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  • Indians' Kluber rises quickly to become star AL pitcher (The Associated Press)

    Corey Kluber was suddenly on a roster of baseball immortality. ''Yeah, it kind of hit me then,'' the Indians' sublime right-hander said. ''I don't think a lot of people down there watch Indians games.'' Steady and stoic, almost robotic, Kluber became just the fourth pitcher in the past 28 years to win 18 games with a sub-2.50 ERA and at least 260 strikeouts. On Friday, the 28-year-old couldn't play in the Indians' annual charity golf outing with the Cincinnati Reds because he had to attend another photo shoot and autograph session, one of many during this whirlwind offseason.

  • Players' union head: future spring games in Cuba possible (The Associated Press)

    Cuba could be a spring training destination once more. Major League Baseball is considering playing future spring exhibition games on the island nation and baseball hotbed, which used to routinely host American teams in the days before Fidel Castro came to power. Baseball players' association president Tony Clark said Saturday there have been ''ongoing'' discussions about playing in Cuba, which recently renewed diplomatic ties with the United States. Clark said there were conversations about Cuba hosting games this spring, but there wasn't enough time to finalize details.

  • Newcomer Byrd knows Reds looking for more than offense (The Associated Press)

    Marlon Byrd knows the Reds traded for him because they think he'll bring them more than just another run producer in left field. This is what you do.'' Byrd was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball during the 2012 season after testing positive for a substance that can reduce side effects of steroid use and increase testosterone. The Reds got Byrd in a trade with Philadelphia in December to play left field, a trouble spot for the last two years with Ryan Ludwick hurt or slumping. To do any less is just a failure on my part.'' Notes: Starter Homer Bailey threw off a mound for the first time on Friday, making 20 cautious pitches.

  • No word on possible MLB discipline for Angels star Hamilton (The Associated Press)

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was on the minds of his teammates Thursday, a day after he was in New York to meet with Major League Baseball officials about an unspecified disciplinary issue. The 33-year-old Hamilton has a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, leading to suspensions that cost him more than three years while in the minors. The Angels have confirmed Hamilton's meeting with MLB, but have declined to give any more information. ''We'll wait for Major League Baseball and see what the next step is.

  • Reds' Bailey not expecting to be ready for start of season (The Associated Press)

    Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey doesn't expect to be ready for the start of the season as he recovers from surgery in September to repair a tear in the flexor tendon by his right elbow. Bailey said on Wednesday that he hasn't had any setbacks since arriving for spring training last week. They also need to replace starters Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon, who were traded in the offseason. He got a six-year, $105 million contract during spring training last year.

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