WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander thinks the free-agent process is broken. Still, he says that's not why he decided to sign a new deal with the Houston Astros rather than test the market. "I can't see a better situation," Verlander said Sunday after the Astros announced
Author: WSYM
Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:00 am
Detroit Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd and wife, Ashley, weren't looking for this cause. But ending sex slavery in Uganda has become their mission. BRANDON, Florida –  Christin Stewart, the Detroit Tigers' rookie left fielder, was kicking back and relaxing, eating nachos off a plastic plate, sitting
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: March 25, 2019, 10:00 am
CLEVELAND, Ohio — Can the Cleveland Indians make it back to the postseason by becoming the best base running team in the American League? Manager Terry Francona believes it's one of the ways they can, and he's got plenty of weapons at his disposal to make that happen. From Jose Ramirez's
Author: cleveland.com
Posted: March 25, 2019, 9:02 am
The Rangers this season say goodbye to the most important element in their history. This will be the final season of major league baseball in Globe Life Park, the ballyard's fourth name in its 26-year history. Given the major contribution the park made, it deserves a grand send-off into an uncertain
Author: Miami Herald
Posted: March 25, 2019, 8:00 am
The widely recognised story of how Major League Baseball’s spring training league in Florida came to be known as the Grapefruit League is, perhaps appropriately for a sport so built on the wacky and the weird, unconventional. The tale goes that aviator Ruth Law had been throwing golf balls from her
Author: The Independent
Posted: March 25, 2019, 7:03 am
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Yankees didn't require a medivac to get them out of Florida, but they weren't an advertisement of perfect health. Prior to the start of games played under palm trees and blue skies the Yankees were a popular pick to dethrone the defending champion Red Sox in the AL East
Author: New York Post
Posted: March 25, 2019, 6:51 am
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jake Lamb is tired of being asked about his move across the diamond. He's just ready to get the regular season going. After five big league seasons as a third baseman, Lamb is set to start the season at first base, a spot vacated when All-Star Paul Goldschmidt was traded
Author: Mohave Daily News
Posted: March 25, 2019, 6:08 am
Jeff Trout has watched his son go from a promising prospect to the best player in baseball and now the Angels' $426 million man. But it's not the money that fills this dad with joy.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:27 am
SAN FRANCISCO -- It has been 10 years since we first saw Buster Posey take the field at Oracle Park. That emotional moment in Bruce Bochy's office when Brandon Belt found out he made the team? That was eight years ago. Brandon Crawford is about to begin his eighth season as the everyday shortstop
Author: NBC Sports BayArea
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:13 am
While one key Dodgers player took another big step toward peak form Sunday night, a key Angels slugger stubbed his toe. Angels left fielder Justin Upton was pulled in the first inning of an 8-4 Freeway Series exhibition victory over the Dodgers when he sprained his left big-toe while running into the
Author: Los Angeles Times
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:03 am
Casey Mize, the top pick in the 2018 MLB amateur draft and No. 1 Detroit Tigers prospect, had a rough go at it in a minor league matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates' affiliate on the backfields of TigerTown on Sunday. Playing on Mickey Cochrane Field and teamed up with the Low-A West Michigan
Author: Bless You Boys
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
The greatest strength of the 103-win, 2018 Houston Astros was the starting rotation. It led both leagues in ERA at 3.16, and most other statistical categories. It accounted for 21.7 Wins Above Replacement according to Fangraphs, which surprisingly to me, was second behind the Indians...barely. The Indians
Author: The Crawfish Boxes
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
A new era of baseball in central New York starts when the brand-new Syracuse Mets take the field for the home opener, April 4. Don Waful's baseball watching days in Syracuse go back almost a century to the Syracuse Stars. "I saw some minor league games here in Syracuse when I was 10 years old
Author: www.wrvo.org
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
There's quite a bit that can be done in Out of the Park Baseball 20 that cannot be done in MLB The Show 19. That's true in a vacuum, but that naked statement ignores the elephant in the room. OOTP 20 is a text-sim, which means the actual gameplay is primarily conveyed through text and not in
Author: Forbes
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
The Chicago White Sox wrapped up the last full week of spring training with a 7-3 win over Cleveland, thanks to some solid pitching from a gumbo of arms, and timely hitting. In the first, starting pitcher Zach Thompson worked his way into trouble, allowing back-to-back singles to open the game. But,
Author: South Side Sox
Posted: March 25, 2019, 5:00 am
Comedian and baseball author Greg Proops grew up in San Carlos, an avid Giants fan. With Opening Day around the corner, the Sporting Green picked the brain of the “Smartest Man in the World� author and podcast host. GP: I started going to games in 1968 with my dad. McCovey and Mays meant the world to
Author: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:32 am
Consider this an exercise in futility. For the past few years, we have stuck our necks out, making bold predictions for the season to come. Our 2018 picks were downright awful, and the seasons before that haven't gone much better. But that's not the point, really. With Opening Day just a few
Author: Bless You Boys
Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:24 am
