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MLB notebook: White Sox ace Sale out with broken right foot

By Wire Reports 8:00 p.m.
White Sox ace left-hander Chris Sale has a fracture in his right foot and may miss Opening Day. Sale is expected to be sidelined at least three weeks. Sale, who was injured in an accident at his home on Friday, had X-rays of his foot Saturday at a hospital in …

MLB notebook: Cardinals’ Wainwright may miss season opener

Wire Reports
JUPITER, Fla. — Adam Wainwright won’t pitch in exhibition games until mid-March because of his abdominal strain, a delay that could prevent the Cardinals ace from starting the major league season opener against the Chicago Cubs on April 5. Wainwright was ...

MLB notebook: Angels’ Hamilton suffers drug use relapse, report says

By Rob Rossi
TEMPE, Ariz. — Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton’s baseball career again hangs in the balance. The New York Daily News reported Thursday that Hamilton, who has a well-documented history of substance abuse, suffered a relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol ...

MLB notebook: Angels’ Hamilton has disciplinary meeting with MLB

From Wire Reports
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is meeting with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue. Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the Los Angeles Times’ initial report Wednesday that Hamilton went to New York to meet with baseball officials. The ...

MLB notebook: Players on 40-man rosters required to take part in domestic violence program

By The Associated Press
• All major league players on 40-man rosters will attend a mandatory education program on domestic violence during spring training. Major League Baseball said Tuesday the sessions, which will be held for every team under an agreement with the players’ ...

MLB notebook: Commissioner Manfred says changes for speedier game implemented to target young fans

Wire Reports
Commissioner Rob Manfred said new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball. Manfred, speaking publicly on the changes for the first time since they were announced last Friday, says the rules ...

Longtime ump McClelland, best known for ‘Pine Tar Game,’ retires

Wire Reports
• Giants manager Bruce Bochy was released Friday from the hospital where he underwent a procedure to relieve heart trouble. He said in a text message that he will rejoin the club Sunday, MLB.com reported. Bochy had two stents inserted ...

MLB notebook: Phillies banking on pitcher Lee being healthy, ready to go

From Wire Reports
Phillies left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee is confident his elbow problems from last year are behind him as he begins a new season. The 36-year-old veteran was limited to 13 starts in 2014, when he went on the disabled list twice. Lee ...

MLB notebook: A-Rod apology lacks specifics

By The Associated Press
Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez issued a handwritten apology Tuesday “for the mistakes that led to my suspension,” but turned down New York’s offer to use Yankee Stadium for a news conference. And he failed to detail any specifics about his ...

MLB notebook: Brewers All-Star catcher Lucroy out 4-6 weeks with hamstring injury

Wire Reports
All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy will miss four to six weeks of spring training for the Brewers because of a strained right hamstring. The injury is near the top of Lucroy’s hamstring, close to the hip. Assistant general manager Gord ...

MLB notebook: Angels outfielder Hamilton needs shoulder surgery, could miss 6-8 weeks

Staff and Wire Reports
The Pirates on Tuesday acquired infielder Steve Lombardozzi from the Baltimore Orioles for cash. Lombardozzi, 26, does not have to go on the Pirates’  40-man roster, although he will get an invitation to spring training camp with the big league club. Last ...

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 ...

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

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

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 ...