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  • Over and out: Some MLB teams open with little playoff shot

    Spring training is a time for optimism, when players bask under the warm sun of Florida and Arizona while fans dream about their team reaching the bright lights of October. For Atlanta, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and…

  • Chipper Jones, Hines Ward in Georgia Hall of Fame class

    MACON, Ga. (AP) — Former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones and four-time Pro Bowler Hines Ward are among eight who will be inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame this month. Jones retired in…

  • Tanaka feels good, but unsure about status for 1st start

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, says he feels perfectly healthy but isn’t sure when…

  • Eric O’Flaherty agrees to minor league contract with Pirates

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Left-hander Eric O’Flaherty has agreed to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will report to major league spring training. O’Flaherty posted a combined 1-2 with an 8.10 ERA in…

  • NL West teams at the start of spring training

    A team-by-team look at the National League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Los…

  • NL Central teams at the start of spring training

    A team-by-team look at the National League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ St.…

  • NL East teams at the start of spring training

    A team-by-team look at the National League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ New…

  • AL West teams at the start of spring training

    A team-by-team look at the American League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Texas…

  • AL Central teams at the start of spring training

    A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Kansas…

  • AL East teams at the start of spring training

    A team-by-team look at the American League East entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad: ___ Toronto…

  • Moustakas, Royals agree to $14.3 million, 2-year contract

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals and third baseman Mike Moustakas agreed Thursday to a $14.3 million, two-year contract that not only avoids arbitration this year but also buys out his final year. Coming…

  • With Dombrowski in Boston, trades with Cashman could slow

    NEW YORK (AP) — Now that he’s with the Boston Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski doesn’t expect to be making a lot of trades with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman. During Dombrowski’s 13 1/2 seasons as…

  • Braves sign veteran RHP Carlos Torres to minor-league deal

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have signed former New York Mets reliever Carlos Torres to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Torres has a 4.26 ERA in six major league…

  • Pirates sign pitcher Cory Luebke to minor-league deal

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed former San Diego Padres pitcher Cory Luebke to a minor-league contract. The deal, announced Thursday, includes an invitation to spring training. The 30-year-old Luebke put together a…

  • Padres hire Hideo Nomo to boost presence in Pacific Rim

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have hired Hideo Nomo as an adviser to baseball operations to help expand their presence in the Pacific Rim. Nomo was the first Japanese player to permanently…