Minor league baseball

FLE - In this Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez bats in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Denver. The free-agent outfielder a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. If he makes Cleveland’s 40-man roster, he will get a $2 million contract in the majors, and can earn $1 million in performance bonuses. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 19, 2019 - 9:05 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez's career is laden with personal achievements — a batting title, three All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves. He has earned the respect of teammates and opponents and the unwavering devotion of Colorado fans, who have spent the past decade cheering the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates in the second half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, in Cleveland. With a shocking, blockbuster trade for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns flipped the NFL on its helmet and instantaneously changed their national perception. The Browns roster now includes Beckham, Mayfield, Jarvis Landry and Myles Garrett. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
March 16, 2019 - 8:40 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Baker Mayfield wasn't going to pass up this opportunity. Fully aware the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to protect him, Mayfield knew he wouldn't get into a spring training game during his two-day stay with the NL Central champions. But they let the Cleveland Browns quarterback get real...
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Houston Astros' Collin McHugh casts a shadow as he throws in the bullpen before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 14, 2019 - 8:45 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager played shortstop in a game for the first time since April 29, three innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a minor league exhibition. The 2016 NL Rookie of the Year had surgery May 4 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and arthroscopic...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto (22) looks to the outfield after batting in the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in West Palm Beach, Fla. Soto, last season's surprise runner-up as NL Rookie of the Year at age 19, has a big hole to fill in the Nationals' lineup with Bryce Harper gone. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
March 14, 2019 - 3:52 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It might seem as if Juan Soto has a big hole to fill in the Washington Nationals' lineup, what with Bryce Harper gone. Soto is not the sort to worry about that type of thing, though. Last season's surprise runner-up as NL Rookie of the Year at age 19, he's carefree and...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2018, file photo, MLB umpire Joe West, right, talks with a player in the ninth inning during a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals in Phoenix. West, who has umpired more than 5,000 big league games, said the 2016 TrackMan computer system test was far from perfect. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
March 08, 2019 - 7:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready for strikes by robots. No, overworked machines aren't walking out in a labor protest. Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 25 in the independent Atlantic League, where the distance between home and first will be shortened by 3 inches. The ground...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart, center, works out during a spring training baseball practice, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Giants' Joey Bart already looks like a big leaguer in his first camp. The same with Nick Madrigal of the White Sox and the four college pitchers the Royals chose within the first 40 selections last season. Perhaps they are the beginning of a trend toward quick-to-the-bigs draft picks _ guys who can provide rather immediate help not unlike the NFL or the NBA. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
March 06, 2019 - 5:13 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Bart already looks like a big league hitter in his first major league camp, especially when the San Francisco Giants catcher sends a misguided pitch soaring over the centerfield fence. The same with White Sox shortstop Nick Madrigal every time he makes a spinning stab...
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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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