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Ichiro reports quad soreness following collision (Today)
JUPITER, Fla. -- A day after being involved in a collision during an outfield drill, Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was dealing with soreness in his quadriceps area, above his right knee.

McCutchen, Chevy team up to support youth initiatives (Today)
Andrew McCutchen might have to get used to his new position in right field this spring, but here's one move by the Pirates' five-time All-Star that will require no adjustment whatsoever.

A cut above: Melancon brings stability to Giants' 'pen (Today)
Offseason acquisition Mark Melancon is the guy the San Francisco Giants are rebuilding their bullpen around. After throwing some young guys into the fire last season, the Giants believe they've got a nice blend of veterans and younger guys to give manager Bruce Bochy plenty of late options.

Gwynn's legacy off the field remembered (Today)
In San Diego, there's never a bad time to reflect on the legacy of Gwynn. And there probably isn't a more important time to do so than during Black History Month.

Hamilton leaves Rangers camp to have left knee examined (Today)
Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton reaggravated his surgically repaired left knee and has flown back to Texas to be examined by Dr. Walt Lowe in Houston.

30 under-the-radar spring storylines (Tuesday, February 21)
Let's discuss some not-so-obvious players who might generate headlines as exhibition games get underway.

Hot topics: Cactus clubs look ahead to season (Today)
In advance of Friday's opening round of spring exhibitions, the managers and general managers from the clubs competing in Arizona were on hand Tuesday for the fifth annual Cactus League Spring Training Media Day.

AL-inclusive: Everyone has eyes on West title (Today)
Jerry Dipoto knows that the Astros are favored to win the American League West, and if baseball analysts aren't talking about Jose Altuve's budding powerhouse, they're focused on the Rangers. Why not? They've won the AL West two years in a row.

Padres set with current crop of players (Tuesday, February 21)
There's already plenty of competition for roster spots in Padres camp. But don't expect more names to be added to the mix before Opening Day.

Rockies ready to compete with big spenders (Tuesday, February 21)
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich hopes to follow the steps of the 2014 and '15 Royals and the '16 Indians as mid-market teams that reached the World Series.

Angels to take time on naming first baseman (Tuesday, February 21)
General manager Billy Eppler said Tuesday that it's hard to say how the first-base situation will shake out. He expects to spend the next six weeks of Spring Training contemplating the decision, and said he is in no rush to commit to a resolution.

Padres considering new way to use SP depth (Tuesday, February 21)
The Padres are already tinkering with a few outside-the-box ideas to try this season.

Bochy sees Rockies on rise in NL West (Tuesday, February 21)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy typically says before every season begins that the National League West is a thoroughly balanced division. This year, however, Bochy believes Colorado can make an upward move, with its potent lineup and new manager Bud Black's guidance.

KC GM not worried about losing big-name stars (Tuesday, February 21)
This is the last year the core of the Royals' 2015 World Series championship team is guaranteed to stay together. Kansas City has four potential big-name free-agents after the '17 season -- third baseman Mike Moustakas, first baseman Eric Hosmer, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Bumgarner expecting to start Cactus opener (Tuesday, February 21)
Left-hander Madison Bumgarner is likely to start for the Giants in Friday's Cactus League opener against the Reds.

Cubs keep eye on new wave of young studs (Tuesday, February 21)
On Tuesday, manager Joe Maddon took a good look at the Cubs' future. He spent a lot of time during the workout watching Ian Happ and Eloy Jimenez, Nos. 1 and 2 on MLB.com's list of the Top 30 Cubs prospects, who are in big league camp for the first time.

No major rules changes for '17, but '18 a possibility (Tuesday, February 21)
Major League Baseball may have just one significant rule change this season -- an automatic international walk. However, other changes -- all of them designed to increase the pace of play -- seem very much a possibility for the 2018 season.

Phils reveal starters for first 3 spring games (Tuesday, February 21)
The Phillies on Tuesday announced their starting pitchers for three games this week.

Braves' new additions take part in BP (Tuesday, February 21)
Even with more than 31 combined years of Major League service time, second baseman Brandon Phillips, right-hander R.A. Dickey and left-hander Jaime Garcia relished their first opportunity to face live batting practice opponents as members of the Braves.

Young prospects can learn from Naquin (Tuesday, February 21)
The message delivered to Tyler Naquin at the start of Spring Training a year ago was short and to the point. The Indians had vacancies in the outfield and the young center fielder had a great opportunity to seize one of the jobs with a strong performance in the preseason. Naquin did precisely that, too.

D-backs set to play first game of spring against GCU (Tuesday, February 21)
The D-backs and Grand Canyon University will face off on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. MST at Salt River Fields in the first exhibition game of the season in MLB.

4 will duke it out in Tigers' center-field shuffle (Tuesday, February 21)
The Tigers will spend Spring Training trying to figure out their center-field void with the young outfielders they have in camp. If it wasn't clear before camp started, it's clear now that the market has cleared.

Braves evaluating options for bench roles (Tuesday, February 21)
"Super utility" is the term increasingly used to describe hitters who can field several positions, and whose bats managers want to keep in the lineup. They are baseball's Swiss army knife.

Cishek excited about first throws of spring (Tuesday, February 21)
After undergoing microfracture hip surgery in October, this was Steve Cishek's first chance to throw, and he began his Spring Training in an admitted small step in a recovery process.

Reds leaders don't want to settle for 'moral victories' (Tuesday, February 21)
The Reds are still largely viewed as a rebuilding club. Both Bryan Price and Dick Williams would like to see that tag removed, but realize it has to be done by team performance on the field.

Dahl, Parra battling for starting job in LF (Tuesday, February 21)
Rockies outfielder David Dahl wants the triumphs of last year to give him confidence heading into this season. Gerardo Parra would like to forget 2016 as quickly as possible.

Rangers use a little luck to get Napoli back (Tuesday, February 21)
The Indians wanted first baseman Mike Napoli back and they might have pulled it off if Edwin Encarnacion had not fallen into their lap.

D-backs nearing beginning of Cactus League schedule (Tuesday, February 21)
After Wednesday's exhibition game against Grand Canyon University, the D-backs will have two days before opening the Cactus League schedule against the Rockies on Saturday.

Dodgers calm, healthy at first club workout (Tuesday, February 21)
The Dodgers held their first full-squad workout on Tuesday, and the talk of camp was basketball. Club officials said part-owner Magic Johnson's status with the Dodgers hasn't changed because he just took over running the Los Angeles Lakers, but camp interest in Johnson's new job was a sign that things are relatively calm at Camelback Ranch-Glendale.

New A's reliever Casilla held up by visa process (Tuesday, February 21)
Santiago Casilla is held up in the Dominican Republic by visa paperwork that was delayed because he was a late sign, only committing to a second tour with the A's -- via a two-year, $11 million deal -- in late January.

Zaidi: A-Gone to get strategic rest in 2017 (Tuesday, February 21)
General manager Farhan Zaidi repeated manager Dave Roberts' desire to find more days off for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who earlier in the day said he will learn in the first week of March whether he will be cleared to begin hitting. Gonzalez has been shut down with right elbow tendinitis.

Ozzie aims to help bolster Cardinals' defense (Tuesday, February 21)
On the heels of a season dotted with fundamental lapses, the Cardinals prioritized defensive work this spring and they summoned the most distinguished defensive player in franchise history to assist with that instruction.

Simmons gearing up for 2017 Classic (Tuesday, February 21)
The Angels' Andrelton Simmons will depart for Seoul at the end of February to represent the Netherlands in his second career World Baseball Classic.

Four umpires promoted to replace retiring veterans (Tuesday, February 21)
Major League Baseball announced the retirement of longtime umpires Bob Davidson, John Hirschbeck, Jim Joyce and Tim Welke on Tuesday. That brings four new umpires to the full-time Major League ranks -- Adam Hamari, Pat Hoberg, Gabe Morales and Carlos Torres.

Greinke could bounce back through better fielding, framing (Tuesday, February 21)
Zack Greinke's first year in Arizona didn't live up to expectations, and while that's somewhat on him, it's also about the fact that the team around him didn't offer much help. In 2017, better pitch framing and better outfield defense ought to benefit him greatly.

Is 300-wins club done adding members? (Tuesday, February 21)
Will there ever be another 300-game winner? The answer, I think, comes from a different question: "Will anyone ever again want to win 300 games enough to actually do it?"

Commissioner: Meaningful rule changes will take time (Tuesday, February 21)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday the league won't see any "meaningful" rule changes brought to MLB play in 2017, though he hopes to see rules implemented in the future to address pace of play and rate of action issues.

Machado, O's give young fan unforgettable day (Tuesday, February 21)
Eleven-year-old Nicole Parker, of Ellicott City, Md., had a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Tuesday, as the aspiring sportswriter -- who started an Orioles blog of her own about a month ago -- got to visit O's camp and meet some of her heroes.

Something for everyone on Brewers' Glove Day (Tuesday, February 21)
PHOENIX -- Jonathan Villar's came in three different custom color schemes and were embroidered with his daughter's name. Brett Phillips' had a Brewers logo to remind him of his ultimate destination. Phillips' and Michael Reed's were inscribed with their favorite Bible verses. Yadiel Rivera's came in different sizes, since he plays multiple positions. Ryan Braun's went straight to third base coach and outfield instructor Ed Sedar as a gift. For Brewers players with Wilson glove contracts, it was the baseball version of Christmas morning. Their new mitts had arrived.

Martin: Salty 'somebody that I can rely on' (Tuesday, February 21)
In Russell Martin's second full season in the big leagues, 2008 with the Dodgers, he played in 155 games and was behind the plate in a remarkable 149 of them. "It used to be an ego thing, that I wanted to play every day," the Blue Jays catcher said before Tuesday's workout.

After strong year, Moylan ready for competition (Tuesday, February 21)
Right-hander Peter Moylan had been hoping to land a Major League contract for 2017 after he posted a 3.43 ERA in 50 appearances for the Royals last season. The 38-year-old said he wasn't disappointed when he decided to accept a Minor League deal with Kansas City.

Gillaspie ready for any role he's asked to play (Tuesday, February 21)
As one of the Giants' key performers last October, it would seem Conor Gillaspie has no business mentioning the possibility of beginning this year at Triple-A.

Cash feels 'very good' about Rays' catchers (Tuesday, February 21)
Matt Wieters agreed to a deal with the Nationals on Tuesday, thereby ending any speculation that the Rays might sign the veteran catcher.

Hahn to start A's Cactus League opener (Tuesday, February 21)
Jesse Hahn was the A's No. 3 starter when the 2015 season opened, but he went down to injury after just 16 starts. He will get an early chance to showcase his talents Saturday.

Mets' confidence in d'Arnaud speaks volumes (Tuesday, February 21)
When Matt Wieters agreed to terms Monday on a two-year contract with the Nationals, according to multiple sources, it stamped out any lingering speculation that Wieters could, despite all evidence to the contrary, join the Mets.

O's acquire lefty Bleier from Yanks for PTBN (Tuesday, February 21)
The Orioles completed their fourth transaction in as many days on Tuesday, trading for Yankees left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier in exchange for a player to be named later. To create room on the 40-man roster, Baltimore designated Christian Walker for assignment. Walker was a late scratch at first base from Tuesday's intrasquad game as a result.

Arroyo faces batters as comeback attempt continues (Tuesday, February 21)
Reds hitters facing Bronson Arroyo during batting practice on Tuesday weren't being fooled, and that's exactly how the veteran starting pitcher wanted it.

Dozier a big fan of Glove Day (Tuesday, February 21)
Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has used the same Wilson A2000 glove model since he was a freshman in high school in Mississippi.

Gibson to start Grapefruit League opener (Tuesday, February 21)
Right-hander Kyle Gibson will start the Grapefruit League opener for the Twins against the Rays at Hammond Stadium on Friday night, and fellow right-hander Phil Hughes will start the second game of the spring against Red Sox at JetBlue Park on Saturday.

Glove love: Pedroia, Sox revel in Glove Day (Tuesday, February 21)
It was 7:30 on Tuesday morning, and Dustin Pedroia was hollering with the enthusiasm he usually saves for after a Red Sox win. This time, his excitement was for Wilson Glove Day, the day when several Boston players got their new gloves from the noted glove manufacturer.

How does reported signing of Wieters affect Nats? (Tuesday, February 21)
Within the new norm that is baseball's late free-agent market, the Nats agreed to terms with All-Star catcher Matt Wieters on what is reported to be a two-year, $21 million contract Tuesday, with a player opt-out after this season. This was also a signing that created more questions than it answered.

Blue Jays hope Liriano continues to flourish (Tuesday, February 21)
When Francisco Liriano was traded from the Pirates to the Blue Jays on Aug. 1, his uniform wasn't the only thing that changed.

Tucker feeling good, continues rehab process (Tuesday, February 21)
Five months removed from undergoing right shoulder surgery, Astros outfielder Preston Tucker is progressing as normal, but he has been limited to hitting flips during the first week of spring camp. He's been able to do all the defensive drills, though.

