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Bourjos, Gennett, Asher switch sides as opening day nears (The Associated Press)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:43:11 PDT

Speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos and infielder Scooter Gennett were among the players on the go Tuesday as big league teams tweaked their rosters less than a week before opening day.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:37:44 PDT

President Donald Trump will not participate in the longstanding tradition of presidents throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals Opening Day games due to a scheduling conflict. Trump, who was inaugurated on Jan. 20, was extended an invitation by the Nationals but declined, a team spokesman told ESPN. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush threw out ceremonial first pitches at Nationals games previously.

MLB season preview: The Red Sox have sky-high expectations to meet (Big League Stew)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:15:19 PDT

The Boston Red Sox are coming off a year in which they won their division and looked like a World Series contender, only to get swept out of the postseason. Pablo Sandoval is back and slimmer than we’ve seen him. The youth movement has fully arrived too — as Andrew Benintendi is expected to be their everyday left fielder and Mookie Betts is expected to play like an MVP for the next 10 years or so.

Rangers 3B Beltre close to 3,000 hits, really wants 1 ring (The Associated Press)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:15:26 PDT

Adrian Beltre goes into his 20th major league season only 58 hits shy of joining the 3,000 club. ''If we win the World Series this year, maybe, maybe I won't ever come back here,'' said Beltre, who turns 38 next week and is signed through 2018. The Rangers have won the AL West the last two seasons, but have been trying to get back to the World Series since 2011, when they were twice within one strike of winning it all before falling short as AL champions for the second year in a row.

Rays bolster depth, acquire OF Peter Bourjos from White Sox (The Associated Press)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:39:38 PDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have bolstered their outfield depth, acquiring speedy Peter Bourjos from the Chicago White Sox for cash or a player to be named,

White Sox begin rebuilding after trading Sale, Eaton (The Associated Press)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:17:31 PDT

On the decline in recent years, the Chicago White Sox finally took the big plunge in the offseason. The White Sox dived head on into rebuilding mode, hoping for better days down the line even if it means absorbing more losses this season. Overseeing this new era is manager Rick Renteria.

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler likely out to start season (The Associated Press)

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:15:13 PDT

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler likely will begin his first season in Kansas City on the disabled list after straining his oblique in a minor league game.

Barry Bonds can still mash home runs at age 52 (Big League Stew)

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:46 PDT

There’s a reason San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds is the home run king. At an age where most players experience steep decline, Bonds continued to mash at the plate until he became too toxic for teams to sign. While he was compromised defensively during his final season, Bonds still hit 28 home runs and led the league in walks and on-base percentage as a 42-year-old. He could still play at a high level.

Mets' Matz has tender elbow, status for opening day in doubt (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:33:24 PDT

New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his next start because of tenderness in his left elbow, putting his status for opening day in doubt.

Son of Indians GM blurts out Lindor contract info on radio (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:23:39 PDT

It's no secret the Cleveland Indians want to sign All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor to a long-term contract. Thanks to little Brody Chernoff, the length of that deal may now be known. On Saturday, the 6-year-old son of Indians general manager Mike Chernof, was invited into the team's broadcast booth during the ninth inning of an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox.

OF Austin Jackson makes Indians' opening-day roster (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:35:09 PDT

Outfielder Austin Jackson took an opportunity with the Cleveland Indians and ran with it. Jackson was informed on Sunday that he has made Cleveland's opening-day roster, giving the AL champions some outfield depth in case Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley aren't ready for the start of the season. The 30-year-old Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Indians in January.

Jones back with Orioles after winning World Baseball Classic (The Associated Press)

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:54:16 PDT

Adam Jones provided perhaps the best highlight of the World Baseball Classic, when he took a home run away from Manny Machado with a spectacular catch in center field.

Yoan Moncada's Twinkie obsession is the stuff of legend (Big League Stew)

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:05:37 PDT

The future of the Chicago White Sox will be built around Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada, which could technically mean the White Sox future will be fueled by Twinkies. According to ESPN’s Eli Saslow, who recently wrote about Moncada’s adjustment to life after coming to the United States and signing a record-breaking deal with the Boston Red Sox, the then 19-year-old had never had a Twinkie in his life before leaving Cuba. Last summer, Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan wrote that Moncada once consumed 225 Twinkies in a single week.

