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Stream teams: Phils-Yanks today on MLB.TV

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EDT

Major League Baseball is back with the beginning of this year's spring exhibitions. Both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues open play Friday with a six-game slate that features plenty of intrigue.

Maddon looking at Schwarber for leadoff spot

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:48:55 EDT

Who will be the Cubs' leadoff man now that Dexter Fowler is gone? Manager Joe Maddon likes the idea of Kyle Schwarber at the top of the lineup, although don't expect the outfielder to be setting any stolen base records, and that's not because of a lack of speed.

Harper, Werth recreate 'Step Brothers' poster

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:41:05 EDT

Harper, Werth recreate 'Step Brothers' poster

MLB.TV weekend slate features 16 games

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:51:48 EDT

MLB.TV, the world's longest-running and most successful live streaming sports product, returns for its 15th-anniversary year, starting with Phillies at Yankees at 1:05 p.m. ET today, followed by seven live games on Saturday and another eight on Sunday.

Braves sign former NFL player to Minors deal

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:03:29 EDT

The Braves have signed former NFL defensive back Sanders Commings to a Minor League deal, a team source told's Mark Bowman.

Cardinals bond over aliens, pirate treasure

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:40:47 EDT

The Cardinals took their workouts off campus on Thursday for a team-building exercise that featured, among other things, alien abductions and pirates' treasure. It was an unexpected field trip for players, who split up into two groups and took turns loading a bus to depart for a destination unknown. When they disembarked, players found themselves thrust into an escape room challenge.

Spring has arrived: Get tickets, skeds, gear

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:53:50 EDT

Ready to see your favorite squad back in action? Come out to see live Grapefruit and Cactus League action this spring.

Fan honors Keuchel, who returns favor

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:03:05 EDT

Fan honors Keuchel, who returns favor

Miami, SD, LA hosting WBC '17: Get tickets

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:37:29 EDT

You'll receive better seats and lower prices than fans who buy game by game. Tickets for the first, second and Championship Rounds are on sale now.

Baseball faithful not big fans of change

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:07:52 EDT

Rob Manfred and baseball face a delicate challenge: changing the game without making it feel like change, keeping the continuity that captivates lifelong baseball fans while capturing new fans who are seeing the game for the first time. It isn't easy.

Star WARs: Who's making history?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:09:54 EDT

Let's examine 25 players who can further cement their legacies if they can add to their career WAR totals this season.

Want an elite staff? Invest in NL ace trio

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:49:13 EDT

From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.

Ilitch's legacy celebrated at Detroit ceremony

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:58:04 EDT

Detroit celebrated the life of Mike Ilitch on Wednesday by bringing together a congregation of the town's most respected sports figures at the historic Fox Theatre, an apt venue given the late Tigers and Red Wings owner's impact on the city and its restoration efforts.

Spring games on MLB.TV begin Friday

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:35:51 EDT

MLB.TV is back and it's better than ever. Watch live out-of-market games -- including almost 300 Spring Training games & the World Baseball Classic without blackouts in the U.S. -- on more than 400 devices.

Russell's power breakout has already begun

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:51:30 EDT

Can Addison Russell take that next step forward to become a true superstar? The glove is already there, but we haven't seen that one big hitting season yet. Small changes he made as 2016 may point to '17 being his true coming-out party.

Future watch:'s Top 100 Prospects

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:54:37 EDT

Check out MLB Pipeline's newly updated list of the Top 100 Prospects in the game.

From full-court heaves to half-court buckets, Joe Kelly and Hanley Ramirez put on a basketball clinic

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:26:30 EDT

Joe Kelly, Hanley Ramirez flashed basketball skills

Tanaka, Betances dominate hitters in live BP

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:54:43 EDT

Pitchers are generally ahead of hitters at this point of the spring, but for Brett Gardner and Chase Headley, taking their first at-bats of the year against Dellin Betances and Masahiro Tanaka proved to be an especially unfair matchup.

