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American Beauty: USA dominates PR in final

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:53:21 EDT

The United States got a brilliant pitching performance from starter Marcus Stroman and enough offense from its All-Star-packed lineup of Major League luminaries to beat Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Classic on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.



Stroman dazzles en route to Classic MVP

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:16:21 EDT

Marcus Stroman dazzled for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic championship game Wednesday night, stifling a Puerto Rican lineup that had slugged its way through the tournament.



Classic experience one USA, PR won't soon forget

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:36:37 EDT

You heard the emotion in the words as they said it. You saw their faces and knew they meant it. To the players in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the tournament was an enormous hit, a stunning success story that is only getting better every four years.



Green's candor, passion leave lasting impact

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:28:27 EDT

Nobody in the game rode taller in the saddle than Dallas Green. Not 6-foot-7 Frank Howard nor 6-foot-11 Jon Rauch. Dallas Green was baseball's John Wayne, so upright and rigid and with such a commanding voice.



Rzepczynski had trouble with name in school

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:32:08 EDT

Rzepczynski had some trouble with his name in school



Fan in Nolan Ryan jersey sits next to K King

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:47:36 EDT

Fan in a Nolan Ryan jersey sits next to the K King



Yadi, Balentien among All-Classic Team standouts

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:08:40 EDT

Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.



5 Cy Young winners take the hill on MLB.TV

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:27:37 EDT

Five Cy Young Award winners will take center stage today, punctuating an enticing slate of Spring Training games on MLB.TV.



Manfred, Clark see 'amazing' Classic only gaining momentum

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:52:21 EDT

The top executives of Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association conducted a joint news conference on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, an hour before the start of the United States' 8-0 triumph over Puerto Rico in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic, and they were asked for their opinions on this year's installment of the tournament.



Preferred picks: Zinkie's '17 fantasy favorites

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:16:10 EDT

Via tweets, chat sessions, articles, videos and podcasts, MLB.com lead fantasy writer Fred Zinkie has already dished out plenty of advice in 2017. But have you ever wondered which players he is especially eager to own this season? The 10 players listed here are Zinkie's favorites for 2017.



Lupica: Angel at gates for Dallas Green

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:06:13 EDT

Dallas Green had a memorable presence at the ballpark long before tragedy changed the course of his life.



PR plans inspire USA's Jones in final win

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:22:35 EDT

Before the United States' 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in Wednesday night's championship game at Dodger Stadium, Adam Jones and his teammates got some bulletin-board material, courtesy of rumors that Puerto Rico already had a celebration planned.



Fantasy preview gives you control of your dreams

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 17:40:18 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.



MLB.TV is counting down to Opening Day

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:39:46 EDT

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Be a GM with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 16:42:14 EDT

If you're like millions around the country, you're excited for not only Opening Day, but Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball, the Official Commissioner Game of MLB.com.



Future watch: MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 03:17:28 EDT

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



DYK: Stroman caps triumphant run for U.S.

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:30:24 EDT

With a memorable World Baseball Classic now in the books, here is a look at some notable facts and figures from Wednesday's final and Team USA's triumphant run.



With Max back in action, Nats even mightier

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:23:26 EDT

Max Scherzer's good health may not guarantee the Nationals their fourth postseason appearance in six seasons, but it's a step in the right direction.



Stroman duels, dances against Puerto Rico

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:57 EDT

Dominant Marcus Stroman danced against Puerto Rico



Puerto Rico falls short in amazing Classic run

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:23:29 EDT

For the second consecutive World Baseball Classic, Team Puerto Rico fell one victory shy of winning its first Classic title, as an undefeated run through the first seven games of the tournament ended in an 8-0 loss to the United States on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.



Deep fish: Trout hits first spring home run

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:58:43 EDT

Mike Trout hit his first home run of the spring, but it wasn't enough to prevent the split-squad Angels from falling to the Rangers, 7-4, on Wednesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.



Team USA celebrates win with eagle statue

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 02:14:03 EDT

Team USA celebrates Classic win with eagle statue



Leyland adds final line to Hall of Fame resume

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:00:24 EDT

By coming out of retirement and guiding Team USA to its first World Baseball Classic championship, Jim Leyland may have given his resume the line it needed to secure a ticket to the Hall of Fame.



Baseball renaissance man Green dies at 82

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:36:04 EDT

Dallas Green, manager of the 1980 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies and a baseball renaissance man who held nearly every possible title during his five-plus decades in the game, died Wednesday. He was 82.



Kinsler gets U.S. going with homer vs. PR

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:58:33 EDT

Ian Kinsler jumped-started the United States' offense with a two-run home run in the third inning in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico.



