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MLB Baseball News, Scores, Standings, Rumors, Fantasy Games

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AL Central: Not as easy as it looks for Indians

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 21:53:03 GMT

Cleveland is still the deepest and strongest team in the division, but they could be pushed by some of the younger, rising teams.

D-backs' Souza strains right shoulder on dive

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:59:14 GMT

Associated Press SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will get an MRI on Thursday after straining his right shoulder during a spring training game Wednesday night. The team announced Souza's diagnosis following a 14-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Souza left the

D-Backs lose J.D. Martinez replacement Steven Souza Jr. to shoulder injury

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:25:36 GMT

Steven Souza Jr., the Diamondbacks hopeful replacement for J.D. Martinez, could miss time with spring training shoulder injury.

Why Bruce Bochy likes Joe Panik, Brandon Belt at top of Giants' order

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:19:30 GMT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–An early start to spring training compelled Bruce Bochy to slow-play his regulars. A flu bug here, an ankle tweak there, a bit of heel pain, some sore legs and of course, scheduled rest for certain starters prevented Bochy from drawing up a realistic regular season lineup for much of

Spring roundup: Mariners' Zunino belts three homers

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:12:44 GMT

Mike Zunino hit three homers and collected five RBIs as the Seattle Marinersbeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 on Wednesday in Peoria, Ariz.

Cobb joins Orioles, wanting to stay in AL East

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:10:24 GMT

The Baltimore Orioles figured Alex Cobb would be a fine fit.

MLB notebook: Murphy unlikely to be back for Opening Day

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:07:20 GMT

Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy doesn't expect to be ready for Opening Day as he continues to recover from right knee surgery in October. "It's reasonable to expect I won't be in the Opening Day lineup," Murphy said Wednesday, per ESPN. Murphy underwent microfracture

Open Game Thread 3/21/18: Brewers at Mariners

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Good evening and welcome to yet another spring training game. The good news is that after today, there are only six of these left! Real, tangible baseball is juuuust out of reach, and it'll be glorious when it comes. For now, though, let's just hope no one gets hurt (again). It's good to

Minor League Ballplayers Will Lose Minimum Wage Rights As Part Of $1.3 Trillion Spending Bill

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT

While baseball is awash in money, a provision in the $1.3 trillion omnibus federal spending bill that appears likely headed to President Trump's desk would exempt Minor League Baseball players from minimum wage and overtime laws. As part of a provision within the 2,232 page $1.3 trillion omnibus

Preston Tucker's big day at the plate paces Braves in 3-2 win over Tigers

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT

Atlanta came into play tonight with a 12-13 Spring Training record in their fourth matchup with the Detroit Tigers already. The Braves would send Brandon McCarthy to the mound to make his final tune up start as he's seemed to hammer down a starters role for Atlanta this spring after coming over from

Cleveland Indians hit four home runs, but lose to Kansas City Royals, 12-8

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Indians hit four home runs on Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough to beat Kansas City at Goodyear Ballpark. The Royals, down 6-0 after three innings, rallied for 12 runs from the fourth through the seventh inning on the way to a 12-8 victory. It was a game of momentum swings

Gibson still has key role in Twins rotation

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:00:00 GMT

FORT MYERS, Fla. — With the recent additions of Lance Lynn and Jake Odorizzi to Minnesota's rotation, Kyle Gibson has found himself bumped to the back of the group. That's no slight to the slender 30-year-old right-hander. Even when Ervin Santana returns from finger surgery in late April or early

MLB: Chief Wahoo logo will not be allowed on new baseball Hall of Fame plaques

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:45:31 GMT

Major League Baseball announced this year the Chief Wahoo logo won't appear on Cleveland uniforms starting in the 2019 season. The decision came after discussions between Commissioner Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan.

