• Cubs' Bryant on making Opening Day roster: 'Why not me?'

    The Score "There's not much else Kris Bryant can do with his bat to make his case for cracking the Chicago Cubs' roster out of camp, so now he's trying to plead his case with his mouth. The top prospect in baseball has hammered nine home runs while slashing .406/.472/1.313 in 12 games this spring, but..." March 28

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    Chris Iott @Chris_Iott

    Justin Verlander left the game due to cramp in his right triceps muscle. Tigers don't anticipate him missing next start.

  • Theo Epstein and Curt Schilling had a pretty interesting exchange about Kris Bryant

    Hardball Talk "Cubs president Theo Epstein was in the ESPN booth for a Cubs spring training game yesterday when Curt Schilling — back on broadcast duties this year, it’s good to note — challenged him regarding Kris Bryant’s presumably imminent demotion to the minor leagues. You know and I know that, in all..." March 27

  • Julio Teheran to start Opening Day for the Braves

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "As expected, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that pitcher Julio Teheran will be Atlanta's Opening Day starter on April 6 at Marlins Park, per the team's official website. The announcement came shortly after Teheran's spring outing against the Red Sox. The right-hander yielded two runs..." March 27

  • David Ortiz Has Never 'Knowingly' Took Any Steroids

    The Player's Tribune "I was ready to shoot somebody, man. Literally. I was sleeping at my house in the Dominican this winter when I heard a banging on my front door at 7:30 in the morning. Now, I got security. My kids and family are sleeping in the house. I wasn’t expecting anyone. Who in the hell is banging on my..." March 27

  • Mariners reliever David Rollins suspended 80 games for steroid use

    The News Tribune "Mariners lefty reliever David Rollins, a Rule 5 pick from Houston, received an 80-game suspension Friday from Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. “This was when I got back from winter ball,” said Rollins, who had been making a strong push to win a..." March 27

  • Hal Steinbrenner hates losing to Mets just like father did, insists Yankees are not for sale

    New York Daily News "Sure, Hal Steinbrenner isn’t as blustery as his old man was. But losses to the Mets still cut him deeply, even if they come in meaningless March exhibition games. That’s why the Yankees’ loss to the Mets on Wednesday in Tampa made for “an unpleasant day here at Steinbrenner Field,” Steinbrenner..." March 27

  • As Betances struggles, Girardi undecided on Yankees’ closer

    New York Post "Dellin Betances’ subpar spring doesn’t have Yankees manager Joe Girardi delaying a decision as to who will replace David Robertson in the closer’s role. “That is a decision that will probably be talked about a lot next week,’’ Girardi said. “It’s not on the forefront of what we are trying to do..." March 27

  • Hamels unofficially starting the opener

    Courier-Post "It is the easiest question the Philadelphia Phillies will face this year. Who is the Phillies’ Opening Day starter? Common sense says it will be left-hander Cole Hamels, though Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg wouldn’t go as far as to confirm that after Thursday’s 4-1 loss to the Blue..." March 27

  • Zimmermann: “It’s not looking good” for deal before opener

    Nats Insider "When Jordan Zimmermann reported for spring training nearly six weeks ago and said he wouldn’t hold any contract negotiations during the regular season, the right-hander essentially created a deadline for any talks with the Nationals to take place. And as that deadline fast approaches, there..." March 27

  • A's Josh Reddick likely to start season on disabled list

    Oakland Tribune "The A's aren't counting on right fielder Josh Reddick to be healthy enough to start the season on the active roster. Reddick, who is scheduled to play in a minor league game Sunday, will need more at-bats to be on top of his game, manager Bob Melvin said." March 27

  • Koji Uehara Takes Sizable Step Forward In Injury Battle

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox really want that Chairman’s Cup, apparently. OK, the annual award given to the winner of the spring training series between the Red Sox and Minnesota Twins probably wasn’t on Boston’s mind as Thursday’s Grapefruit League game progressed at JetBlue Park. But the Red Sox still..." March 27

