Royal Returns: KC's Duffy, Perez back in Cactus League

Danny Duffy stepped off the big stage and back into spring training. Following a stint with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, Duffy allowed three runs over six innings for the Kansas City Royals in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. It was Duffy's first start with the Royals since March 5 because of the international tournament. He allowed three hits and a walk.

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BASEBALL-SPRING TRAINING-WBC As regular season beckons, competition for jobs intensifies in Major League Baseball UNDATED (AP) --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.

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.

Yankees' Gregorius has injured shoulder, return uncertain

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- 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.

Royals expect Salvador Perez to be ready for opener

Kansas City expects All-Star catcher Salvador Perez to be ready for its opener at Minnesota on April 3 after tests showed inflammation but no structural damage in his injured left knee. The Royals are concerned about his hyperextended left elbow, and manager Ned Yost said Perez probably will be ready to play in a week. Perez was injured Saturday while playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.

Weekend Sports In Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALL Villanova took the overall top seed on Selection Sunday, with Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga joining the defending national champions on the No. 1 line for the NCAA Tournament. Not many surprises there, though Duke -- left at No. 2 despite a four-win-in-four-night performance in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament -- and Syracuse and Illinois State, who got left out altogether, may have been searching for answers.

Royals catcher Perez set for test on knee injured in WBC

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is set to have another test on his left knee after getting injured in a collision with Royals backup catcher Drew Butera in the World Baseball Classic. Perez is returning to the Royals' spring training camp on Monday and will have an MRI. The four-time All-Star and 2015 World Series MVP was hurt Saturday in Mexico while playing for Venezuela and is out of the tournament.

Venezuela's Salvador Perez done in WBC with knee injury

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) -- All-Star catcher Salvador Perez injured his left knee in a home-plate collision with Drew Butera, his backup with the Kansas City Royals, in a game between Venezuela and Italy and will be out for the rest of the World Baseball Classic. Italy's Butera stumbled into Perez, and the backstop held onto the ball to end the ninth inning with the score tied at 10.

Tebow has tough day in debut; Porcello nicked by grounder

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.

Tim Tebow hits 9 homers in batting practice at Mets workout

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.