A’s catcher Maxwell no longer will knell for national anthem
MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell says he no longer will kneel for the national anthem as he did last season as a rookie, when he became the first major leaguer to do so following the lead of many NFL players.
Clayton Kershaw to start record 8th opener for Dodgers
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) No surprise here: Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says Clayton Kershaw will make his team-record eighth opening-day start, against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 29.
Now an owner, Jeter heads to 1st spring training since 2014
MIAMI (AP) Speaking Tuesday at Marlins Park, Derek Jeter said he was about to jump in the car and head down to spring training, even though the Miami Marlins’ camp is actually up in Jupiter, 90 miles north on Interstate 95.
AP source: Yu Darvish, Cubs reach $126 million, 6-year deal
CHICAGO (AP) Ace Yu Darvish and the Chicago Cubs have reached agreement on a $126 million, six-year contract, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday, bolstering their bid for a second World Series crown in three seasons.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg wants to make a historic neighborhood in Tampa the next home of the perennially low-drawing team, which wants to shift across the bay from St. Petersburg.
A team-by-team look at the American League Central entering spring training, including key players each club acquired and lost, and dates of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and the full squad:
PHOENIX (AP) Right-hander Zack Wheeler beat the New York Mets in salary arbitration and reliever Justin Grimm lost to the Chicago Cubs, leaving players with a 7-4 record about halfway through this year’s hearings.
Redevelopment project next to NY Mets’ stadium is revived
NEW YORK (AP) A long-planned redevelopment project for a neighborhood of run-down car-repair shops next to the New York Mets’ stadium is back on the drawing board, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.
MLB owners hopeful of fixing pace of play without showdown
LOS ANGELES (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick is hoping Major League Baseball and the players’ association can work out a deal to improve pace of play without imposing changes on the union unilaterally.
Betts wins in arbitration; Realmuto, Miller go to hearings
PHOENIX (AP) All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts beat the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday in the first salary arbitration decision of the year and will get a raise from $950,000 to $10.5 million instead of the team’s $7.5 million offer.
Betts beats Boston in 1st arbitration case, gets $10.5M
PHOENIX (AP) Mookie Betts beat the Boston Red Sox in the first salary arbitration case of the year. The All-Star outfielder will get a raise from $950,000 to $10.5 million instead of the team’s $7.5 million.