Angels 8 Dodgers 4 The villains didn't go gently into that good night against the Angels this evening, and we are all left asking, “Why?� Why expend so much effort only to embarrass yourselves? Why battle back by hook and by crook only to get absolutely slaughtered by Marsh and the Minors Mob? Are
Author: Halos Heaven
Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:08 am
Miguel Cabrera continued his resurgent spring Sunday, hitting a two-run homer and two-run double as the Detroit Tigers walloped the Toronto Blue Jays 18-6 in Lakeland, Fla. Cabrera, who turns 36 on April 18, is coming off an injury-shortened 2018 season in which he hit .299 with only three home runs
Author: Reuters
Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:03 am
FORT MYERS, FLA. – Some weeknight Twins games will begin at 6:40 p.m. this season. But the real show might start closer to 4. Not since Jim Thome put dents in the bleachers at brand-new Target Field nearly a decade ago has batting practice been appointment viewing in downtown Minneapolis. Nelson Cruz
Author: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Posted: March 25, 2019, 4:03 am
ANAHEIM – The Dodgers signed pitcher Justin Grimm to a minor league contract Sunday. He joined his new teammates at Angel Stadium, where a number 49 jersey was waiting. Manager Dave Roberts said Grimm will make his debut in relief of Kenta Maeda Monday night. It was no surprise the Dodgers went outside
Author: Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: March 25, 2019, 3:38 am
Nate Eovaldi began last season with the Rays on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery and ended it as a Red Sox World Series hero. Zack Britton was an Oriole sidelined following an Achilles tendon tear who wound up a vital piece of the Yankees' bullpen. Mike Fiers opened as a Tiger
Author: New York Post
Posted: March 25, 2019, 3:35 am
Rare is the team that, on the final day of camp, reflects on the experience and determines, well, this team is going nowhere. Optimism should be doled out carefully in March. Not everything down here was sunshine and blue skies. The early shoulder injury to pitcher Carlos Martinez and the late caution
Author: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Posted: March 25, 2019, 3:20 am
It might not have the same tradition as the red, white and blue bunting hung throughout the ballpark on opening day or fans skipping school and work to go see a game on what feels like a national holiday. But as the Major League Baseball season reconvenes, it also brings the triumphant return of the
Author: The Seattle Times
Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:54 am
FORT MYERS, FLA. – Twins righthander Matt Magill has not pitched in an exhibition game since March 13 because of biceps tendinitis and is a candidate to start the season on the injured list. However, he has been rehabilitating his arm and it's at the point where he has been able to play catch in
Author: Star Tribune
Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:36 am
OAKLAND — Erik Kratz, 2018 postseason darling, knew he wasn't going to spend this season with the Milwaukee Brewers. He knew it when he reported for spring training. He knew it for a month and a half. “I've been playing my last game — I said it last year — 12 years, now it's 13,� said Kratz
Author: The San Francisco Examiner
Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:28 am
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Hello from the Washington Nationals' last day in West Palm Beach, where they just completed a six-week spring training that, if you ask most players, was entirely too long. But no matter. Opening Day against the New York Mets is at 1:05 p.m. Thursday, Max Scherzer will take
Author: San Francisco Chronicle
Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:08 am
MLB, OPENING DAYThursday, March 28Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 10 a.m., ESPNArizona at L.A. Dodgers, 1 p.m., SNLA/ESPNBoston at Seattle, 4 p.m., ESPNL.A. Angels at Oakland, 1 p.m., FSW Nothing in baseball resonates more than opening day, because everyone is tied for first place (except the A's, who
Author: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: March 25, 2019, 2:00 am
Mets starter Noah Syndergaard spoke out on behalf of reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, who still hasn't been signed to a contract extension yet.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:52 am
One reason the Los Angeles Angels were able to lock up Mike Trout for essentially the rest of his career stems from the long offseason for a number of top free agents this winter. Speaking to reporters, Trout specifically cited Manny Machado and Bryce Harper as reasons he chose to re-sign with the Angels
Author: Bleacher Report
Posted: March 25, 2019, 1:02 am
The Padres' young starting pitchers at various times this spring demonstrated a big portion of the reason the organization is so optimistic about its future. Even the immediate future. But with the start of the season four days away, the Padres have a little bit of a problem. Aside from right-hander
Author: Orlando Sentinel
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:50 am
Japan is over for the Oakland Athletics. A couple of big swings helped wake up the A's. Stephen Piscotty, Jurickson Profar and Ramon Laureano homered, and Oakland beat the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Sunday in the Bay Bridge exhibition series.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:48 am
ESPN The San Diego Padres named left-hander Eric Lauer the team's Opening Day starter for Thursday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Manager Andy Green made the announcement Sunday and said he chose to start Lauer in the opener as his normal day to pitch falls on Thursday. Left-hander
Author: ESPN.com
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:43 am
FORT MYERS, FLA. – One of these years, the Cleveland Indians are not going to win the American League Central. But as long as one of the most dominant starting rotations in baseball remains intact, the Indians will be the favorites. From two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber to impressive youngster Shane
