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White Sox Prospect Throws Ball 110 Miles Per Hour Updated 6 hours ago
White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech was the 33rd overall pick in the 2014 amateur draft. As you can see here, he is capable of throwing the ball hard as hell:Read more...
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  • Duffy on KC: 'I wouldn't have it any other way' 23 hours ago
    Back in 2010, Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was toiling in the Minor Leagues when he suddenly decided he'd had enough of baseball and simply quit. He packed his bags and headed for his hometown of Lompoc, Calif. Almost seven years later, Duffy has emer…
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  • Jose Bautista's deal with Jays a far cry from what he wanted Jan 17 (yesterday)
    Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on during batting practice prior to game five of the American League Championship Series against the Cleveland Indians at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Getty Images) Jose Bautista…
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  • Jones eyeing Tigers' center-field spot Jan 17 (yesterday)
    JaCoby Jones, seen by many as the Tigers' center fielder of the future, could end up wearing the same number as their center fielder of 2016. It was just a coincidence, he said, that he had number 4 -- which Cameron Maybin wore for Detroit last year -- …
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  • Rumor Roundup: Astros interested in Gray Dec 12, 2016
    The Hot Stove season continues, and we keep you up to date with the latest free-agent news, trade buzz, rumors and more.
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  • President Obama, a White Sox Fan, Welcomes the Cubs to the White House Jan 16 (yesterday)
    Mr. Obama celebrated a team that produced one of the more extraordinary sports moments in his time in office, a World Series triumph that ended a 108-year title drought.
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  • Healthy Tilson should boost hometown White Sox Jan 16 (yesterday)
    It took Charlie Tilson exactly one at-bat to pick up his first Major League hit during his White Sox debut at Comerica Park on Aug. 2 last season. Two innings after that single to center off of Anibal Sanchez and the requisite talk at first base with Mi…
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  • Royals, left-hander Duffy agree to 5-year deal Jan 16 (2 days ago)
    The Royals locked in emerging ace lefty Danny Duffy to a five-year deal worth $65 million on Monday. Duffy, who could have been a free agent after 2017, will be due $5 million in '17, $14 million in '18, $15.25 million in both '19 and '20 and $15.5 mill…
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  • Indians postseason hero thanks fans for unexpected wedding gifts Jan 15 (3 days ago)
    Cleveland Indians postseason hero Ryan Merritt is tipping his cap to supportive fans. (Getty Images) If you’re one of the many Cleveland Indians fans to send Ryan Merritt a wedding gift, make sure to check your mailbox. The unheralded rookie pitcher-tur…
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  • Zobrist: After missing trip in '16, DC visit is 'huge' Jan 14 (4 days ago)
    When the 2015 World Series champion Royals went to the White House last July at the invitation of President Barack Obama, Ben Zobrist wasn't able to go because he was busy with his new team, the Cubs. On Monday, Zobrist will get his chance.
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  • Royals, Hosmer avoid arb with 1-year deal Jan 13 (5 days ago)
    The Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have agreed on a one-year deal, thus avoiding arbitration, the club announced. A source told the deal is worth $12.25 million. Hosmer made $8.25 million in 2016.
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  • CC Sabathia will make more than the entire Indians rotation in 2017 Jan 13 (5 days ago)
    Corey Kluber is giving the Indians Cy Young-level production at a bargain price. (Getty Images) The Cleveland Indians boast one of the best teams in the majors heading into 2017. After pushing the Chicago Cubs to Game 7 of the World Series, the Indians …
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  • Frazier, 4 others agree with Sox on 1-year deals Jan 13 (5 days ago)
    The White Sox and power-hitting third baseman Todd Frazier have avoided arbitration, settling on a $12 million contract for 2017, the club announced Friday. Along with Frazier, Chicago reached one-year deals with it's four other arbitration-eligible pla…
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  • Tribe avoids arbitration with five players Jan 13 (5 days ago)
    With a depleted pitching staff down the stretch and in the postseason, the Indians relied heavily on their bullpen. Cleveland will do so again this year -- and with a relief corps that will cost more than the team's talented starting rotation.
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  • Tigers' Verlander: 'Too old' to be part of rebuild Jan 13 (5 days ago)
    Tigers' Verlander: 'Too old' to be part of rebuild
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  • Ringolsby: Payoff for long-term deals a mixed bag Jan 12 (6 days ago)
    From Wayne Garland and the Indians in 1976 to Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins in 2015, there have been 14 players sign contracts with guarantees of 10 or more seasons, eight of them in the current decade. The payoffs for the investments have been mixe…
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  • Steverson evaluates 4 young Sox hitters Jan 12 (6 days ago)
    White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson had a chance to work with 16 hitters during a minicamp from Monday through Wednesday at Camelback Ranch. He took some time after its completion to provide analysis on four young hitters.
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  • Minicamp serves distinct purpose for White Sox Jan 12 (6 days ago)
    At the conclusion of a three-day White Sox hitters minicamp Wednesday afternoon, following hitting coach Todd Steverson's upbeat summation to the 16 players at Camelback Ranch, manager Rick Renteria added in his parting words.
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  • Twins add catcher Gimenez on Minors deal Jan 12 (6 days ago)
    The Twins added a veteran catcher on Thursday, signing Chris Gimenez to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
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  • Bauer, Indians settle on 1-year deal, avoid arbitration Jan 12 (6 days ago)
    The Indians prefer not to head to arbitration with their players, and the team started chipping away at its pile of cases on Thursday. The first arbitration case avoided was right-hander Trevor Bauer, who agreed to a one-year contract for the upcoming s…
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  • Tigers' search for CF slows, turns to internal candidates Jan 12 (6 days ago)
    With their offseason of more discussion than deals nearing an end, the Tigers continue to look for a center fielder on the market. Judging from general manager Al Avila's comments, that search seems likely to take until Spring Training.
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  • Encarnacion in for annual Tribe Fest Jan 12 (6 days ago)
    The Indians added an impact bat to their offense with the signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. The first baseman has also joined the planned lineup for Tribe Fest later this month.
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  • Q&A: Get to know assistant hitting coach Buchanan Jan 12 (6 days ago)
    One of the subtle offseason moves the Royals made was promoting Double-A Northwest Arkansas hitting coach Brian Buchanan to the Major League staff to assist hitting coach Dale Sveum.
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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.