Super utility: Uber on Franklin's resume (Tuesday, February 21)
You're taking Uber to the airport, and the driver looks familiar. Finally, it comes to you: Nick Franklin.

Vogelbach flexing footwork, flexibility in camp (Tuesday, February 21)
Listed at 6-foot, 250 pounds, Daniel Vogelbach doesn't fit the mold of the typical Major League first baseman. But he pushed all winter to improve his flexibility and footwork to give himself the best chance possible this year,

C. Carpenter will be guest instructor at camp (Tuesday, February 21)
Chris Carpenter, who pitched for the Cardinals from 2004-12, is a new addition to a list of instructors that will also include Jim Edmonds, Bob Gibson and Lou Brock.

Ellsbury joins Yanks camp after birth of child (Tuesday, February 21)
The Yankees have their full roster in camp following the arrival of outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was granted a late report because his wife, Kelsey, was delivering the couple's second child.

Bell pain-free after facing Pirates pitchers (Tuesday, February 21)
Pirates first baseman Josh Bell took another step toward full recovery from offseason knee surgery, facing live pitching on Tuesday for the first time in Spring Training.

Montero feels great after dinner, talk with Maddon (Tuesday, February 21)
Cubs manager Joe Maddon invited catcher Miguel Montero to dinner Monday night to discuss the veteran's role on the club in the 2017 season.

Brantley optimistic about recovery process (Tuesday, February 21)
Michael Brantley is not just Jason Kipnis' teammate, but one of his closest friends. Publicly, Brantley is a master at concealing his emotions and putting a positive face on a comeback that has spanned 18 months. Kipnis has seen Brantley behind the scenes, and understands how difficult things have been for the outfielder.

With Mensch on Bench, Israel ready for Classic (Tuesday, February 21)
The Mensch on the Bench lives, and a full-size version of it is sitting in the passenger seat of Cody Decker's SUV. It traveled with him here from his home in Santa Monica, Calif., and will make the trip with Team Israel to Seoul, Korea, in early March for the opening round of the World Baseball Classic.

Giolito feels work from offseason paying off early in camp (Tuesday, February 21)
Lucas Giolito likes the way the ball is coming out of his hand, a noticeable difference even through just one week of Spring Training pitching with the White Sox.

Same pinstripes, new role for 'grateful' A-Rod (Tuesday, February 21)
When Alex Rodriguez needs a moment to clear his mind, he'll sometimes reach for one of his old game-model bats, now stashed near his office desk. Those indoor swings are enough for the three-time American League Most Valuable Player, who says that he is retired and has "zero" urge to play again.

Britton to miss intrasquad game with oblique issue (Tuesday, February 21)
Orioles closer Zach Britton will not pitch in Wednesday's intrasquad game as the lefty is dealing with early signs of an oblique issue.

Nats agree to deal with Wieters (Tuesday, February 21)
The Nationals had been the speculated landing spot for free-agent catcher Matt Wieters this offseason, and the two sides reached a deal on Tuesday, pending a physical, manager Dusty Baker confirmed.

Ferrari helps in Cubs' lesson to stay humble (Tuesday, February 21)
The plan was for manager Joe Maddon to address the team during the first full-squad workout on Saturday about the need to stay humble after winning the Cubs' first World Series since 1908, and then strength coach Buss would drive a Ferrari onto the field. Rain delayed that, so on Tuesday, when the field was finally dry, the players were gathered on the field and Buss drove the car onto the grass and slowly circled the group.

Breaking down the Phillies' Top 30 Prospects (Tuesday, February 21)
Back at the trade deadline in 2015, the Phillies realized it was time to turn things over and rebuild. That effort continues, but several of the players from trades graduated off the Top 30 in 2016. With all of the flux, one name on the Phillies list has remained a constant: J.P. Crawford.

Jaso glad to fill multiple roles for Bucs in '17 (Tuesday, February 21)
John Jaso has grown accustomed to the shuffle that comes with life in the big leagues. Even if he seems to experience it more often than his peers.

Beckham working in OF to boost versatility (Tuesday, February 21)
George Hendrick used to tease Tim Beckham about getting an outfield glove.

Mattingly confident Tazawa will deliver results (Tuesday, February 21)
Finding consistency with the bullpen from year to year is a task, but Marlins manager Don Mattingly has all the confidence that former Boston Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa can fit in with a new team in 2017.

Inbox: Who is Blue Jays' Opening Day starter? (Tuesday, February 21)
Blue Jays fans are asking about the Opening Day starter.

Breaking down the Marlins' Top 30 Prospects (Tuesday, February 21)
The offseason saw the Marlins trade even more prospects, most notably right-hander flame-thrower Luis Castillo, who was sent to the Reds with toolsy outfielder Isaiah White and big league reliever Austin Brice. Those trades haven't completely depleted Miami's system of impact talent, though.

Ankiel admits to drinking before game to cope with 'yips' (Tuesday, February 21)
Longtime St. Louis Cardinals pitcher/outfielder Rick Ankiel admitted Monday in an interview plugging his new book that he drank vodka before the 2001 season opener to calm his nerves following his postseason meltdown in 2000.

Infield gives Netherlands strong chance to advance (Tuesday, February 21)
The Netherlands will begin 2017 World Baseball Classic play against host Korea on March 7. First pitch time: 4:30 a.m. ET. We promise: It's worth setting an early alarm -- or staying awake -- simply to watch the Dutch infield.

Correa easing into drills after oral surgery (Tuesday, February 21)

Ichiro tweaks back in minor outfield collision (Tuesday, February 21)
Ichiro Suzuki needed directions to the training room. He'd never been there before -- ever. For the first time in his illustrious career, the 43-year-old Marlins outfielder sought medical assistance after colliding with non-roster invitee Brandon Barnes in what was ironically enough a communication drill late in Tuesday's Spring Training workout.

Breaking down the Mets' Top 30 Prospects (Tuesday, February 21)
It had appeared like the top prospects had all graduated to the big leagues. After all, how could there be more impactful talent after the likes of Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz graduated off of the Mets' Top 30 list? Well, sometimes looks can be deceiving.

Nats reportedly ink catcher Wieters (Tuesday, February 21)
The Nationals had been the speculated landing spot for free-agent catcher Matt Wieters this offseason, and the two sides reached a deal on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.

Locke still battling left biceps tendinitis (Tuesday, February 21)
Marlins left-hander Jeff Locke spent Tuesday resting his arm, while his teammates continued Spring Training in preparation for the 2017 season. It was the third day of inactivity for Locke, who is battling tendinitis in his left bicep.

Torre: Extra-innings rule could help game (Tuesday, February 21)
Major League Baseball's experiment to put a runner on second base to begin extra innings in the lower levels of the Minor Leagues is "far down the road, if we ever get there" from reaching MLB, chief baseball officer Joe Torre said Monday on MLB Network's "High Heat."

Nationals appear close to signing Wieters (Tuesday, February 21)
The Nationals are nearing a deal with free-agent catcher Matt Wieters, a source has confirmed to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

Getting up to speed in the spring (Tuesday, February 21)
Worrying over a pitcher's velocity -- or lack thereof -- in Spring Training is now an annual tradition, but the data supports a cause for concern.

Spring has arrived: Get tickets, skeds, gear (Monday, February 20)
Ready to see your favorite squad back in action? Come out to see live Grapefruit and Cactus League action this spring.

D-backs leadership likes where team stands (Monday, February 20)
D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick and team president/CEO Derrick Hall met with the media Friday just before the team's first full-squad workout of the spring and covered a variety of topics.

Glove at first sight for Bailey and his mitts (Monday, February 20)
It was an exciting day at Angels camp for right-hander Andrew Bailey, who received his new gloves for the season on Glove Day from Wilson Sporting Goods representatives on Monday morning at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

De La Rosa comes full circle with D-backs (Monday, February 20)
Jorge De La Rosa was signed by the Diamondbacks in 1998, but has never pitched for Arizona. He's hoping this year he will take the mound for the D-backs.

Maybin up for challenge as LF, tablesetter (Monday, February 20)
Cameron Maybin will be adjusting to more than just a new team this spring. Maybin, who was acquired from the Tigers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Victor Alcantara over the offseason, has spent most of his career as a center fielder but will now be charged with filling the Angels' void in left field.

10 storylines for Cactus League Media Day (Monday, February 20)
Welcome to one of the real cool days of a new baseball season. This one reminds us how quickly things are moving toward an Opening Day less than six weeks away.

Bourjos enticed to White Sox by opportunity, locale (Monday, February 20)
Outfielder Peter Bourjos liked the opportunity and the Spring Training geography presented by the White Sox in agreeing to a Minor League deal and non-roster invite with the team. "It seemed like a good opportunity to make the team and hopefully get an opportunity to play a little bit where I just wouldn't be going in and hoping for 200 at-bats," Bourjos said. "Hopefully I can get as many at-bats as I did last year.

Bassitt revamping mechanics while rehabbing (Monday, February 20)
Rehabbing from Tommy John surgery is a long, arduous process that can be equal parts lonely and boring. Except A's right-hander Chris Bassitt has hardly been lonely, and only occasionally bored.

Guyer glad to platoon, play where, when needed (Monday, February 20)
Brandon Guyer believes he can be more than a platoon player, but he understands his role on the Indians' roster. Given his career track record against left-handed pitching, the outfielder will mostly be used as a weapon against southpaws in the upcoming season.

Raburn could be strong option off the bench (Monday, February 20)
As he got comfortable on his first day in Reds camp as a non-roster player since signing a Minor League contract, Ryan Raburn had a firm grasp on why he was brought in to compete for a spot.

Dodgers sign Gutierrez to one-year deal (Monday, February 20)
On Monday, the Dodgers announced the signing of former Gold Glove outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year contract.

A-Rod visiting Yanks camp as special instructor (Monday, February 20)
The Yankees believe that Alex Rodriguez has a wealth of information to pass on to their young players, and that can begin on Tuesday, when he'll put the pinstripes back on as one of the team's special guest instructors.

Clemens slated to start Padres' Cactus opener (Monday, February 20)
Paul Clemens will get the first chance to state his case in the Padres' wide-open race for starting rotation spots.

LeMahieu ignores naysayers, keeps improving (Monday, February 20)
For most of his career, DJ LeMahieu has been underrated, however the second baseman keeps collecting hardware and impressing the competition.

Cuban infielder Fernandez shaking off rust with Dodgers (Monday, February 20)
The Dodgers' latest Cuban talent is 28-year-old infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez, who is among the non-roster invitees that will participate in Tuesday's first full-squad workout.

Garcia driven to reclaim White Sox outfield spot (Monday, February 20)

Youth is served in fantasy SS rankings (Monday, February 20)
A position with few elite fantasy options not long ago, shortstop has been rejuvenated by a deluge of talented youngsters.

Reed looking to seize Astros' first-base opportunity (Monday, February 20)
He was named Indiana high school player of the year and won the Golden Spikes Award in 2014 as the top amateur player in the country. He led all the Minor Leagues in home runs, RBIs and OPS in 2015 en route to being named the Astros' Minor League Player of the Year.

Miller's first live BP draws respect from Tribe (Monday, February 20)
Andrew Miller took the mound on Field 1 at Cleveland's spring complex, where Brandon Guyer was one of three hitters to face the relief ace in his first live batting practice workout of the year.

Cubs notes: Spot in rotation up for grabs (Monday, February 20)
The Cubs and the city of Mesa will host a championship rally on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. MT/11 a.m-3 p.m. CT at Sloan Park, one day before the defending World Series champs open Cactus League play.

McCullers' new gloves honor friend Fernandez (Monday, February 20)
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. took the opportunity to get some new gloves for the start of Spring Training to pay tribute to his close friend, Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident last year.

Darvish breaking bats in first outing (Monday, February 20)
After successful Tommy John surgery, Yu Darvish is back in All-Star form. In his first appearance on the mound this spring, he broke Hanser Alberto's bat.

Bourn gets one-year deal, invite to spring camp (Monday, February 20)
Baltimore and veteran outfielder Michael Bourn have agreed to a one-year deal with an invite to Spring Training; the deal will be worth $2 million if Bourn makes the Major League club.

5 pitchers aim to repeat breakout campaigns (Monday, February 20)
MLB.com earlier profiled five breakout hitters from 2016 and examined their chances of sustaining that improvement this coming season. Now, it's time to switch the focus to five starting pitchers who will face a similar challenge in '17.

Braves hope P. Rodriguez emerges as key lefty (Monday, February 20)
Nearly two full years have passed since Paco Rodriguez's left elbow has been healthy enough for him to pitch in a Major League game. But if the left-handed reliever pitches effectively during Spring Training, he could open the season as a key piece in Atlanta's bullpen.

Matheny 'nowhere near' naming OD starter (Monday, February 20)
Those wondering who will take the mound in the Cardinals' season opener will have to sit tight a while longer before receiving an answer.