Votto at crossroads as Reds eye resurgence

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:50:54 EDT

It was a mere two springs ago that plenty of people wondered if Joey Votto could still be great. Votto, ever the realist, understood the doubt.

Bogaerts returns to World Baseball Classic stage

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:24:52 EDT

The first time Xander Bogaerts represented the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, he hadn't yet suited up for the Red Sox. This time, however, it is even more meaningful, as Bogaerts has become a cornerstone for the Netherlands' squad.

Odor on list of Rangers who may get extension

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:15:53 EDT

The Rangers continue to use Spring Training as a time to discuss contract extensions with key players. Yu Darvish and Jonathan Lucroy may be the two most important since they are eligible for free agency. But second baseman Rougned Odor is also on their list.

Pool C scouting report: Can Colombia surprise?

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:02:25 EDT

Luis Urueta is the 36-year-old manager of the Colombian national baseball team. He learned the game in his native Barranquilla at the British International School, where his parents, Alejandro and Carmela, both taught. He signed with the D-backs at age 17 and peaked at Class A Advanced with the Cardinals in 2003, before playing four seasons in Italy.

Strasburg's stuff solid in intrasquad game

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:27:55 EDT

The Nationals held an intrasquad game Thursday afternoon, a chance to get their pitchers facing hitters in game situations ahead of their Spring Training opener Saturday. It offered yet another strong indicator for Stephen Strasburg's health coming off a torn pronator tendon that ended his 2016 season Sept. 7.

MLBPA on Kang: 'Our duty to support guys'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:39:37 EDT

The Major League Baseball Players Association will "stay engaged" with Jung Ho Kang's legal situation in South Korea, executive director Tony Clark said Thursday.

Bowman looks to stick as Cards' ground-ball ace

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:48:39 EDT

Matt Bowman, a Rule 5 pick last spring, comes to camp now with a year of Major League service time and a proven repertoire that the Cardinals believe can help fill the void left by Seth Maness' departure.

Clippard revels in Yanks return, shot to play for USA

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:34:24 EDT

As he prepares to wear the Stars and Stripes in the World Baseball Classic, Tyler Clippard's professional life has come full circle, as the 32-year-old is enjoying being back with the organization that drafted him in 2003.

Zimmerman turning to analytics to improve

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:21:29 EDT

During the offseason, Daniel Murphy came across articles using Statcast™ data to explain Ryan Zimmerman's rough 2016 season, where he hit a career-worst .218/.272/.370 with a 69 OPS+, despite having an exit velocity among the best in the Majors last season.

Fans for the Cure celebrates All-Stars in prostate cancer fight

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:59:35 EDT

On the one hand, you had guys like Al Leiter (who intentionally walked 53 batters) and Steve Garvey (who was intentionally walked 113 times) talking about the expected intentional walk rule change, both of them citing their 19-year Major League Baseball careers and shrugging off any significance of those familiar formality pitches. On the other hand, you had prostate cancer.

New-look Yankees, stadium ready for opener

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:38:23 EDT

As the ongoing renovation of George M. Steinbrenner Field continues, a remodeled Yankees lineup will be on display for the first time this season on Friday as New York hosts the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. ET. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he plans to have his frontline lineup on the field for the Grapefruit League opener, sans outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who reported late to camp so he could be present for the birth of his daughter.

Tale of the fantasy tape: Cubs vs. Cardinals

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:00:46 EDT

Before the Cubs and the Cardinals write the next chapter in their storied rivalry, we can get a head start on assessing them by comparing the fantasy value of their key players for the upcoming campaign.

Panda among quartet of Sox with happy return to action

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:08:25 EDT

It seemed like everywhere you looked, someone from the Red Sox was making a comeback from a prolonged absence on Thursday.

Conforto taking cues from Bruce, if not at-bats

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:32:20 EDT

In the Mets' clubhouse, the fact that Jay Bruce is blocking Michael Conforto from getting the kind of developmental opportunity Bruce himself got long ago with the Reds hasn't prevented the pair from developing a mentor/mentee relationship.