  • Pirates say decisions due soon on fifth starter, pitching depth

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Though the events of Thursday did little to clarify the back end of the Pirates rotation or their starting depth, they indicated decisions are near. Two of the men in the competition, Vance Worley and Clayton Richard, pitched Thursday. Both had uneven outings. While Worley competes with Jeff..." March 27

  • Resolution to Hamilton case expected to come before Opening Day

    CBSSports.com "A resolution to the Josh Hamilton situation is expected to come sometime before Opening Day, people familiar with the situation said. A suspension of some length has been expected almost since it was learned Hamilton suffered a relapse – although it isn't known what the resolution will..." March 27

  • Alex Rodriguez's cousin pleads guilty in Biogenesis case

    Sporting News "Alex Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, has pleaded guilty in the federal investigation of performance-enhancing drugs that were illegally supplied to athletes through a Florida clinic, the Associated Press reported Friday. More than six years ago, the Yankees infielder confessed to doping and..." March 27

  • A-Rod subject to more drug testing

    ESPN New York "New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez is subject to increased drug testing by Major League Baseball as a result of his 162-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, according to baseball commissioner Rob Manfred. Speaking at Charlotte Sports Park, where the Yankees were playing..." March 26

  • Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez running with 'hitch' in step; Alex Avila will get shot at first base

    Michigan Live "If it looks to you like Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is running with a bit of a hitch in his step, you're not alone. Brad Ausmus sees it, too. Ausmus, the Tigers' manager, was asked if he has noticed Martinez running gingerly this spring. Ausmus said he first spotted it..." March 26

  • Mets Drastically Cut Security at Citi Field Despite Concerns, Records Show

    DNA Info "The New York Mets dramatically cut security staff at Citi Field in recent years despite concerns the moves would lead to increased response times for emergencies and fights as well as longer wait times at ticket gates, internal documents show. Budget cuts between 2009 and 2013 led management to..." March 26

  • Boras on Kris Bryant: When a guy's this good ... don't bring me 2nd fiddles

    CBSSports.com "Young Cubs slugger Kris Bryant is both the scourge and the talk of spring training. But with the extreme likelihood that he won't start the season with the big club becoming more apparent even as Bryant continues to tear up the Cactus League, Bryant's agent Scott Boras is taking on Bryant's cause..." March 26

  • Number One Overall Pick Brady Aiken undergoes Tommy John surgery

    The Player's Tribune "Yesterday, I had Tommy John surgery to fix my left arm. I’m obviously extremely disappointed. I wanted to let my pitching speak for itself, but now there are going to be new distractions. For that reason, I wanted to be the one to tell people what’s happened and make this a fresh start. Since..." March 26

  • Mets scouting Dodgers, Rockies' lefty relievers

    ESPN New York "The New York Mets are actively scouting left-handed relievers from the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers, according to ESPN.com's Mark Saxon. A Mets official told ESPN during the winter meetings that the club liked Rockies reliever Rex Brothers, who is earning $1.4 million this season..." March 26

  • David Ortiz feels "all right" testing his wheels

    WEEI Boston "The sight of David Ortiz‘s maple bat exploding violently is not what captured the attention of Red Sox manager John Farrell in the slugger’s second at-bat Thursday at JetBlue Park. It was the sight of him legging out a fielder’s choice that drove in Mookie Betts from third base. The ball..." March 26

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    Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

    Johnny Giavotella is 2-for-2 with a stolen base today, and has eight hits in his last 18 at-bats. Second base job pretty much his, for now.

