Baseball

Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts runs during spring training baseball Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
February 23, 2020 - 5:47 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mookie Betts still has some work to do, settling in with the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the field, though, he's fine. "The hardest thing is finding a house and learning everybody's name," Betts said Sunday after making his Cactus League debut. "The baseball's the same. We all...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2019, file photo, Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers works against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. Fiers and the Athletics might have reason to be downright mad. They won 97 games each of the past two seasons to finish as the second-place team in the AL West behind the Houston Astros, whom Fiers called out in November in a story by The Athletic for a sign-stealing scheme that led to season-long MLB suspensions for Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch. Fiers insisted at Fan Fest that he is moving forward, declining to address anything regarding what he did by speaking out or even his role cleaning up the sport. He said he owes that to his teammates. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
February 23, 2020 - 3:40 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom was sitting down the right field line watching his team warm up while armed with a small dry-erase board, a marker and a statement written in all caps. “MIKE FIERS FOR PRESIDENT” It's been a tumultuous few months for Fiers, the current A's...
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A ballpark official takes a sign from a fan before spring training baseball game between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
February 22, 2020 - 7:47 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fans hoping to heckle the sign-stealing Houston Astros at their spring opener were met with quite the coincidence. They got their signs stolen. In the Astros’ first spring training game since their sign-stealing scandal rocked baseball, some fans brought signs jeering...
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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freedie Freeman and the team take batting practice while preparing to play the Baltimore Orioles in a spring baseball game at the Braves new facility CoolToday Park on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
February 22, 2020 - 4:26 pm
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Cole Hamels rejoined the Atlanta Braves just in time for their spring training opener. The injured left-hander is still a ways off from using the mound at the club's new spring home, though. Hamels signed an $18 million, one-year deal with Atlanta this offseason but informed...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2019, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts as he wins the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. The photo was part of a series of images by photographer David J. Phillip which won the Thomas V. diLustro best portfolio award for 2019 given out by the Associated Press Sports Editors during their annual winter meeting in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
February 21, 2020 - 11:02 am
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Associated Press national writer Eddie Pells won two awards, including story of the year, in the annual sports journalism contest judged by the Associated Press Sports Editors. Pells’ story on the investigation leading to track coach Alberto Salazar’s four-year ban...
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Retired Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz of the Dominican Republic, affectionately known as Big Papi, right, and Puerto Rican singer Ozuna, walk onto the field for the opening pitch of the Caribbean Series baseball game between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020.(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
February 20, 2020 - 4:32 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said that Astros pitcher Mike Fiers was “looking like a snitch” for disclosing the team's cheating scandal only after he had left the team. “Oh, after you make your money, after you get your ring, you decide to talk about it?" Ortiz...
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New York Yankees' Luis Severino delivers a pitch in the bullpenn during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
February 20, 2020 - 3:27 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been shut down from throwing for the second consecutive spring training, this time because of right forearm soreness. Severino, who turned 26 on Thursday, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year. Yankees...
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February 19, 2020 - 2:12 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Fiers is scheduled to start a split-squad game for Oakland on Sunday in his first game action since revealing the Houston Astros' cheating scheme. It had not been determined Wednesday whether Fiers' spring training debut would come in the home game versus San Francisco or...
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Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred takes questions about the Houston Astros during a news conference at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
February 19, 2020 - 12:03 am
Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros' scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark both said Tuesday that MLB and the players' association are...
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Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax., right, holds the Washington Nationals World Series trophy as Nationals president and General Manager, Mike Rizzo, left, looks on as the Virginia House of Delegates honors the team during the session at the Capitol Tuesday Jan 28, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 18, 2020 - 8:06 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred apologized Tuesday for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a “piece of metal.” Even before being asked about it, Manfred said he made a mistake with those comments while trying to deliver a rhetorical point in...
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