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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.

MLB-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:23:35 PDT

Right-hander Yu Darvish will be the Opening Day starter for the Texas Rangers, manager Jeff Banister announced on Saturday. Darvish, 30, will face the Cleveland Indians on April 3 in Arlington, Texas, becoming the ninth different Opening Day starter for the Rangers in the past nine years. Darvish was named the Opening Day starter in 2014 but was sidelined by neck stiffness and started the season on the disabled list.

Indians outfielder Chisenhall sprains shoulder, out 3 days (The Associated Press)

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:21:05 PDT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will be sidelined for three days after spraining his right shoulder when he crashed into a wall.

Rangers tap Darvish for Opening Day start (AFP)

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:57:54 PDT

Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish will be the Texas Rangers' opening day starter for the Major League Baseball club, manager Jeff Banister announced Saturday. Darvish, 30, will face the Cleveland Indians on April 3 in Arlington, Texas, becoming the Rangers ninth different opening day starter in the past nine years. It will be the first North American opening day start for Darvish with the Rangers, although he did it five times in Japan.

Report: Rougned Odor agrees to six-year, $49.5M extension with Rangers (Big League Stew)

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:38:08 PDT

The Texas Rangers and second baseman Rougned Odor have agreed to a six-year extension worth $49.5 million, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that the two sides were “increasingly optimistic” a deal would be completed before the end of spring training. Reports have indicated Odor was seeking a six-year deal worth around $52.5M, which is the bar that was set by Jason Kipnis’ extension with the Cleveland Indians following the 2014 season.

AP Source: Indians, Ramirez agree to contract extension (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:20:04 PDT

Jose Ramirez's breakout season was enough to convince the Cleveland Indians he's worth a long-term investment. The versatile Ramirez, who helped the Indians get to their first World Series since 1997 last year, has agreed to a contract extension with the club. Ramirez will sign the contract after taking a physical, said a person with knowledge of the negotiations who spoke Friday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal can't be finalized until the medical examinations are completed.

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.

Spring Training 2017: Giants lose key reliever Will Smith to Tommy John surgery (Big League Stew)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:22:02 PDT

BIGGEST NEWS OF THE DAY: The San Francisco Giants will be down a key member in the bullpen this season. Veteran left-hander Will Smith was diagnosed with a sprained UCL and has opted to undergo Tommy John surgery next week in Los Angeles. Smith, 26, has become one of the top left-handed relievers in all of baseball.

FANTASY PLAYS: Spring performances that should concern you (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:52:55 PDT

Sometimes fantasy baseball owners overrate spring training performances, both jumping on the good and overreacting to the bad. Here are some spring performances that should have you concerned with the MLB season nearly here. There were plenty of concerns with Carter's value even before the Yankees announced that Greg Bird would be the starting first baseman.

Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall leaves game with injury (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:19:08 PDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall left Friday's spring training game with an injury in the bottom of the second inning.

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.

The Cubs curbed their curse - who's next to douse a drought? (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:25:27 PDT

Now that the Cubs have broken baseball's oldest curse, who's next?

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.

Dallas Green, who managed Phillies to 1st title, dies at 82 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:59:15 PDT

As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre. ''When you think of big, with that deep voice, that booming voice, he could hold a team meeting, boy, he could scare you right out of your seat,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona recalled. Green, the tough-talking, no-nonsense skipper who in 1980 guided the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship, died Wednesday.

Indians trying to get everybody back for AL title defense (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:19:10 PDT

For a defending AL champion, the Cleveland Indians are dealing with a lot of uncertainty less than two weeks before their April 3 opener at Texas. All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis is sidelined at least through April with an ailing right shoulder Outfielder Michael Brantley, recovering from shoulder surgery that caused him to miss most of 2016, didn't play in an exhibition game until Monday. First baseman Carlos Santana is just back from the World Baseball Classic, and shortstop Francisco Lindor won't return until after Wednesday night's WBC title game..

MLB season preview: Who can beat the Cubs? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:41:01 PDT

With baseball season upon, Big League Stew is in full preview mode. Today: A roundtable discussion about who has what it takes to knock off the defending champs. The day after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last November, they were immediately listed by one Las Vegas sportsbook as the odds-on-favorite to repeat.

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.

Back from shoulder woes, Indians' Brantley gets 2 hits (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:59:10 PDT

For the Cleveland Indians, watching Michael Brantley swing back into action meant something. Coming off a year almost totally lost to shoulder trouble, Brantley singled twice, drove in a run and scored once Monday for the Indians in a 14-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. ''I am excited,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said.

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?

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.

Indians RHP Anderson done for year, Kipnis still sidelined (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:20:28 PDT

Cleveland Indians right-hander Cody Anderson will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery and miss the 2017 season. The AL champions said Sunday that Anderson has elected to have the operation after being diagnosed with a ligament sprain. The 26-year-old made nine starts for Cleveland last season and was expected to begin this year at Triple-A Buffalo.

Spring Training 2017: Tim Tebow might be sticking around Mets camp (Big League Stew)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:52:02 PDT

Tim Tebow has earned more opportunities with the Mets in spring training. TIM TEBOW ALERT: Tim Tebow’s still playing in major league games for the New York Mets at spring training, and the latest word is there might be more to come. At least that’s how manager Terry Collins framed it Saturday.

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.

Moylan pitches well again, bidding for KC bullpen job (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:15:37 PDT

Extra-inning spring training games are not the preference of most big league players. Kansas City Royals reliever Peter Moylan, however, was happy when the game Saturday went into the 10th inning. ''I was very glad it went an extra inning,'' said Moylan, which allowed him to pitch.

Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees team up to no-hit Tigers (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:41:37 PDT

New York manager Joe Girardi didn't keep the lineup card as a souvenir, but still appreciated the effort. ''I'm happy for our guys,'' Girardi said. The Japanese ace has thrown 13 1/3 scoreless innings in exhibition play.

A lucky leprechaun appeared at Cubs camp on St. Patrick's Day (Big League Stew)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 10:52:32 PDT

The Chicago Cubs probably don’t need extra luck this season. If things go according to plan, the Cubs could be the first team since the 2000 New York Yankees to seriously threaten a repeat. During their morning stretches, the Cubs were visited by a lucky leprechaun.

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.