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Tue Feb 2503:34AP Interview: Decisions came quickly for Boston's Bloom Mookie BettsRFRed SoxThe Seals Guys
Brusdar GraterolFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxBig Chee
Alex VerdugoCFDodgersFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — This isn’t quite how Chaim Bloom imagined things would go, back when he dreamed of running a baseball team.Less than two months after taking over the Red Sox — and with the start of spring training looming — Boston's new chief baseball officer needed to replace a World Series-winning manager. Then Bloom incurred the wrath of the Fenway fans when he traded Mookie Betts, the ballclub’s best player, as part of a salary dump. And the team is still sweating out the results of an investigation into whether it cheated when it won the championship in 2018.Like a manager reshuffling his rotation after an 18-inning game, Bloom has been forced to adjust — and quickly.“Baseball will throw different things at you every day,” he last week as he settled into his first spring training with the Red Sox. “I've been in baseball long enough to know that there's a lot of things about this business that don't go according to plan, and it throws you a lot of unexpect... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:54Mariners' Gonzales struggles with command in spring debut Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Marco GonzalesSPMarinersFree Agent
David RossCCubsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosPoison Pills
Taijuan WalkerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — For Marco Gonzales, better that this game came in his first start of spring training and not opening day at T-Mobile Park.The Seattle Mariners left-hander gave up five runs on three hits and two outs while getting just two outs Monday against the Chicago Cubs.“You go out in the first one, you just want to throw strikes. Timing was a little off and frustrated a little bit by my execution. But for the first time out, I wanted to feel good and have the ball feel good coming out got my hand,” Gonzales said. “So the results are what they are this time of year.”Gonzales, fresh off a four-year, $30 million contract he signed earlier this month, is expected to make his second consecutive opening day start for Seattle next month. At age 28, he’s coming off a 2019 season in which we he went 16-13 with a 3.99 ERA in 34 starts.Gonzales, who will make $1 million in this his third season with the Mariners, set career highs in wins, starts, innings pitched (203) and s... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:45Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs TigersMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosMoneyball
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Nick RamirezFree Agent
Myles StrawFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him.“He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?” Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker Marchant Stadium. “It wasn’t intentional.”Altuve was loudly booed when he was introduced for his spring training debut, cheered when he struck out and called a cheater by several fans. Quite a difference from past years, when the diminutive All-Star second baseman was among the most popular players in the majors.But that was before Altuve and his Houston teammates were implicated in the sign-stealing scandal that’s rocked baseball.“We just heard a lot of noise, and that's it,” Altuve said.Altuve and fellow starters Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel all played for the first time in the exhibition season. After Houston opened the Grapefruit League in the stadium it shares with the Wo... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:44Yanks' Cole strikes out 2 in hitless inning of spring debutJosh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Gary SánchezCYankeesMoneyball
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole got off to a fast start in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees, throwing a 97 mph heater on his first pitch and striking out two in a hitless inning against Pittsburgh on Monday night.“It went well," Cole said. “It was fun. Made some good pitches."Leadoff man Adam Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out before Cole Tucker drew a walk. Cole then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.“I lost the one guy, 0-2, Tucker,” Cole said. " A couple of quality fastballs at the top but one of those three has to be in the zone. So next outing will continue to fine tune some command, but also try to keep the execution in terms of how the stuff’s coming out very high. I think there was only one or two really pretty poor pitches, so it was good work. Quality work.”Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last season for the AL champion Houston Astros. He has an overall ... [More]
Mon Feb 2420:05Altuve nicked by pitch, Astros stars booed on road vs TigersMatthew BoydSPTigersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosMoneyball
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Nick RamirezFree Agent
