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CHICAGO (AP) When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the "Cuban Comet" was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox.

It was one amazing ride for the seemingly ageless slugger, who died early Sunday morning after helping clear the way for generations of minority ballplayers, including a long list of stars from his home country.

"I know we're all going to go at some time, but I had gotten to the point where I really thought Minnie was going to live forever," White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said. "There has never been a better ambassador for the game or for the White Sox than Minnie."

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Darvish: 'I didn't quit on the team'

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) Yu Darvish saved his best stuff for after his inning on the mound.

The Texas Rangers ace, who was shut down last August with elbow inflammation, threw 14 pitches without any discomfort on Sunday during an intrasquad game - his most extensive work since the injury ended his 2014 season.

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Angels' Richards won't pitch opening day

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in about a week as he makes progress from August knee surgery, and the club remains hopeful he could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season for the reigning AL West champions.

"It's not going to be opening day, let's put it that way," manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. "He knows it, and it's great that he's not going to be able to rush it because our medical staff's not going to let him. There's a progression. He has to pass every plateau. It's great that he's going to shoot for being ready. He's working very hard to be ready opening day, but he's not going to be ready opening day."

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A-Rod feeling good, nearing spring debut

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez feels fine after his first week of workouts, and will leave the decision of when he makes his spring training debut to New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi.

The Yankees begin exhibition play Tuesday against Philadelphia at the Phillies' camp.

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Phillies lose to University of Tampa

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Phillies starter Paul Clemens pitched two perfect innings, but Philadelphia lost to the University of Tampa 6-2 Sunday in the first spring training game for a major league team this year.

Detroit and Miami play college teams Monday, then the regular slate of Grapefruit and Cactus League exhibitions begins Tuesday.

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Jays sign Viciedo to minor league deal

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays boosted their outfield depth Sunday, signing Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract and saying he might be able to earn a spot at another position.

The deal came a few days after Toronto outfielder Michael Saunders tore cartilage in his knee when he stepped on a sprinkler while chasing a ball. Saunders had surgery and is expected to be out five to six weeks.

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Young Cubs look up to instructor Manny

MESA, Arizona (AP) Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Soler had limited access to major league games on television. Only the best teams and the most famous players made the news on the communist island.

Manny Ramirez was one of them.

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Nats' Scherzer even simulating anthem

VIERA, Fla. (AP) Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals.

But first, the national anthem.

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Castillo, Betts try to impress for BoSox

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-feet-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games.

Along with veteran Jackie Bradley Jr., who has played 164 games over the past two years, they will try to fill a tall order for the team - starting in center field.

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ChiSox ace Sale breaks foot, out 3 weeks

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale is out for at least three weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in what the team described as an accident at home.

Unloading the back of his truck, general manager Rick Hahn explained Saturday.

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