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Wieters joins Nationals; Judge hits long homer for Yankees
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Wieters finally has a new team. One crazy accident turned his free agency into a harrowing experience....

Nationals announce deal with free-agent catcher Matt Wieters
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Wieters said he managed to cut his left wrist severely by breaking a five-gallon glass water container in his garage on Nov. 1, delaying his offseason preparation - and, he thinks, his chance to find a deal in free agency....

Cubs closer Wade Davis reunited with manager Joe Maddon
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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Wade Davis was a promising starting pitcher when he made his major league debut for Joe Maddon and the Tampa Bay Rays almost eight years ago. Then he was a reliever, and then a starter again and then a reliever....

Column: Baseball should get serious about speeding up games
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed....

MLB players' union agrees to pitchless intentional walks
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NEW YORK (AP) -- There won't be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season....

Eyes on prize: Indians nervous about Miller pitching in WBC
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Here's a change or, ahem, a change-up: Andrew Miller has the Indians feeling nervous....

Baseball's Hall of Fame to honor 'The Simpsons' on May 27
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) -- Baseball's Hall of Fame will honor "The Simpsons" on May 27 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show's "Homer at the Bat" episode....

MLB to push forward with process for rule changes
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Major League Baseball intends to push forward with the process that could lead to possible rule changes involving the strike zone, installation of pitch clocks and limits on trips to the pitcher's mound. While baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expressed hope the ongoing process would lead to an agreement, he said clubs would reserve the right to act unilaterally, consistent with the rule-change provision of the sport's labor contract....

Mariners' Martin tells of threats in Cuban smuggling trial
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MIAMI (AP) -- Seattle Mariners outfielder Leonys Martin told a Miami jury Tuesday he crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without any valid papers because he feared being kidnapped or worse after he was smuggled from Cuba by a group linked to a sports agent and a baseball trainer....

Super subs are now key players on pitching-dominated rosters
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Jace Peterson starts out the day shagging fly balls in the outfield. Then, he changes gloves and heads to the infield to take some grounders....



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