Myles StrawFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — José Altuve insisted he tuned out the hecklers. He couldn't avoid a pitch that grazed him.``He was hit in the foot. That ain’t nothing, you know what I mean?’’ Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said Monday after an 11-1 win over Detroit at half-empty Joker Marchant Stadium. “It wasn’t intentional.”Altuve was loudly booed when he was introduced for his spring training debut, cheered when he struck out and called a cheater by several fans. Quite a difference from past years, when the diminutive All-Star second baseman was among the most popular players in the majors.But that was before Altuve and his Houston teammates were implicated in the sign-stealing scandal that’s rocked baseball.“We just heard a lot of noise, and that's it,” Altuve said.Altuve and fellow starters Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel all played for the first time in the exhibition season. After Houston opened the Grapefruit League in the stadium it shares with the ... [More]
Mon Feb 2419:54Yanks' Cole strikes out 2 in hitless inning of spring debutJosh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out two and walked one over a hitless inning in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees against Pittsburgh on Monday night.Cole's first pitch to Adam Frazier was a 97 mph fastball. After Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out, Cole Tucker drew a walk. The right-hander then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last season for the AL champion Houston Astros. He has an overall career record of 94-52.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 2419:14Yanks' Cole strikes out 2 in hitless inning of spring debutJosh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out two and walked over a hitless inning in his spring training debut for the New York Yankees against Pittsburgh on Monday night.Cole's first pitch to Adam Frazier was a 97 mph fastball. After Frazier popped out and Bryan Reynolds struck out, Cole Tucker drew a walk. The right-hander then fanned Josh Bell to finish up.Cole signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent after going 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last season for the AL champion Houston Astros. He has an overall career record of 94-52.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Feb 2417:54Maeda gives up leadoff HR in 1st start for Twins, settles inAlex AvilaC/PHCubsFree Agent
Mitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
Brusdar GraterolFree Agent
Kenta MaedaSPDodgersMoneyball
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Kenta Maeda got off to a memorable start for the Minnesota Twins, that's for sure.The Twins newcomer gave up a home run to Boston's Andrew Benintendi to begin the game Monday, prompting the Japanese pitcher to laugh later."First time facing hitters so I just wanted to get that feel back," Maeda said through an interpreter. "And I wasn't scheduled to give up a home run on the first hitter, just so you know."Maeda threw 37 pitches in two innings, allowing two hits with one walk and one strikeout. The Twins won 3-2."Everything felt fine. Velocity is up there way more than I expected. It's just the little things that need to be refined, adjusted," he said.It's all about adjustments for Maeda right now.Maeda, 32 in April, is entering his fifth MLB season after four with the Dodgers and eight years in Japan. He went 10-8 with a 4.04 ERA last season for Los Angeles.Minnesota acquired the right-hander earlier this month in a deal that sent its top pitching prospect, r... [More]
Mon Feb 2415:54Arizona GM: D-backs unaware of MadBum's rodeo careerMadison Bumgarner3B/SPGiantsTexas BigSticks
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks knew Madison Bumgarner lives on a ranch but were unaware of his recently-discovered side career as a rodeo participant.Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, The Athletic reported on Sunday.Arizona general manager Mike Hazen said on Monday he was aware Bumgarner was “a very strong horseman” and added even though he didn't know about the rodeos, that knowledge wouldn't have affected the team's decision to sign the 30-year-old left-hander to an $85 million, five-year contract. The GM said he wouldn't comment on what the team will allow the 2014 World Series MVP to do in his spare time or any specifics of the contract or guarantee language.“Madison's a grown man and we know he's committed to helping us achieve our goals as a team,” Hazen said. “Those have been the conversations that we've had from the time we first talked to him unti... [More]
Mon Feb 2415:24Strasburg, Corbin ramping up slowly after long postseasonPatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsOld Hoss
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg will throw at least one more bullpen session before taking the mound in a spring training game.The World Series MVP opted out of his contract to become a free agent following last season, then re-signed with Washington for $245 million over seven years.“It's a combination of the workload last year but also just, it's a long season so you've got to build up gradually for it,” Strasburg said of his measured pace.Strasburg was 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA last season, topping 30 starts for the second time in his career and leading the NL with 209 innings. He went 5-0 with a 1.98 ERA in five postseason starts and one relief appearance, including wins in Games 2 and 6 of the World Series against Houston.He is to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, then possibly pitch in a game this weekend.Manager Dave Martinez expects left-hander Patrick Corbin to throw a batting practice session as early as Wednesday, then appear in a game a ... [More]
Mon Feb 2415:14Pirates' Archer scratched from start due to neck tightnessChris ArcherSPRaysDodger Blue
