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Thu Mar 2117:53Phils' Harper hits first HRs; 'Cutch, Realmuto also go deepChris ArcherSP/RPRaysFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera3BTigersFree Agent
Jeimer Candelario3BCubsFree Agent
Francisco CervelliCYankeesFree Agent
Wei-Yin ChenSPOriolesFree Agent
Michael ConfortoFree Agent
Dexter FowlerCFRockiesFree Agent
Domingo GermánFree Agent
Randal GrichukDHAngelsFree Agent
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.Free Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
David HessFree Agent
Dakota HudsonFree Agent
Jung Ho KangFree Agent
Tony KempFree Agent
Andrew KnappFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BRaysFree Agent
Brandon LoweFree Agent
Trey ManciniFree Agent
Steven MatzFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenCFPiratesFree Agent
Billy McKinneyFree Agent
Matt MooreSPRaysFree Agent
Gift NgoepeSSPiratesFree Agent
Brandon NimmoDHMetsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaOFMarlinsFree Agent
Thomas PannoneFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Austin RileyFree Agent
Rowdy TellezFree Agent
Vince VelásquezFree Agent
Mike ZuninoFree Agent
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper has been playing catch-up since his free agency carried over into spring training.With a week left until opening day, the Philadelphia Phillies' big-money addition looks ready to pay off.Harper hit his first two Grapefruit League homers, combining with fellow new additions Andrew McCutchen and J.T. Realmuto to help Philadelphia pound the Toronto Blue Jays 13-6 Thursday.Harper smashed a two-run homer to right off Sam Gaviglio in the fourth inning and had a solo shot against lefty Thomas Pannone in the sixth. McCutchen also took Gaviglio deep in the second, and Realmuto had a three-run shot in the fourth. That trio has been sharp this spring, with Harper posting a 1.192 OPS, Realmuto at 1.285 and McCutchen .830.Gift Ngoepe and Andrew Knapp also went deep, and Vince Velasquez struck out nine but allowed three runs and two homers in 3 1/3 innings. Velasquez has a 12.79 ERA this spring.Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered to continue a hot spring with Toronto, ... [More]
Thu Mar 2117:49Dakota Hudson named Cardinals' No. 5 starterJack FlahertyFree Agent
Adam WainwrightSPCardinalsFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Shildt says Dakota Hudson will break camp as St. Louis' fifth starter.Hudson earned pitcher of the year honors for the Cardinals farm system and in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League last season. He emerged as the winner Thursday from a six-way battle for the final rotation spot this spring.In the end, Hudson beat out John Gant, who will be sent to the bullpen for opening day.The 24-year-old Hudson was 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA in the majors last season, making all 26 of his appearances in relief. He had a 1.72 ERA in 15 2/3 innings in this spring.Pitchers Austin Gomber and Daniel Ponce de Leon were sent to minor league camp. They will start for Class AAA Memphis.Top prospect Alex Reyes is set to begin the season in the bullpen. Carlos Martinez, last year's opening day starter for the Cardinals, will begin the season on the injured list because of shoulder weakness.Hudson joins Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha and Adam Wainwright in the rotation. Mikolas gets the ball opening day. Shildt has yet to announce a schedule after that.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Mar 2117:37Yankees' Bird sent back to Tampa; Severino progressingGio GonzálezSPNationalsFree Agent
Aaron HicksOFTwinsFree Agent
Wade MileySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Luis SeverinoFree Agent
Luke VoitFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — New York manager Aaron Boone sent Greg Bird back to the Yankees complex in Tampa on Thursday after the first baseman developed stiffness in the elbow hit by a pitch a day earlier."He probably could have played," Boone said. "It was me saying, 'Go home.'"Bird took Wade Miley's offering off his right elbow during the first inning of Wednesday's loss to Houston but remained in the game. In the midst of a two-game spring road trip, the Yankees spent the night in the West Palm Beach area before playing St. Louis in Jupiter on Thursday.Bird hit 11 homers in 46 games during his 2015 debut season. Various injuries and ineffectiveness prevented Bird from playing more than 82 games in any year since then.Throughout the spring he's battled Luke Voit for the starting first baseman job, hitting .333 with three homers in 51 plate appearances. Voit has four homers while hitting .316 in Grapefruit League play."I don't know that anyone's won or lost it," Boone said. "Both guys ar... [More]
Thu Mar 2117:19Yankees' Sabathia makes 1st appearance since heart procedureBilly BurnsFree Agent
