Video: Jose Abreu cranks first spring homer

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Jose Abreu “put it on the board” with this solo shot Tuesday off Rockies reliever Jairo Diaz …

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That was Abreu’s first home run of the spring, but he’s batting .459 with a 1.124 OPS in 39 total Cactus League plate appearances. Abreu won 2014 American League Rookie of the Year honors and finished fourth in the 2014 American League MVP vote after hitting .317/.383/.581 with 36 homers and 107 RBI in 145 games.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.