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MLB notebook: Ohtani, Acuna named ROY winners

Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani and Atlanta Braves phenom outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. were named the runaway winners of the Rookie of the Year in the American and National League, respectively, on Monday. FILE PHOTO – Japanese pitching and hitting star Shohei Ohtani works out ahead of his move to the Los Angeles Angels in Kamagaya, east of Tokyo, Japan January 5, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato Ohtani received 25 of 30 first-place votes in besting Miguel Andujar (five first-place votes) and Gleyber Torres of the New York Yankees for…

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MLB owners expected to approve Manfred contract: report

FILE PHOTO: Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, takes part in the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit in New York, U.S., February 8, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo Major League Baseball owners are expected to unanimously approve a five-year contract extension for commissioner Rob Manfred when they meet next week in Atlanta, USA Today reported Thursday. He needs the approval of 23 of 30 owners. Manfred, 60, was elected as baseball’s 10th commissioner by unanimous vote in 2014 to replace Bud Selig, who held the post for 17 years. He…

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MLB notebook: Harper rejected Nationals’ offer

On the last day of the 2018 season, star outfielder Bryce Harper turned down a long-term “aggressive offer” by the Washington Nationals, according to the Washington Post. Sep 26, 2018; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) prepares to bat against the Miami Marlins in the first inning in what may be his last game in Washington as a National at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports The Post reported on Tuesday that the offer didn’t include any opt-outs and was less than the $400…

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MLB notebook: Nationals sign ex-Cardinals closer Rosenthal

The Washington Nationals and right-handed relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal agreed to a one-year deal on Saturday, the team announced. FILE PHOTO: Mar 6, 2016; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (44) throws during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Rosenthal reportedly will make $7 million and can earn an additional $8 million in incentives. The deal has a $14 million option for 2020 that will kick in if Rosenthal pitches in 50…

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MLB notebook: Giants pick up options for Bumgarner, Sandoval

The San Francisco Giants picked up the 2019 club options for left-hander Madison Bumgarner and infielder Pablo Sandoval on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Aug 18, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner (40) pitches against the New York Mets in the first inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images/File Photo Bumgarner, 29, was 6-7 with a 3.26 ERA in 21 starts in 2018. He missed the first two months with a broken bone in his pitching…

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MLB notebook: Red Sox wary of Machado stealing signs

Boston Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie says Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado was stealing and relaying signs during Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night, according to Bleacher Report. Oct 26, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (right) is tagged out on a stolen base attempt by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (left) in the third inning in game three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports Machado was on second base…

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MLB notebook: Red Sox’s Sale to start World Series opener

Boston ace Chris Sale will start the opening game of the World Series on Tuesday, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Friday during a radio interview. Oct 13, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) pitches during the first inning against the Houston Astros in game one of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports The left-hander was scratched from his second start in the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros due to a stomach…

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MLB notebook: Dodgers’ Machado reportedly fined for Aguilar incident

Major League Baseball has fined Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado an undisclosed amount after his controversial collision with Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar while running through first base during Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday, per multiple reports. FILE PHOTO: Oct 17, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado (8) is hit by a pitch in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in game five of the 2018 NLCS playoff baseball series at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA…

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MLB clears Astros of wrongdoing in sign-stealing accusation

Major League Baseball said it investigated allegations that the Houston Astros were attempting to steal signs during the postseason and found no violations. FILE PHOTO: Oct 6, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; The Houston Astros logo is trimmed into the outfield bushes during game two of the 2018 ALDS playoff baseball series against the Cleveland Indians at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports The Astros were suspected of having an employee near the field to study the signs of opposing teams, but MLB determined the person in…

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MLB notebook: Cubs fire hitting coach Davis

The Chicago Cubs have fired hitting coach Chili Davis after one season, according to several media reports, after the team’s offensive production faltered in the second half of the season. FILE PHOTO – New York Yankees batter Chili Davis swings on a second inning home run off Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez September 10 at Yankee Stadium. RFS/RC Davis, 58, was hired in October 2017 after spending the previous six seasons as a hitting coach with the Boston Red Sox (2015-17) and Oakland Athletics (2012-14). Chicago won 95 games…

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