  • Cubs' Ricketts reveals Wrigley renovation might take extra year

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts revealed Wednesday that the Wrigley Field restoration project will take an extra year to complete. The first of four scheduled offseason phases began in the fall of 2014 and the project was expected to be completed during the offseason between the 2017 and 2018..." March 26

  • Orioles want Gausman ready to be both a starter and reliever

    MLB.com "Kevin Gausman pitched just one inning in the Orioles' 6-4 loss to the Tigers on Thursday and manager Buck Showalter said he could shorten up the right-hander as a potential bullpen option in the final two weeks of camp. "Until everything shakes out, I want him to be ready to do both things,"..." March 26

  • Jacoby Ellsbury expected to be ready for start of season

    Hardball Talk "Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury was diagnosed with an oblique strain early last week, but it’s thought to be a fairly minor injury and he is expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Ellsbury was able to take dry swings, play catch,..." March 26

  • Pablo Sandoval was irritated with Giants for harping on his weight

    Larry Brown Sports "Pablo Sandoval was an excellent player for the Giants during his seven seasons spent in San Francisco. He made two All-Star teams and helped lead them to three World Series titles. Despite his excellent regular seasons and postseason brilliance, the Giants always seemed to have an issue with..." March 26

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    TR Sullivan @Sullivan_Ranger

    Gallardo officially Opening Day starter...Detwiler is in 4th spot...5th starter to be determined

  • Rays name Chris Archer starter for Opening Day

    Fox Sports Florida "A new Tampa Bay Rays starter for Opening Day has been named: Right-hander Chris Archer. Kevin Cash announced the choice to reporters on Thursday in Port Charlotte, Florida. The move to start Archer against the Baltimore Orioles on April 6 at Tropicana Field comes as little surprise after..." March 26

  • Getting work in, Perkins showing no rust

    MLB.com "Glen Perkins got his work in on the Minor League side on Thursday, as the Twins' closer tossed an easy 1-2-3 inning against the Red Sox's Class A team at the CenturyLink Sports Complex. Perkins, who missed time early in camp with a mild right oblique strain, made his fifth appearance of the..." March 26

  • Billingsley feels good in two-inning Minors outing

    MLB.com "This is just another small step for Phillies right-hander Chad Billingsley, but he is encouraged. He pitched two scoreless innings Thursday in a Minor League Spring Training game against the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate at Carpenter Complex. Billingsley, 30, allowed two hits. He faced seven..." March 26

  • Industry sources estimate Time Warner cable's losing $100 million annually on the Dodgers

    Awful Announcing "While the value of televised sports rights just seems to keep rising, those rights aren’t always ensuring a profit for broadcasters or translating into more access for fans. The most glaring case in point might be the debacle of Time Warner Cable’s acquisition of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ TV rights..." March 26

  • Royals go with RHP Ventura to start opener

    Covers.com "The Kansas City Royals' starting rotation is set to start the 2015 season. Royals manager Ned Yost told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday that 23-year-old Yordano Ventura will start the Opening Day game against the Chicago White Sox in Kauffman Stadium. The rest of the Royals' rotation..." March 26

  • Jeter's replacement already earning eye-popping praise from Yankee vets

    Fox Sports "I walked into the Yankees’ spring complex with no preconceived notions about what I wanted to write. I walked out stunned by the team’s excitement over Derek Jeter’s replacement, shortstop Didi Gregorius. So, let’s take a day off from talking about Alex Rodriguez’s comeback, the Yankees’..." March 26

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    Dan Hayes @CSNHayes

    David Robertson threw in bullpen today. Went well. He has experienced some regular ST soreness. But Robin Ventura doesn't sound concerned.

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Jayson Werth's shoulder sore hitting, per Matt. He's graduated to swinging with regular bat but not full BP yet. "You do run out of time."

  • Dollars, common sense say it is unlikely Tigers, David Price will reach deal soon

    Michigan Live "Should the Detroit Tigers commit the amount of money it would take to convince David Price to sign an extension now and bypass free agency next offseason? That is a question for another day. It's subjective. The answer depends on a number of issues, many of them unknown. How will Justin..." March 26

  • Jon Niese works to get stride right

    ESPN.com "Jonathon Niese spent a simulated game Thursday trying to get his mechanics back in order. Niese said he noticed in his last bullpen session that his right leg was stepping toward the first-base side -- not directly at the plate -- as he landed. That caused him to throw across his body and, he..." March 26

