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ST Daily: Rays Go Gomez
ST Daily: Rays Go Gomez

D.J. Short examines the Carlos Gomez and Cameron Maybin signings in Thursday's Spring Training Daily.

Rangers try to end skid vs. Canadiens

The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens meet at the Bell Centre on Thursday in a battle of two teams playing out disappointing seasons and waiting to see what other changes are looming before the NHL trade deadline Monday at 3 p.m. The Rangers (27-28-5), an Eastern Conference contender for the

Merrifield went from non-prospect to leading AL in steals
Merrifield went from non-prospect to leading AL in steals

Nobody saw this coming, not even the Kansas City Royals. Whit Merrifield has gone from an afterthought to the American League stolen base champion. ''The most impressive thing to me about Whit Merrifield is his work ethic and how he has gone from just being an organizational player to a very

Renteria has White Sox feeling confident, working hard
Renteria has White Sox feeling confident, working hard

Even though the Chicago White Sox are relatively early in their rebuilding project, the enthusiasm is very high - even by spring training standards of optimism. Second-year manager Rick Renteria's attributes - his energy, work ethic and ability to communicate - appear to be a perfect fit for the

Newly acquired Drury now front-runner to play 3B for Yankees
Newly acquired Drury now front-runner to play 3B for Yankees

Newly acquired Brandon Drury is the now the favorite to be the starting third baseman for the New York Yankees. The Yankees acquired Drury from Arizona on Tuesday night in a three-team deal that also involved Tampa Bay. Drury played mostly second base for Arizona, but came up through the minors at

Alex Wood to try pitching out of the stretch
Alex Wood to try pitching out of the stretch

Inspired by Stephen Strasburg, Dodgers starter Alex Wood is going to try pitching out of the stretch this season.

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda critical after cardiac incident
Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda critical after cardiac incident

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants say Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda remains hospitalized in critical condition after a cardiac incident.

Bullpen Review: NL Central
Bullpen Review: NL Central

Brad Johnson continues his MLB bullpen coverage with a review of the NL Central.

Great Moments in Really Dumb Ideas People are Taking Seriously for Some Reason
Great Moments in Really Dumb Ideas People are Taking Seriously for Some Reason

Managers re-arranging their batting order for the 9th inning is not happening

Orioles bring back Chris Tillman to rotation

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles signed pitcher Chris Tillman to a $3 million, one-year contract that includes performance bonuses.

Lowdown: Martinez to Fenway
Lowdown: Martinez to Fenway

At long last, J.D. Martinez has signed with the Red Sox. Meanwhile, Arizona has been busy despite missing out.

Posta Rangers keen to sharpen striking force after dull start
Posta Rangers keen to sharpen striking force after dull start

The mail men are yet to register victory this season after managing three draws against AFC Leopards, Tusker & Vihiga Utd

J.D. Martinez May Have Finally Signed for the Red Sox but He Wasn
J.D. Martinez May Have Finally Signed for the Red Sox but He Wasn't Cheap

The Boston Red Sox have finally agreed a deal with J.D. Martinez, securing the heavy hitter they desperately needed. The 2013 World Series winner had made Martinez their No. 1 priority during the off season and late last year they began negotiations with the former Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder by

3-way trade sends Souza to D-backs, Drury to Yanks

After losing free agent slugger J.D. Martinez, the Arizona Diamondbacks are trying to replace some of the missing power. In a three-way trade Tuesday, Arizona dealt infielder Brandon Drury to the New York Yankees and received slugging right fielder Steven Souza from the Tampa Bay Rays. The Diamondbacks

Yankees acquire Drury in three-team deal with Diamondbacks, Rays
Yankees acquire Drury in three-team deal with Diamondbacks, Rays

A three-team MLB trade saw the New York Yankees acquire infielder Brandon Drury.

Brewers owner Attanasio has eye on ending playoff drought
Brewers owner Attanasio has eye on ending playoff drought

Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio says his team has the roster to end the franchise's seven-year postseason drought without having to make another move. The Brewers exceeded expectations last year after finishing a game short of the playoffs - significantly accelerating the rebuilding plan

2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First Look
2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS: First Look

Our favorite 911 variant is back, and promises to be sharper than ever.

