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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.



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.



Bumgarner sharp in latest spring start (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 20:35:52 PDT

Madison Bumgarner looked sharp again in his latest spring training outing, though it lasted only two innings. After the San Francisco ace blanked the Padres, he went to the bullpen to throw some more Tuesday, taking breaks to simulate game conditions. Bumgarner struck out three and allowed two hits without a run against San Diego.



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.



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.



Red Sox lefty Pomeranz pulled with tightness in triceps (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:36:32 PDT

Red Sox pitcher Drew Pomeranz exited Sunday's start after two innings because of tightness in his left triceps, the latest setback for Boston's staff in spring training. The Red Sox said Pomeranz, in competition for a spot in the rotation, was pulled against Minnesota as a precaution. The AL East champions had been counting on Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello, David Price and newcomer Chris Sale to be their big three in the rotation, with Pomeranz, knuckleballer Steven Wright and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez vying for the remaining two spots.



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.



Report: MLB wants to crack down on teams manipulating the disabled list (Big League Stew)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:35:35 PDT

Questionable use of the disabled list has caught the eye of commissioner Rob Manfred and other MLB officials. Major League Baseball teams are always looking for ways around the rules. One area where that’s always been prominent is the disabled list.



Padres rookie Renfroe hopes for powerful season (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 12:34:07 PDT

Hunter Renfroe is hoping a smashing start to his major league career late last season will turn into big success this year. Renfroe made his debut last Sept. 21 and went 9 for 22 with three home runs and 13 RBIs for the San Diego Padres in the final six games. It's that kind of power, plus Renfroe's Triple-A numbers before he got the call-up, that make him the projected starter in right field for the rebuilding Padres on opening day.



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.



MLB season preview: After a busy offseason, Mariners have their sights on the playoffs (Big League Stew)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:51:14 PDT

The Seattle Mariners undoubtedly had the busiest offseason in baseball. The Mariners haven’t made the playoffs since 2001 but recently they’ve been close. It seems pretty clear there’s something there, considering Seattle has a talented nucleus of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Felix Hernandez and Kyle Seager.



Cruz, Polanco homer to lift Dominican Republic to 3-0 win (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 06:40:06 PDT

The Dominican Republic took a step toward a repeat title in the World Baseball Classic thanks to impressive home runs by Nelson Cruz and Gregory Polanco. The Dominicans also got some nice pitching in a 3-0 victory Thursday night that pushed Venezuela to the brink of elimination. ''We understand the importance of this game and what we had to do,'' Nelson said after he hit his third homer of the tournament.



Polanco, Cruz push Dominicans past Venezuela (AFP)

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:38:28 PDT

The defending champion Dominican Republic took another huge step towards reaching the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic by blanking Venezuela 3-0 in a marathon second round contest. The mighty Dominicans claimed their first victory of the second round behind home runs by Gregory Polanco and Nelson Cruz and some precision pitching throughout all nine innings. Polanco broke the scoreless draw in the fifth inning with a solo home run off starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin.



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.



Cuban pitcher Hernandez agrees to $2.5M deal with Padres (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:21:08 PDT

Cuban left-hander Osvaldo Hernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres with a $2.5 million signing bonus. At the U-18 Pan American championship last Oxtober, he allowed three runs and five hits over 9 2/3 innings in two appearances against the U.S. Preller said he hopes Hernandez can start pitching in the minors by early June.



Green frustrated with Solarte's lack of WBC playing time (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:33:43 PDT

San Diego Padres manager Andy Green is unhappy Yangervis Solarte has not seen much playing time with Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. Dickerson played in one spring training game, experienced back stiffness and received an epidural injection this week, which will keep him out of action for at least three-to-four weeks.



MLB season preview: Potent lineup makes Rockies look like contenders (Big League Stew)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:12:58 PDT

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: The Colorado Rockies are going to mash, but their success will come down to their pitching. The 2017 Rockies have built a lineup that’s sure to capitalize on that — from well-known stars such as Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez, breakout stars Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story, youngster David Dahl and newcomer Ian Desmond. The latter two have been sidelined by spring injuries, which already has tempered the expectations about the exciting Rockies lineup to some degree.



Jones, Hosmer homer to lift US to 4-2 win vs Venezuela (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:56:13 PDT

On a night when well-hit balls died on the warning track, Petco Park finally yielded to a hometown favorite and the All-Star Game MVP. Adam Jones hit a tying home run leading off the eighth inning and Eric Hosmer added a two-run shot three batters later as the United States rallied to beat Venezuela 4-2 on Wednesday night in the second round of the World Baseball Classic. Jones played at Morse High about 8 miles east of Petco Park.



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.



Team USA rides late homers to win against Venezuela (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:22:30 PDT

Team USA opened up the second round of the World Baseball Classic with a thrilling 4-2 win against Venezuela on Wednesday night. After seven innings of frustration offensively, Adam Jones and Eric Hosmer brought the team to life with clutch home runs in the eighth inning against Venezuelan reliever Hector Rondon. Jones’ blast to open the inning tied the game, while Hosmer’s two-run shot proved to be the difference in what may be the United States’ most important win yet in WBC competition.



Spring Training 2017: Salvador Perez on track for opening day after WBC injury scare (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:40:01 PDT

Salvador Perez is helped after being injured during a World Baseball Classic game against Italy. BETTER THAN EXPECTED: The Kansas City Royals received good news on Salvador Perez. Perez, who’s back with the Royals in camp, had a second MRI Wednesday that came back clean.



MLB season preview: Do the Tigers have another postseason run left in them? (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 13:44:36 PDT

This season finds the Tigers in a funky place, though. The Tigers’ best hope for a better 2017 — despite the way things felt last year, remember, they *did* win 86 games — is seeing their moves from last offseason pay off better.



Nationals release C Derek Norris; bumped from job by Wieters (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:35:15 PDT

Just 3+ months after trading for Derek Norris and penciling him in as their starting catcher, the Washington Nationals released him on Wednesday. Norris became expendable in February, when the Nationals signed four-time All-Star catcher Matt Wieters. By releasing Norris ahead of a deadline later this week, the Nationals owe him $688,525 in termination pay, instead of his full $4.2 million salary for 2017.



MLB season preview: This could be the Royals' last chance to win for a while (Big League Stew)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:24:19 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 Kansas City Royals.



MLB season preview: The Orioles need some pitching to match all those homers (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:26:36 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 Baltimore Orioles.