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Padres acquire 3B Headley from Yankees

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The New York Yankees made a rare payroll dump, creating flexibility to add starting pitching.

Third baseman Chase Headley and pitcher Bryan Mitchell were dealt to San Diego on Tuesday for 28-year-old outfielder Jabari Blash, who made his big league debut in 2016 and has played in 99 games in the majors over two seasons.

Headley's $13 million salary was assumed by the Padres, and the Yankees agreed to give San Diego $500,000 on Jan. 10 to defray part of Headley's $1 million assignment bonus.

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O's Machado may have new position, team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado could be on the move.

To a new position - or a new team.

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Mariners P Iwakuma could be back by May

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma could be back as soon as May after surgery on his right shoulder.

The 36-year-old Iwakuma made only six starts last season, going 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA. The problems with his pitching shoulder sent him to the disabled list in May and caused setbacks during his recovery.

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A's, TV partner denounce Canseco tweets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) A series of tweets by Jose Canseco about sexual misconduct and politicians could put in jeopardy his job as a studio analyst on Oakland Athletics telecasts.

The former A's slugger posted several times Tuesday on Twitter. Among them: "What is going on with all these politicians molesting women I've been molested by several women and never complained."

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Cubs announce 2-year deal with P Morrow

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) The Chicago Cubs agreed to a two-year contract with Brandon Morrow on Tuesday night after the reliever played a key role in their loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Championship Series.

The 33-year-old Morrow went 6-0 with a 2.06 ERA and two saves in 45 appearances for Los Angeles last season. The hard-throwing right-hander did not allow a home run in his 43 2/3 innings.

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Dodgers' Bellinger could play more OF

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger could play more often in the outfield for the Los Angeles Dodgers next season if first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is healthy.

Last season, Bellinger made 83 starts at first base and 43 in the outfield, where he played all three positions. He was first base throughout the postseason with Gonzalez sidelined.

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Ex-Indians writer Ocker wins Spink Award

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Sheldon Ocker, who covered the Cleveland Indians from 1981-2013 for the Akron Beacon Journal in Ohio, has won the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

The 75-year-old Ocker will be honored during the Hall of Fame's induction weekend July 27-30 in Cooperstown, New York.

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Umpire Scott retires due to concussions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) As a big league umpire, Dale Scott saw maybe 1 million pitches from the field. His final call, it turned out, was the easiest of all.

Rather than risk yet another concussion, Scott has decided to retire at 58.

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Orioles minor leaguer suspended 50 games

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Baltimore Orioles third baseman Steve Wilkerson has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamine, a banned stimulant, under baseball's minor league program.

The commissioner's office announced the penalty Tuesday.

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