• Kershaw won't start Opening Day for 1st time since 2010

    The Score "Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw will not start the team's Opening Day contest for the first time since 2010 due to continued shoulder issues, manager Dave Roberts announced Monday. A replacement starter for the season opener on March 28 was not named. " March 18

  • What's it like to be a Miami Marlin? *Rolls eyes, takes deep breath*

    ESPN "Jarlin Garcia has been in the Marlins organization longer than almost any other player. He's been there so long, fans in and around Miami refer to him as Jarlin the Marlin. But much like the team he plays for, Garcia felt it was time to mix things up. So, early in spring training,..." March 18

  • Lack of communication, not Fortnite, was culprit of Phillies’ clubhouse fracture

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan’s story about the Phillies’ clubhouse woes late last season has been the talk of the town today. The synopsis, in case you missed it: as the Phillies’ season was slipping away, some players were allegedly playing the video game Fortnite during games. Former..." March 18

  • Blue Jays to enforce pregame clubhouse curfew for video games

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays don't want distractions in the clubhouse this season, specifically of the video game variety. Manager Charlie Montoyo and the Blue Jays are imposing a curfew on video games during the 2019 campaign, according to John Lott of The Athletic. A specific..." March 18

  • Padres, Indians Still Engaged In Talks On Veteran Starters

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres and Indians remain engaged in “continued discussions” regarding Cleveland’s group of high-quality, veteran starters, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal and Dennis Lin of The Athletic (Twitter link). There’s no expectation that a deal will come together..." March 18

  • Can Jake Arrieta get back to being a dominant ace for the Phillies in 2019?

    Clutch Points "Bryce Harper has dominated all of the headlines in Philadelphia as of late, but the Phillies’ newest superstar is hardly their most important player heading into 2019. No, that distinction belongs to Jake Arrieta. The 33-year-old Arrieta was Philly’s marquee free agent..." March 18

  • Report: Jacob deGrom, Mets could agree to extension before season

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets have engaged in contract discussions with starting pitcher Jacob deGrom for quite some time, and there remains a chance the two sides could come to an agreement before the 2019 season begins. Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports that negotiations between deGrom and..." March 18

  • The Indians have a Triple-A outfield problem

    Let's Go Tribe "The Cleveland Indians outfield situation has been a key talking point of spring training, and the outfield got more interesting with the announcement of the signing of Carlos Gonzalez to a minor league contract yesterday. Gonzalez isn’t expected to be ready for Opening Day March 28, but..." March 18

  • MiLB affiliate of Giants bringing back yummy promotion in 2019

    Sportsnaut "In 2018, the San Jose Giants briefly changed their name to the San Jose Churros. The promotion obviously went well, as the team is running it again in 2019. The Giants — the Advanced-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants — announced on Monday that as part of Copa de..." March 18

  • There may be a silver lining in the Yankees’ rotation problem

    Pinstripe Alley "Earlier this month, Yankees ace Luis Severino was scratched from his first Grapefruit League start of the spring after feeling shoulder discomfort while warming up. The MRI revealed rotator cuff inflammation, and he is expected to be sidelined until at least May. CC..." March 18

  • The stage is finally set for Nationals’ Victor Robles to start his rise to stardom

    Federal Baseball "Washington Nationals fans have been hearing the name Victor Robles for quite some time now. Signed way back in 2013, he proceeded to have a meteoric rise up prospect lists everywhere. Now, after a couple cups of coffee in two straight Septembers, he finally has a clear..." March 18

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Dallas Keuchel Is the Cy Young-Winning Free Agent No One Will Sign

    Bleacher Report "Dallas Keuchel won the American League Cy Young Award in 2015. He's earned four Gold Gloves and made a pair of All-Star appearances. He eclipsed 200 innings for the third time in his seven-year MLB career in 2018.  In head-scratchingly related news,..." March 18

