• Vince Coleman off and running as White Sox instructor

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Vince Coleman still moves quickly. The former steals king, in spring training camp to work with White Sox runners, has already earned a lot of attention with his energetic, direct approach. He's trying to fix a part of the game that's slowed Chicago in recent...

  • Longoria eyes "bounce-back" year with revamped Rays

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria trusts the Tampa Bay Rays to get it right, so he has no complaints about the club's winter makeover. Not that the star third baseman was happy to see the franchise lose manager Joe Maddon and front office executive Andrew Friedman within a...

  • Rays reliever Belisario fractures shoulder, out indefinitely

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Ronald Belisario has fractured his non-throwing shoulder in a swimming pool accident and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. The team said Saturday that Belisario will be sidelined indefinitely. The Rays...

  • Indians' Kluber rises quickly to become star AL pitcher

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Corey Kluber was suddenly on a roster of baseball immortality. It was all so surreal, almost overwhelming. In New York last month to receive his 2014 Cy Young Award, Kluber sat at a dais alongside Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken —...

  • Royals 1B Hosmer hoping to build off postseason success

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a basketball, football and volleyball for a PlayStation commercial at Surprise Stadium, the spring training home of the Kansas City Royals. Hosmer said the basketball was the easiest to hit because "it's so big." A baseball must have looked...

  • RF Matt Kemp confident about new-look Padres being contender

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Kemp stood up from his locker, navy blue hoodie covering his head and began signing the nursery rhyme, "Rain, Rain, Go Away." Aside from Saturday's gray skies and precipitation in the forecast all weekend, San Diego's new right fielder is loving his new life...

  • Hometown boys Molitor, Mauer trying to turn Twins around

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    On a chilly winter afternoon in St. Paul, two St. Paul natives sat down for lunch at a St. Paul restaurant and did what St. Paul guys do — they talked about what it's going to take to fix the Minnesota Twins. The only thing that separated this conversation from hundreds of others that...

  • Alex Rodriguez might play in Yankees' spring training opener

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez might be in the New York Yankees' lineup for Tuesday's spring training opener against the Philadelphia Phillies. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said a decision will come Monday. "It's something I have to talk to him about," Girardi said Saturday. "See...

  • M's Ackley welcomed son early on way to spring training

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Dustin Ackley and his 7-months-pregnant wife were about an hour from stop No. 2 in their cross-country trek from Michigan to Arizona for the start of spring training when her water broke outside Oklahoma City. The Seattle Mariners' left fielder also had two dogs...

  • White Sox ace Sale breaks bone in foot, out at least 3 weeks

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale is out for at least three weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in what the team described as an accident at home. Unloading the back of his truck, general manager Rick Hahn explained Saturday. Sale, though, told quite a...

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