• Royals banking on Morales, Rios to fuel power-starved lineup

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Dayton Moore knows perfectly well how rare it was for a team as starved for power as the Kansas City Royals were last season to make the playoffs, let alone the World Series. He also knows that it would be nearly impossible to replicate the feat. So after the...

  • Bryant, Russell top list of Cubs prospects this spring

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are poised to become the latest Chicago Cubs prospects to break through to the big leagues. A year after rookies Jorge Soler and Javier Baez showed some pop in the majors, Bryant and Russell are hoping to boost Chicago's infield. The...

  • Parra may not have everyday job in Brewers' crowded OF

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have a numbers problem in the outfield that many other teams might envy. There are four players worthy of three starting spots, including Gold Glove winners in Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra; 2011 NL MVP Ryan Braun and promising young slugger Khris...

  • After 2 surgeries, D-Backs' Hudson cherishes spring training

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For most major leaguers, spring training is dreadful monotony. And Daniel Hudson is cherishing every minute of it. For the first time since 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks' right-hander is a full participant. After two Tommy John surgeries, he's just grateful...

  • Cubs expect 'dusty' year amid Wrigley Field renovations

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — When the Chicago Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field next month, players and fans alike may feel a bit like a homeowner who lives in a house where workers are tearing apart the kitchen. Members of the media were led on a tour Monday of the bowels of the Major League...

  • Markakis hopes to be ready for Braves' opener

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Nick Markakis is looking forward to opening day in Atlanta. Crabcakes down south, that's another story. After nine years with Baltimore — and plenty of the Maryland delicacy — Markakis signed a four-year, $44 million contract with the Braves this offseason. "It...

  • Paul Maholm gets a chance to help Reds' depleted rotation

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Left-hander Paul Maholm is getting a chance to help the Cincinnati Reds piece together their depleted starting rotation. The Reds signed Maholm to a minor league deal and invited him to training camp to see whether he could be a starter again after spending much...

  • Kershaw to start opening day for Dodgers

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day for the fifth straight season, taking the mound at home April 6 against the San Diego Padres. "That's the plan," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly...

  • Martin looks ahead to new chapter with Blue Jays

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Russell Martin totally enjoyed his days in Pittsburgh. Two years, two playoff appearances after helping transform the also-ran Pirates into postseason contenders. Now with Toronto, the three-time All-Star catcher will soon get a look from across the diamond at...

  • Nationals 2B Uggla again seeing the ball well

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Dan Uggla was actually relieved last year to hear a doctor tell him he was "really messed up." That happened last August when Uggla visited Dr. Robert Donatelli in Las Vegas and discovered there was a way to correct the faulty vision that had plagued him since the...

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