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Hall of Famer Cepeda listed as critical

(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants say Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remains hospitalized in critical condition after a cardiac incident.

The Giants gave an update Wednesday on the condition of the 80-year-old Cepeda. He was taken to a Bay Area hospital late Monday.

Cepeda has been a regular at San Francisco home games. He played first base during his 17 seasons in the majors, beginning with the Giants. He also played for St. Louis, Atlanta, Oakland, Boston and Kansas City.


Touted Astros prospect gets 50-game ban

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) Houston Astros minor league pitcher Forrest Whitley has been suspended for 50 games without pay for a violation of baseball's minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Whitley, who is considered one of Houston's top prospects, is on the roster for Double-A Corpus Christi. His suspension will begin at the start of the Texas League season.


Maybin back with Marlins on 1-year deal

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin had to correct himself Wednesday as he talked about rejoining the team that first made him an everyday player.

He said he was happy to be back with the Florida Marlins before noting a name change since he left.


Yankees' Drury becomes 3B front-runner

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Newly acquired Brandon Drury is the now the favorite to be the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees.

The Yankees acquired Drury from Arizona on Tuesday night in a three-team deal that also involved Tampa Bay. Drury played mostly second base for Arizona, but came up through the minors at third.


Orioles bring back Tillman on $3M deal

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) The Baltimore Orioles signed pitcher Chris Tillman to a $3 million, one-year contract that includes performance bonuses.

Tillman was 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances last year. He is the second starter added by the Orioles in the past week after right-hander Andrew Cashner.


OF Rasmus back with minors deal from O's

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Outfielder Colby Rasmus has decided to return to baseball after walking away last summer, and has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus was in camp Wednesday to finish up his physical. He got an invitation to big league spring training.


Pirates give OF Saunders minors deal

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free agent outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training.

The Pirates announced the move Wednesday.


OF Span back home with Rays, for now

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) Denard Span concedes he's hesitant to get comfortable with the idea of playing for his hometown team.

The Tampa Bay Rays acquired the veteran outfielder this winter, but are trimming payroll and building for the future.


Giants' Cueto takes fitness to Camelback

PHOENIX (AP) "Va-mannnn-os!" echoes down from high above the humongous boulders in an area aptly named Echo Canyon.

"Let's go!"

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