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer was scratched from his scheduled Monday night against the New York Yankees and Gerrit Cole due to neck tightness.Pittsburgh said the move was precautionary and that Archer is day to day.Archer went 3-9 with a 5.19 ERA in 23 starts last season.Cole was scheduled to make his first start with the Yankees after signing a $324 million nine year contract as a free agent.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Feb 2321:04Not his first rodeo: Bumgarner admits to roping under aliasMadison Bumgarner3B/SPGiantsTexas BigSticks
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner has been competing in rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders and even won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December, according to a story published Sunday by The Athletic.Bumgarner told the website he has discretely competed in rodeos for a while, including in March of last year two days before pitching for the San Francisco Giants in a Cactus League spring training game. He has been roping since he was 15 or 16 years old and said he's been at it so long that “it's just part of who you are.”The 2014 World Series MVP agreed to an $85 million, five-year contract with the Diamondbacks in December, about two weeks after winning the rodeo competition in Wickenburg, Arizona. Bumgarner infamously injured his shoulder in 2017 in a dirt bike accident and missed three months of San Francisco's season. He apologized at the time and called it a “stupid” decision that likely violated his contract, alth... [More]
Sun Feb 2318:142B Dozier gets agreement with Padres, invite to spring campBrian Dozier2BTwinsBig Chee
Ty FranceFree Agent
Jurickson Profar3B/LFRangersFree Agent
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Free agent second baseman Brian Dozier and the San Diego Padres have reached agreement on a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training.Dozier has played in the World Series the past two years. He hit 20 home runs with 50 RBIs for the champion Washington Nationals last season, and was with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018.The 32-year-old Dozier was an All-Star with Minnesota in 2015 and hit 42 home runs for the Twins the next year.The Padres have several players vying for time at second base, including newcomer Jurickson Profar and Ty France.—-More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Feb 2317:54Astros stars sit again, Nats hoist World Series trophyAlex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosMoneyball
Yuli Gurriel1B/3BAstrosFree Agent
Howie Kendrick2B/LFNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Away from their friendly cocoon, Alex Bregman and some of the bigger names on the Houston Astros are about to see — and hear — how fans really feel about what happened.No hooting or hollering at Houston's most prominent sign stealers Sunday. Once again, the primary offenders were out of the Astros' lineup.For the second straight day, Astros manager Dusty Baker didn't start any of his stars against Washington Nationals at the spring training park the teams share.“It seems like a bit of a cop out to me,” Nationals fan Josh Kohn said. “This is the first two games of spring training. This is what the guys in MLB live for. They want to be out there. I have to imagine even the players are a little upset that they can't play today, but I understand why they are not out there.”Kohn also attended Saturday night's rained-out Grapefruit League opener between these same clubs, wearing a shirt that read “bang foul poles, not trash cans” — an homage t... [More]
Sun Feb 2317:34Friendly to Fiers: A's pitcher gets cheers in spring gameMike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom was sitting down the right field line watching his team warm up while armed with a small dry-erase board, a marker and a statement written in all caps.“MIKE FIERS FOR PRESIDENT”It's been a tumultuous few months for Fiers, the current A's pitcher and former Houston player who helped expose the Astros' sign-stealing scandal that's rocked Major League Baseball. But on a cool Sunday in Arizona, the 34-year-old received a largely warm reception during his first spring training appearance in Mesa.“Oakland's going to support us no matter what," Fiers said after throwing two perfect innings against San Francisco. “They've always been there. It's fun, it's fun playing in front of these fans and with these guys. Just a great day of baseball.”While Fiers is now widely known for his connection to the Astros' sign-stealing, he's also an accomplished pitcher. He's thrown two no-hitters over nine seasons and is coming off his best ye... [More]
Sun Feb 2316:44Friendly to Fiers: A's pitcher gets cheers in spring gameMike FiersSPTigersFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesRoto Value
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom was sitting down the right field line watching his team warm up while armed with a small dry-erase board, a marker and a statement written in all caps.“MIKE FIERS FOR PRESIDENT”It's been a tumultuous few months for Fiers, the current A's pitcher and former Houston player who helped expose the Astros' sign-stealing scandal that's rocked Major League Baseball. But on a cool Sunday in Arizona, the 34-year-old received a largely warm reception during his first spring training appearance in Mesa.“Oakland's going to support us no matter what," Fiers said after throwing two perfect innings against San Francisco. “They've always been there. It's fun, it's fun playing in front of these fans and with these guys. Just a great day of baseball.”While Fiers is now widely known for his connection to the Astros' sign-stealing, he's also an accomplished pitcher. He's thrown two no-hitters over nine seasons and is coming off his best ye... [More]
