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  • Sabathia throws 41 pitching during 3rd bullpen session

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — CC Sabathia threw 41 pitches during his third bullpen session at spring training. The 34-year-old left-hander was hobbled by a degenerative cartilage problem in his right knee last season and didn’t…

  • Young Giants duo confident after playing key role

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joe Panik is young but full of confidence at spring training. It helps that the 24-year-old is the projected starting second baseman for the defending champion San Francisco Giants after a…

  • Atlanta Braves shortstop Simmons slowed by oblique strain

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team’s first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn’t give a date when Simmons will…

  • New Rangers manager Banister addresses team: ‘Why not us?’

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — New Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finally got to address the entire team Thursday, more than four months after getting the job. In a team meeting before the first full-squad workout,…

  • Former A’s 3B Eric Chavez joins Oakland’s broadcast crew

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez is joining Oakland’s broadcast crew. Comcast SportsNet California made the announcement on Thursday. Chavez will work as a color commentator on 20 telecasts, starting April…

  • Blue Jays sign LHP Johan Santana, hope for return to majors

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors. The Blue Jays…

  • Free Agents Signings

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 114 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 sources:For players…

  • Rodriguez participates in Yankees first full-squad workout

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A sixth-grader making his first visit to spring training stood along a fence outside George M. Steinbrenner Field waiting to get a glimpse of his favorite player. Shane Negast, an 11-year-old…

  • Koufax confident Kershaw will bounce back from October woes

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Sandy Koufax is confident that Clayton Kershaw won’t be remembered for his playoff struggles. The 79-year-old Koufax was at the first full-squad workout for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, and…

  • Nationals’ Werth still rehabbing from shoulder surgery

    VIERA, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth is back on the field, just not 100 percent yet. Werth participated in outfield drills Thursday during the Nationals’ first full-squad workout Thursday. But the left…

  • Kelly feeling ‘very fortunate’ to be back with Twins

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Kelly still has a lot to teach the Minnesota Twins. He wasn’t about to let a health scare keep him from returning to spring training. Kelly arrived Thursday at…

  • AP source: K-Rod, Brewers agree to $13M, 2-year deal

    PHOENIX (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez will be jogging out of the bullpen again for the Milwaukee Brewers. The closer and the Brewers agreed Thursday to a $13 million, two-year contract, a deal subject to the…

  • No word on possible MLB discipline for Angels star Hamilton

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was on the minds of his teammates Thursday, a day after he was in New York to meet with Major League Baseball officials about an…

  • Giants closer Casilla hit on shin during batting practice

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla was hit on his left shin by a batted ball and left for X-rays during a spring training workout Thursday. Casilla was throwing batting practice…

  • MLB’s oldest player can’t relate to today’s youth

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins was drafted in 1991, Colorado Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado was two months old. Right-hander Eddie Butler was also still in diapers. “It’s crazy,” Butler…