BC-AP Sports Digest

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BASEBALL 2017: Sacrifice bunts are a dying art in baseball

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Get 'em on, move 'em over, drive 'em in. That old-school philosophy doesn't play in the major leagues anymore. Teams rely more on the long ball than small ball. As a result, the sacrifice bunt is a dying art. There were only 1,025 sacrifices in the majors last season, down from 1,667 in 2011. The average of .

BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Jake Seiner, followed by Fred Lief at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com . For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT. TOP STORIES BKC--NCAA-TIPPING OFF RALEIGH, N.C.

BASEBALL 2017: Key dates for the upcoming season

It's almost time again. From opening day to a couple of potentially big games in September, here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar: SUNDAY, APRIL 2 Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals: One of baseball's best rivalries takes on a new look when the World Series champion Cubs kick off their title defense against Dexter Fowler and the Cardinals.

BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by Vin Cherwoo at 5 p.m. and Jake Seiner at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com . For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT. TOP STORIES BKC--NCAA-UCLA-KENTUCKY MEMPHIS, Tenn.

The Cubs curbed their curse _ who's next to douse a drought?

Now that the Cubs have broken baseball's oldest curse, who's next? From D.C. to Dodger Stadium, a lot of loaded teams are lurking, waiting for that elusive World Series win. New Cardinals leadoff man Dexter Fowler has a clue which club might break through. "I guess Cleveland," he said. Fowler got a close-up look last fall.

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.

BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Dennis Waszak, followed by Fred Lief at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com . For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EDT. TOP STORIES BKC--NCAA-NEXT CINDERELLA? KANSAS CITY, Mo.

Barry Bonds joins Giants at camp to coach minor leaguers

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.

Update on the latest in sports:

MLB BASEBALL Yankees SS Gregorius out 6 weeks; Bonds with Giants UNDATED (AP) --New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season after straining his right shoulder while away at the World Baseball Classic. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Gregorius is likely to be sidelined six weeks. Opening day for the Yankees is April 2 at Tampa Bay.

Yankees SS Didi Gregorius out 6 weeks; Bonds rejoins Giants

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season after straining his right shoulder while away at the World Baseball Classic. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Gregorius is likely to be sidelined six weeks. Opening day for the Yankees is April 2 at Tampa Bay.

Notre Dame loses top scorer Brianna Turner to knee injury...Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause dies...Bonds is back with Giants

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) -- Notre Dame junior forward Brianna Turner will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a major blow to the NCAA Tournament hopes of the top-seeded Fighting Irish. Notre Dame says Turner tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee Sunday night during a second-round win over Purdue. She leads the team this season with 15.3 points and 7.

Bonds rejoins Giants as special adviser, calls team 'family'

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds is back with the San Francisco Giants, just as the club had hoped. Bonds, who spent a one-season stint as Miami's hitting coach last year before being fired, will serve as a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer. The home run king was scheduled to help coach at spring training beginning Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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.

Marlins 3B Prado likely to miss opener with hamstring injury

Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado is expected to miss the start of the regular season after straining his right hamstring at the World Baseball Classic. Marlins manager Don Mattingly already has ruled out Prado playing in any exhibition games. "Obviously, it's never good, but I'm encouraged it's a Grade 1," Mattingly said Sunday at the Marlins' camp in Jupiter, Florida. "From there we just kind of wait until he's ready, honestly.

Tigers outfielder JD Martinez sprains foot, out several days

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez sprained his right foot making a shoestring catch Saturday and is expected to be sidelined for several days. X-rays were negative. Martinez left the Tigers' complex in Lakeland, Florida, in a protective boot for precautionary purposes. "We'll see about it tomorrow," he told reporters. "I know as much about it as you guys do. It's good that I'm able to move on it.

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.

Surge at the 6-spot could signal end of the glove-first SS

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- As an All-Star shortstop in the 1970s and '80s, Larry Bowa recalls having a clear job description: "Catch the balls and make all the plays." Bowa typified the traditional sandpaper shortstop, grinding out a long career on fast feet, relentless effort and the expectation that power should come from the corner spots. But more than 30 years after his retirement, Bowa's breed is nearing extinction in the major leagues.