Sun Feb 2312:04Brock Holt guaranteed $3.25M by BrewersBrock Holt2B/3B/LFRed SoxFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Utilityman Brock Holt is guaranteed $3.25 million under his one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, which includes a club option for 2021 and performance bonuses that could make the deal worth $8.25 million over two seasons.Holt has a $2.5 million salary this year as part as the agreement announced Wednesday, and the Brewers have a $5 million option for 2021 with a $750,000 buyout. He can earn $750,000 in performance bonuses this year based on plate appearances: $250,000 each for 400, 425 and 450.He would earn $100,000 if he is voted MVP, $75,000 for finishing second and $50,000 for third. He also would get $50,000 each for All-Star selection, Comeback Player of the Year, Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron Award and World Series MVP. He would receive $25,000 apiece for Gold Glove and League Championship Series MVP.A 31-year-old left-handed batter, Holt spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015.Holt hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field.He has a .271 career batting average and .714 OPS___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Feb 2220:54Dodgers' Bellinger glad to put offseason drama behind himCody Bellinger1B/LFDodgersFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxThe Seals Guys
Tyler ChatwoodSPCubsPoison Pills
Kiké HernándezCF/LF/PH/SSDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersSportsWiseGuy.com
Justin Turner3BDodgersThe Seals Guys
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — This wasn't what Cody Bellinger had in mind for getting his feet wet to start 2020.The Los Angeles Dodgers MVP was in the lineup for his team's spring training opener Saturday, facing the San Francisco Giants in a game delayed 2 1/2 hours due to rain in the Phoenix area. Manager Dave Roberts admitted he was nervous to start Bellinger in conditions that caused all but one other Cactus League game to get canceled, but Bellinger came out just fine. He singled and scored on Enrique Hernandez's homer, batted three times and played center field in the Dodgers' 10-4 win.Bellinger said there were minor issues only in left field, where the water from the tarp was emptied."The warning track was really wet (before the game), but they did a good job of fixing it up," Bellinger said of the Giants' grounds crew. "It turned out fine."Bellinger was certainly relieved to get back on the field after a bizarre offseason. The Dodgers first dealt with a stunning, season-ending, e... [More]
Sat Feb 2217:14Mets' Porcello gets started learning aggressive NL foesTyler BashlorSPMetsFree Agent
Brad BrachRPOriolesMoneyball
Garrett Cooper3BMarlinsFree Agent
Isan DíazFree Agent
Robert GsellmanSPMetsFree Agent
Monte HarrisonFree Agent
Seth LugoSPMetsFree Agent
Steven MatzSPMetsBig Chee
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Marcus StromanSPBlue JaysOld Hoss
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets pitcher Rick Porcello made his first pitch to be part of the club’s starting rotation Saturday, but the Miami Marlins stole a bit of his thunder.Porcello pitched one inning and allowed two hits in the Mets’ spring training opener, allowing one run when Miami’s Monte Harrison swiped a pair of bases and scored on a bloop single. The Mets lost 5-3, dropping their first game in newly-renovated Clover Park, which has undergone a $57 million facelift that began last year. Porcello pitched 11 seasons in the American League for the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox before inking a $10 million, one-year deal with the Mets. He's never pitched in the National League and expects a learning curve — something the Marlins gave him with aggressive baserunning during his 17-pitch outing.“Get out there first pitch with a runner on first (base), and he’s gone," Porcello said. "I’ll start paying attention to that more and be prepared more for a cha... [More]
Sat Feb 2217:04Jack Flaherty named Cardinals opening day starterJack FlahertySPCardinalsFree Agent
Dakota HudsonFree Agent
Miles MikolasSPCardinalsFree Agent
Adam WainwrightSPCardinalsOld Hoss
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jack Flaherty is getting the ball on opening day for the St. Louis Cardinals.St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said Saturday the 24-year-old Flaherty will start the season opener March 26 at Cincinnati. It will be the right-hander's first opening day start and comes after he finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting with a closing surge last season.“It's one of of those things you work for and you want it,” Flaherty said.The nod comes one season after Flaherty pitched the home opener for the Cardinals.“It's cool,” Flaherty said. “Just happy I get the ball first, get the first chance to go out and kind of set the tone for the season.”Shildt gave Flaherty the news on Friday, not a surprise after Flaherty went 11-8 with a 2.75 ERA last season. Seven of those wins came after the All-Star break, when he posted a 0.91 ERA. He also started three games in the postseason, allowing four earned runs in 13 innings.Flaherty started three games against the Reds last ... [More]
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