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Mexico, Japan to battle for Classic title game berth (7 p.m. ET, FS1)

12:00 AM EDT

MIAMI -- Everything is on the line here: The winner advances to the final and the loser's trip ends here. For Japan, it has never failed to reach the semifinals and its two World Baseball Classic championships are more than any other nation. (Both trophies are currently on display at

'It's as if he's throwing his soul': Get to know Japanese ace Roki Sasaki

March 19, 2023

Every baseball fan should know the name Roki Sasaki. He's the 21-year-old sensation from Japan who's already the most electric pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball. He's a once-in-a-generation talent in the class of Shohei Ohtani. He's finally on the global stage at the World Baseball Classic, where he'll start Japan's

These players have made big impressions this spring

March 19, 2023

Spring Training presents a valuable opportunity for many players to open eyes, whether it’s a veteran competing for a roster spot, a young player looking to cement his role or a top prospect getting a chance to play in big league games for the first time. Here are the players

2 weeks after HBP, Turner back with Boston

5:36 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- On the two-week anniversary of when his Spring Training took a dark turn, Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner could see the light again on Monday afternoon. At the end of the tunnel is Opening Day at Fenway Park on March 30, the day Turner will

Mark Appel released by Phillies

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CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Mark Appel’s Phillies story has come to an end. The team announced Monday morning that it released the 31-year-old right-hander, who was one of baseball’s best stories last year when he became the oldest first overall Draft pick in baseball history to make his Major League debut

USA drubs Cuba, setting up chance to repeat as champs

Americans await winner of Mexico-Japan for Tuesday's title game
12:53 AM EDT

MIAMI -- Team USA is one win away from becoming back-to-back World Baseball Classic champions. With a 14-2 semifinal victory over Cuba on Sunday night at loanDepot park, USA advanced to face the winner of the Mexico-Japan semifinals game on Monday (7 p.m. ET on FS1).

How Báez used Classic to strengthen bonds with his home

Infielder back in Tigers' lineup on Monday after representing Puerto Rico
4:21 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. -- The bags were strewn across the Tigers clubhouse, between a set of chairs and a set of lockers. One bag was designed in the style of the Puerto Rican flag. Another looked more like a Tigers bag. It was a fitting scene that marked the return of

Wright's focus on health, not numbers (just yet)

5:38 PM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Kyle Wright was brutally honest when asked how he thought he had pitched. But the shaky results from his spring debut didn’t alter his thoughts about being ready to start one of the Braves’ first six games of the regular season. “[My shoulder] feels great,” Wright

In Classic matchup, it's Fletcher who wins battle

1-for-2 performance against Ohtani gives infielder upper hand: 'It was fun facing him'
5:04 PM EDT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- It became a common occurrence late last season for Angels infielder David Fletcher and two-way star Shohei Ohtani to joke back and forth about what would happen if they faced each other in the World Baseball Classic. They both knew there was a chance Team Italy and

Joyce, 104 mph heat leaving a mark

Halos' No. 11 prospect tossing zeros, turning heads at Spring Training
March 19, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After relief prospect Ben Joyce's fifth straight scoreless outing of Cactus League play in Friday's win over the Royals, Angels manager Phil Nevin was asked after the game about what he thought of Joyce’s performance. Nevin couldn’t help but smile and revealed that Joyce’s final pitch registered

DeJong (back) suffers setback, likely to start season on IL

Woodford tosses five scoreless innings, striking out seven vs. Marlins
4:21 PM EDT

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Cardinals received some roster clarity Monday, when shortstop Paul DeJong suffered a setback in his return from lower back pain that has kept him off the field for the better part of the past week. The issue is now expected to sideline DeJong for at least

Here's what 5 Philly hitters are working on this spring

1:30 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- If you’ve watched Trea Turner’s performance at the World Baseball Classic and immediately picture him in the Phillies’ lineup, you are not alone. Bryce Harper has, too. “[FOX TV analyst John Smoltz] said last night our lineup is going to be electric,” Harper said Sunday. “It should

Which shortstop will be behind Cole on OD? Ace weighs in

March 19, 2023

TAMPA, Fla. -- As the spring competition between Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe enters its final week, Gerrit Cole is as interested as anyone to learn who will be playing shortstop behind him on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. With Isiah Kiner-Falefa transitioning into a utility role, the battle between

The longest-tenured player on each club

5:40 PM EDT

The rosters of your favorite team will shuffle and reorganize faster than we ever realize. That 2016 Cubs team, the one that won the World Series? There is only one player who played on that team on the 2023 roster: Kyle Hendricks. Our teams are constantly shifting and transforming into

Hall's 'outstanding' spring debut impresses Hyde

O's No. 7 prospect fans 4 in 1 2/3 IP; 'We're keeping our options open with him'
5:44 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- DL Hall finally made his spring debut on Monday against the Phillies. With 10 days left until the Orioles’ season opener, could the 24-year-old pitching prospect actually make Opening Day roster? Brandon Hyde isn’t ruling anything out. The Baltimore manager called Hall’s return to the mound “the

Rays prospect duo enjoying taste of the big leagues

5:09 PM EDT

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Junior Caminero is 19 years old, only two years and four months younger than Wander Franco. But Franco is the Rays’ franchise shortstop, with a $182 million guaranteed contract, and Caminero is a prospect with only 106 games of Minor League experience. Looking for any advice

As elbow rehab advances, Ryu wants to finish what he started

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LAKELAND, Fla. -- It’s been three years since three words reintroduced the Blue Jays to the rest of the league: Hyun Jin Ryu. Those were the early days of the era the Blue Jays still stand in, when the debuts of a young core with famous last names eased the

Suwinski a frontrunner for starting OF spot

5:13 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Manager Derek Shelton didn’t outright say on Monday that Jack Suwinski will be one of the Pirates’ three starting outfielders. Read between the lines, however, and Shelton’s stance on Suwinski is clear. "Jack's in a good spot,” Shelton said prior to the Pirates’ 7-5 win over

Injuries: Padres, Moncada, Altuve, Suzuki, DeJong

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Stay up-to-date with all the latest news on injured and recovering players from across Major League Baseball.

Trea Turner does what only Ken Griffey Jr. had done

12:17 AM EDT

MIAMI -- Trea Turner’s best known for his blazing speed – and perhaps his artful popup slides when he races around the bases. Over the last two nights though, he’s turned into a hulking slugger, helping Team USA reach the World Baseball Classic final on Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET,

Altuve (fractured thumb) to have surgery, 'no timeline' yet

March 19, 2023

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- For the first time in more than a decade, Jose Altuve won’t be starting at second base for the Astros on Opening Day. Astros general manager Dana Brown said Sunday the star second baseman will have to undergo surgery in the “upcoming days” for a

Predicting the AL Central with 10 key questions

March 19, 2023

Opening Day is on March 30, and as we approach that date, we’re previewing each of the six divisions.