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    Slashed salaries: Walker to Yankees, Lynn starts with Twins
    March 12, 2018



    Neil Walker became the latest free agent to take a big pay cut as opening day approaches, joining the New York Yankees on Monday with a one-year deal for $4 million.


    The veteran infielder made $17.2 million last season while playing for the New York Mets and Milwaukee. He can make $1 million in performance bonuses this year.


    The 32-year-old Walker hit .265 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs last season, then became a free agent. He will likely start at second base, giving prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar more time to mature in the minor leagues.


    ''It's certainly a crazy offseason, but more than anything my hope was that I'd land somewhere that's going to be competitive and have a chance to win,'' Walker said. ''I'm happy to be here, happy to be on a contending team.''


    Pitcher Lance Lynn got right to work with Minnesota after finalizing his $12 million, one-year deal. He turned down a $17.4 million offer to stay with St. Louis, and looked for a richer contract in free agency.


    Lynn limbered up with the Twins on a practice field, and was set to start Tuesday against Baltimore.


    Starter Alex Cobb and reliever Greg Holland are among the free agents still available. All 30 teams open on March 29.


    ORIOLES 8, PIRATES 5


    Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy gave up one run and struck out five in five innings. Jonathan Schoop hit his third home run of the spring. Starling Marte doubled for Pittsburgh and is batting .478.


    NATIONALS 5, TIGERS 4


    Edwin Jackson got his third start for the Nationals and gave up three hits in three innings. Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez had two hits, including a double.


    RED SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 4


    Sandy Leon hit two home runs for Boston. Blake Swihart also connected and is batting .371 this year. Toronto starter J.A. Happ worked into the fifth inning. Blue Jays reliever Tyler Clippard had a solid inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Kevin Pillar got three hits and is batting .520.


    BREWERS 7, DODGERS 6


    Clayton Kershaw struck out seven over 3 2/3 innings, and Justin Turner and Chase Utley each had two hits for Los Angeles. Ji-Man Choi hit a grand slam for Milwaukee and Christian Bethancourt homered in the ninth.


    INDIANS 4, RANGERS (SS) 2


    Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer struck out eight in five innings and Bradley Zimmer homered. Texas starter Clayton Blackburn got just one out while giving up three runs and four hits.


    ROCKIES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2


    Colorado used just two pitchers to get through nine innings. Chad Bettis worked the first five, allowing two runs and striking out four. Antonio Senzatela finished with one-hit relief. Kris Medlen gave up a hit over two innings in the start for Arizona.


    ANGELS 4, REDS 3


    Los Angeles starter Garrett Richards struggled with control over 3 2/3 innings, walking five and throwing a pair of wild pitches. Albert Pujols doubled twice and Ian Kinsler homered off Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey. Angels DH Shohei Ohtani went 0 for 4 and is batting .111.


    ROYALS (SS) 4, PADRES 0


    Salvador Perez homered off San Diego starter Bryan Mitchell and newcomer Michael Saunders doubled and drove in three runs. Kansas City starter Jakob Junis threw four hitless innings and struck out seven.


    GIANTS 6, ATHLETICS 5


    San Francisco catcher Nick Hundley doubled and drove in three runs. Steven Duggar, a sixth-round draft pick in 2015 from Clemson, homered for the fourth time this spring and raised his batting average to .300. A's starter Jharel Cotton did not give up a hit over four innings, walking three and striking out five. Stephen Piscotty hit his second homer for Oakland.
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    Athletics, Lucroy finalize $6.5M contract
    March 12, 2018

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics landed a new starting catcher, finalizing a $6.5 million, one-year contract with free agent Jonathan Lucroy.


    The team announced the deal Monday and Lucroy was in spring camp at Mesa, Arizona. The 31-year-old two-time All-Star batted .265 with six home runs and 40 RBIs in 123 games last season for Texas and Colorado, which acquired him on July 30.


    Bruce Maxwell, the first major leaguer to kneel for the national anthem last year following NFL players' leads, had been the projected starter before the acquisition of Lucroy.


    Oakland designated left-hander Jairo Labourt for assignment to create roster space for Lucroy.


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    Hunter helps Phils land Jake Arrieta
    March 12, 2018

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Tommy Hunter's biggest pitch for the Philadelphia Phillies came before he even took the mound for his new team.


    Since he signed a two-year deal in December, the reliever had been pushing Jake Arrieta to follow him to Philadelphia.


    Done deal.


    Arrieta and the Phillies finalized a $75 million, three-year contract on Monday, a deal that could be worth up to $135 million over five seasons. Arrieta was to be introduced at spring training during a news conference on Tuesday.


    ''I've been on the phone with him this whole entire offseason to see if it can work out,'' Hunter said Monday. ''I was coming hard. It's not up to you as a player or a friend. Ultimately it's up to the people in charge to get this done and they did it.''


    General manager Matt Klentak called it an ''exciting day for the Phillies organization and our fans.''


    ''Jake is among the best pitchers in baseball and his list of accomplishments is exceptional,'' Klentak said in a press release. ''He is an elite competitor, a tireless worker and a winner, and I am confident that he will be a great addition to our talented young team and the city of Philadelphia.''


    Hunter and Arrieta have been friends since their college days. They spent four years together in Baltimore and have remained close. Hunter said their wives have been texting each other regularly about places to live.


    ''He's a competitor and he brings it every day and the way he goes about playing baseball is going to teach a lot of guys there's a lot of different ways to being successful and he's an example of that,'' Hunter said. ''He's going to take pressure off the younger guys. He's a guy you can talk to. He's been through the lowest of lows and he's won a Cy Young and he's a guy who players can relate to and strive to be like.''


    Arrieta won the 2015 NL Cy Young Award with the Chicago Cubs and helped them win the World Series the next season, going 2-0 in a seven-game series against the Indians. He was 14-10 with a 3.53 ERA last year.


    Arrieta was 68-31 with a 2.73 ERA in five seasons in Chicago after starting his career in Baltimore. He struggled with the Orioles - 20-25, 5.46 ERA - but transformed himself into one of the top pitchers in the majors. Phillies president Andy MacPhail and general manager Matt Klentak worked for the Orioles when Arrieta pitched at Camden Yards.


    The Phillies haven't had a winning season since 2011, but have upgraded their roster by adding veteran slugger Carlos Santana, Hunter, 2017 All-Star reliever Pat Neshek and now Arrieta.


    ''The team could've made a run without him,'' Hunter said. ''I don't want to put that burden or that weight on one person to say one guy is going to transform an organization or a team. If you ask him if there's anybody that can do it, it'd be him. He's a confident guy. You have to be to pitch at the level he's pitched the last few years, to walk around with that swag, and it's going to take a lot of pressure off a lot of people having him in here.''


    Arrieta gets $30 million this year, $25 million in 2019 and $20 million in 2020. Arrieta has the right to terminate the deal after the 2019 season and become a free agent again, but the Phillies can void that right if they exercise club options for 2021 and 2022 at $20 million annually.


    The price of both options can increase by up to $5 million based on starts in both 2018 and 2019: $1 million for 25 each year, and $500,000 each for 27, 29 and 31.


    The option prices would increase to $28 million if he is among the top five in Cy Young Award voting in 2018 or 2019, and to $30 million if he is among the top three in either year.


    Arrieta will join Aaron Nola atop the Phillies' rotation on a team that finished last in the NL East. Jerad Eickhoff and Vince Velasquez are expected to be in the rotation and Nick Pivetta is the leading candidate for the fifth spot. The team has a slew of young pitchers who could fill in.


    ''He makes us a lot better,'' Eickhoff said. ''We want to win now. What a competitor, what a person, what a pitcher to learn from. He's done a lot in the game. It'll be pretty special to interact with him.


