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Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki wipes his sweat during the team's batting practice prior to Game 1 of a Major League opening series baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
March 20, 2019 - 5:02 am
TOKYO (AP) — Talk about a serious home-field advantage. Ichiro Suzuki had it on a night to celebrate all things Ichiro — "Ichiromania" in other words — as he started for the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in MLB's opening game of the season. About 45,000 voices in a sellout crowd on...
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Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (26) gives his autographs to fans prior to Game 1 of a Major League opening series baseball game between the Seattle Mariners and the Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 20, 2019 in Tokyo, (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
March 20, 2019 - 4:53 am
TOKYO (AP) — Jay Bruce of the Seattle Mariners has gotten the first hit of the 2019 Major League Baseball season and Oakland's Stephen Piscotty has connected for the first home run. Bruce lined a single off the glove of shifted Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien with two outs in the top of the first...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Tuesday, March 19, 2019, that Trout and the Angels are close to finalizing a record $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
March 20, 2019 - 2:46 am
Mike Trout is about to cash in. Big time. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal was...
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Houston Astros' Alex Bregman hits a home run in the first inning during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Thursday, March 14, 2019, in West Palm Beach Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
March 19, 2019 - 11:06 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $100 million, six-year deal that keeps the All-Star third baseman under contract with the team through 2024, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The agreement includes this season, buys out three years of...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances speaks to reporters during a baseball news conference at Fenway Park in Boston. Betances has inflammation in his right shoulder and will start the regular season on the injured list. New York general manager Brian Cashman said an MRI was done on Betances after the 6-8, 265-pound right-hander continued to lack velocity in his fastball. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
March 19, 2019 - 10:56 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has inflammation in his right shoulder and will start the regular season on the injured list. New York general manager Brian Cashman said Betances has an MRI on Tuesday after the 6-8, 265-pound right-hander lacked velocity in his fastball. "He's...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, of Russia, holds up the Stanley Cup trophy during the NHL hockey team's Stanley Cup victory celebration at the National Mall in Washington. The U.S. Capitol rises in the background. A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Capitals will go to the White House on Monday, March 25, 2019, to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday, March 19, 2019, because the team had not announced the decision.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
March 19, 2019 - 9:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will get a chance to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship with President Donald Trump at the White House on Monday. One player has already said he won't attend. Minutes after the Capitals beat the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer is shown during a press conference in San Francisco. Baer will not face charges following a physical altercation with his wife earlier in March 2019 that led to him taking a leave of absence from the team. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
March 19, 2019 - 9:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants President and CEO Larry Baer will not face charges following a physical altercation with his wife this month that led to him taking a leave of absence from the team. The San Francisco district attorney's office said Tuesday there isn't evidence to file criminal charges...
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FLE - In this Aug. 26, 2018, file photo, Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez bats in the eighth inning of a baseball game in Denver. The free-agent outfielder a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. If he makes Cleveland’s 40-man roster, he will get a $2 million contract in the majors, and can earn $1 million in performance bonuses. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 19, 2019 - 8:05 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez's career is laden with personal achievements — a batting title, three All-Star appearances, three Gold Gloves. He has earned the respect of teammates and opponents and the unwavering devotion of Colorado fans, who have spent the past decade cheering the...
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FIEL - In this April 3, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout celebrates after hitting a two-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Kendall Graveman in the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Tuesday, March 19, 2019, that Trout and the Angels are close to finalizing a record $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
March 19, 2019 - 8:03 pm
Mike Trout is on the verge of becoming baseball's first half-billion dollar man. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) looks on after Milwaukee Brewers' Domingo Santana (16) scores during the eighth inning of a tie break baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago. After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Maddon's future. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract after the team declined to offer an extension to its 65-year-old manager. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)
March 19, 2019 - 5:45 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Joe Maddon's future. They also know what's going on, too. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract after the team declined to offer an extension to its 65-...
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