• 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

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    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

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    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

  • Four Braves candidates to replace Upton in CF

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr., Todd Cunningham, Zoilo Almonte. Those are the four candidates to replace injured center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. in the Braves’ opening day lineup. It’s also an early speculated order of the odds that each of those players gets the job, going from most likely to..." March 01

  • Blue Jays’ Saunders thrilled with result of surgery

    Sportsnet.ca "Michael Saunders woke up Saturday morning and could hardly believe the way he felt. He got out of bed easily, and he walked around freely. Shortly after he arrived in the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse, he began strength and mobility exercises on a left knee from which 60 percent of the meniscus was..." March 01

  • Yankees convinced playoff odds hinge on one dominant unit

    New York Post "The Yankees were a mid-70s-win team each of the past two years that nevertheless won in the mid-80s for one significant reason — superb bullpens. The relief corps covered up a variety of sins. Lousy defense? You don’t have to field what isn’t hit, and last year the Yankees pen averaged 10.3..." March 01

  • No turning back, Jon Lester goes all-in with Cubs

    CSN Chicago "The $155 million guaranteed obviously helped. But Jon Lester still had to buy into The Plan and believe the Cubs could evolve from a last-place team into a contender and eventually a World Series winner. For Lester, these last few weeks in Mesa haven’t been about any aha moments validating his..." March 01

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    Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

    Garrett Richards will throw a bullpen and do simulated PFP in OF today. #Angels expecting him ready 2-3 wks into season.

  • New Dodger Rollins: Mets were No. 2 choice

    ESPN.com "Jimmy Rollins spent a lot of years with the Philadelphia Phillies antagonizing New York Mets fans with his swagger and competitive spirit. He was among a select group of opposing players that fans in Flushing Meadows most loved to hate. But when Rollins assembled his choice of preferred..." February 28

  • Length of Hamilton's potential suspension unclear

    MLB.com "Josh Hamilton's potential suspension for a drug of abuse would not hinge on his recovery from shoulder surgery. The Angels' outfielder would begin serving a suspension at the beginning of the regular season, regardless of whether he would've started the year on the disabled list, according to..." February 28

  • Giancarlo Stanton hit in scrimmage

    ESPN.com "It was expected at some point Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton would have to react to getting hit by a pitch, but he probably didn't think he'd be the victim of friendly fire. Stanton was plunked in the hip by a Henderson Alvarez fastball during an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday. To his..." February 28

  • Chris Sale out at least 3 weeks

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale suffered a foot injury in an accident at his home and will miss at least three weeks of preparation time for the regular season. The White Sox announced the injury in a release Saturday, saying that Sale suffered an avulsion fracture to the lateral side of his..." February 28

  • Coco Crisp is dealing with a case of pinkeye again

    Hardball Talk "Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp missed more than a week down the stretch in 2012 due to pinkeye and John Hickey of the San Jose Mercury News reports that he’s dealing with it again. Pinkeye, which is also called conjunctivitis, involves redness and swelling between the eyelid and eye surface...." February 28

  • Brewers focused on K-Rod after Papelbon talks fizzled

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told me Friday the decision was made to close a deal with free-agent closer Francisco Rodriguez after ongoing talks with Philadelphia regarding closer Jonathan Papelbon hit a dead end. “We did engage them and didn’t come to a comparable deal for both sides,”..." February 28

  • 'Jihadi John' in 'P' hat sickens Pirates

    ESPN.com "The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's "absolutely sickening" to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked front man for Islamic State hostage-beheading videos. The..." February 28

  • Union will be watching Cubs in Kris Bryant situation

    CSN Chicago "The union will be watching the Cubs to see how they handle the Kris Bryant situation. Tony Clark, the Major League Baseball Players Association’s executive director, declined to directly answer questions about the service-time math that will almost certainly force Bryant to start this season..." February 28

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    #Rays say Belisario was injured getting out of a swimming pool several weeks ago. Won't be ready to start season.

