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MLB notebook: Tigers’ Verlander not worried about arm injury

By Wire Reports
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander, who left Friday’s spring training game because of a cramp in his right triceps muscle, said Saturday he is not too concerned. “Pretty low, especially with the time we have (before next start), extra day and can ...

MLB notebook: Red Sox slugger Ortiz defends his reputation, touts drug test record

Wire Reports
Red Sox slugger David Ortiz contends he “never knowingly took any steroids” and he’s definitely a Hall of Famer. The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter come in a column for The Players’ Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter ...

MLB notebook: Manfred reiterates stance on Yankees’ Rodriguez

Wire Reports
• MLB commissioner Rob Manfred reiterated Thursday what he said several times already about the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez since taking over for the retired Bud Selig. Manfred said Rodriguez, suspended last season for PED use and his involvement with ...

MLB notebook: Marlins pitcher Cosart subject of gambling probe

Wire Reports
Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for online comments he may have made about gambling. Marlins spokesman Matt Roebuck confirmed the investigation in a statement Wednesday but declined further comment. The 24-year-old Cosart deleted his Twitter account ...

MLB notebook: Tigers’ Cabrera finally plays in 1st spring game

Wire Reports
Miguel Cabrera made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday, going 1 for 3 with a single and two strikeouts. Cabrera, who won the AL Triple Crown in 2013 and batted .313 with 25 homers and 109 RBIs last season, had offseason surgery ...

Baseball awaits chance to fully delve into Cuba’s talent pool

By Bill West
Tributes to Roberto Clemente, from a bridge named after the Puerto Rican native to a supersized statue of him, line the path from downtown Pittsburgh ...

MLB notebook: Wainwright sparkles in spring debut

Wire Reports
Adam Wainwright pitched four innings of four-hit ball in his spring training debut, and the Cardinals scored in the bottom of the ninth to beat ...

MLB notebook: Decision on possible punishment for Hamilton expected before Opening Day

Wire Reports
Commissioner Rob Manfred said Major League Baseball expects to make a decision on possible discipline against Angels star Josh Hamilton by Opening Day. Manfred said Friday “we are working toward a result.” Hamilton has had a long history of drug and alcohol ...

MLB notebook: Brewers give Roenicke vote of confidence, exercise 2016 option

Wire Reports
PHOENIX — Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke’s 2016 option was exercised Thursday by the Brewers. Roenicke replaced Monroeville native Ken Macha after the 2010 season and has led the Brewers to a 335-313 record. Milwaukee won the NL Central in his first ...

MLB notebook: Players union head Clark backs Rose’s bid for reinstatement

Wire Reports
The head of the Major League Baseball Players Association said he’d “love” to see Pete Rose reinstated. Former All-Star first baseman Tony Clark made the remarks to reporters at spring training Tuesday, a day after new commissioner Rob Manfred said he ...

MLB notebook: Torn elbow ligament shelves Mets pitcher Wheeler

Wire Reports
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has a torn elbow ligament, a blow to a team hoping to compete for the playoffs following ...

MLB notebook: Players union has no issues with A-Rod

By The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. — Union head Tony Clark said the baseball players association has no issues with Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez rejoined the Yankees this spring after serving a one-year drug suspension. During his appeal of the ban A-Rod filed — and later ...

Former AL MVP, executive Rosen dies at 91

Wire Reports
Al Rosen’s success in baseball didn’t end after he left the diamond for the final time. A muscular third baseman for the Indians who won the 1953 AL MVP and later worked in the front offices of several teams, died Friday. ...

MLB notebook: Rangers right-hander Darvish to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

Wire Reports
Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish will have season-ending, elbow ligament-replacement surgery next week. Dr. James Andrews will operate Tuesday in Gulf Breeze, Fla., the team said. The 28-year-old made his decision after Andrews reviewed images of his right elbow. Two other doctors recommended ...

Brewers ban high fives to avoid spread of pink eye

By The Associated Press
PEORIA, Ariz. — The Milwaukee Brewers will have to find a new way to celebrate for the next few spring training games. The team has ...

MLB notebook: Cardinals’ Wainwright optimistic he can pitch Opening Day

Wire Reports
Adam Wainwright continues to hold out hope of starting the April 5 opener against the Cubs at Chicago, though he has yet to pitch in an exhibition game this spring. The right-hander continued his recovery from a strained abdominal muscle Thursday ...