• Jose Fernandez's family wants daughter Penelope to get estate

    ESPN "According to a family attorney for late Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in a September boating accident, the family will seek to name his newborn daughter, Penelope, as the sole beneficiary to his estate. Ralph Fernandez, who represents Fernandez's mother, Martiza, confirmed to..." February 27

  • Tebow shows off home run power in first spring training batting practice with Mets

    CBS Sports "For the first time Monday, Tim Tebow reported to spring training as a professional baseball player. He signed with the Mets last year and is about to begin his first full season. Tebow went through a workout Monday after holding a press conference , and during the workout he put on a big power..." February 27

  • Josh Hamilton might need another knee surgery

    Fox Sports "Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton went to Houston on Sunday, facing the possibility of another knee surgery in his bid to return to the majors. Hamilton will be examined Monday by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed reconstructive surgery on the former AL MVP’s left knee last June. The Rangers..." February 27

  • Boston Doesn’t Need David Ortiz Anymore

    The Ringer "July 28, 2017. David Ortiz enters the home locker room at Fenway Park. Mookie Betts: Hey, guys, Papi’s back! [Ortiz grins and waves as the team cheers.] Dustin Pedroia: Good to see you, man. We’ve missed you. David Ortiz: It’s good to be back. Xander Bogaerts: How’s the half-season..." February 27

  • Red Sox Introduce New "Sleep Room" At Fenway Park For Players To Take Better Naps

    Deadspin "With teams looking to exploit every possibility for a competitive advantage, it’s not surprising that one basic indicator of physical performance has been getting some more attention lately: sleep. The Red Sox are one team that’s taken notice, and they’re getting really into it. Pete Abraham of..." February 27

  • Jose Quintana Still In High Demand

    CBSChicago.com "It may not be headline news given that no trade has taken place yet, but the demand for White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana appears to be as robust as ever a couple weeks into spring training. The Astros, Cardinals, Pirates and Yankees are teams believed to be dug into the sweepstakes for the..." February 27

  • Nationals Have Interest In Angel Pagan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals are among the teams with interest in free-agent outfielder Angel Pagan, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports in his latest notes column. However, the Nationals and other interested parties are hoping to land Pagan on a minor league pact, Rosenthal notes. That Pagan would..." February 27

  • The unique way Max Scherzer is compensating for his lingering finger injury

    CBS Sports "Last month Team USA staff ace Max Scherzer had to withdraw from the World Baseball Classic due to a lingering finger injury. Scherzer has been dealing with a stress fracture in his right ring finger since last summer, though he pitched through pain well enough in the second half to win the NL Cy..." February 27

  • Tim Tebow's baseball journey hits Mets spring training

    ESPN "Long before his virtues as a baseball player prompted both intrigue and amusement within the MLB community, before his swing became a topic of analysis and derision among professional baseball scouts, and before the likelihood of his cracking an MLB roster became cannon fodder for daily sports..." February 27

  • Cardinals face tricky negotiation with Yadier Molina

    Fox Sports "The normal process for clubs trying to extend a player entering his free-agent year is to ask, “What would he be worth on the open market?” With the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina, it’s not quite that simple. Molina, 34, is the pre-eminent catcher of his era, a likely Hall of Famer, a four-time..." February 27

  • Jay Bruce takes grounders at first base as Mets explore contingency plan for injured Lucas Duda

    New York Daily News "Who’s on first at Mets camp? The answer to that mini-drama early in spring training is still coming into focus for manager Terry Collins, but no fewer than five Mets players’ names were linked to the position Sunday, with the club’s regular starter Lucas Duda saying he’ll be “ready to go” in a..." February 27

  • Gibbons easing big names into Blue Jays lineup

    Toronto Star "A more recognizable Toronto Blue Jays team could take the field here by week’s end, but it might be a while before fans get a taste of the kind of lineups that will play come the regular season. Fans in Florida have already had a taste of Russell Martin, Jose Bautista and Kendrys Morales over..." February 27

  • Luis Severino takes first step back toward showing Yankees he still has ace potential

