Tigers' core still intact as spring training approaches

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DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander sat in the middle of the Tiger Den, the lounge at Comerica Park where he and his teammates were available to reporters before heading out on their winter caravan....

Ivan Rodriguez appears to deny using steroids during career

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A day after his election to the Hall of Fame, Ivan Rodriguez appeared to deny using steroids during his career....

Blue Jays ownership involved in bringing Bautista back

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TORONTO (AP) -- Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said ownership got involved in the re-signing of veteran Jose Bautista....

Rod Carew passes 1-month mark since heart transplant

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has passed the one-month mark since a heart and kidney transplant with no signs of rejection....

AP source: Marlins acquire Straily for minor leaguers
MIAMI (AP) -- The Miami Marlins gave up two of their top pitching prospects Thursday to acquire immediate help for the rotation....

Bonds, Clemens making slow gains with changing electorate

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Hall of Fame voters are still sharply divided on Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens....

Trevor Hoffman misses Hall of Fame election by 5 votes

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SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Well, Hells Bells, Trevor Hoffman didn't make baseball's Hall of Fame for the second straight season....

Pudge shrugs off slim first-ballot Hall margin, and reason

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Ivan Rodriguez said he barely slept for three days waiting to find out whether he would get enough votes for election to baseball's Hall of Fame....

Column: Hall vote shows some stains last longer than others

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The takeaway from this year's Hall of Fame balloting is Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens likely will get in within the next five years. Shame it couldn't be this one....

Trevor Plouffe finalizes $5.25M, 1-year deal with A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Infielder Trevor Plouffe has finalized a $5.25 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics and is expected to be the primary third baseman if he can stay healthy....


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