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Sat Mar 2301:20Reds' Scooter Gennett injures leg, sent for scanYonder Alonso1BPadresJobu
Jackie Bradley Jr.CF/LF/RFRed SoxFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell."I don't know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw," Bell said. "He felt something in his groin.Cincinnati says Gennett was to have an MRI.The 28-year-old Gennett reached the majors with the Brewers in 2013 and was claimed off waivers by his hometown Reds near the end of spring training two years ago. He made his first All-Star team last season, hitting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs.Top prospect Nick Senzel could be a candidate to replace Gennett. Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp... [More]
Sat Mar 2300:18Reds' Scooter Gennett injures leg, sent for scanYonder Alonso1BPadresJobu
Eduardo Núñez3B/LF/SSTwinsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett injured his right leg while fielding a grounder against Milwaukee and was helped off the field.Gennett ranged to his left for a ball off the bat of Yasmani Grandal leading off the second inning Friday. Gennett slid to make the stop and threw to pitcher Robert Stephenson covering first for the out. Gennett went to his knees and was helped off by Reds head athletic trainer Steve Baumann and manager David Bell."I don't know exactly if it was when he fell or when he made the throw," Bell said. "He felt something in his groin.Cincinnati says Gennett was to have an MRI.The 28-year-old Gennett reached the majors with the Brewers in 2013 and was claimed off waivers by his hometown Reds near the end of spring training two years ago. He made his first All-Star team last season, hitting .310 with 23 homers and 92 RBIs.Top prospect Nick Senzel could be a candidate to replace Gennett. Senzel was reassigned to minor league camp... [More]
Thu Mar 2121:572 hats are better than 1: Mendoza happy with ESPN, Mets roleAlex Rodriguez3B/DHYankeesFree 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 2121:49Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeSPNationalsFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansStrafford's Old Men
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSAngelsFree 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]
Thu Mar 2119:31Reaction to the retirement of Japanese star Ichiro SuzukiIchiro SuzukiCF/RFYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesDEWMAN's Team
Reaction from the baseball world to the retirement of Japanese star Ichiro Suzuki, who played his final game Thursday with the Seattle Mariners against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo.___"He was a superstar when I was in elementary school. I never thought I would be playing with him in my wildest dreams. I had the opportunity to be teammates with him in the (World Baseball Classic) in 2009 and obviously I had the chance to play with him (with the Yankees) in 2014. Just taking myself back to those moments, like I said earlier, I never thought that I would be able to be teammates and play on the same field with him in my wildest dreams. ... It's too grand of an impact. I can't even put them into words. He made a huge, huge impact." — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka___"I'm not going to see him play anymore but I'll still have the memories. ... I was very thankful that he reached out and gave me some advice last year. It's really hard for someone that big and such a superstar to give me a... [More]
Thu Mar 2117:53Phils' Harper hits first HRs; 'Cutch, Realmuto also go deepChris ArcherSPRaysFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1B/3BTigersFactory
Jeimer Candelario3BCubsFree Agent
Francisco CervelliCYankeesFree Agent
Wei-Yin ChenSPOriolesSpringfield Bullies
Michael ConfortoFree Agent
Dexter FowlerCFAstrosSanders Team Sucks
Domingo GermánFree Agent
Randal GrichukRFCardinalsFree Agent
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.Free Agent
Bryce HarperLF/RFNationalsDEWMAN's Team
David HessFree Agent
Dakota HudsonFree Agent
Jung Ho KangFree Agent
Tony KempFree Agent
Andrew KnappFree Agent
Evan Longoria3B/DHRaysStrafford's Old Men
Brandon LoweFree Agent
Trey Mancini1BOriolesFree Agent
Steven MatzRPMetsFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenCFPiratesThe Heals Guys
Billy McKinneyOFCubsFree Agent
Matt MooreSPRaysFree Agent
Gift NgoepeSSPiratesFree Agent
Brandon NimmoDHMetsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaCF/LF/RFMarlinsCJ's Tip-Top Team
Thomas PannoneFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Austin RileyFree Agent
Rowdy TellezFree Agent
Vince VelásquezFree Agent
Mike ZuninoCMarinersCJ's Tip-Top Team
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 2117:19Yankees' Sabathia makes 1st appearance since heart procedureBilly BurnsLFAthleticsFree Agent
Ryan LavarnwayCRed SoxFree Agent
Jesus SucreCMarinersFree 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 BurnsLFAthleticsFree Agent
Ryan LavarnwayCRed SoxFree Agent