Sweet springtime: Phils keep it lively at camp (Monday, February 20)
Bob Seger's "Night Moves" and other music served as the Phillies' soundtrack to Monday's workout at Carpenter Complex. It's baseball -- why not?

La Stella happy to be back with Cubs (Monday, February 20)
He had to change his phone number and deal with friends and family who were confused but Tommy La Stella said he has no regrets about his decision last year to go home rather than report to the Minor Leagues when the Cubs sent him down.

Nutting: Team 'refocused'; Cervelli on mend (Monday, February 20)
After his annual Spring Training meeting with the Pirates players and coaches Monday morning, owner Bob Nutting sat down for a 30-minute chat with the media and covered a broad range of topics regarding the club's vision, spending and disappointing 2016 season.

MacPhail endorses Phils facility's fresh look (Monday, February 20)
Spectrum Field has had a different look and feel this spring. Sure, it is the first Spring Training without a single player from the 2008 World Series championship team. But there have been physical changes to the exterior and interior of the ballpark and Carpenter Complex, too.

Task at hand: Win World Series (Monday, February 20)
Texas Rangers manager said the team is setting its sights on a World Series victory. "The mission is to win the World Series, and it is incomplete," he said.

Hosmer curious about free agency, loyal to KC (Monday, February 20)
First baseman Eric Hosmer is one of several Royals who could become a free-agent after the 2017 season. And while Hosmer has indicated he is curious about testing the free-agent waters, he doesn't want to be misunderstood: He has interest in a long-term deal with the Royals.

Pearce gives Blue Jays options in field (Monday, February 20)
Steve Pearce has spent the last four seasons in the American League East, playing for the Orioles and Rays. So he saw a lot of the Blue Jays. And he liked what he saw.

All smiles, Collins talks possible position switches (Monday, February 20)
Here's everything you need to know about Mets camp on Monday.

Recovering Wright, Pomeranz throw off mound (Monday, February 20)
For two Red Sox starting pitchers coming off injuries and hoping to win spots in the rotation, Monday was a good day. Side by side, Steven Wright and Drew Pomeranz threw off the mound for the first time this spring. And they both did so with no pain.

Icebreaker opens first full-squad workout (Monday, February 20)
After a rainy weekend slowed the start of Mariners camp, the team took the field for its first full-squad workout on Monday under mostly sunny skies as the action heated up quickly at the club's Peoria Sports Complex.

Nathan confident in another comeback bid (Monday, February 20)
Non-roster invitee Joe Nathan is hoping to make a second comeback late in his career following Tommy John surgery. He did it once before, and the 42-year-old right-hander, a 16-year veteran, hopes to pitch at least another season, which would make the Nationals his sixth Major League club.

Arenado prepares for bout at the plate (Monday, February 20)
Nolan Arenado,one of the game's best players, is ready to take it a step further against National League West pitchers.

On and off field, home elusive for Machado (Monday, February 20)
In a normal offseason, slick-fielding shortstop prospect Dixon Machado would have come into Spring Training in game shape following winter ball in Venezuela. This winter, for the first time, he stayed away. The situation in his home country is too dangerous, his worries for his family too great. Even for players who aren't superstars, it's a risk.

Baez brings new glove to Spring Training (Monday, February 20)
Javier Baez has a new glove, designed specifically for the World Baseball Classic in Puerto Rico's colors of red, white and blue. Cubs manager Joe Maddon probably wouldn't be surprised to see some chrome on it, too.

No timetable for when Cueto might report (Monday, February 20)
A week has gone by since pitchers and catchers reported to Giants camp and there's still no sign of right-hander Johnny Cueto.

Jimenez's stuff, demeanor impress V-Mart (Monday, February 20)
Joe Jimenez has been waiting to face Major League competition since last summer. The Tigers' closer of the future's first look Monday included Victor Martinez, who made his big league debut in 2002 -- when Jimenez was seven years old.

Fowler reaffirms comments regarding travel ban (Monday, February 20)
Dexter Fowler said on Monday that he stands by the statement he made to ESPN.com two days ago in which he discussed the effect on his family of President Donald Trump's executive order limiting travel to and from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Bird out to prove he's healthy, ready to play (Monday, February 20)
Greg Bird isn't concerned about an upcoming battle for playing time with Chris Carter. After missing all of last season while recovering from right labrum surgery, the Yankees first baseman just wants to prove that his swing is back to normal.

Hamilton harnessing thunder once again (Monday, February 20)
There was still some thunder lingering in Arizona, and it came from Field No. 1 behind the main stadium. Josh Hamilton, who missed last season because of left knee surgery, was taking batting practice.

Kershaw, Wood look sharp throwing live BP (Monday, February 20)
Dodgers Nation breathed another sigh of relief Monday when Clayton Kershaw threw to hitters for the first time this spring and afterward said he felt fine.

Grandy reveres young players' 'work ethic' (Monday, February 20)
Four years in with the Mets, outfielder Curtis Granderson's goal of winning a championship hasn't changed.

Gio enjoying Spring Training close to home (Monday, February 20)
Nats lefty Gio Gonzalez didn't need a map to find the team's new Spring Training facility, The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

d'Arnaud, Mets raring to begin title chase (Monday, February 20)
Early on Monday morning, Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud was fighting a smirk as he talked to the media.

Top pick Burdi White Sox closer of future? (Monday, February 20)
With a fastball reaching 100 mph and slightly beyond, a pretty good slider and a feel for the changeup, there are some who believe Zack Burdi and his three pitches eventually could become a starter for the White Sox.

Breaking down the Blue Jays' Top 30 Prospects (Monday, February 20)
The Blue Jays didn't receive much help from their prospects in 2016, but that should change soon, with an aging team set to give way to inevitable turnover in the coming years.

Maton emerging as bullpen option (Monday, February 20)
It was the easiest job Austin Hedges ever had.

Ellis fitting in among familiar Marlins faces (Monday, February 20)
A.J. Ellis may be a newcomer to the Marlins, but the veteran catcher is certainly no stranger to the organization.

Niese 'proud' to wear Yankees uniform (Monday, February 20)
Now that Jonathon Niese has traded the Mets' orange and blue for Yankees pinstripes, he's hoping to find out what it will be like to pitch on the other side of a Subway Series this summer.

Cash happy with results from early camp drills (Monday, February 20)
Alex Cobb threw live batting practice on Monday and the right-hander told reporters, "It was a good day."

Feliz eager to get started with Brewers (Monday, February 20)
Rob Scahill remembers glancing up at the scoreboard last season and thinking something along the lines of, "This is the guy I watched in the World Series." Scahill was working relief for the Pirates alongside Neftali Feliz, the onetime Rangers closer who had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and took years to rediscover the zip on his fastball.

Nutting: Bucs would love to keep core intact (Monday, February 20)
As the Pirates ramp up their Spring Training workouts, the futures of three organizational pillars remains uncertain. But owner Bob Nutting said Monday that the Bucs would love to keep general manager Neal Huntington, manager Clint Hurdle and right fielder Andrew McCutchen beyond the life of their current contracts.

Fantasy 411 chat: Will Harvey bounce back? (Monday, February 20)
MLB.com fantasy expert Fred Zinkie fielded questions from fans during a live Twitter chat (at @fantasy411) on Monday. Read through the best of the Q&A.

Mookie the embodiment of a perfectionist (Monday, February 20)
We saw him in his other natural environment over the weekend, the six-strike string he put together in Chris Paul's Celebrity Invitational Charity Bowling Tournament that finished with a Larry Bird-like lookaway on the last roll. Mookie Betts in a bowling alley is arguably as enthralling as Mookie Betts on a baseball field.

Stroman expecting a dominant year on mound (Monday, February 20)
Marcus Stroman -- now two years removed from surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee -- indicated after Monday's workout that he believes the best is yet to come.

Healthy Pence, Giants' success go hand in hand (Monday, February 20)
Giants right fielder Hunter Pence came to camp this year with two solid goals in mind -- winning the World Series again after a two-year drought and remaining healthy for the entire season.

Sox savor Sale's skills in first live BP of spring (Monday, February 20)
The Red Sox who stepped in against Chris Sale for Monday's live batting practice session got a glimpse of what American League East hitters are going to have to deal with regularly this season. The most apt word? Nasty.

Zobrist enjoys spoils, eyes repeat World Series (Sunday, February 19)
Ben Zobrist acknowledges the incredible effect that the Cubs' championship had on its fans, and after an offseason of celebration, he wants to help deliver another title.

Glove at first sight: Rays rejoice on Glove Day (Monday, February 20)
Christmas in March. Such was the feeling early Monday morning when Wilson showed up to deliver gloves to Rays players for the coming season.

Baseball icon O'Neil made history with Cubs (Monday, February 20)
Buck O'Neil took an important step with the Cubs in 1962, when he was named to the team's coaching staff and became the Major Leagues' first black coach.

Locke stalled with biceps tendinitis (Monday, February 20)
Marlins left-hander Jeff Locke, who is competing for a rotation spot, has been shut down for a few days with biceps tendinitis.

10 oddest Spring Training storylines (Sunday, February 19)
Spring Training is barely a week old, and we can already put together a list of the 10 oddest storylines.

MLBPA's Clark on challenges of rule changes (Sunday, February 19)
He's for putting everything on the table. Raising the strike zone? Sure, let's have a chat. Automatic intentional walks? Absolutely, worth a discussion.

Capps' delivery legal if drag replaces hop (Sunday, February 19)
Carter Capps' first bullpen session of Spring Training sparked plenty of debate regarding his unorthodox delivery.

Bochy may open season with 5 outfielders (Sunday, February 19)
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Sunday that he is "leaning toward" opening the regular season with a five-man outfield contingent. That's standard operating procedure for many teams, but not always for the Giants, who frequently find themselves adding extra pitchers, not position players.

Kipnis on board with Francona's '17 message (Sunday, February 19)
Terry Francona stood in front of his entire team on Sunday morning and delivered his message. He is not big on calling team meetings, but he does know the importance of setting the tone for a season with the spring-opening dialogue. This year is different, too, as he was speaking to the reigning American League champions.

Cruz says Mariners are 'more ready' in 2017 (Sunday, February 19)
Nelson Cruz had only been back at Mariners camp for a day, but the slugger has already adopted manager Scott Servais' new slogan for 2017: "Whatever it takes."

Report: Niese agrees to Minor League deal (Sunday, February 19)
The Yankees and veteran left-hander Jonathon Niese agreed to a Minor League deal pending a physical, according to multiple reports on Sunday. The club has not confirmed them.

Pujols happy with progression, ready to run (Sunday, February 19)
Albert Pujols said Sunday that he's pleased with the progress he's made since reporting to Angels camp last week.

Orioles add lefty Nuno in trade with Dodgers (Sunday, February 19)
The Orioles acquired left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers on Sunday in exchange for right-hander Ryan Moseley.

Verlander benefits from showdown with Miggy (Sunday, February 19)
Miguel Cabrera was joking around with Tigers ace Justin Verlander on Sunday. With pitchers facing hitters at this stage of camp, teammates were pitted against each other. In this case, the teammates were the two most recognizable faces on the team.

Reds to go with four-man rotation at closer (Sunday, February 19)
How the Reds finish games this season is a question that will not be resolved during Spring Training, and that is by design. Manager Bryan Price isn't looking to have a dedicated closer as the club tries to be more innovative in the mid-to-late innings.

Morales admires Blue Jays' 'intensity on field' (Sunday, February 19)
When Kendrys Morales hit free agency this past November, there was never a doubt in his mind where he wanted to go.

Mazara bracing for challenge of sophomore season (Sunday, February 19)
As Nomar Mazara gets ready for his "sophomore" season in the Major Leagues, he faces the challenges of a second year.

Dipoto turns back clock with game of catch in bullpen (Sunday, February 19)
No, he's not going to come out of retirement and don a Mariners uniform, general manager Jerry Dipoto insisted. And no, he's not looking to trade himself. But baseball's most active GM -- having made a Major League-high 38 trades in 17 months since taking over Seattle's front office -- ditched the deals for a day. He donned his glove and played catch in the bullpen.

Fifth-starter candidates to pitch in first week (Sunday, February 19)
Rain on Sunday forced the Cubs to limit their workouts to the batting cages for the second day, but the team is on track for next Saturday's Cactus League opener. However, don't expect to see Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey until the second week of games, manager Joe Maddon said.

Gattis says sore shoulder feeling better (Sunday, February 19)
Astros catcher Evan Gattis played catch at short distances as he tries to recuperate from a sore right shoulder that forced him to get an anti-inflammatory injection last week.

Panda overhauls righty swing, feeling no pain (Sunday, February 19)
Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval showed off a revamped swing from the right side when he was among the first players to take batting practice at Fenway South on Sunday.

Eaton still proving he's worth his weight (Sunday, February 19)
Adam Eaton, aka Mighty Mouse, plays with drive and a chip on his shoulder after years of people discrediting his ability because of his stature.

