Before the UMBC Retrievers busted everybody's bracket, their mascot hung out with the Oriole Bird
It's OK, our brackets are busted too.
Out-of-options players forcing tough decisions
Crucial roster decisions remain in the weeks leading up to Opening Day. A number of players are on the bubble, including those without options.
Tucker relishes playing near Tampa home
Nothing seems to rattle Astros rising star Kyle Tucker -- not even his homecoming party Friday night against the Yankees.
McCullers feeling 'really good' this spring
Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. seemed to feed off the hometown Tampa crowd Friday with yet another solid spring outing, going 4 1/3 shutout innings vs. the Yankees and only allowing one hit and a walk while striking out five.
Joc Pederson's brother, Champ, helped Warriors coach Steve Kerr with his pregame media session
A great moment.
Desmond breaks out with 2 homers in 1 inning
Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond entered Friday's game against the Angels 3-for-31 this spring. By the time he left the second inning, he had two home runs in the 18-6 win.
On mound, Ohtani struggles in big spring test
It was not a good day for Shohei Ohtani. Facing a lineup stocked with most of the Rockies' regulars, Ohtani was rocked for seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in his fourth start on the mound Friday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Judge set to play left field in Minors game
Aaron Judge will appear in left field for the first time this spring in a game situation Saturday, with Yankees manager Aaron Boone saying the American League Rookie of the Year has been scheduled to move across the grass for a Minor League game.
Kimbrel to be ready even if he can't rejoin camp
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Friday that closer Craig Kimbrel will be ready physically for the start of the regular season regardless of whether he makes it back to Spring Training.
Rockies face big decision on lefty Rosscup
One of the Rockies' biggest Opening Day roster decisions centers on left-handed relief pitcher Zac Rosscup, who is out of Minor League options.
Kemp carving out big-time spot on Dodgers
Dave Roberts wouldn't bite when asked if Matt Kemp had the club made, but his words of praise matched his actions of the lineup when asked if Kemp has shown he's more than a platoon player.
Determined Nationals eye deep postseason run
The Nationals are preparing for what will be one of the most important years in their short history.
Buehler's scoreless outing leads top prospects
Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler threw two more scoreless innings to lead top prospect performers on Friday.
Worst-case scenario: Greinke starts 3rd game
At present, the feeling among Torey Lovullo and the medical staff is that the worst-case scenario would be for Zack Greinke to get pushed back a couple days in the rotation, perhaps making his first start in the D-backs' third game of the regular season.
Miley looking to rebound after 1st rough start
Wade Miley endured his first Spring Training dud in a 16-13 Brewers win over the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. He surrendered more hits -- 10 -- in three long innings as Miley had allowed in his first four appearances combined, and was touched for seven runs, all earned.
30 clubs, 30 trades: Deals that set the tone for '18
Teams make trades for many reasons -- to fill a void, replace an injured player, add a piece for a playoff run or acquire more payroll flexibility -- but the most fascinating trades are the ones that alter the team's makeup.
Buehler lights up radar gun in first spring start
In his first Cactus League start, Walker Buehler added two scoreless innings on Friday to the one he pitched on Saturday.
Pannone suspended 80 games for PEDs
Major League Baseball announced on Friday afternoon that Blue Jays left-hander Thomas Pannone received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Norris makes good impression in rotation bid
Tigers lefty Daniel Norris is trying to make the team again after a slow start to his spring due to the groin problem that bothered him last season. He believes he has time to work himself into one of the two spots that are nominally available behind Michael Fulmer, Francisco Liriano and Jordan Zimmermann.
Moustakas makes return to KC lineup
Mike Moustakas was back in the Royals' lineup for the first time since re-signing with the club last Saturday. He went 1-for-4 with a two-run single.
Yes, Yu can! Righty in disbelief at 98 on radar
Can Yu Darvish throw 98-mph fastballs? That's what the radar gun at Camelback Ranch showed on Friday during the right-hander's outing in the Cubs' 6-3 win over the White Sox.
Minor continues making strong rotation case
Mike Minor hasn't been a starting pitcher in the Major Leagues since 2014, but he has certainly looked the part in Rangers camp.
Altuve's extension cause for celebration
Jose Altuve is that player that comes along once every generation or so, that player who helps define an entire sport with his greatness and desire, professionalism and humility, decency and everyman quality. That's why the Houston Astros did what they did on Friday in announcing a five-year, $151-million extension for the reigning American League Most Valuable Player.
Source: Nats, Hellickson agree to Minors deal
he Nationals added another candidate to their rotation mix on Friday afternoon, agreeing to terms with right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to a Minor League deal that includes a non-roster invite to Spring Training, a source told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed the deal.
