Stoneman Douglas honored as spring games begin today
Players will take the field in a game designed to be diversion. In most years, the exhibition openers at Major League Baseball's Spring Training camps would qualify as just that -- a welcomed respite from the troubles of the world. But not in this country, and not in this moment of mourning.
Brian Dozier was pelted by seeds in a mid-game interview during the Twins' spring debut
No rest for the weary on Day 1.
Twins getting early look at young pitchers
The Twins are using the early part of Spring Training to get a look at their pitching prospects, as lefty Stephen Gonsalves threw two innings against the University of Minnesota in an exhibition on Thursday.
Yankees keep it light before spring opener
The Yankees' final afternoon before the Grapefruit League opener was filled with improvisation games and leadership exercises, as Aaron Boone's players moved off the diamond and shared laughs in a pavilion area of George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Stanton's Yanks debut tops opening spring slate
The months of waiting are finally over -- there are 15 baseball games on Friday. There'll be plenty to watch for when almost all of the 30 teams take the field for their Cactus and Grapefruit League openers.
George Clooney once tried out for the Reds but just could not hit a curveball
Trouble with the curve.
Rangers emerge as favorites to sign Martinez
The Rangers traded Minor League pitcher Miguel Medrano to the Reds on Wednesday for international bonus pool money. The transaction comes one day after Major League Baseball declared Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez a free agent and made him eligible to sign with a team.
Female umpire works plate during Tigers win
One of two women umpiring in professional baseball was behind home plate for the Tigers' 6-1 exhibition victory over Florida Southern University in Lakeland, Fla. on Thursday.
Bucs acquire All-Star Dickerson from Rays
The Pittsburgh Pirates today acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for pitcher Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash considerations. The announcement was made by Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington.
Dark-horse roster candidates for all 30 teams
With the first Spring Training game finally being played this week, there are sure to be players who emerge with breakout performances to win an Opening Day roster spot. MLB.com takes a crack at predicting which dark horse candidates across the league could make their team out of camp.
Now healthy, Koch set to start Cactus opener
The D-backs will open their 2018 Cactus League season on Friday against the Rockies with Matt Koch on the mound at Salt River Fields.
Venters hoping to make historic comeback
Once a member of the Braves' vaunted bullpen, Jonny Venters is hoping to get one more chance in the bigs after numerous elbow injuries.
Tebow time: Former QB still has eyes set on MLB
It was supposed to be a big publicity stunt -- the Mets signing Tim Tebow, giving him this chance. But he is still here, grinding away, persistent in the thought that this crazy story ends up with him at Citi Field someday.
Font eager to impress in spring opener
Friday's exhibition opener against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch provides an early opportunity for pitcher Wilmer Font to hit the Dodgers' front-office radar.
Take a tour around the league on Photo Day with a look at familiar faces in new uniforms
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Tropeano to get first look in Halos' rotation battle
Nick Tropeano will take another key step in his comeback from Tommy John surgery on Friday, when he starts the Angels' Cactus League opener against the A's in Mesa.
Ohtani preps for Saturday debut with long HR
Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani will make his highly anticipated Cactus League debut on the mound Saturday, when the Angels host the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium. Ohtani is expected to start and pitch around two innings, marking his first career game in a Major League environment.
Cora excited ahead of Sox's spring opener
First-year manager Alex Cora is preparing to make his spring debut as the Red Sox take on the Twins on Friday.
McCutchen to debut in Cactus League opener
The Giants' outfield will be the area to watch in the early innings of the team's Cactus League opener Friday against a Milwaukee Brewers split squad.
Pirates chairman Bob Nutting on Thursday said some of the players' recent criticism of the organization was "correct and fair" and prioritized the return of a winning culture as they look to end a streak of two losing seasons this year.
Yelich to debut as Crew readies for split openers
Christian Yelich will make his unofficial Brewers debut on Friday against the Cubs at Maryvale Baseball Park, and that's just the first half of Milwaukee's busy Cactus League Opening Day.
Dee to see first CF action in spring opener
While manager Scott Servais said most of his regulars will be eased into game action over the next few days, Dee Gordon will make his Mariners debut in Friday's Cactus League opener against the Padres.
Prospect Dominguez impresses Kapler early
Phillies manager Gabe Kapler tuned up for his Grapefruit League debut Friday against the Blue Jays in Dunedin with a 6-0 victory Thursday over the University of Tampa at Spectrum Field.
