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Scherzer says finger healed, should pitch in opening week (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:40:12 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.



Barry Bonds joins Giants at camp to coach minor leaguers (The Associated Press)

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:12:39 PDT

The black San Francisco Giants T-shirt that Barry Bonds wore was so new, the fold lines from being wrapped in plastic were easy to spot. Then Bonds will become an ambassador of sorts for the Giants, representing the team at various community and club events. The 52-year-old Bonds looked relaxed and had plenty to smile about in talking about reuniting with the Giants, the team with which he set baseball's all-time home run record and won five of his record seven NL Most Valuable Player awards.



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.



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.



White Sox, SS Tim Anderson agree to $25M, 6-year contract (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:52:37 PDT

The rebuilding Chicago White Sox and promising shortstop Tim Anderson agreed Tuesday to a $25 million, six-year contract. Anderson will receive $850,000 in 2017, $1 million in 2018, $1.4 million in 2019, $4 million in 2020, $7.25 million in 2021 and $9.5 million in 2022. If either is declined, Anderson gets $1 million.



Bonds rejoins Giants as special adviser, calls team 'family' (The Associated Press)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:51:34 PDT

Barry Bonds is back with the San Francisco Giants, just as the club had hoped. Bonds, who spent a one-season stint as Miami's hitting coach last year before being fired, will serve as a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer. General manager Bobby Evans mentioned it last month at FanFest .



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.



Barry Bonds rejoins Giants as a front office advisor (Big League Stew)

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:53:56 PDT

Barry Bonds has returned to the Giants. The San Francisco Giants are bringing back legendary outfielder Barry Bonds. In this role, Bonds will “represent the organization at various community and organizational events in San Francisco,” according to the team.



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.



Giants' Cueto sharp in 5-inning outing against White Sox (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 17:03:23 PDT

Instead of facing Japan in the World Baseball Classic, Johnny Cueto pitched in the Cactus League on Monday. The right-hander threw five innings and allowed just a hit and a run, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 in his third outing of the spring. Cueto would have started for the Dominican Republic against Japan on Tuesday night if his home country had advanced to the WBC semifinals in Los Angeles.



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.



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.



Smart shifting puts the Netherlands into the WBC semifinals (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 15:10:04 PDT

The semifinal round of the World Baseball Classic is about to go Dutch, thanks to a lot of creative shifting by Team Netherlands. Stocked with star infielders in Xander Bogaerts, Andrelton Simmons, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar, manager Hensley Meulens has found a way to get all of them in the lineup. Meulens, a former big leaguer and now hitting coach for the San Francisco Giants, uses three of them at second base, shortstop and third base.



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.



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.



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.



As 40 approaches, Ryan Vogelsong seeks spot on Twins staff (The Associated Press)

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 23:50:06 PDT

Ryan Vogelsong isn't ready to be over the hill. Vogelsong is in spring training with the Minnesota Twins on a minor league contract, about four months before his 40th birthday but plenty confident he can win a spot on the staff for the season. Vogelsong, who struck out one and hit one batter in a 4-3 victory by the Twins, said his rhythm on the mound felt as good as it has all during camp.



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.



House released from hospital, a day after hit by liner (The Associated Press)

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:56:29 PST

Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House has been released from a hospital, one day after he was hit on the head by a line drive during a spring training game.



Offseason closer carousel could decide baseball season (The Associated Press)

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 08:39:38 PST

Mark Melancon got a big free-agent contract from the San Francisco Giants. Aroldis Chapman returned to the New York Yankees for a record-breaking deal. Kenley Jansen stayed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wade Davis was traded to the Chicago Cubs, and the Washington Nationals looked outside before looking internally for an answer.



House leaves in ambulance after taking liner off head (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 21:40:37 PST

Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday after being hit on the head by a line drive in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers. The Blue Jays said Friday night that test results at Lakeland Regional Medical Center were normal, and that House would remain hospitalized overnight for observation. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said House's injury was among the scariest things he has witnessed in a baseball game.



Red Sox 3B Pablo Sandoval hoping to bounce back this year (The Associated Press)

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:50:04 PST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Pablo Sandoval is trying to regain his form after a rough stretch with the Boston Red Sox.



FANTASY PLAYS: Look for core of 3 relief pitchers (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:30:20 PST

Fantasy experts have varying thoughts about how to build relief sections. Some simply won't spend up or use an early pick at the position because the grip on some closer jobs can be shaky.



FANTASY PLAYS: Talent scarce among fantasy starting pitchers (The Associated Press)

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:29:17 PST

There's a scarcity of pitching in today's fantasy game. Top-tier talent is less often returning on the investment of fantasy owners.



Tebow has tough day in debut; Porcello nicked by grounder (The Associated Press)

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 21:35:34 PST

Tim Tebow made his first rookie mistake even before stepping into the batter's box.