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Column: It's time for baseball's shift to go

Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 12th - 7:37am

Ask baseball managers what they think about the dreaded shift, and most of them have the same answer.

Dodgers happy with Goldschmidt's move to St Louis, Cubs not

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:38pm

Paul Goldschmidt's move from Arizona to St. Louis made Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts so happy, he was smelling roses.

Red Sox moving AL MVP Betts from leadoff to second slot

Ben Walker, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 9:05pm

Here along the Strip, the Boston Red Sox are placing their bets on a new leadoff man.

Cubs' Maddon studying 'Managing Millennials for Dummies'

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 8:35pm

Joe Maddon will be managing by the book next year, and the book is "Managing Millennials for Dummies."

Royals, Hamilton finalize $5.25M contract

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 8:29pm

The Kansas City Royals and speedy outfielder Billy Hamilton finalized a $5.25 million contract Tuesday that includes up to $1 million in performance bonuses and a mutual option for 2020.

Pujols, Ohtani make progress from season-ending surgeries

Janie McCauley, Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 8:17pm

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has been cleared to do extensive upper body work and also has begun low-impact lower body exercises as he recovers from surgery on his left knee and right elbow.

Callaway says it's OK for Cano not to run out grounders

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 7:56pm

Half a loaf is better than none for New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway when it comes to Robinson Cano.

Rays reopen ballpark site search; opening delayed until 2024

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 7:34pm

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg will reopen the site search for a new ballpark after concluding plans for a stadium in Tampa's Ybor City area can't be finalized by this month's deadline.

Heisman winner Murray thrills A's, except when he scrambles

Janie McCauley, Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 7:27pm

Whenever Kyler Murray scrambles, the Oakland Athletics cringe.

Herrmann, Athletics agree to $1 million, 1-year contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 7:01pm

The Oakland Athletics and catcher Chris Herrmann have agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract.

Pitcher Ivan Nova acquired by White Sox from Pirates

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 6:48pm

Right-hander Ivan Nova was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday for minor league pitcher Yordi Rosario and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation.

Troy Tulowitzki released by Blue Jays, owed $38 million

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 6:41pm

Troy Tulowitzki has been released by the Toronto Blue Jays, who owe the oft-injured shortstop $38 million for the remaining two years of his contract.

Champion Red Sox not looking to cut top payroll in majors

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 5:22pm

The champion Boston Red Sox aren't looking to cut the biggest payroll in the big leagues.

The Latest: Champion Red Sox not looking to cut top payroll

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 5:07pm

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AP source: McCutchen, Phillies agree to $50M, 3-year deal

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 2:29pm

All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a $50 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

Jayson Stark wins Hall of Fame's Spink Award

The Associated Press  |  Updated Dec 11th - 11:22am

Jayson Stark, acclaimed for mixing humor with impeccable knowledge during more than four decades of commentary, has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. He will be honored during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend from July 19-22 in Cooperstown, New York.

Shaquille O'Neal bringing Shaq's Fun House to Super Bowl

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 11th - 2:07am

Shaquille O'Neal has been to enough parties before Super Bowls to know that he can do much better.

D-Backs' Rawitch wins Fishel award for MLB public relations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:37pm

Josh Rawitch of the Arizona Diamondbacks has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence in the major leagues.

New lease for M's approved; ballpark likely gets new name

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:36pm

A 25-year lease for the Seattle Mariners to remain at their ballpark and related agreements have been approved by the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District Board.