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Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:14:06 PSTWelcome 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.
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:14:20 PSTCuban outfielder Adolis Garcia could make it up to the St. Louis Cardinals at some point this season, according to general manager John Mozeliak. Garcia, who turns 24 next Thursday, agreed Friday to a minor league contract with a $2.5 million signing bonus and was in camp Saturday ahead of the Cardinals' exhibition opener against Miami. Garcia earned MVP honors in Serie Nacional, Cuba's highest league, in 2016 after hitting .319, with 14 homers and 71 RBIs in 81 games with 15 outfield assists.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:30:16 PSTJUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract and invited him to their big league spring training camp.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:49:48 PSTKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Former NFL and Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings is looking to play another sport.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:48:21 PSTFrom now until the World Baseball Classic begins on March 6, we’ll be helping you get to know each team involved in baseball’s global tournament. Today’s team: Colombia. Colombia has this going for it as it enters World Baseball Classic play for the first time: It’s young and hungry. Colombia qualified for the WBC for the first time this year, which is a great story in itself since the country didn’t even try in 2013.
Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:06:49 PSTIn 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.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:32:16 PSTSanders Commings has reportedly signed with the Braves after a short NFL career. The Atlanta Braves have continued their franchise lineage of two-sport athletes by reportedly signing ex-NFL cornerback Sanders Commings to a minor-league deal. The news was first reported by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:10:18 PSTA lineup that was downright embarrassing at the beginning of last season looks a whole lot more imposing, bolstered by slugger Matt Kemp, top prospect Danby Swanson and three-time All-Star Brandon Phillips. ''It's going to be an exciting year for us,'' said Freddie Freeman, another key part of the batting order. The Braves began to turn things around when they acquired Kemp from the San Diego Padres just ahead of the trade deadline, a move that essentially came down to taking on a contract that pays the outfielder $21.5 million annually through 2019.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:55:32 PSTSan Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers landed the biggest raise of all the hefty salary increases in arbitration. The 168 players eligible for arbitration as of mid-December averaged a 113 percent raise, according to a study by The Associated Press on Thursday. St. Louis right-hander Carlos Martinez was next with a 18-fold hike from $539,000 to an average of $10.2 million in a $51 million, five-year deal, followed by Atlanta outfielder Ender Inciarte with an 11-fold raise from $523,000 to an average of $6.1 million in his five-year deal worth $30,525,000.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:18:40 PSTThere are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed. ''All of it is stupid,'' Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips said Wednesday. Over the last 35 years, the length of a regular-season game has increased by nearly a half-hour - much of that extra time consumed by batters stepping out of the box between every pitch for the always-thrilling helmet tug, enough meetings on the mound to bring about world peace, and so many pitching changes one can only assume managers are investing in companies that make bullpen door hinges.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:29:25 PSTOn any given spring day, Jordan Schafer double-checks the schedule to confirm whether live batting practice means he needs to bring a bat or heat up his arm. For a St. Louis Cardinals team that values versatility, Schafer, a former outfielder-turned-pitcher, could become the ultimate utility player. Three times this camp, Schafer has taken his mid-90s fastball to the mound, twice for bullpen sessions and once for live batting practice.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:00:54 PSTFrom now until the World Baseball Classic begins on March 6, we’ll be helping you get to know each team involved in baseball’s global tournament. Today’s entry: Canada. What to make of Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic? Many of Canada’s best players are sitting this one out, including Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Michael Saunders and Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:59:11 PSTThe Atlanta Braves have two of them, in fact. Peterson can play second base, shortstop, third base and all three outfield positions. Chase d'Arnaud does him one better, having added first base to his repertoire this spring.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:37:49 PSTRick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs. Ankiel had a promising rookie season as a 20-year-old with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2000, but he lost his control in the postseason. Ankiel pitched five innings and got the win against Arizona.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:50:04 PSTThe oldest first-time managers in Major League Baseball history:
