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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (3) leaves the baseball game with the help of manager David Bell, right, and head athletic trainer Steve Baumann, left, after he was injured in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 23, 2019 - 7:00 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett will miss the opening months of the season with a severe groin strain, costing the Cincinnati Reds their most productive hitter less than a week before opening day. Gennett injured the right side of his groin Friday while making a play...
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) works in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
March 23, 2019 - 4:33 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — After winning a World Series with the Red Sox, Chris Sale preferred to stay in Boston rather than find out what he would be worth as a free agent after this season. "When half the league isn't trying to win anything, and we have a team that's trying to win every year? That...
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March 23, 2019 - 2:47 pm
Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $66 million, two-year contract extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The agreement will keep the right-hander, who was entering the last year of his contract, in Houston through the 2021 season. The person...
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March 23, 2019 - 12:26 pm
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt will be a Cardinal through the 2024 season, St. Louis officially announced on Saturday. Goldschmidt and the Cardinals agreed on a five-year extension that will take effect following the 2019 season and pay $130 million. St. Louis acquired the slugging first...
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FIEL - In this April 3, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout celebrates after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Kendall Graveman in the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Tuesday, March 19, 2019, that Trout and the Angels are close to finalizing a record $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
March 21, 2019 - 10:14 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career. Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable...
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Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki stretches on the field prior to Game 2 of the Major League baseball opening series between the Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Ichiro is in the starting lineup for the Mariners in what might be his last game in the majors. Japanese in the background reads: "Ultraman." (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
March 21, 2019 - 8:59 am
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki started for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in what the Japanese news agency Kyodo is reporting will be his final major league game. The 45-year-old Ichiro fouled out his first time up and grounded out in his next at-bat against Oakland. Each time the crowd chanted "...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper watches his single off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
March 21, 2019 - 4:19 am
Bryce Harper got his first hit of spring training. Harper lined a 97-mph fastball to center in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Detroit his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start. Harper jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep...
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FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2018, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, left, escorts Mookie Betts off the field during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets in Boston. Betts drove in just 80 runs last year while spending almost all of his time as the Red Sox leadoff hitter. That seemed like a missed opportunity, so Cora is planning to bat Betts second this season and move Andrew Benintendi to leadoff. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
March 20, 2019 - 11:43 am
BOSTON (AP) — Somehow, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora looked at Mookie Betts' MVP season and saw room for improvement. Not the .346 batting average that was the highest in the major leagues. Not the career-high 32 homers, either. But Betts drove in just 80 runs last year while spending almost all...
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Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki wipes his sweat during the team's batting practice prior to Game 1 of a Major League opening series baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
March 20, 2019 - 10:56 am
TOKYO (AP) — Talk about a serious home-field advantage. Ichiro Suzuki had it on a night to celebrate all things Ichiro — "Ichiromania" in other words — as he started for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in MLB's opening game of the season. About 45,000 voices in a sellout crowd on...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances speaks to reporters during a baseball news conference at Fenway Park in Boston. Betances has inflammation in his right shoulder and will start the regular season on the injured list. New York general manager Brian Cashman said an MRI was done on Betances after the 6-8, 265-pound right-hander continued to lack velocity in his fastball. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
March 19, 2019 - 11:56 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has inflammation in his right shoulder and will start the regular season on the injured list. New York general manager Brian Cashman said Betances has an MRI on Tuesday after the 6-8, 265-pound right-hander lacked velocity in his fastball. "He's...
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