PHOENIX (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro apparently can’t go anywhere without his phone.
Called up from Triple-A Indianapolis before the game, Castro slid headfirst into third in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night and had his phone fly out of his back pocket.
MADRID (AP) — An investment group led by former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has bought Spanish soccer club Leganés.
“We will do all we can to improve this club,” Luhnow said in Madrid on Thursday after purchasing the second-division team for an undisclosed sum from prior owners Victoria Pavón and Felipe Moreno.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees were fined $100,000 by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred for using their dugout phone to relay information about opposing teams’ signs during the 2015 season and part of 2016.
HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker isn't sure if he'd like to manage the Houston Astros beyond the upcoming season.
“Maybe," he said. “Depends how I feel. Depends on how the team feels about me ... you never know what changes are going to come about in life."
Former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the team, seeking more than $22 million in salary owed under his deal when he was fired in January.
The suit, filed Monday in Harris County District Court in Houston, claims Luhnow was unaware a camera was used to steal signs during the team’s run to the 2017 World Series title, which baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred found violated baseball rules against electronics.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers hired AJ Hinch as manager, giving him a chance to return to a major league dugout after he was fired in the wake of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal.
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers general manager Al Avila said Friday that Detroit is not ruling out the possibility of hiring AJ Hinch or Alex Cora for its manager vacancy.
Hinch and Cora were suspended through the 2020 postseason for their roles in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have picked up the option for the 2021 season on manager Dusty Baker's contract.
Baker was hired in January to replace AJ Hinch, who was fired by the team after he and general manager Jeff Luhnow were initially suspended for one year by Major League Baseball for their roles in Houston's sign-stealing scandal.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros spent the offseason reeling from a sign-stealing scandal that cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs.
Veteran Dusty Baker took over as the manager of the American League champions just before spring training.
HOUSTON (AP) — The first round of spring training was dominated by fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scam.
Players were plunked in exhibition games and heckled at every turn. Fans held signs mocking Houston players, and one man even banged on a trash can at an early workout in a reminder of how the Astros illegally stole signals during their run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Derek Jeter wishes baseball could change the subject.
The Miami Marlins CEO, who masterfully steered clear of controversy throughout his Hall of Fame playing career, has watched with dismay each new headline in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros' scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives.
Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark both said Tuesday that MLB and the players' association are discussing potential rules changes regarding sign stealing and technology.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge feels the Houston Astros should be stripped of their 2017 World Series championship.
“You cheated and you didn't earn it,” Judge said Tuesday after the Yankees' first full-squad workout.
TAMPA. Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had suspected that the Houston Astros had been breaking rules against electronic sign stealing long before Commissioner Rob Manfred released his report in January that resulted in three big league managers losing their jobs.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cody Bellinger thinks Houston's José Altuve stole the 2017 AL MVP award from the Yankees' Aaron Judge and the Astros swiped that year's World Series title from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A team-by-team look at the American League West entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
Former Astros manager AJ Hinch isn’t dismissing the idea that Houston’s 2017 World Series championship has been tainted by the sign-stealing scandal that cost him his job.
“It’s a fair question,” Hinch said in an interview with MLB Network.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mike Fiers and his Oakland Athletics might have reason to be downright mad.
They won 97 games each of the past two seasons to finish as the second-place team in the AL West behind the Houston Astros, whom Fiers called out in November in a story by The Athletic for a sign-stealing scheme that led to season-long MLB suspensions for Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros hired James Click as their new general manager Monday, taking the Tampa Bay Rays executive and putting him in charge of the scandal-ridden team a week before the start of spring training.
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire a new manager by Feb. 3.
The Astros need a new manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday, hours after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for the team's sign-stealing scandal.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros suddenly have a couple more holes to fill.
Less than a month before the start of spring training, the American League champions are without a manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were suspended by Major League Baseball and subsequently fired by team owner Jim Crane for the club's sign-stealing scheme.
BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora could be the next World Series-winning manager sent home for stealing signs.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said the Red Sox skipper was “an active participant” in the sign-stealing scandal that cost Houston manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs Monday.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have signed catcher Martín Maldonado to a two-year, $7 million contract.
General manager Jeff Luhnow announced the deal on Monday. It will keep Maldonado in Houston through the 2021 season.
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros right-hander Aaron Sanchez will have surgery on his throwing shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season.
Sanchez hasn't pitched since Aug. 20 because of what the team said was a sore right pectoral muscle.
HOUSTON (AP) — Seconds after Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow pulled off perhaps the most shocking deal of this trade deadline to bring Zack Greinke to an already stacked Astros rotation he surveyed the stunned room in a bit of a daze.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astros manager A.J. Hinch met privately with the team's owner and general manager on Saturday, a day ahead of reliever Roberto Osuna's activation following a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have extended the contract of general manager Jeff Luhnow through the 2023 season and added president of baseball operations to his title.
HOUSTON (AP) — The celebration is over for the Houston Astros after winning their first World Series last season.
They don't want to think or talk about 2017. And they certainly aren't dwelling on their big win.
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander only had about 30 minutes to decide whether to accept a trade the Houston Astros.
In the end, he figured he simply couldn't pass up a chance to join the team with the American League's best record.
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros pitcher David Paulino received an 80-game suspension without pay Saturday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Major League Baseball announced the rookie right-hander tested positive for Boldenone.