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David Ortiz defends his reputation in column
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Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: "I never knowingly took any steroids." And this, too: "I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame."...

30 is the new 40 when it comes to home runs these days
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Whether it's steroid testing, all those power arms in the bullpen or a lower strike zone, baseballs just aren't flying out of the park like they did a decade or two ago....

LEADING OFF: Harvey back on hill, pink eye back with Brewers
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A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:...

A-Rod cousin set to plead guilty in Florida steroids case
MIAMI (AP) -- A guilty plea is set for a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez in the federal investigation into performance-enhancing drugs illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic....

Lincecum goes 5 innings but Giants lose 6-4 to Athletics
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tim Lincecum pitched five shaky innings for the San Francisco Giants, and Billy Butler hit a two-run double that helped the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory Thursday night....

Unsigned No. 1 pick Aiken announces Tommy John surgery
Brady Aiken, the hard-throwing lefty who didn't sign after being last year's No. 1 draft pick by the Houston Astros, announced Thursday he had Tommy John elbow surgery....

Martinez throws 6 shutout innings, Rangers beat Rockies 6-3
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Nick Martinez threw six scoreless innings, Leonys Martin homered and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Thursday night....

Hamels 5 scoreless innings as Phils lose to Blue Jays 4-1
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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Cole Hamels allowed two hits in five scoreless innings during the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday....

Astros Triple-A club pulls 2017 championship ring promotion
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The Fresno Grizzlies are so confident the Houston Astros will win a title soon, they planned to hand out replica 2017 World Series rings as a promotion this season....

Pujols hits 3-run homer, Angels beat Cubs 8-4
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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and Jered Weaver struck out eight as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 Thursday....