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Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:24:52 PDTNew York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his next start because of tenderness in his left elbow, putting his status for opening day in doubt. ''There's a little irritation, and he's got to work that out,'' Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday. While Matz hasn't been sent for an MRI, Alderson said the ailment is troubling because the 25-year-old has often been slowed during his two seasons with the Mets.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:22:21 PDTRight-hander Stephen Strasburg will get the Opening Day start for the Washington Nationals, manager Dusty Baker announced Sunday. Washington opens the season on April 3 at Nationals Park against the Miami Marlins. It will be the 28-year-old Strasburg's fourth Opening Day start but his first since 2014.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:55:19 PDTNew York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his next start because of tenderness in his left elbow, putting his status for opening day in doubt. ''There's a little irritation, and he's got to work that out,'' Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday. While Matz hasn't been sent for an MRI, Alderson said the ailment is troubling because the 25-year-old has often been slowed during his two seasons with the Mets.
Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:54:08 PDTThe same issue that plagued Wei-Yin Chen during his first season with the Miami Marlins continues to trouble him. Chen allowed two more homers in Miami's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The solo shots for Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler made it six homers allowed by the left-hander during spring training.
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:54:16 PDTAdam 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.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:07:27 PDTDanny Duffy stepped off the big stage and back into spring training.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:52:55 PDTSometimes fantasy baseball owners overrate spring training performances, both jumping on the good and overreacting to the bad. Here are some spring performances that should have you concerned with the MLB season nearly here. There were plenty of concerns with Carter's value even before the Yankees announced that Greg Bird would be the starting first baseman.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:18:11 PDTThe Houston Astros demonstrated Friday what the rest of the league knows and the Mets realize themselves, but haven't been able to fix. Teams can run successfully on the battery of opening-day pitcher Noah Syndergaard and catcher Travis d'Arnaud - almost seemingly at will. The Astros were a perfect 4 for 4 in stolen bases at First Data Field in the right-hander's fourth start of the spring: three by Derek Fisher, the other by fellow outfielder Jake Marisnick.
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:25:27 PDTNow that the Cubs have broken baseball's oldest curse, who's next?
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:24:22 PDTIt'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:
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:33:13 PDTZack Greinke has one more spring start before he embarks on what he hopes is a bounce-back season for him and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:49:32 PDTIf you need evidence of that, look no further than New York Mets infielder Asdrubal Cabrera. The frustrations of spring seemed to get the best of Cabrera on Thursday, as he was pretty much ejected from a game while running down to first base. Asdrubal Cabrera had some words with Angel Hernandez on Thursday.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 08:59:15 PDTAs a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre. ''When you think of big, with that deep voice, that booming voice, he could hold a team meeting, boy, he could scare you right out of your seat,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona recalled. Green, the tough-talking, no-nonsense skipper who in 1980 guided the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship, died Wednesday.
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:13:10 PDTThe United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a blue cap jauntily hanging from one of its large wings. For a sport known as America's pastime, the U.S. had struggled since the WBC began in 2006.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:12:23 PDTNew 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.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:22:24 PDTSteven Matz and Zack Wheeler took a step back Wednesday in the Mets' 15-9 loss to the Miami Marlins, a shaky sign for New York with opening day less than two weeks away. Last time I was up out of the zone and had some walks,'' Matz said. You try to not let this stuff bother you, but still when you're getting hit around, it's never fun,'' Matz said.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:54:39 PDTWEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- The New York Mets are moving their exhibition game against Army to Citi Field.
Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:45:59 PDTOK, 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.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 23:46:43 PDTAdam Jones delivered the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning as the US toppled Japan 2-1 on Tuesday to reach their first World Baseball Classic final, where they will face undefeated Puerto Rico. "It means a heck of a lot," said outfielder Andrew McCutchen. The USA will need to beat another undefeated team Wednesday to claim their first WBC title: Puerto Rico steamrolled through the opposition in the first two rounds, before eliminating the Netherlands 4-3 in 11 innings in the other semifinal on Monday.
Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:08:24 PDTWhat designated hitter Carlos Beltran can do defensively this season will have a direct impact on what manager A.J. Hinch can try offensively. Beltran, who will turn 40 during the season's first month, will primarily serve as the Astros' DH. A center fielder much of his career who later moved to right, only two of Beltran's 2,179 career starts have come in left.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:50:32 PDTNew 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.
Mon, 20 Mar 2017 16:07:35 PDTTim Tebow is joining the Columbia Fireflies. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback will start his pro baseball season with the Mets' Class A franchise in Columbia. New York Mets manager Terry Collins announced the move Monday.
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 22:08:08 PDTMiami 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.
Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:05:51 PDTWhile Mets reliever Rafael Montero keeps pushing hard to make the club's final roster out of spring training, one vital piece of the bullpen returned to the New York's clubhouse on Sunday as Fernando Salas arrived for the second time in camp. Salas reported in February, did his work and left to pitch for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic before ever appearing in a spring training game for the Mets. After appearing in two games for Mexico and tossing just one inning, the 31-year-old Salas found out his visa wasn't in order, keeping him from returning to Florida.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:41:37 PDTNew 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.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 18:02:36 PDTDespite being told yearly that spring training statistics are overrated, fantasy baseball owners still buy into them and will over or underrate players as a result. With the 2017 Fantasy Baseball season fast approaching, here are some player performances that actually mean something. BRYCE HARPER, Washington Nationals: There is a reason Harper continues to be a high first round pick despite disappointing owners last year.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:56:57 PDTKnowing 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.
Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:30:27 PDTPORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Tommy Pham has left a spring training game after jarring himself on a headfirst slide.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:13:21 PDTNL 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.
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:17:59 PDTNL 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.