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Did David Ortiz admit to more than he realized with his Players’ Tribune editorial?

Here’s something fun to think about: David Ortiz Players’ Tribune editorial in which he said that “nobody in MLB history has been tested for PEDs …

David Ortiz

Theo Epstein and Curt Schilling had a pretty interesting exchange about Kris Bryant

Kudos to Epstein for a good answer. Kudos to Schilling for a couple of more probing questions.

Curt Schilling

Manfred suggests Boras stay out of Cubs business; Agent shoots back

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred didn't hesitate to weigh in on the very public debate between the Cubs and agent Scott Boras regarding the hot topic of the spring, which is whether young slugger Kris Bryant should make the team's Opening Day roster, and it's no surprise Manfred took the Cubs' …

Scott Boras

At Least All These Tommy John Surgeries Aren’t Rotator Cuff Surgeries

No pitcher’s elbow seems safe anymore. Earlier in spring training, Yu Darvish, the perennial Cy Young contender and ace of the Texas Rangers staff, …

Tommy John

Reds Acquire Dan Johnson From Astros

The Reds announced that they’ve acquired veteran first baseman Dan Johnson from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named later or cash …

Sports Blogs

A-Rod subject to more drug testing

NEW YORK/MLB

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez is subject to increased drug testing by Major League Baseball as a result of his 162-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, according to baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.

Speaking at Charlotte Sports Park, …

Alex Rodriguez

Dodgers among teams hoping new system can help prevent injuries

Analytics are mainstream in baseball. They have changed the way we look at the game, whether from finding hidden value in past performance (the way …

Sports Analytics

Miami Marlins' Jarred Cosart being investigated over gambling tweets

MIAMI —

Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for online comments he may have made about gambling.

Marlins …

Gambling

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Dodgers take a risk with hefty deal for Cuban infielder Olivera

The pursuit of Hector Olivera was already surrounded by mystery, but now the plot has thickened. The soon-to-be–30-year-old Cuban infielder has …

Baseball

Brian Dozier, Twins Agree to a Safe Contract

On the heels of contract extensions for Christian Yelich and Adam Eaton, Brian Dozier and the Minnesota Twins got in on the action, agreeing to a …

Minnesota Twins

Dodgers sign Cuban infielder Hector Olivera to a six-year, $62.5 million contract

PHOENIX --The Los Angeles Dodgers, already with the highest payroll in baseball, doubled down on their commitment to Cuban infielders by agreeing to a six-year, $62.5 million contract with infielder Hector Olivera, agent Greg Genske confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

Olivera, whose deal includes a $28 …

Infielder

Shoemaker not concerned with facing teams multiple times

Angels righty plans to make adjustments as opponents get second, third looks

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Angels starter Matt Shoemaker pitched six shutout innings against the Mariners on Monday, the same division rivals he'll face during his regular-season debut in 16 days and several other times throughout the …

Major League Baseball

Blake Swihart Showed Why He Is an Untouchable Piece of Red Sox's Future

To deem a young player or prospect as “untouchable” can sometimes backfire.

Injuries occur. Plateauing performances before hitting the majors happen more often than not. Other opportunities present themselves and make that player less valuable to an organization. Any number of scenarios can turn a …

Boston Red Sox

Predicting which MLB players will have breakout seasons.

The hardest part about identifying potential "breakout" players might be defining "breakout" itself.

For example, I think this could be a breakout …

Major League Baseball

Votto, Phillips: Same team, different approaches

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – The debate still rages and plays out every day for the Cincinnati Reds, inviting intrigue, discussion and even divisions within their own organization.

From the corner of power and patience: First baseman Joey Votto's hitting philosophy.

From the corner of opportunity and …

Baseball

Hitting coach Chili Davis has an ally in history

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- How does this rate as a credential for your new hitting coach?

He homered in what many have said was the greatest game they've ever seen pitched.

Boston Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis also homered 349 other times in the course of his 19-year, major-league career, but the one …

Boston

Theo Epstein: Three catchers nearing reality

MESA, Ariz. -- No longer is it a far-fetched idea. The Chicago Cubs are "leaning" toward keeping three catchers on their roster to begin the regular season, according to President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein.

The Cubs have stated all along that it was possible Miguel Montero, David Ross and …

Theo Epstein

Mookie Betts winning the race for Red Sox center field job

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Mookie Betts had two impressive athletic feats on Sunday. One came in the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies when he …

Boston

Maicer Izturis headed for disabled list with groin strain

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told John Lott of Canada's National Post on Sunday that infielder Maicer Izturis will open the 2015 regular season on …

Toronto

Sox duel in relay race to avoid long bus ride

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Good morning from the Fort, where the Boston Red Sox engaged in an intramural competition as spirited as anything that has taken place here all spring.

The event: An obstacle-course relay race for the position players, which included the fireman’s carry (sandbag over the …

Shane Victorino

Marlins make long-term offers to Jose Fernandez, core young players

Fresh off their record $325 million, 13-year extension with superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins have made a six-year guaranteed offer said to be worth close to $40 million to ace pitcher Jose Fernandez. There's still believed to be a lot of work to do, if in fact there's any …

Baseball

Despite glut in OF, D-Backs GM Stewart denies Trumbo will be dealt

A few executives around the league have suggested slugging outfielder Mark Trumbo could become available soon because of the Diamondbacks' outfield glut, especially if it is determined Cuban import YasmanyTomas is better off playing mostly in the outfield. However, Arizona GM Dave Stewart says …

Major League Baseball

Joe Maddon showed up to practice in some extremely short shorts

At Cubs practice today, Joe Maddon was seen in a pretty revealing pair of shorts.

Apparently he wasn't the only one wearing whatever those are.

I think we can all be grateful that he was the only one willing to be photographed.

Joe Maddon

Three Bros Explored The Abandoned Astrodome

On Reddit, user "loserfame" shares a handful of photos from early 2012, when he and two friends snuck through a gap in the fence and found themselves …

Astrodome

Jon Daniels doesn’t see realistic starting pitching trade options

The Rangers are rumored to be looking for starting pitching but general manager Jon Daniels doesn’t see that happening.“I don’t know od there are any …

Cole Hamels

College player kicked off team for controversial Mo'ne Davis tweet

Little League World Series phenom Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old who last year became the first girl to pitch a shutout in regional play, has of course been the subject of much media attention in recent months, and her story is set to become a motion picture.

Regarding Davis' prominence, here's a …

Baseball

Joe Girardi no fan of Brett Gardner's wall-climbing skills

TAMPA, Fla. -- It was the kind of thing you do in a sandlot game: Ball goes over the fence, you climb over and get. That especially goes for a glove, because in most of the sandlot games I was ever in, there aren't too many spares lying around.

This is the big leagues, however, and even in spring …

Joe Girardi

Barry Bonds’ expanded role with Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barry Bonds isn’t scheduled for another stint in the Giants’ training camp, but talks are underway for the homers king to take an expanded role in the organization.

Bonds’ exact position hasn’t been determined, but he could represent the team as others did over the years, …

Barry Bonds