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Ohtani goes deep! Shohei thrills in Dodgers spring debut

@juanctoribio
6:28 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It didn’t feel like any other Spring Training day. There were cameras at every turn, a larger-than-usual media contingency, and a palpable buzz inside the clubhouse and around Camelback Ranch. With every pitch, the crowd’s anticipation kept growing. It was the first time they were getting a

Bellinger, Cubs make 3-year deal official

@MLBastian
6:10 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. -- The storyline that has hovered over Cubs camp this spring has been whether free agent Cody Bellinger would rejoin the club after his stellar showing last season. Chicago’s players have not been shy about expressing their hope that the center fielder would be brought back into the

'Hand me the ball': Sale dominant in spring debut

@mlbbowman
5:28 PM EST

BRADENTON, Fla. -- As the regular season inches closer, the Braves will take advantage of any opportunity to increase the likelihood that Chris Sale will be healthy and effective for the postseason. As for Sale, he's focused on the next task. It's far too early to know whether the upcoming

Gray named Opening Day starter following Cards debut

@JohnDenton555
7:35 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. -- Sonny Gray isn’t really the joking type, especially when he’s around baseball settings. As such, the Cardinals’ new ace rarely allows his focus to stray, and his emotions are usually buried well below a furrowed brow and a locked-in persona. However, Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol and pitching

Snell rumors bouncing off confident Schmidt

@feinsand
5:41 PM EST

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- It’s not uncommon for a player to become unsettled when rumors swirl around a team’s potential acquisition that could (would?) directly impact his job. In such cases, managers typically reinforce the player’s importance to the team, encouraging him to control what he can control and block

Lee's bat, speed spark 5-run inning in first game with Giants

Hicks hits 100 mph in his debut
@mi_guardado
8:04 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jung Hoo Lee had to wait a few extra days to get his first taste of Cactus League action after experiencing a bout of side soreness last week, but that didn’t stop him from hitting the ground running in his Giants debut on Tuesday. San Francisco’s new

Trout gets his own Hollywood sign out in the desert hills

7:44 PM EST

Move over Hollywood sign -- there's a "Trout" lookalike at Spring Training that just might rival the Los Angeles landmark. Spotted on Tuesday well beyond the outfield fence at the Angels' spring home in Tempe, Ariz., and tucked into the hills, the large white letters spelling out Mike Trout's last

Ga. Tech freshman, D-1 homer leader slams 4 roundtrippers in one game

2026 Draft prospect sets school's single-game HR record on just four swings
@jesus_cano88
18 minutes ago

As Georgia Tech outfielder Drew Burress walked into Rush Chandler Stadium for Tuesday’s home game, a cool breeze swept through the ballpark, filling him with the anticipation of playing in front of family and friends. At that moment, Burress sensed the day would be special Little did he know, it

Manoah takes some positives from first spring start

@KeeganMatheson
3:55 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. -- If Alek Manoah is going to write baseball’s great comeback story in 2024, Tuesday afternoon in Lakeland will have to be the rocky prologue that sets the stage. Manoah’s first Grapefruit League start in Toronto's 6-4 loss against the Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium

The latest on Yanks' discussions with Snell

7:31 PM EST

MLB.com is keeping track of the latest news and rumors surrounding left-handed starting pitcher Blake Snell

Former MVP personally invites Negro Leagues legends to Rickwood game

@alysonfooter
10:42 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Ryan Howard never met his maternal grandfather, James Phillip Black, who died before Howard’s birth in 1979. But Howard is well aware of his grandfather’s legacy as a hardworking man who chose to forego baseball and instead provide stability for his family, and whose athletic genes likely

Back in spring routine, Darvish deals in debut

@AJCassavell
6:38 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Making his first Spring Training start in nearly two years, Yu Darvish was excellent Tuesday afternoon, pitching two scoreless frames while striking out three in the Padres’ 6-3 victory over the Royals at Peoria Stadium. Darvish would never trade the experience of winning the 2023 World Baseball

'Yeah, that was fun': After 554 days away, Buxton returns to center field

@dohyoungpark
5:16 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When that first fly ball finally came, it went over Byron Buxton's head as he gave chase into the gap in right-center field. And at first, it looked like the 554 days of rust were showing a bit as he corralled the ball on a short

