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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors.

The Blue Jays announced the deal Thursday and invited him to big league spring training.

Santana turns 36 in March. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and has undergone two operations on his left shoulder in recent years.

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Cards' Wainwright has abdominal strain

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain but the St. Louis ace could be available to pitch the Cardinals' opener at Wrigley Field on April 5.

Wainwright strained the muscle on Monday while putting a 45-pound weight back on a rack. General manager John Mozeliak said Thursday the strain is about belt high.

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K-Rod back to Brewers for 2 years, $13M

PHOENIX (AP) Francisco Rodriguez will be jogging out of the bullpen again for the Milwaukee Brewers.

The closer and the Brewers agreed Thursday to a $13 million, two-year contract, a deal subject to the successful completion of a physical.

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Jays OF Saunders could be out until July

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders could be sidelined until around the All-Star break after stepping on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls and tearing cartilage in his left knee.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday the injury occurred a day earlier and is expected to require surgery. Saunders will seek a second opinion before making a decision.

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A-Rod participates in first full workout

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) A sixth-grader making his first visit to spring training stood along a fence outside George M. Steinbrenner Field waiting to get a glimpse of his favorite player.

Shane Negast, an 11-year-old from West Nyack, New York, traveled to Florida with his father, John, who is using Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs as a teachable moment.

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Stanton sees first pitches since beaning

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Giancarlo Stanton saw his first live pitches since his beaning back in September. The Miami Marlins will have to wait at least one more day to watch Stanton take his first swing.

While other members of his hitting group swung freely Thursday during the Miami's first live batting practice sessions of the spring, Stanton - wearing a traditional-style batting helmet - tracked all 10 pitches he saw, five from Henderson Alvarez and five from Brad Hand, into the catcher's mitt.

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Yankees' Tanaka nears first BP session

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw 40 pitches in his third bullpen session Thursday and could be ready to throw batting practice early next week.

Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last season while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He returned for two starts in late September, and Boston chased him with an eight-run second inning in his final outing.

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Giants closer Casilla hit on shin in BP

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla was hit on his left shin by a batted ball and left for X-rays during a spring training workout Thursday.

Casilla was throwing batting practice to Casey McGehee when the reliever got hit.

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Murphy: No long-term offer from Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy said the New York Mets have not approached him about a long-term contract.

The 29-year-old agreed last month to an $8 million, one-year contract. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

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Braves SS Simmons has oblique strain

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain.

On the day of the team's first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn't give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn't serious. Simmons fielded balls during workouts Thursday but didn't hit or throw.

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