Minor league baseball

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. reacts after hitting a single in his first at-bat of his major leagues career, during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
April 01, 2019 - 3:59 am
Opening day was particularly special for Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eloy Jimenez. In large part because they weren't stuck at El Paso and Charlotte. It's common for baseball's top prospects to spend a bit of time in the minors at the beginning of the season, but the Padres and White Sox put Tatis and...
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New York Yankees players take part in batting practice during a workout Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in New York. The Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles on opening day Thursday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 28, 2019 - 3:03 am
For a sport that leans so much on familiarity and tradition, baseball seems to be changing at an unusually rapid pace. Whether it's because of new technology, new strategies or new rules, the game could look a lot different over the next decade or so. "I think the commissioner's just trying to stay...
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (3) leaves the baseball game with the help of manager David Bell, right, and head athletic trainer Steve Baumann, left, after he was injured in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 23, 2019 - 7:00 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett will miss the opening months of the season with a severe groin strain, costing the Cincinnati Reds one of their top hitters less than a week before opening day. Gennett injured the right side of his groin Friday while making a play on a...
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In this photo taken with a timer Oct. 30, 2018, Jack Labosky, left, and Madi Hiatt pose after purchasing a school bus in Lynchburg, Va. Labosky is a minor league pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, and he and Hiatt, his girlfriend, plan to live out of the bus during his first full professional season. The couple hopes to save money on rent to help offset Labosky’s meager minor league salary. (Madi Hiatt via AP)
March 23, 2019 - 2:39 pm
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Grueling, late-night road trips are a loathed hallmark of minor league baseball, and most ballplayers can't wait to leave bus life behind. Jack Labosky is traveling in a different lane. A relief pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, Labosky used his $3,000 signing...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances speaks to reporters during a baseball news conference at Fenway Park in Boston. Betances has inflammation in his right shoulder and will start the regular season on the injured list. New York general manager Brian Cashman said an MRI was done on Betances after the 6-8, 265-pound right-hander continued to lack velocity in his fastball. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
March 19, 2019 - 11:56 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has inflammation in his right shoulder and will start the regular season on the injured list. New York general manager Brian Cashman said Betances has an MRI on Tuesday after the 6-8, 265-pound right-hander lacked velocity in his fastball. "He's...
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FLE - In this Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez bats in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Denver. The free-agent outfielder a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. If he makes Cleveland’s 40-man roster, he will get a $2 million contract in the majors, and can earn $1 million in performance bonuses. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 19, 2019 - 9:05 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez's career is laden with personal achievements — a batting title, three All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves. He has earned the respect of teammates and opponents and the unwavering devotion of Colorado fans, who have spent the past decade cheering the...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2017, file photo, Tony Clark, head of the MLB Players Association, stands on the field before the All-Star Futures baseball game in Miami. Union head Tony Clark says he applauds the Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to give minor league players a 50 percent raise and hopes that other clubs will follow suit. Representatives from the players’ association made a scheduled visit to Blue Jays spring training camp Monday, March 18, 2019, a day after The Athletic reported the team planned to provide raises for all minor league players, some of whom made as little as $1,100 per month in recent seasons. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
March 18, 2019 - 9:56 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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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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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 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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