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Giants' Moore satisfied with first outing of spring (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:49:50 PST

Matt Moore kept it simple in his first spring start for the San Francisco Giants. Moore struck out three in 1 1/3 innings and the Giants beat the Cincinnati Reds 9-5 on Sunday. ''I told Nick (Hundley, his catcher) let's just go with what's working and what's going to get guys out,'' Moore said.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:48:25 PST

Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is facing another trip under the knife on his left knee as he attempts a comeback from last season's reconstructive surgery. The former American League MVP is experiencing discomfort in the knee and may require arthroscopic surgery as soon as Monday, according to the Rangers. Hamilton felt sharp pain while running recently and was given a platelet-rich plasma injection last week.



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.



Ian Happ soaking in big league camp with Chicago Cubs (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:17:07 PST

Everyone is a potential teacher for Ian Happ, from Ben Zobrist to Javier Baez to manager Joe Maddon and the coaching staff. There is no room for Happ on the Chicago Cubs at the moment, not with All-Stars all over the infield and established major leaguers in the outfield. Happ and slugging outfielder Eloy Jimenez are considered the biggest jewels of Chicago's successful minor league system, which developed several key contributors for last year's title-winning team.



Indians 2B Kipnis sidelined by rotator cuff injury (The Associated Press)

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:52:38 PST

Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has a rotator cuff strain and will stop throwing for a couple days. Kipnis got a cortisone shot on Saturday, and manager Terry Francona didn't sound very worried about the situation. ''If it was during the season we wouldn't do anything,'' Francona said before Sunday's spring game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa.



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.



Montgomery, Anderson competing for 5th spot in Cubs rotation (The Associated Press)

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:59:39 PST

Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson are competing for the fifth slot in the Chicago Cubs' rotation. Competition for the opening began in earnest Saturday when Montgomery worked a scoreless inning against Oakland in the home half of Chicago's split-squad games in its first spring training action.



Javier Baez commemorates Cubs’ championship with impressive tattoo (Big League Stew)

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:23:03 PST

The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series and Javier Baez is never going to let us forget that. Baez, who blossomed before our eyes during the Cubs historic postseason run, now sports a large but impressive tattoo on his upper left arm that will forever commemorate the team’s accomplishment and the ending of the franchise’s 108-year championship drought.



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.



Strop agrees to deal adding $6.35M in guaranteed money (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:08:36 PST

The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop have agreed to a contract adding $6.35 million in guaranteed money through 2018, a deal that includes a club option for 2019. Strop went 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA in 54 appearances last year, helping Chicago win the World Series for the first time since 1908. The 31-year-old Strop is 15-20 with a 3.23 ERA in eight seasons with Texas, Baltimore and the Cubs.



Carlos Villanueva agrees to deal with Hanwha in South Korea (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:00:19 PST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The Hanwha Eagles in South Korea have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with pitcher Carlos Villanueva.



'Let the games begin' at MLB's Spring Training (Reuters)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:35:59 PST

Cries of "Play Ball" warmed the hearts of Major League Baseball fans on Friday as big league teams squared off for the first time in 2017 on Spring Training diamonds in Arizona and Florida. Game action is starting a week earlier than usual to make room for this year's edition of the 16-team World Baseball Classic, a welcomed early thaw for those eager to shake the winter doldrums with a return of the Summer Game. The Boston Red Sox, who added hard-throwing lefty Chris Sale this offseason to a sterling starting rotation, host the New York Mets in a meeting of championship contenders in one of Florida's four Grapefruit League contests.



Baseball-'Let the games begin' at MLB's Spring Training (Reuters)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:29:37 PST

Cries of "Play Ball" warmed the hearts of Major League Baseball fans on Friday as big league teams squared off for the first time in 2017 on Spring Training diamonds in Arizona and Florida. Game action is starting a week earlier than usual to make room for this year's edition of the 16-team World Baseball Classic, a welcomed early thaw for those eager to shake the winter doldrums with a return of the Summer Game. The Boston Red Sox, who added hard-throwing lefty Chris Sale this offseason to a sterling starting rotation, host the New York Mets in a meeting of championship contenders in one of Florida's four Grapefruit League contests.



Cubs closer Wade Davis reunited with manager Joe Maddon (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:51:12 PST

Wade Davis was a promising starting pitcher when he made his major league debut for Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays almost eight years ago. Then he was a reliever, and then a starter again and then a reliever. Now he gets the ball from Maddon once again - only this time as the closer for the Chicago Cubs.



Dodgers' Seager looking for even better season in 2017 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:41:51 PST

Corey Seager, the unanimous pick for NL Rookie of the Year in 2016, begins his second season as the Dodgers' shortstop confronted by one daunting question. ''He eliminates the noise,'' said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who sees a young player not easily distracted from the immediate task. Seager told Roberts that he didn't have his best swing last season, despite a .308 batting average and 26 home runs.



