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  • Castillo, Betts try to impress in CF for Red Sox

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-feet-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games. Along with veteran Jackie Bradley…

  • Giants reliever Strickland insists he’s tranquil on mound

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland is a big, strong country boy from Georgia with a triple-digit fastball. Despite how things looked in Game 2 of the World Series when got…

  • Astros newcomer Gattis learning more and more about outfield

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Evan Gattis is quickly becoming at ease in the clubhouse with his new Houston teammates. Adapting to his new spot on the field might take a little more time. “I want…

  • Pierzynski brings experience behind plate to Braves

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice. Pierzynski realizes that he is known for being…

  • Nats’ Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem

    VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals. But first, the national anthem.…

  • Reaction to the death of Minnie Minoso

    CHICAGO (AP) — Reaction to the death of former Chicago White Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso: ___ “For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be…

  • Young Cubs look up to new hitting instructor Manny Ramirez

    MESA, Arizona (AP) — Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Soler had limited access to major league games on television. Only the best teams and the most famous players made the news on the communist island.…

  • Rangers Darvish: “I didn’t quit on team.”

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Yu Darvish saved his best stuff for after his inning on the mound. The Texas Rangers ace, who was shut down last August with elbow inflammation, threw 14 pitches without any…

  • Phillies fall to college team in 1st spring training game

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Phillies starter Paul Clemens pitched two perfect innings, but Philadelphia lost to the University of Tampa 6-2 Sunday in the first spring training game for a major league team this year.…

  • Major league baseball’s 1st black Latino star Minoso dies

    CHICAGO (AP) — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final…

  • Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez nearing 1st spring game

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez feels fine after his first week of workouts, and will leave the decision of when he makes his spring training debut to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi. The…

  • Angels starter Garrett Richards progressing in knee rehab

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in about a week as he makes progress from August knee surgery, and the club remains hopeful he…

  • Blue Jays boost outfield depth, sign Dayan Viciedo

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays boosted their outfield depth Sunday, signing Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract and saying he might be able to earn a spot at another position. The…

  • Walker gets first chance to shine for Mariners

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Taijuan Walker will get the first crack at impressing the Seattle Mariners in his bid to make the team’s starting rotation. The 22-year-old with ace potential will start the team’s Cactus…

  • Rangers scratch Holland, but it’s ‘no biggie,’ he says

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Derek Holland was scratched from the Texas Rangers’ intrasquad game Sunday with a sore shoulder. “This was not an alarm-bell one,” Rangers GM Jon Daniels said. “We’ll push him back…