Blue Jays rally around Swanson with son recovering from accident

@KeeganMatheson
3:54 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Prior to the Blue Jays’ 6-4 loss against the Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium on Tuesday, manager John Schneider shared the difficult news that reliever Erik Swanson’s 4-year-old son, Toby, was hit by a car on Sunday and airlifted to a hospital. An emotional

Mookie, Shohei, Freddie: Dodgers get first look at new top of the order

@juanctoribio
5:19 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As soon as the Dodgers signed Shohei Ohtani, manager Dave Roberts began to dream of what the top of his lineup would look like in the 2024 season and beyond. On Tuesday, as Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman and Ohtani took the field for the first time as

Verlander ups intensity in latest bullpen session

Urquidy solid in first spring start; Montero 'dynamite' in live BP
@ladsonbill24
6:32 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros right-hander Justin Verlander has yet to pitch in an exhibition game because of right shoulder issues. However, he had another bullpen session on Tuesday morning without any problems. Verlander threw with more intensity and his delivery was consistent. He commanded his fastball and changeup

Mize makes emotional return to game action after 22 months

@beckjason
5:40 PM EST

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Believe it or not, in Spring Training games there is still an option to pull a pitcher during an inning, bring in a reliever to finish the inning, then bring the previous pitcher back for the next. It’s a rarely-used move to help pitchers get in their

Rotation-bound Dunning sheds light on mystery pitch

@mreynoldsMLB
7:59 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dane Dunning started four of his six appearances last spring, but he broke camp in the Rangers’ bullpen. He went 2-0 with a 1.77 ERA over eight April relief appearances, putting in important innings as Texas raced out to an early lead in the American League West.

'Really excited about the future here': Nats prospects add to highlight reel

Crews, Hassell and House power Nationals' Spring Training win over Astros
@jessicacamerato
5:51 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Nationals’ coveted core of prospects has already put together highlight moments just four games into Spring Training. After James Wood (No. 14 overall, Nats’ No. 2) homered in his first two contests and has yet to go hitless in a game, Dylan Crews (No.

D-backs hope Rodriguez can aid return to fall glory

Southpaw makes fitting spring debut in first World Series rematch
@SteveGilbertMLB
8:03 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The last time the D-backs played the Rangers, there was a lot of heartbreak in the Arizona clubhouse when the game was over. So when the two teams met up Tuesday for the first time since Game 5 of the World Series, it brought back some not-so-pleasant

New spot, same approach for Yordan

Batting second, Alvarez goes 1-for-2 in Spring Training debut for Astros
@ladsonbill24
6:26 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Astros outfielder Yordan Alvarez thought manager Joe Espada was joking when the skipper told his best run producer that he wanted him to hit second in the batting order. “I would just chuckle and laugh,” Alvarez said through interpreter Jenloy Herrera. After a few more

Picking 5 prospects to watch at Spring Training

@JimCallisMLB
2:07 PM EST

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Spring Training isn't just for players: New manager Vogt learning the ropes, too

@MandyBell02
4:51 PM EST

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Spring Training is all about preparation. Pitchers need to build up their arms. Batters are getting their timing down. But when you have a first-time manager like Stephen Vogt, he needs practice, too. For the last decade, the Guardians have had their routine. Terry Francona had his

Crawford happy to join Cardinals after signing one-year deal

3-time All-Star shortstop in camp, set to provide depth behind top prospect Winn
@JohnDenton555
6:53 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. -- Brought in to provide on-field support and off-field wisdom to 21-year-old rookie Masyn Winn, veteran shortstop Brandon Crawford has already given the projected Opening Day starter a jolt -- even if he did it unknowingly earlier in the week. Winn, the top prospect in the Cardinals system

Wacha delivers what Royals expect: Strikes

@anne__rogers
7:36 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Michael Wacha needed 15 pitches to get three outs in his 2024 spring debut on Tuesday afternoon. Ten of those pitches in his first appearance with the Royals were strikes. He didn’t allow a hit nor a walk, and he struck out two of the Padres’ best