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Lone Star Ball

Raising Arizona V. 2018

Notes from the Surprise backfields Hellllooooooooo! It’s your intrepid Spring Training reporter here, with boots on the ground once again in lovely Arizona. This is the part where I tell you if you’ve never done a Spring Training trip, you gotta do a Spring Training trip. I mean, it’s nirvana, but without the Grohl. Don’t get me wrong, Arizona’s still a weird place. It has millions of residents, yet still feels abandoned. That’s hard to do. Kinda like how you feel alone in New York City, despite being surrounded by other people. Anyway, Arizona this time of year is simply the...

Jays Journal

Blue Jays: Spring Training Notes and News

With the Jays playing their final televised Spring Training contest before heading to Montreal, there have been many interesting developments out of Dunedin. Among them are the emergence of Tyler Clippard, a great showing from some new additions, and a slew of minor leaguers being optioned to minor league camp. Clippard Coming in Hot Since […] Blue Jays: Spring Training Notes and News - Jays Journal - Jays Journal - A Toronto Blue Jays Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies morning after: Jon Gray strong against Rangers

In the balance between getting excited about spring training statistics and knowing we are still in spring training … but inching ever closer to Opening Day, Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray gave Rockies fans everywhere something to be excited about on Monday night. Facing Texas in what will likely be his next-to-last spring outing, […] Colorado Rockies morning after: Jon Gray strong against Rangers - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Purple Row

Spring Training game thread: Rockies vs. Brewers

There’s just about a week left in spring training! Follow the Rockies/Brewers game here. The Colorado Rockies will host the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at Salt River Fields. The Milwaukee radio feed is available through MLB.com. Rockies fandom available in the comments. Time: 2:10 pm MT Location: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale, Arizona TV: None Radio: MLB.com (MIL) Lineup:

Pinstripe Alley

Spring training: Yankees at Tigers

Neil Walker leads the Yankees against Detroit. The Yankees head off to Lakeland for a spring training game against the Tigers, and are sending out both of their new recent acquisitions. Neil Walker and Brandon Drury, as well as Greg Bird, headline the Yankees’ lineup in the road game against Detroit. Some others in the lineup that may make appearances in New York this season include Tyler Wade, Billy McKinney, and Gleyber Torres. Also of note is Estevel Florial, who gets the start in center field. Yankees at Tigers today at 1:05pm pic.twitter.com/nKTxFfjOho— Yankees PR Dept....

Brew Crew Ball

What We Learned: Last week of Spring Training starts

Just one week remains in spring training, with not much time left to state cases for making the team. We look at that and more in today’s What We Learned. Countdown to Opening Day: 9 Days Today’s Game: Brewers @ Rockies | 3:05 pm Brewers News and Notes 2018 NL Central Preview: Cincinnati RedsJaymes L, BCB Milwaukee Brewers health check: 2018 season preview, outlook for 2019 and beyondKyle Lesniewski, BCB Behind the scenes: Brewers’ ‘The Sandlot’ clipAdam McCalvy, Brewers.com Zach Davies on Velocity-Challenged EffectivenessDavid Laurila, FanGraphs Brewers holiday, special event...

Baltimore Sun

Pedro Álvarez sees path onto Orioles roster as spring training draws to a close

Back in Orioles camp for a third straight year, slugger Pedro Álvarez hopes a longer spring than he's had with the team in the past will help him make the roster after spending most of 2017 in the minors.

House of Houston

Houston Astros: Analyzing Brian McCann’s Spring Training slump

Brian McCann, Houston Astros veteran catcher, has been largely missing in action so far in 2018. What could possibly be going on with all this? The Houston Astros World Series victory last year was thanks, in large part, to Brian McCann. He is a perennial part of the team’s success. The veteran presence coupled with […] Houston Astros: Analyzing Brian McCann’s Spring Training slump - House of Houston - House of Houston - A Houston Sports Site - Texans, Rockets, Astros, Dynamo, Cougars and More!

Call to the Pen

Los Angeles Dodgers lose Justin Turner to injury, is it time to panic?

Justin Turner will miss significant playing time after breaking his wrist in a Spring training game. Is it time for the Los Angeles Dodgers to panic? The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without their best-overall hitter beginning their National League pennant defense after Justin Turner broke his wrist in Spring training action Monday against the […] Los Angeles Dodgers lose Justin Turner to injury, is it time to panic? - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

South Side Sox

Chicago White Sox Roster: preview for 2018, outlook for 2019

White Sox Team Health Check: From the low point of 2017, to a much brighter future to come No South Side Sox White Sox Team Health Check can begin without taking a look at the health of its leader. That’s me. And I am sorry to report that, just as I sat down to write up my White Sox Team Health Check three hours before an early March deadline in order to have it remain fresh and astute for weeks into the future, I am felled by a wicked case of spring allergies. But you can’t have spring training without spring injuries, right? Type through the pain, Ballantini. So, advance apologies...