Donaldson plays four innings in return to field

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:40:00 EDT

Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson made his first Grapefruit League appearance in the field after his spring debut at designated hitter. He played four innings, and went 0-for-1 with a walk. Donaldson had been sidelined by a strained right calf.



For his son's birthday, Dexter Fowler's dad shared a story (and photo) of giving Dex his first glove

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:48:23 EDT

Dexter Fowler's dad shares great throwback photo



Trying circumstances bond high school club

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:00:41 EDT

The young ballplayers from Denham Springs High School were appreciative to play in the fifth annual PG High School Showdown. Last August, devastating floodwaters inundated an estimated 90 percent of all structures -- homes, businesses, schools, churches, government buildings -- in their hometown, a municipality of just more than 10,000 residents.



Maddon sees growth in Baez during Classic

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:32:01 EDT

Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn't surprised Javier Baez is having the success he's had playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. "He's playing full throttle -- which he did at the end of last year," Maddon said.



PR's Lugo not sharp in final against US

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 03:49:17 EDT

Puerto Rico starter Seth Lugo struggled to keep the U.S. bats in check, however, going four-plus innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while walking four and striking out seven.



Archer says Classic energized him for season

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:34:29 EDT

Rays starter Chris Archer would have liked to join his teammates from Team USA as they moved on to play Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game on Wednesday night. Archer, however, had to focus on his other team as he prepares to take the mound on Opening Day of the regular season for the Tampa Bay Rays.



Granderson hit a HR literally out of the park

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:23:34 EDT

Granderson hit a HR literally out of the park



Battery mate: Lester builds trust with Contreras

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:57:55 EDT

This spring is a little different for Cubs pitchers like Jon Lester, who don't have catcher David Ross around to counsel them. That means the pitchers have to build a stronger relationship with Willson Contreras.



Carrasco healthy, ramping up innings

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:00:19 EDT

The fact Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco came out of Monday's Minor League appearance feeling healthy is an important start. But he will have to ramp it up in his next two appearances if he is to start the team's second game of the regular season.



Bonds returns to help 'keep the tradition alive'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:50:20 EDT

Barry Bonds has much to share with baseball: His place in a great family lineage. His pride in the city and team he represented for 15 years. His own stature as a hitter and the vast knowledge behind it.



Machado savors World Baseball Classic run

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:11:00 EDT

Manny Machado is back from the World Baseball Classic, and he had a delightful time playing for the Dominican Republic.



Shelby looking sharp for Year 2 in Arizona

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:50:03 EDT

It was a Triple-A game -- the kind of game Shelby Miller surprisingly wound up pitching in eight times last season. The results, then, matter even less than your average exhibition. Still, they give us a window into his status for 2017.



Salazar feels 'terrific, strong' after outing

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:01:47 EDT

Despite easily his ugliest line this spring and an early exit, Indians starter Danny Salazar declared himself ready for the regular season with less than two weeks before Opening Day.



Springer, Gurriel power Astros; Hughes struggles

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:20:26 EDT

George Springer and Yulieski Gurriel blasted first-inning homers, and Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs and five hits in five innings to lead the Astros to an 8-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday afternoon at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.



Feldman rounding toward Opening Day start

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:45:04 EDT

In his first outing since being named the Opening Day starter for the Reds, Scott Feldman was able to get his work in before Wednesday's game against the visiting Cubs was called in the bottom of the fifth inning due to inclement weather.



Named Yanks' 1B, Bird celebrates with 2 HRs

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:52:06 EDT

Greg Bird has answered all of the Yankees' questions after missing all of last season with a right shoulder injury, and the organization plans to give him a long look as the everyday first baseman this season.



Duvall sinks Cubs in rain-shortened game

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:09:24 EDT

Adam Duvall hit a two-run home run to lead to the Reds to a 5-2 win over the Cubs on Wednesday in a game that was called in the fifth inning because of rain. Kyle Schwarber had two hits for Chicago, including a two-run home run.



Tanaka's spring scoreless streak at 18 2/3

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:24:38 EDT

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka continued his scoreless spring Wednesday, keeping the Phillies off the board through 5 1/3 innings in a 7-3 Grapefruit League victory at Spectrum Field. The outing ran Tanaka's total to 18 2/3 scoreless frames in five spring starts.



The West Michigan Whitecaps are offering 'Puppy Ticket Delivery' for Opening Day -- yes, really

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:54:09 EDT

Minor League team offering 'Puppy Ticket Delivery'



Scherzer: Injury 'behind me now'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:48:48 EDT

After weeks of uncertainty marked by the possibility of a stint on the disabled list, an experiment with a three-finger fastball grip and slow signs of progress, Max Scherzer finally took the mound for his Grapefruit League debut in the National's 6-1 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon.