Norris looks for reset as relief roles remain in flux

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:40:00 GMT

Thumped during his major-league appearance Tuesday against the Mets, the Cardinals' righthander reliever eagerly accepted an inning on the back fields Wednesday. Against an affiliate from his first team, the Astros, Norris allowed a single on a wind-blown pop up and then dispatched the next two batters

Wong finally feels a sense of belonging

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:20:00 GMT

“That's not me,” said Cardinals starting second baseman Kolten Wong, the lefthanded batter testing the rehabbing Reyes. “That was one thing I told myself coming into this spring. I wasn't going to look at what anyone was doing – if they're hitting home runs, clicking right away. I'm going

Notebook: Cobb wraps up deal with Orioles

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:20:00 GMT

Anderson returns to A's • Lefthanded pitcher Brett Anderson is back pitching with the club for which he broke into the big leagues, reaching agreement on a minor-league contract with the Athletics. If added to the 40-man roster, he would get a $1.5 million salary while in the majors. Anderson, 30

BenFred: Cards' Hicks gets second chance to make lasting impression

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:15:00 GMT

JUPITER, Fla. • The day before the Cardinals made a wake-up call to the pitcher whose arm has raised the eyebrows of an entire organization, Jordan Hicks received a letter from himself, sent by his mom. “Baseball is extremely important to me,” a 14-year-old Hicks once typed. This blast from the past

Detroit Tigers vs. Philadelphia Phillies, exhibition: How to follow game

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:06 GMT

Exhibition: Detroit Tigers (9-14) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (10-15) When: 1:05 p.m. Where: Spectrum Field, Clearwater, Fla. TV/radio: None. BOX SCORE First-pitch weather forecast: Sunny, 59 degrees. Probable starting pitchers: LHP Matthew Boyd (3-0, 4.50 ERA in spring) vs. RHP Jake Arrieta (first start

Detroit Tigers' top 20 prospects: Forecasting their major league debuts

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:06 GMT

Detroit Tigers top prospect Franklin Perez, acquired in the Justin Verlander trade, got some early work in at TigerTown in early February. The Detroit Tigers are in full rebuild mode, which means the focus has shifted to who will be playing at Comerica Park in the future, rather than the 25 guys who

Yankees played their Aaron Judge cards perfectly

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:48:55 GMT

TAMPA — The decision to take it slow with Aaron Judge's surgically repaired left shoulder at the beginning of spring training appears to have paid off. With five exhibition games remaining, Judge's bat looks ready to open the season, which starts March 29 against the Blue Jays in Toronto. “It

Mariners' Phelps to have Tommy John surgery

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:29:41 GMT

ESPN Mariners reliever David Phelps has a torn UCL in his pitching elbow and will have season-ending Tommy John surgery, the team said Thursday. The right-hander is expected to be sidelined 12-15 months. Phelps was expected to serve in a setup role this season for Seattle, which acquired him from the

Spring training central: Everything you need to know as the Texas Rangers prepare for a new season

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:15:00 GMT

Every February, hope springs eternal in Major League Baseball. After a highly disappointing 2017, the Texas Rangers look to rebound after a season that saw their division rival, the Houston Astros, not only win the AL West but the World Series crown, as well. Games are once again underway, and it'

Mets not yet fully committed to Wheeler as fifth starter

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:10:00 GMT

While much of the talk surrounds the Mets' much-hyped starting five finally pitching together in the regular season, another bad outing by Zack Wheeler could throw a wrench into those plans.

Mets have Jacob deGrom right where they want him for season

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:09:33 GMT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — The goal was to build up Jacob deGrom's pitch count with a target of 80 pitches. The tall righty, who had a disrupted spring training because of lower back stiffness, got up to 88 pitches Wednesday in a simulated game against Mets minor leaguers. Everyone involved was satisfied

David Phelps to undergo Tommy John surgery

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:01:21 GMT

Mariners reliever David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

New Yankee Giancarlo Stanton says: 'I expect a lot, too'

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:48:56 GMT

The expectations for the 2018 Yankees are through the roof. And Giancarlo Stanton is good with that. "The fans expect a lot," Stanton said Wednesday afternoon. "I expect a lot, too. So we're in the same boat." Stanton, acquired over the winter in a deal with the Marlins that shook

