5:21 AM EST, Tue January 27, 2015
Seattle Times 9 hours ago

Mariners announce the signing of Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez to minor league contracts

The Mariners officially announced the signing of outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez to minor league contracts with invites to Major League spring training on Monday afternoon.

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Sunny, breezy and mild today

It should be a gorgeous day with clear sunny skies and mild temperatures in the afternoon. It also should be breezy, which could generate dangerous rip currents at the beaches.

Fidel Castro backs cooperation between Cuba-US but distrusts Washington

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro ended his long silence over his country's decision to restore diplomatic ties with the United States, writing that he backs the negotiations even though he distrusts politics in Washington.
Columbus Dispatch 34 mins ago

Sports roundup: Sharapova tops Bouchard to reach Aussie semifinals

Five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova put the brakes on Eugenie Bouchard’s quest for a first major title, defeating the young Canadian 6-3, 6-2 today to advance to the semifinals of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Northeast hunkers down for storm not as bad as predicted

Tens of millions of people along the East Coast hunkered down for a storm that for most failed to live up to predictions that it would be one of the worst they'd ever seen.
Plain Dealer 2 hours ago

Cleveland Indians want Michael Bourn to "wreak havoc" on bases in 2015

Michael Bourn has been working with former gold medal winner Leroy Burrell to re-establish himself as a stolen-base threat.
Los Angeles Times 3 hours ago

Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez likes the changes made in off-season

When Adrian Gonzalez led the major leagues in runs batted in last season, he was often hitting behind Hanley Ramirez and in front of Matt Kemp.
Boston Herald 5 hours ago
Bill Monbouquette, ex-Red Sox pitcher, at 78

Bill Monbouquette, ex-Red Sox pitcher, at 78

Bill Monbouquette, who was a 20-game winner and threw a no-hitter during his years with the Red Sox, but whose greatest contribution to the team was in the area of race relations, passed away on Sunday after a long battle with leukemia. He was 78.The Medford native, who also starred on the hockey team at Medford High School, played a pivotal role in making the Red Sox clubhouse a more welcoming environment when Elijah “Pumpsie” Green arrived in 1959 as the team’s first African-American player.
Boston Herald 5 hours ago
Monbo writes great ending

Monbo writes great ending

PHOENIX — Over the next couple of days you’re going to be reading a lot of interesting and important stories about former Red Sox pitcher Bill Monbouquette, who died Sunday after a long battle with leukemia at the age of 78.You’ll read about the role he played in the history of race relations in Boston. For in 1959, when Elijah “Pumpsie” Green emerged as the first African-American player in Red Sox history and was promptly race-baited by one of his own coaches, it was Monbo who grabbed the coach and told him to knock it off.

JetBlue flight bound for West Palm Beach turned around after threat

A JetBlue flight bound for West Palm Beach returned to the gate before takeoff from Boston because of an unspecified threat, but authorities say nothing hazardous was found.

Arthur Jaffe, FAU donor and lover of books, dies at 93

For Arthur Jaffe, books weren't just to be read. They were to be treasured as works of art.
Oakland Tribune 6 hours ago

Manfred: A's need new ballpark in Oakland

New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is optimistic the Athletics will be able to get a new ballpark in Oakland.

Cancellations, delays for South Florida travelers as Northeast blizzard hits

A potentially historic blizzard in the Northeast socked travelers Monday in sunny South Florida.
Seattle Times 7 hours ago
Mariners sign Franklin Gutierrez, Endy Chavez to minor-league contracts

Mariners sign Franklin Gutierrez, Endy Chavez to minor-league contracts

Outfielders have work cut out for them in order to make major-league roster.
Akron Beacon Journal 7 hours ago

Indians report: Giovanny Urshela, Ryan Merritt earn minor-league honors

Giovanny Urshela and Ryan Merritt were named the top position player and pitcher, respectively, in the Indians’ minor-league system for the 2014 season, the team announced Monday.Urshela, the Lou Boudreau Award winner, batted a combined .280 between the Double-A RubberDucks and Triple-A Columbus last year with 18 home runs and 84 RBI. He got off to a hot start with the RubberDucks at third base, hitting .300 with five home runs, nine doubles and 19 RBI in only 24 games before being promoted to Columbus. He also led all Indians minor-leaguers with 78 runs scored during the season.Merritt,...

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