Quintana credits Fallon for help with English

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:14:57 EDT

Jose Quintana made a promise at the end of the 2013 season. This promise wasn't to become an American League Cy Young candidate or an All-Star or a pitcher who threw 200 innings per season. No guarantees of those types were needed with the talent and work ethic possessed by the southpaw. It seemingly came naturally.



Bone bruise in elbow sidelines Iglesias

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:46:52 EDT

Raisel Iglesias has been diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right elbow and will resume throwing in four days, Reds manager Bryan Price said Wednesday.



Homers continue to plague Vincent's spring

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:11:50 EDT

Mariners reliever Nick Vincent gave up his fifth home run in 5 2/3 innings this spring with a solo shot by Jefry Marte of the Angels in Seattle's 9-8 loss Wednesday at Peoria Stadium, but manager Scott Servais says the parade of long balls isn't a concern.



Bautista (back) out again, but 'feeling great'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:13:00 EDT

Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista didn't play in the Dominican Republic's final game of the World Baseball Classic on Saturday because of a stiff lower back, and was scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Both decisions were strictly precautionary, he said.



Rusin taking it slow with oblique recovery

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:42:59 EDT

Rockies left-hander Chris Rusin threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Wednesday morning. It was his first such session since suffering a right oblique strain March 3.



Angels cautious with Valbuena's tight hamstring

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:44:47 EDT

First baseman Luis Valbuena departed the Angels' 7-4 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday with right hamstring tightness, manager Mike Scioscia said.



Sisco's three-run blast lifts O's over Rays

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:56:25 EDT

Rays starter Chris Archer had a rough return from the World Baseball Classic and Team USA, allowing four runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in a 7-4 loss to the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday.



Triggs impressive as he battles for spot

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:21:17 EDT

There is only so much to glean from pitchers' outings in the early going of spring. The evaluation process hurries along, though, when their workloads are increased, and there was plenty to draw from A's rotation candidate Andrew Triggs' latest outing Wednesday.



Diaz joins Rays in camp after Classic

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:30:34 EDT

Recent Rays acquisition Jumbo Diaz arrived at Tampa Bay's spring camp Wednesday. The Rays claimed the 33-year-old right-hander off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds on March 10, but he was committed to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.



Nunez flies to SF for shoulder treatment

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:29:19 EDT

Eduardo Nunez is experiencing a recurrence of the right shoulder soreness that has limited the third baseman's activity for much of Spring Training.



White Sox youthful core building bonds

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:10:22 EDT

A White Sox scout made an interesting observation after the team moved their top five prospects per MLBPipeline.com to the Minor Leagues Tuesday afternoon



A Classic path to the Hall for six

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 01:56:35 EDT

Six members of Team USA, which will play for gold tonight, have a shot at being immortalized in bronze.



Weaver dealing with typical spring 'dead arm'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:09:28 EDT

Considering that Jered Weaver's job depends on the stability of his right arm, he probably doesn't want to be comparing it to "a wet spaghetti noodle" with 12 days until the regular season begins.



Counsell unfazed by Feliz's spring struggles

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:57:49 EDT

The Brewers' new closer has not worked a clean inning in two weeks, but manager Craig Counsell believes that Neftali Feliz will pitch better once he begins pitching more.



Springer eager for WBC '17 teammates' return

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:11:04 EDT

Astros outfielder George Springer was recruited by both the United States and Puerto Rico -- where his mother was born -- to play in the World Baseball Classic. Even though those two countries are meeting in the tournament's championship game Wednesday night, Springer has no regrets about staying with the Astros.



Cardinals tab Martinez to start on Opening Night

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:51:42 EDT

Any lingering suspense about who would get to throw the first pitch against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs faded on Wednesday, when manager Mike Matheny pulled Carlos Martinez into his office before the team took the field and delivered a message in Spanish.



Grandy goes deep twice, but Moore's 2 HRs power Marlins past Mets

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:19:22 EDT

Curtis Granderson hit a pair of homers and drove in five runs, but Tyler Moore also knocked two long balls, including the go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, in the Marlins' 15-9 win over the Mets on Wednesday at First Data Field.



Engel, Kahnle among four sent down by White Sox

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:35:32 EDT

The White Sox made four roster moves prior to Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the A's at Camelback Ranch.



