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Kenley Jansen: 'Ridiculous' to think pace of play is turning off fans
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Baseball games are taking too long, at least according to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who wants to make significant rule changes to shorten them, believing it will improve the fan experience. But Los Angeles Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen is strongly opposed to Manfred’s pace-of play-initiatives, as he believes the issue isn’t that important to fans. […]

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Rizzo tells his former high school to 'stay strong' after deadly shooting
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A deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., took the lives of 17 people and injured at least a dozen others on Wednesday, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo attended the school in his high school days, and responded to the tragedy on Twitter […]

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Report: Giants, Mets have discussed Panik for Lagares trade
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The San Francisco Giants and New York Mets have been two of the busier teams this offseason, and despite already making a number of transactions, neither appears to be done making moves just yet. With the Giants in need of outfield help and the Mets on the hunt for a second baseman, the two sides […]

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Ex-MLB pitcher Loaiza pleads not guilty to drug charges
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Former major-league All-Star, Esteban Loaiza, plead not guilty to felony drug charges in San Diego County Superior Court on Wednesday, reports the Associated Press. Loaiza was charged with possession and transportation for sale of more than 10 kilograms of cocaine, a cocaine base or heroin, and using a false compartment to smuggle drugs last week. […]

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Report: MLB could impose pace-of-play rules if no progress made next week
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While there was never a set date for the completion of pace-of-play discussions between Major League Baseball and the union, a report surfaced Wednesday suggesting the league was expecting to have negotiations wrapped up by now. But as talks continue into next week, the commissioner’s office may impose new rules unilaterally if no progress is […]

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Tigers' Travis Wood nearly lost finger in offseason crossbow accident
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It could have been a whole lot worse for Detroit Tigers southpaw Travis Wood. The 31-year-old, who joined the Tigers on a minor-league contract last month, almost came to camp without one of his fingers. He did arrive on Wednesday with both hands intact, but had a splint on his right hand thanks to a […]

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Ohtani to be treated as one player in ESPN fantasy leagues
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Don’t sleep on Shohei Ohtani if you’re playing ESPN fantasy baseball this season. Unlike Yahoo leagues, in which Ohtani will be treated as two separate players – a pitcher and a utility player – ESPN announced Wednesday that the 23-year-old phenom will count as one player, and owners can either use him as a starter […]

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Astros' Verlander shuts down Yankees hype: 'The AL goes through us'
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Justin Verlander is clearly enjoying his new life as part of the defending World Series champion. The Houston Astros star was not about to stay quiet after MLB Network's Chris Russo effusively praised the New York Yankees – who may well be Houston's biggest obstacle toward repeating as AL champion – during a segment on […]

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Braves sign Chris Stewart to 1-year MLB deal
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The Atlanta Braves have added another catcher to the mix, as they announced Wednesday the signing of veteran backstop Chris Stewart to a one-year contract. The deal will reportedly pay Stewart $575,000, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Despite it being a major-league deal, the contract is apparently non-guaranteed, reports David O'Brien of the […]

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Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp
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The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won’t be allowed at the union’s free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn’t look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager’s special assistant was asked to leave a workout of unsigned free agents, […]

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Tuesday's Sports In Brief
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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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Report: D-Backs, Martinez exploring creative contract ideas
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are doing all they can to hold on to J.D. Martinez. After ownership reportedly met with Martinez's agent Scott Boras multiple times this week, the D-Backs and Boras have reportedly discussed "creative" ideas to keep the slugger in Arizona on the long-term deal he desires, sources told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. […]

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