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Harper settling in at first for Phillies; Muncy takes a hit in Yamamoto spring debut for Dodgers

Feb. 28, 2024 20:29 PM EST

Bryce Harper is getting settled in as full-time first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper hit a hard single in his first spring training at-bat Wednesday, but the two-time NL MVP also flashed some leather at first base in a 7-7 tie against Atlanta. Harper made a diving...

Yoshinobu Yamamoto throws 2 impressive, scoreless innings in MLB exhibition debut for Dodgers

Feb. 28, 2024 18:11 PM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Even Shohei Ohtani was intrigued by Yoshinobu Yamamoto's exhibition debut Wednesday, making the 30-minute drive through Phoenix suburbs in a white convertible to show his support for a fellow Japanese star, even though he wasn't playing in the game. Yamamoto...

MLB wants to make starting pitching more prominent, but it's a tough task in today's game

Feb. 28, 2024 17:43 PM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Max Scherzer logged at least 179 innings in 10 of his first 16 years in the majors. And the three-time Cy Young Award winner learned some tough lessons on the road to pitching deep into games. That's one reason why the Texas Rangers right-hander thinks Major...

Texas Rangers coach Hector Ortiz dies at 54 after long battle with cancer

Feb. 28, 2024 17:11 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Hector Ortiz, who spent the past 18 years as a manager and coach in the Texas Rangers organization, died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 54. The Rangers said Ortiz died at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, not far from the club's spring training home in...

Stacy Wakefield dies less than 5 months after her husband, World Series champion Tim Wakefield

Feb. 28, 2024 16:32 PM EST

Stacy Wakefield, the widow of former Boston Red Sox pitcher and two-time World Series champion Tim Wakefield, has died. Her family said in a statement released through the Red Sox that she died Wednesday at her Massachusetts home, less than five months after her husband died at the...

Despite a long free agency and a short contract, Cody Bellinger is thrilled to be back with the Cubs

Feb. 28, 2024 15:54 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cody Bellinger's free agency dragged into spring training, and it ended without the long-term deal he sought. The process led him back to the Chicago Cubs, though, and that was enough to leave the 2019 NL MVP smiling. “I'm super happy that it...

Right-hander Julio Teheran and infielder Kolten Wong reach minor league deals with Orioles

Feb. 28, 2024 14:43 PM EST

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to minor league contracts with right-hander Julio Teheran and infielder Kolten Wong, with invites to major league spring training. The Orioles said Wednesday the pair will report to major league spring training. ...

Shohei Ohtani won't pitch this season after major elbow surgery, but he can still hit. Here's why

Feb. 28, 2024 12:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Shohei Ohtani is unique in Major League Baseball history, a two-way Japanese superstar who can excel as a hitter and a pitcher, sometimes in the same game. But for the 2024 season, Ohtani will be just a hitter. That's because Ohtani is recovering from...

Chicago Cubs finalize Bellinger contract after trading a minor leaguer to the White Sox

Feb. 27, 2024 18:58 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs finalized Cody Bellinger's $80 million, three-year contract on Tuesday after they traded left-hander Bailey Horn to the White Sox, clearing a spot on their 40-man roster. Bellinger, who turns 29 in July, will make $27.5 million this year. He has...

Shohei Ohtani shows he's "built differently," slugs 2-run HR in first exhibition game with Dodgers

Feb. 27, 2024 18:56 PM EST

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani stepped into the bright Arizona sun, carrying the weight of a $700 million contract and the expectations that go with it, before launching a two-run homer in his first exhibition game for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Not a bad way to endear himself...