Minor league baseball

A rainbow forms beyond Hammond stadium during a spring training baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 26, 2019 - 7:48 pm
Yu Darvish walked off the mound after a bunch of walks, yet wasn't worried. After a rocky first season for the Chicago Cubs full of injuries, he felt fine. "No pain," he said Tuesday. "That was a huge part." Darvish walked four in 1 1/3 innings against Arizona and didn't give up a hit. It was his...
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February 26, 2019 - 3:27 pm
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro showed up for the team's first full-squad spring training workout wearing a T-shirt that read, "I talk (trash) about you in Spanish," with a word more pungent and less publishable than "trash." The Marlins' English speakers are onto him...
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February 23, 2019 - 10:33 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Baseball is on the clock. The traditionally timeless sport implemented a pitch clock all around major league spring training for the first time Saturday in an attempt to hurry up both pitchers and hitters and keep the modern fan from tuning out the increasingly lengthy games...
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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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New York Mets' Tim Tebow signs autographs at spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Fitzpatrick)
February 16, 2019 - 8:19 pm
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — By now, Tim Tebow has shown he belongs in professional baseball. He's fully committed to the game and much more comfortable on the field. Sometimes, though, he still sounds like a football player. On his first day at spring training with the New York Mets, the former NFL...
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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray holds the Heisman Trophy after winning the award in New York. Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star. Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Oakland Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, File)
February 16, 2019 - 4:29 pm
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Before picking football over baseball, Kyler Murray got some advice from another famous two-sport star. One Heisman Trophy winner to another. Tim Tebow says he told Murray to follow his heart when deciding between the Oakland Athletics and pursuing an NFL career. Murray...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2014, file photo, New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws against the Philadelphia Phillies in the 11th inning of a baseball game in Philadelphia. Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. (AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr., File)
January 29, 2019 - 7:59 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. If added to the 40-man roster, the 29-year-old Dominican right-hander would receive a one-year contract at a...
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FILE - In this June 1, 2018, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Sergio Romo throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Seattle. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball has proposed going back to a 15-day disabled list and increasing the time optioned players usually must spend in the minor leagues. The moves are aimed at reducing the use of relief pitchers and reviving offense. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
January 24, 2019 - 3:30 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball has proposed going back to a 15-day disabled list and increasing the time optioned players usually must spend in the minor leagues. The moves are aimed at reducing the use of relief...
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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2018, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Gray has agreed to a contract with Cincinnati adding $30.5 million from 2020-22, a deal that allows the Yankees to complete his trade to the Reds. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, because the trade had not been announced. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
January 21, 2019 - 6:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Adding Sonny Gray to a rotation already improved by the offseason acquisitions of Tanner Roark and Alex Wood has the Cincinnati Reds thinking about their first NL Central title since 2012. "I think we have a group of guys that can hold their own with anybody in this division. I...
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FILE - In this Monday, May 3, 1999 file photo, members of the Cuban baseball team carry their country's flag onto the field after a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Major League Baseball, its players’ association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island nation to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement runs through Oct. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
December 19, 2018 - 7:51 pm
HAVANA (AP) — Major League Baseball, its players' association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement,...
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