DUNEDIN, Fla. — Alex Cobb tossed three scoreless innings as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Friday. Cobb, who did not allow any runs over 1 2-3 innings in his first start against Minnesota, gave […]
It may not feel a thing like spring around here, but spring training has begun for baseball – and these new baseball-themed concept and vocabulary books will help your child get ready for the big leagues, too. Baseball Opposites (978 […]
Still, the normally injury prone player was able to set a career high by playing in 160 games. That’s the good news. The bad news is his overall work at the plate regressed. Longoria’s walk rate dipped for the second straight season and he never runs anymore. This former college star has enjoyed a fine career to date, but you can’t shake the feeling that he hasn’t had that true breakthrough yet. Is a 40-homer season coming one of these years? Well, he’ll need to stop the two-year trend of regressing extra-base pop first. Longoria is a no-nonsense player that will do whatever he can to be the best. Is 2014 the season he finally puts it all together?
SARASOTA, Fla. – Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana agreed Tuesday to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles as he tries to come back from the second major operation on his left shoulder. Santana would get … Continue Reading
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CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jose Bautista hit a long home run off Roberto Hernandez three batters into the game, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Wednesday in rain-shortened spring training opener for both teams. Bautista’s home run […]
DUNEDIN, Fla. — It was half a game with 13-man batting orders, nine pitchers and two umpires. All of the players wore blue. The crowd sat on metal bleachers five rows high. Chain-link protected the spartan dugouts. Ospreys screeched overhead, […]
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey, whose 2011 season was cut short after the Marlins’ Scott Cousins crashed into him at the plate, said Tuesday that a home plate collision rule adopted by Major League Baseball and […]
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Major League Baseball’s new rule on plays at home plate will require catchers, baserunners and umpires to change habits they have followed throughout their careers. The crash course starts immediately, in exhibition games this week, after MLB […]
By Ronald Blum NEW YORK — Rather than ban home plate collisions outright, Major League Baseball and its players adopted a rule limiting them this season. In what both sides said was a one-year experiment, the rule allows collisions if […]
SURPRISE, Ariz. – Matt Harrison concedes that he likely won’t be ready to pitch for the Texas Rangers by opening day. The left-hander, who hasn’t thrown in a week because of stiffness in his neck and back, just hopes things … Continue Reading
DUNEDIN, Fla. — On the first day of full-squad workouts, on the first pitch from Todd Redmond in live batting practice, Jose Bautista whacked the ball over the fence in right-centre field. He savoured the moment for only a second, […]
Tulowitzki is easily the most dangerous hitting shortstop in the game today. Despite the Coors Field stigma (which is somewhat true) Tulo is better than the field. His major issue is health. If you have owned him in the past, you know what we are saying. If Tulowitzki can actually stay on the field, 30 homers and 100 RBI are easily within his grasp. (Take a look at his mechanics in the video below to get an idea of his power.) His career OPS of 877 should be higher but health issues over the years has likely put a dent in it. While we don’t have the foresight to see that he will appear in 150+ games, we do know that if he does you will be a proud and contending owner. Tulowitzki is annually a slow starter but don’t lose faith because remember you drafted him high. After all, this dude’s career BABIP and OBP numbers would be great for a first baseman — never mind a middle infielder. Gamblers roll the dice and they don’t fear what hasn’t already happened.
DUNEDIN, Fla. — Jose Reyes reported to Blue Jays camp two days early, donning a Superman T-shirt, a wide grin and an optimistic attitude on what he expects will be a much improved season. The four-time All-Star shortstop spent much […]
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If you’re going to replace Todd Helton at first base in Colorado while wearing Larry Walker’s old number, you better have a solid resume. The Rockies are convinced four-time All-Star and former American League MVP Justin Morneau […]
HAVANA, Cuba — A bench-clearing brawl in which a ballplayer hit a rival in the face with a bat disgusted sports fans and had pundits bemoaning the state of Cuba’s national sport on Tuesday. The melee between Matanzas and Villa […]
Just 30, Jimenez clearly has life left in his arm, although given his massive career swings, it’s hard to approach him with the utmost of confidence. His strand rate last year suggested some luck was in order, but not so much that we can see his ERA rising over 4.00. Even accounting for the move to Baltimore, the worst we can see from Jimenez this season is an ERA of around 3.95.
