PHOENIX -- Sammy Sosa speaks about as often as the Sphinx these days, but when he does have something to say it's usually over the top and ready to go viral.
On Tuesday, Sosa chose an unusual outlet, a personal blog former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom writes, to relay his thoughts on his exile from the Cubs organization, his ...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Before the Texas Rangers opened their first full squad workout of spring training Tuesday morning, manager Jeff Banister held his annual team meeting with players, coaches and support staff.
Besides introducing faces to the new players in the major league clubhouse, Banister reminded the players of the meaning of the "86400" ...Read more
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette isn't normally known for being terribly proactive during the offseason, but he moved so quickly to sign non-tender free-agent catcher Welington Castillo that bringing back Matt Wieters obviously was not a serious consideration.
Instead, Wieters sat on the market all winter and, according to multiple...Read more
The Orioles continued to shuffle their spring training roster Tuesday, acquiring left-hander Richard Bleier from the New York Yankees for a player to be named later.
To make 40-man roster space for Bleier, the Orioles designated first baseman/outfielder Christian Walker for assignment.
It marked the fourth straight day the Orioles have made a ...Read more
JUPITER, Fla. -- It took one week and one day for the Marlins' spring training clubhouse to break out into a full-blown shenanigans session.
Ichiro Suzuki and non-roster invitee Brandon Barnes collided during an outfield communication drill on Tuesday, sending Ichiro to the trainer's room for what he said was the first time in his major league ...Read more
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jung Ho Kang is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday for the first day of his trial for a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in Seoul, South Korea. The trial is expected to begin at 4 p.m. locally, according to Yonhap News, which is 2 a.m. Eastern.
Kang agreed to participate in a treatment program recommended ...Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A small army of White Sox pitchers marched out to a back field at Camelback Ranch on Monday morning, trailed by a lonely man walking 10 feet behind the end of the line.
When everyone was done getting loose with a game of catch, they all marched off the field together -- except for one, lefty Carlos Rodon, who stayed behind to...Read more
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Late Monday morning, as the White Sox took live batting practice at Camelback Ranch, Giovanni Soto took the mound for his turn to pitch.
Settling in behind the plate to catch him was none other than Geovany Soto.
If you think that's confusing, imagine what it's like for the pitcher and catcher who are both trying to earn a ...Read more
SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan RuthSteve Snyder
An Amazon #1 Best Seller and winner of 20 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by ...
PHOENIX -- Scott Kazmir signaled to catch the attention of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt. The rest of the pitchers were trudging a muddy path toward the clubhouse Sunday at Camelback Ranch. A gray sky threatened more rain, and Kazmir had already thrown live batting practice, but still he felt ...Read more
TEMPE, Ariz. -- If Los Angeles Angels right-hander Ricky Nolasco obtains 14 more outs this season than last, he'll guarantee himself a $13 million salary in 2018. So says a provision within the four-year, $49 million contract he signed with Minnesota three years ago.
If Nolasco does not throw at least 202 1/3 innings, thus amassing 400 innings ...Read more
MESA, Ariz. -- The perspiration poured through left-hander Brett Anderson's thick beard on a sunny but cool Monday morning after an injury-free bullpen session.
"I could sweat in a snowstorm," said Anderson, who makes no secret of his sarcasm and knack for social media quips.
A bigger accomplishment for Anderson would be to achieve a healthy ...Read more
PHOENIX -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw threw two innings in live batting practice in a tune-up before Cactus League play begins on the weekend. He threw 29 pitches and was able to use a curveball and a slider to complement his fastball.
"This day is always not the most fun, because you're low on adrenaline, and you have to try to be...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is making it a point to work with Yu Darvish as much as possible early this spring.
Not only does Lucroy want to get on the same page with his ace, he also realizes there's limited opportunities before Opening Day with the World Baseball Classic in play.
Lucroy is playing with Team USA. ...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals and representatives for first baseman Eric Hosmer continue to discuss a possible long-term contract extension, according to a report from Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, though any potential deal would likely have to be struck before Opening Day.
In an interview on Sunday, Hosmer told Rosenthal that the two sides had ...Read more
The Miami Marlins' most important move of the offseason might've been their first.
On Oct. 5, at a news conference inside a quiet Marlins Park, president of baseball operations Michael Hill made official what had been known for about a week: Third baseman Martin Prado signed a three-year, $40 million extension to stay in South Florida.
For the...Read more
Left-hander Jeff Locke has stopped throwing for a few days due to bicep tendinitis. The Marlins expect him to resume his program by the end of the week.
"We just want to get him calmed down before we get him back started again," manager Don Mattingly said. "We got plenty of time."
Locke is still participating in most of each day's workout -- ...Read more
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It's one of the tiny joys of spring training: an offseason acquisition enters the clubhouse, he's had past success against a new teammate, and good-natured ribbing ensues.
But what if you're Justin Ruggiano? What if you own three home runs in 14 at-bats against a certain Giants left-handed ace? What if your last encounter ...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Even Jurickson Profar admits that he has been on the Texas Rangers scene for what feels like most of a decade.
Well, he has.
Signed as a non-drafted international free agent in 2011 from Curacao, Profar became the game's top prospect only two years later. He was the Rangers' second baseman of the future. A future All-Star.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After the White Sox played their last game of 2016, first baseman Jose Abreu held a meeting with his family at his home to discuss his season.
"I explained to them all of the challenges, the problems I had during that season," Abreu said Sunday through a team interpreter. "Once we ended with that meeting, last season was in ...Read more
MESA, Ariz. -- After returning to catching Friday for the first time in nearly 11 months, Kyle Schwarber knows there's more to getting re-acclimated to the position than just testing his surgically repaired left knee.
"It's going to be limited," Schwarber said Sunday morning at the Chicago Cubs' rain-soaked spring training complex. "My role ...Read more
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