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Feb. 23 (The Sports Xchange) – Major League Baseball placed Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes on paid administrative leave while awaiting the outcome of his domestic violence case in Hawaii. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Tuesday that Section III.C.2 of MLB’s domestic violence policy gives him the right "to impose a paid suspension pending resolution of the legal proceedings or an investigation." After a ruling is handed down in the criminal case, Manfred will decide on MLB’s disciplinary action against Reyes. A trial is scheduled for April 4 after Reyes allegedly assaulted his wife last October at a hotel in […]

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hoping to play a full season

. View gallery LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — After all the batting titles and Most Valuable Player awards, Miguel Cabrera ‘s value to the Detroit Tigers this year may come down to another benchmark. ”Play 160 games,” he said. ”That’s my goal.” There were a number of reasons the Tigers fell to last place in the AL Central last season, but perhaps the most obvious factor was Cabrera’s health. The 32-year-old slugger hit .338 to win his fourth AL batting title in five seasons, but he played only 119 games. It has been a while since Cabrera had a fully […]

Detroit’s J.D. Martinez still working to improve

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — If the question about Miguel Cabrera is how much longer he can be great, then the question about J.D. Martinez is even more tantalizing: How great can he become? The 28-year-old Martinez enters his third season with the Detroit Tigers after emerging as one of the American League’s top power threats. Since being released by Houston in March of 2014, Martinez has been one of baseball’s biggest surprises, hitting 61 home runs over the past two years. With some of Detroit’s biggest stars now showing signs of age, Martinez is a major reason the Tigers […]

Former Athletics infielder and outfield Tony Phillips dies

. View gallery PHOENIX (AP) — Tony Phillips, an infielder and outfielder who made the final defensive play in the Oakland Athletics ‘ sweep of the Giants during the earthquake-interrupted 1989 World Series, has died. He was 56. Oakland did not provide a cause of death Friday in announcing Phillips’ passing, which the club said occurred Wednesday in Arizona and was unexpected. ”I am in total shock. Played golf with Tony Phillips last week he was driving the ball over 300 yards seemed so healthy and full of life,” former A’s slugger Jose Canseco posted on Twitter. ”RIP Tony […]

Tigers begin official workouts eager to put 2015 behind them

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — No need to remind Brad Ausmus and the Detroit Tigers how the standings looked at the end of last season. For the first time in five years, the Tigers reported to spring training without a division championship to defend, and for an organization that has spent so much money while pushing for a World Series title, a last-place finish in 2015 was jarring. Detroit responded by signing two more high-profile free agents this past offseason, which could put the Tigers right back in contention. Still, last season’s 74-win ordeal is still fresh in a lot […]

Reds starters begin slowly with injuries, openings

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Already facing a rebuilding year, the Reds’ best starting rotation will not be ready to start the season. Raisel Iglesias , Homer Bailey and John Lamb are behind everyone else. Bailey, 29, is coming off his second surgery in two years. While he appears ready, Cincinnati is taking it slowly. ”Homer looks great. There are no inhibitions,” manager Bryan Price said. ”You could say he looks ready but we’re not going to do that.” Iglesias didn’t pitch after September 13 with right shoulder fatigue. The Reds delayed the start of his offseason workout to allow […]

Homer History: Chris Chambliss sends the Yankees to the Series

You can not play this media on the current browser / platform. Chambliss’ walk-off homerShareFacebookTwitterGoogle+EmbedMore info In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Sports editor Gary Mondello, a Bronx boy, writes about Chris Chambliss’ 1976 walk-off to win the ALCS and send the Yankees to the World Series. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., in late 1965, I never really have a choice –– I was a New York Yankees fan. I’m pretty sure as a baby I had a Yankees rattle, bib and other accessories to […]

Report: Tony Phillips dead at 56 after apparent heart attack

View photo . (AP Images) Former Oakland Athletics utility man, and 18-year major-league veteran, Tony Phillips has died after an apparent heart attack , according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Phillips was 56. Slusser was informed of the news from Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart. Stewart and Phillips were teammates with the Athletics from 1986 to 1989. Phillips spent the first eight years of his major-league career in Oakland. With the Athletics, he hit .250/.341/.361. During that time, Phillips established himself as a versatile player. With Oakland, he saw time at eight different positions (if […]

Tigers’ Mike Aviles reveals his daughter is cancer-free

Content is currently unavailable. <META http-equiv="refresh" content="0;URL=’’"> Mike Aviles couldn’t have received better news heading into spring training: his daughter, Adriana, is cancer-free. Adriana, who was four at the time, was diagnosed with leukemia in May while her dad was playing for the Cleveland Indians . Aviles, now with the Detroit Tigers , told reporters Thursday that she had a bone marrow transplant recently and is ready to make the trip to Florida to watch him play in the Grapefruit League. [ 2016 Yahoo Fantasy Baseball is open for business. Sign up now ] Mike Aviles said his daughter, […]

Homer History: Brian Johnson’s unlikely blast in a pennant race

You can not play this media on the current browser / platform. Johnson’s walk-off blastShareFacebookTwitterGoogle+EmbedMore info In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Sports college basketball writer Jeff Eisenberg discusses Brian Johnson ‘s unlikely home run that came during the Giants pennant race. When the San Francisco Giants traded for catcher Brian Johnson on July 15, 1997, the move didn’t exactly set the Bay Area abuzz. A story about the deal in the next day’s San Francisco Chronicle was a whopping 83 words long and didn’t […]