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Reds' Marty Brennaman to call final year

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CINCINNATI (AP) Like his longtime broadcasting cohort used to say, Marty Brennaman is rounding third and heading for home.

The Reds play-by-play announcer said Wednesday that he'll retire after the 2019 season, his 46th in Cincinnati. His career started with a chance to call baseball history. It entered a final season with deep sighs and emotional moments.

"It's something I've thought about a long time," Brennaman said, calling it one of his most difficult days. "It's something I've anguished over more than anything I've anguished over in my life. I wake up at night, at 4 o'clock in the morning, and I stare off into the darkness and think about what I'm doing."

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Royals' Skoglund gets 80-game PED ban

NEW YORK (AP) Kansas City Royals pitcher Eric Skoglund was suspended Monday for the season's first 80 games after testing positive for two performance-enhancing substances.

The commissioner's office said the positive tests were for selective androgen receptor modulators S-22 (Ostarine) and LGD-4033 (Ligandrol).

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Yanks' LeMahieu ready to play many roles

NEW YORK (AP) DJ LeMahieu is putting away his mittens and packing more mitts.

A star second baseman for Colorado, LeMahieu is set to join a crowded New York Yankees infield.

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Phils add Dickerson, Figueroa to staff

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have finalized their coaching staff by hiring infield coach Bobby Dickerson and first base coach Paco Figueroa.

Dickerson spent the past six seasons with the Baltimore Orioles as third base coach and worked closely with Manny Machado, an All-Star free agent the Phillies are pursuing.

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Mets, Lowrie finalize 2-yr., $20M deal

NEW YORK (AP) Jed Lowrie would rather talk about wine than whine.

The infielder visited Citi Field on Wednesday after finalizing a $20 million, two-year contract with the New York Mets, likely less money and a shorter term than he would have gotten before the free-agent market for solid-but-less-than-stellar veterans buckled a year ago.

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Longtime Bucs broadcaster Blass retiring

PITTSBURGH (AP) Steve Blass' 60th season with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be his last in the broadcast booth.

The former pitcher announced Tuesday that 2019 will be his 34th and final year as a color analyst. He will step away as the longest-tenured broadcaster in team history. Blass will remain with the club as an alumni ambassador.

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Grandal picked Brewers to be near family

MILWAUKEE (AP) Asked why he agreed to a one-year deal with Milwaukee rather than multiyear offers from other teams, catcher Yasmani Grandal gave two simple reasons: the chance to win and family.

Grandal lives in Peoria, Arizona, not far from the Brewers' spring training camp.

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Twins trade reliever Curtiss to Angels

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have traded reliever John Curtiss to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria.

Curtiss pitched in 17 games for the Twins over the past two seasons, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings. He walked six and struck out 17. The right-hander was designated for assignment Monday to make room for pitcher Blake Parker.

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Giants hire analyst for pitch training

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have hired pitching analyst Matt Daniels to join the staff of new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who vowed when hired in November to find a wide array of experts to help the club.

Now, he has a data-focused staff member to aid in pitching training.

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