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Yankees SS Didi Gregorius out 6 weeks; Bonds rejoins Giants (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:54:40 PDT

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season after straining his right shoulder while away at the World Baseball Classic.



Red Sox ace Price improving, not ready for throwing program (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:02:04 PDT

Price was re-evaluated before the Red Sox played the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. ''Strength gains have been had, but we're going to continue to stay in the strength and conditioning phase of this,'' Farrell said. ''He'll continue to get his arm moving in the cage, in the workout room and the training room.



Yankees shortstop Gregorius hurts shoulder, return uncertain (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:50:32 PDT

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt.



MLB season preview: The Blue Jays have the talent needed to challenge for the throne (Big League Stew)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:58:50 PDT

An offseason that looked like it might drain some of the power of the mighty Toronto Blue Jays lineup ended being … not as bad as it could have been. Will Jose Bautista, at 36, prove wrong all the teams that didn’t want to pry him away in free agency? Will Kendrys Morales do enough to replace Edwin Encarnacion, who went to the Cleveland Indians in free agency?



Twins' Kepler plays 2 days after scary-looking hand injury (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:27:36 PDT

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Max Kepler singled in three at-bats Monday, two days after a scary-looking hand injury as the Minnesota Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2.



Marlins 3B Prado likely to miss opener with hamstring injury (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:08:08 PDT

Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado is expected to miss the start of the regular season after straining his right hamstring at the World Baseball Classic.



White Sox lefty Rodon solid in first start against Angels (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:06:08 PDT

Carlos Rodon finally got on the field Sunday, and the Chicago White Sox left-hander already seems in solid form. Rodon tossed four scoreless innings in his first Cactus League start, striking out five while the White Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-2. Chicago held Rodon out of its first 21 spring training games, bringing him along slowly to keep him fresh for the long season.



Red Sox lefty Pomeranz pulled with tightness in triceps (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:36:32 PDT

Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz exited Sunday's start after two innings because of tightness in his left triceps, the latest setback for Boston's staff in spring training. The Red Sox said Pomeranz, in competition for a spot in the rotation, was pulled against Minnesota as a precaution. The AL East champions had been counting on Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, David Price and newcomer Chris Sale to be their big three in the rotation, with Pomeranz, knuckleballer Steven Wright and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez vying for the remaining two spots.



Report: MLB wants to crack down on teams manipulating the disabled list (Big League Stew)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:35:35 PDT

Questionable use of the disabled list has caught the eye of commissioner Rob Manfred and other MLB officials. Major League Baseball teams are always looking for ways around the rules. One area where that’s always been prominent is the disabled list.



Tigers outfielder JD Martinez sprains foot, out several days (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:30:22 PDT

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot making a shoestring catch Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for several days.



Smart shifting puts the Netherlands into the WBC semifinals (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:10:04 PDT

The semifinal round of the World Baseball Classic is about to go Dutch, thanks to a lot of creative shifting by Team Netherlands. Stocked with star infielders in Xander Bogaerts, Andrelton Simmons, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar, manager Hensley Meulens has found a way to get all of them in the lineup. Meulens, a former big leaguer and now hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants, uses three of them at second base, shortstop and third base.



Surge at the 6-spot could signal end of the glove-first SS (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:37:06 PDT

Carlos Correa, Addison Russell and a bumper crop of sluggers at short hit more homers than ever in 2016. Eleven of those players are 27 or younger, led by Colorado's Trevor Story (24) and Oakland's Marcus Semien (26) with 27 homers each. The pack behind them included rookies Corey Seager (22) of the Dodgers and Aledmys Diaz (26) of the Cardinals.



Max Scherzer probably will miss Nationals' opener (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:13:21 PDT

NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer probably will miss the Washington Nationals' opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger. The stress fracture had caused Scherzer to change the grip on his fastball, placing three fingers on top of the ball instead of two, but he went back to his old grip Thursday during his first game action this year, a three-inning stint in a minor league exhibition against New York Mets' Triple-A players. ''That's the really good news today,'' said Scherzer, who struck out five.



Manny Ramirez' new home far cry from bright lights of Tokyo (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 09:27:21 PDT

Manny Ramirez is set to begin the next chapter of his baseball odyssey by playing for the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan's independent Shikoku Island League. Ramirez is no stranger to far-flung outposts, having put in a brief stint in Taiwan in 2013. Kochi is the capital city of Kochi Prefecture on the Island of Shikoku.



