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The newest terrible idea to 'improve' baseball
An notion that's supposedly being floated around would allow teams to bat any three batters – regardless of order – in the ninth inning if you're behind.

Marlins' Elieser Hernandez: In rotation mix
Hernandez is competing for one of the Marlins' final three rotation spots in spring training, Joe Frisaro of reports. Hernandez is set to compete with around 10 others as the Marlins look to fill out their rotation behind Dan Straily and Jose Urena. Given the 22-year-old hasn't pitched

Zack Wheeler to the bullpen? Not so fast
PORT ST. LUCIE — Zack Wheeler isn't headed to the bullpen just yet. The Mets right-hander certainly hasn't earned a job in the team's potentially crowded starting rotation, but a club source called a report Wednesday that indicated a decision has been reached and Wheeler was headed to the

ST Daily: Rays Go Gomez
Follow @djshort and @Rotoworld_BB on Twitter. It has been a dizzying few days for the Rays. Well, for their fans, mostly. The flurry of moves began on Saturday night when the Rays acquired C.J. Cron from the Angels before designating 2017 All-Star Corey Dickerson for assignment and trading staff mainstay

Rangers to start G Georgiev at Montreal in NHL debut
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Alexandar Georgiev is set to make his NHL debut for the New York Rangers when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. The 22-year-old Russian was 12-11-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .908 save-percentage in 31 games with Hartford of the AHL before being called

Marlins' Justin Nicolino: In rotation mix
Nicolino is competing for one of the Marlins' final three rotation spots in spring training, Joe Frisaro of reports. Nicolino will join a group of around 10 other pitchers auditioning for a spot in the Marlins' rotation, which currently only has two Opening Day locks in Dan Straily and

Joe Kelly struck with line drive in batting practice
Joe Kelly struck with line drive in batting practice Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly was struck by a line drive today in batting practice. Kelly was throwing to Brock Holt, who sent the ball back up the middle, striking Kelly on the right shin area. He immediately hit the ground in pain, before limping

Cardinals' Michael Wacha: Focuses on strengthening legs
Wacha said Saturday that he adjusted his offseason program to incorporate more leg-strengthening exercises, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Meanwhile, Wacha scaled back his upper-body lifting in order to avoid placing strain on his throwing shoulder, which provided complications for

Angels' Alex Meyer: Shifted to 60-day DL
Meyer (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Wednesday. This isn't all too surprising, as Meyer is highly unlikely to pitch at all during the 2018 season as he continues to work his way back from shoulder surgery. The move clears a roster spot for Jabari Blash, who was acquired from

Cards' Voit slims down, hopes for work in left field
JUPITER, Fla. • Burly Cardinals first baseman Luke Voit is much more streamlined this spring, having lost some 15 pounds from 260, which he weighed in his first big-league season as he hit .246 with four homers and nine doubles in 114 at-bats. The Lafayette High and Missouri State product did most of

Brian Cashman believes Yankees are underdogs, not the Red Sox
Despite adding Giancarlo Stanton to an already muscular lineup and getting Brandon Drury to play third base, Brian Cashman said he doesn't believe the Yankees have caught the Red Sox who likely will announce the signing of J.D. Martinez on Thursday. “They are the American League East champs so we

New defenseman happy to have 'clean slate' with Rangers
Rob O'Gara was ready to practice with his Providence Bruins teammates Tuesday before his coach told him he wasn't allowed to skate. Twenty-four hours later, he was on the ice with the Rangers and preparing for his first game back in the NHL. “There were a thousand emotions going through me [Tuesday

Baseball notebook: Former Card Cepeda in critical condition
Orlando Cepeda, who won the Most Valuable Player award in the National League in 1967, when he helped the Cardinals win the World Series, was hospitalized in San Francisco because of a cardiac event, the San Francisco Giants said Wednesday. They said he was taken to a hospital Monday night and remains

Chris Carpenter's fire is still burning for Cardinals
JUPITER, Fla. • Chris Carpenter has one of the lengthier titles in baseball. It is special assistant to the president of baseball operations for the Cardinals. “He just does whatever he wants,” joked that president, John Mozeliak. But those who know the Cardinals Hall of Fame member or know of him can

BenFred: Baseball's quest for improved game shouldn't alienate loyal fans
I'm starting to wonder if the people who run baseball love baseball. Specifically, do they love baseball more than they love business? Before one could fully understand the new pace-of-game rules Commissioner Rob Manfred makes sound like the most important advancement since the glove, and before

Rangers' Jesse Chavez: Joins Rangers
Chavez signed a split contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of reports. Chavez will make $1.5 million if he makes the major-league roster. He spent 2017 with the Angels, struggling to a 5.35 ERA and 1.40 WHIP across 138 innings split between the rotation and bullpen. The

2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Rankings debate for J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and unsigned free agents, too
We use Slack to communicate internally, and now we're going to use it to communicate with you guys. Every Wednesday through the offseason and into the season, we're going to have Scott White and Heath Cummings discuss (and maybe debate, a little) their rankings. We're talking recently signed

