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Yasmany Tomas of Arizona Diamondbacks arrested on charges of reckless driving, criminal speeding

PHOENIX — Authorities say Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been accused of reckless driving and criminal speeding after his car was clocked at 105 mph on a Phoenix freeway. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say troopers pulled over Tomas, 27, around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. He was booked into the downtown Phoenix jail and his Mercedes Coupe was impounded. Authorities say Tomas could be facing up to 30 days in jail and a fine up to $500 on the criminal speeding charge, while a reckless driving charge could lead…

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Players’ association rejects MLB’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks, limits on mound visits

The players’ association rejected Major League Baseball’s latest pace-of-play proposal Thursday, increasing the likelihood that baseball will unilaterally implement a pitch clock and a limit on mound visits in advance of the 2018 season, two sources told ESPN. Union executive director Tony Clark and assistant general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision in a phone call to deputy commissioner Dan Halem late Thursday afternoon. While Clark and commissioner Rob Manfred are scheduled to meet next week, a source familiar with the negotiations said the sides remain far apart…

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Twins hire ex-pitcher Jim Kaat as special assistant

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have hired former starting pitcher Jim Kaat as a special assistant to the organization. The Twins announced Thursday that the 79-year-old Kaat will be involved in various community and business initiatives in Minnesota as well as the Fort Myers area in Florida, where the team’s spring training facility and minor league headquarters are located. Kaat spent 25 seasons in the major leagues, including 13 years with the Twins from 1961-1972. He is the club’s all-time leader, with 189 wins and 2,959 innings. The Twins have…

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Minnesota Twins hire retired Justin Morneau as special assistant

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have hired the recently retired Justin Morneau as a special assistant. The team said Wednesday that Morneau will become the fourth former Twins player from his generation to get the job, joining Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins. The 36-year-old Morneau will be involved in the amateur draft and be a resource for player acquisitions. Morneau was drafted by the Twins in the third round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft and played 14 seasons in the majors, including 11 with the Twins from…

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Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress pleads guilty to DWI charge

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress pleaded guilty to a DWI charge on Tuesday stemming from a 2016 arrest. Jeffress, then with the Texas Rangers, was arrested on Aug. 26, 2016, by Dallas police. Jeffress was sentenced to three days in jail and the judge gave him credit for the jail time already served. Jeffress has a history of substance abuse. He was suspended for 50 games in 2007 and for 100 games in 2009, both times when he was in the minors. The Rangers traded Jeffress, 30, to the Brewers…

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New York Mets expect outfielder Michael Conforto to be out until May

New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto is not expected to be ready to return from shoulder surgery until May, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday. Conforto dislocated his left shoulder while swinging at a pitch during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 24. The 24-year-old had surgery in September. Drafted 10th overall by the Mets in 2014, Conforto hit .279 with 27 home runs and 68 RBIs last season — all career highs. He made his first All-Star team. Source link

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Andrew McCutchen of San Francisco Giants eager for challenge of playing right field at AT&T Park

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew McCutchen figures San Francisco’s AT&T Park outfield is so big, playing right field will make him feel like a center fielder all over again. Running catches, ricochets off the wall, tricky bounces and all. And if he can save his legs a little bit from the action in center, he might just steal a few more bases. The Giants acquired the popular McCutchen from Pittsburgh on Monday, and he will be their new starting right fielder. Manager Bruce Bochy quickly spoke to incumbent Hunter Pence about…

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Christian Yelich’s relationship with Miami Marlins is ‘irretrievably broken,’ agent says

Christian Yelich‘s relationship with the Miami Marlins is “irretrievably broken,” and it would be in the best interests of both the outfielder and the organization if the Marlins trade him before the start of spring training, his agent told ESPN on Tuesday. Yelich, 26, is the Marlins’ most prominent player now that the team has traded Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Dee Gordon in the quest to cut payroll under the new Derek Jeter-Bruce Sherman ownership group. “They have a plan,” agent Joe Longo said. “I respect that plan, but…

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Fans may never forgive Pirates for trading Andrew McCutchen – Buster Olney Blog

Within minutes after former MVP Andrew McCutchen received the phone call late Monday afternoon that he was no longer a member of the Pirates, reports emerged that Pittsburgh has a multiyear agreement in place with talented closer Felipe Rivero. The sequence of events had all the look of a stage-managed leak, as if somebody within the Pirates organization was trying to distract fans from the news that McCutchen, a player once viewed as his generation’s Roberto Clemente, was being shipped out of the city. This is like trying to stop…

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Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Curtis Granderson heading to Toronto Blue Jays on one-year deal

Free-agent center fielder Curtis Granderson is heading to the Toronto Blue Jays on a one-year, $5 million deal, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The deal is pending a physical, a source told Olney. The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Granderson from the New York Mets in August for their postseason push, during which he hit .067 with zero home runs and zero RBIs. The Dodgers were Granderson’s fourth team as he started his career with the Detroit Tigers, then went to the New York Yankees and the Mets. Granderson, who…

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