  • Julio Teheran named Braves Opening Day starter

    Talking Chop "For the first time in half a decade, it appeared as though that the Braves could have been in line for a different Opening Day starter. With Julio Teheran, despite his five straight Opening Day starts and longer tenure, seeing his stuff diminished and seeing his playing time..." March 18

  • Ichiro Starting on Opening Day for Mariners

    12 Up "Can anything stop Ichiro? The 45-year-old recently re-signed with the Mariners on a minor league contract this offseason, but despite these expectations for the veteran, he has still managed to make an impact on the franchise. Now, the outfielder is set to start..." March 18

  • MLB Rumors: 4 reasons Gio Gonzalez isn’t worth Yankees’ time

    Newark Star-Ledger "Help could be on the way, but it might not be what the Yankees truly need. As the baseball world learned about a contract offer from the Yankees to free-agent lefty Gio Gonzalez, this reality became present: New York is at least slightly concerned with..." March 18

  • Is Cleveland Indians’ Danny Salazar finally turning corner in return to mound?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Finally the Indians have some good news to report on Danny Salazar. Salazar has fired the Indians’ imagination since he made his big-league debut against Toronto in 2013 and struck out seven batters in six innings, flirting with triple-digit velocity along the way. He made the..." March 18

  • Chris Sale will throw first pitch of Game 1 for Red Sox in Seattle

    Boston Herald "The decision to go with Chris Sale as Game 1 starter was a “very easy” one for Alex Cora to make. Sale made it sound somewhat harder than that. “You could literally flip a five-headed coin and whichever one is going to be fine,” Sale said before..." March 18

  • The Dexter Fowler Spring Experiment is Not Going Well

    Viva El Birdos "We all know how 2018 went for Dexter Fowler. Simply put, it was ugly. But we’ll get to that in a second. First we’ll step back even a bit further. In 2017, Fowler’s first year with the Cardinals, he was a strong, stabilising force in the Redbird lineup,..." March 18

  • Nationals star Stephen Strasburg is, in fact, happy to be here

    NBC Sports Washington "A jovial guy looking strikingly like Stephen Strasburg was at Strasburg’s locker Sunday afternoon. Beard a bit long, hair on top a bit shorter. Turns out, it was actually Strasburg, who is including a touch of humor and more frequent smiles in recent post-pitching conversations..." March 18

  • How Phillies' 2018 clubhouse issues caused by Fortnite led to a smashed TV

    ESPN "When the Philadelphia Phillies lost their ninth consecutive game toward the end of last September, veteran first baseman Carlos Santana felt like he needed to send a message to his teammates who he said spent portions of the game against the Atlanta Braves playing..." March 18

  • Yankees actually could use Ellsbury in scary outfield reality

    New York Post "This won’t go down as the best day in Yankees camp, if for nothing other than for this reason: Jacoby Ellsbury ranked as the second-least discouraged center fielder at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Yes, the Yankees’ $153 million apparition still..." March 18

  • Cubs suspended SS Addison Russell says he’s serious about being changed man

    Chicago Sun-Times "When asked about what he worked on during the offseason, Addison Russell didn’t mention baseball. “Just myself,” he said Sunday after batting practice. “Creating healthy relationships with Mallory [Engstrom, mother of Russell’s first child] and Melisa..." March 18

  • Pirates Name Gonzalez, Kang Starters At Shortstop, Third Base

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have settled on Erik Gonzalez and Jung Ho Kang as their starters at shortstop and third base, respectively, to open the 2019 season, general manger Neal Huntington revealed to reporters Monday (Twitter links via Adam Berry of..." March 18

  • Do Phillies have enough in bullpen besides their top trio?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies have three very good relievers in Seranthony Dominguez, David Robertson and Pat Neshek.  Do they have enough in the bullpen besides that trio? It highlights the importance of the Phillies getting the production Hector Neris gave them in the second half of 2018, when..." March 18

  • Bryce Harper still without a hit this spring, will play minor-league game Monday

