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MLB season preview: The Nationals are all-in after a bold offseason (Big League Stew)

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:03:09 PDT

The last five years for the Washington Nationals have been long on hype and short on delivery. On paper at least, the Nats look like they have a good chance to shed the title of underachievers and become champions.



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.



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.



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?



Reds pick newcomer Scott Feldman to start on opening day (The Associated Press)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:34:51 PDT

The Cincinnati Reds chose newcomer Scott Feldman to start on opening day against the Philadelphia Phillies. It'll be the third opening day start for the 33-year-old Feldman. Injuries have depleted the Reds' rotation for the second straight spring training.



Joe Maddon has a wacky idea to mash-up the World Series and WBC (Big League Stew)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:04:44 PDT

Major League Baseball hasn’t been secretive about its desire to expand the sport’s fanbase. It remains to be seen if (or how) Rob Manfred’s new pace-of-play rules will have any effect, but the World Baseball Classic has been a rousing success. With at least two things trending in the right direction, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon had a wacky thought that would combine those two things, and he shared it with the media on Saturday: why not have a true “world” series once every four years, where the current World Series champions play the WBC champs in a three-game series?



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.



Former Reds All-Star Sean Casey to lead Opening Day parade (The Associated Press)

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:19:44 PDT

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A member of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame will serve as grand marshal of the Reds' Opening Day parade.



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.



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.



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.



Reds pitcher Arroyo hit in face by catcher's throw, exits (The Associated Press)

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 14:39:32 PDT

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo was hit in the face by a catcher's throw on a stolen base attempt and exited a spring training game against Texas. Arroyo was struck Saturday. Arroyo said he didn't expect to miss a start.



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.



Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Eric Davis (Big League Stew)

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:06:39 PDT

True story: When I think of baseball cards, I’ll also think about Eric Davis. It’s a little thing, but it’s still something I remember. When I was a kid, Davis — then a slugger with the Cincinnati Reds — was one of the only players who sent cards back to me when I mailed them away hoping for an autograph.



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.



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.



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.



Boston ace Price likely to miss opener, Rockies' Murphy out (The Associated Press)

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 17:07:47 PDT

Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list because of a sore elbow.



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.



Spring Training 2017: Ian Desmond needs surgery on injured hand (Big League Stew)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:11:30 PDT

Ian Desmond will need surgery Wednesday to fix his broken hand. BIGGEST NEWS OF THE DAY: The Colorado Rockies paid $70 million to see what kind of pop Ian Desmond can add to an already dangerous lineup. Desmond needs surgery on his injured left hand, the Rockies announced Monday.



Reds pitcher DeSclafani could miss month with sprained elbow (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 16:41:47 PDT

Cincinnati Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani is expected to begin the season on the disabled list because of a sprained right elbow. Reds general manager Dick Williams said Monday that DeSclafani will be shut down for up to a month. An MRI done in Cincinnati revealed a sprained right ulnar collateral ligament.



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.



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.



FANTASY PLAYS: Despite Trout, Betts, fantasy OF not strong (The Associated Press)

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:02:43 PDT

Despite the outfield laying claim to not just the consensus number one selection in fantasy baseball drafts this coming season (Mike Trout), but generally the second player off the board (Mookie Betts) as well, the position is not quite as strong as one would usually assume.