […]
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FILE -Philadelphia Union's Kai Wagner, center, lifts the trophy as the Philadelphia Union celebrate...

MLS says San Diego, Las Vegas top candidates for 30th team

NEW YORK (AP) — With opening day approaching Saturday, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber expressed hope to pick a 30th team by the end of the year and defended an expanded playoff format in which 18 of 29 clubs make the postseason. Speaking Wednesday during a kickoff event at the league’s new television studio […]
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FILE - New York Mets' Carlos Beltran smiles during an introductory baseball news conference in New ...

Mets’ Beltrán won’t discuss role in Astros’ cheating scandal

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Beltrán refused to discuss his role in the Houston Astros cheating scandal, preferring to concentrate on his new role with the New York Mets. “Today’s not about the Astros,” Beltrán said Wednesday. “Today is about the Mets.” Beltrán was hired by the Mets on Nov. 1, 2019, to […]
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