Ryan LavarnwayCRed SoxFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing a heart procedure in December.Sabathia allowed one run and two hits over two innings on Thursday in a minor league exhibition game, striking out three for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo, Detroit's Triple-A affiliate.Sabathia, who has announced he's retiring after the season, said he "felt great" after his 26-pitch outing."No problems. I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty good. All positive," Sabathia said.Tigers center field prospect Daz Cameron, the son of former major leaguer Mike Cameron, had a first-inning double and Hector Sanchez hit an opposite-field homer to right during the second. Sabathia will make another minor league appearance on Tuesday against Philadelphia Phillies prospects. He expected to miss his first two or three regular season starts."He's progressed pretty well," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "... [More]
Thu Mar 2116:59Yankees' Sabathia makes 1st appearance since heart procedureBilly BurnsFree Agent
Ryan LavarnwayCRed SoxFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing a heart procedure in December.Sabathia allowed one run and two hits over two innings on Thursday in a minor league exhibition game, striking out three for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo, Detroit's Triple-A affiliate.Sabathia, who has announced he's retiring after the season, said he "felt great" after his 26-pitch outing."No problems. I felt like the ball was coming out of my hand pretty good. All positive," Sabathia said.Tigers center field prospect Daz Cameron, the son of former major leaguer Mike Cameron, had a first-inning double and Hector Sanchez hit an opposite-field homer to right during the second. Sabathia will make another minor league appearance on Tuesday against Philadelphia Phillies prospects. He expected to miss his first two or three regular season starts."He's progressed pretty well," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said. "... [More]
Thu Mar 2116:392 hats are better than 1: Mendoza happy with ESPN, Mets roleAlex Rodriguez3BYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza has heard the ribbing.An ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst since 2015, she added a part-time role last month as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser."OK, you work for the Mets, we can't talk to you anymore," she recalled hearing from teams during her spring training rounds, quickly adding "in a joking way."She's not worried that wearing two hats will lead to less inside info for her two ears. In an era when players and clubs treat the tiniest tidbit as a state secret, Mendoza already felt teams were hesitant to provide her intelligence in her pundit role because they knew "information they would give me as a member from ESPN was about to go on air." She doesn't expect that to change with the new job title.Mendoza spoke Thursday during a conference call with booth-mate Alex Rodriguez to promote the 30th anniversary of ESPN's Sunday night broadcasts, which also include play-by-play man Matt Vasgersian.Mark Gross, ESPN senior vice president of p... [More]
Thu Mar 2116:29Cards, Carpenter being cautious as he sits againMatt Carpenter3BCardinalsFree Agent
Paul DeJongFree Agent
Dexter FowlerCFRockiesFree Agent
Domingo GermánFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Even as Matt Carpenter's return to Grapefruit League play is delayed, both the team and the third baseman insist the lingering back tightness is no big deal."If this was the middle of the season and these games counted I would be just working through some of the soreness and tightness that I'm going through, but I don't feel the need to do that and go back to 70 percent because I'm pushing through a spring training game," Carpenter said.Originally expected to return on Wednesday, Carpenter now may not return until Sunday.Manager Mike Shildt doesn't believe the tightness will lead to Carpenter missing opening day next Thursday at Milwaukee."It's felt good the last three days," Shildt said. "Really positive. We just want to make sure we're progressing, nip it in the bud, being smart. We don't want it to flare up and miss any time in Milwaukee."Carpenter hasn't appeared in a game since Friday. He originally experienced the back tightness on Saturday during fielding ... [More]
Thu Mar 2115:47Spring stars: Mets' Alonso, Indians' Bieber, Cards' HudsonShane BieberFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
A weekly look at some of the standout players during spring training, with statistics through exhibition games played on Wednesday:PETE ALONSO, NEW YORK METS, 1B: The power-hitting prospect has made a strong case to open the season with the Mets after batting .360 with four homers and nine RBIs in spring training games. Alonso is fighting for the first base job with Dominic Smith, who has also played well. Alonso had 36 homers and 119 RBIs last season in the minors while splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A.DAKOTA HUDSON, ST. LOUIS CARDINALS, RHP: The 6-foot-5 right-hander could be a bigger part of the Cardinals' pitching plans after a strong spring that includes a 1.72 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 15 2/3 innings. The 2016 first-round pick out of Mississippi State had a 2.63 ERA in 26 relief appearances for the Cardinals in 2018.A.J. POLLOCK, LOS ANGELES DODGERS, CF: The 31-year-old free agent acquisition came to the Dodgers after seven impressive but injury-filled seasons with t... [More]
