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Betts, Yelich runaway MVP winners

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NEW YORK (AP) Mookie Betts is ready to become an ambassador for baseball, now that he's won a batting title, World Series and Most Valuable Player award with Boston.

"I enjoy being kind of a face around the game. I've kind of used this pedestal or whatever you want to say to spread knowledge that the game is fun," he said Thursday after his runaway victory for the AL MVP award.

Milwaukee's Christian Yelich was close to a unanimous pick for the NL honor. A 26-year-old outfielder just like Betts, Yelich also won a batting championship and led his team to a division title. But while Betts has been with the Red Sox since he signed after the 2011 amateur draft, Yelich didn't join the Brewers until he was dealt to Milwaukee last January by the payroll-paring Miami Marlins.

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Owners extend Manfred, TV deal with Fox

ATLANTA (AP) Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too.

Any decisions on speeding up the game and perhaps making it more enjoyable to watch will have to wait.

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MLB eases restrictions on spikes colors

WASHINGTON (AP) Peace in baseball is at hand - well, at feet.

Major League Baseball and the players' association ended a footwear flap Thursday, agreeing to loosen restrictions on the colors of spikes that may be used.

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O's-Nats TV dispute returns to committee

NEW YORK (AP) The dispute between the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles over television rights fees returned to a committee of baseball executives Thursday after a lengthy court fight.

The sides began arguing their cases before the Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee, which now includes Milwaukee Brewers chairman Mark Attanasio, Seattle Mariners President Kevin Mather and Toronto Blue Jays President Mark Shapiro.

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Jeter's Marlins unveil new colors, logo

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins are in the midst of a rebranding campaign, and it's unclear whether the effort will include keeping National League Most Valuable Players for a change.

As of now, the Marlins are merely making cosmetic tweaks, unveiling a new logo and color scheme for Derek Jeter's year-old ownership regime.

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DeGrom, Snell named Cy Young winners

NEW YORK (AP) After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner.

The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter.

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Cora gets new deal, extension thru 2021

BOSTON (AP) Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture to the Boston Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title.

The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season.

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Machado comments troubling for Yankees

ATLANTA (AP) Flush with cash, the New York Yankees may take a run at Manny Machado.

But first, the slugging infielder would have some explaining to do.

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Indians send INF Gonzalez to Pirates

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians traded one of their extra pieces. They're keeping their bigger ones - for now.

Cleveland began what could be a busy offseason on Wednesday by dealing versatile infielder Erik Gonzalez to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of a five-player swap.

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