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4:08 PM ET Associated Press CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Reds‘ first African-American player has died at the age of 94. The team says Charles “Chuck” Harmon died Tuesday, nearly 65 years after he made his debut against the Braves in Milwaukee on April 17, 1954. The team did not provide details. Reds mourn the loss
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10:34 PM ET Third baseman Alex Bregman has agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract extension with the Houston Astros, a source confirmed to ESPN. Alex Bregman AL Ranks in 2018 XBH 83 2nd OBP .394 4th RBI 103 T-5th TB 316 T-5th >>Finished 5th in AL MVP voting Bregman, 24, is coming off an
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3:50 AM ET Associated Press SURPRISE, Ariz. — Texas Rangers pitcher Yohander Mendez could return from his elbow injury around midseason. The team’s fear that Mendez might miss the entire year was allayed Monday when an MRI revealed the 24-year-old lefty has a Grade 1 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament. “It’s really good news.
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9:32 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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2:55 PM ET Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — 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
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9:09 PM ET Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Los Angeles Dodgers have promoted Brandon Gomes to vice president and assistant general manager, continuing the former major leaguer’s climb up the front-office ranks. The 34-year-old former pitcher had been serving as director of player development since 2016. He joined the Dodgers’ front office after a
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1:48 PM ET GLENDALE, Ariz. — Corey Seager, who spent most of the 2018 season recovering from major elbow surgery, will “absolutely” be ready by Opening Day, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday morning. Seager, 24, has yet to appear in an official spring training game but has been playing defense and seeing
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9:27 AM ET Josh Hader put together a solid fantasy baseball résumé in 2018. The Milwaukee Brewers‘ left-hander comes off a fantastic season in which — as a multi-inning relief weapon for the eventual National League Central champions — he struck out 143 of the 306 batters he faced in 81 1/3 innings, or more
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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart (last updated March 11) The chart below breaks down all 30 major-league teams’ bullpens in terms of relievers’ proximity to the closer role, not their overall fantasy value. Teams are broken down by division. “CLOSER” is either that team’s officially designated closer, or the pitcher most likely to get the team’s
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10:41 PM ET Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch called umpire Angel Hernandez “unprofessional” and “arrogant” after being ejected in the first inning of Friday night’s split-squad game against St. Louis. Hinch was tossed following one pitch in the bottom of the first inning. “The fact that he wanted
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9:00 PM ET Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Friday that left-hander Clayton Kershaw is unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. Kershaw has been slowed by shoulder inflammation this spring and has yet to pitch in an official Cactus League game. Roberts on Friday refused to officially rule him out for the opener, but for
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1:38 PM ET Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Washington Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor favored his left leg as he limped through the clubhouse Friday before heading to have an MRI exam on his sore knee and hip. Manager Dave Martinez called the test precautionary — but he also acknowledged that the Nationals
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6:04 PM ET Associated Press LAKELAND, Fla. — Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer will not pitch in games in the near future, focusing on lower-body mechanics. “He took a step back to refine his lower-body mechanics,” Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said after Thursday’s 4-4 tie with Boston. “We have no timetable when he’s going to
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