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MLB average salary $4.4M after 4.4 pct. rise

NEW YORK - Baseball's average salary rose 4.4 percent to $4.38 million on opening day, according to a study of contract terms by The Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Dodgers topped spending for the third straight season. Read more

Can sensors prevent elbow injuries in baseball?

BRADENTON, Fla. â€” As Pirates prospect Matt Benedict tossed a baseball on Roberto Clemente Field at Pittsburgh’s minor league complex late one Sunday afternoon, five blue sensors attached to his body recorded 39 sets of measurements ranging from shoulder rotation to hip speed to stride. Read more

Accustomed to US life, Yankees' Tanaka now one of the guys

TAMPA, Fla. - Masahiro Tanaka is just one of the guys now. Tanaka says he can walk the streets unnoticed in Manhattan, strolls that are impossible for him to take in Tokyo. He uses some of his down time to golf and to fish for bass. Read more

Bonds, Clemens likely to get boost from Hall vote changes

NEW YORK - Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and other tainted stars of the Steroids Era appear likely to get a boost in Hall of Fame balloting, but not enough to enter Cooperstown this year. Ken Griffey Jr. Read more

Zobrist agrees to $56 million, 4-year deal with Cubs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Free agent infielder Ben Zobrist and the Cubs agreed Tuesday to a $56 million, four-year contract, a deal that caused Chicago to trade Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees for pitcher Adam Warren. Read more

Four Royals elected to start MLB All-Star Game

NEW YORK - Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City's Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game. Todd Frazier of the host Cincinnati Reds leapfrogged St. Read more

Abreu, deGrom voted 2014 MLB Rookies of the Year

NEW YORK - Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were far from the major leagues at the start of 2013. Abreu was playing for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and deGrom was in A-ball for the second straight year after coming back from Tommy John surgery. Read more

Klinsmann was right: team not ready to win

SAO PAULO - Turns out Jurgen Klinsmann was right: The United States isn't ready to win the World Cup. The Americans were eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight tournament. Read more

US arrives in congested Sao Paulo for World Cup

SAO PAULO - The 4,080-mile overnight flight to Sao Paulo was easy for the U.S. World Cup team. A 4-mile bus ride from its base hotel through the city's perpetually congested streets to the Americans' training camp was another matter. Read more

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