Plenty of high-profile players wearing new uniforms

Chris Sale traded socks -- or Sox -- from white to red. Edwin Encarnacion took his big bat to Cleveland. Aroldis Chapman returned to the Bronx. Plenty of All-Stars, Cy Young winners and MVPs are wearing new uniforms this season. The biggest move occurred when the Boston Red Sox acquired Sale from the Chicago White Sox.

Yankees shortstop Gregorius hurts shoulder, return uncertain

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit." The Yankees start the regular season April 2 at Tampa Bay.

Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees team up to no-hit Tigers

No runs once again off Masahiro Tanaka. No hits off him or the New York Yankees' bullpen, either. Tanaka and two relievers combined on a spring training no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers in a 3-0 win Friday in Lakeland, Florida. New York manager Joe Girardi didn't keep the lineup card as a souvenir, but still appreciated the effort. "I'm happy for our guys," Girardi said. "It's fun.

Gonzalez criticizes WBC organizers over Mexico elimination

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Adrian Gonzalez had some harsh words for organizers of the World Baseball Classic. "They're trying to become the World Cup, but they're not even close to being the Little League World Series," the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman said Wednesday. Gonzalez's Mexican team beat Venezuela 11-9 Sunday in Guadalajara, leaving both teams tied with Italy for second in Group D behind Puerto (3-0).

Boston ace Price likely to miss opener, Rockies' Murphy out

Boston Red Sox left-hander David Price is likely to start the season on the disabled list because of a sore elbow. Starting the second season of a $217 million, seven-year contract, Price has not yet appeared in an exhibition game. "I think at this point, yeah, it would be hard to see him ready to go at the start of the season," manager John Farrell said Tuesday at Boston's camp in Fort Myers, Florida.

Offseason closer carousel could decide baseball season

MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Mark Melancon got a big free-agent contract from the San Francisco Giants. Aroldis Chapman returned to the New York Yankees for a record-breaking deal. Kenley Jansen stayed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wade Davis was traded to the Chicago Cubs, and the Washington Nationals looked outside before looking internally for an answer. Five of baseball's marquee teams. A series of high-stakes decisions. A closer look at the value of closers.

FANTASY PLAYS: Talent scarce among fantasy starting pitchers

There's a scarcity of pitching in today's fantasy game. Top-tier talent is less often returning on the investment of fantasy owners. An often overlooked, underappreciated statistic in finding fantasy return on investment (ROI) is innings pitched. Since 2014, only four starters have had three consecutive seasons of both 200 innings pitched and 200 strikeouts: Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber, David Price and Max Scherzer. In 2014, 34 pitchers reached 200 innings.

Red Sox newcomer Chris Sale throws 2 innings in spring debut

Boston Red Sox newcomer Chris Sale gave himself mixed reviews after his first spring training performance, an outing that ended a little earlier than originally planned. Acquired from the Chicago White Sox in December, the dominant lefty gave up two runs, one of them earned, in two innings Monday against Houston. "Happy? I don't know," he said. "I got some good work in.

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Joe Blanton, Nationals finalize $4 million, 1-year contract

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Setup man Joe Blanton and the Washington Nationals finalized a $4 million, one-year contract on Thursday. The 36-year-old right-hander was a free agent after pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, when he went 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 80 innings across 75 regular-season appearances.

Tim Tebow hits 9 homers in batting practice at Mets workout

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow quickly got into the swing of spring training, hitting nine home runs in batting practice Monday during his first workout with the New York Mets. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback is hoping to make to the majors as an outfielder. He signed a minor league contract last September. The 29-year-old Tebow played in the Arizona Fall League, struggling against top prospects from other teams.