    Philadelphia will lose its third-highest pick in the June amateur draft, currently 79th, and $500,000 in international signing bonus pool allocation, and the Cubs will get an extra draft pick at the end of the first round. The Phillies forfeited their second-highest selection and $500,000 in international bonus allocation when they signed Santana to a $60 million, three-year contract.


    To make room for Arrieta on the 40-man roster, the Phillies designated first baseman Tommy Joseph for assignment. Joseph batted .247 with 43 homers in two seasons for Philadelphia.


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    Gonzalez, Rockies agrees to $5M deal
    March 12, 2018



    The Colorado Rockies added another charismatic leader to their 2018 clubhouse.


    They certainly didn't have to look very far.


    Colorado finalized a $5 million, one-year contract with three-time All-Star Carlos Gonzalez , the longtime Rockies outfielder who has always been popular with his teammates in part because he rarely loses his sense of humor or perspective.


    Not even last season, when he was in the midst of a prolonged slump. His agreement announced Monday includes another $3 million in bonuses based on days on the active roster.


    Gonzalez had a $20 million salary last year in the final season of an $80 million, seven-year contract and became a free agent after nine seasons with the Rockies. The three-time Gold Glove winner struggled for most of the year as the Rockies returned to the postseason for the first time since 2009. He showed signs of breaking out of his funk down the stretch, hitting six of his 14 homers in September.


    His reawakening bat happened to coincide with his ability to get some restful sleep . CarGo struggled with insomnia last summer and the more he slumped on the field - he was hitting .214 in mid-July - the worse his sleeping habits became. The pattern was all-too-familiar each night - get home from a game, think about it, watch movies or TV until around 3 a.m. and fitfully fall asleep only to wake up tired.


    Gonzalez said a touch of insomnia is something that's plagued him for years in large part because of all the travel. Last August, he began talking to a sleep specialist, who recommended such things as keeping his room cool and dark, having his phone out of reach and no movies after games to help his slumber. That helped him get a solid seven hours of sleep each night.


    This also helped: Tweaking his grip on the bat. The left-hander hit .377 in September.


    ''It's not like we're re-inventing something or trying to change my swing,'' Gonzalez explained in the lead-up to the playoffs. ''I was trying to stay calm, lower my hands, not over-swing. I was trying to put a good swing to the ball. Stay in the zone.''


    Gonzalez was a member of the Rockies team that went to the playoffs in 2009. The squad returned to the postseason last season but lost 11-8 at Arizona in the NL wild-card game as Gonzalez went 2 for 5 with an RBI.


    The 32-year-old was acquired from Oakland on Nov. 12, 2008, as part of a deal that sent Matt Holliday to the Athletics. Gonzalez could not find a long-term deal in a cool market for free agents and returns to a crowded outfield that includes reigning NL batting champion Charlie Blackmon, good friend Gerardo Parra, Ian Desmond, Raimel Tapia and David Dahl, who missed last season with a rib injury.


    Signed by Arizona in 2002, Gonzalez was traded in 2007 to Oakland, where he broke into the big leagues. He's a .288 hitter with 215 homers and 711 RBIs in 1,200 games.


    Gonzalez is a magnetic personality in the clubhouse. He's frequently bouncing from one conversation to the next, with manager Bud Black saying last season: ''They really enjoy Carlos as a teammate and respect his tenure.''


    In his time with the Rockies, Gonzalez has five seasons with 25 or more homers, won the 2010 NL batting title with a .336 average and hit for the cycle on July 31, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs.


    He's struggled with injuries in recent seasons, missing time in 2017 with a strained right shoulder. He was hobbled in 2014 after hurting his index finger and later undergoing knee surgery.


    His 211 homers with Colorado are the fourth-most in team history, trailing only Todd Helton (369), Larry Walker (258) and Vinny Castilla (239). Gonzalez is fourth all-time among Rockies with 245 doubles and fifth in RBIs with 685.


    To make room on the roster, the Rockies placed right-hander Rayan Gonzalez on the 60-day disabled list. He is recovering from Tommy John surgery.


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    Neil Walker, Yankees agree to $4M, 1-year deal
    March 12, 2018



    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Joining the New York Yankees caused Neil Walker to smile, despite a hefty drop in salary.


    The free agent infielder agreed Monday to a $4 million, one-year contract, a 77 percent pay cut in a deal that allows New York prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar more time to mature in the minor leagues.


    Walker earned $17.2 million last season, when he accepted a qualifying offer from the New York Mets.


    ''It's certainly a crazy offseason, but more than anything my hope was that I'd land somewhere that's going to be competitive and have a chance to win,'' Walker said. ''I'm happy to be here, happy to be on a contending team.''


    Walker, a switch-hitter, likely will start at second base and Brandon Drury, acquired from Arizona last month, will play third. Walker can make $500,000 in performance bonuses: $125,000 each for 425, 450, 475 and 500 plate appearances.


    ''It's just another choice for the manager,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. ''If he takes something from somebody over time, so be it. But again, he's getting a little bit of a late start given the fact that we're probably about two weeks away from leaving Florida.''


    The 32-year-old Walker hit .265 with 14 homers and 49 RBIs last year for the Mets and Milwaukee Brewers, who acquired him in a trade Aug. 12. The Yankees also pursued Walker last summer but a potential deal with the Mets fell through, according to reports.


    Torres, limited to 55 minor league games last year before an injury to his left (non-throwing) elbow that required season-ending Tommy John surgery, has a .130 (3 for 23) batting average in 10 spring training games.


    Another second base contender, Tyler Wade, is 9 for 27 (.333) over 12 games.


    Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the second-base competition remains open but added that Walker ''has put himself very much in that conversation.''


    ''We had a really good player fall into our lap, essentially,'' Boone said. ''His track record speaks for itself. I think physically-speaking, I would expect him to be ready to go opening day.''


    Walker could play in his first big league exhibition game with the Yankees on Thursday or Friday.


    During a historically slow free-agent market, Walker had been working out at the camp for free agents in Bradenton, which was organized by the players' association.


    ''I didn't have an offer from anybody until three days ago,'' Walker said. ''I'm excited to be a part of this.''


    Walker will wear No. 14 with the Yankees. His deal raised New York's projected luxury tax payroll to approximately $181 million, about $16 million below the luxury tax threshold.


    ''It's something we couldn't ignore when the opportunity still existed,'' Cashman said.


    NOTES: Yankees broadcaster Ken Singleton announced on Twitter that 2018 will be his last year in the booth. ''I've been playing or talking baseball ever since I was 4 years old. It's time for this enjoyable ride to end. Thanks fans for allowing me into your homes & businesses.'' ... Boone said OF Jacoby Ellsbury might not be ready for the start of the regular season. Ellsbury is hitting off a tee and taking soft toss. ... The Yankees released INF Danny Espinosa and sent INF Kyle Holder to minor league camp. OF Jake Cave was designated for assignment. Espinosa hit .160 (4 for 25) in 12 games.
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    APNewsBreak: Judge to earn $622,300 after hitting 52 HRs
    March 13, 2018



    NEW YORK (AP) AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge will earn $622,300 in the major leagues as part of his one-year contract with the New York Yankees.


    Judge, who led the AL with 52 home runs, is not eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2019 season. He agreed to a split contract in which his salary would drop to $272,250 in the unlikely event he is sent back to the minors.


    New York uses a scale based on service time for its players not eligible for arbitration.


    Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will make $604,975 after he went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA. His agreement calls for a minor league salary of $275,488.


    New York also reached agreements with first baseman Greg Bird ($582,000/$272,500), pitcher Jordan Montgomery ($580,450/$228,413) and infielder/outfielder Tyler Austin ($558,600/$230,814).


