Major League Baseball

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2007 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Esteban Loaiza, of Mexico, throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. Former All-Star pitcher Loaiza - who earned a total of more than $43 million over 14 seasons - is heading to court accused of drug dealing involving 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of suspected cocaine. The 46-year-old retired Major League Baseball player is scheduled to appear in court in Chula Vista, Calif., south of San Diego, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
February 14, 2018 - 8:48 pm
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, denied allegations Wednesday that he is a cocaine dealer. Loaiza, who became a celebrity in his native Mexico, made his first appearance in San Diego County Superior Court in Chula...
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Alex Wilson does an exercise with the rest of the players during spring baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 in Lakeland, Fla. (Robin Buckson/Detroit News via AP)
February 14, 2018 - 7:40 pm
As teams started spring training workouts across Florida and Arizona, the players' association had a Kansas City Royals scout escorted out of the union's opening training session for unsigned free agents. About 15 players attended the first day of workouts Wednesday at the union's camp in Bradenton...
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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2017, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Avisail Garcia celebrates after scoring the game-winning run on a single by Tim Anderson during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, in Chicago. Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is ging to salary arbitration. Garcia requested a hike from $3 million to $6.7 million rather than Chicago's $5.85 million offer. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
February 14, 2018 - 2:33 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia won his salary arbitration case against the Chicago White Sox and will get a raise to $6.7 million instead of the team's $5.85 million offer. Arbitrators Phillip LaPorte, Steven Wolf and John Kagel made the decision Wednesday, a day after...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2007 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Esteban Loaiza, of Mexico, throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. Former All-Star pitcher Loaiza - who earned a total of more than $43 million over 14 seasons - is heading to court accused of drug dealing involving 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of suspected cocaine. The 46-year-old retired Major League Baseball player is scheduled to appear in court in Chula Vista, Calif., south of San Diego, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
February 14, 2018 - 1:31 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, is accused of drug dealing involving 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of suspected cocaine. The 46-year-old former Major League Baseball player is scheduled to be arraigned in court in Chula Vista,...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2016, file photo, John "Tito" Francona, right, former Cleveland Indians outfielder and father of current manager Terry Francona, left, reacts after throwing a ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of baseball's American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, in Cleveland. John “Tito” Francona has died. He was 84. A team spokesman said the elder Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, Pool, File)
February 14, 2018 - 12:17 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Former major leaguer John "Tito" Francona, the father of Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, has died. He was 84. The Indians said the elder Francona died unexpectedly at his home in New Brighton, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. Francona played in the majors for 15 seasons,...
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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2007 file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Esteban Loaiza, of Mexico, throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. Former All-Star pitcher Loaiza - who earned a total of more than $43 million over 14 seasons - is heading to court accused of drug dealing involving 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of suspected cocaine. The 46-year-old retired Major League Baseball player is scheduled to appear in court in Chula Vista, Calif., south of San Diego, on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
February 14, 2018 - 2:23 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who earned more than $43 million over 14 seasons, is accused of drug dealing involving 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of suspected cocaine. The 46-year-old former Major League Baseball player is scheduled to be arraigned in court in Chula Vista,...
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FILE - In this Saturday, July 29, 2017 file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Collin McHugh became the second pitcher on the World Series Houston Astros to go to salary arbitration, asking for a raise from $3.85 million to $5 million. Houston argued for a $4.55 million salary in a hearing, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 before Mark Burstein, Jeanne Wood and Allen Ponak. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
February 13, 2018 - 8:04 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Collin McHugh became the second pitcher on the World Series champion Houston Astros to go to salary arbitration, and Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia also went to a hearing. McHugh asked for a raise from $3.85 million to $5 million during Tuesday's hearing before...
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Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Yu Darvish takes a break from warmup pitches at the team's spring training baseball facility Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. Darvish signed a $126 million, six-year contract over the weekend. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
February 13, 2018 - 8:03 pm
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — When Yu Darvish met with Theo Epstein and other Chicago Cubs' officials last December in the Dallas area, the Japanese pitcher liked what he heard. "The Cubs really stood out, and everyone was sincere at the meeting," Darvish said Tuesday through a translator after finalizing a $...
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New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone speaks during a news conference at baseball spring training camp, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
February 13, 2018 - 5:55 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — On the day pitchers and catchers reported for his first spring training as New York Yankees manager, Aaron Boone acknowledged the pressure. "Embrace that expectation," Boone said Tuesday. "Expect to go out there and be great. It beats the alternative, right. It really does. We're...
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FILE - In this Saturday, July 29, 2017 file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Collin McHugh became the second pitcher on the World Series Houston Astros to go to salary arbitration, asking for a raise from $3.85 million to $5 million. Houston argued for a $4.55 million salary in a hearing, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 before Mark Burstein, Jeanne Wood and Allen Ponak. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
February 13, 2018 - 4:40 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Collin McHugh became the second pitcher on the World Series champion Houston Astros to go to salary arbitration, asking for a raise from $3.85 million to $5 million. Houston argued for a $4.55 million salary in Tuesday's hearing before arbitrators Mark Burstein, Jeanne Wood and Allen...
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