SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The black San Francisco Giants T-shirt that Barry Bonds wore was so new, the fold lines from being wrapped in plastic were easy to spot. Still, it seemed a natural fit for Bonds, the former slugger who donned a Giants uniform for his first day of work in his new role with the club, a hitting instructor and special adviser to CEO Larry Baer.
HAWKS-HORNETS Hornets hand Hawks 4th straight loss, 105-90 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Charlotte Hornets handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night. The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter. Frank Kaminsky provided more strong play off the bench for Charlotte with 14 points and five assists.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tim Tebow is joining the Columbia Fireflies. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback will start his pro baseball season with the Mets' Class A franchise in Columbia. New York Mets manager Terry Collins announced the move Monday. The 29-year-old Tebow has been in spring training with the Mets and is hitting .235 with four hits in 17 at-bats.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer probably will miss the Washington Nationals' opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger.
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Vogelsong isn't ready to be over the hill. He's still having fun on top of it. Vogelsong is in spring training with the Minnesota Twins on a minor league contract, about four months before his 40th birthday but plenty confident he can win a spot on the staff for the season.
The 2017 crop of fantasy shortstops can't really be summed up in your typical terms like "stacked," ''terrible," ''shallow" or "deep." It's a true mixed bag -- a handful of studs, some late-round sleepers, the usual assortment of defensive specialists with little power, and scattered head-scratchers like Freddy Galvis, who hit as many home runs in 2016 (20) as he did in his previous three seasons combined.
Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday after being hit on the head by a line drive in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers. House was talking before the ambulance left the field in Lakeland, Florida, Toronto manager John Gibbons said. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said House's injury was among the scariest things he has witnessed in a baseball game.
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday after being hit on the head by a line drive in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers. The Blue Jays said Friday night that test results at Lakeland Regional Medical Center were normal, and that House would remain hospitalized overnight for observation.
Max Scherzer has come to grips with a finger injury -- by coming up with a new, unusual grip for his fastball. The Washington Nationals ace won the NL Cy Young Award last season despite a stress fracture on his right ring finger in the second half. The problem didn't totally heal during the winter, so Scherzer is trying something different this spring. "It is strange that I am throwing with three fingers," Scherzer said.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- St. Louis pitcher Ryan Sherriff thought clubhouse prankster Adam Wainwright was taking him for a ride. Turns out, he was about to be given one. When the Cardinals traveling secretary asked Sherriff for his driver's license, the 26-year-old left-hander thought someone was trying to mock his license photo, which still featured a picture from his high school days.
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.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- After struggling in the Arizona Fall League last year, New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow turned his attention to his hometown of Jacksonville for some help and inspiration. Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy, a former Met, also lives in the north Florida city. "We became friends and went up to a place by our houses and trained a lot.