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Yanks get M's Paxton, deal top prospect

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NEW YORK (AP) James Paxton spent the first two months of the 2016 season in the minor leagues after an awful spring training caused his demotion.

When he returned to the majors, he quickly emerged as the Mariners' ace, and now the Yankees hope he can bolster the thin rotation that contributed to New York's loss to Boston in the AL Division Series. New York acquired the 30-year-old left-hander from the rebuilding Seattle Mariners on Monday for top prospect Justus Sheffield and two other minor leaguers.

"I think I'll be a great fit. They seem very committed to winning, and so am I," Paxton said.

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Rivera, Halladay on Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK (AP) Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers' Association of America, joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez.

Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada also are among the newcomers on the ballot announced Monday.

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C Suzuki, Nationals agree to 2-year deal

WASHINGTON (AP) Catcher Kurt Suzuki is heading back to the Washington Nationals after agreeing to a $10 million, two-year contract, a deal pending a successful physical.

The deal was disclosed to The Associated Press on Monday by a person familiar with the agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract was not yet official.

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Pearce: No-brainer to stay with Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) World Series MVP Steve Pearce says it was a "no-brainer" to return to the Red Sox for another year.

"This was the place that I wanted to be," he said on a conference call Monday, three days after agreeing to a $6.5 million, one-year deal with the defending champions. "The chemistry we had on and off the field, wanting to defend a title, that's a big deal."

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Brewers promote Hook to pitching coach

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Brewers have rounded out manager Craig Counsell's staff, bringing in Steve Karsay as bullpen coach to work with new pitching coach Chris Hook.

Hook was promoted from pitching coordinator following 11 seasons in Milwaukee's minor league system as an instructor. He'll be joined by Karsay, an 11-year major league veteran who spent the past three seasons as pitching coach at Triple-A Columbus in Cleveland's system. Karsay worked with Indians starters Michael Clevinger and Shane Bieber.

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Indians acquire RHP Hu from Rays

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Indians have acquired right-hander Chih-Wei Hu (chee-way-hoo) in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for infielder Gionti Turner.

The trade was announced Monday. The 25-year-old Hu made just five relief appearances with the Rays in 2018. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Durham, where he went 5-7 with a 4.66 ERA in 24 games, including 19 starts.

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Conine's son handed 50-game drug ban

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto outfielder Griffin Conine, a son of former major league outfielder Jeff Conine, has been suspended for the first 50 games of next season under the minor league drug program for a positive test for the banned stimulant ritalinic acid.

New York Yankees pitcher Daniel Marten was suspended for the first 25 games for a violation of the drug program; 25-game suspensions are assessed for use or possession of a syringe of an injectable substance, the commissioner's office said Monday.

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Reds hire 3B, assistant hitting coach

CINCINNATI (AP) New Reds manager David Bell added a pair of coaches to his staff on Monday, hiring J.R. House as the third base and catching coach and Donnie Ecker as assistant hitting coach.

They join pitching coach Derek Johnson and hitting coach Turner Ward.

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Tribe unveil alternate red home jerseys

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians will rock red jerseys next season for the first time since the 1970s.

The team unveiled a new alternate home jersey on Monday. It's a red top scripted with "Indians" on the front that Cleveland occasionally will wear for home games in 2019. The Indians last wore red jerseys from 1975-77, when they wore red pants that won't be making a comeback.

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