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How Josh Hamilton could serve suspension and not miss a game

With Josh Hamilton, a recovering drug and alcohol addict, suffering some type of a relapse and facing a possible suspension, how many games might he miss?<p>The answer might be none, because of this wrinkle in baseball's drug policy: Time on the disabled list counts toward serving a …

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Josh Hamilton suffers substance-abuse relapse; MLB suspension likely

Josh Hamilton has suffered a relapse in his battle with substance abuse, and he is likely to be suspended by Major League Baseball.<p>That is where the Hamilton situation stood Friday, two days after the Angels outfielder met with MLB officials in New York. The Angels, already preparing to open the …

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Pujols to opponents: Bring on the shift

TEMPE, Ariz. -- No right-handed hitter in baseball was shifted on more times than Albert Pujols last year.<p>Yes, <i>that</i> Albert Pujols.<p>The same Pujols who …

MLBPA head: Future spring training games in Cuba possible

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark said Saturday that MLB is considering playing future spring training games in …

Vintage Justin Verlander Is Vital for Tigers to Continue AL Central Dominance

There weren't many reasons to be optimistic about Justin Verlander in 2014. He spent the season producing like a below-average pitcher and all too often looked the part.<p>Take a listen to what's being said about Verlander now, however, and you'll pick up quite a bit of optimistic talk. And given the …

Fantasy Baseball 2015: Ranking the Top 85 Starting Pitchers

With the top 150 fantasy baseball players all ordered and ranked on the initial 2015 Big Board, the individual position rankings are well underway. All told, there will be (count 'em) 300 players ranked.<p>After providing some sequencing to the third basemen last time out, next up are the starting …

MLB Spring Training 2015: Camp Schedules, Early Predictions for Upcoming Season

The calendar has turned to March, meaning we're inching ever closer to the onset of the 2015 MLB regular season.<p>Spring training is now in full swing for all 30 teams. Pitchers are throwing bullpens, and hitters are taking their hacks in the cage in preparation for the upcoming grind of a 162-game …

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Alex Rodriguez's 2015 Spring Training Debut with Yankees Announced

Following the 2014 World Series, Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension came to an end. Now, the controversial star has to convince the New York Yankees that he is healthy enough to be a productive piece for the franchise in 2015 and beyond.<p>That journey began Monday as he participated in an …

Clayton Kershaw to start opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Here's how the conversation about Opening Day goes when you have a pitcher of Clayton Kershaw's accomplishments. The Dodgers -- …

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