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Indians, Cubs tie 1-all in 1st matchup since World Series (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:26:42 PST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Danny Salazar breezed through his first outing for the Cleveland Indians. No extra adrenaline from facing the Chicago Cubs. No interest in revisiting the World Series.



Conforto making case to stick with Mets for the whole season (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:53:58 PST

New York Mets manager Terry Collins has to figure out this spring which Michael Conforto he has - the outfielder who was a rookie sensation in 2015 or the one who was demoted in the middle of a terrible slump last year. Conforto homered for the second time in exhibition play and also singled Sunday in a 5-2 win over Detroit, making him 5 for 7 so far.



Harper homers, Ventura remembered, Bourn hurt (The Associated Press)

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:14:06 PST

Welcome to spring training, Bryce Harper. Harper hit a long solo homer and a single, helping the Washington Nationals to an 8-6 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Andrew Stevenson and Matt Skole also connected for Washington, and Gio Gonzalez struck out one in a scoreless first inning.



Wieters joins Nationals; Judge hits long homer for Yankees (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:25:42 PST

Matt Wieters finally has a new team. ''It's tough finding a team when you can't do anything baseball-related,'' Wieters said Friday, when the catcher took batting practice and ran conditioning sprints at spring training with the Washington Nationals after his signing was announced. Now Wieters is working on getting up to speed with the pitching staff for the reigning NL East champions.



Drew Smyly brings youth and experience to Mariners rotation (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:58:18 PST

Trades don't surprise Drew Smyly anymore. At age 27, the Seattle Mariners left-hander has been dealt twice. The first swap sent him from the team that drafted and developed Smyly, the Detroit Tigers, to the Tampa Bay Rays in midseason 2014.



FANTASY PLAYS: Sleeper picks for 2017 fantasy baseball (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:04:42 PST

Having a list of sleepers to queue up on draft day is not only an integral part of the draft prep process, it's a big part of what makes draft day fun. Davis' stock is down after losing 41 points in batting average and 103 points in slugging percentage in 2016. Soler has even bigger issues with making contact than Santana, but strikeouts were not a serious problem for him in his minor league career.



Additions of Maybin, Revere give Angels speed, defense (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:32:22 PST

Cameron Maybin can't figure out why teams keep trading him. An energetic fan favorite wherever he goes, Maybin has unpacked his well-traveled bags and will play left field this season for the Los Angeles Angels. ''It's a great question,'' said Maybin, who has played for - in order - Detroit, Florida, San Diego, Atlanta, back to Detroit, and now the Angels.



Red Sox hope to be carried by Sale, Porcello and Price (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:15:31 PST

The Red Sox hope adding Chris Sale to a rotation that already included Rick Porcello and David Price will boost the team to its first World Series title since 2013. ''Boston's like the Golden State Warriors now in baseball,'' New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said during the offseason. Porcello is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and Price won the 2012 honor.



Tigers' center field position is up for grabs (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:24:17 PST

Open competition for a starting position has become a rarity in spring training. ''The guys involved know it's open, and it's a performance-based game,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. Tyler Collins, who started 22 games in center field for Detroit last season, and Mikie Mahtook, acquired from Tampa Bay, will get long looks.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:07:25 PST

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson expects to be sidelined two to three weeks due to a right calf strain. Donaldson admitted that he felt something grab his muscle while running sprints during a workout on Friday. The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player and three-time All-Star underwent an MRI exam the following day and required the use of crutches while walking in the clubhouse on Sunday.



Kinsler still a Tiger after shrugging off trade talk (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:03:01 PST

When the Detroit Tigers indicated they were willing to listen to offers for their top players, Ian Kinsler became a prime candidate to be traded. ''Nothing happened, offseason went smooth, got myself prepared for today and leading up to the season. Indeed, there was no trade involving Kinsler - or any of Detroit's top players.