Pain-free A-Gon eagerly anticipating Classic

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:02:53 EDT

Adrian Gonzalez told that his right elbow is now free of pain early Thursday morning before the team worked out on the backfields of Camelback Ranch. That assessment was corroborated shortly thereafter by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

Andy Green (jokingly) suggests a Home Run Derby after the 12th inning to shorten games

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:26:51 EDT

Andy Green's extra-innings idea: a Home Run Derby

Better version of Panik in the making

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:34:23 EDT

Joe Panik made the National League All-Star team in 2015. Last year, the Giants second baseman won a Gold Glove award and established himself as the toughest player in the Major Leagues to strike out. Now he says he wants to be a "better version of myself."

Flash letting a challenging 2016 go

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:53:01 EDT

Whether he's taking part in drills on a back field in Spring Training or at the plate in a big league ballpark, Dee Gordon plays with the same passion.

Mariners get what they wish for on Glove Day

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:55:30 EDT

Starting pitcher Rob Whalen was all smiles as he watched Shigeaki Aso pound his brand new, custom fielder's glove at the Mariners' Spring Training camp Thursday.

Arenado gets peek of Cuba

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:17:25 EDT

Having heard the family stories of the homeland, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado always wondered what it would be like to see it for himself. With relaxed travel restrictions, the family made the trip in November.

Lindor shows off 'pancake' glove

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:49:00 EDT

Francisco Lindor has been heading out to the practice diamonds with a pair of gloves every morning at Indians camp this spring. In doing so, he has provided a glimpse into why the young shortstop captured both a Gold Glove and Platinum Glove for his defensive work last season.

Gonzales nears end of Tommy John recovery

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:27:46 EDT

Marco Gonzales isn't likely to make a Grapefruit League appearance this spring, but the work he's doing behind the scenes has the left-hander on track to potentially wrap up his recovery from Tommy John surgery before the end of May.

Japan heavily favored in Classic's first round

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:36:30 EDT

Japan has become the World Baseball Classic's preeminent team. Samurai Japan won the tournament in 2006 and repeated three years later. And by the time a champion is crowned at Dodger Stadium next month, Japan is likely to reach the semifinal for a fourth time.

Brewers reportedly offer extension to Villar

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:48:05 EDT

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the Brewers recently "floated" a proposal to infielder Jonathan Villar with a financial guarantee in the neighborhood of $20 million over an undisclosed term. According to Heyman, Villar "passed for now."

Improving Anderson a key piece to Sox rebuild

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:38:19 EDT

Tim Anderson showed plenty of good things in his Major League debut with the White Sox a year ago, especially on defense where the 23-year-old shortstop shined.

Schimpf combines power and patience at plate

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:33:44 EDT

Power and patience have long been the cornerstones of Ryan Schimpf's approach because of his ability to hit for extra bases. Schimpf finished 2016 with more homers (20) than singles (18).

Cishek says rehab on right track

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:28:22 EDT

Steve Cishek had his second day of playing catch on flat ground Thursday, and everything continued to go well as he recovers from last October's microfracture hip surgery.

Bait & pitch: Mets fin-ish strong, reel in shark

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:45:45 EDT

Bait & pitch: Mets fin-ish strong, reel in shark

Prospect Dubon eyeing history for Honduras

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:00:47 EDT

The newest of the Brewers' young shortstops would like to add "pioneer" next to the word prospect. Mauricio Dubon, the 22-year-old acquired in a December trade with the Red Sox, is bidding to be the first player born and raised in Honduras to make it to the Major Leagues.

Oblique improving, Britton to wait on spring debut

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:57:26 EDT

Zach Britton says his left oblique muscle is feeling better, and he's progressing towards making his 2017 spring debut, but the Orioles' closer won't pitch in a game until his symptoms are gone.