    New York Daily News "In some ways Luis Severino was responsible for the Yankees’ commitment to a rebuild last year, such was the impact of his rather shocking failure to deliver on his ace potential. After all, if the young righthander had pitched anywhere close to expectations, GM Brian Cashman almost surely..." February 27

  • Bud Black says Chris Rusin definitely in the mix for Rockies’ starting rotation

    Denver Post "It’s only late February and there are still 31 practice games to go, but Chris Rusin is making an early run for a spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation. It’s not simply that the veteran left-hander has looked good in bullpen sessions and looked good throwing two scoreless innings Sunday..." February 27

  • R.A. Dickey knows he's 'capable of a lot more'

    MLB.com "Though his final season with the Blue Jays was not as successful as he had wished, R.A. Dickey is approaching this season genuinely confident in his ability to give the Braves possibly more than they envisioned when they signed him to a one-year, $8 million contract in November. "I knew I was..." February 27

  • Cardinals are scouting Cuban outfielder Luis Robert

    Hardball Talk "According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals are keeping an eye on outfield prospect Luis Robert. The 19-year-old left his native Cuba last November and is expected to command interest from multiple MLB teams as he approaches free agency. Goold adds that the Cardinals..." February 27

  • Scherzer has first 'pen session since injury

    MLB.com "Max Scherzer completed his first bullpen session of the spring on Saturday afternoon, the first time he has thrown off the mound since he arrived at camp still feeling the effects of a stress fracture in his right ring finger. The Nationals announced Scherzer used a modified grip to get through..." February 26

  • Bizarre insurance clause will keep Sonny Gray out of the World Baseball Classic

    San Francisco Chronicle "A’s ace Sonny Gray is out of the World Baseball classic after being denied insurance coverage for the event, according to Oakland general manager David Forst. “I know Sonny’s bummed,” Forst said. “He wanted to pitch and we were excited to let him do that.” Gray did not comply with all..." February 26

  • Rangers' Josh Hamilton could be headed for another knee surgery

    Sports Day "Josh Hamilton attempt to crack the Texas Rangers' opening day roster has hit another roadblock because of continued problems with a balky left knee. Hamilton, unable to put weight on the knee, returned to Houston on Sunday and will have the knee examined on Monday morning by Dr. Walt Lowe, who..." February 26

  • Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo leads charge to support badly beaten student

    Fox Sports "The story horrified Rizzo, just was it would horrify any person with a conscience. On Feb. 3, officials from Kenyon Woods Middle School told parents that a student physically assaulted another student and left him severely beaten. That student was Henry, a seventh grader who turns 13 on..." February 26

  • Homer Simpson to be 'inducted' into National Baseball Hall of Fame

    Yardbarker "Turns out the National Baseball Hall of Fame honors more than just the game’s all-time greats, as Homer Simpson will be “inducted” on May 27. That’s right, the acclaimed television series “The Simpsons” will be toasted in Cooperstown, N.Y., due to this year being the 25th anniversary of their..." February 26

  • A-Rod, The Mentor: ‘I want the kids to learn from my mistakes’

    Boston Globe "On Thursday night, Alex Rodriguez took 15 young players to the Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Tampa as a bonding gesture and to drive home a message — don’t do what I did. “I want the kids to learn from my mistakes,” said Rodriguez, now a special adviser to Yankees managing general partner Hal..." February 26

  • Barry Zito I Wouldn't Trade Cy Young For Grammy ... But 10 Grammys??

    TMZ "What's cooler -- winning a Cy Young or a Grammy?? 3-time MLB All-Star Barry Zito is trying to add to his trophy cabinet 'cause he wants BOTH!! BZ's got a Cy Young -- given to the best pitcher in baseball -- from '02 with the Oakland A's. But now that the southpaw traded his glove for a..." February 26

  • Lucas Duda's nagging back and hip issues may clear up the Mets' outfield logjam

    CBS Sports "After re-signing Yoenis Cespedes back in November, the Mets spent the rest of the offseason looking to trade a veteran outfielder. Jay Bruce was, by far, the most rumored to go. Curtis Granderson’s name came up a few times as well. Ultimately, the Mets were never able to trade an outfielder, so..." February 26

