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A’s catcher Maxwell no longer will knell for national anthem

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell says he no longer will kneel for the national anthem as he did last season as a rookie, when he became the first major leaguer to do so following the lead of many NFL players.

Chaim Bloom on Jose De Leon, Brendan McKay

Tampa Bay Rays senior vice president of baseball operations talks about the progress of RHP Jose De Leon and the game plan for 1B/LHP Brendan McKay.

Miami Marlins – Derek Jeter (Part 1 of 2): On spring training, outreach, Jose Fernandez

As the Miami Marlins get set to open their first spring training following last year’s ownership change, CEO Derek Jeter touches on a number of topics.

Miami Marlins – Derek Jeter (Part 2 of 2): Facial hair policy, HR sculpture, opening roof

As Miami Marlins get set to open its first spring training following their ownership change, CEO Derek Jeter touches on a number of topics.

Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th opener for Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) No surprise here: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth opening-day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29.

Now an owner, Jeter heads to 1st spring training since 2014

MIAMI (AP) Speaking Tuesday at Marlins Park, Derek Jeter said he was about to jump in the car and head down to spring training, even though the Miami Marlins’ camp is actually up in Jupiter, 90 miles north on Interstate 95.

Jake Odorizzi, Rays go to salary arbitration $250,000 apart

PHOENIX (AP) Toronto’s Marcus Stroman and Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi went to hearings to begin the final week of what could be the busiest salary arbitration season since 1990.

Ex-baseball player Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

SAN DIEGO (AP) Former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza (loh-EYE-suh) has been arrested in California on suspicion of smuggling cocaine and heroin.

Ex-baseball player Esteban Loaiza arrested on drug charges

SAN DIEGO (AP) Former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza (loh-EYE-suh) has been arrested in California on suspicion of trafficking drugs.

Venezuela: Kidnapped mother of Pirates player rescued

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) Venezuelan authorities said police have rescued the mother of Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz, three days after she was kidnapped.

Don Mattingly at Marlins Fan Fest part 1: On rebuilding from the ground up

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks to the media at Fan Fest on Saturday afternoon.

Don Mattingly at Marlins Fan Fest part 2: On new players, possible lineup construction

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly talks to the media at Fan Fest on Saturday afternoon.

Mike Hill at Marlins Fan Fest part 1: On outfield, new-look roster, J.T. Realmuto

Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill addresses the media at the team’s Fan Fest on Saturday afternoon.

Mike Hill at Marlins Fan Fest part 2: On young pitchers, Don Mattingly’s impact, minor league depth

Miami Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill addresses the media at the team’s Fan Fest on Saturday afternoon.

Former big leaguer Geltz, 3 more banned for drug violations

NEW YORK (AP) Former Tampa Bay pitcher Steve Geltz and three other minor leaguers have been suspended for drug violations.

AP source: Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) Ace Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs have reached agreement on a $126 million, six-year contract, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday, bolstering their bid for a second World Series crown in three seasons.

Rays’ owner wants to make Tampa the team’s home

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg wants to make a historic neighborhood in Tampa the next home of the perennially low-drawing team, which wants to shift across the bay from St. Petersburg.

White Sox see better days ahead with promising young players

CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox go to spring training with a long line of promising prospects and a belief that better days are coming.

After ’17 turnaround and big bullpen spend, Twins aim higher

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The turnaround for Minnesota last year was sharp, with 26 more wins than the miserable 2016 season on a march to the AL wild card game.

AL Central teams at the start of spring training

A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:

Baseball players turn to football-style training

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Carrying their bats and gloves, they leave the weight room and walk the palm tree-lined path past the baseball diamonds to the track.

Rockies boost bullpen in effort to make it back to playoffs

DENVER (AP) Nolan Arenado didn’t travel home with the team after the Colorado Rockies lost at Arizona in last October’s wild-card game.

Zack Wheeler beats Mets in salary arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) Right-hander Zack Wheeler beat the Mets in salary arbitration and will get a raise from $800,000 to $1.9 million instead of New York’s $1.5 million offer.

