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Mets All-Star Familia suspended 15 games

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New York Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October.

The suspension, announced Wednesday, is the fourth and least severe under the policy, which was agreed to in August 2015: New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman (29 games), Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes (51 games) and Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera (82 games) were penalized previously.

The suspension is a result of Familia's Oct. 31 arrest on a simple assault charge. Prosecutors later dropped the charges.


Indians OF Chisenhall lands on 10-day DL

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Cleveland outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will start the season on the 10-day disabled list.

Chisenhall ran into a wall on March 24 against the Cubs in Mesa.


Yankees' Judge could open year in minors

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees prospect Aaron Judge could begin the season in the minors so he can play more.

Judge and Aaron Hicks are competing for the starting job in right field in New York.


Shoulder an issue for Pirates OF Polanco

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco will not travel with the team when it heads north on Thursday for two exhibition games in Montreal.

Polanco, projected to be the Pirates' starting left fielder, has played in just one spring training game since returning from his run with the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic, where he hit .579 in five games.


Tigers P Fulmer facing new challenges

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has no illusions about what 2016 AL Rookie of the Year Michael Fulmer is facing this season.

"He's got a target on his back," Ausmus said. "People know who he is. He's not sneaking up on anybody."


Cardinals' defense sharp in spring

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Given St. Louis' emphasis on improving its defense this spring, it's only appropriate that the Cardinals closed Grapefruit League play with a 6-4-3 double play.

It was St. Louis' 44th double play, best in the majors. The Cardinals are hoping it's also a sign of things to come.


Retired Scully likely busy opening day

WASHINGTON (AP) On Monday, the Dodgers will play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games. He won't be in the stands. He won't make a point of watching on TV, either.

"It's a day game. I'll probably have things to do," the famed 89-year-old announcer told The Associated Press from his home in Hidden Hills, California. "I might catch a piece of it."


Trump declines 1st pitch at Nats' opener

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals say President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their game on opening day.

A spokeswoman for the baseball team said Tuesday that the White House said Trump would not be at next week's game at Nationals Park against the Miami Marlins because of a scheduling conflict.


Braves' new park could be game-changer

ATLANTA (AP) The Braves' new ballpark looks like a throwback stadium with its green seats, brick walls and its old-school, intimate feel.

That's from an initial glance inside the park.


Case of Schilling's company deal settled

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) The state's economic development agency said on Wednesday it has settled a lawsuit brought against it by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over the state's failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's videogame company.

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation said it agreed to pay a civil penalty of $50,000 and in the future not violate the law it was accused of violating in the offer or sale of any securities.

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