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Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki warms up during his team's practice at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo Saturday, March 16, 2019. The Mariners will play in a two-baseball game series against the Oakland Athletics to open the Major League season on March 20-21. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 18, 2019 - 6:33 pm
TOKYO (AP) — This is the Ichiro effect. Richard Snitzer had never been to Japan. What finally drove the Japanese-American to travel here from his home in Hayward, California, was Ichiro Suzuki; not family ties, not pure wanderlust, but a chance to see a player he called "simply the best." And get...
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Toronto Blue Jays' Bo Bichette watches his two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Matt Eckelman during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 8, 2019, in Bradenton, Fla. Catching for the Pirates is Jacob Stallings. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
March 18, 2019 - 4:18 pm
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Union head Tony Clark lauded the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for giving minor league players a 50 percent raise, and he hopes other clubs do the same. Representatives from the players' association visited the Blue Jays spring training camp a day after The Athletic reported the...
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March 18, 2019 - 1:43 pm
MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a college baseball player from Oklahoma was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle in an apparent hit-and-run crash in Arkansas. Arkansas State Police say 20-year-old Joseph Cerda Jr. of San Antonio was hit by a dark-colored car...
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Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, left, throws to first base after forcing out Arizona Diamondbacks' Ketel Marte at second base in the first inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Baez completed the double play on Diamondbacks' Carson Kelly at first. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
March 18, 2019 - 10:25 am
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — It does not take Javier Baez long to show off his magic tricks, even in a spring training game. The Chicago Cubs star singled in the first inning on Sunday against the Colorado Rockies and stole second, escaping a tag by shortstop Garrett Hampson with a deft swim move. "I wasn't...
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March 18, 2019 - 8:59 am
FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man killed in a car crash last week has been identified as a former Major League Baseball player who was a member of the Seattle Mariners during its inaugural season. News outlets report Florence County Coroner Keith von Lutcken says 72-year-old Leroy Stanton...
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FILE - In this July 11, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Odubel Herrera (37) beats the throw to first base as New York Mets first baseman Dominic Smith (22) leaps to catch the ball during the fourth inning of a baseball game in New York. Smith, 23, was the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft, and through it all – from weight issues to low power numbers in the minors to being tardy in spring camp to battling sleep apnea – he appears to have overcome it all and is showcasing the skill set the Mets have been sorely awaiting. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
March 18, 2019 - 2:03 am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Dominic Smith honed his defensive skills as a youngster, creating games for himself in his backyard. Now, the New York Mets are finally starting to see the all-around game that made the first baseman a top draft pick out of high school. At his childhood home in Los...
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Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki, of Japan, signs autographs prior to a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 17, 2019 - 9:35 pm
Bryce, Manny and Ichiro. London calling, and Cleveland rocks. Lots of intrigue on the baseball schedule this summer. Here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics: Ichiro Suzuki returns to his native Japan when Seattle and Oakland...
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Washington Nationals' Victor Robles (16) runs to first base in the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, March 8, 2019, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 17, 2019 - 9:29 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Family ties, big bats and powerful arms are once again all over this year's group of prospects on the brink of major league stardom. A closer look at baseball's next wave of young talent: —OF Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox: While Chicago lost out in its pursuit of Manny Machado in...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper waits his turn in the batting cage before a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
March 17, 2019 - 8:53 pm
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper hopes to change all those zeros soon. Naw, not the ones in his contract. Back in the lineup two days after being hit by a pitch in the ankle, the Phillies newcomer with the $330,000,000 deal was hitless Sunday, leaving him with a batting average of .000 in...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper high-fives teammates after being taken out during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
March 17, 2019 - 5:48 pm
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper hopes to change all those zeros soon. Naw, not the ones in his contract. Back in the lineup two days after being hit by a pitch in the ankle, the Phillies newcomer with the $330,000,000 deal was hitless Sunday, leaving him with a batting average of .000 in...
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