    With an influx of young players not yet eligible for arbitration, the Yankees are on track to get their payroll under the luxury tax threshold for the first time since the current tax began in 2003.
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    Cruz latest injury on banged-up Mariners
    March 13, 2018

    Nelson Cruz joined the Seattle Mariners' growing list of injured players.


    Cruz hit a two-hop RBI single to the right-field wall in the first inning against Colorado, then walked slowly to the Mariners' dugout while rubbing his right thigh and slightly favoring the leg. He was replaced by pinch runner Daniel Vogelbach, and the Mariners said Cruz had soreness in his right quadriceps.


    Second baseman Robinson Cano left Sunday's game because of tightness in his left hamstring, and a scan Monday revealed a minor strain, the Mariners said.


    Left-hander Marco Gonzales left his start Monday after 1 2/3 innings when he was hit on his right hand by a comebacker off the bat of Leury Garcia of the Chicago White Sox. Gonzales threw to first for the out, then departed. Seattle said he sustained a bruise.


    Ace right-hander Felix Hernandez hasn't pitched in a game since he was hit on the right forearm by a line drive off the bat of the Chicago Cubs' Victor Caratini on Feb. 26.


    Other injured players include outfielders Ben Gamel (strained oblique), Mitch Haniger (hand) and Guillermo Heredia (shoulder surgery) and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (lat strain).


    ORIOLES 7, TWINS 5


    A day after finalizing a $12 million, one-year deal with Minnesota, Lance Lynn struck out five in three hitless against Baltimore. He walked one.


    ''I wanted to go somewhere where they had a chance to win no matter what,'' Lynn said. ''It seemed like the perfect fit, and I look forward to doing what I have to do, which is take the ball when it is my turn.''


    Baltimore's Chris Tillman walked six in two innings, allowing four runs and three hits. Manny Machado had two hits, including a double.


    Ryan LaMarre singled and drove in a pair of runs and Miguel Sano doubled.


    TIGERS 2, YANKEES 2


    Jordan Zimmerman allowed two hits in five scoreless innings and struck out four. Leonys Martin homered in the second off CC Sabathia, and JaCoby Jones had three hits and raised his average to .462. CC Sabathia gave up four hits in four innings. Didi Gregorius homered.


    CARDINALS 11, MARLINS 4


    Miami starter Jose Urena got just one out, giving up six runs and six hits. Carlos Martinez struck out five in four innings and gave up four hits. Marcel Ozuna had two hits, including his third double of spring training, and raised his batting average to .188. Jose Martinez drove in three runs with a double and a single. Cameron Maybin tripled and drove in two runs.


    PHILLIES 6, RAYS 3


    Jesmuel Valentin, the 23-year-old son of former major leaguer Jose Valentin, hit his second home run of spring training in the ninth. Drew Hutchison gave up two homers but struck out five in 2 2/3 innings. Maikel Franco connected off Chris Archer for his second homer of spring training. Archer allowed two runs, one hit and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Daniel Robertson, a first-round draft pick by Oakland in 2012, doubled and homered.


    BLUE JAYS 13, BRAVES 6


    Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez allowed two runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, including Ronald Acuna Jr.'s home run. Luke Maile hit a three-run home run and Teoscar Hernandez had two hits, including his third home run. Braves starter Scott Kazmir gave up four runs - three earned - and four hits in 3 2/3 innings. Freddie Freeman homered off John Axford in the fifth.


    ASTROS 6, METS (SS) 1


    Gerrit Cole struck out seven and allowed one run and four hits in four innings. Carlos Correa and J.D. Davis each had two hits. Mets starter Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs - one earned - four hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings with five strikeouts. Brandon Nimmo homered.


    ATHLETICS 9. ROYALS 8

    Adalberto Mondesi, a son of Raul Mondesi, had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs. Kendall Graveman gave up four runs and five hits in three innings. Jorge Mateo had two hits, including a home run, and three RBIs. Mark Canha and Sheldon Neuse each had three hits. Danny Duffy gave up seven runs and seven hits - including three homers - in 3 2/3 innings.


    BREWERS 4, RANGERS 3


    Lorenzo Cain had two hits, including a double, raising his average to .481, and Cole Hamels gave up one run and three hits in four innings. Brandon Woodruff allowed one run and two hits in four innings and Matt Albers pitched a perfect sixth. Ji-Man Choi doubled, and Jurickson Profar hit his third double.


    PADRES 7. CUBS (SS) 5


    Carlos Asuaje had three hits, including a double and a home run, and Jordan Lyles gave up four runs and five hits in three innings. Mike Montgomery allowed two runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. Wilson Contreras hit a two-run homer.


    ROCKIES 8, MARINERS 7


    Bryan Shaw gave up two hits and struck out two in a scoreless ninth. David Dahl homered and drove in two runs. Charlie Blackmon doubled. Taylor Motter had two hits and stole a pair of bases.


    NATIONALS 7, METS 4 (SS)


    Washington ace Max Scherzer struck out nine in five scoreless innings for his third win of the spring. Bryce Harper was 2 for 2 with a double, two walks and two runs scored, and Trea Turner's two first-inning steals led to a run.


    Mets starter Zack Wheeler allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings, raising his ERA to 6.75. New York didn't have a baserunner until Amed Rosario's double - the only hit Scherzer allowed - in the fourth.
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    Greinke's start cut short because of groin tightness
    March 14, 2018



    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona ace Zack Greinke's start against Cincinnati was cut short Wednesday after one inning because of right groin tightness.


    Greinke had been scheduled to throw five innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner retired Ben Revere on a groundout, allowed Jesse Winkler's single, then struck out Joey Votto and Scooter Gennett.


    Albert Suarez relieved to start the second.


    Greinke was making his just second big league exhibition appearance this year. The 34-year-old right-hander pitched 1 2/3 innings against Milwaukee on Feb. 25, then made a pair of appearances in ''B'' games.


    RED SOX 2, TWINS 1


    Chris Sale pitched five shutout innings of two-hit ball and struck out seven, lowering his ERA to 1.00. Mitch Moreland homered in the third off Tyler Duffey, who gave up two runs - one earned - and four hits in three innings. Mookie Betts, batting .130, singled and drove in a run. Miguel Sano doubled.

    CARDINALS 3, ASTROS 1



    Adam Wainwright allowed one run and four hits in five innings to outpitch Houston's Justin Verlander, who gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings. A day after his spring training debut, Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer off Verlander. Carpenter had been sidelined by a back strain. Max Stassi doubled for the only extra-base hit off Wainwright.


    MARLINS 5, METS 1


    Dan Straily allowed four hits in five scoreless innings. Christhian Adames tripled and raised his batting average to .318. Miguel Rojas, Adames competition at shortstop, had two hits and his batting .226. Mets starter Steven Matz allowed two runs, three hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. Adrian Gonzalez had two hits.


    ORIOLES 7, YANKEES 4


    Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop off Chance Adams, who gave up five runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings. Baltimore's Miguel Castro allowed four runs, four hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. Colby Rasmus doubled twice. Wade LeBlanc allowed one run and two hits in 1 1/3 innings for New York, and Erik Kratz homered.


    BRAVES 5, PHILLIES 3


    Atlanta's Julio Teheran allowed two runs and six hits, including Jorge Alfaro's homer, in six innings. Phillies starter Ben Lively gave up three runs and four hits in five innings. Preston Tucker doubled and hit his first home run. Fernando Abad got just one out, allowing two runs and two hits. He has a 135.00 ERA.


    RAYS 9, PIRATES 3


    Rays starter Yonny Chirinos struck out six over three innings, allowing one run and three hits. Micah Johnson homered, stole a base and scored twice. Ivan Nova gave up( three runs and six hits in five innings.


