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Players reject pitch clock, visit limits

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NEW YORK (AP) The players' association rejected Major League Baseball's proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games.

Union head Tony Clark and deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision Thursday during a telephone call to deputy commissioner Dan Halem, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.

Management has the right to implement the rules changes it proposed last year. Under baseball's labor contract, management can change on-field rules on its own with one season of advance notice.

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Pirates give closer Rivero 4 years, $22M

PITTSBURGH (AP) Felipe Rivero admits he was a little surprised when Pittsburgh Pirates parted with established stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen over the last week, part of a roster reset the club insists is not to be confused with an actual rebuild.

"They were saying they wanted to keep them," the Pirates closer said. "Tough to see two of the best guys leave."

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D-backs' Tomas arrested for driving 105

PHOENIX (AP) Authorities say Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Yasmany Tomas has been accused of reckless driving and criminal speeding after his car was clocked at 105 mph on a metro Phoenix freeway.

Arizona Department of Public Safety officials say troopers pulled over the 27-year-old Tomas around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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Red Sox set to move ahead minus new bat

BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox may head to spring training without the middle-of-the-lineup hitter they have been seeking since David Ortiz retired at the end of the 2016 season.

That's by necessity, not choice.

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Mets finalize 1-year deal with Gonzalez

NEW YORK (AP) Adrian Gonzalez vows to have a quiet voice with the New York Mets.

A month after the first baseman was released by Atlanta from a contract that guaranteed him $21.5 million this year, Gonzalez finalized a one-year deal with the Mets on Thursday for the $545,000 major league minimum.

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Rangers sign 3 to minor league deals

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have signed three more players to minor league contracts that include invitations to major league spring training.

Texas announced Thursday that it has signed catcher Curt Casali and re-signed outfielder Jose Cardona and right-hander Tayler Scott. The trio is among 21 non-roster invitees to major league spring training with the Rangers.

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Pirates fans urge MLB to make owner sell

PITTSBURGH (AP) Some Pittsburgh Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team's decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.

As of Wednesday, more than 28,000 fans signed a petition on change.org asking Major League Baseball to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the team.

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Cubs bring back P Duensing on 2-yr. deal

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, bringing back Brian Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract.

Duensing returns to Chicago after signing a one-year deal with the Cubs last winter. The left-hander went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 68 appearances last season.

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Cole excited to join Astros rotation

HOUSTON (AP) Gerrit Cole is joining a rotation filled with aces.

"I was just tremendously excited," Cole said Wednesday, four days after the Houston Astros acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates. "I was out with some friends having a good time for my wife's birthday weekend. So, it was a really good phone call. How you can ask for anything more than coming to the World Series champions."

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