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  • LEADING OFF: What’s on deck today at spring training

    What to watch for today at spring training: ___ HURRY UP! Major League Baseball’s new pace of play rules get their first look. Fans will see clocks counting down between innings, showing how much time…

  • Monday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with RHPs Mauricio Cabrera, Brandon Cunniff, Mike Foltynewicz, Juan Jaime, Tyrell Jenkins, Shelby Miller, Williams Perez, Shae Simmons, Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler; LHPs Luis Avilan,…

  • Royals banking on Morales, Rios to fuel power-starved lineup

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Dayton Moore knows perfectly well how rare it was for a team as starved for power as the Kansas City Royals were last season to make the playoffs, let alone the…

  • Bryant, Russell top list of Cubs prospects this spring

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are poised to become the latest Chicago Cubs prospects to break through to the big leagues. A year after rookies Jorge Soler and Javier Baez showed…

  • Monday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with RHPs Mauricio Cabrera, Brandon Cunniff, Mike Foltynewicz, Juan Jaime, Tyrell Jenkins, Shelby Miller, Williams Perez, Shae Simmons, Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler; LHPs Luis Avilan,…

  • Tigers SS Iglesias back on field in win over Fla Southern

    LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias played in his first game in more than a year, and the Tigers beat Florida Southern 12-2 Monday at spring training. As planned, Iglesias played one inning.…

  • Parra may not have everyday job in Brewers’ crowded OF

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have a numbers problem in the outfield that many other teams might envy. There are four players worthy of three starting spots, including Gold Glove winners in Carlos Gomez…

  • After 2 surgeries, D-Backs’ Hudson cherishes spring training

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For most major leaguers, spring training is dreadful monotony. And Daniel Hudson is cherishing every minute of it. For the first time since 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ right-hander is a full…

  • Markakis hopes to be ready for Braves’ opener

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Markakis is looking forward to opening day in Atlanta. Crabcakes down south, that’s another story. After nine years with Baltimore — and plenty of the Maryland delicacy — Markakis signed…

  • Cubs expect ‘dusty’ year amid Wrigley Field renovations

    CHICAGO (AP) — When the Chicago Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field next month, players and fans alike may feel a bit like a homeowner who lives in a house where workers are tearing…

  • Paul Maholm gets a chance to help Reds’ depleted rotation

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Paul Maholm is getting a chance to help the Cincinnati Reds piece together their depleted starting rotation. The Reds signed Maholm to a minor league deal and invited him to…

  • Monday’s Sports Transactions

    BASEBALL National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with RHPs Mauricio Cabrera, Brandon Cunniff, Mike Foltynewicz, Juan Jaime, Tyrell Jenkins, Shelby Miller, Williams Perez, Shae Simmons, Arodys Vizcaino and Dan Winkler; LHPs Luis Avilan,…

  • Countdown on as baseball readies for pace of play rules

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — During his playing career, Mike Hargrove’s unique routine at the plate went something like this: step into the batter’s box, adjust gloves, brush lip, tap cleats with bat to remove dirt,…

  • Brad Hand helps Marlins beat FIU 7-2

    MIAMI (AP) — Brad Hand needed only nine pitches in a perfect first inning Monday for the Miami Marlins, who beat Florida International 7-2. Hand is out of out of minor league options and likely…

  • Kershaw to start opening day for Dodgers

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day for the fifth straight season, taking the mound at home April…