Jesus SucreCMarinersFree 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 Rodriguez3B/DHYankeesFree 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 2115:39Yankees' Sabathia makes 1st appearance since heart procedureJesus SucreCMarinersFree 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 2110:37Ichiro walks off into history in 'sayonara' at Tokyo DomeIchiro SuzukiCF/RFYankeesFree 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 2109:07Ichiro walks off into history before packed Tokyo Dome crowdIchiro SuzukiCF/RFYankeesFree 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 SuzukiCF/RFYankeesFree 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 BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeSPNationalsFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansStrafford's Old Men
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSAngelsFree 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 BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeSPNationalsFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansStrafford's Old Men
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSAngelsFree 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 2022:59Status for Indians' Lindor for opening day still uncertainTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeSPNationalsFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansStrafford's Old Men
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Eric StametsSSAngelsFree 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 BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
A.J. ColeSPNationalsFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree 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 2018:41Braves may have 3 open spots in pitching rotationMike FoltynewiczRP/SPAstrosFree Agent
Kevin GausmanRP/SPOriolesFree Agent
A.J. MinterFree Agent
Sean NewcombFree Agent
Mike SorokaFree Agent
Julio TeheránSPBravesSanders Team Sucks
Touki ToussaintFree Agent
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they started spring training, the Atlanta Braves had one opening in their pitching rotation. With a week to go before opening day, they may have three.The Braves are holding out some hope that Kevin Gausman will work through his shoulder soreness in time to pitch a game in the first turn through their rotation.However, that appears unlikely. Gausman, who has pitched only two innings in games this spring, threw a 58-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday."You'd like to get him up to 90 before you'd pitch him in a major league game," said manager Brian Snitker.Mike Foltynewicz, who last pitched Feb. 24 before elbow soreness set in, is throwing again but will need a month buildup before starting a regular-season game.That leaves Julio Teheran and Sean Newcomb as the only named members of the rotation, with Teheran expected to start the Braves' opener at Philadelphia on March 28.Snitker doesn't expect to announce any additions in the next few days."We've got a week ... [More]
Wed Mar 2015:51Braves may have 3 open spots in pitching rotationMike FoltynewiczRP/SPAstrosFree Agent
Kevin GausmanRP/SPOriolesFree Agent
A.J. MinterFree Agent
Sean NewcombFree Agent
Mike SorokaFree Agent
Julio TeheránSPBravesSanders Team Sucks
Touki ToussaintFree Agent
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they started spring training, the Atlanta Braves had one opening in their pitching rotation. With a week to go before opening day, they may have three.The Braves are holding out some hope that Kevin Gausman will work through his shoulder soreness in time to pitch a game in the first turn through their rotation.However, that appears unlikely. Gausman, who has pitched only two innings in games this spring, threw a 58-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday."You'd like to get him up to 90 before you'd pitch him in a major league game," said manager Brian Snitker.Mike Foltynewicz, who last pitched Feb. 24 before elbow soreness set in, is throwing again but will need a month buildup before starting a regular-season game.That leaves Julio Teheran and Sean Newcomb as the only named members of the rotation, with Teheran expected to start the Braves opener at Philadelphia on March 28.Snitker doesn't expect to announce any additions in the next few days."We've got a week l... [More]
Wed Mar 2012:02Pressly, Astros reach $20.4M, 3-year deal that adds $17.5MRyan PresslyRPTwinsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Right-hander Ryan Pressly and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $20.4 million, three-year contract, a deal that adds $17.5 million over an additional two seasons.The 30-year-old agreed in January to a $2.9 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. The deal announced Wednesday keeps that salary and adds $8.75 million in each of the following two seasons.Houston has a $10 million option for 2022 that would become guaranteed if he pitches in 60 or more games in each of the previous two seasons.Pressley was 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA in 77 games last year for Minnesota and Houston, which acquired him on July 27. He 1-0 with a 0.77 ERA and two saves for the Astros.He would have been eligible for free agency after this season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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