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Yankees to retire Jeter’s No. 2

Derek Jeter’s No. 2, the last of the New York Yankees’ single digits, is being retired. The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother’s Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony. ...

Fowler signs with Cardinals

Dexter Fowler is headed from the World Series champions to their biggest rival. After helping the Chicago Cubs end their ...

Dec 8, 2016

Yankees on verge of signing Chapman

Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen — a very rich spot, too. The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal ...

Bill King named Frick Award winner

Dec 8, 2016

Bill King named Frick Award winner

Former Oakland Athletics announcer Bill King has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the National Baseball Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting. The award was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings. King died in 2005 after 25 years of calling A’s ...

Dec 7, 2016

Astros skipper looks to Aoki for balance

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch expressed hope Tuesday that Norichika Aoki’s contact hitting will be a plus to his boom-or-bust offense. The Japanese outfielder signed with the Astros this offseason after the American League club claimed him on waivers. Speaking to reporters at baseball’s ...

Uehara parting ways with Red Sox

Dec 7, 2016

Uehara parting ways with Red Sox

Free agent reliever Koji Uehara’s agent said Tuesday the 41-year-old pitcher can expect a strong market for his services after the Boston Red Sox handed his job to someone else. His agent, Mark Pieper, said he was having “serious discussions” with at least six ...

Red Sox swoop for ace Sale

Dec 7, 2016

Red Sox swoop for ace Sale

No surprise that Chris Sale got traded. The real shocker? That the Boston Red Sox swooped in to snag him. The reloading Red Sox pulled off the biggest deal yet at the winter meetings, acquiring the dominant ace from the Chicago White Sox on ...

Tanaka advises Otani to make fast move to majors

Dec 6, 2016

Tanaka advises Otani to make fast move to majors

New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka urged Japanese baseball’s two-way phenom Shohei Otani to head to the majors as soon as possible if he wants to land the best deal he can. “If you have what it takes, I think the younger you are ...

Dec 6, 2016

Pete Rose's ex-bookie found dead

A man found dead in his Ohio apartment last month has been identified as a former bookie for baseball hits leader Pete Rose. The Warren County coroner’s office said Monday that Ronald Peters was found dead Nov. 19 during a welfare check by Franklin ...

Giants land top closer Melancon for $62 mil.

Dec 6, 2016

Giants land top closer Melancon for $62 mil.

The San Francisco Giants landed the top-tier closer they have been seeking for months, agreeing to a $62 million, four-year contract with right-hander Mark Melancon on Monday. It’s the richest contract ever for a closer, topping Jonathan Papelbon’s $50 million, four-year deal with the ...

Dec 5, 2016

Selig, Schuerholz elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Bud Selig oversaw baseball during a time of transformation and turmoil — wild cards and a ballpark boom, the cancellation of a World Series and the Steroids Era. For much of his reign, though, there was one constant: those first-place Atlanta Braves, built by ...

Dec 5, 2016

Holliday, Yankees agree to deal

Free agent outfielder Matt Holliday and the Yankees have agreed to a $13 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Sunday, giving New York a veteran designated hitter as the team pivots to youth. The person spoke on condition of anonymity ...

Beltran reaches deal with Astros

Dec 4, 2016

Beltran reaches deal with Astros

Carlos Beltran is headed back to Houston, hoping his 20th season in the majors could bring him — and the Astros — a most elusive World Series championship. A person familiar with the deal told AP on Saturday that the free agent slugger and ...