• Josh Hamilton's future rests with arbitrator as panel splits on rehab treatment

    Los Angeles Times "An arbitrator will have to break a split decision about how to handle Josh Hamilton. A four-person panel, which was to determine whether the Angels outfielder should enter a rehabilitation program for substance abuse, is deadlocked in its opinion, The Times has learned. The group is made up..." March 04

  • A-Rod gets hit, walk in debut

    ESPN.com "It took nearly 18 months for Alex Rodriguez to get back on a baseball field -- and just one at-bat to get back into the swing of things with a single his first time up in Wednesday's spring training game between the Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field. A-Rod finished his..." March 04

  • Mets' Daniel Murphy vocal in disdain for Billy Bean's homosexuality

    Sporting News "The Mets invited Billy Bean, Major League Baseball's inclusion ambassador, to spend Tuesday with the team at their spring training facility, but not everyone was thrilled to have the openly gay executive around. Second baseman Daniel Murphy was clear about where he stood. "I disagree with..." March 04

  • Cubs considered playing entire 2015 home schedule in Milwaukee

    SI.com "The Chicago Cubs say they considered playing their entire home schedule in Milwaukee because of delays to the renovation of Wrigley Field. Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said the team did not go ahead with the plan to move the games to Miller Park because it was “too much..." March 04

  • Walker starts bid for spot in Mariners’ rotation with two strong innings

    The News Tribune "The time is right, Taijuan Walker believes, to validate his long-held status as the Mariners’ top pitching prospect. And Wednesday served as a strong opening statement. Walker delivered two strong innings against San Diego’s revamped lineup when the Mariners opened their 32-game Cactus League..." March 04

  • 14h
    Eduardo A. Encina @EddieInTheYard

    Alex Cobb will start Opening Day for the #Rays vs. #Orioles, @TBTimes_Rays reports.

  • Derek Jeter’s departure paves way for Ellbury-Gardner combo

    New York Post "Much has been made of Didi Gregorius replacing Derek Jeter at short. But who is going to follow Jeter in the No. 2 spot in the Yankees’ batting order? Joe Girardi may have tipped his hand Tuesday when he used Jacoby Ellsbury in the leadoff spot and Brett Gardner hit second against the Phillies..." March 04

  • Hanrahan needs second Tommy John; Tigers release him

    Detroit News "It’s the worst kind of déjà vu for Joel Hanrahan. After two years of grueling and painstaking rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, Hanrahan found out Tuesday that he has to do it all over again. “The first one was a failed surgery,” Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski..." March 04

  • 9h
    Jane Lee @JaneMLB

    The A's have decided to move Coco Crisp to left field in attempt to help keep him healthy.

  • Royals pitcher Tim Collins to undergo MRI after leaving game with elbow injury

    Kansas City Star "Tim Collins could not remember the exact hitter he was facing, but he knew the pitch. It was a curveball in the fifth inning of the Royals’ 13-2 victory over Texas in their Cactus League opener. Collins thought it was a strike. He also noticed the sensation of tightness afflicting his left elbow..." March 04

  • Cubs waiting for Welington Castillo situation to play itself out

    CSN Chicago "Anyone need a catcher? The Cubs will be open for business when their Cactus League schedule begins on Thursday with two split-squad games. Some of the scouts sitting behind home plate will have to be watching Welington Castillo this spring. While the Cubs publicly insist it’s not impossible..." March 04

  • Dickey not tipping pitches any more

    Toronto Sun "Just before the all-star break in 2013, R.A. Dickey was jogging in the outfield at the Rogers Centre. A scout motioned for the new Blue Jays right-hander to come over to talk when he was finished. As Dickey approached the pro scout said “so, you’re fixed, huh?” Dickey had been tipping his..." March 04

  • Phillies don’t expect Chad Billingsley to be ready for Opening Day

    Hardball Talk "Philadelphia signed Chad Billingsley to an incentive-laden one-year deal in the hopes that he’ll bounce back well from Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries, but Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that “he’s not expected to be big league-ready until late April.” That’s no surprise given that..." March 04