Hosmer homers vs. former team
Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer homered Friday against the Kansas City Royals, his former team.
Nunez likely to begin season on DL
Even when healthy, Nunez was facing long odds of a roster spot since the A's appear ready to enter the season with a three-man bench.
Out of options, Adams showing hustle
Lane Adams came to Spring Training with a strong possibility of being placed on an Opening Day roster for the first time. But the outfielder's offensive struggles during the Grapefruit League season have jeopardized his status on the Braves' 40-man roster.
Gillick sees Phils competing for playoffs in '19
Former Phillies general manager Pat Gillick, who will be inducted into the organization's Wall of Fame this summer, said Friday that the team should be much improved under first-year manager Gabe Kapler, but probably not realistically ready to compete for a National League postseason spot until 2019.
Moncada, Anderson building bond for future
Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson are trying to build a special rapport in the middle of the diamond for the White Sox, with Moncada learning English and offering to teach Anderson some Spanish to improve the communication on and off the field. If the pair pans out as envisioned by the South Siders, they will be linked as double-play partners for the foreseeable future.
Kevin Kiermaier gave Purdue basketball a shout-out after their March Madness win
A true Boilermaker.
Projected 2018 lineups, rotations for every team
Spring Training is underway and the 2018 regular season is just around the corner. Here's our best guess at how all 30 lineups, rotations and closer spots will shake out. A lot can change between now and Opening Day, so these predictions are fluid. We'll update them as Spring Training progresses.
Berrios in favorable position as season nears
Jose Berrios is in a win-win situation when it comes to his spot in the Twins rotation for the regular season.
200-inning dash: Bucs working on endurance
Some people might think that pitching is a starter's workout every fifth day -- that they come off the mound, cool down and hit the showers. That hasn't been the case for the Pirates this spring.
Cubs trim roster, optioning Maples, Zagunis
As the Cubs whittle down the spring camp roster to the final 25 for Opening Day, they have to consider which players still have options remaining.
Mets face decision on out-of-options Montero
It's a make-or-break Spring Training for right-hander Rafael Montero. The veteran hurler is out of Minor League options.
Using rules to advantage, Cards diversify 'pen
The Cardinals' bullpen split up on Friday, and for the first time in nearly a week, it blinked. Ryan Sherriff struggled in a four-run sixth against the Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla., while Tyler Lyons allowed a run in St. Louis' 4-2 win over the Marlins in Jupiter.
Harrison Bader made two diving catches in the same game on Friday
And yes, we have them side-by-side.
Urshela, Gonzalez set for battle over utility spot
There are no starting jobs available, but the Indians do have a utility job available off the bench. Urshela and Erik Gonzalez -- both sure-handed defenders -- are vying for that spot on the Opening Day roster.
King Felix 'outstanding' in latest bullpen session
While James Paxton remains lined up to start Opening Day for the Mariners, Felix Hernandez is still holding out hope of recovering from a bruised right forearm in time to pitch the first game of the season in less than two weeks.
Twins happy to get Cave in deal with Yanks
The Twins acquired outfielder Jake Cave from the Yankees in exchange for Minor League pitcher Luis Gil, the team announced on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated first baseman Kennys Vargas for assignment.
Reds looking for ways to play Suarez, Senzel
The signing of third baseman Eugenio Suarez to a seven-year, $66 million contract extension on Friday almost puts to rest the question about the future of the position with Nick Senzel's arrival on the not-too-distant horizon.
deGrom dominates O's regulars in 8-K gem
It was only the second start of Spring Training for Jacob deGrom, but nothing about his outing vs. the Orioles on Friday would lead one to believe it.
Alford out 3-6 weeks with hamstring strain
Blue Jays left fielder Anthony Alford will miss the next three to six weeks because of a Grade 2 strain in his right hamstring.
Blair 'pleased' with spring performance
Braves right-hander Aaron Blair made his fourth spring appearance and first start Friday. He went two innings, giving up three runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout as Atlanta fell to Pittsburgh, 12-9.
Richard named Padres' Opening Day starter
The worst kept secret in Padres camp this spring is no longer a secret: Clayton Richard is scheduled to start on Opening Day against Milwaukee on March 29.
A young Phillies fan was hardly impressed by his slick one-handed catch off a bounce
Never a doubt.
Cotton remains optimistic following elbow injury
Cotton was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament earlier this week, but isn't yet ready to commit to what typically follows -- Tommy John surgery.
Braves phenom Albies homers from both sides
Second baseman Ozzie Albies went 2-for-3 Friday afternoon, hitting his first two home runs of the spring against the Pirates.
Altuve agrees to 5-year extension with Astros
Astros superstar Jose Altuve is close to signing a five-year extension worth $150 million that begins in 2020, MLB.com has learned. The club has not confirmed the report.