Spring training notebook (March 21): Important bullpen arms took a big step forward Wednesday

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:47:48 GMT

SURPRISE, Ariz. - Strange as this sounds, wrapped inside a spring winless streak reached seven games Wednesday with only a week to go before the regular season start was actual relief over the spring's biggest issue. Important bullpen arms took a step forward. While Matt Moore failed to get an out

Matchup against former ace Yu Darvish shines brighter light on Rangers' current identity crisis

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:46:19 GMT

The give-and-take seems so natural, so fitting and so appropriate. It seems like they were teammates forever. It seems like they should be teammates forever. All it really is, though, is a reminder of the Rangers' new direction.  Whatever that may be. "He's in a Cubs uniform and there is

Tigers' Daniel Norris: Likely to begin year in rotation

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:43:32 GMT

With Mike Fiers likely to begin the season on the disabled list, Norris stands a good chance of being the Tigers' No. 5 starter, George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press reports. The Tigers added veterans Fiers and Francisco Liriano in the offseason, and it was thought that those acquisitions would

Greinke (groin) returns, grades self 'all right'

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:38:35 GMT

Associated Press SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- An even quieter than usual Zack Greinke declared his return to the mound Wednesday as simply "all right." The Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander threw 60 pitches in an intrasquad game on a back field at the team's spring training facility. It was the

Suspended Jorge Polanco speaks to his Twins teammates

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:16:56 GMT

Suspended Polanco speaks to teammates Shortstop Jorge Polanco stood in front of his teammates on Wednesday and offered a heartfelt apology after being slapped with a 80-game suspension for testing positive for stanozolol. Polanco, who maintains he unknowingly used the drug, acknowledged letting his team

No, the Royals are not going to send the struggling Alex Gordon to the minors

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:12:29 GMT

No doubt, the last two seasons have been awfully tough for Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon. Since winning the 2015 World Series and signing a $72 million contract, Gordon has hit .214/.302/.346 (73 OPS+) in 276 games. Ouch. Things are not going much better for Gordon this spring either. He

Indians' Giovanny Urshela: Set to miss nearly two weeks of action

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:52:21 GMT

Urshela is expected to miss 10-to-14 days after being diagnosed with a right hamstring strain, Paul Hoynes of reports. It's good to hear that Urshela isn't expected to miss an extended period of time, but it means that he likely won't be ready for the start of the regular season

Johan Camargo will start season on disabled list

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:39:37 GMT

Braves third baseman Johan Camargo won't be ready for the start of the season due to a strained side and back.

Yu Darvish kept toying with Rangers hitters and couldn't help but laugh

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:37:02 GMT

Yu Darvish dominated in first-ever start against the Rangers and had a lot of fun doing so.

This is the slugging Michael Conforto Mets needed to see

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:26:03 GMT

The results were good, the timing and feel were better and the outlook was best of all for outfielder Michael Conforto, who came away hopeful of rejoining the Mets earlier than expected after playing in a simulated game Wednesday as part of his return from left shoulder surgery. “I'm hoping,” Conforto

Jose Berrios pitches Twins past Pirates; likely to pitch game in Puerto Rico in front of family, friends

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:00:40 GMT

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Jose Berrios is waiting to learn where he will pitch in the rotation this season. If you asked him for his preference, he would work out a way to pitch both Opening Day and in one of the two games in Puerto Rico on April 17 and 18. But that's not feasible. Twins manager Paul Molitor

Detroit Tigers lose to Braves, 3-2, in Francisco Liriano's up-and-down night

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:54:01 GMT

At Champion Stadium, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. What happened: The Detroit Tigers lost, 3-2, to the Atlanta Braves. .... The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first after Leonys Martin had a leadoff double and scored on a fielding error by Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies. … Preston Tucker twice drove in runs

UPDATE 13-MLB Results

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:01:07 GMT

Mar 22 (OPTA) - Results from the MLB games on Wednesday (home team in CAPS)(start times are EST) Boston 8 TAMPA BAY 3 BOS 1 0 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 - 8 TB 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 - 3 Houston 8 WASHINGTON 3 HOU 0 3 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 - 8 WAS 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 - 3 St. ...