  • Pirates tab Cole as Opening Day starter

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gerrit Cole will start opening day for the Pirates against the Red Sox in Boston April 3, manager Clint Hurdle announced today. Jameson Taillon will start the second game of the series, and the Pirates have not determined who will start the third. Ivan Nova will start the April 7 home opener..." February 25

  • It’s a girl! Jose Fernandez’s baby born Friday

    Miami Herald "It’s a girl! Maria Arias, who was Jose Fernandez’s girlfriend, delivered their child Friday night, according to sources. The baby’s name: Penelope. Fernandez picked out the name in August after finding out the baby’s sex. The Miami Marlins pitcher and two companions died one month..." February 25

  • Kyle Schwarber might be the Cubs’ next leadoff hitter

    MLB.com "Who will be the Cubs' leadoff man now that Dexter Fowler is gone? Manager Joe Maddon likes the idea of Kyle Schwarber at the top of the lineup, although don't expect the outfielder to be setting any stolen base records, and that's not because of a lack of speed. Schwarber, who missed virtually..." February 25

  • Padres' pitching is weak, but they're trying to compensate

    Sporting News "In case you missed it, the Padres have basically admitted their rotation isn't very strong. San Diego has upwards of 10 candidates for five spots as it begins exhibition play Saturday, but none of them was overly effective last season (see the list below). Manager Andy Green, therefore, is..." February 25

  • Minnesota Twins favored to sign Dominican shortstop Jelfrey Marte

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The July 2 international signing date is still more than four months away, but the Twins already are being connected with the second-rated 16-year-old prospect in the Dominican Prospect League. Switch-hitting shortstop Jelfrey Marte has been “linked to the Twins,” according to Baseball..." February 25

  • Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez proud to become U.S. citizen

    Detroit Free Press "As Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez became a U.S. citizen during a ceremony on Friday in Miami, he was filled with pride, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and waving a small American flag. “I thought back to the first day I was here,” Sanchez said on Saturday morning, during a brief interview with..." February 25

  • Trout considers suiting up for '21 Classic

    MLB.com "Mike Trout said Friday morning that though he's not playing for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic because of personal reasons, he very well could participate the next time around in the 2021 tournament. Trout will be 29 by then and a 10-year veteran. "It's a fun thing for the..." February 25

  • FBI investigating stadium construction of Rockies' affiliate

    Hartford Courant "Federal criminal investigators have launched an investigation into the problem-plagued construction of the Dunkin' Donuts Park, the long-awaited home of the Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team, multiple sources have confirmed. FBI agents have been contacting people with ties to, or..." February 25

  • Blue Jays pleasantly surprised with Josh Donaldson’s progress

    Sportsnet "As the Toronto Blue Jays await the return of one star player, they’re taking precautionary measures to ensure that others stay healthy. Josh Donaldson continues to progress from a right calf strain, with a long-toss session Friday and continued treatment on the affected area. The Blue Jays are..." February 25

  • Better than Cespedes? Cuban phenom wowing scouts

    MLB.com "The grass was freshly cut, the white chalk lines were neatly marked, and it was a peaceful Friday morning on the main baseball field at the Fundacion San Judas Tadeo complex, except for the barking black German Shepherd at third base and the red rooster near the mound that wouldn't stop..." February 25

  • Derek Jeter’s Favorite Current Baseball Player Is On The Red Sox

    NESN "Derek Jeter knows talent when he sees it, no matter the uniform. The former New York Yankees shortstop finished up his annual Captain’s Camp on Tuesday with the franchise’s minor leaguers, ending it with dinner at a Tampa, Fla., restaurant. Jeter held a little Q&A for the young guys, too, and..." February 25

  • Cardinals agree to deal with Cuban prospect Jose Adolis Garcia

    CBS St. Louis "The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they have signed Cuban free-agent outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to the team’s Major League Spring Training camp. Garcia, who turns 24 on March 2, was the MVP of Serie Nacional (Cuba’s top..." February 25

  • New app will allow fans to share stadium scoreboard appearances on social media

    ESPN "One modern problem will be solved this season at ballparks across the country, thanks to a company with facial recognition technology that has struck a deal with Major League Baseball. Fans who appear on the scoreboard video screen or during a television broadcast will, for the first time, be..." February 25

  • Daniel Bard To Showcase New Delivery, Same Velocity In Cardinals Spring Training