The Blue Jays are punishing Aaron Sanchez for rejecting a tiny raise (Big League Stew)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 07:23:00 PDT

Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays is a very good pitcher. The Jays recently renewed Sanchez’s contract at just the major league minimum, $535,000. The New York Mets, who have had notorious money problems, are paying Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard over $600,000 each.



Ramirez' new home a far cry from the bright lights of Tokyo (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 02:49:15 PDT

Manny Ramirez is set to begin the next chapter of his baseball odyssey by playing for the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan's independent Shikoku Island League. Ramirez is no stranger to far-flung outposts, having put in a brief stint in Taiwan in 2013. Kochi is the capital city of Kochi Prefecture on the Island of Shikoku.



Royals expect Salvador Perez to be ready for opener (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:03:28 PDT

Kansas City expects All-Star catcher Salvador Perez to be ready for its opener at Minnesota on April 3 after tests showed inflammation but no structural damage in his injured left knee.



Spring Training 2017: Salvador Perez on track for opening day after WBC injury scare (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:40:01 PDT

Salvador Perez is helped after being injured during a World Baseball Classic game against Italy. BETTER THAN EXPECTED: The Kansas City Royals received good news on Salvador Perez. Perez, who’s back with the Royals in camp, had a second MRI Wednesday that came back clean.



Boston ace Price likely to miss opener, Rockies' Murphy out (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:07:47 PDT

Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list because of a sore elbow.



Boston's David Price likely to start season on disabled list (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:33:09 PDT

Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list because of his sore pitching elbow. Starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, Price has not yet appeared in an exhibition game. ''I think at this point, yeah, it would be hard to see him ready to go at the start of the season,'' manager John Farrell said before Tuesday's game against Toronto.



Judge extends deadline in SEC suit over 38 Studios deal (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:29:16 PDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation has been given more time to respond to charges in a lawsuit brought against it by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over the state's failed $75 million deal with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's video game company.



Rockies' Desmond needs hand surgery, no return date set (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:08:22 PDT

The Colorado Rockies now need a second plan for first base.



Porcello, Price and Wright all have good days for Red Sox (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 13:23:52 PDT

The Boston Red Sox had a good day on the mound. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello threw five scoreless innings Monday in an intrasquad game, five days after being struck on the pitching hand by a batted ball. Also, David Price is making progress in his recovery from a sore left elbow, and knuckleballer Steven Wright went two hitless innings against Toronto in his first exhibition start after missing the final month last season due to a right shoulder strain.



FANTASY PLAYS: Despite Trout, Betts, fantasy OF not strong (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:02:43 PDT

Despite the outfield laying claim to not just the consensus number one selection in fantasy baseball drafts this coming season (Mike Trout), but generally the second player off the board (Mookie Betts) as well, the position is not quite as strong as one would usually assume.



Rockies 1B Desmond, Indians 2B Kipnis sidelined by injuries (The Associated Press)

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:57:28 PDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies lost one of their biggest offseason acquisitions when Ian Desmond was hit by a pitch Sunday, breaking his left hand.



FANTASY PLAYS: Shortstop position youthful in fantasy (The Associated Press)

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:56:20 PDT

It's a true mixed bag - a handful of studs, some late-round sleepers, the usual assortment of defensive specialists with little power, and scattered head-scratchers like Freddy Galvis, who hit as many home runs in 2016 (20) as he did in his previous three seasons combined. If you're looking for a singular theme to tie this position together, it is ''youth.'' According to National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) average draft position (ADP) data, the top six shortstops being drafted were born in 1991 or later. Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, 22, encapsulates this group perfectly.



House released from hospital, a day after hit by liner (The Associated Press)

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:56:29 PST

Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House has been released from a hospital, one day after he was hit on the head by a line drive during a spring training game.



Boston's David Price tests sore left elbow with 25 throws (The Associated Press)

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:30:07 PST

Red Sox left-hander David Price was ahead of schedule for the first step in his recovery from a sore elbow, throwing into a net in a batting cage. Manager John Farrell said Price made 25 easy tosses Saturday before a Red Sox split squad played the Tampa Bay Rays. ''The range of motion, the freeness to the movement is all positive,'' Farrell said.



House leaves in ambulance after taking liner off head (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:40:37 PST

Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday after being hit on the head by a line drive in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers. The Blue Jays said Friday night that test results at Lakeland Regional Medical Center were normal, and that House would remain hospitalized overnight for observation. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said House's injury was among the scariest things he has witnessed in a baseball game.



Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval hoping to bounce back this year (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:50:04 PST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Pablo Sandoval is trying to regain his form after a rough stretch with the Boston Red Sox.