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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.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:22:51 PDT

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang has been denied a work visa, leaving the South Korean unable to enter the United States and his status for the 2017 season in doubt. According to a Korean media news report Friday, the U.S. Embassy rejected Kang's visa application. Kang was convicted in South Korea earlier this month after leaving the scene of a DUI accident on Dec. 2 in Seoul.



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.



Pirates' South Korean infielder Kang 'denied' US visa (AFP)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:02:44 PDT

Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Kang Jung-Ho, the first player to jump directly from South Korea into Major League Baseball, will not be with the team on opening day, the club confirmed Friday. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Kang's visa application was ongoing and he would not be in the team's starting lineup for the April 3 season opener. A Korean Broadcasting System report said Kang's visa application had been denied and it was uncertain when or even if Kang would be able to join the Pirates this season.



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:



BASEBALL 2017: Benintendi, Swanson among top rookies (The Associated Press)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:22:17 PDT

CHICAGO (AP) -- Corey Seager helped the Los Angeles Dodgers make it all the way to the NL Championship Series last year. Michael Fulmer developed into a reliable part of Detroit's rotation, winning 11 games for the Tigers with a 3.06 ERA.



Report: Jung Ho Kang denied U.S. visa, may not play for Pirates in 2017 (Big League Stew)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:11:03 PDT

Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang finished 2016 with a .255 average, 21 home runs and 62 RBIs. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been prepared for their infielder Jung Ho Kang to miss most (if not all) of spring training, but it looks like they may need to prepare to be without him for a lot longer. As reported by Naver Sports (and originally translated by Korean baseball writer Sung Min Kim), the U.S. Embassy has rejected Kang’s visa application. Without the visa, Kang can’t enter the United States to play for the Pirates, and he may not be able to play for them at all in 2017.



MLB season preview: The Astros are chasing their World Series destiny (Big League Stew)

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:55:50 PDT

It’s time to win the World Series. When the Astros were in the midst of their rebuild in 2014, Sports Illustrated deemed them the future 2017 World Champions. A lot has happened since then: Carlos Correa arrived and is looking to take the next step toward superstardom.



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.



MLB season preview: Mets pitchers are healthy and expectations are sky high (Big League Stew)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:45:59 PDT

OK, maybe that’s not exactly it, but that sure is the gist of the season for the 2017 New York Mets, who lost in the wild-card game last season after their 2015 World Series run. The Mets went through so many pitching injuries last season that it’s a wonder they made the postseason. If they’d advanced any further, it would’ve been Noah Syndergaard and Bartolo Colon leading their rotation.



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.



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.



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.



MLB season preview: The Rangers are within reach of that elusive World Series win (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:50:23 PDT

The Texas Rangers enter 2017 with one goal and it’s the same goal they’ve had for years, the same goal that’s been lingering since that disappointing 2010 World Series loss to the Giants. The Rangers want to win it all. There are all the makings of a World Series team here, but there’s also a big hump that they haven’t been able to get over.



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.



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.



MLB season preview: The Blue Jays have the talent needed to challenge for the throne (Big League Stew)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:58:50 PDT

An offseason that looked like it might drain some of the power of the mighty Toronto Blue Jays lineup ended being … not as bad as it could have been. Will Jose Bautista, at 36, prove wrong all the teams that didn’t want to pry him away in free agency? Will Kendrys Morales do enough to replace Edwin Encarnacion, who went to the Cleveland Indians in free agency?



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.



MLB season preview: The Pirates have the pieces to win, but the road ahead is tough (Big League Stew)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 16:06:23 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 Pittsburgh Pirates.



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.



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.



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.



Rockies' Desmond needs hand surgery, no return date set (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:08:22 PDT

The Colorado Rockies now need a second plan for first base.



Pirates shortstop Mercer easing into veteran's role (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:14:25 PDT

When Jordy Mercer looks around the Pirates' clubhouse, the term he instinctively goes to in referring to his teammates isn't the one he'd always used. ''These kids,'' Mercer said while scanning the room early one morning last week at LECOM Park, ''there's some quality kids coming through here right now. It wasn't that long ago that Mercer was ''the kid'' in the Pirates' clubhouse.