Angels call on Kinsler for offensive punch at 2nd base

The Los Angeles Angels are trying to fill a hole at second base that's dragged down their offense the past couple of years. Enter Ian Kinsler. Kinsler is part of a revamped Angels' infield that will include Zack Cozart, an All-Star last year in Cincinnati, at third base while usual designated

Move to right field suits Tigers, Castellanos

Nicholas Castellanos went into his fifth major league season as an established third baseman. Castellanos was most of the way through his fourth season as Detroit's third baseman when the Tigers made a series of moves that prompted his shift.

Trump Unleashes Tweetstorm Blasting Rachel Crooks, Who Accuses Him of Forcibly Kissing Her
Trump Unleashes Tweetstorm Blasting Rachel Crooks, Who Accuses Him of Forcibly Kissing Her

He also ripped "The Washington Post," which featured Crooks on its cover Tuesday morning.

Orioles
Orioles' Beckham making move from shortstop to third base

When the Baltimore Orioles acquired Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays last July 31, they hoped that he would be the successor to J.J. Hardy at shortstop. After the Orioles decided not to trade Manny Machado, they made a decision that impacted Beckham.

Report: Phillies talking deal with RHP Arrieta

Perhaps the Philadelphia Phillies can pull an ace out of their sleeve days into spring training. According to MLB Network, the Phillies are engaged in preliminary contract talks with ace right-hander Jake Arrieta, the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner with the Chicago Cubs.

Mattingly says Harper off base to critique Marlins
Mattingly says Harper off base to critique Marlins' moves

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Marlins manager Don Mattingly says Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper should not be critiquing Miami's offseason moves.

Giants, Watson finalize 2-year contract

The San Francisco Giants finalized a two-year contract with free agent relief pitcher Tony Watson on Monday. The 32-year-old left-hander will make a minimum of $9 million, but the contract features a player option for a third year plus bonuses tied to games finished. Watson went 7-4 with 10 saves and

2/19/18: MLB.com FastCast
2/19/18: MLB.com FastCast

The Red Sox land a big bat in J.D. Martinez, plus the Yankees flash some power of their of own

AP source: Dyson, D-backs reach 2-year, $7.5 million deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a two-year, $7.5 million deal with outfielder Jarrod Dyson.

Phelps hoping for healthy season in Mariners' bullpen

When Seattle traded for reliever David Phelps last July, Mariners manager Scott Servais believed his team was adding a player that could help the team reach the postseason. ''When we acquired him, first of all, I thought it was perfect, this was the piece,'' Servais said Monday. Seattle

Brewers star Braun ready for grounders at first base

Ryan Braun has never been a fan of spring training, but he'll have plenty of work to keep him busy this year. Moving Braun became an option when Milwaukee acquired outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich in January. With the Brewers trying to build off their surprising 2017 season that finished

Harper refuses to talk free agency, says he
Harper refuses to talk free agency, says he's focused on this season

Bryce Harper was unwilling to discuss his future with the Washington Nationals.

Dodgers glad to be back at work, away from World Series talk
Dodgers glad to be back at work, away from World Series talk

Justin Turner heard about it for weeks. Of course, the wedding also happened to be in Houston about a week after a 5-1 loss in Game 7. Turner remembered that he just wanted the season to continue as he watched the Astros pour onto the field at Dodger Stadium to celebrate their dramatic victory on Nov

Detroit's Martinez realistic entering contract's last season

At age 39 - and fresh off a heart problem that cut his 2017 season short - Victor Martinez is grateful for the career he's had. ''I wish I can tell you that I feel right now like I felt when I came into the big leagues,'' the Detroit designated hitter said Monday.

Musgrove sees opportunity with trade to Pirates

Joe Musgrove started in the All-Star Futures Games two years ago when he was a Houston Astros' prospect. Now, the Pittsburgh Pirates hope the right-hander can be a big part of their future. Musgrove was the centerpiece of a four-player package the Pirates acquired from the defending World Series

Wrigley Field renovations making progress as 2018 begins

Wrigley Field will still feel plenty familiar to Chicago Cubs fans this season even as the 104-year-old ballpark undergoes more major renovations. Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, optimistic about chasing the team's second World Series title in three seasons, visited his team's spring training home

Braves bring back RP Moylan

Right-handed relief pitcher Peter Moylan agreed to return to the Atlanta Braves for the 2018 season. Moylan, 39, spent the past two seasons with the Kansas City Royals and tied for the American League lead with 79 appearances in 2017. Moylan spent eight of his 11 seasons with the Braves.