White Sox slugger Abreu eyeing healthy '17 (Sunday, February 19)
As soon as the 2016 season came to a close, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu sat down with his family and had a conversation about what had just transpired for him over the past year.

Marte in mix for D-backs' shortstop job (Sunday, February 19)
D-backs infielder Ketel Marte looks comfortable in his new D-backs' workout gear. He's already made new friends inside the clubhouse and he's getting accustomed to his surroundings at Salt River Fields.

Archer: Rays should be 'well-rounded' (Sunday, February 19)
Chris Archer doesn't like looking in the rearview mirror. A proactive approach better suits the Rays' right-hander, so his eyes are constantly looking forward.

Manny hopeful for eventual return to shortstop (Sunday, February 19)
Manny Machado's position for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Class is still uncertain. But what can be said for certain is that one of the game's great hot-corner defenders is still interested in a full-time return to his native position of shortstop -- not just in the Classic, but in the Majors.

For Loup, Glove Day like Christmas (Sunday, February 19)
The start of Spring Training is always an exciting time for Blue Jays reliever Aaron Loup. There's seeing the familiar faces of coaches and teammates around the clubhouse after an offseason apart. There's getting back to work in preparation for the grind of a fast-approaching regular season.

Garza puts work in to achieve bounceback '17 (Sunday, February 19)
The workouts started at 5 a.m., five days a week. Matt Garza and Brewers pitching prospect Luis Ortiz met at a gym in Fresno, Calif., before the sun came up.

After whirlwind winter, Haley ready to grind (Sunday, February 19)
As Justin Haley was preparing to make his final start for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League on Nov. 18, he received word from the Red Sox that he wasn't going to be added to the 40-man roster. It was the start of a whirlwind for Haley, who got married eight days later and was taken by the Twins in the Rule 5 Draft 12 days after that.

White Sox plan for Avisail to see time in RF (Sunday, February 19)
Avisail Garcia was not a fan of filling the designated hitter slot in 2016, so he probably will be buoyed by White Sox manager Rick Renteria's words on Sunday about Garcia moving back to right field.

Molitor: Twins can learn from last season (Sunday, February 19)
Before the Twins held their first official full-squad workout on Sunday, manager Paul Molitor addressed all 62 players in camp, trying to the set the tone for the 2017 season.

Brewers embrace owner's direct message (Sunday, February 19)
The 2016 Cubs had "Try Not to Suck." Now the 2017 Brewers have "Don't Eff it Up."

Peralta not resting on his laurels (Sunday, February 19)
Jhonny Peralta has no guarantee of a starting job. He's no longer viewed as the solution at shortstop. There are questions about whether his offensive decline in 2016 had at least something to do with expected age regression. And there's the nearing uncertainty about his baseball future.

After accident, Rodriguez says he feels grateful (Sunday, February 19)
Sean Rodriguez never envisioned he would introduce himself to his new Braves teammates while wearing an arm sling and staring at the likelihood of being sidelined throughout the upcoming season.

Healthy V-Mart grinding to make mark (Sunday, February 19)
With hernia surgery behind him, Victor Martinez is ready for the grind of the 2017 season.

Zobrist enjoys spoils, eyes repeat World Series (Sunday, February 19)
Ben Zobrist acknowledges the incredible effect that the Cubs' championship had on its fans, and after an offseason of celebration, he wants to help deliver another title.

Dodgers trade Nuno to O's for Minor Leaguer (Sunday, February 19)
The Dodgers on Sunday traded left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno to Baltimore for right-handed Minor League pitcher Ryan Moseley, a transaction that would open a roster spot for the anticipated signing of free-agent outfielder Franklin Gutierrez.

Tribe won't rush spring process with Kluber (Sunday, February 19)
Indians manager Terry Francona wasted little time in naming ace Corey Kluber as the Opening Day starter in each of the past two springs. This year, expect Francona to take more time to see how the preseason plays out before declaring his starter for the season-opening tilt in Texas.

Weaver joins Padres with 'a lot to prove' (Sunday, February 19)
As if seeing Jered Weaver wearing blue -- following 11 seasons in Angels red -- wasn't enough, the veteran right-hander arrived in Padres camp with a No. 27 jersey hanging in his locker.

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Frazier trims locks (Sunday, February 19)
Clint Frazier may no longer feel like discussing his flowing locks, but that didn't stop the prospect's hair from garnering attention during Sunday's first Yankees full-squad workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Kazmir, Ryu making strides in recovery (Sunday, February 19)
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Scott Kazmir, pitchers with plenty to prove, each threw 25 pitches of live batting practice to Minor Leaguers on Sunday, taking significant steps in their attempted return to the Dodgers' starting rotation.

Betances has 'no regrets' about his comments (Sunday, February 19)
One day after responding to comments made by Yankees president Randy Levine, Dellin Betances said he had "no regrets" after participating in the team's first full-squad workout Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Wright, Wheeler progressing after throwing (Sunday, February 19)
David Wright and Zack Wheeler threw on Sunday -- Wright for the first time this Spring Training -- and from all indications it went well for each.

Roberts sees Puig as primary right fielder (Sunday, February 19)
There are enough outfielders on the Dodgers roster to platoon at any of the three spots, but manager Dave Roberts' perfect world apparently would have Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig playing regularly in center and right, respectively.

Smith in awe of O's bat strength (Sunday, February 19)
Orioles outfielder Seth Smith said earlier this week he's looking forward to being a part of Baltimore's powerful lineup.

Mets' Wright always eager for Glove Day (Sunday, February 19)
David Wright was one of a group of Mets players who were all smiles early Sunday morning as they strolled by the bags and bags of gloves made by Wilson Sporting Goods neatly lined up and placed outside the clubhouse.

Cervelli day to day with right foot pain (Sunday, February 19)
Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli was removed from the club's workout Sunday morning due to right foot discomfort.

Gardner glad to be a Yankee for 10th season (Sunday, February 19)
To Brett Gardner, it still seems like yesterday that he was viewed as one of the Yankees' rising prospects, attending Spring Training with a football number on his back while wedging his belongings into a locker between Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.

Jennings looking for fresh start with new club (Sunday, February 19)
For the first time in his professional career, Reds outfielder Desmond Jennings found himself with a new organization.

Phils' logjam could leave starters in 'pen (Sunday, February 19)
Alec Asher can do the math. The Phillies have 12 starters that could open the season in the big leagues or Triple-A. Twelve starters, 10 jobs.

Tilson sidelined with stress reaction in foot (Sunday, February 19)
White Sox outfielder Charlie Tilson sustained a stress reaction in his right foot during Friday workouts at Camelback Ranch and he will be shut down from impact activities for 10 days.

D-backs add De La Rosa on Minor League deal (Sunday, February 19)
The D-backs have signed veteran left-hander Jorge De La Rosa to a Minor League deal. De La Rosa, 35, who spent the last nine seasons with the Rockies, has made 241 starts during his career. He could also pitch out of the bullpen for Arizona.

Lidge on Phils' arms: 'They've got the talent' (Sunday, February 19)
Brad Lidge still looks like he could pitch for the Phillies. But on Sunday, he finished his second turn as a guest instructor at Phillies camp. This time, he saw a lot of young pitchers and a lot of new faces.

Gossage states case against modern closers (Sunday, February 19)
Hall of Famer Goose Gossage doesn't want to be compared to modern All-Star closers such as Mariano Rivera, who are only asked to pitch one inning without inherited runners.

Jackie Robinson Rotunda teaches fans history (Sunday, February 19)
In helping to dedicate Citi Field's Jackie Robinson Rotunda back in 2009, Robinson's widow, Rachel, called it a "stunning space" that is "a superb tribute to Jack's enduring legacy."

Schwarber: I'm the third catcher (Sunday, February 19)
Kyle Schwarber felt right at home catching a bullpen session, but he made sure to note that he's the Cubs' third catcher -- not the regular -- this season.

Stanton prioritzing consistency, staying on field (Sunday, February 19)
When it comes to expectations, Giancarlo Stanton sticks to the basics. The Marlins right fielder's primary objectives for 2017 are to stay healthy and show consistency.

Donaldson could miss 2-3 weeks with calf strain (Sunday, February 19)
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson says he could miss two to three weeks of Spring Training due to a right calf strain he sustained on Friday.

Padres ink deal with veteran pitcher Weaver (Sunday, February 19)
Jered Weaver is set to join a wide-open rotation mix in San Diego, as the veteran right-hander agreed to a one-year contract with the Padres on Saturday. The deal, which is reportedly worth $3 million, was announced as official on Sunday.

New Orleans UYA hosts Urban Invitational (Saturday, February 18)
For the fourth consecutive year, MLB's Urban Invitational was hosted at the Urban Youth Academy in New Orleans. Saturday began with Play Ball, a youth-oriented program rooted in teaching baseball's fundamentals.

Play Ball event caps MLB's RBI Institute (Saturday, February 18)
A Play Ball event in Memphis capped the biennial RBI Institute, which drew more than 100 individuals who administer RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) programs throughout the United States and several countries.

Baseball for days: Ain't it great? (Saturday, February 18)
Before long, we will have baseball games almost every day until the 2017 World Series champions are crowned.

Betances arbitration decision par for the course (Saturday, February 18)
Randy Levine's remarks were rough. But they weren't incorrect. The Yankees president had a barn-burner of a conference call with reporters Saturday about Dellin Betances' arbitration hearing, and Betances would later indicate he was as at least as upset about Levine's public comments as he was about the hearing's result.

Greatest of his generation? Kershaw keeps rolling (Saturday, February 18)
This is what we're seeing each time Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw takes the mound this season: One of the best ever. After just nine seasons, that's where his career seems to be headed.

Moncada ignores hype, focuses on Sox roster (Saturday, February 18)
He's been labeled a "stud," but Yoan Moncada is staying focused on making the big league roster with the White Sox.

Carter excited to don pinstripes, play at Yankee Stadium (Saturday, February 18)
After calling the cities of Oakland, Houston and Milwaukee home through his first seven years in the big leagues, Chris Carter said that he can already tell the atmosphere is different with the Yankees, and the slugger can't wait to try on the pinstripes for real.

Cano's goal: End Mariners' postseason drought (Saturday, February 18)
Coming off one of the best seasons of his impressive 12-year career, Robinson Cano has two things in mind this spring. No. 1, do it all again. And No. 2, this time help get his team into the postseason.

Leather man: Romine brings 8 gloves to camp (Saturday, February 18)
Most players keep a glove or two on the shelf atop the locker that was designed for it. Andrew Romine crammed four into that space, and that's just half the total he brought to camp.

Intriguing position battles to keep an eye on this spring (Saturday, February 18)
There are a number of positional battles that will play out during Spring Training that could help determine the strength of this season's contenders.

Swanson gets custom glove to honor fallen friend (Saturday, February 18)
When Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson takes the field this year, he'll once again be able to look at his glove and proudly remember the times he spent with Dai-Jon Parker, a former Vanderbilt University basketball player who passed away two years ago.

5 breakout hitters seek to duplicate success (Saturday, February 18)
With Spring Training now underway -- and the 2017 campaign quickly approaching -- it's a good time to consider five position players whose numbers jumped significantly last season. Why might each maintain that progress and, conversely, why might that prove to be a tall task?

Trout lands with personal, team goals in mind (Saturday, February 18)
Angels star center fielder Mike Trout arrived to Tempe Diablo Stadium ahead of the club's first full-squad workout and said one of his goals this season is to steal 40 bases, a threshold he hasn't reached since stealing 49 as a rookie in 2012.

Coghlan anticipating 'new chapter' as Phillie (Saturday, February 18)
How does Chris Coghlan follow one of the greatest seasons in baseball history and possibly the greatest World Series ever? He starts from scratch, and he signs a Minor League contract with the Phillies.

Shortstop Escobar aiming for the fences (Saturday, February 18)
Shortstop Alcides Escobar made a bold statement right out of the gate Saturday as rain cut short the Royals' workout: he believes he can hit double-digit home runs after hitting a career-high seven homers in 2016.

Ichiro shows no signs of stopping after 3,000 (Saturday, February 18)
A new batch of novelty license plates were made after Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th player in Major League history to reach 3,000 hits. It's just part of "Ichiro Mania" that still exists in his native Japan.

Attanasio wants Crew to take next step in '17 (Saturday, February 18)
Brewers owner Mark Attanasio talked about family, community and opportunity in his address to the team before its first full-squad workout on Saturday. And for the first time in 13 years, he dropped a four-letter word.

Healthy offseason propels Harrison into spring (Saturday, February 18)
Josh Harrison could tell when he swung a bat, picked up a dumbbell or playfully tossed his 3-year-old daughter, Mia, in the air.

Braun prepares for 11th season with Brewers (Saturday, February 18)
Ryan Braun had barely stepped foot in the Brewers' Spring Training clubhouse Saturday when he absorbed the first wave of trash talk.