    ROYALS 7, CUBS 6


    Ian Kennedy allowed just one run and two hits, with two walks and three strikeouts, in the start for the Royals. However, Wily Peralta walked two and gave up four runs on four hits in just an inning of relief. Frank Schwindel doubled and hit a home run to drive in three runs.


    Alec Mills worked two, one-hit innings in the start for the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo singled and drove in three runs and Jacob Hannemann had two hits and scored three runs.


    BREWERS 11, WHITE SOX 3


    Jhoulys Chacin did not give up an earned run over his 4 2/3 innings as the Brewers starter, lowering his spring ERA to 0.87. Ryan Braun homered off White Sox starter Carson Fulmer in each of the first two innings and Travis Shaw also went deep in the second as the Brewers finished with five home runs.


    Fulmer lasted just 1 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs and five hits with three walks. Matt Skole had the White Sox's only extra-base hit, a double off Yovani Gallardo.

    INDIANS 7, ANGELS 0



    Corey Kluber, the 2017 Cy Young Award winner, had a one-hitter through five innings and the Indians used five pitchers to shut out the Angels. Brandon Barnes hit his second home run. The Angels' Matt Shoemaker gave up just two hits in five innings, and the one run he surrendered came on a home run by Tyler Naquin. Cam Bedrosian, son of former major league closer Steve Bedrosian, walked two and struck out a pair in an inning of relief. Eric Young Jr. doubled.


    DIAMONDBACKS 7, REDS 3

    Arizona managed just one extra-base hit, a double by David Peralta. Robert Stephenson lasted two innings in the start for the Reds, giving up three runs on five hits. Scott Schebler and Tucker Barnhart both homered.
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    Bundy, Orioles agree to $1.64M, 1-year contract
    March 14, 2018



    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Right-hander Dylan Bundy has agreed to a $1.64 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, the same as his salary last year.


    Bundy is in an usual situation because he was in the last class allowed to sign major league contracts directly from the amateur draft and made his major league debut in 2012, but does not have enough service time to be eligible for salary arbitration.


    He had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and did not return to the major leagues until 2016, when he was 10-6 with a 4.02 ERA. After agreeing to a $6.25 million, five-year contract that ran through 2016, Bundy had a split contract last year calling for $1.64 million in the majors and $500,000 in the minors. He went 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA.


    The 25-year-old was the fourth overall pick in 2011. He is on track to be eligible for arbitration next winter.


    In other moves Wednesday, the Orioles optioned outfielder Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned infielder and left-hander Ruben Tejada to their minor league camp.


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    Marlins' Martin Prado to begin season on disabled list
    March 14, 2018



    MIAMI (AP) The Marlins say third baseman Martin Prado will begin the season on the disabled list while he recovers from right knee surgery.


    Hamstring and knee injuries limited Prado to 37 games last year, and while he has been working out, he has yet to play in spring training. Brian Anderson, who played in 25 games as a rookie last year and batted .262, is expected to start at third on opening day.


    Prado, 34, is a career .291 hitter but hasn't played since July 17.


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    Mets' David Wright hopes to start baseball activities in May
    March 14, 2018

    PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) After yet another medical setback that will stretch his layoff from the major leagues past two years, New York Mets captain David Wright hopes to start baseball workouts in May.


    Dr. Robert Watkins examined the 35-year-old third baseman in Los Angeles on Monday and said he should not participate in baseball activities for two months because of back and shoulder issues.


    ''it certainly wasn't positive news. I guess the news could have been worse,'' Wright said during a telephone news conference Wednesday. ''The goal would be to take these eight weeks - and it's not like I have to be idle for eight weeks - and kind of focus on the actual rehab and kind of forget about doing some stuff and progress to baseball stuff.''


    New York also said star left fielder Yoenis Cespedes had a cortisone injection in his injured right wrist. The 32-year-old was hurt while swinging in a game on March 6.


    A seven-time All-Star, Wright has been limited to 75 regular-season games during the past three years. He was on the disabled list from April 15 to Aug. 24, 2015, when he strained his right hamstring and then developed spinal stenosis.


    He returned as the Mets won their first NL pennant since 2000 but has not played for them since May 27, 2016. Watkins operated that June 16 to repair a herniated disk in Wright's neck. After Wright's minor league rehabilitation assignment was ended after three games last year due to shoulder pain, he had surgery Sept. 5 to repair his right rotator cuff, and Watkins performed a laminotomy in early October in which a bony layer over the spinal canal was removed to treat nerve compression.


    ''I knew that things weren't going as well as I'd hoped just based on feel,'' Wright said from Los Angeles. ''We were trying to progress, and it just seemed like the more that we tried to put on my plate, the worse my body was responding. he time line has definitely been pushed back from what I was and expecting, but this is the case and there's nothing I can do about it.''


    Wright is guaranteed $47 million by the Mets over the next three seasons. New York signed Todd Frazier in case Wright would not be able to play.


    Wright said when camp began last month that he was not yet running. He said Wednesday when he attempted baseball activities, the frequent turning and torque of his body produced too much pain to continue.


    ''Once it got to start preparing to try to do some baseball stuff and more twisting and turning, that's when my back in particular . just wasn't ready for it,'' he said. ''My back certainly let me know that once we started doing more of that twisting and turning - things that require your back to cooperate, for sure.''


    He plans to remain in Los Angeles to work Watkins, then join his teammates for the March 29 opener at Citi Field.
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    Schwarber gets $604K deal with Cubs
    March 14, 2018



    MESA, Ariz. (AP) Kyle Schwarber has a $604,500 salary in the major leagues as part of the one-year contract the Chicago Cubs announced last weekend.


    The outfielder's salary would drop to $271,150 while in the minor leagues as part of the split contract. It represents a slight raise from last year, when his contract was for $565,500 in the majors and $261,000 in the minors. Schwarber is on track to be eligible for salary arbitration next winter.


    He missed most of the 2016 season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament during an outfield collision with teammate Dexter Fowler. Schwarber returned for the World Series and helped the Cubs win their first title since 1908.


    Schwarber slumped to a .211 average with 30 homers and 59 RBIs last year and was demoted to the minors for 11 games in late June and early July. He earned $542,205.




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    Dodgers renew contracts for top rookies
    March 14, 2018



    The Los Angeles Dodgers have renewed the contracts of 2017 NL Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger for $585,000 and of 2016 NL Rookie of the Year Corey Seager for $605,000.


    The NL champions gave Bellinger a $233,900 salary in the minor leagues in the unlikely event the first baseman is sent down. Seager's minor league salary under the renewal is $287,500.


    Bellinger made his big league debut last April 25 and hit .267 with an NL rookie-record 39 homers and a team-high 97 RBIs. He will not be eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2019 season.


    Seager's contract also was renewed by the Dodgers last year, when the shortstop earned $575,000. He hit .295 with 22 homers and 77 RBIs. He will be eligible for arbitration next winter.


    Los Angeles also renewed the contracts of outfielder Chris Taylor ($575,000/$254,100) and catcher Austin Barnes ($555,000/$270,000).


    The Dodgers reached agreements with third baseman Kyle Farmer ($547,500/$88,900); outfielders Andre Toles ($555,000,$270,000) and Alex Verdugo ($547,500/$88,900); right-handers Ross Stripling ($555,000/$256,100), Dylan Baker ($547,500/$88,900) and Wilmer Font ($550,000/$88,900); and left-handers Scott Alexander ($555,000/$258,100) and Adam Liberatore ($565,000/$247,400).


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    Hughes hopes to adjust to reduced velocity
    March 14, 2018



    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) CC Sabathia knows what Phil Hughes is going through.


    Sabathia has learned to cope with a loss of velocity and the 37-year-old left-hander went 14-5 for the New York Yankees last year in his best season since 2012.


