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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 season preview: The Giants are primed to chase another championship (Big League Stew)

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 13:12:35 PDT

With the arrival of baseball season we’re previewing each MLB team, from worst to best. We’ll look at their key offseason moves, projected lineup, best and worst possible outcomes, most pressing fantasy question courtesy of our friends at Roto Arcade plus a few other fun things. Our daily series continues with the San Francisco Giants.



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.



MLB season preview: The Nationals are all-in after a bold offseason (Big League Stew)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:03:09 PDT

The last five years for the Washington Nationals have been long on hype and short on delivery. On paper at least, the Nats look like they have a good chance to shed the title of underachievers and become champions.



Nationals 2B Murphy confident he will be ready for season (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:26:29 PDT

Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy thinks he will be ready for the start of the season, even with his lack of playing time in the World Baseball Classic. Nationals manager Dusty Baker is taking a wait-and-see approach. Murphy went hitless in six at-bats for gold medal-winning Team USA.



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:



Can Bryce Harper finally silence his critics this season? (Big League Stew)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:57:36 PDT

It’s a make-or-break year for Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper. On the surface, that statement seems insane. Even baseball’s best players are still developing at age 24. Paul Goldschmidt, for instance, was just finishing up his first full season in the majors. Charlie Blackmon had only played in 27 major league games. Most players are focused on adjusting to life in the majors at 24, not suddenly facing a critical season.



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.



Asdrubal Cabrera gets ejected while running to first base (Big League Stew)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:49:32 PDT

If you need evidence of that, look no further than New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. The frustrations of spring seemed to get the best of Cabrera on Thursday, as he was pretty much ejected from a game while running down to first base. Asdrubal Cabrera had some words with Angel Hernandez on Thursday.



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.



Nats ace Scherzer says finger injury healed (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:05:17 PDT

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



US edges Japan 2-1, advances to WBC championship game (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:28:45 PDT

Luke Gregerson's final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd roared through the evening mist. A daylong downpour couldn't dampen this resilient United States club or its fans, who will finally get to root for the home team in a World Baseball Classic championship game. Brandon Crawford scored the tiebreaking run when Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones' grounder to third in the eighth inning, and the United States reached the WBC final for the first time by beating Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night at rainy Dodger Stadium.



Team USA advances to World Baseball Classic final for first time (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 21:27:07 PDT

For the first time in World Baseball Classic history, Team USA will play in the championship game. The United States won a hard-fought battle against Team Japan in the semifinal round with a 2-1 victory. With the win, Team USA will advance to the championship game for the first time in the tournament’s brief history.



White Sox, SS Tim Anderson agree to $25M, 6-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:52:37 PDT

The rebuilding Chicago White Sox and promising shortstop Tim Anderson agreed Tuesday to a $25 million, six-year contract. Anderson will receive $850,000 in 2017, $1 million in 2018, $1.4 million in 2019, $4 million in 2020, $7.25 million in 2021 and $9.5 million in 2022. If either is declined, Anderson gets $1 million.



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.



Cards-Astros game at new park briefly delayed by sprinklers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:06:31 PDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- There was bound to be a glitch or two during the first spring training at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the new facility shared by the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals.



US gives Roark shot at redemption vs Japan in WBC semis (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:54:56 PDT

Tanner Roark is getting a chance to redeem himself in the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals pitcher will start for the United States against Japan in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. The Americans are trying to reach the championship game for the first time in four editions of the WBC.



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.



Marlins 3B Prado expected to miss opener with bad hamstring (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:42:20 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. Marlins manager Don Mattingly already has ruled out Prado playing in any exhibition games. ''As we get to the end of camp we'll have a, probably, really good feel how long Martin is going to miss - at least a pretty good estimate,'' Mattingly said.



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.



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.



FANTASY PLAYS: Spring training performances that matter (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:02:36 PDT

Despite being told yearly that spring training statistics are overrated, fantasy baseball owners still buy into them and will over or underrate players as a result. With the 2017 Fantasy Baseball season fast approaching, here are some player performances that actually mean something. BRYCE HARPER, Washington Nationals: There is a reason Harper continues to be a high first round pick despite disappointing owners last year.



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.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:44:49 PDT

Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer likely will miss the Washington Nationals' season opener because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger, manager Dusty Baker said on Thursday. Scherzer, who has altered the grip on his fastball as a result of the injury, has been limited to tossing batting practice on two occasions during spring training.



Max Scherzer likely to miss Washington Nationals' opener (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:17:59 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.



Nationals-Orioles TV hearing reset for March 31 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 08:45:14 PDT

An appeals court hearing in the long-running television dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals has been rescheduled for March 31. New York Supreme Court Justice Lawrence K. Marks in November 2015 threw out an arbitration decision that said the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Orioles, owes the Nationals about $298 million for the team's 2012-16 television rights. MASN was established in March 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals, moving into what had been Baltimore's exclusive broadcast territory since 1972.



Royals expect Salvador Perez to be ready for opener (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:03:28 PDT

Kansas City expects All-Star catcher Salvador Perez to be ready for its opener at Minnesota on April 3 after tests showed inflammation but no structural damage in his injured left knee.