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Seoul cycle: Gregorius ready for long WBC flights (The Associated Press)

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:22:48 PST

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is getting ready for some long flight to play in the World Baseball Classic. Gregorius is part of the Netherlands team that opens against South Korea in Seoul on March 7 and could advance to the second round in Tokyo, which starts March 12. ''A lot of electrolytes,'' Gregorius said with a smile Monday.

Rangers slugger Hamilton might need another knee surgery (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:49:45 PST

Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton went to Houston on Sunday, facing the possibility of another knee surgery in his bid to return to the majors. Hamilton will be examined Monday by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed reconstructive surgery on the former AL MVP's left knee last June. The Rangers acknowledge Hamilton might require arthroscopic knee surgery.

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.

Angels' Shoemaker appears recovered from line drive to head (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:00:23 PST

Matt Shoemaker is the player people are happiest to see this spring in the Los Angeles Angels' camp. It wasn't clear Shoemaker would make it here. On Sept. 4 in Seattle, the Mariners' Kyle Seager ripped a line drive up the middle - clocked at 105 mph as it left his bat - that struck Shoemaker above his right ear.

FANTASY PLAYS: Potential busts for 2017 fantasy season (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:06:49 PST

In fantasy draft prep, you'll hear three terms more than any others: breakout, sleeper, and bust. A bust can be a player who doesn't live up to his average draft position (ADP) or high expectations but still has a good year, or it can be someone who was just plain awful.

Oakland's Phegley back in form after knee problem (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:51:19 PST

A change in his catching stance has Josh Phegley feeling fine and ready to resume his role as part of the Oakland Athletics' platoon at the position. Phegley, after taking some cuts in the batting cage early at spring training Thursday, leaned back and slightly to the side to demonstrate his previous staggered stance.

Hamilton leaves Rangers' camp to have his left knee examined (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:42:51 PST

Josh Hamilton was back in Texas on Wednesday to have his surgically reconstructed left knee examined after he experienced discomfort during the Rangers' first full-squad spring training workout. The 2010 AL MVP, at spring training with a minor league contract, felt stiffness while doing some running drills in the outfield grass during the workout Tuesday. The 35-year-old slugger went to Houston to be examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed Hamilton's season-ending surgery last June that was his third knee operation in 10 months.

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.

Spring Training 2017: Dealing with the Matt Wieters fallout (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:28:12 PST

The Nationals may have to make other moves after signing Matt Wieters. BIGGEST NEWS OF THE DAY: The Washington Nationals have agreed to sign free-agent catcher Matt Wieters to a two-year, $21 million deal. The 30-year-old Wieters hit .243/.302/.409, with 17 home runs, over 464 plate appearances with the Baltimore Orioles last season. Wieters’ deal contains an opt-out after just one year, so he could leave Washington following 2017 if he has a strong season.

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.

Orioles acquire Bleier from Yanks, add Bourn (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:55:52 PST

Baltimore acquired its second left-handed pitcher in three days when the New York Yankees dealt Richard Bleier to the Orioles for a player to be named or cash. Bleier had a 1.96 ERA in 23 games for the Yankees last season. To make room for Bleier on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated first baseman/outfielder Christian Walker for assignment.

Angels' Espinosa eager for Orange County homecoming in trade (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:59:43 PST

Growing up three miles from Angel Stadium, Danny Espinosa got to watch all the heroes of the 2002 Anaheim Angels championship team: Troy Percival, Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon and Darin Erstad, among others. Espinosa got the break most players only dream about when the Washington Nationals traded him in the offseason to the Los Angeles Angels, where he's slated to be the team's everyday second baseman. Espinosa, who played shortstop in Washington, could sense he might be moved.

Astros looking for Bregman to take next step in 2017 (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:44:59 PST

Alex Bregman doesn't regret the difficult start to his major league career, when he went hitless in his first five games with the Houston Astros last July. Bregman said the turnaround began when manager A.J. Hinch sat him down in the dugout before the last game of a three-game series in Detroit and told him he was moving him up to the second spot in the batting order, where he'd grown accustomed to hitting in the minors. The change worked, and Bregman collected his first hit that day.

Albert Pujols is ramping up recovery from surgery for Angels (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:38:42 PST

Albert Pujols is almost ready to get a running start on the second half of his mega-contract with the Los Angeles Angels. Pujols is making steady progress in his recovery from foot surgery. The three-time NL MVP is doing rehabilitation work at the Angels' spring training complex with the goal of being ready to play on opening day.

Jered Weaver signs with Padres after 11 years with Angels (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:34:49 PST

Right-hander Jered Weaver has agreed to a $3 million, one-year deal with the San Diego Padres after 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. Weaver and the Padres confirmed the long-anticipated deal Saturday, pending a physical. The 34-year-old Weaver had spent his entire career with the Angels, going 150-93 with a 3.55 ERA and three All-Star selections.

Mike Trout stays humble and hungry in new season with Angels (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:29:40 PST

Although Mike Trout is a fairly well-known baseball player at this point, he still made his way around the Los Angeles Angels' clubhouse on Saturday morning to introduce himself to several new teammates. While a few things change every year, Trout's teammates and coaches say he has been the same unassuming, upbeat guy throughout one of the greatest half-decades in recent big league history. ''Mike hasn't changed a bit from the first day he stepped up here on a major league field,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Moreno: Angels will have same ballpark, more money to spend (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:21:15 PST

Owner Arte Moreno is committed to long-term improvements to both the Los Angeles Angels' roster and their venerable stadium. The Angels will remain in Angel Stadium until at least 2029, Moreno said Saturday after their entire roster reported to Arizona for the first full workout of spring. Moreno also believes the Angels will soon be in better financial shape to pursue baseball's top players this year and beyond, boosting their chances of building a winner around two-time AL MVP Mike Trout.

