R.J. Alvarez has already impressed the A's with his hard-throwing ways early in Spring Training, and the 23-year-old is eager to succeed in a competition for two open bullpen spots.
The Detroit Tigers have signed reliever Ryan Perry to a minor league deal, bringing the right-hander back to the organization that drafted him in the first round in 2008. Perry hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2012, when he appeared in seven games for the Washington Nationals. He pitched for the Tigers from 2009-11. Perry received a $1.48 million signing bonus when the Tigers took him with the 21st overall pick out of Arizona in 2008.
PHOENIX (AP) -- It's never easy for a baseball player to leave his family for six weeks of spring training, no matter how nice the weather is in Arizona.
Atlanta Braves outfielder Melvin Upton is expected to miss the rest of spring training because of inflammation in his left foot. The team announced Upton's condition Friday after he underwent an X-ray and MRI exam. Upton's foot will be placed in a short leg cast for two weeks, then in a walking boot from four to six weeks. The team said he will likely be able to resume baseball activities in early April, about the time the Braves are opening the regular season.
Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Michael Saunders had surgery on his left knee Friday and could return to the team sooner than previously expected, perhaps in mid-April. Saunders tore cartilage Wednesday when he stepped on a sprinkler while shagging fly balls on a side field at spring training. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said that Saunders could be sidelined only five to six weeks. ''We'll see how he recovers,'' Anthopoulos said.
Stripped of his job at third base, Alex Rodriguez moved across the diamond and worked out at first base for the initial time with the New York Yankees. Asked whether he felt comfortable at first, Rodriguez said: ''Too quick to tell.'' ''I'm anxious to learn, though,'' he added. Yankees manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman say Chase Headley will be their starting third baseman and Rodriguez will compete for at-bats at designated hitter. Having Rodriguez get occasional playing time as Mark Teixeira's backup at first would give Girardi flexibility.
Outfielder Juan Pierre has announced his retirement after a 14-year major-league career that included a World Series championship with the 2003 Florida Marlins. He batted .247 in 113 games with the Marlins in his final season in 2013. He announced his retirement Friday at age 37. Pierre broke into the majors in 2000 with the Colorado Rockies and also played for the Cubs, White Sox, Dodgers and Phillies.
The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's ''absolutely sickening'' to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as ''Jihadi John'' wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading videos. The photo (http://bit.ly/1G0K0V9 ), taken from University of Westminster student records, shows Emwazi wearing a hat with the Pirates' distinctive ''P'' logo.
Matt Harvey drew an ovation from the crowd of 100-150 fans and high-fives from teammates after stepping off the mound Friday. The New York Mets ace threw 43 pitches to David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy in his first time facing hitters since elbow-ligament replacement surgery on Oct. 22, 2013. Catcher Travis d'Arnaud and manager Terry Collins sounded impressed by Harvey's accuracy and command.
Adam Wainwright won't pitch in exhibition games until mid-March because of his abdominal strain, a delay that could prevent the St. Louis Cardinals ace from starting the major league season opener at the Chicago Cubs on April 5.' Wainwright was hurt Monday while putting a 45-pound weight back on a rack. He returned to St. Louis for an examination by Dr. Michael Brunt, who said the injury was minor. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is open to the idea of pushing back Wainwright's season debut a couple of days if the right-hander doesn't respond to proscribed rest as quickly as doctors expect. The Cardinals' training staff will evaluate Wainwright's progress early next week.
Spring Training games may not have started yet, but the energy level has already picked up at the Marlins' camp. New first baseman Michael Morse, who knows something about winning cultures, can sense the excitement building.
Adam Wainwright returned to Cardinals camp on Friday, one day after a St. Louis-area specialist diagnosed him with an abdominal strain that should not keep him from continuing through a spring throwing program.
MLB.com's At Bat App made its 2015 debut on Friday as an update on millions of smartphones and tablets everywhere. The seventh-year veteran already is making some more history, too: It offers the most comprehensive bilingual accessibility of any U.S. professional sports app, as part of one of the single largest updates Major League Baseball Advanced Media has made to its flagship product.
Dartmouth's Ed Lucas and Princeton's Ross Ohlendorf give the Rangers the rare distinction of having two former Ivy League players in the same clubhouse.
We're about to get the Spring Training schedule started, and that means it's time for a new look of your own as a fashionable Major League Baseball fan. Here are 10 hot spring style collections to watch for, according to our buyers at the MLB.com Shop.
If anything was made clear by the goings-on Thursday night at D&D's Restaurant & Pub, it's this: Yankees fans love them some John Sterling. While hosting a meet-and-greet fundraiser in support of the families displaced last month by a fire at the AvalonBay luxury apartment complex in Edgewater, N.J., Sterling, the Yankees' longtime radio play-by-play man, barely had a moment to himself.
Right-hander Max Scherzer is adding a cutter to his existing four-pitch repertoire, The New York Times reported on Thursday, and former Major League pitchers Al Leiter and Ron Darling discussed the news during a Diamond Demo segment on MLB Network.
Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team's first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn't give a date when Simmons will be ready for exhibition games but said the injury wasn't serious. Simmons fielded balls during workouts Thursday but didn't hit or throw. Gonzalez said Simmons tried to play through the injury.
Manager Don Mattingly held a 70-minute meeting before the Dodgers' first full-squad workout of Spring Training on Thursday, presumably just to introduce everybody. There were 58 players in last year's Major League camp and 61 this year, but only 24 are holdovers from 2014 to '15.
With all of the new faces in uniform for the first full-squad workout on Thursday, there was also the most iconic Dodgers face in uniform: Sandy Koufax.