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M's Ichiro retires after series in Tokyo

(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

TOKYO (AP) At times, it seemed as if he'd go on hitting forever.

But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing.

The great Ichiro has said "sayonara."


Trout, Angels finish record $426.5M deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.

Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable this May 31 and salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years.


MVP Betts plans to wait for free agency

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.

Despite Mike Trout's $432 million, 12-year agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Nolan Arenado's $260 million, eight-year deal with the Colorado Rockies and Alex Bregman's pending $100 million, six-year contract with the Houston Astros, Betts is content to remain on track for testing the market.


Harper gets 1st hit after 0-for-9 start

Bryce Harper got his first hit with Philadelphia, and Manny Machado homered for San Diego.

Both of baseball's big offseason free agents are finally getting into the swing of things at spring training.


Status for Lindor for opener still iffy

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.

Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.


ChiSox, Jimenez near $43M, 6-year deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox are nearing a $43 million, six-year contract with highly regarded outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal had not been agreed to. The contract would include team options for 2025 and 2026 that if exercised would make the agreement worth $77.5 million over eight years.


Astros' Pressly has $17.5M added to deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Right-hander Ryan Pressly remembered joining the Houston Astros and meeting Jose Altuve.

"The second I walked through the front door, Altuve gave me a big hug and said, `Thank God I don't have to face you anymore.' I said I can say the same thing about you," Pressly said Wednesday.


Rays rookie Lowe gets $24M, 6-year deal

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Rookie Brandon Lowe, who made his big league debut last August, has agreed to a $24 million, six-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Lowe's deal, announced Wednesday, includes club options for 2025 and 2026 with escalators based on MVP voting that could make the agreement worth $49 million over eight seasons.


Braves may have 3 open spots in rotation

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) When they started spring training, the Atlanta Braves had one opening in their pitching rotation. With a week to go before opening day, they may have three.

The Braves are holding out some hope that Kevin Gausman will work through his shoulder soreness in time to pitch a game in the first turn through their rotation.

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