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It's a dry feat: WS rematch? AZ has hot topics

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:45:21 EDT

Welcome to one of the real cool days of a new baseball season. This one reminds us how quickly things are moving toward an Opening Day less than six weeks away.

5 pitchers aim to repeat breakout campaigns

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:45:49 EDT earlier profiled five breakout hitters from 2016 and examined their chances of sustaining that improvement this coming season. Now, it's time to switch the focus to five starting pitchers who will face a similar challenge in '17.

Watch 300 Spring games on MLB.TV

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:46:01 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.

Kershaw, Wood look sharp throwing live BP

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:46:13 EDT

Dodgers Nation breathed another sigh of relief Monday when Clayton Kershaw threw to hitters for the first time this spring and afterward said he felt fine.

Giovanni Soto threw to Geovany Soto

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:50:55 EDT

Giovanni Soto threw to Geovany Soto in White Sox BP

Lagares gets pic with Yo's latest crazy car

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:51:29 EDT

Lagares snaps a photo with Cespedes' latest crazy car

Spring has arrived: Get tickets, skeds, gear

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:46:27 EDT

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

Stroman expecting a dominant year on mound

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:46:39 EDT

Marcus Stroman -- now two years removed from surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee -- indicated after Monday's workout that he believes the best is yet to come.

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

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:46:51 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.

Red Sox savor Sale's skills in first live BP of spring

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:47:18 EDT

The Red Sox who stepped in against Chris Sale for Monday's live batting practice session got a glimpse of what American League East hitters are going to have to deal with regularly this season. The most apt word? Nasty.

Getting up to speed in the spring

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:47:30 EDT

Worrying over a pitcher's velocity -- or lack thereof -- in Spring Training is now an annual tradition, but the data supports a cause for concern.

Top fantasy shortstops long on power

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:47:41 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.

Fowler reaffirms comments regarding travel ban

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:47:54 EDT

Dexter Fowler said on Monday that he stands by the statement he made to two days ago in which he discussed the effect on his family of President Donald Trump's executive order limiting travel to and from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Prince previews new show 'Fielder's Choice'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:41:04 EDT

Prince Fielder previews new show 'Fielder's Choice'

Darvish breaking bats in first outing

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:48:07 EDT

After successful Tommy John surgery, Yu Darvish is back in All-Star form. In his first appearance on the mound this spring, he broke Hanser Alberto's bat.

Future watch:'s Top 100 Prospects

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 08:48:20 EDT

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

Before Wayne Shaw ate a mid-game pie, Gates Brown batted with hot dogs hidden in his shirt

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:23:32 EDT

Gates Brown once hit with hot dogs in his shirt

Bourn gets one-year deal, invite to spring camp

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:08:09 EDT

Baltimore and veteran outfielder Michael Bourn have agreed to a one-year deal with an invite to Spring Training; the deal will be worth $2 million if Bourn makes the Major League club.

McCullers' new gloves honor friend Fernandez

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:57:37 EDT

Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. took the opportunity to get some new gloves for the start of Spring Training to pay tribute to his close friend, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident last year.

Youth is served in fantasy SS rankings

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:08:07 EDT

A position with few elite fantasy options not long ago, shortstop has been rejuvenated by a deluge of talented youngsters.

Mallex Smith, who was traded twice in 77 minutes, could be the latest player to wear No. 0

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:09:42 EDT

Mallex Smith could be latest player to wear No. 0

Cubs notes: Spot in rotation up for grabs

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:16:42 EDT

The Cubs and the city of Mesa will host a championship rally on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. MT/11 a.m-3 p.m. CT at Sloan Park, one day before the defending World Series champs open Cactus League play.

Miller's first live BP draws respect from Tribe

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:33:55 EDT

Andrew Miller took the mound on Field 1 at Cleveland's spring complex, where Brandon Guyer was one of three hitters to face the relief ace in his first live batting practice workout of the year.

Maybin up for challenge as LF, tablesetter

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:51:17 EDT

Cameron Maybin will be adjusting to more than just a new team this spring. Maybin, who was acquired from the Tigers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Victor Alcantara over the offseason, has spent most of his career as a center fielder but will now be charged with filling the Angels' void in left field.

Reed looking to seize Astros' first-base opportunity

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:15:39 EDT

He was named Indiana high school player of the year and won the Golden Spikes Award in 2014 as the top amateur player in the country. He led all the Minor Leagues in home runs, RBIs and OPS in 2015 en route to being named the Astros' Minor League Player of the Year.

Slugger Hamilton harnessing thunder once again

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:39:49 EDT

There was still some thunder lingering in Arizona, and it came from Field No. 1 behind the main stadium. Josh Hamilton, who missed last season because of left knee surgery, was taking batting practice.