    Hughes, a 31-year-old right-hander, was limited to 26 games during the past two seasons because of injuries, mostly to his shoulder as a result of thoracic outlet syndrome, which that required a rib to be removed. Hughes went just 4-10 with a 5.92 ERA in 112 2/3 innings over the last two years.


    He had an encouraging outing for Minnesota on Monday night, limiting the Yankees to one run and four hits over four innings. He struck out three and walked none


    ''Keep these guys off balance,'' Hughes said. ''If my velocity isn't what it used to be, and that's a permanent thing, at least I have some fall back options. I'm going to try to adapt and adjust as much as I can to be productive without that 93, 94 (mph).''


    Hughes and Sabathia were teammates on the 2009 Yankees' World Series champions.


    ''He's kind of reinvented himself,'' Hughes said. ''A lot of people thought he was done.''


    The pair have discussed the adjustments needed with age.


    ''You've got to try and trick them with the stuff you've got,'' Sabathia said.


    Twins manager Paul Molitor said Hughes is pitching during spring training to prove he deserves more regular-season innings.


    ''All I can do is be as productive as I can and show that I'm back to at least close now to form,'' Hughes said. ''If I can do that, the very least it makes some tough decisions.''




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    Austin Jackson brings vet mentality to SF
    March 13, 2018



    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Austin Jackson got a lesson on the intense the rivalry between his new team, the San Francisco Giants, and the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.


    Walking into the Giants' spring training clubhouse for the first time after being reaching a $6 million, two-year contract in January, Jackson was wearing blue clothing.


    ''I wouldn't say it was Dodger blue, but it was sort of a blue shirt,'' Jackson said, smiling. ''I got some funny looks right away.''


    With Hunter Pence and Andrew McCutchen set to be the primary corner outfielders, Jackson projects as at least a part-time center fielder for the Giants, though he can play all three spots in the outfield.


    Jackson has hit leadoff, sixth and seventh in exhibitions and was 6 for 15 going into Tuesday night. The Giants also are giving prospect Steven Duggar plenty of playing time in center, and they have veterans Gregor Blanco and Gorkys Hernandez in camp, too.


    ''You can control what you can control. I think that's something over time that I started to accept,'' Jackson said. ''But the same time I will not change who I am as a player and as a person, and continue to do the things that I've always done no matter where I am in the lineup or in the field. Just try to keep your focus and be ready. ... It's all about being ready and keeping that mindset.''


    The 31-year-old Jackson is entering his ninth big league season and is playing for his sixth team, Jackson has been traded in midseason three times.


    ''You understand the business side of it, and you just try to put yourself in the best position to succeed and to win,'' he said.


    A center fielder for most of his career, Jackson has just 24 errors over eight seasons at the position and has a .275 career batting average. He made one of the best catches of last season when he leaped to rob Boston's Hanley Ramirez of a home run, tumbling headfirst over the short bullpen wall in right-center field at Fenway Park.


    ''It's pretty cool. I don't get tired of it,'' he said. ''It's something you can always remember. Family, friends, they still talk about it. Big moment in my life.''


    Jackson chose to sign with the Giants after seeing the moves the club made to improve the roster, including acquiring McCutchen from Pittsburgh and third baseman Evan Longoria from Tampa Bay.


    ''It really just seemed like a group I would fit best with,'' Jackson said. ''Good core players. A team that I played against in the World Series in 2012. They're looking to win.''
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    Some prop bets for the NCAA tournament; wins by team: (Westgate SuperBook)


    — wins for Villanova, 3.5 (under -$120)


    — wins for Duke, 3 (under -$130)


    — wins for Michigan State, 2.5 (under -$135)


    — wins for Virginia, 4 (under -$140)


    — wins for North Carolina 2.5 (under -$140)


    — wins for Michigan 2 (under -$130)


    Quote of the Day
    “It’s an interesting process. People trying to evaluate your game, trying to find your flaws. But you only get to do it once. You’ve got to enjoy it. … You’ve got to be yourself. That’s the most important thing. You’ve got to be able to talk ball. You’ve got to be able to handle the outside noise and relax and do your thing. I think I’ve put myself in a good spot.”
    Baker Mayfield, who hopefully will play as well as he talks


    Thursday’s quiz
    How many times has a #16-seed beaten a #1-seed in the NCAA tournament?


    Wednesday’s quiz
    James Harden played his college basketball at Arizona State.

    Tuesday’s quiz

    NBA’s Hawks played in St Louis before moving to Atlanta.


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    Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud……


    13) USC star Chimezie Metu sat out the Trojans’ NIT game Tuesday, because he doesn’t want to get hurt before the NBA Draft, which is in late June. This ignited a heated Twitter debate.


    I’ll say this: Metu has the right to do as he pleases, it is a free country. But…….


    In 2000, Kenyon Martin was the star of a Cincinnati team that was going to be a #1-seed in the NCAA’s, but in the first round of the C-USA tournament, he broke his leg and also injured knee ligaments, the kind of disastrous injury that Metu obviously fears now.


    Long story short: Martin was still picked 1st in the NBA Draft that year; he played 15 years in the NBA, scored over 9,200 points and earned $113M in his career.


    My opinion is that you should finish what you start, but thats just my opinion.


    12) Klay Thompson has apparently broken his right thumb, will miss at least four games; he hasn’t missed more than five games in a season since he became a full-time starter.


    11) Stupid new baseball rule: In minor league baseball this year, all extra innings will start with a runner on second base. I’m beginning to think the people who run baseball don’t like baseball.


    10) Patrick Beilein is the 34-year old coach at LeMoyne, a D-II school in Syracuse; he is the son of Michigan coach John Beilein. It has been rumored that Patrick Beilein has already gotten three job offers from D-I schools this spring.


    9) Ole Miss is going to hire Middle Tennessee State coach Kermit Davis, whose dad used to be the coach at Mississippi State. Rough couple weeks for the Blue Raiders, who got screwed out of an NCAA tournament bid and now are losing their coach of the last 16 years.


    8) Memphis went 21-13 this year, but apparently they fired Tubby Smith this week and will hire Anfernee Hardaway as his replacement. John Calipari spoiled this fanbase forever; they ran Josh Pastner out of town after he went 166-73 with the Tigers and now they got rid of Tubby, whose career record is 597-302. Tough town.


    7) Evansville fired Marty Simmons after 11 years and zero NCAA tournament bids; he went 25-9, 24-12 two and three years ago, but didn’t win Arch Madness so now he is unemployed.


    6) Arizona Cardinals signed Mike Glennon as their backup QB, which is a good thing if they’re going to start Sam Bradford at QB this fall.


    Bradford has a 34-45-1 W-L record in NFL, missing 48 games in his eight NFL seasons. He has a very bad knee that Mike Zimmer recently called “degenerative.” He is not dependable.


    5) There are 11 teams in this year’s NIT that would be favored over Syracuse on a neutral floor.


    4) Toys ‘r Us is closing its 800 stores in this country; that just sounds kind of sad.


    3) Cleveland Browns’ tackle Joe Thomas retired this week; the man played 10,363 consecutive snaps in the NFL without missing a play, which is astounding for an offensive lineman.


    2) Saw a baseball shift this week I’ve never seen before; Kris Bryant is batting for the Cubs with a man on 3rd. San Diego put three infielders on the left side of the infield, and the 1B almost halfway to 2B. If Bryant hits the ball to the right side of the infield, not sure how they get him out, unless he hits it hard right at the first baseman.


    1— Dee Gordon is playing centerfield for the Mariners this spring, at least he was until Robinson Cano strained a hamstring. Seattle’s TV guys were bragging on the Mariners’ bullpen, so we’ll see how well they do this season.
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    Price pitches 4 scoreless innings in spring training debut
    March 15, 2018



    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) David Price made his delayed spring-training debut for Boston, allowing one hit over four scoreless innings in a 7-5 win over Toronto on Thursday.


