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Yanks' Severino shut down with sore arm

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been shut down from throwing for the second consecutive spring training, this time because of right forearm soreness.

Severino, who turned 26 on Thursday, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Severino has been feeling on and off discomfort since October.

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Ortiz: Fiers 'looking like a snitch'

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Retired Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz said that Astros pitcher Mike Fiers was “looking like a snitch” for disclosing the team's cheating scandal only after he had left the team.

“Oh, after you make your money, after you get your ring, you decide to talk about it?" Ortiz said after arriving at the Red Sox spring training complex on Thursday. "Why didn't you talk about it during the season when it was going on? Why didn't you say, ‘I don't want to be part of it?’

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Indians' Carrasco hurts leg in workout

GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) The Cleveland Indians could have another significant pitching problem.

Right-hander Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout Wednesday and is undergoing imaging tests to find out the severity of the injury and how long he'll be sidelined.

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Phils C Realmuto loses arbitration case

PHOENIX (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto on Thursday, putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record.

Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.

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RHP Neris, Phils agree to $4.6M deal

PHOENIX (AP) Reliever Hector Neris avoided a salary arbitration hearing with the Philadelphia Phillies by agreeing to a $4.6 million, one-year contract.

The deal reached Thursday night includes a $7 million team option for 2021 with no buyout.

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Cardinals' Martinez eyes rotation spot

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The health of Carlos Martinez's shoulder is even more important for the St. Louis Cardinals now that Miles Mikolas will miss the first few weeks of the season because of an inflamed flexor tendon.

Shoulder weakness last spring training following off-season surgery prompted the Cardinals to shift Martinez to the bullpen. He eventually replaced injured Jordan Hicks as closer, saving 24 games in 27 chances.

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Votto energized by Reds additions

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Joey Votto has no desire to rehash what he considers his worst season, which was also the sixth year in a row the Cincinnati Reds missed the playoffs with a losing record.

As for the moves the Reds made during the offseason, those energized the former NL MVP now going into his 14th season with the team.

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Stanton: I'd hit 80 HRs if I knew pitch

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton imagined having the advantage the Houston Astros gained in their scam.

"If knew what was coming in '17, I probably would have hit 80-plus home runs," he said Wednesday.

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Scherzer to face Astros in spring opener

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) The World Series rematch between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, who've been embroiled in the fallout from a sign-stealing scandal, that will open the teams' exhibition schedule Saturday just got a little more interesting: Max Scherzer will be on the mound.

After his initial batting practice of spring training Wednesday, Scherzer said he's "right on target" and "threw just enough pitches -- just right -- to be able to get back out here in a couple days when the games start up."

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