    Sportsnaut "Bryce Harper returned to the lineup for the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday after the injury scare last week. After going 0-3 on the day, he remains hitless this spring. As a way to get some work in, Harper will be playing a minor-league game on Monday, per Matt Breen of the..." March 18

  • Dustin Pedroia won't be around Red Sox for Opening Day

    WEEI Boston "Alex Cora wanted to make it very clear: there have been no setbacks when it comes to Dustin Pedroia's return. That said, the initial hope that the second baseman would be leading off Opening Day for the Red Sox in Seattle on March 28 is now out the window. Cora announced Monday..." March 18

  • Pete Alonso isn’t leaving the Mets any choice

    New York Post "If the idea is to break camp with the 25 best players, as Mets officials have insisted is true this spring, Pete Alonso is a slam dunk for the major league roster. Offense, defense, running the bases, the rookie first baseman has shown the Mets everything they could have wanted. Asked..." March 18

  • Decision coming soon on Zack Greinke’s personal catcher

    Arizona Central "After throwing to Alex Avila on Sunday afternoon, Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke now has matched up with each of the four catchers in the running for a roster spot. While he is expected to wield significant influence on which catcher he primarily throws to this season, Greinke..." March 18

  • Padres' outfield depth tenuous as season approaches

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Hunter Renfroe and Franmil Reyes are moving around fine, and both have expressed their intention to return to games soon. But circumstances are at least proving there is no such thing as too many good players, a contention the Padres have made all spring even when..." March 18

  • How Yankees’ CC Sabathia has managed heart since scare

    Newark Star-Ledger "On Sunday, Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia walked 3,000 strides on the treadmill. That’s about 1 1/4 miles. He considered it part of his normal cardio routine. When Sabathia arrived at Yankees camp, he did it under anything but normal circumstances. The..." March 18

  • Yankees’ first hint of Dellin Betances panic is here

    New York Post "Looking at Dellin Betances’ velocity numbers on the left-center field scoreboard at Spectrum Field on Sunday wasn’t encouraging. The radar gun showed three fastballs at 92 mph and two at 90 during an eight-pitch outing against the Phillies in which he was pleased with his..." March 18

  • O’s roster undergoing more changes, Elias on potential additions

    Masn "The arrival of another Sunday signals a third round of roster cuts. A pattern has developed with reductions the past two Sundays. There could be four or five players optioned or reassigned this morning. Forty-six players remain in camp. Pitcher Gregory..." March 18

  • Could Kershaw still start Opening Day?

    MLB.com "Clayton Kershaw continued his long shot race to Opening Day on Sunday by throwing a 38-pitch bullpen session. Kershaw, set back three weeks with left shoulder inflammation, threw all of his pitches in the session. If he comes out healthy, he would likely rest two days, then pitch live..." March 17

  • Yankees have made offer to Gio Gonzalez

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees are looking to add some starting rotation depth with Luis Severino expected to miss at least the first month of the regular season, and free agent Gio Gonzalez is one option they continue to consider. Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Yankees have made an..." March 17

  • Joey Gallo has mild groin strain, status for season opener is uncertain

    Sports Day "This may be the camp of good feelings, but the period of everybody feeling good is officially over for the Rangers. Joey Gallo has a groin strain. The Rangers confirmed Sunday that Gallo, out of the lineup for a third consecutive day, suffered a "mild" groin strain..." March 17

  • Ohtani takes BP for first time since surgery

    MLB.com "Shohei Ohtani took batting practice in the batting cages on Sunday, the first time he has done so since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Oct. 1. Ohtani began participating in soft-toss drills on March 1 and took a step up on Sunday. He hit 10 balls off a tee, 10 during soft toss and..." March 17

  • Dodgers' Seager to be ready for Opening Day

    The Score "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed Sunday that Corey Seager will be ready for Opening Day, according to Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports. The star shortstop hasn't played a single spring training game yet for the Dodgers while recovering from Tommy John and left..." March 17

