NEW YORK (AP) -- Former All-Star pitcher Steve Delabar, a veteran of six major league seasons with Seattle, Toronto and Cincinnati, has been suspended for 80 games following a positive test under baseball's minor league drug program. The 28-year-old right-hander, on the roster of Cleveland's Triple-A team in Columbus, tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Ostarine, the commissioner's office said Monday. Ostarine is used to retain lean mass.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tim Tebow had his best week in the minors, showing some consistency at the plate last week with two multi-hit games for the Columbia Fireflies. The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback is in his first season with the New York Mets' Class A affiliate.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Josh Hamilton has yet another knee injury, and this one could mean the end his career. The Texas Rangers released of the 2010 AL MVP from his minor league contract Friday, saying he injured his right knee in Houston while working his way back from left knee surgery.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jordan Montgomery got to Yankee Stadium about four hours before game time, had a few cups of coffee and prepared for his major league debut. To get the nerves out of his system, the 24-year-old visited the ballpark a day earlier and tossed a ball across the near-empty field to bullpen catcher Radley Haddad.
CHICAGO (AP) -- Anthony Rizzo sliced the ball into left field, and it was time to party -- again. Quite a night for the All-Star slugger. Rizzo hit a game-winning single off closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Monday after raising a World Series championship banner for the first time at Wrigley Field.
NEW YORK (AP) -- On the second day of his life as an octogenarian, former big league pitcher Phil Regan walked out to the infield and threw batting practice for the New York Mets. On a brisk afternoon before Friday night's game against the Miami Marlins, Regan took his tosses from about 30 feet, just like the other BP pitchers.
MASTERS-THE LATEST Reigning champ Willett opens 2nd round with an 8 AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- On a chilly morning at the Masters, defending champion Danny Willett began the second round with a snowman. Willett took an 8 on the opening hole. The misfortune began when his tee shot did not go in the bunker right of the fairway. Willett tried to balance his feet on the edge, and he didn't quite pull it off.
ISLANDERS-HURRICANES Halak preserves Islanders' playoff hopes, beats Canes 3-0 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots in his second shutout of the season, and the fast-starting New York Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Thursday night.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Of course he did. Tim Tebow hit a home run in his first official at-bat as a New York Mets minor leaguer, a charmed start Thursday night for a popular yet polarizing athlete who seems to have a knack for these remarkable moments.
NEW YORK (AP) -- After learning Ryan Howard had agreed to a contract with Atlanta, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman texted the slugger an emoji of clapping hands. "When he walks up to the plate, he can still change the game with one swing of the bat," Freeman said Thursday when Howard's minor league deal was announced.
A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HEAD START Marcus Stroman makes his season debut for Toronto after winning MVP honors with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic last month. Stroman was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts for the United States, including six dominant innings during an 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the championship game.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tim Tebow got comfortable in his first visit to his new minor league home Sunday and vowed to give his all in his latest professional sports venture with the Columbia Fireflies.
The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals took a memorable tour of the U.S. Naval Academy before engaging in one last inconsequential baseball game prior to opening day. Playing within the guarded walls of the academy on Navy's home diamond, the Nationals and Boston played to a 4-4 tie Saturday in a tiny stadium jammed with 1,030 fans -- most of them Midshipmen in uniform.
BALTIMORE (AP) -- The Baltimore Orioles have signed the son of Cal Ripken Jr. to a minor league contract. First baseman Ryan Ripken signed with the Class A Aberdeen IronBirds, the team announced Friday on Twitter. The 23-year-old Ripken was selected by the Washington Nationals in the 15th round of the 2014 Major League draft. He batted .205 over three seasons, hitting three home runs in 145 games.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he's "hopeful" to have a new contract for Yadier Molina before opening day but said a deal was "not done" as of Thursday night. Molina homered in a game against St. Louis' top minor league affiliate while reports surfaced that he's nearing a new contract agreement.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Blake Treinen will begin the season as Washington's closer, even though he has only one big league save. After the Nationals lost Mark Melancon to the San Francisco Giants in free agency, Treinen won the job over Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover. "Blake has that turbo sinker," manager Dusty Baker said Thursday.
Speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos and infielder Scooter Gennett were among the players on the go Tuesday as big league teams tweaked their rosters less than a week before opening day. The Tampa Bay Rays added some depth by get Bourjos from the Chicago White Sox for cash or a player to be named. The 29-year-old Bourjos hit .251 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 123 games with Philadelphia last season.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler likely will begin his first season in Kansas City on the disabled list after straining his oblique in a minor league game. Soler, acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December for closer Wade Davis, hurt himself on a swing Sunday. Soler went for an MRI on Monday, which revealed a Grade 1 strain.
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his next start because of tenderness in his left elbow, putting his status for opening day in doubt. Matz had been scheduled to throw Monday in a minor league game. "There's a little irritation, and he's got to work that out," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday. "We don't think it's anything significant, but it bothers him on extension.