CHICAGO (AP) -- Corey Seager helped the Los Angeles Dodgers make it all the way to the NL Championship Series last year. Michael Fulmer developed into a reliable part of Detroit's rotation, winning 11 games for the Tigers with a 3.06 ERA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The Dominican Republic took a step toward a repeat title in the World Baseball Classic thanks to impressive home runs by Nelson Cruz and Gregory Polanco. The Dominicans also got some nice pitching in a 3-0 victory Thursday night that pushed Venezuela to the brink of elimination. "We understand the importance of this game and what we had to do," Nelson said after he hit his third homer of the tournament.
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 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.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Villanova, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, is No. 1 in the final Associated Press college basketball poll of the season. Gonzaga and Kansas, also No. 1 seeds for the tournament, were second and third. But the poll and the selection committee disagreed on the fourth No. 1. Arizona was fourth in the AP poll, while North Carolina, the fourth No.
The Colorado Rockies now need a second plan for first base. Rockies newcomer Ian Desmond will have surgery on his broken left hand, the team said Monday without announcing a timetable for his return. Desmond was injured Sunday when he was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati righty Rookie Davis. The surgery will be Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the Rockies have their spring training camp.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies lost one of their biggest offseason acquisitions when Ian Desmond was hit by a pitch Sunday, breaking his left hand. Desmond was plunked by Cincinnati right-hander Rookie Davis with a 93 mph fastball in the fourth inning of the Rockies' 9-8 loss in spring training. The team says the preliminary diagnosis on Desmond is a left hand fracture, and he will see a specialist on Monday.
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.
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.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Colorado Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis is taking a break from baseball to undergo chemotherapy after discovering that his testicular cancer has spread. The Rockies said Bettis, who had a testicle removed Nov. 29, would undergo cancer treatment "over the next several weeks" in Arizona. There is no timetable for his return.
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.
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.