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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.



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.



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.



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.



Spring Training 2017: Greg Bird has forced his way into the Yankees lineup (Big League Stew)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:12:23 PDT

New York Yankees’ slugger Greg Bird hits a 3-run home run during Wednesday’s game. BIRD IS THE WORD: He’s the owner of a famous cat’s grandson, and he’s also the starting first baseman for the New York Yankees. Manager Joe Girardi officially named Greg Bird his starter on Wednesday after Bird’s huge spring made it the only possible decision.



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.



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.



Cardinals new ticket plan lets fans attend any game for monthly price (Big League Stew)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:46:47 PDT

Attending a baseball game can get pretty pricey these days. There are some dedicated fans who would love nothing more than to get out to the park for every single game, but money is a significant issue. Well, the St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to change all of that.



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.



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.



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.



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.



Left field a possibility for Cardinals first baseman Adams (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:01:33 PDT

During Saturday's pregame workout, St. Louis first baseman Matt Adams found himself in a rather unusual place. Instead of him fielding throws at first base, manager Mike Matheny asked Adams to go to a practice diamond with St. Louis outfielders to listen to some tips from former Cardinals great Willie McGee. ''He'll be on the back fields working there today - just having conversations and learning the nuances of it,'' Matheny said before the Cardinals' 5-4 loss to the Mets.



Mets lefty Matz working on a pickoff move, seeing results (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:56:57 PDT

Knowing he needed to improve some of the finer points, Mets pitcher Steven Matz didn't balk. The more you feel comfortable with it then the more confident you are,'' Matz said after his third spring start on Friday. Tommy Pham of the Cardinals fell victim to Matz's move in the third inning after drawing a four-pitch walk.



Cardinals outfielder Pham leaves after headfirst slide (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:30:27 PDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham has left a spring training game after jarring himself on a headfirst slide.



Surge at the 6-spot could signal end of the glove-first SS (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 23:37:06 PDT

Carlos Correa, Addison Russell and a bumper crop of sluggers at short hit more homers than ever in 2016. Eleven of those players are 27 or younger, led by Colorado's Trevor Story (24) and Oakland's Marcus Semien (26) with 27 homers each. The pack behind them included rookies Corey Seager (22) of the Dodgers and Aledmys Diaz (26) of the Cardinals.



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.



Molina, exuberant Puerto Ricans beat Dominican Republic 3-1 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:57:01 PDT

With 34-year-old Yadier Molina leading the way, Puerto Rico had a ball in beating defending World Baseball Classic champion the Dominican Republic on Tuesday night. Molina homered, hit an RBI single and celebrated big plays just as hard as younger teammates as the exuberant Puerto Ricans won 3-1 in the second round to snap the Dominican Republic's 11-game WBC winning streak. It was a rematch of the 2013 WBC title game, which the Dominicans won 3-0 at San Francisco's AT&T Park.



Puerto Rico ends Dominican dominance, Japan eyes semis (Reuters)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:54:35 PDT

(Reuters) - Puerto Rico handed the Dominican Republic their first World Baseball Classic (WBC) loss since 2009, beating the defending champions 3-1 in their Pool F opener at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday. Puerto Rico, who lost the 2013 WBC title game to the Dominicans, were led by a stellar performance by their bullpen and a great all-round game from veteran catcher Yadier Molina. Molina homered, drove in two runs, denied a base-runner with a pivotal out late in the game and helped guide the pitching staff through nine innings of one-run ball.



Baseball-Puerto Rico ends Dominican dominance, Japan eyes semis (Reuters)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:52:39 PDT

Puerto Rico handed the Dominican Republic their first World Baseball Classic (WBC) loss since 2009, beating the defending champions 3-1 in their Pool F opener at Petco Park in San Diego on Tuesday. Puerto Rico, who lost the 2013 WBC title game to the Dominicans, were led by a stellar performance by their bullpen and a great all-round game from veteran catcher Yadier Molina. Molina homered, drove in two runs, denied a base-runner with a pivotal out late in the game and helped guide the pitching staff through nine innings of one-run ball.



Cardinals pitcher Jordan Schafer headed for elbow surgery (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:24:43 PDT

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jordan Schafer will have surgery this week on his left elbow and could ultimately need a Tommy John operation. The 30-year-old Schafer is one of the more intriguing stories across spring training. Schafer felt soreness in his forearm over the weekend after struggling in exhibition games.



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.



Softball umpire makes the worst call ever (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 08:54:37 PDT

Despite reaching first base a full second before the ball, the umpire says Lindsey Harris was thrown out. Remember the infield fly fiasco from the 2012 wild-card play-in game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves? In the video below, a Fultondale sophomore named Lindsey Harris is batting.



FANTASY PLAYS: A primer on catchers (yes, they're necessary) (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:02:43 PDT

Fantasy baseball catchers are like tight ends in fantasy football, root canals, and purple Skittles: they are necessary evils. Since playing fantasy baseball gives us the illusion of running a baseball team, drafting a catcher is a must, and most leagues draft at least two. Low batting averages, minimal power stats and absent stolen bases make fantasy owners cringe when thinking about catchers.



Rockies 1B Desmond, Indians 2B Kipnis sidelined by injuries (The Associated Press)

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 22:57:28 PDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies lost one of their biggest offseason acquisitions when Ian Desmond was hit by a pitch Sunday, breaking his left hand.



Molina criticizes MLB over security concerns at WBC (The Associated Press)

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:16:45 PDT

St. Louis Cardinals star Yadier Molina has criticized Major League Baseball and the local authorities for a lack of security around the families of Puerto Rico's players at the World Baseball Classic. A fight broke out in the stands Saturday night before the ninth inning of the game between Puerto Rico and Mexico at the Charros de Jalisco stadium.