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MLBPA OKs pitchless intentional walks

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NEW YORK (AP) There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season.

The players' association has agreed to Major League Baseball's proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year.

"It doesn't seem like that big of a deal. I know they're trying to cut out some of the fat. I'm OK with that," Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.

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Tribe worried by Miller pitching in WBC

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Here's a change or, ahem, a change-up: Andrew Miller has the Indians feeling nervous.

The nastier-than-nasty left-hander, who makes his living fooling hitters and whose ability to pitch extended innings in October carried Cleveland to within one victory of a World Series title last season, will leave spring training next month to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

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Pirates' Kang in Korean court over DUI

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court on Wednesday as judges heard arguments in a trial over charges that he fled the scene after slamming a car into a guardrail while driving under the influence of alcohol.

A friend of Kang's also attended the hearing at Seoul Central District Court after being charged for falsely telling police that he, not Kang, was driving the vehicle.

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Hamilton leaves camp to get knee checked

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Josh Hamilton was back in Texas on Wednesday to have his surgically reconstructed left knee examined after he experienced discomfort during the Rangers' first full-squad spring training workout.

The 2010 AL MVP, at spring training with a minor league contract, felt stiffness while doing some running drills in the outfield grass during the workout Tuesday. The 35-year-old slugger went to Houston to be examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed Hamilton's season-ending surgery last June that was his third knee operation in 10 months.

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Ichiro held out after outfield collision

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The Marlins held Ichiro Suzuki out of workouts following an outfield collision during what officials termed a "communications drill."

Ichiro was kneed in the quadriceps on Tuesday by fellow outfielder Brandon Barnes, sending the 43-year-old Ichiro tumbling to the ground.

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Arizona's Pollock healthy, ready for '17

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) One of the best facts about this year's Arizona Diamondbacks: A.J. Pollock is back, healthy, and confident he can exceed the breakout season he put together in 2015.

"I'm not really living two years ago," the 29-year-old center fielder said Wednesday after playing one inning in an exhibition against Grand Canyon University. "I'm living what's going on right now. It's getting better everywhere - with the swing, getting better defensively and just kind of getting smarter."

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Giants' Nunez set for regular role at 3B

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Eduardo Nunez finally got a chance to play regularly last season - and made the most of it.

Nunez had career highs with 141 games, 553 at-bats, 159 hits, 16 home runs, 40 stolen bases and 67 RBIs. After five years in predominantly a utility role off the bench, Nunez got regular time in Minnesota at both third base and shortstop and was named an All-Star for the first time.

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Jeter takes Yankees prospects to dinner

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Top New York Yankees prospects met Derek Jeter for dinner.

Since his retirement following the 2014 season, Jeter has gone to dinner every spring training with the group attending "Captain's Camp."

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Wieters joins Nationals for $21M, 2 yrs.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) After waiting and waiting to find a free-agent deal, four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters finally found a match with the Washington Nationals.

Wieters and the Nationals agreed in principle on a $10.5 million contract for 2017, pending a physical, according to a person familiar with the deal. The contract includes a player option for 2018 worth another $10.5 million, the person said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because nothing had been announced yet.

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Joyce latest ump to announce retirement

NEW YORK (AP) Jim Joyce has joined John Hirschbeck, Tim Welke and Bob Davidson in retiring from Major League Baseball's umpire staff.

The commissioner's office said Tuesday that Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales and Carlos Torres have been promoted to the full-time staff.

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