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Giants' Bochy to retire after season

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bruce Bochy of the San Francisco Giants says he will retire after this season, his 25th as a major league manager.

He says he informed the team Monday and says "in my mind it's time. It's been an unbelievable ride."

Bochy turns 64 on April 16. He is entering his 13th season with the Giants, having led the team to World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Every other manager with three or more titles has been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Ricketts sorry emails caused distraction

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team's players and coaching staff at spring training on Monday for any distraction caused by offensive racist emails written by his father.

"The emails that were in there were unacceptable and had no place. My father has no direct role or economic interest in the team. That doesn't represent what this organization is," Tom Ricketts said after addressing the team. "I also said: `Look, I'm sorry for the distraction this may have created the last couple days. We need to focus on baseball. We need to get back to our winning ways. We need to get off to a fast start.' The last thing the organization needs is more off-the-field distractions.'"

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Dodgers' Toles surprisingly not at camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was not at spring training camp for Monday's voluntary full squad reporting day because of an unspecified personal matter.

Manager Dave Roberts said there is no timeline for Toles' arrival. The mandatory reporting date is Saturday.

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Lindor focused on health, not contract

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor says now is not the time to worry about a long-term contract.

The 25-year-old shortstop spoke Monday for the first time since straining his right calf during an offseason workout in Florida. Lindor, who could miss and opening day, said he's only focused on getting healthy and not his financial future.

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Votto tries to rebound from subpar 2018

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Joey Votto has spent the offseason trying to make sure he doesn't have another subpar season.

The Cincinnati Reds star led the NL in on-base percentage last year but hit 12 homers, his fewest in a full season, and batted .284, his lowest since 2014. He had 67 RBIs.

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Maybin, Parra finalize deal with Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Outfielders Cameron Maybin and Gerardo Parra finalized minor league contracts with the San Francisco Giants after passing physicals.

Maybin joins his ninth team in 13 major league seasons, including from 2011-14 in the NL West for the San Diego Padres. He played in the 2017 World Series for the champion Houston Astros.

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Pitch clock implemented for spring games

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market.

With the sport looking for ways to speed the pace of play, pitchers generally will have 20 seconds to deliver to the plate when teams play exhibition games in Arizona and Florida beginning this week. The intention is to get players and umpires accustomed to the clock in the event MLB makes the rule change for the upcoming regular season.

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Moustakas, Brewers nearing 1-year deal

Mike Moustakas and the Brewers are nearing a deal that would keep the third baseman in Milwaukee for a guarantee of $10 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because the agreement will be subject to a successful physical. The sides were negotiating a deal that includes a mutual option for 2020, the person said.

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Ohtani hopes to hit off tee next week

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani hopes to hit off a tee next week for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

"That's the thought, but I'm not trying to rush myself," the two-way Los Angeles Angels star said through an interpreter Sunday.

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