• Young Giants duo confident after playing key role

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joe Panik is young but full of confidence at spring training. It helps that the 24-year-old is the projected starting second baseman for the defending champion San Francisco Giants after a stellar half-season in 2014 that saw him hit .305 in 73 games and log...

  • Atlanta Braves shortstop Simmons slowed by oblique strain

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team's first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn't give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn't serious....

  • New Rangers manager Banister addresses team: 'Why not us?'

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — New Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finally got to address the entire team Thursday, more than four months after getting the job. In a team meeting before the first full-squad workout, Banister had a simple message. "Why not us?" Banister asked the team....

  • Former A's 3B Eric Chavez joins Oakland's broadcast crew

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Athletics third baseman Eric Chavez is joining Oakland's broadcast crew. Comcast SportsNet California made the announcement on Thursday. Chavez will work as a color commentator on 20 telecasts, starting April 24 when the A's host Houston. He also will be...

  • Blue Jays sign LHP Johan Santana, hope for return to majors

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors. The Blue Jays announced the deal Thursday and invited him to big league spring training. Santana turns 36 in...

  • Rodriguez participates in Yankees first full-squad workout

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A sixth-grader making his first visit to spring training stood along a fence outside George M. Steinbrenner Field waiting to get a glimpse of his favorite player. Shane Negast, an 11-year-old from West Nyack, New York, traveled to Florida with his father, John, who...

  • Koufax confident Kershaw will bounce back from October woes

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Sandy Koufax is confident that Clayton Kershaw won't be remembered for his playoff struggles. The 79-year-old Koufax was at the first full-squad workout for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday, and the Hall of Famer said he was certain Kershaw would have success...

  • Nationals' Werth still rehabbing from shoulder surgery

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    VIERA, Fla. (AP) — The Washington Nationals' Jayson Werth is back on the field, just not 100 percent yet. Werth participated in outfield drills Thursday during the Nationals' first full-squad workout Thursday. But the left fielder was generally limited as he recovers from offseason...

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

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    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: 11 hr ago

    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...

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