Diaz transitioning back to starting role with SD
The Padres didn't select Miguel Diaz in the 2016 Rule 5 Draft with the long-term vision that he'd be a reliever. He combines an upper-90s fastball with two impactful (yet still raw) offspeed pitches. The Padres think Diaz is worth more in the long run if he's a part of their rotation. That's just fine with Diaz, who makes his spring debut Friday when the Padres open their Cactus League slate against Seattle.
Venezuelan teens have Major League hopes
Resilient teens like Jimenez reminded the baseball world that the sport is still thriving in Venezuela, and it's probably more important now with the country in economic and political crisis.
No surprise: Bumgarner to start Opening Day
Madison Bumgarner climbed higher in the rarefied territory occupied exclusively by Giants greats when manager Bruce Bochy announced Thursday that the left-hander will start his fifth consecutive season opener March 29 at Los Angeles.
Brinson among new Marlins to debut on Friday
After eight days of refreshing the fundamentals and getting into playing shape, it's time for the games to begin. The Marlins open Grapefruit League action on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium.
Maybin latest addition to Marlins' speedy OF
In just two days, Cameron Maybin picked up on what the Marlins' front office spent an entire offseason assembling -- swift and athletic outfielders. As part of their organizational reconstruction, Miami has targeted high-impact athletes with plus speed to help cover ground in the outfield and create havoc on the bases.
Red Sox still examining Martinez's physical
The official announcement of power hitter J.D. Martinez, and his much-needed bat for the middle of Boston's lineup, will have to wait at least another day.
All eyes on Callaway for first Mets spring game
In a way, Mickey Callaway says, he needs Spring Training more than the players. Inside a veteran clubhouse, most Mets regulars have "been there, done that" throughout their careers. But Callaway will be managing for the first time when the Mets open their Grapefruit League slate with a 1:10 p.m. ET game Friday against the Braves at First Data Field.
Martinez ready for managerial debut Friday
Nationals manager Dave Martinez has done his best to run a loose camp during this abbreviated spring schedule, finding time for his players to complete their workouts while also allowing them to have fun. A popular new feature has been music during workouts. Bryce Harper got his turn to serve as DJ on Thursday with a playlist featuring old-school hip hop.
Yanks' spring opener to feature Stanton's debut
Giancarlo Stanton is scheduled to wear the pinstripes for the first time in a game situation on Friday, stepping up to the plate when the Yankees open their Grapefruit League slate with a 1:05 p.m. ET contest against the Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field, live on MLB.TV.
Source: Chapman leaves A's camp for MRI
A's third baseman Matt Chapman, missing from Thursday's workouts, was in Los Angeles for a right hand examination, a source told MLB.com.
Schwarber, Happ expected for Cubs' ST opener
Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ are expected to play in the Cubs' first Cactus League game on Friday against their National League Central rivals, the Brewers. Left-hander Michael Roth, a non-roster invitee who has pitched for the Angels and Rangers, is scheduled to start.
Phils owner weighs in on Arrieta talk, pitching
Scott Boras is known to call an owner or two as he pursues and closes monster contracts for clients. The agent can be persuasive. So how often has Phillies owner John Middleton heard from Boras recently? Middleton shaped his thumb and index finger into a circle Thursday, a couple of hours before the Phillies played an exhibition against the University of Tampa at Spectrum Field. Zero.
Bregman, Astros to begin title defense on MLB Network
Alex Bregman, Evan Gattis and Jake Marisnick will be in the starting lineup for the Astros in Friday's 12:05 p.m. CT Grapefruit League opener against the Nats, live on MLB.TV and MLB Network.
Troy Tulowitzki worked on his pitching mechanics during Blue Jays photo day
Practice makes perfect.
Russell Wilson challenged Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge before Spring Training
It's all about the Spring Training HR Derby.
Cards' Top 30 Prospects list led by MLB-ready talent
Cardinals fans may not be used to not finishing atop the NL Central year after year. Thanks to a strong, and now top-heavy, system, it's easy to see this two-year absence from the postseason as a blip on the radar. While St. Louis doesn't have a top 10 farm system, it's not far off, standing out more for its depth perhaps than it's elite-level impact prospects. This is an organization, after all, that was able to trade for Marcell Ozuna this offseason and still have a lot of talent stockpiled.
