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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

Cubs manager Joe Maddon pondering his many non-conformist lineup options

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MESA, Ariz. -- Manager Joe Maddon wisely shot down the thought of new leadoff batter Kyle Schwarber getting the opportunity to run at every opportunity.

"I would prefer he subscribes to the Brian Downing method of leading off," Maddon quipped Thursday in referring to the former leadoff hitter for the White Sox and Angels who was called the "...Read more

Orioles players have mixed feelings about new intentional walk rule

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Major league pitchers will no longer have to waste four pitches to deliver an intentional walk, thanks to an MLB rule change approved by the players union this week. Some people aren't happy about it.

It's part of an overall MLB strategy to shorten games, but alone, the new rule does little to help in that effort. It takes ...Read more

Marlins' Stanton makes history with MLB rule change

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JUPITER, Fla. -- A Major League Baseball rule change this week landed Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton a permanent place in the baseball history books: He was the recipient of the last regular-season traditional intentional walk.

Starting this season, intentional walks will be automatic after a signal from the dugout, as opposed to ...Read more

Catcher Matt Wieters at Nationals camp, expected to be introduced Friday

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Matt Wieters was in Washington Nationals camp on Thursday, tucked away inside the team's sparkling new spring training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., while awaiting word on his two-year deal becoming official.

The club is expected to announce the deal with the former Orioles catcher Friday, possibly in the morning, but it's unclear whether ...Read more

Wade Davis' starting experience a big help to him as a closer

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MESA, Ariz. -- Both the Rays and Royals ultimately decided Wade Davis was more valuable to them as a reliever than a starter.

But the lessons Davis learned during three seasons in the rotation allowed him to carve a niche from which the Cubs seek to benefit in 2017.

As primarily a starter from 2009-11 and in '13, Davis learned to sharpen his ...Read more

Rick Hahn: White Sox rebuild 'hardest' for Jerry Reinsdorf

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox fans may become impatient as they wait for the team's rebuilding process to unfold this spring.

General manager Rick Hahn understands that feeling well enough considering Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf occasionally lets Hahn know he's not getting any younger.

"He mentions his age to me in a fair amount of these ...Read more

Ichiro sore, skips workout after collision at Marlins camp

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JUPITER, Fla. -- The day after a spring training mishap sent the Marlins' Ichiro Suzuki to the trainer's room for the first time in his major league career, the future Hall of Famer was walking gingerly and skipped the team workout.

Ichiro said he was most bothered by the knock he took to the quadriceps above his right knee in a collision ...Read more

Giants reliever Will Smith has MRI on sore elbow

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Giants will be missing one of their most important relievers when the spring exhibition season opens on Friday.

Left-hander Will Smith underwent an MRI on his sore left elbow and will be held out of action for a week, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. The test did not show any structural damage beyond inflammation, and ...Read more

Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels believes he hasn't reached his peak

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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Spring training 2017 marks the 12th big-league camp for Cole Hamels, who back in 2006 was a celebrated former first-round pick who would make his major-league debut later that season.

He capped the year by marrying the former Heidi Strobel, the "Survivor: The Amazon" contestant. In 2008, Hamels was the World Series MVP. In ...Read more

Adam Jones praises Orioles' defensive upgrades in outfield, but remains concerned

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is excited about recent additions to improve the team's outfield defense, but still worries about the club's range.

The team retained veteran outfielder Michael Bourn -- who improved the Orioles' corner outfield defense for the final month of the season after they acquired him on Aug. 31 -- by...Read more

Jung Ho Kang appears in Korean court, vows to become 'exemplary player'

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Jung Ho Kang appeared in a South Korean court Wednesday as judges began hearing arguments in a trial over charges Kang, the Pirates' third baseman, fled the scene of a DUI accident after slamming a rented BMW into a guardrail around 3 a.m. Dec. 2 in Seoul, South Korea.

A friend who falsely claimed to be the driver also was at Seoul Central ...Read more

Sammy Sosa speaks, but Cubs aren't listening

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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

How Socrates inspired Rangers' motivational T-shirt slogan

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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

Matt Wieters reportedly signs with Nationals for two-year deal

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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

Orioles acquire left-hander Richard Bleier in trade with Yankees

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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

Ichiro collides with Barnes during outfield drill, visits trainer's room for first time

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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

Pirates' Jung Ho Kang's DUI trial begins Wednesday in South Korea

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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

White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon OK with taking the slow road to opening day

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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

The confusing case of White Sox players Geovany and Giovanni Soto

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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