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Padres hire former Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild has been hired in the same position by the San Diego Padres. Rothschild is one of several newcomers on rookie manager Jayce Tingler’s staff announced Thursday. Rothschild spent the last nine seasons with the Yankees before being fired after last season. He replaces Darren Balsley. Other newcomers include ...

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Cohen to increase stake in Mets; Wilpons remain in control

NEW YORK (AP) — A hedge fund manager whose company paid $1.8 billion in U.S. criminal and civil settlements is in negotiations to increase his stake in the New York Mets, who left open the possibility he eventually could become controlling owner. The team said Wednesday the deal between Sterling Partners and Steve Cohen would allow 83-year-old Fred Wilpon to ...

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Pirates manager Shelton bringing energy, optimism to new job

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton’s garage is clean, the byproduct of the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ drawn out managerial hiring process, one that took extended after the club fired general manager Neal Huntington in late October. A 49-year-old baseball lifer who spent last season as the bench coach for the Minnesota Twins, Shelton already had interviewed for the chance to be Clint ...

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Miami decides to switch to artificial turf for Marlins Park in 2020

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins will join Major League Baseball’s trend toward artificial turf by installing the surface at Marlins Park for 2020, and they’ll move in the fences for the second time in four years. CEO Derek Jeter said an artificial surface solves the challenge the Marlins have had growing grass in the retractable-roof stadium since it opened ...

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St. Pete won’t allow Rays to share games with Montreal

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of St. Petersburg says the city will not allow the Tampa Bay Rays to pursue a plan to split home games between new stadiums that would be built in Florida and Montreal. Mayor Rick Kriseman informed the City Council in a memo Wednesday that he and the team agree that the “best path ...

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Davis maintains he was unaware of Astros’ sign stealing

NEW YORK (AP) — J.D. Davis maintains he was not aware of any electronic sign stealing by the Astros in 2017, when he made his major league debut with Houston. “I wish I would have known because I batted only like .180, .200 or something like that,” he said Wednesday after playing the elf during the New York Mets‘ holiday ...

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Right-hander Nick Goody, Rangers agree to $915,000 contract

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right-hander Nick Goody and the Texas Rangers agreed to a $915,000, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. The 28-year-old Goody was acquired on release waivers from Cleveland last week and accepted the assignment Monday. He was 3-2 with a 3.54 ERA in 39 relief appearances for the Indians after he was brought up June 5. He ...

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