Thu Mar 2113:29Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo DomeNori AokiRF/CFBrewersFree Agent
Dee GordonSSDodgersFree Agent
Yusei KikuchiFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniFree Agent
Ichiro SuzukiRF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — At times, it seemed as if he'd go on hitting forever.But on Thursday night, a player who defined baseball at its very best on two continents for a generation, took his final swing.The great Ichiro has said "sayonara."Now 45, Ichiro Suzuki left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning, waving goodbye to the packed crowd amid hugs from Seattle Mariners teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his monumental run was over."I have ended my career and decided to retire," Ichiro said, speaking in Japanese at a news conference after a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings.He said his contract was through the two games in Japan, and said he decided before arriving last week to step away."After the reception I got today, how could I possibly have any regrets?" he said. "I couldn't play well enough in spring training to earn an extension."Ichiro went 0 for 4 in his farewell. In his last at-bat, he came up with two outs, a runner on second and a tie score in the eighth. H... [More]
Thu Mar 2110:37Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo DomeIchiro SuzukiRF/LFYankeesFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki has said "sayonara."The 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star announced his retirement Thursday night, shortly after waving goodbye at the Tokyo Dome during a 5-4 win over Oakland in 12 innings.Ichiro went 0 for 4 and was pulled from right field in the eighth, saluting his adoring fans in the packed crowd. He drew hugs from teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his great career had ended.The outfielder said in a statement after the game that he had "achieved so many of my dreams in baseball, both in my career in Japan and, since 2001, in Major League Baseball."He added that he was "honored to end my big league career where it started, with Seattle, and think it is fitting that my last games as a professional were played in my home country of Japan."Ichiro was a 10-time All-Star in the majors. He got 3,089 hits over a 19-year career in the big leagues after getting 1,278 while starring in Japan. His combined total of 4,367 is a professional record.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___AP Sports Writer Tim Booth contributed from Seattle.
Thu Mar 2110:19Trout, Angels finalize record $426.5 million, 12-year dealZack GreinkeSPAngelsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniFree Agent
Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Alex Rodriguez3BYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable this May 31 and salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years.He cannot be traded without his consent and gets a hotel suite on road trips. He also receives four Diamond Club tickets plus a luxury suite for 20 games this year, and for the remainder of the contract by each Jan. 2 he can pick either the Diamond Clubs tickets or the suite dates for that season.His deal tops the previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training.The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the fi... [More]
Thu Mar 2109:49Trout, Angels finalize record $426.5 million, 12-year dealZack GreinkeSPAngelsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniFree Agent
Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Alex Rodriguez3BYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels announced their $426.5 million, 12-year contract on Wednesday night, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.Trout gets a $20 million signing bonus payable this March 31 and salaries of $16 million this year, $36 million in 2020 and $35.45 million in each of the final 10 years.He cannot be traded without his consent and gets a hotel suite on road trips. He also receives four Diamond Club tickets plus a luxury suite for 20 games this year, and for the remainder of the contract by each Jan. 2 he can pick either the Diamond Clubs tickets or the suite dates for that season.His deal tops the previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training.The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the ... [More]
Thu Mar 2109:37Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo DomeNori AokiRF/CFBrewersFree Agent
Yusei KikuchiFree Agent
Ichiro SuzukiRF/LFYankeesFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki seems to have said "sayonara."The 45-year-old Seattle Mariners star left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning on Thursday night, waving goodbye to the packed crowd amid hugs from teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his great career has ended.The Japanese agency Kyodo News reported during the game against Oakland that Ichiro would announce his retirement after it was over.Ichiro went 0 for 4. He took his spot in right field in the eighth, but then was pulled by manager Scott Servais and the walk into history began in front of a sellout of 45,000.He strolled from right field, turned and waved to the crowd with all of the usually reserved Japanese fans on their feet.To chants of "Ichiro, Ichiro, Ichiro" he was greeted at the dugout — and later in the dugout — by emotional embraces from teammates. Yusei Kikuchi, the Japanese rookie pitcher who started the game, openly broke down crying when he embraced Ichiro.Oakland players stood sol... [More]
