Reliever Dan Otero spoke up, as did many others, with a question on the topic of domestic violence that has been at the forefront of professional sports following the NFL’s recent troubles. The Oakland Athletics started Thursday morning in a makeshift clubhouse classroom, among the first major league clubs to undergo mandatory domestic violence training this spring.

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The Oakland Athletics might want to use nametags for the first full squad workout of the spring Wednesday. ”Your team makes nine trades involving 27 players, that probably doesn’t happen often,” manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday. Melvin had a lot of young players pass through the revolving door when he managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005-09, but this is different in the sense that by comparison, the A’s have more experience and therefore are more of a puzzle for Melvin to put together. First base will be the domain of Ike Davis and Billy Butler.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Major league players are against many of the radical changes introduced during the Arizona Fall League to speed up games.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks begin full-squad workouts with uncertainty at five of the eight non-pitching positions. Those who are a lock for the opening-day lineup – barring injury – are first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, center fielder A.J. Pollock and right fielder Mark Trumbo. The shortstops are Nick Ahmed, Chris Owings and veteran Cliff Pennington. Owings might play second, though, depending on how Aaron Hill is doing.

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(Reuters) – The Boston Red Sox have reportedly signed prized Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada, a switch-hitting infielder coveted by a host of Major League Baseball teams, to a record $31.5 million signing bonus. The league’s officials website, MLB.com, announced the deal for the 19-year-old Moncada on Monday, citing an industry source. Moncada’s deal eclipses the $8.27 million bonus record for an international amateur under the current guidelines, which was given in January to pitcher Yoan Lopez by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The speedy Moncada, who also hits for power, left Cuba in June and instantly became the subject of an intense bidding war.

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Major League Baseball is making some changes designed to speed games but won’t implement more radical proposals this year. MLB also will post stadium clocks timing pitching changes and between-inning breaks. MLB did not institute many of the ideas experimented with during the Arizona Fall League, such as a 20-second clock between pitches, a limitation of pitcher’s mound conferences involving catchers and managers, and no-pitch intentional walks. The pitch clock will be used in the minor leagues at Double-A and Triple-A. Penalties for violating the new rules start May 1 and will involve only fines, and MLB said it is likely to announce only fines involving repeat flagrant violators.

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Pitchers and catchers reported for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday and there are plenty of questions at both positions for new manager Chip Hale. Hale, bench coach for Bob Melvin in Oakland, took over for the fired Kirk Gibson, He says 12 to 14 pitchers have a chance to make the rotation. Hale says all eight catchers in camp have a chance to make the team. The Diamondbacks had the worst record in baseball last season at 64-98.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mark Trumbo has won his salary arbitration case against the Arizona Diamondbacks and will get a $6.9 million salary this year instead of the team’s $5.3 million offer.

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Colorado defeated catcher Wilin Rosario in salary arbitration Wednesday, and Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez and Arizona’s Mark Trumbo went to hearings. Elizabeth Neumeier, Phillip LaPorte and James Oldham heard arguments Tuesday. Alvarez asked Robert Herzog, James Oldham and Dan Brent for a raise from $4.25 million to $5.75 million salary, and the Pirates argued the infielder should be paid $5.25 million.

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