    Price struck out five and walked one. An elbow injury limited to a career-low 11 starts last season.


    ''Felt good,'' Price said. ''I had really good fastball command early. I made good pitches when I needed to. I stayed away from the big part of the plate with the exception of a couple of fastballs. I thought it was a good day.


    Price was 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA last year. The 32-year-old left-hander is entering the third season of a $217 million, seven-year contract.


    ''This is March 15 and I've never had a four-pitch mix this early in spring training,'' he said. ''I've never been this far along even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about it.''


    Andrew Benintendi drove in two runs with a pair of doubles for the Red Sox, while Christian Vazquez hit his first home run - a two-run drive. Teoscar Hernandez had two hits and two RBIs for Toronto, while Steve Pearce had an RBI double and walked with the bases loaded.


    ELSEWHERE AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES


    YANKEES 9, PIRATES 5



    Gary Sanchez hit a three-run home run and a two-run double for New York, while Aaron Judge had an RBI double and drew a bases-loaded walk. Sonny Gray made his third start for the Yankees, pitching three innings and giving up three runs - two earned - two hits and three walks. Jose Osuna hit a two-run home run off Dellin Betances and ex-Yankee catcher Francisco Cervelli hit a two-homer shot off Gray.


    ORIOLES 1, CARDINALS 0


    Baltimore ace Kevin Gausman made his third start, pitching five shutout innings and allowing two hits and a walk. Jack Flaherty, competing for a back-of-the-rotation spot, made his first start for St. Louis, pitching five innings and allowing one run - Jonathan Schoop's fifth homer - on three hits and two walks while striking out eight.


    ASTROS 12, NATIONALS 3


    Dallas Keuchel pitched five shutout innings for Houston, allowing four hits and a walk. Marwin Gonzalez and Josh Reddick both had two hits and two RBIs, while Alex Bregman had two hits and two walks, scoring twice. Washington closer Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing a hit and a walk.


    MARLINS 7, METS 6


    Matt Harvey took the mound for New York, pitching five innings and allowing three runs, six hits and a walk. Harvey fanned eight, including his final five batters. Starter Dillon Peters gave up a hit and a walk, pitching two innings for Miami. Former Met Eric Campbell doubled in a run and scored for the Marlins. Amed Rosario had two hits and two RBIs for New York. The Mets used three straight bases-loaded walks to ignite a five-run ninth-inning rally that fell short when the tying run was thrown out at home.


    TWINS 8, RAYS 1


    Erick Aybar hit a two-run triple for Minnesota, while starter Kyle Gibson gave up one run on five hits, pitching five innings and striking out five. Nathan Eovaldi started for Tampa Bay, pitching 4 1/3 innings and surrendering three runs and six hits while striking out three. Denard Span hit his first spring double and scored for the Rays.


    BRAVES 8, TIGERS 1


    Mike Foltynewicz walked one in a start for Atlanta, pitching five shutout innings and striking out five. Ronald Acuna Jr. drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and hit a two-run home run his next time up for the Braves. Mike Fiers was roughed up in a start for Detroit, pitching four innings and allowing five runs on four hits and three walks.


    ANGELS (SS) 10, ROCKIES 8


    Mike Trout hit his first triple and homered for the second time this spring training. Newly signed Carlos Gonzalez went 1 for 3 and scored a run in his spring training debut for the Rockies. Andrelton Simmons returned to the Angels lineup after missing a week with a left-shoulder sprain and got a single and an RBI double for his first hits. DJ LeMahieu hit a grand slam to cap a five-run fourth inning for Colorado. Jefry Marte and Zack Cozart homered for Los Angeles, while Martin Maldonado connected for the second time.. Roberto Baldoquin hit a two-out three-run home run for the Angels in the ninth in his first spring training at-bat.


    DIAMONDBACKS 3, CUBS 2


    Jason Heyward homered for the first time, a two-run shot off Robbie Ray, who gave up four hits and struck out four. Kyle Hendricks allowed one run and three hits in six innings while striking out seven. Nick Ahmed had an RBI double and prospects Ramon Flores and Christian Walker hit back-to-back solo homers with one out in the ninth.


    REDS 10, INDIANS 6


    Scott Schebler drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and is batting .519 for Cincinnati. Joey Votto added two hits for the Reds, driving in a run and scoring twice. Tyler Mahle, bidding for a spot in the Reds' starting rotation, allowed two hits in five scoreless innings and lowered his ERA to 2.45. Francisco Lindor hit his fourth home run for Cleveland - a two-run shot - while Eric Haase hit a three-run inside-the-park homer.


    ROYALS 14, DODGERS 8


    Lucas Duda's two-run single ignited a six-run first inning against Rich Hill, who retired just one batter and allowed seven hits. Prospect Ryan O'Hearn hit his second and third spring homers, driving in five runs for the Royals, while Frank Schwindel replaced O'Hearn and homered twice, driving in four runs. Alex Gordon went 0 for 3, striking out twice, and is batting .114. Corey Seager hit his first home run for the Dodgers, while Yasmani Grandal went deep for the fourth time.


    RANGERS 6, BREWERS 5


    Nomar Mazara and Ryan Rua hit solo home runs for Texas. Doug Fister allowed three hits in five scoreless innings. Eric Sogard hit his first home run for Milwaukee. Prospect Carlos Tocci stole his sixth base for Texas, while Delino DeShields swiped his fourth. Rangers closer Alex Claudio pitched a perfect seventh, striking out one.
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    Ohtani rocked for 7 runs and 7 hits over 1 1/3 innings
    March 16, 2018

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani was rocked for seven runs and seven hits over 1 1/3 innings in his second major league spring training start for the Los Angeles Angels, allowing long home runs to Colorado's Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado that went over the left-field berm on Friday in an 18-6 loss.


    The 23-year-old Japanese two-way star made his first big league exhibition appearance since Feb. 24, when he pitched 1 1/3 innings against Milwaukee and gave up Keon Broxton's home run leading off the second.


    Desmond hit a solo homer and Arrenado had a three-run shot. Charlie Blackmon had a two-run single, and DJ LeMahieu a run-scoring infield single.


    Desmond also hit a solo homer off Tyler Warmoth. Kole Calhoun homered for the Angels and Justin Upton went deep for the third time.


    ELSEHWERE AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES


    ROYALS 12, PADRES 4



    Mike Moustakas hit a two-run single in his first spring training appearance for Kansas City after rejoining the Royals. Salvador Perez homered twice, driving in three runs. Lucas Duda had two hits, including his first home run, raising his average to .421. Billy Burns stole three bases and scored twice. Nathan Karns gave up two hits and two walks in four shutout innings. Former Royal Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer for San Diego. Recently signed Chris Young saw his first action for the Padres, allowing eight runs, seven hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.


    CUBS 6, WHITE SOX 3


    Yu Darvish made his third start for the Cubs, allowing one run and three hits in five innings. Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs. Avisail Garcia had three hits, including a double and his first homer for the White Sox. Reynaldo Lopez gave up four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.


    BLUE JAYS 6, PHILLIES (SS) 4


    Philadelphia said starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff is expected to be out six to eight weeks because of a strained lat muscle. Kendrys Morales had two doubles and Yangervis Solarte added two doubles. Jamie Garcia, competing for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, allowed two hits in five shutout innings. Vince Velasquez allowed one run and five hits in 2 2/3 innings. Cesar Hernandez and Cameron Rupp homered for the first time for the Phillies.


    PHILLIES (SS) 6, TIGERS 6, 9 innings


    J.P. Crawford had three hits, including his first home run. Nicholas Pivetta, battling for the fifth spot in the rotation, gave up two runs and five hits in five innings. Daniel Norris allowed two runs and six hits in four innings. Miguel Cabrera had two hits, raising his average to .314, and Nicholas Castellanos hit his fifth homer.