  • Orioles ace Tillman begins talking to team about possible extension

    CBSSports.com "Orioles ace Chris Tillman and the team began to talk about a possible long-term contract within the past day or two, though talks thus far are said only to be about "concepts" and not hard numbers, say people familiar with the discussions. Tillman, the Orioles' presumed Opening Day starter,..." March 26

  • Carlos Rodon feels he's 'close' to majors after dominant outing

    Sporting News "The White Sox made big moves this offseason to improve their roster, but they might have to make room for a homegrown pitcher on their opening day roster. Carlos Rodon, the third overall pick in last year's draft, struck out nine Royals over four scoreless innings Wednesday night. He allowed..." March 26

  • Rehabbing Bobby Parnell takes big step closer to rejoining Mets

    New York Post "Bobby Parnell won’t begin the season with the Mets, but Wednesday cleared another hurdle in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander pitched a scoreless inning in Port St. Lucie against Triple-A New Orleans in his first game action in nearly a year. According to reports, Parnell’s..." March 26

  • 5th spot in Phillies rotation still unclear

    Courier-Post "The battle for the No. 5 spot in the Phillies’ rotation received no clarity during Wednesday’s game against the Astros. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had another rough start during the Phillies’ 7-1 loss. He surrendered two home runs and Houston peppered him for eight hits and four runs in his..." March 26

  • Nationals interested in Cuban right-hander Yadier Alvarez

    Washington Post "The Nationals have serious interest in Cuban right-handed pitcher Yadier Alvarez, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 18-year-old burst onto the international market over the past few months, emerging as a top pitching prospect. Alvarez, a shortstop converted to pitcher, is raw..." March 26

  • Cueto still expected to make Opening Day start

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Johnny Cueto was expected to return to Reds camp Wednesday. Cueto returned home to the Dominican Republic to attend to a personal matter last week. "My understanding is he'll be here at some point in time (Wednesday)," Price said. "We Facetime'd him when he was way. He said he was able to do..." March 26

  • Shane Victorino lashes out at talk radio guys for blowing his Cole Hamels comments out of proportion

    Hardball Talk "Red Sox outfielder Shane Victorino used to play in Philly, so when the biggest offseason trade rumors involve a Phillies player being traded from Philly to Boston, he’s a logical guy to go to for a comment. Which is what the Philadelphia Daily News did a few days ago. Victorino’s comments..." March 26

  • Veteran catcher John Buck set to retire

    MLB Trade Rumors "Catcher John Buck is retiring in order to spend more time with his family, the Braves announced. The veteran backstop had been in camp with Atlanta but did not figure to make the Opening Day roster. Buck, 34, has played in eleven big league campaigns, amassing over 4,000 plate appearances and..." March 26

  • Cardinals add “OT” patch for Oscar Taveras

    Hardball Talk "There’s been some controversy about this, but the Cardinals will go ahead with their plan … Oscar Taveras died last October when he crashed his sports car into a tree while driving drunk in the Dominican Republic. His 18-year-old girlfriend Edilia Arvelo was also killed. If Taveras had..." March 26

  • Would David Wright move out of his No. 3 spot in Mets lineup?

    Newark Star-Ledger "On April 26 and 27 of the 2013 season, something irregular occurred: David Wright did not bat in the No. 3 spot in the order. It was a two-game blip. As he has taken over the mantle of being the Mets' franchise player and its face, Wright has also found a comfortable place in the lineup. He is..." March 26

  • Chris Sale thinks April 12 is 'good date to shoot for'

    CSN Chicago "There were as many expletives from him as words of encouragement from the pitching coach, but Chris Sale is happy with the work. The White Sox ace took another step forward in his rehab, throwing an unknown number of pitches in a Wednesday bullpen session as he prepares for “game-like” action..." March 26

  • Joe Maddon Denies Report Indicating Javier Baez Already Told He’d Made the Team

    Bleacher Nation "This is one of those things that has the potential to get a little sticky thanks to the inherent game of telephone, but Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon apparently wasn’t buying yesterday’s report that Javier Baez has already been told he’s made the team as the second baseman. The report was..." March 25