Tigers reach 1-year, $6,275,000 deal with Iglesias
Jan18

Tigers reach 1-year, $6,275,000 deal with Iglesias

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers have avoided arbitration with Jose Iglesias, agreeing to a $6,275,000, one-year contract with the 28-year-old shortstop. Iglesias was the only remaining Detroit player eligible for arbitration . He had asked for $6.8 million and the team had offered $5.6 million. Iglesias hit .255 with six home runs and 54 RBIs in 2017. In 531 major league games with the Tigers and Boston Red Sox, he’s hit .270 with a...

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Rangers unlikely to turn to Darvish for rotation help
Jan17

Rangers unlikely to turn to Darvish for rotation help

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers general manager Jon Daniels anticipates adding depth to his rotation. It is still unlikely that pitcher will be a front-line starter. With former Texas ace Yu Darvish among several starting pitchers still available as free agents, Daniels said Tuesday that the team will never end its pursuit of premium talent. But he then added, “If I had to handicap it, I don’t think it’s highly likely at this point.”...

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Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas
Jan16

Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas

MOSCOW (AP) Russia’s going crazy for the Olympics. The 1972 Olympics. Even as the Russian team faces up to being barred from next month’s Winter Games for doping offenses, audiences are flocking to see a movie about Soviet glory on the Olympic basketball court 46 years ago. ”Going Vertical” tells the story of the Soviet Union team which won gold in 1972, becoming the first basketball team in history ever to beat the United States at...

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Reliever Addison Reed, Twins finalize $16.75M, 2-year deal
Jan15

Reliever Addison Reed, Twins finalize $16.75M, 2-year deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Right-handed reliever Addison Reed and Minnesota have finalized a $16.75 million, two-year contract, putting another pitcher with closing experience in the back of the Twins’ bullpen. The deal, agreed to over the weekend, was announced Monday. The Twins agreed to a deal with right-hander Fernando Rodney in the offseason. Reed has 125 saves in seven major league seasons. He started last season with the New York Mets,...

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Hall of Fame ump Harvey, called ‘God’ by players, dies at 87
Jan15

Hall of Fame ump Harvey, called ‘God’ by players, dies at 87

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate. ”I never did have any doubt in my mind,” he once said. ”The only thing in my mind was, `Bring it on, suckers!”’ One of only 10 umpires in the Hall of Fame, and held in such regard by major league players and managers they called him...

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AL West Update: Astros add Pirates ace Cole
Jan14

AL West Update: Astros add Pirates ace Cole

HOUSTON (AP) — The World Series champion Houston Astros have boosted their rotation with another big arm, acquiring Gerrit Cole from the Pittsburgh Pirates in a five-player trade. The deal was announced Saturday. The Pirates got right-handers Joe Musgrove and Michael Feliz, third baseman Colin Moran and outfielder Jason Martin for their ace. Cole will join former Cy Young Award winners Dallas Keuchel and Justin Verlander on a team...

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