Donaldson diagnosed with right calf strain (Saturday, February 18)
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson has a right calf strain and will be evaluated daily throughout Spring Training, the team announced Saturday. He is expected to be ready to start the season.

Glove Day a lot like Christmas for Padres (Saturday, February 18)
He may be a big league ballplayer, but on the day his new gloves arrive each spring, Travis Jankowski becomes a kid again. Such was the case Saturday, when he received his shipment of new Wilson gloves on Glove Day.

Moreno: Halos will stay at Angel Stadium through '29 (Saturday, February 18)
Owner Arte Moreno said Saturday that the Angels will play out their current lease in Anaheim, a move that will keep the team at Angel Stadium through at least 2029. The Angels could have opted out of their current lease in 2019, but attempts to secure a new ballpark elsewhere have so far proved unsuccessful.

Gurriel begins full-time work at first base (Saturday, February 18)
At the Astros' first full-squad workout at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Saturday, Yulieski Gurriel was taking grounders at first base.

Trout, Betts headline stellar outfield options (Saturday, February 18)
While other positions certainly make valuable contributions to fantasy lineups, arguably no group is as important as the outfielders. The ultimate fate of many fantasy squads will hinge on the decision of when and how owners stock the outfield.

Top fantasy shortstops long on power (Friday, February 17)
From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.

Gagne pondering comeback at age 41 (Saturday, February 18)
Former Cy Young Award winner Eric Gagne is serving as a guest pitching instructor for the Dodgers this week, but he's also been on the mound with a comeback under consideration.

Miggy motivated to win for Venezuela, Ilitch (Saturday, February 18)
Miguel Cabrera added boxing to his training routine this offseason on the advice of Venezuelan boxer Jorge Linares. As Cabrera begins his 10th season with the Tigers, he has two motivations to fight for victories this year.

Harper puts 2016 struggles in rearview mirror (Saturday, February 18)
Bryce Harper said he knew "exactly why" his production dropped during a disappointing 2016 season coming off winning the National League's Most Valuable Player Award in '15. But during his first meeting with the media this spring, he did not elaborate on exactly what was different.

Jones succinct on motivation: 'I'm here to win' (Saturday, February 18)
Adam Jones took the field on Friday for the team's first full-squad practice and jogged all the way back to the warning track, a cheeky ode to the headlines earlier in the week after executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette noted that perhaps Jones -- who had been critical of the team's defensive outfield upgrades -- could help the defense by playing deeper.

McCann building rapport with Astros pitchers (Saturday, February 18)
Brian McCann, acquired in a deal from the Yankees in November, said he will catch more this Spring Training than he usually does, to get up to speed on the Astros' pitching staff.

Dodgers officially announce deal with Utley (Saturday, February 18)
The Dodgers officially announced the signing of infielder Chase Utley on Saturday and opened a roster spot for him by releasing outfielder Darin Ruf to sign in South Korea.

Fan-friendly fantasy picks for all 15 NL clubs (Saturday, February 18)
With this team-by-team guide, National League fans can shrewdly select an impact player with good fantasy value and stay true to their hometown clubs.

Healthy after surgery, Andrus arrives at camp (Saturday, February 18)
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus showed up to Spring Training on Saturday, and he said he has no limitations as he completes his recovery from offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Perkins could open season on disabled list (Saturday, February 18)
Twins closer Glen Perkins continues to make progress in his recovery from labrum surgery, as he threw his second bullpen session of the spring without any issues on Saturday.

Energized Lawrie stepping in right direction (Saturday, February 18)
It wasn't until October when Scott Lawrie realized it was the orthotics in his shoes that were the root cause of his injury problems.

Padres agree to deal with Weaver (Saturday, February 18)
The San Diego Padres and veteran right-hander Jered Weaver have agreed on a contract, pending a physical, said general manager A.J. Preller.

Donnie Baseball steps up to the plate during camp (Saturday, February 18)
Marlins manager Don Mattingly, a career .307 hitter during his 14-year career with the Yankees, takes a hands-on approach in Spring Training. To get a better feel for how a pitcher is throwing, the former All-Star first baseman occasionally steps up to the plate.

Longo shortens swing, grows beard for spring (Saturday, February 18)
The face of the franchise has a different face this spring.

Cespedes arrives at camp with future secure (Saturday, February 18)
No more car shows. Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is signed long term and focused on bringing the team a championship.

Kershaw gets 7th straight Opening Day nod for Dodgers (Saturday, February 18)
Clayton Kershaw was named the Dodgers Opening Day starter by manager Dave Roberts on Saturday, tying Kershaw with Don Drysdale and Don Sutton for the Los Angeles record with seven.

Beltre not ruling out playing at start of Classic (Saturday, February 18)
The Rangers are not expecting third baseman Adrian Beltre to play at the start of the World Baseball Classic because of a strained left calf muscle, the club announced on Friday. An MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a Grade 1 strain, and he is expected to be sidelined about three weeks. But Beltre was adamant on Saturday morning that he has not ruled that out completely, even though the Rangers have already announced he would not play at least in the first round.

Report: Donaldson dealing with calf issue (Saturday, February 18)
Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson skipped the team's first full workout and was sent to be checked out by medical staff after saying he "felt something" in his calf.

Reports: Betances loses arbitration case (Saturday, February 18)
Yankees setup man Dellin Betances lost his arbitration case with the team, according to multiple reports on Saturday. The club has not confirmed the reports.

Pioneer Flood changed economics of baseball (Saturday, February 18)
There's likely no one in Cardinals history with a legacy more complex than Curt Flood, who sacrificed his standout career for a greater good from which he never personally benefited.

Machado focused on present, not future (Saturday, February 18)
Manny Machado, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, is one of several Orioles who could be nearing the end of their time in Baltimore. He's gearing up for an unusual spring, in which he'll play a handful of games at shortstop early before leaving to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Cards express optimism in opening message (Friday, February 17)
With a nod to the organization's storied history and nary a mention of their rival to the north, the Cardinals preceded their first full-squad workout of Spring Training with a team meeting Friday morning that was designed to set the tone and expectations for the year ahead.

After 12 seasons, Swisher calls it a career (Friday, February 17)
Nick Swisher announced Friday that he is retiring from Major League Baseball. The 36-year-old right fielder and first baseman played 12 seasons for the A's, White Sox, Yankees, Indians and Braves.

Trout lands atop Top 100 Right Now list (Friday, February 17)
MLB Network's countdown of the best 100 Major Leaguers culminated with Friday's unveiling of the final 20 names atop the list. The No. 1 player comes at no surprise to baseball fans, as Mike Trout tops the list for a fourth time and a second consecutive year.

All the small things for Marlins in 2017 (Friday, February 17)
An attention-to-detail message is already being engrained in the Marlins. It's all part of the "Little Things Matter" theme that manager Don Mattingly and his staff are preaching.

Weighted-ball workouts on rise at Tribe camp (Friday, February 17)
Trevor Bauer has incorporated weighted-ball training into his throwing since his earliest days of pitching. The Indians do not require the workouts, but they encourage it from the Minor Leagues up, providing information to pitchers on the potential benefits.

Smith reports to camp slimmer, feeling energized (Friday, February 17)
Mexican food was Dominic Smith's vice. When Smith wanted to indulge, he would head to the nearest local spot in Southern California for a carne asada wet burrito, smothered in cheese.

Thumb healed, Story aims to limit head-first slides (Friday, February 17)
Rockies second-year shortstop Trevor Story plans to slide feet first, since a head-first slide was the beginning of a left thumb injury that halted his standout rookie season last July 30. But a plan is not a guarantee.

White Sox players balance rebuilding idea (Friday, February 17)
As the White Sox prepare for their first full-squad workout at Camelback Ranch, third baseman Todd Frazier chose to make a specific distinction concerning the team's direction on Friday.

Correa has wisdom teeth pulled, out few days (Friday, February 17)
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa arrived at camp Friday afternoon -- the team's report date for position players -- but it will be a few days before fans get to see him on the practice field at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

'Explosive' training highlights Fulmer's routine (Friday, February 17)
After earning American League Rookie of the Year Award honors in 2016, it's hard to believe that Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer would change much of anything during his offseason. But the 23-year-old right-hander altered some of his training methods in the hopes of adding more strength and explosive movement to his lower body.

Swihart working out kinks in move back to catcher (Friday, February 17)
Blake Swihart, who is back behind the plate after moving to left field last season, is having some trouble with his throwing mechanics in the early days of Spring Training.

Happy Glove Day: Giants get new leather (Friday, February 17)
A handful of Giants looked forward to Friday, when area representatives for Wilson Sporting Goods Co. visited the team's Spring Training headquarters at Scottsdale Stadium with dozens of gloves to distribute and sample.

Murphy joins camp after eventful offseason (Friday, February 17)
After an offseason routine focused on strengthening his lower body, spending more time in the weight room and preparing his body by hitting less often than normal, Daniel Murphy believes he is fully recovered from the hamstring injuries that plagued him last year.

Trailblazer Lucas hardly a forgotten man (Friday, February 17)
The Braves are honoring former general manager Bill Lucas in several ways this season. The first African-American GM in baseball will have his own street named after him outside the Braves new ballpark, SunTrust Park.

Players pumped for Glove Day at Cards camp (Friday, February 17)
Several players described the moment akin to Christmas morning as they dug into the duffle bags lined up behind the Cardinals' clubhouse to grab new gear Friday morning.

10 things to love about the Cactus League (Friday, February 17)
Jim Palmer stood in front of a mirror, combing his hair and remembering the little man playing golf a few miles away. "Don't believe everything you hear," Palmer told me. "We had our differences with Earl Weaver, but everyone in here had tremendous respect for him."

Hot hot heat: Mets enter 2017 with MLB's hardest fastballs (Friday, February 17)
You're not surprised to see that the Mets enter 2017 with baseball's hardest collection of four-seam fastballs, but it's nice to see the data back it up anyway.

Prospects we're excited to see in Spring Training (Friday, February 17)
Spring Training is underway, and MLBPipeline.com experts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have their itineraries planned in both the Grapefruit League and Cactus League to survey some of the game's best prospects. The following is a transcript of a segment from this week's episode of their Pipeline podcast, in which they discuss who they're looking forward to seeing the most.

Betances, Yanks await results of arb hearing (Friday, February 17)
Dellin Betances and the Yankees were unable to make up a $2 million difference of opinion over the offseason, so the right-handed reliever's 2017 salary will be determined in an arbitration hearing on Friday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Hurdle, Cutch enter camp tighter than ever (Friday, February 17)
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle is highly regarded for his ability to understand and communicate with players. His experience as a person, former top prospect, player, coach and manager gives him a unique, empathetic lens into their situations.

Bautista fits in with Blue Jays culture (Friday, February 17)
For Jose Bautista, the offseason was long, strange and ultimately unrewarding. Or at least, relative to that $150 million figure that was floated around exactly one year ago.

Loria fielding offers, up for U.S. Ambassador (Friday, February 17)
Marlins president David Samson on Friday afternoon confirmed team owner Jeffrey Loria is going "through the process" to become the United States Ambassador to France, also acknowledging the organization is fielding offers from parties interested in purchasing the club.

Schwarber catches bullpen session at camp (Friday, February 17)
Kyle Schwarber got a hug from pitcher John Lackey, and then he got to be a catcher on Friday for the first time this spring.

Phillips excited to play for hometown Braves (Friday, February 17)
When given another opportunity to play for his hometown team again this past weekend, Brandon Phillips didn't waver from his decision to approve the trade that ended his long tenure with the Reds.

A-Gon has tendinitis, won't bat for 2 weeks (Friday, February 17)
Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has tendinitis in his right (non-throwing) elbow and has been shut down from swinging a bat for two weeks, he said Friday.

Fowler already making impact at Cards camp (Friday, February 17)
The biggest impact made by new outfielder Dexter Fowler thus far could be heard, not seen, on the backfields of the team's spring complex Friday.

Reyes aiming to add center fielder to his resume (Friday, February 17)
The most recent Mets player to transition from shortstop to center field, Juan Lagares, did it as successfully as just about anyone in history. Once so bedeviled that he committed 40 errors in 82 games as a Minor League shortstop, Lagares moved to center and won a Gold Glove Award seven years later.

Turner excited for return to shortstop (Friday, February 17)
During batting practice in the second half of last season, after he finished shagging fly balls in the outfield to learn a position that was brand new to him, Trea Turner would run in and take grounders at second base and shortstop.

Beltre out for start of Classic with calf strain (Friday, February 17)
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been ruled out for the start of the World Baseball Classic because of a strained left calf muscle, the club announced Friday. An MRI confirmed the diagnosis of a Grade 1 strain, and he is expected to be sidelined about three weeks.

Beltran arrives, eyes October baseball with Astros (Friday, February 17)
Pretty much everything has changed from the last time Carlos Beltran wore an Astros uniform. That was in 2004, when the Astros were in the National League, had a different color scheme and uniforms, still had spring camp in Kissimmee, Fla., and had different ownership.