Climbing Tal's Hill

Astros: We should not be worried about Brian McCann’s hitless spring

We should not be concerned with Astros catcher Brian McCann’s lack of hitting in March. When you are Max Stassi and Tim Federowicz, spring training at-bats matter. They are both battling for the Astros third catcher spot for the 2018 season. If you are Garrett Stubbs and Chuckie Robinson, you are trying to get noticed […] Astros: We should not be worried about Brian McCann’s hitless spring - Climbing Tals Hill - Climbing Tals Hill - A Houston Astros Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Snell sets his sights on a big 2018

The Mighty Snellzilla seems ready for the real games to begin Rays Links: Blake Snell had another strong Spring start, this time K’ing 9 Yankees over 4 2⁄3 IP. Kevin Cash talks about the Rays late HR surged come from behind Spring victory: Marc Topkin has a nice piece profiling the very focused Blake Snell. Rays Radio has audio with Snell before his Spring Training start: And after his start: Fangraphs 2018 Positional power rankings are coming out, and the Rays start off strong with a placement at #13 in the Catcher category. The Rays have had a long, rough history with...

Big Easy Mafia

Milwaukee Brewers create legendary tribute to ‘The Sandlot’

This video is killin’ us, Smalls. The Milwaukee Brewers took some time out of spring training in Maryvale, Ariz., to recreate a scene from one ...


Dodgers Injury Update: Justin Turner To Avoid Surgery, But Timetable For Recovery From Wrist Fracture Won’t Be Made Public

What had been a rather uneventful Spring Training for the Los Angeles Dodgers changed Monday night when Justin...

Bears Blog | Chicago Breaking Sports

White Sox send Michael Kopech and Jacob May to minors

The White Sox reassigned right-hander Michael Kopech and outfielder Jacob May to minor-league camp Tuesday. Kopech, ranked the No. 10 prospect in baseball by MLB.com, had an 11.57 ERA with seven walks and seven strikeouts in seven innings over four spring training games this year. He gave up 12...

Twinkie Town

The Twins are looking healthy for 2018 — and beyond

With a strong offseason, the Twins have shown they are here this year to play. Just how far will this young team go? This MLB offseason was pretty weird, to say the least. Most of the top free agents stayed unsigned well into the new year, even well into spring training, in a way that has never happened before. At the same time, other teams ostentatiously traded away nearly all of their assets in what seemed to be an attempt to actually lose in order to gain better draft picks. “Collusion.” “Tanking.” These were keywords and topics that dominated the 2017-2018 offseason... But...


Spring Training Primer: Tillman pitches well; Valencia scratched; 40-man space needed

What’s happening? – Danny Valencia was scratched from Monday’s game with the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla., due to a sore calf. The injury is thought to be minor, manager Buck Showalter said. Nestor Cortes Jr., and Miguel Castro are scheduled to pitch tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Showalter hopes they can combine to […]

Redbird Rants

St. Louis Cardinals: What?! No “Battle of the Birds?!” Not right!

The St. Louis Cardinals have- at least for the past several years- hosted one final exhibition game in Memphis facing their AAA-affiliate to close out Spring Training. It seems this will not be the case for the 2018 season. One of my favorite traditions to wrap up winter and usher in baseball is something known […] St. Louis Cardinals: What?! No “Battle of the Birds?!” Not right! - Redbird Rants - Redbird Rants - A St. Louis Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Crawfish Boxes

2018 Spring Training GameThread No. 26: Houston Astros vs Washington Nationals

The roster is shaking out and looking more like the Opening Day iteration of itself every day. Houston Astros (16-7-2) vs. Washington Nationals (10-12), March 20, 2018, 12:05 PM CT TV: ESPN2, MLBN, MLB.tv Radio: KBME 790 AM, MLB.com Online: Radio, MLB.tv Nationals SBNation Blog: Federal Baseball Pitching Matchup: RHP Lance McCullers (2017 Stats: -8, 3.36 ERA, 1.17 WHIP) vs. TBD (2017 Stats: -, . ERA, . WHIP) Today’s Lineups: TBA

Brew Crew Ball

Milwaukee Brewers Position Battles: Second Base update

Will there be a “winner”? The Milwaukee Brewers entered into the spring training portion of their 2018 season with three viable candidates for the starting second base position, looking for one of them to grab the position and run with it. That hasn’t happened, but it isn’t all bad news. All three candidates on the roster (Jonathan Villar, Eric Sogard, and Hernan Perez) have performed well, and last summer’s first round draft pick Keston Hiura has shown considerable promise for the future. The level of play at the position meant that the Brewers never made a move to add another...


Red Sox notebook: Walks, homer put Chris Sale in bad mood

FORT MYERS — Chris Sale wasn’t happy with himself yesterday afternoon. What would’ve likely been just a mildly disappointing spring training outing to most pitchers was an historic disaster to last year’s American League Cy Young Award runner-up.In five innings of work against a Philadelphia Phillies lineup full of regulars he issued — gasp! — three walks.Sale also plunked two batters, gave up five hits and let four runs cross the plate, three on a massive home run by Aaron Altherr. He struck out six.But the walks really angered him.For context: Sale had never walked three batters...

