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  • A-Rod singles in first at-bat following drug suspension

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez lined a single into short left field Wednesday in his return to the New York Yankees after a 17-month absence. Greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers…

  • Tigers release Hanrahan, who needs elbow surgery

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have released Joel Hanrahan from a minor league contract and said the right-hander will have his second Tommy John surgery on March 18. Hanrahan had his right elbow…

  • Alex Johnson, AL batting champ in 1970, dies at age 72

    DETROIT (AP) — Alex Johnson, who won the American League batting title with the then-California Angels in 1970, has died. He was 72. Alex Johnson Jr. said Wednesday that his father died Saturday of complications…

  • Report: Mets’ Murphy says he disagrees with gay ‘lifestyle’

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Mets infielder Daniel Murphy says he disagrees with the “lifestyle” of people who are gay. The Mets hosted Billy Bean, a former major leaguer who came out after retiring and is…

  • Weekend Time Schedule

    Saturday Times EST TOP 25 BASKETBALL Men No. 1 Kentucky vs. Florida, 2 p.m. No. 2 Virginia at No. 16 Louisville, 6:30 p.m. No. 3 Duke at No. 19 North Carolina, 9 p.m. No. 4…

  • Andrus longest-tenured Rangers position player at 26

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Elvis Andrus is an old-timer with the Texas Rangers, even though he is only 26 years old and just getting started on a big contract extension he signed two years ago.…

  • Hall-of-Famer Molitor confident in managerial patience

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Two seasons after Hall-of-Famer Paul Molitor played his last game, he became the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins on manager Tom Kelly’s staff. The role was his for two…

  • LEADING OFF: A-Rod, Goldschmidt make spring debuts

    A look at the highlights of what’s happening all around spring training today in Florida and Arizona: ___ HE’S BACK Alex Rodriguez is set to be the designated hitter for two or three at-bats when…

  • Jim Henderson looks forward to return to mound with Brewers

    PHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jim Henderson is getting an early chance to prove that he is on his way to returning from a right shoulder injury. The former closer is one of five…

  • Goldschmidt returns from injury, singles for Diamondbacks

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt singled in his first at-bat since breaking his left hand last August, and the Arizona Diamondbacks opened their spring training schedule Tuesday with a 4-0 win over Arizona State.…

  • Red Sox, Boston College honor ALS-stricken Frates

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — They all wore No. 3, and every player on the Boston Red Sox and Boston College had the same name on their jersey, too. This exhibition game at JetBlue Park…

  • Reds have 6 doubles in 10-0 win over Indians

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Brandon Phillips, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce each had one of the Cincinnati Reds’ six doubles in a 10-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, the spring opener for both…

  • Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut, A’s beat Giants 9-4

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home…

  • Russell Wilson will be in Rangers camp March 28

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Two-time Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson is set for his second appearance at spring training with the Texas Rangers. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback is scheduled to visit the Arizona camp March…

  • Rollins to lead off for Dodgers this season

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Adjusting to his new team, Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins was happy to see something familiar: his name in the leadoff spot. After posting a lineup Tuesday with Rollins at the top…