Royal Returns: KC's Duffy, Perez back in Cactus League (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:07:27 PDT

Danny Duffy stepped off the big stage and back into spring training.

White Sox LHP Rodon scratched with biceps tightness (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:50:49 PDT

The Chicago White Sox scratched Carlos Rodon from his spring start Friday due to left biceps tightness, and general manager Rick Hahn said the left-hander likely would begin the season on the disabled list. Rodon also had an MRI that showed no structural damage. ''We are going to err on the side of caution here, even if it winds up costing him his first couple starts, because we're slowing down the schedule now by scratching him,'' Hahn said.

Plenty of high-profile players wearing new uniforms (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:47:33 PDT

Chris Sale traded socks - or Sox - from white to red. Edwin Encarnacion took his big bat to Cleveland. Aroldis Chapman returned to the Bronx.

BASEBALL 2017: Key dates for the upcoming season (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:24:22 PDT

It's almost time again. From opening day to a couple of potentially big games in September, here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar:

BASEBALL 2017: Benintendi, Swanson among top rookies (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:22:17 PDT

CHICAGO (AP) -- Corey Seager helped the Los Angeles Dodgers make it all the way to the NL Championship Series last year. Michael Fulmer developed into a reliable part of Detroit's rotation, winning 11 games for the Tigers with a 3.06 ERA.

Zack Greinke has solid start against Cubs (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:33:13 PDT

Zack Greinke has one more spring start before he embarks on what he hopes is a bounce-back season for him and the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Triggs' strong outing helps his chance to start for A's (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:09:43 PDT

Oakland Athletics right-hander Andrew Triggs needed a solid performance Wednesday and he delivered. Triggs gave up two runs on three hits over five-plus innings in a 5-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Triggs limited the White Sox to one single until two out in the fifth, when Yolmer Sanchez homered.

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.

Team USA advances to World Baseball Classic final for first time (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:27:07 PDT

For the first time in World Baseball Classic history, Team USA will play in the championship game. The United States won a hard-fought battle against Team Japan in the semifinal round with a 2-1 victory. With the win, Team USA will advance to the championship game for the first time in the tournament’s brief history.

Bumgarner sharp in latest spring start (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:35:52 PDT

Madison Bumgarner looked sharp again in his latest spring training outing, though it lasted only two innings. After the San Francisco ace blanked the Padres, he went to the bullpen to throw some more Tuesday, taking breaks to simulate game conditions. Bumgarner struck out three and allowed two hits without a run against San Diego.

White Sox, SS Tim Anderson agree to $25M, 6-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:52:37 PDT

The rebuilding Chicago White Sox and promising shortstop Tim Anderson agreed Tuesday to a $25 million, six-year contract. Anderson will receive $850,000 in 2017, $1 million in 2018, $1.4 million in 2019, $4 million in 2020, $7.25 million in 2021 and $9.5 million in 2022. If either is declined, Anderson gets $1 million.

Jerry Krause: Basketball is his legacy, but his heart belonged to baseball (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:14:05 PDT

Jerry Krause will be remembered, rightfully, for basketball — for turning the Chicago Bulls into a dynasty, for all for those rings. Krause died Tuesday. Before he got the offer from owner Jerry Reinsdorf to become general manager of the Bulls in 1985, Krause worked for the Chicago White Sox as a scout for six years.

Report: White Sox sign shortstop Tim Anderson to record six-year, $25 million contract (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:08:49 PDT

Chicago White Sox’s Tim Anderson watches his RBI double off Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb, scoring Adam Eaton, during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in Chicago. The Chicago White Sox may be at the beginning of a rebuild, but they’re not wasting any time locking down players who could be part of their next championship team. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the White Sox have reportedly signed 23-year-old shortstop Tim Anderson to a record-setting six-year, $25 million contract.

Giants' Cueto sharp in 5-inning outing against White Sox (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:03:23 PDT

Instead of facing Japan in the World Baseball Classic, Johnny Cueto pitched in the Cactus League on Monday. The right-hander threw five innings and allowed just a hit and a run, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in his third outing of the spring. Cueto would have started for the Dominican Republic against Japan on Tuesday night if his home country had advanced to the WBC semifinals in Los Angeles.

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.