Austin fractures foot, changes Yanks' 1B outlook (Friday, February 17)
Tyler Austin's bid to make the Yankees' Opening Day roster ended before it could officially begin.

Lester: Cubs are 'naive enough' to repeat (Friday, February 17)
The last team to repeat as World Series champions was the Yankees, winning three in a row from 1998-2000. Could the Cubs be the next to do so? Jon Lester says they may be naive and cocky enough.

New teammates welcome Edwin's arrival (Friday, February 17)
It did not take long for Edwin Encarnacion to feel at home inside the Indians' clubhouse.

Infielder Fernandez at Dodgers camp on spring invite (Friday, February 17)
Cuban infielder Jose Miguel Fernandez reported to Dodgers camp on Friday as a non-roster invite.

Hernandez looks to build on second-half surge (Friday, February 17)
Larry Bowa noticed a change in Cesar Hernandez in the second half of last season, a change he hopes he carries into 2017 and beyond to become one of the best second baseman in baseball.

Weeks offers young Rays veteran leadership (Friday, February 17)
Rickie Weeks Jr. is old school. And that's not a bad ingredient to have inside the young Rays' clubhouse.

Werner, Henry want to own Sox for many more years (Friday, February 17)
Later this month, Red Sox owner John Henry and chairman Tom Werner will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their purchase of the team.

Hunter signs Minors deal with Rays (Friday, February 17)
Tommy Hunter arrived at the Rays camp Friday after reaching a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite.

Erv ball: Santana likely Twins' Opening Day starter (Friday, February 17)
Twins manager Paul Molitor essentially revealed that veteran Ervin Santana will be the club's Opening Day starter for a second straight season, but he hasn't told the right-hander about the decision in person yet.

Keuchel throws 'free and easy' to McCann (Friday, February 17)
Ace lefty Dallas Keuchel, who was away from the Astros on Thursday with an illness, threw in the bullpen Friday afternoon to new catcher Brian McCann, with manager A.J. Hinch watching. Keuchel missed the final month of last season with shoulder inflammation, but he has thrown off the mound six times, though this was the first time at camp.

Gallo, Profar willing to play any spot on field (Friday, February 17)
Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo are two of the most highly rated prospects to come out of the Rangers' farm system. Over the past few years, both have been ranked No. 1 in Texas' system and in the MLBPipeline.com Top 10. Now they continue to wait their turn to see what the next six weeks holds in store for them.

Richards, Stroman among Statcast pitchers to watch (Friday, February 17)
In the theme of pitchers and catchers reporting this week, Mike Petriello and Matt Meyers discuss those positions and who they are most excited to see in 2017.

McCullers happy to learn curve won't hurt elbow (Friday, February 17)
The curveball has been Lance McCullers' bread and butter in his brief career. When it's on, it's a dangerous weapon to complement his 95-mph fastball. So much so that McCullers threw the curve on 41 percent of his pitches last year.

New contract, same approach for Joey Bats (Friday, February 17)
Introduced, jokingly, as the Blue Jays' "new signing," Jose Bautista made his first appearance with the media at Blue Jays camp on Friday, the official report date for position players. The man whose offseason roller coaster resulted in a one-year, $18.5-million guarantee with his original club quickly did what he could to diffuse the narrative surrounding him.

Dodgers reportedly move Ruf to Samsung Lions (Friday, February 17)
The Dodgers cleared one roster spot on Friday by selling the contract of outfielder Darin Ruf to the Samsung Lions in Korea, according to the Yonhap News. The club has not confirmed the move.

Brach prevails in arbitration hearing (Friday, February 17)
Brad Brach prevailed in his arbitration hearing on Thursday and will make $3.05 million in 2017.

Giants reportedly strike Minor League deal with Hill (Friday, February 17)
The Giants have agreed with veteran infielder Aaron Hill on a Minor League deal, according to a report from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal on Friday. According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, Hill would get a $2 million salary if he makes the Major League club, and he could earn up to an additional $1.425 million in incentives and performance bonuses. The team has not confirmed the reports.

Fantasy arms: Kershaw, Scherzer cut above (Friday, February 17)
There's once again no shortage of stud starting pitchers capable of holding down the top spots in fantasy rotations. The difference this year, however, is that there is a somewhat diminished level of trust that owners should be willing to place in various high-end pitchers as they build their staffs.

Howard was a man of firsts for Yanks, MLB (Friday, February 17)
It has been more than 60 years since Elston Howard dressed in a road-gray Yankees uniform and stepped into the batter's box at Fenway Park, becoming the first African-American man to play for the game's winningest franchise.

Crush ready to mash -- and to win now (Friday, February 17)
Chris Davis, who played through a thumb injury last season, has done some extra stuff this winter to improve his hand strength and enters Spring Training fully healthy.

Calf strain might force Beltre to miss start of Classic (Friday, February 17)
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is doubtful for the start of the World Baseball Classic because of a strained left calf muscle. He is expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks.

Cutch ready to put turbulent offseason in past (Friday, February 17)
Andrew McCutchen made it clear Friday morning: Moving out of center field was not his preference or his decision, but he has come to accept the position change after a turbulent offseason.

Hot corner sizzling with superstar talent (Friday, February 17)
From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.

Top 100 Right Now: Nos. 60-21 revealed (Thursday, February 16)
This week, MLB Network has been counting down the best players in the Major Leagues. Network analysts pulled the curtain on another portion of the rankings Thursday night, unveiling Nos. 60-21, beginning with Carlos Gonzalez and ending with Yoenis Cespedes.

Spring in our steps: Let's play ball (Thursday, February 16)
Aside from increased area sunscreen sales, feverish roster battles, hot prospects making big names for themselves and the laid-back, autograph-friendly vibe permeating the ballparks of the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, here's a primer on what to look for in the coming weeks.

Morse excited to be back with Giants for Spring Training (Thursday, February 16)
At some point between the slicing of the cake and the bride tossing the bouquet, Michael Morse and Giants general manager Bobby Evans met at Hunter Pence's November wedding and exchanged their own vows.

Manfred discusses Rays' stadium progress (Thursday, February 16)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred addressed the Rays' stadium situation on Thursday at MLB Spring Training Media Day at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Cashman eager to see position battles play out (Thursday, February 16)
The Yankees have already seen Greg Bird, Aaron Judge and Luis Severino produce glimpses of success on the big league stage, and if that trio can deliver on their promise this spring, the club's decision-making process could become a whole lot easier.

CarGo pleased with Rockies entering contract year (Thursday, February 16)
Thursday morning was a repeat of the last several years. Star right fielder Carlos Gonzalez showed up at Rockies camp, and it wasn't long before he was asked if the team is going to trade him. But this year is different.

Commissioner: Ilitch was 'best of baseball' (Thursday, February 16)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred voiced his excitement about the future of Spring Training baseball in Florida after touring the Tigers' renovated complex at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. He also took a moment to reflect on the late Mike Ilitch, the owner who oversaw the successful Tigers franchise.

LOOGY legends: Choate, Lopez left their mark (Thursday, February 16)
Over the past two weeks, two men who epitomized the term "LOOGY" have brought their careers to a close. LOOGY stands for "left-handed one-out guy," and it's a description Randy Choate used Wednesday when he told WFAN's Sweeny Murti that he is retiring.

7-inning games? MLB minds offer new rules (Thursday, February 16)
Proposed rules changes were the topic du jour at MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's news conference at Spring Training Media Day. If you could install a Major League rule change for one day, just to see how it impacts the strategy or the action, what would you it be?

Top 100 Right Now: Nos. 60-21 revealed (Thursday, February 16)
This week, MLB Network has been counting down the best players in the Major Leagues. Network analysts pulled the curtain on another portion of the rankings Thursday night, unveiling Nos. 60-21, beginning with Carlos Gonzalez and ending with Yoenis Cespedes.

Posey, Crawford pumped to play for Team USA (Thursday, February 16)
Giants catcher Buster Posey and shortstop Brandon Crawford are excited about being members of Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Depth gives Dodgers' rotation luxury of skipped starts (Thursday, February 16)
The Dodgers are going to have a lot of missed starts in 2017, due to the injury prone nature of their rotation. But thanks in part to a new rule change, that might not be a bad thing. It might actually help.

Rays reportedly near Minors deal with Hunter (Thursday, February 16)
The Rays are reportedly nearing a Minor League deal with right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Hwang prepared to battle for roster spot in Spring Training (Thursday, February 16)
Jae-gyun Hwang brought three different fielder's gloves to Spring Training. The Giants are probably more interested in whether he brought his bat.

Pomeranz confident on winning rotation spot (Thursday, February 16)
There is a spot to win in the starting rotation, and Drew Pomeranz doesn't even want to consider the alternative. Bullpen? Been there, done that.

Lyons progressing well following knee surgery (Thursday, February 16)
Though he's likely not going to be healthy enough to compete for an Opening Day roster spot, Tyler Lyons could be in position to contribute to the big league team sooner than initially expected.

Rivera hopes Caribbean Series success carries over (Thursday, February 16)

Anderson eager to maintain health, regain form (Thursday, February 16)
After the first official workout for Cubs pitchers and catchers on Wednesday, Brett Anderson posted an update on his Twitter account, saying: "I made it through my first bullpen unscathed ... small victory."

Hamilton the Rangers' big question mark (Thursday, February 16)
The biggest mystery in Rangers camp may be Josh Hamilton, but he doesn't see it that way. Hamilton, who reported to camp on Thursday, said he expects to be on the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

Cozart optimistic despite playing in limbo (Thursday, February 16)
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart knows from the first day of camp in 2017, he is in the same unsettled situation former right fielder Jay Bruce was in during 2016. Cozart, who can be a free agent after this season, could be traded at any time by his rebuilding club.

Bucs trio gearing up for outfield realignment (Thursday, February 16)
This season, Andrew McCutchen will get his first taste of right field. Gregory Polanco will be an everyday left fielder for the first time in his career. But for Starling Marte, the Pirates' outfield realignment brought a welcome return to his natural position.

Shoemaker has no anxiety about facing hitters (Thursday, February 16)
Matt Shoemaker's 2016 season came to a sudden, terrifying end in September when he was struck on the head by a line drive, an injury that sent the Angels right-hander to the hospital for emergency brain surgery. Shoemaker said he has no lingering apprehension about his health as he works toward returning to the mound for the Angels.

Shields confident he'll bounce back in 2017 (Thursday, February 16)
After 11 years in the Majors and 2,294 1/3 innings pitched, along with a .534 winning percentage, 3.91 ERA, 23 complete games and 1,977 strikeouts, James Shields believes his career numbers speak volumes.

Brewers will record early bullpens for reference (Thursday, February 16)

Lovullo preparing to address D-backs for first time (Thursday, February 16)
Before the D-backs take the field for their first full-squad workout of the spring on Friday morning, first-year manager Torey Lovullo will address his new team. It's something that Lovullo has been thinking about for quite some time.

Spring about laying groundwork, not getting wins (Thursday, February 16)
Spring Training is about getting ready for the regular season. Wins and losses don't carryover from March into April. And there is no sure-thing approach to preparation for a successful regular season.

Maeda adds muscle, sets sights on 200 innings (Thursday, February 16)
Kenta Maeda has gained 10 pounds of muscle in the past year, thanks to a revamped conditioning and nutrition plan, and is working tirelessly on grips for a cutter he's added to his pitch repertoire.

Prospects we're excited to see in Spring Training (Thursday, February 16)
Spring Training is underway, and MLBPipeline.com experts Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have their itineraries planned in both the Grapefruit League and Cactus League to survey some of the game's best prospects. The following is a transcript of a segment from this week's episode of their Pipeline podcast, in which they discuss who they're looking forward to seeing the most.

Holland getting back to routine after Tommy John recovery (Thursday, February 16)
Throwing bullpen sessions is the easy part for Rockies relief pitcher -- and probable closer -- Greg Holland. Sure, he missed last year with Tommy John surgery, but he is back in his element.

Joyce sees promise in 2017 A's upon arrival (Thursday, February 16)
Veteran Matt Joyce, signed by the A's to a two-year deal to play in a platoon in right field, descended upon A's camp Thursday morning following an adventurous travel day to the desert.

Mariners starters throw first spring session (Thursday, February 16)
For what Mariners want to achieve this season, a lot depends on their starting pitching. And all five projected rotation members were on the mound for the first time this spring on Thursday during the second day of pitchers and catchers workouts.

Rodney arrives to D-backs camp in great physical shape (Thursday, February 16)
The first thing new D-backs manager Torey Lovullo noticed about Fernando Rodney was his sense of humor. When he shook hands with his closer, he noticed something else.

Fan-friendly fantasy picks for all 15 AL teams (Thursday, February 16)
For American League fans, this team-by-team guide can help you stay true to your hometown club and shrewdly select an impact player with good fantasy value.

Smyly ready if needed to pitch for Team USA in Classic (Thursday, February 16)
Drew Smyly saw the text message from Team USA general manager Joe Torre last month, asking if he'd be interested in pitching for his country in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, and immediately raised an eyebrow.

