• Phillies' Utley likely out for first week of spring games

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Second baseman Chase Utley will not play in the Philadelphia Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday, and he says he isn't likely to see game action this week while coming back from a right ankle injury. The 36-year-old Utley has participated in hitting and...

  • Tanaka pleased with first BP

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka was pleased with his first batting practice session. The Japanese right-hander threw 25 pitches Monday. "As for the first time, I think it went well," Tanaka said through an interpreter. Tanaka missed 2 1/2 months last season...

  • A's switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years featuring space for either hand. Venditte is a rare switch-pitcher. He hopes that versatility...

  • Dodgers and reliever Mike Adams agree to minor league deal

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    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Relief pitcher Mike Adams and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Adams was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 22 games last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, who declined his $6 million club option for...

  • Castillo, Betts try to impress in CF for Red Sox

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielders Mookie Betts and Rusney Castillo each stand shorter than 5-feet-10 and between them have played in only 62 big league games. Along with veteran Jackie Bradley Jr., who has played 164 games over the past two years, they will try to...

  • Giants reliever Strickland insists he's tranquil on mound

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland is a big, strong country boy from Georgia with a triple-digit fastball. Despite how things looked in Game 2 of the World Series when got in a verbal skirmish that escalated against Kansas City, he insists he's...

  • Astros newcomer Gattis learning more and more about outfield

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Evan Gattis is quickly becoming at ease in the clubhouse with his new Houston teammates. Adapting to his new spot on the field might take a little more time. "I want to play as many positions as I can, but I'm not as comfortable in left field as I am catching,"...

  • Pierzynski brings experience behind plate to Braves

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice. Pierzynski realizes that he is known for being an irritant, a pest, and quite a handful for any team wearing a different colored uniform....

  • Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals. But first, the national anthem. "You've got to simulate it like it's a real game," Scherzer said Sunday. "It's...

  • Young Cubs look up to new hitting instructor Manny Ramirez

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    MESA, Arizona (AP) — Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Soler had limited access to major league games on television. Only the best teams and the most famous players made the news on the communist island. Manny Ramirez was one of them. "He's my favorite player," the 23-year-old Chicago Cubs...

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