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Eduardo Nunez set for regular role at third for Giants (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:46:59 PST

Eduardo Nunez finally got a chance to play regularly last season - and made the most of it. After five years in predominantly a utility role off the bench, Nunez got regular time in Minnesota at both third base and shortstop and was named an All-Star for the first time. Then the Twins traded him to the San Francisco, where Nunez took over at third base.

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.

Giants' Cueto still in Dominican Republic with ailing father (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:13:56 PST

Johnny Cueto remains in the Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and the San Francisco Giants spoke with him on Monday and reported the right-hander is doing well and expects to join the team by this weekend. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said a decision will be made soon if Cueto remains on the World Baseball Classic roster for his country. Cueto is continuing his throwing at the team's academy in Boca Chica and Bochy said the pitcher is working to secure all the paperwork for his father to come to the United States.

Oldest rookie managers in Major League Baseball history (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:50:04 PST

The oldest first-time managers in Major League Baseball history:

Buster Posey eager for fresh start, to raise power numbers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:24:58 PST

Buster Posey leans on the back of the batting cage under Arizona's blue skies, one leg crossed over the other as he watches his teammates take their cuts while awaiting his own turn. ''Hi, Buster!'' hollered 6-year-old Jordan Larocco, a first-grader from Peoria who attended Monday's workout with father Michael and 1-year-old brother, Sebastian. Posey immediately turned and offered a wave and smile.

At 61, 'late-bloomer' Snitker savors shot as Braves manager (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:49:16 PST

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Let's face it, Brian Snitker had pretty much given up on his dream.

Cubs star Kris Bryant unfazed by constant fanfare, attention (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:45:28 PST

Jason Heyward is amazed at how Kris Bryant handles the attention that comes with being the NL Rookie of the Year two years ago and the commanding MVP choice and World Series champion just a year later. ''Everybody wants his autograph, everybody wants a picture, and those are good things, but it's a lot to take on,'' Heyward said. Heyward himself experienced the hype of being in a Rookie of the Year race while playing for Atlanta seven years ago, when he finished runner-up to San Francisco catcher Buster Posey.

Joseph's power could be crucial for Howard-less Phillies (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 17:13:19 PST

When Tommy Joseph was traded to Philadelphia back in 2012, the Phillies were just beginning their descent into a lengthy rebuilding period. The years since then have been challenging for both Joseph and the franchise - but now, there are some signs of progress for both. Joseph finally made his major league debut last May, a couple months before turning 25, and he went on to have a solid rookie season.

Jimmy Rollins eager to prove himself, earn spot on Giants (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:16:39 PST

Post-practice, Jimmy Rollins relaxed at his locker and added some orange shoelaces to his cleats, sharing with locker mate and San Francisco center fielder Denard Span how much he appreciates a pop of color in his baseball gear again. Now the veteran infielder just needs to land a long-term job with the Giants out of spring training. ''Last year was the first time I wore black,'' Rollins said, smiling.

Giants add infielder Aaron Hill on minor league contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:05:10 PST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Versatile infielder Aaron Hill has agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants and would get a $2 million, one-year deal if he is added to the 40-man roster.

Sergio Romo happy to finally be in Dodger blue (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:58:42 PST

Sergio Romo looked over his shoulder again and again as if he just wanted to make sure that the No. 54 Dodgers jersey was still there. It was, representing a confirmation of something Romo had come to believe would never happen. ''Honestly, kind of sheer irony isn't it?'' Romo said Thursday, the day after signing a one-year, $3 million contract that includes $250,000 in performance bonuses.

Hwang hopes to impress Giants, crack major league roster (The Associated Press)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:15:36 PST

The video of the former star of South Korea's Lotte Giants has more than 317,000 views. Now that Hwang is at spring training with the San Francisco Giants after agreeing to a minor league contract, the 29-year-old knows preening and bat-flipping is discouraged by many in Major League Baseball's culture. ''What I'm really curious about is facing the best of the major league pitchers and see and feel their pitches first hand,'' Hwang said through interpreter Mark Kim before Thursday's workout.

Barry Zito is first Cy Young winner to appear on Billboard chart (Big League Stew)

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:45:56 PST

Barry Zito has always shown an interest in music. Barry Zito’s post-baseball career is going pretty well. The former pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants released an EP of country songs in January, and played a sold-out show the night before its release.

Spring Training 2017: Jimmy Rollins says White Sox clubhouse was in 'disarray' last season (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:34:42 PST

DISARRAY: Veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins enters camp hoping to win a job with the San Francisco Giants this spring. At this time last year, he was attempting to do the same under much crazier circumstances with the Chicago White Sox. As everyone knows, the White Sox were involved in a bizarre storyline surrounding Adam LaRoche, who abruptly retired when the team no longer allowed his teenage son in the clubhouse.

