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D-backs get to work, eager to build upon last season’s success

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Buoyed by optimism that just about everyone is back from a 93-win team, pitchers and catchers began spring training workouts for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Little was revealed, though, over the matter of whether the Diamondbacks truly have a shot at re-signing slugger J.D. Martinez. A reporter astutely pointed out to manager Torey Lovullo that, in the ...

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Royals scout kicked out as unusual free-agent camp opens

As teams started spring training workouts across Florida and Arizona, the players’ association had a Kansas City Royals scout escorted out of the union’s opening training session for unsigned free agents. About 15 players attended the first day of workouts Wednesday at the union’s camp in Bradenton, Florida. Media were barred from the IMG Academy. The scout was told he ...

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Mets hope to finally have dream rotation fully healthy

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Back in October 2015, everything looked so rosy for the New York Mets and their pitching prodigies. With two impressive rookies in a dazzling young rotation that featured four power arms, the team had already reached the World Series and the future was full of possibility. Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz ...

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Braves add veteran catcher Chris Stewart on non-guaranteed major-league deal

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos found spring training insurance behind the plate in the form of Chris Stewart on Wednesday, signing the veteran catcher to a one-year, major-league deal. Stewart’s contract is non-guaranteed, though the team is interested in keeping him within the organization if he does not make the Opening Day 25-man roster. The Braves moved reliever Grant ...

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Avisail Garcia wins arbitration vs White Sox, gets $6.7M

PHOENIX (AP) Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia won his salary arbitration case against the team and will get a raise to $6.7 million instead of the club’s $5.85 million offer. Arbitrators Phillip LaPorte, Steven Wolf and John Kagel made the decision Wednesday, a day after hearing arguments. Garcia was a first-time All-Star last year, when he was second in ...

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Ohtani begins with Angels to great fanfare, expectations

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani emerged from the clubhouse and tipped his cap to the swarm of Japanese countrymen capturing his every move, cameras clicking a mile a minute. He offered that signature smile, something Angels manager Mike Scioscia noticed right away and appreciates as much as his new two-way star’s tremendous, ”extraordinary” baseball talent. As a small group of ...

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Changeup: New manager Mickey Callaway has big ideas for Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) For a first-time manager, Mickey Callaway was mighty bold about his own expectations with the New York Mets. ”The front office has gotten us the players. The coaching staff is the best coaching staff in the big leagues,” he said Tuesday. ”If we don’t do something special with the group we have in place, it’s ...

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