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Here are 11 players to keep an eye on this spring

February 23, 2020

Now is when it gets fun. For weeks, we’ve projected what this guy or that one will do and the impact he could have on the standings. With spring games underway, we can see those projections begin to take shape. Spring Training isn't about Mike Trout or Christian Yelich. Those

Cole set to face familiar foe in Yanks debut

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Yankees fans who can't wait see Gerrit Cole pitching in pinstripes at the Stadium for the first time will get the next best thing tonight at George M. Steinbrenner Field, when the ace right-hander makes his Yanks spring debut vs. the Pirates at 6:35 p.m. ET.

The best team promotions in MLB this season

February 23, 2020

Going to baseball games is fun on its own, without any extra swag added. But if you get a chance to get some swag … you should get some swag. We are as much a sucker for ballpark swag as anyone. We even have our own bobblehead wall. Thus today

MadBum's double life: He's also a rodeo star

February 23, 2020

Someone who knows baseball happened to be browsing the Facebook page of Rancho Rio Arena in Wickenburg, Ariz., one day and spotted a familiar face in a photo from a recent rodeo event. The only thing was, the name in the photo caption wasn't familiar. In an interview with The

World Series favorites, ranked from 1 to 30

@williamfleitch and @mike_petriello
February 22, 2020

We've finally heard the sweetest words of the spring -- pitchers and catchers report -- and that brings with it the end of what's been something of a wild and crazy offseason. (To say the least.) That means the 30 teams have their rosters more or less set, barring a

Raves for Betts' team address: 'It was awesome'

February 23, 2020

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If the Dodgers win the World Series this year, Mookie Betts’ inaugural address to his new club will go down as the greatest tone-setter since Kirk Gibson in 1988. Flashback to Vero Beach. Gibson, who had just joined the Dodgers as a free agent, went ballistic over

Injury updates: Soroka, Céspedes, Davis, Yanks

February 23, 2020

Here is the latest injury news from around Major League Baseball.

Next Piazza? Mauer? Maybe this Texas prospect

February 23, 2020

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers power prodigy Sam Huff is 6-foot-5 and can hit a baseball hard. And far. There is a reason why he is the Rangers' No. 2 prospect (No. 74 overall), the reigning SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game MVP and regarded by managers as the best power-hitting prospect in

Opening Day lineup, rotation, closer predictions

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Gerrit Cole will be in Yankees pinstripes. Anthony Rendon joins Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in Anaheim. The Reds have added three new hitters to their lineup. Madison Bumgarner is no longer a Giant. There have been many seismic changes around baseball this offseason, and with pitchers and catchers getting

Baker has Greenberg at peace after ill-fated AB

'Genuine' message helps Greenberg overcome depression after career cut short
February 23, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The voice mail stayed on Adam Greenberg’s phone for 10 years. Whenever he needed a pick-me-up or a reminder to keep going, he’d listen to it. The voice belonged to Dusty Baker and the message was full of inspiration. The first time he heard it,

Ranking every fantasy player, 1 to 800

February 23, 2020

It's fantasy draft season, and is here to help you prep. The 2019 campaign played host to an offensive onslaught for the ages, as sluggers across the Majors took aim at the record books. And now, fantasy owners need to figure out what it all means heading into '20.

Who's new, who's gone on each team for '20

February 21, 2020

It's a rite of spring: New faces in new places. Don't worry, we kept track of every move in one spot.

On a scale of 1 to 10, Céspedes a 'twelve'

February 23, 2020

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Since September, Yoenis Céspedes has woken up at 5 a.m. daily to complete his regimen of treatment and rehab exercises. Slowly, he has regained range of motion in his lower body, following multiple heel surgeries and a ranch accident that resulted in a broken right

Maddon: Adell 'not far off' from The Show

February 23, 2020

TEMPE, Ariz. -- New Angels manager Joe Maddon has made it a point to see as many of the organization’s young players as he can this spring and recently watched a live batting practice session featuring top prospect Jo Adell. Maddon couldn’t help but get excited by what he saw

These 5 teams are better than you think

February 22, 2020

The Blue Jays, White Sox and Reds are all better, possibly a lot better. The Dodgers, Yankees and Twins are still really good. At least 16 teams believe they’ve charted a reasonable path to the playoffs. Welcome to Major League Baseball in 2020. Seldom has one offseason of comings and

Andújar returns with bang; Loaisiga deals

February 23, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Having spent most of his winter rehabbing and then incorporating workouts at new positions, Miguel Andújar waited to face live pitching until he reported for Spring Training. It took all of three Grapefruit League at-bats for the young Yankee to show off his familiar power stroke.

Adding Dozier gives Padres infield options

Veteran, who owns strong numbers against lefties, may give Tingler ability to platoon players
February 23, 2020

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres added a veteran and a reigning World Series champ to their wide-open second-base race on Sunday. Brian Dozier agreed to a Minor League deal with San Diego, which includes an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The 32-year-old righty hitter is expected to join the

Fiers: 'We have to focus on 2020'

Kemp homers as four 2B candidates see game action
February 23, 2020

MESA, Ariz. -- A pitcher’s mound can often serve as an oasis from the outside noise. After an offseason in which controversy surrounded his name, Mike Fiers took the mound of dirt at Hohokam Stadium and found peace. Fiers picked up where he left off from a career year in

Tsutsugo has jokes after impressive spring debut

February 23, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Over the last two weeks, most people around Rays camp have been looking forward to seeing Yoshitomo Tsutsugo take the field for his first game in the United States. After enjoying 10 seasons during his illustrious career in Japan, Tsutsugo finally made his debut on Sunday,

Boone on Voit: 'He's got a big year ahead'

Yankees slugger entering 2020 with full health, new uniform number
February 23, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Luke Voit was thoroughly enjoying his visit to the hitters’ paradise that is London’s Olympic Stadium last June, chugging into second base with his fourth hit -- and third double -- of an afternoon contest against the Red Sox. During that 180-foot dash, he felt something

Akiyama a hit in first game with Reds

February 23, 2020

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Outfielder Shogo Akiyama is 31 years old with nine years of experience at baseball’s top professional level in Japan. But that didn’t prevent him from having butterflies ahead of his first Major League exhibition game on Sunday. During a 7-2 loss to the White Sox, Akiyama started

Trim Ray surprised, happy to be with D-backs

February 23, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Robbie Ray made his Cactus League debut for the D-backs on Sunday afternoon against the A’s. That he was still wearing an Arizona uniform was a bit of a surprise, even to him. Ray, who will be a free agent at season’s end, was the subject of

Win-now Mets eye postseason berth in 2020

February 23, 2020

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Stack each Major League team up against each other in terms of talent alone, and the Mets rank highly. Their rotation remains among the best in baseball. Their lineup is deeper than it has been in years. Their bullpen is improved -- though how much

Jeter Downs heeding wisdom from Torii Hunter

Prospect impressing, soaking up Red Sox camp experience
February 23, 2020

SARASOTA, Fla. -- At some point in the baseball career of Jeter Downs, an early-morning bus ride of over an hour to play in a Grapefruit League game will feel like monotony.

Donaldson, Sanó partners on corners for Twins

February 23, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brandon Drury chopped a sharp grounder to third base, where Josh Donaldson waited on the ball and speared it on a tough short hop. He flicked the ball over to first, where Miguel Sanó made the snag and quickly pulled his foot off the bag before