After back injury last year, Kershaw hopes to remain healthy (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:26:39 PST

After an injury-interrupted 2016 season, Clayton Kershaw hopes to remain healthy this season. ''I'm here to make every start this year,'' the Los Angeles Dodgers ace said Wednesday after reporting for spring training. ''I'm doing good,'' said Kershaw, who turns 29 on March 19.

Dodgers officially sign longtime Giants reliever Sergio Romo (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:21:24 PST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Reliever Sergio Romo officially signed a $3 million, one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday after nine seasons with the archrival San Francisco Giants.

With so many options, A's may not need traditional closer (The Associated Press)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:18:17 PST

If the Oakland Athletics can jump out to a lead this season, they should be in great shape. As pitchers and catchers reported Wednesday, manager Bob Melvin reflected on his numerous options to close out games. ''We may not have one particular closer,'' Melvin said.

Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes needs Tommy John surgery (Big League Stew)

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:28:52 PST

After worries about an injury on Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals and their No. 1 pitching prospect Alex Reyes have gotten the news they (and many fans) had been fearing. Alex Reyes, after review, will have a Tommy John surgery, #cardinals affirm. Reyes has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm, which is why he’s having the surgery.

High hopes as always in first spring training workouts (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:30:29 PST

Even for an accomplished veteran like Justin Verlander, the start of spring training can be special. Verlander's Tigers were among 15 teams with their first scheduled workouts for pitchers and catchers Tuesday. As major leaguers took the field in Florida and Arizona, that familiar sound of balls popping into mitts served as a reminder that in baseball at least, winter is finally over.

After 18 seasons with Angels, Scioscia still loves the job (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:16:41 PST

Mike Scioscia has been the Angels' manager since the 20th century, way back when Anaheim was at the front of the club's official name instead of the back. Scioscia is the longest-tenured manager in baseball by a whopping seven years as he heads into his 18th season with the Angels. ''Believe me, I don't take this opportunity for granted,'' Scioscia said Tuesday after the Angels' pitchers and catchers reported to Tempe Diablo Stadium.

Pirates ace Cole hoping for healthier, more productive 2017 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:54:36 PST

Two years ago, Gerrit Cole won 19 games and finished fourth in the National League Cy Young voting. After slogging through an injury filled 2016, the Pittsburgh Pirates' ace has set more modest goals for the upcoming season. ''Staying healthy, being able to contribute,'' Cole said.

Cuban players: We paid thousands for journey to US baseball (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:01:54 PST

Two Cuban baseball players told a federal jury Tuesday that they paid tens of thousands of dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that prosecutors say was overseen by a Florida sports agent and his trainer associate. The players, Jorge Padron and Reinier Roibal, described how they were spirited off the communist-run island on speedboats bound for Cancun, Mexico, where they trained while awaiting documents necessary to go to the U.S. to sign lucrative free-agent contracts. The testimony came in the trial of agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who face lengthy prison sentences if convicted of conspiracy and alien- smuggling charges.

Giants' Mark Melancon: a closer who's open to sports science (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:59:41 PST

''I didn't realize it was that high,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday, when his pitchers and catchers held their first spring training workout. The right-hander is wearing a heart rate monitor under his uniform around his rib area while he pitches. In fact, he asked his share of questions about sports science - his passion that goes hand in hand with pitching at his peak - when deciding to sign with San Francisco during the offseason.

Dusty Baker is back in West Palm Beach with his Nationals (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:04:57 PST

Like most Dusty Baker stories, this one starts a long time ago and involves Hank Aaron. In the spring of 1967, Baker attended a week of minor league camp for the Atlanta Braves in West Palm Beach. Baker left college to join the Braves, who were anchored by Aaron.

Don Mattingly has relaxed the Marlins' facial hair policy (Big League Stew)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:48:37 PST

Don Mattingly, manager of the Miami Marlins and the former owner of a luxurious mustache, instituted a no facial hair policy for Marlins players in 2016. And now, a year later, he’s reversing course. Marlins players are now free to grow mustaches and beards and goatees. Mattingly changes facial hair policy this season.

Jung Ho Kang won't report to Pirates spring training on time due to DUI trial (Big League Stew)

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:28:07 PST

No one has any idea when Jung Ho Kang will be able to report to spring training for the Pirates. Baseball players of all positions will be reporting for spring training this week, but one guy won’t be among them. Jung Ho Kang, infielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will be going on trial in South Korea on February 22 for charges stemming from his December DUI arrest.