    NESN "It’s been nearly three years since Daniel Bard pitched in the big leagues, but the former Boston Red Sox reliever isn’t ready to throw in the towel on his career. The 31-year-old right-hander is working on yet another comeback attempt with hopes of reaching the majors for the first time since..." February 25

  • Liam Hendriks withdraws from WBC

    CBS Sports "Hendriks has decided not to pitch for Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. His decision to withdraw from the WBC does not appear to be injury-related, but instead just a personal decision not to go." February 25

  • Carlos Villanueva agrees to deal with Hanwha in South Korea

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization announced on Friday that they’ve signed veteran Major League right-hander Carlos Villanueva to a one-year contract (h/t: Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net and Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency). The ISE Baseball client will earn $1.5MM in his..." February 25

  • Yankees prospects praise A-Rod's coaching

    MLB.com "Embracing his new role as a Yankees special guest instructor, Alex Rodriguez said that he believed it would be valuable to take a group of young players out to a lengthy dinner, offering the Yankees hopefuls an opportunity to ask questions on a variety of topics. Rodriguez and the prospects..." February 24

  • Jose Fernandez Married His H.S. Sweetheart in 2012

    TMZ "We now know why Jose Fernandez's marital status was listed as divorced in his death certificate -- he wasn't even old enough to drink when he got married back in 2012. TMZ Sports did some digging and according to the marriage license we've obtained ... Jose and Alejandra Baleato Marichal got..." February 24

  • Orioles executive: Trump should apologize before throwing out a first pitch

    USA Today "A Baltimore Orioles executive says he'd prefer President Trump not throw out a first pitch at Camden Yards without first apologizing for statements that could be viewed as problematic "from a race, ethnicity, religious, gender, disability" standpoint. John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos..." February 24

  • Don Mattingly’s solution to speeding up baseball: Draft guys who don’t strikeout

    Sportsnaut "Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly was one of the best contact hitters during his 14-year career with the New York Yankees. The former first baseman never struck out more than 43 times in a single season. Now, as a manger on the bench, Mattingly decided he wanted to chime in on the whole..." February 24

  • Jose Fernandez Death Certificate Reveals He Was Divorced

    TMZ "Jose Fernandez was divorced at one point in his life, but it's unclear to whom he was married ... according to his death certificate. TMZ Sports obtained the document and his marital status is crystal clear -- DIVORCED. It's interesting ... we know Jose had a pregnant girlfriend when he died..." February 24

  • Romneys, who bid on Marlins, in talks to buy piece of Yankees

    Fanrag Sports "The Romney family is bidding to buy a small stake in the Yankees months after their try for the Marlins stalled. If the deal goes through, it is expected to be $25 million to $30 million per percentage point and thought to be interested in one or two percentage points. The Yankees are valued..." February 24

  • At 38, Jimmy Rollins determined to make the Giants: 'I don't have a Plan B'

    USA Today "Jimmy Rollins is the man baseball doesn’t want around. He represents old-school. The aging veteran who already had his glory, and is supposed to be gone, with only his memories hanging around. But in today's era where veterans are in their mid-20s, clubhouse conversation consists of Twitter..." February 24

  • MLBPA’s Clark: Martin understandably angry to miss WBC

    Sportsnet "Tony Clark expressed disappointment over the insurance complications that will prevent Russell Martin from playing in the upcoming World Baseball Classic Friday. After a particularly long two hour, 20 minute meeting with Toronto Blue Jays players, the MLBPA’s executive director discussed a wide..." February 24

  • Pedro Strop and Cubs agree to one-year extension

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop reached an agreement Friday on a one-year extension for 2018 with a club option. Strop, who avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a $5.5 million deal two weeks ago, will earn $5.85 million in 2018 with a $6.25 million option for 2019. Strop..." February 24

  • The Dodgers asked the Tigers about Justin Verlander this offseason

    Hardball Talk "File this under “man, that would’ve been cool.” Or, if you’re a Tigers fan, file it under “man, that would’ve signaled several years of misery.” However you fall on the matter, however, know that, according to Jon Heyman, the Dodgers inquired about trading for Justin Verlander over the..." February 24

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