• Kershaw to start opening day for Dodgers

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw will start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day for the fifth straight season, taking the mound at home April 6 against the San Diego Padres. "That's the plan," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly...

  • Martin looks ahead to new chapter with Blue Jays

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Russell Martin totally enjoyed his days in Pittsburgh. Two years, two playoff appearances after helping transform the also-ran Pirates into postseason contenders. Now with Toronto, the three-time All-Star catcher will soon get a look from across the diamond at...

  • Nationals 2B Uggla again seeing the ball well

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Dan Uggla was actually relieved last year to hear a doctor tell him he was "really messed up." That happened last August when Uggla visited Dr. Robert Donatelli in Las Vegas and discovered there was a way to correct the faulty vision that had plagued him since the...

  • Harvey shows off curveball in 2nd batting practice session

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Mets ace Matt Harvey might be returning from elbow surgery with another nasty pitch. Throwing batting practice for the second time this spring, Harvey showed off an impressive curveball that neither David Wright or Curtis Granderson were able to hit. "I...

  • D-Backs to wear patch in memory of Kayla Mueller

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks will wear a black patch with "KAYLA" on it in spring training games Tuesday through Sunday in memory of Kayla Mueller, the young Arizona woman who died in captivity in Syria. Team President Derrick Hall said the way the 26-year-old humanitarian...

  • Smith finds spot in outfield with Mariners

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — By now, Seth Smith is used to joining a new team in spring training. Smith was acquired by Seattle in a trade with San Diego in December, his fourth team in five years. "At this point, it's not that big of a deal," Smith said of being on so many new teams. "The...

  • Orioles open spring schedule Tuesday without some regulars

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles are five weeks away from playing their first regular season game — and that's probably a good thing for them. They have 34 Grapefruit League games beginning on Tuesday against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Florida, and many of the Orioles...

  • Astros' star Altuve searching for more in 2015

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    KISSIMMEE, Florida (AP) — Jose Altuve hit .341, became the first Houston player to win a batting title and set a team record with 225 hits in 2014. What do the Astros like best about all that? The second baseman is intent on being even better this year. "I want to improve my hitting,...

  • A-Rod to skip Yanks' spring opener, make debut Wednesday

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez will skip the New York Yankees' exhibition opener against Philadelphia in Clearwater and is slated to make his spring training debut at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday. A-Rod is back from a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug...

  • Lester to start opening night April 5 vs Cardinals

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Lester is slated to make his first start for the Chicago Cubs on opening night, April 5, against the St. Louis Cardinals. Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Monday what he had earlier indicated about Chicago's new ace. Lester signed a six-year, $155 million...

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