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:49:16 PSTKISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Let's face it, Brian Snitker had pretty much given up on his dream.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:15:28 PSTJose Abreu begins his fourth season in the majors in a much different situation than when he first joined the Chicago White Sox. When Abreu arrived in the U.S. from Cuba in 2014, the White Sox were a veteran team with players like Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, John Danks and Alexei Ramirez. Now Chicago is rebuilding, and Abreu finds himself as one of the team's veterans and leaders.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:05:12 PSTNick Swisher calls it a career after 12 MLB seasons. Here you’ll find a quick recap on everything from the latest injury news to translations, along with other stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time. THE DREAM IS OVER, BABY!: Those were the words of Nick Swisher, who announced his retirement in an article for The Players’ Tribune on Friday.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:08:08 PSTBrandon Phillips was struck by the oddity of being traded to a team that includes 43-year-old pitcher Bartolo Colon. ''It's crazy being on he same team with the guy I got traded for,'' the new Atlanta Braves second baseman said Friday after his first spring training workout. Actually Phillips, now 35, never made it up to the Montreal Expos, who became the Washington Nationals in 2005.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:28:36 PSTAtlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez underwent surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder this week and likely will miss the upcoming season. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery Tuesday on Rodriguez, who signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract in November after a career season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Rodriguez is expected to miss as many as eight months as he recovers, putting his potential return date toward the final month of a season on a team that isn't expected to contend.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:54:35 PSTThe 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.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:40:22 PSTNearly two years after he retired from baseball, left-hander Bruce Chen is getting ready to pitch for China in the World Baseball Classic. The 39-year-old Chen retired after the Cleveland Indians designated him for assignment on May 15, 2015, and none of the other teams claimed him off waivers. When the team from China reached out to him late last year, Chen wondered if it was looking for a pitching coach.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:17:14 PSTJose Quintana is the ace of the Chicago White Sox - for now. With Chicago rebuilding, the 28-year-old All-Star left-hander knows he could be traded. Chicago dealt ace Chris Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton during the offseason for prospects.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:50:53 PSTAtlanta Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez has had surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder. The Braves said Wednesday the procedure was performed on Tuesday by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Springs, Florida. General manager John Coppolella told The Associated Press Rodriguez will miss an ''indeterminate period of time.'' Coppolella said the team ''won't rule him out for the year.'' Rodriguez throws and hits right-handed.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:45:38 PSTEager for a fresh start and armed with a new rotation, the Atlanta Braves started spring training with an air of confidence and optimism, especially for a team coming off a season of 93 losses. ''Hopefully this is not a rebuild,'' said left fielder Matt Kemp, an early arrival on the day of the first organized workout for pitchers and catchers. Kemp, who came in a trade from San Diego at the end of July, was not around for the dismal start that doomed Atlanta to a last-place finish.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:39:17 PSTThe New York Mets are returning to West Point to play Army in an exhibition game for the first time in 33 years. The Mets announced Wednesday that the game will be held at Doubleday Field at Johnson Stadium on March 31 at 3 p.m. The contest will be the Mets' final exhibition game before the start of the 2017 season, which begins April 3 at Citi Field against the Atlanta Braves.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:04:57 PSTLike most Dusty Baker stories, this one starts a long time ago and involves Hank Aaron. In the spring of 1967, Baker attended a week of minor league camp for the Atlanta Braves in West Palm Beach. Baker left college to join the Braves, who were anchored by Aaron.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:48:37 PSTDon Mattingly, manager of the Miami Marlins and the former owner of a luxurious mustache, instituted a no facial hair policy for Marlins players in 2016. And now, a year later, he’s reversing course. Marlins players are now free to grow mustaches and beards and goatees. Mattingly changes facial hair policy this season.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:57:47 PSTFree agent left-hander James Russell has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. Russell's deal, which is pending him completing and passing a physical exam, includes an invitation to spring training. Russell, 31, will join a group of lefties trying to make Cleveland's roster.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:32:34 PSTThe Arizona Diamondbacks reported to spring training on Monday with a roster pretty similar to the one from last season. With new general manager Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo at the helm, the Diamondbacks are planning to give their young players another shot to turn the organization around. Arizona has been in a rut since winning the NL West in 2011, a downward spiral that culminated with a 69-93 season in 2016.