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Minnesota Twins hire retired Justin Morneau as assistant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have hired the recently retired Justin Morneau as a special assistant. The team said Wednesday Morneau will become the fourth former Twins player from his generation to get the job, joining Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins. The 36-year-old Morneau will be involved in the amateur draft and be a resource for player acquisitions. ...

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Royals’ Duffy pleads guilty to DUI charge

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in a Kansas City suburb and has been placed on a year’s probation. Sean Reilly, a spokesman for the city of Overland Park, Kansas, said Tuesday that Duffy entered the plea last week and will pay $1,220 in fines and court fees. Duffy must ...

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Andrew McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right field

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco’s AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again. Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all. And if he can save his legs a little bit from the action in center, he might just steal a few more ...

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While Rangers want to add rotation depth, Yu still unlikely

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels anticipates adding depth to his rotation. It remains unlikely that pitcher will be a front-line starter. ”We’re not going to close the door on the chance to add premium talent. You always explore it,” Daniels said Tuesday. ”But if I had to handicap it, I don’t think it’s highly likely at this ...

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Andrew McCutchen eager for challenge of a tough right field

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco’s AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again. Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all. And if he can save his legs a little bit from the action in center, he might just steal a few more ...

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Rangers unlikely to turn to Darvish for rotation help

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers general manager Jon Daniels anticipates adding depth to his rotation. It is still unlikely that pitcher will be a front-line starter. With former Texas ace Yu Darvish among several starting pitchers still available as free agents, Daniels said Tuesday that the team will never end its pursuit of premium talent. But he then added, “If ...

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West Coast Cutch; Giants acquire OF McCutchen from Pirates

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants found the outfielder they were looking for this winter, acquiring Andrew McCutchen from Pittsburgh on Monday to fill a key void. San Francisco parted with right-hander Kyle Crick, minor league outfielder Bryan Reynolds and $500,000 in international signing bonus allocation. The Pirates also sent $2.5 million to the Giants to cover part of McCutchen’s $14.75 ...

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Bucs make “emotionally challenging” call to trade McCutchen

PITTSBURGH (AP) Andrew McCutchen didn’t run from the challenge in Pittsburgh, he embraced it. A rising star on a franchise mired in two decades of losing, McCutchen bet on the Pirates in the spring of 2012 by signing a six-year contract, gambling that he could become one of the game’s best while helping the city reconnect with a team it ...

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Former MVP Morneau to retire with Twins sendoff

MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP and Minnesota Twins first baseman whose career was derailed by concussion symptoms, is retiring after 1,603 hits and 247 home runs in 14 major league seasons. The Twins confirmed Morneau’s retirement on Monday. They scheduled a news conference with Morneau and team officials for Wednesday. Morneau didn’t play in 2017. He appeared ...

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