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Grandal gets proactive about learning staff with Brewers

Feb. 17, 2019 5:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The ink was hardly dry on his $18.25 million, one-year contract with Milwaukee when Yasmani Grandal started working the phone, reaching out to as many new teammates as possible from his offseason home in Peoria. The Brewers' new backstop wanted to get a running start when pitchers and...

Cubs' Maddon foresees 'fluid' situation for bullpen

Feb. 17, 2019 5:22 PM EST

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Cubs manager Joe Maddon has a lot of experience cobbling together bullpens from pitchers without defined roles. Until closer Brandon Morrow is mended and ready, Maddon will once again be faced with a juggling act of sorts in the late innings. Maddon said Sunday the Cubs bullpen is a...

Blue Jays' Stroman disheartened by unsigned veteran players

Feb. 17, 2019 5:04 PM EST

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Stroman says it is "pretty disheartening" that veteran players like Adam Jones remain unsigned as full-squad spring training workouts are set to begin. "I'm someone who can speak on how much I have learned from these individuals, and I know how important they are to the game of...

M's new backstop Narvaez playing catch up with new staff

Feb. 17, 2019 4:20 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Omar Narvaez is expected to do plenty with the bat as the Seattle Mariners new catcher. In his first spring training with the organization, he's doing some important work with a 5 iron, too. Narvaez has come into camp committed to establishing a rapport with Seattle's young pitching...

After Keller, Royals hope to hit again on Rule 5 picks

Feb. 17, 2019 3:52 PM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — As a rule five draft selection, Brad Keller was a surprising success with Kansas City last season. The rebuilding Royals are hoping to do it again with Chris Ellis and Sam McWilliams. Kansas City plucked Keller from the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the right-hander rewarded them with a...

Albert Pujols predicts he'll be everyday player at age 39

Feb. 17, 2019 3:06 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Albert Pujols has a bold if unrealistic prediction for his 2019 season. "I'm expecting to play 162 games," the Los Angeles Angels first baseman said Sunday. "One hundred ninety games I'm going to play this year, including spring training." A month past his 39th birthday, Pujols is an...

Angels' Ohtani hopes to hit off tee next week

Feb. 17, 2019 2:19 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hopes to hit off a tee next week for the first time since Tommy John surgery. "That's the thought, but I'm not trying to rush myself," the two-way Los Angeles Angels star said through an interpreter Sunday. The AL Rookie of the Year had surgery Oct. 1 to repair a torn...

'The new Miguel Sano' trimmed down as Twins camp opens

Feb. 17, 2019 1:55 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Sano walked into the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse just before 8 a.m., looking trimmed down in rainbow sneakers and a black sweat suit. "You look good," said catcher Jason Castro, a sentiment echoed by teammates between hugs and handshakes with the 25-year-old slugger. A slimmer...

Nats' Zimmerman: Trying to win should be norm, not exception

Feb. 17, 2019 1:39 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman finds it odd that so many teams now feel the need to announce they are trying to win. "I try and win every day," the veteran Washington Nationals first baseman said Sunday. "I think that's kind of the point of sports. That's kind of what the whole basis about...

Madison Bumgarner says he was joking over opener refusal

Feb. 17, 2019 1:33 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner was joking when he told manager Bruce Bochy he absolutely refuses to pitch behind an opener. It won't happen anyway. San Francisco's ace lefty is hardly a likely candidate to follow someone else to the mound who works the first inning. "If you use an opener in my...