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Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut

Mar 4, 2015

Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut

World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday. Bumgarner gave up four ...

Mar 3, 2015

Tanaka faces hitters for first time this spring

New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka faced hitters for the first time in spring training Monday, testing out a full arsenal of pitches as he tries to regain his feeling for playing in the big leagues. The $155 million starting pitcher, in his second ...

Mar 2, 2015

Baseball pioneer Minoso dies

When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago ...

Darvish strongly denies quitting on Rangers

Mar 2, 2015

Darvish strongly denies quitting on Rangers

Yu Darvish saved his best stuff for after his inning on the mound. The Texas Rangers ace, who was shut down last August with elbow inflammation, threw 14 pitches without any discomfort on Sunday during an intrasquad game — his most extensive work since ...

White Sox ace Sale breaks foot in accident

Mar 1, 2015

White Sox ace Sale breaks foot in accident

Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale is out for at least three weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot in what the team described as an accident at home. Unloading the back of his truck, general manager Rick Hahn explained Saturday. Sale, ...

McGehee at ease after trade to San Francisco

Feb 28, 2015

McGehee at ease after trade to San Francisco

MLB Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee (Brewers), Pittsburgh (Pirates), New York (Yankees), Japan (Tohoku ...

Feb 28, 2015

Pirates sickened by terrorist photo

The Pittsburgh Pirates say it’s “absolutely sickening” to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for Islamic State hostage ...

Toronto's Saunders injures knee on sprinkler

Feb 27, 2015

Toronto's Saunders injures knee on sprinkler

Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders could be sidelined until around the All-Star break after stepping on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls and tearing cartilage in his left knee. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday the injury occurred a day earlier and ...

Ortiz blasts new MLB rules to speed up game

Feb 26, 2015

Ortiz blasts new MLB rules to speed up game

David Ortiz has a deliberate routine at the plate. He sounded prepared to pay for it. “I might run out of money,” Ortiz said during a colorful rant Wednesday about the new pace-of-play rule requiring hitters to keep at least one foot in the ...

Aoki starts work with Giants

Feb 25, 2015

Aoki starts work with Giants

Nori Aoki has reconsidered his original plan to wrestle big ace Madison Bumgarner. “Maybe after practice,” he cracked, chuckling while sitting at his locker before the San Francisco Giants hit the field for their first full-squad workout. A few hours later after seeing Bumgarner ...

Ichiro trains with Marlins

Feb 25, 2015

Ichiro trains with Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton arrived at spring training in the same old Maserati he drove last year. It didn’t even sport a vanity plate. “I haven’t changed at all,” Stanton said Tuesday. The Miami Marlins hope not. They signed their All-Star right fielder in November to ...

A-Rod back with Yankees

Feb 24, 2015

A-Rod back with Yankees

Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8½ minutes about his season-long drug suspension. But on his first day back with the team since September 2013, he never said why he resumed the use of ...