  • Astros' Hinch suspended 1 game for comments toward ump Hernandez

    Houston Chronicle "Major League Baseball issued Astros manager A.J. Hinch a one-game suspension and undisclosed fine for his actions for his fiery argument and post-game criticism of umpire Angel Hernandez. "I'm very passionate about our players and our team, but on Friday night I made some..." March 17

  • Blue Jays to raise minor league pay by 50 percent

    Hardball Talk "For the past several years we and others have chronicled the sorry state of pay for minor leaguers. Woefully underpaid for years — making less than minimum wage, getting no overtime despite working long hours and being forced into all manner of unpaid training — lawsuits were filed..." March 17

  • Michael Saunders let go by Rockies

    CBS Sports "Saunders was released by the Rockies on Sunday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Saunders joined the Rockies on a minor-league deal in December and had a.741 OPS over 28 plate appearances this spring. " March 17

  • Cleveland Indians agree to minor-league deal with OF Carlos Gonzalez pending physical

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Opening day is drawing near and the Indians working on their outfield. They have agreed to a minor-league deal with Carlos Gonzalez, pending a physical. The deal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, includes an early April opt out clause. The deal was confirmed by the..." March 17

  • Tony Clark voices MLBPA's opposition to three-batter rule

    Newsday "Of all of new rules that were announced this week by Major League Baseball and the Players Association, the most controversial is the one that will force pitchers to face at least three batters per appearance unless it’s the end of the inning or the pitcher gets injured. That rule is..." March 16

  • Here's why Matt Harvey could rise again in 2019

    MLB.com "Matt Harvey's fresh start on the West Coast is sure to draw plenty of attention, given the heights of his stardom with the Mets and how far he fell. If Harvey can build on what he started with the Reds last season and revitalize his career with the Angels, it'd be one heck of..." March 16

  • The beginning of a new era of Giants baseball

    CBS Sports "The glory days of 2010-14 are over. The San Francisco Giants have lost 187 games the last two seasons, fifth most in baseball, and they overhauled their front office this past offseason. GM Bobby Evans was let go and Farhan Zaidi was hired away from the rival Dodgers to become the new president..." March 16

  • Forget Kimbrel, Cubs seeking relief from within as bullpen injuries mount

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs camp has been quiet so far. Perhaps that's because the team is returning essentially the same group that bowed out of the postseason on Day 1 last October. Much to the dismay of fans, there isn't a Bryce Harper, Manny Machado or Craig Kimbrel livening up the..." March 16

  • Ichiro, 45, doesn't know when it'll be time to quit

    MLB.com "If Ichiro Suzuki's career is about to end, he’s not letting on. But as the 45-year-old Japanese legend goes about his business this week with the Mariners, preparing for the Opening Series against the A’s on Wednesday and Thursday in the Tokyo Dome, he does plan on soaking in..." March 16

  • Bryce Harper Day-to-Day with Ankle Injury, No Concerns About Missing Opening Day

    Bleacher Report "Philadelphia Phillies star Bryce Harper's status for Opening Day does not appear to be in doubt after he suffered a right foot contusion after being hit by a 96 mph fastball from Trent Thornton of the Toronto Blue Jays during a spring training game Friday. "No..." March 16

  • Rule Changes Show Baseball’s Understanding Of Impending Doom

    The Sports Fan Journal "Baseball is undeniably at a tipping point. With its two definitive sides, the owners and executives of Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Union, pitted against each other in an ongoing Game of Thrones-style fight for the upper hand in the forthcoming labor negotiations. The..." March 16

  • Jeff Samardzija explains why MLB should eliminate extra-inning games in regular season

    KNBR "Over the past 10 years, only one team (Angels) has played more regular-season extra-inning games than the Giants’ 166. If it was up to Jeff Samardzija, that number over the next 10 years would be zero. Samardzija thinks the MLB should do away with extra-inning games in the..." March 16