Jones back with Orioles after winning World Baseball Classic

Adam Jones provided perhaps the best highlight of the World Baseball Classic, when he took a home run away from Manny Machado with a spectacular catch in center field. Now Jones and Machado are just teammates again. "Pretty cool catch, pretty great moment," Jones said. "Sorry it had to be my boy Manny, but it's part of the game, part of that process.

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BASEBALL 2017: Sacrifice bunts are a dying art in baseball

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Get 'em on, move 'em over, drive 'em in. That old-school philosophy doesn't play in the major leagues anymore. Teams rely more on the long ball than small ball. As a result, the sacrifice bunt is a dying art. There were only 1,025 sacrifices in the majors last season, down from 1,667 in 2011. The average of .

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Royal Returns: KC's Duffy, Perez back in Cactus League

Danny Duffy stepped off the big stage and back into spring training. Following a stint with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, Duffy allowed three runs over six innings for the Kansas City Royals in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. It was Duffy's first start with the Royals since March 5 because of the international tournament. He allowed three hits and a walk.

FANTASY PLAYS: Spring performances that should concern you

Sometimes fantasy baseball owners overrate spring training performances, both jumping on the good and overreacting to the bad. That's not ideal, but there can be some lessons learned from spring performances if you know where to look. Here are some spring performances that should have you concerned with the MLB season nearly here.

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BASEBALL 2017: Key dates for the upcoming season

It's almost time again. From opening day to a couple of potentially big games in September, here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar: SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals: One of baseball's best rivalries takes on a new look when the World Series champion Cubs kick off their title defense against Dexter Fowler and the Cardinals.

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The Cubs curbed their curse _ who's next to douse a drought?

Now that the Cubs have broken baseball's oldest curse, who's next? From D.C. to Dodger Stadium, a lot of loaded teams are lurking, waiting for that elusive World Series win. New Cardinals leadoff man Dexter Fowler has a clue which club might break through. "I guess Cleveland," he said. Fowler got a close-up look last fall.

Plenty of high-profile players wearing new uniforms

Chris Sale traded socks -- or Sox -- from white to red. Edwin Encarnacion took his big bat to Cleveland. Aroldis Chapman returned to the Bronx. Plenty of All-Stars, Cy Young winners and MVPs are wearing new uniforms this season. The biggest move occurred when the Boston Red Sox acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox.

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Today's sports schedule

All Times EDT COLLEGE BASKETBALL NCAA Regional Semifinals MIDWEST REGIONAL At Kansas City, Mo. Michigan vs. Oregon, 7:09 p.m. Purdue vs. Kansas, 9:40 p.m. WEST REGIONAL At San Jose, Calif. Gonzaga vs. West Virginia, 7:39 p.m. Xavier vs. Arizona, 10:10 p.m. EXHIBITION BASEBALL Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.

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Wednesday's Sports in Brief

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries. Stroman dominated the tournament's highest-scoring team. Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games after outscoring the opposition 55-26. The U.S.

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US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC behind dominant Stroman

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a blue cap jauntily hanging from one of its large wings.

Manfred: WBC tournament had major success, has bright future

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even before the United States took the field to face Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic championship on Wednesday night, Rob Manfred was confident in declaring this sometimes troubled tournament to be a smashing success. The Major League Baseball Commissioner's confidence seemed well-founded when the Americans claimed their first WBC title in grand style with an 8-0 victory at raucous Dodger Stadium.