The San Francisco Giants extended the contracts of manager Bruce Bochy and baseball operations leader Brian Sabean through the 2019 season Friday. The Giants also announced that Sabean, the longest-tenured general manager in the majors, has been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations. In addition, the team promoted vice president and assistant GM Bobby Evans to senior vice president and general manager, and named Jeremy Shelley vice president and assistant general manager of pro scouting and player evaluation.
A decision on the Rays' backup catcher highlighted Friday's announcement regarding which players will be on the team's Opening Day roster.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will not be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving cocaine and alcohol. Team officials responded by saying they were surprised and disappointed.
It will be another 10 days before Jason Heyward lands at his new baseball home, Busch Stadium. But the All-Star right fielder was not worried or anxious about what is to come, or the expectations put on him by Cardinals fans.
Twins right-hander Ervin Santana, who signed the richest free-agent deal in club history this past offseason, has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced on Friday.
Reds first baseman and Toronto native Joey Votto was excited to have the chance to play two exhibition games in Montreal before starting the 2015 regular season.
The Minnesota Twins spent $55 million on Ervin Santana to bring some much-needed talent and experience to their beleaguered starting rotation. Now, thanks to an 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, the Twins will be without their biggest offseason acquisition for half the season. Santana was suspended by Major League Baseball on Friday after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. It's difficult,'' Twins GM Terry Ryan said.
Red Sox manager John Farrell announced this afternoon that the organization has finalized its Opening Day roster.
Russell Martin always dreamed of playing baseball in Montreal, and he finally got that chance on Friday night.
Left-hander Cole Hamels was the focus of much attention during the Grapefruit League season as speculation about his immediate future in Philadelphia was as heavy as the passion of the fans in the City of Brotherly Love.
When the discussion about the Giants' Brian Sabean/Bruce Bochy alignment is broached, it's about where they rank all-time among front office/managerial duos.
Miami Marlins pitcher Jarred Cosart was fined by Major League Baseball on Friday for placing illegal bets, but the sport said it found no evidence he bet on baseball. ''Major League Baseball has completed its investigation into Jarred Cosart's possible connection to sports-related gambling,'' the commissioner's office said in a statement. ''The investigation did not reveal any evidence to suggest that Cosart, who fully cooperated with the investigation, bet on baseball.'' MLB said Cosart was fined for violating a rule that ''prohibits players from placing bets with illegal bookmakers or agents for illegal book makers.
The Orioles have tabbed Bud Norris as their home opener starter, the fourth game of the year, on Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Miguel Cabrera hit his third home run of the spring, doubled and drove in three runs Friday for the Detroit Tigers in an 11-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez pitched 5 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Tampa Bay starter Jake Odorizzi went four innings and gave up three runs and five hits. The righty was recently chosen as the Rays' third starter for the regular season.
The Orioles' Opening Day roster continues to shift by the hour with Friday afternoon's news that third baseman Jimmy Paredes will likely be headed to the disabled list. Paredes, who is out of Minor League options, had a monster spring and looked to be a lock to the make the club after David Lough went down with a back injury.
Brewers officials met Friday with reliever Jim Henderson, but they were not ready make an announcement regarding Henderson's Opening Day assignment. He will either begin the season on the disabled list or be optioned to the Minor Leagues as he continues a comeback from right shoulder surgery.
Stephen Strasburg gave up one run in 5 1-3 innings and the Washington Nationals beat the New York Yankees 8-2 Friday in the final spring training game in Florida for both teams. ''We wanted to push him to six if we could and get to 85 (pitches),'' Washington manager Matt Williams said. I think he's ready.'' Bryce Harper hit an RBI triple and scored on Ryan Zimmerman's single, and Ian Desmond added a run-scoring double in the first against CC Sabathia. ''He made adjustments,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
If Wisconsin beats UK, then Harlem RBI wins a donation of $360,000 no matter what happens in Monday's title game.
The results weren't there for CC Sabathia this spring, but his surgically-repaired right knee made it through three starts without discomfort, and so the Yankees left-hander is feeling optimistic as the regular season nears.
The Yankees are strongly considering going into the regular season without naming a set closer, enticed by the flexibility of having right-hander Dellin Betances and left-hander Andrew Miller share the ninth-inning duties.