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KC wants starters to go far despite great 'pen

KC wants starters to go far despite great 'pen

MLB.com Updated 13 hours ago
Within days of the Royals winning the World Series over the Mets last November, general manager Dayton Moore already was looking toward the 2016 season.
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  • White Sox ink Ishikawa to Minor League deal

    White Sox ink Ishikawa to Minor League deal

    MLB.com 14 hours ago
    The White Sox have agreed to terms with Travis Ishikawa on a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training. The 32-year-old left-handed hitter has experience in left field, right field and at first base.
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  • RHP Mat Latos Agrees to $3M, 1-Year Deal With White Sox

    RHP Mat Latos Agrees to $3M, 1-Year Deal With White Sox

    Mat Latos agreed Tuesday to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Chicago White Sox, giving manager Robin Ventura another option for the back end of his rotation.
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  • KC extends agreement with Rookie-level Burlington

    KC extends agreement with Rookie-level Burlington

    MLB.com 17 hours ago
    The Royals have confirmed they are extending their agreement with their Rookie-level affiliate in Burlington, N.C., through the 2020 season.
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  • Royals to hold two World Series ceremonies, force Mets to watch

    Royals to hold two World Series ceremonies, force Mets to watch

    yahoo.com 18 hours ago
    It apparently wasn't enough for the Kansas City Royals to make the New York Mets watch them celebrate winning the World Series at Citi Field after pulling off a thrilling comeback win in Game 5 last November. The Royals are going to have not one, but tw…
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  • AP Source: J.D. Martinez, Tigers Reach $18.5M, 2-Year Deal

    AP Source: J.D. Martinez, Tigers Reach $18.5M, 2-Year Deal

    nytimes.com MLB.com Feb 8 (yesterday)
    J.D. Martinez has agreed to an $18.5 million, two-year contract with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
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  • Royals exemplify evolved bullpen usage

    Royals exemplify evolved bullpen usage

    MLB.com Feb 8 (yesterday)
    The role of the reliever has undergone a major transformation during the expansion era, particularly during the last two decades. Bullpens are pitching more innings than ever, even though individual relievers aren't.
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  • Astros have 3 eyeing rebound '16 seasons

    Astros have 3 eyeing rebound '16 seasons

    MLB.com Feb 8 (yesterday)
    The Astros will hit the field at Osceola County Stadium next week for the start of their final Spring Training in Kissimmee, Fla., with much anticipation. The team is coming off its first playoff berth in 10 years and was six outs away from eliminating …
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  • Indians sign Stammen to Minor League deal

    Indians sign Stammen to Minor League deal

    MLB.com Feb 8 (yesterday)
    After spending his entire career with the Nationals, reliever Craig Stammen is starting a new chapter with the Tribe.
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  • Six Tigers primed for bounceback 2016 seasons

    Six Tigers primed for bounceback 2016 seasons

    MLB.com Feb 8 (yesterday)
    For all the buzz about the Tigers' offseason moves, the fate of their 2016 season rests more on three of the club's longest-tenured players.
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  • Five Royals poised for bounceback 2016 seasons

    Five Royals poised for bounceback 2016 seasons

    MLB.com Feb 8 (yesterday)
    It's almost time for pitchers and catchers to report (Feb. 18). To get Royals fans into the spirit, we start our Spring Training preview series. Today's first installment is called "On the Rebound," and it examines those Royals who will be loo…
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  • Hot Stove Digest: Cubs, White Sox show interest in Rays starter

    Hot Stove Digest: Cubs, White Sox show interest in Rays starter

    yahoo.com Feb 6 (3 days ago)
    Welcome to The Stew's Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you'll find a recap of all the day's action and other fun stuff from around the Internet. INQUIRING: Up to ten teams have asked the Rays …
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  • Slimmed-down Graham feeling stronger, faster

    Slimmed-down Graham feeling stronger, faster

    MLB.com Feb 5 (5 days ago)
    It would've been easy to understand if Twins reliever J.R. Graham's teammates didn't recognize him at TwinsFest last weekend. Graham showed up to the event having lost roughly 30-40 pounds this offseason, as he went from weighing 210 last season to abou…
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  • Indians catch spring fever on Truck Day

    Indians catch spring fever on Truck Day

    MLB.com Feb 5 (5 days ago)
    A pair of moving trucks pulled out of Progressive Field on Friday morning, beginning the annual cross-country journey from Cleveland to Goodyear, Ariz. There is no word yet whether the trucks saw their shadows, but spring is definitely arriving fast for…
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  • Venezuela Beats Cuba 3-1, Reaches Caribbean Series Semis

    Venezuela Beats Cuba 3-1, Reaches Caribbean Series Semis

    nytimes.com Feb 5 (5 days ago)
    Alex Romero, Jose Martinez and Sandy Leon drove in runs to lead Venezuela's Aragua Tigers over Cuba's Ciego de Avila 3-1 Thursday and advance to the Caribbean Series semifinals.
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  • Indians minor-league team giving away Willie Mays Hayes bobbleh…

    Indians minor-league team giving away Willie Mays Hayes bobblehead

    yahoo.com Feb 4 (5 days ago)
    Proving once again that baseball has undying love for the fictional Cleveland Indians from the film "Major League," the Akron Rubber Ducks have announced they're giving away Willie Mays Hayes bobbleheads this season. Actually, it's a "bob…
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  • Boyd sets sights on staying in Tigers' rotation

    Boyd sets sights on staying in Tigers' rotation

    MLB.com Feb 4 (6 days ago)
    Matt Boyd spent the final nine weeks of last season in the Tigers' rotation. He will spend Spring Training competing for the chance to start in 2016.
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  • Lindor eager for sophomore season with Tribe

    Lindor eager for sophomore season with Tribe

    MLB.com Feb 4 (6 days ago)
    It was unseasonably warm when a large group of Indians players convened last week for Tribe Fest. Around Northeast Ohio, snow shovels gathered dust, heavy jackets were ditched and fans could daydream a little about the upcoming season.
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  • Murphy catching on with Twins in offseason

    Murphy catching on with Twins in offseason

    MLB.com Feb 4 (6 days ago)
    John Ryan Murphy woke up from a midday nap after an early morning hunting session with his friend in Virginia on Nov. 11 and noticed he had a voicemail on his cellphone.
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  • Video - Harvey Tosses 2 Perfect Innings In Mets' Win 00:37

    Harvey Tosses 2 Perfect Innings In Mets' Win

    Mar 6
    The Mets beat the Tigers 5-4 in Matt Harvey's return to the mound.
  • Video - Royals Injury Update 02:12

    Royals Injury Update

    Mar 4
    ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell discusses Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's recovery from offseason wrist surgery and pitcher Luke Hochevar's recovery from Tommy John surgery.
  • Video - Price Excited For 2015 Season 02:56

    Price Excited For 2015 Season

    Mar 3
    Tigers pitcher David Price discusses the status of his contract situation in Detroit and what he did in the offseason to get better.
  • Video - Cabrera, Tigers Focused On Title 02:46

    Cabrera, Tigers Focused On Title

    Mar 3
    Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera says the team is focused on winning a championship and discusses his performance during last season during an injury-riddled campaign, and the importance of DH Victor Martinez.