Mookie Betts still relaxed coming off near-MVP season (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:50:45 PST

Mookie Betts isn't about to get caught up in the hype coming off his near-MVP season. If you mention NBA star Stephen Curry, his eyes light up and he'll chat about how much he loves Curry's game and watching his Golden State Warriors. Talk to him about his own play, and Betts just shrugs it off as hard work.

Black makes immediate impact on culture of new Colorado club (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:57:41 PST

Bud Black called on young pitcher Rayan Gonzalez and put the Puerto Rican right-hander on the spot in front of everybody. Colorado's new manager inquired about what Gonzalez likes to do away from the field? Gonzalez shared that he and wife, Alexa, regularly do salsa dancing.

Angels' Richards confident in comeback without Tommy John (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:26:04 PST

When doctors found a partial tear in Garrett Richards' elbow ligament early last season, the Los Angeles Angels' ace immediately assumed he had lost two years of his pitching career. Richards grimly figured Tommy John surgery was inevitable. ''When I came in that Monday, I walked into the training room and (said), 'Hey, let's schedule this thing as soon as possible, and that way I can get back as soon as possible,''' Richards recalled Thursday.

Mat Latos, Blue Jays agree to minor league contract (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:58:42 PST

Mat Latos agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, reported for big league spring training and will try to earn a spot on the 40-man roster. The 29-year-old right-hander went 6-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 11 starts for the Chicago White Sox last year, was released, then was 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in one start and five relief appearances for Washington. ''I'm happy to just be playing baseball, let's be honest,'' Latos said after his deal was announced Thursday.

Old starters among new faces as Braves remake rotation (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:54:35 PST

The Atlanta Braves were ready to add some more experience to their starting rotation - and boy, did they succeed. Bartolo Colon, the 43-year-old right-hander whose longevity and jovial disposition have turned him into one of the game's fan favorites, joined Atlanta in November. Around the same time, the Braves acquired R.A. Dickey, the 42-year-old knuckleballer who is one of baseball's elder statesmen - but whose big league debut back in 2001 came four years after Colon's.

Nap time: Rangers, Napoli finally reunited for 3rd stint (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:44:07 PST

Mike Napoli's return to Texas certainly didn't come out of left field. The slugger's long-anticipated reunion with the Rangers , and a third stint with his first World Series team, finally became a reality Thursday when he was re-introduced after finalizing an $8.5 million, one-year contract. ''This is obviously a place I wanted to be,'' Napoli said.

Huston Street welcomes competition for job as Angels' closer (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:01:01 PST

Huston Street has been a durable, dependable big league closer for 12 seasons. After knee surgery ended the least impressive season of his career, Street is in for a fight this spring with the Los Angeles Angels. The two-time All-Star with 324 career saves is competing with youngster Cam Bedrosian and well-traveled veteran Andrew Bailey for the top job in the Angels' bullpen.

Reliever Fernando Salas, Mets finalize $3M, 1-year deal (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:52:09 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Reliever Fernando Salas and the New York Mets have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.

After 18 seasons with Angels, Scioscia still loves the job (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:16:41 PST

Mike Scioscia has been the Angels' manager since the 20th century, way back when Anaheim was at the front of the club's official name instead of the back. Scioscia is the longest-tenured manager in baseball by a whopping seven years as he heads into his 18th season with the Angels. ''Believe me, I don't take this opportunity for granted,'' Scioscia said Tuesday after the Angels' pitchers and catchers reported to Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Ventura's death weighs on Royals as spring training opens (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:15:30 PST

Back on the field for the first time this year, the Kansas City Royals couldn't help but think of Yordano Ventura, their 25-year-old teammate who died in a car crash on Jan. 22 in his native Dominican Republic. ''He's always on your mind,'' manager Ned Yost said Tuesday as Kansas City started spring training workouts. Ventura signed with the Royals in 2008 and came up to the major league team in 2013.

Mariners constantly in motion with Jerry Dipoto in charge (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:41:24 PST

Jerry Dipoto keeps proving the ''Trader Jerry'' nickname is a valid one. The Seattle Mariners general manager is constantly tinkering, trying to create a club that can once again be a contender instead of an afterthought. ''There was a question about Jerry that a media member posed and they described him as 'uncomfortably energetic.' ... You stay busy, but in a good way,'' said director of baseball operations Justin Hollander, who had previously worked with Dipoto with the Los Angeles Angels.

With David Ortiz retired, Red Sox now look to LHP Chris Sale (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:06:40 PST

For the first time since 2003, the Boston Red Sox will enter spring training without David Ortiz. With Ortiz gone, the Red Sox enter 2017 with a big prize that president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski acquired during the offseason - landing left-hander Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox in a trade for four prospects. ''This gives us a significant chance to win,'' Dombrowski said.

RHP Joe Smith, Blue Jays complete $3M, 1-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:39:27 PST

TORONTO (AP) -- Right-handed reliever Joe Smith and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.