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Machado says pitch by Judge no big deal

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado says that recruiting pitch by Yankees star Aaron Judge was no big deal.

"I think it was just blown out of proportion," Machado said.

Earlier this week, when the Orioles and Yankees played a spring training game, Judge told Machado that he'd look good in pinstripes. The star infielder is eligible for free agency after this season.


Jays' Stroman makes first spring start

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Marcus Stroman has his eyes on starting the Toronto Blue Jays' fourth game of the regular season April 1 against the New York Yankees.

Stroman pitched two hitless innings against the Canadian Junior National Team in his first spring training start Saturday after being sidelined by inflammation in his right shoulder.


A's RHP Cotton to have Tommy John

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics pitcher Jharel Cotton will undergo season-ending surgery on his right elbow.

Cotton had been diagnosed with a sprain and had a second scan taken on his elbow on Friday, then was told he would need Tommy John surgery. The procedure is expected to take place next week.


Severino to start opener for Yankees

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) Luis Severino will start the New York Yankees' regular-season opener March 29th at Toronto.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced the news Saturday.


Marlins still weighing rotation options

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Jose Urena will make Miami's opening day start against the Chicago Cubs and Dan Straily gets the ball the following day.

Beyond that? It' a bit of a mystery that the Marlins have about a week to solve.


Astros to give Altuve $151M from 2020-24

A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Jose Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a contract that guarantees him an additional $151 million over five seasons from 2020-24.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced.


Reds give 3B Suarez $66M, 7-year deal

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Third baseman Eugenio Suarez agreed to a $66 million, seven-year contract that makes him part of the foundation for the Cincinnati Reds' long-term rebuilding.

The deal announced Friday supersedes the $3.75 million, one-year contract the 26-year-old was awarded when he lost his salary arbitration case last month. There's a team option for 2025 at $15 million - with a $2 million buyout - that would make the deal worth $79 million over eight years.


Angels' Ohtani allows 7 runs over 1 1-3

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani was rocked for seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in his second major league spring training start for the Los Angeles Angels, allowing long home runs to Colorado's Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado that went over the left-field berm on Friday.

The 23-year-old Japanese two-way star made his first big league exhibition appearance since Feb. 24, when he pitched 1 1/3 innings against Milwaukee and gave up Keon Broxton's home run leading off the second.


Phils' Eickhoff likely to miss 6-8 weeks

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a strained lat muscle.

Eickhoff was 4-8 with a 4.71 ERA last season and spent time on the disabled list with back and hand injuries. He was slated to be part of Philadelphia's rotation.

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