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A season from free agency, Abreu hopes to win with White Sox

By JACK THOMPSON GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In his last season before becoming eligible for free agency, Jose Abreu thinks the Chicago White Sox can transform into a winning team. “I’m excited because this year we’re in a good position to compete,” said the first baseman said through an interpreter Monday on [READ MORE HERE]…

Cabrera faces pitcher for 1st time since June arm injury

By DICK SCANLON LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit against a pitcher Monday for the first time since rupturing a tendon in his left biceps on June 12. The 35-year-old hit, fielded, threw and ran the bases Monday during the Detroit Tigers’ first full-squad workout of spring training. “I feel good [READ MORE HERE]…

Jaguars exercise $12 million option on Pro Bowl DE Campbell

By The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have exercised a $12 million option on Pro Bowl defensive end Calais Campbell for 2019. The team also picked up options on defensive end and special teams captain Lerentee McCray and backup safety Cody Davis on Monday. Campbell signed a four-year, $60 [READ MORE…

Athletic keeps momentum, beats Huesca 1-0 in Spanish league

By The Associated Press HUESCA, Spain (AP) — Athletic Bilbao defeated last-place Huesca 1-0 on Monday to keep momentum from a draw against leader Barcelona and open a comfortable gap to the relegation zone in the Spanish league. The away victory, coming a week after a 0-0 draw against Barcelona at home, moved [READ MORE…

Cards manager Shildt says Goldschmidt better than advertised

By CHUCK KING JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — St. Louis manager Mike Shildt’s phone lit up with texts and calls praising the character of Paul Goldschmidt after the Cardinals traded for the slugging first baseman in December. “A lot of times the hyperbole doesn’t meet what’s real,” Shildt said. “In this case it’s [READ MORE HERE]…

Moustakas’ return has Brewers’ teammates excited

By ANDREW WAGNER PHOENIX (AP) — NL MVP Christian Yelich tweeted a GIF of a leaping Moose . The Milwaukee Brewers were excited to know Mike Moustakas likely is sticking around for 2019. Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third baseman in Milwaukee for a guarantee [READ MORE HERE]…

Pro Piacenza kicked out of Serie C after 20-0 loss

By The Associated Press FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — A third-tier Italian soccer team has been kicked out of the league after losing a match 20-0 on Sunday. Lega Pro, the governing body of Serie C, announced the exclusion of Pro Piacenza on Monday. Pro Piacenza, which has financial problems and hadn’t paid its [READ MORE…

Kelly, Weaver ready to make their marks for Diamondbacks

By JOHN MARSHALL SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Carson Kelly and Luke Weaver will always been known as the other players in the Paul Goldschmidt trade. No matter what they do for the rest of their careers, good or bad, they will be linked to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ fan-favorite first baseman. But the [READ MORE HERE]…