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Orioles, Cobb finalize 4-year, $57M deal

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."

Cobb gets $14 million in each of the first three seasons and $15 million in 2021, and he would earn a $500,000 bonus in each year he pitches 180 innings. Baltimore will defer $6.5 million from this year's salary and $4.5 million in each of the next three seasons.


M's reliever Phelps needs Tommy John

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Mariners reliever David Phelps will miss this season after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm.

Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto announced the diagnosis Wednesday night.


Greinke: 'All right' in return to mound

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) An even quieter than usual Zack Greinke declared his return to the mound Wednesday as simply "all right."

The Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander threw 60 pitches in an intrasquad game on a back field at the team's spring training facility.


Hall won't use Wahoo logo on new plaques

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members.

In a statement, the Hall said Wednesday that it "concurs with the commissioner's sentiment and acknowledges the shifting societal view of Native American logos in baseball."


Tigers prospect Manning strains oblique

DETROIT (AP) Another top pitching prospect for the Detroit Tigers is dealing with an injury.

The team announced Wednesday that right-hander Matt Manning, a first-round draft pick in 2016, has an oblique strain. The Tigers say Manning will rest until he is pain free and then resume his throwing program. He is expected to be in extended spring training for a couple weeks before joining Class A West Michigan.


Stanton ready for New York scrutiny

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Giancarlo Stanton says he is prepared for the scrutiny he will attract during his first season with the New York Yankees.

"The good times will be magnified and so will the bad," the slugger said Wednesday. "The fans expect a lot. I expect a lot, too."


Marlins being cautious with sore Straily

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Straily is taking some time to rest his pitching arm now in hopes of avoiding extended time off during the season.

No longer scheduled to start the second game of the season, Straily had an MRI on Tuesday that showed some inflammation in his right forearm but no structural issues.


Turner won't get surgery, return unclear

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman.


Jays pick Happ as opening day starter

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) J.A. Happ has been picked to start opening day for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that the 35-year-old left-hander will face the New York Yankees and right-hander Luis Severino on March 29. Happ went 10-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 starts last season.

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