    METS 4, ORIOLES 4


    Jacob deGrom pitched five shutout innings in his second start, allowing only Austin Hays' single while striking out eight. Robert Gsellman followed deGrom and allowed two runs - one earned - on Tim Beckham's solo home run and an RBI double by Manny Machado. Jay Bruce singled in a run for the Mets and Asdrubal Cabrera doubled and hit his first homer, a solo shot in the eighth. Andrew Cashner allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Anthony Santander hit his fourth home run, a pinch two-run drive off Jacob Rhame in the ninth.


    NATIONALS 4, CARDINALS (SS) 2


    Bryce Harper and Matt Adams had RBI singles in a four-run sixth inning, while Brian Goodwin and Trea Turner both had two hits and scored a run. Gio Gonzalez made his third start for the Nationals, pitching five innings and surrendering one run - a solo homer by Jedd Gyorko - on four hits. Miles Mikolas allowed three hits in five scoreless innings.


    CARDINALS (SS) 4, MARLINS 2


    Yadier Molina had four hits, including two solo homers, and three RBIs. Michael Wacha allowed one run and five hits in six innings. Miami prospect Sandy Alcantara gave up three runs, six hits and three walks in four innings.


    PIRATES 12, BRAVES 9


    Corey Dickerson had two hits, including a three-run triple in the first inning, and Gregory Polanco added a double and his third home run. Jameson Taillon allowed oen hit in five innings, a solo drive by Ozhaino Albies, who also went deep against Josh Smoker. Josh Bell added his second home run for Pittsburgh.


    RAYS 11, TWINS (SS) 1


    Denard Span had a two-run triple and an RBI double leading off for Tampa Bay. Jacob Faria, who slots in as the third starter in the Rays' four-man rotation, gave up an unearned run and three hits in four innings. Twins ace Jose Berrios gave up three runs - one earned - four hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.


    MARINERS 9, RANGERS 7


    Mike Leake allowed six runs and nine hits in four innings, including homers to Shin-Soo Choo, Jurickson Profar and Drew Robinson. Jean Segura had three hits and two RBIs. Dan Vogelbach hit his third home run and added an RBI double. Matt Moore allowed five runs - three earned - and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.


    DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 1


    Jake Lamb doubled home David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt to cap Arizona's three-run third inning. Cody Bellinger hit his second homer/


    BREWERS 16, REDS 13


    Jesse Winker had three hits, including his fifth double, and four RBIs. Adam Duvall had an RBI double among his two hits. Ji-Man Choi hit his third homer, and Eric Sogard had a two-run double. Wade Miley allowed seven runs and 10 hits in three innings.


    ATHLETICS 7, INDIANS 3


    Bruce Maxwell hit a two-run homer, and Daniel Mengden allowed two runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings. Bradley Zimmer homered leading off the game for Cleveland, while Gio Urshela hit his third homer and is batting .545. Hector Carrasco allowed two runs and three hits in four innings.
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    03/16/2018 5-11-1 31.25% -38.35
    03/15/2018 10-11-0 47.62% -6.45
    03/14/2018 11-7-0 61.11% +1490
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    03/11/2018 8-9-0 47.06% -0.50
    03/10/2018 3-10-3 23.08% -39.60
    03/09/2018 7-9-1 43.75% -14.95
    03/07/2018 6-3-1 66.67% +14.90
    03/06/2018 7-4-1 63.64% +14.25
    03/05/2018 4-8-1 33.33% -21.80
    03/04/2018 7-10-0 41.18% -20.90
    03/03/2018 7-8-0 46.67% -7.85
    03/02/2018 13-5-0 72.22% +40.50
    03/01/2018 9-8-2 52.94% -1.45
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    O 10.0


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    WAS -161


    HOU at MIA 01:05 PM
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    03/16/2018 5-11-1 31.25% -38.35
    03/15/2018 10-11-0 47.62% -6.45
    03/14/2018 11-7-0 61.11% +1490
    03/12/2018 8-7-0 53.33% +5.60
    03/11/2018 8-9-0 47.06% -0.50
    03/10/2018 3-10-3 23.08% -39.60
    03/09/2018 7-9-1 43.75% -14.95
    03/07/2018 6-3-1 66.67% +14.90
    03/06/2018 7-4-1 63.64% +14.25
    03/05/2018 4-8-1 33.33% -21.80
    03/04/2018 7-10-0 41.18% -20.90
    03/03/2018 7-8-0 46.67% -7.85
    03/02/2018 13-5-0 72.22% +40.50
    03/01/2018 9-8-2 52.94% -1.45
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    ATL at HOU 01:05 PM
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    MIA at NYY 01:05 PM
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    ARI at CIN 04:05 PM
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    Twins SS Polanco banned 80 games after positive drug test
    March 18, 2018



    A big second half by shortstop Jorge Polanco helped push the Minnesota Twins into the playoffs last season. This year, they'll try to start fast without him.


    Polanco was suspended 80 games on Sunday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. He became the sixth player to be banned this year under the major league drug program - one more than last year.


    Polanco hit .256 with 13 home runs and 74 RBIs last season while starting 127 games at shortstop. The 24-year-old also stole 13 bases in helping the Twins earn an AL wild-card spot.


    In a statement released by the players' union, Polanco said he didn't ''intentionally consume this steroid.''


    Polanco said he requested a substance from his athletic trainer in the Dominican Republic, but was given something else.


    ELSEWHERE AROUND THE GRAPEFRUIT AND CACTUS LEAGUES


    METS 5, ORIOLES 4



    The Mets said lefty Jason Vargas will have surgery after his right hand was broken by a line drive in a minor league game Friday. No timetable was announced for his return.


    New York starter Noah Syndergaard pitched seven innings, giving up one run and striking out five. Travis d'Arnaud homered and doubled.


    Chris Davis returned to the Baltimore lineup for the first time in two weeks after injuring his right forearm and drove in the only run off Syndergaard with a single. Starter Dylan Bundy allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings.


    BRAVES 6, ASTROS 3


    Newly signed Anibal Sanchez made his first start for Atlanta and gave up two runs in four innings. He was recently released by Minnesota and pitched in place of Scott Kazmir, who was scratched with a bruised jaw - he was hurt playing catch a few days earlier. Braves prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. got three more hits and raised his average to .432.


    Gerrit Cole made his fifth start for Houston, pitching five innings and allowing three runs. Carlos Correa had two hits.

    CARDINALS 10, NATIONALS 0



    Jose Martinez homered and doubled for St. Louis. Washington starter A.J. Cole gave up one run and two hits in four innings.


    YANKEES 8, MARLINS 5


    Gary Sanchez hit his fourth spring home run for New York, Greg Bird also connected and newly signed Neil Walker had two hits in his second game. Ace Luis Severino struck out seven in five innings. Brian Anderson had two hits, including his third home run for Miami.


    BLUE JAYS 5, PIRATES (SS) 2


    Danny Espinosa had an RBI single, a day after getting four hits in his first game since signing with Toronto. Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ gave up one run in six innings and closer Roberto Osuna allowed a run for the first time in six spring games. Starling Marte hit his third homer for Pittsburgh's split squad. Rotation hopeful Steven Brault allowed a hit and a walk, pitching four shutout innings and lowering his ERA to 1.69.

    RED SOX 2, PIRATES (SS) 1



    Andrew Benintendi homered and Brian Johnson pitched four shutout innings for Boston. Adam Frazier drove in the only run for Pittsburgh's split squad.