Versatile Cuthbert delivers at plate, at first base

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:51:14 EDT

Royals infielder Cheslor Cuthbert had a special day Wednesday, perhaps his best day of the spring. Cuthbert hit his first home run of the Cactus League season, doubled in two runs and made the defensive gem of the month in the Royals' 6-2 win over the Padres.



With no roster guarantee, Aybar guides competition

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:27:04 EDT

Erick Aybar has a job to win. The veteran shortstop is locked in a race for a starting job with Luis Sardinas. And given the constricts of the Padres' roster, the loser of that battle could be on the outside looking in when the 25-man squad is unveiled next week.



Adams plays outfield for first time since Little League

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:14:32 EDT

After weeks of shagging fly balls to familiarize himself with the outfield, Matt Adams took the experiment into live action on Wednesday.



Vogt's two-hit day leads A's to victory

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:36:51 EDT

Andrew Triggs is fighting for a spot in the Oakland rotation and he enhanced those chances by allowing two runs over five innings during a 5-3 victory over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch.



Greene finds form, if not always feeling, in 'pen

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:08:35 EDT

Shane Greene's slow start this spring had nothing to do with the blood circulation issued that led to surgery two years ago. This spring, Greene said, had to do with mechanics and trying to stay back in his delivery. "All Spring Training I've been trying to get my arm to catch up," he said. "I finally stopped thinking about it, and it caught up, and everything felt great."



Span, Hwang homer as Giants beat Crew

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:08:40 EDT

Denard Span and Jae-gyun Hwang each hit a two-run home run, Hwang's a go-ahead shot during a three-run seventh inning, and the Giants beat the Brewers, 6-4, on Wednesday at Maryvale Baseball Park.



Schimpf says he'll be up to speed by opener

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:43:00 EDT

Ryan Schimpf's name hasn't been on the lineup card often this spring. That doesn't mean he hasn't been getting adequate work on the Padres' practice fields at the Peoria Sports Complex.



O's sticking with Sisco to give him exposure

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:31:32 EDT

The Orioles have made a series of cuts this week, and despite the team trimming two more senior catchers from its roster on Tuesday, rookie Chance Sisco remains with the team.



Rangers can lean on versatility in left field

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:38:47 EDT

The Rangers' competition in left field is coming to a close in Spring Training. It may end without a winner or loser being declared. Ryan Rua, Delino DeShields and Jurickson Profar have all put themselves in position to be on the Opening Day roster.



Q&A: Huntington on Amherst connection

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:33:05 EDT

Growing up on a dairy farm in New Hampshire, Neal Huntington knew at an early age that farming was not his calling. But he wanted to embark on a career for which he had the same passion that his father felt for the farm.



Molitor hopes Berrios will be ready for season

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:13:32 EDT

It wouldn't be unusual for Twins manager Paul Molitor to pull for the United States Wednesday night in its game with Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic championship. There are obvious reasons, certainly, but some underlying ulterior motives exist as well.



Despite disappointing end, Simmons a fan of Classic

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:53:26 EDT

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons returned to Angels camp Wednesday after playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic and said he enjoyed the experience despite the Dutch team's heartbreaking exit from the tournament.



Astros 'appreciate greatness' in Ryan

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:58:25 EDT

When Nolan Ryan talks, you listen. That's why Astros manager A.J. Hinch had the Hall of Fame pitcher and Astros executive advisor address a group of starting pitchers Wednesday morning, where the message was about preparation.



Photo of the Day: Tim Tebow dons his new Fireflies jersey

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:15:21 EDT

Photo: Tim Tebow donned his new Fireflies jersey



J.D. optimistic, to undergo test Friday

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:37:09 EDT

J.D. Martinez is cautiously optimistic that he avoided major damage to his right foot. "At the end of the day, I sprained a ligament," Martinez said of his mid-right foot sprain. "We're just trying to rule out other things."



Struggling Soler adds Minors games to prep work

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:52:11 EDT

If Royals outfielder Jorge Soler doesn't find his timing at the plate soon, it won't be for lack of effort. When Soler hasn't been playing in Cactus League games lately, he has been getting at-bats in games in the Royals' Minor League camp.



Inbox: Where is Price in rehab process?

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:07 EDT

Where is David Price in his rehab? Red Sox beat reporter Ian Browne answers this and more in the latest Inbox.



Vogelsong requests, gets release

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 18:05:32 EDT

Veteran right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who was competing for the fifth spot in the Twins' rotation, asked for and was granted his release on Tuesday, manager Paul Molitor said. Additionally, the Twins sent relievers Jake Reed and Raul Fernandez to Minor League camp, leaving 45 players -- including 22 pitchers -- in Major League camp.