With his Twins contract expiring, what's next for Joe Mauer?
The first clue about Joe Mauer's baseball future comes when he talks not about his contract or career, but his 4-year-old twin daughters. Emily and Maren are in Florida this spring, Mauer said, because "they'll be in kindergarten next year, so they can't come down here." That'

Angels add another OF to the bench in deal for Yankees' Jabari Blash
Jabari Blash, once known only as a power-hitting outfield prospect in the Padres farm system, has had a whirlwind of an off-season. In December, he was part of the San Diego/New York trade that saw Chase Headley (and pitcher Bryan Mitchell) go to the Padres, meanwhile the Yankees got Blash. At the time

Way-too-early Detroit Tigers' 25-man roster projection
Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera, designated hitter Victor Martinez and pitching prospect Alex Faedo work on their crafts in spring training in Lakeland, Fla. Video by Anthony Fenech/DFP LAKELAND, Fla. — The first week of Detroit Tigers' spring training wrapped up Wednesday afternoon,

Kris Bryant Wants to Change the CBA
We all remember when the Cubs gamed the system to keep him for an extra season. Well Kris didn't forget and this year's free agent class left a bad taste in his mouth and he said he will certainly share his input when it comes to the next CBA. Hopefully the Cubs don't hold this against him

2017 Cubs victories revisited, October 12: Cubs 9, Nationals 8
Game 4 was postponed for a day, and when the Cubs lost to force Game 5, the teams had to play without benefit of a travel day. It showed; the play was ragged, but in the end the Cubs held on and took the series three games to two. And here you thought Game 7 of the 2016 World Series was the craziest

Hochman: Cards' O'Neill makes a strong impression
JUPITER, Fla. • The man is a rectangle. He stands 5-11 — the spike in his hair gets him to 6 feet — but from neck down, he's an upright cinder block, with shoulders on which you could shelve a set of encyclopedias. Below them, Tyler O'Neill has these preposterously protruding pectorals and a

Red Sox's Sam Kennedy Weighs In On 'Bizarre' MLB Offseason
For quite a while, the MLB offseason was pretty quiet. But then it heated up, and it heated up fast. The Red Sox reportedly have signed free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez, and NESN's Tom Caron caught up with Red Sox president and CEO Sam Kennedy to discuss the bizarre offseason. To hear what Kennedy

2/21/18: FastCast
J.D. Martinez arrives at Spring Training with the Red Sox, plus veterans Carlos Gomez, Cameron Maybin and Colby Rasmus sign with new teams

MLB seems to think its broadcast audience is more important than fans at the ballpark
Major League Baseball under commissioner Rob Manfred has famously prioritized improving the game's pace of play, and recently the league took even more steps toward that end. When you're at the ballpark and enjoying the multitude of charms that is baseball in person, you're not acutely aware

Pirates' Bo Schultz: Ramps up throwing program
Schultz (elbow) is close to throwing live batting practice, Adam Berry of reports. Schultz has already thrown a number of bullpen sessions in Pirates camp, so it seems like his rehab from Tommy John surgery is going well. No timetable for his return has been announced as of yet, but given that

Wednesday's MLB: Ex-Tiger Maybin back with Marlins
Jupiter, Fla. — Veteran outfielder Cameron Maybin had to correct himself Wednesday as he talked about rejoining the team that first made him an everyday player. He said he was happy to be back with the Florida Marlins before noting a name change since he left. “It has been a while — what, about 10 years

Marlins' Jose Urena: Will open year in rotation
Manager Don Mattingly said Urena will open the season in the Marlins' rotation, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. After battling for a roster spot last spring, Urena will enter camp with a guaranteed spot in the team's starting rotation this season. The 26-year-old pitched just four

Aaron Judge won't be playing in first five spring training games
TAMPA — Don't look for Aaron Judge until the sixth game of the exhibition season. “I would say within a week from now,'' Aaron Boone said Wednesday when asked when Judge will make his first spring-training appearance. “That would be my tentative expectation.'' Judge is being brought

Orioles' Austin Hays: Opening Day roster spot in jeopardy?
Hays' chances of making the Opening Day roster have been reduced following the additions of Alex Presley and Colby Rasmus on minor-league deals, Rich Dubroff of reports. Between the recently-added veteran competition along with Rule 5 pick Anthony Santander's presence in camp

PODCAST: 2018 Cardinals free agency preview (part 1)
Free agency is just around the corner. The Arizona Cardinals have a number of things they must do with free agency, and they have 19 players who will be unrestricted free agents. In the latest edition of the Rise Up, See Red podcast, Revenge of the Birds' Seth Cox and I go through the Cardinals roster

Nationals' Adam Eaton: No limitations Tuesday
Eaton (knee) appeared to face no limitations during Tuesday's voluntary workout, as the outfield shagged flyballs in left field, went through defensive drills and took batting practice, Jamal Collier of reports. "He's coming along," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said of Eaton

