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Vision quest: Orioles Rule 5 picks Richie Martin, Drew Jackson saw improved eyesight jump-start careers

For Richie Martin, the outfield billboards that line every minor league ballpark were blurry from his perch in the dugout. For Drew Jackson, a street sign off Campus Drive at Stanford wasn't clear either. It turned out that neither was well-served by the traditional eye charts of their youth, and

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Aaron Hicks tailored his routine to avoid those nagging injuries

TAMPA — Aaron Hicks played one game last season before he was sidelined by a strained intercostal muscle. As the Yankees center fielder enters his final season before hitting free agency, Hicks, 29, has a primary goal for 2019. “Stay healthy,'' Hicks said Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field

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The factors that conspired to create MLB's free-agent freeze

PORT ST. LUCIE — As a pitcher, Justin Verlander has no problem going nine innings, or throwing 120 pitches. As a tweeter, though? The Astros' ace keeps his work short and sweet. “System is broken,” Verlander, the former Most Valuable Player, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year, wrote on

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Yankees' Brian Cashman stands up to Jacoby Ellsbury critics

Jacoby Ellsbury will likely have to begin the season on the injured list, Yankees GM Brian Cashman admitted Saturday. The outfielder is still not running on flat ground because of plantar fasciitis, and will not report to spring training until later next month. “At the earliest he could be here is mid-to-late

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Cardinals sharpen swings, meet new coach in visit to Carpenter's Frozen Rope Ranch

JUPITER, Fla. • New hitting coach Jeff Albert and returning shortstop Paul DeJong ended up on the same flight to Dallas, so the two Cardinals shared a rental car and started a conversation on their 80-mile drive south. Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill arrived later, their flights from opposite coasts

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