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This time, Red Sox 2B Pedroia is cautious on injury return

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia’s goal isn’t merely to come back from his knee injury. He’s done that before. The challenge for the Boston second baseman this time is to return at the right time, to stick around longer than three games, and to help the Red Sox get back to the World Series with his play, instead ...

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Padres announce Machado’s $300 million, 10-year deal

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres are getting closer to getting Manny Machado in uniform and on the field. San Diego announced its $300 million, 10-year contract with the All-Star infielder on Thursday, more than two days after the deal was agreed to. Machado will be introduced Friday morning at spring training in Peoria, Arizona. Manager Andy Green said he ...

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Baseball officials in Japan debate pitch limits

TOKYO (AP) — Amateur baseball officials in Japan are debating the introduction of pitch limits aimed at preventing injuries to high school players. Marathon pitching performances have long been a trademark of the National Summer High School Baseball Championship which is held every August and is arguably the country’s most popular sporting event. “They have pitch limits in U.S. amateur ...

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AP source: Harrison has 1-year agreement with Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Free agent Josh Harrison has agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal was still subject to a successful physical. The 31-year-old Harrison spent his first eight major league seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He’s played second ...

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Column: Players finding payoffs are changing in baseball

Manny Machado’s new $300 million contract put a stop — at least temporarily — to a growing chorus of player complaints that major league teams were conspiring to do deep damage to the free agent market. It did nothing, however, to change the new reality of baseball. And that’s something players should be worrying about between now and 2021, when ...

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After veteran salaries drop, baseball players want change

NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker’s salary dropped from $17.2 million to $2 million in two years. Greg Holland was cut from $14 million to $2 million this season. Daniel Murphy fell from $17.5 million to $10 million. While Manny Machado agreed to a pending $300 million, 10-year contract with San Diego and Bryce Harper is likely to top Giancarlo ...

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Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz faces new challenge after breakout season

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The last challenge for Mike Foltynewicz was in discovering a level of consistency that fueled a breakout season that included an All-Star Game appearance and top-10 finisher in the National League Cy Young voting. Now, catcher Tyler Flowers sees a clear next step in the evolution of the Braves’ right-hander: it’s time for the 27-year-old to become ...

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