Conforto tests swing in Minor League game
The left shoulder injury that cost Michael Conforto the final month of 2017 is further in the rearview mirror. The outfielder returned to game action Friday for the first time since undergoing surgery in September, walking twice in four plate appearances in a Minor League contest.
Injury updates: Cotton, Eaton, Prado
As we continue with the third week of Spring Training games, here's a roundup of the latest injury news around the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues.
Yanks send OF Cave to Twins for RHP Gil
The Yankees and Twins executed a trade on Friday that sent Minor League right-hander Luis Gil to New York and outfielder Jake Cave to Minnesota, both clubs announced.
Fantasy411: 10 sleepers to target on draft day
These 10 players possess the potential to make a massive impact on 2018 mixed-league rosters without requiring a substantial expenditure.
Eickhoff out 6-8 weeks with strained right lat
The Phillies' starting rotation remained very much in flux Friday with the announcement that right-hander Jerad Eickhoff, expected to be the team's No. 3 starter, will be out six to eight weeks with a strained lat muscle. He will begin the season on the disabled list.
Nats stage golf contest before pregame workout
Yes, that's Bobby Henley in caddie gear.
Davis could return to action Sunday
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' sore right elbow has improved greatly, and manager Buck Showalter said that he should return to action on Sunday.
Smith, LaForce balance career schedules
There's Justin Verlander and his wife, Kate Upton. Carlos Correa and his fiancee, Daniella Rodriguez. There's Lance McCullers Jr. and his wife, Kara. And now the Astros have to make room for another power couple.
Braves add Anibal on Minor League pact
Anibal Sanchez's spring shuffling will continue.
Trammell's dream comes true with visit to Hall
Alan Trammell, humbled by his Cooperstown surroundings and modest in his own abilities to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the greats of the game, attempted to put his unique circumstances in perspective on Thursday.
Hamels gets Opening Day nod for Rangers
Cole Hamels will be the Opening Day starter for the Rangers when they face the defending champion Houston Astros on March 29, manager Jeff Banister announced on Friday.
Marlins option Peters, along with Conley, Garcia
There's a little more clarity in how the Marlins' rotation will shape up. On Friday, the organization sent Adam Conley, Dillon Peters and Jarlin Garcia -- three left-handed starting candidates with big league service time -- to the Minors.
Reds give rising star Suarez 7-year extension
Even after he lost in arbitration to the Reds last month, third baseman Eugenio Suarez pledged his commitment and happiness to be with the club, and he noted that the two sides were still talking about an extension.
100 years ago, Babe Ruth became Babe Ruth with a 500-foot homer into an Alligator Farm
It's reportedly the first 500-foot home run ever.
King Felix met King James and we can only hope there is a movie in the works
Royalty, royalty, royalty.
Immaculate deception: 9 pitches, 3 K's for Diaz
It's only Spring Training, but Edwin Diaz's seventh inning wasn't just good, it was immaculate.
Projecting all 30 Opening Day rosters
Spring Training saw slow-moving free-agent market accelerate and many of MLB Pipeline's finest get their first crack at competing in Major League camps. As such, personnel decisions have taken a much clearer scope in the four weeks since MLB.com reporters made their 25-man Opening Day roster projections.
Cinderellas? Here are 7 for MLB this season
The Wild Card era has brought us many satisfying sleepers-turned-Cinderellas. While it's way too early to provide any picks to click within baseball's October "tournament," here are some regular-season scenarios that would kind of have the feel of 16 seeds upsetting No. 1s.
Kenley Jansen enjoyed a lunch of ice cream that he playfully called the 'Cody Bellinger Diet'
Best hitter in Yanks' lineup? Kraken has a case
Camera shutter clicks have accompanied every on-field batting practice session for Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton this spring, creating moments during which Gary Sanchez has been permitted to go about his business quietly, a luxury that the Yankees catcher will never complain about.
Aaron, Trout, Harper ... Acuna? Scout thinks so
If Ronald Acuna Jr. keeps this up, Chipper Jones might not be the only Braves player to be honored in Cooperstown this summer.
From Cubs fan to Cubs star? Court living dream
Ryan Court, who attended the Cubs' championship parade as a fan, wants to make his Major League debut with his favorite team.
Lesson learned for Judge after Machado pitch
One day after telling Manny Machado that he would "look good in pinstripes" next season, Aaron Judge said that he will let the Yankees' front office handle recruiting future free agents.
Are you younger than MLB's 10 oldest players?
There is a point in almost any baseball fan's life when they realize, with a moment of sad resignation, that every Major League Baseball player is younger than they are. Major League Baseball players are roughly the same age, forever; it's the rest of us who keep getting older. And eventually, we're older than all of them.
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