Garcia driven to reclaim White Sox outfield spot

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:34:56 EDT

Cuban infielder Fernandez shaking off rust with Dodgers

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:29:44 EDT

The Dodgers' latest Cuban talent is 28-year-old infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez, who is among the non-roster invitees that will participate in Tuesday's first full-squad workout.

De La Rosa comes full circle with D-backs

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:52:52 EDT

Jorge De La Rosa was signed by the Diamondbacks in 1998, but has never pitched for Arizona. He's hoping this year he will take the mound for the D-backs.

Glove at first sight for Bailey and his mitts

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:12:29 EDT

It was an exciting day at Angels camp for right-hander Andrew Bailey, who received his new gloves for the season on Glove Day from Wilson Sporting Goods representatives on Monday morning at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

LeMahieu ignores naysayers, keeps improving

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:56:42 EDT

For most of his career, DJ LeMahieu has been underrated, however the second baseman keeps collecting hardware and impressing the competition.

Clemens slated to start Padres' Cactus opener

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:24:31 EDT

Paul Clemens will get the first chance to state his case in the Padres' wide-open race for starting rotation spots.

A-Rod visiting Yanks camp as special instructor

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:04:17 EDT

The Yankees believe that Alex Rodriguez has a wealth of information to pass on to their young players, and that can begin on Tuesday, when he'll put the pinstripes back on as one of the team's special guest instructors.

Jimenez's stuff, demeanor impress V-Mart

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:56:16 EDT

Joe Jimenez has been waiting to face Major League competition since last summer. The Tigers' closer of the future's first look Monday included Victor Martinez, who made his big league debut in 2002 -- when Jimenez was seven years old.

D-backs leadership likes where team stands

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 10:00:00 EDT

D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick and team president/CEO Derrick Hall met with the media Friday just before the team's first full-squad workout of the spring and covered a variety of topics.

No timetable for when Cueto might report

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:18:29 EDT

A week has gone by since pitchers and catchers reported to Giants camp and there's still no sign of right-hander Johnny Cueto.

Bird out to prove he's healthy, ready to play

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:28:16 EDT

Greg Bird isn't concerned about an upcoming battle for playing time with Chris Carter. After missing all of last season while recovering from right labrum surgery, the Yankees first baseman just wants to prove that his swing is back to normal.

Baseball icon O'Neil made history with Cubs

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:13:59 EDT

Buck O'Neil took an important step with the Cubs in 1962, when he was named to the team's coaching staff and became the Major Leagues' first black coach.

Dodgers sign Gutierrez to one-year deal

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:41:40 EDT

On Monday, the Dodgers announced the signing of former Gold Glove outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year contract.

Baez brings new glove to Spring Training

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:36:50 EDT

Javier Baez has a new glove, designed specifically for the World Baseball Classic in Puerto Rico's colors of red, white and blue. Cubs manager Joe Maddon probably wouldn't be surprised to see some chrome on it, too.

On and off field, home elusive for Machado

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:25:16 EDT

In a normal offseason, slick-fielding shortstop prospect Dixon Machado would have come into Spring Training in game shape following winter ball in Venezuela. This winter, for the first time, he stayed away. The situation in his home country is too dangerous, his worries for his family too great. Even for players who aren't superstars, it's a risk.

Arenado prepares for bout at the plate

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:30:55 EDT

Nolan Arenado,one of the game's best players, is ready to take it a step further against National League West pitchers.

Nathan confident in another comeback bid

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:35:27 EDT

Non-roster invitee Joe Nathan is hoping to make a second comeback late in his career following Tommy John surgery. He did it once before, and the 42-year-old right-hander, a 16-year veteran, hopes to pitch at least another season, which would make the Nationals his sixth Major League club.

Zobrist enjoys spoils, eyes repeat World Series

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:56:30 EDT

Ben Zobrist acknowledges the incredible effect that the Cubs' championship had on its fans, and after an offseason of celebration, he wants to help deliver another title.

Recovering Wright, Pomeranz throw off mound

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:22:30 EDT

For two Red Sox starting pitchers coming off injuries and hoping to win spots in the rotation, Monday was a good day. Side by side, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz threw off the mound for the first time this spring. And they both did so with no pain.

All smiles, Collins talks possible position switches

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:46:58 EDT

Here's everything you need to know about Mets camp on Monday.

Hosmer curious about free agency, loyal to KC

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:43:16 EDT

First baseman Eric Hosmer is one of several Royals who could become a free-agent after the 2017 season. And while Hosmer has indicated he is curious about testing the free-agent waters, he doesn't want to be misunderstood: He has interest in a long-term deal with the Royals.

d'Arnaud, Mets raring to begin title chase

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:37:33 EDT

Early on Monday morning, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud was fighting a smirk as he talked to the media.