Minor league baseball

FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates in the second half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, in Cleveland. With a shocking, blockbuster trade for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns flipped the NFL on its helmet and instantaneously changed their national perception. The Browns roster now includes Beckham, Mayfield, Jarvis Landry and Myles Garrett. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
March 16, 2019 - 8:40 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Baker Mayfield wasn't going to pass up this opportunity. Fully aware the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to protect him, Mayfield knew he wouldn't get into a spring training game during his two-day stay with the NL Central champions. But they let the Cleveland Browns quarterback get real...
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Houston Astros' Collin McHugh casts a shadow as he throws in the bullpen before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 15, 2019 - 12:35 am
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Seager played shortstop in a game for the first time since April 29, three innings for the Los Angeles Dodgers in a minor league exhibition. The 2016 NL Rookie of the Year had surgery May 4 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and arthroscopic...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto (22) looks to the outfield after batting in the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in West Palm Beach, Fla. Soto, last season's surprise runner-up as NL Rookie of the Year at age 19, has a big hole to fill in the Nationals' lineup with Bryce Harper gone. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
March 14, 2019 - 3:52 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It might seem as if Juan Soto has a big hole to fill in the Washington Nationals' lineup, what with Bryce Harper gone. Soto is not the sort to worry about that type of thing, though. Last season's surprise runner-up as NL Rookie of the Year at age 19, he's carefree and...
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New York Mets' Tim Tebow (15) bats in the first inning during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Thursday, March 7, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 12, 2019 - 11:35 am
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow has been reassigned to minor league camp by the New York Mets after hitting .267 with one RBI in eight spring training games. The 31-year-old outfielder attended big league camp for the second straight year and is expected to start the season at Triple-A...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2018, file photo, MLB umpire Joe West, right, talks with a player in the ninth inning during a baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Washington Nationals in Phoenix. West, who has umpired more than 5,000 big league games, said the 2016 TrackMan computer system test was far from perfect. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
March 08, 2019 - 7:59 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Get ready for strikes by robots. No, overworked machines aren't walking out in a labor protest. Computers will be used for ball/strike calls starting April 25 in the independent Atlantic League, where the distance between home and first will be shortened by 3 inches. The ground...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart, center, works out during a spring training baseball practice, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Giants' Joey Bart already looks like a big leaguer in his first camp. The same with Nick Madrigal of the White Sox and the four college pitchers the Royals chose within the first 40 selections last season. Perhaps they are the beginning of a trend toward quick-to-the-bigs draft picks _ guys who can provide rather immediate help not unlike the NFL or the NBA. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
March 06, 2019 - 5:13 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joey Bart already looks like a big league hitter in his first major league camp, especially when the San Francisco Giants catcher sends a misguided pitch soaring over the centerfield fence. The same with White Sox shortstop Nick Madrigal every time he makes a spinning stab...
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A rainbow forms beyond Hammond stadium during a spring training baseball game between the Minnesota Twins and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Fort Myers, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
February 26, 2019 - 7:48 pm
Yu Darvish walked off the mound after a bunch of walks, yet wasn't worried. After a rocky first season for the Chicago Cubs full of injuries, he felt fine. "No pain," he said Tuesday. "That was a huge part." Darvish walked four in 1 1/3 innings against Arizona and didn't give up a hit. It was his...
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Colorado Rockies players walk off the field after a spring training baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
February 26, 2019 - 4:58 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will use the independent Atlantic League to experiment with rules changes and equipment. MLB and the minor league announced a three-year agreement Tuesday that gives MLB the right to change the Atlantic League's rules. Modifications for 2019 will be announced...
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February 26, 2019 - 3:27 pm
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro showed up for the team's first full-squad spring training workout wearing a T-shirt that read, "I talk (trash) about you in Spanish," with a word more pungent and less publishable than "trash." The Marlins' English speakers are onto him...
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February 23, 2019 - 10:55 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Baseball is on the clock. The traditionally timeless sport implemented a pitch clock all around major league spring training for the first time Saturday in an attempt to hurry up both pitchers and hitters and keep the modern fan from tuning out the increasingly lengthy games...
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