  • Yankees' Alex Rodriguez 'ready to go' in spring debut

    USA Today "It was 505 days ago that Alex Rodriguez watched a called third strike from David Price. That's the last pitch the Yankees' fallen star saw from an opponent until facing Philadelphia's Kevin Slowey in today's exhibition home opener. Rodriguez, now 39, was the designated hitter that September..." March 04

  • 8h
    Marly~ESPN Deportes @MarlyRiveraESPN

    Source says Tanaka will probably start against Braves 3/12 here at George M. Steinbrenner Field; remains to be confirmed

  • A-Rod to make spring debut Wednesday: 'I'll be a little nervous'

    The Score "Alex Rodriguez is gearing up for his first game in more than 17 months. Rodriguez will be the starting designated hitter for the New York Yankees' spring home opener against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, manager Joe Girardi confirmed. Rodriguez, who turns 40 this summer, admitted..." March 03

  • Yankees fire employee over alleged tweets about Curt Schilling’s daughter

    Sportress of Blogitude "A part-time ticket seller employed by the New York Yankees has been fired by the team after he was outed as one of the alleged individuals who sent Curt Schilling inappropriate tweets about his teenage daughter, according to a NJ.com report. Schilling had posted a message on Twitter last week..." March 03

  • David Wright scolds Noah Syndergaard for not being on bench during Mets’ intrasquad game

    New York Daily News "In his two years as Mets’ captain, David Wright has been touted as a lead-by-example kind of guy. On Tuesday, however, he realized it was time to say something — and Noah Syndergaard listened. The Mets captain had finished his work in the afternoon's intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday at Tradition..." March 03

  • Victor Martinez on track to start season on time

    Detroit News "Manager Brad Ausmus' fears regarding Victor Martinez and his well-meaning rambunctiousness were well-placed. Ausmus felt it was best to keep Martinez, recovering from arthroscopic surgery, away from spring training until he was capable of doing more baseball-related activities. "Victor isn't..." March 03

  • 1d

    According to #Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, club hasn't finalized contract for K-Rod and there is no guess on arrival from Venezuela.

  • Mets, Rangers could match up on Dillon Gee trade

    MLB Daily Dish "There is an expectation around baseball that Mets' starter Dillon Gee could be traded at some point during spring training, and some in the game believe the Rangers may make a push to acquire him, according to major-league sources. It is unclear if the sides are in active discussions about a deal..." March 03

  • No signs of progress in Red Sox, Phillies trade talks regarding Cole Hamels

    Boston Herald "Despite the presence of a Philadelphia Phillies executive at JetBlue Park to scout the Boston Red Sox on Monday, there are no signs of any progress in trade talks involving Cole Hamels, two major league sources told The Boston Herald. Charley Kerfeld, a special assistant to the general manager..." March 03

  • Matt Harvey to make his regular season debut on April 9

    New York Post "The Matt Harvey Plan is in place. If all goes well the rest of spring training, the Mets want the Comeback Kid to pitch in Washington against the Nationals — but not the season opener. Game 3 is likely and then he will make his Citi Field comeback in the Mets’ second home game of the season, a..." March 03

  • Don Mattingly says Jimmy Rollins will be the Dodgers’ leadoff man

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced that new shortstop Jimmy Rollins will be the team’s leadoff hitter, explaining: “We don’t truly have anyone else who fits in that role.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement, but whatever. Rollins fits the old stereotype of a leadoff hitter because he’s a..." March 03

  • Why Masahiro Tanaka isn't worried about the health of his elbow

    Yahoo! Sports "Generally speaking, it bodes poorly when a team’s success going into a season depends upon contingencies. And yet here stand the New York Yankees, who have a bunch of ifs to show for their $215 million. As in: If CC Sabathia’s chronically degenerative knee holds up … and if Michael Pineda can make..." March 03

