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Rangers' Darvish pleased with fastball in first spring outing

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Since the day Yu Darvish first arrived at the Surprise Recreation Campus in 2012, Texas Rangers pitching coaches have stressed to him the importance of recording quick outs.

His slider is his best pitch, and it can be devastating. It is as responsible for his outrageously good, historic strikeout rate as any other pitch.

The...Read more

Indians' Kipnis shut down from throwing for four to five days with rotator cuff strain

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Jason Kipnis will have to wait a bit to make his 2017 spring debut in Arizona.

Kipnis was slated to act as the designated hitter in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Chicago Cubs but was scratched after being diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain and receiving a cortisone shot, per Indians manager Terry Francona.

"If it was during the ...Read more

Rangers expect Hamilton to have procedure on knee

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton is headed back to Houston to see his orthopedist, and the Texas Rangers expect that the former league MVP will have arthroscopic surgery Monday on his left knee.

Assistant general manager Mike Daly said that the Rangers haven't discussed Hamilton's future with the club but for now are willing to give him the ...Read more

Former Royal Jarrod Dyson promises to 'zoom' on Salvador Perez at some point

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- They noticed the difference in the opening weeks of camp. The daily staccato rhythm of trash talk was gone. So was the booming baritone and hell-raising laughter.

The departure of outfielder Jarrod Dyson in an offseason trade to the Seattle Mariners left a hole on the Royals' roster. But it also left a void inside the ...Read more

Bill Parcells drops by Marlins spring training, chats with Don Mattingly

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JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins had a special guest during their Sunday workout: former NFL head coach/Miami Dolphins executive Bill Parcells.

Parcells, who is buddies with third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez and spends his winters in Jupiter, waited along the edge of the team's primary practice field at the Roger Dean Stadium complex as they came out...Read more

One year after nightmarish spring, Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim better adjusted and more comfortable

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- It was about this time last year that Hyun Soo Kim took the field with his new American teammates for the first time, ready to show why he was one of the most popular players in South Korea and prove himself in the major leagues.

It didn't go very well. Well, not at the beginning.

Kim's first spring with the Orioles, of ...Read more

New normal looks a lot like the old Kershaw

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PHOENIX -- The normalcy of Clayton Kershaw's appearance in the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cactus League opener, his first outing since the sixth game of last October's National League Championship Series, extended from the results on the mound to the self-assessment afterward.

Kershaw raced through one inning against the White Sox in a 5-3 victory on...Read more

Dodgers defeat the White Sox, 5-3, in exhibition opener

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The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Chicago White Sox, 5-3, in their exhibition season opener Saturday before 8,474 fans at Camelback Ranch.

AT THE PLATE: Brett Eibner became the first Dodger to hit a home run this spring when he took deep White Sox pitcher Giovanni Soto deep. Eibner, an athletic outfielder, figures to provide depth with ...Read more

Cubs' Kyle Schwarber has carefree day in return to outfield

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Most of the Cubs regulars were hanging at Sloan Park with the championship trophy Saturday, taking their bows for last year's World Series success at one of their two Cactus League openers.

Some of the others were sent 7.6 miles north to Scottsdale Stadium, where the Cubs played the Giants.

"The varsity is here," Anthony ...Read more

Jose Fernandez's daughter born late Friday

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Jose Fernandez's daughter was born Friday night, a source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel, and the family's attorney said she will be the subject of a court filing early next week that will seek to establish her as the beneficiary of Fernandez's estate.

Maria Arias, Fernandez's girlfriend when he died last September, delivered their child, ...Read more

Royals, Rangers pay tribute to Yordano Ventura

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Before the first pitch of the Cactus League opener at Surprise Stadium on Saturday, the Royals and Rangers paid tribute to Yordano Ventura, who died last month after a car crash in his native Dominican Republic.

The Royals lined up on the third base line, the Rangers along the first base line. Adrian Beltre and Carlos Gomez ...Read more

Seager aims to iron out swing issues and be even better in 2017

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PHOENIX -- Corey Seager stepped to the counter at a Panera Bread near the Los Angeles Dodgers complex at Camelback Ranch earlier this week and ordered his Bacon Turkey Bravo with a cup of broccoli and cheddar soup. The order was to go, but still he could not avoid the onward creep of fame.

Out of the corner of his eye, Seager noticed someone ...Read more

Same factors in play for Cubs, Indians to return to World Series

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MESA, Ariz. -- When Indians general manager Chris Antonetti crosses paths Sunday with Cubs counterparts Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer at Sloan Park on Sunday, they can share a laugh over their stressful state during the rain delay before the 10th inning of Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.

"I remember the look on Jed and Theo's faces, same as mine,...Read more

Matt Wieters: 'I always wanted to play for the same team my whole career'

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Matt Wieters slid his arms through the sleeves of a jersey that didn't belong to the Orioles for the first time as a professional Friday. His familiar No. 32 was on the back, but the red spring training jersey of the Washington Nationals was anything but familiar.

A staple of the Orioles' recent resurgence, Wieters has ...Read more

Shin-Soo Choo hopes to prove how much he can help Rangers

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Shin-Soo Choo is embarking on his fourth season with the Texas Rangers, and that seems a little bit hard to believe.

But it's true that he was signed in December 2013 to a seven-year deal and has entered each of the past three seasons thought to be a key piece to the Rangers' success.

The same holds true again for 2017.

Yet...Read more

Cubs sign Pedro Strop to extension, adding long-term stability to bullpen

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MESA, Ariz. -- While the Cubs face the prospect of losing at least 40 percent of their rotation for 2018, they haven't overlooked stabilizing their bullpen for the future.

When they signed Pedro Strop to an extension through 2018 with an option Friday, the Cubs addressed one free-agent question and now can shift some attention to other long-...Read more

Padres' Jarred Cosart hopes to honor Jose Fernandez this year

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- The last two years of Jarred Cosart's career served a reminder that, for all its benefits, life in the major leagues can be unforgiving. On the mound, he was largely unable to replicate the success he experienced early in his career. Recurring blisters followed him as he moved from one coast to another. Just hours after he ...Read more

Jose Fernandez was married before MLB debut, ex-wife confirms

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MIAMI -- The Miami Herald has learned that Jose Fernandez, the Miami Marlins' star pitcher who died in a boating accident in September, was married to a woman named Alejandra Baleato Marichal before he threw his first pitch for the Marlins.

The State of Florida Marriage Record, obtained by the Herald, notes that Fernandez and Marichal were ...Read more

Will Joey Gallo ever play every day for the Rangers?

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Nothing has changed this spring from the last or from the one before that. And possibly even the one before that.

Joey Gallo's batting practice is the most exciting thing in Surprise, Ariz.

Not even the life-changing new bridge freeing up Bell Road at Grand Avenue can match what Gallo is capable of doing to BP fastballs on ...Read more

Kershaw, Hill and Maeda, in that order

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PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw will throw one inning against the Chicago White Sox in Saturday's Cactus League opener for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Manager Dave Roberts said Thursday morning.

The team has lined up the rotation so Rich Hill will start Sunday and Kenta Maeda will start Monday. That was the expected outlook heading into camp. The final...Read more