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Jharel Cotton took a lesson from his previous spring start - it does him no good to sit around during long innings. Cotton struck out seven and allowed a run over 5 2/3 innings, helping the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers 11-1 on Sunday. In his last start, Cotton allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings against Seattle, all after Oakland's six-run third inning.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 1:05 am
His exhilarating World Baseball Classic experience over, Edwin Diaz got back to work Sunday in preparation to start the 2017 season as the Seattle Mariners' closer. After his two innings of clutch relief in the 11-inning semifinal win over the Netherlands, a fired-up Diaz leaped off the mound in celebration. It's the way he wants to continue to pitch this season, feeding off emotion and displaying it, as is customary among ballplayers from Latin America.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 11:19 pm

New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) works in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, March 17, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his next start because of tenderness in his left elbow, putting his status for opening day in doubt. ''There's a little irritation, and he's got to work that out,'' Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday. While Matz hasn't been sent for an MRI, Alderson said the ailment is troubling because the 25-year-old has often been slowed during his two seasons with the Mets.


Posted: March 26, 2017, 9:55 pm
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has the top of his starting rotation lined up with Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda. The Yankees started spring training looking to fill two spots in the rotation, and it's still not clear what they'll end up doing. Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Chad Green, Adam Warren and late entry Jordan Montgomery are in the mix.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 9:49 pm

Chicago Cubs' Matt Szczur, right, dives safely back to first as Colorado Rockies' Mark Reynolds applies the tag during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have selected the contract of first baseman Mark Reynolds from Triple-A Albuquerque.


Posted: March 26, 2017, 9:28 pm

Cleveland Indians general manager Mike Chernoff reacts to a question during the Indians end of season news conference in Cleveland, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

It's no secret the Cleveland Indians want to sign All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor to a long-term contract. Thanks to little Brody Chernoff, the length of that deal may now be known. On Saturday, the 6-year-old son of Indians general manager Mike Chernof, was invited into the team's broadcast booth during the ninth inning of an exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox.


Posted: March 26, 2017, 9:23 pm
The same issue that plagued Wei-Yin Chen during his first season with the Miami Marlins continues to trouble him. Chen allowed two more homers in Miami's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. The solo shots for Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler made it six homers allowed by the left-hander during spring training.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 8:54 pm

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona pauses in the dugout prior to the team's spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Friday, March 24, 2017, in Mesa, Ariz. The Indians defeated the Cubs 4-2. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Outfielder Austin Jackson took an opportunity with the Cleveland Indians and ran with it. Jackson was informed on Sunday that he has made Cleveland's opening-day roster, giving the AL champions some outfield depth in case Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley aren't ready for the start of the season. The 30-year-old Jackson signed a minor league deal with the Indians in January.


Posted: March 26, 2017, 8:35 pm
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have released right-handed reliever Mark Lowe, one of several cuts before Sunday's spring training game against Toronto.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 8:28 pm

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb delivers to the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb has been scratched from a start in a minor league game due to left lower back tightness.


Posted: March 26, 2017, 4:20 pm
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