Cardinals’ Yadier Molina singles in return from knee surgery

Baseball 03/08/19, 16:56

Leaving the clubhouse following his first exhibition game this year, St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina received a congratulatory fist bump from third baseman Matt Carpenter."It's good to have you back," said Carpenter, one All-Star to another.Molina went 1 for 2 as a designated hitter Friday, the 36-year-old's first game since ...

Marlins shut down catcher Alfaro after knee swelling returns

Baseball 03/08/19, 15:54

The return of inflammation to Jorge Alfaro's right knee is once again prompting the Miami Marlins to shut down their expected opening-day catcher for a few more days.Alfaro re-aggravated the injury during Tuesday's game while sliding into second base."The biggest thing is just get rid of this inflammation so we ...

source: Yankees buy back YES control with Amazon help

Baseball 03/08/19, 15:19

The New York Yankees are buying back the YES Network, partnering with Amazon in a deal that will give the company the right to stream games in the team's broadcast territory.The deal for the team's parent company to purchase 80 percent of the network from The Walt Disney Co. values ...

Verlander ready for more free agent signings

Baseball 03/07/19, 17:48

Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander wants to see the remaining free agents find jobs.While Bryce Harper and Manny Machado reached big-money deals, Verlander's former Astros teammates Dallas Keuchel and Evan Gattis remain unsigned along with Craig Kimbrel, Adam Jones and several dozen others."I hope that some of those names you ...

Boston’s Pedroia plays 1 inning in first game since May

Baseball 03/07/19, 17:23

Dustin Pedroia's first game in nearly 10 months couldn't have gone much better — even if it lasted just one inning.Pedroia cleanly fielded a two-out grounder by Minnesota's Jake Cave, then singled off Kohl Stewart leading off the bottom half of Boston's 12-1 loss Thursday."It made me happy to run ...

Orioles’ Mike Yastrzemski trying to live up to family name

Baseball 03/07/19, 15:55

Mike Yastrzemski finally made it to spring training with the Orioles after bouncing around the Baltimore organization since 2013.Though it was a brief stint, the 28-year-old outfielder known primarily for his last name departed on a high note.After being invited to the big league camp, Yastrzemski lasted until Sunday before ...

Braves’ Donaldson to play in first exhibition game Friday

Baseball 03/07/19, 14:33

Josh Donaldson plans to play in his first spring training game for the Atlanta Braves on Friday night against Philadelphia.After being slowed by injuries for two seasons, the 33-year-old third baseman signed a $23 million, one-year contract with the Braves and spent the first two weeks of the exhibition season ...

Even in nice weather, spring training can be a grind

Baseball 03/07/19, 13:51

Earlier this week, Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire left several of his top players out of the starting lineup. It was a rainy morning, but that wasn't the only reason. Gardenhire said some were dealing with aches and pains."I talked to a number of our guys," Gardenhire said Tuesday. "Because of ...

New-look NL East suddenly baseball’s deepest division

Baseball 03/07/19, 02:37

For years, the NL East has been soft as a bunt single.Not anymore.Even before Bryce Harper decided to stay inside the division, four of the five teams spent this offseason swinging for the fences. In addition to defending champion Atlanta, the New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals all ...

Mariners can’t wait to see reaction for Ichiro in Japan

Baseball 03/06/19, 22:55

Jerry Dipoto never met Ichiro Suzuki in person until the day he was reintroduced as a member of the Seattle Mariners during spring training in 2018.Suzuki's one request for the hoopla that surrounded his return to the Mariners was the news conference and ensuing activities be kept, in his words, ...

Manfred: Slow free agent market is ‘distributional problem’

Baseball 03/06/19, 19:52

It's not collusion, it's a "distributional problem" that has shut dozens of baseball players out of the free agent market this offseason, commissioner Rob Manfred said on Wednesday. Speaking to a group of Boston business executives, Manfred said the percentage of revenue going to the players hasn't changed in the past ...

Pirates’ Kang having a strong spring despite long layoff

Baseball 03/06/19, 19:37

The Pittsburgh Pirates admittedly took a leap of faith when they re-signed Jung Ho Kang to a $3 million, one-year contract in November as a free agent.Kang missed the entire 2017 season because he was unable to obtain a work visa to travel to the United States following a third ...

MLB ’19: College draft picks on rapid rise to big leagues

Baseball 03/06/19, 17:13

Joey Bart already looks like a big league hitter in his first major league camp, especially when the San Francisco Giants catcher sends a misguided pitch soaring over the centerfield fence.The same with White Sox shortstop Nick Madrigal every time he makes a spinning stab deep in the hole, or ...

Buchholz joins Blue Jays after another uncertain offseason

Baseball 03/06/19, 16:48

Clay Buchholz had reason to wonder if his major league career was coming to an end. For a second straight offseason, he entered spring training without a job."It was almost like last year," Buchholz said Wednesday. "Where you didn't know if that was it, and you weren't going to play ...

Marlins’ Brinson expecting spring power to carry into season

Baseball 03/06/19, 16:18

A dreadful 2018 season in a way led to Lewis Brinson's current spring training home run binge.A key piece in the trade that sent NL MVP Christian Yelich to Milwaukee prior to the 2018 season, Brinson made the Marlins opening-day roster last season in large part because of a strong ...

Royals’ Perez undergoes successful Tommy John surgery

Baseball 03/06/19, 15:20

Royals catcher Salvador Perez underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, a procedure that will sideline the six-time All-Star for the upcoming season.The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers' team physician. The recovery time is usually about ...

Arizona’s Kelly hopes to emulate Cardinals’ Mikolas

Baseball 03/06/19, 15:15

Arizona's Merrill Kelly hopes to emulate St. Louis pitcher Miles Mikolas.Kelly never got above Triple-A during five seasons in the Tampa Bay organization, went to South Korea and won 48 games over four years with the SK Wyverns.Mikolas won 31 games in Japan with the Central League's Yomiuri Giants from ...

Bryce Gouging: Harper makes Phillies hottest ticket in town

Baseball 03/06/19, 14:53

Bryce Harper swag is going, going and just about gone before he takes a swing in Philadelphia.Phillies merchandise stores and ticket vendors are certainly getting their hefty cuts thanks to Harper hype.Harper has Phillies fans spending stupid money on his No. 3 jerseys, tees and caps, and the franchise has ...

Indians’ Martin climbing back after life-threatening illness

Baseball 03/05/19, 20:19

Leonys Martin turned and sprinted toward the gap in left-center field to snare Nick Madrigal's drive. He ripped a breaking ball over the wall in right-center for a home run, and returned a fervent embrace from a former teammate.All in a day's work on Tuesday.All in Martin's new life with ...