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Amid optimism, US-Cuba relations challenge baseball players
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Yasmany Tomas took his last practice swings, packed his bat and carried his oversized No. 24 duffel bag toward the clubhouse....

LEADING OFF: Carrasco back on mound after being hit
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A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:...

Valbuena hits 2 HR in Houston's 7-5 victory over Seattle
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SEATTLE (AP) -- It has taken more than a decade for the Seattle Mariners to put together the middle-lineup strength that is has shown this early season....

The pipeline: How baseball-mad Cuba develops top-tier talent
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HAVANA, Cuba (AP) -- Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and other Cuban baseball players arriving in the major leagues in recent years all come from the same pipeline: state-run academies that produce hundreds of players in the baseball-mad island....

Shoemaker gives up 2 HRs in Angels' 6-3 loss to A's
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Matt Shoemaker had one of his poorest outings with the Los Angeles Angels....

Reds manager Bryan Price goes on profanity-filled rant
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price went on a profanity-filled rant during his pregame meeting with media Monday, taking exception with the way his team was being covered....

Valbuena hits two HR in Houston's 7-5 victory over Seattle
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SEATTLE (AP) -- Luis Valbuena hit a pair of solo home runs, including a go-ahead eighth-inning shot, to give the Houston Astros a 7-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners Monday night....

Vogt's 3-run HR helps A's beat Angels 6-3
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Vogt hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Marcus Semien also went deep against Matt Shoemaker and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series....

De La Rosa hit hard in Rockies 14-3 loss to Padres
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DENVER (AP) -- Jorge De La Rosa's season debut went awry in a hurry....

Pirates struggle against Arrieta in 5-2 loss to Cubs
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was willing to give credit where it was due....