Cubs' Top 30 Prospects list reflects focus on pitching
After graduating all those talented hitters to the big leagues -- and trading two of the top five prospects on MLB Pipeline's current Top 100 list in Jimenez and Gleyber Torres -- the Cubs are trying to develop some pitching. Three of their best four prospects are international right-handers: Adbert Alzolay, Oscar de la Cruz and Jose Albertos. They also took college arms with 13 of their first 14 Draft picks in 2016 and their top five in 2017, including first-rounders Brendon Little and Alex Lange last June.
Rays' No. 1 prospect Honeywell strains forearm
Right-hander Brent Honeywell, the Rays' No. 1 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, was forced to leave Thursday's workout after throwing approximately 10 pitches during a batting practice session. According to manager Kevin Cash, Honeywell strained his right forearm and will be further evaluated.
Under-the-radar relievers who could break out
Relievers can come from anywhere, which means you don't know some of 2018's best relief arms yet. Let's guess who they may be.
Hosmer, Trout and defensive-metric dilemmas
Let's talk for a minute about defensive statistics. These tend to be pretty controversial among traditional baseball fans; people get ticked off when the numbers tell them something that conflicts with what their eyes tell them.
Why the Angels' 6-man rotation won't last
If you were to invent the scenario that would lead to a team using a six-man rotation all season, it would look a lot like the Angels' situation. But they won't end the season with a six-man rotation.
Who were the best players to spend their careers with one team?
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Gomez set to join Rays on one-year deal
The Rays' outfield shuffle continues as Carlos Gomez has agreed to a one-year deal with the club, sources told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.
Jeter draws upon 9/11 to help Parkland cope
Derek Jeter recalled playing for the Yankees in New York after the Sept. 11 attacks when asked for advice on how to cope after the Parkland tragedy by 1999 Stoneman Douglas graduate Evan Golden at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in Fort Lauderdale.
Xander Bogaerts made his Olympic bid with a green-screen ski jump
If only he was in South Korea.
Top 20 players who will shape AL East race
These aren't necessarily the best players in the division, but they're the ones whose 2018 performance will be most vital to their teams' success this season, and seasons moving forward.
Griffey Sr. was key cog in Big Red Machine
Well before Ken Griffey Jr. emerged as one of baseball's biggest stars and most prolific home run hitters, his father paved the way for the family business with a long, productive career in the Major Leagues.
Angels acquire Blash from Yankees
The Angels expanded their outfield depth on Wednesday by acquiring Jabari Blash from the Yankees in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.
Myers, Hosmer reunited in Padres camp
Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers first met during instructional ball in 2009. In the Royals' system, their paths only crossed briefly during the 2010 season in High A ball before Myers was traded away. Now, they're both in Padres camp.
Pence stays upbeat in face of uncertainty
By various measures, Hunter Pence's performance for the Giants has declined markedly the past three years. At Spring Training, he sounded thrilled about the potential that this season holds.
Cubs coach Tim Buss added to his legacy of Spring Training stunts with a bold new look
He's arguably the fashion king of Spring Training.
D-backs Minor Leaguers lead way vs. ASU
For the fourth year in a row, the D-backs opened their spring exhibition schedule with the Collegiate Baseball Series, where they take on one of Arizona's college teams.
Duquette on Moose, Lynn, Cobb & more
The free-agent market has started to heat up as Spring Training camps have opened, but many big names are still without a home. Here to provide some insight on that situation and more is MLB.com analyst Jim Duquette.
Mike Trout drove Shohei Ohtani around in a golf cart and the photo is wonderful
You're smiling right now, aren't you?
Lindor on WS ring: 'We're going after it'
Francisco Lindor had not stopped thinking about the Indians' early exit from the October stage last season. The star shortstop still has a pit in his stomach at the thought of how close they came to winning the World Series two years ago.
Indians add Torres to their spring bullpen mix
There is an opening in the Indians' bullpen and the club is introducing another arm into the spring competition. On Wednesday, MLB.com confirmed that the Tribe has agreed to terms with reliever Carlos Torres on a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training, pending the completion of a physical.
Rendon seeking simplicity as recipe for success
Other than the change in appearance, Rendon had every reason to want to keep everything the same after the best season of his career in 2017.
Cashman: Initial plan is to have Drury play 3B
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman had D-backs infielder Brandon Drury on his radar for years. He was finally able to get his target, obtaining Drury on Tuesday in a three-way trade that also included the Rays.
Trout 2nd to none in fantasy outfielder group
Given virtually every fantasy league requires at least three starting outfielders, the decision of when and with whom to stock the position will have a major impact on the ultimate fate of many fantasy squads. Learn about the top players in this year's outfielder pool here.
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