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Gary Sanchez Likely To Hit Second For Yankees

Mar 29, 2017 7:42 AM

The New York Yankees will likely bat Gary Sanchez second to begin the season.

Joe Girardi said Tuesday that he was leaning towards having Brett Gardner bat leadoff, followed by Sanchez, Greg Bird, Matt Holliday and Jacoby Ellsbury. The club wants to break up the left-handed-hitting Gardner and Ellsbury.

"It makes it harder to navigate through our lineup," Girardi said. "We feel like it's a better situation for all of us. This could very well be similar to our Opening Day lineup."

Sanchez hit 20 homers in 53 games last season after being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in early August.

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Jimmy Rollins Told He Won't Make Giants

Mar 29, 2017 7:57 AM

After hitting just .125 in 40 at-bats this spring, the San Francisco Giants have informed Jimmy Rollins that he won't make the club.

"We've talked to Jimmy and he knows the scenario and the situation," Bruce Bochy said. "We're just waiting to hear back from him."

Rollins did not make the trip to Sloan Park for the Giants' final Cactus League exhibition game.

The infielder, 38, can opt out of his contract on Thursday but could ask for his release if he feels he has a chance to catch on with another club.

Andrew Baggarly/East Bay Times

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Angel Pagan To Decide On Club Soon

Mar 29, 2017 7:52 AM

Angel Pagan is expected to pick a new team before the end of this week.

Pagan has drawn interest from the Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers.

His performance at the World Baseball Classic increased his value.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Julio Urias Will Begin Season At Extended Spring Training

Mar 29, 2017 7:46 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have decided that Julio Urias won't begin the season with the club.

The Dodgers want to limit his innings and will do so at the beginning of the season rather than at the end.

Urias, 20, will remain at extended spring training when the season opens next week.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

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Trump Declines Invite To Throw First Pitch For Nationals

Mar 29, 2017 7:36 AM

Donald Trump will not throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day for the Washington Nationals because of a scheduling conflict.

For more than 100 years, presidents have occasionally thrown out the ceremonial first pitch at baseball games on Opening Day in Washington.

The tradition began in 1910, when President William Howard Taft threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Washington Senators.

ESPN

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White Sox Trade Peter Bourjos To Rays

Mar 28, 2017 8:06 AM

The Chicago White Sox have traded Peter Bourjos to the Tampa Bay Rays, according to multiple reports.

The deal opens up a spot for prospect Jacob May on Chicago's Major League roster.

The reports have cash considerations heading to the White Sox.

Scott Merkin & Matt Kelly/MLB

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Orioles Release Michael Bourn, Chris Johnson

Mar 28, 2017 8:02 AM

The Baltimore Orioles have released Michael Bourn and Chris Johnson, per a team release.

Bourn used his opt-out clause with the club as they failed to place him on the 40-man roster. He missed most of the spring with a broken finger, which made it difficult for him to make the Opening Day roster.

Johnson had a solid spring, slashing .269/.310/.493, but that wasn't enough to earn a spot on the Major League roster.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Cardinals, Yadier Molina 'Making Progress' In Extension Talks

Mar 28, 2017 7:57 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals are "making major progress" in talks on a contract extension with Yadier Molina, according to a report.

The positive momentum towards a deal has the two sides "getting close" to an agreement.

Molina said over the weekend that he would not be willing to discuss a new deal during the season.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

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Dodgers To Sign Justin Masterson

Mar 28, 2017 7:51 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a Minor League deal with Justin Masterson.

Masterson, 32, was looking for a new team after failing to receive a shot at the Major League level with the Pittsburgh Pirates last year.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

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Red Sox Sit Down Tyler Thornburg

Mar 28, 2017 7:46 AM

The Boston Red Sox scratched Tyler Thornburg from a scheduled appearance Monday against the Baltimore Orioles because of a spasm in his upper right trapezius.

Thornburg hasn't pitched in a Major League spring training game since March 1 because of weakness in his right shoulder. He "most likely" will open the season on the disabled list.

He is expected to undergo testing, including a possible MRI exam.

"If it's what I anticipate, probably not," Dave Dombrowski said. "But I can't rule anything out because I don't really know anything (other) than what we just found out, that he's got a trap that's tight. If it's a short-term situation, then I don't have a spot to offer somebody."

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Jorge Soler Likely To Begin Season On DL
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has a strained oblique and will likely begin the season on the disabled list.

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Cespedes Clears The Air, Wants World Series Ring
Mets star slugger Yoenis Cespedes says "we know we can win a World Series."

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Jury Rules Indians Not Responsible For Fan Blinded By Ball
A New York man was hit by a foul ball and blinded in one eye at a game in July 2012.

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O's To Start Kevin Gausman Opening Day
Kevin Gausman will start against the Blue Jays in their April 3 opener.

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Nationals Release Joe Nathan, Matt Albers
Joe Nathan had a 3.86 ERA this spring, and has no plans to retire.

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Son Of Indians GM Reveals Lindor's Deal On Radio
Six-year old Brody Chernoff said "he's trying to get, um, Lindor to play seven more years."

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Jeff Locke To Likely Miss First Month Of The Season
Marlins pitcher Jeff Locke is suffering from biceps tendinitis.

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Royals To Start Danny Duffy In Opener
Danny Duffy went 12-3 in 26 starts, winning 10 straight decisions from June 11 to August 21 last season.

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Rangers, Rougned Odor Agree To Six-Year, $49.5M Deal
Rougned Odor hit .271, with 33 home runs, and 88 RBIs for the Rangers last season.

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Carlos Rodon Likely To Begin Season On DL
White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon is suffering from left biceps tightness.

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Will Smith To Have Tommy John Surgery
Giants reliever Will Smith will have TJ surgery next week and will miss the entire 2017 season.

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J.D. Martinez To Miss Three To Four Weeks
Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has a sprained ligament in his right foot.

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Indians, Jose Ramirez Close To Four-Year Extension
Jose Ramirez's new deal would keep him Cleveland through the 2023 season.

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Shelby Miller Flashing Increased Velocity This Spring
After an incredibly disappointing 2016 season, Shelby Miller is showing flashes of improvement this spring.

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Cardinals Offering Monthly Subscription Service For Tickets
The Cardinals have announced a monthly subscription service for fans who want to attend games this season.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Kinsler Criticizes Puerto Rican, Dominican Teams For Showing Emotion
Prior to Wednesday night's World Baseball Classic final, Ian Kinsler commented on how the Team USA and Puerto Rico show their passion for baseball differently.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Former Mets, Phillies, Yankees Manager Dallas Green Dies At 82
Dallas Green, who won a World Series as a manager of the Phillies and paved the way for lights at Wrigley Field as president of the Cubs, died Wednesday at 82.

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Marcus Stroman Leads Team USA To First WBC Title
Team USA defeated Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first World Baseball Classic title behind six scoreless innings from Marcus Stroman.

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Astros, Braves, Pirates Interested In Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana continues to be mentioned in trade rumors as Opening Day approaches.

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White Sox, Tim Anderson Agree Upon $25.5M Extension
Tim Anderson has agreed to a six-year, $25.5 million contract extension with the White Sox.

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