• Marco Estrada to start for Blue Jays on opening day

    Sportsnet "With the MLB regular season less than two weeks away, the Toronto Blue Jays have found their opening day starter, according to Sportsnet’s Arash Madani. Master of deception Marco Estrada will get the ball to kick off the 2017 campaign, a reward for the level of consistency he has shown over the..." March 24

  • The Braves are banning outside food. And they’re probably lying about why they’re doing it.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Atlanta Braves have changed the policy regarding food and beverages that fans are permitted to bring into the new SunTrust Park. Beginning this season, ticketholders will not be allowed to bring in outside food. Exceptions will be made for infant food and for special dietary restriction..." March 24

  • Jung-Ho Kang not granted a visa to enter the United States

    Hardball Talk "This could be a problem for the Pirates. Ballwriter Sung Min Kim tweets that, according to a Korean report, which you can read here if you know Korean, Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang has been denied a visa to enter the United States. The report just broke this morning and has yet to hit the..." March 24

  • Albert Pujols to solely DH this season

    Sportsnaut "According to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register, Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia has “no plans to play Albert Pujols at first base this spring, and that it will stay that way indefinitely.” The 10-time All-Star was questioned on whether he would be ready for Opening Day. He..." March 24

  • Tommy John surgery recommended for Giants left-hander Will Smith

    San Jose Mercury News "The season won’t begin for another 10 days, but the Giants bullpen is getting hit hard already. Left-hander Will Smith has received two opinions recommending that he undergo Tommy John surgery and he is leaning toward having the reconstructive elbow procedure, manager Bruce Bochy said. The..." March 24

  • Rays owner 'confident' team will find stadium site despite setback

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg revealed some complications in his team's search for a new stadium on Thursday, yet said he's still confident they will find a new home in the Tampa Bay area. What were the Rays' top five choices for a new stadium — three in Tampa and two in St. Petersburg..." March 24

  • Yankees not pleased with Netherlands' use of Gregorius

    Fanrag Sports "Some Yankees people seemed a bit dismayed over the usage of Didi Gregorius in the World Baseball Classic. It seems they were under the impression Gregorius would be rotated in the field with Andrelton Simmons and Jonathan Schoop, and they wonder if his injury occurred because he mostly DH’ed..." March 24

  • Yoan Moncada developed Twinkie obsession when he came to US

    NESN "If you ever see Yoan Moncada in the sweets aisle at the grocery store, chances are he’s looking for the Twinkies. The former Boston Red Sox prospect apparently developed quite the sweet tooth when he came to the United States, as he once had 85 Twinkies in a week, according to his agent David..." March 24

  • Commissioner Manfred sounds like he's OK with bat flips, not a fan of midseason WBC

    CBS Sports "In light of the World Baseball Classic coming to a conclusion Wednesday night and proving a rousing success , I figured these two particular Rob Manfred videos from a few days ago were pertinent. First up, some seem to be fighting this culture war about how much outward emotion players are..." March 24

  • Rays tab Chris Archer for 3rd straight Opening Day start

    MLB.com "No big surprise: Chris Archer will be the Rays' Opening Day starter. Rays manager Kevin Cash annointed the right-hander as such following the Rays' 5-5 tie with the Yankees on Thursday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park. Archer will be followed in order by Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Blake..." March 24

  • Yadier Molina would like an apology from Adam Jones on behalf of Puerto Rico

    ESPN "Team captain Yadier Molina wants United States outfielder Adam Jones to apologize to Puerto Rico's players for saying they were planning a postgame party in San Juan before the World Baseball Classic championship game was even played. Molina made his comments to ESPN's Marly Rivera during..." March 24

  • Phillies, Blue Jays Interested In Angel Pagan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies are the newest team to be linked to Angel Pagan, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter). The Blue Jays are also still connected to the Pagan hunt, though previous reports had indicated that Toronto was content with its current mix of left field options. Pagan would be..." March 24

  • Yoenis Cespedes: MLB would grow if they played with Latin culture

    Larry Brown Sports "Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes has a message for American baseball players and fans. The New York Mets outfielder recorded a video shared by “We are Mitu” on Facebook in which he explained the difference between the Latin and American cultures of baseball. He said that Latin players celebrate..." March 23

