• Kelly feeling 'very fortunate' to be back with Twins

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Tom Kelly still has a lot to teach the Minnesota Twins. He wasn't about to let a health scare keep him from returning to spring training. Kelly arrived Thursday at the team's facility, ready to resume work as a guest instructor five months after a minor...

  • AP source: K-Rod, Brewers agree to $13M, 2-year deal

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez will be jogging out of the bullpen again for the Milwaukee Brewers. The closer and the Brewers agreed Thursday to a $13 million, two-year contract, a deal subject to the successful completion of a physical. "One of the things we focused on was the...

  • MLB's oldest player can't relate to today's youth

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When Rockies closer LaTroy Hawkins was drafted in 1991, Colorado Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado was two months old. Right-hander Eddie Butler was also still in diapers. "It's crazy," Butler said. "The guy's got a career that's lasted my life span."...

  • No word on possible MLB discipline for Angels star Hamilton

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was on the minds of his teammates Thursday, a day after he was in New York to meet with Major League Baseball officials about an unspecified disciplinary issue. The 33-year-old Hamilton has a history of drug addiction and...

  • Giants closer Casilla hit on shin during batting practice

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla was hit on his left shin by a batted ball and left for X-rays during a spring training workout Thursday. Casilla was throwing batting practice to Casey McGehee when the reliever got hit. Casilla sustained a bruised...

  • Marlins' Stanton faces first live pitches since being hit

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton saw his first live pitches since his beaning back in September. The Miami Marlins will have to wait at least one more day to watch Stanton take his first swing. While other members of his hitting group swung freely Thursday during the Miami's...

  • Cards' Adam Wainwright diagnosed with abdominal strain

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Adam Wainwright has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain but the St. Louis ace could be available to pitch the Cardinals' opener at Wrigley Field on April 5. Wainwright strained the muscle on Monday while putting a 45-pound weight back on a rack. General...

  • Jays outfielder Saunders injures knee, likely out until July

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders could be sidelined until around the All-Star break after stepping on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls and tearing cartilage in his left knee. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday the injury occurred a...

  • Murphy: Mets haven't approached him about long-term deal

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy said the New York Mets have not approached him about a long-term contract. The 29-year-old agreed last month to an $8 million, one-year contract. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series. "No extension...

  • Yanks' Tanaka nears 1st batting practice session

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw 40 pitches in his third bullpen session Thursday and could be ready to throw batting practice early next week. Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last season while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in...

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