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MLB notebook: Rays’ managerial search narrowed to 3 finalists

By Wire Reports
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Raul Ibanez, Kevin Cash and Don Wakamatsu are the finalists to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. Dave Martinez, the Rays bench coach for the past seven seasons, was among seven candidates dropped Friday. Also cut were Barry Larkin, Doug Glanville, Manny ...

MLB notebook: Owners approve 5-year term for new commissioner

By Wire Reports
• Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Manfred, who has worked for MLB since 1998, ...

MLB notebook: Stanton’s deal with Marlins heavily backloaded

By Wire Reports
• Giancarlo Stanton will make just $6.5 million in the first year of his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Marlins. The agreement includes a $25 million club option for 2028 with a $10 million buyout. Stanton will earn ...

Marlins OF Stanton agrees to 13-year, $325M deal to stay in Miami

By The Associated Press
MIAMI — The Marlins are no longer pinching pennies, and Giancarlo Stanton won’t be, either. Stanton agreed to terms with the team Monday on a ...

MLB notebook: Braves, Cards address needs in 4-player swap

By Wire Reports
ATLANTA — Jason Heyward stirred up enormous expectations when he joined the Atlanta Braves at age 20. He homered in his first big league at-bat. He was voted to the All-Star Game as a rookie. He was hailed as the ...

Freeport grad Cromie takes advantage of his opportunities, serves as assistant GM for Nationals

By Doug Gulasy
Like many baseball fans, Adam Cromie read “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” when it came out in 2003. But more than being ...

Freeport grad living baseball dream with Nationals

By Doug Gulasy
Like many baseball fans, Adam Cromie read “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” when it came out in 2003. But more than being ...

Kershaw makes history with NL MVP award; Trout wins in AL

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — For once, Clayton Kershaw was glad to see a long shutout streak end. Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League ...

MLB notebook: Yankees manager Girardi unsure of what A-Rod can provide

By The Associated Press
Yankees manager Joe Girardi won’t know until March what to expect of Alex Rodriguez in 2015. Rodriguez was limited to 44 games in 2013 following hip surgery then was suspended for all of this season for violations of baseball’s drug agreement ...

MLB notebook: Abreu, deGrom voted top rookies

By Wire Reports
Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were far from the major leagues at the start of 2013. Abreu was playing for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and ...

Breaking down the MLB Awards

By Travis Sawchik
The Pirates’ Clint Hurdle and Andrew McCutchen will defend their respective NL Manager of the Year and NL MVP honors as the Baseball Writers Association of America awards are announced this week. The Rookies of the Year (Monday), Managers of ...

MLB notebook: McGehee, Young win comeback nods

By Wire Reports
Marlins third baseman Casey McGehee and Mariners pitcher Chris Young were selected as baseball’s Comeback Players of the Year. McGehee, 32, hit .287 with 29 doubles, four home runs and 76 RBIs to win the NL honor following a season with ...

Ibanez among Rays’ managerial candidates

By The Associated Press
Bench coach Dave Martinez and longtime major league player Raul Ibanez are among eight candidates the Rays are considering for their next manager. President of baseball operations Matt Silverman released what he described Thursday as a preliminary list of possibilities. Others ...

MLB notebook: Cruz says he’d like to return to Orioles

By Wire Reports
Speaking publicly for the first time since becoming a free agent, Nelson Cruz re-emphasized that remaining with the Orioles is his priority. In an interview with MLB Network Radio on Wednesday afternoon, Cruz said there have been discussions with the Orioles ...

MLB notebook: Indians manager Francona receives 2-year extension

By The Associated Press
The Indians signed manager Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension through 2018. The deal announced Tuesday includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Francona’s previous contract was set to expire in 2016. The 55-year-old Francona, who grew up in ...

MLB notebook: New Cubs manager Maddon already talking about playoffs

By Wire Reports
The marquee at Wrigley Field read “Welcome Joe Maddon,” and the Cubs gave their new manager a robust greeting before Monday’s news conference. Maddon, 60, will receive a five-year contract worth at least $25 million, a source confirmed. Cubs fans undoubtedly will ...