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Baseball's Hall of Fame to honor 'The Simpsons' on May 27
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Baseball's Hall of Fame will honor "The Simpsons" on May 27 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show's "Homer at the Bat" episode....

MLB to push forward with process for rule changes
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher's mound. While baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope the ongoing process would lead to an agreement, he said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract....

Mariners' Martin tells of threats in Cuban smuggling trial
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MIAMI (AP) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin told a Miami jury Tuesday he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without any valid papers because he feared being kidnapped or worse after he was smuggled from Cuba by a group linked to a sports agent and a baseball trainer....

AP source: Matt Wieters, Nationals agree, pending physical
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Free-agent catcher Matt Wieters and the Washington Nationals have an agreement in principle on a $10.5 million contract for 2017, pending a physical, according to a person familiar with the deal....

Super subs are now key players on pitching-dominated rosters
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jace Peterson starts out the day shagging fly balls in the outfield. Then, he changes gloves and heads to the infield to take some grounders....

Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety
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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs....

At 61, 'late-bloomer' Snitker savors shot as Braves manager
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Let's face it, Brian Snitker had pretty much given up on his dream....

Clark: Comments "unprofessional" on Betances arbitration
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Baseball union chief Tony Clark called the public comments surrounding the salary arbitration hearing involving Yankees reliever Dellin Betances "unprecedented" and "unprofessional."...

Great expectations: Indians eye Series title after '16 run
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland's training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator....

Orioles' Machado practices at shortstop for world classic
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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Before he leaves for the World Baseball Classic, Manny Machado is making the most of his short time at Baltimore Orioles camp....



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