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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.



Trump declines Nationals' invite to throw first pitch (Reuters)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:55:49 PDT

(The Sports Xchange) - President Donald Trump will not participate in the longstanding tradition of presidents throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Washington 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. Washington opens its season on Monday against the Miami Marlins.



Baseball-Trump declines Nationals' invite to throw first pitch (Reuters)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:47:37 PDT

President Donald Trump will not participate in the longstanding tradition of presidents throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Washington 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. Washington opens its season on Monday against the Miami Marlins.



Nationals: Trump declined invite for opening day 1st pitch (The Associated Press)

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:33:19 PDT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Washington Nationals say President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their game on opening day.



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.



Jose Martinez imitates Cabrera, Donaldson to make Cards (The Associated Press)

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:43:44 PDT

Jose Martinez had an epiphany while watching video of Miguel Cabrera and Josh Donaldson, and he's hit his way onto the St. Louis Cardinals' opening day roster. Before heading to camp this spring, Martinez worked out with fellow Venezuelans Martin Prado and Miguel Rojas of the Marlins in Miami. ''We started watching some swings from Donaldson and Miguel Cabrera, and we noticed that they don't hit ground balls,'' Martinez said.



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.



Outlook shaky as usual as Marlins try to end playoff drought (The Associated Press)

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:52:49 PDT

The Miami Marlins begin their 25th season without their late ace, his legacy tarnished by recently disclosed details of his death, which somehow makes the shadow over the franchise even heavier. With the Marlins, it never seems to be just about baseball. A recent state report determined that had the Marlins pitcher survived, he could have been charged with multiple crimes, including boating under the influence manslaughter.



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.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:22:21 PDT

Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will get the Opening Day start for the Washington Nationals, manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday. Washington opens the season on April 3 at Nationals Park against the Miami Marlins. It will be the 28-year-old Strasburg's fourth Opening Day start but his first since 2014.



Home runs remain a problem for Marlins' Chen (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:54:08 PDT

The same issue that plagued Wei-Yin Chen during his first season with the Miami Marlins continues to trouble him. Chen allowed two more homers in Miami's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The solo shots for Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler made it six homers allowed by the left-hander during spring training.



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.



WBC provides playoff atmosphere Miami's Stanton craves (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:55:53 PDT

For slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the World Baseball Classic gave him a feeling he'd never experienced but wants to feel again in about six months. The tournament, which concluded with Team USA winning the gold medal on Wednesday, is the closest Stanton's come to playing postseason baseball. ''For me it was not watching a playoff game on TV, for once,'' Stanton said.



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.



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:



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.



Experience helping Cards SS Diaz to cut down on errors (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:23:16 PDT

With two outs and a runner on first base, St. Louis shortstop Aledmys Diaz ranged left to track down Marcell Ozuna's grounder up the middle and nonchalantly flipped it backhanded to Kolten Wong at second base to retire the Marlins in the first inning. ''Last year he was a minor league player, this year he's an All-Star,'' manager Mike Matheny said. It took a late-camp injury to incumbent shortstop Jhonny Peralta and another to Ruben Tejada for Diaz to earn a promotion to the major leagues during the first week of last season.



Manfred: WBC tournament had major success, has bright future (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:54:54 PDT

Even before the United States took the field to face Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic championship on Wednesday night, Rob Manfred was confident in declaring this sometimes troubled tournament to be a smashing success. The Major League Baseball Commissioner's confidence seemed well-founded when the Americans claimed their first WBC title in grand style with an 8-0 victory at raucous Dodger Stadium. ''We've had crowds that not only were record-number crowds, but had passion that it's hard to think where you saw something that good the last time,'' Manfred said shortly before the first pitch.



Scherzer says finger healed, should pitch in opening week (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:25:42 PDT

Saying his finger feels normal, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer proclaimed himself healed following his first exhibition start this year, a 6-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. ''It's behind me now,'' Scherzer said. A stress fracture in the knuckle of the ring finger on his pitching hand slowed Scherzer and caused him to grip his fastball with the middle three fingers instead of the usual index and middle fingers.



Matz, Wheeler struggle as opening day nears (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:22:24 PDT

Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler took a step back Wednesday in the Mets' 15-9 loss to the Miami Marlins, a shaky sign for New York with opening day less than two weeks away. Last time I was up out of the zone and had some walks,'' Matz said. You try to not let this stuff bother you, but still when you're getting hit around, it's never fun,'' Matz said.



Barry Bonds joins Giants at camp to coach minor leaguers (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:12:39 PDT

The black San Francisco Giants T-shirt that Barry Bonds wore was so new, the fold lines from being wrapped in plastic were easy to spot. Then Bonds will become an ambassador of sorts for the Giants, representing the team at various community and club events. The 52-year-old Bonds looked relaxed and had plenty to smile about in talking about reuniting with the Giants, the team with which he set baseball's all-time home run record and won five of his record seven NL Most Valuable Player awards.



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.



Beltran's ability in left could free space for Houston at DH (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:08:24 PDT

What designated hitter Carlos Beltran can do defensively this season will have a direct impact on what manager A.J. Hinch can try offensively. Beltran, who will turn 40 during the season's first month, will primarily serve as the Astros' DH. A center fielder much of his career who later moved to right, only two of Beltran's 2,179 career starts have come in left.



Home run king Bonds rejoins Giants as advisor (Reuters)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:34:58 PDT

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball home run king Barry Bonds is returning to the San Francisco Giants as a special advisor, the team said on Tuesday. The seven-times National League Most Valuable Player will attend the Giants' spring training camp in Arizona for a week starting Wednesday and also visit the Giants' minor league teams to work with the organization's young players. "San Francisco has always been my home and the Giants will always be my family," Bonds said in a statement.



Baseball-Home run king Bonds rejoins Giants as advisor (Reuters)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:29:03 PDT

Major League Baseball home run king Barry Bonds is returning to the San Francisco Giants as a special advisor, the team said on Tuesday. The seven-times National League Most Valuable Player will attend the Giants' spring training camp in Arizona for a week starting Wednesday and also visit the Giants' minor league teams to work with the organization's young players. "San Francisco has always been my home and the Giants will always be my family," Bonds said in a statement.



Barry Bonds rejoins Giants as a front office advisor (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:53:56 PDT

Barry Bonds has returned to the Giants. The San Francisco Giants are bringing back legendary outfielder Barry Bonds. In this role, Bonds will “represent the organization at various community and organizational events in San Francisco,” according to the team.



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.