  • Cole Hamels Trade Talk ‘Motivation’ For Red Sox Pitching Staff

    NESN "Cole Hamels this, Cole Hamels that. It’s impossible to bring up the Boston Red Sox in spring training without Hamels’ name coming up. The Red Sox’s lack of a starting pitcher who is considered a true ace has been a major storyline in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Red Sox opened their exhibition..." March 03

  • Twins making progress on an extension for Brian Dozier

    Twin Cities "Having already locked up Opening Day starter Phil Hughes earlier this winter with a three-year, $42 million contract extension through 2019, the Twins are working on an extension for second baseman Brian Dozier There were strong indications Tuesday that the Twins and Damon Lapa, Dozier’s agent,..." March 03

  • Curt Schilling lowers the boom on some men tweeting threats against his daughter

    Hardball Talk "Curt Schilling wrote a proud papa tweet about his daughter being accepted to college and getting to continue to play softball, which she’s played for years. Anyone who is a parent — or anyone who had great, proud parents — have had or have been the recipient of those sorts of feelings before and..." March 03

  • Cubs and Javier Baez trying unique ways to improve offensive approach

    SI.com "When Cubs second baseman Javier Baez took his cuts against new teammate Jon Lester in live batting practice last Friday, something very big was missing. Baez hit without his pronounced leg kick, when he lifts his front knee about waist high. Instead, Baez simply lifted his left heel off the..." March 03

  • 1d
    Jerry Crasnick @jcrasnick

    Free agent pitcher Chris Young is planning to review offers and make a decision on a team by the end of the week.

  • 1d
    Rob Biertempfel @BiertempfelTrib

    #pirates RHP Brandon Cumpton has elbow discomfort, will see Dr. Andrews next week.

  • Josh Reddick gave up his number to Billy Butler for an Xbox

    Hardball Talk "John Hickey of the Mercury-News reports that Josh Reddick gave up his number 16 to Billy Butler when Country Breakfast signed with the A’s. The price? Not high: “For Reddick, giving up 16 wasn’t a major hardship, particularly since he got a new X-Box from Butler out of it as a token of..." March 03

  • A-Rod won't play in spring opener

    ESPN New York "The New York Yankees will open their exhibition season Tuesday without Alex Rodriguez in the lineup. Rodriguez, who is attempting to come back after a 17-month absence from baseball due to a season-long suspension for PED violations, is not on the travel roster for the Yankees' spring opener..." March 02

  • 2d
    Todd Zolecki @ToddZolecki

    Chase Utley's right ankle isn't completely healthy. Didn't work out today. "They're not going to play him for a little while," Amaro said.

  • Dodgers reliever Brandon League credits giving up alcohol to boost in energy

    L.A. Daily News "To hear Dodgers pitcher Brandon League tell it, shedding 20 pounds and giving up alcohol were just a means to the end. The fact that the Dodgers are encouraging players to eat organic food in spring training, and League has been on a paleo diet for months? Pure coincidence. The only purpose..." March 02

  • Yu Darvish, when asked if he quit on the Rangers last season: “That is bull [expletive].”

    Hardball Talk "Rangers starter Yu Darvish suffered a right elbow injury in August last season. He was expected back by the end of the month, but as the Rangers, who finished 67-95, weren’t headed anywhere, Darvish took it slow and eventually was shut down for the remainder of the season. Darvish’s toughness..." March 02

  • Aramis Ramirez likely to retire following 2015 season

    Bucs Dugout "As SuperBaes already noted in the FanPosts, longtime NL Central third baseman Aramis Ramirez appears set to retire after the 2015 season. Ramirez was, of course, a Pirates product, having signed with the organization all the way back in 1994. Unfortunately, they rushed him to the big leagues,..." March 02

  • Sox: Slim chance for Sale start in opener

    ESPN Chicago "Initially hopeful that Chris Sale could return to pitch on Opening Day, the Chicago White Sox now are being more cautious with their optimism. Manager Robin Ventura expressed doubts that Sale would be far enough in his recovery from a fracture in his right foot to pitch in the season opener on..." March 02

  • Alex Rodriguez will see first action of spring as DH in intrasquad game for Yankees

