The Oakland Athletics have gone from the team desperately trying to leave Oakland just a few years ago to the one that will soon become the lone pro team left in the East Bay city. With the Oakland Raiders having been approved this week by the NFL to move to Las Vegas in 2020 and the NBA's Golden State Warriors set to move across the bay to San Francisco in 2019, the A's will soon have Oakland to themselves and are playing up their long connection to the city. ''When I took over as team president, I saw Oakland as a strength,'' said David Kaval, who started in his new role late last year.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 9:53 pm

Atlanta Braves pitcher R.A. Dickey walks onto the field as the Braves hold the first workout in their new baseball stadium Thursday, March 30, 2017, at SunTrust Park in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Amid the flurry of last-minute touches, the Atlanta Braves held their initial workout at SunTrust Park, tuning up for an exhibition game Friday night against the New York Yankees. The exhibition game is limited to season-ticket holders, meaning the 41,500-seat facility will only be about half full. The first regular-season home game, April 14 against the San Diego Padres, is a sellout.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 9:46 pm
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have released right-hander Mike Pelfrey.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 9:19 pm

FILE - In this March 1, 2017, file photo, Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor follows through on a base hit against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a spring training baseball game, in Tempe, Ariz. Odor and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a new six-year contract that includes a club option for 2023. The team announced the deal Thursday, March 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Rougned Odor and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a new six-year contract that includes a club option for 2023 and guarantees the young second baseman at least $49.5 million. The deal completed Thursday includes a $2 million signing bonus and a $13.5 million club option for 2023 with a $3 million buyout. Odor's salary will be $1 million this season, and then it will increase to $3 million in 2018 and $7.5 million in 2019.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 9:18 pm

Minnesota Twins' Byung Ho Park heads for first base after hitting a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Francisco Liriano during the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 20, 2017, in Dunedin, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Minnesota Twins made slugger ByungHo Park one of their final roster cuts despite a strong performance at the plate throughout spring training, in favor of a 13-man pitching staff. Park was among six players reassigned to minor league camp on Thursday before the Twins traveled to Port Charlotte for an exhibition game against Tampa Bay. With Kennys Vargas (left foot) injured and likely to be sent down or placed on the disabled list, backup outfielder Robbie Grossman is slated for now as the primary designated hitter.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 9:02 pm

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler reaches to catch a throw during a spring training baseball workout Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Zack Wheeler has earned a spot in the New York Mets' rotation after missing two years while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and Robert Gsellman will begin the season as the team's No. 5 starter in place of the injured Steven Matz.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 8:14 pm
Ian Kennedy has never had a spring training like this. The Kansas City Royals broke camp with Kennedy not allowing a run in 17 1/3 innings in four Cactus League starts. ''I've always given up runs,'' Kennedy said.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 8:00 pm

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge lines an RBI single off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ during the second inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Dunedin, Fla. Yankees' Starlin Castro scored. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Aaron Judge has won the New York Yankees' right field job and Luis Severino has earned the fourth spot in the starting rotation. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that Aaron Hicks will be the fourth outfielder. ''That was a very tough call,'' Girardi said.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 7:16 pm

FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2016 file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen delivers in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Treinen will start the season as the closer for the Washington Nationals. The 28-year-old Treinen, a right-hander, has one career save. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Blake Treinen will begin the season as the closer for the Washington Nationals, even though he has only one big league save. After Washington went a winter without landing a ninth-inning man and a spring training trying to figure out who would earn the role, manager Dusty Baker announced Thursday the 28-year-old Treinen won the job. Baker, general manager Mike Rizzo and pitching coach Mike Maddux waited until the team's final day in Florida - the Nationals were playing an exhibition game at the Boston Red Sox - to settle on Treinen, who found out Thursday morning that he would be the reigning NL East champions' closer.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 6:36 pm

New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) works against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning of a spring training baseball game Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The game ended in a 3-3 tie. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was penalized 29 games, Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes 59 days and Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera 82 games. Familia is eligible to continue to participate in all spring training activities and exhibition games and leading up to the Mets' opener on April 3 against Atlanta, and then must sit out the team's first 15 games.

Posted: March 30, 2017, 12:24 am
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