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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred pauses before answering a question about the Houston Astros, during a news conference at the Atlanta Braves' spring training facility Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
February 16, 2020 - 3:48 pm
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — With baseball ablaze over the Houston Astros' cheating scandal, commissioner Rob Manfred met with several managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. "I hope that I made it extremely clear to them that retaliation in-game by throwing at a...
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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer (27) throws long tosses, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at the Reds spring training baseball facility in Goodyear, Ari.z. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
February 16, 2020 - 2:49 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer says he has gotten positive response to his criticism of a plan being considered by Major League Baseball to expand the playoffs, one that includes an extended break for top seeds and some teams choosing who they will play. Bauer directed...
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FILE In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo, Colorado Rockies' Nolan Arenado celebrates as he circles the bases after hitting a walkoff, two-run home run off Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Archie Bradley in the ninth inning of a baseball game in Denver. Arenado is at odds with the team's front office as the Rockies head to spring training for the season ahead. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
February 16, 2020 - 11:12 am
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Nolan Arenado said he never went as far as to request a trade from the Colorado Rockies in the wake of feeling a “disrespect” from the club given he was part of trade discussions this offseason, and the All-Star third baseman is ready to move forward despite frustrations...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 1999, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Tony Fernandez throws to first as he tumbles to the turf during third-inning AL action against the Chicago White Sox in Toronto. Former All-Star shortstop Fernandez remained on a life support system Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, pending a decision by his family on how to proceed, the director of his foundation said. He had been in a medically induced coma, said Imrad Hallim, the director and co-founder of the Tony Fernández Foundation. Fernandez was ill with a kidney disease for years and waiting for a transplant. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
February 16, 2020 - 10:45 am
TORONTO (AP) — Former All-Star shortstop Tony Fernández remained on a life support system Sunday pending a decision by his family on how to proceed, the director of his foundation said. He had been in a medically induced coma, said Imrad Hallim, the director and co-founder of the Tony Fernández...
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Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker gestures as he watches his team during spring training baseball practice Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
February 15, 2020 - 5:28 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dusty Baker wants action from Major League Baseball: End the criticism of the Astros from across baseball over sign stealing, and take steps to ensure pitchers don't throw at his players. “It's not good for the game, it's not good for kids to see it, so I think both,”...
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San Diego Padres players stretch during spring training baseball practice Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
February 15, 2020 - 3:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Minor League Baseball says planned salary raises for its players in 2021 paid by Major League Baseball should not lead to contraction, and it has sent a proposal to MLB as part of negotiations for a new agreement between the levels. The commissioner's office sent a memo, obtained by...
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Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin watches as pitchers throw during spring training baseball, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
February 15, 2020 - 1:22 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The first baseball trade in almost 30 years between two teams separated only by a bay and a bridge happened Saturday, when the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics completed a deal. In a move to add experience to their bullpen, the A’s got right-hander Burch Smith from the...
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019 file photo, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman attends a news conference in New York. Cashman had suspected that the Houston Astros had been breaking rules against electronic sign stealing long before Commissioner Rob Manfred released his report in January that resulted in three big league managers losing their jobs. "I'll acknowlege at that we had many a conversion with Major League Baseball the last number of years about suspicions, but having suspicions and being able to prove it are two different things," Cashman said Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
February 15, 2020 - 10:40 am
TAMPA. Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had suspected that the Houston Astros had been breaking rules against electronic sign stealing long before Commissioner Rob Manfred released his report in January that resulted in three big league managers losing their jobs. "I'll...
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FILE - In this July 24, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros left fielder Tony Kemp (18) leaves the field after a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Houston. Called up in September 2017 by Houston, Kemp immediately got asked by teammates whether he wanted to be a part of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme. His answer was no, and Kemp didn't feel further pressure to do it. The second baseman arrived Friday in Oakland spring training camp and reunited with former Astros teammate Mike Fiers, who went public in November about Houston's sign stealing. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke, File)
February 14, 2020 - 4:24 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Called up in September 2017 by Houston, Tony Kemp immediately got asked by teammates whether he wanted to be a part of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme. His answer was a firm no, and Kemp didn't feel further pressure to do it. “That stood,” the second baseman said Friday after...
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Cleveland Indians pitcher Kyle Dowdy, front, fields a grounder as pitchers Carlos Carrasco, left, Shane Bieber, middle, and Logan Allen, right, look on during spring training baseball workouts for pitchers and catchers Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Avondale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
February 14, 2020 - 2:48 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is raising the minimum salary for minor league players in 2021, according to a memo sent Friday from the commissioner’s office to all 30 teams and obtained by The Associated Press. Two years after successfully lobbying Congress to exempt minor leaguers from...
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