    New York Daily News "Alex Rodriguez will make his spring debut on Monday. Sort of. The polarizing slugger is batting fourth as a designated hitter in the Yankees' intrasquad game Monday afternoon, though he won't have a chance to measure himself against actual pitching as the game will be played with pitching..." March 02

  • Yoenis Cespedes open to future in Detroit: 'I would like to be in a Tigers uniform for many years'

    Michigan Live "Yoenis Cespedes has been in camp with the Detroit Tigers for a short time. On Sunday, he made it clear he wouldn't mind playing for the Tigers for a long time. "I would like to be in a Tigers uniform for many years," Cespedes said Sunday through an interpreter in his first interview with..." March 02

  • Harper says he has to 'step up' for Nationals

    MLB.com "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants to improve his numbers from last year. He made it clear Sunday that he wants to stay injury-free and he would like to get better at the plate. Although he missed 62 games because of a thumb injury, Harper put up respectable numbers, hitting .273 with 13..." March 02

  • 3d
    Juan C. Rodriguez @JCRMarlinsbeat

    #Marlins ace Jose Fernandez to throw off mound for first time this since undergoing TJ surgery last May. Set to throw 15 FBs.

  • Yankees' new shortstop stays in Derek Jeter's shadow

    USA Today "In the back of the New York Yankees spring training clubhouse, there's a large open area where reporters have routinely gathered these past few days. It's the point of easiest access to the locker with a No. 13 jersey hanging on the rod. Down that same row of lockers, some 40 feet away, another..." March 01

  • Matt Harvey gets back to work for Mets, throws 43 pitches during first spring session on the mound

    New York Daily News "Matt Harvey sprinted to the mound. The Mets ace groomed the dirt around the rubber with his foot and waited for Travis d’Arnaud to give him the signal. About a dozen cameras were pointed at him, twice as many reporters and team personnel stood around the field, and behind the fences about 100 fans..." March 01

  • Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton hit by pitch in intrasquad contest

    Fish Stripes "Giancarlo Stanton did not touch Henderson Alvarez's fastball on Saturday morning. Miami played its first intrasquad game of the spring, and Alvarez hit Stanton on the hip after attempting to throw a fastball inside. The pair subsequently laughed and shook hands, as Stanton faced live pitching for..." March 01

  • Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki will begin running next week

    Sporting News "The Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are recovering from offseason surgeries and are hopeful about starting on opening day, the team reported on Saturday. Both players are former All-Stars and have battled injuries on and off over the last two seasons. They are expected to start..." March 01

  • Blue Jays sign free agent slugger Dayan Viciedo

    Sportsnet.ca "Dayan Viciedo and the Toronto Blue Jays reached agreement on a minor-league deal that will pay the Cuban slugger $2.5 million if he makes the team, industry sources told Sportsnet. The move, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, adds outfield depth after the team suffered a scare with..." March 01

  • Mets’ Ruben Tejada responds to ex-teammate Jose Reyes’ criticism

    New York Daily News "Ruben Tejada has not talked to Jose Reyes in a while. But the struggling Mets shortstop said he might reach out to his former mentor after Reyes told a reporter that he was disappointed that Tejada had not taken the Mets’ starting shortstop job and run with it. “Every time I talk to him, I try..." March 01

  • Giants’ Lincecum gets good early reviews at spring training

    San Francisco Chronicle "Tim Lincecum threw a fastball up, which is not his happy place, but got a huge swing and miss from Brandon Belt. “His fastball was deceptive,” Belt said. “It was getting on you quicker than you expected.” A lot of eyes will be focused on Lincecum in 2015 as he tries — again — to rediscover a..." March 01

  • White Sox legend Minnie Minoso dies at age 90

    SB Nation ""Mr. White Sox" has died. Minnie Minoso, one of the best baseball players of the 1950s, was found dead in his car early Saturday morning in Chicago. Although there are disputes about his age, he was believed to be 90 years old. Minoso was a seven-time All-Star, earning the nickname "The..." March 01