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San Francisco Giants' Michael Morse laughs while standing behind the batting cage during the Giants' workout Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, in San Francisco. The Giants are scheduled to face the Kansas City Royals in the third game of the baseball World Series on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Michael Morse agrees to two-year contract with Marlins

- Associated Press

Miami’s busy offseason has reached first base, where the Marlins expect Morse, formerly of the San Francisco Giants, to replace Garrett Jones as their first baseman and cleanup hitter.

Nationals manager Matt Williams said the season-ending NLDS loss to the Giants "was a good learning experience for our guys moving forward and hopefully we get a chance to get back and take the next step and hopefully beyond that. (Associated Press)

NLDS loss to Giants left Nationals with a bitter taste

- The Washington Times

Behind the massive gray folding wall, bitterness countered the laughter and smiles on the other side. In the main area, Washington Nationals players sat for photos on “couch cam”, signed autographs and played games on a stage flanked by two massive screens during NatsFest on Saturday. Behind all the hi-jinks, players explained their level of disappointment with last season’s first-round playoff loss to eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

San Francisco Giants Brandon Belt is tagged out by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond on a steal attempt in the fourth inning during Game 3 of baseball's NL Division Series in San Francisco, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Desmond says no new progress on contract extension

- The Washington Times

Ian Desmond has heard the trade rumors. He’s paying attention to free agent moves. He knows the Washington Nationals are going to do what they judge is best, and that may not include paying him a lucrative sum to continue as their shortstop.

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A's trade All-Star catcher Derek Norris to Padres

- Associated Press

The revamping Oakland Athletics made yet another trade of a star player this offseason, sending catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot.

Documentary features Liberal boy's heart surgery

- Associated Press

Like many his age, Nelijah Tatum enjoys taking part in sports, and as a student at Liberal's Sunflower Intermediate, he had participated in many competitions in various athletic pursuits.

Padres, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade

- Associated Press

Slugger Matt Kemp has joined the Padres after San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a five-player trade Thursday night.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches his grand slam home run during the seventh inning of an interleague baseball game against the San Francisco Giants at Yankee Stadium in New York. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Rodriguez's days as an everyday fielder are over and he hopes A-Rod will be New York's fulltime designated hitter.  Cashman said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014,  that "I can't expect Alex to be anything."(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

Steroids trial pushed back for A-Rod's cousin

Associated Press

A federal judge has delayed for two months the trial of a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez on charges stemming from dealings with the clinic that illegally provided performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players.

St Pete council rejects deal with Rays

Associated Press

The St. Petersburg City Council rejected a deal between the Rays and the city's mayor that would have allowed the team to search for new stadium sites on both sides of Tampa Bay.

FILE - In this July 23, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig leads off first during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Twenty-five Cuban-born players appeared in the major leagues this year, a group that includes outfielders Puig and Yoenys Cespedes, and hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman. Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba. "It's absolutely a natural, just as the Dominican was and Venezuela. You go to where the talent is," the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. "The high talent level for Cuban players is still there." (AP Photo/File)

Column: Thaw in US-Cuba relations warms up MLB

- Associated Press

If one ripple from the thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations means baseball prospects get off the island and into the major leagues without payoffs to smugglers and threats from kidnappers, it's hard to see the downside.

Drug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case

- Associated Press

A man who admitted working as a black market chemist at a garage lab in his suburban home pleaded guilty Thursday to being the main supplier of banned performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball's most recent steroid scandal.