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Hall-of-famer Ernie Banks, ‘Mr. Cub,’ dies at 83

By Chicago Tribune
Ernie Banks, one of baseball’s most ebullient and optimistic ambassadors, died Friday, his wife, Liz, confirmed. Known worldwide as “Mr. Cub,” Banks became the Cubs’ first black player on Sept. 17, 1953, and went on to become an 11-time All-Star and ...

MLB notebook: A-Rod getting hitting tips from HR king Bonds

By Wire Reports
Alex Rodriguez is getting hitting tips from Barry Bonds as the Yankees third baseman prepares to return from a seasonlong suspension. Rodriguez spokesman Ron Berkowitz confirmed the workouts, which the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday took place at the Future Prospects ...

MLB notebook: Tigers, pitcher Price agree to record deal

By From Wire Reports
David Price and the Detroit Tigers avoided arbitration with a record-setting deal. Price agreed to a $19.75 million contract, the largest one-year deal for a player who filed for arbitration. The deal surpassed Max Scherzer’s $15,525,000 deal with Detroit last year. Detroit ...

MLB notebook: San Diego’s Petco Park to host 2016 All-Star Game

By The Associated Press
• Petco Park in San Diego will host baseball’s All-Star Game in 2016, making the second straight year the game will be played at a National League site. In Cincinnati, summer’s game will be played July 14. The same league ...

MLB notebook: Braves deal Gattis to Astros for prospects

By The Associated Press
Any remaining question about whether the Braves are rebuild mode was answered Wednesday when they agreed to trade slugger Evan Gattis to the Astros for three prospects, a person familiar with the situation said. The Braves will get two ...

MLB notebook: Royals, manager Yost agree to contract extension through 2016

By Tribune-Review
e_SBlt The AL champion Royals and 60-year-old manager Ned Yost have agreed on a one-year contract extension that will keep him with the franchise through the 2016 season. Under Yost, the Royals ended a 29-year playoff drought that ended in ...

Baseball writers elect Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio to Hall of Fame

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz dominated in an era of offense, each in their own way. The 6-foot-10 Big Unit became ...

MLB notebook: Twins extend Hughes’ contract

By Wire Reports
Phil Hughes finished his first season in Minnesota one out shy of a $500,000 bonus. His new deal with the Twins more than takes care ...

MLB notebook: Braves trade OF Justin Upton to Padres

By The Associated Press
ATLANTA — With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal. Just one year removed from an NL East ...

MLB notebook: Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod will be DH

By Wire Reports
NEW YORK — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Alex Rodriguez’s days as an everyday fielder are over, and he hopes A-Rod will be New York’s fulltime designated hitter now that Chase Headley will be playing third. “I can’t expect ...

MLB notebook: Cabrera carries baggage to White Sox

By Wire Reports
The stealth pursuit of free agent Melky Cabrera by the White Sox paid off late Saturday when the former Blue Jays outfielder agreed to a three-year deal. MLB.com confirmed the 30-year-old Cabrera agreed to a deal worth an estimated $42-43.5 million, ...

MLB notebook: League sued for gender discrimination

By Wire Reports
Sylvia Lind, Major League Baseball’s director of baseball initiatives, is suing the league for gender-based discrimination, according to the New York Post. The suit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court, alleges the league favored males when filling highly placed executive ...

MLB notebook: Padres pick up slugger Kemp from Dodgers in 5-player swap

By Wire Reports
Desperate for a power bat to punch up the worst offense in the majors, the Padres have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and ...

MLB notebook: Samardzija back in Chicago with White Sox

By Staff and Wire Reports
SAN DIEGO — Jeff Samardzija has played for Notre Dame and the Cubs, and now will get to pitch for the White Sox. “Being a Chicago guy, that’s one of the craziest things I’ve thought about,” he said Tuesday after Oakland ...

MLB notebook: D-Backs finalize deal with Cuban defector

By Wire Reports
Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and the Diamondbacks finalized a $68.5 million, six-year contract. Arizona said Monday the deal was signed a day earlier in the Dominican Republic. Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said, “The opportunity to find a power bat like Tomas ...

MLB notebook: Rays choose Tampa native Cash as their new manager

By Wire Reports
The Rays aren’t wary of Kevin Cash’s age and inexperience. The team tabbed the former Indians bullpen coach as Joe Maddon’s replacement Friday, selecting him over ex-Mariners manager and current Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. The Tampa, Fla., native who turns 37 ...