Thu Mar 2109:07Ichiro walks off into history before packed Tokyo Dome crowdIchiro SuzukiRF/LFYankeesFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki seems to have said "sayonara."The 45-year-old Seattle Mariner star left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning on Thursday night, waving goodbye to the crowd and being hugged by teammates in a three-minute walk that signaled to all his great career has ended.The Japanese agency Kyodo News reported during the game against Oakland that Ichiro would announce his retirement after it was over.Ichiro went 0 for 4. He took his spot in right field in the eighth, but then was pulled by manager Scott Servais and the walk into history began in front of a sellout of 45,000.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Mar 2103:47Ichiro gets the start in what could be his last MLB gameIchiro SuzukiRF/LFYankeesFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki is in the starting lineup for the Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in what might be his last game in the majors.Seattle manager Scott Servais had earlier hinted that, after Ichiro started in a season-opening victory against the A's on Wednesday, he might not start on Thursday in the final game of the brief series.Servais says: I wasn't quite sure. I thought we'd give him the opportunity to go out there. And I'd love to see him get a couple of hits and finish on a high note here."The future of 45-year-old Ichiro is unclear. Many expect him to retire after the Japan series, or when the Mariners return home for two spring training games with the San Diego Padres before the regular season resumes against the Boston Red Sox.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Mar 2100:19Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. ColeFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorFree Agent
Eric StametsFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Wed Mar 2023:49Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. ColeFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorFree Agent
Eric StametsFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Wed Mar 2023:19Trout, Angels finalize record $432 million, 12-year dealZack GreinkeSPAngelsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniFree Agent
Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Alex Rodriguez3BYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night announced their 12-year contract, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.A person with knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the deal is worth $432 million, shattering baseball's previous high set when Bryce Harper and Philadelphia struck a $330 million, 13-year agreement earlier in spring training. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been finalized.The Angels will celebrate with a public appearance by Trout outside Angel Stadium on Sunday when the team returns from spring training for the first of three exhibitions against the Dodgers. Fans are invited to welcome home the two-time AL MVP, who already ranks among the most accomplished players of his generation."This is where I wanted to be all along," Trout said in a statement. "I have enjoyed my time as an Ange... [More]
Wed Mar 2022:59Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. ColeFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorFree Agent
Eric StametsFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
Wed Mar 2022:39Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
A.J. ColeFree Agent
Francisco LindorFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With a hop off his feet turning a double play and by driving a ball nearly over the fence, Indians three-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor moved closer to returning from a right calf strain.Yet his status for opening day on March 28 at Minnesota remains uncertain.Batting every inning in a modified intrasquad minor league game, Lindor made eight plate appearances, going 0-for-6 with two walks.Eager to hit, Lindor swung on a 3-0 count during his sixth plate appearance, extending it to nine pitches and drawing a walk. Out of caution and because of his morning base running, he was replaced by a pinch runner.On a 3-0 count on his next plate appearance, he ripped a ball to the right field fence where prospect Oscar Gonzalez made a leaping catch, preventing a home run.Lindor was asked if he needs to appear in a Cactus League game to be ready for the season opener."I don't think so. I can play in the minor leagues or B games to be ready," he said."Baseball's suc... [More]
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