Author: Star Tribune
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:42 am
Caption Close WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The race for Houston's final bullpen spot is down to two candidates. Lefthander Cionel Perez was among the nine players reassigned to minor league camp on Tuesday, eliminating him from consideration for the opening day bullpen. Because Perez did not start his
Author: Houston Chronicle
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:41 am
The Nashville Sounds edged the Texas Rangers 4-3 in the first Major League exhibition game in Nashville since 1999. Outfielder Preston Beck hit a two-run homer off Texas reliever Shawn Kelley in the bottom of the sixth to give the Sounds the lead for good at 3-2 before a First Tennessee Park record 11,824
Author: WSMV Nashville
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:32 am
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Mike Tauchman will join the Yankees in Washington. A scout familiar with the 28-year-old outfielder, who was acquired Saturday from Colorado and forced Tyler Wade off the Opening Day roster, believes the Yankees made a smart move getting him. “He can play center field
Author: New York Post
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:27 am
The Blue Jays picked up a couple of pitchers and announced positive Ryan Tepera news on Sunday, but they are still no closer to rounding out the first spin through their rotation. In fact, one of the candidates to make a spot start for Ryan Borucki effectively took himself out of the conversation. The
Author: Toronto Sun
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:21 am
Free Press food writer Susan Selasky and chef Mark of Tigers' vendor Delaware North preview the new items on the menu at Comerica Park this season. LAKELAND, Fla. — On the final page of a white legal pad, these words written in permanent marker were unmistakable: “SPRING'S OVER.� Of course, manager
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:14 am
In addition to the Los Angeles Dodgers incurring multiple injuries in their starting rotation, they also lost Tony Cingrani to his recurring left shoulder trouble. After making strong contributions for the Dodgers in 2017, inflammation limited him to just 30 appearances last season. He reported for Spring
Author: DodgerBlue.com
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:02 am
Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias spent Sunday chipping away at the team's roster in preparation for Opening Day, but it wasn't until he optioned top catching prospect Chance Sisco to Triple-A Norfolk that the situation behind the plate came into clear focus. That
Author: Baltimore Sun
Posted: March 25, 2019, 12:00 am
“He opened my eyes last year, he kind of started to become part of the conversations in the middle of the minor league season as a guy that kind of jumped on our radar,� Aaron Boone said before Sunday's 5-3 win over Minnesota at CenturyLink Sports Complex. “He came up and showed us something and
Author: nydailynews.com
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:58 pm
On the field: Despite fielding a team composed mostly of minor-leaguers, the Brewers closed out Cactus League play by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Salt River Fields. With the major-league team headed to Montreal for a two-game exhibition series against the Toronto Blue
Author: Green Bay Press-Gazette
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:33 pm
JOE PALUMBO Position: Left-handed pitcher Opening day age: 24 How acquired: Selected in 30th round of 2013 draft out of West Islip St. John the Baptist, N.Y., High School. Received $32,000 signing bonus. Next stop: Palumbo returned last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 26, 2017. He
Author: SportsDay
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:32 pm
Gausman will open the season on the injured list, formerly known as the disabled list, but he could join the rotation as soon as April 5 if he builds up to about 90 pitches by then.  “I felt like this was another step of getting close to being ready,� Gausman said of Sunday's outing. He allowed no
Author: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:31 pm
If anyone doubted the Cubs' sense of urgency this spring, President Theo Epstein reinforced it Sunday. The team's decision to designate left-handed reliever Brian Duensing for assignment Sunday and likely eat the $3.5 million on his contract comes one day after the Cubs optioned 2015 first-round
Author: chicagotribune.com
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:30 pm
BILLINGS — Miles City native Caleb Frare will be on the Chicago White Sox's opening day roster, according to news reports. The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Sunday that Frare, who made his Major League Baseball debut on Sept. 2 last year for the White Sox, will be a reliever when the team starts
Author: 406 MT SPORTS
Posted: March 24, 2019, 11:09 pm
The Boston Red Sox are rolling with Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart behind the plate, it appears.
Author: NBC Sports Boston
Posted: March 24, 2019, 10:57 pm
LAKELAND, Fla. -- In the midst of Daniel Norris' otherwise lackluster spring finale Sunday afternoon at Joker Marchant Stadium, something remarkable happened. The radar gun flashed 94 MPH after a Norris fastball. Then it happened again. Norris hasn't regularly been in the 93-94 mph range since
Author: MLive.com
Posted: March 24, 2019, 10:46 pm
While missing spring training time, Odubel Herrera stayed sharp physically and mentally, as the Phillies' flashy outfielder is putting a focus on staying focused. By Jim Salisbury
Author: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Posted: March 24, 2019, 10:26 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters will be Colorado's catching duo for the second consecutive season. Iannetta, 35, hit .224 with 11 home runs last year while splitting most of the starts with Wolters, 26, who hit a team-low .170. But Colorado's coaching staff prefers each of their
Author: Denver Post
Posted: March 24, 2019, 10:23 pm