  • Joe Girardi may wait before naming Yankees fifth starter

    New York Daily News "Joe Girardi said the Yankees may hold off on naming a fifth starter because of an off-day heavy schedule in April. "It's possible," the manager said. The Yankees have five off-days in the first month of the season, and do not play five days in a row until April 12-16. They could, of..." March 23

  • Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the season as the third pitcher in the rotation. Scherzer has been the team's starter on opening day for the past two seasons, but a stress fracture in the..." March 23

  • Brett Anderson, Kyle Hendricks named Cubs' 4-5 starters

    Chicago Tribune "National League ERA leader Kyle Hendricks won't pitch until the fifth game of the Cubs season. The Cubs rotation to start the season will go like this: Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, John Lackey, Brett Anderson and Hendricks. The Cubs have a reason for the alignment announced Thursday by manager..." March 23

  • Jung Ho Kang won't be ready for opening day, Pirates GM says

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Asked about whether it is reasonable to rule out Jung Ho Kang for opening day, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said, “We’re pretty much there.” This is no surprise. Not only has Kang missed the entirety of spring training thus far, more than a month of work, but he is still waiting for..." March 23

  • Andre Ethier says back injury is deja vu all over again

    L.A. Daily News "Andre Ethier’s spring has suddenly taken on a very familiar feeling. “It feels like its Groundhogs Day all over again,” the Dodgers’ veteran outfielder said. “I’ve been stuck in spring training for 18 months now. That kind of hit me when I was sitting at home yesterday.” Limited for most of..." March 23

  • Athletics tab Graveman as Opening Day starter

    San Francisco Chronicle "As soon as the A’s announced that Sonny Gray would open the season on the disabled list, it was clear that Kendall Graveman would be the Opening Night starter, and Thursday, manager Bob Melvin made it official. “He’s up for it,” Melvin said. “I talked to him about it when Kendall went down and..." March 23

  • Tigers’ Cabrera still bothered by back pain

    Detroit News "From the sound of it, Miguel Cabrera is dealing with something a bit more severe than a routine stiff back. In fact, he wasn’t ready to make any predictions about when he might return to the lineup. “I don’t know,” he said Thursday afternoon. “I hurt my back the first (WBC) game in Mexico. Out..." March 23

  • Two-year-old’s mom claims son is reincarnation of Lou Gehrig

    Sportsnaut "Cathy Byrd’s son loves baseball. And we mean, he really loves baseball. It consumes him to his very core. The two-year-old is claimed to be a “baseball prodigy,” spending countless hours pitching and hitting balls. He also “insisted on wearing a baseball uniform every day,” according to People..." March 23

  • Puerto Rico: U.S. players misinterpreted planned celebration

    ESPN "That sense of disrespect that added fuel to the United States' victory in the World Baseball Classic championship game Wednesday might have been misplaced. Shortly after the United States' dominating 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico to win the WBC for the first time in four tries, center fielder..." March 23

  • Cubs president Theo Epstein named world’s greatest leader

    Sportsnet "Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein has been named world’s greatest leader by FORTUNE, which released a list on Thursday ranking global figures ranging from politicians and CEOs to musicians and sports figures. Epstein was followed on the list by Jack Ma, executive chairman of Alibaba Group,..." March 23

  • Farrell confirms Sandy Leon will be Opening Day catcher

    WEEI Boston "There was plenty to read into when digesting the plans for the Red Sox Thursday. First, the fact that Rick Porcello was pitching to Sandy Leon in a minor-league game on the back field at JetBlue Park was no coincidence. For one, John Farrell didn’t want Porcello to be pitching against the team,..." March 23

  • Rob Manfred: WBC extra innings rule unlikely to come to MLB

    Larry Brown Sports "In news that will come as a massive relief to baseball purists, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said it is unlikely that the World Baseball Classic’s unique extra innings rules will be making the jump to the majors anytime soon. Manfred told MLB Network on Wednesday that the rule, in which teams..." March 23