Ian Happ has earned large chunk of leadoff duties to start season for Cubs

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:35:00 GMT

Switch-hitter Ian Happ has convinced manager Joe Maddon he can handle the leadoff duties for the Cubs, at least to start the start of the regular season. “You'll probably see him there a bit,” Maddon said Wednesday. “I really haven't finalized anything.” The Cubs' master plan entering spring

Mariners' Dario Alvarez: Nabbed by Mariners

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:34:29 GMT

Alvarez was claimed off waivers by the Mariners and was subsequently assigned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. The southpaw was sent to the minors by the Cubs after a rough start to spring training, but he'll now make a return to the AL West instead of

Spring roundup: Martinez helps Red Sox defeat Rays

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:31:32 GMT

J.D. Martinez drove in three runs and Blake Swihart homered to help the BostonRed Sox record an 8-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday at PortCharlotte, Fla.

Dodgers reliever Scott Alexander gained strength from diabetes diagnosis

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:17:31 GMT

GLENDALE, Ariz. — When Scott Alexander discovered his sinker during the 2014 season, it changed his career. But what he discovered in 2016 was life-changing. The left-handed reliever was pitching for the Kansas City Royals' Triple-A team in Omaha in June 2016 – and not pitching particularly well.

A's notes: Puk's arm ailing, Lucroy winning fans, team offers creative ticket plan

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:17:21 GMT

PHOENIX — After spending most of spring training looking like he was on the fast track, it appears A.J. Puk has hit the brakes. The A's shut down the pitching phenom with biceps soreness, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The paper, citing an anonymous source, reported Wednesday that the

Mets' Anthony Kay: Nearly back to full health

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:54:01 GMT

Kay (elbow) threw to batters this spring and considers himself "fully good to go," Mike Rosenbaum of reports. Kay, a 2016 first-round draft pick out of the University of Connecticut, underwent Tommy John surgery in October of that year. He missed all of the 2017 season as a result,

Trout, Angels brass confident Shohei Ohtani will be a star

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:35:52 GMT

Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels have faith in their Japanese recruit, Shohei Ohtani.

Lopez says he's ready for season after White Sox loss

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:17:51 GMT

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Reynaldo Lopez, who is slated to start the White Sox' third game of the season in Kansas City against the Royals, almost went off the rails when he walked three straight Padres in the Sox' 4-3 Cactus League loss Wednesday. But Lopez escaped, did not walk another and finished

Surprise Five: Tennis balls are yellow, and Darvish is in Cubs blue

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:09:00 GMT

The biggest debate of spring training went down Wednesday morning in the Texas Rangers' clubhouse. Are tennis balls yellow or green? The overwhelming majority of those polled, and there were a lot of them on a slow day, said yellow. Michael Young, though, was in the green camp, foolishly, but yellow-camper

Yanks' Stanton says he's prepared for scrutiny in New York

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:08:00 GMT

TAMPA, Fla. -- Giancarlo Stanton says he is prepared for the scrutiny he will attract during his first season with the New York Yankees. "The good times will be magnified and so will the bad," the slugger said Wednesday. "The fans expect a lot. I expect a lot, too." Stanton won the

White Sox's Tito Polo: Scratched from Wednesday's lineup

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:05:18 GMT

Polo was removed from Wednesday's lineup card due to a calf injury, Daryl Van Schouwen of The Chicago Sun-Times reports. Polo was replaced by Blake Rutherford in the starting nine. The club didn't announce any other news regarding Polo's condition, so he should be considered day-to-day moving

Rays' catchers using wristbands amid rotation experiment

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 22:59:52 GMT

Caption Close PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball made game-calling more difficult for catchers this winter when it changed the rules governing mound visits. For backstops with the Tampa Bay Rays, things got even trickier when the club announced plans for a four-man rotation to open the