• Padres newcomer James Shields to start on opening day

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day. Padres manager Bud Black made the announcement Saturday. San Diego opens the season on April 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium. Shields...

  • Yankees SS Gregorius sprains left wrist going for grounder

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius sprained his left wrist going for a groundball in a spring training game and has been taken out for precautionary reasons. Gregorius hurt himself Saturday when he awkwardly landed going for the grounder in the second inning...

  • Rockies slugger Gonzalez leaves with knee pain

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez insisted he left Friday night's spring training game against San Diego only as a precaution after experiencing pain in his surgically repaired left knee. Gonzalez exited after striking out in the top of the fourth....

  • David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: "I never knowingly took any steroids." And this, too: "I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame." The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for The Players' Tribune, a website founded by Derek...

  • Mariners reliever David Rollins suspended 80 games

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners reliever David Rollins was suspended for 80 games on Friday for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced Rollins' suspension, saying he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not...

  • Indians send RHP Danny Salazar to minors

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Danny Salazar's spring didn't go the way he or the Cleveland Indians hoped. He's going back to the minors — again. The Indians optioned the right-hander to Triple-A Columbus on Friday, ending his shot at winning one of the club's two open spots in the starting...

  • White Sox claim pitcher Kyle Drabek off waivers from Toronto

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have claimed pitcher Kyle Drabek off waivers from Toronto. The White Sox made the move Friday. Drabek spent most of 2014 at Triple-A Buffalo. He made two appearances with Toronto, working three scoreless innings. Over parts of five seasons...

  • Tanaka to start Yankees' opener

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka will start the New York Yankees' opener April 6 against Toronto. Manager Joe Girardi made the expected announcement on Friday. Tanaka was an All-Star last year during his first season in the majors, but the Japanese right-hander missed 2 1/2 months...

  • Harvey, Mets look to contend in wake of Tommy John epidemic

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The big names for the New York Mets this season: Matt Harvey, David Wright, Tommy John. Finally confident they're a playoff contender, the Mets absorbed a familiar setback in spring training — two of them, really. Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin became the latest New York...

  • Braves option OF Perez, 2 young pitchers to Triple A

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have optioned outfielder Eury Perez and two other players to Triple-A Gwinnett. After being acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees, the speedy Perez was thought to have a shot at contending for playing time in center field. But even...

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