Feeling the (g)love: Indians shortstop Lindor in high demand (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:20:47 PST

Just this week, Francisco Lindor has given a hitting lesson on national television, modeled for commercial shoots and magazine cover, even worn a uniform outfitted with electrical sensors as the subject of a sports science experiment. No player has been more in demand at Cleveland's camp. Only 23, Lindor has become a star among stars, the smiling face and young soul of the AL champion Indians.



Almora, Jay take their friendship to center for the Cubs (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:15:34 PST

Jon Jay and Albert Almora Jr. are Miami guys, born and raised. Jay played his college ball for Miami, and Almora committed to the Hurricanes before he signed with the Chicago Cubs out of high school. The Cubs are hoping Jay and Almora can fill their hole in center field after Dexter Fowler became a free agent and signed with rival St. Louis.



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.



Royals hope Soria has a bounce-back season (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:46:03 PST

Joakim Soria shouldn't have any issue with confidence, not with 202 career saves. Only two relievers, Nate Jones of the White Sox and Tyler Thornburg of the Red Sox, had more blown saves in the American League. ''When he was pitching good, he was down in the zone and his timing was on and the confidence was there,'' Royals bullpen coach Doug Henry said as the club prepared for its spring training opener Saturday against Texas.



Cubs have no interest in Sammy Sosa reunion after strange interview (Big League Stew)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:22:37 PST

Sammy Sosa is unlikely to be spotting at Wrigley Field any time soon. Don’t expect to see Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa at Wrigley Field any time soon. While the outfielder has expressed a desire to return to the franchise after a nasty divorce following the 2004 season, the team has no interest in a reunion.



Cubs' Russell tears up thinking about 2016 accomplishments (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 14:54:28 PST

Addison Russell was laying on his mom's bed in the house he bought the family in Pensacola, Florida, with his signing bonus. ''That's when all the memories from this past year, from spring training to the middle of the season, then the World Series run,'' the Chicago Cubs shortstop recalled. The 23-year-old Russell, acquired in the July 2014 trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland, made his Cubs debut in April 2015.



Soler hopes to show Royals he can remain healthy (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:24:16 PST

Jorge Soler has made six trips to the disabled list since leaving Cuba and signing a $30 million, nine-year contract with the Chicago Cubs. Dealt in December to Kansas City for Royals closer Wade Davis, the outfielder hopes to show his new team he can stay healthy. ''It's very important for him to prove he can play every day,'' catching coach Pedro Grifol said as he translated for Soler.



Cubs' Schwarber not ready to let go of catching dream (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:36:43 PST

Kyle Schwarber made it known early in camp he was 100 percent healthy and wanted to return to catching, even in a limited role. The Cubs have the 23-year-old slugger projected to play left field, yet he's not quite ready to give up the facemask, chest protector and leg guards. Schwarber understands he's third behind Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero.



Athletics hopeful Santiago Casilla to arrive in coming days (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:09:37 PST

As Santiago Casilla awaits his final paperwork to depart the Dominican Republic and rejoin the Oakland Athletics, he has been speaking with young baseball players at the team's academy in his home country. A's manager Bob Melvin is hopeful that could be ''any day'' for the right-handed reliever, who has been delayed by visa issues - a common occurrence in the Dominican Republic for baseball players and something he regularly dealt with during his first stint with Oakland. Casilla didn't sign his $11 million, two-year contract with the A's until Jan. 20, so there wasn't much time between then to secure a visa before pitchers and catchers reported to the team's complex in Mesa on Feb. 14.



Super subs are now key players on pitching-dominated rosters (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:59:11 PST

The 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.



Indians taking slow approach with ace Corey Kluber (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:36:30 PST

Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Sunday the team will take a slow approach this spring with Kluber, a workhorse for the Indians a year ago. ''We've told Kluber because we are slowing him down a little bit, if he's not ready for Game 1, we can adjust,'' Francona said.



Great expectations: Indians eye Series title after '16 run (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:31:14 PST

Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland's training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator. The Indians have some unfinished business. One swing away from beating the Chicago Cubs in an epic World Series last year, the Indians, who pumped up their payroll to nearly $130 million by winning baseball's offseason with the surprise signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion this winter, have their sights set on a return to the postseason - and this time winning it all.



Fowler fitting in perfectly with Cardinals (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:18:42 PST

Fowler is the new guy with the Cardinals, but he's already a clubhouse favorite despite spending last season helping the rival Chicago Cubs win the World Series. ''He's got great people skills,'' manager Mike Matheny said Sunday.



Veteran Lester thinks Cubs' youth helps chance for repeating (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:04:12 PST

No baseball team has repeated as World Series champions since the New York Yankees reigned from 1998 through 2000. Jon Lester, a three-time World Series champion, thinks the Chicago Cubs have a few legs up on the situation. ''The biggest positive on our side is we have so many young guys who aren't banged up, who don't have a lot of innings or at-bats,'' said Lester, who helped Boston to titles in 2007 and 2013, as well as helping to anchor the Cubs' rotation last year.