    RAYS 10, TIGERS 5


    Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball for 5 1/3 shutout innings. Matt Duffy had three hits for the Rays and Carlos Gomez had two hits, including a home run. John Hicks had a two-run double for Detroit and Niko Goodrum hit his third homer.


    TWINS 4, PHILLIES 3


    Byron Buxton had two hits and stole his fifth base for Minnesota. Jake Odorizzi made his third start for the Twins, pitching four scoreless innings. Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola allowed two runs in five innings.


    PADRES 2, DODGERS (SS) 1


    Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw struck out eight without issuing a walk in five shutout innings. He hasn't allowed a run in 14 2/3 innings this spring. Kershaw also doubled home the Dodgers' run - that was the only hit Tyler Ross permitted in four innings. Hunter Renfroe and Freddy Galvis homered for San Diego and Eric Hosmer had two hits and walked.


    GIANTS 13, ROCKIES 0


    San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner threw one-hit ball for six innings. Hunter Pence homered - batting .065 nine days ago, he has eight hits in his last 17 at-bats. Andrew McCutchen had three hits and Nick Hundley homered and doubled for the Giants. Trevor Story doubled for Colorado and is batting .457.


    ROYALS 11, CUBS (SS) 9


    Mike Moustakas homered for the second straight game and Jorge Soler hit his sixth homer for the Royals, tying Cleveland's Jason Kipnis for the most spring shots. Willson Contreras hit his fourth homer for Chicago.


    Both starters struggled. Tyler Chatwood gave up five runs in five innings and Danny Duffy, who will start the opener for Kansas City, was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings.


    INDIANS (SS) 11, CUBS (SS) 4


    Yandy Diaz had three hits for Cleveland's split squad and Eric Haase had a grand slam. Anthony Rizzo fanned twice leading off for Chicago's split squad and prospect Ryan Court hit his fourth home run.


    INDIANS (SS) 16, MARINERS 3


    Yan Gomes hit a grand slam and drove in five runs and Yonder Alonso had his third homer for Cleveland's split squad. Seattle starter Rob Whalen was tagged for nine runs in two-plus innings.


    BREWERS 7, DODGERS (SS) 3


    Christian Yelich hit his first spring home run for Milwaukee, singled and walked while Ryan Braun had two doubles. Matt Kemp and Yasmani Grandal drove in runs for Los Angeles' split squad.


    REDS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3


    Scott Schebler hit his third home run and prospect Alex Blandino had two hits, raising his average to .387 for Cincinnati. Arizona starter Zack Godley yielded four runs and struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings. Amir Garrett, competing for a spot in the Reds' rotation, made his first start and fifth appearance, pitching four shutout innings and allowing a hit to lower his ERA to 1.38.


    ATHLETICS 14, WHITE SOX 0


    Matt Joyce hit a leadoff home run and grand slam for Oakland. Chicago starter James Shields was roughed up for seven runs in 3 2/3 innings and has a 9.39 ERA this spring. Michael Kopech, a pitching prospect for the White Sox, entered in the fifth inning but retired just one batter while giving up seven runs.


    ANGELS 4, RANGERS 2


    Nick Tropeano made his case for a back-of-the-rotation spot with Los Angeles by pitching five shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing two hits. Martin Perez, recovering from a broken bone at the tip of his right elbow, made his first start for Texas and gave up one run in five innings.
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    Monday’s 6-pack


    Since 1985, North Carolina’s worst losses in NCAA tournament:


    1990— Arkansas 96, North Carolina 73


    2018— Texas A&M 86, North Carolina 65


    1996— Texas Tech 92, North Carolina 73


    2008— Kansas 84, North Carolina 66


    1986— Louisville 94, North Carolina 79


    2012— Kansas 80, North Carolina 67


    In fairness, the Tar Heels’ NCAA record since 1985: 88-26.


    Quote of the Day
    “This is life. It can’t define you. You enjoy the good times and you gotta be able to take the bad times. When you step into the arena…the consequences can be historic losses…and you have to deal with it.”
    Tony Bennett, after Friday night’s loss to UMBC


    Monday’s quiz
    Which retired NBA great once co-starred with Gabe Kaplan in the 1979 basketball movie Fast Break?


    Sunday’s quiz
    Michigan coach John Beilein was the coach at West Virginia before Bob Huggins.


    Saturday’s quiz
    Comedian Bill Murray’s son is an assistant coach for Xavier.


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    Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a great sports weekend


    13) Not the best day in the city of Cincinnati.


    Florida State 75, Xavier 70— West #1-seed Musketeers blew a 12-point lead.
    Nevada 75, Cincinnati 73— Southeast #2-seed Bearcats blew a 22-point lead.


    12) From 2005-17, 46 of 52 #1-seeds made it to the Sweet 16. This year, Virginia/Xavier won’t be going, the 3rd time (2000, 2004) since 1985 that two #1-seeds got KO’d early.


    11) Nevada was down 14 to Texas on Friday; they were down 22 in this game. Eric Musselman’s team is the mentally toughest team in America. Seriously— they only used six players in this game, and the same six guys played against Texas Friday.


    — Musselman was an NBA head coach for three years, going 108-138 with Kings/Warriors.
    — He has coached everywhere:
    CBA— 270-122 with the Rapid City Thrillers
    USBL— 53-3 with the Florida Sharks and Florida Beach Dogs
    G-League— 77-30 with the Reno Bighorns and Los Angeles D-Fenders


    — He played high school basketball with Tom Tupa, who went on to QB at Ohio State— Tupa scored the first 2-point conversion in NFL history.
    — Musselman went to U of San Diego where his roommate was George Tarkanian, son of the late Jerry Tarkanian, the great coach at UNLV.


    10) Nevada-Loyola game in Sweet 16 is the first #7-11 seed matchup in a regional semifinal since a George Mason-Wichita State game in 2006.


    9) Jordan Caroline is one of Nevada’s best players; his dad is Simeon Rice, the old linebacker for the Tampa Bay Bucs. His grandfather is JC Caroline, who played 10 years in the NFL— he picked off Johnny Unitas’ first-ever NFL pass and ran it back for a touchdown. JC Caroline is in the College Football Hall of Fame.


    8) Syracuse 55, Michigan State 53—Over the last ten years, #11 or lower seeds in regional semifinal games are 3-14 SU but 9-8 vs spread- since 2012, they’re 7-2 vs spread.


    7) Texas A&M 86, North Carolina 65— Tar Heels played in national title game last two years, but they got bamboozled here. UNC was 6-31 on arc, A&M was 10-24.


    6) Purdue 76, Butler 73— Boilermakers won despite not having their big man Haas, who broke his elbow Friday. Purdue scored 1.27 ppp, making 11-24 on the arc.


    5) Clemson 84, Auburn 53— Epic tank job by Auburn had Charles Barkley congratulating Clemson during the halftime studio show. Clemson is in Sweet 16 for first time since 1997, when they lost in double overtime to Minnesota.


    4) Gonzaga coach Mark Few stood on his hands in the locker room Saturday after his Zags held off Ohio State to reach the Sweet 16. Coach Few is 55; I am three years older— I’m lucky I can stand on my feet.


    3) Kansas State 50, UMBC 43— In the 24 hours after they upset Virginia for the first 1-16 upset ever, UMBC sold more gear on their website than they had in the previous YEAR!!!!


    2) Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado had 24 points, 23 rebounds in the Pirates’ loss to Kansas Saturday; he is the first player to grab 23+ rebounds in an NCAA tournament game since 1977, when Phil Hubbard did that for Michigan when they beat a Detroit team coached by Dick Vitale, 87-81.


    1) For the first time ever, the Sweet 16 in a region won’t have any of the top four seeded teams in the region: the Southeast Region in Atlanta is: #5 Kentucky, #7 Nevada,#9 Kansas State, #11 Loyola.
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