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White Sox banking on youth, confidence on the mound

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez made it to the Chicago White Sox roster last season. Top prospect Michael Kopech figures to land sometime this summer. Former first-round picks Carlos Rodon and Carson Fulmer remain in the mix. With James Shields‘ contract expiring after this season, it won’t be long until youth is served throughout Chicago’s rotation. It ...

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Brewers counting on another top season Knebel, bullpen

PHOENIX (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are counting on another top season from closer Corey Knebel to anchor a bullpen that was one of the National League’s best last season. ”That was our biggest strength,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. Milwaukee ranked among the NL’s top five in ERA (3.83), strikeouts (615) and victories (27). Knebel had 39 saves in 45 ...

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Padres spring training position preview: catchers

In Spring Training, hope springs eternal for all baseball fans. With pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training this week for all 30 teams, live baseball is on the horizon. The San Diego Padres enter 2018 in (what they hope will be) one of the last years of their rebuild. With the “first wave” of players (such as Manuel Margot) having ...

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Miami-Dade County sues seeking money from sale of Marlins

MIAMI (AP) Miami-Dade County is suing former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and the new ownership group led by Derek Jeter seeking money from the $1.2 billion sale of the team. The suit contends a 2009 agreement calls for the county and city of Miami to receive a share of profits from any sale of the team. The deal was ...

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Healthy Hahn is competing for a job in Royals rotation

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Jesse Hahn has changed uniforms and spring training sites in the past three weeks, but his goal remains the same: to break camp as a starting pitcher Hahn was working out last month at Oakland’s complex in Mesa and then was traded to Kansas City on Jan. 29 in a deal that sent Brandon Moss to the ...

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Greinke will get help from humidor in 3rd Arizona season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Zack Greinke is beginning his third season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and this time the right-hander will be throwing home games with baseballs that have been stored in a humidor. The idea is to offset the extreme dry air of the desert and make Chase Field a little less homer-friendly than it has been, and that has ...

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Wainwright just wants to focus on the here and now

JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright says he isn’t thinking about retirement. He also isn’t pondering a contract extension. Those thoughts, he insists, will come at another time. A playful Wainwright called the media together outside the Cardinals‘ clubhouse Thursday morning to talk about what he didn’t want to talk about: his future after this season and his ...

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Rangers have quite an array in plans for rotation variation

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Texas Rangers have quite an array of pitching candidates behind ace Cole Hamels along with a working plan for some variation outside of a traditional five-man rotation. Manager Jeff Banister hinted throughout the offseason about the possibility of a six-man rotation. “We are leaning toward some variation that gives these guys additional rest,” general manager ...

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After searching for starters, Brewers sort through options

PHOENIX (AP) All winter long, the Milwaukee Brewers were mentioned as a potential landing spot for just about every free agent pitcher as well as those potentially available on the trade market. But when pitchers and catchers took the field at Maryvale Baseball Park for their first workout Thursday, the group looked very much as it did last year. Milwaukee ...

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