Kluber easing into Spring Training workload (Thursday, February 16)
There were sleepless nights for ace Corey Kluber this past winter. In the months following the Indians' loss in the World Series, the right-hander would often be out of bed when the moon was up, though it was not the team's postseason run that was on his mind.

Hughes keeps surgically removed rib (Thursday, February 16)
The 2016 season was mostly a forgettable one for Twins right-hander Phil Hughes, but he has a unique memento to remind him of what he went through with his season-ending surgery to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome in July.

Heaney expected to miss 2017 season (Thursday, February 16)
Andrew Heaney's comeback from Tommy John surgery will have to wait until 2018. Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that Heaney will likely miss the entire season as he works his way back from ligament surgery on his left elbow.

Seasoned Votto embracing new wave of players (Thursday, February 16)
A former MVP, one of the game's best hitters and at 33 years old, Reds first baseman Joey Votto is one of the club's longest-tenured players. Votto realizes that might prompt a fleet of younger, newer teammates to feel like they need to give him deferential treatment. Votto doesn't want that.

Phillies respond to New Jersey governor (Thursday, February 16)
MLB.com tweeted a few photos on Tuesday of the Phillies' upgraded décor at Spectrum Field. In one image, on a wall leading into Philadelphia clubhouse, are photos of Ryan Howard holding up the 2008 World Series championship trophy and Tug McGraw, who recorded the final out of the 1980 Fall Classic, raising his arms in the air.

Glovely to meet you: Taillon receives his mitts (Thursday, February 16)
It might be a cliché to say Thursday was like Christmas Day for Jameson Taillon and some of his Pirates teammates. But, well…

Manfred addresses pace-of-play proposals (Thursday, February 16)
Major League Baseball does not expect to implement rule changes meant to expedite extra-inning scoring in the Majors in the near future, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.

Sanchez doesn't feel pressure after rookie heroics (Thursday, February 16)
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez is not taking anything for granted after his strong rookie season.

Scherzer's status for Opening Day unknown (Thursday, February 16)
The stress fracture in Max Scherzer's right knuckle has healed structurally, but he is still experiencing some symptoms.

Tribe set with Cs: Gomes No. 1, Perez No. 2 (Thursday, February 16)
The Indians plan on opening the season with Yan Gomes as their starting catcher and Roberto Perez as his backup. Manager Terry Francona made it clear on Thursday morning that there will be no competition between the two for the primary job behind the plate.

Sandoval: 'I have to prove everything' (Thursday, February 16)
Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who spent much of his offseason on a ramped-up training regimen that included boxing, could probably say he is now at his fighting weight.

Giolito proud to come from family of actors (Thursday, February 16)
If Lucas Giolito had followed the path traveled by his family, he might be getting ready for the Academy Awards instead of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.

Wheeler hopes to return over weekend (Thursday, February 16)
For the first time since Monday, Zack Wheeler played catch with his teammates Thursday at Mets camp, looking to rebound from the elbow tenderness that froze his throwing program earlier this week.

Myers sets lofty goal of 40 homers, 40 steals (Thursday, February 16)
Speaking last October, Wil Myers -- never one to set the bar low -- proclaimed his desire to reach 30 homers and 30 steals in 2017. Myers arrived in Padres camp Thursday with a new target in mind: He wants 40-40.

Stras focused on marathon, not sprint (Thursday, February 16)
Stephen Strasburg threw off a mound for about 10 minutes, just like the rest of the Nationals' pitchers did during their first workout Thursday morning. Strasburg let loose on all his pitches, and he said he is no longer feeling any lingering effects from the partially torn pronator tendon that ended his 2016 season.

Johnson ready to compete for utility job (Thursday, February 16)
Infielder Chris Johnson, who signed a Minor League deal, reported to camp, while catcher Francisco Pena cleared waivers.

Mattingly keeps focus on the field (Thursday, February 16)
The business of baseball is what Marlins manager Don Mattingly is focused on, not speculation that the club might be sold or reports team owner Jeffrey Loria is in consideration to become ambassador to France.

Watson's arbitration case settles in Bucs' favor (Thursday, February 16)
The Pirates have won their arbitration case against closer Tony Watson, setting the left-hander's 2017 salary at $5.6 million.

Freeman feels this year's optimism is genuine (Thursday, February 16)
Freddie Freeman was among those Braves who expressed optimism before each of the past two seasons, while fully understanding nothing short of miracle would prevent the team from enduring losing seasons during the early portion of a rebuilding process.

Learning (the) curve: 3 vying for catching spots (Thursday, February 16)
PHOENIX -- Imagine you are a catcher joining a new team, and you have to learn a whole staff of pitchers -- their stuff, their mindsets, their quirks -- all at once. Where do you start? Pose that question to the three Brewers catchers vying to replace mainstays Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado, and you get three different answers.

Marlins' full-squad workouts begin on Friday (Thursday, February 16)
The Marlins will be at full strength on Friday, with the start of full-squad workouts at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

Ramos driven to be a top-tier closer (Thursday, February 16)
Blocking out distractions comes with the territory when you're a big league closer. A.J. Ramos, an All-Star in 2016, has repeatedly shown he's able to ignore all the outside noise, and zero in on doing his job.

Yankees sign slugger Carter to one-year deal (Thursday, February 16)
The Yankees officially signed slugger Chris Carter to a one-year contract on Thursday, adding depth to what should be an interesting first base/designated hitter mix in the Bronx in 2017.

Cuthbert in crowded mix for second-base job (Thursday, February 16)
The prevailing offseason assumption was the Royals' second-base job was up for grabs among Whit Merrifield, Christian Colon and Raul Mondesi. But manager Ned Yost isn't about to leave another name out.

Giles getting his groove back with Astros (Thursday, February 16)
There's a noticeable difference in the way closer Ken Giles navigates his way around the clubhouse these days. Giles is clearly much more comfortable in his skin and his surroundings after a tumultuous first year in Houston in which his early-season struggles led to stress and self-doubt.

Fulmer looks to make strides after ROY effort (Thursday, February 16)
Michael Fulmer wasn't expecting a call from Team USA as the buildup to the World Baseball Classic began over the winter. He laughed and shook his head thinking about it when he was asked Tuesday.

Third-base fantasy rankings appear hot at the top (Thursday, February 16)
Heading into 2017, third base is arguably the most star-studded position in fantasy. Sure, the outfield group has premier talents like Mike Trout, Mookie Betts and Bryce Harper. And yes, baseball is in the midst of a middle-infield renaissance. But only one position has more than three players ranked among the top 10 overall in this year's MLB.com Fantasy Player Preview, with the hot corner's four leading men all receiving the honor.

Latos signs Minors deal with Blue Jays (Thursday, February 16)
The Blue Jays added pitching depth Thursday, signing veteran right-hander Mat Latos to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training.

Windup change has Berrios feeling confident (Thursday, February 16)
While his rookie season didn't go quite as planned, Twins right-hander Jose Berrios is ready to move on and believes a subtle change to his windup will help him bounce back this season.

Altuve, Springer eager for Beltran's arrival (Thursday, February 16)
As the Astros await the arrival of 19-year veteran Carlos Beltran, who returned to the club this offseason on a one-year, $16 million deal, the two younger star players who have their lockers on each side of him in the home clubhouse at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches reported to camp Thursday eager to work with him.

Cashman: Yanks have 'more in the tank' (Thursday, February 16)
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman understands that the future looks bright for the organization, but he is also excited about this upcoming season.

Syndergaard gets Opening Day nod (Thursday, February 16)
The Mets wasted little time naming their Opening Day starter, announcing Thursday that Noah Syndergaard will receive the nod.

Hanley on Papi's legacy: 'Keep that rolling' (Thursday, February 16)
Hanley Ramirez arrived at Spring Training on Thursday sporting a tribute to one of his best friends.

Horton stood for peace in tough times for Detroit (Thursday, February 16)
Willie Horton has a day in his honor every Oct. 18, his birthday having been honored by the state of Michigan. For the city of Detroit, however, his more significant day arguably happened 50 years ago this summer, after he left the field at Tiger Stadium.

Welcome back, Nap: Slugger introduced by Rangers (Thursday, February 16)
The Rangers and Mike Napoli on Thursday announced that they had finalized a one-year contract with a club option for 2018. According to a source, the deal is for a minimum of $8.5 million, with a $6 million base, an $11 million option and a $2.5 million buyout.

A guide for Cubs fans on handling success (Thursday, February 16)
At last, the high road is open for Cubs fans, so why not travel it? We're here to help. With the Cubs holding their first workout for pitchers and catchers on Wednesday, now seems like a good time for a quick primer on handling success:

Kushner interest in Marlins on hold (Wednesday, February 15)
The Kushner family announced on Wednesday that it will not pursue a purchase of the Miami Marlins franchise if current owner Jeffrey Loria is made an ambassador to France.

Kushners will not pursue purchase of Marlins (Wednesday, February 15)
The Kushner family announced on Wednesday that it will not pursue a purchase of the Miami Marlins franchise if current owner Jeffrey Loria is made an ambassador to France.

Weaver's absence felt in Angels' camp (Wednesday, February 15)
A handful of new faces filtered in and out of the Angels' clubhouse at Tempe Diablo Stadium when pitchers and catchers reported Tuesday, but one familiar face was conspicuously absent: Jered Weaver.

Leitch: The easiest division lock of 2017 (Wednesday, February 15)
The Cleveland Indians might have an easier path to a division title than any team in Major League Baseball.

Pair of aces: Statcast examines Kershaw, Scherzer (Wednesday, February 15)
As Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer embark upon another season, here is a breakdown of what they bring to the table, with help from Statcast™.

Live from Florida: Good day, Sunshine State (Wednesday, February 15)
Pitchers and catchers have reported, and position players are right behind, but a ceremonial first pitch for the Grapefruit League season occurs this afternoon, with Florida's installment of the annual Spring Training Media Day.

Gomez fine with any role Phils give him (Wednesday, February 15)
Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez said Wednesday afternoon that he will know Thursday if he will play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, although folks with the Phillies think it is highly unlikely he plays in the tournament.

Starter in Minors, Rosenthal may join rotation (Wednesday, February 15)
With top prospect Alex Reyes no longer in the mix for a rotation spot, the Cardinals will look closely at three others who could fill that spot. Two -- Michael Wacha and Luke Weaver -- have been in a big league rotation before. The other, Trevor Rosenthal, is trying to reinvent himself.

Tribe's annual endurance test doesn't disappoint (Wednesday, February 15)
For the past few years, Cleveland has held an endurance test for pitchers and catchers The players do a series of timed sprints and -- whether by going too slow or by deciding to drop out -- there is only one man standing at the finish. This year, Perez and fellow catcher Yan Gomes made it to the final three, but it was pitching prospect Dylan Baker who outlasted everyone for the win.

Grace back on TV after assistant hitting coach gig (Wednesday, February 15)
Mark Grace will return to the D-backs' broadcasting team in 2017 as part of the pre- and postgame shows on FOX Sports Arizona.

Friedman sees depth as a positive challenge (Wednesday, February 15)
Andrew Friedman and Dave Roberts on Wednesday deflected questions about having too many quality players, an embarrassment of riches most clubs can only dream about.

Arroyo out to prove he has something left (Wednesday, February 15)
When Bronson Arroyo took the mound for his bullpen session Wednesday, many of the Reds coaches, manager Bryan Price and the front office watching him were familiar faces. After all, Arroyo pitched for the Reds from 2006-13 and won 105 games for the team.

Finishing off hitters, innings key for Pineda (Wednesday, February 15)
Michael Pineda beamed on Wednesday morning when he heard what Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia had said a day earlier, lauding the right-hander as having the potential to bring home hardware in any given season.

Black bringing superior baseball knowledge to Rockies (Wednesday, February 15)
After a season working in the Angels' front office, it's great to have Bud Black back in the day-to-day mix. Black is one of those rare erudite baseball people who knows the game inside out and can explain his managerial machinations with grace and intelligence.

Guerra aims to build on breakthrough season (Wednesday, February 15)
After eight seasons of pitching for Tiburones de La Guaira in winter ball, Junior Guerra reluctantly took time off at the Brewers' urging. Now he's at Maryvale Baseball Park to prepare for what Guerra and the Brewers hope is his first full season in the Major Leagues.

Prospect Littrell suspended 50 games (Wednesday, February 15)
Though he received his first invite to Major League camp, left-hander Corey Littrell will not be making an appearance in the Cardinals' clubhouse this spring.

Motte, Qualls healthy, ready for bullpen battle (Wednesday, February 15)
Right-handers Jason Motte and Chad Qualls want to show that their signings to 2-year deals can work the second time around. They'll have some stiff competition in 2017 after the Rockies' offseason bullpen beef-up.

