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Rockies’ Chad Bettis optimistic after bout with cancer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – One night in November, Chad Bettis found a lump in the wrong place before going to sleep. The Colorado Rockies pitcher then gave himself an ultimatum: “If I found it again in...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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MLB players’ union agrees to pitchless intentional walks

NEW YORK – There won’t be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season. The players’ association has agreed to Major League Baseball’s proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Baseball should get serious about speeding up games

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed. Unfortunately, those in charge of the game are going about it all the wrong way. Extra inning gimmicks?...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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MLB moving ahead with pace of play rule changes

PHOENIX – Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Rockies’ Ian Desmond will spend spring at first base

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Ian Desmond no doubt was a big offseason acquisition for the Colorado Rockies, a proven offensive player who should flourish at Coors Field. But after six full seasons as a...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Rockies’ Trevor Story wants to show power surge was not fiction

For all Trevor Story accomplished in a record rookie season, his biggest takeaway is this: Slide feet first. A painful lesson and one that ended the Colorado Rockies shortstop’s outstanding season...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Black makes immediate impact on Rockies club

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Bud Black called on young pitcher Rayan Gonzalez and put the Puerto Rican right-hander on the spot in front of everybody. Colorado’s new manager inquired about what Gonzalez...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Baseball is back

LAKELAND, Fla. – Even for an accomplished veteran like Justin Verlander, the start of spring training can be special. “I usually sleep pretty well. I woke up early today,” the Detroit ace said...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Cuban players: We paid thousands for journey to U.S. baseball

MIAMI – Two Cuban baseball players told a federal jury Tuesday that they paid tens of thousands of dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Stanton, Jones headline U.S. roster for World Baseball Classic

LOS ANGELES – Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Baltimore star Adam Jones are among the returnees on the 28-man U.S. World Baseball Classic roster, which also includes Colorado’s Nolan Arenado,...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Suspicion abounds in Cuban baseball player documents

MIAMI – The federal trial over smuggling Cuban players to the U.S. has revealed that officials with the U.S. government and Major League Baseball missed a lot of red flags regarding how the...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports

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Colorado Rockies enter 2017 with mountain-high morale

DENVER The usually cost-conscious Colorado Rockies went on a little bit of a spending splurge in free agency. They made big investments in an effort to give the Los Angeles Dodgers and San...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Professional Sports