Orioles' Mike Wright: In running for final rotation spot
Wright is in the mix for the Orioles' fifth rotation spot even after the signings of Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman, Brittany Ghiroli of reports. Wright has good numbers at the Triple-A level (3.53 ERA, 0.6 HR/9), but he hasn't been able to translate those figures to the major leagues

Rangers' Georgiev to debut in goal vs. Montreal
Associated Press GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Alexandar Georgiev is set to make his NHL debut for the New York Rangers when they visit the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. The 22-year-old Russian was 12-11-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .908 save-percentage in 31 games with Hartford of the AHL before

Rangers try to end skid vs. Canadiens
The New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens meet at the Bell Centre on Thursday in a battle of two teams playing out disappointing seasons and waiting to see what other changes are looming before the NHL trade deadline Monday at 3 p.m. The Rangers (27-28-5), an Eastern Conference contender for the

Yanks ship OF Blash to Halos for player or cash
Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Yankees have traded outfielder Jabari Blash to the Los Angeles Angels for either a player to be named or cash. The deal was announced Wednesday. Blash hit .213 with five home runs and 16 RBI last season for San Diego. He batted .285 with 20 homers and 62 RBI

Alex Claudio's offseason kettlebell workouts were kind of insane ... and underwater
Cadiz has helped train Claudio during the offseason since the Rangers drafted him in 2010. From Grant: "[Cadiz] once did work with the Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto for a rematch against Mexico's Antonio Margarito that resulted in avenging Cotto's first career loss and helped him retain

Indians, RH Torres agree to minor league deal
Associated Press GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Cleveland Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with free-agent reliever Carlos Torres, who could fill a bullpen opening. Torres pitched in 67 games last season for the Milwaukee Brewers. The right-hander will join the Indians in training camp once he

Brad Stevens Gave Hilarious Warning Before Speaking To Red Sox At Spring Training
There is a reason Brad Stevens is the coach of the Boston Celtics, not the Boston Red Sox. During the NBA All-Star break, Stevens trekked down to Florida to visit his mother, and while he was there, he decided to take his son to watch the Red Sox's first official practice Monday morning in Fort Myers

Edmonds on Fox Sports Midwest's DL for spring training
Dan Caesar is the sports media critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Cubs' Addison Russell: Strengthened shoulder over offseason
Russell added a throwing program this offseason to strengthen his shoulder, the Cubs' official site reports. Russell battled a sore shoulder at multiple times last season, particularly in May, when he posted a .579 OPS. He attempted to get ahead of the issue by strengthening the shoulder over the

Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Held out of Wednesday's workout
Zobrist did not participate in Wednesday's workout due to a back issue, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Manager Joe Maddon reiterated that there isn't major concern for Zobrist moving forward, saying, "We're just slow-playing it. He's fine." It's obviously

Melvin Upton, Rajai Davis could be Cleveland Indians' backup plan if injuries linger in outfield
CLEVELAND -- On paper, the Cleveland Indians have a lot of depth in the outfield, but baseball games are never played on paper, and two of those names, Michael Brantley and Brandon Guyer, are still working their ways back from injuries suffered during the 2017 season. Should the Indians have to put Brantley

Braves' Johan Camargo: Likely to open as starting third baseman
Camargo is expected to be the Braves' primary third baseman to start the regular season, Mark Bowman of reports. Some reports swirled linking the Braves to various free agent third basemen, but with the market dwindling and spring training in progress, it seems like Camargo is going to be

Brewers' Nathan Kirby: Pitching without restriction
Kirby is pitching without restriction this spring, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Elbow issues have prevented Kirby from appearing in an official game since August of 2015, but it appears that run will come to an end when the minor-league season kicks off in April. Kirby has some

Cubs hitters say they're ready now for Dodgers' high-pitch strategy
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts expressed bewilderment when he learned reliever Brandon Morrow discussed how the Cubs were dissected in the 2017 National League Championship Series. “He's already giving away our secrets?” Roberts said Tuesday with a tone of amusement. But the Cubs' big weakness

Anthony Swarzak on finding his slider and being a foodie in NYC
Post columnist Steve Serby caught up with Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak for some spring training Q&A. Q: What is your message to Mets fans? A: My message this year is be positive. Be positive, it's a long season, you're not gonna win the World Series or lose the World Series in the first month

Brewers' Jorge Lopez: May remain in bullpen
Lopez may remain in the bullpen this season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. It was previously reported that Lopez would return to starting this season, but new reports suggest that he may remain in the pen. He was moved to the bullpen at Double-A Biloxi in the middle of last

Diamondbacks' trade for Steven Souza is latest win-now move
For anyone following the Diamondbacks' farm system in recent years, Tuesday's three-team deal came with some sticker shock. Brandon Drury has been touted for years as an impact bat, Anthony Banda as a future rotation piece. Both were shipped out. But here's an important consideration for

Inside Mickey Callaway's steps toward modernizing the Mets
The Mets are entering a new communications era, and the results are already impressive. Each morning new manager Mickey Callaway holds a meeting with his team to go over certain vital issues. Soon, you will see Mets catchers wearing scouting information-packed wristbands, a pitching cheat sheet if you


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