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5:05 PM ET MESA, AZ — Oakland Athletics starter Mike Fiers got a warm reception from the crowd at the A’s spring training home before taking the mound for his first start since blowing the lid on the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal this past winter. Considering he wasn’t coming to the plate to hit due
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9:03 PM ET ESPN News Services WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Fans hoping to heckle the sign-stealing Houston Astros at their spring opener were met with quite the coincidence. They got their signs taken. In the Astros’ first spring training game since their sign-stealing scandal rocked baseball, some fans brought signs jeering Houston, and ballpark
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5:34 PM ET Associated Press JUPITER, Fla. — Jack Flaherty is getting the ball on opening day for the St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said Saturday the 24-year-old Flaherty will start the season opener March 26 at Cincinnati. It will be the right-hander’s first opening day start and comes after he finished
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2:01 PM ET Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Chicago White Sox agreed Saturday to a $16 million, five-year contract with reliever Aaron Bummer that includes two club options, and a $3.5 million, one-year deal with infielder Leury Garcia. Bummer is due $1 million in 2020, $2 million in 2021, $2.5 million in 2022, $3.75
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6:37 PM ET Houston Astros players have gotten threats “every day” since the team’s 2017-18 sign-stealing scheme came to light in recent weeks, according to outfielder Josh Reddick, who said Friday that messages he has received also targeted his family. “You just see the first things in your suggested box and it just says, ‘I
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3:00 PM ET ESPN Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print One big rumor circulating around spring training camp this week: The Phanatic — the Philadelphia Phillies‘ green and furry mascot — may be getting a new look. While the details won’t be revealed until Sunday when the team hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates in the
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1:22 PM ET Associated Press PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley won the final salary arbitration case of the year, leaving teams with a 7-5 advantage over players. Bradley, a 27-year right-hander, was given a raise from $1.83 million to $4.1 million Friday by arbitrators Andrew Strongin, Steven Wolf and Jules Bloch. The Diamondbacks
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8:16 AM ET Former Houston Astros pitcher Mike Fiers has acknowledged he has received death threats after he exposed Houston’s 2017 sign-stealing scheme. “Whatever, I don’t care. I’ve dealt with a lot of death threats before. It’s just another thing on my plate,” he told The San Francisco Chronicle. Fiers revealed to The Athletic in
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3:34 PM ET Marly RiveraESPN Writer Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. TAMPA, Fla. — The New York Yankees seem to have picked up where they left off last season on the injury front with pitcher Luis Severino joining the list of players dealing with ailments this spring training. Severino became
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3:16 PM ET FORT MYERS, Fla. — As a catcher who spent parts of four seasons playing in the American League West between 2016 and 2019, Jonathan Lucroy found himself in a unique position to observe the sign-stealing tactics of the Houston Astros while needing to plan against the scheme. Lucroy, who is now with
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6:57 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — The Pittsburgh Pirates‘ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games on Wednesday under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipoise and is
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3:45 PM ET MESA, Ariz. — New Chicago Cubs manager David Ross wasted no time in making his first big decision, announcing Kris Bryant as his leadoff man before even playing a game. “You’ll see him at the top of the order a whole lot in spring training,” Ross said Wednesday. “Kris Bryant is a
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7:05 AM ET I’ve got nothing against Luis Robert, Gavin Lux, Jo Adell or any other top prospect on the verge of blossoming onto the big-league baseball scene in 2020. Perhaps it is simply assumed they will be fine but Minnesota Twins DH Nelson Cruz actually hit 41 home runs in 2019. OK, everyone homered
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7:26 PM ET SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred apologizing Tuesday for describing the World Series trophy as “a piece of metal” during an on-camera interview with ESPN, a description that drew pointed criticism from Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester. Manfred said he
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3:53 PM ET PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Commissioner Rob Manfred warned Grapefruit League managers Sunday night against acts of vigilante justice — pitchers targeting the Houston Astros with beanballs because of their illicit sign-stealing — and Manfred was expected to impart the same message to Cactus League managers Tuesday night. But Manfred’s effort on behalf
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10:44 PM ET The San Francisco Giants said on Monday that they won’t invite Aubrey Huff to a reunion of the 2010 World Series-winning team later this summer because of “unacceptable” comments made by Huff on social media. “Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not
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9:21 PM ET Utilityman Brock Holt has agreed to a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The Athletic first reported the news. Holt, a versatile four-position player, spent seven years with the Boston Red Sox, becoming a fan favorite with his rambunctious style and flair for the dramatic. A
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