Blog Red Machine

Cincinnati Reds have easy rotation decisions to make

With a pair of veterans injured, the Cincinnati Reds can see how their rotation could look to start the season. The Cincinnati Reds saw this show in 2017.  They came through the off-season with hopes of a reliable pitching staff.  By the end of spring training it was in shambles. This season the Reds are […] Cincinnati Reds have easy rotation decisions to make - Blog Red Machine - Blog Red Machine - A Cincinnati Reds Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More


Blue Jays name veteran LHP Happ as opening day starter

DUNEDIN, Fla. — J.A. Happ has been picked to start opening day for the Toronto Blue Jays.Manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that the 35-year-old left-hander will face the New York Yankees and right-hander Luis Severino on March 29. Happ went 10-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 25 starts last season.He will face a Yankees lineup that could see Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez hit 2-3-4.Entering spring training, Marcus Stroman was expected to get the opening day assignment, but he was slowed by right shoulder inflammation. Stroman will start the finale of the four-game series against the...

Amazin Avenue

Mets make second round of roster cuts

The Mets have cut 10 players from the roster with a little over a week remaining in spring training. The Mets announced their latest round of roster cuts today, which include Luis Guillorme and Gavin Cecchini, as well as non-roster invitees Matt den Dekker, Jose Lobaton, Drew Smith, A.J. Griffin, Corey Taylor, Matt Purke, P.J. Conlon, and Ty Kelly. Both Luis Guillorme and Gavin Cecchini have put together really nice springs, posting an .863 OPS and an .833 OPS, respectively, during Grapefruit League play. While either of them could make a case for the Opening Day roster, the presence of...


A-Rod: Yankees' "breathtaking" offense could break records

TAMPA, Fla. — Alex Rodriguez thinks the New York Yankees breathtaking offense could break records this season.Rodriguez arrived at spring training Monday and had high praise for a lineup led by Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius. A-Rod is a team special adviser who has worked with a number of New Yorks younger players.Happy to be back and see so much talent, Rodriguez said Monday night. Its breathtaking.The Yankees added Stanton, the NL MVP after hitting 59 homers and driving in 132 last season, in a December trade with Miami. Judge had 52 homers and 114 RBIs in...

Believeland Ball

Cleveland Indians: Rajai Davis survives cuts, could make final roster

Cleveland Indians fans may be seeing Rajai Davis on the Opening Day roster this season after the veteran survived a wave of roster cuts on Monday. The Cleveland Indians continue to cut down the giant spring training roster as Opening Day approaches. Just over one week away! The team made a great deal of moves […] Cleveland Indians: Rajai Davis survives cuts, could make final roster - Believeland Ball - Believeland Ball - A Cleveland Indians Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rox Pile

Colorado Rockies reassign Brendan Rodgers to minor league camp

Today, the Colorado Rockies made another round of reassignments as Spring Training moves towards its completion. Today’s reassignments included the system’s top prospect Brendan Rodgers. With players like Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, it is pretty hard for a prospect on the left side of the infield to shine for the Colorado Rockies. Nonetheless, Rodgers, […] Colorado Rockies reassign Brendan Rodgers to minor league camp - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A Colorado Rockies Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Federal Baseball

Washington Nationals vs Miami Marlins: Grapefruit League GameThread - Stephen Strasburg vs the Fish...

Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals welcome the Miami Marlins to West Palm Beach this afternoon for Grapefruit League action from the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. (Radio only via MLB.com/the Marlins’ feed for those looking to listen). Stephen Strasburg faced minor league hitters last time out on the mound, on a back field at the Washington Nationals’ Spring Training facilities in West Palm Beach, FL. This afternoon, Strasburg starts in a Grapefruit League game for the first time since March 8th, when the Nationals take on the NL East rival Miami Marlins in the FITTEAM...

30 Clubs in 30 Days: Greg Bird on Last Year's Injury

Dan Plesac talks with Greg Bird about his off-season, his shoulder injury from last year and the best part about playing for the Yankees. Follow the MLB Network through Spring Training to catch your favorite teams and players.

30 Clubs in 30 Days: Josh Donaldson On The Jays Outlook For 2017

On 30 Clubs in 30 Days, Josh Donaldson joins Fran and Dan to discuss the Blue Jays outlook for 2017, their playoff chances and how the team has done replacing Encarnacion offensively. Follow the MLB Network through Spring Training to catch your favorite t

30 Clubs in 30 Days: Buck Showalter On Key Offseason Moves

On 30 Clubs in 30 Days, Buck Showalter joins Fran and Dan to discuss his eighth year with the Orioles, the teams strong suits and the key offseason signings to help move the team deeper in the playoffs . Follow the MLB Network through Spring Training to