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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.

Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall leaves game with injury (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:19:08 PDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall left Friday's spring training game with an injury in the bottom of the second inning.

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:

Cubs to wear gold jerseys in celebration of World Series win (Big League Stew)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:20:03 PDT

When you win your first World Series championship in over 100 years, you’re allowed to celebrate excessively. The Chicago Cubs may have won the World Series a few months ago, but they are going to take one more victory lap at the start of the regular season. For one series, the team will wear jerseys with gold trim and lettering as a not so subtle shoutout to the World Series trophy.

Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks (Big League Stew)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:11:38 PDT

The reason I collected baseball cards as a kid was because of Jose Canseco and those 1986 rookie cards. Getting a Canseco card in 2017 isn’t exactly as cool as it was in 1986, but one of the reasons I love doing this video series is for the nostalgia. Along the way, we find a former Cubs coach and manager, a very, very young looking future star and a Cubs pitcher will some fly glasses.

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.

Greinke faces Cubs in what he says was best outing of spring (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:17:54 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. In an outing he described as ''solid,'' the right-hander went five innings plus two batters against the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Thursday, allowing three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk. ''I was going a little slow early on but felt pretty strong out there today,'' Greinke said.

Theo Epstein named 'world's greatest leader,' but he's not so sure (Big League Stew)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:19:01 PDT

When you think about the world’s greatest leaders, what kind of people come to mind? Fortune released its fourth annual “World’s Greatest Leaders” list on Thursday, and guess who sat at the top? Just a few months removed from leading the franchise to their legendary curse-breaking World Series win, Fortune has named Epstein as No. 1 (out of 50) on its list of the world’s greatest leaders.

Dallas Green, who managed Phillies to 1st title, dies at 82 (The Associated Press)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:59:15 PDT

As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre. ''When you think of big, with that deep voice, that booming voice, he could hold a team meeting, boy, he could scare you right out of your seat,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona recalled. Green, the tough-talking, no-nonsense skipper who in 1980 guided the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship, died Wednesday.

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.

We asked pros and fans at spring training: Who's your fantasy baseball sleeper? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:25:14 PDT

It’s that time of the year when people are poring over rankings and spreadsheets to get ready for their fantasy baseball drafts. Anybody who’s played in a fantasy league knows you can’t have a draft without having a list of sleepers — either queued up in your head or jotted down somewhere. One of these guys is not a fantasy sleeper.

Cardinals pick Martinez to pitch April 2 opener vs Cubs (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:59:11 PDT

The St. Louis Cardinals have picked Carlos Martinez to start their April 2 opener against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Martinez about the choice hours before his new ace allowed three hits in five scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory over Washington on Wednesday. Adam Wainwright had started the past four openers for the Cardinals.

MLB season preview: Who can beat the Cubs? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:41:01 PDT

With baseball season upon, Big League Stew is in full preview mode. Today: A roundtable discussion about who has what it takes to knock off the defending champs. The day after the Chicago Cubs won the World Series last November, they were immediately listed by one Las Vegas sportsbook as the odds-on-favorite to repeat.

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.

David Ross delights with Cubs-themed routine on 'Dancing with the Stars' (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 07:19:20 PDT

It’s been weeks since the announcement that newly retired Chicago Cubs back-up catcher David Ross would be the first baseball player to strut his stuff on “Dancing with the Stars.” And they were long weeks, filled with anticipation and questions. “Dancing with the Stars” premiered, and we got to see Grandpa Rossy seriously dance.

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.

Javy Baez pulls off amazing 'Matrix' slide to evade tag in WBC semifinal (Big League Stew)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:25:39 PDT

Javy Baez evades a tag from Xander Bogaerts. There’s no denying it: Javy Baez makes watching baseball better. The Chicago Cubs second baseman, who is also part of that fantastic Puerto Rico infield in the World Baseball Classic, showed us again just how entertaining he can be on the baseball diamond.

Here are some tips and tricks for getting the most of your trip to MLB spring training (Big League Stew)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:35:57 PDT

Going to Major League Baseball spring training in Arizona is like entering an all-baseball amusement park. There’s so much to do. So much to see. So many places you could be going.

Joe Maddon has a wacky idea to mash-up the World Series and WBC (Big League Stew)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:04:44 PDT

Major League Baseball hasn’t been secretive about its desire to expand the sport’s fanbase. It remains to be seen if (or how) Rob Manfred’s new pace-of-play rules will have any effect, but the World Baseball Classic has been a rousing success. With at least two things trending in the right direction, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon had a wacky thought that would combine those two things, and he shared it with the media on Saturday: why not have a true “world” series once every four years, where the current World Series champions play the WBC champs in a three-game series?

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.

MLB season preview: Consistent Cardinals are positioned to contend again (Big League Stew)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 13:23:58 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 St. Louis Cardinals.

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.

Records: Cubs victory cost Chicago $18.8 million in overtime (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:08:30 PDT

CHICAGO (AP) -- Records show Chicago spent $18.8 million in worker overtime during the Cubs' World Series title run.

Derek Holland learned Kyle Schwarber's name after serving up homer to him (Big League Stew)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 09:24:23 PDT

Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber has made quite a name for himself in a relatively short time in Major League Baseball. Kyle is easy enough. It actually sounds like it looks, but Chicago White Sox left-hander Derek Holland was quite a ways off when discussing the home run he allowed to Schwarber on Friday.

Puerto Rico defeat USA to reach World Baseball Classic semi-final (AFP)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 00:37:27 PDT

Puerto Rico defeated the USA 6-5 on Friday at the World Baseball Classic to punch their ticket to the semi-finals and keep their unbeaten streak intact. Second baseman Javier Baez singled, stole three bases and scored a run for Puerto Rico, who finished runner-up in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Baez won a World Series with the Chicago Cubs just four months ago and said this is almost as enjoyable.

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.

Rockies' Desmond stays upbeat after hand surgery (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:06:48 PDT

Ian Desmond, with his right hand, is able to drive slowly around the Colorado Rockies spring training complex in a golf cart and watch teammates practice. Desmond, who was set to be the Rockies' opening day first baseman, broke a bone in the hand when he was hit by a pitch in a spring training game last Sunday. ''It's not frustrating at all,'' Desmond said.

Schwarber welcomes White Sox lefty Holland to Cubs' rivalry (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:17:10 PDT

Derek Holland was warned about Friday's atmosphere. With 12,927 house-divided fans packed into Camelback Ranch, this spring contest between Holland's Chicago White Sox and the crosstown rival Cubs was rather anticipated, as exhibitions go. Kyle Schwarber tagged Holland for a three-run homer and drove in four runs, helping the Cubs beat the White Sox 7-3.