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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper waits his turn in the batting cage before a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
March 17, 2019 - 7:53 pm
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper hopes to change all those zeros soon. Naw, not the ones in his contract. Back in the lineup two days after being hit by a pitch in the ankle, the Phillies newcomer with the $330,000,000 deal was hitless Sunday, leaving him with a batting average of .000 in...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates in the second half of the team's NFL football preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, in Cleveland. With a shocking, blockbuster trade for superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the Browns flipped the NFL on its helmet and instantaneously changed their national perception. The Browns roster now includes Beckham, Mayfield, Jarvis Landry and Myles Garrett. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
March 16, 2019 - 7:40 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Baker Mayfield wasn't going to pass up this opportunity. Fully aware the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to protect him, Mayfield knew he wouldn't get into a spring training game during his two-day stay with the NL Central champions. But they let the Cleveland Browns quarterback get real...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, center, yells toward Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Trent Thornton as manager Gabe Kapler, right, and assistant trainer Chris Mudd check on him after he was hit by a pitch during the sixth inning in a spring training baseball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. Harper sustained a bruised right foot Friday, but manager Gabe Kapler said the team wasn't overly worries about the injury. Initial X-rays were negative, the team said, but Harper then left the ballpark for more detailed X-rays. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
March 16, 2019 - 6:23 pm
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — A day after an errant fastball bruised his right ankle, Phillies slugger Bryce Harper said he had no concerns about being ready for opening day. "As of right now, no," Harper said Saturday. "If I felt that way then I'd probably tell you guys. I really don't." Philadelphia...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper looks down at the baseball after getting hit by a pitch during the sixth inning in a spring training baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. Harper sustained a bruised right foot Friday, but manager Gabe Kapler said the team wasn't overly worries about the injury. Initial X-rays were negative, the team said, but Harper then left the ballpark for more detailed X-rays. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
March 16, 2019 - 4:40 pm
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper was out of the Philadelphia Phillies lineup for Saturday's game against the Houston Astros, one day after sustaining a bruised right ankle when hit by a pitch. Manager Gabe Kapler says he has no concerns about Harper being ready for opening day on March 28...
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Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki speaks during a press conference in Tokyo Saturday, March 16, 2019. Ichiro is back in his native Japan and enjoying it while he can. He will play for the Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in the first two games of the Major League Baseball season at Tokyo Dome (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)
March 16, 2019 - 8:48 am
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki is enjoying it while he can. He's back in Japan and sure to play at the Tokyo Dome when the Seattle Mariners face the Oakland Athletics in two games to open the Major League Baseball season. He's 45 and knows it can end any moment, but if he has a grand retirement plan,...
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Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch motions to the bullpen as he walks out to the mound to make pitching change during the third inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals Sunday, March 3, 2019, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
March 15, 2019 - 9:31 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch called umpire Angel Hernandez "unprofessional" and "arrogant" after being ejected in the first inning of Friday night's split-squad game against St. Louis. Hinch was tossed following one pitch in the bottom of the first inning. "The fact...
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Kansas State's Cartier Diarra (2) knocks the ball away from Iowa State's Marial Shayok (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big 12 men's tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
March 15, 2019 - 8:41 pm
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Marial Shayok had watched shot after shot hit everything but net Friday night, and Iowa State's leading scorer and veteran leader could very well have grown hesitant and frustrated. Instead, he hit the two biggest shots of the game. Shayok rattled in a tying 3-pointer down...
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San Francisco Giants shortstop Alen Hanson, left, throws to first base after forcing out Los Angeles Angels' Brennon Lund at second base in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in Phoenix. The Angels' Jose Rojas was out at first on the double play. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
March 15, 2019 - 8:02 pm
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Thanks to the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels, baseball got a new twist on the old Abbott and Costello gag of "Who's on First?" For confused players and fans at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday, it was "Who's on Second?" A day after Major League Baseball announced...
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018, file photo, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Major League Baseball and its players' union reached an unprecedented agreement to discuss renegotiating their labor contract that has three seasons remaining, part of a deal that includes modest rule changes for 2020 and drops pitch clocks until 2022 at the earliest. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
March 14, 2019 - 4:02 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players agreed to an unprecedented early start to contract bargaining, a move sparked by union anger that raised the possibility of a return to work stoppages that marred the sport in the late 20th century. MLB and the union announced modest rule...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals left fielder Juan Soto (22) looks to the outfield after batting in the fourth inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in West Palm Beach, Fla. Soto, last season's surprise runner-up as NL Rookie of the Year at age 19, has a big hole to fill in the Nationals' lineup with Bryce Harper gone. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
March 14, 2019 - 2:52 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It might seem as if Juan Soto has a big hole to fill in the Washington Nationals' lineup, what with Bryce Harper gone. Soto is not the sort to worry about that type of thing, though. Last season's surprise runner-up as NL Rookie of the Year at age 19, he's carefree and...
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