Venezuela, Ilitch, Tigers' future all on Cabrera's mind (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:30:34 PST

When Miguel Cabrera takes the field for Venezuela in next month's World Baseball Classic, he'll be trying to bring some much-needed joy to his native country. It's like, two sides, you know?'' Cabrera said. Cabrera is back at spring training, preparing for his 10th season with the Detroit Tigers, and what began as a routine session with reporters Saturday after the team's first full-squad workout quickly turned into a more pensive discussion.



Reds expect to sign Ryan Raburn to compete for backup role (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:37:01 PST

The Cincinnati Reds expect outfielder Ryan Raburn to pass a physical and sign a minor league deal Sunday, giving them another player to compete for a role off the bench. The 35-year-old Raburn has played for the Tigers, Indians and Rockies. Improving the bench has been one of Cincinnati's offseason priorities.



Yasiel Puig is ready to crush baseballs and kill zombies (Big League Stew)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:18:36 PST

Yasiel Puig is a man on a mission. Yasiel Puig is coming to get you. The Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder has been spotted holding a new piece of lumber that would help him strike fear into the hearts of opponents again, while also helping fend off a zombie apocalypse should one materialize.



Pace of play, potential strike zone changes on baseball deck (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:18:53 PST

Commissioner Rob Manfred says he can't offer a prediction on how likely it is that baseball will be altering the strike zone this season. Manfred discussed that and other potential rule changes Thursday at the Detroit Tigers' spring training complex, which was hosting a Grapefruit League media day. Manfred says there are ongoing discussions with the Major League Baseball Players Association, and it's not clear what changes might be made for 2017.



Tigers, Manfred think team in good hands with Chris Ilitch (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:28:38 PST

Following the death of owner Mike Ilitch, the Detroit Tigers are facing a bit of a transition, but they aren't exactly in limbo. Back in May, Ilitch Holdings Inc. announced a succession plan in which Chris Ilitch, the son of Mike and Marian Ilitch, would eventually take over his parents' roles. Mike Ilitch said then that their businesses, including the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, would remain family owned.



Mike Ilitch did the kindest thing imaginable for Rosa Parks (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:44:13 PST

As the world continues mourning former Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, who died on Feb. 11 at age 87, we’re being reminded of just how far his kindness and goodwill extended. In particular, there’s a story that’s resurfaced that tells of the lengths Ilitch went to in assisting Rosa Parks, an American civil rights activist who had fallen on hard times after being robbed and assaulted in her central Detroit home in August of 1994. According to the story originally reported in the Sports Business Journal back in 2014, and brought back to the forefront by Michigan lieutenant-governor Brian Calley, Ilitch began paying the entirety of Ms. Parks’ rent immediately following the incident, which allowed her to move into a safer apartment complex.



High hopes as always in first spring training workouts (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:30:29 PST

Even for an accomplished veteran like Justin Verlander, the start of spring training can be special. Verlander's Tigers were among 15 teams with their first scheduled workouts for pitchers and catchers Tuesday. As major leaguers took the field in Florida and Arizona, that familiar sound of balls popping into mitts served as a reminder that in baseball at least, winter is finally over.



Rangers get Gamboa from Rays; Fielder, Diekman to 60-day DL (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:25:06 PST

The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, when they placed reliever Jake Diekman and first baseman Prince Fielder on the 60-day disabled list. Since Fielder didn't formally retire, he had to remain on the Rangers' 40-man roster during the offseason.



Ron Gardenhire diagnosed with prostate cancer (Big League Stew)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:11:39 PST

Ron Gardenhire, the former Minnesota Twins manager who is starting his new job as Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach this week, has prostate cancer. The Diamondbacks announced it on Tuesday, and released an incredibly supportive statement that contained words from Gardenhire’s colleagues and the man himself. #Dbacks bench coach Ron Gardenhire has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.