  • Paul Molitor rolls out cellphone limits on game day

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Eddie Guardado noticed an alarming trend at spring training last year, when he was still a special instructor in town for a brief period. "I'm sitting there the first day, having a cup of coffee at the big table in the middle of the clubhouse," said Guardado, a member of the Twins hall of..." February 28

  • Conor Gillaspie quits tobacco, hopes to stay strong

    CSN Chicago "Conor Gillaspie quit chewing tobacco and added weight to help get through the long season. The White Sox third baseman said he added 15-20 pounds of muscle this offseason in order to stay strong through October. Though he hit .282/.336/.416 with seven home runs and 57 RBIs in 506 plate..." February 28

  • Josh Hamilton suffered drug relapse

    ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to a New York Daily News report. Hamilton has a well-documented history of substance abuse problems dating to his days in the minor leagues, when he was..." February 28

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    David O'Brien @DOBrienAJC

    #Braves Upton will miss most of spring training, be in walking boot for 6 wks. Has sesamoiditis (inflammation in bone behind ball of foot),

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #BlueJays, #Athletics among teams talking to Viciedo.

  • 'Nervous' Alex Rodriguez cheered

    ESPN New York "In his first appearance in a New York Yankees uniform in 17 months, Alex Rodriguez was cheered when he stepped out onto the field with his teammates shortly before noon, and he was cheered again when he came out of the dugout for batting practice about an hour later. The crowd ooohed and aahed..." February 28

  • Brewers, Francisco Rodriguez agree on two-year deal

    ESPN.com "Francisco Rodriguez and the Milwaukee Brewers are together again. The team agreed to terms Thursday with the free-agent reliever on a two-year contract to return to the team for a fourth time. The deal includes a club option for a third season. A source confirmed Rodriguez will make $13..." February 28

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    Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

    #Angels not expecting verdict on Hamilton anytime soon. Could be weeks. Hoping by opening day. A lot of steps in process, which just started

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    clarkspencer @clarkspencer

    Juan Pierre, a key member of the '03 W.S. champs, and one of most dedicated players I've ever covered, has officially retired. #Marlins

  • Blue Jays Sign Johan Santana To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have signed veteran left-hander Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to their big league Spring Training camp, according to a team press release. " February 27

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    Alden Gonzalez @Alden_Gonzalez

    Huston Street & the #Angels haven't talked extension in Spring Training. Street wanted a week or so to settle in first, then they'll start.

  • Red Sox have 'no urgency' to acquire Hamels

    CSN New England "The Red Sox continue to closely monitor the Cole Hamels situation with the Philadelphia Phillies, but, according to an industry source, "there's no sense of urgency'' to get a deal done soon for the lefty starter. The Red Sox have been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Hamels since last..." February 27

  • Papelbon: I'd be Interested in Trade to Jays

    CSN Philly "Jonathan Papelbon had just finished running sprints at Phillies camp when he heard that the Milwaukee Brewers had filled their vacant closer’s role by re-signing Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million deal. Papelbon, who has not hidden his desire to pitch for a winner, had been on the..." February 27

  • Friend of Josh Hamilton says slugger should retire

    USA Today "Roy Silver, one of Josh Hamilton's closest friends and a mentor in his struggles with addiction, says the best thing for the Los Angeles Angels outfielder is to retire from baseball. Silver last spoke with Hamilton around Christmas and feared something was amiss. Since then, based on..." February 27

  • Sandberg impressed with Ryan Howard's improved quickness

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard has yet to speak with reporters at Phillies camp, but it’s clear from watching him in workouts for a couple of days that he has gotten himself into pretty good shape. Howard’s improved physical condition — he looks trim and firm — stands out in baserunning and fielding drills. Gone..." February 27

  • How the Red Sox are starting to look like Evil Empire 2.0

    New York Post "The Yankees have much to worry about these days. One of their biggest concerns has to be the championship commitment from Red Sox ownership. Not only in dollars spent, but in mindset as well. Larry Lucchino, one of those Red Sox owners, recently got banged up in a motorcycle accident in..." February 26

  • Yankees owner 'absolutely comfortable' with Cashman, Girardi

    Sporting News "Can there be a vote of confidence in spring training? Because the Yankees' principal owner delivered what sounded like one Wednesday. Steinbrenner told the New York Post's Joel Sherman that general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi aren't in danger — yet — of losing their jobs after..." February 26

  • For the 100th time, the Yankees are not for sale

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this week Mike Lupica — I know, whatever — said that he was convinced that the Steinbrenner family was going to sell the Yankees and chalked up the team’s failure to sign Max Scherzer as evidence of that. The idea: no more big albatross contracts so as to make the team a more desirable..." February 26