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APNewsBreak: MLB asks All-Star 11th start with runner on 2nd

NEW YORK (AP) — A runner would be put on second base at the start of the 11th inning of the All-Star Game and...

Cole excited to join Verlander, Keuchel on Astros staff

HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces. "I was just tremendously excited," Cole said Wednesday, four days after the Houston...

Mets get bargains, like savvy shoppers at a season closeout

NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Frazier stood a few feet away, wearing the No. 21 Mets jersey of Cleon Jones, Carlos Delgado and Lucas...

St. Louis Cardinals not ruling out more free agent signings

ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Mozeliak did his best to keep any emotional reaction to last season's disappointment at bay. That was no easy task...

New MLB rules: Pitching change a must for 7th mound visit

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Managers or coaches must make a pitching change if they head to the mound for the seventh time in a...

Autopsy: Roy Halladay had amphetamine, morphine in system

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — An autopsy report says retired star pitcher Roy Halladay had evidence of amphetamine, morphine and an insomnia drug...

Betts wins in arbitration; Realmuto, Miller go to hearings

PHOENIX (AP) — All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts beat the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday in the first salary arbitration decision of the year and...

Slow market changed Bruce’s outlook before return to Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce was surprised by the free-agent market. "The way the offseason kind of went and the slowness of it kind...

Tanaka went with his heart in staying with Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka went with his heart when deciding not to opt out of the final three seasons of his $155...

AP source: Mets, Vargas agree to $16 million, 2-year deal

Turns out, the New York Mets were ready and willing to spend this winter. More than just a few bucks, too. All-Star pitcher Jason Vargas...

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda critical after cardiac incident

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants say Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remains hospitalized in critical condition after a cardiac incident. The Giants...

Lack of rings stings for new Hall of Famers

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Thome, Vladimir Guerrero and Trevor Hoffman sat on a dais and were asked whether they would trade their new...

Former big league outfielder Oscar Gamble dead at 68

NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Gamble, an outfielder who hit 200 home runs over 17 major league seasons and was famous during his playing...

Jones, Thome, Guerrero, Hoffman elected to baseball Hall

NEW YORK (AP) — Over 600 home runs. More than 600 saves. A .300 career average. In the age of baseball analytics, there's still room...

Wheeler beats Mets in arbitration, Grimm loses to Cubs

PHOENIX (AP) — Right-hander Zack Wheeler beat the New York Mets in salary arbitration on Thursday and reliever Justin Grimm lost to the Chicago...

Dan Straily, Brandon Maurer lose in salary arbitration

PHOENIX (AP) — Pitchers Dan Straily of Miami and Brandon Maurer of Kansas City lost their salary arbitration cases Friday, leaving players with an...

Outfielder Maybin signs $3.25 million contract with Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin had to correct himself Wednesday as he talked about rejoining the team that first made him...

Players win 3 of 5 arbitration cases, lead teams 11-8

PHOENIX (AP) — Cleveland's Trevor Bauer, Houston's Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi won their salary arbitration cases Thursday, and Toronto's Marcus Stroman...

Injured Arizona RHP Miller wins in arbitration; players 2-0

PHOENIX (AP) — Pitcher Shelby Miller won his salary arbitration case on Thursday against Arizona after missing most of last season because of a...

Evan Longoria considers speeding up games a tricky issue

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Evan Longoria just can't envision it: a reliever riding in from the bullpen on a cart to speed up games. Sounds...

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