Red Wings, Tigers owner Ilitch dies at 87 (AFP)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:50:34 PST

Mike Ilitch, owner of baseball's Detroit Tigers and the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, died on Friday at the age of 87, his company Ilitch Holdings said. Ilitch, the son of Macedonian immigrants, opened his first Little Caesars pizza restaurant with his wife, Marian, in 1959 in the working class Detroit suburb of Garden City. The Red Wings were struggling when he bought them for a reported $8 million in 1982.



People-Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Ilitch dead at 87 (Reuters)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:51:48 PST

* Red Wings won four Stanley Cups under his ownership * Transformed Tigers into successful franchise (Adds detail, reaction) Feb 10 (Reuters) - American entrepreneur and Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Ilitch, owner of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, died on Friday at the age of 87, his company announced in a statement. Ilitch, a first generation American of Macedonian descent who founded international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza, had owned the Tigers since 1992 and the Red Wings since 1982. "My father was a once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader, setting the tone for our organization and our family," Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, said in a statement.



Mike Ilitch didn't get to live his World Series dream, but he never stopped trying (Big League Stew)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:26:24 PST

Mike Ilitch, the former minor-league baseball player and U.S. Marine turned billionaire businessman and owner of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, died Friday at the age of 87. Ilitch bought the Tigers in 1992,  exactly 10 years after he purchased the Red Wings.



People-Tigers and Red Wings owner Ilitch dead at 87 (Reuters)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:10:13 PST

American entrepreneur Mike Ilitch, owner of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, died on Friday at the age of 87, his company announced in a statement. Ilitch, a first generation American of Macedonian descent who founded international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza, had owned the Tigers Major League Baseball team since 1992 and the Red Wings National Hockey League franchise since 1982. "My father was a once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader, setting the tone for our organization and our family," Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, said in a statement.



Mike Ilitch, owner of Detroit Tigers and Red Wings, dead at age 87 (Big League Stew)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 16:05:27 PST

Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch died Friday at the age of 87, according to multiple reports. Ilitch, who made his money as the founder and owner of Little Ceasars Pizza, purchased the Red Wings in 1982 and Tigers in 1992 and had a burning desire to turn both of them into champions. As it turned out, that was easier for the Red Wings than the Tigers.



Stolen bases an afterthought as spring training starts (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 11:23:45 PST

The stolen base has been stolen from baseball, an afterthought when spring training starts next week. Baltimore swiped just 19 bases last year, the fewest for any team in more than four decades. In 1982, Rickey Henderson stole his 19th base on April 28 - Oakland's 20th game of the season.



Detroit Tigers hold off on significant cost cutting for now (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:53:14 PST

The Detroit Tigers were willing to cut payroll. ''Let's say we would have moved two or three players,'' Avila said. Instead of making major changes and starting a rebuilding process, Detroit kept its roster largely intact this offseason.



Stanton, Jones headline US roster for World Baseball Classic (The Associated Press)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:19:17 PST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton and Baltimore star Adam Jones are among the returnees on the 28-man U.S. World Baseball Classic roster, which also includes Colorado's Nolan Arenado, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, San Francisco's Buster Posey and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen.



Moylan, Hendriks set for Australia at World Baseball Classic (The Associated Press)

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:37:08 PST

Kansas City Royals free agent pitcher Peter Moylan and Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks are among the 28 players on Australia's roster for the World Baseball Classic. Also included in the roster announced Thursday were former Seattle and Arizona pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith and pitcher Warwick Saupold, who spent most of the season with the Detroit Tigers' AAA affiliate in Toledo. Infielder Mitch Nilsson, nephew of former MLB all-star catcher David Nilsson, was also selected to the team.



Hot Stove Digest: Rangers finally agree to terms with Mike Napoli (Big League Stew)

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:45:29 PST

After months of rumors, Mike Napoli is finally going back to Texas. FINALLY: The Texas Rangers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with first baseman Mike Napoli. The 35-year-old Napoli hit .239/.335/.465, with 34 home runs, for the Cleveland Indians last season. It had been assumed Napoli would sign with the Rangers for weeks now, but the two sides put off finalizing a deal until now.