Rollins says he can still thrive in Major Leagues (Wednesday, February 15)
JImmy Rollins isn't ready to retire. He believes he still can thrive in the Major Leagues, albeit in a utility role. The 38-year-old will receive a chance to prove himself during Spring Training with the Giants.

Brantley won't play in Tribe's first spring games (Wednesday, February 15)
The Indians are not expecting left fielder Michael Brantley to be ready for game action when the team begins its Cactus League schedule later this month. Manager Terry Francona reiterated Wednesday that Brantley will not return to the lineup until he is deemed fully ready.

Street aims to win back closer job (Wednesday, February 15)
It's been eight years since Huston Street arrived to Spring Training without a defined role on a club. The 33-year-old Angels right-hander has spent the majority of his career as a closer, but now he'll have to fight for the job, along with Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey.

Feeling great, Nola throws first bullpen session (Wednesday, February 15)
It is just one bullpen session, but Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola threw his first one of the spring Wednesday at Carpenter Complex. It seemed to go well.

Iwakuma poised for long season (Wednesday, February 15)
The Mariners need Hisashi Iwakuma to be consistent as they challenge for the American League West title behind a rotation that is looking for a strong season from Felix Hernandez,

Greinke progressing, has high hopes for 2017 (Wednesday, February 15)
While 2016 did not go as expected for Zack Greinke and his Arizona Diamondbacks teammates, the ace right-hander is confident that the script will flip in 2017.

Kemp arrives to camp in great shape (Wednesday, February 15)
One quick glimpse at Matt Kemp serves as sufficient evidence of the commitment he made this offseason to get into better shape and silence those who criticized the extra weight he carried last year.

A's living in luxury with multiple closers (Wednesday, February 15)
With four closing options in tow, A's manager Bob Melvin isn't opposed to picking more than one ahead of Opening Day. "We might not have one particular closer," Melvin said Wednesday. "You saw the way bullpens were used in the postseason.

Darvish ready to 'pitch at a higher level' (Wednesday, February 15)
Yu Darvish was one of 16 pitchers throwing off a mound on Wednesday in his first official bullpen session of the spring. "Today was 80 percent," Darvish said. "Last year at this time it was 30 percent. Last year I was on rehab. This year I'm ready to pitch."

Angels will monitor Skaggs' workload (Wednesday, February 15)
Tyler Skaggs has never pitched more than 113 innings in a Major League season, and the Angels will monitor his workload in his first full season back from elbow ligament surgery. Still, Scioscia said he hopes Skaggs will be a durable member of the Angels' rotation this year.

Chen's Classic prep sets example at Tribe camp (Wednesday, February 15)
Bruce Chen did not look like he belonged on the mounds at the Indians' spring complex on Wednesday morning. It was not just that the left-hander retired from the Majors two seasons ago, or the fact that he now works in Cleveland's front office. What stood out was the fact that Chen was wearing a blue hat.

Smith shifts focus to claiming setup role in SF (Wednesday, February 15)
Refocused on baseball after last October's disappointing loss, Will Smith is a leading candidate to claim a setup role.

Brewers protective of prospect Williams (Wednesday, February 15)
Taylor Williams, the Brewers pitching prospect attempting a comeback from two seasons lost to elbow woes, is "full-go" in camp, manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday as pitchers and catchers took the field for the team's first formal workout.

Different feel at Yanks camp for Steinbrenner (Wednesday, February 15)
It has been a long time since Hal Steinbrenner was this excited about the talent coming through his organization's pipeline, the Yankees' managing general partner said following Wednesday's first on-field workout for pitchers and catchers.

Verlander reflects on Ilitch: 'He was like family' (Wednesday, February 15)
Justin Verlander has been a career-long Detroit Tiger thanks to Mike Ilitch. As the team mourns Ilitch's passing, Verlander will never forget that fact.

LA officially signs Romo; Garcia to 60-day DL (Wednesday, February 15)
The Dodgers on Wednesday officially announced the signing of former Giants reliever Sergio Romo to a one-year contract and to make roster room placed right-handed pitcher Yimi Garcia on the 60-day disabled list because of last year's Tommy John surgery.

Jimenez knows his time with Tigers will come (Wednesday, February 15)
As Tigers relief prospect Joe Jimenez took one of the bullpen mounds at Tigertown for his first official bullpen session of this Spring Training, he wasn't trying to win a job in mid-February. But he wasn't taking it easy, firing fastballs to catcher James McCann. Even at less than game speed, he was popping the mitt.

Walker explains his decision to wear No. 99 (Wednesday, February 15)
During his first three seasons with the Mariners, Taijuan Walker bided his time and waited patiently for the uniform number he wanted, the one that he had worn his entire life to that point. A year later, he got traded.

Howell happy to have Toronto crowd on his side (Wednesday, February 15)
New Blue Jays reliever J.P. Howell sounds like a man who is grateful that he will be suiting up for the home team at Rogers Centre instead of the opposing side.

Media Day is Grapefruit League's first pitch (Wednesday, February 15)
Pitchers and catchers have reported, and position players are right behind, but a ceremonial first pitch for the Grapefruit League season occurs on Thursday afternoon, with Florida's installment of the annual Spring Training Media Day.

Shoulder an issue for Keuchel throughout '16 (Wednesday, February 15)
Being a competitor, Dallas Keuchel couldn't allow himself to not take the ball every fifth day. He knew his shoulder wasn't feeling well at the start of last spring and -- coming off a season in which he won the American League Cy Young Award -- he also knew his team was counting on him.

Despite optimism, Reyes dealt arduous challenge (Wednesday, February 15)
In the minutes after the sad news reverberated on Wednesday that St. Louis phenom Alex Reyes would have to undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the year - "It 'stinks,'" Reyes told reporters -- there was a wave of forced optimism.

Quintana not thinking about trade possibility (Wednesday, February 15)
Jose Quintana admitted to being surprised upon first hearing about Chris Sale's December trade to Boston.

Napoli takes physical at Rangers camp (Wednesday, February 15)
Free-agent slugger Mike Napoli arrived in Arizona on Wednesday to undergo his physical, and the Rangers are expected to announce his signing on Thursday morning.

Arb hearing process intriguing for McHugh (Wednesday, February 15)
Going through the arbitration process was an eye-opener for Astros pitcher Collin McHugh, who will make $3.85 million this year after winning a hearing before a three-person panel on Friday. McHugh said he had no hard feelings against the Astros, who offered to pay him $3.35 million.

Padres will experiment with options for CF (Wednesday, February 15)
In Manuel Margot and Travis Jankowski, the Padres boast two of the best defensive center fielders in baseball -- a duo that will spend plenty of time sharing the outfield this year. So who plays center when they're both in the lineup? Maybe neither.

Mets to play Army in exhibition matchup (Wednesday, February 15)
The Mets will end their Spring Training schedule close to home, with a March 31 exhibition against the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. The game comes a year after Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, a former Marine, and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon visited the West Point campus.

Opportunity abounds on A's mound (Wednesday, February 15)
Recent history suggests the A's will call on a majority of pitchers who report to camp at some point during the season. Last year, a horde of injuries forced Oakland to use 27 pitchers,

Ramos in Rays camp; notes May return goal (Wednesday, February 15)
Wilson Ramos arrived to camp on Wednesday and the team's new catcher immediately went in for a workout before addressing reporters to offer a status report on his surgically repaired right knee.

Newly acquired Bonilla will get chance to start (Wednesday, February 15)
In the past two days, the Reds have claimed two former Pirates right-handed pitchers, Lisalverto Bonilla and Nefi Ogando, off the waiver wire. Both were immediately added to the mix Wednesday to compete for spots.

Holland adds character to White Sox clubhouse (Wednesday, February 15)
One by one, Derek Holland listed off his skill set during a Wednesday morning media session at Camelback Ranch.

Kelley, Treinen internal candidates for closer (Wednesday, February 15)
Once the Nationals began talking up their potential in-house options at closer, two names emerged as the favorites: Shawn Kelley and Blake Treinen.

Sox righty Smith aimed toward May or June return (Wednesday, February 15)
The simple act of throwing a baseball was weird for Carson Smith the first time he tried it after Tommy John surgery.

Sanchez enters season with no limitations (Wednesday, February 15)
The reins are off and Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez can finally look forward to a season without an innings limit.

Wacha, Matheny thrilled with righty's session (Wednesday, February 15)
After a winter's worth of work strengthening his body in an effort to try to prevent future shoulder issues, Michael Wacha took the mound Wednesday to showcase himself as healthy and ready to reclaim a rotation spot. What followed was a strong first impression.

Talented Odor just scratching the surface (Wednesday, February 15)
Rougned Odor is only beginning to learn how good he can be, although the Rangers were more than satisfied with what he did in 2016.

Gattis dealing with soreness in right shoulder (Wednesday, February 15)
Astros catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis received an anti-inflammatory injection into his right (throwing) shoulder on Wednesday and didn't catch in the bullpen as previously scheduled.

Rodriguez likely out for '17 after shoulder surgery (Wednesday, February 15)
The Braves' Sean Rodriguez will likely miss the entire 2017 season after undergoing left shoulder surgery on Tuesday afternoon.

Colon eager to start new season with Braves (Wednesday, February 15)
Instead of accepting the assumption Bartolo Colon would eventually re-sign with the Mets, Braves president of baseball operations John Hart successfully lured his old friend south with 12.5 million reasons why it would make more sense for him to bring his record chase to Atlanta.

Kershaw has no plans to dial back intensity (Wednesday, February 15)
Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported to camp Wednesday and ace Clayton Kershaw wasted no time proving his health by throwing a bullpen session along with a half dozen others.

Wood officially joins Royals on 2-year deal (Wednesday, February 15)
The Royals have signed left-hander Travis Wood to a two-year, $12 million deal.

Lefty specialist not mandatory for bullpen (Wednesday, February 15)
There will be no special treatment for a potential specialist in the Marlins' bullpen. In the past, the organization took a more traditional approach and carried at least one left-hander. Those days are over, at least this Spring Training.

Cactus League's success a story of perseverance (Wednesday, February 15)
The Valley of the Sun has become a Spring Training nirvana. Fifteen Major League franchises have made the Phoenix area their Spring Training home, with five two-team facilities and five single-team ballparks scattered throughout the area.

Realmuto skips Classic to learn new position (Wednesday, February 15)
Sporting a Team USA jersey would have been a tremendous honor for J.T. Realmuto. But after giving serious though to participating in the World Baseball Classic, it was decided the best thing for the 25-year-old would be to remain with the Marlins in Spring Training.

Physical last step for Napoli, Rangers (Wednesday, February 15)
Free-agent slugger Mike Napoli was traveling to Arizona on Wednesday to undergo his physical, and the Rangers are expected to announce his signing on Thursday morning.

Showalter: Bullpen configuration will work itself out (Wednesday, February 15)
The Orioles could break camp with three left-handed relievers in their bullpen, manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday as the team's early off-days -- and the potential for starter Chris Tillman to open the season on the disabled list -- provides a bevy of options.

Arrieta open to contract extension with Cubs (Wednesday, February 15)
Right-hander Jake Arrieta has had success since joining the Cubs, winning a National League Cy Young Award in 2015 and a World Series last year, and he said on Wednesday that he expects to have conversations with the club regarding a contract extension.

Fantasy preview: Helping you 2B the best (Wednesday, February 15)
From baseball's brightest stars to the next great fantasy steal lurking on the depth chart, everything you need to know is one click away.

Flynn talks about falling through barn roof (Wednesday, February 15)
The first bit of advice left-hander Brian Flynn got from his Royals teammates when he arrived here last week was this: Dude, hire someone to do home repairs.

Cards' Reyes will undergo Tommy John surgery (Wednesday, February 15)
Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery, the team said Wednesday morning.

Mets put Wheeler's throwing program on hold (Wednesday, February 15)
Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, who has spent nearly two full years attempting to return from Tommy John surgery, felt some "tenderness" in his elbow during a routine bullpen session earlier this week, according to pitching coach Dan Warthen. The Mets have paused Wheeler's throwing program.

Yankees excuse Betances during arb hearing (Wednesday, February 15)
Yankees reliever Dellin Betances has been excused from camp until his arbitration hearing is completed on Friday.

Tillman: 'I feel good right now,' won't rush back (Wednesday, February 15)
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, who received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his shoulder in late December, said Wednesday morning that he's fairly confident he won't miss much regular-season time.

Aaron cemented legacy during time with Brewers (Wednesday, February 15)
Hank Aaron was 40 years old and was feeling a bit weary in November 1974. He had just borne the weight of breaking Babe Ruth's all-time record for home runs, part of a trying season in Atlanta that saw Aaron's friend and former teammate Eddie Mathews relieved of his duties as the Braves' manager. Robin Yount was 19 and over the moon. Aaron was coming back to Milwaukee.

Cards' Reyes will undergo Tommy John surgery (Wednesday, February 15)
Cardinals right-hander Alex Reyes will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery, the team said Wednesday morning.

Fantasy preview: Finding the best first basemen (Wednesday, February 15)
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