• Rollins to lead off for Dodgers this season

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Adjusting to his new team, Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins was happy to see something familiar: his name in the leadoff spot. After posting a lineup Tuesday with Rollins at the top of the batting order for the Dodgers' Cactus League opener Wednesday against the...

  • Alvarez homers, Pirates beat Blue Jays 8-7

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run shot and Korean rookie Jung Ho Kang connected for his first major league homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the exhibition opener for both teams. Alvarez's drive came in the...

  • Cubs' scramble on Wrigley Field hits bump when mayor balks

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' scramble to get as much of a massive renovation of Wrigley Field done before next month's opening day hit a bump Tuesday when Mayor Rahm Emanuel dashed the team's hopes of winning city approval to keep construction crews working around the clock. "The...

  • Cubs pitcher Hendricks looks for more success in 2nd season

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Studying has never been a problem for Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who has a degree in economics from Dartmouth. The right-hander enjoys baseball's scouting reports and video work almost as much as being on the mound. So sure, Hendricks noticed when manager...

  • Royals largely settled as spring training opener nears

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — For decades, the Kansas City Royals headed to spring training full of uncertainty. They would hope their young first baseman would be ready for the big leagues. Or their next big pitching prospect would earn a spot in the rotation. Or some other longshot project...

  • White Sox pitcher Quintana is poised to move into limelight

    Yesterday

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — White Sox manager Robin venture thinks Jose Quintana just needs a little help in becoming one of the elite pitchers in the American League. Slotted behind Chris Sale — and now Jeff Samardzija — in the White Sox rotation, Quintana has had some quiet success. With...

  • Marlins consider their infield makeover an upgrade

    Yesterday

    JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Since 2010, Martin Prado has hit .339 against the Marlins with 33 RBIs, more than he has against any other team. So they traded for him. "He won't kill us anymore from the other dugout," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. The offseason...

  • Max Scherzer will start Nationals' spring opener vs. Mets

    Yesterday

    VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer will start the Washington Nationals' spring training opener on Thursday night against the New York Mets. Nationals manager Matt Williams made the announcement Tuesday, and added Scherzer will be followed by Tanner Roark. Williams did not name a starter...

  • A-Rod: 'I'll be a little nervous' in return Wednesday

    Yesterday

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Since Alex Rodriguez last stepped into a batter's box during a game, Boston and San Francisco have won World Series titles, the New York Yankees missed the playoffs in consecutive years and a new commissioner has taken office. He has served a one-year drug...

  • Healthy Middlebrooks looks to revitalize career in San Diego

    Yesterday

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — For the first time in more than a year, it doesn't hurt when Will Middlebrooks swings. Now in San Diego, a healthy Middlebrooks looks to revitalize a career that went from a sure thing at third base in Boston to an injury- and strikeout-filled two years in which...

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