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Indians OF Brantley takes full swings

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) CleveIand Indians outfielder Michael Brantley participated regular batting practice for the first time in training camp this year, a significant step in his latest comeback from a shoulder injury.

Brantley took 120 swings in an outdoor batting cage Friday as several Cleveland coaches and medical director Lonnie Soloff watched intently. Brantley had been limited to soft-toss workouts, but he was able to take full cuts against normal pitches.

"He looks real good," batting coach Ty Van Burkleo said. "If you didn't know he was rehabbing, you'd think he was just getting ready for the day. His volume is up. He looks really good. The ball's coming off his bat nicely."

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Cubs sign RP Strop for 2 years, $11.85M

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop have agreed to a contract adding $6.35 million in guaranteed money through 2018, a deal that includes a club option for 2019.

Strop agreed earlier this month to a $5.5 million, one-year contract. The new deal calls for a $5.85 million salary in 2018 and a $6.25 million club option for 2019 with a $500,000 buyout. If the option is exercised, he could make $750,000 in performance bonuses in 2019: $250,000 each for 45, 50 and 55 games finished.

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Braves ink former NFL DB Commings

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Former NFL and Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings is looking to play another sport.

The 26-year-old Commings has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves.

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Reds' Herrera has shoulder issue, no WBC

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Dilson Herrera has inflammation in his right shoulder and will not throw for a couple days, taking the Colombian infielder out of the World Baseball Classic and hurting his chances for making the Cincinnati Reds.

Herrera, who turns 23 next Friday, also experienced shoulder soreness for parts of last season, including during spring training. He said it started bothering him again about a week ago.

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Cardinals sign Cuban league MVP Garcia

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract and invited him to their big league spring training camp.

Garcia, the younger brother of Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia, was the MVP of Cuba's top professional league last year and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in December.

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Cubs' Davis reunited with manager Maddon

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Wade Davis was a promising starting pitcher when he made his major league debut for Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays almost eight years ago. Then he was a reliever, and then a starter again and then a reliever.

Now he gets the ball from Maddon once again - only this time as the closer for the Chicago Cubs.

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Nationals make Wieters deal official

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Matt Wieters said he managed to cut his left wrist severely by breaking a five-gallon glass water container in his garage on Nov. 1, delaying his offseason preparation - and, he thinks, his chance to find a deal in free agency.

"It's tough finding a team when you can't do anything baseball-related," Wieters said Friday, when the catcher took batting practice and ran conditioning sprints at spring training with the Washington Nationals after his signing was announced. "They told me I was very lucky that it wasn't worse than it was."

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Rangers scout dies after long illness

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers international scout Jose Luis Felomina has died in his native Curacao.

The team said Thursday that Felomina died following a long illness. He was 50.

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Shoemaker ready following liner to head

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Matt Shoemaker is the player people are happiest to see this spring in the Los Angeles Angels' camp.

It wasn't clear Shoemaker would make it here.

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Reds OF Duvall trying to build on 2016

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Adam Duvall is hard at work in the Arizona desert, looking for an encore to his breakout season for the Cincinnati Reds.

For the slugging outfielder, the biggest key is the smallest details.

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