  • Zack Wheeler has a week to prove where he stands with Mets

    New York Post "Sunny day. Cloudy forecast. What’s next for Zack Wheeler? A Grapefruit League start Monday. And after that, the great unknown for the man whose future has been on hold for two years now. The long-inactive right-hander threw three up-and-down relief innings for the Mets on Wednesday, taking..." March 23

  • Cubs still look like baseball’s most talented team

    Sportsnet "Well, shoot, that took a while. The Chicago Cubs are World Series Champs. After 108 years you’d think we’d just let them enjoy this. Nah, the parade’s over, Cubbies. Time for 2017. As we approach the new season, we’re previewing what’s ahead for each of the 30 MLB teams. The Chicago Cubs are..." March 23

  • David DeJesus retires

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder David DeJesus announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joining CSN Chicago for Cubs coverage. DeJesus, 37, spent 13 seasons in the big leagues from 2003-15 with the Royals, Athletics, Cubs, Nationals, Rays, and Angels. He hit a..." March 23

  • Ian Kinsler walks back controversial comments about Latino players

    ESPN "Team USA second baseman Ian Kinsler told ESPN on Wednesday any assumption that he disparaged Latin-American teams for their passionate style of play is off base, saying, "Everyone should be celebrated." Kinsler caught flak on social media for a quote he gave to The New York Times at the World..." March 23

  • Yankees open to trading for 'short-term' shortstop

    Newsday "The Yankees hope Didi Gregorius will be back from his shoulder injury in May and hope someone who is in camp now can hold the fort until then. But hope isn’t all the Yankees are banking on. According to a source, the Yankees are open to trading for a “short-term” answer at..." March 23

  • Cards' Wainwright endorses Martinez for Opening Day: 'He earned it'

    MLB.com "Insisting that he wouldn't "want anything I haven't earned," Adam Wainwright graciously congratulated Carlos Martinez on being named the team's Opening Night starter, a title that had belonged to Wainwright for the past four seasons. Martinez pitched five shutout innings Wednesday in the..." March 23

  • Dallas Green, manager for Phillies' 1st World Series win, dies at 82

    CBS Philly "A Philadelphia Phillies legend has passed away. Phillies’ Chris Wheeler tells WIP Sports Radio that Dallas Green died Wednesday. He was 82. Green’s family tells Eyewitness News that he passed away peacefully around 12:30 p.m. at Hahnemann Hospital. Green has been at Hahnemann for the past..." March 23

  • White Sox continue to work on Jose Quintana trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago White Sox seem determined to get a Jose Quintana trade done before the start of the season. Jim Bowden of ESPN reports on Wednesday that the White Sox continue to work on moving the All-Star left-hander and could have a deal done before Opening Day with the Houston Astros and the..." March 22

  • Puerto Rico is running out of blond hair dye due to WBC-related boost in demand

    CBS Sports "If you’ve watched any of Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, you’ve undoubtedly noticed how members of the team have dyed their hair blond. They aren’t the only ones. In fact, the citizens of Puerto Rico are taking the WBC so seriously that it’s causing a blond hair dye shortage -- yes,..." March 22

  • Max Scherzer says finger is healed, no longer an issue

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Nationals and their fans can rest easy. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer — who was dealing with a knuckle injury — threw in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday, and had no negative effects. Scherzer went 4.2 innings, surrendered five hits, walked one, allowed two..." March 22

  • Cardinals tab Carlos Martinez as Opening Day starter against Cubs

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Wednesday morning report from Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Cardinals have found their Opening Day starter for the 2017 regular season. As a result, right-hander Carlos Martinez will take the mound for the club on Sunday, April 2 against the Chicago..." March 22

  • Girardi Confirms Greg Bird Will Be Yankees’ Starting First Baseman

    CBS New York "Greg Bird, whose status as Mark Teixeira’s heir apparent was tossed in doubt when he missed last season with a shoulder injury last year, has officially won the Yankees’ starting first base job. Manager Joe Girardi announced his decision Wednesday morning. The move was expected. Bird entered..." March 22

