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A-Rod: `I'll be a little nervous' in return Wednesday
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Since Alex Rodriguez last stepped into a batter's box during a game, Boston and San Francisco have won World Series titles, the New York Yankees missed the playoffs in consecutive years and a new commissioner has taken office....

Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Tick, tock, baseball is on the clock....

Foreign recruiter gets prison, house arrest in steroids case
MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida man who admitted to recruiting foreign baseball players for the operators of a steroid-dispensing clinic has been sentenced to prison followed by house arrest....

LEADING OFF: What's on deck today at spring training
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What to watch for today at spring training:...

Tigers SS Iglesias back on field in win over Fla Southern
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias played in his first game in more than a year, and the Tigers beat Florida Southern 12-2 Monday at spring training....

Cubs expect `dusty' year amid Wrigley Field renovations
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CHICAGO (AP) -- When the Chicago Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field next month, players and fans alike may feel a bit like a homeowner who lives in a house where workers are tearing apart the kitchen....

Brad Hand helps Marlins beat FIU 7-2
MIAMI (AP) -- Brad Hand needed only nine pitches in a perfect first inning Monday for the Miami Marlins, who beat Florida International 7-2....

A's switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland
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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years featuring space for either hand....

Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem
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VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals....

Phillies fall to college team in 1st spring training game
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Phillies starter Paul Clemens pitched two perfect innings, but Philadelphia lost to the University of Tampa 6-2 Sunday in the first spring training game for a major league team this year....



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