Angels sign Chris Young to a one-year deal
Angels sign Chris Young to a one-year deal

Young hit .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox

Modern Rangers Coach acknowledges tough KCB opposition
Modern Rangers Coach acknowledges tough KCB opposition

The win was a perfect revenge for Rangers who lost to the bankers 3-0 last season

Mets add LHP Vargas to crowded rotation

Jason Vargas, who tied for the major league lead in wins last year, officially changed teams Sunday. The left-hander signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the New York Mets, who also hold a club option for 2020. Vargas, 35, went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA in 32 starts last year for the Kansas City Royals

Angels add OF Young, 1B/OF Carter

A day after dealing first baseman C.J. Cron to the Tampa Bay Rays for a player to be named, the Los Angeles Angels signed two free agents who will be candidates to fill his roster spot. Outfielder Chris Young landed a one-year major league deal, with multiple media outlets reporting the contract is

Red Sox re-sign Nunez on one-year deal

Retaining a player who thrived last year during a partial season in Boston, the Red Sox re-signed free agent infielder Eduardo Nunez on Sunday. According to multiple media outlets, Nunez received a one-year deal with an option for 2019. Nunez, 30, missed the bulk of September with the Red Sox because

Maddon encouraged after seeing Cubs SS Russell rebound late

Addison Russell was a rising All-Star on a World Series championship team going into last spring. The Chicago Cubs shortstop faced domestic abuse claims, which he denied, that led to wife Melisa filing for divorce. ''I definitely wanted to showcase some more of my talent than I displayed,'

Francona rejoins Indians in camp after father's death

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona rejoined his team at spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., after the death of his father last week. Former Indians player John "Tito" Francona died unexpectedly late Tuesday night at his home in New Brighton, Pa. He was 84. Terry Francona, who shares

Mets GM says, yes, he thinks Tim Tebow will play in majors
Mets GM says, yes, he thinks Tim Tebow will play in majors

Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future. ''Somebody asked me if thought he'd be a major league player at some point

Ellsbury says he hasn
Ellsbury says he hasn't been asked to waive no-trade clause

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury says the team has not approached him about waiving his no-trade clause. There has been speculation that the Yankees would like to move some of the money due Ellsbury, who has three years remaining on a $153 million, seven-year contract. Ellsbury, 34, enters spring

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain
Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

The injury bug has bitten the Mariners early this year.

Report: Padres sign Eric Hosmer to eight-year, $144 million deal
Report: Padres sign Eric Hosmer to eight-year, $144 million deal

This is the biggest deal in Padres' history, and it's a doozy.

Mets' Wright on playing in 2018: 'Going to give it my best shot'

Numerous injuries have kept New York Mets third baseman David Wright from playing more than 40 games in a season since 2014, but the 35-year-old isn't ready to call it quits just yet. As he enters the 2018 season recovering from separate surgeries he underwent on both his back and shoulder last

MLB notebook: Pedroia ahead of schedule after knee procedure

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia arrived at spring training camp on Saturday with a four-inch scar down the front of his left knee. The 34-year-old Pedroia is not sure when he will be ready to play, but he told reporters he is "ahead of schedule" and pain-free for the first time

Archer believes Rays could have best rotation in majors

Chris Archer believes Tampa Bay is capable of having the best rotation in the major leagues. ''I say this every year, because we always have a special organization when it comes to arms, but I'm willing to put it up against everybody in the league,'' Archer added.

Royals lefty Duffy hoping to put tumultuous 2017 behind him
Royals lefty Duffy hoping to put tumultuous 2017 behind him

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Danny Duffy is not much of a hitter, a .125 lifetime batting average. But the Royals pitcher acknowledges that earlier in his career, he wanted to slug some teammates.

More than a big bat, Marcell Ozuna is a presence for Cards

Marcell Ozuna danced to the music coming from Yadier Molina's speaker. It didn't take long for the Cardinals' newest personality to make his presence known. ''He's a beautiful person,'' pitcher and fellow Dominican Republic native Carlos Martinez said, ''We'

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