  • Giants easing Madison Bumgarner toward Opening Day start

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy says Madison Bumgarner is "ready to go" for the start of the season after the ace left-hander pitched just two innings in his spring training start Tuesday. Bumgarner will get five days off before his spring training finale, slated for Monday against..." March 22

  • Carrasco once ate pizza for 90 straight days during spring training

    The Player's Tribune "The first time I set foot on a baseball field, I cried. And cried. And cried. At least that how my parents tell the story. I was four years old at the time, and my mom had taken me over to one of the little ball fields near our home in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. She wanted me to play..." March 22

  • O’s GM Dan Duquette: O’s fans really, really hate Jose Bautista

    Hardball Talk "Over the winter Orioles general manager Dan Duquette said that he would not pursue free agent outfielder Jose Bautista because Orioles fans didn’t like him. Whether that’s the real reason, as opposed to matters of cost, the team’s needs and Bautista’s value as a player going forward, is only..." March 22

  • Stroman's mom received 'vulgar comments' from Puerto Rican fans

    Fox Sports "The pitcher starting for the United States in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic originally intended to play for Team USA’s opponent, Puerto Rico. But Stroman, 25, changed his mind, announcing on Dec. 3 that he would play for Team USA rather than Puerto Rico, where his mother,..." March 22

  • Chicago Cubs World Series Movie in Development

    Variety "Ted Field’s Radar Pictures is developing a movie about the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series — their first in 108 years — with the team and its recently-retired catcher David Ross. Radar has acquired movie rights to Ross’ upcoming memoir “Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World..." March 22

  • Encarnacion looking to maintain 100-RBI streak with Indians

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "At first, Edwin Encarnacion wasn't sure he wanted to talk. It was not a matter of being rude. By nature, Encarnacion is shy. The Cleveland Indians power hitter is trying to quietly fit into his new team. Encarnacion knows he's the most expensive free agent signing in Tribe history. He..." March 22

  • Yankees reassign top prospect Torres to minors after red-hot spring

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees have reassigned infielder and top prospect Gleyber Torres to minor league camp in Double-A Trenton, the team announced on Tuesday. Torres is a prized prospect who’s been sharpening his tools ever since he joined the Yankees organization in the summer 2016. He was a..." March 22

  • First openly gay active minor league player David Denson retires

    Fanrag Sports "David Denson, the first openly gay active minor league player, has announced his retirement from the game. “I want to thank all of you for the amazing love and support over the years,” he wrote on Facebook on Monday, via the Milwaukee Brewers team site. “But my baseball journey has come to an..." March 22

  • Study: MLB broadcast booths lack diversity

    Hardball Talk "At SB Nation’s Phillies blog The Good Phight, David S. Cohen compiled the demographics of the broadcast booths across baseball and found that it does not reflect the population of baseball nor of the United States. Of 164 announcers in 30 teams’ booths, 148 (90.2 percent) are white men. Only..." March 22

  • Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed drawing interest on trade market

    Arizona Republic "Nick Ahmed’s potential availability via trade has sparked interest from at least a handful of teams, with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees all believed to have varying degrees of interest in the Diamondbacks shortstop. The Diamondbacks have depth at shortstop, with..." March 22

  • Michael Conforto 'paying his dues' as Mets outfielder fights for spot on major-league roster

    New York Daily News "The key is getting a good seat near the window in a quiet section of the bus. Michael Conforto made the mistake of driving with friends to Lakeland the last time. Two and a half hours on mostly two-lane backroads through the rural middle of Florida. “Just a whole lot of trees and cows,”..." March 22

  • Yankees’ rotation battle not going the way Joe Girardi hoped

    New York Post "Adam Warren is the only member of the five-men-for-two-spots rotation competition who is a lock to make the Yankees. “Outside of Warren, who isn’t going anywhere because he can go to the pen or be in the rotation, the rest of the guys have flexibility and options,’’ general manager Brian..." March 22

  • Didi Gregorius To Begin Season On DL Due To Shoulder Injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has been shut down from baseball activities for two weeks due to a shoulder strain, and thus will be placed on the 10-day DL to begin the season, manager Joe Girardi told reporters" March 21