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  • New catcher Miguel Montero works on learning Cubs pitchers

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Miguel Montero is doing his homework these days. The longtime Arizona Diamondbacks catcher is busy learning the Chicago Cubs’ pitching staff after the team acquired him in an offseason trade for…

  • LEADING OFF: Lee, Darvish take the mound for spring debuts

    A look at the highlights of what’s happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Thursday: ___ STARTER SPOTLIGHT Cliff Lee, who made his final start of 2014 on July 31 because of…

  • Fan pays for anti-Mets ownership billboard near field

    ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. (AP) — A New York Mets fan has put his displeasure with the team’s ownership on full display. Gary Palumbo, a 39-year-old from New Hampshire, paid to have a billboard with…

  • Henderson sharp in return, Brewers beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    MARYVALE, Ariz. (AP) — Former closer Jim Henderson threw a scoreless inning in his first outing since May, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 8-0 on Wednesday. Pitching in a game for…

  • 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…

  • Posey has 2-run double in Giants’ 9-2 loss to A’s

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Buster Posey got off to a strong start as he doubled in two runs and walked in his first appearance of the spring. But Josh Reddick had three hits and drove…

  • Goldschmidt back, De La Rosa debuts as D-backs beat Rockies

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt walked and struck out in his first major league action since a broken hand cut short his 2014 season, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 6-2 Wednesday.…

  • Indians’ prospect Lindor shines in 4-2 win over Reds

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Francisco Lindor’s time is coming. Maybe soon. The top prospect in Cleveland’s organization, Lindor got two hits and showed off his glove Wednesday as the Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2…

  • Nieuwenhuis has 4 hits for Mets in win over Braves

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Dillon Gee allowed two runs in two innings and Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4 for 4 and scored a run, leading the New York Mets to an 8-2 victory over the Atlanta…

  • Upton homers, Kemp hitless in Padres debuts

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Justin Upton homered and Matt Kemp went hitless in three at-bats in their debuts with the San Diego Padres, a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Kemp and Upton,…

  • Jason Heyward brings needed presence to Cardinals

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jason Heyward can provide both a veteran presence and youth to the St. Louis Cardinals. Going into the Cardinals’ first Grapefruit League game, manager Mike Matheny had already made up his…

  • Baseball Hall of Famers as managers, a look back

    Paul Molitor became the latest Hall of Fame player to test his teaching skills when the Minnesota Twins hired him as their manager. With Molitor preparing for his debut with the Twins this season, here’s…

  • Hosmer, Morales, Rios power Royals to 13-2 win over Rangers

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer and Royals newcomers Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios hit consecutive first-inning homers, and AL champion Kansas City routed the Texas Rangers 13-2 on Wednesday in the spring training opener…

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

    DETROIT (AP) — Alex Johnson, who played 13 years in the majors and won the AL batting title with the then-California Angels in 1970, has died. He was 72. Alex Johnson Jr. said Wednesday that…

  • Posey has 2-run double in Giants’ 9-2 loss to A’s

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Buster Posey doubled in two runs and walked in his first appearance of the spring, but Josh Reddick had three hits and drove in a pair of runs in leading the…