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.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre. "I was a 20-game winner," he would joke, "it just took me five years to do it." Instead, it was in another role where the imposing, 6-foot-5 Green really made noise.
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.
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow singled twice and made a diving catch at the right-field warning track, his best day as a professional baseball player. "I think I've had fun every game, genuinely, but I think this one, there was a lot of action," Tebow said after Wednesday after the New York Mets' 6-2 loss to the Miami Marlins. "When there's a lot of action that's also fun. You like being involved.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow has gotten his first hit for the New York Mets. The former NFL quarterback singled Monday in an exhibition game against Miami Marlins left-hander Kyle Lobstein. Tebow was hitless in his first eight at-bats in spring training before his opposite-field single on a 2-2 pitch leading off the bottom of the fifth inning. He was then erased on a double-play grounder.
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- The New York Mets say Tim Tebow will be in the lineup for their spring training game against the Miami Marlins. The announcement Monday was a surprise. On Friday, manager Terry Collins said there were no plans to bring back the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner after his second start.
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.
It would be easy to pile on Tim Tebow. To say he has no business playing baseball, that he's making a mockery of the game and it's time for him to get on with the rest of his life. But that would be too easy. Instead, let's figure out what he should do next, after what will surely be a short-lived career with the New York Mets comes to an inglorious end.
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.
NBA-SCHEDULE Heat rally to beat Hornets UNDATED (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs now own a nine-game winning streak that has them atop the NBA's Southwest Division by seven games over Houston. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) scored 19 points and David Lee had a double-double as the Spurs knocked off Sacramento, 114-104.
Tim Tebow made his first rookie mistake even before stepping into the batter's box. The New York Mets newcomer walked behind home plate and took his practice swings near Boston's on-deck circle. "I didn't know who that was back there. I thought it was the ball boy," AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello said. The former NFL quarterback's debut as a big leaguer didn't go much better Wednesday.
NBA-SCHEDULE Heat rally to beat Hornets UNDATED (AP) -- The San Antonio Spurs now own a nine-game winning streak that has them atop the NBA's Southwest Division by seven games over Houston. Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo zhih-NOH'-blee) scored 19 points and David Lee had a double-double as the Spurs knocked off Sacramento, 114-104.
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.
David Wright and the New York Mets hoped for a healthy start to spring training. No such luck. Wright was told Tuesday not to throw for two weeks after an examination in New York showed an impingement in his right shoulder. The third baseman will be re-evaluated after two weeks. The 34-year-old team captain is a seven-time All-Star, but he's been limited to 75 regular-season games during the past two years.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets captain David Wright has returned from spring training to New York, been diagnosed with impingement in his right shoulder and was told not to throw for two weeks. The team says the third baseman was examined Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery after feeling discomfort. He will be re-evaluated after the two weeks, and could be a designated hitter then.
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.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Wieters finally has a new team. One crazy accident turned his free agency into a harrowing experience. Wieters cut his left wrist when a five-gallon glass water container broke in his garage on Nov. 1, delaying his offseason preparation -- and, he thinks, his chance to find a deal.