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Yankees agree to deal with LHP Gonzalez

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10:40 PM ET The New York Yankees have agreed to a deal with free-agent left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez, the team confirmed Monday night. It’s a minor league deal, and if Gonzalez is added to the major league roster the contract will be worth $3 million for the season, plus incentives, a source told ESPN’s Buster […]

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Reds expect LHP Wood to open season on DL

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10:15 PM ET Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. — The Cincinnati Reds expect left-hander Alex Wood to open the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore back that has limited him during spring training. Wood was part of the trade that brought outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati from the […]

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Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

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9:59 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues — including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation — during an initial collective-bargaining session […]

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Roberts: Kershaw won’t be ready for opener

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8:59 PM ET Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw won’t be ready for Opening Day after all, manager Dave Roberts said Monday. Kershaw has been slowed by shoulder inflammation this spring and has yet to pitch in an official Cactus League game. He has been throwing, however, completing a bullpen session without any issues as […]

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Ichiro will be in lineup for opener in Tokyo

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Ichiro still has his cannon right arm (0:16) Ichiro Suzuki shows off his arm by throwing the ball from right field directly to third base. (0:16) 5:59 PM ET ESPN News Services Despite his struggles at the plate that have followed him to Japan, Ichiro Suzuki will be in the lineup for the start of […]

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Yanks OF Ellsbury ‘headed in the right direction’

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5:26 PM ET TAMPA, Fla. — As spring-training injuries have begun to ravage the New York Yankees‘ outfield, a healthier Jacoby Ellsbury returned to the team this week, making his first appearance around the full squad in about a year. “It’s nice to be going, doing baseball activity,” said the 34-year-old, who is coming off […]

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3B Kang, SS Gonzalez to start in Pirates’ infield

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3:24 PM ET Associated Press Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates. General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Kang has beaten out Colin Moran at third base and Erik Gonzalez has won the shortstop competition over Kevin Newman. “It was not an easy decision […]

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Pedroia to start season on injured list for Red Sox

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1:50 PM ET Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia will start the season on the injured list as he continues his recovery from a chronic left knee injury. Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced the decision Monday, emphasizing that Pedroia has not experienced any setbacks from the injury that sidelined him for almost the […]

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Braves’ Teheran named Opening Day starter

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1:04 PM ET Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker announced that Julio Teheran will be Atlanta’s Opening Day starter next week in Philadelphia against Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies. Teheran will make his sixth consecutive Opening Day start for the Braves. Teheran has famously struggled when facing Harper, who is 18-for-40 (.450 average) with 8 […]