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Dodgers SS Seager close to return after elbow, hip surgeries

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager never really wanted to know what the next step was in his rehab process after the young Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop had the kind of elbow surgery more common for pitchers, then hip surgery as well last season. “I never wanted to look forward because I never wanted to get antsy, ‘Oh why are ...

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White Sox LHP Rodon feels bit abnormal being healthy at camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Once Carlos Rodon settled back into the Chicago White Sox rotation last season after returning from shoulder surgery, the left-hander had an impressive stretch of starts before fading badly down the stretch. All that really mattered for Rodon and the White Sox was that he made it through the rest of the season healthy, and got ...

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Even in bullpen age, several teams still built on starters

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Forget about this bullpen obsession for a moment. Believe it or not, plenty of big league teams are still anchored by well-armed rotations. In this age of openers and closers, with relievers starting games and starters rarely finishing them, it might seem starting pitchers have been devalued by executives all over baseball. Dallas Keuchel, ...

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Cespedes says he thinks he’ll return to Mets this season

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes says he thinks he’ll be able to play at some point this season. Recovering from surgery on both heels, the New York Mets slugger told reporters through a translator at spring training Friday he is finally pain-free. He has been working out and plans to begin throwing next week, but there’s no ...

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Adam Ottavino proud to be a 0 with Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Adam Ottavino has a bagel on his back, supplanting Derek Jeter in one small area of New York Yankees history. The newly signed relief pitcher was playing catch at Steinbrenner Field during Thursday’s opening workout of spring training, a white No. 0 on his dark blue practice jersey with the interlocking “NY” on the front. When ...

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Baldelli era begins with efficient new workout format

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The first noticeable change for the Minnesota Twins under new manager Rocco Baldelli came on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers. There was simply less standing around between drills by the players on the field. “The goal is to have it individualized for the guys so they can get done what they ...

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