Zack Wheeler beats Mets in salary arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) Right-hander Zack Wheeler beat the New York Mets in salary arbitration and reliever Justin Grimm lost to the Chicago Cubs, leaving players with a 7-4 record about halfway through this year’s hearings.

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg reflects on 20 years of baseball in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg talks about the team’s 20th anniversary plans and shares some of his fondest memories.

Syndergaard happy he made it back on a mound last September

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Getting back on the mound late last season was important for Noah Syndergaard.

Todd Frazier, Mets finalize $17 million, 2-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) Todd Frazier stood a few feet away, wearing the No. 21 Mets jersey of Cleon Jones, Carlos Delgado and Lucas Duda. New York general manager Sandy Alderson smiled.

Tampa Bay Rays unveil special 20th anniversary throwbacks

The Tampa Bay Rays unveiled special throwback uniforms they’ll wear in select games during their 20th anniversary season in 2018.

Redevelopment project next to NY Mets’ stadium is revived

NEW YORK (AP) A long-planned redevelopment project for a neighborhood of run-down car-repair shops next to the New York Mets’ stadium is back on the drawing board, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

AP source: 3B Todd Frazier, Mets agree on $17M, 2-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent third baseman Todd Frazier and the New York Mets have agreed on a two-year contract for $17 million.

AP source: 3B Todd Frazier, Mets agree on $17M, 2-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) Free agent third baseman Todd Frazier is switching sides close to home, set to join the New York Mets and take over a spot that’s been in flux since David Wright got injured.

Rangers sign INF Barney to minor deal with spring invite

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Veteran infielder Darwin Barney has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

Ned Yost loves developing young players

Royals manager Ned Yost is excited to do what he’s done before — develop young players, then WIN with them: “I love it.”

Rangers sign 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to minor league deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have signed 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract and invited the pitcher to big league spring training.

Rangers sign 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to minor league deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have signed 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract and invited the pitcher to big league spring training.

Rangers sign 44-year-old Bartolo Colon to minor league deal

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Bartolo Colon has agreed to a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers, and the 44-year-old right-hander will attend big league spring training.

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Brewers trade backup catcher Andrew Susac to Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles have acquired backup catcher Andrew Susac from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named or cash.

Baseball agent says players should consider spring training boycott

A prominent baseball agent says players should consider boycotting spring training because of the slow free-agent market.

Prominent baseball agent suggests spring training boycott

NEW YORK (AP) A prominent baseball agent says players should consider boycotting spring training because of the slow free-agent market.

OF Bourjos agrees to minor league deal with Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Outfielder Peter Bourjos has agreed to a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs that includes an invitation to major league camp for spring training.

MLB owners hopeful of fixing pace of play without showdown

LOS ANGELES (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick is hoping Major League Baseball and the players’ association can work out a deal to improve pace of play without imposing changes on the union unilaterally.

Marlins, catcher J.T. Realmuto go into arbitration to determine 2018 salary

Catcher J.T. Realmuto went to salary arbitration with Miami on Wednesday and asked that he be given a raise to $3.5 million instead of $2.9 million.

D-backs finalize $8.25M, 2-year deal with catch Alex Avila

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized an $8.25 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Alex Avila.

Betts wins in arbitration; Realmuto, Miller go to hearings

PHOENIX (AP) All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts beat the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday in the first salary arbitration decision of the year and will get a raise from $950,000 to $10.5 million instead of the team’s $7.5 million offer.

Mookie Betts wins arbitration case against Red Sox

Mookie Betts beat the Boston Red Sox in the first salary arbitration case of the year.

Betts beats Boston in 1st arbitration case, gets $10.5M

PHOENIX (AP) Mookie Betts beat the Boston Red Sox in the first salary arbitration case of the year. The All-Star outfielder will get a raise from $950,000 to $10.5 million instead of the team’s $7.5 million.

John Kentera on the passing of Kevin Towers

John Kentera remembers the life of a dear friend of his, Kevin Towers.

The Loose Cannons remember former Padres GM Kevin Towers

Kevin Towers passed away at the age of 56 on Tuesday. The Loose Cannons reflect on his life.

Friends and colleagues remember Kevin Towers

Baseball mourns the loss of Kevin Towers, who passed away Tuesday morning.