Despite deep political and ideological differences over the years, Cuba and the United States always have shared a love of baseball.

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Credit where it’s due, the Miami Marlins are doing some serious work this winter and seem to be on track to field a very competitive team in 2015.  It would also appear they’re on top of their social media game. On Wednesday, the team announced its most recent acquisition on Twitter, that of free-agent slugger Michael Morse on a two-year, $16 million contract, in a way that would only truly make sense under the circumstances: Morse code.  You’ll want to make sure the Vine is unmuted for full effect. If you’re in a spot where that’s not possible, like say a work cubicle or a school play, the Marlins provided the code in text form.   Sorry, that was confusing. Translation: — .- .-. .-.. .. -. … / … .. –. -. / — — .-. … . — Miami Marlins (@Marlins) December 17, 2014 Impressive, but Big League Stew would a little further with the Morse code in reporting his trade from the Seattle Mariners to the Baltimore Orioles back in 2013. Check that out here .  Now, here’s the full translation of the Morse signing by Miami And now the real translation… OFFICIAL: The #Marlins have signed Michael Morse! Welcome home, @MCode38 ! #MorseCode pic.twitter.com/LXBiIVQm4o — Miami Marlins (@Marlins) December 17, 2014 Translating further, the Miami Marlins are serious about contending in 2015. That’s the clear message they’ve been sending through their series of aggressive moves, which of course started by signing Giancarlo Stanton to a monumental contract in November. They’ve also been aggressive in trading for pieces like Dee Gordon and Mat Latos. Now they’ve added Morse, which t hey believe will help solidify their offenses new look.  As always though, one can’t help but wonder if the tone will be completely different a year or two down the road. Mixed signals always seemed to be more of their thing, so the fact we’re getting clear positive signals will understandably be greeted with a pessimistic response.  BLS H/N: Cut 4 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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After receiving a 25-game suspension on Sept. 12 for unauthorized use of the drug Adderall, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has requested and  been granted a theraputic use exemption from the league in order to continue using it in 2015. This according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who made the revelation during a team-related event on Tuesday . Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that he was told by Davis that the first baseman has received a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall next season. “It’s a good thing,” Showalter said during the 36th annual OriolesREACH Holiday Party for Kids at Dave & Buster’s in Arundel Mills. “Yeah, he told me he was approved for it.” Despite a disappointing season that saw his average drop to .196 and his home run total drop from 53 to 26, the loss of Davis was obviously a big blow to Baltimore’s offense at the worst possible time. The suspension ended up costing Davis the final 17 games of the regular season and all seven of the Orioles’ postseason games (they were swept by Kansas City in the ALCS), meaning he’ll also be forced to miss opening day in 2015. The timing was awful, and the circumstances surrounding his suspension were puzzling to say the least. Prior to the 2013 season, Davis was said to have a therapeutic use exemption for Adderall to treat his diagnosed ADHD . He stopped applying or was denied in 2013 but obviously kept taking Adderall, which led to two failed tests in two years. The first got him a warning. The second a suspension. The league reportedly issued 113 therapeutic use exemptions for the 2014 season, including 112 for attention deficit disorder or ADHD. The option was there for him then, just as it was before and just as it is now. But for whatever reason Davis wasn’t among those with an exemption.  D avis has not spoken publicly about the circumstances surrounding his suspension. Per the rules of the joint drug prevention and treatment program, MLB isn’t allowed to comment either. So it’s possible we’ll never know the whole story.  Of course, what matters now for Davis and the Orioles is that it appears he’ll be covered in 2015, allowing him to use Adderall without the threat of a larger suspension. But it would have been interesting to see how Baltimore would have fared against the Kansas City Royals with Davis in the lineup.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Major League Baseball says it raised more than $175,000 during last week’s Winter Meetings through an auction for a lung cancer-focused nonprofit.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Major League Baseball must produce documents relating to a dispute over television rights fees involving the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals before the matter goes to trial next year, a judge ruled on Monday. The regional baseball rivals have been at odds over the amount the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, also known as MASN, should pay the Nationals to broadcast their games. The Orioles control MASN, which broadcasts in the U.S. capital and seven surrounding states. The Nationals own a minority stake. …

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ervin Santana’s given name was Johan. This was a fine way to be identified for the right-hander raised in the Dominican Republic and working his way up through the minor leagues.

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The left-hander signed a four-year, $36 million contract.

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The left-hander signed a four-year, $36 million contract.

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The left-hander signed a four-year, $36 million contract.

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