PHOENIX -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will open the defense of their National League championship with the leader of their offense on the disabled list.
Justin Turner suffered a broken left wrist when he was hit by a pitch in Monday's Cactus League game against the Oakland Athletics. The Dodgers said they did not expect to have a timetable for ...Read more
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Ian Happ downplayed the significance of his contributions this spring as manager Joe Maddon assesses various lineup options.
"It's not important who is going to be the leadoff guy," Happ said. "It's just the guys we have in the lineup. How deep we are is impressive. There's no bad spot to hit in the lineup."
The Cubs ...Read more
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jorge Polanco says he learned he had failed a steroid test a month ago, and now he's ready to take the consequences.
"I'm here to say that I'm really sorry to be in this situation," the Twins shortstop said through team interpreter Elvis Martinez in a four-minute meeting with reporters at the team's spring camp. "I want to ...Read more
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and former World Series hero Kirk Gibson have joined forces on a ticket-price increase that should be easy for fans to rally around.
Gibson, whose dramatic Game 1 walk-off homer off Oakland Athletics closer Dennis Eckersley catapulted the Dodgers toward their last championship in 1988, and the team announced on Monday...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Destin Hood has been one of the stars of Texas Rangers spring training.
That's not just some writer saying that, either.
"He has been one of the stars of camp," manager Jeff Banister said Saturday, before Hood went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs.
But what first caught Banister's attention this spring was an ...Read more
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended 80 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.
Polanco tested positive for the drug Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance.
It's a blow to a Twins club with aspirations of a second consecutive trip to the postseason. And it's the second time in three ...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The news the Texas Rangers were fearing was delivered Saturday afternoon and announced Sunday morning: Cole Ragans, their No. 1 pick in 2016 and arguably their top pitching prospect, needs Tommy John surgery.
The left-hander felt discomfort in his elbow Friday during a minor-league game and was quickly sent for an MRI exam. ...Read more
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- In a flurry of roster moves made within an hour, relief pitcher Justin Grimm found himself here on Sunday morning, standing in an interview room at the Royals' spring-training complex with a camera trained on him.
Grimm, the former Cubs right-hander, had barely been in the building two hours when the Royals announced they had...Read more
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PHOENIX -- It's been all sunshine, rainbows and lollipops in Los Angeles Dodgers camp.
There's a presumption of success here and it's justified. The Dodgers reached the World Series last year and played in the National League Championship Series the year before that. Most of the key players are back. So is the manager. The once-skeptical fan ...Read more
MESA, Ariz. -- Javier Baez quickly shook off any signs of rust Saturday at Sloan Park in his first game since suffering a left hamstring cramp on March 8.
Baez moved laterally with ease as he made a backhanded stop near second base and fired an accurate off-balance throw to retire Erik Gonzalez of the Indians in the third inning of a 5-1 split-...Read more
MESA, Ariz. -- A's pitcher Jharel Cotton's promising spring has come to an abrupt end.
After meeting with Dr. Keith Meister Friday night, it was determined the UCL in Cotton's right elbow was torn and the starter would need to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair it. Cotton will undergo the surgery next week, causing him to miss the entire 2018...Read more
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jorge Alfaro returned to the Phillies clubhouse Saturday morning with his gear strapped over his shoulder. Tucked inside were a pair of broken bats, two shattered remnants of the 32 pitches Jake Arrieta fired as he faced hitters for the first time since signing his $75 million contract.
Alfaro's bat snapped first on an ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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