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  • Reds outfield prospect Duran suspended for positive test

    NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Juan Duran has been suspended for the first 80 games of the season under Major League Baseball’s drug program following a positive test for three performance-enhancing substances.…

  • Friday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL Major League Baseball COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE — Suspended Arizona RHP Austin Mason (Missoula-Pioneer) and Chicago White Sox RHP Lucas Shearrow (Great Falls-Pioneer) 50 games each following a second positive test for a drug of abuse.…

  • Hoover beats Reds in arbitration, improving players to 2-0

    PHOENIX (AP) — Reliever J.J. Hoover has won his salary arbitration case against the Cincinnati Reds, improving players to 2-0 against teams this year. Hoover was given a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million Friday…

  • Kozma, Pestano, Swarzak sign minor league deals with Yanks

    NEW YORK (AP) — While the New York Yankees have not signed any free agents to major league contracts, they announced 15 minor league deals Friday. Infielder Pete Kozma and right-handers Vinnie Pestano and Anthony…

  • David Aardsma agrees to minor league contract with Blue Jays

    Pitcher David Aardsma has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and will report to big league spring training. The 34-year-old right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.70 ERA in 33 relief…

  • Venezuela beats Cuba 3-1, reaches Caribbean Series semis

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Alex Romero, Jose Martinez and Sandy Leon drove in runs to lead Venezuela’s Aragua Tigers over Cuba’s Ciego de Avila 3-1 Thursday and advance to the Caribbean Series semifinals.…

  • Free Agents Signings

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 92 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management source. For…

  • Fernando Rodney and Padres finalize $2 million, 1-year deal

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Reliever Fernando Rodney and the San Diego Padres completed their $2 million, one-year contract on Thursday. The 38-year-old right-hander, who agreed to the deal on Jan. 20, split last season between…

  • Orioles, LHP Matusz agree to $3.9 million, 1-year contract

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Orioles have reached agreement with left-hander Brian Matusz on a $3.9 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration. Matusz went 1-4 with a 2.94 ERA in 58 appearances out of the bullpen last…

  • Reliever J.J. Hoover and Reds argue salary arbitration case

    PHOENIX (AP) — J.J. Hoover and the Cincinnati Reds argued their salary arbitration case Thursday, with the reliever asking for a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million and the team arguing for $1,225,000. A decision…

  • Kendrick and Dodgers finalize $20 million, 2-year contract

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers finalized their $20 million, two-year contract with free-agent Howie Kendrick on Thursday, bringing back the second baseman in part because of his willingness to play multiple positions. Kendrick had…

  • Marlins sign infielder Don Kelly to minor league deal

    MIAMI (AP) — Infielder Don Kelly has signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins, with an invitation to major league spring training. Kelly turns 36 on Feb. 15. He appeared in only two…

  • Rays’ Smyly wins 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

    PHOENIX (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball’s first salary arbitration case this year. The three-person panel decided Thursday in Smyly’s favor, dealing the Rays their first loss in seven arbitration…

  • 2016 Spring Training Schedule

    Times EST Monday, Feb. 29 Florida Southern vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Northeastern vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston College vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Tuesday, March…

  • UNDATED: Add 2016 Major League Schedule

    Thursday, Sept. 1 San Diego at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m. Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. San Francisco at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 San Francisco at…