For the second year in a row, Danny Duffy will be the Royals' Opening Day starter

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Two weeks from Thursday, on March 29, the Royals will return to Kauffman Stadium for their season opener.

And for the second year in a row, left-hander Danny Duffy will make the first start of the season. James Shields is the only other pitcher to make consecutive season-opening starts for the Royals since 2010.

Duffy, 29, ...Read more

Cubs release reliever Justin Grimm

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The Cubs opened the door for another reliever to make the opening-day roster Thursday by releasing Justin Grimm.

Grimm, 29, was tagged for two home runs and had a 9.00 ERA with six hits and four walks allowed in four appearances this spring.

Grimm had a 5.53 ERA in 50 appearances last season. By releasing Grimm now, the Cubs are obligated to ...Read more

Starlin Castro fits in with Marlins, but still misses Yankees

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Starlin Castro has been through a laborious rebuilding process in Chicago and all the losing that goes with it.

As an eight-year veteran he had no interest in reliving the growing pains with the Marlins. So when the Giancarlo Stanton trade included him as the only player with major-league experience going from the New York ...Read more

How the Phillies landed Jake Arrieta

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jake Arrieta pulled his arms through a Phillies jersey Tuesday morning and tugged on a red cap two days after agreeing to a three-year deal worth $75 million.

"Right size and everything," Arrieta said. "Beautiful."

The scene -- Arrieta dressed in Phillies garb at a morning news conference to describe how he got here -- felt...Read more

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager plays field for first time this spring

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PHOENIX -- For five innings on Monday, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager stood on the infield dirt beneath the sun during a minor-league game. He shifted his positioning in between batters, swept his feet across the ground and mostly waited for something to do.

On two occasions, both in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox, ...Read more

Phillies' young rotation eager to learn from Jake Arrieta

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jerad Eickhoff was at a golf tournament Sunday afternoon, not far from the Phillies' spring-training complex, to get his first chance at watching Tiger Woods in action. But Eickhoff's moment was interrupted when someone alerted him to the breaking news: Jake Arrieta had agreed to a contract with the Phillies.

"I was just ...Read more

Bernie Sanders visits Dodgers, hangs with Yasiel Puig, decries departure from Brooklyn

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PHOENIX -- Bernie Sanders tugged at his Brooklyn Dodgers cap. He had already met with manager Dave Roberts, posed for pictures with outfielder Yasiel Puig and watched closer Kenley Jansen throw a bullpen session. Now the senator from Vermont and former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination explained why he paid a visit to ...Read more

Urena's journey to Opening Day starter was not typical and Marlins' pitcher isn't losing focus

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A day after being selected as the Marlins' Opening Day starter, Jose Urena took the news in stride as he prepares for what he hopes is a successful season in the rotation.

"I just took it like normal," Urena said. "Some people take it that way but I don't take it in that way. I'm not prepared for just one start. I try to be healthy and do the ...Read more

Marlins' catcher J.T. Realmuto injured in spring training game against Yankees

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JUPITER, Fla. -- J.T. Realmuto's spring has taken a rough turn.

The Marlins' starting catcher returned to action Sunday after missing the past two games with a left knee bruise only to exit the game with another injury.

Realmuto suffered a lower back contusion after he collided with Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres after being picked off ...Read more

Phillies to sign Jake Arrieta to multi-year deal, gaining star free agent pitcher

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Phillies waited out the starting pitcher market and appear to have come out as winners as they moved close to a multi-year deal on Sunday with former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta.

The deal -- which was first reported by NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury -- gives the Phillies a much needed arm for their questionable ...Read more

White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez on homering against Cubs: 'The best is to come'

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MESA, Ariz. -- White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez was in manager Rick Renteria's ear all day Friday and Saturday morning, asking to return to action for Saturday's game against the Cubs, his former organization.

General manager Rick Hahn said Saturday morning Jimenez was "pushing Ricky hard," but they opted to give him an extra day to recover ...Read more

Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio suspended 80 games for steroid use

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Royals outfielder Jorge Bonifacio has been suspended 80 games without pay for testing positive for Boldenone, a performance enhancing substance banned by MLB.

Bonifacio has been placed on the restricted list.

Bonifacio's suspension clears a spot on the 40-man roster, making room for the return of third baseman Mike ...Read more

Mike Moustakas officially returns to Royals: 'Blessing in disguise'

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Throughout the last two seasons, Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert would sit in the dugout near Mike Moustakas and pick his brain.

Cuthbert would ask questions -- of any of the experienced players in the clubhouse, really -- and soak up knowledge. Moustakas would offer situational advice, especially when he tore the ...Read more

Jansen's spring on ice continues for Dodgers

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PHOENIX -- The name of Kenley Jansen was in black ink on the lineup card of Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren on Friday morning. The Dodgers had not used their closer all spring, but he was slated for his Cactus League debut, one of two outings scheduled for Jansen during spring training.

Jansen has thrown a football around the complex ...Read more

Report: A's sign catcher Jonathan Lucroy

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MARYVALE, Ariz. -- The A's dipped into free agency to grab All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who reportedly will sign a one-year deal with Oakland.'s Jane Lee reported the A's are bringing in the 31-year-old to help solve some of the team's catching issues the past couple of years.

Lucroy struggled with the Texas Rangers last season ...Read more

Here's why MLBPA stands by decision to file grievance against Marlins

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JUPITER, Fla. -- The Major League Baseball Players Association hasn't backed down from accusing three teams, including the Miami Marlins, of failing to appropriately spend revenue-sharing money.

On Friday, Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLBPA, said he stands by the decision to file a grievance against the Marlins, Oakland Athletics ...Read more

Cubs' Javier Baez likely to miss more time with hamstring soreness

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MESA, Ariz. -- The left hamstring of Javier Baez isn't 100 percent, as the Cubs infielder initially thought an hour after suffering a cramp during Thursday's spring game.

Manager Joe Maddon indicated that Baez probably won't play in either of the Cubs' split-squad games Saturday due to lingering soreness.

"It's still there," Maddon said. "It's...Read more

Marlins to honor Jose Fernandez, Felo Ramirez with plaques outside Marlins Park

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JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins will display lasting memories of former All-Star pitcher Jose Fernandez and Hall-of-Fame Spanish broadcaster Rafael "Felo" Ramirez with plaques outside Marlins Park.

The plaques, expected to go on display Friday, will be attached to the column on the West Plaza that fans have been using to inscribe personal messages...Read more

Cubs' Javier Baez leaves game with left hamstring tightness

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MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs second baseman Javier Baez left Thursday's game in the second inning after experiencing tightness in his left hamstring.

Baez grabbed his leg after rounding first base after hitting a two-run double off Padres starter Jordan Lyles.

Baez limped into second base and signaled immediately for medical assistance and left the ...Read more

James Shields embracing role as mentor to young White Sox pitchers

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Michael Kopech stood in the outfield on Field No. 1 at Camelback Ranch and listened intently while James Shields showed the White Sox's top pitching prospect various grips and arm angles for throwing a changeup.

It was a teaching moment between players, one a 21-year-old phenom with one of the brightest futures in baseball ...Read more