Professional baseball

February 22, 2019 - 6:38 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The sun came out in Arizona. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45. Baseball is back. A day after the scheduled exhibition opener was rained out, baseball returned to the ballparks of Florida and Arizona on Friday with the first...
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February 22, 2019 - 1:13 pm
A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that versatile Marwin Gonzalez and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. Gonzalez...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, then-Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado celebrates his two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series, in Los Angeles. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 22, 2019 - 12:01 pm
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Manny Machado calls San Diego "one of the best cities in the world" and says he was attracted to the Padres by the team's strong farm system. The 26-year-old infielder was introduced at a news conference Friday, a day after his $300 million, 10-year contract was finalized...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, then-Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado celebrates his two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series, in Los Angeles. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 21, 2019 - 8:01 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres are getting closer to getting Manny Machado in uniform and on the field. San Diego announced its $300 million, 10-year contract with the All-Star infielder on Thursday, more than two days after the deal was agreed to. Machado will be introduced Friday morning at spring...
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Oakland Athletics second baseman Jurdickson Profar, center right, turns a double play against Seattle Mariners' Omar Narvaez, center left, and getting Ryon Healy at first to end the top of the first inning of the first spring training baseball game of the season Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Mesa, Ariz. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
February 21, 2019 - 5:13 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The spring training season started with a splash. Just not the kind fans hoped for. In the first major league exhibition game of the year, the Seattle Mariners and Oakland Athletics were rained out Thursday. The Mariners roughed up Jerry Blevins and led 5-0 in the middle of the...
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February 21, 2019 - 1:13 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former All-Pros Chris Gardocki, John Abraham and Dexter Coakley and ex-Major League reliever Roberto Hernandez are among seven people selected to be enshrined in the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. Others making the hall Thursday were College of Charleston and South...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2015, file photo, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe acknowledges fans prior to a baseball game between the Dodgers and the Seattle Mariners, in Los Angeles. Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the rookie of the year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning, Feb. 19, 2019, after a lengthy illness. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
February 20, 2019 - 1:42 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Mariano Rivera gives a news conference after his orientation tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, in Cooperstown, N.Y. Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to provide support for two sons he had outside his marriage. Rivera called the demands filed against him “unfounded.” (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
February 19, 2019 - 10:40 pm
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2018, file photo, then-Los Angeles Dodgers' Manny Machado celebrates his two-run home run against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning of Game 2 of a baseball National League Division Series, in Los Angeles. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that infielder Manny Machado has agreed to a $300 million, 10-year deal with the rebuilding San Diego Padres, the biggest contract ever for a free agent. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, because the agreement was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
February 19, 2019 - 8:18 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With their city's long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal. A person familiar with the negotiations confirmed the...
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February 19, 2019 - 6:43 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will miss at least the first week of full-squad workouts after he cut his foot while celebrating his team winning the Dominican Winter League championship. Sano has been wearing a walking boot to protect the wound, which is above the...
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