DUNEDIN, Fla. — As the Toronto Blue Jays got busy in 2014, pitcher Brandon Morrow offered a blunt assessment of what went wrong in a most disappointing 2013. He began with the rotation. “We pitched like garbage,” Morrow said Monday […]
TAMPA, Fla. — Mark Teixeira took swings from the right side of the plate and then the left, his first time batting outdoors since a wrist injury ended his 2013 season almost before it began. He pronounced himself ready to […]
KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Craig Kimbrel saw the growing list of young Braves players committing to long-term deals and decided he wanted to jump on board. Atlanta locked up another important piece of its foundation Sunday by agreeing to a $42 […]
Kipnis was one of the main reasons why the Indians went from AL Central basement dwellers to finishing a game behind the Tigers for the division title. The 26-year-old quietly had a good year, showing the ability to hit for average and power, drive in some runs, get on base at a good clip, and steal 30 bags. Some owners might find Kipnis to be a better bang for their buck than Cano as you won’t need to use a first round pick on him. As Kipnis enters his fourth big league season, he could be sitting on a breakout year. His ability to steal bases and his power potential make him one of the elite keystone corner dudes in the game. If Kipnis is able to hit over 20 long balls this year, and it’s very possible, come next year, we could see him at the top of this list.
By Charles Odum ATLANTA — Jim Fregosi, a former All-Star who won more than 1,000 games as a manager for four teams, died Friday after an apparent stroke. He was 71. The Atlanta Braves said they were notified by a […]
NEW YORK — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season. Jeter posted a long letter on his Facebook account Wednesday saying that 2014 will be his last year of playing professional baseball. The 39-year-old […]
By Ronald Blum NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka was introduced by the Yankees on Tuesday after chartering a Boeing 787 Dreamliner for his trip from Tokyo to New York. The 25-year-old right-hander agreed Jan. 22 to a $155 million, seven-year […]
MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins have released Canadian left-hander Andrew Albers, allowing him to sign with a South Korean team. The Twins announced Thursday the 28-year-old Albers cleared waivers. He will join the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. … Continue Reading
TORONTO — Jonathan Shields was sitting 15 rows behind the third-base dugout, waiting for the start of the Toronto Blue Jays’ annual State of the Franchise event. It is a neatly scripted affair designed to make Shields and his fellow […]
NEW YORK — The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract. In addition to the deal with the 25-year-old right-hander, the Yankees must pay a $20 million fee to his […]
SEATTLE — Fans attending Seattle Mariners games at Safeco Field will have to walk through metal detectors starting with the 2014 season opener. The Mariners announced the additional security screenings on Tuesday. They comply with a mandate from Major League […]
Andrew Albers’s release point may have temporarily changed since he was last on the mound with the Minnesota Twins. That doesn’t mean his focus has though. Albers, who began his Major League Baseball pitching career last August by tossing 17 […]
BUFFALO — Brandon Morrow says his off-season workouts have proven his arm is sound, but he disagrees with his boss about what caused his forearm problem in the first place. The Toronto Blue Jays right-hander missed the final four months […]
HAVEN’T WE BEEN HERE BEFORE? The date was December 19, 2011, and most of the baseball world waited with baited breath for the announcement of which MLB team had successfully bid for the rights to Japanese pitching sensation Yu Darvish. […]
Toronto Maple Leafs This picture pretty much sums up last night’s Leafs’ performance. http://t.co/zO2ZyAmuWn— Jason Brough (@JasonPHT) January 10, 2014 What can you say about the Maple Laffs as they fall out of playoff contention after a stunningly bad three-game […]
TORONTO — A get-acquainted weekend left Kevin Seitzer bullish on Ryan Goins. Seitzer is the Toronto Blue Jays’ new hitting coach. Goins was their default second baseman for the final five weeks of the 2013 season. His defence was solid, […]
TORONTO — He’s been snubbed a final time by the Baseball Writers Association of America, but Roberto Alomar believes there’s a spot in Cooperstown for Jack Morris. Morris was denied induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, his […]
NEW YORK — Dan Le Batard was kicked out of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for one year and barred from future Hall of Fame votes after he turned over his 2014 ballot to a website that allowed readers […]
Baseball’s Hall of Fame is the most hallowed of all. It carries the most prestige and creates the most debate at induction time. It’s also very exclusive — sort of like Augusta without the green jackets — because of all […]
NEW YORK — Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Wednesday, while Craig Biggio fell two votes short. Maddux was picked on 555 of 571 ballots by members of the Baseball Writers’ […]
Mirroring his career as one of the sport’s toughest starting pitchers, the case for making Jack Morris a Hall of Famer has grown stronger as the game has gone on.To leave this metaphorical mound with one more victory, though, Morris […]